"A Community that SWEATS Together, STAYS Together."

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.


October Athlete of the Month-Megan Brooks


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


I am an Oregonian, born and raised in Pendleton: LETER’ BUCK! Jaala and I have been bringing our two kiddos into the box since they were weeks old. It is our second home! I’m a paralegal by day, and love style, fashion, and DIY projects in my spare time. 


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


Total transparency: we were looking for an affordable option for BOTH of us to be able to join. We had just moved to the Grove, and it was super important for us to go with our busy work schedules, and to just be all together as a family. Since we both work full time, family time is limited during the week. We were SHOCKED when we learned that bringing kiddos to a gym was a thing. What a privilege! 



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


I mean, let’s be honest: I never WANT to come… oops! I said it! BUT I’m always happy when I do! I’ve got some bad genetics that I want to combat now, before it becomes a problem later in life. Keeping healthy is my main goal.



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


My goals are to stay fit, strong, and overall healthy as I age [gracefully, of course]

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


My favorite lifts would probably be back squats and bench press, but only because they are the ones that I’m generally the best at! I love anything with a barbell. 
My least favorite movement would be running. I literally DESPISE running with all that I am. My body is just not conducive to that nonsense. 



What is your proudest CF moment?


My proudest CF moment would probably be just working out through my last pregnancy. Like.. days before! I never thought I could be a strong and fit mama like that. I was pretty impressed what I could actually do during those 9 months!


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


The only ‘tip’ I could give anyone is to just try! We all suck at something… like let’s not give everyone credit here. We all have things that we are just never going to be able to do, and that’s OKAY, I promise! Just getting your booty into the box and doing what you can, will be the greatest gift you can give yourself! #modsquadforlife


Biggest impact CrossFit has made in your life?


We have met basically every single one of our friends at the box, who we now consider family. We personally don’t have relatives close by, so it was such a blessing to find the circle of people to call HOME. 




Teen Athlete of the Month- Hayden Holycross


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


My name is Hayden Holycross, and I’m 13. I have lived in Forest Grove all my life. My dad works at Pacific University and my mom is a Coach here at BCF (Coach Jessi). I like to play the Ukelele, hang out with my friends (movie nights are our favorite), and CrossFit. 


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


My mom is a Coach at BCF and has been a member for pretty much as long as I can remember. I had just quit my competitive dance team, and one of my close friends was going to the Teen classes and seemed to be having a lot of fun so I decided to join him.


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


After I’m done working out, I feel so good and I love getting a chance to hang out with my friends. I also love seeing myself progressively getting stronger, and I feel that CrossFit has been good for all around wellness.


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


Personal Goal: I really want to grow more confident. CrossFit has already helped so much with that!

Professional Goal: Well, I’m in the 8th grade, so right now my goal is to do well at school and go to college.

Athletic Goal: To be as good as my friend Jackson some day!



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


Favorite: Tie between Deadlifts and Bench Press

Least Favorite: Thrusters. I hate them.


What is your proudest CF moment?


PR’ing my Deadlift at 145# a couple of weeks ago.

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


I’m still not doing the best job at this, but my advice would be to just focus on YOU and not worry about what anybody else is doing. Don’t make it a competition - just work hard and have fun. 


Biggest impact CrossFit has made in your life?

It has helped me put on weight and muscle. I used to be really small and I was really insecure about it. Now I feel strong!


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


Just a thank you to my friend and role model at the gym, Jackson and to all the moms that drive us all there!

August 2021 Newsletter




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August Teen Athlete(s!) of the Month: Emma and Blake Duyck

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

Emma:

I am 15 years old, the oldest of 2 to the parents of Charlie and Julie Duyck and the older sister to the other Athlete of the Month, Blake Duyck. I am interested/occupied in sports such as volleyball and track/field. I also grew up in the small town of Forest Grove

Blake:

Hi, my name is Blake Duyck, brother of Emma Duyck and also the son to Julie and Charlie Duyck. My hobbies are making videos, coding, creating things like marble runs and pinball machines, playing guitar, and riding my dirt bike.


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

Emma:

My mom saw a Facebook post 8 years ago and thought it would be a good way to get me out of the house during the summer. I've been going ever since.


Blake:

My sister had been going and when I was old enough, I joined.


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

Emma:

Strength/stamina training for sports.


Blake:

To get me in better shape for cross country and to try and beat my sister.



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

Emma:

A personal and athletic goal I have is to prove to others I am better and stronger than the perceptions and stereotypes others have of me.



Blake:

I want to be an engineer and a filmmaker.



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

Emma:

My favorite movement/lift would have to be the back or box squat because it shows both my arm and leg strength. I don’t have a least favorite.

Blake:

Favorite:  Back squat/box squat- I can do the most weight on this lift

Least Favorite:  Strict overhead press- it is hard!


What is your proudest CF moment?

Emma:

My proudest movement is the back or box squat because that the area I can lift the most in.  Back squat I can lift 250 and 260 in box squat.

Blake:

When I lifted 155lbs on the dead lift


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

Emma:

Don’t go into something overconfident because you can be disappointed with the results in the end.  Just try your hardest.



Blake:

Relax and have fun!  The people there are nice and will welcome you.



Biggest impact CrossFit has made in your life?

Emma:

Over the past 8 years of being here it has built up my strength in both arms and legs to help me pursue more with my sports and just in everyday life with being more helpful to my family members.  They make me carry heavy stuff for them.

Blake:

Helped me with Cross country and shot put

July Athlete of the Month - Carrie Kugler

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

I am a born and raised Oregonian, married with two teenagers, three horses and two dogs. I grew up in Sandy Oregon and attended Oregon State University. I run an excavation business with my husband and I just returned to Linfield to pursue a nursing degree.


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

I heard about BCF through my cousin. I joined because I love the people here and the challenge of the workouts.


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

The laughs and camaraderie of the 6 AM class. Not to mention the shenanigans!

* Also I have FOMO *


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

I like to challenge myself and look for ways to improve in all areas of my life.



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

I love bench press and squats and my favorite WOD so far has been the Murph with Erika.

My least favorite is the dreaded snatch!


What is your proudest CF moment?

Having both of my kids join me at BCF.


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

Don't be intimidated by Crossfit and NEVER compare yourself to someone else.


Biggest impact CrossFit has made in your life?

Crossfit has helped me manage the stress and anxiety of the past year.


"A HUGE thank you to the Exlines for persevering through the past year(+) and giving all of the members a positive outlet and connection."

June Athlete of the Month-Bethany Exline



When Alise and Trevor said I was athlete of the month I cringed... Not now! I don’t feel like an athlete right now. I’m not as consistent, I’m not as motivated, I’m not making gains but losing them, and I have been in a rehab cycle for the last 16 months with not a clear end date in sight. As much as I resisted, they both convinced me, or rather said I didn’t have a choice, LOL! Which caused me to process their request. The reason I am athlete of the month is not because I am at the top of my game, it’s because I NEVER give up. I keep taking steps forward even amongst these crazy hurdles. But don’t let me fool you! I have my days and moments too! Daily, I try my best to stay positive and do what I can but I have my days where I just decide I’m done, and my exhaustion, pain, and/or swelling wins. 


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


My family always comes first and together we can do great and hard things. We are active, enjoy sports, and love to compete! I feel at peace being in the outdoors. I love to hike, kayak, float, camp, bike, read on the deck, garden, sit by the beach/river/lake, backpack, and lay in a hammock or in a zero chair. 




As a kid I played competitive volleyball and rode/showed horses, and grew up in West Linn. I went to college at Eastern Oregon University, and got my degree in Business Marketing. I worked in the business world for a few years, and realized it was not the career for me to be the mom I wanted to be. I decided to go back to school, and completed my masters in Education at Sierra Nevada College. I am a teacher at Banks Elementary, and I love teaching and building relationships with my kids!

What inspired you to build BCF, and did you see where it is now when you first started out?


We were in the bottom of the recession and life was tough. I wanted to get in shape so Trevor and I started working out at home. Then we started going into the Banks High School weight room. A few of Trevor’s basketball players joined us and then their parents, and the rest is history! It was super scary and a huge risk, but Trevor and I decided that we wanted to make a difference not just be members of society.


The Farm is our dream and exactly what we wanted! We kept our heads down, kept building, focused on our members, and grinded out the obstacles that came in our way.






I am proud of what we built! Every time things get tough, we look around and say “this is worth it” and continue to fight!


“A community that sweats together, stays together”


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


My community, my health, laughter, my 4:30 crew, and the hour that is just for ME!



Where do you see BCF in 5 years?


Over the years my goals have changed dramatically. I would love to continue to improve my body weight movements but I am not sure what my body will allow me to do. The last 2 years my mindset and goals have changed. I want to have fun, stay healthy, and grow where I can. I’m not sure what that will be anymore but I’m not worried! The ONE thing that I know is I’ll NEVER STOP! Nope, my strength is what keeps this body together! 



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


I don’t have specific goals, but I have broad goals. My personal, professional, and athletic goals are combined into finding a healthy balance. My family is always first! I want to see the world, travel, enjoy the outdoors, and continue to make a difference with my actions. 

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


This is a little tough to answer… I LOVE ALL barbell movements (yes, even thrusters), sleds, D-balls, atlas stones, yokes! Gymnastic movements are my weakness and my greatest accomplishments. I love working on handstand walking, HSPU, MU, pull-ups. I can’t wait for the day I can do these movements again!







I don’t have a movement that I hate! I love the diversity and constantly changing programming, but I am not a fan of high volume burpees. My lungs just can’t keep up and I feel like a turtle in peanut butter!

What is your proudest CF moment?


Watching my kids compete and working out, coaching our BCF kids and teens, and cheering on my community! I love helping and watching people push past what they “think” they can do and/or accomplish things they never thought were possible!




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


Do you want to be held accountable? Do you want a community that supports you? Do you want to be healthy, active, and fit? Do you want control of your future? Then what are you waiting for?

Biggest impact CF has made in your life?


CrossFit has impacted me so much! I have more confidence than I have ever had. I am comfortable in my body, no matter the shape, and built the muscle mass needed to protect my body! BUT most importantly, I am mentally tough, and I can maneuver through any obstacle thrown my way. I’m a bit tired of maneuvering but I know I can, plus I have the community to support me when I can’t do things alone.



CrossFit gave me:


Confidence - Friendships - Family - Strength - Health - Goals - Dreams - Memories


Free Write (anything else you want to say or mention)



Listen to your body! Listen to your coaches! Find a PT who supports and keeps you active!! Be active! Live your life! Gain confidence! Don’t WAIT! It’s never too early or too late to start. Find a box and a community that fits your lifestyle and personality. 


Don’t listen to the people who drag you down! The people who tell you that you shouldn’t do that, that’s too hard, and say… “Did you get hurt from lifting, CrossFit, or doing too much!”


People often ask me, are you having surgery because you lift too much or because you do CrossFit? NO! My strength is what protects me from my hypermobility! As we get older we need our strength more than EVER! 


CrossFit is for the whole family! We all need our hour of fitness:)


“STRENGTH is BEAUTIFUL!”