December 2023 Athlete of the Month: Keenan Whitesides

December 2023 Athlete of the Month: Keenan Whitesides
We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Keenan Whitesides. Keenan has been core member of our 6am class since 2017. Not only a beast in our daily training, Keenan proves that CrossFit can have a positive impact on your life and activities outside the gym. Let’s dive into her journey at Terminus a little further, and give her a high five next time you see her at the gym! 

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?


I have been going to Terminus since June of 2017 so about 6 years. Kristen and I started together and it was really special to be able to share our fitness journey together. It has been huge for helping me push myself mentally and I have seen big changes in my strength. We moved recently and I was so grateful for all the practice with farmer’s carries–helped me cut the number of trips to the car in half!

 Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?


Working out at Terminus has improved my tennis game significantly–my serves are harder and I’ve gotten much quicker–there are very few shots I can’t get to! The gym is also a good reminder that every day can be a different journey–some days you are ready to go hard and other days scaling feels like the better move. This has helped me be more kind with myself and others when I’m not feeling 100%.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?


I am especially inspired by my 6AM crew–Chloe, Claudia, Shani, Jon, Jordan, Greg, Bari, Tanner and Beth who push me and cheer me on.  It has been so great to see them hit huge milestones and it encourages me to keep working hard. I am also inspired by Emily R on the bike and rower–she always gives me something to chase after!

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?

I would say that being a part of Terminus is “comfortably uncomfortable”–it makes you feel comfortable and welcome but also holds you accountable to what you are capable of. I know if I slack on the weights, someone (cough Chloe) is going to give me the extra nudge to push myself a little harder and I’m so grateful for that kind of challenge.

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.

My first day was with Coach Patrick back when we had the intro class–I was so nervous and intimidated by the idea of Crossfit but Patrick made it so welcoming. I don’t remember the exact workout but I remember leaving and feeling really excited about coming back.

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?


I LOVE karaoke and secretly wish I was a professional singer. The talent may not be there but the enthusiasm is!

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?


My top memories were doing box jumps with a veil to commemorate my last workout before my wedding, getting my 2k row under 8 minutes, and finally being able to snatch over 100 lbs. 

 Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?

My top goal is still to be able to do an unassisted pull up. In the meantime I am still working on double unders and toes to bar. Most importantly just focusing on a long term goal of consistency with coming to class at least 3 times a week.

October 2023 Athlete of the Month: Meet Jordan Fetters

October 2023 Athlete of the Month: Jordan Fetters 
We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. BOOM! Meet Jordan Fetters! Consistent and encouraging, this expecting father exemplifies what makes our community so special. Let’s dive into his journey at Terminus a little further, and give him a fist bump next time you see him at the gym!

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?

My first day at Terminus was late-October in 2020. Since then, I have improved physically and mentally in many aspects. Physically, I am in better shape, and often ready for a challenge, and I started creating short-term and long-term goals that I had previously never thought possible. Mentally, I find myself embracing the community and being more social and making more friends – definitely a polar opposite prior to Terminus.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?

My wife and I have made friends inside the gym, which has been huge outside the gym! I only spend an hour/day at Terminus, but much more than that with friends outside the gym whether it be the weekly bike rides, movie nights, block parties, even just texting.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?

I am inspired by the 5am core members (you’re all nuts), the new moms & dads, expecting moms & dads, the 6am crew (Chloe, Keenan, Logan, Greg, Jonny, Ben L, Claudia, Shani, Sara, Nigel, the list goes on), and I’m inspired by the new person that comes into the 6am class every now and then. It takes guts to do this once and more to keep coming back. More importantly, I am inspired by the coaches. Grant, Bryson, Sonya, and Old Man Benson are great coaches and inspire me every day. Thank you all for everything you do – you don’t hear it enough.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?

Being a part of Terminus is being a part of a positive and uplifting community that cares for eachother’s successes – whether they be personal, professional, fitness related, etc. We also suffer with eachother for an hour a time a few days per week. When I was in the Marines, we had a tight community. When I got out, I lost the community. It’s difficult when you don’t have a community that can celebrate your successes, help you solve problems, navigate life changes, etc. When I joined Terminus, I did not expect to get that back. I just wanted to get in shape. But I was very pleasantly surprised.

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.

My first day was a 7:30pm class (RIP) and Trent was the coach. We did back squats and a metcon with overhead squats and toes-to-bar. I could not walk the next day. Trent and the 7:30pm class did a great job projecting the culture and community that has been so positive and consistent since day 1. I knew I would join after that first day, and I have not looked back.

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?

When I was in 7th grade, Heinz was doing a an educational marketing thing and they were asking middle school students to submit a new phrase that would go on their bottles of ketchup. We were all supposed to submit 1 idea, then the teachers would blindly vote on the best 3 from the school to be submitted to Heinz. I got in trouble because I submitted 2 ideas and won both 1st and 2nd place. The 2nd place winner was ‘Meatloaf Enhancer’ and the 1st place winner was ‘Maters fer yur taders’.

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?

Everyone remembers their first pull-up, muscle up, push-up etc. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But, my most memorable moments are my first day at Terminus, my first day at 6am, and the day that Chloe told me I should eat more protein. All life-changing events for me.

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?

I have had a goal to do the Turducken Games and I have been trying to work towards that all year. On the horizon, my wife and I are very happily expecting to be parents on November 27th, so my goals for next year will be different!

July 2023 Athlete of the Month: Meet Sierra Lavin

July 2023 Athlete of the Month: Sierra Lavin 
We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Sierra Lavin! Sierra has been a member since 2019. With a contagiously positive attitude, Sierra sets the the vibe in our afternoon classes. Let’s dive into her journey at Terminus a little further, and give her a high five next time you see her at the gym!

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining? 

I started at Terminus in the summer of 2019, when I was in Atlanta for an internship. I left to finish grad school. When I came back to Atlanta in 2021, one of my first stops was back at Terminus!

It is truly amazing to look back at how far I’ve come. When I started CrossFit, I had never even touched a barbell before. While physically I am so much stronger, I know my mental health has improved a ton. Terminus is my escape from everyday stressors and I get to spend time with some incredible people.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?

Life can get pretty crazy, but Terminus is my consistent homebase in the chaos. I feel much more balanced when I show up to classes throughout the week. Also I am lucky my husband loves Terminus as much as I do, so we get to spend that time together getting fit!

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?

I am inspired by all the strong ladies I get to workout with – members and coaches alike! They encourage me and push me to be my best self. Shout out to the 5pmers, I couldn’t do it without you all.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?

It is easy to feel at home while at Terminus. It is so much fun to be around such a diverse group of people, where we all can bond over our crazy love of fitness. It is the highlight of my day to walk in and be greeted by all these wonderful people I am lucky to call my friends.

Q: Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.

I was terrified! I had no idea what to expect, but I knew I was going way out of my comfort zone. While it was definitely a huge challenge, I was at ease with the amazing coaches and people who helped me every step of the way.

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?

People may not know that I am an identical twin! My sister is my best friend, even though she doesn’t do CrossFit 🙂

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?

I have a very special place for CrossFit in my heart, because it is how I met my husband! We met in a CrossFit gym while we were both living in New York, and I love that we still enjoy the gym together.

Some of my proudest moments were conquering movements I never thought I would be able to do – double unders, handstand push ups, pull-ups! It was so satisfying to see the direct effect of being persistent and not giving up.

Lastly, I really loved the moments when I was nervous to do a heavy lift and didn’t think I could do it. But after getting some much needed encouragement from coaches, I could accomplish my goal! Such an incredible feeling.

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?

In the short term, I want to keep being consistent and work on those newer skills so I can add them into my workouts. Long term, I really want to accomplish some things that seem impossible right now – muscle ups, really heavy lifts. I know with time I will get there.

April 2023 Athlete of the Month: Meet Carl Knight

April 2023 Athlete of the Month: Carl Knight
We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Carl Knight! Sadly this is Carl’s last month with us as he will be moving with his husband to Chicago. As a core member of the afternoon crew, Carl has always shown up, worked hard, and encouraged other members. Not only do we appreciate him for bringing the staff some of his fine baked goods, but also for showing all of us that age is just a number! Don’t forget to give him a high five and a farewell hug next time you see him at the gym! Let’s dive into his journey at Terminus a little further:

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining? 

I joined in November of 2020. I’ve definitely gained overall strength. When I started, my CrossFit total max was back squat 245LB, shoulder press 105 and deadlift285LB (635) and now it’s 280LB, 115LB, 330LB (725)! I’m proud of that progress.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?

The culture and community helps me keep my perspective broad! I’m not afraid to try new activities and seek new adventures, physical and mental! My first response to a new challenge is “why not?” I can pick up a heavy weight, do dozens of pull ups, do hundreds of double unders, suffer through burpees, surely I can do this!

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?

My WOD squad, Lauren Tilson and Diana Wong – these women are so strong and they inspire me every day! Also, it’s good to have a small crew to complain about the horrors that Ben has concocted before we do it anyway.  All the 6pm peeps who come out every day and put in the work Ro, Ruslan, Sam, Sam, – we all encourage each other and cheer each other on, to the last of us at each WOD

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?

It’s a collaborative, cooperative group, working to a common goal – better fitness and health, NO MATTER WHERE each individual is on that journey. I get great joy out of the encouragement and coaching we all give each other.
Also, the coaches themselves are pretty swell.  I’m looking at you, Patrick and Madison and Ryan!

Q: Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.

Back squats! Terminus, you had me at hello! I remember Trent (who was coaching at the time) watching me intently, but giving me enough space to understand my level of competency and not just assuming skill (or lack thereof).

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?

I can crochet a lovely scarf.

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?

*This year was my 9th Open!
*The first time I cleaned over 145LB – I was stuck at that number for SO LONG!
*Getting my double unders strung together – if you don’t have them today, my advice is just keep trying. If I can get them, you can too.

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?

To keep working hard and cherish every moment until the last day. Who knows, maybe I’ll get another PR between now and May 10th!

Terminus Ladies Killing the Game!

Congratulations to members Nicole Quilliam and Arielle Sanders on their huge accomplishments over the weekend!

Nicole PR’d her marathon time at the Houston Marathon – running an impressive 2:52:00!

Arielle placed 8th at Wodapalooza in Miami, earning TWO event wins on the final day.

 

So proud of your ladies!

Turducken Games WOD Announcement!

Workout 1: Holiday Traffic
For Time:
In 20 foot sections Partner 1 completes then partner 2 completes:
20 Double DB Deadlifts
200’ Farmer Carry
10 Devil Press
200’ shuttle run
Then both complete
200’ Wheel barrow walk
RX:M#50/ W#35
Scaled:M#35/ W#20

Workout 2: Mashed Potatoes
Rx: Partner 14 min AMARAP
60 Cal Row(MM) (52MF) (45FF)
50 Toes to Bar
40 Wall Ball shots M #20 to 10’/ W#14 to 9’
30 Power cleans M#135/W#95
20 Bar Muscle Ups
*Switch Partners as needed

Scaled
60 Cal Row(MM) (52MF) (45FF)
50 Hanging knee raise
40 Wall Ball shots M #16 to 10’/ W#10 to 9’
30 Power cleans M#95/W#65
20 Pull-ups

Workout 3: Dinner with the in-laws
RX: 9 Minute clock
Complete 6 alternating rounds (3 rounds each partner)
9 Thrusters M#115/W#85
36 Double Unders
With remaining time complete
Max Rep Squat cleans M#195/W#135

Scaled: 9 Minute clock
Complete 6 alternating rounds
9 Thrusters M#95/W#65
54 Single Unders
With remaining time complete
Max Rep Squat cleans M#125/W#85

Final Workout: TBA

Don’t fret about the pull-ups & bar muscle-ups! This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself & rise to the occasion! We plan on forming partnerships based on strengths and weaknesses. It’s ok to rely on your partners to carry you a little bit!

The Turducken Games are back for year 2!

We invite all current and former Terminus members to compete in this friendly partner competition! The competition will be held on Saturday November 12th from 8am-12pm. The competition will be made up of 3 scored events + a surprise floater event. There will be an Rx division and a scaled division! You pick the division, we pick your partner! The Top 3 teams from each category will compete in a final workout as well! Cost to sign up is $10 plus a non perishable food item to be delivered to the free fridge in EAV before Thanksgiving. Top podium spots will be competing for a chance to win a Turkey! If you do not wish to compete, but still want to participate, we would love to have you as a volunteer!

8 quick competition tips:

  1.  Eat a sufficient amount of food the day before competition. Consider increasing nutrient dense carbs a bit more than you normally eat.
  2. Hydrate the day before competition and on competition day. Drink a minimum of 64oz water. Consider adding electrolytes.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep. Start winding down by 9:30. Lights out by 10pm.
  4. Do not eat or drink anything out of the ordinary on competition day. Stick to the norm. Eat a sufficient breakfast and do not do anything weird like experiment with pre-workout for the first time.
  5. Short workouts require a longer warmup. If it’s a sprint workout, make sure you’ve gotten your heart rate high and worked up a good sweat. Longer workouts require less warm-up time but make sure your body is loose and you’ve talked through strategy with your partner.
  6.  Immediately following each workout, make sure you cool down at about 50% effort for at least 5 minutes. This will allow your body to be more fresh for the next workout.
  7.  Plan to eat something with protein and carbs within 20 minutes after each event. Eat/drink a little bit, even if you don’t feel hungry.
  8. Enjoy the day! Nerves are good. Be proud of yourself for doing something challenging.

Halloween At Terminus!

 

Halloween means partner pumpkin WODs at Terminus! In our normal Saturday class times we encouraged our members to get creative with their costumes and gave brownie points for coordinating. We provided pumpkins that were incorporated into each movement of the workout, and you can tell what a great time our people had!

Terminus Dominates On the Field

After a lengthy off-season due to COVID, Terminus is back and better than ever – fielding a championship coed flag football team! The crew, made up of members from all different class times, participated in the Sunday morning Piedmont Park league and took home a championship win together! We’re looking forward to another awesome season in 2023!

Hip Hop = Functional Fitness

Hip Hop is Back! Terminus members took the dance floor with this specialty class – having loads of fun, laughter, and a great workout too!  This event was FREE for Terminus members and their friends!  Our instructor, Mandi Young, came back for the fourth year in a row to challenge our members, and she was a fantastic leader! Here’s to another dance off in 2023!