Elite Functional Fitness October Newsletter

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WELCOME TO THE ELITE FUNCTIONAL FITNESS (CROSSFIT 103 & THE SQUAT ACADEMY) MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, A MONTHLY PUBLICATION TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON NEWS AND EVENTS IN OUR FITNESS COMMUNITY.

September Recap

Wait.....September is over already?!?!?! Wow. The month flew by fast! the kids are back in school, and hopefully in a routine by now. Pumpkin Spice Everything is full throttle. Leaves are falling. Classes are starting to get busier once again. Don't "fall" off this fall! Now's the time to keep on working hard straight through the holidays and into the new year. Don't fall into the seasonal trap! The weather is cooler and it is a perfect time for Fitness.

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Some cool stuff happened the past 30 days. Here's a recap!

 The Tribute Crucible

The Tribute Crucible

Sal and Gil took a chance when firefighter Brandon Heaney from the Salt Lake City Fire Department gave them a call and invited them to Utah for a 9/11 tribute event in the mountains. Brandon was looking for an FDNY member to participate in the 30+ hour, no sleep, trek/tribute with 15 other participants. They hiked up mountains, bushwhacked (hiking with no trails) down the steep side of the mountain, carried logs, did yoga, learned hand to hand combat, learned SWAT techniques,  hiked some more, went in and out of a freezing cold lake repeating the Gettysburg Address, carried sandbags, did team relay races, hiked more, and paid homage to those who gave their lives on 9/11. It was an experience like no other. Oh, did I mention they didn't sleep for almost 40 hours???? Sal will create a blog post about the entire experience in the coming weeks.

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Locking arms in the freezing cold lake at 2am

Coach Matt completed a Half Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid, NY in a little over 7 hours. A half Ironman consists of a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride, and ending with a 13.1 mile run (half marathon distance). Just the thought of that is exhausting. Finishing an Ironman is an amazing feat. Awesome job Matt! #BlameItOnCrossFit

 Congrats Matt!

Congrats Matt!

 

We welcome Yoga Instructor Stephanie Locricchio who started teaching yoga classes at our gym. For now, we have 2 classes to gauge interest: Tuesdays & Friday' at 11:15am. We will add classes as we get more interest. Remember - your first class is FREE; so get in on a class to try it out! What do you have to lose?

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Namaste

A Look Ahead To October

 

You're not going to want to miss our 1st Annual Halloween Party on Saturday October 21st! The party will start at 7:30pm sharp at the gym. It will be an ADULT ONLY Costume Party. There will be a costume contest with prizes, so dress to impress! We'll also have fun games like "Scare Cristina with the Zombie Girl" & "Bobbing for Kettlebells". We ask that all members who attend bring either an appetizer, dessert and/or your favorite adult beverage. We will create a Facebook post with a food list. There will be no working out that night; just a time to socialize and have fun. 

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A new 6 week challenge class kicked of on Saturday with our nutrition seminar. Please be aware of challenge class times - Tuesday and Friday at 6am, 10am & 7pm (630 on Friday). Say hello to the new members. Welcome them to the family. Remember - many of you were once challenge members yourself.

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Gil showing off his biceps

 

We welcome new coach Hila Dery with her HilaFit classes. Hila is a popular Staten Island fitness instructor and personal trainer. Her classes are very high energy & fun. Classes are open to all CrossFit & Squat Academy members. Hila's class will also be taking over the 8:30am Tuesday & Friday Core Class. See Sal, Gil or Hila for more info.

 Hila's Schedule

Hila's Schedule

Sunday Coffee & Mash will now be held on the 1st Sunday of each month for now. We will keep you posted if this changes. You may continue to bring whatever you wish and hang out with us on Sundays. ALL class times will remain the same.

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October's charity will be "Barbells for Boobs". As a non-profit organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women under the age of 40 and men of all ages, Barbells for Boobs has been active in the CrossFit community for years now, hosting fundraiser WODs and informational meetings at affiliates all over the United States. We will be performing the WOD "Grace" at a date in November TBD. Announcements about the event and how to help raise money coming soon.

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Don't forget to sign up for the Spartan Super at Mountain Creek on Saturday, November 4th. We have about 10 members from the gym signed up already. Our Team Name is "CrossFit 103" and the Password is "squateveryday". Let's get another great turn out for this race. Use Discount code: CSTEAMCF103 for 15% off. Members who are Military/FD/PD/EMS will receive 25% off by signing up to Govx. Link is on Spartan site. Also - The Rookie Rumble is this weekend in Cherry Hill, NJ. Good Luck to those competing! Let's get some members down there to support them.

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August's Big PRs and Firsts

Kristel H. - First Box Jump!

Victoria P. - Double Unders!

Peter O. - Hand Stand Push Up!

Irma - 3 Rep Max Front Squat @185!

Laura P. - 5 Rep Max DeadLift @ 115!

Jess Matts - 110# Hang Clean!

Andrea S. C&J @95!

Linda F. - C&J @107.5!

 

All this happened in just one month! Can't wait to see what the future has in store! Thank you for being part of our community! 

~ The Elite Functional Fitness Fam

Elite Functional Fitness September Newsletter

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WELCOME TO THE ELITE FUNCTIONAL FITNESS (CROSSFIT 103 & THE SQUAT ACADEMY) MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, A MONTHLY PUBLICATION TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON NEWS AND EVENTS IN OUR FITNESS COMMUNITY.

 

August Recap

Summer came. Summer passed. Way too fast! We hope everyone has enjoyed the season, and has plans this weekend to spend time with family, friends, beer, and bbq. Then it's times to again get serious about health and fitness. We are anticipating an exciting Fall with fun programming, a few events, including our annual Halloween party, new members coming in, and old members coming back. We are on a mission to be the greatest gym on the island, and thanks to our members we are well on our way there!

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The 2017 CrossFit Games were once again very exciting, especially the nail biting finish between Kara Webb and Tia Toomey. Congrats to Tia for barely pulling through at the end and being crowned the "Fittest Woman on Earth." On the Men's side, Mat Fraser once again dominated, winning by the largest margin in CrossFit Games history. Even though it was so lopsided, it was still very exciting to watch him pace his workouts so well and always come out on top. It was also great to see the sport get some amazing coverage and a large audience on CBS Sports. They will be replaying the Games on CBS Sports in case you missed some events.

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Speaking of competitions, congrats to those who competed in the "War at the Shore" in the beginning of the month. The teams of Erich W/Chris Didonato and Natalie/Jess Matts both placed 5th overall in their respective divisions. Coach Sal and Coach Chris placed 15th in a very competitive division against athletes half their age. In another event, Coach Matt competed in a competition at CrossFit Shrewsbury and placed 5th overall in the Rx Division. If you would like to get involved in competitions, please see a coach and we will find one that is right for you.

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Thanks to all of those who helped out and donated for this month's Charity of the Month "Sunrise Day Camps" in Mount Loretto. Our Muscle Up Marathon raised over $750. Our coaches did a combined total of 150 muscles ups during the 2 hour marathon. Sandy Haft, director of Sunrise Day Camp Staten Island, is for grateful that we have such a giving and caring community. Keep up the good work!

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As we continue to grow, we continue to build our gym and purchase new equipment. This month we stocked up on Dumbbells. We have plans for future expansions and purchases. Stay tuned.

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A Look Ahead to September

 

As kids go back to school, and everyone comes back from vacation, we expect classes to be full again. Please make sure you book early so you don't get locked out of primetime classes, especially 6:30pm. We will also be running another Challenge, with interviews starting the second week of September and classes probably starting at the end of September. If you know anyone interested in attending the 6 Week Challenge, please have them contact us. At the start of the Challenge we will also be hosting a nutrition seminar that is open to all. Stay tuned for exact dates. 

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Our coaches/members are doing 2 big events this month. Sal & Gil are headed out to Utah for 5 days to compete in a team challenge in the mountains, which will include hiking, kayaking, running, climbing, memorizing sections of the Gettysburg Address, and learning some crucial outdoor survival skills. This is an event honoring fallen FDNY firefighters from 9/11. We will receive our tasks and must complete all tasks as a team. We will not be able to sleep until everything is complete. Past challenges have gone on for more than 30 hours. 

Coach Matt & Erich will be competing in a Half Ironman Triathlon on the same weekend. Over 70 miles of swimming, biking, and running in Lake Placid, NY. Not an easy task. Wish us luck!!! 

 Matt & Erich after their marathon row preparing for the Ironman

Matt & Erich after their marathon row preparing for the Ironman

We have a lot of members signing up for the "Rookie Rumble" on October 7th in Cherry Hill, NJ. This competition is for beginner and intermediate CrossFitters only. There will be no "rx" division. This is a great "first" competition and is an excellent opportunity to test your craft and feel the thrill of hearing a crowd cheering you on for your final reps. It's and awesome rush and we encourage anyone to experience it.  Click below for more info.

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Save the Date

We will be hosting the most Epic Halloween Party in the history of Staten Island, USA on Saturday, October 21st. The last time a Halloween party of this magnitude was hosted on this island, we were part of the 13 colonies. No, we will not be working out. Yes, we will be eating, drinking, dancing, partying, having a spooktacular time and dressing up in costumes. Friends and family are welcomed and encouraged to come to this ADULT ONLY event. Stay tuned for more info. 

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August's Big PRs and Firsts

Stephanie R. 115 DL for 5 reps!

Giuliana G. officially got full push-ups!

Peter B. got his first bar muscle up! 

Leah C. did 45 consecutive double unders and she's 29 weeks pregnant! 

Teresa D. hit 5 consecutive double unders! 

Frank P. 2 mile run in 16:30!

Erin L. toes to bar! 

Erich W. consecutive ring muscle ups, 155lb snatch and 215lb squat clean!

Chris DiDonato 350 lb Deadlift! 

Tommy M. HSPUs and Double Unders! 

 

 

Special Congrats to Eduardo Caiche on the birth of his baby boy on July 31st! 

 

All this happened in just one month! Can't wait to see what the future has in store! Thank you for being part of our community! 

~ The Elite Functional Fitness Fam

Elite Functional Fitness August Newsletter

WELCOME TO THE ELITE FUNCTIONAL FITNESS (CROSSFIT 103 & THE SQUAT ACADEMY) MONTHLY NEWSLETTER. A MONTHLY PUBLICATION TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON NEWS AND EVENTS IN OUR FITNESS COMMUNITY.

 

July Recap

 

Summer is officially here and it's been an odd one so far. We've experienced some extremely hot days with unbearable humidity, and others have felt like mid October. As expected, attendance took a minor decline due to vacations, beach days and just the fact that it's summer. Overall though, classes have been packed as we all continue to stay fit year round. We expect much of the same for August and then a busy fall.

 

Thanks to everyone who showed up and/or donated to another great charity event this month. The family and co-workers of NYPD Officer Dalsh Veve are very thankful for what we did to help them get through a very tough time in their lives. We continue to show our local community how much we care and what type of great people belong to our gym.

 Members of the NYPD, including a captain at the 67th Precinct, happily accept our check for PO Veve.

Members of the NYPD, including a captain at the 67th Precinct, happily accept our check for PO Veve.

 

 

Music artist Fokis returned to the gym for the second time, this time to check out a Sunday Mash (after hearing a lot about it) and to film some video for his documentary and music videos. Our gym is quickly becoming one of his favorites. He will contact us when his documentary is complete. We will try to set up an event with a screening once it is done.

 Fokis posing with 103 members after the Sunday Mash.

Fokis posing with 103 members after the Sunday Mash.

 

 

A Look Ahead to August

 

The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games will take place August 3rd-6th in Madison, Wisconsin. If you have not had a chance to see the games yet, this is something you don't want to miss. It is the best of the best going head to head in an all out competition of fitness. Who do you think will be this years "Fittest Person on Earth"?? We will try to screen the final day live at the gym. For more info on how to watch the games, click here.

 

Saturday August 5th, come down to Ocean CrossFit in Neptune, NJ to watch 3 teams of CrossFit 103 members compete in a fun & challenging competition. Cheer on the teams of Coach Sal/Coach Chris (Male Rx division), Jessica Mattsson/Natalie Allen (Female Scaled) & Erich Wollner/Chis Didonato (Male Scaled) as they go for the Ocean CrossFit crown. There event consists of 3 grueling partner wods, followed by a 4th wod WHEN they make it to the finals!

 Coach Chris turns 40 a week before the Competition. Happy Birthday Chris! Now go out and beat them young'uns!

Coach Chris turns 40 a week before the Competition. Happy Birthday Chris! Now go out and beat them young'uns!

 

This month's Charity of the Month is Sunrise Day Camp at Mt. Loretto. Sunrise Day Camp is a camp for children with Cancer. CF 103 member works there as an on site medic. We will be posting our GoFundMe pagethis week and will discuss if we are doing an event. You have all been amazing in helping out our local charities. Keep up the GREAT work! 

Donate to this month's charity here - https://www.gofundme.com/crossfit103

 

 

We have 2 races and another CrossFit Comp coming up soon:

 

Flex on the Beach (Competition) consists of teams of 2 male AND 2 female. It's a really fun event in Long Beach, NY on September 16th. Some members have expressed interest. For more info, click here.

The Civilian Military Combine (CMC) is an obstacle race the starts with a WOD. This takes place on the same exact day as Flex on the Beach. Many members have expressed interest in this as well. Members have tried to join but the registration page has been down. We have emailed them several times to see if they are resolving the problem. For more info on this race, click here.

A little further down the road is the Spartan Super at Mountain Creek on November 4th. We will try to put together another large team like we did with the Bone Frog. A sign up list will be posted at the gym. For more info on this race, click here.

 

July's Big Pr's and Firsts

 

Andrea G - First Rope Climb, 70lb OHS and a 205lb Deadlift! 

Teresa D - First Double Unders, 55lb OHS, 80lb Bench Press and 190lb DL! 

Coach Gil - 325lb Back Squat, 170lb OHS for 2, 405lb DL for 3!

Jess Matts - 215lb DL, 75lb Squat Snatch, 105lb Clean, 65lb OHS, 105lb Bench Press plus Double Unders! You Go Girl! 

Natalie A - 200lb Back Squat & 100lb OHS!

Victoria M- 225lb Back Squat, 95lb Snatch & 105lb OHS!

Lorie G - 10k row! 

Jackie A. - Toes to Bar! 

Anthony Roman - Ring Dips! 

Coach Chris - 300lb Bench Press

Coach Sal - 2:52 Rx "Diane" (Now he can die in peace) 

Erich W - 245 Front Squat and 145 Snatch! 

Michael Morgante - 105 Power Snatch

Allison C - 155lb DL and a few inches off her waist!

Paul D - 400lb Back Squat and 500lb Deadlift plus 3 PB & J Donuts!!! Damnnnnn...

 

Welcome Our Newest Members!

Craig Deitchman

Alfonso Perri (returning)

Charlene Noto

Alyssa Blomquist

Harbey Moreira

 

Special Congrats to member Jonathan D'Ambrosio on his marriage last week and to Frank Pensabene on the birth of his daughter! 

 

All this happened in just one month! Can't wait to see what the future has in store! Thank you for being part of our community! 

~ The Elite Functional Fitness Fam

Elite Functional Fitness July Newsletter

WELCOME TO THE ELITE FUNCTIONAL FITNESS (CROSSFIT 103 & THE SQUAT ACADEMY) MONTHLY NEWSLETTER. A MONTHLY PUBLICATION TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON NEWS AND EVENTS IN OUR FITNESS COMMUNITY.

 

June Recap

June was another active month at 103  & TSA. Here's a list of what went down during the month. 

 

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Ollis Foundation 5k! We had an awesome turnout for a great cause. Close to 20 members came out to support the fund. Some even ran with either vests, or flags (or both). The Ollis family appreciates our continued support. Let’s make this a 103 tradition.

 

 Great support for the Ollis Foundation! 

Great support for the Ollis Foundation! 

 

Congrats to all of those who started, and completed, The Bone Frog Challenge in Englishtown, NJ, A grueling 8 mile, 42 obstacle race. Another amazing turnout with close to 30 members participating then having the strength to celebrate Erich’s birthday. We will be planning more events like this in the near future. Our next planned event is the Spartan in November, but we will try to find a shorter race before then to prepare.

 

 What a crew for The Bone Frog! We took over this event. Everywhere you looked you saw a 103 Shirt! =) 

What a crew for The Bone Frog! We took over this event. Everywhere you looked you saw a 103 Shirt! =) 

 

Welcome our newest torture devices, the Metolius climbing board (to help build grip strength) and our new climbing ropes. We are looking forward to adding more rope climbs in workouts. We also now have Crossover Symmetry, a cool and effective way to help those with tight shoulders. Ask a coach about how to use any of the above.

 

 Gil - Do you have a license for that??? 

Gil - Do you have a license for that??? 

 

Coach Donald will now be coaching most morning TSA classes and some evening. We look forward to Donald becoming more involved in the gym and you’ll soon find out why!

 

 Donald is one strong dude. He knows a thing or two about fitness as well. 

Donald is one strong dude. He knows a thing or two about fitness as well. 

 

Sunday Coffee & Mash is a blast. If you haven’t made it to a Sunday Mash yet, what the heck are you waiting for????? Still waiting for someone to bring Bacon btw!

 

 Packed House during the Sunday Mash

Packed House during the Sunday Mash

 

A New Group of Challenge members have completed their 6 weeks and are ready to participate with us full time! Welcome all those who have joined and are now officially part of our fast growing community!

 

A Look Ahead to July

July's Charity of the month is for Police Officer Dalsh Veve.

As we all know, Police Officers work tirelessly to protect and serve the citizens of our city each and every day.  They sacrifice holidays, birthdays, family time, and much more for the safety of all residents and visitors.  On occasion, they sacrifice their well being and even their own life.

On Saturday night, June 4th just before midnight, NYPD officer Dalsh Veve, assigned to the 67th Precinct Anti Crime Unit, was conducting a car stop.  While engaging the vehicle, the driver decided to flea, trapping officer Veve on part of the vehicle and dragging him several blocks.  Officer Veve sustained numerous injuries including head and spinal trauma and remains hospitalized in serious condition, now almost a month later.

Officer Veve is a veteran of the department, a husband and a father to a 2 year old girl.  His wife, Esther, a registered nurse, has been by his bedside and out of work since his accident and, aside from losing income, she faces the possibility of losing her job.  With the blessing of the Commanding Officer of the 67th Precinct, Inspector Joseph Gulotta, a Staten Island resident, we have decided to make the charity/cause of the month for July, the Veve family.  Our help and support will go 100% to the family.

Coach Gil’s brother, PO Tal is a co-worker of PO Veve assigned to the 67th Precinct midnight Patrol Sectors and will help in coordinating our efforts.

We will be hosting a BBQ and doing a wod in his honor at the end of the month. Specifics to come soon.

 

 

Some of us are competing in a CrossFit Competition on August 5th at Ocean CrossFit in Neptune, NJ. They have Rx and Scaled division. This Competition is a 2 person same gender team competition. ANYONE can enter. Click the link to register - http://www.oceancrossfit.com/events/ .  We hope to put a few more teams together. Please sign up, or come support our competitors.

 

Also: 

  • Weightlifting Class ends in 2 weeks. We will talk about round 2 for anyone else who would like to improve their Oly lifts. 
  • Look for our Coaches Challenge on Open gym days. 

 

 

June's Big Pr's and First's

 

Bailey Goon, Chris DiDonato and Marvin G first ring muscle ups! 

Congrats to Giuliana Guzzo for completing the 8 mile long Bone Frog Challenge without the help of "The Elite's"! We told you that you can do it. "What the mind believes, it can achieve."

Jo D - Ring holds! 

Andrea S, Victoria B. & Mike Leone - First HSPU!

Beau, Jamal, Natalie and Jess M - Double unders!

Anthony Roman - Ring Dip!

Natalie - 7:03 mile!

 No resting! 

No resting! 

Back Squat Pr's

 

Alexandra Elia 150

Anthony Preza 295

Brian Yurkins 180

Catherine Farganis 155

Cindy Johnson 95

Coach Chris 425

Dondy Tal 145

Gerri Nappi 120

Gia Santigate 130

Jess Hirt 135

Jo DeCicco 160

Joe Piesco 245

Marino Lorza 235

Melissa McBratney 140

Mike Morgante 215

Mirelly Gonzalez 135

Nakisha Maisonet 120

Nelson Ortiz 195

Ricky Livan 315

Sandra Hillis 65

Teresa Romolo 125

Victoria Brady 100

 

Deadlift Pr's

 

Allison Candelaria 130

Coach Chris 515 (15#)

Denise Talley 165

Elia Tal 170

Gerri Nappi 185 (60#)

Guy Seth 245

Igor Vaysbaum 275

Jeanderson Da Silvia 335

Jessica Hirt 180 (10#)

Jessie Prescott 135

Jo DeCicco 205 (5#)

Liza Latour 110

Michael Leone 265

Mirelly Gonzalez 150 (10#)

Ralph Roiland 435 (20#)

 

Weightlifting PR's

Clean & Jerk

Kristen Rosenberg- 110

Chris Didonato - 185

Larry Chiarappo - 125

Split Jerk

Coach Matt 260

 

Congrats to all!!!!!

 

** Want to make our newsletter??? Add your PR's or "Firsts" to the new "Achievement Board"**

 

Welcome New Members!

 

CrossFit:

Heather Estebanez

Michael Leone 

Halil Kanacevic 

Linda Katz - Welcome Back! 

Barbie Frias

Vincent Cisternino 

Javier Fernandez

Sam Nichilo 

Jonathan D'Ambrosio 

Sean Bennett

Karen Franzese

Kamil and Mayury Suchcicki

Paul Ciliento

Vanilda Barbosa

Suada Halili

Monika Misiurek

Debra Furnari

Ralph Guzzo

Allison Candelaria 

Gaetano Donatantonio

 

TSA:

Noreen Vitolo

Lisa Tuzzalino 

Sally Eskander

Alyssa Riccio

Arlene Riccio - Welcome Back! 

Clare Coscia

Denise Volpe - Welcome Back! 

 

All this happened in just one month! Can't wait to see what the future has in store! Thank you for being part of our community! 

~ The Elite Functional Fitness Fam