Member of the Month

Member Focus: Sonya Jones


Meet Sonya Jones. Sonya usually attends the 5:30 pm class at Deerfield and she is a powerful lifter! 

How long have you been doing CrossFit? Seven years.

Favorite movement? Deadlifts and thrusters.

Least favorite movement? Running.

Any recent PRs? Nope.

Upcoming fitness goals: I want to increase my endurance and improve my running.

What is something that most people don’t know about you? Most people don’t know that I love history and I would love to work for the CDC.

Why CrossFit? CrossFit has made me more aware of the importance of functional movements. I also never knew that I was physically strong until CrossFit.

Why do you keep coming back? I enjoy the challenge. It is satisfying completing WODs.

Why CrossfitRPE: The community and the coaches!

Member of the Month: Dennis Marx

This month we’re profiling our oldest member, Dennis Marx. When he’s not at work as a senior vice president for an investment firm, he’s usually at the 5:30 pm class.


Age: 72 !!!!!

How long have you been doing CrossFit? 3 years

How did you come across CrossFit? Golfing buddy who goes to the Wilmette box.

Many older people are scared to try CrossFit and are sure they can’t do it. You started at age 69! What would you tell those other people?You are only as old as you would be, if you did not know how old you really are” (quote from one of my Harvard business school professors).

I do only what I feel comfortable doing. When in doubt, I take a “senior discount” to the Rx. There is no intimidation from anyone. Our training partners’ culture is one of constant encouragement. And from our technically competent RPE trainers, I have learned that I can measure improvement. I am constantly learning proper postures and techniques that make the movements easier and safer.

What are your favorite movements/lifts? What is your least favorite? Favorite = rope climbing. Least favorite = overhead lunges.

Any recent PRs you want to mention? Toes-to-bar improvement.

What is one fitness/health goal you would like to set for yourself? No single specific goal. Rather, continue my overall health and happiness.

What’s one thing most people don't know about you? Do you have any hidden talents? Unknown: I have been involved with universities in Poland, The Netherlands, and China. My talents are so well hidden they are unknown to me, as well.

How has CrossFit changed your life? I have a whole new wardrobe and a lot less money, due to loss of weight. My golf game has improved as a result of better flexibility.

Why do you keep coming back? I have never met a stranger at RPE. My classmates keep me coming back.

Why CrossFit RPE? Same as above. Also, totally impressed with the technical talents and personal skills of the coaches.

October Member of the Month: Amy Dean

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Name: Amy Dean
Age: 40-something (if you have to put that I'm 47...yikes...!!)
How long have you been in CF? Almost 4 years
How did you come across CF? I’ve always been active in sports, but since college had been primarily running.  After having 2 kids within 2 years, I was ready to get back in shape but running alone just wasn’t enough anymore.  We had just moved out of the city and I tried a couple local gyms, but found myself bored and unmotivated.  I’d heard about CF from a few friends at work, asked around and did some research, and realized that if I wanted my body to feel and look different, I needed to find a better way to challenge myself – this was it.
What are you favorite movements/lifts? What are your least favorite? 
Favorites: Toes to Rings, Squats, Cleans
Least: Handstands, Snatches
Any recent PR’s you would like to mention? Back squat #155 & Clean #85; Significant because in both cases, it took someone else in class pushing me past what I thought were my 1-rep maxes, telling me that I could and SHOULD push more. Lesson learned (thanks Coach Brad and Laurie P!)
What is one fitness/health goal you would like to set for yourself? This year my goal at CF was to complete Murph Rx – next year I want to beat my time and have pushups that aren’t so ugly at the end! Health-wise overall I also would like to get a better handle on my diet, which gets much harder with age. 
What is your biggest challenge that you’ve overcome? It's not huge as far as life challenges go, but my biggest challenge on a daily basis is TIME.  I’m a working mom with a job that requires travel.  Our families aren’t anywhere close to help with kids, so it all falls on us, and finding time to work out as much as I would like to is always tough.  “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”  Not sure who said this, but it sums up my outlook on life. I know that to be the best mom/wife/employee, it has to start with being the best ME that I can, which means finding time for my workouts.  Sometimes it means the kids come with me (thank you RPE!), many times it means a 5am start time, but I find  a way to get it done.  “Action Expresses Priorities” - Gandhi
What’s one thing most people don't know about you? Do you have any hidden talents? Nothing all that interesting and no hidden talents.
How has CF changed your life? Strength and confidence! I hadn’t tried to climb a rope since probably 4th grade – and early on would even avoid the WODs that had them…Now not only can I do them, I kind of like them too!
Why do you keep coming back to RPE? So many reasons…The coaches are amazing and make you feel special – no matter what level you are.  If you are looking for a place to go and be invisible – this is NOT the box for you!  The community and people are all about teamwork, camaraderie, and inclusiveness.  We cheer each other on and acknowledge milestones and accomplishments.  Most of all, it’s FUN and makes me HAPPY to be a part of the RPE family.