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      Mekenzie Riley: 2017 Crossfit Game's Athlete / Registered Dietitian

      Mekenzie Riley:  2017 Crossfit Game's Athlete / Registered Dietitian

      Mekenzie Riley: Crossfit Athlete and Dietitian for American GAINZ Nutrition


      Meet Mekenzie Riley, an athlete and professional on a mission to make noise this 2017 Crossfit season.

      Centered on nutrition & fitness, Mekenzie has created a life for herself most fitness athletes would drool over. Armed with a Bachelors and Masters degree from Eastern Illinois in Dietetics, Mekenzie leads a career as a Registered Dietitian specializing in performance nutrition and lifestyle change. In 2015, with the Inception of Real Results Nutrition Consulting, Mekenzie managed her own nutrition practice, guiding a growing community on their own tailored nutrition journeys promoting happier and healthier lives.

      Growing up strong, Mekenzie excelled in multiple sports; competitive swimming became the focal point that led her to compete in college. After moving to a new town post-graduation in 2012, Mekenzie was in the market for a gym to replace the competitive void left behind from her swimming days. With her husband by her side, Crossfit was found.  Kenzie, not too long ago (Jan 2018) wrote a blog that touched the entire fitness community, you can check it out here for a deeper dive into what makes Kenzie tick: "Letter to My Younger Self".

      Immediately hooked with the intensity void filled, Mekenzie began developing and evolving into a competitive Crossfitter both in physical abilities and mental fortitude. Mekenzie, with her sites locked in on earning a 2017 Games Invitation, currently trains as much as necessary to make the progress it takes to remain competitive without losing herself in the process. Unlike so many new athletes to the sport and a huge differentiator, Mekenzie is no stranger to having her finger on the pulse of “over-training.” She approaches every training session and meal cognizant of injury prevention, burning out, breaking down, and avoiding fitness becoming a chore.

      Since starting Crossfit in 2013, Mekenzie has climbed the leaderboard, recently establishing some consistency as 33rd and 37th worldwide for 2015 & 2016 Crossfit Open seasons. While always pushing herself as an individual, Mekenzie gained 4 years of regional experience through competing in the Team division. She finished off her team aspirations in 2016 where she was a member of OC3 Black of Crossfit OC3 out of in Davenport, Iowa. OC3 Black placing 5th overall in the 2016 CrossFit Games left Mekenzie with amazing experiences but also hungry to test her might as individual athlete.

      Mekenzie’s goal this season was to qualify individually for the 2017 Crossfit Games, with her explosive event 6 win at the Atlantic Regional she solidified her Games spot and a 3rd place overall finish at the Regional competition.  More importantly than her 2017 goals, Mekenzie wishes to continue making longitudinal progress and pushing her limits daily. Priding herself in exploring new places, meeting new people, enjoying the relationships she has built, and creating opportunities to help people through the Crossfit Community is why we at American GAINZ Nutrition are in 110% support of Mekenzie!!!

      “We’ll always remember our first correspondence with Mekenzie, something about “forging her personal career to allow for a better training environment, ready to F*** S*** up this 2017 fitness season.” It doesn’t get much better than finding an athlete that matches our brand spirit with that kind of positive intensity. We are proud to support such an amazing professional and athlete.”  

      —American GAINZ Nutrition



      Bethany Shadburne: 2017 CrossFit Game's Athlete

      Bethany Shadburne: 2017 CrossFit Game's Athlete

      Bethany Branham, crossfit athlete for American GAINZ

      “Words can’t express how thankful I am to both my mentors Jenn & Jared Astle as well as American GAINZ Nutrition for supporting me as I train towards the 2017 CrossFit season.”
      – Bethany ShadburneStreamline Crossfit

      For the overwhelming majority of Bethany’s athletic career, CrossFit wasn’t even an afterthought. It wasn’t until a back injury forced Bethany to retire from an 8-year career in competitive gymnastics that she started developing a more well-rounded skill set taking on several different sports.

      Once fully recovered, Bethany redirected her energy towards the endurance sports, competing in several half-marathons and sprint triathlons. Soon after her running phase, she found herself competing in bodybuilding as a women's physique competitor. Although long distance running and bodybuilding are rewarding in their own right, the void created by no longer competing in gymnastics wasn’t filled.

      It wasn’t until after getting married that Bethany’s husband helped introduce the sport of CrossFit to her as just “something to try.” With the understanding that if you are not currently in the CrossFit cult, the perception of the sport—especially coming from the world of body building—is a bit taboo. None the less, the rest is history!!!

      After the first year of essentially playing and having fun in CrossFit, it seemed obvious that Bethany’s potential in the sport was dying to be hydrated. Her awesome husband then reached out to a games veteran, amazing person, and AGN athlete Jenn Astle (formerly Jenn Jones) for guidance. Only described as “an experience I’ll never forget” early post open in 2016, Bethany found herself working out with the elite Crossfit couple, soon-to-be husband and wife Jenn & Jared Astle following Black Magic Training.

      Over the course of the next 6 months, under the mentorship and guidance of Jared, Bethany’s life has dramatically changed for the better. Bethany has noticed remarkable improvement not only in her athletic capability but also her mindset.  We believe Bethany is on the road to earning great success in this sport and competing at the highest levels.

      Bethany’s short term goals just this year included a 2017 placing at Wodapalooza in Mia in which she finished 1st place in the Rx Division, and of course, achieving a top 20 spot in this year’s 2017 Open in which she rose to the top finishing 1st overall in the South Central Region.  She then went on to place 4th at the South Regional qualifying for the 2017 Crossfit Games in Madison this summer!!!

      “Bethany has displayed extraordinary potential and is the epitome of a 'coach’s dream athlete.' It’s no secret that, when potential meets experience, the sky becomes the limit; we are proud to welcome Bethany to the American GAINZ family and wish her the best of luck in her 2017 CrossFit Season goals."
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

      Janet Black: Games Veteran / Special Education Teacher

      Janet Black: Games Veteran / Special Education Teacher

      Janet Black: Games Veteran and Special Education Teacher

      Photo Credit: Freddy Hinojosa

      “I am extremely excited to be a part of the American GAINZ Team! Over the years I have become more aware of what products I put in my body and I am grateful to have found a quality protein that works for me.”
      —Janet Black

      Meet Janet Black: A full-time Special Education teacher, mother, wife, and Crossfit powerhouse who currently holds the title of “2015 Reebok Crossfit Games Champion” (40-44 Masters Division).

      As a youth, Janet’s passion was around playing the game of soccer. This passion later grew into a love for coaching and developing others in the sport. While a soccer coach at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in Dallas, Janet’s ambition of taking her personal fitness training to the next level became a reality with the introduction to Crossfit. The rest is history.

      Janet has qualified for Regionals (South Central) every year since she participated in her first Open 6 years ago with her best finish in 2012 where she earned a 1st place victory. Since then, Janet has managed to achieve several athletic feats including:

      • 2015 - Reebok CrossFit Games Champion (40-44)
      • 2014 - Reebok CrossFit Games – 7th place finish (40-44)
      • 2013 - Reebok CrossFit Games – team participant

      In 2014 & 2015, Janet successfully competed for the D.C. Brawlers (NGPL) as their “40 + female athlete” supporting the team to earn back-to-back Grid Championships.

      “We are honored to support such a strong woman and athlete. Janet is a true inspiration and role model for so many, dedicating her life to the betterment of others. We are thrilled to have her on the AGN Team.”
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

      Teresa Trojanowski: 2017 Crossfit Games Masters Athlete, Crossfit Central Houston Owner

      Teresa Trojanowski: 2017 Crossfit Games Masters Athlete, Crossfit Central Houston Owner

      Teresa Trojanowski, athlete for American GAINZ

      We are proud to announce Teresa Trojanowski of Crossfit Central Houston joining the American GAINZ athlete family. As a Regional Athlete Veteran since 2011, Teresa has gained immense popularity as a Houston favorite athlete representing Crossfit Central Houston, a box grounded by a welcoming, family-like culture.

      Growing up strong, Teresa started her athletic career at a young age. At the age of 3 up until her teens, she developed as a gymnast. Then from basketball in middle school to track & field in high school, Teresa ultimately landed at Rice University in Houston, where she continued her Track & Field aspirations as a member of a 5-time WAC Conference championship team. Starting out as a Jill of all trades and competing as a heptathlete with noticeable talent in the hammer throw, it became evident that strength and explosiveness were in Teresa’s wheelhouse. Teresa went on to achieving a school record in the hammer throw.

      Like so many of the athletes we support, Teresa’s education backs up her passion for health and wellness. During her time at Rice University, she earned a BA in Health Science and Management as well as Masters in education. After graduation Teresa began to hydrate her love for teaching others as a full-time middle school math teacher. Introduced to Crossfit in 2010, it wasn’t long before Teresa was competing at the Regional level as a team member in 2011. Shortly after in 2012, a joint decision was made to invest in her passion and open a Crossfit box with her husband Philip, pairing both her love for teaching others with her background in health sciences.

      Over the course of the next several years to date, Teresa and Philip have built something special; fostering an environment of support & comradery, Crossfit Central Houston stands as the epitome of a welcoming family culture bolstered by amazing people. As a Level 2 Trainer, Teresa is also Crossfit Weightlifting certified, Crossfit Kids certified, and Crossfit Mobility & Movement certified.

      Teresa has since competed in the Crossfit Open annually, establishing herself as an individual regional athlete veteran, competing at the 2013, 2014, 2016, & 2017 Regional event. In 2017 Teresa qualified and will compete as a Masters Athlete at the Crossfit Games in Madison.  We at American GAINZ are confident Teresa's success streak continues to build momentum into the years to come!!! 

      “When we finally met Teresa it was obvious she was one of us: super passionate about nutrition & fitness and extremely devoted to the Crossfit community. We are proud and honored to have Teresa on our side. Best of luck this 2017 Season!!!”
      —American Gainz Nutrition

      Brittany Chestnut: Regional Crossfit Athlete / Coach

      Brittany Chestnut: Regional Crossfit Athlete / Coach

      Brittany Chestnut, crossfit athlete

      “The thing you feed the longest is the strongest. This saying goes hand-in-hand with what I believe about performance nutrition. Health and wellness shouldn’t be about the perceptions built by the best marketed. I use American GAINZ protein because it is healthy and you can feel it.”
      — Brittany Chestnut

      Brittany has always been a versatile athlete; throughout her years she has excelled in swimming, track, volleyball, cross-country, and softball. When she achieved her first goal of becoming a collegiate athlete, she took softball as her main focus. During her student athlete career, Brittany earned a BA in Exercise Science. It wasn’t until after college that Crossfit sparked her interest. Calling Brittany “a natural” is an understatement: Not even a year in, Brittany qualified as a regional athlete in 2014, where she ultimately placed 7th in the North West region.

      Following her first performance at the 2014 Regional, Brittany was blessed to give birth to her first child in 2015, marking a year of growth in a way wholly outside of fitness. Despite the challenges of pregnancy and being a new mother to a now 9-month-old boy, Brittany has never ceased to develop her fitness, as she has continued to work out the entire time. Now well into the 2016 season, Brittany is excited and looks forward to competing in the Crossfit Open as part of the South Central Region.

      When Brittany is not being a full-time mother or training, she uses her education and athletic experience to coach Olympic weightlifting. Like so many of the athletes we support, Brittany thrives off of the success of others.

      “At American GAINZ Nutrition we are thrilled to support Brittany as she takes on the Open this year and continues to grow and inspire as a mother, athlete and coach.”
      — American GAINZ Nutrition