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A Tribute to Mike Jenkins

1270411_10101278881258579_391946195_oThe world of strength sports lost a lion last month. Although I never met him, Mike Jenkins effected many people close to me. We will be honoring Mike Jenkins’ memory with a workout that CrossFitters around the country have been performing in celebration of his life. This is the workout that Mike had programmed for his athletes at CrossFit Gamma to do on Thanksgiving, the morning after he passed away. He was a champion of a person; his presence in our community will be greatly missed. Here is an article Coach Cassie wrote about him back in October.

 1424456_10100358951051207_1994342852_nCassie Haynes, JD, MPH, Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit L1 Certified
POSTED: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013, 5:30 AM
FILED UNDER: CASSIE HAYNES | CROSSFIT | PROFILES

“I can’t even touch my shoulders, so that makes muscle ups difficult,” the owner of CrossFit Gamma in Hershey, PA says as he shows us his shoulder immobility and outrageous biceps, noting the three inches of space between his fingertips and shoulders. A ‘muscle-up’ is a pull-up that transitions into a dip, requiring vast mobility and stability through the shoulders. The skill is a staple for elite CrossFitters (though in the actual sport of gymnastics, it’s simply the preparatory movement that athletes use to get on top of the bar or rings to begin their routine.)

An impressive man (for a multitude of reasons), Mike Jenkins stands 6 feet and 6 inches, weighing in at 375 lbs. (he’s walking around pretty lean these days). The first time we shook hands I was sure I felt my metacarpals begin to fold in half. My 172-lb. weightlifter’s frame looked like a delicate flower next to his—to be clear, no one has ever compared my likeness to that of a delicate flower.

The proud owner of one Hershey’s newest affiliates, Mike comes to CrossFit from the world of Strongman. The 30-year old’s Strongman career began in 2007 when after only one month of training, he took the title of Maryland’s Strongest Man. After sealing up the amateur circuit with his win at the Amateur World Championships in 2010, he was awarded pro Strongman status and a competition seat among the strongest athletes in the world.

In 2012, Mike took first place at the Arnold Strongman Classic, setting three world records. A week later, he outdid himself once again setting another world record and winning the international contest, Giants Live, re-qualifying him for the 2012 World’s Strongest Man where he placed 5th overall. Most recently, Mike placed 4th overall at the 2013 World’s Strongest Man.

Hearing Mike talk about Strongman is pretty awesome, but what trumps his excitement for manipulating heavy objects is his passion for working with young people. We stepped into his facility (outfitted appropriately in green and purple, the signature colors of Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk and the inspiration for CrossFit Gamma’s branding) and amidst all of the atlas stones, one of the first conversations we had was about his career at the Milton Hershey School running after school and weekend programs, along with special athletic events. We jokingly asked if the kids were afraid of him. His eyes got huge and his smile (just as big as his muscles) got wider as he informed us that the kids were not afraid of him, they adored him.

It’s not difficult to see why—Mike’s enthusiasm is contagious and the size of his heart matches his superhero-like presence. He is obsessed in the best way possible with what he does and confident in the ability of fitness and sport to transform the lives of young people as well as adults. Sports have more or less molded Mike into the man he is today.

“Without sports, I wouldn’t have my education,” says Mike. “It’s just like anything else out there, it’s an outlet in so many different ways for so many different kids. You find that kid who might not be the next Michael Jordan, but maybe sports help him get to go to a good school and he winds up changing the world.”

Mike didn’t quite blend in when he was young. He was 225 lbs. in the 6th grade; too big for football, he adapted to soccer where there were no weight restrictions. He found that while he was twice as big as many of the boys he played with, he was just as fast. He began weight training in middle school and by the end of his freshman year of high school, he was cleaning 225 lbs., bench pressing 315 lbs., and back squatting over 400 lbs.

I asked Mike what he would say to his 12-year-old self, or any young person who was struggling with fitting in and navigating their way through sports.

“I would tell that kid that the things that come easy in life probably aren’t worth doing. Everything of value in life comes with hard work, and if you’re working hard and negative people are constantly telling you that you can’t do something, you probably won’t do it. Sometimes it’s not easy to walk away from the cool crowd, but trust me when I say to ditch the naysayers and surround yourself with people who believe in you.”

Seven years ago, folks laughed when Mike told them that he had his sights set on the title of Strongest Man in the World. Well, there are less than a dozen men on the planet who can give Mike a run for his money. No one is laughing now—except for Mike.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sportsdoc/Worlds-Strongest-Man-contender-talks-with-our-CrossFit-expert.html#

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Birthdays and PRs!

 “You have competition every day, because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.” -Michael Jordan

IMG_6064“Quick question before you lift… do you think I’m a medium or a large in those pants?” -Micah

The In House Competition was an amazing experience this weekend, chock full of PRs and a birthday. I cannot say enough about how proud I was of everyone. Yes, Adam, even you. I had so much fun working side by side with all of you. I wanted to tell you a little more about my experience.

Sometimes participating and running these events can be really stressful, so I wanted to say I’m sorry if I was a bit short with anyone. I had such an awesome time competing with Patrick and Stew. For those of you that are aware of my scoring error, you will understand why I say, congrats to those two, you were champions of the day. You have both worked so hard here at 215, and it definitely showed. You guys were strong, focused and relentless.

For me personally, the Squat Ladder was the highlight of my day. In training with my fellow competition athletes, I am constantly chasing them, occasionally right on their heels with an occasional victory. Mather, Jeff, Kevin, and Kevin generally get the best of me in most workouts we do. As we approached the ladder, my only goal was to stay with Kevin Dunn. I did not concern myself with what each weight was. i watched Kevin hit each one, saying to myself now I’m going to hit that weight as well. The theme the whole day for me was “micro goals”, something drilled in my head the weekend before training with Kyle in his Crucible Prep. It made a huge impact on me that day. It was one bar at a time. In fact, the limiting factor in my OHS is usually locking out over head, and since I was simply concerned with each lift, I forgot to care about how much weight I was putting over my head. Once I managed to surpass Kevin, who didn’t have his best day OH squatting, I focused on Mather. For a guy who out lifts me in most categories, matching his score was a huge victory for me.

The best part about the whole thing, with each of us just focusing on our job and our own individual lifts, we somehow ended up winning that event. The same thing happened again for me with the HSPU. When on most days, I may fall out of the handstand, lose my balance or misplace my hands, I decided today was the day that I was not going to let any of those things happen. 28 HSPU later, I’m not sure I could repeat that again today if I tried. I even remember falling out of the handstand, catching myself and thinking, no F’ing way!!!!

I know we saw a lot of this stuff on the FB page but I wanted to just list all of the accomplishments one more time in hopes that those of you that missed this past weekend will really see why it is so important to participate in things like this. So here the role call of accomplishments from Saturday:

Kelli Young:
Back Squat 153# (30#)
1:50 HS hold when she wasn’t even sure she could kick into a handstand #BAM!

Adam Sheppard:
Back Squat: 235# (10#)

Amy Renkel:
OHS 115# (12#)

Michelle Vega:
Back squat 163# (20#) yay!

Erica Parise:
OHS 143#
HSPU in a minute, 27

Zac Dennis:
205# (10#)

Taylor Hayes:
Back squat 193# (10# from a  few weeks ago)
Pistols in a minute: 18

Becca Julian:
Front squat: 163# (10#)

Erin Barnes:
HSPU in a minute, 23
pistols in a minute,19

Carolyn Kibelstis:
Front squat 163# (10#)

Lauren Malazita:
OHS 135# (18#)
Pistols and HSPU – Period!

Mather Wiswall Wiz – OHS 235#
unbroken wall ballz – 70

Leah Russo – OHS 133# (38#)

Jeff Wingleton – OHS 245#

Annemarie Aponte – Back Squat – 193# (30#)
Malu – PR’d max cuteness

Nikki Hirsch Schwartz
OHS – 105# never tried one past 73# before

Kate McGinley
Front squat #153 (3#)

These events will be happening every two to three months so keep an eye on our event page; the next one will be the first week in January.

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Although seeing Amy PR her OHS was amazing, the best part about this picture following her successful lift for me is the thought of removing that clipboard to see the full excitement of her teammate.

Clinic Series – Skill Shop, Wednesday @ 5:30 PM
Tomorrow night I will be doing a skill shop to help with a couple of the things that may have been hindering you from doing some of the higher order programming. Tomorrow night will include, but not be limited to, Double Unders, TTB/KTE, Kipping, and Touch N Go work. This is part of our free clinic series (Unlimited members free, $10 for other members). Please sign up on Wodify.

Army / Navy / 215 – Friday Night @ 6:30pm
Pleas come join us Friday night for round two of our duel against the Army and Navy academies. They both won round one, but we are f’ing hungry. I have hired some LBL judges, and there will be some adult beverages and light food provided. We will have a donation jar there to help offset the cost of the night. So please come out and support your team.

GoRuck Event – Weekend of February 14th
Looking for your next event to train for? Or even a place to practice what you’ve been doing with the Crucible prep? Or how about just a good ol fashion team event? Here it is. Join Coach Kyle, myself and other 215’ers for GoRuck’s February event in Philadelphia. More details to follow, but mark your calendar.

Redemption WOD – Saturday @ 10pm
Join a bunch of your fellow 215ers at CrossFit T1 on Saturday for a great event and a great charity. For more information on the event check out their website. Click Here

 

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Upcoming Events

We have a lot of awesome stuff going on in December, so make sure you check your calendar. Anywhere from a great charity to some good old bowling, erg bowling that is.

In House Competition – TOMORROW!!! @ 9AM
The in house event is this Saturday @ 9am. It is open to all, in fact participation is encouraged by all. Many posts have been written over the years about competing and why, we as a team here at 215 feel it is important to your development as an athlete. Yes! we are all athletes in our own ways. So here are two of the better articles written on the subject. Part 1 …… Part 2

This weekend will begin at 9AM. At that time we will divide up into teams of three, all same gender teams. There will be three workouts for the day. The first one will be strength based, all three athletes will compete in this. The second and third workouts will involve two of three members of the team each. So one person will do all three and the other two athletes will each do two workouts. The final will include all three members of the team.

Us vs Them, and by them I mean Army and Navy – Friday, December 13th @ 6:30pm
Next Friday night come watch 215’s Competition team take on the academies of the Army and Navy. We have a score to settle with them and we need the support of the entire community. It’s time for you to see what all that training in the back room is all about. The event starts at 6:30, bring some adult beverages and a loud voice. See you there.

Redemption – Saturday, December 14th @ CrossFit T1
Fitness for Life is the formal program in which the funds raised from Redemption will be used to sponsor youngsters as well as adults that meet the requirements to earn a yearly membership to any Crossfit in their area.

Come Join us at CrossFit T1 in Willow Grove Coach Carlos’ annual fundraiser. Car pools will be leaving CF 215 @ 9am. There will be no 10am class that day, only a 9am.

Holiday Party Happy Hours – One Part Clothing Swap, One Part Bowling Tourney (erg) – Saturday December 21st 1pm-5pm
Cleaning out your closet? Looking to unload some clothing and maybe pick up some new-to-you threads at the same time?  Bring your clean, gently-used duds to the gym on Saturday, December 21st at 1pm for the CrossFit 215 Holiday Clothing Swap.  Both ladies’ and gentleman’s clothing.  What doesn’t get swapped will be donated to Goodwill on Monday, December 23rd.  Clothes can be dropped off at CF215 anytime between Thursday 12/19 and Saturday prior to the event.

Directly after the clothing swap, promptly at 2pm we will begin the first annual 215 Bowling Tournament. Not real bowling but bowling on an erg. If you have not done it yet, it is all the rage these days with the kids, and by kids I mean 215ers. Here is all you need to do, find yourself a team of 2 guys and 2 gals, and show up that day. I would definitely recommend practicing for this event, we’ve got some ringers here. For more information on how bowling works talk to Kevin or myself. This will be a happy hour as well so even if you decide not to participate you can still come and enjoy some cold ciders, or other adult beverages I guess…

 

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Exciting New Changes to the 215 Team

Thanks for an awesome turnout at the Holiday Potluck on Saturday. We are certainly not short on amazing cooks and some questionable pool players (you know who you are). I always appreciate all the time people put into cooking and we never seem to run out of food, so thanks for all the leftovers. Now on to the latest news:

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Welcome, Cassie!
I was hoping to make this announcement Saturday at the potluck but we didn’t end up having the intimacy I was hoping for. This is probably some of the most exciting and proudest news I have ever had the pleasure of reporting here on this blog. Many of you have already gotten to know the newest addition to the 215 staff, Cassie Haynes. I’m excited to officially announce that Cassie is joining us as Lead Coach for CrossFit 215. What does this mean? She will be teaching the majority of the general group classes, as well as come clinics and on ramps. Cassie’s background and experience is certainly an amazing addition to our team and I am more than excited to head into 2014 with her leading our coaching staff and continuing our unification. Having her a in a full time coaching role is going to have some great impacts on you the members of course.

The first of these changes is some schedule changes. In light of our growing staff, we’re now able to expand our weekly class schedule. Starting in December, we’ll be adding an additional morning class (exact time TBD – likely 7 or 8am), and we will also be beta testing some other addition classes. We’ll also be staffing an additional coach at select evening classes to ensure proper coverage for our most crowded sessions. You will also be seeing some specialty classes, in addition to the clinic series, during the week. More information on that to come by years’ end.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule
Here’s the rundown of classes for this week:
• Monday 11/25 & Tuesday 11/26: normal schedule
• Wednesday 11/27: 6am,12pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
• Thursday 11/28 (Thanksgiving) & Friday 11/29: 9am only
• Saturday 11/30 & Sunday 12/1: normal schedule

Upcoming Clinics
We’ve solidified the next couple of sessions in our clinic series. Sign up on Wodify to reserve your spot.
• Crucible Prep – Saturday, November 30th @ 6-9am
Coach Kyle will be offering a second seminar this coming Saturday. It’s open to all members, regardless of whether you attended the first session. If you’ve been doing CrossFit for less than 6 months, or if you’re just unsure about whether this clinic is for you, feel free to talk to me about it. Because of the length of this session and it’s intricacies, there will be a fee of $10 for unlimited members, and $20 for all others.
Rowing clinic – Wednesday, December 4th @ 5:30pm
I will be coaching an upcoming rowing clinic for those looking to improve the efficiency
of their stroke, focusing primarily on mechanics rather than endurance. This session is being offered free of charge for unlimited members, or $10 for all others.

Also in the works are a number of additional new clinics focusing on various movements, including double-unders, mobility, squatting, and Olympic lifting Levels I – III. Stay tuned to the blog for details on dates and sign-ups.

In House Competition
Don’t forgot about our in house comp on December 7th, which is open to all levels – in fact i’m encouraging EVERYONE to sign up. Registration is up on Wodify so please register ASAP!! We will be doing it in teams of 3, same gender teams and we will be picking teams the day off. no matter your level and experience, you will be able to compete. Register here for In House Comp!!!

CrossFit 215 vs Army vs Navy – Friday, December 13th @ 6:30 pm
Army and Navy will be here again and 10 members of our comp team will be defending our honor against these two teams. We NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK to come out and support. We could use some help for volunteering but we are bringing in outside judges so all 215 members can hang out, drink and support our team. You are not going to want to isa this event so mark your calendars. Hope to see all of you then.

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Crucible Prep and Food Drive

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Sign-Up is up and ready to go for Crucible Prep with Coach Kyle. I have received a couple questions about what exactly this is….? Well you have two options, you can wait and see who does it this week and ask them about or I can try and give you a little insight. I want to  be transparent that I am giving you this insight without actually asking Kyle what to say here, so here goes..

Tomorrow is about much more than just working out, or any kind of testing your threshold. It is NOT meant to break you down or crush. One thing you will find is that it is something that cause you ask yourself “why am I here doing this?” The better you can answer that question, the better you will do. Additionally, tomorrow is one of our longer clinics, as it will take somewhere between 2-3 hours. This is the only time the Crucible Prep clinic will be free. All of our free clinics are 90 minutes. So this is your chance to experience it at no charge to you. GO GET ‘EM!

215 Food Drive
The last couple years we have participate in a food drive and it’s important we do it each year. Rubi was kind enough to get the ball rolling so either tomorrow or the next day there will a box by the front door. As it turns out one of our members, Jillian works at a food bank near 215 so we will be contributing to there.

Next On-Ramp – November 18th @ 7:00pm
DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WHO WANTS TO TRY CROSSFIT? The next cycle of On Ramp begins NEXT MONDAY, November 18th at 7:00pm. On Ramp is a prerequisite for entering group classes. We will teach you all of the fundamental movements we use here at 215, including gymnastics skills, olympic weightlifting movements, and rowing technique. We have two options to complete the prerequisites. Our group program consists of five classes  + 2 general classes over three weeks running Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 7pm with potential for schedule changes. If you cannot make the group class times we also offer one-on-one personal training sessions as well. If you know a friend or family member who is interested in joining please contact [email protected] for more information. We are also running a special for the remainder of the year for referrals. Refer a friend and receive $30 off of your next month of membership.

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Upcoming Events and Clinics

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Thanksgiving Potluck – Saturday, November 23rd Starting @ 6pm
CF 215 will be hosting a potluck in honor of thanksgiving. There will be a sheet on the events wall for people to sign up for what they are bringing. Items to choose from will be starters, entrees, desserts or beverages. I know sometimes the day of things come up so while this is a potluck, please don’t let not knowing what to make deter you from coming. There is always something to bring and family is welcome of course.

In House Partner Competition – Saturday, December 7th starting @ 9am
Our next in house competition will on December 7th and is open and welcome to all levels. In fact, we encourage all of you who have yet to do a competition to start here. This will be a partner competition and partners will be picked the day of. Coaches are encouraged to compete as well. The programming for this will cater to ALL LEVELS!! If you have questions, please ask. You will not regret the decision to do your first comp.

CrossFit 215 vs. Navy vs. Army – Friday, December 13th @ 6:30pm
CF 215 is lucky enough to be hosting Army vs Navy, Round 2!. Army and Navy will be coming down for a “friendly” competition. This will take place at 6:30 pm on Friday the 13th. We will be looking for approx 15-20 athletes to compete. For those are not competing, please plan on coming to support 215.  We will also be looking for some volunteers to help judge.  Beer (& cider) will be served.

Next On-Ramp – November 18th @ 7:00pm
DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WHO WANTS TO TRY CROSSFIT? The next cycle of On Ramp begins NEXT MONDAY, November 18th at 7:00pm. On Ramp is a prerequisite for entering group classes. We will teach you all of the fundamental movements we use here at 215, including gymnastics skills, olympic weightlifting movements, and rowing technique. We have two options to complete the prerequisites. Our group program consists of five classes  + 2 general classes over three weeks running Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 7pm with potential for schedule changes. If you cannot make the group class times we also offer one-on-one personal training sessions as well. If you know a friend or family member who is interested in joining please contact [email protected] for more information. We are also running a special for the remainder of the year for referrals. Refer a friend and receive $30 off of your next month of membership.

215 Clinic Series
Strongman – We are three weeks into our strongman series, and it’s going awesome. We will start our next cycle in 4 weeks. For any of you that want to join, please email me so i can hold a spot for you. For now, this program will run in cycles and will closed to only those that start at the beginning of the cycle. There is a charge for this series.

Crucible Prep Clinic – First session this Saturday @ 7am
Whether you are training for a Go Ruck Challenge, Tough Mudder, Kokoro Camp, Spartan Race, marathon, or any competition.  There is a mind set you need to have when the going gets tough. A mind set that embraces the suck and carries you to victory. Each event of this clinic series will build upon the previous to help you develop the tools to endure when others would quit. What this series is NOT: a beat down. We will not put you in bone crunching misery designed to break you in two. What this series IS: a combination of short lessons, physical training, and techniques designed to prepare you for when the pressure is on, anxiety kicks in, and going gets tough. Make no mistake. We will train hard. If you have been Crossfitting/training with intensity for less than 6 months, please speak with Micah before planning to participate.

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Age is Just a Number at CrossFit215!

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“If you don’t do your best, you aren’t cheating anyone but yourself.”

If you missed the latest feature on our oldest member Annie that aired on PHL17 last week here it is!  We are extremely proud to be represented by members of all ages and Annie is a great example that anybody can try CrossFit and realize success and results. Thanks for sharing your story Annie!

Strongman with Maya

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There was a great turnout for the Strongman class on Sunday with Maya! If you are interested in joining the next class please email [email protected]

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It’s Just a Game…or Is It? Perspective Matters

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Big Announcement + Fall and Winter Events

Strongman Class with Maya Winters

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We have some very exciting news regarding a new addition to our coaching staff. Maya Winters will be doing some strongman training out of 215 and has offered to teach those who are interested in implementing strongman into their training on Sunday mornings. We will be offering an exclusive Strongman class on Sundays at 10am starting this upcoming Sunday, October 27th. This class will have prerequisites and will be capped. If you are interested in attending please email [email protected]

Maya’s Background

Born in West Chester, PA (United States), Maya Camille Winters acquired a love for strength sport at a very early age.  By impressing her father (former track and field athlete) in their back yard, with the heaving of and aged shot put and cinder blocks, Maya realized that strength is lauded.

Her high school athletic career included throwing the shot put, discus, and javelin.  She was recognized as a regional champion in the region and competed at numerous invitational.  For a small period in college, Maya competed on the indoor track and field team, competing in the weight throw and the shot put.  However, her need for the physicality of a team sport overtook her long-time love for the throws events.

Maya started her 13 year rugby career at West Chester University, then joined Philadelphia Women’s Rugby team, and finally situated her on Keystone Women’s Rugby Team (Women’s Premier League).

In 2009, Maya started her path to becoming the 2012 middle weight champion of North American Strongman and 2nd place raking in the Strongman Fitness World Championship.  Look for Maya in the 2014 Strongman Fitness World Championships (150lb and under) at the Arnold Classic!  Maya Camille is also an art professor and contemporary artists. 

For more information on Maya click here.

Here is a video of Maya doing a 275# (per hand) farmer’s walk…no big deal. IMG_6042

Thanksgiving Potluck

We will be hosting a Thanksgiving Potluck open to all members on Saturday, November 23rd. This will be open to all CF215 members and family. More details coming soon!

In House Competition/Zach Lashway’s Fitness Challenge Finale

We will be hosting an In House Competition on Saturday, December 7th open to all members. Zach Lashway from PHL17 will be participating in the competition to conclude his fitness challenge here at CrossFit215. We encourage anyone and everyone to participate! Sign ups will be posted in the coming weeks.

DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WHO WANTS TO TRY CROSSFIT?

The next cycle of On Ramp begins THIS MONDAY, October 28th at 7:00pm. On Ramp is a prerequisite for entering group classes. We will teach you all of the fundamental movements we use in CrossFit, including gymnastics skills, olympic weightlifting movements, and rowing technique. We have two options to complete the prerequisites. Our group program consists of five classes over two weeks running Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings the first week and Monday and Wednesday the second week all at 7pm with potential for schedule changes. If you cannot make the group class times we also offer one-on-one personal training sessions as well. If you know a friend or family member who is interested in joining please contact [email protected] for more information.

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A Great Weekend for 215!

groupLet’s recap the weekend: “We rolled deep, worked hard, and finished proud”. Let me explain a little further…

Ladies ofIt was such an awesome feeling to get there and see so many members of 215. I’m not just talking about the fourteen athletes who competed this weekend, but also the other dozen or so that showed up to support them. Our support and encouragement extended to others and made a great impression, including an athlete from another gym who had arrived solo. He reached out afterward to thank us for how supportive our people were to him and how much he enjoyed meeting everyone.

CarolynIt was impossible to miss our presence at CrossFit Aspire. We had an athlete in nearly every heat, and each time they managed to get the attention of the emcee. As a coach, I can’t explain the feeling of hearing your gym’s name being called out every five minutes. To all the athletes who competed, I thank you for that wonderful gift and the feeling of pride you gave me – #proudparent.

Throughout the day, 215 athletes rocked heats, won workouts, and overall… well, we’ll get to that. Our morning started with dominance on the women’s side of the competition.  Two of our competitors put on a clinic in double unders, as Rachel and Michelle scored the highest and second highest in their respective divisions. Shortly after that came one of the more exciting moments of the day: Katelyn Murray, after one failed attempt, became the only girl to complete a 155 pound thruster, setting a PR and securing first place in that workout in the intermediate division. The list of 215 accomplishments goes on and is arguably too lengthy to write out in detail… but I’m going to do it anyway.podium

All day long, our women were a force to be reckoned with.  As many of you know, both Katelyn and Carly landed on the podium Saturday, finishing in first and third respectively in the intermediate division.  Meanwhile, Becca, Carolyn, Rachel, Anne Marie, and Jeannine took places 7-11, with strong showings throughout the competition.  Carrying the 215 banner in the women’s novice division, Christa, Michelle, and Melissa had strong finishes in each of their workouts, setting PRs along the way.

PatOur 215 men also gave us a lot to be proud of.  After rehabbing himself with help from Rachel and RARE Physical Therapy, Patrick finished eighth overall out of 56 athletes and even scored second place in workout three. [Oh yeah, workout three was a heavy deadlift and run.  Did I mention that Patrick’s injury was to his back? Nice job, Ray.] Dave had our best finish for the men with fourth place overall, including a first place finish in the second workout. Adam and Adler did amazing as well, and certainly repped the 215 as well the next person. There is so much more – for full details on scores for the day you can check out the score board HERE! and click on CrossFit Aspire.

jeannine“…finished proud.” And that we did. Not just because of the podium or impressive finishes within each event, but because we were the strongest team there. This weekend was one of my proudest moments as a coach, right up there with highlights such as this year’s Regionals and August’s Summer Slam competition.  Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do, and that I have the greatest job I could imagine.

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Grocery Shopping and Festivus Games

PHL17 Shop Rite Trip

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If you missed it this morning, here is the latest installment of Zach and Micah’s shopping trip to Shop Rite.

FESTIVUS GAMES

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We have about 13 athletes competing in the Festivus Games hosted by CrossFit Aspire this Saturday, October 19th!  We would LOVE to see support from the 215 community so if you are looking to spectate and cheer on your friends come join the party!

PAYMENT SWITCH TO WODIFY

Have you updated your payment information yet from Mindbody to Wodify? All 215 members should have received a newsletter last week with instructions regarding how to update their payment information in Wodify. Who does this apply to? Anybody who still uses Mindbody to process their membership. Those who update of their information by October 18th, will be eligible to win a free month of membership! If you did not receive the newsletter please email [email protected]

DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WHO WANTS TO TRY CROSSFIT?

The next cycle of On Ramp begins Monday, October 28th at 7:00pm. On Ramp is a prerequisite for entering group classes. We will teach you all of the fundamental movements we use in CrossFit, including gymnastics skills, olympic weightlifting movements, and rowing technique. We have two options to complete the prerequisites. Our group program consists of five classes over two weeks running Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings the first week and Monday and Wednesday the second week all at 7pm with potential for schedule changes. If you cannot make the group class times we also offer one-on-one personal training sessions as well. If you know a friend or family member who is interested in joining please contact [email protected] for more information.

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