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We want to provide a safe, encouraging, and positive environment for adults, kids, and athletes of all ages to learn, improve, and reach their health and fitness goals. Most importantly we want to be a place that people leave healthier and happier than when they walked in.


July Athlete of the Month- Jesus Andrade


Tell us a little about yourself and family- Hobbies, interests, where you grew up, occupation, etc.

I grew up in a small town in Michoacan Mexico until 2006 when my family and I moved to Oregon. I have 2 older sisters and 1 younger brother. I went to school for a few years and got my associates degree from PCC in business. I have been working in manufacturing since I moved to the US. However, I would like to continue my education in welding to further my career. I am also interested in learning more about human and exercise physiology, so that I can coach athletes of many disciplines in the future like soccer, strength and conditioning and OLY lifting. I really enjoy coaching soccer as an assistant coach, and look forward continuing that after the pandemic is under control.


How did you hear about BCF and what made you want to join? How long have you been with BCF?

I took my car to the mechanic and saw a group of people working out in the building across from the mechanics. So I called the number that I found online and Trevor called me back a few hours later. I  had played soccer for several years and was looking to get in shape after being a couch potato for a couple of years. It took me some time to get adapted to the US since everything was new, even the language. I've been a BCF member since 2015 I believe.
 

What is your favorite movement? Non favorite movement?

Non Favorite movement is bench press because my left shoulder is f***ed! Favorite movement, assault bike because it is so hard to walk after max effort after an all out sprint! 


What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

One thing people would be surprised to find out about me is that I had dreadlocks before joining the box! 

What is your biggest motivation in life?

Biggest motivation in life is my parents. They have taught me that hard work and honesty are key to finding success and reaching any goals I might have in life.


June Athlete of the Month- Frank Goovaerts

Tell us a little about yourself and family- Hobbies, interests, where you grew up, occupation, etc.



I was born and raised in Mechelen, Belgium, my parents still live there and are in their late 80’s and mid 90’s. Went to school in Leuven, Belgium where I received an MS in Electro Mechanical Engineering. I moved to the US in 1981 and became a US citizen in 1994. Married in 1984 to my wife Lynda, we have two children Luc and Sam. Sam, 21, is a senior at UofO and a coach at BCF. Luc, 28, is married and working as a brewer at Ruse Brewing. I’m an engineer and spent most of my career at Tektronix, for the last 8 years I have been a career advisor at Portland State University in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

My hobbies include running (more about this later, I’m sure), gardening, brewing kombucha and baking bread. I also enjoy taking photos.


How did you hear about BCF and what made you want to join? 

Well, first Sam, then Lynda … that’s the end of the story. For me to partake in the dinner discussions I pretty much had to join and learn the CrossFit lingo.


What motivates you to come to the box week after week?

Sorry, no secret sauce here. I understand it helps me get/stay strong and healthy, that’s about all the motivation I need.



What are your goals? Personal, professional, and/or athletic? 

Keep active! In the near term I aim to do a bar muscle up … still needs a bit of work, but hopefully by the end of the year.

What is your favorite lift, movement or WOD? Least Favorite?

My favorite lift is bench press, not quite benching my body weight but soon! My least favorite has to be putting up with the music, it’s a stretch sometimes. Like, there really never is anything playing I can say I like (granted my taste is different)!

What is your proudest CF moment?

The fact that I finally seem to be getting kipping pull-ups down (work in progress, it’s getting better)

What is one tip you would give someone who is interested in CrossFit or new to CrossFit?

Don’t give up. Everything can be scaled. Don’t make it a competition.

Biggest impact CrossFit has made in your life?

Putting some meat on my ultra runner bones.

Free write: (anything else you want to mention or say)

My athletic passion is long distance running, especially trail runs (typically does not involve blaring music). Still aspire to run a 50mi race sometime (50k, 32mi is my longest to date). But I like CrossFit and the variety it offers.

June Athlete of the Month- Lucy Plews

Tell us a little about yourself and family- Hobbies, interests, where you grew up, occupation, etc.

 I was born in Michigan but was meant to be an Oregonian. I am the oldest of two (but everyone thinks we are twins), and the whole family has been a part of BCF at one point. My dad and I are the only current members at BCF as of now. I will say getting to do workouts with my dad has been one of my favorite things I have gotten to do since I came back to BCF. I love swimming, hiking, surfing, rafting, and of course working. Being busy is basically how I role. I love being a firefighter and EMT and would spend every minute training if I could. Oh, and I am a senior (finally) at Pacific University finishing a degree in Kinesiology.


How did you hear about BCF and what made you want to join? 

My brother and Dad have been doing CrossFit for a long time. I just took a long time to come to my senses and try it out. I spent so long competitively swimming and playing soccer that I thought they were the only sports I could play. After quitting swimming and spending a year feeling out of shape, I got talked into competing in the 2019 Cross Town-Throw Down, and I don’t plan on ever quitting! 



What motivates you to come to the box week after week? 

I have a couple motivators! I think the people keep me walking back to the box every day! There are few communities that are as close and have such healthy values in the world like the BCF family. Other than the people, it’s my fear of not being able to do the job. Every day I want to be better than the last and be stronger than the last. So, I guess maybe there will be days that will suck and there will be days you want to quit, but I think if you keep trying there will be a reward. 

What are your goals? Personal, professional, and/or athletic?

 I want to get hired as a firefighter and get paid to do something that I am passionate for. As far as athletically, I just want to be stronger and more capable each day. Being able to actually kip and maybe string some pull ups would be a nice plus.


 What is your favorite lift, movement or WOD? Least Favorite? 

My favorite lift/movement is a hard one… I hate but love the assault bike! Dumbbell snatches are always a good time until they aren’t… Burpees can go die, or running. Actually, running is definitely my least favorite.

 What is your proudest CF moment? 

My proudest moment isn’t really at CrossFit, but it was because of CrossFit. I had taken the CPAT (firefighter physical test to apply for jobs) three times and had failed each time. It was because I went back to CrossFit, got motivated and started getting stronger I was able to pass easily. So maybe it took me four times, but I didn’t give up, and I thank the community of CrossFit for being welcoming, encouraging and pushing me!

 What is one tip you would give someone who is interested in CrossFit or new to CrossFit?

I would just tell them to do the best they can. If you give your best every day, and you just focus on working hard then the hard work will pay off. 

Biggest impact CrossFit has made in your life? 

CrossFit has motivated me, and given me some of the best people in my life. I love that the community is a wholesome community full of people bettering themselves and suffering together through the worst workouts that may be thought of.




May Athlete of the Month- Front Liners

Medical Field "On the Front Lines"


This month we wanted to do something different and special. Spotlighting our own BCF athletes who are out serving our community and who are literally "Essential Workers" fighting the front lines during this Covid-19 Pandemic. We have some amazing athletes we are lucky enough to be friends with and are proud they are doing what they can to truly serve our community and surrounding community.



Jessi Cox, MD Emergency Physician



 What is your proudest CrossFit moment? 


Earning my MD L1. I learned so much about CrossFit, myself and the exceptional program we have at BCF where we really do live Coach Glassman’s quote: 

“The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.”

 By the way, Glassman is as much of an insane genius as you would think but he is the sincerest human being you can imagine.

What made you decide to go into the healthcare field?


 I was sitting in a humanities lecture my freshman year of undergrad at Reed College and the idea of becoming a doctor just came to me. That and the inspiration for my first tattoo. I took three years after undergrad to try and find anything else I could do but, in the end, medical school was the only option for me. I like to be in charge and be knowledgeable about what I am doing,
but also like being challenged and thinking outside the box to solve problems. I originally thought I wanted to be a trauma surgeon but when I shadowed one, I realized I loved everything until we left the ER hence my specialty is Emergency Medicine. One thing I think everyone should have is a primary care physician (PCP) because as I tell my patients, I am really good at emergencies but anything beyond that you need a PCP.



Rachel Barters



What is your proudest CrossFit moment?


Open workout 14.5
Had only been doing CF for about 6-7 months and decided I could RX this workout. I knew I wouldn’t be fast (burpees🤦‍♀️) but I did it. My coaches were there cheering me on and I remember one of them saying “you have to finish! You got it. You are doing this the same as we did!”

What made you decide to go into the healthcare field?


I decided to become a nurse after having my first child. I was like wow! I liked these nurses and maybe that would be a cool job. After starting nursing school I wasn’t sure it was for me. It seemed kind of slow. I ended up stopping nursing school and taking an EMT class. I then worked as an EMT for 15 years during which time I also finished nursing school.



Kim Waible



What is your proudest CrossFit moment?


Definitely my proudest CrossFit moment was during the CrossFit Open 20.4 and hitting the 135lb clean and jerk!!

What made you decide to go into the healthcare field?


I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field when I was in high school... as my favorite subjects were math and science. So, I chose to go into nursing. I am completely fascinated by the complexity of the human body and why/how everything works and how disease processes affect the body. I love the everyday variety, challenges, learning, and of course, making a difference in people’s lives!!



Louisa Partain 




What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

I have so many memorable moments, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Probably when Ally and Holden got their Level 1 certificates. Or the day I was able to do a real push up. When I got my first rope climb. Ugh! I can’t pick just one!

What made you decide to go into the First Responder field?

So I’ve been looking for pics of me in my uniform and I have one and only one that’s hanging on my wall. I can't find any other at this point. But I do have a pic of holden when he was in Jr High in my bunker gear. The pic is with a school mate Jessi Wren. Both she and Holden are in the fire service now. I started in the emergency services in 1991 and was the longest serving female in my depts history and the only female officer. It’s a long story about how I got into the service, but the reason I stayed was because I love serving my community. I'm also an EMS Chaplain and have my paramedic license. I served on the dept for 22 years and then went into Public Health for the last 10 years overseeing Washington County’s EMS system. I’m taking a short hiatus from EMS all together and will probably finish my graduate degree in Public Administration. I’d like to go back into public health - we’ll see what the good Lord has planned though.



Stella Scott


What is your proudest CrossFit Moment?

CrossFit with my newborn strapped to me

What made you decide to go into the First Responder Field?


I have always enjoyed helping people and EMS was a natural field for me once I found it. It started out with, "I should have some knowledge for disasters" to changing my degree and going into EMS. Volunteering in Fire was a natural fit for my community.

What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

I have so many memorable moments, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Probably when Ally and Holden got their Level 1 certificates. Or the day I was able to do a real push up. When I got my first rope climb. Ugh! I can’t pick just one!



Stephanie Wahne



What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

My proudest moment thus far in CrossFit was honestly committing to it! I was super hesitant, but I had this draw to the team inspired aspect of it.... so trying it was a big step, but commitment to the gym was HUGE!

What made you decide to go into the healthcare field?

When my two grandmas died my senior year of High School, a new desire started to burn in me and I knew I wanted to help people when they needed it the most. When my last grandma died, I went back to school again for surgery.



Claire Cannetti


What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

Anytime I can beat Erik!

What made you decide to go into law enforcement?

I wanted to combine my love for helping people and be able to legally drive fast! Its the best of both worlds!



Erik Gump 


What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

Crushing Sam in 17.4 and 18.4

What made you decide to go into law enforcement?

I lost a bet.



Lucy Plews 



What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

I don't have a proudest moment at CrossFit, but I am proud of myself for coming back. I really didn't want to. I was super out of shape, felt out of place and was insecure about the idea of going back. As soon as I was back I knew that it was the best choice I could make! The coaching and training are great, but the people we have in this community are truly the best part. And I am grateful to get to work out with such a wonderful people within such a strong community.

What made you decide to become a firefighter?

I am not sure how I ended up deciding to pursue firefighting. I needed something more during my freshman year of college and ended up looking into Banks. I was honestly just doing it to do it when I  first started. I was sure I was going to PA school and just wanted hours for experience. But about two weeks into Academy, I realized that I may have been in over my head and completely out of my comfort zone, but it was something I hadn’t felt in a while. I was motivated! It's hard to pass up opportunities that motivate you to be better yourself and that drive you. After academy I still wasn’t 100% sure and was pretty sure that I had no place in the fire service, but within a couple weeks and after my first fire I was in love. It’s a privilege that I get to be a firefighter and EMT and I am grateful every day that I ended up stumbling upon this passion.



Holden Partain 

What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

Getting my L1 and becoming a coach!

What made you decide to become a firefighter?

 What inspired me: both of my parents were in the fire service and they inspired me to do it too!



Mark Gregg


 circa 1988, less grey hair then!

What made you decide to become a firefighter?

My dad was a volunteer firefighter when I was growing up in Colorado, so I was hanging around the fire station since I was 6. I didn’t realize how much medical I would end up doing in today’s fire service but love the hands on time being able to provide care in the field. Between EMS and fire/rescue, a lot of excitement and no day is the same.

What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

The fact the whole family does it, including both kids after moving out of the house and we can all enjoy it together!