Junes’s Athlete of the Month is Hilary Derr

04 Jun

Hilary had been a member of APC since 2012 (after the birth of her 3rd child). She has been active all her life and has run several 5ks, 10ks and even a few marathons, but after the birth of her 4th child, she got really serious about her fitness level (specifically CrossFit) and her strength and endurance skyrocketed.

To put it simply… Hilary is AWESOME! Obviously her work ethic and drive is outstanding, but she is also super gracious and supportive of all her fellow athletes. She is a privilege to coach as well as workout alongside. Recently, she hit a BIG PR on her power snatch… 125lbs!!! She hopes to get that up to 135lbs to go with a 175lb clean and jerk, real soon!

Thank you Hilary for all that you do to make our community so special!

Interesting fact: Coach Pete Bach has been coaching Hilary for over a decade! (Boot Camp and CrossFit) “This was LONG overdue…” – Coach Seth

May’s Athlete of the Month is Rochelle Ricciardi

04 Jun

Rochelle Ricciardi

I started CrossFit January 5, 2015 in one of the Couch 2 CrossFit programs. I remember it so well because I nervously stuffed my face with a Big Mac, large fry, and sushi three hours beforehand and nearly threw it all up doing burpees.

I never would have joined CrossFit on my own – I would still most likely be on the couch and 250+ pounds. My sister, Danielle, signed me up for Couch 2 CrossFit and told me she would do it with me – she lied. I was dropped off and she did the WOD in the room next door. Obviously, I ended up really liking it!

One thing I love about APC is how our coaches are attentive, always ready to help, give constructive criticism, and invested in their athletes. In addition, the community at APC is amazing; everyone is friendly and constantly cheering one another on.

A couple of the accomplishments that I am most proud of in the box are getting my dubs and handstand hold. Outside the box, I have finally hit 199 lbs. – I have not been below 200 in probably 8 years!

My most important short-term goal is to get a pull-up. My long-term goal would be to reach my goal weight and to become a more well-rounded athlete overall.

Something interesting/peculiar about me… I grew up on a tree farm. (I hate this question)