At No Mercy CrossFit we believe that hard work should be recognized! Each month, our trainers collectively choose one member that stands out and represents what our community is all about. The award isn’t necessarily given to who is on top of the leader board, who attends the most classes each week, or any one thing in particular. It is based on constant effort, commitment to a healthier lifestyle, and those who inspire and support their fellow members.

June No Mercy Athlete of the Month

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This months Athlete of the Month goes to Todd Voskuhl. In looking back on Todd over the last year he has made some really big gains. He has shown more focus in his nutrition and it can really be seen by how much he has physically changed looking back at old gym pictures. Todd seems to be very soft spoken and usually doesn’t draw to much attention to himself unless he is with his side kick Mike Swink aka partner in crime. Todd pushes himself and challenges himself to do some crazy stuff like ring muscle ups with a vest on or doing it in full Police uniform. I have seen Todd doing more workouts lately with a vest on than anyone else from what I have seen. Keep up the great work Todd. Your efforts do not go unrecognized. #nomercystrong

 

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May Athlete of the Month at No Mercy……

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Life is hard, CrossFit is hard, being a teenager is hard. Being a teen in a CrossFit class when your parents own the gym is very hard. Your held to a little bit higher standard, fair or not. Our newest award winner has been training with the No Mercy classes for a little over a year consistently even though it has never been something that was” her thing”.  No Mercy trainer Holly Mikolajewski has chosen Kendall Mikolajewski as the May recipient. I am so proud of Kendall, and the progress she has made.

She use to complain about training. Now she just gets ready after school, and puts her head down and works. She use to avoid the pull-up rig like the plague now she is doing pull-ups with a band, and challenges herself with not only weight but also adds in new skills regularly. Kendall moves a barbell like it’s her job, and displays some serious strength. CrossFit may never be her thing, or it may just turn into just that. The transformation in Kendall is awesome to witness. She now opens up a lil bit more in class, and makes sure she finishes very single wod, and thats what’s important. She never quits no matter what. Kendall has a tough exterior, but a huge heart of gold. Being a middle child is never easy, and it would be easy to get overshadowed, but Kendall has her own talent, and that is physical strength that few 8th grade girls can hold a candle to. She could compete in powerlifting right now and hold her own. To watch Kendall back squat is a thing of beauty.  It is cool that Kendall has so many strong, and fit female athletes to look up to in the gym.

As a parent you always want to see your children succeed, and it is cool to see them win, but in Kendall’s case just seeing her participate, and making a name for herself on her terms in the gym is priceless. Kendall has earned this award for demonstrating great work ethic, hustle, and determination, and for that we are proud. The world is yours Kendall Mikolajewski….and if you just keep pushing you will achieve anything you want in this life. Take the road less traveled Kendall, and carve out a lane just for you.  For all your effort, see Holly to grab your award. So very proud of you KENDALL!!!!!!

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April Athlete of the Month

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This month I have decided to choose a guy for our athlete of the month honor that is truly deserving. After a brief time away from the gym he came roaring back in after he realized how much he missed training. He never missed a beat. He works his tail off and supports the community whole heartedly. This guy is a gifted athlete that also competes in martial arts. Steve Curtis is our newest winner.

Steve soaks up training advice like a sponge and has a knack for gymnastic movements. Even though there are lifts that Steve struggles with such as OH Squats he laughs it off and continues to plug away. A true joy to have in class for the coaches and never a dull moment to train alongside.  I can’t think of a more genuine guy that likes to work hard but never loses sight of why we do this stuff…..to be better at life. Steve has came so far in a short time because of that solid work ethic and never takes for granted the fact that he is able to train. If you ever want to be amazed ask Steve to demo some insane clapping push ups!!!! It is a real pleasure to have you as a member of the No Mercy Community Steve. That personality is contagious and something to be admired. Congrats buddy! You deserve it!!!!!! See Franchise, Holly, or Chelsea for your reward.

-joey franchise

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No Mercy March Athlete of the Month

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This month’s athlete of the month is Angie Palbas. Her dedication to not only the gym but the no mercy community is beyond compare. Each and every day she comes to the gym and gives every workout her all. She is constantly improving her lifts and her gymnastic movements. Recently her focus being on getting her kipping pull ups. With her dedication to improvement and dedication to attaining her goals I have no doubt that it won’t be long till we see Angie rocking out sets of pull ups soon.

                Her positivity and constant support in the gym is infectious and everyone who trains with her instantly takes on a new attitude. That kind of ability to bring out the best in people around her and ability to make this community what it is, is incredible.

                Angie doesn’t just come in right at the start of class then leave after the wod. She takes time working extra on mobility and recovery and I honestly don’t think I have ever once seen her skip an auxiliary! That type of resolve is what No Mercy is all about! Excellent work Angie I can’t wait to see how far you will go! Please see Franchise, Holly, or Chelsea to collect your prize.

-Chelsea Sellers

 

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February Athlete of the Month…..

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So as we venture into “Love Month”, I have only love for our next Athlete of The Month. This guy comes into the gym with a huge smile on his face and is always looking to see what his next challenge is in the WOD. He asks questions for possible modifications, weight suggestions or just to see how bad the WOD actually was. Your February Athlete is Sammy Mikolajewski.

Sammy is the type of athlete/crossfitter any coach would love to have in class. He has a great work ethic and loves to push others around him, even during the toughest wods. He may not be the fastest at every wod, he may not be the strongest, but he has the biggest engine! Watching Sam move a bar on a Full Squat Snatch is one that we all could study and learn from. He has even taught me a couple things. The bar is set high…pun intended…when he is in the building. As a coach, having Sam come into the gym is rewarding. When the workout is over and everyone is flat on their backs, Sam is the first one to come to you and say “Great Job”.

The next time you see Sammy, give him a big ol’ High Five, it’ll be a low five for him.

Congrats Sammy, keep up the great work, your coaches notice.-Dustin “D-Lo” Brown

It is easy to forget how good Sam is at CrossFit and the knowledge he has gained over the years because we have done this together for over 8 years. Since we started at a different gym together I never would of guessed that we would still be at it. Sam brings a quiet confidence to the gym and like Dustin said has learned how to manipulate wods to keep them effective for him as we have gotten older. It is nice having family to share this journey of fitness together and No Mercy is lucky to have this guy around. Congrats Sam you deserve it. See Franchise tomorrow at work to receive your award. Job well done.

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