For July, we have chosen Tolga Demiralay for the Spotlight Athlete! Tolga joined almost a year ago, after his wife, Sue, and kids started attending CrossFit Rolesville. He is incredibly strong and takes coaches cues very well. Tolga is also extremely dedicated. He rarely misses class! Tolga’s progress has continued to shine and we definitely took notice. We have loved having Tolga and his entire family apart of our CFR community!

Age: 45

Occupation: Finance Manager

Proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Rolesville? 


How did you find CFR? 

My wife, Sue.

Why do you train?

I train because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life eating poorly, hardly exercising, sick and content with discomfort. I also know that not doing CrossFit is going to hurt more than doing it.

What is your favorite moment so far at CFR?

Seeing someone accomplishing a challenging movement or finishing a grinding workout.

What is your daily motivation to workout?

I just get up and go.

Favorite and least favorite movements? 

Favorite: kettlebell movements. Least favorite: anything that is a hanging movement.

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

Just show up and do your best.

One song that gets you amped up during a WOD?

I rarely pay attention to what’s playing.

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

Unfortunately, I sit all day and I struggled with back pain all my life because of that.