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When did you first start Crossfit? I first started Crossfit last summer
(Summer 2014) right when I moved to NJ.
What is your athletic background? I have played a little bit of every
sport under the sun. Baseball, football, and basketball were my high
school days and golf from high school on. It wasn’t until late in
college, however, when I discovered
The school’s fitness center where I started basic lifting and the rare
What was your number one hesitation in starting? High intensity training
for speed and strength did not sound like my cup of tea. I was afraid I
would start too many workouts and not have the physical or mental
capacity to finish. That fear I perpetuated within myself was quickly
You’ve made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Which movements
or areas of fitness do you feel made the most improvements? Olympic
lifting for sure. The clean & jerk and the snatch are so difficult for me
and I have put in a lot of time and work to improve efficiency and
How many times per week do you come to the gym? I try and come every
weekday for at least a class.
Ol has your diet changed since starting Crossfit? When I started
Crossfit, I wanted to maximize my experience both in the gym and in the
kitchen, starting to change my diet into a more Paleo basis. Since, I
have discovered that for me, it was more important to follow the idea of
Paleo as opposed to living by the book. Eating more of the
right foods on a daily basis like lean poultry, grassfed beef, greens,
natural carbs, and the good fats were more consistent with feeling good
and proving results than strict dieting day in and out. I have also tried
to cut down on the craft brews, so that helps too.
You recently got your first muscle up. Tell us about that! It was a
surreal moment for me. I was in between squat sets and I had been close
on a few recent muscle up attempts. I figured I would just jump on the
rings and not think about the components that make up the movement except
“hips”. I remember grabbing the rings then the next thing I know, I am holding myself at the top of the muscle up and not knowing how the heck I got up there. It was
invigorating and I was proud. The scariest part of the success, however,
was trying to figure out how to get down from up there.
What other skills are you trying to master? More consistent muscle-ups!
It is such a technical movement that challenges me to the brink of
my sanity. Some days they can be strung together and somedays I can’t
get over the rings. But more practice daily makes it more comfortable.
How has CrossFit affected you in your everyday life? I feel more
confident and capable. That is for certain. But most importantly,
Crossfit has influenced me to be more committed to achieving my goals. I
am committed to coming to the gym every day I can possibly make it in, to
getting one more rep or being one second faster, and to pushing myself
toward achieving my goals outside of the gym in my business life and
What is your favorite music to work out to? Whatever is on the Marvin
Tan playlist. I never knew that listening to “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit
on repeat could be PR fuel, but it is.
What are your favorite ( and non favorite) lifts and why? My favorite
lifts are the Olympic lifts. The clean & jerk and the snatch just feel
right when you hit all the positions, and the feeling reminds me of a
well-struck golf shot. Non favorite? Thrusters. Thrusters are my
nightmare. I have literally had nightmares about Thrusters.
What is your #1 goal in the gym for 2015? To PR all of benchmark workouts
we come across this summer and to prove to myself that I am stronger and
faster than last year when I first started.
What would you tell people who are interested, but apprehensive about
starting Crossfit? Just do it. I was so nervous on my first ride to
Crossfit Aspire for class that I almost turned around. But after that
first hour, I just wanted to get back for tomorrow’s workout. Then the
next day, I left with that same feeling. After a while, I noticed that
the urge for tomorrow¹s workout wasn¹t going away. I got hooked on the
lifts, the metcons, the community, and the coaches. You are going to get
hooked, too. You just need to give it a try.
Click here to see Chris in our community video for Aspire!Posted in News & Events, Personal Stories | Leave a comment February 18, 2015
Years with CrossFit (and CrossFit Aspire) 2 years total, all at Aspire
Prior fitness experiences: Initially a cross country runner logging 50-60 miles a week circa year 2000. Post highschool was conventional globo gym lifting and “cardio”
Hobbies (other than CrossFit, which is the only hobby that matters): Traveling, eating, and drinking beer in every corner of the world.
What made you get into CrossFit? I got pretty bored of conventional lifting and running, lost motivation, and the results, or lack of, came to a stand still. I was looking for that perfect combination of strength as well as endurance and CrossFit seemed to be the answer. 2 years later im still here and I feel like my overall fitness is more well rounded and continues to improve.
What was one of your earliest memories from the gym? Not sure exactly how early it was, but most painful may have been Justins infamous programming of Venom II followed the next day with Bear Complex.
What are your favorite and least favorite movements? Im in a love hate relationship with snatching. It involves alot of technical skill, as well as strength and mobility and i love the way it looks and feels when done properly. I think its the best overall single lift to test these skills. That being said, Im lacking a little on the technical side and have some shoulder mobility issues in the overhead position that have gotten much better but still not where i need them to be.
Have any of your least favorites become your favorites? Yes, hated cleans but eventually it clicked and they’re getting much better. Still hate power cleans
What is your favorite workout song right now? F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit – Jay Z and Rick Ross
Who do you ‘chase’ in the gym? When it comes to Metcons I chase Chris L, he’s quick and keeps it moving. Recently though, its been Casey, dude has some strong lifts and even though i havent worked out with him in a while, i always like to see what Brad Stadler is up to.
What gets your motivated in class? Good music, attentive coaching and advice, as well as the constant drive and motivation to be better than I was last week. When i feel like a coach is fully invested in what im doing it pushes me to perform. All of these items can be found at Aspire
What is your “goat” ( the one movement that is your biggest weakness) and what are you plans for improving it in 2015? See love-hate relationship above. I plan on working on my technical skills, paying more attention to the nuanced movements that can make or break a certain lift.
You love to cook, and your Food Swap meals are always a favorite! Explain your experience with cooking, learning to cooking, and seeking/making new things? When i began CrossFit i was focused on getting the best results possible, and as we are all aware, eating the proper food plays perhaps the biggest role in getting the results we want. I always thought i was eating the “right” foods i.e chicken breast, whole wheat, and of course the low fat version of everything. I was getting nowhere fast with conventional exercising as well as conventional diet. With the inclusion of CrossFit I started getting results again; looking better, feeling better, and getting stronger. I got very focused on the nutrition aspect of fitness and proper fueling for performance and health. With conventional exercise in my rear view mirror i left my conventional diet and found Paleo/ Primal. Over about 18 months of using the Paleo/Primal template i’ve learned not to be dogmatic about it and to eat what works for me. For example, white rice is my post workout savior where sweet potatoes just didnt do the trick (simple starch vs complex carb). All of these things led to my desire to control exactly what i was eating in order to get the results i desire, even if it is the occasional doughnuts and pizza, haha. What initially started as work is now routine. Im always trying to make new things in order to keep it interesting, sometimes to the point where i make more food than i need but i want to try a new recipe.
What are the most significant changes that you’ve seen since starting to eat Paleo/Primal? Results; I can see and feel the results of proper nutrition. My athletic performance has improved and i feel healthier than ever. I dont feel hungry all the time and maintain consistent energy levels throughout the day, no more riding the blood sugar rollercoaster.
What would you say to a person who wants to ‘get in shape’ before starting CrossFit? I would ask them if they “get in shape” for football by playing tennis. Point being, you get better at a sport by performing that specific sport and associated movements. There is nothing wrong with cross training, in fact its great, but CrossFit is scalable for every age and ability level so there is no reason to “get in shape” prior to starting because “getting in shape” is an inherent characteristic of CrossFit. Plus its nice to look back at where you started and see how far you’ve come.Posted in News & Events, Personal Stories | Leave a comment December 4, 2014
I’m ready for you. Whatever you have planned, and whatever you throw into the mix, I’m ready for it.
52 times this year, I will do the following things to get me ready for you. Each week I will be a little better than the last. And this will be my healthiest, happiest year yet.
This week, I will buy clean food and cook for the week. All of my meals will be prepared at home. Those that cannot, will be purchased with careful consideration and attention to ingredients.
This week, my workouts will go into my calendar as non-negotiable events. I will not ‘make time’ to work out. My workouts are part of my pre-existing plan. They will not be missed.
This week, my workouts this week will include at least one movement that I need to work on. I am committed to turning this weakness into a strength of mine.
This week, I will help someone in the gym. If I see someone struggling, I will be there with an anecdote, a personal story, a sympathetic ear, or a helpful piece of advice.
This week, I will not settle for anything less than perfection in my technique. I might not lift the most weight, but I will do it better than everyone else in class. I will be a good example for the others.
This week, I will say ‘No’ to a sweet treat or unwarranted food cheat. I will continue to do this until it feels natural ad becomes my default reaction.
This week, I will turn off the TV or computer 10 minutes earlier than usual at night.
This week, I will write down one reason why last week was great. (Review at the end of the year for maximum happiness)
This week, I will become a better person.
For my family, my gym friends, my coaches, and myself.
(your name goes here)
Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment November 3, 2014
Do you struggle with how many reps, sets, or what weight to use in class? That’s probably because there is no one correct answer. Rather, it depends on you, your past, your goals, and how you are feeling THAT DAY.
Here are Justin’s notes on how to select the right weight for yourself, when strength training.
Most days our classes follow a simple template:
1) Warm-up and mobility work
2) Strength training and/or skill work
4) Extra Credit
In the “strength training’ portion of class, the goal isn’t to lift the heaviest weight possible every day, but rather to lift with good technique a weight that is appropriate for the day. In a perfect world, the appropriate weight for the day will be a new PR, and if you are very new to lifting, this will often be the case. But once you have some experience with strength work, you quickly learn that not every day is a PR day. So considering this, I want to discuss how to properly choose your working weight for your strength work.
Technique is more important than weight lifted. Always. Go up in weight only if your technique is excellent, and don’t increase the weight if you expect technique to suffer.
Some days you’ll be stronger than others. Many factors will affect how strong you are on any given day.
- Sleep. Nothing can affect how you perform in the gym more than a bad night of sleep. And nothing can prepare you more for consistent progress and improvement in the gym than lot of sleep.
- Diet. After sleep, diet has the biggest effect on your training. If you’ve been eating clean and eating enough, expect your numbers to increase. If you’ve been eating junk, not enough, or you’ve recently cut out a lot of carbs, expect your numbers to drop.
- Stress. At work, at home, kids, relationships, etc. Any and all stress can interfere with a good training day.
- Previous workouts. Yesterday’s running will affect today’s squats.
- Time of day. I feel much stronger after work than I do in the morning. For you, the opposite might be the case.
- A change of routine. Have you recently started doing yoga? Training more times a week? Upped your mileage to get ready for an upcoming race?
- No good reason. Some days you walk in to the gym feeling weak and crappy and you have a record setting day. Other times you feel good, but your just don’t perform well. It’s the reality of strength training and fitness in general. Some days are better than others.
- Complexity. When performing the more technically challenging lifts, like Snatches and Clean&Jerks, you can expect a huge variance in your numbers from day to day. The less technical lifts, like shoulder presses and back squats, you will have more consistent numbers.
- Explosiveness. Much like with the more complex lifts, you’ll also see more variance with the more explosive lifts. Some days you’re faster and more explosive than others. So expect more consistency with your shoulder presses and less with you push presses.
So, knowing that there are many factors that will affect your training, let’s talk about how to approach choosing your weight.
- Don’t chase PRs just to get a new PR. I can’t stress this enough. You will not PR every day.
- Only go up in weight if technique is good. This decreases the chance of injury and teaches the body to move better. We want to reinforce good technique until it becomes automatic. Only then do we chase maximal weights.
- Base your weight increases on how each set feels. Go up in weight only if you perform a set that feels good and that you know you can improve upon.
- Have a realistic goal and a plan. If you’re feeling good, aim to hit around 90% of your PR (for that rep scheme) with enough time to lift for 1-2 more sets. For example, if you have 15 minutes to do Deadlifts x3, and your 3 rep PR is 305, aim to lift 275×3 with enough time to do 1-2 more sets. An example lifting session based on a 3×305 deadlift might look like this:
- 10 x 45
- 5 x 135
- 5 x 185
- 3 x 225
- 3 x 275
- 3 x 295
- 3 x 315 (10lb PR!)
- Or, if you’re tired, sore, or haven’t deadlifted recently, you’ll want to back off a little, so your training might end with the 3×275 or 3×295 set.
- As the weight gets heavier, rest longer between sets. Again, using the above deadlift example, you only need about 30-60 seconds of rest between each of the first four sets. Then, as the weight gets heavier, aim for 1-3 minutes of rest between sets.
- Small improvements over time add to huge increases in strength. Adding 5lbs a month to a lift is a 60lb increase in a year. If you’re feeling good, aim to get a 5lb PR.
In conclusion, before lifting you should be thinking about external factors (sleep, energy, eating), your body THAT DAY, your immediate and long term goals and the time allotted. These factors will allow you to determine the BEST possible course of action when lifting.
Remember that this is YOUR strength training session. The whiteboard is neat to look at, but remember this is a training session, not competition day. You work out to GET stronger and you compete to TEST your strength. Make smart choices, even if it means lifting less weight or taking a rest day to recovery. And keep getting stronger…everyday.Posted in News & Events, WOD | Leave a comment September 16, 2014
Members come and go, but the ones who display CONSISTENCY in their training are the ones that make the most progress and are least likely to get injured. The most recent gym superheroes are named so because they have been committed to coming to CrossFit consistently for 3 years, and have strength gains, overall fitness improvements, and a low injury rate to show for it.
Anne is a physician and John is a business owner with a family. Both are busy, yet they have had a standing appointment at CrossFit 3-4 times per week for years. They have make steady gains over the years, and continue to quietly sneak up on some of our other high level athletes. If you’re not paying attention (or coming to class regularly), John will easily out lift you and Anne will metcon circles around you.
Congratulations to the new Aspire Superheroes!
Member since September 2011
What got you into Crossfit? The frustration of trying to find the right mix of cardio and weights from a local gym without spending 1 ½- 2 hours for a full workout. The time compression at CrossFit really appealed to me, and that both can be achieved with much better results. I’ve never felt better.
Name a fitness goal you have. A fitness goal I have is to get better every day. Make each workout better then the day before and so on…Another goal is to never get out of shape. The variety of workouts CrossFit provides not only maintains a steady interest as opposed to running on a treadmill but also allows your body to recover faster because it is not focused on one muscle group day after day.
Favorite Benchmark, WOD and/or Lift. My favorite benchmark is Grace. Favorite lift when I first started was Farmer’s Walk since it was simple and heavy as opposed to more technique focused and lighter weighted lifts such as overhead squat.
What are your favorite and least favorite movements? I kind of gravitated towards the lifts like the overhead squat because I was so bad at them from the beginning and look forward to the progress being made. My least favorite lift is front squat. Least favorite metcon is Air Force workout…it’s the burpee intervals on the minute that kills me.
How has CrossFit impacted your life? For starters, it has given time back to me. Time I would have been wasting at other gyms. Second, it has given results. If your goal in mind is to actually improve your fitness and health, CrossFit is for you. Third, it has impacted my diet which is something was done wrong for years. At Aspire, there is a strong focus on eating healthier and there is a direct correlation between performance and diet.
Member since April 2011
Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody knows about you. I am a huge fan of mixed martial arts (MMA), and I have attended over 50 live UFC events. Also, I wear a lot of pink, but my favorite color is green. All shades.
Favorite Benchmark, WOD and/or Lift. Death By Power Cleans/Front Squats (20 min max)!! Least favorite – Fight Gone Bad-ish
What are your favorite and least favorite movements? Favorite movement – cleans. So much to learn and remember and improve! Least favorite movement – running.
How has CrossFit changed your outlook on life? CrossFit has made me realize that despite vastly diverse personalities, professions, beliefs, backgrounds, cultures and interests, if you have a group of people who share a similar passion, you’ve got yourself a tight-knit community. Strong connections can be made even if you only have one single thing in common.Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment May 27, 2014
Who almost misses their birthday??!! WE DO!
Between the holiday weekend, Memorial Day Murph craziness, and getting ready for Regionals in Boston this weekend (competitive spectating!), we almost missed a very important date! Our FIRST WORKOUT as a CrossFit Affiliate.
Published on May 26th, 2010, here was CrossFit Aspire’s first workout.
Dynamic hip and shoulder stretches
Kettlebell Swings (53#men, 35# women)
Kettlebell Goblet Squats
*All sets must be done unbroken. If you stop in the middle of a set, take a rest until you are able to complete the set without stopping.
Plank holds and push ups
Hip and hamstring stretches
As some of you may know, we first got introduced to CrossFit back in 2007/2008 when there were virtually no ‘boxes’ in South Jersey. We chose the closest to us, which was EvoFit which was a simple operation, run out of Cooper River Park. (The owners of EvoFit went on to start CrossFit Tribe and CrossFit Center City) Justin joined first, and I joined shortly after, having never touched a barbell in her life. About a year and a half into coaching CrossFit (Justin) and being involved in CrossFit Tribe, we looked at each other and said “Hey, we can do this on our own!” and from there, the wheels started spinning and CrossFit Aspire opened. “We can make it super hero themed! What will the name be? Let’s get a thesaurus! How will we afford equipment? Craigslist!”
Working around our own full time job schedules, we started a very modest gym in the garage with one morning class and one evening class. From there, the schedule grew based on demand, and when the winter came, the barbells and KBs were almost impossible to touch without going numb, and the garage door had to stay shut, they realized it was time to grow.
Are you “Old School Aspire”?: If you remember the lack of flooring (just cement, better not faceplant on your burpees!), or that red carpet (was it really any better than the cement?! Who puts a carpet in a gym?!), or the teeny tiny pull up bar (It said “fits 3 people”. Is this a pull up bar for ants?!),or doing walking lunges on the front lawn, hoping your foot didn’t slip into a KB/Barbell-created hole, then you are officially “Old School Aspire”. Congratulations!! ( I’m looking at you, Jay, Beth, Jamie, Steve, Dave)
The next year was a whirlwind of growth and activity in the ‘new’ CrossFit Aspire at 1950 Old Cuthbert. After ripping out the drop ceiling and making the place look as “hardcore” as a former Deli with floor to ceiling glass windows could look, we opened this location and welcomed over 100 new members, many of which are still with us at this gym!
Question: If you were with us back then, what was your favorite memory of CrossFit Aspire at 1950 Old Cuthbert?
We grew out of that space, and moved down the street to 3 Larwin Rd where we currently reside. At this location, we were able to welcome an additional 100+ members, many of whom have gone on to become some of our most capable and caring athletes. This group, combined with our Old School group, have hosted multiple events (Festivus, In-House Comps, Boston Marathon bombing charity event, Save the Shore Sandy Relief event), competed in local and regional competitions ( Test Your
Metal, Barbells for Boobs, No Baby Leave the Socks On, Mount Laurel Comp, Beat the Streets, ran as a team ( Turkey Trot, Tough Mudder, CMC, Broad Street), and have had countless BBQs, rock climbing, costume workouts, fun weekend trips and events.It’s our current members (that’s you!) that make us happy, and that allow us to become the best gym we can be. Our staff right now are some of the most well-educated and motivational coaches in the area, and our members are enthusiastic, welcoming, and are on their way to being in the best shape of their lives.
Even on days when we seem stressed or tired, there is no place we’d rather be. We are growing our ‘family’ and adding a new gym, but you will always be our first born and will hold a special place in our hearts. Seeing the crowd that turned out to show their respect and do “Murph” yesterday was a perfect example of the type of people you are, and why we love you.
Happy Birthday to the gym!!!! It’s been a crazy ride, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!
And many moooooooorrrrrreeeeee.
Our goal at CrossFit Aspire is to help you find your inner superhero. For some of you, this comes pretty easily and quickly. For others, it’s a months or years-long process that requires a lot of self-reflection, failure & recovery, practice, and a slow build up of confidence.
There are some of you at the gym who have been putting forth extra effort to let your inner superhero come out, and this segment is for YOU. Every 3 months or so, we will recognize a male and female “Gym Superhero” who has been setting a good example through their practice, their help with new members, or their attitude or progress in general.
The Gym Superhero will be recognized with a blog post and a high five from as many members as possible. We MIGHT even have some sweet red capes for them to don for a special picture. Who knows…
The first Gym Superheroes are
Jess Schulz and Ryan DeBonis!
These two have been quietly and steadily making some AMAZING progress in the gym. Here are their stories:
First, an homage to Ryan, from his 5:30am management crew:
“Ryan is the Dark Horse. One day he was the quiet guy in the back learning how to do snatches, then all of a sudden he’s the quiet guy in the back who’s using the 30-pound wallball and the 30-inch box and has Jason Keesal’s eye on him during the MetCons. Coaches love Ryan because he asks questions, listens, and soaks it in. The rest of us at 05:30 love him because he says please and thank you and brings in muffins (Paleo) his grandmother makes. It’s impressive how much stronger and faster he gets every time he comes to class, and the gold stars show no signs of stopping! He works hard, stays humble, and brings his A-game every day! No, seriously. Every single day. All of us at 05:30 are very proud of Ryan and are happy to call him one of our own.”
BEGAN CROSSFIT: 6/2013 AGE:33 PROFESSION: Grocery Merchandising
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND: Played baseball until I was 17 and just started running long distance about a year ago and have completed 2 half marathons since November.
WHY I STARTED DOING CROSSFIT: Because of the variety and the change it has day to day. As well as working out and training with others and learning from them as much as I can.
FAVORITE MOVEMENT: Squats either back or front. But especially back squats
FAVORITE WORKOUT (or type of workout): One that has box jumps and or wall balls in it but also has something for overhead lifting.
2014 GOALS (in the gym): I really don’t have set goals in mind. But I like to see where I’ve been and previous weights or times and just keep improving on them. As well as learning something new all the time
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS/RACES: Broad Street Run 10 miles and Spring Lake 5 miles
FAVORITE WORKOUT SONG (or type of music): Anything Kanye West, Wale and, Jay-Z.
WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?: I’m addicted to sneakers, all different types for different things. I have roughly 30 pairs and the collection keeps growing.
MY FAVORITE DAY IN THE GYM WAS: Few weeks ago went head to head with Jason Keesal with heavy Clean and Jerks and Wall Balls and was surprised I was able to keep up with him.
First, a note from Alycia:
“I LOVE JESS SCHULZ. There, I said it. It feels good to get that out. Jess is the ultimate representation of a certain group of people within the community. A group that most coaches (at least most coaches at Aspire) LOVE to have in their class. Those with the most to gain from CrossFit. The self-proclaimed “weak and sooo out of shape”. The ones who can’t complete an entire CrossFit class….at first. And then, somewhere along the way – it might be after a PR, or after some time off the gym, or after a whisper from a fellow member – things start to turn around for them. They gradually ease off the modifications, find the energy to complete the metcon without stopping, start eating better and eventually see improvements their strength. This is Jess to a tee, and in case you haven’t noticed, that girl is ON FIRE right now. Her quest to do precisely 1.2 billion burpees before Festivus and her ever-increasing strength numbers are a perfect example of how results match the amount of work and focus are put in.
BEGAN CROSSFIT (month/year): Well I technically signed up in Aug 2012 but I didn’t really commit to it wholeheartedly until June 2013 (meaning I probably came like twice a month between Aug 2012-May 2013).
AGE: 24. PROFESSION: PhD student.
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND: Ha none really. Played softball as a kid. Did field hockey for two years in high school and threw shot/disc for one year.
WHY I STARTED DOING CROSSFIT: Liz Earle asked me to go for the Groupon and when I almost died during the warm up and Justin had to pull me aside so I didn’t throw up, I realized okay I should probably be doing this.
FAVORITE MOVEMENT: Only one!?! Deadlifts, power cleans, push jerk, back squat…can you tell there’s a no cardio piece to this?
FAVORITE WORKOUT (or type of workout): Uh..I sadly like Cindy. Grace. Rowing? Kb swings. A grinder. Like 20 mins. Some type of ground to overhead? Throw burpees in there too. I hate them but they’ll make me better. AMRAP? I think I have ADD.
2014 GOALS (in the gym): To RX Grace. To not be last in a metcon. To actually run during a metcon that includes running. To actually have a band-assisted pull up. To not die during burpees. 200# back squat. 300# deadlift.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS/RACES: Festivus April 19th. Hopefully training with Melissa for a 5k soon.
FAVORITE WORKOUT SONG (or type of music): It’s weird. I fluctuate between Justin’s headbanging rock to Bonnie up in da club. But Monster by Kanye West etc.
WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES: Uhhh…actually spending time with friends and not feeling guilty about it because I should be working on my research? Is that sad. Yes, that’s sad. Or spending an entire day in NYC without any plans, just doing whatever. Or lining up like 7 concerts to go to in the span of two months.
MY FAVORITE DAY IN THE GYM WAS:
Festivus in Oct 2013. That last workout with the deadlifts and the run. I still have it go through my mind at times when I’m dying during a metcon. To hear that many people cheering me on felt so cool. Like…okay you’re obviously not the best but fuck you’re just out here trying to get better. And to not be lame, but every day in the gym is my favorite. I’ve never met a more diverse, awesome group of people who are so encouraging and helpful. Thanks for cultivating that wonderful environment. You guys keep me going.
You wouldn’t skip the gym just because you know won’t finish first in the metcon.
You wouldn’t skip logging your scores into Wodify simply because you didn’t lift more than everyone else in the gym that day.
Many of you have signed up for the Broad Street Run, Tough Mudder, CMC, and local competitions, knowing fully that you will NOT win or even come close to winning.
SO WHY BOTHER? WHY SHOW UP AT ALL? Why even compete at all, if you know you won’t make it much further along in the competition?
I can’t answer that for you, but you can.
You know why you show up every day to the gym. You have goals and you are taking steps toward achieveing them.
So why…..please answer this…..why wouldn’t you register for the CrossFit Open, (even if you know, for sure, that you won’t make it onto the next level of competition) ?
The CrossFit Open is the ONE COMPETITION all year that YOU (and all of your friends from the gym) are all personally invited to. It’s cheap (only $20) and there’s always an open spot for you. It won’t sell out!
By registering, you will be putting your scores into a virtual whiteboard with over 100,000 other CrossFit athletes from around the world. You’ll be able to see how you stack up among local competitors, athletes in your age group, and elite level CrossFit athletes.
(PSST – That means that you and Rich Froning will be doing the same workout on the same day, and logging your scores into the same place. When will that ever happen again???!!)
CLICK HERE to Register NOW. Please do it NOW before you forget. If you forget to sign up before they release the first workout next Thursday, you will not be given a chance to register at all.
As with any CrossFit competition, there is also a need for volunteers/helpers/judges. Our top athletes will need to be judged by a Certified CrossFit Judge. The online course isn’t long, and it’s free to do.
If you become a certified judge, please notify Alycia via Alycia@crossfitaspire.com ASAP and we’ll add you to our list of judges. We’ll most likely need the most help at the 5:30am and 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm classes.
Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment January 14, 2014
I remember it like it was yesterday….(Well, it WAS only last week)
Day 4 of the 30 Day Paleo Challenge. As I passed by the 3rd Wawa on my way to the gym, I had a moment of misguided clarity and sheer stupidity: I thought to myself “If I pulled into that Wawa and got a doughnut, or some cookies, and ate it in my car in the parking lot, NO ONE WOULD EVEN KNOW.” I could wipe the crumbs from my shirt and walk right into the gym, and they would be none the wiser.
SIDE NOTE: I don’t know you about you, but being on a challenge makes me crave things I never normally eat throughout the year. What gives?!
Slowly, I started to seriously rationalize my impending decision: “I mean, it’s not like I’m that unhealthy, I don’t really need to lose weight, and if I do it in private then I can still play a role model for others at the gym. Right?”
Then, as if shaken from my craving-induced trance, I came to my senses, stayed in the middle lane, and continued on my drive to the gym. I taught a great class, and killed the workout later at night. Why? BECAUSE I’M BETTER THAN THAT.
I deserve only the best. I’m pretty great, after all.
And so are you.
The next time you feel yourself tempted to eat some crappy food, or do a few less pull ups than you’re supposed to, or slack on your skill work, remember that YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT.
You don’t come to CrossFit so that people can think you did the workout really fast, or so that people think you eat healthy. You come to show yourself some respect by actually doing those things and making yourself the best version of you.
Do it for you. NOT for your coach, your family, your significant other, your friends, or your ego.
When you find that pesky devil sitting on your shoulder, shrug him off and remind yourself: I’M BETTER THAN THAT.Posted in 30 Day Challenge, News & Events | Leave a comment December 16, 2013
Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24th)
4:30pm Kids – CANCELED
5:15pm Kids – CANCELED
6pm Rx- CANCELED
6:30pm – CANCELED
Christmas Day – CLOSED
New Year’s Eve- Normal Schedule
New Year’s Day
All other classes CANCELED