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Eddie Moore: Athlete Profile

Brickhouse Coach and Operator Zach Bennet had hounded Eddie Moore for about a year about the meaning of fitness means, and after doing what Eddie calls “the bro pump” for a while he decided to join Zach for a Saturday class. You know, to try something new. Eddie’s first impression of Brickhouse CrossFit was that the workout’s difficulty far surpassed anything he had been doing in the gym.  Eddie says, “The concept of using your body to tackle an…

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Athlete Profile: Rob Gum

Rob discovered Brickhouse CrossFit about two years ago, and it was through the Olympic lifting aspect of CrossFit that intrigued him most. One day while talking with Coach Adam Dickerson about WODs and CrossFit it occurred to Rob to begin focusing exclusively on Olympic weightlifting. And so his journey began. To Rob there’s something about the barbell — it doesn’t give in, it doesn’t give up, it has no emotions, and as an athlete every pound you lift is…

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Athlete Profile: Jim Franko

Exercise has always been a great stress reducer for Jim Franko, and in the summer of 2013 his wife suggested that he look into Crossfit. He did some research about CrossFit, phoned Brickhouse and met with Amanda, tried it out for a month, and continued for what’s been almost two years. At 57 years old Jim enjoys the challenges of CrossFit workouts, and they fit into his background as a lifelong athlete. As the son of a football coach Jim…

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Athlete Profile: Ben Masters

Ben Masters grew up playing soccer at a fairly competitive level but an injury in high school kept him from playing in college. Athletics became less important to him until after joining the police department. Ben was out of shape and had some experiences that proved how vital physical fitness was to his work. That got him into workout out again and competing in Lawfit: a program designed to increase the cardiorespiratory efficiency, muscular strength, muscular endurance, lean body mass,…

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Athlete Profile: Lindsay Tondryk

Lindsay discovered Brickhouse in October 2014 after watching the CrossFit Games on ESPN. She thought that the workouts looked fun, and noted that the athletes looked amazing — they were muscular, and female athletes weren’t skinny. The Games athletes looked healthy, which intrigued Lindsay. Soon after watching the Games she began researching CrossFit gyms in Roanoke. She met with Jay, and started at Brickhouse the next day. Motivated by an original plan to get fit for her upcoming wedding…

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Athlete Profile: Patrick Ward

Patrick learned about CrossFit through his brother, who had lost about 100 pounds through CrossFit programming. Patrick, who had always been athletic through rock climbing, road cycling, and kayaking, didn’t need to lose weight. Yet he decided to follow in his brother’s footsteps when a friend remarked on an old photo saying, “You were ripped!” Compelled to look and feel better he found his way over to Brickhouse. Patrick sees CrossFit as a life-long practice, and after just about…

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Athlete Profile: Nadean Carson

Nadean started CrossFit in 2012 at another affiliate, got injured, and decided to quit a year later without being able to recover. Still in love with the challenge of CrossFit she asked several people who had worked out at Brickhouse whether the coaches could help her recover from her injury without continued setbacks and disappointments. Nadean’s friends assured her that Brickhouse coaches and programming could help her in her recovery and continued success as an athlete. reflecting on that time…

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Athlete Profile: Tiffany Ovbey

Tiffany discovered Brickhouse in March of 2012 through her friend Kristen. Tiffany and Kristen are both avid volleyball players and met through a local league. After witnessing Tiffany’s competitive edge, Kristen suggested she visit Brickhouse. The rest is history. Tiffany has been involved in competitive sports since she was a young girl, eventually moving on to play collegiate volleyball as an undergrad. She prolonged her passion for the game as a grad student with the university club team and…

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Athlete Profile: Tammy Wiley

Tammy started her CrossFit journey three years ago when she saw a Reebok add on TV featuring a female athlete flipping a tire. That image became imprinted in Tammy’s mind, and she was determined to flip tires (and much more). So one Saturday, after researching CrossFit online with a friend, Tammy decided to sign up for a year at Brickhouse — without even taking a class! She remembers thinking, “Maybe I should’ve taken the class before I signed up for a year.” Even with this doubt,…

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Athlete Profile: Cody Abell

Cody discovered Brickhouse CrossFit after talking to a few friends in Tennessee. When he told them he was moving to Roanoke, they all said one word: Brickhouse. So the choice was obvious for him. Cody didn’t have a serious athletic background other than the experience of high school track. But as a student at Radford University, Cody trained at CrossFit Radford. Although he’s only been at Brickhouse a short time, Cody loves the community feel of the box. Since starting CrossFit, he attacks things…

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