AUGUST MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet Karyn Pringle
Age: 49
Day job: Receptionist at Hunter IVF
Tell us something we don’t know about you? My Favorite holiday destination is Hawaii
Fitness Background (before starting CrossFit) Played a variety of sports, a long, long time ago.
Why did you start CrossFit? Lifestyle change and haven’t looked back since
How has CrossFit changed your life? To put it simply, I feel better!
What’s your favourite WOD or movement? Power cleans and Box jumps
What’s your current goal? To survive each WOD
What do you love most about the CF Hunter community? The people, it’s a fun welcoming environment.

MAY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet Ashleigh Clarke
Age: 24
Day job: Registered Nurse
Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I know a lot about the NRL for a girl.
Fitness background? (before starting CrossFit)
My mum told me when I was younger that I needed to pick one sport and put all my focus into that sport. I never could pick one so I did all of them. I played netball, touch football, represented my school at cross-country and athletics and competed at State and Nationals for Surf Life Saving and swimming.
Why did you start CrossFit?
This guy called Aaron Ming (Hongy) convinced me it was a good idea and he wanted to show people that he could actually get a girlfriend.
I wanted to try something new and something I never would have considered trying.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
Crossfit has changed my perspective on the way I train. Before I started Crossfit I was running at least 50km a week and was bored and tired and lost motivation. Every time I come to train at Crossfit Hunter there is something different everyday or a new technique to learn so I never get bored and I’m always looking forward to the session.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement?
Box jumps or anything with running in it
What’s your current goal?
To compete in a competition
What do you love most about the CF Hunter community?
Everyone encourages you through the workouts and they keep pushing you till your finished. I like that it is a massive team sport because I’ve grown up mostly in individual sports.

MARCH MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet Leanne Jervis!
Age: 35
Day job: Client Service Coordinator at SiDCOR chartered accountants
Tell us something we don’t know: I did the Kokoda Track back in 2010
Fitness background (Before Crossfit): Chasing children for the last 5 years, before then resistance training and running
Why did you start Crossfit: I needed to do something for myself and wanted a positive atmosphere with supportive people. I didn’t want to join a normal gym as I knew I wouldn’t go. I wanted something where people would push me and make sure I turn up every day. My hubby had been doing Crossfit and loved it so I thought why not give it a try! I did and like the everyone else, I’m addicted.
How has Crossfit changed your life: Besides being sore all the time (haha) and my hands being torn. I think it’s really shown me that you get out what you put in.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement: Deadlifts
What’s your current goal: To do Pull-ups and nail double unders
What do you love most about Crossfit Hunter: What’s not to love. The 5:30am crew are amazing! They have me in stitches laughing every morning and encourage me to keep going when you feel like quitting. Everyone encourages you and makes you do things you thought you couldn’t do. It really is a great place to train and it’s all because of the wonderful coaches and beautiful people that turn up every day and put in everything they have.

FEBRUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet Matthew Clarke/Powers (AKA Banana)
Age:22
Day job: Lifeguard/Swimming Teacher
Tell us something we don’t know about you? I speak Hungarian
Fitness Background (before starting CrossFit) Mainly eating as many pizzas as fast as possible!
Why did you start Crossfit? Because exercise is good for you and I had heard CrossFit gets results!
How has CrossFit changed your life? The biggest and probably best change so far is that I no longer fit my mother’s bra’s lol, Aside from that the fact that every day I have something to work towards! This has a positive impact on everything in my life. Every time I step into the box I am making a positive change to my life, I now feel a sense of pride and satisfaction that I haven’t felt for a very long time.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement? SQUATS SQUATS AND MORE SQUATS
What’s your current goal? To beat skinny Justin’s back squat, then to beat puny Wardy’s back squat. Then to get my body fat down to below 15%
What do you love most about the CF Hunter community? Compassionate accountability. That if I am not turning up there are people that help keep me accountable because they care. To know there is a community of people that care about my health and wellbeing out of no other reason that altruism is emboldening every day.

JANUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet Kylie Paddison (The energiser bunny)
Age: 33
Day job: Injury Management Advisor
Tell us something we don’t know about you? I ran Against Jana Pittman multiple times at State/National Athletics championships in hurdles. Needless to say, she was much better than me. 
Fitness Background (before starting CrossFit) – Growing up I was a keen Basketball player and right into Athletics. I played representative Basketball for many years and it even got me a trip to the USA to play against colleague teams for a month. Trip of a life time. I pretty much played whatever sport I could at school, as I just loved sport. In my mid-teens I took up touch football after watching my brother play nationals. I played this at a representative level and still dabble every now and then. Just prior to joining the CrossFit cult, I was right into my long distance running (half marathon) and triathlons. I also Love Snowboarding.
Why did you start CrossFit? A couple of girls that I play touch with known Shal (who now owns Street Fx). She was training out of CrossFit Attitude at Mayfield (Now CrossFit origin) at the time and she recommended the girls come and do a session with her once a week for fitness. I tagged along and hated it. I thought it was so silly. Then I got talking to one of the guys at work that was right into CrossFit and I was complaining about the stupid kipping pull-up to him. He bet me I wouldn’t be able to master it in a week. He showed me a few tips and I practiced and nailed it. I showed him and I have loved the challenges ever since.
How has CrossFit changed your life? CrossFit isn’t just about the training, it’s a lifestyle. I train hard, I eat well (most of the time, I follow the 80/20 rule) and I empower who I am. It’s made me fitter than ever before (pre baby), more confident and is a great stress reliever for life/my line of work. It makes me happy and it pushes me to limits that I didn’t think I could and I try and transfer that motto into your everyday life. I have also made some lifelong friends.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement? I love Helen and my favourite movements are definitely box jumps, pull ups and running.
What’s your current goal? My goals now to before I had Taytum (she is my 14 month old daughter) are very different. I believe they are more balanced. My current training goal is just to be Awesome at life really and be the best version of myself. I also want to be a positive, influential, strong, empowering female role model for my little girl. I believe that is so important in today’s society.
What do you love most about the CF Hunter community? I love the kids and the parents. 9.30am is my favourite session, despite the fact Taytum may whinge in the pram and test out her lunges at times (sorry guys :P) When all of the kids and parents are there training, it truly warms my heart, as being a parent is the toughest, yet most rewarding thing you will do and to see everyone making that time to put their health and fitness first in their busy lives (and trust me, you don’t know what busy is until you have kids) is amazing. Hats off to you all and what great role models you are being for your kids.

DECEMBER MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet Nick Hill aka Rick or Harley Quinn

Age: 25 Years young
Day job: Lubrication technician at Eraring Power Station
Fitness Background (before starting Crossfit)
 I played a year of AFL, two years of Rugby and six years of soccer. Been to different gyms on and off since the age of 16.
Why did you start Crossfit? Nerida Bint convinced me to try Crossfit, I’ve been doing it ever since.
How has CrossFit changed your life? Crossfit changed my life by allowing me to eat all the Raj’s corner I want guilt free!
What’s your favourite WOD or movement? My favourite movement would be squat cleans or anything that doesn’t involve pushing a barbell overhead.
What’s your current goal? Current goal/s – Handstands and improve my Snatching
What do you love most about the CF Hunter community? Corey Bruce (Pup) is what I love most about the CFH community and is why I get out of bed every morning.

MAY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet Tony Rose AKA Mr T
Age: 45 Years Old.  The older I become. The fitter I get…
Occupation: Electrician. Signal Electrician on the Railway – Shift Worker.
Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I love to watch youtube clips that make me cry.
The simple act of caring remains an endless ripple…
Fitness Background:
I grew up on Bar Beach Ave so I pretty much surfed everyday as a grommet at Bar Reef and sailed in the summer months on Lake Macquarie and Port Hunter. In my 30’s I loved long distant running.
Why did you start Crossfit:
Health! Working in a safety critical environment my company provided regular health checks for all employees. Over a number of years from the age of 38, my body and wellbeing began to trend downwards. Key performance indicators such as muscle mass, bone mass, blood pressure/glucose and HDL cholesterol all illustrated my slow decline in overall health.
I looked at my options of a ‘Global Gym’ versus a ‘Crossfit – Box’ and I thought to myself it was time to do life differently. I have never looked back at my decision to change to our Box – Crossfit Hunter.
How has Crossfit changed your life?
I felt a true change within myself during Open Work-out 16.4 (scaled). In those 13 minutes of pain I acknowledged that continuous hard work and a passion to try just that bit more can lead to a healthy existence in my late 40’s and beyond. Can 1 hour of Crossfit training out of a possible 24 hour day really make a difference to my physical health and mental wellbeing? YES.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement?
Give me any cardio or plyometric move and I will do it passionately – box jump paired with burpees. Love them.
If I am loving those movements, do you know what I am fearing? All barbell workouts. Snatch – I lack confidence under the bar.  Cleans or Power Cleans – I am still using my arms versus my whole body to do all the work. “When the arms bend, the power ends” is my motto to change my ways.
What’s your current goal?
Rx Master Men 50’s in the Open.
Current age – 45. Therefore, I have the next 5 years to develop barbell confidence and a host of other short term goals including muscle ups, HSPU, overhead squats, pistol squats to complete my long term dream. It really will be one rep at a time until I can do AMRAP.
What do you love most about the CF Hunter Community?
I feel every single member that turns up for a CF Hunter’s class is passionate about health and is passionate about fitness.
I feel every single member that turns up for a CF Hunter’s class wants to fulfil a goal of any scale, of any magnitude because CF Hunter focuses on being better than yesterday.
The CF Hunter Community is as simple as the push and pull exercises we do in the class.
Push: We push each other to excel in health and fitness.
Pull: We pull together to fulfil our goals, hopes and aspirations.

FEBRUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet this months member in spotlight – Kristie Howard
Age: 40
Day Job: Single mum to four kids, first & foremost. As well as a Checkout operator at Woolworths.
Tell us something we don’t know about you? I’m a closet nerd, have quite the collection of Sci-Fi films including Star Trek & I am also a huge Marvel fan.
Fitness Background (before starting CrossFit) Believe it or not I used to be very sedentary and was borderline morbidly obese. My weight loss journey which I’m very proud to say stands at 50 kilos lost, started around six years ago. It introduced me to running, cardio classes and boot camp style training.
Why did you start CrossFit? About three years ago my best friend was training in CrossFit & would talk about it all the time (how strange lol) and kept telling me I’d love it, I’d hit a plateau in my weight loss and thought I’d give it a go. I’ve never looked back!!
How has CrossFit changed your life? CrossFit has changed my life in so many ways, not only has it enabled me to become the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been. It dramatically changed the way I look at my body, the focus completely shifted from how my body looked, to focusing on what my body can do instead. CrossFit has not only helped me become stronger physically but mentally as well, it has given me so much self-confidence, a new found belief in myself and has unearthed one hell of a determined and fierce woman! I now compete and for the first time in my life call myself an athlete not to mention made some amazing friendships and relished in being a part of and belonging to one of the most amazing communities around.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement? I love anything with a barbell and am a little partial to double unders, a good chipper & my favourite girl is Annie.
What’s your current goal? The rig is like my arch nemesis lol gymnastics is a weakness of mine so to dominate the rig is right up there as number one goal. Amongst many!
What do you love most about the CF Hunter community? Changing boxes was huge step for me and everyone at CrossFit Hunter has made me feel so welcomed and accepted. I just love how friendly and supportive you all are! All the coaches are amazing and have been so helpful and made me feel right at home. You guys rock! I’m so proud to call CrossFit Hunter my second home.

JANUARY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Meet this months member in spotlight – Brittany Smith
Age: 17
Day job: Year 12 Student at St Philips Christian College, Waratah and work a part time job as a receptionist at Total Balance Chiropractic.
Tell us something we don’t know about you: Unlike most people, I can lick my elbow, It has won me a bet or two.
Fitness Background (before starting CrossFit):
Before Crossfit I was a dancer, a gymnast, played hockey, soccer, did nippers, and was a competitive swimmer.
Why did you start Crossfit:
I started Crossfit when my mum convinced me to go and after watching the Fit and Fresh competition that she was entering, the atmosphere, the movements, the people all intrigued me into starting. I was looking to get stronger and fitter in a team environment and try new things.
How has CrossFit changed your life:
Crossfit has changed my outlook on health and fitness incredibly. I feel so much stronger, fitter. I look forward to getting up every morning, doing something new, conquering something I never thought I would be able to do and always striving towards a new goal or a new movement/weight. I can definitely say that I have become addicted and I look forward to exercising every morning surround by the most amazing, motivational, supportive and inspirational people.
What’s your favourite WOD or movement: Overhead Squats, Split Jerks, Box Jumps