“Our ‘why’ is being good stewards of our minds and bodies.” Meet the Young Family: April Athletes of the Month

This month Salus would like to congratulate the Young Family on being named as our Athletes of the Month. When it comes to dedication, David and his kiddos: Rowland, Hero and Signy, have all the heart, drive and determination! Each one brings a bright light when they walk into our gym with a can-do attitude and a wonderful sense of positivity.


They show up, put in the work and push to improve every day! Hear what the rest of our coaches have to say:


Rowland, Hero and Signy work so hard, take direction well, are so respectful and always help clean up after a WOD. My favorite is after a really hard WOD that Signy left her soul on the ski erg and we were all cheering for her because she was last, after she recovered Rowland says ‘ya know Sig kids don’t do this kind of stuff until they’re like 13!’ My heart!! Dave has improved so much in all aspects of his training. His squat depth is sooo much deeper, his bar work is more crisp and guess what he does after most classes? He mobilizes.” ~Coach Scott


David is one of those athletes who just gets it. Extremely motivated, consistently works hard, and always is the first to be a welcome friend to new members.” ~Coach Anthony


I love having Hero and Signy in class they are two of the hardest working kids!! They Always show up with smiles and excitement and ready to work. Signy has improved significantly since she began. When she started with us she would get so frustrated jumping rope and now she can consecutively hit 20+ singles unbroken! She has no problem keeping up with the older kids in class!! Hero is always looking to perfect her form. She moves with purpose and is focused on doing movements correctly. Often times she likes to add another round just because! The Young’s are awesome and I’m excited to watch them continue to progress.” ~Coach Melissa


They were all so inspirational during the Open too. Hardworking kids with zero ego. I was very impressed by their commitment. That includes Rowland, who never misses a chance to work on his Olympic lifts. His composure is impressive. And that absolutely comes from the top. David is equally hardworking and ego free. He’s always ready to learn more to better technique and give 100%.” ~Coach Erin


Rowland is a competitive young man, he appreciates a challenge and would prefer not to take any short cuts but understands enough not to over do it. He is very coachable and will ask questions and immediately applies cues from the Coach. “I appreciate you Rowland” 👊🏼 David, well this is the source of Rowland’s athletic prowess and character! David loves a challenge, loves to break down a wod and loves to tackle in group that challenges him. This is the kind of attitude that makes CrossFit fun to program and exciting to watch. Thank you David for the opportunity to coach you and your family, it’s such a pleasure. 🙏 Hero will regularly come to me to talk about the workouts and shows how much she enjoys doing movements really well. She expresses her cool ideas for workouts to me and just gets involved in positively supporting her siblings Signy and Rowland. “Hero, I am proud of your hard work ethic and appreciate your integrity” ~Coach Gino


Congratulations to these four on embracing CrossFit and committing to prioritize a healthy lifestyle.

Meet The Young Family, Athletes of the Month April 2023

1. When and why did you start at Salus?

  • David- I started Memorial Day 2021, ran the Murph and carried the flag
  • Rowland- I started 2 years ago. I’m in the CrossFit Teens class also and began weightlifting late 2022.
  • Hero- I also started 2 years ago and I’m in the CrossFit Pre-Teens class.
  • Signy- I’m a late bloomer, since I started CrossFit for kids 1 year ago.

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

David – My mobility has improved greatly as well as my engine; I’m able to go longer while not sacrificing quality.

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

David – I can do three bar muscle ups in a row – for me, that’s a huge win!

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

David – I’m embracing the 40s while being in better shape physically than in my 30s.


5. How has Salus changed you in other ways?

  • David – My resting heart rate is excellent, about 55 bpm. Stress is a part of leaning into the difficulties of life, work, family, and basically everything we have been given to be faithful in. Salus’ programming helps me mentally detox my mind after a difficult day, which is basically a mind reset almost, and proves extremely helpful.
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the kids do their WOD at 4:30pm, and I come in later for mine at 5:30pm. I greet the girls who are leaving as I am entering, and give them hugs and kiss their foreheads as Michelle rolls up to pick them up and take them home. While doing my WOD, Rowland participates in the weightlifting program. It’s a lot of fun to be working within my WOD and look over and see him lifting during his routine. It knits our family together in a different and meaningful way.

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6. How do you describe Salus to your friends?

David – I speak about Salus like I would a special gift. It’s something I take pride in, both the work put into it and also the results that come out of it.

It also means I can take that fifth or sixth slice of pizza with no worries at all!


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

David – Our “why” is being good stewards of our minds and bodies. Our lives are a gift from God, and we are supposed to provide a return on that investment made into each one of us individually that honors Him.

Salus’ vigorous programming and innovative application of its methods helps provide for such a return.

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8. Favorite lift or WOD?

  • Rowland- I really like Weightlifting (Clean and Jerk and Snatch) because when you know what you’re doing, you can lift some serious weight. I also like Weightlifting because there are all sorts of competitions, and all my friends at Salus are doing it.
  • David – Heavy Squat Clean.

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

  • David – Like all things in life that are meaningful, you have to persist. Join, dive in, and persist. Meet people and learn about them. By doing so, you’ll be able to incorporate some tips and tricks into your own workout that will help you both mentally and physically.
  • Hero- Focus on good form while your memory is fresh; quality is more important than quantity.

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10. What is your next goal to accomplish?

  • Signy – Do a kickup handstand
  • David – Do a ring muscle up
  • Hero- Double unders
  • Rowland- Clean and Jerk more than my body weight.

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

  • Signy – Row, Jump rope, and kettle bell swings!
  • Hero- An AMRAP of dubs, burpee box jumps, and the bike
  • Rowland – 1,000 meter run, 50 Clean and Jerks, 1,000 meter run (kinda like a murph.)

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

  • Signy – arts and crafts (drawing on paper, cutting out shapes, taping fun things together.
  • Hero- playing with my friends/family and reading
  • Rowland – Designing things for my 3d printer, solving rubik’s cubes, racing marbles, and coding (mainly Python and (soon to be) Unity).

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

David -As a family, our favorite meal is Ganga sushi in Matawan – that is, when we can afford it!

14. If you could be a superhero/animal/superstar who/what would you be and why?

  • Signy – the Queen Bee of all bees
  • Hero- the leader of a wolf pack (like Buck in Call of the Wild)
  • Rowland – Hiro from Big Hero Six because he programs and 3D prints awesome stuff
  • David – a forever husband to one wife and father of five kids

15. Favorite motivational quote?

  • David – “There was a man, some thought him mad; the more he gave the more he had.” John Bunyan
  • Rowland – “Every grandmaster was once a beginner” – applies to chess primarily but also to every other area of life

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16. Interesting fact not many people know about you.

  • Signy – I am named after a Viking warrior princess.
  • Hero- I am an outside girl and find nature fascinating, particularly animals.
  • Rowland – My best solve on a 3×3 Rubik’s cube is 6.41 seconds
  • David – I’m adopted