Happy Anniversary Stan!

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ” – Buddah

Today marks a special anniversary for one of our most loyal members who has been with us since the beginning. On November 8th, 2008 Stan Yoo became spinal cord injured from a gymnastics accident. He spent his 30th birthday in bed being fed pizza and birthday cake by family and friends because he was initially unable to use his hands or move anything below the level of his chest. With the support of friends, family, physicians, nurses, therapists and mentors, Stan was able to regain physical function and continues to excel in the gym every day. His transformation as an athlete has been inspiring to say the least.

Thank you Stan for always being a loyal member of CrossFit215. You are a living testament to always be thankful for our health and never take it for granted. Happy 4th Anniversary!

Here is the video Stan created last year to pay tribute to his journey and raise money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B1tEzAP1F0[/youtube]

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Weather Update

 

Unfortunately due to Hurricane Sandy we will be cancelling all classes tomorrow. Please check back for schedule updates regarding Tuesday classes. Still looking for a way to get a workout in? We have a Travel Workout section on our website! It would also be a great opportunity to work on mobility. Mobilitywod.com is always a great resource.

Be safe everyone!

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Trip to Wyebrook Farm

A group of 215ers headed to beautiful Honey Brook, PA on Saturday afternoon to meet our friends at Wyebrook Farm. The farm hosted the 4th Annual PASA Grass-fed Beef Cookoff where 11 local farmers from the PA area entered their best grass-fed ribeye steaks for judging. We also had a chance to eat lunch from the cafe where everything is made in house and the food certainly did not disappoint.

After lunch we headed off to tour the farm and see some of the animals. One of the first things you notice when you pull up to Wyebrook is the scenic landscape. This is by far the cleanest and most beautiful farm I have ever been to. There is no scent of manure, and the animals have tons of clean grassland to graze on. We had a chance to speak with Dean Carlson, owner and farmer, in person about the land and some of the farming practices used. Dean is also the same guy who drops off your meat orders to 215 every Tuesday! It was evident he  is very dedicated to educating people about the differences between food from sustainable farms and factory farms. From the breed of animals they raise, to the type of grass they grow, there are many small details that go into running a sustainable farm. We learned that the chickens are moved to new pastures every single day so they can fertilize the land and have fresh green grass. As we walked back to the car we saw the laying hen house was actually on wheels!

Visiting Wyebrook was a great opportunity to be educated and see first hand where our food comes from. It is an experience that I recommend everyone takes part in at some point. We will definitely be coordinating another trip out to the farm in the spring time. For more information about Wyebrook’s sustainable agriculture practices read here.

Don’t forget CrossFit215 offers the opportunity to order meat and produce from Wyebrook Farm weekly. All you have to do is email info@wyebrookfarm.com and cc info@crossfit215.com with your order by 5PM on Friday. Dean personally drops off all deliveries on Tuesday evenings where you can pick up your order between 5:30 – 8:30pm. For  more information please see the previous blog post or email perrin@crossfit215.com.

More pictures of the farm!

 

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A New Beginning

Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for. Months of hard work and sacrifices have all culminated in a new space we are extremely proud to share with our entire CrossFit 215 family. To everyone who worked tirelessly this weekend to help move the gym, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We absolutely could not have done it without you. There are still many finishing touches to complete, but we are incredibly excited to show you it was all worth the wait.

We will be running our regularly scheduled classes tomorrow at the new facility on Ridge Ave. Please note, unfortunately our locker rooms and office are still under construction and will not be available for use. We are working on a temporary bathroom solution, but in the meantime please prepare to change or use the bathroom prior to arriving to class.  Our old space will be open and available for use until further notice before, during, and after class.

There is off street parking available, but it is limited. You are more than welcome to park in Sherman Mills and jog over (less than 5 minutes) if you choose to.

From the coaches and staff at CrossFit 215, we hope you will enjoy the much anticipated unveiling of our new facility as much as us. Enough talking, it’s time to lift weights.

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Weekend Details

Hi Friends!

Here are the details for this weekend. All Saturday and Sunday classes are cancelled  due to the move. If you would like to lend a hand for an hour or two we are starting as early as 8am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday meeting at our current location. If you cannot be there until later definitely still come and find us either at the old space or the new location. Our new gym address is 4002 Ridge Ave. It is directly across the street from Dobson Mills and next door to East Falls Beverage. If you make a left out of Sherman Mills and a right onto Ridge Ave, it is the first building on your left hand side. There is parking on the street in front of Dobson Mills, but I recommend parking in the Sherman Mills parking lot this weekend.

Here are some pictures of the construction process so far…

Wall balls to the black line, anyone?

The beginning stages of the locker rooms

If you stop by this weekend you will see many more suprises!

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The Move is Here!

Dear 215ers,

The move is finally upon us. We are seven days from our new facility. As many of you know, this process has taken a little longer than we expected. Next door to us a new Bikram yoga facility (Nilgun Yoga) has opened up and we want to support her. In order to do this we will be holding PM classes outside in Sherman Mills for this last week. This will not effect 6am and noon but programming will be the same for all classes. This will not take away from your training but rather give us an excuse to do some much needed aerobic work as we have been heavy in our strength training for some time now. On your rest days, I encourage you to stop by next door and try one of her classes. By next week we will banging, crashing, and rocking out in our new facility. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.

On that note, I am writing you to ask for your help. This Saturday and Sunday there will be no classes as we set up the new facility. If you have some free time and you’re looking for a real “functional workout,” come help us lift anything and everything, and move it down the street. Yes there will be trucks and no we are not doing 800m carries, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it if you want to J Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.

I hope see many of you there. Thank your for your patience and help during this time.

Sincerely,
Micah

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Wyebrook Farm

We are offering a great new opportunity for CrossFit215 members to enjoy Wyebrook Farm‘s sustainably-raised beef, pork, poultry and produce.

Every Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to receive sustainably-raised beef, pork, poultry and produce delivered fresh from Wyebrook Farm. Located in Honey Brook, PA, Wyebrook Farm provides an alternative to the industrial food supply. Farmer Dean Carlson and his staff produce healthy animals and great food without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics.

Details

It’s simple to order and there is no minimum. Just click here to view Wyebrook’s product and price list. Send all orders to info@wyebrookfarm.com and cc info@crossfit215.com. Please indicate “CrossFit215 Pick Up” in the subject line. Upon confirmation of your order, you will be given directions for online payment. Farmer Dean will be dropping off all orders on Tuesdays and you must pick up your order between 5:30PM and 8:30PM at the gym.

PLEASE PLACE ALL ORDERS BY FRIDAY AT 5:00 P.M. If you have any questions please email info@crossfit215.com.

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We're Moving!

 

 

We announced in August that our gym will not only be moving locations, but expanding our space. Well, the time has come, and it is a bit sooner then expected. The new studio Nilgun Yoga have begun classes next door. Unfortunately, the combination of our music plus weights dropping does not mix well with meditation. In our efforts to be responsible neighbors, we are going to try to accommodate as best we can. So, what does that mean for you? In the next few weeks we will be implementing more endurance and gymnastics into our programming. This will also give us the opportunity to work on more technical movements and progressions (i.e. handstand push ups, pistols, muscle ups, double unders, etc.), as well as experiment with different energy system work. We will still be able to do some creative strength training, but we are trying to eliminate anything where the risk of dropping weights is an issue. We ask that you please bear with us during this transition.

Many of you have asked where the new gym location is. The address is 4002 Ridge Avenue, next door to the beverage distributor and across the street from Dobson Mills Apartments. The location is close enough that anyone can walk from Sherman Mills parking lot, or there is street parking available. We do not have a hard moving date yet, but we will update you as the construction process progresses. More details and some pictures of the build out will be coming soon. We are looking forward to unveiling the new space to the 215 community and we promise it will be all be worth it!

If you have any additional questions or concerns please email perrin@crossfit215.com

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Thank You and Announcements!

First and foremost, thank you to all of the participants, volunteers, and donators whose efforts helped make the Happy Hour WOD for Breast Cancer Awareness a huge success!

Group warm up

We had over 75 people show up for the event, with 50 individuals participating in the workout. Special thanks to Dan Rau and Mather Wiswall/G Wis Concepts for creating the awesome t-shirts and tank tops. Due to popular demand, we will be placing another order of t-shirts. If you would like to order, please write your name on the sign-up sheet that will be posted in the gym tonight.

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Sweet Freedom

We would also like to thank Sweet Freedom Bakery for generously donating delicious gluten free chocolate chip cupcakes. If you have not checked out this place it is a must try!

Announcements

A small silver necklace with a little ring pendant was lost on Friday night. If anyone finds it please give it to a coach so it can be returned to its owner.

Our next event is quickly approaching. The 215 vs Schuylkill Dragons boat race is happening this Sunday at 2pm. We need more paddlers for Team 215! The sign-up sheet is located on the announcement board at the gym. For those who would like to carpool we will be leaving from the gym at 1:30PM and should be back by 5PM. This is a unique opportunity to apply your fitness to a unique sport like dragon boat racing.

We had 16 visitors participate in the Happy Hour WOD on Friday night! If you know someone interested in CrossFit have them email info@crossfit215.com to learn more!

Ryan and Rachel

 

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Happy Birthday Micah!

 

“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” – Tom Landry

Coach.  Friend.  Mentor.  Leader.   You are all of these things and more to your family at CrossFit 215. Your dedication is palpable, your support is unwavering, and you strive to make sure every person who walks through the door of CrossFit 215 leaves with a feeling of accomplishment and pride. Thank you for everything you do!

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