I wanted to welcome everyone into the new year. We had a great year and the team at 215 is very excited about the upcoming year. I wanted to give you all an opportunity to hear from your team about this past year before we talk about what to expect from the upcoming year. I asked your coaches to reflect on 2014, various questions, and here is what they said…..
My overall experiences as a coach gets better as the years go on. I like that people seem to trust my opinion more as time passes. I like to speak off of my own experiences as an athlete. I struggle with some movements because I can’t perform them well myself. But when I give someone a useful tip on powerlifting or Olympic lifting and they make progress as a result, that’s something I truly enjoy. Diane is one of my favorite inspirational athletes. Her transformation over the years is a notable one.
[As an athlete] I am thankful for trying the smolov cycle. It taught me a lot about pressing through a very daunting task. At the beginning I felt like I was at the bottom of a mountain looking up at the peak, but each day and each week you chip away at each lift, and over time you get through it. It was beneficial from a mental and physical standpoint. Although it sidelined me for a bit of time, it was a worthwhile experience.
In 2015, I’m looking forward to Improving as an athlete, as well as coach. Working on nutrition a little more seriously with less cheat days, and completing a Wendler strength cycle. After Wendler, I would like to try another cycle of some sorts, perhaps Olympic lifting. That way I can speak through experience while I coach, and in turn will make me a better one.
I would like to thank everyone for another year of their trust in allowing to help guide them to stronger fitter bodies and hopefully consequently better lives. Special shout out to the Monday night faithful. You know who you are. I look forward to seeing you every week. Thank you to everyone who’s allowed me to practice my body work therapy on them over the last year. It can be intense at times. But I hope it has been worth it for all of you. I’ve got so many plans and ideas for 2015. Can’t wait to share them with everyone.
As 2014 draws to a close I started reflecting back on things I was grateful for and proud of this year. I want to start off by thanking everyone in the 215 family for welcoming me with open arms. I come from a place where everyone has their headphones in, head down, and focus solely on themselves. 215 was the exact opposite! I was overwhelmed by how strong of a community you guys / gals have created. Everyone has their personal goals, but you all want to see each other succeed. That is a feeling I was missing before joining the team. Coaching multiple times a week has become the highlight of my days. I look forward to going to work! It’s amazing watching everyone grow and progress. You guys inspire me to push harder in my own workouts.
This year I decided to start saying “Yes” to every opportunity that came my way. From competing in / judging small competitions, to judging HUGE competitions with CrossFit Games level athletes. It didn’t matter that I was volunteering, driving 12 hours total, and paying for my own stay. Those opportunities led me to become a professional referee in the National Pro Grid League. In a couple months I had traveled to the West Coast twice, up and down the East Coast, and met so many amazing people. All because I took a chance, committed to the task, and gave it my all. You have all made the same decision by joining CrossFit 215, committing to your fitness, and giving every workout all you have. My experience there made me more aware than ever to the importance of proper movement. Not only for performance, but for safety as well. I hope this shows in my coaching.
In 2015, I look forward to furthering my coaching knowledge, widening my skill base, and continuing to take advantage of every opportunity. I can’t wait to see our athletes improve physically and mentally. Thank you again to everyone for pushing me to improve myself. You guys are my biggest motivation!
Taylar Stallings has been an inspirational athlete for me this past year – I know her from the powerlifting world. She’s lauded greatly in the sport and made a 360 degree, completely athletic transition, into the top level of the sport of Grid (CrossFit). She’s evidence that strength is the base of all (mental and physical).
Every athlete in my 6am and 9am classes has motivated me this year. Ive considered the hour of the day in which they train and they’ve motivated me as a coach to adapt warmups to their needs. My creation of the grip and tension warmup was inspired by my early crew. The needs of the body are much different at that hour than in the evening. They are all typically headed to work, from their child’s school, from an all night shift of law enforcement, or heading to one of the many tasks of their day. They all find time to hit 215 for a bit of self preservation and self improvement.
I have lots of love for the 215 family in general and I’d like to thank my 6am and 9am classes for inspiring me to do more. Ah, but I have to mention two people who have really had me in awe lately. Kyle George and Garrett Fitzgerald! Garrett has been working with Kyle in the mornings and I’ve seen a transformation in Garrett that is honestly really moving. He’s starting to stand differently. He’s moving weight different than before. I probably tell him twice per week, but I am extremely proud of Garrett. Kyle, as always, is cultivating greater things with garret each day. They’ll surely motivate me in 2015, I plan to build bone crushing strength-same as last year. I also plan to be the best version of myself. I am thankful for the support of the many 215 athletes when I compete. You guys know I have a competition and bombard me with good luck wishes. I love that!
I wanted to take this chance to share with everyone how impressed I’ve been with the attendance and work put up each week in the Sunday endurance class. Everyone’s form is looking solid and together we are all getting more accustomed to tackling more meters to row in the workouts. As a previous collegiate rower and now coach, it makes me happy to know that we are all being safe and getting faster and faster on the ergs. With that being said, an exciting opportunity has come to my attention that I want to encourage us all to participate in. The full competition information and registration to come soon but feel free to check it out here: www.rowdroyalty.com.
Check back Wednesday for more…
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