Kris, Why Do You Do CrossFit?
What was your fitness, CrossFit, or yoga "life" like before you started training with True Spirit CrossFit & Yoga.
I have been over weight, lost weight, over weight, slightly smaller and then overweight again. I have worked out, but really, it’s been since high school, which seems like a life time ago. I am strong for what I do, but I could be stronger. Mentally, I’m mush. Even when I wasn’t overweight, I wasn’t healthy, mentally or physically. I ride horses, garden, work hard at work, but I was short on breath, stamina and happiness. I love CrossFit, and I’m so happy I’m back.
What brought you to True Spirit CrossFit & Yoga in the first place?
My friend Noah!!! She has talked about what a great place True Spirit has been (and she’s a badass) and I kinda wanted to be part of that. Then I started Facebook stocking True Spirit and decided that they seem like my kind of people.
What was your first impression? Has that changed?
My first impression was that everybody is so nice here, and the coaches are so welcoming. Over time, it’s only gotten better. I have friends their, and I look forward to seeing everyone. It’s the highlight of my day!
What was the first thing fun or positive thing you experienced while training with us?
I love how the coaches and other teammates offer so much assistance in scaling the workouts and help in general. Being able to scale the workout, yet watch others Rx it, gives me hope and inspiration that I can do that one day. I look forward to each class I can make it to.
Are you working on any special CrossFit related skill now?
My goal is to make it to the gym, after that, it’s to survive the workout. I’m still trying to learn how to count rounds/reps all while gasping for air.
How has you life changed since training with TSCF?
I am already stronger, happier, and healthier. I aim to eat healthier and I make a point to take time for myself. I am so glad Leslie didn’t let me quit, I am already becoming a better human because of her “take time for yourself” pep talks. Meeting with Audy has been great too. I’ve really been taking a look at what I eat, when and why and it has really opened my eyes to how I can do better nutritionally. Little changes have made a big difference.
What's your favorite True Spirit CrossFit memory?
So far, my favorite memory is the day we were going to run the mile. I had already had a terrible day and then to top it off I had to run a mile. I haven’t done that in years. I was so stressed about it and after the warm up I was already tired, then even more stressed! After one lap I was ready to quit and leave, I knew I just couldn’t go on. I asked Dover if I could do something else and she says, “yes, just walk.” A simple, perfect no non-sense answer that stopped my anxiety instantly. I had told myself that I couldn’t so many times that I forgot how I could. So , walked/jogged the rest. At then end, after their mile, Jessie and Kerri ran my last lap with me, it was then I knew I was in the perfect place. That day meant more to me than all three of those gals know.
Team Chalk Junkies from the 2017 CrossFit Games Intramural Open. WTH are they doing?
WOOHOOOO! We are doing a repeat of an excellent 2017 CrossFit Games Open Workout. The 2019 CrossFit Games Open starts in just a few months and we want to get you ready for it. Today's workout is one that requires all of your mental toughness and grip strength. Good things we've been working on that, too. Be sure to watch Nicole Carroll's video below for excellent tips and strategies for this workout. Have fun!
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The 6AM class has fun with dumbbells!
Over the summer, Coach Zach attended a CrossFit Jump Rope Specialty Seminar and returned with all manner of great drills and progressions for improving our jump rope skills. For today's workout we are using one of the double under substitutions he learned in that course. If you don't have consistent double unders, you will substitute with high knees. Check out today's Technique Tuesday video to see how to do the substitution correctly. Good luck and have fun!
BFFs Heather and Chelsy do "floor elevated" push-ups. We prefer this modification rather than going to your knees so that we preserve the plank position during the push-up. As you get stronger you can lower the bar.
Scaling and modifying gymnastics movements, e.g. push-ups, pull-ups, toes to bar, pistols, is a reality for all CrossFitters at some point in their athletic development. As your technique improves and you get stronger gymnastics movements become much easier. For so many gymnastics movements technique is more important than strength. You can be as strong as an ox, but if you lack technique, you're not going to be able to do the movement. Toes to bar is one such movement. Check out today's Technique Tuesday video to learn how to overcome 4 common toes to bar mistakes. Pay attention to your technique and today might just be the day you get your first toes to bar! Good luck!
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