Good Afternoon CFTP,

I had such a blast yesterday at the competition down at Hermes CrossFit! It was a fun competition and got me really excited for The Lockdown and subsequent Battle of the Valley competition we have coming up. If you have not found a same-sex partner for this upcoming competition, please do. In the words of Carolyn Turcotte, “I didn’t sign up last year and I regretted it.” It’s a fun competition that everyone has a level they fit in. Join in on the fun and enjoy the spirit of competition within our walls. Go here to sign up. Once the competition begins next Thursday, we will charge your accounts but sign up at that link to reserve your spot so we know who’s in.

Today Dave, Scoob and myself had the honor of finishing up with the setup of our new equipment! We have added the following items for your fitness pleasure:

5x Assault Bikes
2x Ski Ergs
2x Rowers
1,000 pounds of bumper plates
10 new ring dip stations
5 New climbing ropes

A couple of rules to reiterate with these items:

Assault Bikes/Ski Ergs/Rowers
The assault bikes are a great tool for conditioning. The only issue with these bikes is that the way they are built they are super loud. Therefore, these bikes CANNOT be used during the first part of any classes. As a trainer, it makes it very difficult to explain the workout when these bikes are in use so please be considerate and wait until the explanation and stretching portions of the classes. If the class is in a circle getting an explanation then the bikes shall not be in use! This will go for the ski ergs and rowers as well… Although these are a bit quieter… Just please be considerate and think before you use.
When you get done using the assault bikes and rowers please wipe up your sweat as well. The sweat pools up and actually causes damage to the equipment.

Bumper Weights
In this grand of weights, we purchased 15 new tens. THE TEN POUND BUMPER PLATES ARE NOT TO BE DROPPED WHEN THEY ARE ALONE ON THE BARBELL. What happens when the 10 pound bumper weights are dropped, is they flex and pop out the center ring and then we have to use them like that or eventually they end up in the dumpster.

General Equipment Rules
This equipment has been purchased for your use. These items are for you to use to become more fit and we are always looking to provide you with top of the line equipment. Therefore, it is as much my responsibility as it is yours to take care of this equipment. Treat this equipment as your own because essentially it is. You are the one that will use it day in and day out. If it breaks then it is us as members who suffer so please treat it with respect.

Clean your equipment after you use it. IF YOU BLEED ON A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT… CLEAN IT OFF! It blows my mind that I have to tell people to clean their blood off of equipment. I’ve had instances where people have bled on bars and on rings and just left. How is this possible!? Tears happen and I understand that but if you leave blood on rings and on barbells for an extended period of time it is almost impossible to take off.
This goes for sweat as well. Sweat on the floor and barbells and ab mats and wherever else your trail of sweat goes… Please wipe it up before you leave.

A lot of this is common sense but I have noticed that we have become a little forgetful and I hope that this is a good reminder to you all.

Love you all and I can’t wait to put this new equipment to use!

Coach Dan

Today’s Spotlight goes to Angie Patterson!

1. How long have you been at The Point?
4 years

2. What do you do for a living?
I am a service manager at Monsen Engineering

3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
I would run occasionally.

4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
Competing in competitions. They push me to work harder and give it my all.

5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Sometimes you may be so sore you cant move or frustrated with a certain movement. Stick with it! The payoff is worth it.

6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
I guess it would be cleans and hand stand push ups.

7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
I love partner WODS. Its fun to push each other.

8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Butterfly pullups and bar muscle ups.

9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I really didn’t know what CrossFit was so I didn’t have a view. Crossfit is what gets me through the day. It helps me relieve stress and gives me more energy.

10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
4 years ago after having my 3rd son I wanted to get into shape. My neighbor Amy mentioned she was going to crossfit. I wanted to give it a try. I loved the feeling of getting back in shape. Amy and I started doing competitions and we were hooked. Crossfit has become a part of my daily life and I love that I can be a positive role model for my kids by example. I love the people and the family environment at the point. Everyone is so supportive and positive.

Trainer’s thoughts on Angie:
Coach Dan: I love Angie. She is always willing to take on a challenge. She never backs down and is so consistent. She works hard and is focused until the final second.

Coach Mandy: “Angie always works hard and is always up for a challenge. She always amazes me the way she fights through the workouts, especially the OUR Comp she did! She is always smiling too! Great personality and fun to coach!”

Coach Leslie: “I love Ang!! She’s always working hard and getting better. She loves to compete, and I love seeing her compete and kick butt! She’s the sweetest girl and so positive!”