Thursday 161124

Partner “Holleyman”
40 Rounds for time:
5 Wallballs, 20#(14#)
3 Strict handstand push-ups
1 Power clean, 225#(155#)

*One partner works at a time, completing one full round before switching.

Post times to comments and BTWB

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Aaron N. Holleyman, 27, of Glasgow, Montana, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was killed on August 30, 2004, when his military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Khutayiah, Iraq. He is survived by his daughters Shelby and Erin, son Zachary, parents Ross and Glenda, and siblings Kelly and Daniel.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Aaron N. Holleyman, 27, of Glasgow, Montana, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was killed on August 30, 2004, when his military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Khutayiah, Iraq. He is survived by his daughters Shelby and Erin, son Zachary, parents Ross and Glenda, and siblings Kelly and Daniel.


Happy Thanksgiving!!
As it is my annual opportunity to say what I am thankful for, I will do so. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people. The trainers and interns at Verve are some of the best people I know. They are thoughtful, they are generous with their time and energy towards others, they care about being good at what they do and constantly work hard at their jobs, they are funny, and they are humble. I sent an email out to these amazing people with one simple question, what are you thankful for?

“I’m thankful for being surrounded by incredible and inspiring people every day, and for the ability to move and be active.

My mom doesn’t have the best mobility (damn you, MS), so I never take for granted what I am capable of doing with my body… even if it includes some weak as hell toes-to-bar. ;)”

-Jen Kates

“I am thankful for amazing friends and family and especIally Jon!!”

-Patrick McGinty

“I’m thankful for an amazing husband who works extremely hard so that I can pursue my dream job.”

-Melissa Liskowski

“I have to say I’m thankful for Frank… A little gay love thrown your way! 😜 He is super patient with my obsessive need to work out, and socialize with everyone at the gym. Most of the time a 1 hour wod turns into 2 hours. Also when I leave lights on, cabinets open, and an unmade bed… he only dreams about strangling me… but has yet to follow through with it!”

-Mick Lewis

“Pete making it one more year, although the laziness factor is increasing he can still turn it on when he needs to. 

Brady playing like he’s 29 instead of 39.

The Afraimi’s for thinking they hand out championships in November

The entire Verve community.

Courtney. We made it another year without killing each other.”

-Eric Clancy

“Beyond the usual family, friends, awesome gym, and a wife who puts up with my sh*t, I’m thankful for caffeine and the Creighton Bluejays appearing to not suck this year.”

-Garret Mueller

“I’m thankful for my health, my friends and family and most of all to be surrounded by a group of individuals that support whatever I choose to do – no matter how crazy it may sound. I’m also thankful for Gaby Gallou. “

-Paul Buono

“Hmmm… that’s a tough one. I’m thankful for so many things. I guess the short version would be: my friends, my family, my mentors, my health but most of all, my wife. She is my rock. The only person I know that is strong enough to withstand my ego, my temper tantrums and my stubbornness. She is my moral compass and I’m definitely a better person because of her.

OH! and joggers. So comfortable. I’d wear them everyday, everywhere if I could.”

-Stan Sloan

“I am thankful for many things and people in my life. Starting my day with a warm cup of coffee and a splash of cream is a good start. I am thankful for all my caring and fierce friends and family, all the things that worked when they were suppose to, laughing because without laughter, the world would be a sad place. Time- something we shouldn’t take for granted. Sunshine, the sun’s warmth can brighten any day unless you are Clancy. Learning from mistakes. If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for. Love-life would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love. Pain- even though something you wish you could live without, but without pain, it would be difficult to appreciate life’s joys. Tears-sometimes when there are no words to say, tears can express them and sometimes a good cry can feel so good. Children- Watching my three year old daughter laugh, grow, and dream keeps things in perspective and has brought so much joy to my life. Challenges-without challenges in life, I wouldn’t be the person I am now. The list could go on and I don’t want to sound cliché, but of course I am thankful for the Verve community. I have met amazing people since joining in 2012 who have been there for me through the good and bad. My sincere thanks and gratitude.”

-Nicole Hall

“I am thankful for all the great opportunities I have in life. Whether I take advantage of them or not I am grateful to have the options I do. I am thankful for the verve family and the safe space the gym provides; I feel lucky to be apart of the intern program.
I am of course thankful for my family and all of the love and support they provide, no matter how difficult I am.”

-Jason Allison

“For my body, which takes all the bullshit I throw at it and continues to show up anyways. For Huckleberry, who just makes life better. And for this crazy, challenging, and gorgeous life.”

-Maddie Berky

“Crossfit related I am thankful for new Verve friends and the opportunity to learn from the best.

Personally I am thankful for my parents, my healthy family and the freedom that allows us to do the little things that we take for granted everyday.”

-Leslie Smith

“This year I am thankful for having the ability and opportunity to make work/life changes with the support of family & friends. And always, I am thankful for my main man, Ute. “

-Connie Luu

“1) I’m thankful that they only took the bottom half of my sweats. They could have taken the entire pair! 2) To be apart of this gracious Crossfit Verve Community.”

-Jay Cain

“Wine. I’m sincerely grateful and appreciate this life saving beverage. Whoever thought of fermenting delicious grapes, and adding in glorious flavor combinations, I applaud you. In all seriousness, I’m thankful for my immediate family. Regardless of the struggles we have been handed (which can be an understatement), we are still strong, and extremely close. I’m thankful for all the first responders out there sacrificing their family time to keep us safe. And I’m thankful for everyday blessings- my friends with caring hearts, my pets that give endless love, and a job that I enjoy spending time at 🙂 Sometimes these things can be taken for granted, however, I genuinely appreciate what life has given me.”

-Danni Brooks

“I am thankful for this beautiful life and that I get the opportunity everyday to start over. And I am most thankful for all the wonderful people that have come in and out of my life. So many experiences…so many laughs…and all that is more than enough reason to continue being thankful. “

-Ali Nichols

*And now I ask you, the fine members of Verve, what are you thankful for this year? We would love to hear it. Please share with us in the comments. We at Verve want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, may it be spent with those you care about, may it be filled with great food and more than a few laughs. For those working during the holiday and unable to spend time with your family, thank you for keeping a watchful eye over the rest of us. 


  1. Robyn :

    Since I missed the time cut off for the blog post I’m sharing it now… i’m thankful for my wonderful husband who has supported me through this crazy year of school, especially when I was crazy and had some mental break-downs! I’m thankful that I have the choice to choose a different career. I’m thankful for my fur babies. I’m thankful for my friends and family and especially the great friends and family I have met at Verve. I’m grateful to live a happy healthy life and to share it with all of you. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Cheers. Oh and Vodka, I’m definitely thankful for Vodka!

  2. David afraimi :

    Since everyone already repeated the same things:

    Wife’s, husbands, kids, pets, and being buffed.

    I’m thankful my team is in 1st place currently.

  3. Steph M :

    I’m thankful for the standard things (friends, family, this community, and my job), but most of all, I’m thankful for Garret and allowing us the opportunity to move and having the chance to have a new life in Denver.

  4. James (OG) :

    Just because I don’t work out with you people anymore doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be thankful for me.

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