June Member of the Month-2016


Congratulations, Rachel Baratz!

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 info@crossfitcc.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 Rachel:

Rachel has served many roles in my brief Crossfit life, but I think the best way to summarize her impact is one of mentor. She sets an inspirational example every. single. day. And at 6am no less!

I so appreciate Rachel’s example of balance. She has found a way to maintain her health and sanity through chaos – motherhood, injuries, jobs, coaching – nothing has shaken her determination and commitment to herself. More so than any PR or enviable gymnastics prowess, THIS is what I strive to  emulate most.

And yes, Rachel crushes it. She shows up no matter what, and her positive attitude and work ethic make those around her better. She has a way of being able to stick with you  when you’re in the worst place – she brings out your best. I would never have made it through the Open without Rachel showing up at 6am to grind them out with me!

Rachel is what Crossfit is all about. Lifelong dedication, community, and joy in the process. I’m grateful for the example Rachel has set – and to watch her continue to reap the benefits of her hard work. 6am buddies for life!
Laura Dewey

Rachel is awesome. I think. Now that you mention it, I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually met her since she only comes to the 6am, and only psychos work out that early. Congrats, Mamma B! You will be missed!
Jason Malumed

Not everyone knows this, but August is supposed to be Rachel’s last month at CFCC. She told me “if I leave this gym without winning Member of the Month, it’ll all be a waste. You think I’ve been slaving away in the LBC area the past few months for nothing? I need this.”

Rachel is a perfect choice for Member of the Month. Anyone who regularly comes at 6AM is a big hero but she also does it while juggling work, two kids and recently some annoying injuries. She is also one of the original members of CFCC, as she joined back in 2009!

Congratulations Rachel! And now the good news: Rachel is so overwhelmed from the love and support she got from winning this award, that she’s decided to stay at CFCC after all! Phew!!
Greg Shahade

Rachel is the best. She has been around a long time and consistently brings enthusiasm and integrity everytime she shows up.  Truly inspiring. I’m glad to have her still around.
Shana McCarron

I vividly remember Rachel from my first days at CFCC (it’s hard to forget that “back like a map!”) andfour years later I continue to be inspired by her kindness and commitment. Rachel is one of the most consistent and dedicated athletes I know. Regardless of what life throws at her (work, family, injuries), she’s in the gym at 6am giving it everything she has. Congratulations, Rach! So grateful you’re a part of my morning routine. :)
Alyssa D’Alconzo

Rachel is one of the hardest working members at the gym. She is one of three most consistent and dedicated showing up 5 days per week at 6 am despite a long commute to the gym, 2 young boys, and a hard working job!! She always so supportive and energetic at the break of dawn. Congrats Rachel! Well deserved!!
Diana aka Duda

Wait. Rachel has never been MOTM before? A true oversight! Glad to see it happen finally.
Coach Rach has been a stalwart at the 6 am for like ‘ever’. She is a consistent super performer. True to all the movements and always seeking to be better. ‘Better’ for Rach is on the margins as she executes at such a high level to begin with it is sometimes hard to see the difference. But it is there.
Best of all, Rachel is one of the most encouraging classmates you could ever have. Can hear her voice call out “Come on Miele” when it is most needed. It is always appreciated.

Oh and wait! She has two babies at home with her husband Dan, holds down a career and comes across the bridge to her second home to Crossfit where she crushes it? Stop it! It’s a lot to live up to. Reminding us we can all do better. Often when I’m thinking of sleeping in at 5 am, I remember that Rach will be there and I go.

Thanks Coach Rach and congratulations!
Mike Miele

Rach is one of the few people still around that was an OG even when I started 4 years ago! One of my favorite things about Rach is that she will always TRY. She is a lot of things but a quitter isn’t one of them. The fact that she makes it in to CFCC nearly every morning at 6am even with two kids and a super demanding job is downright inspirational. Rach proves that if something makes you feel good and is important enough, you will be there. Whether that is being there for friends, for her family, or for CFCC she always shows up and for that, she deserves to be MOTM!

PS – she is also the best vet ever and our little pup Louie thinks she is the bees knees!
Cait Garozzo

Ethan:  “Mommy, how do you stay so fit?”

Above is a fictional dialogue, but if I were Rachel’s 5 years old son, that’s the question I would be asking.  Mama B!  You really deserve this honor.  And I’d like to amend your nickname to add a superlative:  Super Mama B!

Super Mama B has been a CFCC member from the very beginning — back when they ran around with sandbags and had no indoor plumbing.  Water was delivered via horse and buggy and they used chalk boards instead of white boards.

Rachel is not only a longtime member, she’s a former CFCC coach and just might go down in history as the greatest kipper of all time.  It takes great dedication and mastery of will to consistently attend the 6am classes Monday through Friday, especially with two young boys at home.  Oh and also have you seen her muscles?  One would never guess she birthed two children.

Rachel is an amazing athlete, coach, mom, wife, friend and very special member of this community.  Congratulations, Super Mama B!
Theresa Pearson

Thoughts from the Coaches:

A CFCC OG, possibly operating on 45 minutes of sleep per day.. No idea how she does it, but continues to crush workouts and toss the safety bar around like a twig. Her dedication is inspiring, finishing workouts before most people are conscious and then going about her day and raising a young family. Rachel’s pretty amazing!
Coach Wylie

Rachel has been a staple in the CFCC community since the very beginning. When I first met Rachel I could see her passion for learning and understanding movement better. Her journey has transitioned through multiple location changes, two pregnancies, coaching, and competing as an athlete in multiple arenas. Rachel’s commitment to CFCC is undeniable and it’s wonderful to see her recognized by the community. Congrats Rach!
Coach Perrin

What a perfect choice! Rachel is a dedicated, kind, resilient, talented and STRONG person, and is an absolute joy to have in the gym every morning at 6am. Regardless of sleep missed, life demands, or workouts she might rather avoid, Rachel shows up. She inspires me as a coach, an athlete, and a human being. I want to be Rachel when I grow up. 
-Coach Justin

Rachel is a great athlete. She comes in consistently, trains hard and is very focused. Rachel is always there to inspire her fellow athletes and brings such a positive energy to the morning LBC sessions.
Coach Zoda

Technically Rachel is always Member of the Month.
Coach Tim

Nothing but good stuff to say about Rachel. I love how meticulous and eager she is with her programming, and how compassionate she is towards the athletes around her. She’s a great ally for the coaches, she knows exactly how to help us help her- and that’s incredibly valuable. When she comes in to train, she’s all business- stopping only to cheer on her fellow gym-mates, whether or not she’s holding 7 kettle bells over her head or doing 35-second tempo work.
Coach Morgan



Rachel! Tell us about yourself!

1. What do you do when you’re not at the gym? Your profession?

When I’m not at CFCC, I’m busy being a wife, a mom of 2 boys (Ethan, 5.5, and Noah, 2) and a small animal veterinarian in Moorestown, NJ.

2. How did you find out about CF?
I found out about CF in the spring of 2009.  I had gotten married in January of 09, and I was just really sick of my regular gym routines and was having trouble getting motivated.  My friend, Casey, who lived in Dallas, was doing these crazy workouts at 6am, which seemed strange to me, because he was not someone that ever really exercised.  He would tell me all about them, and I thought he had lost his mind.  He said to me, “Rach, I’m telling you, you’ll love CF.  This was made for you.”  Knowing that I would probably never take the time to look into CF in Philadelphia, Casey sent me the link to 2 CrossFit gyms in Philly.  I emailed both of them, and Greg from CFCC was the first to get back to me with “what are you doing at 5:00?”  Since I had nothing else to do, I decided to try it.  I found CFCC (PR #1 if you know where CFCC used to be,) worked out at 5pm and never looked back.  I joined CFCC on April 16, 2009 as member number 22 (I still want a CFCC jersey with my number!!!) and the rest is history!  I did crossfit through 2 pregnancies, climbed my way back post partum, and here we are…over 7 years later!

3. What makes you come in and train on days that you don’t want to?
My weekday 6am-7am hour at CFCC is the only guaranteed me time of the week.  So, even though it’s hard to wake up, I never ever ever regret it.

4. What’s your favorite movement and/or metcon?
My favorite movement is pullups without a doubt, and my favorite metcon is Helen.

5. What’s one thing you would like to accomplish within CF in the next year?
Earlier this year, my goal was to squat 200#, clean 125#, and deadlift 250#.  However, I decided to take a step back after the open and deal with some lingering shoulder issues, so I’ve been doing “Erin programming” in LBC to help fix some things that I honestly should have been working on for the past 7 years.  It’s the first time I’ve taken a step back…probably a good thing.  So now, my goal is to get back to regular CF without pain.  I’ll squat 200# eventually…or not…I just want to make sure I can stay healthy!

6. Name something about you that’s a little-known fact.
From age 11-18, I rode horses competitively (show jumping)

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