Get Ready to Test Your Strength Today!
Today starts Podium Week, our twice annual fitness testing week. Every December and May we take stock of our strength, skills and metabolic conditioning by performing the CrossFit or Powerlifting Total, an endurance workout and the Baseline.
Repeating these workouts twice every year shows us our strengths and weaknesses. It shows us if our fitness is increasing or if we've hit a plateau. It can motivate us to stay committed our fitness program and can provide just the spark we need to take our fitness to the next level.
We call it Podium Week because we will celebrate your WINS today. Did you get a PR? Yes! That's Podium worthy. Did you do something for the first time? Yes! That's Podium worthy. At the end of class your coach will set up some podiums and ask you to write your accomplishment on a small whiteboard. We'll snap your photo and send it to you as a reminder of your amazingness.
We held our first Podium week in December 2015 with the CrossFit/Powerlifting Total, and that's how we'll start this week. The CrossFit/Powerlifting Total is best test of pure strength there is. The CrossFit Total was created by our favorite strength coach, Mark Rippetoe, who introduced it to the CrossFit community in 2006. We will pay attention to his coach's notes today:
"Here are some basic precautions that need to be followed for safety:
If your first attempt tells you that you need to lower your second, do so, without a misplaced sense of diminished self-worth. It’s a test, and it’s designed to measure what’s there, not create something that’s not. That’s what training is for."
BRING A FRIEND TO CLASS THIS FRIDAY!!!
At the end of every Podium Week we always welcome friends to class for free on Friday. Please bring a friend this Friday! Let your Coach know how many friends you're bringing so we can be prepared.
If Not Me, Then Who
First Lieutenant Travis Manion, 26, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, was killed by sniper fire on April 29, 2007 while fighting against an enemy ambush in Anbar Province, Iraq. He is survived by his father, Colonel Tom Manion, mother Janet Manion, and sister Ryan Borek.
We honor him today in our 9am class. We are not having a CrossFit class at 9am, instead the Montana Mighty Rucks are taking over the gym with the Manion Hero Ruck Workout. Please join the Club Leaders, Anne, Meg and Kerri, and the rest of the Montana Mighty Rucks. You don't beed to bring anything, but if you have a ruck pack with some weight, please wear it.
You can support the Travis Manion Foundation by registering for the workout. You can also earn a special GORUCK Manion Hero Patch if you chose do the ruck version.
What's for Dinner?
WOOHOOOO! We made it to Friday! Are you ready for the weekend?
I'm inspired from my recent trip to Florida to share with you a recipe that was on the menu in nearly every restaurant, Shrimp and Grits.
Shrimp and grits is a great weekend brunch recipe and is actually not that hard to make. Check out this pretty easy version from Bobby Flay of the Food Network. Click on the image for the recipe.
Today's workout honor's Sadie Jane Huffer, 37, who died on Feb. 17, 2023, when a roof collapsed in Anchorage, Alaska, at Turnagain CrossFit.
Huffer was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She was born in Spokane, Washington, and came to Anchorage to study at the University of Alaska. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees in social work, she went on to become a licensed clinical social worker.
Described by loved ones as sensitive, loving, and caring, Huffer enjoyed knitting, picking blueberries, making bread, smoking salmon, and working out at Turnagain CrossFit.
Huffer is survived by her husband, John Paul; children, Tyler, Blaise, and Jane; sisters, Sarah Ransom and Samantha Lamphier; and parents, Denise and Ted Smith.
Get Ready For PODIUM WEEK Next Week!
Leslie Attends Sandlot Festival to Connect with Friends and Family
Four Badass Babes from True Spirit CrossFit attended the GORUCK Sandlot Fitness Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. We all attend the festival for different reasons and we all learned something about ourselves and each other.
All this week I am sharing their stories with you. I hope you're inspired to join our Montana Mighty Rucks GORUCK Club and to join us for our FREE weekly rucks and workouts.
This was my second trip to the Sandlot Fitness Festival. I attended specifically to completes 2 GORUCK Tactical courses, Self Responder (or Tactical Self Rescue) and Fight. I also just LOVE seeing our Montana Tribe kick ass and have fun in the Florida sun!
Join Kerri, Meg, Laurel, and the rest of the Montana Mighty Rucks Club for a special ruck memorial workout this Saturday at the gym at 9am. They will lead you in the Manion Memorial Workout. This is a great opportunity to earn your first GORUCK patch.
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