Member Spotlight

Bill Reiner

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  A little over 6 years – I started in December 2014

 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? I have been a runner and biker for many years. At the time I started, the thought of moving into another winter of cold, dark runs was totally unmotivating. I have a friend who had started Crossfit and loved it. She invited me to come check out Summa. I met with Coach Matt and he walked me through my first workout and I have been coming ever since.

 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to Crossfit Summa for the first time?  The free weights and lifting were intimidating to me at first. Prior to Summa my workouts were basically long runs or rides. I had only done a small amount of lifting prior to Summa and it was mostly on nautilus type machines. Not to mention, lifting was pretty humbling. I thought I was in pretty good shape, but quickly found out I was not rather strong. Honestly, it took me a long while to enjoy lifting. But it has become one of the aspects of my fitness I am most proud of. It’s the area where I have seen the most progress and I actually missed lifting when Summa was closed last spring for Covid. 

 

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  What surprised you most about Summa? These are the same for me…the people. I started coming much like most others for the fitness, but it’s the people that I enjoy the most. I love coming to gym and I am usually get there 5 days a week – the workouts are great but I really enjoy seeing everyone. It’s easy to show up when you enjoy your time there. I look forward to catching up with everyone, hearing about their families and sharing the workouts. It is truly a community and I have made many friends. I also can’t say enough about the coaches. Each and everyone of them, both past and present. They are all special to me given all the help and interest they have had in my progress.

 

What have you gained since starting at Summa? So my fitness and strength are definitely better than before and I mentioned the great friends and relationships that I have gained. But I would say more so than my fitness, my overall health is much better. As I get older I am less concerned with how much I can lift and or how far I can run when in the gym(all though I still love to track this! ). Rather I’m trying to focus on my overall health. So many of my friends are dealing with a myriad of health issues as we move into our 50’s. I believe my time at Summa helps me avoid most of those. I am much more focused on not only my workouts but my diet, my sleep and my overall health and well being. My time at Summa has directed that change.

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise? My least favorite is easy, thrusters! I have a lot of favorites but I do like handstand push ups ( not sure why). I like the hero workouts and tracking my progress over time. The partner workouts are really fun as well. I always push myself more when I have a partner. 

 

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa? I have read the hardest part is walking through the front door for the first time. I think that’s true. I think many people are intimidated by Crossfit thinking they are not strong enough or in ‘good enough shape’ to do Crossfit type workouts. That’s not the case. The classes have all age groups and all levels. Rarely is the entire class doing the same exact workout. The workouts are adjusted to meet your needs and are infinitely scalable and easily modified. The Summa coaches can meet you wherever you are.

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Sharon Rimmer

 

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  I am starting my fourth year.

Why did you decide to start? I have always tried to keep fit by running but my son, who is a personal trainer, got me started in boot camp like workouts, which then lead me to CrossFit. After more than 20 years of running my body was not enjoying it anymore. I was not sure if Crossfit would give me the same satisfaction as running so I decided to give it a try. And I was pleasantly surprised!

What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? Summa was recommended to me.

Did you have any hesitations before you came to Crossfit Summa for the first time?  Just first time jitters not knowing the people or if I could do the workouts.

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  Being with everyone. They are like family.

What surprised you most about Summa? Their constant dedication to their members. They care about each one of us.

What have you gained since starting at Summa? Overall strength! I feel I am in the best shape of my life.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise? Hmm, my favorite workouts are the endurance , chipper like ones. I actually look forward to The Murph! My least favorite is thrusters and man-makers. I cringe when I see them in the WOD.

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa? If you want to get in shape, come, no matter what level of fitness you are in or how old you are. The coaches will adapt the workouts for you. It is the best feeling to see yourself improve week after week. I also love the encouragement everyone gives each other. A lot of times it is what gets you through the workout.  It will be the best decision you made.

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Kieran Kelly

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa? 

I started at CrossFit Summa in December of 2018. 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? 

My senior season of football had just ended, and I was looking for a new way to get active. I enjoyed working out, but I needed some type of structure to my workouts. I’ve never been able to design my own workouts and I’ve never felt comfortable in a traditional gym, so CrossFit seemed like a good way to have structured workouts and vary my movements.  

My Mom and Dad had been going to Summa for a couple months and one night they dragged me with them. I saw the types of workouts that Summa was doing, and I knew it was the right place for me. 

 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to Crossfit Summa for the first time? 

I remember the first time I came to Summa with my Mom. We went to the 6:30 class and I was introduced to a big, sweaty, and shirtless Matt Herman. I saw the kind of shape that he and the other coaches were in and I thought that’s what I had to look like to do CrossFit. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do the movements or withstand the cardio. But all the coaches reassured me that workouts could be scaled, and they would work with me to meet my fitness goals. 

 

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  What surprised you most about Summa? 

I love that I’m able to compete and workout with my Dad. It is great to have someone who can motivate and push you through workouts, even if he cheats his way to beating me.  

What surprised me is how quickly, I have grown in CrossFit. When I arrived at Summa, I could barely get 15 calories on the Echo bike without gasping for air halfway through. Now after being here for 2 years, 15 calories are nothing for me. I think that speaks to the quality of the coaching and the programing at Summa.  

 

What have you gained since starting at Summa? 

Since starting Summa, I have learned to love exercising. Often, my hour at the 8am class is the best part of my day and I look forward to the classes and workouts. Before starting Summa, I used to dread having to run or core work because they those movement were often used as punishments when I played sports. Now I find the hardest works the most fun and rewarding. 

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise? 

My favorite movements are wall balls, rowing, and any type of heavy lifting, especially power cleans. I also enjoy pullups even if I rip my hands every time. Burpees have started to grow on me, but they still stink whenever Katie programs hundreds of them. But of course, nothing beats chasing the dogs around the gym.  

My least favorite workout is DT, and I am always worried that I’ll fall on my face during box jumps.  

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa? 

There is something for everyone. I know it can be stressful to start but just give it time and you’ll find some workout or movement that is for you. Stick with it and you’ll see yourself becoming happier and healthier in no time. I know I have.   

Steph Ward

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  

About 6 years.

 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? 

I knew some of the trainers from a different gym.  I knew Mike and Matt had started Summa but wasn’t sure if Crossfit was for me.  I was finally persuaded to just try one class.

 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to Crossfit Summa for the first time?  I had a TON of hesitations!  I thought I was too old, not in good enough shape, would embarrass myself, etc….etc….etc.  I made all the excuses.

 

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  

The trainers.  I have had an exercise routine for the past 20 years and Summa, hands down, has the best trainers I have ever worked with.  They work with you where you are as an individual and have helped me attain goals I never thought I’d reach.  I am in better shape now in my late 40’s than I was in my 20’s.  Prior to joining Summa there were so many things I was not able to do - climb a rope, do a pull up, do toes to bar.  I am now able to do all those movements plus so much more.

 

What surprised you most about Summa?

How supportive of an environment they have created.  Everyone is super supportive not only during workouts but even during tough times any member may experience outside the gym. 

 

What have you gained since starting at Summa?

Strength and greater confidence in my abilities as an athlete.  Also new friends, Summa really is an extension of family.  

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

Favorite exercise - Deadlift

Least favorite exercise - Echo bike

 

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa?

Give it a try!  Talk to the trainer leading the class about any concerns or goals you have as an individual.  The great thing about Summa and the workouts is everything is scalable and they can meet you wherever you are.  The trainers all have the great ability to figure out what works best for you and how to push you (in the right way) to be your best self.

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Tim and Tricia Senigo

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  

We have been members since May of 2016

 

Why did you decide to start? 

We had been doing Crossfit since January 2009.  

What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? 

We really like the family atmosphere and just all-around fun time while working out. Also the programming and coaching were big parts of why we decided to choose Summa.

 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to Crossfit Summa for the first time? 

Yes, Tim had coached for 5 years at another local affiliate, our kids had both grown up going to that gym and it was a big change for us. Those hesitations went away in a very short time thanks to the very welcoming members and coaches. In particular there were some who started playing football with our kids the very first day we were there as if we knew them for years.

 

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa? 

The people.   

What surprised you most about Summa?  The community that is Summa. Also that scaling is ok and encouraged. 

 

What have you gained since starting at CrossFit Summa? 

A New Family. 

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise? 

Burpees. (Tricia’s favorite and Tim’s least)

 

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa? 

You can do it no matter your current fitness level.  It is completely scalable and achievable. Listen to your coaches and you will have success! 


 

***With the current pandemic we have been working out at home in our garage and can we say we REALLY miss you all and can not wait to be able to get back into the gym!!!***

Phyllis Glassman

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?

I have been a member since September 2019.

 

Why did you decide to start? What made you choose us over any other gym in the area?

I had been teaching group exercise and small group training at another facility and I really enjoyed challenging workouts. I decided to give Summa a try because a friend recommended it to me. 

 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to CrossFit Summa for the first time? Were you intimidated to start?

I was extremely hesitant to start CrossFit. I had seen stories about  CrossFit injuries on television. I did not want to get pushed to do anything that would not be good for my body. I was also concerned about my age.

 

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa? What surprised you most about Summa?

The best part of coming to Summa is the fact that I am working outside of my comfort zone to the extent that I choose. I like that the workouts can be scaled-plenty of options. I was most surprised by the sense of community. Coaches and members cheer you on. It is like being part of a team.

 

What have you gained since starting at Summa?

Since starting Summa I have the confidence to perform exercises I would have never thought I would do.

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

My favorite exercise is the devil’s press. My least favorite exercise is the bike.

 

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa?

Try it! You will feel so good when the workout is over.

O'Dene Lewis

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  

I have been a member since November 2019

 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area?

I started my fitness Journey in August 2018. I had made progress with my diet and exercise. However, I wasn't happy with my results. I wanted to improve my overall strength and flexibility as well as my athleticism for tennis. I started my journal at Crossfit Summa with my personal trainer Tyler. He was the first person to introduce me to Crossfit and the Crossfit Summa family. After I started my training with Tyler, my knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise techniques, strength and flexibility improved. Tyler had to move away, unfortunately. However, I found crossfit to be a good fit for my performance goals. Most importantly, crossfitsumma provided the expertise and the non judgement environment, for my continued learning and fitness progress. I am very excited to continue my fitness journey with the Summa family. 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to Crossfit Summa for the first time?  

I had no hesitation. I love trying new sporting activities and I am committed to reaching my fitness goals.

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  What surprised you most about Summa?

The structured classes and the experienced instructors.

The non judgement space that the Summa team creates, surprised me the most.

What have you gained since starting at Summa?

I have seen improvement in my strength, endurance and exercise techniques.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

My favorite exercise is Shuttle runs

My least favorite exercise is Burpees

Kathy Michitsch

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  

About 7 months

 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area?

Because my trainer Sean Rimmer left the gym he had previously been working at and started working with CrossFit Summa, and I wanted to continue training with him.

Did you have any hesitations before you came to Crossfit Summa for the first time?  

Yes I wasn’t sure I could do this.

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  What surprised you most about Summa?

How friendly and supportive everyone was.

 How all the trainers take the time to get to know you as a person.

When I first came and looked around  and didn’t think I could do this at all, so I thought I will just stay one on one with Sean which I will always do. But then I took a class and yes I was scared, but Mike and Katie made sure I was doing everything correctly and modified what I needed. Wow, that was GREAT and I did it and wanted more.

What have you gained since starting at Summa?

Getting stronger and more confidence.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

Favorite: Classes

Least Favorite: Bike

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa?

Looks are deceiving. You might not think you can do this but you can, there are some things I cannot do but every trainer can modify for you if you just let them know. The scariest thing is taking the 1st step and then you will be hooked.  I did go to a gym for a long time, but CrossFit is even better.  I am much stronger and cannot wait to see what I can do in a year or two. 

Sean Kelly

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  

I joined Summa in September 2018.

 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? 

I decided to start attending Summa because I knew I wanted to improve my overall health.  I felt like I was in a rut trying to work out and run on my own.  It just wasn’t happening … I’m sure I am like most people that find it way too easy to make up an excuse to not exercise.

I knew if I really wanted to get healthy and back in shape that I needed to find a gym that offered classes.  After searching on-line, I found Summa’s website and saw that they offered a beginner class.  Summa’s explanation of the classes and workouts helped me find the nerve to finally give it a try.

 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to CrossFit Summa for the first time?  

I think I was like most people and didn’t understand what CrossFit was.  I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do the workouts they offered.  Also, my biggest hesitation was that I felt I needed to be in shape to do the workouts.  I quickly found out that the daily workouts are designed for all levels of people in different phases of their lives…and the workouts are what get you in shape.

 

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  What surprised you most about Summa?

Right now my favorite thing is working out with my son Kieran.   Since Kieran has been staying home from college, we have been able to attend most classes together.  It’s awesome to see how much he enjoys attending Summa every day.  Kieran is learning the importance of balancing work, his college courses and his health by making time each day to attend the workouts.   

I look forward to the different workouts that are planned out each day.  The coaches and staff do a great job of teaching each exercise and finding ways to adjust the exercises to fit an individual’s skill level.

I was surprised how much I enjoy competing against myself and seeing if I can improve each time I do a workout.   The variety of classes along with workout partners really help to keep you motivated.

Finally, it doesn’t happen often and I know it won’t last much longer, but it always feels good when I can beat my 20 year old in a work out.

 

What have you gained since starting at Summa?

Simply, I feel better and healthier.  Over the last couple of years, I’ve improved my strength, my flexibility and have definitely improved my cardio fitness.

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

I still struggle with my pull ups and double-unders but I know there are always alternatives I can do which allow me to get a great workout.

 

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa?

I would absolutely encourage someone thinking about starting at Summa to give it a try and stick with it.  My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner.  Not only have I gotten healthier, I’ve made new friends and I look forward to going to the gym every day.

Deb Daly​

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  

I've been a member at Summa 6 years.

 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? 

I always wanted to try CrossFit but was terrified. I moved here and had 2 neighbors working out here.  After 1 day, I was hooked.

 

Did you have any hesitations before you came to CrossFit Summa for the first time?  

I never lifted weights before and knew that was integral part of the program. 

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  What surprised you most about Summa?

The coaching is by far my favorite thing AND what surprised me the most.  The coaches really take an individualized approach to each member all the while training in a group format.  It's really impressive.

What have you gained since starting at Summa?

I've gained an incredible fitness level, good friends and a safe place for me to exercise.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

My last favorite is overhead squats.

My favorite is cleans.

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa?

You'll never regret working out at Summa. The workouts are different everyday. It's a great combination of cardio fitness and strength training. And, the coaches keep challenging you to be better than yesterday. I highly recommend Summa to anybody looking to add variety and balance to their workout regimen.

Mike Summersgill

How long have you been a member at CrossFit Summa?  

1 1/2 years

 

Why did you decide to start?  What made you choose us over any other gym in the area? 

I had been doing Crossfit before

 moving to Doylestown. I dropped in at other gyms and settled on Summa for the programming, price and schedule.

Did you have any hesitations before you came to CrossFit Summa for the first time?  

I really liked my old gym and was worried it would be hard to replace. I fit right in with the Summa crew and the 8am class said I was replacing a Mike that left. In reality there are like 8 “Mike’s” at Summa.

What is your favorite thing about coming to Summa?  What surprised you most about Summa?

I get motivated from looking at the workouts the night before. I’m amazed what a bunch of regular people can do. The coaches challenge us and I think we deliver.

What have you gained since starting at Summa?

Friends? (groan). Seriously, we just moved to the area and was a good way to meet people.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

I like overhead squats and hate burpees. Everyone says they hate burpees

 but I really mean it. The worst.

What is your advice to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Summa?

Trust your friends and yourself and do it! You won't regret it and will be surprised how quickly it becomes routine.