January 2018 – Luke Romano 

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
I first joined a Crossfit gym in February of 2016.
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
I would have to say my favorite Crossfit movement is squat snatching for the lifting portion, and T2B for the gymnastics portion.
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
I absolutely hate overhead squatting.
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Fatal 40.
400m Run, 40 Wall Balls (20/14) 40 Hang Power Snatch (95/65) 40 pull-ups, 40 box jumps (24/20) 40 T2B, 40 air squats, 40 Hang Power Cleans (95/65) 40 double unders, 40 abmat sit-ups, 40 burpees, 400m Run. No matter the athlete you are this workout will push you to do your very best, and power through every movement. No time cap, you have to finish.
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
My number one Crossfit goal is to CONSISTENTLY be the best athlete I can. Not necessarily being on the top of the leaderboard, but to continue to progress movements I struggle with and beat my old maxes. Not to compete with others but to compete with myself.
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Trust the process. You’re going to be sore, you’re going to get frustrated, you’re going to fail. Be patient, be committed (4-5 times a week), and continue to work hard.
  1. What’s your occupation?
I work at the Fox Valley YMCA in the sports department, as well as an American Ninja Gym in Naperville. (Ultimate Ninjas Naperville)
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
When it’s warm outside I love to be active, bicycling, longboarding, etc. But when it’s cold I enjoy playing indoor basketball.
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
“…with men this is impossible, but with GOD all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 – The Holy Bible
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I very much enjoy volunteering my time camps during the summer, working with people of all different abilities!
  1. What’s your favorite color?
My favorite color is Red.
  1. Tell us about your family….
I am the youngest of 5 children, my eldest sister is 10 years older than I am. & my father is 50 years older than I am. Which means he will be turning 72 this month.
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
I haven’t experienced the world enough to know my dream vacation destination, but as of now my dream vacation would be anywhere that has a nice, warm, sandy beach.
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
A nice, beautiful, meat lovers pizza.
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
Favorite movie of ALL TIME is Dreamworks Trolls!

February 2018 – Renee Kerkman

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
Since High Speed Opened in January 2017.
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Deadlift
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Overhead Squats
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Any Cardio WOD
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
To get double unders.
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Don’t give up no matter how frustrated you get. 
  1. What’s your occupation?
Nurse
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
Taking care of all the animals we have at home. 
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
I often tell my kids and husband to “suck it up. You aren’t dying.”
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I was an accountant.
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Green
  1. Tell us about your family….
I have been married 26 years. We have 3 girls (including a set of identical twins).
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
Spain
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Pizza… weekly.
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
Shawshank Redemption

March 2018 – Alfredo Vazquez

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
On and off since 2011
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Squat Snatch
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Thrusters 
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Fight Gone Bad
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
To be Games ready.
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Quality over quantity 
  1. What’s your occupation?
Currugator Supervisor
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
Being a dad
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
Everything happens for a reason
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois.
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Green
  1. Tell us about your family….
I have 2 beautiful children. My 4 year old son Arthur and my daughter Aylanii who turns 2 in August.
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
Vacation to Rome
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Authentic Mexican food… aka my mom’s cooking
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
A Bronx Tale

April 2018 – Nico Nunez

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
2 Years
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Snatch
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Thrusters 
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Murph
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
Qualify for the Games
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Every movement takes time to learn. 
  1. What’s your occupation?
Student at Plano High School
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
Fortnite
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
Trust the process.
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I have a dog named Stripes.
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Yellow
  1. Tell us about your family….
I have one sister and one brother.
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
Hawaii
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Hot Fudge Sundae
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
Finding Dory

May 2018 – Rhonda Feil

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
4 Years
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Box Jumps
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Front Squats
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Old School
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
Hand Stand Push-Up
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Modify and focus on the finish, no matter how long it takes. 
  1. What’s your occupation?
Preschool Aide at Parkview Christian by day and Target GSA (front end Manager) by night.
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
Running, working out, and spending time with my family.
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
Philippians 4:13 “For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.”
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I still workout to Tae-Bo VHS tapes.
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Neon Pink
  1. Tell us about your family….
I live in Lake Holiday because I am married to “the fishing guy” Mark Feil. We have 3 children together. My oldest is Braunwyn, who is my workout buddy, my middle is Adrianna, who is crazy about dogs and now has one living at home with us, her name is Arden and she gets all the attention, and then the youngest is Jackson, who just got his license and is our basketball star. 
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
To go to the Greek Islands where Mama Mia was filmed.
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, the whole cup and cookie!
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
Sweet Home Alabama

June 2018 – Christy Knutson

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
I first started CrossFit in 2013 and did it for a year. I took some time off until I found a box that fit my needs and was close to home. That’s when I started here at High Speed in January 2017.
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Deadlift
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Rope Climb and Snatch
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Annie
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
Be healthy and a bar muscle up.
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Trust the process! Listen to the advice of the Coaches and remember everyone has “off” days where you don’t achieve what you wanted or hoped for. 
  1. What’s your occupation?
CT Tech
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
Softball and spending time with my family. 
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
Forget the mistake. Remember the lesson. 
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I am a cancer survivor. 
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Pink
  1. Tell us about your family….
I will be married for 10 years this July. I have two kids. My son is 8 and keeps us very busy with all the sports he does and my sweet daughter is 3.
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
Hawaii
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
I cheat everyday, but I love tacos!

July 2018 – Josh Harrison

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
January 2017.
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Clean and Jerk
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Deadlift
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Definitely Annie. It was my first workout I ever did and it’s what got me hooked into CrossFit ever since. 
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
To keep improving more than I thought I was capable of. 
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Form comes first. Trust the process. 
  1. What’s your occupation?
College student and landscaper. 
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
Golf
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
Today I will do what you will not, so tomorrow I can do what you cannot. 
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
In school I played the trumpet. 
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Blue
  1. Tell us about your family….
I have two dogs, a mom and dad, and 3 siblings, each of us being 2 years apart, me being the second youngest. 
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
I would love to visit California. 
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Ice Cream
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
Interstellar 

August 2018 – Kelsey Lavery

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
On and off since 2014.
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Back Squat
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Man Makers
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Grace
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
To master various gymnastics skills such as HSPUs, butterfly pull ups, stringing together toes to bar, knees to elbows, and chest to bar; bar muscle ups, and ring muscle ups. 
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
Not every workout will consist of your favorite movements and some will be really hard and challenging, but show up anyways… nothing feels better than a finished workout!
  1. What’s your occupation?
Fifth grade teacher
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
Spending time with my nieces and nephew, and of course watching The Office 🙂 
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
Treat people the way you want to be treated. 
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I have 3 goddaughters and 1 godson.
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Pink
  1. Tell us about your family….
I am very fortunate to have both my parents, 3 sisters (2 older and 1 younger), 4 nieces and 1 nephew. I also have a dog, Toby!
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
Visiting Ireland
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Tacos and LOTS of chips and salsa.
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
The Pianist 

September 2018 – Christine Bielawski

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
Close to 6 years
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Anything with abs and arms
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Thrusters of course 😉
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Old School and some of the hero workouts. As much as the hero workouts are hard, you can get through them knowing the person that is being honored endured a much more difficult time.
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
Stay fit and continue to work on strength
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
CrossFit has the reputation for being intimidating to someone new. Every workout and movement is adaptable to a person’s ability. Don’t let that scare you! Also, results are amazing as is the community at the gym! I’ve met some of my best friends through CrossFit. 
  1. What’s your occupation?
I work at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise assisting the sales organization. I work a lot of hours but get to travel to fun places too, most recently Hawaii. Upcoming trip I’m most looking forward to is Cape Cod next month 🙂
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
I belong to the Oswego Junior Women’s Club. OJWC is a not-for-profit organization that supports the local community with a focus on women and children. I also spend a lot of my time on the sidelines cheering my son on in baseball. 
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I was born in Germany (my dad was stationed there in the Army). However, I’m 100% Italian with a 100% Polish last name 😉
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Pink
  1. Tell us about your family….
I am married with two son’s – one is a Junior at Mizzou in their school of business and my youngest is a Senior at OHS. I have 3 rescue dogs – two wiener dogs and a mini-pin.
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
Bora Bora, Tahiti, anything tropical with a beach.
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Crusade burger and fries 
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
I love Christmas movies, older ones like White Christmas and newer ones like Elf.

October 2018 – Jason Saxe

  1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
2 years
  1. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement (ex. pull-ups, back squat, etc.)?
Squat Cleans
  1. What’s your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Any gymnastics
  1. All-time favorite CrossFit WOD?
Murph
  1. Biggest CrossFit goal?
CrossFit my way back to 225 lbs. from 277 lbs. I’m currently at 245lbs.
  1. Best advice to someone just starting CrossFit?
CrossFit is designed to accommodate any fitness level. No need to fear, just give it a try.
  1. What’s your occupation?
Supply Chain Engineer at Caterpillar.
  1. Favorite hobby/interest outside of CrossFit?
My kids consume most of my time, but I love it! Watching my girls play volleyball and coaching my son’s football. However, I’d play more golf if I had time. 
  1. What’s your favorite quote or words to live by?
“”What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”
  1. What’s something we don’t know about you?
I adopted my two amazing girls in 2014.
  1. What’s your favorite color?
Black
  1. Tell us about your family….
My wife (Laurie) and I are super active with our 3 kids (Madison, 16, Chloe, 12, Colton, 7) and their sports. We both work full time and Laurie is a coach at Sports Performance volleyball club, where my 2 girls have played for the last 6 years and my son plays football and does kids CrossFit. 
  1. What’s your dream vacation?
Relaxing on a beach anywhere without interruption. 
  1. What’s your ultimate cheat meal?
Pizza/Bacon Cheeseburger/Bakery Donuts… Food is my weakness. 
  1. Favorite movie of all time?
Tommy Boy