Member of the Month for December – Kyle Houser!

Congratulations, Kyle Houser!

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!

 

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Here’s what you all had to say about Kyle:

“Sooo happy that Kyle joined CFCC and that last year’s snow day brought us all together. Kyle is an amazing member at CFCC because he is one of the most dedicated members (attending gymnastics, oly, every specialty class ever… organizing his own stability wod) and although he sometimes takes himself very seriously he is always such a positive force at the gym. Cannot fail to mention the fact that watching him fly through muscle ups, C2B pullups, and burpees is a sight! Those movements were not made for Kyle but he destroys nevertheless. Kyle, you deserve this MOTM win! Thanks for being such an awesome energy and inspiration at CFCC! So lucky we’re friends. Keep keeping Tom on his toes!” – Tom and Larissa

“YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSS KYLE!!!!!  Kyle is SO GOOD at karaoke!  Like what song CAN’T Kyle sing at karaoke??!  And he just loves it so so so much.  The sheer joy on his face when he’s singing karaoke, when he’s supporting his friends at karaoke… truly unmatched.  I don’t know if I’ve ever met someone who loves karaoke as much as Kyle.  Oh, wait, this is about crossfit?  Oh yeah, Kyle’s pretty good at that too.  I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty intimidated by Kyle when I first started at CFCC, I mean, guys like 4x my height… he could probably use my head for a box jump.  And now I can’t even imagine this place without him and his spirit.  Kyle’s always there to show support or an encouraging word or make ya laugh (kids got jokes, amiright?!?).  So congrats buddy on member of the month!  You definitely deserve it!  This community is definitely better by having you as a member.” – Lane

“Yay, Kyle! Four things I’d like to say about this awesome dude and tremendous athlete:
He is my mobilizing hero. Every day, he shows up half an hour before the WOD to lax ball, soft ball, foam roll, monster band the hell out of himself, and then repeats the whole process for a half hour after the WOD.He is a Crossfit machine. I’ll never forget the almost possessed look on his face when he attempted a 500-pound-plus deadlift during the Total. I thought he was going to pass out. He’s an amazing cheerleader. While Kyle is mobilizing and I’m doing the WOD, he’ll inevitably yell “Go, Ronna!” at me at least once from across the room, often while I’m completing the least difficult movement, like sit-ups. I appreciate it every day. Once he showed up at our house uninvited to eat Greg’s Halo Top ice cream. He is always welcome.” – Ronna

“So excited and congrats! This is very well deserved!!!You’ve been at CFCC for well over a year and it’s been such an honor getting to know you.Whether you’re crushing me at muscle ups, rowing or ring dips(the list goes on) or throwing shade my way, it has been such a privilege seeing you progress not only as an athlete but as a person.For those of you who don’t know Kyle and I started our bromance back in December, I believe. We hung out at party with a bunch of our friends and automatically bonded because of our love for early to mid 2000’s pop songs. Jojo anyone? Nonetheless; our friendship quickly grew beyond our love for knowing every word to a song, and turned into brotherly bond in and outside of the gym. His positivity, humbleness, and eagerness to help others at the gym inspire me on the day to day basis and I’m very grateful to have met you.In conclusion you tall man you, I know you “…..ain’t worried bout nothin,” and It just might be “… too little too late,” but I’d like to say thank you. Thank you for making CFCC the fun, unique place it is. Thank you for making be a better athlete. And most off all…. Thank you for turning on the fans in the gym that most of us can’t reach!” – Luis

“Congratulations Kyle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I remember meeting Kyle not long after I started crossfit – he is sort of hard to miss.  I sidled up to this new tall guy and asked him a very profound question: Where do you buy pants?  His reply was equally profound: Stores.  And just like that, a friendship was born.  As a n00b, I spent many a night post-wod trying to “wiggle” (kip) and Kyle was always there to lend support and encouragement.  That is who Kyle is – he is always there to lend a hand or an ear.  He has become a great friend in and out of crossfit and life would not be the same without him or his laugh. And he makes a heck of a husband/date at weddings and in photos!  Cheers to Kyle!” – Susie

“Kyle deserves this and let me tell you why. Kyle loves pasta. If Kyle could eat pasta every meal for the rest of his life, he’d do that in a heartbeat. He used to have ‘Pasta Sunday“, where he would make pasta and plaster photos of his pasta all over the Internet (which made me very jealous). When you love pasta as much as Kyle loves it, what do you do when your nutrition coach tells you to cut pasta out of your diet completely? Most non member of the monthers would refuse, fire their coach, and go straight to Olive Garden. Kyle didn’t do that. Kyle went months without a bite of pasta. Every night he went to bed dreaming of pasta but every day he woke up and didn’t eat any.  What mental strength and fortitude! Also did I mention he can do more than ten muscle ups in a row? One funny coincidence though….. I notice that Kyle won this Member of the Month prize just a few days after joining the *Un* Official Whiteboard committee….” – Greg

 

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Some words from the Coaches!

“Kyle is a dedicated athlete who works harder than most to stay in a top competitive state. It’s awesome to see him in before and after class working on his weaknesses and mobility. Hell, I wish more athletes had the “Kyle” work ethic. Hopefully winning Member of the Month will wise up the rest of our CFCC population. Congrats!” – Tim

“Where to start with Kyle? Total rock star, commitment to be envied, and gams for days. Kyle is a treasure, his progress has been tremendous, and he makes this community better. Congrats.” – Justin 

“Kyle is THE MAN. First off he’s a pretty solid fantasy football player, I must say. Kyle is also an amazing athlete and a core part of the community here at CFCC. He is always in early and staying late doing the things he needs to do to get better”. – Zoda

“Kyle is arguably one of the hardest working members at CFCC. He is absolutely committed to reaching his best potential- whether it be through his diligent mobilization routine, his almost year-long dedication to eating right, or his ever-varying specialty class schedule. It’s been amazing to work with him on a more personal level for his nutrition guidance. To have a relationship with a client who is so trusting & excited to try new things is every coaches dream come true. Beyond his own personal successes, Kyle is also supportive of others. He can be heard cheering for his friends during almost every workout, unless it’s Luis- he just makes fun of Luis.” – Morgan 

“As a fellow, taller-than-your-average-bear, human, I can sympathize with alot of the challenges that come with working out in a basement.. However, Kyle takes it in stride and keeps on trucking. More than that though, Kyle’s passion is what I find most admirable about him as an athlete. He wears his heart on his sleeve and pushes himself every day (and not just with a barbell, but also with gymnastics and his tireless efforts of mobilizing). He’ll come in to open gym on Sunday – just to mobilize. Well deserved!!”   – Wylie

In his own words, learn a little more about Kyle!
1. What do you do when you’re not at the gym? Your profession?
When I am not at the gym, I work as a lighting/electrical/daylighting designer at a Architectural Engineering firm here in Philadelphia. My company, EwingCole, is a national recognized, fully integrated firm that is comprised of architects, engineers, interior designers, and planners. I primarily design the power and lighting (both functional and creative) for healthcare facilities (patient rooms, ORs, x-rays, nurse stations, lobbies, entrances, etc.) but have worked on a few Smithsonian museums in DC, and corporate offices as well. I pretty much have a job that most people don’t realize exists unless something doesn’t work as they want it to.

2. How did you find out about CF?
I found out about Crossfit through indoor cycling back in August 2013. I used to coach an indoor cycling class on the mainline and right next door was a Crossfit gym. I kept hearing all this banging, loud music (that I wanted to play but wasn’t allowed to because it wasn’t pg) and yelling. After a few months, I decided I had to stick my head in to see what it was all about. In my first week, three of my workouts involved rowing which I had never done before Crossfit and that got me hooked so I wound up quitting indoor cycling entirely and beginning my crossfit journey.
3. What makes you come in and train on days that you don’t want to?

Easy, if I don’t mobilize, then I’ll die! So if I’m already there to avoid dying, might as well sweat a little! But seriously, I’m a person who easily falls into a routine and sticks to it. My days feel off when I deviate from my weekday routine. In addition, the comments and shade that are thrown around at 5:30/6:30 are worth showing up to in it of itself especially when you are able to catch a coaches facial expression at what they are hearing/witnessing. I’ve also really enjoyed the Saturday gymnastics class since it was moved to before the wod and the friendly, supportive competition Cassio, Luis, and I have had with the muscle up complexes that generally start off the training session while our bodies are half asleep as we are trying to match one another.

4. What’s your favorite movement and/or metcon?

Well if you asked just about anyone, I’d think they would expect me to say rowing or deadlifting but I actually enjoy power snatching the most. My favorite workouts involve just a barbell like Isabel, Grace, or Randy because to me those workouts are easy to shut off the pain, pick up the bar, and go go go.

5. What’s one thing you would like to accomplish within CF in the next year?

I’d like to become more proficient at repping kipping handstand pushups. It’s a movement I have avoided/neglected over the past year and a half compared to everything else and has destroyed me in the open the past two years. I’ve used my height as an excuse to justify why I struggle with it but really it’s because I haven’t tried to put in the work like other gymnastic movements and it’s time to change that.

6. Name something about you that’s a little-known fact.

Hmm I am not short on things that are little-known facts about me so the real question is what do I share? Probably the most surprising fact that most people don’t know who have spent a considerable amount of time with me is that I did not start listening to music and enjoying it really until 10th/11th grade. I’ve always had an uncanny ability to remember the most random, pointless information (not useful in trivia) and details, and for a while music fell into that category which is why I know lyrics to songs that no one would expect.

 Bonus fact! Even before I started listening to music, I always enjoyed musicals though I haven’t seen one in a very long time.

Well done, Kyle!! Keep kicking butt and lifting…

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