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OATI represent!!! Erik Admundson is our super beastly July Beast of the Month. Erik has been training in our corporate fitness program for five years, and has become an amazing CrossFit athlete and olympic lifter.

When he started working out with Max, he was new to exercise and CrossFit, and now has a CrossFit total of 1025, snatches #205, clean & jerk #225, a bunch of muscle-ups, and can Rx just about any workout. His enthusiasm and grit is legendary, and he is always ready to crush the next WOD with a smile.

In Erik's own words:

I'm around 3 years into this crazy CrossFit thing, and loving it. It's been a good journey, and the journey continues... When I started working with Max and Ashley, I weighed 255#, ate horrible, had high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, and low energy. The journey started with a LOT of sweat and soreness.

My first day in the gym with Max, he had me do simple, basic things every human should be able to do (especially a guy in his early 30s), and after about 20 minutes I had to leave the room and put my head in the garbage can because I thought I was going to puke.

After that day I was hooked. I though, "I should be able to do this!" After about a year, I started taking Max's advice on diet, and a huge change occurred. Now I have a healthy weight, my 'conditions' all disappeared, and I'm in the best shape of my life. I *so* wish I had discovered CrossFit when I was 20! :) Now, my wife has started CrossFit and my journey has changed both of our lives.

Here is some wisdom from my experience:

1. Listen to your coach! They tell you these great bits of information in between all the, rest, mobility. All good stuff you should do *outside* the gym to make your life better.
2. Have fun! I know, from experience, if you are trying to stay healthy and fit, and you're not having fun doing it, it won't work. It's OK to laugh with your fellow CrossFitters!
3. Eventually, you'll reach a 'comfortable' level of fitness. It happened to me about a year ago. It's that plateau where you are capable of finishing the WODs, but not improving at the same rate you have been. At this point, progress is more mental than anything else. You've found the first 'pain barrier', now you need to push through it. Convince yourself that moving hurts less than resting. Once you start to chip away at the mental barrier, the sky is the limit!

And lastly...experience the CrossFit community! If you go on trips, drop-in to a box! If you know of a local 'throw-down', go spectate, maybe compete. It's fun, and a lot of CrossFitters don't understand we're instantly in the 'in' crowd when you do CrossFit.

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September 2014 Beast of the Month- Sarah Risser

Name: Sarah Risser

Age: 47

Wheelhouse: Backsquats and erg pieces

Goat: Turkish Get Ups

Favorite Workout Song: Remember the Name (Styles of Beyond, Fort Minor) 

Health Secret: Gratitude

Training Advice: Mix it up! Cross train and get involved in different activities. Do as much yoga as your schedule allows.

Desired Superhero Power: Invisibility

Shout Out To: To Nate, for being so hard working and supportive.

September’s Beast of the Month, Sarah Risser, is a perfect example of what hard work and dedication to consistent and smart training can accomplish. Sarah’s passion is rowing, and she has been coming to The Power House at Highland, with her fantastic and beast-worthy husband Nathan Zietlow, since the beginning. She has clear goals for herself, and uses her time in class to push herself and grow as an athlete. She participated in last spring’s Whole Life Challenge, and her energy and enthusiasm was a great buoy to the rest of the team. This season, she crushed her rowing competitions- we are so proud! She says the highlight of this summer's rowing season was competing at US Rowing's Masters Nationals in Grand Rapids MI, with the competitive women from the Minneapolis Rowing Club. 34 MRC women competed on a 1000-meter course, winning the women's points trophy by a wide margin. Sarah had a number of personal successes as well, taking first place in the Women's Lightweight Quad, the Women's Club C8+, and the Women's B quad, as well as third place in the Open C8+ and the women's D quad. Well done on a great season, Sarah- you’re a beast!

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Name: Clare Flanagan
Age: 18
School: The Blake School class of 2014, Stanford University class of 2018
Day Job: Salesperson at Marathon Sports Run/Walk
Wheelhouse: Deadlifts and single-leg squats
Goat: Cleans and pushups
Favorite Workout Song: “Self-Taught” by Brother Ali
Health Secret: Early-spring ice baths in Lake Harriet
Desired Superhero Power: Mind reading
Shout Out To: To Max, of course, for helping me stay healthy and strong now and throughout my high school career. Another shout out to my teammate and antagonist Michael Mitchell. Keep the Blake distance tradition strong and hold down the fort while I'm in Cali :)

WE LOVE CLARE FLANAGAN!!! Max began training Clare as she entered the high school running scene in 2010 and was looking to add additional strength components to her already robust athleticism. Clare has accomplished so much during her high school career. She is a six-time Minnesota Class A champion, winning four titles in track and two in cross country. She has been a double winner at state in the 1,600 and 3,200 the past two years. Wow!

On top of her athletic achievements, Clare is a phenomenal academic student, as well as musician, friend, and family member. Max says of Clare, “Clare is one of the greatest and fiercest athletes I have ever know. There is nothing she cannot do that she puts her mind to.” We know Clare to be a kind and gracious young woman, who regularly brings us all to tears when we watch her race because her passion and drive exudes from her very core. We are so excited for her next chapter in life at Stanford University, but we will sorely miss her around the gym. Clare- we are always here to support and love you!