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May 2016

May is here and it's going to be a busy one for YCF! Not only do we have several events coming up—see the events section below—but as we mentioned last week, we also have a team going to the East Regional. Regionals has always been a fun event to go watch the best in the region compete but it's going to be extra special this year. Coach BAM has many years of Regionals experience but this is the first time he's bringing his athletes with him on a team. Even though only 6 people will be competing on the floor, it was truly a community effort to get here and we encourage everyone to come watch and be a part of this amazing experience!

As a reminder, Regionals will be held on May 27-29 in Albany, NY, at the Times Union Center. For more information about Regionals, click here. Use our Yankee CrossFit Members Facebook page to ask questions as we lead up to Regionals, make carpool arrangements, anything!
Regional T-Shirts & Tanks: 
We're putting in an order for some YCF Regional shirts and tanks. We'll let you know once they come in!
Memorial Day Murph: For those of you who are new to YCF or CrossFit in general, every year on Memorial Day, many CrossFit gyms around the world do the Hero WOD Murph in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005.

YCF will honor Lieutenant Murphy once again by doing Murph on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th). We'll be running one large class at 9am. Murph is definitely a challenging, high-volume WOD but we will all get through it together!

Summer Hours: Starting mid June, we're going to have updated summer hours, TBA. Say tuned to the website and social media for more details.

Update Your Goals!: It's been a few months since we started the Goal's Board in the gym. We've seen a bunch of people smash their goals already so now is a great time to reevaluate your goals and update them on the board. If you haven't hit your goals yet, don't worry! We will get you there! Feel free to talk with a coach to make sure you're taking the right steps to hit those goals!
Reminder: In-House Throwdown is this Saturday!

To help raise money to send the team to Regionals, we're hosting an In-House Throwdown on Saturday, May 7. It's going to be a day full of fitness, fun and food so please come spend the day with us! The team will be hanging out and judging the event. Invite your friends and family—the more the merrier!

To stay up-to-date on the throwdown, join the Facebook Event page.
WOD & Wine is May 12th

Reminder that YCF's 1st WOD and Wine event is Thursday, May 12th at 6:30pm. After a short partner WOD, we'll enjoy some samples from Fitvine Wines and Bolo Bakery. Other vendors include Body & SoleStylish Impressions and Armeny. This event is open to all (ladies), not just Yankee members so invite family and friends. Tickets are $15 and include pizza and wine after the tasting.

Check out our Facebook event page for up-to-date information.
Calling all YCF Kids!

CrossFit Milford is hosting a kid's competition on Sunday, May 15th. The event is part of The Next Generation Games, a youth fitness competition series held at different CrossFit Affiliates throughout the East Coast. 

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or

This month, Amanda Montalvo, RD, YCF's nutritionist and owner of The Evolving Pursuit, shares her recipe for delicious strawberry cheesecake protein muffins. She'll have these at the In-House Throwdown on Saturday so make sure you try them there!

Evolving Pursuit is a company Amanda created to offer the most helpful information on fitness and nutrition and guide people towards their goals. Visit the website here

Brian Strezze

If you’ve ever seen Brian Strezze in class, you probably assumed he was athletic most of his life. He can snatch 200lbs and bang out handstand push ups with the best of them. And squats? He’s been known to make a barbell bend. But Brian never really played sports nor went to the gym much before joining YCF and is living proof that you don’t have to be a fitness superstar to start CrossFit.
Brian didn’t do any sports growing up, only really interested in martial arts from about 15 years old until he graduated from high school. He liked to bike but was pretty inactive through his college years as well. Around 2001, a doctor said he’d get diabetes if he didn’t start focusing on his health. He was about 250lb at the time and decided it was time to finally join a gym, a place he’d never stepped foot in.
Brian started going to various globo gyms in Massachusetts and then, after moving, Connecticut. “That got boring pretty quickly with on and off results,” he says. “When I started working with a personal trainer, I was able to lose weight but when she got a different job and left, I gained it all back.”
When his weight continued to fluctuate, Brian wanted something else to try. Because he was always pretty flexible, he decided to give yoga a shot. He got into power yoga and hot yoga and really started to like it. He was practicing 4 days a week but it wasn’t helping with his weight loss. Then a co-worker of his mentioned he wanted to try CrossFit. Brian thought CrossFit sounded interesting and started doing some research. After looking into a few different boxes close to his house, he came across YCF. He and his wife Anthea both signed up for a free class to check it out.
“I wasn't really doing anything fitness-wise at this point—hardest was an hour and a half of power yoga which is rough but a totally different kind of round. Seeing Coach Brendan all jacked was definitely intimidating but motivating at the same time,” says Brian. After the free class, both he and Anthea made the decision to do the beginner’s On-Ramp classes. This was 4 years ago and the Strezze’s are now two of the most dedicated, long-term members at YCF.
So how is CrossFit different than then other exercise programs Brian tried? “Having my wife and all the people here keeps me going. That’s why this type of thing works,” says Brian. “The workouts are hard and great but what keeps you coming is the people. Everyone here is trying to live a healthy life so it helps to get that constant reinforcement from your friends. We’re all trying to be healthier, do better in terms of our fitness so it helps so much to have that constant focus on ‘healthy’. If I don’t feel like going and skip a class, I know I’ll hear about it the next day from my friends. It keeps me motivated.”
Brian continues to be the constant, friendly face in the 6:30pm class, always pushing himself to new limits in his signature bandana. When he looks back at how far he’s come, it sometimes still surprises him. “I was always overweight. My family is overweight. Most of my friends aren’t healthy. I’m just not from a healthy background,” he says. “Even the thought of doing a pull up, let alone most of the shit we do here, seemed impossible.” But Brian does it all and we know with him, nothing is impossible.
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