Stronger. Faster. Fitter.

        Courtney Fedacsek With Her Two Sons

       Courtney Fedacsek With Her Two Sons

Courtney Fedacsek is no stranger to change:

  • The Akron, Ohio native left the comfort of the Midwest and Big 10 country to row for the University of Miami crew team.
  • After 15 years in South Florida, she and her husband moved to Highland Park for a work opportunity and to settle down and raise their family.
  • The once and future wealth manager re-entered the financial industry after a six-year break.

It’s no surprise that when it came to transforming her fitness routine, Courtney was chomping at the bit to try something new.

“CrossFit was something I’d been looking at for a while and wanting to try,” she says.

With the nudging of her friend, Julie Ackerman, CrossFit Games competitor and RPE coach, Courtney gave it a shot.

“She told me ‘You have to try it, you have to try it.’ I took a foundations class, and I was hooked. That was it,” Courtney remembers.

Her dedication is as solid as ever, frequenting both RPE locations 4-6 days per week, including weekends.

“I really just like the competitive nature of it,” she says. “There’s something so unique and different. It feels more fulfilling than just going to the gym. You’re with people who have the same desire to push themselves as you do.”

Push herself she has.

You just find this strength within you that you didn’t think you necessarily had, and it helps with all aspects of your life.

Courtney recently competed in the 2017 Tandem Throwdown in Arlington Heights, and up next is a competition in late September.

As much as she’s realizing a return on her fitness investment, Courtney also feels the benefits of CrossFit outside of the gym in the following ways:

She’s Discovered Newfound Energy
Whatever stamina Mother Time stole from her since her days as a high school and collegiate athlete, Courtney has reclaimed in spades. The strength and endurance she’s developed through CrossFit enhances her tennis game and activities like swimming, biking and kayaking.

“I’m stronger, faster, and fitter than I would be without CrossFit,” she says.

It’s Taught Her That She Can Push Past Her Own Limits
“Within CrossFit, it teaches you so much about yourself because you can push past the limits you think you have,” she says. “And not just physical. A lot of times there are mental limits you place upon yourself. And so when you push past those, you feel a physical accomplishment and a mental triumph that can carry forward into your work and your personal life. You just find this strength within you that you didn’t think you necessarily had, and it helps with all aspects of your life.”

Stronger Mental Fortitude
Courtney felt a lot less intimidated to try CrossFit than resuming her career. She admits that she was nervous about returning to the corporate world.

But CrossFit bolstered her confidence.

“It gave me the mental toughness to work through life’s struggles, which was an added benefit I didn’t anticipate. I had a confidence that I could work through challenges.”

CrossFit Helps Her Set a Good Example for Her Kids
Courtney brings her sons to her competitions to teach them about the importance of setting goals and working to achieve them. Even if she doesn’t place well, she believes it’s healthy for them to observe her efforts.

“It’s good for them to see that. If you fail, you continue to work hard toward your goal. My oldest says, ‘I’m proud of you, mom.”

However, she does get a ribbing from her baby.

“My 6-year-old says, “It’s too bad because you could’ve gotten a medal!”

To CrossFit or not to CrossFit?

CrossFit RPE is excited to announce the CrossFit For All blog.

Everyday we learn about your success stories. We are thrilled when we hear that Crossfit has improved your overall lifestyle and sense of wellness.

So we want to tell everyone about it!

Each month we will spotlight a different member’s CrossFit journey and examine how they benefit from CrossFit outside of the gym.

These stories demonstrate that the strength, stamina, and endurance cultivated in the box follow you throughout the day.

You leave CrossFit RPE when the workout is over, but the workout doesn’t leave you.


To CrossFit or not to CrossFit?

That was the question for Brendan Killeen.

Unlike our favorite Shakespearean tragic hero, there was no agonizing over his decision.

The answer was simple: Not to.

While Brendan didn’t put a monarchy in peril, he sure wasn’t scoring points with his wife, a CrossFit regular, going from bed to box daily at 5AM.

Nor could he keep his buddy off his case, who at the time worked for Reebok, the title sponsor of CrossFit.

As a former college basketball player, Brendan knew a full-court press when he saw one.

“My wife convinced me through extreme guilt,” says Brendan, who caved in. “She said, ‘You can do anything for three months. If you don’t like it, quit.’”

Brendan left his “man-spa” health club, complimentary eucalyptus towels and all, for CrossFit RPE. Three months has developed into over two years, and he hasn’t looked back.

Though it took some coaxing at first, Brendan has done it his way, mastering foundational movements at his own pace, and proving to himself that he belongs in the CrossFit community.

As Brendan has shown, CrossFit is for everyone, and here he shares how it benefits other aspects of his life:

He is now a morning person
“I was never a morning person,” Brendan says. “I was always a night owl, and now that’s flipped.”

So much so that 5:15 and 5:30AM classes are the norm for him.

“Putting my two feet on the ground first thing in the morning is a WOD in itself for me,” he jokes, but he’s home in time to help corral his four kids, and the work day ahead feels a lot less daunting.

His energy levels are higher and longer-lasting
As a sales director who travels every week on business, Brendan has gone from none the worse for wear to bring it on. The routine of CrossFit helps him manage his work schedule more efficiently.

“I have become wildly regimented,” he says.

It also has kept his basketball game fresh.

“I’m not at my college basketball performance level,” he admits, but Brendan still plays in pickup games and wouldn’t have the endurance to keep up with the youngins were it not for CrossFit.

Nutrition is a priority
CrossFit has inspired an overall healthier lifestyle for Brendan. While he’s gotten more serious about fitness, he’s also paying more attention to his diet.

“I've been at CrossFit for two years now, and I knew that in order to make any real change, nutrition needed to be a part of it,” he says.

He now emphasizes protein over fat, ordering fewer pizzas and eating more chicken, seafood, and yogurt, even though “The smell of Greek yogurt is brutal!”

He as forged strong friendships
The immediate draw to CrossFit for Brendan was the sense of community.

“I liked the group atmosphere, the accountability, and the team aspect of CrossFit.”

Workout partners quickly became friends, and now there are meetups, family get-togethers, and a busier social life for Brendan and his wife.

“We hang out, and we don’t just talk about all things CrossFit,” he says.

He takes his CrossFit show on the road
Brendan doesn’t let business travel break his routine. Where there’s a box, there’s a way, as far as he’s concerned.

Along with his work appointments, he ensures to book drop-in classes at affiliates near and far.

“I feel better holistically,” he says. “My level is: I’m a happy guy.”