Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Athlete Profile-Doug Doherty

Doug Doherty just turned 76...and is a long-standing member of the CrossFit LifeSport family. If you haven't had the opportunity to workout with Doug, he's here at 7:30 AM 2-3 days a week.

“Susan, my late wife, and I were looking for a unique exercise program. Dave Murray had a wonderful article regarding CrossFit and his experience. We said, "that's for us!"  We interviewed Todd and signed up immediately. Along with CrossFit, we committed to the paleo lifestyle.”

Doug is a terrific example of how one should continue to take care of themselves, even in retirement. “As a 76 year old member, I hope that I inspire others to sustain an active lifestyle regardless of their age.” 

Doug is strong, and he works hard at CrossFit. But, this kind of fitness regimen is nothing new for him.   “I was recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Central Catholic High School. I played football, basketball, baseball, and track (sure beats studying) and earned 9 varsity letters.”

Just the Facts~

Name: Douglas Doherty

Birthdate: August 2

Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Band: Glenn Miller (I'm 76 years old)

Favorite Wod: “Cindy”

Degree: University of Toledo, BS Industrial Engineering

Inspirational quote: My favorite quote can be found at Wildwood Metro Park on two adjoining benches. In honor of my wife Susan, who recently passed away, one bench says, "remember...wherever you go...there you are" and the other bench says, "and I will be there with you."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

September is WOD-first month

Summer is winding down but LifeSport is gearing up our first WOD-first month. Get your old PR’s out folks, because every weekday from Sept. 1st until Oct. 3 we are going to blast-out our METCON WOD’s before skill/strength.  For some of us it will be just another month during which we continue to better ourselves. For others it will feel like a test – a grueling, daily, month-long test in all our favorite benchmarks. Can you dominate the top 3’s (men and women) in our “HALL OF GAME”? Strength/skill work will still be planned but not required. Instead, plan to come in and compete all 5 weekdays for those 5 weeks and bring your favorite wodding shoes!


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Athlete Profile-Dave Murray

He's just our friend Dave  here at CrossFit LifeSport, but Dave Murray is best known as the Toledo Blade Managing Editor since 2010.

In between writing and editing and managing the paper, Dave comes in and works hard at his form, technique and strength training. "I want to stay as healthy, strong, and flexible for as long as possible. My current goal is age 80. I figure it's gravy after that." Well, if he keeps up the good work, that goal is certainly attainable!

Dave is an inspiration to his readers, as well as his fellow CrossFitters. "I've written two columns about my CrossFit experience in The Blade, and I've had many people tell me that reading about a 50-something struggling and adapting to CrossFit workouts made them think they could do it too."

When asked what he feels he contributes to LifeSport, Dave said "I think anyone who goes to CrossFit regularly helps the CrossFit community. We all have limitations, injuries, good days, and bad days and just by showing up and participating I hope I help other CrossFit athletes, especially the older ones."


Name: Dave Murray

Birthday: Dec. 20

Hometown: Haskins, Ohio

Favorite Color: blue

Favorite Band: White Stripes

Favorite WOD: Anything without burpees or wall balls

Degree/Education/Major: BA Journalism The Ohio State University

Inspirational quote/favorite mantra:   “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible' “ – Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FREE week of CrossFit – just pick a number on our facebook page!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Athlete Profile-John W

Everyone at CrossFit LifeSport knows John W. He has the fastest WOD times, highest reps and RX's every WOD. People are in awe of how fast he completes workouts. We watch him practice, successfully, muscle up, after muscle up. Most of you know he was a gymnast. Everyone can see he is a natural athlete. But, unfortunately many of you may not have had the pleasure of seeing/hearing how funny he is.

John is hilarious!!!! He has a dry, off-center sense of humor that makes you think about what he just said, then laugh hysterically. He is clever (just read his paleo challenge food posts)!!! He's the quiet guy who says funny stuff under his breath. Shares his funny commentary with just one or two people at a time.

When I asked him what he felt he contributed to LifeSport, he replied: "Drama. I like to spread gossip and rumors so that everyone is always mad at each other, just like on a good reality TV show."

In addition to being funny, athletic and smart, John is also a really great guy. He is intelligent, thoughtful and when he asks you a question he truly wants to hear your response. John is a valuable member here at CrossFit LifeSport.

Just the Facts~

Name:  John W.
Birthday:  November 15
Hometown:  Chicago
Favorite Color:  Clear
Favorite Band:  Rubber
Favorite WOD:  I love/hate all of them.  I probably love/hate Fran the most.

Degree/Education/Major:  B.A. in Psychology from Princeton, J.D. from University of Southern California
Inspirational quote/favorite mantra:   Wherever you go, there you are.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Athlete Profile-Alice Parisi

      Alice joined the LifeSport family in 2011. "I didn't want to think about to about what workout to do.  I liked the thought of walking in the gym, having the workout laid out for me and being coached." 

    And, "I like to lift weights and have been doing so since my college days when I was the only girl in the gym.  In those days it took some guts just to walk in the gym and endure unsolicited advice from a bunch of boys who knew less than I did about weightlifting.  They also never unloaded their bars, but of course, I called them out on that!" 

     Alice brings quick wit, tenacity and a good work ethic to the gym every time she walks through the doors.

      When I asked what she feels she contributes to CrossFit LifeSport, Alice replied: "Not speed.  And I am definitely not the strongest.  So by process of elimination, I contribute consistency and persistence.  I have watched folks come to the gym and want to accomplish aggressive goals to lose weight, get stronger, etc. in a very short and usually unrealistic period of time.  It is made more difficult when someone gets sick, work/school over loads you, kids need attending too, or there are other changes in life.  Know that there will be set-backs.  Therefore, I hope I contribute to our LifeSport family by modeling that it takes consistency and persistence to reach and keep your health goals."

    Alice is a great role model for all of us here at the gym, as well as for her children. She is determined, strong and damn funny!

"I stay at CrossFit LifeSport because Todd offers encouraging and knowledgeable coaching.... and everyone puts away their equipment."

Just The Facts~

Name:  Alice Parisi

Birthday:  March 9

Hometown:  Rossford, OH

Favorite Color:  Red

Favorite Band/Artist:  Elton John

Favorite WOD:  I don’t have one!  I mean, I like the variety of them all.

Degree/Education/Major:  Masters in Scientific and Technical Communication, specializing in non-profit management from BGSU.  My undergrad is from BGSU, too.

Inspirational quote/favorite mantra:  “Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.”  Anonymous