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Meet the King of the Hill for February 2018!

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NO REP! That’s typically what you hear when you attend a class with this months royalty, Colin. However, to be fair, he does adjust and still manages to take tops on the leader board, after making the corrections. Now imagine how many reps he would have had if he went below parallel from the beginning!

All jokes aside, the first day Colin came into COTH for his trial class, he came right to us and said, “I love this! Here’s my card, take my money”. There isn’t a more competitive athlete at our gym and we’re now pleased to call him our King of the Hill!

Read more about Colin below!


What drew you to CrossFit?

If anyone has spent more than 5 minutes working out with me, I can be a bit competitive. I wanted the competition of my glory days and the ability to counterbalance the beer I consume during the week.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

100% the people. Tewfik went and broke my heart, but Dan, Mike, Fitz, and Sam have more than filled the void. I also like the fact that we are all in this broken dilapidated building together, sweating it out.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

I am absolutely terrible at HSPU (I throw the ABMAT like a child when I’m getting lapped), T2B & PU (Shoulders aren’t great), and DU (Not the most coordinated).

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Dan Riviello decided “No Rep Mackitkatachan”. I feel like that is pretty self explanatory.

What type of workouts do you like (AMRAP, For time, EMOTM, etc)?

For Time

Do you like long, medium, or short workouts?

Medium

Name a few of your favorite movements.

Hang cleans, wall balls, running, push press.

Do you enjoy low reps/ high weight or high reps/ low weight?

Low reps high weight!

Anything else you’d like to see in your workout?

I want to be a workout entirely composed of the things I am WORST at. I want an AMRAP of HSPU, T2B, PU, and DU. You can add a muscle up in there at the end to make it more not my workout.

Meet the Queen of the Hill for January 2018!

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She’s never late, she’s just early for tomorrow 😉. Meet our new Queen of the Hill, Melissa! Mel has probably performed the most burpees in our box from being late to class so many times. It’s no wonder why she likes them. She still shows up and puts in hard work! Congrats Mel!

Read more about our new Queen below and be on the look out for her WOD (which may or may not include burpees)!


What drew you to CrossFit?

I was ready for some change in my workout. Also, I had watched the Crossfit games and wanted biceps and abs.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

It’s close to work, but mainly for the friends and camaraderie. Also, lifting heavy things is fun.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

Being able to lift heavier then I ever had prior

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

I don’t have one 🙁

What type of workouts do you like (AMRAP, For time, EMOTM, etc)?

AMRAP’s and For Time’s

Do you like long, medium, or short workouts?

Short or medium. Long ones are just dreadful.

Name a few of your favorite movements.

Deadlifts, burpees and box jumps!

Do you enjoy low reps/ high weight or high reps/ low weight?

Low reps and bring on the weights!

Anything else you’d like to see in your workout?

Maybe single unders just to throw people off, or cleans? But NO wall balls!

Meet the King of the Hill for December 2017!

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Roll out the red velvet carpets, there’s a new King in town and his name is… (Drum roll please)… Brendan Jeffers! Brendan’s hard work at COTH has finally paid off as he’s been rewarded with the ultimate honor of being our King of the Hill. I know he shed a few tears after we notified him of the honor, but he won’t admit it.

Read more about our new King below and be on the look out for his WOD!


What drew you to CrossFit?

  • Getting bored of coming up with my own workouts in the gym
  • Having good experiences in group fitness classes in the past
  • Seeing how much fun and how great of a workout others were getting out of Crossfit!

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

  • The guarantee of a great workout
  • The progress that I make in the gym
  • The people!

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

Biggest Improvement: Double Unders, kipping pull-ups, power clean
Struggles: Barbell Snatch, Handstand pushups

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Big Jeff… Jeffers turned into Jeff which turned into Big Jeff lol

What type of workouts do you like (AMRAP, For time, EMOTM, etc)?

For time

Do you like long, medium, or short workouts?

Medium

Name a few of your favorite movements.

Running, Rowing, Wall Ball Shots, Deadlift, Pull-ups, Double-Unders, Muscle Ball Slams and a bunch more! haha

Do you enjoy low reps/ high weight or high reps/ low weight?

Higher reps, lower weight

Anything else you’d like to see in your workout?

People not being miserable at the end! lol

Meet the Queen of the Hill for November 2017!

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Ok you sweaty peasants, bow down for our new Queen Hillary Holmes, November’s Queen of the Hill! Since Hillary joined us in April, she’s been one of our most consistent and hard working members! She also just finished competing in her first CrossFit competition, our in-house throw down, to which she placed second in the Women’s RX division! Hillary is one of the most approachable people in our community and is always willing to offer advise, make you her friend or tame teenagers (*cough Felix *cough). She’s also the dog mom to Griff, who’s pretty awesome!

Read more about our new Queen below and be on the look out for her WOD!


What drew you to CrossFit?
I was always a B-team/JV kid growing up – I tried hard and loved team sports but I was never going to be an all-star. But Crossfit gives you the best of both worlds – I get to work hard with friends and encouragement like a team sport, but the daily goal is to be better than I was the day before.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
I love the community! I was new to Boston and y’all embraced me and made this place feel like home very quickly.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest struggle is always the mental game. One of my friends who really encouraged me to try CrossFit gave me some good advice: It’s not about your feelings. I don’t always feel like showing up or pushing through, but if it’s not about my feelings, then that doesn’t matter. That little nugget has definitely pushed me.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
Uhh…we’ll work on it.

What type of workouts do you like (AMRAP, For time, EMOTM, etc)?
For time! I like to be able to plan how I’m going to split it up and that’s a lot harder to do with AMRAPs.

King of the Hill - October 2017

Meet the King of the Hill for October 2017!

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There’s new royalty in town. We’ve crowned Mike Warburton as October’s King of the Hill! Mike consistently attends 6am classes, constantly challenges himself, and has seen tremendous improvements in his performance. Look out for his WOD this month, which we can only assume will light your quads on fire!

Read more about our new King below!


What drew you to CrossFit?
DAN RIVIELLO (he’d probably kill me if I didn’t say that..). But really, I had grown stagnant with my workouts and I had stopped progressing and pushing myself. I needed a new challenge and something I wouldn’t get bored with right away — I am so happy I did try it out and have never looked back since!

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
The coaches and community make it feel like a real family here. I’m also the type of person that needs to be pushed out of my comfort zone in order to get better and there is tons friendly competition and coaches here that do that.

Biggest Improvements/Struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest improvements since I’ve joined are definitely gymnastic movements and making form a priority overall. Anyone who knows me will tell you my biggest struggle — two words— DOUBLE UNDERS. And I have the marks on my arms and legs to prove it 🙂

Meathead Nickname?
Never really had one — friends in college used to call me Wooba which I guess is a play on my last name.. so there’s that.

Meet the Queen of the Hill for September 2017!

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Bow dow to your newest, fairest ruler of the land/the hill for September – 2017, Caitlin Cashner!

Read more about our new queen below!


What drew you to CrossFit?
The variety of the workouts really appealed to me, something different everyday. Also, it’s really close to my house 🙂

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
The community at Crossfit on the hill is so welcoming. Everyone is genuine, happy, and has a positive attitude. It really helps motivate me and keeps me coming back!

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
Double unders and pull-ups, ugggghhhhh…

I do think I’ve definitely improved in all of the different weightlifting movements, but as I’d never done them before, I certainly had no where to go but up!

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I’m the oldest of four kids and all of us have names that start with C. So my brothers call me “Big C.” Is that a meathead nickname? All of us have also been called “cashmoney” at some point, since our last name is Cashner.

What type of workouts do you like (AMRAP, For time, EMOTM, etc)?
I tend to like the for time workouts or EMOTM, I think I push myself harder for those.

Do you like long, medium, or short workouts?
I like short or long, I feel like mediums are always the biggest killers.

Name a few of your favorite movements.
Situps, Singleunders :), power cleans, farmer’s walks, box jumps

Do you enjoy low reps/ high weight or high reps/ low weight?
high reps/low weight

Joe Laviano, King of the Hill for July, 2017

Meet the King of the Hill for July 2017!

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Sound the horns! Ladies and gents, we’re pleased to announce to you the King of the Hill for July – 2017, Joe Laviano!

Making Joe the King is long overdue. Joe began his Crossfit journey with us a few years ago with his girlfriend — another beloved lady workhorse of our community — Emily. Ever since then, his hard work and commitment to learning has paid off as he’s made significant strides at COTH. Joe is one of the few people we know that can inhale a chipotle burrito for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and still stay fit!

Keep reading to learn more about the new King!


What drew you to CrossFit?
I’ve always wanted to try Crossfit, but was super skeptical and never pulled the trigger. My girlfriend (and former COTH queen) Emily brought me to the COTH Christmas party in 2015; I was instantly hooked, she got me a trial membership as a gift, and I’ve been stuck here ever since!

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
For starters, I’m insanely competitive and love beating my old times (and Josh) day after day. The progress I’ve made in a year alone has allowed me to #BeBetter and always come back for more. Above all that, though, COTH has some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life. Everyone’s energy fuels me to push through every workout and have a ton of fun along the way. I’ll even have the pleasure of moving in with two fellow COTHletes in September!

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
I’m a big fan of the more technical movements, so that’s where I think I’ve seen most of my improvement. My clean and snatch have both DOUBLED since I’ve started here, and I’m always working on new skills (double unders, handstand walks, muscle-ups) and getting better every day.

I’ll keep my struggles to three words: WALLBALLS, WALLBALLS, WALLBALLS.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
My favorite workouts are either short & heavy barbell movements or longer bodyweight AMRAPs. My wildest dreams revolve around a 20 minute HSPU/Bar Muscle Up/Burpee workout, but also wouldn’t mind a barbell complex or something similar.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I force all my partners on Saturday workouts to go by “Burpees and Burritos” on the board, even though they both apply to just me. I’m always in the market for a new nickname, though, so I’m up for any suggestions.

Meet the Queen of the Hill for June 2017!

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Two queens in a row? We just had to! Welcome us in graciously proclaiming our new Queen of the Hill for June – 2017: Colleen McDonald!

If you’ve come across Colleen, you’ll easily see why she was chosen as QOTH. Colleen has an addicting, positive attitude and constantly shows up ready to put in hard work! She’s come a long way since joining our community a year ago.

Aside from being the Queen, Colleen is also a RN at Boston Children’s Hospital, so you can say she’s a bit of a superhero as well!

Keep reading to learn more about the Queen!


What drew you to CrossFit?
Growing up, I was apart of many soccer teams and track teams. I was so used to the team atmosphere that going to the gym and working out on my own was boring. After graduating nursing school and starting a new career, I felt like something was missing. I had always been interested in the idea of CrossFit but I never had the nerve to actually try it. Carmen and another one of our nursing friends convinced me to go to a Saturday partner WOD and I have been hooked ever since.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
I know everyone says this but it is the community that keeps me coming back. The coaches and members bring out the best in everyone that steps inside that box. The encouragement, motivation, and friendships are unlike any gym I have ever been to.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest improvement also happens to be my biggest struggle – pull ups. I’m pretty sure when I first started I was using every single colored band at once just to do a pull up. It took about 8 months until I was able to finally get my first strict pull up. They are still a work in progress but they’ve come a long way since I first started.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
Wallballs, DUs, box jumps, maybe some running

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I don’t actually have a meat head nickname. My family and friends call me leeny so sometimes you will hear Joel call me “Leenz”, “Leen cuisine”, “Leen meat”, or “Torta-Leeny”.

Meet the Queen of the Hill for May 2017!

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We are jazzed to announce our Queen of the Hill for May 2017:  Alex Kilgore!  This month marks a year that Alex has been training at CrossFit on the Hill (Happy Fitnessversary!), and we are so lucky to call her ours.  Just last month, Alex competed in her first ever Powerlifting Competition.  Our gal PR’d her squat (297#!) and deadlift (375#!).  These incredibly accomplishments reflect the hard work she puts in, day in and day out.  She never cherry picks her workouts, is receptive to suggestions and feedback, and always supports her fellow athletes.  Alex is lovely – inside and out – and is so very deserving of the throne.  

Keep reading to learn more about the Queen!


What brought you to Boston?

I moved to Boston in August of 2014 for a job at Northeastern.

What drew you to CrossFit?

After collegiate rowing, I really missed the team aspect of working out. Lifting alone at lunch was getting pretty boring! I turned to CrossFit because I love the variety and intensity of the workouts, and the fact that I get to do them with a group of awesome people cheering one another on!

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

The people! I love the COTH community so much. Everyone is so friendly, encouraging, and just downright awesome. It’s a group I’m proud to be a part of.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

I’ve added a ton of strength and become a much more well-rounded athlete since joining COTH. I think my biggest struggle now is mastering how to breath correctly and keeping my form tight during metcons.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Rowing, heavy deadlifts, and maybe some dumbbell snatches for fun.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Well, an old rowing buddy called me “Killer Kilgore” on my most recent CrossFit Instagram post, so I’m gonna go with that!

 

Meet the King of the Hill for April 2017!

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We are so thrilled to announce Nick Preiss as our King of the Hill for April!  We are fortunate to be such an integral part of Nick’s life in Boston.  When he isn’t studying (our boy is wicked smaht!),  Nick can often be found at the box, usually doing something ferocious and superhero-like with his partner-in-crime (and competitions!), Derek.  And, in between rounds and reps, if the tunes are right, you’ll see Nick bust out some of his sick dance moves!  We are so lucky to be able to call Nick family, and so happy to honor him this month!

Keep reading to learn more about Nick!


What brought you to Boston?

I came to Boston in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies at Northeastern University.

What drew you to CrossFit?

I started doing some CrossFit style workouts during track in high school to help develop explosiveness. Once I got to college CrossFit gradually became my staple competitive outlet.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

Joel’s sexy face;)

In all seriousness, it’s a real pleasure to combine athletic and social endeavors daily. The environment at COTH provides an incredible catalyst for forging new friendships and promoting physical improvement. There is no shortage of advice, motivation or camaraderie, and you will always be held accountable to your potential both on and off the floor.

When I started at COTH my middler year at Northeastern (yeah we are weird and do five years of undergrad) I hadn’t really settled into Boston. The community at COTH helped immensely with helping me settle in. I can honestly say that when I leave Boston COTH will be one of the things I miss most, if not THE most.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

Gymnastic movements have always been my Achilles heel.  I still struggle a lot with ring muscle-ups and HSPU- and who uses a single leg to do squats? We have two legs for a reason. I have been incorporating these movements into my training two or three times a week each and am seeing improvement as of late.

I think my olympic lifts have improved most. A year ago I did a competition and I couldn’t hit a 135# snatch during the workout, that situation has since been remedied.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Running, rowing, powercleans, KB swings (american).

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Guns Thunderbuns- It’s not my nickname, I just want it to be a thing. I don’t care if we give it to someone else but I think someone should get it.