Customer of the MonthJune

Glo Ross

 

We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Glo Ross! Glo is an awesome addition to the 5am Family! You’ll never catch Glo in a situation where she isn’t giving 110%! Her focus on technique and proper movement patterns is almost unequalled, and she is no doubt one of the most coachable athletes at Terminus! 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’ve been at Terminus for about 14 months now. Since joining, I’ve noticed changes in my strength (my chest-to-bar pull-ups feel much stronger) and mobility (the video links in the cool-down section of the push press app are golden).

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
Being injured and having to scale so many of the movements during the WOD has helped strengthen my ability to go at my own pace in any setting and not let comparison to others steal my personal victories.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Every single person who shows up! The ladies of 5 am, especially Kathryn and Emily, always get after it and give it their all every day. And the coaches—they’re always willing to help me modify the workout and encourage me to go hard despite my limitations.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
To me, it feels like a welcoming and supportive place to choose your own adventure with your fitness journey. There are world-class athletes training next to first-timers—all showing up and doing what they can to get a little bit better.

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
It was a Saturday hero WOD with Coach Sonya. I don’t remember the details, but I know there was SO much running and SO many pull-ups… I was the last one to finish, and folks cheered me on until the end. The quality coaching and the great vibes brought me back.

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I spent my childhood in the Marshall Islands. Beautiful people, islands, and ocean, with an ugly legacy of US nuclear testing. Many folks don’t know about the Marshall Islands, but look it up when you get a chance.

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
There have been times when I’ve amazed myself – like when I achieved legless rope climbs and maxed out my bench press. But honestly, my most recent proudest moment was performing an unassisted squat to a box without any pain. I’m also proud of all the strength I’ve built in my glutes and my hip flexors. These achievements may seem unremarkable, but I assure you that I’ve never worked harder for a goal.

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?
I was inspired by all the Terminus athletes who participated in the Open this year. I hope to join y’all in 2025.

Memorial Day Murph

Memorial day is approaching which means it’s almost time for “Murph”! Every year on Memorial Day, people across the globe honor fallen service members by completing the “Murph” challenge. “Murph” honors the life of Lieutenant Michael Murphy from Patchogue, NY, who died serving in Afghanistan on August 15th, 2005.

On Monday, May 27th we will challenge ourselves with “Murph” as a reminder of how grateful we are for those who protect and serve our country, while also remembering and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.

Classes will be approx. 75 minutes in length. Our class times will be: 7:30am, 9:00am, & 10:30am.

Murph” is done for time and consists of:

A one-mile run

100 pull-ups

200 push-ups

300 squats

Another one-mile run

  • Partition Pull-ups, Push-ups and Air Squats as needed
  • Optional: complete with a weighted vest

The beauty of “Murph” is that the workout will meet you where you are in your fitness journey. We will guide you with many variations including a partner variation to ensure everyone is challenged appropriately. Make sure to ask a coach in the coming days about scaling or partner options if you’re ready to tackle the challenge.

In anticipation of “Murph”, make sure your hands are ready for 100 pull ups (or whatever variation you’re completing)! Check out Victory Grips for incredible hand protection, and be sure to use this affiliate link https://bit.ly/victory-terminus for 10% off!

May 2024 Athlete of the Month – Eli Dent

We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Eli Dent! Eli is a relatively new member of the Terminus family, and is quickly approaching his 1-year anniversary! Eli proves that CrossFit can have a positive impact on your life and activities outside the gym. Let’s dive into his journey at Terminus a little further, and give him a high five 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?
It’s been 11 months. Almost a full year! That’s insane to think about. I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt both mentally and physically.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
This was my first real Crossfit gym and so there was a LOT of learning when it came to the movements and exercises. Some of which I never thought I’d be able to do (muscle-ups). Learning the new movements has given me more confidence when facing new challenges at work. It’s been a big year of learning new skills for work and sometimes that’s daunting, but seeing progress in my workouts keeps me optimistic that I’m moving forward.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Oh man, there are so many! Coach Madi really inspired me at the Turducken Games last year with her 50 Double-unders unbroken on the final workout…she was clearly tired, but that didn’t stop her. Not once! I still get fired up thinking about that. Nigel inspired me with his performance on the final Friday Night Lights workout during the Open. He laid it all out there. And finally, both Courtney and Natalie. They are some of the nicest and most consistent people. Every time I’ve done a Friday workout with them and come away completely exhausted, I think: there’s no way these people are coming back for the Saturday morning workout too… and then I drive by the next morning and see these two doing the warm up jog around the block. That consistency is so inspiring. These are a few of the people that stick out to me right now, but it’s without fail that I get inspired everytime I go.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
It’s like having an extended family that’s always positive and supportive.

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
I was anxious to say the least! And when it was announced that we were new members here, we got invited to trivia afterwards. It was truly the best welcome and I’m so thankful for everyone that made us feel at home here.

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
Before moving to Atlanta, my wife and I built out a cargo van and lived/traveled in that for 7 months with our pup Finn. We tried the whole tiktok thing for it once called finnyandthedents.

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
Practicing my handstand walks on Sundays with John Ben Alex and Jacquan, getting a real ring muscle-up!, being a part of Team Corgis in the Open.

 Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?
I really want to be able to compete in the RX division for the next Turducken Games. Last year the RX weights were too heavy for me, but maybe not this year!

March Athlete of the Month – Antti Kekkonen

We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Antti Kekkonen. Antti has been a member of the Terminus family since 2016. Not only a beast in our daily training, Antti proves that CrossFit can have a positive impact on your life and activities outside the gym. Let’s dive into his journey at Terminus a little further, and give him 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 2016 I think, I transferred from CrossFit Decatur after we moved to Benteen Park. The physical changes after joining CrossFit were pretty significant, my body composition and energy levels definitely changed for the better. On a mental note, CrossFit is the perfect form of stress relief and a way to energize my mind. If I ever have things stressing me out, usually they’re gone by the time I hit that last rep of the workout. One finds perspective in life through physical suffering of a good EMOM.

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

This is huge. Being in good physical form has shielded me from work related injuries, I am certain of this. Knocking on wood.

 

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

As I’m getting up there myself, I get inspiration from all the seasoned athletes coming in and taking care of business and by the wisdom that they bring! You’ve gotta have the courage to scale if your body tells you so.

 

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

I think Terminus is extraordinary with an extremely supportive community. At Terminus there is a place for everybody, Terminus gives as much as you are willing to accept.

 

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

This I remember well. It was at the old location with Emily, the only class I ever participated in over there. It was snatches, that whole damn week all snatches! I was shopping around for a new gym that week and every gym was snatching the day I was there.

 

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

I was second tenor in my university male choir!

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

There are so many, but off the top of my head. I remember feeling very accomplished after I got my first handstand pull over at CFD with Coach Johnny. Another memory that I actually am a little proud of is the time people wanted to call an EMS after I redlined on the assault bike. Third…(suddenly feeling all serious) I have to give credits to Emily and Ben, the whole Terminus team and community over how the COVID shutdown was handled. The situation was desperate and impossible, I can’t even begin to imagine being a business owner in those circumstances. The virtual classes were up and running so quick, maybe even the first day of shutdown. Those classes built structure into a surreal reality, at that point in time Terminus was a true anchor of sanity. I also remember how comforting those social zoom events were that we held on Fridays. For many people these were the only connections outside of their nuclear family. Thank you!

 

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

My goal is to get a few workouts done every week for many weeks and years to come.

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!

Customer of the MonthMarch

Amanda Tuttle

I think my time at Terminus has helped me be accountable and solidified the absolute need to exercise for my sanity and mental health

March 2023 Athlete of the Month: Amanda Tuttle
We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Amanda Tuttle! Amanda is a long time Terminus member (5+ years!), and this honor is well overdue. Amanda always shows up, works hard, encourages others, participates in all the events, invites others to coffee after class, and occasionally calls people on their shit when they need a little extra push. She is a core member of the community and exemplifies fitness as a lifestyle, not just a short term solution.
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? 

According to a text I got from Patrick in February, I’ve been at Terminus for 5 years.  Physically, I haven’t noticed any drastic changes.  My fitness level has ebbed and flowed for sure, but mentally – I think my time at Terminus has helped me be accountable and solidified the absolute need to exercise for my sanity and mental health.

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

Socially, more than anything.  I didn’t know many people when I moved here, and since living in Atlanta, I’ve always had a remote job with significant travel which can make meeting friends difficult.  Of course, there’s always the added awkwardness of being an adult and trying to make new friends.  That’s fun.  Anyway, the point is, I’ve made life-long friends at Terminus and they’re the coolest.

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

SO MANY.  Honestly, anyone that walks through the doors (coaches included) because that means that they beat out all the excuses or reasons that could’ve prevented them from making a conscious decision to put themselves first for at least an hour that day.  Okay, maybe they were a little unconscious when they decided if they are a 5AM’er, but still.  You’re all amazing!!

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

It’s an intimidating environment to walk into initially despite your fitness level, but once you do, you realize it’s an incredible group of people that bring out the best in each other and everyone wants what’s best for you.   Also, the first time you hear Patrick say “pee-pee potty,” the intimidation factor will likely go down a notch or two.

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

Oh man. I have no clue what my first day was like.  I do know it was a week or two before the open, and I remember being very humbled in 18.1. It was a 20 min AMRAP that involved toes-to-bar.  I remember hanging and flailing from the bar trying to get the kip down.  I couldn’t, so ultimately I hung there and did strict toes-to-bar.  I’m pretty sure my hip flexors were so sore that I could barely walk for a week.  Ha, I guess not much has changed. :)

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

I really hate select-a-size paper towels.  Also, I played women’s handball for a season because I thought that was the only sport where I had a shot at becoming an Olympian. Turns out, the outcome is the same regardless of the sport.

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

There are so many memories, but I’d say getting my first bar muscle-up after class one day, and then getting a couple in the open that year.  Learning to do kipping and chest-to-bar pull-ups.  Doing a Halloween workout dressed as Posh Spice.  I still think we should’ve won best costume that year.

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

I need to be better at doing accessory work outside of the workouts.  It’s something I used to do all the time and doing so improves my overall fitness significantly, but it’s easy to make excuses and opt out.  I’ve been working on my butterfly pull-ups. Very much a work in progress, but it’s something I want to get proficient at.

Customer of the MonthFebruary

John Alexis

We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet John Alexis! John is a fixture in our 7PM night owls class. Unwilling to let his injuries control his life; John came to us at the behest of his wife after multiple knee surgeries. It has been beautiful to watch John break through his limitations, and build back his confidence & physical abilities. Let’s celebrate John’s growth, and perseverance by giving him a fist bump the next time you’re 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 joined Terminus in November 2020 and when I started my goal was just to be more healthy and active. I have had knee surgery on both knees a total of 5 times and have multiple other leg and shoulder injuries from years of competitive athletics so exercise beyond weight training has always been a challenge. In the past two years I have lost over 60lbs and feel better physically than I have in years. Although my knees and other injuries will always be a limitation I am moving much better and am doing things, athletically, that I have not been able to do in more than 25 years. Just walking and climbing stairs used to be a challenge but now I feel stronger, am in less pain and more confident in my own skin.

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

For those who know me well, I am heavily introverted and tend to be very quiet and not really social. Since joining, one of my favorite things about Terminus is the community, over the past two years I have met so many people and established friendships that I probably never would have if I was working out at some place like Planet Fitness. All of this has helped me to be more confident socially both at the gym and in my personal & professional life which has been awesome.

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

Of course the coaches, all of you have inspired and pushed me to try things I never would have imagined I could do and encouraged me along the way. With that said, I cannot forget my 7pm (formerly 7:30pm) crew, you know who you are. I have and will stay committed to this class and it has been awesome to see everyone on their own journeys and achieving their goals. They motivate me everyday to be better, work harder and have fun and I am thankful for each of them. So thanks to my 7pm peeps for being you!

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

I really enjoy the community at Terminus, it feels like family and a place where you can be unapologetically yourself. The support and encouragement from everyone at Terminus is amazing no matter who it is. Whether it’s cheering each other on, encouraging you to go farther than you ever have, providing a tip or trick, doing something for the community or just having fun that’s what Terminus is about.

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

Haha, I remember that day clearly. It was a cold November night, when I arrived we had to wait outside and checkin with the coach due to COVID. I was unsure and nervous but when I walked in I was greeted by Trent with a Hi you must be John, welcome to Terminus. This caught me by surprise but help me to relax a little. We started class and Trent repeatedly made sure I was good throughout the first class and was understanding the movements which I appreciated. I remember thinking to myself man I never thought I would need to be this coordinated to work out and what’s with the gymnastics. I left exhausted, sore and a bit frustrated that I couldn’t do some of the movements but that is what kept me coming back.

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

I am a proud Canadian, born and raised. I absolutely love cars and have been working on or rebuilding them since I was 12.

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

1) Getting healthy and losing 60lbs 2) Doing my first full squat with weight 3) Placing 3rd at the Turducken games with my teammate Brent Smith.

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

In short, just being consistent. My life is extremely busy but as long as a get my 7pm time I am good to go and ready for anything.