Member of the Month – Nate Aschliman

What was your biggest challenge prior to joining?

– My biggest challenge prior to joining 5 Valleys was that I was new to town and wanted to not only find the right gym, but the right people to surround myself with. I had a hard time finding what type of gym I wanted to commit to that would better myself for not only my day to day life, but also help make me stronger out on the trails.

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Member of the Month – Joseph Bailey

Tell us a little bit about yourself (work, family, etc.)

I recently graduated from school with a BS in Geography and I love not being in school anymore! I have been married for seven years, two kids (1 and 6 years old), I live a little less than a mile from the gym.

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Member of the Month – Jill Graniero

What were you doing for fitness before you joined?

I stayed active most of my life by playing sports. I payed basketball through high school and  softball all the way through college. Once I graduated from college, I stayed active by doing a ton of endurance races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan Race (I have more participation medals then I can count). Those races are usually a combination of strength and endurance, so I decided to join CrossFit in order to better prepare myself. I joined a local CrossFit gym back in my hometown of Staten Island, NY, and I have been doing CrossFit pretty consistently for about 7 years now.

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Member of the Month – Erin Peterson!

What were you doing for fitness before you joined?

I’ve always been pretty active! I was a competitive swimmer growing up and on the rowing team when I was in college. Before joining 5 Valleys, I had been doing CrossFit for about a year at two different gyms in New Orleans (I moved to Missoula for grad school in Fall 2017). I maybe went 2 or 3 times a week but at the time, was mainly focused on running. I wasn’t very consistent and didn’t fall in love with CrossFit until joining 5 Valleys!

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Member Highlight – Sara

 

Massive shout out to member Sara Markuson who took 2nd place in the MT Women’s Triathlon in Helena! A competitive triathlete when she came to 5 Valleys she had been forced to reduce her normal training due to some ongoing IT band problems. She has been working hard at the gym while being smart about her triathlon training so as not to overdo it. It looks like it is paying off!

Here is what she had to say:

“While you guys were crushing it at your hosted comp, I was competing in Helena. I just wanted to let you know that I believe the overall fitness I’ve gained from CrossFit assisted me in taking 2nd place overall at the MT Women’s Triathlon in Helena over the weekend. As you know, the issues I’ve had with my IT bands has limited my ability to train at the level of intensity I usually would. I wasn’t sure how my race would go because of the reduction in my regular training. I executed a solid race, and attribute much of my success this weekend to the strength gains I’ve made in the gym. You have a stellar team of coaches and I have learned an immense amount from my time at 5 Valleys.”

Way to go Sara!!!

We love hearing stories from members about how their training at 5 Valleys helps them outside the gym. If you are out there using your fitness let us know so we can share your story and inspire others to go get after it! Just email me at [email protected]

Meet a Member – Kristen

Hi Kristen, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

I’m from Colorado, second oldest of four and have been in the state since 2003. I’m a UM graduate in German/Arabic, currently applying to grad schools in Germany, and can often be overheard talking to myself in a different language. Free time is usually spent in movement in some way. I have the pleasure to commute year-round by bike, I train at a judo/jujitsu dojo, and my roommate recently discovered the joys of tabatas. I now have a tabata buddy!

Where do you work, how’d you get into that field, and what’s your favorite and least favorite thing about it?

I work in the cheese department at the Good Food Store. I have always loved cheese and to be able to talk cheese, eat cheese, and learn about all things cheese for my job is quite sublime.

Are you a Missoula native? If not what brought you here, and if you are, what keeps you here?

I am originally from Colorado. I’ll give myself ten more years then I’ll say I’m from Missoula. The University of Montana was the primary draw to move to here and, wherever my linguistic travels take me, I’ll always consider Missoula home base.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

My first intro to CrossFit was in Bozeman, Montana at True Spirit CrossFit and Yoga in 2014. The atmosphere was crazy encouraging and enthusiastic and I left with the necessity of finding a similar gym in Missoula. Enter 5 Valleys CrossFit.

What Crossfit class do you normally attend?

My schedule normally allows for me to hit the open gym time in the afternoons.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit?

Since introduction to the Hero WODS, I’ve wanted to do a fully Rx’d Murph. In the past, I’ve been able to do portions of the WOD with the weight vest but not the whole thing just yet. So my continuing goals are to improve proficiency at push ups (and get them weighted) and improve rhythm in my kipping pull-ups (and start adding weight!). Calisthenics and running are my jam, I love that stuff.

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?

In my natural environment, I’ll usually be found eating cheese, trail running or training at my judo/jujitsu dojo. I’m prepping for a second-degree black belt test and most of my free time is spent training for that, in one way or another. I will absolutely (and proudly!) include ‘eating cheese’ into my training regimen. Import Parmigiano-Reggiano and Beemster’s Vlaskaas gouda is where it’s at.

What’s your biggest CrossFit weakness that you’re working on right now?

Snatches! It’s a fantastic lift and it’s mostly a mental game for me right now.

What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?

No matter what the workout is, I’m doing it because I can and I want to. I’m very happy when I train. When I need to dig deep to keep going, in addition to keeping myself smiling on the inside, I remind myself that there will always be something else after the workout is nominally “over”. There could be orcs outside and I need to be ready for that or someone has a birthday that day and birthday burpees are in order too! It changes my horizons appropriately. While I’m still in the moment and know I need to give it my all, my vision adjusts. I think of it very much in terms of a judo match: the game may not be over when you throw your opponent, you need to be ready to follow-up with ground work. And it still may not be over then! It isn’t over for me when I drop for that 50th burpee or 30th pull up, it’s a continuation. Besides, there could be orcs.

If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?

I love calisthenics and am a big fan of Murph. I would definitely include some sprint repeats in there for warm-up before hitting the body of that WOD.

Meet a Member – Brad

Hi Brad, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.

Well, I currently work for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, as a Sales Representative. For the last several years I have been part of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary division. I cover Western Montana from the Montana – Idaho border up to the Canadian Border and east to Bozeman. I have been married for 16 years to my wife Brenda who is a homegrown Montana girl. We have two daughters Reese (14) and Ava (10). Oh, and I almost forgot my wife’s Yorkie (Bella, AKA Rat Bastard). Aside from Crossfit, I enjoy Running, Skiing, Mountain Biking and whitewater kayaking.

Are you a Missoula native? If not how did you make your way here?

I moved to Missoula from Salt lake City, Utah 22 years ago. I was transferred here with my current company.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

My good buddy Steve Kemple challenged me to try CrossFit and I was immediately hooked. I’m going on my third year.

In what ways have you seen CrossFit make a difference in your life?

Mobility and strength. I have always emphasized cardio-fitness through running and biking but never focused on strength and mobility.

Do you have any buddies at the gym that you always try to pair up with?

Definitely, Carol Cady and Steve Kemple are my Friday night post workout beer buddies. I aspire to row as well as Carol, and have the mental toughness of Steve.

How about people you secretly compete with?

There are many people at the gym that I use as measuring sticks against my progress. Some realistic, some unrealistic. However, I am happiest when I see continuous progress.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit?

I have been working towards being able to do an overhead squat for some time. I am getting closer every day, but still fall short due to mobility issues. I am confident that it will come soon.

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?

I enjoy many outdoor activities, kayaking, skiing, mountain biking and running. Lately, It would seem that watching my daughters play soccer occupies the majority of my free time, and adds to my travel schedule.

Crossfit Open – did you compete last year and do you plan to this year?

I did not compete last year, because there are a few movements that I need to get under my belt before I can compete. However, once I get those movements down I would love to compete.

What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?

They say Misery loves company and I believe it. I think that suffering among friends, beats suffering alone. I always think, just put your head down and get busy.

If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?

Well, I always enjoy the music at the gym but I like to tease Ryan that I am going to bring in my phone and take over the workout music. Once a little Third Eye Blind was blaring, the workout would consist of an EMOM with pull-ups, box jumps, wall balls and lots of thrusters, (only because Steve Kemple hates thrusters). No overhead squats.

Meet a Member – Claire

Hi Claire, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.  

Hello! I’m originally from Oakland where I grew up with my parents, my older sister, and my aunts and uncles always close by.

Where do you work, how’d you get into that field, and what’s your favorite and least favorite thing about it?

I’m currently a student at the University.  After having attended two years of school in NYC and having taken four years off, I felt it was time to return to school and work on my bachelor’s degree.  I’m studying English, which means I read a whole lot.  My favorite thing about it is that my classes open up forums for healthy debate – I get the chance to explore new perspectives and challenge my own beliefs.  Least favorite? School takes up the majority of my time right now.

Are you a Missoula native? If not what brought you here, and if you are, what keeps you here?

I’m not a native Missoulian, although I would say Missoula is the first place I truly felt at home in my adult life.  I bounced around the country for a few years – spent two years in NYC, traveled for a while, lived in Savannah, GA, spent a few months outside of Fargo, ND – until eventually it was time for me to settle down.  So my friend and I picked a spot on the map where we knew there would be mountains.  I applied to school, got admitted, and fell in love with the place.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

When I got to Missoula, I was making some major lifestyle changes.  One of such changes was quitting smoking.  I decided I should replace a bad habit with a good one.  At the same time, I was working in a plant nursery and beginning to get stronger from the physical work.  At one point a friend told me I looked like “one of those CrossFit girls.”  I had zero idea what CrossFit was when he said that and didn’t do any further research, but I decided to give it a go and attended a 101 class at the now defunct CrossFit Hellgate.  I remember after that first class, I was exhausted, but completely exalted.  I felt incredible.  It’s been almost two and a half years since that fateful day.  Something that began with an off-handed remark has grown into a passion.

What Crossfit class do you normally attend?

6:15 – I’m a night owl.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit?

My two biggest fitness goals right now are: hit 2x bodyweight deadlift (I’m 10 pounds away) and get a muscle-up.

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?

I love to garden, go backpacking, and go on hikes with my two dogs.

What’s your biggest CrossFit weakness that you’re working on right now?

For a very long while, it was doubleunders – I couldn’t link them to save my life.  However, I just tackled that hurdle, so now I think it’s handstand push-ups.

What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?

This is such a good question.  Every day it’s different.  Much of the time it’s my competitive spirit that spurs me on (I even get competitive with myself).  I also try to continually ask myself, “Why am I here?”  And I find that most the time, the answer to that question is “to work hard.”  Pushing myself psychically helps me build myself psychologically.  Hard work teaches me self-confidence, perseverance, and mental fortitude – qualities that help me in my life outside of the gym.

If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?

3 rounds
400 m run
5 body blasters
10 deadlifts (225/155)
20 walking lunges

Meet a Member – Steve

Hi Steve, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

I grew up on a ranch in southwest Colorado. That meant a lot of work starting early in the mornings before school. My brother grew up and became a professional bareback rider and now owns his own construction company. My dad still works at his grain elevator every day. In college I decided to pursue a career in medicine, which worked out great and I’m in my 23rd year as an anesthesiologist.

Where do you work, how’d you get into that field, and what’s your favorite and least favorite thing about it?

I work as an anesthesiologist, I just kind of fell into the field after first going into primary care. My favorite thing about the field is helping people, my least favorite thing about it is the hours.

Are you a Missoula native? If not what brought you here, and if you are, what keeps you here?

I was born in Texas, moved to Durango, Co at age 13. I had never even heard of Montana until I got a job in Missoula in ’93. I stay here because I love the mountains, recreational activities and the town.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

My nurse first got me started in CrossFit 7 yrs ago.

What Crossfit class do you normally attend?

6:15

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit?

Just to try to be more consistent with my workouts, get stronger and maintain good cardio conditioning.

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?

Mt. biking, skiing, kayaking, backpacking

What’s your biggest CrossFit weakness that you’re working on right now?

Overhead flexibility

What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?

Well I admit that I do talk to myself, usually it is to say something like “two more reps, just two more reps, you can do it”.

If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?

It would be an AMRAP, that would have some running, weights, and something like rope climb or wall balls.