We have a guest writer today!
Putting the Fun in Fitness
I recently started mountain biking again. I used to do it several years ago and even competed in some races back then. I’m not sure where I lost my joy for this sport; it just seems to have gotten lost in life. This past summer, we hooked up with some of our “old” mountain biking friends and my family was getting more into it so I decided to try it out again. Man, it’s FUN! It got me starting to think about my fitness and the fun that I have doing the things I do. CrossFit is one of those loves of fitness. I love going to the gym. I love seeing people pour their hearts out. But there are a few members that I encounter that come because they feel like they “have to”. They are doing what needs to be done in order to get in shape and to be healthy. I agree that it takes time to develop a love for fitness and some people may never love to go to the gym, but they see the benefit of it, so they continue to go. To me, it’s all about attitude. We have more power than we think to make our own rules about life. We get to choose how we want to approach each day and how we want to approach our fitness. We get to show our kids that exercise and fitness can bring us happiness and not be something we dread every day. So, for yourselves, find something that you enjoy. Find a reason to go to the gym, whether that is to say hi to your favorite coach (J), to be able put on cute lulu lemon shorts, or to brag to your coworkers that you hit the 5 am class. But, you get to capture your own thoughts. You get to choose how you approach each day and you get to find something fun in your fitness. With the Lockdown coming up, let’s have fun. Let’s enjoy hanging out together. Let’s enjoy working hard together. Let’s enjoy cheering each other on. Let’s find the “Fun in Fitness”!
Athlete Spotlight TJ Winn
1. How long have you been at The Point?
A little over 3 years.
2. What do you do for a living?
I am in sales. I also own Damage Plan Athletics with Ryan Stowe.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Flag football and Vasa bum.
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
Does teaching Lindsay everything she knows count? Learning the OHS. Took me soooo long to even be able to squat the bar. Now I really look forward to wods that have them in them.
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
1a Learn the basics! The Snatch, clean, deadlift etc are all such technical movements. You need to learn them the correct way before adding weight. 1b Your only competition is yourself don’t worry about anyone else.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
I am really starting to love the clean, but my heart belongs to the deadlift.
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
Fight gone bad (we need to do it soon Daniel)
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year? I want to join the 300lb clean club and also relearn my snatch. I want to learn to like running. I am not sure how to go about it without actual running though.
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining? Didn’t really know much about it so it’s hard to say.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
Crossfit has truly changed my life. I am stronger, healthier, and happier than I have ever been in my life. When I started I was fat and out of shape. I couldn’t squat below depth, do a single pull-up, and run for any type of distance. I came in day 1 got my ass kicked and have been hooked ever since. I love how we all support each other and push each other to our limits. I look forward to my time at the box and so does my family.
Coach Dan: TJ is such a stud and is always open to learn more. It’s so fun to watch him progress andto see him compete! Really love having him as part of The Point!
Coach Dave: “TJ is one hell of a motivator! He is such a supportive husband and is always putting others above himself. Did anybody else notice he can deadlift a crapload of weight, or just me?😉”
Coach Leslie: “TJ is a freaking powerhouse! He is constantly working hard to get better. I love his attitude and appreciate how much he encourages others. And his clothing company is pretty bad ass too!”
Coach LaDee: “TJ…where do I start? Funny, strong, positive, encouraging, team player, loves to compete, flexible….oh no, went too far there! Love you man!”
Coach Charms: “TJ is awesome. I’ve dealt out so much punishment to him and he bounces back with a smile and ready for more. Always there to help others and make them smile and push a little harder.”
Coach JoAnn: “When TJ’s in a class I can always expect a lot of work, and a lot of sweat! He is always looking to get stronger, and always looking to help others do the same. What a great asset to CrossFit The Point!!”