Good afternoon CFTP,

I hope everyone is enjoying this dark stay at home and watch movies weather. This week’s Lockdown… What can I say? WOW.

When I announced this week’s WOD I had some doubters. I had a number of peeps come up and tell me “I cannot do the back squat weight.” My response? “Give it a try.”

I believe that many of us go into a workout with doubt. We see the workout the night before and automatically we begin the doubt cycle. First we blame the programmer for programming such a ridiculous workout. Then, once we have accepted the workout, we then begin to come up with reasons why we can’t do it. Sometimes this leads to even talking ourselves out of doing the workout altogether. We stay home and wait for a workout of our liking. But if we get past this part of the cycle and actually show up, we still have some obstacles to overcome. We got ourselves to the gym but now as we start warming up, we are already thinking of ways to get out of doing what is prescribed. We say, “Well I could do that weight but it will be really hard.” or “I could do the more difficult band for pullups but then I won’t be able to do them unbroken.” or “I’ll just do the modification I’m comfortable with rather than trying something new and more difficult.”

We all do this. I’ve done this and still catch myself doing it. At times we’re going to have workouts where we are going to have to modify and that is totally fine but I think that sometimes we let ourselves take the easy way out. We take the path of least resistance rather than taking on the challenge and growing from it.

There are a couple of people I want to spotlight that I was very proud of this past Friday. I hope they are ok with me sharing this. First one is Kassy Beckstead. When she saw the 95# back squat weight she doubted herself. She had legitimate reasons for the doubt but when game time came around she powered through and really dominated the workout. I was very impressed with her and that she was able to put the fear aside and accomplish the workout.

The second person I want to spotlight came in on Friday night. Darin Billeter. Darin and Jon came up to tier 3 at my request and while I know it was out of their comfort zone, they took on the challenge. I had the opportunity to judge them on Friday night and I was so impressed with the determination that Darin showed. The 205# back squat is heavy and although Darin had a few failed attempts, he never stopped working. He pushed through all the way until the last second. For those of you who have failed a weight in the middle of a workout, you know how hard it is to mentally get back under the weight. He didn’t let his failed attempts deter him from finishing the workout.

These are just two examples of athletes who put their doubt aside and persevered. I know we all have doubts and I hope that we all can do a little better and believe in ourselves a little bit more.

Coach Dan

Today’s Athlete Spotlight goes to Karissa Jackson!

A little bit of a throwback to 2013!

1. How long have you been at The Point?
Probably about a year and a half total.
2. What do you do for a living?
I am a nurse in the shock trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
I was a competitive cheerleader all up through college, and tried to mix in the regular gym…but
it was too boring to keep me interested.
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far,
what would it be?
Being able to finally get a body weight snatch. It was a goal when I started, and years later I
finally got it.
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew
before you began?
Don’t compare yourselves to others at the gym. There is ALWAYS going to be someone who is
better than you at something. That is why we track PERSONAL records. Better yourself! By all
means, you can use others to inspire you, but at the end of the day it’s you against you. Just have
fun, and you will be surprised how far you can push yourself.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
I honestly have more movements that I like than I don’t, but I would have to say overhead squats
or handstand push-ups are my favorite.
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
I am a huge fan of almost any chipper. It’s a fun way to throw in a bunch of movements and just
plow through it.
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
I really want to hit some heavier weights…especially in my Olympic lifting. Also, I would
LOVE to continue to improve my rankings in the open.
9. Before starting CrossFit, what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since
I thought CrossFit was a bunch of muscle heads honestly, but once I started I realized it is such
an amazing way to get a work out in, and challenge yourself every day. It is definitely one of the
best parts of my day… my husband tells me I am addicted lol
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
I started up in college in Pocatello Idaho in 2012. Once I graduated I moved back to Salt Lake,
and started up at Copper Mountain CrossFit. I got really into competing and heavy lifting, and
this is where I truly fell in love with CrossFit. Once I met my husband (a skinny ginger who
doesn’t work out…bless him) I kind of focused on getting married and starting a family…so I
took a break for like…1-2 years. Finally, I realized I just missed it too much and Dan let me join
our amazing CFTP family. It has been wonderful, and I hope to finally get into the swing of
things before long.

Trainer’s thoughts on Karissa:

Coach Dan: I thought we may have lost Karissa for good before she had her little boy but I was so happy to see her come back to us. She is such an inspiration and so fun to compete along side and to coach. She has high goals and I love that she pushes herself and works hard to achieve the goals. Her positive competitiveness is contagious and has helped push Emily and other athletes into going harder at the gym as well. I love when I get a chance to workout at the same time because it pushes me to go just a little bit harder to try and keep up.

Coach LaDee: “Karissa is one tough chick! I love her determination to constantly push herself beyond her abilities. Oh, and she’s pretty fun to be around! ❤️”

Coach Mandy: “Karissa is a great person! Always pushing herself to become stronger and better at all aspects of her life! Also a fun person to workout with and an awesome partner to have in any workout! ?”

Coach Leslie: “Karissa is amazing! She’s so strong and has awesome form! I love working out with her, she always gives that extra push! And she’s the best momma to cute little Hatch?”

Coach Emily: “Karissa is sassy, determined, and super kind hearted. She tries her hardest everyday, and it shows! I’m so happy that I’m friends with her, and that sometimes I get to coach her.”