Meet the Grovers

One of my favorite things is to see the friends and family who share CrossFit Utah Valley with each other. Doing difficult things and committing to better health together can be so rewarding. The Grovers are a great example of of commitment and dedication as a whole family. They are an inspiration, and we are so lucky to have them at CrossFit Utah Valley!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you have a family? Where are you from, where do you work? Aside from CF, what do you enjoy doing?

We are the Grover Family: Keith, Julie, Jacob (14), Landon (11), Max (9), Annie (6), and Ellie (3). We live in Provo. Keith is an administrator at Oak Canyon Junior High in Lindon, as well as a Representative for Provo and Orem in the Utah House of Representatives. Julie is an obstetrician/gynecologist in Provo. The kids are busy, fun kids.

When did you start CrossFit, and what made you decide to stick with it?

Julie: I started in April 2013, inspired by an old high school friend, a colleague at the hospital, and Bob Harper. I had been a runner for years but I was bored and not improving much.  I got hooked on Crossfit pretty much right away. I loved the feeling of finishing a movement or a workout I didn't think I could do. I tried to get Keith to come for over a year. This past summer I put our three boys in the Kids’ and Teens’ classes and they really enjoyed it (well, Jacob didn't exactly ENJOY it but realized it helped him be healthier and less moody). Keith saw the benefits Crossfit had for the boys and finally decided to try it this past fall.  Now he is drinking the Kool-Aid, too. I love picking up the boys from the gym sweaty and HUNGRY.  Our little girls want to come, too, and probably will someday soon.

Keith: I started in October 2014. I loved how I felt exhausted and sore after every workout. I also enjoyed feeling better and stronger a few days later. After about 2 months I could start to see improvements in my skills and that was VERY encouraging.

But what I enjoy more than anything are the COACHES and the camaraderie. All of the coaches are encouraging and critical (in a helpful way).  I can tell that they want to push me and help me do the best that i can and to improve my lifting skills and movement techniques.

Do you like to come in to a particular class?

Julie: Usually 5:45 am before work and kid demands.

Keith: I usually come to the 4:30 class because it is after work AND I get to go with my kids.  I get to see what all of the other classes have done throughout the day and that is very motivating. I also come to the 5:45 a.m. class with the “old guard.”  It is sometimes a little harder to get the body moving in the morning.

What is your favorite CrossFit workout/movement/lift? Which ones do you dislike the most?

Julie:  I like most things with a barbell.  I dislike pull ups and anything that is me vs. my bodyweight.

Keith:  I have ripped my leg up twice on box jumps - so they are DEFINITELY my nemesis.  Burpees also make me want to cry. I like push ups, sit ups, and deadift.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

Julie: I go to bed before 10pm, I don't watch much TV anymore, and my treadmill is getting lonely.

Keith: I have been a runner for more than 10 years - competing in marathons, half marathons and triathlons (even the Ironman). But Crossfit has given me FULL body fitness and I love it.

I eat better and I am able to be stronger in activities that I love, such as wakeboarding and waterskiing.  

What are your personal goals in CrossFit?

Julie: I want to stay healthy and happy, fight aging, and do a strict pull up someday.

Keith: My goal is to work hard and have fun and encourage my fellow CrossFitters as they work in their workouts. I would like to improve each month and continue to get stronger and hopefully compete someday if they ever have a 50+ CrossFit category.

Meet Megan Green

Megan is a faithful member of our Women's Class. She also has been coming with her husband, Steve, to the Saturday 9am class. Megan has an infectious smile, and such a great attitude, and I am so glad to know her!

I am from Mesa, Arizona. We moved here almost 6 years ago so that my husband could go back to school. I have 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy. I am a stay at home mom. I started CrossFit 2 and a half years ago after I had my son.

I was hesitant to start it because it sounded super hard and I didn't want to bulk up. I wanted to loose baby weight. But I decided to try it for a few months to drop some baby weight, but a few months has turned into almost 3 years! I love it. I had another baby while doing CrossFit and it was one of my easier pregnancies and recoveries. I love the challenge of CrossFit. I love that I don't have to think about my workout. I just show up, the workout is already made up and there is a coach there to push me.

I also really enjoy the community and the friends I have made at CrossFit Utah Valleyt. I attend the women's class and I love being surrounded by other women who are there for the same reason as me. Those women are great and have become good friends. 

My favorite movements are deadlift, farmer carries, tire flips. I like the strength workouts. I really dislike running. I feel like that is the one thing I have not gotten better at.  I want to continually grow at CrossFit. I love seeing improvements and I hope to keep progressing. I have a long way to go after 5 kids and I hope to keep doing CrossFit for a very long time, it's my sanity in my day to day life.

A huge thanks to all the coaches that I have worked with, they have made it so fun, enjoyable, and a great place to come to!

Meet Bryce Monson

Bryce has been coming to CFUV for a little more than a year, and recently became our newest coach. He's one of the most enthusiastic personalities I know. I've never seen him without a grin and a laugh. He's a dedicated athlete and a thoughtful coach. We're lucky to have him at CFUV!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you have a family? Where are you from, where do you work? Aside from CF, what do you enjoy doing?

I have a wife, a cat and a new puppy. The cat does nothing, except sleep. The puppy loves fruit and sandals. My wifey is the best. I love her like CrossFit haters love to hate on butterfly pull-ups. Seriously. She's awesome. I also have a brother and a sister who totally rock. They've been into CFUV a few times. My mom's the sweetest lady ever. Some of you may have met her already. She's usually the one walking around the gym with our puppy during the evening classes. My dad doesn't CrossFit, but he's super jelly of all my new muscles lol. I'm trying to get him to join. Maybe someday.

I was born in Monticello, Utah, but I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. I love body boarding, snowboarding, Jeeping and generally just being outside. Pearl (my wife) and I will also nerd out on video games from time to time. I've recently graduated from BYU with my Master of Public Administration degree. I work as a project manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I'm a Level-1 Crossfit Trainer. I LOVE being a coach. I love having the opportunity to watch everyone in this awesome community grow and improve themselves. It's inspiring and motivating for me being surrounded by epic people everyday! Crossfit freaking rocks.

When did you start CrossFit, and what made you decide to stick with it?

I officially drank the Crossfit kool-aid in April of 2013 after I came across some YouTube videos of past CF Games footage. I was like... "what is this glorious sport, and how can I do it!?" I found Crossfit Utah Valley and have never looked back. In fact, this is the most dedicated I've been to anything, except my wife. Crossfit's a close second though lol.

Do you like to come in to a particular class?

I'm an afternoon guy. You can usually find me in the corner by the lifting blocks between the hours of

5:00PM and 7:30PM, Monday

through Friday.

What is your favorite CrossFit workout/movement/lift? Which ones do you dislike the most?

I love the Olympic lifts, toes to bar, and muscle ups. I really don't care much for thrusters. Not sure I've met anyone who actually enjoys thrusters. Thrusters are evil.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

It has changed my life in more ways than one. I'm happier, stronger and healthier than before. I've made some amazing friends, and my career goals have changed (as in, I want to get paid to CrossFit ALL THE TIME) lol.

What are your personal goals in CrossFit?

Qualify for Regional's in 2015 and qualify for the Games within the next few years. Also, I want to have bigger arms than Drew.

And of course, this post wouldn't be complete without this one...

Meet Aaron Behm

If you pay attention to the white board, you've probably noticed Behm's scores. Aaron has been around CFUV a long time, quietly and consistently making the leaderboard and setting times and scores for the rest of us to beat for years now. As a coach, I've frequently gotten the question, "Who is Behm?" many times, sometimes in a disbelieving tone, and sometimes in exasperation. He faithfully attends the 5:45 class, so if you've never seen that hour of the day at the gym, you've probably missed him. But the truth is, Behm is just one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. You might just have to wake up early one day to track him down.

 Ginny and I have three boys, Noah (5), Caleb (3), and Elijah (1).  I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went to college in Illinois. Ginny was born in California and moved to Utah when she was 8.  We met at some college friend's wedding in Nebraska.  Ginny works at American Fork Junior High as a 7th and 8th grade Science Teacher.  I work at American Fork High School, I teach World and U.S. History and am the head football coach.

Ginny joined a CF gym when we lived in Wisconsin before moving to Utah.  We both came to classes when we were visiting Utah while living in Wisconsin.  Doing CF only over holiday vacations, and gaining about 4,000 ft of elevation is tough!!  We both started going very regularly when we moved to Utah in the Summer of 2010.

I like the competition of CF.  It is hard to get that same competitive drive by yourself in a gym.  Having friends around to compete with and push you is what makes CF so fun.

I pretty much only attend the

5:45 AM

Class.

My favorite movements are power clean, presses, push-ups, pretty much upper body movements.  My least favorite are overhead squats, snatches, and burpees.

CrossFit has been a great avenue to continue being competitive and continue feeling like you are part of a team.  Being on teams in high school and college, I really missed it afterwards.  I also thinks it makes me a better football coach.  In my head, I am often telling myself the same things I tell my team, "Keep going, work harder, keep pushing, etc", I think it helps to be able to practice what you preach.

My personal goals are to continue to average 4 times a week attendance, to improve on my worst movements (snatch, OHS, running), and to look as good as John Heaton when I turn 50!

Meet Stacy Wellner

I first met Stacy when she and her husband started coming to morning classes. At first, I don't think Stacy liked to lift much, but I have a sneaky suspicion she doesn't mind it very much now, and she's made consistent gains. Like many of us, Stacy struggled to get double unders. I've been so impressed by her steady work on them, and it's certainly paid off! Stacy is one of our most consistent, and hardest working members.

My name is Stacy Wellner. My husband is Andrew and we have a 21 yr old son named Andrew (jr) and a 16 yr old daughter, Abby. I moved to Orem when I was 13 from El Paso, Texas and have lived here ever since. I work with my husband as his administrative assistant. He is a financial planner. I met my husband in the MTC then we got reaquainted at BYU and this December we will be married 23 years!

We joined CF in June of 2011. I never wanted to but we had friends who kept telling us how much they enjoyed it. We came to a free week, then did on ramp in June. My husband quit the following May, due to health and injuries; our friends quit at the end of last summer and here I still am, doing Crossfit!

I think I’ve stuck with it because of where it fits in my schedule and because it’s always different. I used to do Zumba and go to pump and spin classes at the gym but I have never worked out so hard as I have at CF! I like WOD’s that are long and challenging but I definitely don’t like anything overhead!

I’ve always attended morning classes, usually 7:00 and sometime 5:45. Just recently I switched to 8:00 so that I can spend a few minutes with my daughter each morning before she goes to school.

I will never be the strongest or the fittest at CFUV and I have no aspirations to do a muscle up but I do enjoy looking back and realizing that I could barely kettlebell swing the white KB and now I can do the 53#! I definitely feel stronger and my goal is to always finish the WOD.

Meet Cheryl Wong

Meet Cheryl Wong, one of the toughest girls I know! Many a beginner has tried to catch her and failed. She keeps coming back and we are lucky to have her at CrossFit Utah Valley!

Tell us a little about yourself

I have 6 kids, 4 boys and 2 girls. I'm from Palm Springs, California. I married my husband who is from Hawaii where my children were born. We moved to the mainland 10 years ago.

Aside from CrossFit, what do you enjoy doing?

I work at The Pit Elevated and Cirque Lodge. Aside from Crossfit, I love riding horses and traveling.

How did you find CrossFit?

I started Crossfit at The Pit about 3 years ago. I was a little skeptical at first... but after the first workout I was hooked. I love the intensity of it. I joined Crossfit Utah Valley almost 2 years ago, excellent instructors!

What is your favorite workout/movement?

My favorite workout is Nancy, even though I suck at running.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

Crossfit has definitely added a new dimension to my workout because Im lifting heavier than I did in my younger years.

What are you goals for CrossFit?

My goal in Crossfit is to never give up....

Meet Steve Gibson

If you've been around CFUV a while, you know we've occasionally done "member spotlight" in the past, and we've decided to bring it back. We hope you'll enjoy getting to know your fellow CFUVers a little better!

Steve is a professor of English at UVU, and there are a couple of things that will impress you about Steve if you're paying attention. One is that he is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. The other is that he is tenacious, and determined! I pity the poor soul who stands in the way of something Steve has set his sights on!

When did you start CrossFit, and what made you decide to stick with it?

I started on April 1st of 2012. On my way to CrossFitUV, I happily drive past two other boxes. I’ve stuck with CrossFitUV for at least three reasons: the coaches are patient and also willing to explicitly correct athletes (given my limited athletic background, I need correction); the people very literally cheer each other on, something uncommon in other sports; and, most of all, it is incredibly rewarding to look at a WOD, think “no human can do that,” and then thirty minutes later have done it.

Do you like to come in to a particular class?

Since beginning here, I’ve had good experiences at 5:45, 7:00, 9:00, 3:30, and 5:30, but haven’t worked out at the other available times. Saturday at 8:00 has been fun and so were the Oly lifting classes when I could go to those. One cool thing about the last class of the day is watching all the scores being erased and the next day’s WOD written up.

What is your favorite CrossFit workout/movement/lift? Which ones do you dislike the most?

I tend to dislike workouts/movements/lifts I’m bad at and like them more when I improve. Double unders are the clearest example of this. HSPU and overhead squats are others. Also, I ran out of time during my first Filthy Fifty and only did a half Murph during my first attempt. Having worked at and so improved those WODs makes them enjoyable. In a similar way, as a result of the Oly class, I like to clean and jerk, especially when splitting the jerk. Working at something until I’m better at it definitely makes it more fun.

What are your personal goals in Crossfit?

I’d like to be able to do muscle ups and pistols and increase my snatch to my body weight, which may take years. Butterfly pull-ups are in my future. Also, nothing beats seeing my time on any of the girls or the hero WODs decrease, even if the change is only seconds.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

Crossfit reminds me that we are usually capable of much more than we think. Patience and sustained effort pay off. Most of all, learning new things is enormous fun.