Coach James, Why do You do CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit in June 2010 with Saturday workouts in the park. I was used to working out regularly but it was the very classic training method of long slow distances of running, biking, hiking. I was pretty good at those specific activities but also knew that I was not very strong so I was hesitant to do CrossFit. Once I did my first few workouts I knew the program was going to help me become stronger both physically and mentally, and it has.
Leslie and I opened True Spirit CrossFit in 2014 because we remember what it is like to be new at something and wanted to take the fundaments of CrossFit and make it more approachable to more people as a way to build and live a healthier life. This takes a community and the community is what helps motivate me to get up and coach at 6 am or to do a workout with the best effort I can.
Through doing CrossFit and owning the gym, I am stronger physically and mentally. I have more confidence in my daily life. I have an outlet for my intensity. I can channel and harness the memory of a difficult workout or practicing a challenging skill (like double unders that took me a year and a half to finally get) that helps me put life's daily challenges into perspective. Plus I love the variety of what we do and accomplish. This is what helped motivate me to do obstacle course racing like the Spartan and Knuckle Buster.
Showing up is success, being coachable is wise, participating with positive attitude is inspiring, using your brain builds one of the most important muscle in your body, and being a part of the community is the best exercise my heart can have. By learning with and through others, both as a coach and athlete, I am a happier "fitter" person. This is what True Spirit CrossFit means to me and I am transformed through it every day.
Life is the ultimate CrossFit workout, Live It.
To help you live life to the fullest Coach James is leading a 6-week Obstacle Course Race (OCR) prep course starting Wednesday, March 30th. We need six people to greenlight this course!
The OCR prep course meets Wednesdays at the gym at 6:30pm and Sundays at 4:30pm at a different outdoor location each week.
This 6-week course will prepare you for the Spartan OCR in Big Fork on May 7-8th and the Knuckle Buster July 16th. It's also a great opportunity to work on skills like rope climb, odd object carries, wall climbing, spear throw, burpees and a bunch of other fun skills.
You will get a great workout every class whilst developing your technique. You will gain confidence in climbing over a 6, 7 and 8 foot wall, traversing over a cargo net, crawling through the sand under barbed wire, jumping over a pile of burning logs, and of course, throwing a spear!
The OCR prep course is a great option if you want a break from our traditional CrossFit classes. Sometimes you need to shake things up, and OCR training can do that for you.
Talk to Coaches James or Leslie after class for more info on our OCR course. Or, you can check it our more by clicking on the link below.
WOW! What an incredible first workout of the 2022 Open! How did you like the endless box jump overs? Congrats to those of you who got your first wall walks, first heavy DB snatches and completed your first Open workout.
We always enjoy the Open vis a vis our Intramural Open in-gym competition. It's a great time to work together to encourage and support our gym-mates to do amazing things, to push a bit harder, to commit to being part of a team, and to test our fitness.
We have divided the gym into teams based on our median height. We had two weeks of pre-season during which we would earn valuable points for our teams by completing the Judges course and registering for the Open. Heading into the first workout on Friday Team Talls had a 14 point lead. Team Talls had 15 people register for The Open and 7 people complete the Judges course. Team Smalls had 11 people register for the Open and 5 people complete the Judges course.
Team Smalls made a HUGE surge with very strong finishes despite having fewer teammates complete the workout. Eighteen Team Talls completed the workout compared to 15 on Team Smalls. Team Small earned all those points by having more folks finish in the top 3 in all categories and by earning the Spirit of The Open (work 5 points.) At the end of 22.1 the teams are tied! It will be exciting to see how each team does this week!
Masters Rx (55+)
Masters Scaled (55+)
We hope you enjoyed this first week and bring your A Game this Friday when we all take on 22.2! What do you think it will be? Share with us in the comments.
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