Monday

A. 

1 Snatch + 1 Bar Muscle up every minute on the minute for 6 minutes

B. 

Team Series Event 5

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps for time of:
Bar muscle-ups
Squat snatches

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Member of the Month

Branka Lackanovic

 

October has crept up on us.  If we are lucky Mother Nature will allow us some time to adjust and slowly drop the temperature easing into Fall.  Leaves are going to start changing colors and the days are getting shorter. Soon 6 am classes will be working out in complete darkness.  It takes a lot of dedication to get out of bed that early. Our October Member of the Month is Branka Lackanovic.

 

Serbian Lion or B, as she goes by is typically working out at the 5:30 Lite class and then taking the 6 am class.  Branka has been doing CrossFit for about 3 years and 2 of those have been at CrossFit Utility.

 

Branka is from Bosnia and Herzegovina (a small country in Europe in western Balkans on the border of Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.) She moved to the US in 2007 to work as a Nanny.  She is multilingual and can speak Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian. Her parents are still back home in Bosnia. So is her older sister and younger brother.  The majority of her close family relatives are back home. She has a couple of cousins and uncle here in Chicago.

 

She started CrossFit with a friend, Bojana.  Branka’s favorite movement is GHD sit-ups. Her least favorite is cleans and overhead movements. She recently PR’d by getting her first jumping bar muscle up and several strict pull-ups.  Her current goal is to improve her clean, handstands and double unders.

 

Branka is married to Milan.  He is also Bosnian but they meet in the US. They just celebrated their 5-year anniversary.

 

Branka’s favorite food is chocolate. She prefers sweet over salty.  Her dream vacation destination is to Bali or Indonesia. She likes to draw and competed in the Akron Marathon in 2013.

 

She is currently in school and doing an internship as an Optician.  She told us that she loves making eyeglasses and helping people see, especially little kids. Branka considers herself both a night owl and a morning person. Her favorite color is white. Her favorite sports team to support is the soccer team –“Zvezda” which means Star.

 

If she had to choose between dessert and booze she would choose dessert. And she prefers to see the toilet paper roll be placed over.

Branka had this to say about CrossFit:

I fell in love with CrossFit because there is always something new to work on and always room to set new goals. WODs are always different and include cardio, lifting, gymnastics…… it’s never boring .

CrossFit Utility is a great community place filled with amazing people.  It is not your every day “gym”, where you just workout but also you get to meet and  know everyone,  we all become one big family.

Everyone knows how much I always complain about WODs and how many tests I take, but I wouldn’t replace this place with any other, I just love coming here.

It is hard work but also a fun experience. I love it and enjoy it.  Especially,  “AWESOME”6am people and coaches “THE 6am WOLF PACK”!

-Joey Compton

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