Sworn Spotlight Athletes

October Spotlight Athlete

    Jenn Taylor is our October Spotlight Athlete!  Jenn decided to add CrossFit to her running routine, 10 months later she is going strong and loving it.  Jenn loves starting her day with CrossFit and the energy it gives her.  She tells us that she feels the healthiest and strongest than she has ever felt in her life!   Jenn ‘survived’ the CrossFit Open and is looking forward to competing in the upcoming 2015 Fall Festivus Games being hosted by your very own CrossFit Sworn.  Good luck Jenn, with all the hard work you put in and your ‘can do’ attitude, you will do great!  All are welcome to come cheer her on – or better yet join the fun and compete yourself! CS:  Tell us about your life outside the gym. JT:  I am a research faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. I have been married to Zac for over 11 years and we have two daughters – Madie and Parker. Life feels too busy for hobbies right now, but I will never pass down a good book or a gathering with friends and frosty beverages. CS:  What about your athletic experience, including time CrossFitting? JT:  I would not call myself an athlete. I started running in 2006 after I have my first child to lose weight and while I enjoy it, it can get boring at times. In 2014 I had a goal to complete at least one 5k race a month (February was the only month I missed). My husband introduced me to Sworn in November, 2014 where Greg...

August Spotlight Athlete

  Jonathon ‘Jonny’ Hunt is our August Spotlight Athlete!  Jonny has been with us for 8 months and is fully dedicated to improving his performance everyday he is in the gym.   He is always working hard to improve his skills and mobility, even after giving it all in the WOD.  Jonny has a healthy competitive drive that keeps him going, while always encouraging others to do their best.  Those of you that have the privilege of working out with Jonny know that you if stand around too long after the work out, he will usually ‘drag’ you out for that extra run.  Keep up the good work Jonny! CS:  Tell us about your life outside the gym. JH: I have been the General Manager at Steak ‘n Shake for the past 10 years. I am also a single dad living in greenwood with my daughters who are 14 and 10 years old. I enjoy Playing basketball and disc golf. Huge Baseball and UFC fan as well. Spending time, and being involved in activities with my family is extremely important to me. CS: What is your athletic experience including time CrossFitting? JH: I played baseball and basketball growing up. I still enjoy 3-on-3 tournaments with my dad whenever possible. I’ve been doing CrossFit for 8 months now. CS: What is your favorite move/wod? JH: I really enjoy any WOD that pairs running with squats. CS: What is you least favorite move/wod? JH: Overhead squats are the death of me, I broke my elbow playing basketball a few years back and it healed where I can’t come anywhere close to extending...

July Spotlight Athlete

  Introducing Di Kaemingk as your July Spotlight Athlete!  Di started CrossFit to get in shape for her wedding and fell in love with her healthy new lifestyle.  She and her husband Nate, brave the early morning to get their work out in for the day and it has been well worth it.  She has gained confidence in her physical abilities and and even competed in  and placed this year in the Festivus Games.  Keep up the good work Di!   CS:  Tell us about yourself out side of the gym. DK:  I am a Marketing and Event Planning at Angie’s List.  I’m married to Nate Kaemingk and we have 2 weiner dogs Franklin and Little Tee.  Hobbies include photography, cooking, trying new restaurants and food, wine, traveling, hanging out with my husband J CS:  Tell us about your athletic experience including time cross fitting. DK:  I was a high school cheerleader and started CrossFit at CrossFitX in Bellingham, WA in 2012. CS:  What is your favorite move/wod? DK:  I really like partner WODs because I’m motivate by knowing I have to carry my weight for the team. It’s also more fun to workout with someone. I really like bench press, ring dips and anything that works out my arms and shoulders. CS:  What is your least favorite move/wod? DK:  Snatch and overhead Squats. Enough said. CS:  How has CrossFit changed your life? DK:  I started in January 2012 to lose weight for my wedding. I couldn’t even do a pushup. Now I can do 100 and so much more. I never thought of myself as someone who could be...

May Spotlight Athlete

  Chris Kahrer is Sworn’s May Spotlight Athlete!  Chris and his girlfriend Alexis began CrossFit together in our on-ramp 7 months ago, and love the supportive family atmosphere that is CrossFit Sworn.  He knows no stranger, and always has a great smile and positive attitude when he walks into the gym. Chris likes that with CrossFit you can enjoy the health benefits of working out while having FUN!  He would encourage anyone to give it a try, but to shop around the many CrossFit gyms before you decide-of course for Chris and Alexis, CrossFit Sworn was ‘by far the best one we found’.  Thanks Chris-keep working hard! CS:  Tell us about yourself, occupation, family, hobbies. CK:  IUPUI Groundskeeper/maintenance, Kelley School of Business student. I am an only child. My hobbies include spending time with my lovely and beautiful girlfriend Alexis Ellis, listening to music, hanging out with my friends, going to the shooting range, playing with my pups, enjoying craft beers, occasionally messing around with my skateboard, and of course CROSSFITTING!!!! CS:  Tell us about your athletic experience including time cross fitting. CK:  I played baseball while growing up, then found skateboarding and that became my life throughout middle school and high school, off and on went to various gyms here and there, and in October I entered the On-Ramp and it was love at first lift! CS:  What is your favorite move/wod? CK:  I have a few favorite moves like Clean & Jerks, Snatches, and Over Head Squats. I really like all the mobility we do, it’s great to feel all loose and limber before we lift and do...

April Spotlight Athlete

Introducing Andrea Brown as CrossFit Sworn’s April Spotlight Athlete!  Andrea has been working hard with us for over a year and shows no sign of slowing down.  While Andrea is no stranger to the world of fitness and sports, she enjoys the variety that CrossFit provides.  She is also inspired by the community and supportive atmosphere that we have been blessed with at Sworn.  You will always find Andrea with a great smile on her face putting in work with ‘The Dream Team’ 😉 PS-Andrea, we fully expect to see your ski skills at this years boathouse trip! CS:  Tell us about your personal life. AB:  I work at Community Health Network, where I have worked for 15 years. My degree is in physical therapy but I am now the Director of Ambulatory Pavilions and Real Estate. I am open to new and exciting challenges, and the hours are a little better in this job so I can spend more time with my family. I love Community and have worked there since I moved to Indianapolis in 2000. My family includes my husband, Kevin and my two children—Tyler (12) and Kelsey (7). You see Kelsey a lot at Sworn but Tyler is usually at baseball, with Kevin coaching, on the nights we are there. We enjoy spending time at the ball park with Tyler in the summer time and as a family we love movie nights where we just hang out together and relax. We are very close to our extended family in Evansville and have house guests often, so often that our family calls our house “Hotel Brown”. We also...

March Spotlight Athlete

      Ryan Finchum is representing Sworn for the month of March! Ryan and his wife, Tamar, have been a part of our Sworn family since the very beginning.  CrossFit is the first consistent athletic program that Ryan has participated in and credits that in part to the variety and challenges that it provides.   He is motivated by the great feeling of being physically fit and healthy.  Ryan’s attention to detail and hard work has paid off in his training and he has made great progress these past 2 years. He will be competing in the CrossFit Open for the first time this year and is excited to see how he stacks up against others out side of our gym.  Good luck Ryan!   CS:  Tell us about your personal life. RF:  IT consultant – Finchum’s Computer Services…I have clients all over Indianapolis that I help with various computer/network-related issues they may have, residential and small business…I’ve been doing it full time since 2008. My wife is Tamar and she has been Crossfitting with me since Sworn opened. We have 3 children, Abigail (5), Ephram (3), and Ilarion (10 mo.).   CS:  Tell us about your athletic experience including time cross fitting. RF:  I didn’t play sports or do much beyond the mandatory gym classes I had to take in high school (I recall there being more running than there needed to be and very little of anything fun). College was just what little exercise I could figure out myself, but was never consistent or with any goal in mind. I had interest in the weight room, but never had...

February Spotlight Athlete

  Just in time for Open season, we are proud to announce Lisa ‘Momma D’ Davey as February’s Spotlight Athlete! While we had many athletes in our gym achieve great things during last years CrossFit Open, Lisa’s performance each week stood out to many.  Her positive attitude and mental toughness embraced the spirit of the Open competition.  Lisa was still new to CrossFit when the open came around but she didn’t let that stop her from signing up.  She used the challenge as a way to push herself to do things she had never done. She not only posted a score for every WOD, she PR’d her dead lift, over head squat and got her first double unders during the open WODs.  Lisa would tell anyone that  being able to complete the Open inspired her motivation throughout the year, so jump right and let this challenge motivate you! Those of you who know Lisa know that she has this positive attitude everyday in the gym.  She not only believes in herself but in the abilities of others and is always on the sidelines cheering others on when she’s not working hard during a WOD.  This is what makes her such a successful athlete!  She doesn’t have to beat everyone on the white board or even post RX all the time, she is an absolute winner everyday because she chooses to be one before she steps foot into the gym.   CS: Tell us about your life out side of the gym. MD: I am a cancer nurse of 30 plus years. I have 5 children, 1 girl and 4...

January Spotlight Athlete

  Mike Lewis is ringing in the New Year for us as our January Spotlight athlete!  Mike has been a positive fixture in the gym and for those that have taken a class with him, well, you know he’s kind of a big deal;).  Mike has a motor and drive that will not quit!  When he isn’t killing a WOD, you can find him working quietly in a corner sharpening his skills and improving his mobility.  Mike tells us that even though he has been a life long athlete, he could not properly air squat when he started CrossFit 3 years ago due to mobility-and look at him now!  Mike’s  is a great example of what simply acknowledging and working your weaknesses can do.  He is constantly hunting and hammering them out with a positive attitude.  Let Mike be an inspiration for you to do this for yourself this year no matter where your goals lie-home,gym, work etc. It’s easy and fun for all of us to work on what we like and are good at.  It takes great strength and humility to be able to  honestly look at ourselves and acknowledge what we aren’t good at or where we are lagging behind a bit and making these things a priority.  On no uncertain terms does mean you get to beat yourself up!  This means you make an honest assessment of yourself in all areas-the good, the bad and the ugly-and then concoct a reasonable plan of action to  set and accomplish your goals to become the person you want to be.  If you fall off track-we all do, its part...

December Spotlight Athlete

Shanna Krieger is CrossFit Sworn’s December athlete of the month.  She is also yet another success story in our community.  Shanna had no athletic experience before her husband Steve convinced her to join him in our July on-ramp program.  What she did have was a great work ethic and a strong desire to learn the movements properly.  She has since lost 20 pounds and gained a ton confidence as well as ‘little muscles when she flexes’ 🙂   She loves the feeling of accomplishment she achieves, physically and mentally, after every wod.    Shanna would encourage anyone to give CrossFit a try.  She admits that she was intimidated at first, but is proof that if you are willing to take just a small step outside of your comfort zone and put some hard work in, you WILL get results!  We are very proud of you Shanna!   CS:  Tell us about you! SK:  I work remotely for Paylocity, a payroll company based out of Chicago. I have been there about 6 ½ years and I really enjoy it. Working from home can be challenging at times, but I love the benefits…especially this time of year! I have been married to my amazing hubby, Steve, for almost 9 years now and he is the one who talked me into trying crossfit with him. We also have 3 spoiled rotten dogs that are our fur children. CS:  Tell us about your athletic experience including time cross fitting. SK:  I basically had no athletic experience prior to starting crossfit. I had a few feeble and short lived attempts at joining gyms, but...

November Spotlight Athlete

Kevin Swihart is Mr. November!  Kevin has had a passion for fitness from a young age as a competitive swimmer.  After competing in the CrossFit open, Kevin was immediately drawn to the variety of CrossFit work outs and the support the community provides.  Kevin fit right into our CrossFit family has been a huge supporter of events that we’ve been involved in.  He is a hard worker and completely dedicated to performing his best in every work out. CS:  Tell us about work and hobbies. KS:  I am a pharmacist, and I work in a hospital based clinic specializing in the treatment of Infectious Diseases. My role allows me the opportunity to impact the lives of those confronting their mortality as well as facing the stigma of HIV. My hobbies include travel, reading, cooking, biking, and swimming. CS:  What is your athletic experience including time CrossFitting? KS:  I swam competitively from the age of 8 to 22. After college (Butler) I swam briefly for a masters team in Indy, but my interest waned and I starting lifting weights on my own. To help focus I started working with a personal trainer in 2006. His area of expertise is physique competition. I went to a few physique competitions and was inspired by the training required.   I competed in a show in 2012. I am a bit shy, so that experience was beyond painful. But I am thankful for all that I learned. I started some aspects of Crossfit in 2012 while preparing for the show. Early in 2014 I read about The Open, and  “everyone should do it!”.   So without...
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