Supporting the Community: Berea ARF Fundraiser

On June 30th, 2024, we held our second annual golf outing at Bunker Hill Golf Course in Medina, Ohio. Our sold out roster of 128 golfers was able to raise $6,039.25 for one of our local animal shelters, Berea ARF! Our community is filled with many selfless animal lovers who want to see animals in need receive the care they deserve. We are thrilled that we could come together for such a worthy event. We want to thank our event sponsors for their generous contributions:

Roaring Acres

Charles Schwab

Tucker Ellis LLP

Curtiss-Wright Corp

Slate Rock FR

Sartschev & Associates CPA

Olmsted Spirit Race Series

Annmarie Percic

 

Next year’s date is set for Saturday, June 14th, 2pm shotgun start! See you there!

 

Roaster Barbell 3.0 is LIVE!

Doors opened to our beautiful new 9000 sq ft gym on March 1, 2024! Our team couldn’t be more excited to welcome you! If you would like to receive more info or chat with me about how to get started, just shoot me a text or email today. I can be reached at:

Cell: 440-503-6712

Email: ptaylor@mail.bw.edu

Coming Soon: Roaster Barbell 3.0

The Roaster Barbell community is thrilled to announce that we are about to move into our new 9,000 sq ft home, right here in beautiful Berea, OH! This community has been nothing short of amazing and deserves to have the best coaching and facility possible. Fortunately, this move is only a 10 sec difference from our currently facility. This was intentional so there wouldn’t be any disruption in commute for anyone. There will not be any disruption in our classes as we transition either. We couldn’t be more excited and we would love for you to be apart of the next level that is quickly coming! The future is bright and fit, and we can’t wait for you to experience the next stage of Roaster Barbell. Please, email coach Pete at ptaylor@mail.bw.edu if you have any questions or concerns!

Stay tuned. More info coming soon.

2023 Roaster Scramble

Welcome to the 2023 Roaster Scramble!

The graphic above shows your tee times and cart assignments. There is no requirement to arrive by a specific time but you should arrive about 30 min prior to your tee time if possible to allow yourself to get ready without feeling rushed. We will be playing Legacy which is located at Sweetbriar Golf Club. The address is 750 Jaycox Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012. When you arrive, there is no need to check-in at the clubhouse. Simply find your team’s cart with your name on it and load up your bag. All of our carts will be set aside. There is a driving range that should be open as well as a putting green.

Lunch will be provided for you as well as water. You have the choice to pick up your food at the snack bar either before your tee time or after the 9th hole is completed. You may bring snacks or other beverages but alcohol must be purchased from the golf course.

**Scramble Rules**

  • 4 Mulligans may be purchased for $20 cash/venmo prior to your tee time. Each player will be allowed 1 of the 4 mulligans. Venmo @petetaylor10
  • Men will play from the Black Tees (6557 yds). Women will play from the White Tees (5478 yds). No exceptions.
  • After all 4 players hit their tee shot, the group will choose the best ball and then hit from that location within 1 club length no closer to the hole with a similar lie. You cannot move from the rough to the fairway. Continue like this until the hole is completed. All putts from the same spot. All putts must fall, there are no gimmes. Balls hit out of bounds (white stakes) are ineligible to be played. Balls hit into hazards (red stakes) may be played if you must but it’s not a good idea because it will require a drop. Your team may concede a hole and mark down a triple bogey if necessary. A triple bogey will be the max score.
  • Men’s and Women’s longest drive contest will be on hole 5. Your tee shot must remain in the fairway to be eligible.
  • Closest to the pin contest will be on hole 13. Your tee shot must remain on the green to be eligible.
  • You only need to keep 1 scorecard, please turn it in to Suzi at the end of your round.

After your group is finished, we will be gathering at the deck behind the 9th green. You are welcome to order food or drinks and hangout while the groups finish up. Be sure to turn in your score card to Suzi.

PRIZES

Outing winner: Eternal Glory, names etched on the Scramble Trophy, and $50 Roaster Merch Credit

Long Drives: $25 Roaster Merch Credit

Closest to Pin: $25 Roaster Merch Credit

 

If you or you group has any questions or concerns please text me! 440-503-6712

Roaster Spotlight: Clarise Vennitti

From Coach Pete: There couldn’t be a more deserving spotlight. Clarise is a great athlete, a dedicated teammate, and an amazing friend. Our afternoon classes are anchored by her presence and elevated by her character. Her ability to balance hard work with fun is what makes her so enjoyable to have in the gym. Thank you, Clarise, for helping make this community so special.

1) What is your why? What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

My why is to be a better version of myself, each and every day.  In my career and my personal life, there is room for growth, and I strive to always continue to improve.

2) What is your most meaningful goal?

My most meaningful goal is to help others.  I am fortunate working in finance that I get to do that on a daily basis, but there is no better sense of accomplishment knowing that you helped put someone in a better spot in their life.

3) If you could have lunch with anyone ever, who would it be and why?

Warren Buffett – I love the fact that even though he is one of the most successful investors ever, he does so with humility and simplicity. 

4) What is your favorite part of training?

My favorite part of training is getting to workout and compete with others.  The drive and push you get working out in a class environment is incredible, so different from working out alone. 

5) What is your least favorite part of training? 

Gymnastic movements are my weakness, and I hate that I suck at those movements, but I will continue to work on improving them. 

6) What has been your biggest obstacle on your fitness journey?

My biggest obstacle is my competitive drive.  There are times that I should take a step back to better refine a skill, but I’m too stubborn to do so. 

7) What would your ideal day consist of? 

My ideal day would consist of CrossFit, playing golf, hanging out with friends, and my dog Tito. 

8) What is something that no one knows about you?

I’ve been at the same job for 24 years.  I started as an intern in college and never left. 

9) Who is your biggest inspiration? 

My biggest inspirations are my parents.  They shaped me into the person that I am, and always pushed me to be the best that I can be. 

10) What brought you to Roaster Barbell?

I made some changes in life and decided it was time to try a new gym.  Started with a punch card that I quickly went through, and knew right away that I made the best decision coming here. 

11) How has the gym influenced your life outside of the gym? 

The people at Roaster are great.  Besides having the opportunity to workout with amazing people, it’s even better to call them friends. 

12) What advice would you give someone who is on the fence about Roaster Barbell? 

To give it a chance.  I love the fact that there are such a wide variety of age ranges and skill levels at the gym.  In addition, there aren’t many gyms out there that have the equipment that we have at Roaster.  It is very evident that Coach Pete takes great pride in this gym.

13) If you could go anywhere in the world for a day where would you go and why?

Italy – would love to explore my Italian roots.

14) Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you!  It’s awesome to be part of this gym and such a great community.

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Thank you for taking the time to get to know Clarise and her journey! If you would like to learn how you could become our next success story, just email Coach Pete at ptaylor@mail.bw.edu and lets begin talking about how Roaster Barbell and help you reach your goals!

Roaster Spotlight: Alicia Graham

From Coach Pete: One of my favorite parts of coaching is watching people transform not only physically, but mentally in the gym. Alicia started at Roaster Barbell with zero CrossFit experience and in two short years has become one of the highest performing athletes as well as one of the toughest mentally. Alicia’s success is no accident and I look forward to seeing what else she is capable of! Thank you, Alicia, for being such an important part of our community! You have worked so hard and this recognition is well deserved. #teamroasterbarbell

1) What is your why? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My why is for my kids. I want to set a good example for a healthy lifestyle, and I also want to be able to keep up with their endless energy! I place high value on exercising, so my hope is that they see their mom enjoying physical activities and want to incorporate that into their routine for the rest of their lives.

2) What is your most meaningful goal? Could be life or fitness or anything.

My most meaningful goal is to be happy with myself both emotionally and physically, and I think those two things are related in so many ways. For me, CrossFit has provided a way to challenge and nurture both my emotional and physical needs.

3) If you could have lunch with anyone ever, who would it be and why?

Family is so important to me. I would like to have lunch with my Grandma. My dad’s mom died when I was young and I never really got to know her. From the stories I’ve heard, she overcame a lot of challenges in her life and I would love to know more about her.

4) What is your favorite part of training?

Without a single doubt, the community. The Roaster community has to be the most uplifting and encouraging group of people I have ever met. This doesn’t take away from how hardworking everyone is either. I have watched myself over the last year transform into a person I never even knew existed, and I have the people that surround me to thank for that. They push me to be a better version of myself, give me the strength to push through hard workouts, and tips and tricks to obtain new skills. I am forever grateful.

5) What is your least favorite part of training?

My least favorite part is when I start to feel like I’m working really hard and not making progress. I know that this is all part of the process, but it’s very frustrating, and an obstacle that needs to be overcome mentally.

6) What has been your biggest obstacle on your fitness journey?

My biggest obstacle has been patience. I’m an impulse person and need/want things to happen immediately. I’ve recognized that the success of my personal goals is a long journey with plenty of ups and downs, but I’m here for it.

7) What would your ideal day consist of?

My ideal day is working out in the morning, brunch with my gal pals (including mimosas of course), get some shopping in, and then end the day hanging with my family.

8) What is something that no one knows about you?

I struggle with anxiety. I’ve struggled with it since the passing of my brother five years ago. I was in a pretty rough state for quite a while but I have since learned to accept it as part of who I am, and I’ve learned how to manage it.

9) Who is your biggest inspiration?

My mom. She is the type of person I can only hope to become. She is so selfless even though she has been through so much in her life. I look up to her in so many ways and she will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope my daughter Grace and I have the same special bond that my mom and I share.

10) What brought you to Roaster Barbell?

Rachel Stallard! She has been on me since the day I met her! It was covid times and my job had moved to completely virtual so I was doing home gym at the time, which was definitely not giving me the results I wanted. She finally convinced me to give it a try and I was instantly hooked.

11) How has the gym influenced your life outside of the gym?

I would have to say I’m more disciplined. I think it takes discipline to be consistent in anything you care to do well. CF has taught me that consistency equals results. This includes progress in the gym, my nutritional habits and my job at NASA.

12) What advice would you give someone who is on the fence about Roaster Barbell?

Do it! You honestly have nothing to lose and only everything to gain. It can be scary trying something new, but if you’re willing to learn, everyone is rooting for your success at Roaster! The coaching, the community, the confidence in learning a new skill or getting a PR is something that can’t be explained until you’ve lived it. It is the greatest feeling in the world.

13) If you could go anywhere in the world for a day where would you go and why?

I would go to Tahiti to stay in one of those over-the-water huts. It’s definitely number one on my bucket list. I’m most happy when I’m on a beach or at a tropical destination, probably because I’ve only ever lived in Ohio where it’s miserable nine months out of the year. My husband and I have spent most of our relationship checking off beach destinations. Now if only I could win the lottery to make that happen….

14) Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank Coach Pete for selecting me for this spotlight! I really am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and hopefully encourage others to join our madness! We do some crazy things inside the gym, but my favorite part is the conversations we have between sets and before or after class (despite Pete’s gentle megaphone reminders to stay on task). Also, the moms class is the best!

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Thank you for taking the time to get to know Alicia and her journey! If you would like to learn how you could become our next success story, just email Coach Pete at ptaylor@mail.bw.edu and lets begin talking about how Roaster Barbell and help you reach your goals!

Roaster Spotlight: Kevin Romaniuk

From Coach Pete: Kevin’s journey is pretty special to me as a coach. Not only do I have the privilege of having Kevin as a client in the gym, but I get to have Kevin as a friend as well. Its been incredible to watch Kevin’s growth as an athlete and person. The gym is his sanctuary where he gets to forge the life he wants to live. Its always important to remember that most people are fighting a battle that no one knows about. Although Kevin has been battling MS for the last 9 years, you wouldn’t know it. He is committed to not allowing his diagnosis to define him or what he can or can’t do. To say that I am proud of Kevin doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about his progress. Thank you, Kevin, for choosing Roaster Barbell as your home and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!

1) What is your why? What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

For my “why” is broken down into 3 parts:

A – My health. Being able to move pain free is always my goal.

B – I enjoy the process. I enjoy seeing myself get better everyday no matter what. 

C – I know that there is no one coming to save me. I have goals in mind, just wishing and thinking about them will not make them come true. Get to work!

2) What is your most meaningful goal? Could be life or fitness or anything.

My most meaningful goal is to move down south near my cousin. My cousin had such a positive impact on my life when I was little (4 to 6 years old) and gave me the sibling feeling that I never got to experience. Now I feel like I need to give back to his children, like he did to me.

For CrossFit, I would just like to be able to compete to the best of my abilities for as long as I can and have fun while doing it. Even when my abilities diminish, my next fitness goal will still be the same.

3) If you could have lunch with anyone ever, who would it be and why?

If I could have lunch with anyone ever, it would be my sister Andrea. She passed away from a rare form of Brain Cancer, and I was only 4 years old at the time. Even though I was only 4 years old at the time, I still have great memories of the times I got to spend with her. There are just some things that you need to get of your chest or things that only an older sibling could help you with. Plus I would love to tell her that I love her, since I never got to say goodbye. 

4) What is your favorite part of training?

I don’t think I just have ONE favorite part of training but if I had to choose would be any type of cardio work on a machine. I enjoy the friends and community that I get to see on a daily basis, who push me to be better and how I push them be better.

 5) What is your least favorite part of training?

My least favorite part of training is anything with box jumps. When I first joined, I don’t think there wasn’t a week where I didn’t fall from attempting box jumps. 

6) What has been your biggest obstacle on your fitness journey?

My biggest obstacle on my fitness journey is self-doubt. This one hurts me, because sometimes my mind becomes weak and I settle back in to what is comfortable. Comfortable for me is me being fat, eating for the enjoyment and not to fuel my body for the next day. 

7) What would your ideal day consist of?

Wake up get some breakfast, head out and play a quick nine holes of golf and finish the morning with a workout at Roaster. Then use the afternoon for a quick trip south, to hang with my family and finish up a tattoo project. Dinner at a nice steakhouse and then a red eye back home. 

8) What is something that no one knows about you?

One thing that no one knows about me is that I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in April 2013. Its not something that I talk about all the time, mainly because I won’t let this disease control my life.  Much of the pain I deal with is not visible but is there about 85% of the time. 

9) Who is your biggest inspiration?

I have two inspirations. One is super close to me which would be my Grandpa, Robert Beahr. He taught me how to be true to myself and to love. I will be forever grateful for the stories and photos he would share. One thing he would always say to me before I left is “Keep your head on straight”. 

The other would be David Goggins. He inspired me to break that mold of giving up and taught me how to push past the hard parts. On the other side of the hard parts, is a lesson that we are truly stronger than what we believe. 

10) What brought you to Roaster Barbell?

I was looking for something different in my training. For the past decade, I have been working out by myself and doing what I thought was right. Sure, this worked for a short period but I needed to be pushed. I had no idea that Roaster was the right spot for me, but I am glad that I chose this gym to push me.

11) How has the gym influenced your life outside of the gym?

Roaster has just made me generally a happier person since I have joined. It allowed me to get rid of some “toxic” relationships and replace them with relationships that I know people care about me and want me to improve. I have gained confidence which helps immensely with my anxiety. 

12) What advice would you give someone who is on the fence about Roaster Barbell?

Jump in head first. The first day or even couple of weeks can seem very stressful, but if you continue to show up, I promise you will be shocked at how strong you are. The community that Pete has built over the years is by far the greatest part of the gym, so why not be part of it!

13) If you could go anywhere in the world for a day where would you go and why?

Japan. I would love to see the cherry blossoms bloom and follow them all the way through Japan while hitting up major cities to take in all the crazy technology. A bonus would be eating fresh sushi that doesn’t break the wallet!

14) Is there anything else you would like to add?

Don’t suck!

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Thank you for taking the time to get to know Kevin and his journey! If you would like to learn how you could become our next success story, just email Coach Pete at ptaylor@mail.bw.edu and lets begin talking about how Roaster Barbell and help you reach your goals!

Roaster Spotlight: Annmarie Percic

From Coach Pete: Consistency is by far one of the most important factors to success. From time to time, Roaster Barbell will have attendance challenges to really test the members consistency. Not long ago, we wrapped up our latest attendance challenge and this is where Annmarie first stood out to me. At the time, Annmarie was a brand new athlete in the Roaster Barbell community and she was just beginning to learn the ins and outs of her new gym. Not only did she accept the challenge, she didn’t miss a day. At this point, I knew Annmarie would be able to have tremendous success with our community. Recently, I was asked what kind of athlete best represents Roaster Barbell and Annmarie is exactly that. She works hard, has big goals, and wants what is best for everyone! Im so happy you are here, Annmarie. I look forward to watching your continued success and thank you for trusting me to help you along the way! #teamroasterbarbell

1) What is your why? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My why is to be better than I was yesterday. Consistency is the key to anything in life. I get out of bed because working out is the best way for me to start my day.

2) What is your most meaningful goal?

My most meaningful goal is to leave a legacy, I want to be remembered by my family and others that I made them feel special, and that my character and integrity were admired by those around me. One of my favorite quotes from a pastor friend of mine is “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

3) If you could have lunch with anyone ever, who would it be and why?

If it was someone alive today, then I would have to say David Goggins. I read his book and I am awe-inspired by his work ethic in his fitness journey. I would want to know what makes him tick, and how he has control over his mind and body the way he does, how he overcame such adversity in his life to get where he was able to go. (If you have not read his book, go get it, “Can’t Hurt Me”)

*Not here on earth, would have to be my dad, just to let him know that he taught me so much more than he knew that he did, and that he would be very proud of how my brother and I have grown his business and continued his legacy.

4) What is your favorite part of training?

The different challenges of each wod. Seeing how far I can push myself. Training also increases my self confidence.

5) What is your least favorite part of training?

Not being able to perform a movement. (I am going to work fervently in 2022 to get pull-ups, dubs, and have more confidence in my rope climbs.)

6) What has been your biggest obstacle on your fitness journey?

Time, I wish I had extra time to put a little more work in each week. I am going to work on that in the new year.

7) What would your ideal day consist of?

Working out, breakfast, beach time, paddleboarding, dinner, sleep. (you did say ideal, lol, this would not be in Cleveland of course)

8) What is something that no one knows about you?

This is a trick question for me, I would have to say that most people don’t know that I have a full back tattoo, and are very surprised when they find out that I do.

9) Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my daughter Kennedi. She has always inspired me to be the best I can be. She believes in me way more than I believe in myself. The battles she has overcome and to be where she is today in her CrossFit journey is very inspiring to me and others around her.

10) What brought you to Roaster Barbell?

I was in search of a new crossfit gym. I was looking for something a little more challenging, with an awesome community and coach.

11) How has the gym influenced your life outside of the gym?

It helps me to make better choices nutrition wise, I have more self-confidence in my day to day activities and roles. Being strong physically helps in being strong mentally.

12) What advice would you give someone who is on the fence about Roaster Barbell?

Definitely give it a try, I was intimidated at first because I knew that Roaster had many elite athletes and I wasn’t sure I would fit in. I was pleasantly surprised to find athletes of all caliber there. Most importantly I can say that the coach believes in his athletes, no matter what level.

13) If you could go anywhere in the world for a day where would you go and why?

I would go to southern Italy to see my great aunt and my relatives. It was my last vacation with my dad the year that he passed, and I have wanted to go back there ever since, not to mention authentic Italian food is amazing!

14) Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for this opportunity. I am honored to be in the spotlight, first time ever. Thank you for noticing my hard work. I am really enjoying the programming and the community. I am so happy I took that leap that day when Meg invited me. I know I made an awesome decision, just wish I would have started sooner.

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Thank you for taking the time to get to know Annmarie and her journey! If you would like to learn how you could become our next success story, just email Coach Pete at ptaylor@mail.bw.edu and lets begin talking about how Roaster Barbell and help you reach your goals!