Getting to Know More About : Sacred Roots Holistic Healing – Ryan Brown


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Ryan Owner, LMT, GTS
About Sacred Roots Holistic Healing:

Our goal is to provide customized massage sessions with an emphasis on relaxation, recovery or restorative results. Partnering with many health and wellness providers, we work with our clients to build wellness plans that stress the importance of preventative care. Come achieve balance of mind, body and spirit in a clean, safe, professional environment at Sacred Roots Holistic Healing. Let us help get you back to the BEST YOU possible!!!

Practicing since 2012 Ryan is proficient in many massage modalities.

He specializes in therapeutic/medical massage techniques such as Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point, Structural Integration, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage and Stretch Therapy.

Additionally, Ryan is Reiki, Prenatal, Lomi Lomi and Japanese Medical Massage certified. With many other continuing education classes and certifications under his belt, Ryan’s newest certifications are Graston Technique and Gua Sha. Both incorporate instruments that assist in treatments of scar tissue and fascial restrictions for faster rehabilitation and with greater results when the goal is restoring range of motion, eliminating pain, and restoring normal day to day function.

You can find Ryan at either of his two locations:

TheHill KC and at The Epic Sports Lodge in Independence – 19310 E 50th Terrace #D1, Independence, MO 64055

Besides himself, Ryan employees three additional therapists, Atina, Kathy and Tom. Kathy and Atina operate out of his Independence location, while Tom is building his schedule at TheHill!

Interested in booking a session? Just shoot a call or text to 816.714.0282

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Theodore (Ted) John: Featured Athlete of December



  Coachable | Hardworking | Positive

“Ted is a great example of someone who has a huge heart, is involved in a ton of activities, and successfully completed the Help Me Fit program and transitioned into group classes. From the very beginning, Ted demonstrated his commitment and dedication, just by showing up, and then further challenging himself with every opportunity presented. As a veteran (Marines), Ted’s ability to connect with others, push himself in workouts, and be a true support to his classmates is something that shines through every time he’s at the gym. As he continues his journey with our fit family, Ted will always provide a positive attitude and give it his all! Lucky to know him and equally lucky to workout with him!” – Hollie Siegel

 

Your Name?
Theodore (Ted) John

What is your favorite color?  
Cobalt Blue

What would your superpower be? 
I would like to have incredible intelligence. I’d like to be able to solve the world’s problems like cancer, poverty, hunger, war, etc…

What is your spirit animal? 
A bald eagle

Row? Bike? Run? Ski? Why? 
Yes to all, except I can’t run right now because of an Achilles tendon injury. They all kick my butt while making me into a better butter burning machine.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement and/or workout? 
My favorite workout is the current one of the day. The best thing about CrossFit for me is that it is different every time I go to class. I am never bored. So far, all the workouts have kicked my butt. That is what I come for.

Favorite cheat meal in KC?  
Joe’s Kansas City, Ribs, Beans, and Fries.

When did you start working out at The Hill?  
October 2018 through Disabled But Not Really’s “Help Me Fit Challenge”

What were some of the emotional or physical challenges you were having before you started at CrossFit Memorial Hill? 
I am a disabled veteran with a 100% disability rating through the VA. I suffered from depression and ptsd. I often isolated myself in my apartment for days on end. It was pretty scary there for a while. I was pretty much sedentary all of the time, except for when I walked my dog.

What did the frustration feel like as you tried to solve those challenges before you started at The Hill? 
It was really hard at first to motivate myself to show up. Being that I was the only person in my cohort of Help Me Fit Challenge who was not in a wheelchair, I felt like I had no excuse. The other people I was working out with had to overcome huge challenges just to show up. I had no excuse and felt like I needed to show up and to do my best. I never would have gotten to where I am now without their inspiration.

How have you seen those challenges improve since joining The Hill? What does life looks like now? 
The symptoms of depression and PTSD have largely gone away. I have a joy of living again. It feels really good to be able to laugh and not feel empty inside. Life today is amazing. I am losing weight, I got a part time job at Starbucks, I even was able to convince a girl to be my girlfriend. I contribute all the positive changes that I have made in my life to what I learned during “Help Me Fit Challenge”. So much of that is just doing the basics, drinking water, eating real food, getting a good night’s sleep, keeping a record of what I eat, etc.

How is The Hill different than other gyms you’ve been to?
The main thing that keeps me coming back is the coaching and the camaraderie with my fellow athletes. Before going to the gym was a painful thing to endure. I work out way harder at The Hill and have a lot of fun doing it.

What keeps you coming back? And where do you find your motivation when the workout looks difficult?
What keeps me back is the camaraderie and the coaching. All the workouts look difficult for me. I just show up and do my best each and every time. The longest it is going to last is an hour. I can do ANYTHING for an hour.

How do you make working out fit into your busy schedule?
It helps being semi-retired. I still have a busy life and make working out a priority. I think of it as taking my medication. If I don’t work to cure the disease, I will never feel better.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CrossFit?
Just keep at it. Listen to your coaches and your body. You more than likely are not going to be able to do muscle-ups on your first day. Just keep showing up and do your best and you will see improvements.

What are some of your goals in or out of the gym? Personal Records or achievements that you are proud of?
Since I have started working out, I have lost about 45 pounds. From May to November, I lost 32 pounds of fat, but gained 12 pounds of lean muscle mass. The first thing I think of being proud of is that I can do a squat properly. I wasn’t able to do that when I first came in. It is the little things that I am improving upon. One day I will look like David Curry.

Anything else you would like to share with our #fitfam?
I am so very grateful that you all have provided me the opportunity to drastically improve my life. I truly am living the dream. I am so grateful to Matt, Josh, Hollie, and Wesley for the opportunity to come in, work hard, and have fun. You all make it possible for me. Thank you!

 

Getting to Know: Standard Cuts – Michael Thurman



Caring | Honest | Driven 

“Michael is a true supporter in the things he believes. He doesn’t only talk the talk, he walks the walk.  He is a man of conviction, he believes in providing the best service possible because he knows that the way you carry yourself is a representation of who you believe yourself to be on the inside. “- Josh Snyder

First off, let’s start with your name.
Mike Thurman

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A soldier.

Where did you grow up?
Topeka, KS. 

What was your favorite subject/activity in school?
History.

What is a weird part time job you had in the past?
McDonald’s in High School. 

Favorite movie? Favorite line from that movie?
Godfather – “You have to excuse me. As you can see I have a weakness for my children and spoil them as you can see.”

Got any hidden talents?
I am accurate and consistent at firing rifles. 

What do you enjoy about KC?
The small town feel while still enjoying the big city feel. 

What is the name of your business?
Standard Cuts.

What is your profession? What “do you do”?
Grooming stylist.

How did you get connected with TheHill?
I walked into the The Hill 5 years ago. I was interested in what the whole CrossFit “thing” was all about.

What motivates you in your craft?
The art. And the ability to give people that great feeling of a fresh haircut. I have seen a great cut post someone’s confidence instantly.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about your profession?
The skill level it takes to actually be successful in their profession. And how fun it is to meet new people everyday and talk about that person’s experiences. This introduces a Barber/stylist to many cultures, ideas, convictions and theories.

Anything you’d like to share with TheHill?
I love working out of this facility. While I continue to grow my business I will always have a place with the The Hill.

Gini Toyne : Featured Athlete of November



Coachable | Hardworking | Positive

“From the first day I met Gini she has had a can do attitude. She is always willing to try new things and not just meet, but exceed expectations. She has had some obstacles along the way, but has kept focus on the things she can do. She has made incredible progress over this past year as we have worked together. For one example, we began using a 13lb kettlebell for deadlifts. Just a few months ago as we progressed to using a barbell. She said she wanted to reach a goal of a 65lb deadlift. What do you know, she did just that and more. A few weeks ago Gini hit a lift time PR of 70lbs for 5 reps!!! She never ceases to amaze me. When Gini sets her mind to something, she goes after it 100%!!!!! Self Proclaimed- “CrossFit Manica” Proud of you Gini!” -Coach Mindy

What is your favorite color?
Turquoise

What would your super power be?
Transformation of physical and emotional pain into strength.

What is your spirit animal?
Unicorn.

Run? Bike? Ski? Row? Why?
Run-to enjoy the beauty of the earth one step at a time.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement, and/or workout?
Workout – ski/sled push/deadlift

Favorite Cheat Meal in KC?
Stone Canyon Pizza. 

When did you start working out at The Hill?
11/15/18

What were some of the emotional or physical challenges you were having before you started at CrossFit Memorial Hill?
Age barriers; multiple physical injuries; fear of failure.

What did the frustration feel like as you tried to solve those challenges before you started at The Hill?
Like it’s now or never.

How have you seen those challenges improve since joining The Hill? What does life looks like now?
Energy beyond expectations, power over challenges. Pride in my accomplishments!

How is The Hill different than other gyms you’ve been to?
Everyone is happy and engaged with each other and the coaching team.

What keeps you coming back? And where do you find your motivation when the workout looks difficult?
Fear of losing what I have gained. My motivation can all be in the eyes and encouragement of coach Mindy.

How do you make working out fit into your busy schedule?
As a medical professional on call for trauma several days per month, I follow through with what I have learned from Coach Mindy at home.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CrossFit?
Fear? It is a liar! Go for it, you will be amazed.

What are some of your goals in or out of the gym? Personal Records or achievements that you’re proud of?
Transform my gym energy into continuing to manage my life/business and be an example for others. My greatest achievement so far is my 75 lb dead lift!

Anything else you would like to share with our #fitfam?
My greatest power comes from those around me who aren’t afraid to encourage and praise accomplishments of total strangers.

Getting to Know – Vital Six Physical Therapy – Jason Gearhart



Caring | Honest | Driven

“These are the values we uphold as a team, and Jason is no exception to that. One conversation with him and you will see his deep desire to teach people that pain doesn’t have to be a normal part of their lives. His passion and drive to help humans of all capabilities is inspiring, and we are so fortunate to have him on our team at TheHill. ” – Coach Brianna

 

What’s your name? Any fun nicknames?
Jason Gearhart – J Baby, because I have/had a baby face.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an NBA Player, needless to say, my career was short lived.

Where did you grow up?
St. Charles, MO

What was your favorite subject/activity in school?
Math

Weird part time job you had in the past?
I worked as a “referee” for a large slot car race track. It was an experience.

Favorite movie? Favorite line from that movie?
Wedding Crashers – “Maaaaa! The Meatloaf!”

Got any hidden talents?
At one point I got really good at blowing bubbles off my tongue.

What do you like about KC?
The people and the BBQ.

What is the name of your business?
The Vital Six

What is your profession? “What do you do?”
Physical Therapist – Help people get out of pain and back to the activities they love.

How did you get connected to The Hill?
Matt was kind enough to respond to my email and the rest was history :).

What motivates you in your craft?
The moment a patient realizes they are capable of so much more than their medical diagnosis. Also helping people achieve their goals free of medication or surgery.

What is one thing you wished everyone knew about your profession?
Rehabilitation doesn’t have to being boring. Also, there are no quick fixes when it comes to getting out of pain, it takes a lot of hard work, patience, and determination by both parties involved.

Anything you’d like to share with TheHill?
Thank you for the chance to be a part of something special.

Christopher Shaw: Featured Athlete of October



Coachable | Hardworking | Positive
These are the attributes we look for in the Athletes of The Hill.

 

“Chris Shaw – Otherwise known as Dr. Shaw, Chris is the face of what it means to take control and get what you want out of life.  With his hectic work schedule he always makes it in for open gym or a class if he has the time. Chris also is a great mentor and friend to his 3 kids who frequently accompany him to the gym.”

-Josh

 

What is your favorite color?
Black

Pick a silly question or answer them all: What would your spirit animal be? If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Sea Turtle, hands down and my super power would be to be able to lift more than Hoeppner 🙂

Row, Bike or Run? & Why?
“For me running was always a punishment growing up Playing soccer through college but of those 3 options which the one that I’m not terrible at…

I like rowing, Although it definitely is not a strength of mine…

Bike=Torture device conceived by masochist’s… But I made a promise to try to improve on the bike in 2019! Go ahead and keep programming @jrandall_movement”

 

 

What is your favorite CrossFit Movement?
Deadlift and cleans!

Favorite Restaurant in KC? Or favorite Cheat Meal?
KC Restaurant…La Bodega Cheat meal: Tacos and Tequila!

When did you start working out at The Hill?
2011…when we were still working out in the park…before The Hill 1.0 was open…it was the first thing since college that got me truly motivated to be fit again…I love this place!
What were some of the emotional or physical challenges you were having before you started at CrossFit Memorial Hill? I had very recently become a single father of 2 little boys under the age of 5…I was pretty sad at the time…I lost 17 pounds and got down to the same weight I was in high school…I was not really taking care of myself, and I told myself it was because I was too busy with my job and being a dad.

What did the frustration feel like as you tried to solve those challenges before you started at The Hill?
I felt like every day was just something to endure rather than savor, I knew I needed something to help me cope, and didn’t want to fall into the things that people often do when they are down…then I was introduced to The Hill.

How have you seen those challenges improve since joining The Hill? What does life looks like now?
One of my best friends from med school had been trying for over a year to get me to come try CrossFit…she finally succeeded and I was hooked after the first class. I geeked out watching CF videos joined up and it changed my entire outlook. I remember after about a month feeling like I was myself again. My energy and patience and outlook all improved and I looked forward to life again.

How is The Hill different than other gyms you’ve been to?
Hands down it’s the community…best coaches, athletes…if I have had a hard day, I know that if I just show up I will feel better (that or a particular coach who shall not be named will email me about my absences).

What keeps you coming back? And where do you find your motivation when the workout looks difficult?
King Kong.

How do you make working out fit into your busy schedule?
It is the thing that I do just for me…I’m a big believer in exercise as medicine…and when I am good about not making excuses, even if I can only get in 20 minutes it makes me better at all other aspects of my life. That’s another thing that hooked me on CF, where else can you do a workout for 4 minutes and be wrecked for two days (ahem…thanks Fran).

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CrossFit?
Absolutely do it…

What are some of your goals in or out of the gym?
Personal Records or achievements that your proud of? In 2019 I want to be able to clean 250, so that I can do King Kong, which has been a goal since the first time I saw a video of it in 2013…

What would your dream workout be?
Deadlift and Push Ups (I really like short heavy couplets with a bar and gymnastic movement).

Anything else you would like to share with our #fitfam?
Thank you all for being such a great team and for making The Hill what it is!

 

 

 

Angie Curry : Featured Athlete of September.



Coachable | Hardworking | Positive

“If you needed any proof that Angie is as hard working as they come, just take a look at how fantastic of a mother she is to her 4 daughters, 3 of which are triplets. I have enjoyed getting to know Angie so much, and seeing her develop as an athlete. She doesn’t hesitate to ask questions if she doesn’t understand, she’s unafraid of slowing down to learn something, or to speed up once she’s got it. If she made the excuse that she didn’t have time to make fitness a priority in her life, no one would blame her. But she shows up, she works hard every single time, and she doesn’t let the busyness of being a wife and mom keep her from crushing her goals. Thanks for letting us be a part of your life, Angie!” – Coach Brianna

What is your favorite color? Blue

What would your superpower be? To be able to fly

What is your spirit animal? A dog

Row? Bike? Run? Ski? Why? If it is going to happen as part of a Crossfit workout, I would choose running over biking, skiing, or rowing because it doesn’t seem to wear out your muscular endurance as much as the other options.

What is your favorite CrossFit Workout or movement? Clean with Split Jerk

Favorite cheat meal in KC?  Salty Iguana; Blue Shell Chicken Tacos with a big thing of cheese dip and chips as an appetizer. Too bad they only have Pepsi. I prefer Coke.

When did you start working out at The Hill? November 2015

What were some of the emotional or physical challenges that you were having before you started at CrossFit Memorial Hill? I had been working out in more of a country club type atmosphere for the last 15 years. So, I had gotten used to a very repetitive type weekly calendar that didn’t have much variation at all. The group classes included things like spin, sculp fusion, body pump, step aerobics, etc. In most of the classes, the workouts would be identical for long periods of time. It was comfortable and easy to settle into the weekly repetitive rhythm of it all. I loved seeing my “workout girlfriends” and the camaraderie that we shared. But, the truth was that I didn’t feel like my body had appropriately responded to my 15 years of consistent attendance at the club’s daily exercises classes. And, it seemed like something about the way I was exercising was causing my knees and feet to hurt all the time. I was beginning to think that I was going to be a candidate for knee replacement surgery at some point in my future if something didn’t change.

How have you seen those challenges improve since joining The Hill? What does life look like now? Being at The Hill has really changed my exercise life. And, my body and general level of fitness. For the better. Although the classes are still in a group format, they are small enough to where the highly skilled coaches can get around to each athlete in the class, repetitively throughout each class, to make sure your form is correct. Within the first few months, I had learned to push my knees out anytime I was in a squatting position. I think that one change is probably what caused my knees to permanently stop hurting. It also has allowed me to be able to break parallel easily in that squat position, something I had never been able to do previously. In general, I don’t have daily pain that isn’t a simple result of the muscular discomfort from a hard workout the day before. And, after 3 ½ years of Crossfit, the way my body looks is starting to make a lot more sense to me. The coaches at the Hill call us “athletes”. I am starting to feel like that label fits me a bit better.

What keeps you coming back? And where do you find your motivation when the workout looks difficult? The incredible coaches, my friends and the community feeling, the awesome facility, the consistently varying workouts, the daily challenge that each workout represents and the feeling of accomplishment from finishing them, and the positive way my body continues to respond to Crossfit in general.

How do you make working out fit into your busy schedule? Luckily, I work from home. So, instead of doing a lunch hour dedicated to eating, I do Crossfit instead and squeeze a pre-planned meal into the last part of my lunch break.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting CrossFit? You CAN do it! You are not too old. You are not too unfit. You do not need to lose weight before you get started. And, you don’t need to go do another exercise program for a year before coming to Crossfit. Just come now. The coaches will work with you to give you a modified version of every exercise we do that will work for you. Crossfit is for everyone, and that includes YOU.

What are some of your personal goals in or out of the gym? Personal records or achievements that you are proud of? When I came to Crossfit, I wanted to get better form on all my exercise movements. Learning how to do Double Unders and being able to climb the rope consistently have been two of my favorite Crossfit accomplishments. I am also encouraged by the consistent progression in the quality of my Olympic lifting form. I am getting better at pushing through those times when you feel yourself wanting to quit or slow down during some of the more challenging workouts that we do each week. And, I hope that I am improving in my ability to take what the coaches are telling me and actually apply that to what I am doing that day.

Anything else you would like to share with our fitfam? Thank you for helping me find my new fitness family.

Getting To Know – Sacred Roots Holistic Healing – Ryan Brown


“I knew within 10 minutes of meeting Ryan with Sacred Roots Holistic Healing, “that he was one of us”. It was immediately apparent to me that Ryan embodies our core values of being caring, honest and driven. Not only that but he is an experienced and professional massage therapist. I would feel confident sending any of our athletes or anyone I care about to be treated by Ryan. ” – Matt Scanlon

 

What’s your name? Ryan Brown 

What did you want to be when you grew up? For as long as I can remember 1. Rockstar 2. NFL Nosetackle 3. Mob Boss

Where did you grow up? Mesa, AZ. 

What was your favorite subject/activity in school? Football, Wrestling, Philosophy, Psychology/Sociology

Weird job you had in the past? Owned a Janitorial company for many years

Favorite movie? Favorite line from that movie? Lords Of Dogtown Jay Adams-“we surf and we skate everyday…we do whatever we want”

Got any hidden talents? Over analyzing questions about my hidden talents.

What do you like about KC? Everyone here is extremely nice!

What is the name of your business? Sacred Roots Holistic Healing LLC

What is your profession? “What do you do?” Licensed Massage Therapist

How did you get connected with The Hill? Elyse McLeod

What motivates you in your craft?  When a client tells me Massage has improved their quality of life.

What is one thing you wish everyone new about your profession? Massage is not a luxury. It’s preventative health care.

 

Anything you would like to share with The Hill? I love fishing and pedicures.

Burton Taylor: Feat. Athlete of August 2019


Coachable | Hardworking | Positive
These are the attributes we look for in the Athletes of The Hill.

“When an athlete comes to you and says they just want to feel better and be challenged you hope they respond in the way Burton has.  Burton gives it his all in every workout and is constantly improving with the direction from his coaches. Between his commitment to family, fitness and career the man also has time to sneak in a few marathons.  What?!”

-Josh

Let’s get to know more about Burton…

What is your favorite color? Blue
What would your spirit animal be? And if you could have one superpower, what would it be? Spirit Animal: Bear. Superpower: Good luck.
Row, Bike or Run? & Why? Row. I’ve been running most of my adult life, but you guys have got me loving the rower. It’s a nice alternative to hitting the pavement.
What is your favorite CrossFit Movement? Wall balls
Favorite Restaurant in KC? Or favorite Cheat Meal? Joe’s Z-man with a couple ribs on the side
When did you start working out at The Hill? April 2017
What were some of the emotional or physical challenges you were having before you started at CrossFit Memorial Hill? About six years ago, I was working to build a new business while raising two kiddos as a single dad. At the time, I decided to “cut” certain things from my life to focus on those that were most important to me. This unfortunately included giving up entirely on exercise, and I paid a price. I reached a point where I began to worry that if I didn’t take better care of myself, I might not have as much time as I hoped with my kids which was ironic given I had given up exercise to spend more time with them. Fortunately, I found the motivation to get back at it (with the help of a couple of friends) and ended up working with a personal trainer who helped me get off the couch. That said, personal training was not a sustainable answer for me given the cost. I wanted that same type of direction and intensity with my workouts but also wanted increased frequency. It was about that time that I was invited to check out the Hill.
What did the frustration feel like as you tried to solve those challenges before you started at The Hill?The challenge of doing it “alone” — working out on your own — was daunting. The Hill’s community solved that problem. It’s an amazing group of coaches and people and, in addition to the camaraderie, one of the many benefits of that community is that it builds in a sense of accountability. 
How have you seen those challenges improve since joining The Hill? What does life looks like now? I no longer struggle with the idea of “fitting in” exercise — I try to be in the gym five days a week and run on my own for a sixth. That said, my diet …. well, that’s another story. If I could just get a handle on what I eat …. I’d be ripped 🙂 
How is The Hill different than other gyms you’ve been to? I’ve never seen a gym where the coaches took such a personal interest in each individual member’s health, fitness and progress. I am also continually impressed and humbled by their ability to show up every day with a positive and encouraging attitude. Every day. When I think about that as it relates to my own day job … showing up every day with a positive, helpful attitude … I’m truly inspired by the Hill’s team.
What keeps you coming back? And where do you find your motivation when the workout looks difficult? The variety of workouts, the community and the coaches keep me coming back. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I am motivated on many days by the competition I’m in with my diet — if I don’t work out …. my diet will win! 
How do you make working out fit into your busy schedule? Fortunately, the Hill makes classes available throughout the entire day — that’s frankly how I make it happen. While others might think my schedule is completely random — one day I’ll be in the 6 a.m. class, the next in the noon, and the following I might be in the 6 p.m. class — that’s how I fit it in. I pick classes day-by-day depending on my work and schedule with my family. 
What would you say to someone thinking about starting CrossFit? I would tell them the story about how I had a knee injury (caused by running a half marathon) which caused me panic because I needed to recover within two months so that I could ski with my kids. I was tempted to take a break from working out altogether, which I knew would be risky …. given that may lead to falling off the wagon. That said, I talked it out with the coaches and they encouraged me that I could keep working out and recover at the same time, which was a mind blower for me. In my mind, I had a bias that a bad knee and crossfit could not possibly go together. That said, I trusted them and kept at it. Coach Bri, Josh, Leyton and Jay spent the next two months helping me in regular classes where they constantly checked my condition, built in scaled options for workouts, gave me individual coaching for recovery and stretching, etc. All along the way, they gave encouragement that I could recover without giving up on exercise. In the end, my knee was completely repaired ahead of my ski trip and I owe it to the crossfit team.
What are some of your goals in or out of the gym? Personal Records or achievements that your proud of? In the gym, I want to get to the point of being able to do a muscle up, and I’m proud of the progress that I’ve made with the double under. Outside of the gym, I want to be a good dad, and I’m proud of my family.
What would your dream workout be? (list your favorite movements) Power cleans, wall balls, burpees box-jump overs and maybe throw in double unders. 
Anything else you would like to share with our #fitfam? Gratitude

 

Getting to know : Hannah Chesley


Hannah Chesley
Caring  |  Honest  |  Driven

Getting to know Hannah Chesley, the newest addition to TheHill team. Highlighting the journey of everyone at TheHill!

“Whatever Hannah is doing she is doing it with her full heart. She has taken on the role of social media manager with so much excitement, and creativity. Her ideas and perspective on how to highlight the wonderful community here, is so refreshing and inspiring. We couldn’t be happier to have her on our team and in our fitfam!” -Brianna

What did you want to be when you grew up?
      A National Park Ranger!

Where did you grow up?
Chicago! Well, the cornfields south of Chicago.

What was your favorite subject/activity in high school?
     I was an adaptive PE Leader in high school. Instead of having a gym class,         my gym class was spent buddied up with a student that had special needs from the school and teaching them how to play sports and be active. Having always been passionate about health and fitness – it was an incredible experience to see a different side of it

Weird part time job you had in the past?
  I guess it’s not weird but I actually worked for CrossFit HQ out in San Diego for a summer in college

Favorite movie? Favorite line from that movie?
Into The Wild: “Happiness is only real when shared” or
Finding Nemo: “Fin. Noggin. Duuuude”

Got any hidden talents
 I dabble with the guitar a little and also I loooove to bake!

What do you like about KC?
Besides the amazing people I have met, I love that Kansas City is a very big small town. On any given day, I can meet someone new but it isn’t a surprise if I bump into someone I know.

What is your role at The Hill?
Social Media Manager

How did you get connected with the The Hill?
I moved here for a job with Red Bull. When I moved here, the people before me in this market did CrossFit as well and told me that The Hill is the best of the best and that I should go there! They weren’t wrong!

What motivates you in your craft?
People! I love people and being able to learn about them, their stories, and what makes our community what it is, is an incredible thing.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about your role here?
I am simply sharing your stories. You are the ones that make them what they are!