Congrats to our members of the month – Frank and Danielle!!!!

“I still remember after meeting Vinny for the first time in April of 2013, Danielle walked out of Thermal said “No Way!”. So of course I immediately signed her up for a 3-month membership. There has been some blood, sweat and tears (yes, real tears) on our drive home from the gym but it’s completely worth it. My Dad, Big Frank, at the age of 63 still Crossfits and runs and is a huge inspiration to me. He will also tell anyone who will listen that his Son and Daughter-in-law Crossfit. As a true nerd family, all 3 of us received Metcon’s for Christmas.

Thermal has helped us in so many ways, both physically and personally, we couldn’t thank the coaches and thermalites enough! #quidditchchamps”

– Frank

Frank grew up playing every sport imaginable but in high school turned his full attention to Ice Hockey, and eventually playing competitively in College. Early In 2011, tired of the globo gym scene, he took a recommendation to try Crossfit and instantly became hooked. Crossfit had to take a back seat when Frank decided to run a marathon 2012. In 2013, while playing in a Men’s Ice Hockey League, Frank broke his ankle. After being sidelined for 4-5 months he knew Crossfit is what he needed to get back into game shape.

Being 2 years removed from Crossfit for Frank, it was a little intimidating to jump back in the ring but he knew he would stick with it if Danielle would join with him. The struggle was REAL for Danielle, she went to an “introductory” workout with Vinny and Frank and it was miserable for Danielle, she was so sore afterwards. Danielle was really on the fence about going back after that so naturally Frank decided to just sign them both up for 3 months and the rest is kind of history. There were a lot of times in the first few months that Danielle really didn’t want to go back but everyone was so awesome to workout with and encouraging that she stuck with it. 2 years later they couldn’t imagine not being part of the Thermal community.

Danielle always played sports when she was younger, soccer in particular, so running was always a big part of her life. Then in college she gained the freshmen 15 (or maybe 25) and it was rough so she really leaned on running to lose the weight, then sophomore year gained it back and decided she couldn’t keep that lifestyle. She started really concentrating on running and that turned into running about 30-40 miles per week to stay in shape. When Frank and Danielle moved to Conshy, he signed up for a half marathon with his dad which was great because then Danielle had a running partner, Saturday and Sunday mornings they’d either hit the Schuylkill trail or Wissahickon for a run depending on the race that was coming up. They’ve run at least 5 broadstreet’s together, 2 half marathons, and a few 5k’s. Danielle’s first Crossfit experience (non-thermal) was the workout death by burpees, that was her first and last Crossfit workout for 2 ½ years.

Danielle and Frank have been together for 9 ½ years and being active in some way has always been important, Thermal keeps them competitive with each other and gives them a common interest to share.

This is a partner workout for time. You need to complete 60 clean and jerks, 300 double unders, and 300 sit-ups, but you may partition this work anyway you’d like. One partner is going to row 250m while the other one works. Clean and jerks are “Grace” style – power cleans and push presses or push jerks are preferred.

“Frank and Danielle”
In partners, row sets of 250m and complete for time:
60 clean and jerks, 135/95#
300 double unders
300 sit-ups

partition any how