July Member of the Month-2016
Congratulations, Lane DiFlavis!
Once a month, our community votes to recognize a single member who embodies the spirit of CrossFit Center City. He/she is someone who has a good attitude, even on the toughest days, is always there to lend support to fellow athletes, and generally goes the extra mile to help build our community to become even more awesome. When it’s time to vote, we send a reminder email out to the entire crew, but if you ever see another member do something really cool for you or the gym in general, feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com or leave a note in the box to tell us what happened!
Our Member of the Month is always awarded a FREE month of membership to CFCC. Check out all of our past Members of the month here!
Here’s what you all had to say about Lane:
The story of Lane at CFCC doesn’t start out happy. Very shortly after joining, Lane broke his foot from a box jump. While most people would have quit, joined Planet Fitness and started an online blog about why CrossFit is so terrible for you, Lane refused to let a giant block of wood defeat him. He got his own programming to complete in the back of the gym, and came in day after day to do his own WODs, wistfully awaiting the time that he could join regular classes once again. Well you know what? All his hard work paid off, and he is back and he is CRUSHING it with PRs and new achievements coming every day! Way to to Lane!!
Yassssss Lane!!!!So happy for you. This is totally deserved. You’ve been putting in so much hard work over the last several months and it has been amazing getting to workout with you and getting to know you as a person.I remember the days when you had that big ole boot, but still came into the gym and worked out. That right there proved your perseverance and tenacity to get better. You had the heart of a crossfitter since you began your journey with us. You give 110% at every workout you do and have a fun and positive, attitude while you do it.One of my favorite memories with Lane was just a couple of weeks ago when we were working on double unders. He got his first couple that Sunday and was so overjoyed. His excitement to learn a new skill just made me so happy. What was even more impressive was that the very next day he did double unders in the metcon and got an amazing score. Another found memory I have with Lane was when we partnered together during a Saturday WOD. Not only did we crush the workout, but we killed the Missy Elliott song we were rapping along to.Lane it’s been such an amazing ride getting to know you inside and outside the gym. We all love you and the fun factor you bring to the gym. Keep living your best life and crushing life as you do each and everyday. And to steal your toast….”There are big ships, and small ships, but the best ship of all is friendship.”
OH, YEAAAH! I recall when Lane was a young lad in the world of crossfit, I actually had the joy of meeting him in elements which I subjected myself too upon returning to crossfit, boy was that a great life decision! See I got the AHHHmazing benefit of Lane’s witty sense of humor prior to getting JACKED UP by box jumps and became the little known member WODifying ALL the things. One of the things I admire about Lane is he doesn’t quit, he showed up day in and day out, jacked leg and all and put in the work despite being new. But enough about Lane’s life story. Lane’s dedication, support, and humor never cease to amaze me! He is a HUUGE component of the 5:30 crew! Keep on keeping on bud!! You have been crushing it!
I miss Lane when he isn’t at a WOD. In fact, it makes me a little sad when he’s not there because he is exactly the type of person I prefer to work out next to. He’s the one who is quietly making huge gains while loudly supporting everyone’s achievements. For example, when I contemplate trying something I am not sure I can do he’s first to support me by yelling, “Yeah, Bern!!” What he doesn’t know is that little bit of encouragement pushes me to forget my doubts, mostly because I’m thinking, “Oh, shit! Now I gotta do this. I don’t want to disappoint Lane.”
It’s obvious that Lane works hard during every WOD, just look at those guns he’s been carrying around lately. He’s improving his physique by putting consistent time in at the gym, even when he had a broken leg and was confined to the pull up rig. (I thought that would never end!)
I get the sense that Lane’s commitment to improvement extends well beyond himself. Lane wants to make the world a better place. I’ve never discussed this with Lane, but I think that he is trying to change the world through positivity, perseverance and mirth. These are what make Lane an asset to our community. He doesn’t bring his bad days into the gym. He always speaks in the positive. He laughs loudly and frequently.
Further, I am amazed by his depth of pop culture knowledge. Compared to Lane, I am an old lady. Yet I have never had to explain any references I have made. It’s really amazing. For that alone I love being around Lane. Additionally, he’s the only other person I know who loves Dolly Parton. I’ll never forget that WOD in which Lane and I requested Dolly for the strength portion. It was awesome!! (Thanks for playing Dolly for us, Tim!)
Rock on, Lane!
Lane makes me belly laugh. Everything he says and does is funny. I don’t know one time he has been down in the dumps, even with a broken foot he was all smiles. I thoroughly enjoy everytime I’m at the gym and Lane is there because I know it is guaranteed to be a good time full of laughs.
Not only is he awesome to be around and funny but he’s so low key. One day he’s like I’m gonna bench one hundo then he ends up putting up 1000000 lbs. Sunday was the best with him I literally laughed like never before in that gym and he back squatted more than his max for like 15 reps lol. Plus he’s down to do any crazy work out I wanna lol. Glad he’s a member and friend of mine!
WOO HOO! That’s awesome news, Lexi! Here’s a bit from me…I’ve known Lane since before he came to CFCC… I first met him at Ladies Rock Camp (put on by Girls Rock Philly) about four years ago. We’ve all come to love Lane’s positive attitude and persistence (Crossfit with a broken foot, what what?!) but I’ve also been able to witness Lane’s enthusiasm for helping people grow outside of the gym. (He’s even given me guitar lessons, how lucky am I?!) Lately my favorite workouts have been partner WODs with Lane. I’m so happy he’s here at CFCC!
Where do I begin to remark about the one and only Lane DiFlavis? I think it was 3 weeks into his CrossFit journey when he smashed his shin on a box jump. Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure that was his exact injury, but I do know that box took him out. I remember him coming in soon after, wearing a boot and setting up his own little mobility corner to work through his injury and battle back. Lane is a fighter and an incredibly kind soul.
He’s been back in full force for months now, and obviously making box jumps his bitch. Lane is funny, witty, and if you haven’t had a conversation with him yet, I strongly encourage you to. At one point or another he’ll tell you to ‘live your best life,’ which is exactly what he does.
Congratulations, Lane! You are a great addition to our community and this honor is well deserved.
Thoughts from the Coaches:
Everyone may see Perrin currently doing #bootfit around the gym after breaking her foot, but they may not now that she’s really just following in the footsteps (#footjokes) of Lane. Lane powered through a broken foot last winter, but never let it slow him down, crushing pull ups and gymnastic work on his way back to being stronger than ever! We’re proud of you Lane, keep killing it!
Lane has persevered through some of the most difficult beginner challenges I’ve ever seen. The obstacles he’s faced and overcome have been impressive to say the least. A few weeks ago we had a conversation about some goals moving forward, specifically reintroducing jumping post-foot injury. While he had some noticeable apprehension about potentially risking re-injury, the next day I saw him jump on a box for the first time in months. Those are the characteristics of a person who has grit. They turn obstacles into stepping stones instead of roadblocks. Congratulations Lane for a well deserved achievement!
Congrats Lane! Lane’s perseverance and adaptability is (and should be) an inspiration to all. He shows up and does the work, even when combined to a boot–and the results are evident. He’s never without a smile and a kind word, and I’m always happy to have him in class– he always makes them better just through his presence.
Lane is a rockstar! He comes in and crushes it every day, and has a smile on his face even when things are hard. He sets a great example for others in the gym, and is extremely motivated, dedicated, and encouraging. Congrats, Lane!
Lane is an amazing magical spectacular no nonsense hardworking all business nose to the grindstone superstar. You make a coach proud.
Lane! Tell us about yourself!
1. What do you do when you’re not at the gym? Your profession?
I work as a clinical social worker providing integrative mental health services to patients within their primary care setting. It’s a holistic approach to medical care that recognizes that mental health is a part of our overall wellness and that folks are more likely to make a mental health complaint to their primary care provider than seek an outside service. This helps to create a medical home for our patients by providing accessible therapeutic services on sight. The clinic I work at offers comprehensive care to everyone in our community, with special interest in supporting the burden of chronic diseases among returning citizens and also for those with special circumstances such as homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness. So, that’s a lot of words to say, mostly I just talk about feelings all day long.
2. How did you find out about CF?
I can’t remember when I first heard about crossfit… it was probably on the internet. I had friends that did it and would post about it a lot and I’m pretty sure I saw some blogs and things that made fun of it. I remember reading about it and being like, yoooooooooooo you’d love this jawn!!! At the time I was pretty into boxing and also, lets be real, couldn’t really afford it. I always kept in the back of my mind wanting to try it. Then in October I had started my current job and was looking to make some positive changes in my life and blammo, CFCC was at the other end of the block from my clinic. So, I was all, YOLO BRAH LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE and signed up for foundations. Needless to say, I was totally hooked from day one and the positive changes it has helped me to make in my life are absolutely priceless.
3. What makes you come in and train on days that you don’t want to?
Crossfit is my self care. On the days that are hard and I just want to go home after work, I remind myself how much better I’ll feel after class and how good it feels to feel grounded in my body. The community it offers doesn’t hurt either! I look forward to getting to laugh and workout with friends! It was definitely hard to stay motivated and not give up when I broke my foot/ankle, but it was the coaches (especially Erin) and the folks at the 5:30 that supported me and helped to keep me committed. I also knew how meaningful crossfit had started to feel to me and I didn’t want to lose that because of a broken foot.
4. What’s your favorite movement and/or metcon?
My favorite movements are the olympic lifts and the strength training portion of the workout. My favorite metcons are the AMRAPS we start and finish together. I’ve also become particularly fond of the partner workouts!
5. What’s one thing you would like to accomplish within CF in the next year?
I’d like to check out some of the other classes that are offered (not running though, never running) or maybe work with a coach on nutrition. I didn’t get to participate in the open workouts back in February because of my broken foot / ankle, so I’m looking forward to that!
6. Name something about you that’s a little-known fact.
In high school I was in a mime troupe. Yes, mime. Like… help I’m trapped in a box, mime.