SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE: Peter & Ami Manukas


SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE: Peter & Ami Manukas

For the month of September, we couldn’t just choose one athlete…so we decided on two! With great pride, we are excited to announce that Peter and Ami Manukas are our Spotlight athletes this month! This awesome couple is extremely dedicated and constantly help others within our CFR community. Peter is also one of our coaches on staff. Even when he pulls long nights as a Raleigh Police Sergeant, he still makes time for the gym, helping us coach or working on his own fitness. Ami is one of our most welcoming athletes. She never hesitates to walk up and introduce herself to any new people at CFR. We absolutely love these guys and couldn’t be prouder to have them apart of our CrossFit Rolesville community! 



AMI: 48


PETER: Sergeant Raleigh Police Department 

AMI: Kindergarten Teacher

Proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Rolesville?

PETER: The proudest moment is not about me.  It was watching the gym and the community come together and partake in a workout for Officer Ainsworth.  I was humbled by the response of everyone at the gym and the community.  It shows how much people not only appreciate me but also the work that we do in Law Enforcement

AMI: My proudest accomplishment at CFR was when I was able to string 10 toes to bar together!

How did you find CFR? Why do you train?

PETER: I had been coaching at another gym for several years and we were looking for a change.  We dropped in and loved the atmosphere and couldn’t wait to be apart of it.

I train because I am bit odd and love fitness. It’s the daily text messages “fitness today?”  that get me motivated. I love to compete, put in the work and see the benefits. One day I’ll be able to keep up with Tricia (Lynch).  As Ami says, she is not human.  

AMI: Peter and I were looking for a change and were so excited when we saw CrossFit Rolesville. I did the 7 day trial and knew I was in the right place! I workout so I can be healthy and to be honest I love to eat!   

What is your favorite moment so far at CFR?

PETER: There are too many to talk about.  As a coach I see amazing things everyday. Watching athletes grow and develop over time is awesome.

AMI: I love participating in Friday night lights! It is so amazing to be a part of such a encouraging, hard working community! 

What is your daily motivation to workout?

PETER: I still think I’m young (lol) and can compete with the beasts in the gym. Honestly, it’s about competing against yourself and putting in the work. I am motivated by the amazing athletes I get to workout beside everyday.

Also with the job I do, I feel that being strong and fit may save my life or someone else’s.  There are a lot of people in my life that want to see me come home at night and the more mentally and physically prepared I am the better chance that will happen.

AMI: Working out makes me feel better. I leave the gym feeling less stressed then when I walked in the door. 

Favorite and least favorite movements?

PETER: Well lets start with my least favorite.  Handstand push-ups kick my butt.  They are in my head, but I will beat them.  

My favorite movement is really not a movement but a workout. I love anything that destroys my soul and I am able to complete. It is pretty well known that I love working out with my peeps; Ami, Tricia, Shane and of course who Ami calls my boyfriend, David.

AMI: Cleans are my favorite movement. My least favorite movement is wall balls. 

What’s one thing you would tell to a new CrossFitter?

PETER: Try it. Be patient and give it time to work. If you are willing to put in the work even slowly at first, you will be successful. The relationships that are built are amazing and you will be amazed at what your body and mind can accomplish. 

AMI: Anyone can do CrossFit. Everything can be modified and if you stick with it you will be amazed at the things you can accomplish!

One song that gets you amped up during a WOD?

PETER: Any noise that is playing.  Everyone knows music is not my gift.

AMI: I like hard rock but most of the time I don’t hear anything when I’m working out.   

Tell us something about yourself that we don’t already know.

PETER: I am an avid golfer and at one point a few years ago had a handicap of 2.  

AMI: I don’t know how to drive a stick shift (and I’m not interesting in learning) Lol!