Good Afternoon CFTP,

The last few days I have been thinking a lot about how little decisions affect our lives. I’ll take an example of one of my good buddies I grew up with. We were close friends from childhood and both grew up in the same area with similar influences. I took one road and he took another and it’s really hard, as his friend, to watch him as he struggles as an adult. He made decisions that forced him into situations where he has very little control over what happens because his little decisions when he was younger have become habits that are very hard to break. He now, at age 33, lives at home and has a very hard time landing a job and spends most of his days high and drinking. I asked him to go and play soccer with me the other day but because of his decisions he is physically unable to do something he used to love to do.

The reason I bring this up is because I believe we are all faced with little decisions that greatly affect our lives. Even now, we have the choice to eat this or eat that. We have the choice to wake up early and get to the gym or to sleep in. (This decision may become even harder after The Point switches to 5 and 6 this week). We have the choice to allow workouts to intimidate us or to be afraid to go to the gym because your friend can’t go today. When we make little decisions and choices to be healthier, it makes the next choice easier. When you go to the gym, then the choice to eat healthier that day becomes easier. On the flip side, when we don’t go to the gym on Monday, it makes it easier to not go to the gym on Tuesday. Before you know it, a week has gone by without you attending the box and then a month where maybe you went a time or two total.

My buddy’s life didn’t change with just one decision back when he was 18… It was little decisions over time and now 15 years later his decisions have brought him to where he is today.

I want all of you to take a step back and pledge to yourself that you will make the conscious decision to get into The Point at least 3 times this week. I want you all to make that choice now and commit yourself to it. For those of you on the 3 month promotion, with the promotion coming to an end next month, I want you to decide now to take full advantage of this final month of your promotion. I want you to get the benefit that The Point has to offer. I want this experience to help lead you down a healthier path of life and hopefully you stay long term with us but at very least, I want this experience to change how you look at fitness and push you to be stronger.

If you are struggling with consistency, please drop me a line and let me be your contact to help keep you honest.

Coach Dan

Today’s spotlight goes to Ryan Cole!!!

Ryan is the second stud from the left!

1.      How long have you been at The Point?

I think I started in September 2014, so 3 full years. 

2.      What do you do for a living?

I’m an owner of Gerhart Cole; we are Civil Engineering consultants who practice throughout Utah, the intermountain west, and a few international projects. 

3.      Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?

When I was younger I was really active. After graduate school, I slowly stated down a path of bad habits. Its sad to admit, but I was in a pretty bad spot before I joined CFTP.  I was overworked, overweight, tired, and led a pretty unhealthy lifestyle.  Something needed to change and the change needed to come from me; so I signed up.

4.      If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?

When I was able to back and front squat my own body weight; this was a pretty big deal for me.  However, reflecting on this past year of cross fit, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I continue to consistently attend.  I’ve averaged at 4 days a week since January 2017.  For me consistency is important.

5.      What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?

This is from my perspective, but don’t get all hung up on the Rx stuff.  I feel it’s more important to track what you do (weights, time, etc) so you can look back and see your progress and where you can improve.  Also, another important part of cross fit is being able to do cross fit then next day.  What I mean by that is that an injury is not worth it.  Scale the movement if you need to and tell the coach if you have something bothering you.  I’m saying this as an older guy.

Also, please do not feel intimidated.  Go introduce yourself to others and get to know others.  This past year I’ve attended every class time at least once and my experience and interactions has been very positive.  People at the point genuinely care and the all the Coaches want to help. 

6.      What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?

Kettlebells & dumbbells.  I know these are not movements, but I really like the workouts that we do with Kettlebells.  Also, I’ve like the dumbbell movement we have been doing since these were added to the Point.  I really like the dumbbell snatch movement; its really hard for me but I like it.

7.      What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?

Probably have to go with Murph.  That’s not to say I do it well and I’m pretty sure my pushups towards the end of the workout look like crap.  But I like this wod because you have 2 chances each year to track yourself and look at how you improve. I’ve also never really been a runner and its been cool for me to see improvement in my running.  Most importantly its another reminder to me of how lucky we are to live and raise our families in this wonderful Country and that there are real costs associated with the Freedom we enjoy.  I’m grateful for the heroes in my life and those who have and continue to serve and protect us. 

8.      What are your goals for the upcoming year?

I would really like to get double unders, continue to improve on my pushups, and start to consistently link 10+ pullups before breaking when pullups are part of our wods.

9.      Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?

I really did not know anything about CrossFit. I knew Coach Dan and it looked pretty interesting to me when I would look at his facebook posts.  My view of CrossFit have changed a lot

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

Since starting CrossFit, I have lost close to 50 pounds and gained a few back. I’ve participated in several life and health challenges, lock downs, opens, and just recently completed my first Spartin (thanks Amy, Angie, Brandon, and Mike).  CrossFit has slowly become a part of my life.  Each day I’m accountable in one way or another as to decision I’ve made the previous days (what I’ve eaten, how much sleep I’ve gotten, etc).  CrossFit sets the tone of my day. I find myself more focused and goal driven with my daily tasks and responsibilities after those 5:30 am wods.  My hope is that I will continue CrossFit for years to come.

Also, just want to give a quick shout out and thank you to all the Coaches (past and present) at the Point.  You all have helped me in more than one way and I really appreciate your time and friendship.  Cheers – Ryan.

Trainer’s thoughts on Ryan:

Coach Dan: I’ve known Ryan for many years and I am so happy he joined us 3 years ago! I’ve always looked up to his work ethic and also his consistency. He is always consistent and always improving. It has been awesome to see him enter the different healthy eating challenges over the years and to lose the weight he has lost and to keep it off! He is like a brother to me and I am proud of his progress.

Coach Leslie: “Ryan is such a great guy! He’s so fun to coach, and takes direction so well. He works so hard, and is constantly improving! He’s got an awesome attitude and outlook on life. Love seeing him at the gym!”

Coach Emily: “Ryan is so coachable. I haven’t been able to coach him for a while, and I miss it! He is so determined to constantly improve himself, and usually has a smile on his face while doing it. I’m so glad he joined our CFTP family!”

Coach LaDee: “Ryan has grown so much as a crossfitter. He comes in and works so hard and is always staying around to cheer others on. Great athlete. Great human! So happy he’s part of the CFTP family!”