“I feel stronger and have more confidence.” ~Marie Brown

Marie, Athlete of the Month

Meet Marie, our remarkable Athlete of the Month, who defies expectations by pursuing her CrossFit journey even while embracing the beautiful journey of pregnancy. As she gracefully navigates this unique chapter of life, her dedication to fitness has not only kept her body in shape but has also had a profound impact on her mental well-being. Marie’s uplifting perspective shines through in her words, “Salus has helped so much with my mental state, my mind is much calmer and helps to keep me focused throughout the day.”

Marie’s commitment to fitness and well-being during pregnancy is both remarkable and motivating.

Marie is awesome, she has advanced many of her movements since she started at CrossFit Salus: handstand push ups, single leg squats, kipping toes to bar and Olympic lifts.” ~Coach Gino

Marie is an amazing athlete to coach. From the time she walked into the box, she approached learning new skills with an open mind and relentless determination. She was always willing to try something new and was persistent in conquering her skills. Now, watching her adapt during her pregnancy is nothing short of amazing as she continues to push herself while staying cautious.” Coach Erin

Marie is one amazing athlete and person! She’s ready to tackle any workout at any hour. She has amazing weightlifting and incredible gymnastics, she’s a natural born Crossfitter! Aside from her physical feats she’s a lot of fun to have in class as well.” Coach Steve

Marie shows up to work hard at every class! And Always with a smile :)) Despite being pregnant right now with baby #2 she is consistent and committed to her fitness. And she is super amazing at handstand push-ups!! I love having Marie as part of the Salus Community.” Coach Melissa


Meet Marie Brown, Athlete of the Month for August 2023

1. When and why did you start at Salus?

I joined November 2022. When my mom passed away June of 2022, I felt lost and needed an outlet to relieve my stress and sadness. My daughter’s daycare was a few stores down so I was curious to try Salus out. I had done CrossFit for 3 months in 2019 before I gave birth to my daughter and loved it. I thought it was something really good for me to start up again.

2. How has your performance changed since you started at Salus?

I’m more energized and doing WODs with correct form. I feel stronger and have more confidence performing heavier or harder WODs (but on pause right now during pregnancy).

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

I never did handstand push-ups until I joined Salus, and thanks to Alicia I’m also able to do kipping handstands which makes the workout so much easier!

marie athlete of the month

4. How has your body physically changed since you started?

My body feels more in shape, I can see my legs are more toned, and my arms getting stronger.

5. How has Salus changed you in other ways?

Salus has helped so much with my mental state, my mind is much calmer and helps to keep me focused throughout the day. I enjoy waking up early and going to Salus, I look forward to it everyday!

Salus has given me the motivation to start my day on a high note and I feel accomplished.

6. How do you describe Salus to your friends?

From the very first day I joined, I felt like I belonged. Everyone was welcoming and all the coaches were so helpful and always pushed me to do my best.

7. What keeps you motivated to continue? What’s your “why”?

My health is what keeps me going….especially now that I’m pregnant with my second child. I’m getting old and I need to be able to keep up with the little ones!

Staying fit and active during this time is very important to me and in a safe manner.

The coaches are always willing to help and provide alternative exercises if I’m not able to do a specific workout.

marie athlete of the month

8. Favorite lift or WOD?

I just did the dumbell Man Maker for the first time today. That was pretty hard so I’d say that’s one of my favorites.

9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Salus?

Don’t be afraid because the coaches will be there to guide you in every way. The coaches are motivating and push you to do better even though you doubt yourself because they know just how far you can go.

Read >> Do I Have To Be In Shape To Start CrossFit?

10. What is your next goal to accomplish?

First, to get back to pre-pregnancy shape after I give birth and after, my goal is to get better at my kipping pull-ups and hopefully one day be able to do at least one muscle up!

11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

Burpee box jump overs, kipping handstand push-ups and weighted sit-ups

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

To be honest, I enjoy coming to Salus and that is something I do for fun! But other than that, I like to spend time at our lake house in Lake Hopatcong and do water activities with my daughter.

13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?

Healthy dish is salmon with broccoli and rice.
Splurge meal would be any Filipino food….I try not to eat them as much since I would have 3 or 4 servings in one sitting!

14. If you could be a animal what would you be and why?

I always had a fascination with elephants. I feel like they are always respected by all animals in the wild. They always seem so calm and playful at times.

15. Favorite motivational quote?

“I never dreamed of success. I worked for it.” Estée Lauder

Athlete of the Month Ryan Bouton: This Strong Mom Will Inspire You

There’s a lot to be said for a strong mom. And we’re not just talking about the ability to lift weight. What we’re talking about is making the commitment to something that challenges you for the better. That is real strength.

Ryan strong mom
Audrey Bouton
Born 10/01/2019
8lbs 6oz

This month’s athlete is a strong mom who has inspired us since the day she walked through our doors. Balancing motherhood, pregnancy, work (the list is endless) she has also committed to improving her health (and the health of her unborn babe).

Ryan has always had that “won’t-give-up” attitude.

We’re excited to share that Ryan gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Tessa Audrey Bouton on October 1st, 2019.

October 2019 Athlete of the Month: Ryan Bouton is a Strong Mom!

1. When and why did you start CrossFit?

I started in October 2018.
I wasn’t seeing any results from my normal workout routine (Pilates) and I was determined to get back to my pre pregnancy body or at least close.

2. As a strong mom, how has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?


I don’t give up as easily now and I really push myself even when it’s a true struggle for me.

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

Yes, all!

I wasn’t able to do much. CrossFit and lifting weights was so foreign to me.

The fact that I can do an overhead squat with weights now is pretty cool; being I had to use a PVC for a while for this lift.

4. How has your body physically changed since you started?

This is hard to say since I’m super pregnant right now. But I do know that I’m smaller this pregnancy than my last two.

5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?

I sleep great now and it definitely decreases everyday stresses.

Being pregnant, my hormones rage some days and I find that on days that I do CrossFit I’m a lot calmer and not as emotional.

My obgyn also said my weight and overall health is better this pregnancy and said to keep it up until I go into labor!

6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?

An intense but fun workout. It really gets you excited and a bit scared…but, after your WOD you have never felt better in your life.

Ryan Strong Mom

7. What’s your “why”?

My why is to stay healthy and get physically fit so my children can see how important it is for your overall well being.

I am motivated everyday when I show up to Salus and see all the other moms there. Some with kids the same age and some older, and they are all truly inspirational. I’m always picking their brains about how I can look that way after having kids (and the toll it took on my body) and seeing them I know it’s possible if I keep working at it.

8. Favorite lift or WOD?

Hmm. I guess I my favorite lift is a back squat.
I like all the WODs except the ones that involve wall balls those really kill me!

9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?

Don’t be intimidated!

For me when I started I got a little nervous seeing how strong everyone was and thought I will never be able to do any of the stuff they were doing. Now, I might now be able to lift as much weight as them but at least I’m getting the form right.

It takes time and repetition and the first time you’re able to do the lifts correctly, you’re going to be so excited and happy. It will make it all worth it!

10. What is your next goal to accomplish?

To get back to my pre-pregnancy body after I have the baby.

11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

Something with back squats, pull ups, ring rows and the bike. I’m really favoring those lately.

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

To bring my kids somewhere that they can really have fun. I love seeing them enjoying themselves.

Ryan Strong Mom

13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?

I actually love vegetables and salads so it’s hard to pick a favorite healthy meal.
My favorite splurge meal would be Pasta nothing like Italian food!! Yum

14. If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?

Flash, so I can get everything done everyday and never feel overwhelmed.

15. Favorite motivational quote?

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Oscar Wilde

16. Interesting fact that not many people know about you.

I was on a reality show a few years ago.

Celebrating YOUR Success

Every month we feature a new “Athlete of the Month” like Ryan, at CrossFit Salus. This is a member who has stuck out to us one way or another because of their amazing progress, grit, positive attitude and community.

We love featuring these athletes – they inspire and motivate us every day. Do you have a strong mom or another Salus athlete in mind? Let us know!

Read their stories to help you stay focused and motivated, too.