November – Member of the Month – Janis Burrell!

Congratulations, Janis Burrell!

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 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 Janis:

*A note about the 8am. Due to almost exclusive use of nicknames, I’ve included those as well, lest anyone not actually know who someone is*

“Janis is the notorious 8am bully, I can’t believe she won. She’s always stealing my pull-up station, my ring row station, and even tries to take those little white boxes I use as stools. Plus, she is always trying to get Justin to play that stupid “The 8am Disease” playlist on Spotify. Hey, Janis, I love Rae Sremmurd just as much as the next guy, but enough is enough already!” – Jason “Jmal” Malumed

“Janis is the hardest working member of the 8am!  It is a pleasure to workout with her, she always has a kind word for everyone and is always ready to learn and improve.  You will always see her at the 8am WOD (where only the greatest athletes gather!)  and at a number of the extra classes getting skill work in.  Though not the biggest or loudest, she does have the biggest heart! You earned it Janis!” – Adrian “Big Papi” Podpirka

“As the weather gets colder,
and Jpap keeps getting older
the #8AMDisease
would like to take a moment to freeze,
and rejoice in our collective glees
as the one and only Janis
has been named our CFCC Queen B.

She sits atop the 8AM throne
despite the aggressive testosterone.
As the rest of group is prone to complain
you will never find Janis whining in pain
as she works towards some serious hardcore #gainz.

See, her accomplishment is unprecedented
because her company is so truly demented;
While Jmal pretends to be tough
and BP is getting real buff,
Ian’s yapping leaves Morgan in a huff,
and Janis remains our diamond in the rough.

So let’s raise a glass
to the Member of the Month
pure class, no sass,
We watch watch her surpass
and congratulate her en masse.” – Emily “The Poet” Acker


Some words from the Coaches!

“Hooray Janis! Diligent and dedicated, Janis is always asking more of herself, every day. Always ready with an easy smile, she’s an 8am regular but also sneaks into lots of specialty classes– and is always improving.” – Justin

“Janis is always killing it at every workout. She works hard day in and day out and is always giving her training 100%. She is also one of the most pleasant athletes to coach! She is incredibly motivated and is always looking to get better. She also brings her game face to every single lift, warm up or not!” – Zoda

“Janis is stubborn as all hell and I love it.  Congrats on the win!” – Tim

“Janis is an incredibly hard worker. She comes in for each class and gives her most to the movements, from the warm up down to the last rep of the conditioning piece. She’s ambitious, and is willing to do what it takes to move well in all ways. She has fully integrated herself into both the8am family and the gym community, and it’s been a pleasure to watch her improve.” – Morgan

“I got to know Janis a bit last year through the running community and harped on her to try CrossFit. Fortunately, she finally listened and has thrown herself full steam into the journey. She’s humble, hardworking and is always looking to work on her weaknesses. She can be a madwoman, but that’s part of what makes her amazing.” – Wylie

In her own words, learn a little more about Janis!

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

I’m a public relations/marketing professional. The other thing I do during my free time is run.  I belong to two great running groups here in the city.

2. How did you find out about CF?

I heard about CFCC years ago when I was researching gyms in the area. I was too intimidated by CrossFit to visit the gym.  Earlier this year I joined Class Pass. The Foundations classes were included.  I decided to try it once and the rest is history!

3. What makes you come in and train on days that you don’t want to?

I’m a creature of habit. When the alarm goes off in the morning, I just move. I don’t even think about it. (Plus I’m afraid that the 8am gang will talk about me if I don’t show up!)

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

Definitely deadlifts. I was so excited when I pr’d during Totals.

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

Unassisted pull-ups.

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

Hmmmm… that’s a hard one.  Maybe that I’m left handed? I know that’s lame but I can’t think of anything else.

Keep kicking butt, Janis! Congratulations!

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