MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

February 2016 (Coach Spotlight)

Brian Butera and Courteney Kalyta

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Brian Butera

Tell us about you and your family.

I have two amazing children, Alaina who is 11 years old, in 6 grade and does competitive cheer leading. My son Vincent is 8 years old, in the 2nd grade and is involved in cub scouts and whatever sport is in season. I also have a new 10 week old daughter that comes in the form of a German Shepard puppy named Lucy.

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?

I have been doing CrossFit for close to 9 years now. I got started during a deployment to Iraq in 2006 and it was a great fit for me.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I would have to say that my favorite movement is the snatch or overhead squat I think I like both equally.

What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment was being a finalist in the NC fit CrossFit competition in 2014. Everyone else that made it to the finals was a regional level athlete.

What is the best part about coaching CrossFit?

The best part of coaching CrossFit is seeing members accomplish things during a WOD that at the beginning they said they would not be able to do.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 611? 

My favorite thing about CrossFit 611 is the real sense of community that I have seen grow over the past year I have been coaching.

Courteney Kalyta

Tell us about you and your family.

I’ll start with my wonderful 24 year old sister who I am so proud of. Her last day of grad school was yesterday(1/27). All she has to do now is finish clinicals and she will be an Occupational Therapist!! Being a health nut started because of my mom. She always was keeping up with the latest health trend, and became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do until she tore her ACL when I was a kid. She still continues today with healthy hobbies, growing her own herbs, making kambucha, or pickling her own cabbage to name a few. My dad lives in Georgia and his wife’s job is transferring them to Montana this summer, so that will be a huge change. I love my dad to death. He gives his everything for my sister and I. One day I hope to buy him a submarine and his own little island.

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?

I’m going on 4 years of doing Crossfit!!! I was challenged in a “golds gym” type setting to do crossfit movements(like the pull up) and realized I couldn’t do them very well. I thought I was strong and Crossfit proved me wrong, so the challenge of what I “couldn’t do” got me started.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

Anything overhead! Handstand push ups, handstand walks, wall walks, snatches…but if I had to choose one….snatches!

What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?

Helping our box qualify for regionals and getting to the 2013 Crossfit Regionals as an alternate for our team. That level of training and bond between people is something I will never forget.

What is the best part about coaching CrossFit?

Seeing that “aha!” moment on your athletes face that you know so well yourself! I so badly want to be able to help these athletes skip all of the “pains” in crossfit by taking my coaching advice; however, a lot of the movements require TIME, consistency, mixed with modifications that slowly ramp up to the Rx’d movement. So skipping the pains isn’t realistic, however, when you have been coaching an athlete long enough to see them through the struggle and then ALL OF A SUDDEN they perform that movement with ease, is the most gratifying feeling a coach can have to be there to witness that.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 611? 

Anyone know the old old sitcom “Cheers”….the opening song by Gary Portnoy “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”?? Well, that song is the first thing that comes to mind. At Crossfit 611, everyone knows and cares for everyone…..LOVE that about this gym..