May’s Athlete of the Month is Rochelle Ricciardi

Rochelle Ricciardi

I started CrossFit January 5, 2015 in one of the Couch 2 CrossFit programs. I remember it so well because I nervously stuffed my face with a Big Mac, large fry, and sushi three hours beforehand and nearly threw it all up doing burpees.

I never would have joined CrossFit on my own – I would still most likely be on the couch and 250+ pounds. My sister, Danielle, signed me up for Couch 2 CrossFit and told me she would do it with me – she lied. I was dropped off and she did the WOD in the room next door. Obviously, I ended up really liking it!

One thing I love about APC is how our coaches are attentive, always ready to help, give constructive criticism, and invested in their athletes. In addition, the community at APC is amazing; everyone is friendly and constantly cheering one another on.

A couple of the accomplishments that I am most proud of in the box are getting my dubs and handstand hold. Outside the box, I have finally hit 199 lbs. – I have not been below 200 in probably 8 years!

My most important short-term goal is to get a pull-up. My long-term goal would be to reach my goal weight and to become a more well-rounded athlete overall.

Something interesting/peculiar about me… I grew up on a tree farm. (I hate this question)

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Brooke grew up in western North Carolina and graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She got her degree in graphic design. While at Liberty, she met her husband, Josh, who is now the associate pastor at Crossroads Community Church. They have a 6 year old daughter named Skye who loves CrossFit just as much as her mom.

They moved to Ohio in 2012. Brooke and Josh began CrossFit August of that year and in her words “it saved (her) life”.

“I was depressed and unmotivated to do anything. CrossFit was the jumpstart I needed to get my life and mind back on track.”

She’s been doing CrossFit ever since and got her CFL1 Trainer Certification in July of 2017 and has been coaching at APC ever since.

“The best thing about being a CrossFit trainer is getting to see people achieve things the NEVER thought they could do and pushing those boundaries beyond their expectations.”

Beyond coaching, Brooke is an Independent Sales Consultant with Norwex. She not only helps people radically change and improve their fitness levels but also helps them create safe havens in their homes with chemical free cleaning products


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While attending Ohio Northern University, Kelsey started a “CrossFit Club” where her love for coaching blossomed. She loves helping people achieve goals and says that being at APC is always the highlight of her day. Kelsey and her Fiancé, Jedd, are integral parts of our community and we are lucky to have them!


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Coach Brandon is a lifelong competitive athlete and has been CrossFitting since 2010.  He is a Health and Phys-Ed teacher at Wadsworth Local Schools.  Brandon is an enthusiastic student of the CrossFit methodology and we are lucky to have his wealth of knowledge.


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