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CrossFit Preferred Happenings – May 2019 Newsletter

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  1. Featured CrossFit Preferred Athlete – Michael Johnson
  2. CrossFit Preferred Committed Club March Winner
  3. Athlete’s Corner
  4. Gym Remodel
  5. Gymnastics Seminar Saturday May 18th @ 9:00am
  6. MURPH Shirt Pre-Order 
  7. CrossFit Summer Kids Program
  8. Spartan Race – CrossFit Preferred Team!
  9. Welcome New Members!
  10. Birthdays & Member Anniversaries!

Featured CrossFit Preferred Athlete – Michael Johnson

This month we are excited to spotlight longtime member Michael Johnson. Mike has been a member of CrossFit Preferred since February 2012! He attends the evening classes and is a very important member of the night crew! You can always find Mike helping out the new guy, or demoing a movement. He is always willing to help. Mike always has a smile on his face and loves to encourage others during a workout! We were able to ask Mike a couple questions about why he trains with us. Here is what he said:

What do you love most about training at CrossFit Preferred? 

I love the people. It is my favorite part. I enjoy getting pushed my others and encouraging others to do hard things.

Why do you CrossFit?

I love to CrossFit because I love the fact that I can push myself. This is one of the biggest reasons I joined. Before I started doing CrossFit I was in a rut at a traditional gym. I found CrossFit and I was instantly hooked. I originally worked out with guys who were way better and stronger than me. I wanted to be on their level so bad. So I just pushed myself to get better every day. I am a competitive person so this really drives me to work hard. Thus why I like to Compete in competitions.

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Preferred?

I have been a member of CrossFit Preferred for 7 years. Back when Derek Price and the other guys owned the gym.

One thing to know about Mike? 

Mike loves to compete. He does more local competitions than anyone we know. And he’s good at them! He also loves to volunteer at the CrossFit Games. He has been volunteering for the past 4 years and loves every minute of it.

Committed Club Winners

We had our first quarter Committed Club winner. Congratulations to Rusty Cooper for showing his commitment level and attending CFP 94 times in the first quarter! Rusty earned half off his April membership for being the first quarter Committed Club winner!! Way to go Rusty!!

Kristi Preston was our March Committed Club winner giving her $50 credit towards our retail area! Nice job Kristi!!

What is it The Committed Club?

The committed club is a year-long attendance challenge that will recognize and reward you for consistently showing up to CrossFit Preferred each month.  It will be broken up into monthly, quarterly, and yearly milestones with rewards along the way! In order to achieve committed club status, you will have to attend at least 15 classes during each calendar month.  At the end of each month, quarter, and year, we will recognize those individuals who have attended at least 15 classes during EACH of the coinciding calendar months.

Monthly – At the end of each month, we will recognize the monthly committed club.  All members of the committed club for that month will be entered into a raffle to win some sweet prizes!  Example: Everyone who attends at least 15 classes from January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2019 will be recognized as a member of the committed club for January and will be entered into the January raffle.

Quarterly – At the end of each quarter (3-month period), we will recognize the quarterly committed club.  All members of the committed club for that quarter will be entered into a raffle to win some sweet prizes.  Example:  Everyone who attends at least 15 classes EACH in January, February, and March will be recognized in the 1st quarter committed club and will be entered into the quarterly raffle.

Quarter 1 – January, February, March

Quarter 2 – April, May, June

Quarter 3 – July, August, September

Quarter 4 – October, November, December

Yearly – At the end of 2019, we will recognize and reward the individuals who have been in the committed club for all 12 months of 2019. This means you will have to get at least 15 visits in EACH of the 12 calendar months of 2019. 


Monthly – We will raffle off 1, $50 CFP Gift Certificates which can be used towards CrossFit Preferred Retail Products. (Driven Nutrition, Perfect Bars, Fit Aid, Rehband, etc.) 

Quarterly – We will raffle off 1, ½ month credits to be used towards your next monthly membership payment

Yearly – Everyone who achieves committed club status for the entire 2019 will earn a limited-edition, CrossFit Preferred Committed Club T-Shirt that they can proudly wear for the rest of their lives! In addition, we will raffle off 1 Free Month of Unlimited CrossFit classes to be used in 2020!

Athletes Corner

We want to create a section where we can celebrate the exciting things that happen in your lives! Whether that be a new baby, a new puppy, an engagement, or a graduation. We want to hear about it and celebrate with you!! Here are a few exciting things that are going on in a few of our members lives.

Congratulations to Becky Buendia and Daylan Passey on their engagement over this past weekend. We are so excited for both of you!!

Member Joe Kokes and his wife introduced a new baby girl into their family on Monday. Maple Magnolia Kokes weighed in at 7 lbs 8 oz and 21 inches long.

Congratulations to Dani Cooper for graduating with a dual degree in Supply Chain Management and Sustainability and Jessica Dixon for graduating with her Nursing Degree and Michelle Kyliavas for graduating from NAU with her Social Work Degree.

Gym Remodel

We are so excited for our gym remodel. We want to thank all of you for being so supportive and understanding during our construction. We are doing our best to get it all done as fast as possible.

We are so excited for the extra space this remodel is going to provide for us. Thank you to all that came out to help with the wall demo last Friday night. It was a good time!

The gym should be fully functioning by Monday however we will need some extra time to figure out the right places for all the equipment. We really appreciate your continued patience.

Gymnastics Seminar with Coach Andy 

Saturday May 18th at 9 am we will be having a gymnastics clinic with coach Andy. He will be teaching the kip swing and how that translates into many areas of CrossFit. If you have always wanted to learn how to get your first muscle up or kipping pull-up, or maybe you struggle with stringing toes to bar together you will not want to miss this class. Be looking for a sign up at the gym on the whiteboard.

MURPH Shirt Pre-Order

We are excited to do our annual MURPH workout on Memorial Day. We have designed a shirt and have four different shirt styles to choose from. Pre-orders are starting now and can be found on the whiteboard at the gym. Price is $25. Pre-orders will be closed on Wednesday May 15th.

CrossFit Preferred Summer Kids Program

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first CFP summer kids program. Here are the details for the program

  • 4 weeks long starting June 4th
  • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am
  • For ages 8-12 years old
  • Cost is $115
  • Includes a fun CFP kids T-shirt
  • Taught by Coach Casey

To register your kids for this awesome summer program contact Kris or Tiersa or ask a coach.

Spartan Race – CrossFit Preferred Team! 

Join us for the Spartan Race on June  15th in the Cardinals Stadium. It is a indoor race! Can’t wait!

Make sure you join our “CrossFit Preferred” team when you sign up. Our heat is going at 8:30 am.



Spartan training classes are held every Monday and Wednesday nights at 7 pm and Saturday morning at 7 am. These classes are lead by coach Andrew and they will teach you things you will need to know for a Spartan race such as

  • How to carry a bucket efficiently
  • How to flip a tire
  • How to increase grip strength
  • How to climb a rope
  • Practice doing Odd Object Carry’s
  • Much more!!

Welcome New Members and Grads!

Tarmi Lunt

Carolyn MacDonald

Stevie Sanchez

Daylan Passey

Skylar Brown

Catherine Saleck

Lillian Knauss

Michelle Akina

Drake Schofield

Members Birthdays!

Katie Notham                May 2nd

Catherine Saleck         May 3rd

Jason Hunsaker           May 9th

Matt Didonado            May 11th

Kris Stapp                       May 17th

Lisa Noble                      May 17th

Krysta Smith                May 18th

Tara Roberts                May 18th

Jared Adams                May 20th

Christine Brown        May 23rd

Lillian Knauss              May 25th

Trever Wilkins            May 30th

Members Anniversaries!

7 Year Club

Russell Price

5 Year Club

Tiersa LeSueur

3 Year Club

Rachelle Liddle

2 Year Club

Mike Rudder

Amanda Beal

Andy Greenwood

1 Year Club

Ben Reed

Laura Reed

Cassandra Rudder