Humble and Kind Hearted
Alex and I would like to acknowledge a very special person who we feel is well deserving of the spotlight, Joanna Muir! Joanna you are so very special to Alex and I and the rest of our community. You are so welcoming, humble, approachable and such a good friend. You are one of those friends who you could literally tell anything to and trust that there wouldn’t be judgement and more than anything laughter! It has been such a pleasure having you with us for almost 3 ½ years. You have submerged yourself within our family, been so friendly to new faces and literally been to almost every one of our Chateau get togethers. We appreciate your kind heart, giving hands and loving smile hun. Love you so much!
Joanna Muir’s Personal Testimony…
I started CrossFit in May 2014 and right away I was hooked. At first, it was the workouts that got me but what kept me going was the view ;)
Growing up, I swam on a summer team each summer and on my high school team but swimming was kind of boring since I couldn’t really talk with people or listen to music while I was doing it. As an adult, I joined a “regular” gym and tried classes, they were OK, but I never saw impactful results. After I finished college in 2013, I needed to get back into working out so my husband suggested I try a gym that one of his co-workers owns and runs.
I started at Seatown CrossFit in May of 2014 in hopes of feeling a little better about myself and my physique by my planned wedding date of August 1st, 2015. I started with 3 days per week doing the On Ramp work and quickly realized that I needed to go more frequently to avoid the amount of soreness between workouts. I steadily increased my frequency to four days and then to five and now I try to go 4-5 days per week.
I was surprised at how out of shape I was in the beginning. After a few months, I was feeling better about my endurance and strength and most importantly, I felt welcomed by the other members and encouraged in my fitness goals. Then I started noticing muscles in places I hadn’t had before. WOW! I had always been a “skinny b!tch”, like skinny-fat, and seeing muscle definition is incredible! I’ve always wanted to be a strong woman but felt like it was a “grass is always greener situation” for me. Although putting muscle on my frame has been changing, I appreciate the journey and look forward to the continued challenge.
I was at Seatown for about a year and a half before I started a new job in Bothell and my family moved there. I didn’t know what I was going to do about finding a box close to home and work. I was really worried that I wasn’t going to find the same level of workouts or make new friends. I looked at few gyms and tried one out for about a month but it wasn’t a good fit. I liked the people but the workouts weren’t what I was looking for. Then I found CrossFit Chateau. When I came in the first person I met was a member named Dawn Cargile. I think she just finished a workout because she was all sweaty and red faced. It was an intense introduction! When I saw Dawn again, she smiled at me so I felt much better about joining. She remembered me so I thought this might be a good place with good people.
One of the many things I really love about CrossFit is the community. I had heard people talk about this but when I experienced it, it really resonated with me. I could probably get a decent work out in different ways but the encouragement and support I feel at Chateau is more than any gym membership can deliver. I love celebrating successes with others! This is the only sport I know of where competitors encourage each other while they are in the thick of it. I love the selflessness of the community around the sport. I feel like we are exercising our bodies and our psyche by building both up at the same time together. I like this holistic approach. It makes me feel like anyone with the mind for it can do CrossFit. It’s made for all ages, body types, and abilities, especially someone like me who needs lots of modifications.
CrossFit has empowered me in a way other physical activities and communities have not. I wish I had found CrossFit sooner in my life because it has helped me connect with so many like-minded people and increased my physical and emotional well-being. I feel like CrossFit are my people and more importantly, that CrossFit Chateau is my home away from home. My family there makes me want to share it with everyone because it makes me feel welcomed and inspired by so many wonderful people and I wish I could connect others to this so they can have the same experience.
Lindsay Ray Nelson
Raw and Real!
We want to take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge Lindsay Nelson. She is someone who has made each of you who know her, crack up and laugh. If you don’t know Lindsay she is one of a kind, raw and real, sweet and fun, strong and badass! Lindsay gives her everything when it comes to training. Lindsay has a good amount of Oly under her belt and a love for CrossFit as well. When Lindsay was strictly Oly lifting we would see her consistently lifting 5+ days a week, 2+ hrs a day, late at night after work. Within the last few months Lindsay took a change of pace and started doing our CrossFit classes only. She has noticed more gains since doing so. Lindsay’s recent Pr’s…
Strict Press +1lb, 96lbs
Deadlift +5lb, 310
Front Squat +2lb, 217
OHS +31lb, 176
Bench Press +25lb, 170
Murph -5min, 66:22
Isabel -2.5min, 4:19
We admire you Lindsay for the countless hours, determination and persistence that you’ve encompassed.
Lindsay Nelson’s Testimony..
I started CrossFit 7 years ago when I was in a really unhealthy stage of my life mentally and physically. I heard about it one time and signed up as a full member without even trying a class or visiting the gym first. I come from a background of ballet and figure skating so the structure, programming and technique components of CrossFit were perfect for me. My confidence was so shot that I definitely didn't believe I was capable of ever being an "athlete" again and I was somewhat of a lazy CrossFitter. I fell in love with Olympic Lifting and began going to those classes regularly, but still was too mentally weak to realize I was capable of more and to push myself.
That all changed about 4 years ago when I found out I had to have surgery on my left knee. I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. The surgery was a major one and I'd be out for a long time. I gained a ton of weight and whatever small amount of confidence I had gained was completely gone. Luckily, I found out I had the strongest group of people around me that helped take that on for me and get me through it. Julie made a special modified WOD for me every single day, wrote it on the board with the normal WOD and other people started joining in on my work out as well to support me. It ended up being one of the best summers of my life because of that crew of people. That's when she sold WestPac to Felix and my journey at Chateau began. I was just starting to be able to freely do WOD's and lift again and with a renewed mental game I was on it and determined to get better. I was doing the Oly focus as well as CrossFit to keep up on my Metcon. At the beginning of this year there was some severe burnout going on with life and the grind of the Oly programming and Jeremy suggested we go back to doing just CrossFit again. I was terrified. I just knew I would lose all my gains. But I haven't. I'm loving the strength cycles and overall I am definitely the best I've ever been and I am enjoying CrossFit more now than I ever have. I appreciate Chateau and the coaches as well as the awesome community we have for the push every day! I extra appreciate Jeremy who consistently encourages me and believes in me more than I ever could.
Strong and Toned Momma!
Alex and I would like to take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge Gena Schirer. Gena joined us last May and has been coming in consistently ever since. She has been so positive, humble and fun to have in our class. Gena always comes in smiling, happy and eager to learn! We love your upbeat energy Gena and are stoked to see you progress every week!
Gena Schirer’s Testimony..
I have always worked out but in a much different format than CrossFit. I was a fairly religious member of Baseline and Orange Theory and did enjoy them at the time.
I had two babies while doing those workouts up until the night before I gave birth both times. Although they were fine, I never really saw a change in my body and never felt like I was apart of a community like I do now. I would do my workout and go home, rarely getting to know anyone and it was not a lot of heavy lifting, mostly a lot of cardio. Even though I was thin, I really was not very strong. Since doing CrossFit 10 months ago, I have noticed huge changes in my strength and muscle tone!
My husband, Alex started at CrossFit Chateau about a year before I did and always tried to get me to join, but I was initially resistant. I was worried I would get too “bulky” and that CrossFit was too “cult like”. I feel like the
opposite has been true. I have seen amazing growth in less than a year at CrossFit Chateau. I still have a long way to go but there are so many moves I can do now that I never thought would be possible and I’m not bulky at all, but I do have some muscles! There are two aspects that are the most amazing to me, though, outside of changes in my strength. First, what I notice most, is that I have more energy and strength when I play with my kids. Lifting them and throwing them and keeping up with them is much easier now. This has changed how our family behaves because I can engage with them in ways I couldn’t before.
Second, is the friends I have made. CrossFit isn’t a cult, it’s a group of really welcoming people who encourage you to grow. I have met so many great people and that makes working out fun, not a chore. As I write this from vacation, I actually miss the gym, the coaches and my friends there.
I am very grateful for the community I have at CrossFit Chateau. It’s a network of people that can rely on each other and support each other. I’m also grateful I can do a kipping pull up now :)
Lift Big - Smile Big
We want to take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge Lawrence Ebel. He is someone that is very sweet, genuine, fun and inspiring to many of you and especially to us.
Before starting with Crossfit Chateau, Lawrence had done Crossfit for about a year in 2012 while he was in dental school. After school life got busy for Lawrence and he stopped working out. In doing so, Lawrence gained a lot of weight and just felt unhealthy. In January 2017 he started the Keto diet and working out again at a big globo gym. Soon realizing that he truly missed the intense workouts that Crossfit gave him. Right before moving to the Seattle area, one of Lawrence’s friends invited him to do a WOD and he got hooked on Crossfit again.
Lawrence joined Crossfit Chateau back in July 2018 when he moved to our area. His plan was to check out a few local gyms and make a decision, but after one class at Chateau he knew it was the right gym for him. Lawrence says, “The coaches are awesome and the community that we have is unbeatable!” Since joining CF Chateau Lawrence has achieved his first bar muscle up, his first ring muscle up and has made a lot of great friends. He has also lost almost 20 lbs, thanks to Crossfit and the keto diet!
With all that said, Lawrence, we couldn’t be more proud to have you as a part of our CrossFit Family! You seriously have such a magnetic personality and we love seeing you every week. It is always so nice to see you walk in and walk out with a big smile on your face. You’ve really helped keep the camaraderie strong here and it has been truly rewarding seeing you PR and reach so many goals with us!
Keri and Alex
Set Goals and Reach Them
We want to take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge Daniel Schaffer. Daniel joined us last Sept and has been coming in consistently ever since.
When Daniel first started with us he had a Powerlifting background, but quit training in 2016 when he moved to Seattle from Charlotte. Like most of us, he let the stress of his new job and cross-country pretty much kill his daily gym routine. Over 2016 and 2017 Dan gained 50 lbs while adopting a largely sedentary lifestyle.
Luckily he started training back up again mid-2018, and joined Chateau in Sept. So far, he is down 15 lbs and has increasingly gained upper body strength! Dan claims to still hates burpees like the rest of us, but says they're getting there! With his persistence and dedication, Dan can now do 5 strict pull-ups, up from 1. A few other goals he has reached is getting his first Pistol and Rope Climb in Dec. His endurance is improving and strength is coming back in some of his major lifts, despite a current setback w/ a back surgery.
CF has given him structure back to his weeks. It's also helped him gradually dial nutrition back in, as the transition into his 30’s was less than graceful, per Dan:) Dan enjoys suffering together, and is stoked that CrossFit has helped him find that extra gear again that had been missing for awhile. Reaching new goals and pushing himself has not only made him feel better as a person it has also spilled over into his work life giving him more energy and allowing him to be more productive there as well. More than anything, Chateau has provided him a community for accountability and motivation. There's a lot of humble monsters at CrossFit Chateau and he aspires to be one of those again!
Dan you have not only reached some awesome goals in the 7 months you have been with us but you have been so eager to learn correct form and improve your athleticism. We love how coachable you are and not only receptive to our feedback but very grateful. There is nothing more rewarding than having a member who loves feedback, makes the changes and continues to learn and improve all the while being humble and grateful. Dan we are stoked you have joined our community and we can’t wait to see you take CrossFit and Oly to the next level!
Keri, Alex and Team!
A True Inspiration
We want to take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge Toinette Watson. She is someone that is very special and inspiring to many of you and especially to us.
Sept/Oct 2018 Tonee found out that she was struggling with really bad tendonitis in both forearms as well as ongoing pain from arthritis in both thumbs and wrists. Her left shoulder which had been giving her issues, could have been a contributing factor to the tendinitis in her elbows due to overcompensating. For a good 3+ months Tonee had to modify every single workout. But she still showed up even if it meant squatting yet another day! Between Physical Therapy and help from Sport and Spine, she is now seeing some progression and able to incorporate using her arms more.
If you know Tonee, you know her passion for competing and pushing herself further than most of us ever dream of. Being a competitor I can only imagine how not only humbling but very difficult it would be to have to take ten steps back and essentially although temporary, loose many gains and goals you’ve worked so hard to accomplish.
Here are some of Tonee’s recent accomplishments over the last few years. During the CrossFit Open in her division worldwide she placed around 150th in 2016, 562nd in 2017 and place 124th this year after the online qualifiers. Rockstar!
With that said Tonee, we have watched you come in here without skipping a beat for the last 3+ months smiling, laughing, cheering on everyone all the while you are feeling defeated and broken. You are such a strong and caring friend who has portrayed to us all what true strength looks like. We love you hun and are so blessed to have you amongst us here at CrossFit Chateau.
West Coast Regionals May 2018 ----- San Diego, CA
~Kelcy Ware - Individual~
Kelcy Ware is an amazing athlete. She has been a part of our community for the past 3 years and she is on a mission! This is her 4th Regionals as an Individual Athlete and she is not stopping there.
Every year gets harder and she continues to get stronger and better amongst the field of other women. This year, our Northwest Region was combined with California and West Canada, making the West Coast Region. California is saturated with awesome athletes, so it could be intimidating to most, but not Kelcy. With what we thought to be a more competitive, denser and intense region, Kelcy showed her strength, poise and drive by placing 10th! Top 5 get a ticket to the CrossFit Games, so this means she is getting so close!
Day 2 of Regionals, Kelcy placed completely last in the first of two workouts. She came out on fire, dropping the jaws of all watching, proving her competitiveness placing FIRST on the second workout 2 hours later! We are so proud of you Kelcy and we are excited to train with you throughout this next year!
Northwest Regionals May 2013 & 2014----- Renton, WA
~Keri Wille - Individual~
~CrossFit Chateau Team~
Keri Wille (Co-Owner) started CrossFit in 2011. Back when Regionals was a little more attainable, this mom of 2 qualified for regionals individually 2013 and 2014. Keri self taught herself the gymnastic aspects of CrossFit and by pushing herself during the daily WODs she was able to climb that ladder making it to Regionals. In 2014 Keri qualified again for Regionals as an individual, however she wanted more than anything to take her training partners as a “team” and forfeited going individually to make that happen. Both were amazing experiences that she wouldn’t trade for the world. Making it to Regionals was an empowering and humbling experience!