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I have belonged to many gyms in the Jacksonville area and never could quite find one I wanted to stick with.  In the summer of 2011, I had started doing boot camp classes and loved the intensity, but still did not stick with it.  I was surfing the web one day for boot camp style workouts and CrossFit popped up.  I started researching it and asked a co-worker if he had heard of it.  He hadn’t, but was very interested.  He checked out Hardnox and has been hooked ever since.  He would come in week after week talking about the WOD’s and I was interested but still not quite sure; it seemed really hard and intense, but that is exactly what I was looking for.  I have always liked the “leave it all at the gym” type of workouts.  So I went to CrossFit.com to see where there were gyms in my area.  I saw Strongpoint on the affiliate finder map and decided to stop by at lunch.  I initially drove through the parking lot and didn’t stop.  I was a little intimidated. I got out to Greenland and Phillips and said “what are you doing?  You at least need to see what they have to say.”  So I went back.  I walked in and Ryan was teaching and participating in a WOD with Brian and Jesse.  When he finished, he came over and explained the whole concept.  I told him I would be back that Saturday for the community WOD.  I almost didn’t go to that WOD, but somehow mustered up the willpower and showed up.  That was the best thing I ever did.

My experience with CrossFit so far is the best thing I could have ever done.  I have never added any strength training to my workouts and knew that I desperately needed it.  CrossFit has shown me that you don’t need to spend an hour straight on the treadmill or stair climber.  I love how it incorporates both strength and cardio into each WOD.  My son (Stephen) started working out with me in the Spring and has done amazing!  I wish I would have had an unlimited membership to CrossFit when I was 16, I would be a much different person now.

I am totally addicted to CrossFit and would like to eventually compete in some CrossFit competitions in the Masters divisions.  Yes, I am approaching that age….

1. What is your favorite exercise or WOD?  Favorite exercise is anything with Kettlebells.  Favorite WOD, probably caveman day, but I absolutely love anything that leaves me gasping for breath (GFD) and drenched in sweat (DIS).

2. What is your least favorite exercise or WOD? I don’t have a least favorite WOD, I love them all.  Least favorite exercise is running.  I am horrible at it, but working on getting better.  I am going to run the 5K in October so I better do something so I am not puking at the finish!

3. What motivates you to show up day after day? I actually love to workout, especially in the morning before I go to work.  It puts me in a better mood.  When I don’t work out in the mornings, I have co-workers ask me if I missed my workout that morning.  They can actually see the difference in my mood.

4. What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?  I really don’t have negative thoughts; I am pretty much always a positive person.  What holds me back is my eating.  I give in too easily to stress and will eat whatever is at hand; chocolate, ice cream, junk…

5. What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? I have 2 memorable moments, 1. The first time I did a box jump on the 20″box.  Jimmy had no doubt and brought me over to the box and said “just do one; you’ve got it in you”.  The 2nd is when I climbed the rope for the first time.  I seriously had tears in my eyes; I really thought it would be a very long time before I got up the rope.  That day, I was half way up and a brief thought of giving up came through my head, but something told me to try to get one more, and then WOW, I was at the top before I realized it.  One thing I learned from my rope climb is how much of a mental game is involved in accomplishing something.  When I was at the top of the rope, my mind would not let me let go and touch the beam.  I was completely at the top, but there was no way I was letting go with one hand to touch the beam…

6. What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit ?  I don’t think I have a least favorite moment, but I do hate it when I miss a WOD, especially if it is my job that gets in the way.

7. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?  ”That WOD sucked! What time tomorrow?”

8. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?   I would like to get as close as possible to doing the WODS Rx.  It will take some time, but I am seeing improvements every week, both in the WODs and with my body.  I am hoping to get control of my nutrition and not let stress have control over me.

Patti has been with us at Strongpoint since very early after the gym initially opened last September.  She has been one of the most consistent and dedicated members of the gym since October of last year and has since recruited her son, Stephen (a.k.a. Ninja), into the fold.  She routinely puts every ounce of effort she has into the workouts and was one of the first to commit to the Whole Life Challenge.  Plus she climbed the rope for the first time in August and has been setting new PRs like crazy lately!  We are very proud to name Patti as our Spotlight Athlete for September.

 

CrossFit blends together the best movements and protocols from a variety of different systems.  We take everything that works and chuck away the rest.  We specialize at not specializing.  We do not make the best weightlifter, power lifter, runner, or any other individual competitor.  We make better athletes.  We make better athletes out of everyone from baseball players to grandmas and from stay-at-home Moms to executives.  This transfers over into any other athletic pursuit, improved confidence, and better self-esteem.  We develop each athlete in each of the ten physical skills – cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Frankly, we make people better at whatever they do or aspire to do.

CrossFit develops athletes in each of the three metabolic pathways – phosphagen, glycolytic, and oxidative.  We develop work capacity in each pathway from the short range (10 seconds or less), middle (out to about 2 minutes), to longer (out past two minutes).  We do not just want capacity in one; we want capacity in all three!

CrossFit is executed in a group environment with a “Coach” leading the session.  We firmly believe that this gets our athletes the best results.  It’s easy to cut a workout short, drop the weight, or skip the gym altogether without the extra measure of accountability that a team and a coach provide.  Your peers and coaches notice when you are not there.  We notice when you are sandbagging.  That extra measure of accountability ensures that everyone performs every session.  Similarly, a coach mentors, instructs, and maintains the standards.  Our coaches lead by example and are wholly committed to helping each member of the box achieve their highest level of fitness possible.

Finally, CrossFit is competitive in nature.  We “keep score” every workout.  Times, rounds, reps, and loads are all meticulously tracked and written on the white board ensuring the appropriate amount of transparency and consistency.  Napoleon Bonaparte said that men will risk their lives for a little piece of colored ribbon.  Similarly, athletes will push themselves harder if their score goes on the board.  This provides an extra measure of transparency and accountability that you typically will not find in other programs.  We encourage each athlete to track their workouts and personal records (PRs), which ties into the most important competition in the gym; the competition with yourself!

This is a goal-oriented community.  We encourage every member to write their goals on board on the main floor in order to make them public.  There are few feelings better checking them off one-by-one.  Simply put, everyone wants to be better today than they were yesterday and everyone loves to achieve their goals.  CrossFit provides the structure and organization to help each athlete achieve their very best not just in the gym, but in life.

 

A lot of people ask me, “What makes CrossFit different?”  At the risk of sounding cliché, just about everything!  It comes back to the definition of CrossFit: “Constantly Varied, Functional Movement, executed at a High Intensity.”  CVFMHI defines what we do at our box.  Constantly varied refers to the different modalities and time domains of the CrossFit prescription.  We run, row, jump rope, swing kettlebells, lift, do calisthenics, and throw medicine balls.  We put it together into dynamic and challenging protocols designed to challenge the fittest people in the world, but fully scalable and modifiable to challenge anyone and everyone else.  The functional piece refers to the notion that whatever we do has a purpose in nature.  Everyone has to move their bodies and move objects external to their bodies.  To quote the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, “the needs of the Olympic Weightlifter and a grandmother differ by degree, not kind.”  And finally, the high intensity piece is what people are most familiar with.  CrossFit is designed to be high intensity.  It is designed to challenge you!  You have to be fully engaged and committed in order to succeed here.  The program is too hard otherwise.  The look-good-naked-cardio-junkie may show up sometimes, but they do not last…

Rest assured that you will be required to continually learn and develop new skills.  You could spend the rest of your life perfecting technique, building strength, and increasing work capacity and still not have it all perfect.  One of the great things about that is that if you get bored in one area, it is very easy to tailor training to another.  Focus hard on developing running mechanics for three or six months, run a race, and move on to something else.  Start picking up more skill with Olympic lifts, kettlebells, or gymnastics.  Get stronger and more efficient at rowing.  The list goes on and can never truly be completed.  It’s a journey that is sure to lead to the stretching of limits and self-discovery, but never perfection.  However, the pursuit of perfection will eventually yield excellence!

We go heavy.  Your typical boot camp or cardio class may keep you moving for an hour, but the instructors and staff more than likely lack the equipment and expertise to properly train free weight lifts and certainly Olympic lifts safely.  This fits in to our overall model of fitness.  We don’t just want you to be strong for your weight, fast, be able to jump high, go short, or go long.  We want it all and deliver the program to get you there!

We do not specifically target toning, weight loss, sports performance, or any “squishy” measures of effectiveness.  We target improved work capacity across broad time and modal domains.  Toning, improved body composition, and improved sports performance are merely byproducts of improved work capacity.  So how do we measure it?  That’s simple.  We measure 1) what you moved and 2) how long it took you to do it.

Why CrossFit?  Simply stated, CrossFit is the most challenging and effective strength and conditioning program on the face of the earth.  Don’t believe me?  Try it yourself and see how to turn ordinary into extraordinary and get the results that you have always wanted from a fitness program!

Just eat lean meats, vegetables, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.  Easy right?  Here are some definitions and videos to help you get off to the right start in the jungle that is nutritional advice.

Paleo-Zone: this refers to the quality and quantity of food. Paleo indicates that the food is grain, dairy, and legume free. Zone indicates that it is weighed and measure in zone proportions. Learn more about Paleo and Zone.

Zone: indicates that the food has been weighed and measured into Zone proportions appropriate for your individual block requirements. Calculate you block requirements here

“Eyeball” Zone: check the video located here

Paleo free-eating: Paleo foods without measuring quantities

The following links are a great place to start to understand a little more about CrossFit nutrition.

Zone Quick Start with Dr. Barry Sears. It’s easier than you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isr12WKjt0E

The Zone and Weight Loss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHNxZc0vDtg

Nicole Carroll: CrossFit Nutrition I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ofmj7OxsqI

Nicole Carroll: CrossFit Nutrition II (Explicit Language!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5o3KHfsmMs&feature=related

Paleo in a Nutshell Vol I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCFZoqmKf5M

Paleo in a Nutshell Vol II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGXep32_qiI&feature=related

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