Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Athlete Of the Month


     It is time for Chase Underwood to pass the torch onto another deserving athlete.  NMCF Owner and trainer Holly Mikolajewski had the pleasure to choose someone that represents everything that we are looking for in an athlete. Hard working, coachable, and a real pleasure to have at the gym. 
     This month's award winner has been at No Mercy for quite some time. She has left for periods of time but always finds her way back in. This time when she came back we could see a noticeable difference. She is all in. She consistently trains numerous times per week. Her nutrition is significantly better, and her technique is so much better than it use to be. All of these changes are due to her hard work. Robin James is Holly's pick for this award.
     "Robin has made a real effort to bring out the athlete inside of her. She is so much more consistent and has made a concerted effort to push the weights that in the past she was afraid to attempt. She still likes to tell me how she isn't going to attempt this or that, but when it is all said and done she puts her head down and goes to work. It is always fun listening to her scream and grunt. She has a great personality and is a real pleasure to have in class even if we have to explain the wod to her 17 times lol!!!!!"
     The noticeable changes not only in her physique but in her attitude are amazing. No more just going through the motions. Robin is a real athlete and we are lucky to have her at No Mercy. Keep up the hard work Robin!!!! Choose something from Rogue and we will pay for it. Congrats Robin!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Athlete of the Month

     It's October…..a chill is in the air, football season is in full swing, and training at No Mercy is heating up. Time to choose another hard working person to represent the No Mercy Athlete of the Month Club. With so many people that continue to impress us as coaches it is always a challenge to pick just one. With that being said it is my privilege to choose somebody that always is a pleasure to train with or coach. He is loud, arrogant (in a joking way), strong, and a tremendous athlete. He is a good hearted guy that makes class entertaining and is always one of the top people on the leader board.
     Mr. "Bro Science" Chase Underwood is my choice for athlete of the month. He is always there to encourage everybody and pushes many of us to give just a little more effort  to try to keep up.  He always gives 100% and rarely takes a training day off. He is no stranger to putting in extra work to improve himself. Chase has made huge strides in his gymnastic work, and has a great motor to go with it. Chase trains to be better at life and chooses not to compete so far but there is no doubt in my mind that he would be more than successful. I always look forward to getting to catch a wod with Chase because I know he will make me better and give me somebody to try to catch up with.
     Even though Chase has horrible taste in choosing sports teams to root for his presence at the box is appreciated. He is just one of those guys that people gravitate towards with a huge personality. We are honored that you choose to train at No Mercy and look forward to seeing you progress. Keep up the hard work bro! Please choose something from Rogue and we will pick up he tab. Congrats!!!!

-Joey Franchise

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

No Mercy CrossFit Athlete of the Month Sept. 2015

     September 1st brings us a brand new athlete of the month at No Mercy CrossFit chosen by Dustin Brown, and he couldn't have chosen a more fitting candidate among our long list of deserving athletes.  Some people just get it!!!! They come in every day and put their head down and go to work and simply have fun with the process. This month our winner has a list of things that could keep her out of the box.....bad ankles, inflexible hips and so on and so on but that doesn't limit her work ethic. She gets down on herself at times and just when you think she is ready to quit she gets right back to work and is a real pleasure to have at the gym. The strides she has made of late are really something to marvel at. So much ROM improvement and strength gains. This person is just a  lot of fun and brings a sense of  humor to the 5;30 class. We are so proud to say that this athlete trains at No Mercy.
"As a trainer I have the pleasure of seeing a lot of athletes make huge strides in their workouts. Some come faster than others and some are larger than others. This makes no difference to me… a PR is a PR, no matter how small or large they are. We tend to be frustrated at not being able to do a movement as well as others or as well as we think we should. Some may think this is “failure”; I tend to think of this as determination. My AOTM does this to herself and I love it!! She has the desire to better herself everyday she comes in the door. Her training partner has left her for school and now she will have to rely on us, as family, to be her training partner. We as a gym are here to push her, and each other, to be there when others can’t. Shelly Romie is my Athlete Of The Month pick!!!  

I was with Shelly at another box and she had the drive back then and still has it today if not more. She puts in the hard work and expects to be better than what she was when leaves for the day. If you haven’t had the chance to work out with her, expect to see DRIVE-DETERMINATION-HARDWORK-LOVE.

The next time you are in and see Shelly, congratulate her and see what she is is made of… No Mercy Strength!!"

Dustin “D-Lo” Brown


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August Athlete of the Month

NO Mercy Athlete of The Month

     The summer heat is upon us and training in a hot gym is difficult. As coaches and owners this is the time of year where we see who is tough and dedicated. We learn who truly has a desire to better themselves as athletes and who wants to improve their overall well being. It is easy to fold under the summers heat and say the hell with it and go to the pool.
     Owner/ trainer  Holly Mikolajewski has the pleasure of choosing the August Athlete who goes against the norm of getting caught up in vacations and summertime fun and digs their heels in and puts in work. Holly has chosen Kenneth Wigley for the distinction of athlete of the month. Kenneth has come a long way since rejoining the gym. He has made a real effort to get to the gym nearly everyday and focusing on improving his overall fitness. The physical transformation is evident. He has added a tremendous amount of strength and has added quite a bit of gymnastic skills to his resume. Lately Kenneth has told me he is focusing on improving his nutrition and it shows. It is awesome to see Kenneth at the gym so much, and putting in extra work on accessory lifts, rowing, and even making the commitment to coming in on Sunday open gyms when possible.
     I think Kenneth has truly embraced the community of No Mercy and is always willing to help with anything needed at the box. Kenneth has even started entering competitions and has only scratched the surface  to how good he can be. Kenneth is just a real fun guy to have around and we are so proud he chooses to train at No Mercy. We look forward to watching you grow as an athlete. Congratulations Kenneth! You deserve it, and as always choose something from Rogue and we will pick up the tab.


Friday, July 24, 2015


     Next week marks a milestone in the history of No Mercy CrossFit. Our 3 year anniversary is August 1.  In the grand scheme of life 3 years is a minuscule amount of time, but for a small business to not only survive but thrive is historic. Holly and I so wanted to share our passion for CrossFit with our hometown as a way to give back in some small way for the life changing benefits CrossFit and the community has given us. When we started this dream few people believed it could last in small town Piqua and it has. So to all those naysayers I thank you for pushing us to be better.
      It is remarkable really what has been accomplished in a short period we have grown in membership, lifelong friendships have been formed. We have helped the Piqua community by establishing a scholarship fund in Sam Pearsons name, a former Piqua kid that paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. I am proud to say we have raised nearly 20k for that cause. I never could of dreamed that in 3 short years we would have already moved into a dream training facility conducive to CrossFit training and so much better suited than our first location. We are super proud of the gains in strength, stamina, and confidence of our members. We have seen numerous members obtain L1 certification. We have tons of people competing regularly and have fared well in some outstanding completions.  most of all I am proud of the community that has been created.
     It hasn't been easy. Anything worth having requires sacrifice, effort, and attention to detail, Holly and I would be remiss if we didn't thank our family for allowing us the time to build something fantastic. Hours and hours of blood sweat and tears along with time spent away from the kids have went into this, and hopefully you have learned valuable lessons about hard work that will last a lifetime. Trainers come and Go. Sometimes it is for the good and sometimes for the bad. The staff we have now and the staff we will continue to grow are special people. They give of their time for the satisfaction of seeing our athletes grow and excel. No egos, just selfless people that do this for the love of the game. My sincere thanks goes out to each of you. Your loyalty, compassion, and knowledge is seldom seen within the walls of a
CrossFit gym. Thank you to our members that continue to believe in our training philosophies and allow us to guide you in your fitness lifestyle. We value each and everyone of you. Finally a huge shout of to my wife who has never stopped believing in me and our dreams. Your tireless efforts provide an example to all our members especially our women. You prove that being strong is beautiful. Your never ending desire to maintain a reputable, clean, organized box doesn't go unnoticed. Your vision is why we have been successful.
     With all that being said tonight we celebrate! Past, present, and future No Mercy members are invited to a cookout at 6:30 at the new gym to celebrate the 3 years of awesomeness. We will provide the meat! bring a side to share and beverages of choice. We will eat, play cornhole, jam out to some sweet music (not yours McCormick) and celebrate our community. Thank you to everyone for 3 amazing years. See you tonight

Saturday, July 18, 2015

My Journey

     Lou Holtz, the famed coach of Notre Dame once said ……" If you wanna be happy for a hour eat a steak, if you wanna be happy for a day play golf, if you wanna be happy for a week go on a cruise, if you wanna be happy for a month buy a new car, if you wanna be happy for a year win the lottery, if you wanna be happy for a lifetime win a championship!!!!"No truer words have ever been spoken as far as I can tell. Sometimes I sit and think about life and what makes me who I am. If I am honest with myself I dislike who I am,  and I really am not very happy  and from the outside looking in I should be. I have a wife that supports me in nearly all of my dreams,  and I have 3 amazing kids that are talented beyond measure. We are fortunate enough to have 2 successful businesses to operate. I have a super cool second family within the walls of No Mercy CrossFit and I wouldn't change that for the world. We just purchased our dream home and we have so much to be thankful for. Truth is I have everything I can dream of except for one thing a championship. Since I could walk I have dreamed of being in the spotlight and associated all happiness with that pursuit. It is something that will probably never escape my mindset. I use to want to be an Olympic champion, I have trained since I was 4 years old to do something special. I have dreamed of playing football for the Irish, and that never transpired for a multitude of reasons that go without saying. I have dreamed of winning a world series of poker bracelet and I have been close. I made a promise to my father when he was laid to rest that I would accomplish that and I plan to.  And now I have one goal left… qualify for the Masters CrossFit Games.
     I am writing this blog which will be an ongoing series for the next year for a couple of reasons. To hold myself accountable and be 100% honest with myself if I am truly training to be a champion or just going through the motions. Coach Bookout is always preaching to me to journal my workouts so this is a tremendous platform. I hope to inspire somebody along the way that is just like me. Unhappy with themselves, and wants to be better. To be successful you have to put in the work and want to train more than you want to party or sleep. Up till this point that describes me to a tee. The Games are nearly upon us and time is short. I am going to chronicle my journey for better or worse. I ask each member of the NMCF family for their encouragement, for their honesty, and for their help.
     I have given myself one year to chase my dreams. To be the best trained athlete and poker player I can be. Anything longer than a year would just be selfish and at that point I have to focus my attention on my family. I have a wife that will be entering the Master's division soon and I want to get behind her because she has the talent to accomplish anything she so chooses. I have a soon to be college freshman that deserves our support, and I have a soon to be teenager that can accomplish anything she puts her mind to, and my 8 year old will surely be a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field around the USA. My competitive life will need to take the back burner. I can only pray that my family will be proud of me for chasing something and will be happy with whatever I accomplish or don't accomplish. I need to try for me. I am excited about the next year of training like never before and getting my nutrition and mind right. The pursuit of happiness begins now!!!! I hope to not bore you with my journey and look forward to feedback along the way.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

No Mercy CrossFit July 2015 Athlete of the Month


     Every once in a while an athlete walks into the gym with absolutely no expectations other than to get a workout in. No desire to compete, no desire to lose weight, and no desire to join a community.  Maybe their only objective is just to sweat and perform some type of fitness routine because that is what society says you should do right? Some people are capable of leaving their past athletic prowess and obvious athletic ability in the past. No reason to relish in  past  accomplishments, they are comfortable where they are. I think this sums up the man I have chosen as our athlete of the month for July.
     Trent Karn is my choice for athlete of the month. I have known Trent since we were little grade school kids. The before mentioned attributes are what described Trent over a year ago when he first walked through our doors. Those days are over though. If you have had the pleasure of working out in class with Trent you have been treated to a guy that is fun loving, a dancing machine, and a super competitive guy that isn't ok with just being average anymore. This guy has transformed into a serious athlete. He is a shell of the man that first started CrossFit weighing over 240 pounds. In the past few months Trent has lost over 40#  and improved his skills tremendously. He puts in a lot of extra auxiliary work that many don't see, and he logs quite a few miles before most people are out of bed. I know because he is my training partner on morning runs quite frequently. 
     Somewhere along the way Trent flipped a switch and his competitive nature broke through. This guy logged the fastest mile at the gym just last week. That is no easy task for a bigger athlete. He has uncanny speed with the barbell, and I am proud of the improvements in his gymnastics which I know he initially struggled with. Who knows how good this guy can be? He has only begun to scratch the surface. Trent is just one of those guys that make coaching fun and brightens the mood of every class he is in. We are proud to have him at No Mercy and look forward to watching Trent just keep getting better and better. Now that Trent has some CrossFit shoes and knee sleeves who knows what is next…..board shorts? Wrist wraps? k-tape? muscle ups? 
     Keep up the good work Trent! Pick something from Rogue for all your efforts!!!!!!!