AOTM: “Best Version of Me” with Traci Risberg

From the Coaches: “Since Traci has joined CMR, and even more so in recent months, she has been the perfect example of what our ‘Athlete of the Month’ title embodies. Traci is eager to learn and coachable. She has her own personal goals and pinpoints her weaknesses to spend time improving them. Maybe above all, she has an extremely positive attitude and is encouraging to all her fellow athletes. This is why Traci has improved so much as an…

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Chalk Talk: “An Open Letter to Cheaters” by Mark Warkentin

As I began to write up this piece, I decided to poll a few other coaches and CrossFitters about their thoughts and ideas about a pretty sensitive topic. I reached out to old friends and scanned the inter-webs to “validate” my thoughts. In doing so, I came across a great article that seemed to perfectly encapsulate my ideas. Instead of repeating the words shared by so many, I decided to use this article share my thoughts… An Open Letter…

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AOTM: “Training for Life” with Rob Snippe

From the Coaches: “Rob works a difficult schedule as a police officer but that does not stop him from putting in extra work here at CMR on a regular basis. He often gets off early in the morning after working through the night, but a quick nap gets him to the 10 AM or 12 PM CrossFit class at CMR and he’s ready to go. Rob stays as consistent as anyone with his training despite a tough schedule – and never…

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AOTM: “Finding Fire” with Emily Jameson

From the Coaches: “Emily has been extremely impressive in the way that she has dedicated herself here at Manta Ray. She comes in early at 5AM and starts her busy days by putting in work at the box first. She never complains and is completely dedicated to the process. Not only does she work hard in class, but recently during our Fit 4 Change Challenge she logged the highest score possible. As we wrap up our 2017 Open, we…

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New Member Spotlight: March 2017

CrossFit Manta Ray has been around for almost 3 years now and we have formed a pretty tight, and undeniably awesome, group of people. With that being said, our community is constantly growing. We would like to highlight some of our new members each month as we welcome them to the Manta Ray family! Check out a few of our newest members below and their short bio. Make sure to make them feel welcome when you see them at the…

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AOTM: “A Family Rooted in Fitness” with Charlie Baeza

From the Coaches: “DJ Charlie B! Charlie and his family have been at the center of the CMR community for a long time now. Charlie is an outstanding athlete and always a joy to have in class. He makes it a point to be as friendly and helpful as possible to his fellow athletes. You can find the entire Baeza family at any CMR gathering or competition. Charlie and his wife, Irma, have both seen the podium in recent…

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AOTM: “In Life and In Love” with Jessica Eskew

From the Coaches: “Where do we start… Jessica is a long overdue Athlete of the Month, an amazing person, and huge part of our community here at Manta Ray. She has been with us since the beginning and impressed us since Day 1. When she works, she works hard and gives it everything she has. She has a passion for life and it shows in all aspects including her workouts and her relationships. Jess and her family have been…

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New Member Spotlight: November 2016

CrossFit Manta Ray has been around for almost 3 years now and we have formed a pretty tight, and undeniably awesome, group of people. With that being said, our community is constantly growing. We would like to highlight some of our new members each month as we welcome them to the Manta Ray family! Check out a few of our newest members below and their short bio. Make sure to make them feel welcome when you see them at the…

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AOTM: “Feeding the Competitive Spirit” with Cesar Ortiz

From the Coaches: ” Cesar is one of our few athletes who represent the Noon class. The fact that it tends to be a smaller class hasn’t done a thing to Cesar’s consistency or enthusiasm. He continually puts in the work and rarely misses a day, and in turn has earned the unofficial title of “Captain” of the noon class. Besides his great attitude, Cesar has improved tremendously as an athlete as well. Even though his schedule makes it difficult,…

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“Crazy, Not Insane” with Filip Lundstedt

From the Coaches: “Filip came to Manta Ray on a mission and never let anything slow him down. He was very vocal about his goal to kick old, bad habits and start a new lifestyle, and has been dead-set on achieving it. Filip was all in from the start with the workouts, but also his nutrition. He came to us right before we began a gym-wide Paleo challenge and jumped in on that as well. Filip ended up winning…

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