Good Afternoon CFTP!

First of all… How awesome was it to see your kids compete Saturday?! Huge thank you to Erik for putting together such a great event. It was so fun to see all the videos and pictures posted throughout the day yesterday. I love that you all are sharing your passion with your littles. Thank you for the amazing examples you are to your kids and to all the kids around you. The longer I am a parent the more I understand the power of example. Your kids want to be just like you and are always watching. It’s so cool to see such great examples.
If you haven’t heard, for the summer we are shifting our CrossFit Kids classes to late morning Tuesday and Thursday at 10:45 AM. I’d love to see a big group of your kids come in and get a taste of CrossFit Kids and be able to do what mommy and daddy do.

While you all were having a ball with your kids I was at Draper Park attending my first Olympic Lifting Meet. I’ve wanted to do it for years but was always tentative because trying new things is intimidating. But, I sucked it up and threw my hat in the ring. It was a huge learning experience for me. I came out of there with two huge realizations.

#1 Everyone needs a coach.

I’ve said this before and I will always believe this. No matter what level of athlete you are, you will always need a coach to help you along the way.
When I showed up Saturday morning I was like a fish out of water. I’ve attended many CrossFit events and feel very comfortable in that environment but when it came to a competition with just two lifts, I was lost. Luckily, a friend of mine saw me for the lost puppy I was and took me under his wing. Trinity from Hyperion Barbell was there coaching one of his young athletes and decided to take it upon himself to coach me through the meet.
Throughout the meet he let me know what percentages I should be hitting and the timing of each lift. He gave me some pointers on my form but for the most part helped me stay calm and stay warm. It didn’t seem like he was doing a lot but it made all the difference in the world to me.
I had two options when Trinity offered to help. I could have taken the approach of, I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost 7 years and I know what a snatch and a clean and jerk is. I can handle this meet. Or, I could realize that I was in foreign territory and Trinity is a world class lifter willing to help me. He is taking time out of his day to make sure my meet goes as well as a first meet could possibly go.
This goes for all of us in many different situations in our lives. I hope we never think we are too good to learn from someone who is willing to take the time to coach us or teach us something. I hope that when one of our awesome training team at The Point sees a flaw in our technique or sees something that we can improve on, that we take that advice and run with it. The older I get and the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know that much. I am always looking to improve and when I improve I am going to try and impart what I worked hard to learn to anyone who is willing to listen and to anyone who wants to be the best version of themselves.
The more you ignore a coach or an advisor in life, the less effort that coach and advisor is going to try. If you’re being ignored, then why would we make the effort?

#2 The Bounce Back Effect

My meet was going as smooth as I could have ever dreamed through the first 3 lifts. Of course, I love snatches much more than I like the Clean and Jerk. I hit all 3 of my snatches and was just 4 pounds off my Personal Record. I was very satisfied with my performance until the first Clean and Jerk attempt happened:

If you look closely, you will see what happened… As I was pressing that bar I smacked the bar under my chin. Let’s just say… It really hurt and the thing about Olympic Lifting is, when you miss a lift you are automatically placed on a 2 minute clock and you get a second chance at the same weight.
I had 2 minutes to shake off the pain, spit out the blood from my lip and to attempt the lift again. I was not used to this kind of turnaround and after missing a lift, your confidence is at an all time low but I made my way back out onto the platform and performed the lift again 2 minutes later.

I went on to miss my third attempt but to bounce back from the initial miss was huge for me. We all have situations in life or in the gym where we get “hit under the chin with a barbell”. It’s not a question of whether or not it’s going to happen, the question is how do we react? We will all be faced with some type of setback in our lives. We will all have something happen in our lives that makes us question what we are doing.
When I hit myself, I definitely started to second guess my decision to be at that meet. I started to wonder if the risk was worth it. Was the embarrassment of failing really worth it? I’ll tell you this, the answer is always yes. I have always said this and I truly believe this, you will never grow if you don’t challenge yourself. If you don’t take yourself out of your comfort zone you may never be embarrassed but you will also never achieve your potential.
You are capable of so much more than you ever thought. It’s not going to be easy and it is not always going to be comfortable but as you challenge yourself to do stuff that makes you uncomfortable, you will grow. When you come into the gym on a day that you absolutely hate the workout and you don’t just go and do your own thing but you actually take the challenge of that workout head on, you grow and progress.
I hope you all can learn from my experience this past weekend and will look for competitions and look for challenges that push you to be better and to progress.

Coach Dan

Today’s spotlight is for Amy McKinnon!

1. How long have you been at The Point?
1. It will be 2 years in July.

2. What do you do for a living?
I am lucky enough to be a live in entertainer for 3 little kids and a puppy!

3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Prior to Crossfit I did a little of everything (LifeTime Gym,Running,Barre,Yoga,Home DVD workouts) but not consistently.

4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
My favorite accomplishment is that I have almost made it 2 years! I remember running in one of my very first workouts and thinking I was going to die. Same can be said for burpees, bar hoping burpees, thrusters, wall balls, box jumps, etc. I feel accomplished everyday I leave the gym knowing I did my best. I know if I work hard everyday I will get better and better.

5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
What I would say is STICK WITH IT! I remember coming in and thinking WOW look at these ladies, they are so strong. I promise if you stick with it and come consistently you will become a stronger and better person! I truly feel like CFTP is the best gym ever! We celebrate each others victories! We are all in it together!

6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Over Head Squat and Snatch.

7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
I think the WOD I felt most proud of was 17.5
10 rounds for time of:
9 thrusters, 95/65
35 Double Unders

8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
My goal for the next year is to get bar muscle ups down.

9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
Before starting CrossFit I remember thinking how fun it looked. I wanted to be able to do pull ups. And Now I can : )

10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.

CrossFit has been the best thing that I have ever done! I was once called “fat” in 6th grade and I wasn’t fat at all, it was muscle. I remember a boy in 9th grade asking me if I was a runner because my calves were “huge” and I was self conscious of my calves for years after that. It has taken years for me to be ok with me because of a few comments made years ago. This is the first “gym” I have been to that actually promotes fitness and health. It is good to have muscle and be strong not just be “skinny”. The stronger I become physically the stronger I am becoming mentally. CrossFit is my medication for feeling good about myself.

Trainer’s thoughts on Amy:
Coach Dan: Amy came in with her sister Jenny and I loved the dedication of these two ladies. I remember early on having conversations about friends of theirs who were a bit anti-CrossFit and I loved seeing their attitude of, “I love it and I feel good doing it.” Amy has impressed me so much, especially over these past 6 months. I too, remember her 17.5 score and was so impressed with it. She has come so far and I am so excited to see the athlete she is becoming. I love seeing athletes who are not afraid to be strong and to work hard towards their goals.

Coach Leslie: “Amy is so fun to coach, she is driven, always setting goals and working hard to achieve them. I have loved watching her learn and grow as an athlete!”

Coach Mandy: “Amy has something in her that shows that she is a fighter! So strong and such a good person inside and out! Always caring for people around her and always smiling!”