Member Of The Month

Member Of The Month is a prestigious designation awarded to someone who exemplifies what it means to be a DeNovo CrossFit athlete; someone in our community who lives by our Purpose and Values and honors the DeNovo Theory.

When choosing the Member Of The Month, we ask ourselves...

  • Who recognizes that changes in life happen when they choose to get uncomfortable?
  • Who supports us in fostering a caring environment and helps other athletes feel safe and welcome?
  • Who believes that every day is a new beginning in which they can work to be the best version of themselves possible?
  • Who believes in cultivating life-long relationships at DeNovo?
  • Who sets hesitations aside and works towards fulfilling their full potential and helping other athletes do the same?

Cami Graham

How did you discover CrossFit?

I’ve known Monica, a DeNovo CrossFit athlete, for 15 years and she invited me to the 9:15 class, knowing I could make that time with my kids’ schedules.  

What draws you to DeNovo CrossFit?

Definitely the community; they inspire and encourage everyone. Our community is a very welcoming, tight knit group who makes everyone feel comfortable no matter what skill level you’re at.  

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?

In CrossFit, gains are made everyday. I am always accomplishing something new which keeps me motivated. The variety in regards to workouts gives me something to constantly “push” for and never gets boring.  

In life, CrossFit helps me manage my busy life better. As a mom of three boys who works night shifts as a nurse, CrossFit is helping me improve all aspects of my life. It also boosts my mental health and spans across all aspects of my life.  

What is your pet peeve?

Slurping straws and people who say, “I don’t know” and don’t put any effort into finding an answer.  

If we are sitting here one year from now, what would we be celebrating?

We would be celebrating lifelong friendships and some new PR’s! Ultimately, I would celebrate being another year stronger -- maybe even my first CrossFit competition. 

What do you enjoy doing for fun and professionally?

I love watching my boys grow, laugh, be silly, and have fun. I’m content when I’m doing anything with my family that makes them smile.  

Professionally, I love attending nursing conferences; I never want to stop growing or learning. I don’t like feeling stagnant, so I enjoy when I get the opportunity to do that. 

What/Who inspires you?

The DeNovo coaches and Monica inspire me to challenge myself and push my limits.  

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite movement is any variation of squat because that’s currently what I’m most comfortable with. I want to say stretching, lol!! I’m still learning and getting better at each movement, but honestly it doesn’t matter what it is -- everything kicks my butt.  

What are you currently reading?

I just finished “Finding Chika.” After the Hatian earthquake, the author runs an orphanage in Haiti and this little girl comes to them and he notices she’s sick. The author and his wife brought her to the US and find out she has a brain tumor. He and his wife are in their 50’s and have never had kids, but he discusses the impact this little girl has had on his life. It was a really good book.    

What advice do you have for someone who is nervous about joining DeNovo?

Anybody can do it. No one is at the same skill level; CrossFit is adaptable to anyone’s level. It’s fun! We have fun when we workout; it’s not serious or competitive. DeNovo is welcoming and we laugh and cheer each other on, despite the fact that no one is doing the same workout. The intensity is relative and there are modifications to meet everyone’s needs. 

Why the DeNovo Coaches chose Cami...

  • Cami has been a consistent athlete since day 1.  Because of this, she has gotten stronger, improved her body composition and has gained even more confidence in herself.  Her friendly demeanor and smile is contagious and makes those around her feel welcome.  She recognizes that DeNovo offers more than just a workout- her three kids come to Kids Club, she spends time engaging with athletes after class and she shows up early to spend time with the community or work on skills.  She shows up even when her shift-schedule could provide her with so many excuses not to; she chooses to get uncomfortable, and thus, grow! -Coach Jenny
  • She shows up regardless of the workout and pushes herself through it.  This shows that she understands that change happens when she chooses to get uncomfortable.  She's always happy , easy to talk to, so friendly and personable.  This helps other feel safe and welcome.  Regardless of what she has going on or how tired she is from work, she shows up and does her best for that day.  I think Cami is becoming more confident as she does CrossFit longer.  She does set hesitations aside and puts in her best effort.  She brightens up 9:15am even more and has an amazing infectious laugh! -Coach Jorine 
  • Cami inspires me! Despite her rigorous work schedule (which consists of night shifts), and her commitment to her three boys during the day, she consistently shows up.  She has no room for excuses and will often come in early to work on the monthly fitness challenge or engage with the community.  She is eager to grow and recognizes the value that lies in taking time for herself; she strives to reach her full potential each day inside the gym, which has a direct positive impact on all aspects of her life.  -Coach Paige
  • Cami is always super positive, open to feedback and learning and seems to always give 100%! - Coach Dylan