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Meet our Member of the Month for April–Alex Kilby!


Why we think Alex earned this!

Alex came into our box with a few big goals. His biggest was to get his body in shape for his wedding. Let’s just say Alex has been crushing his goals in a big way. His strength numbers are way up, his cardio keeps improving, and if you have seen Alex recently you can easily see the transformation his body has taken. Awesome results from a guy who comes in early to mobilize and always puts in the work. Earned…Not Given! 

About Alex

I’m originally from a small town in central Illinois named Virginia. I graduated with a class of 33 from Virginia High School and attended college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I am currently engaged to my fiancé Jacki, and we are getting married at the end of May. We have a four-legged dog child named Luna. I work as a consumer banker for Suntrust Bank in Bradenton. I was a three sport athlete in high school, and played a few intramural sports in college. After college I got away from athletics, but getting into crossfit has really brought back that competitiveness.

How did you get started at CrossFit Manatee?

Before moving here I was doing crossfit for about 10 months. After the move though, I took a year off. After getting engaged, I realized that I needed to get back into shape for my wedding, and also be healthier in general. I started searching for boxes to try out. Crossfit Manatee was my first box I tried, and after Coach Julie worked me so hard the first day I almost puked. I was instantly hooked again! I have been coming almost every morning at 545 am since!

What has been your proudest athletic moment?

One of my proudest athletic moments so far was when I strung together my first set of strict pull-ups. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal to some, but I’m not a small guy and getting that first couple was such a great feeling of accomplishment.

What is your favorite and least favorite movement/lift/drill?

My favorite lift is probably any of the shoulder-to-overhead movements, especially split jerk. It’s such a great feeling when you have great form and the bar feels weightless for that split second.

My least favorite would have to be overhead squats.

What do you think makes CrossFit Manatee different from other gyms that you’ve tried in the past?

Crossfit Manatee is different because the coaches and other athletes truly care about you and your well-being. They push you to be the best “you” that you can be and cheer you on the whole way.

What do you like to do when you’re not training at CrossFit Manatee?

When I’m not training you can most likely find me on the golf course or sitting poolside with my fiancé, my dog, and a good book.

Tell us a fun fact that we might not already know.

I am about to start working toward my career goal which is to be a firefighter. I start the first step this fall.

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