Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 6.30.2013

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Picture courtesy of: Michelle Cavender

Good Afternoon CFTP Members,

What a great month at CrossFit The Point. We have completed “Race Month” and we are all still standing. For me this month has opened my eyes to the potential and the strength of our members. I see your accomplishments in the gym day in and day out but when I get to see you accomplish something such as the Ragnar or The Spartan Race it just reinforces what I already know about all of you. You are all great competitors and I appreciate your willingness to go out and demonstrate the fitness you have earned in the gym. The past two weeks I went into the races with certain expectations and you surpassed them both times. Yesterday was hot and you all, besides the three of us who started early, started at an inopportune time, 11:15 AM!!! It was hot but you all persevered and finished the race. I know it was not easy. You were tested both physically and mentally. I had a couple of you come up and say,”I didn’t think I was going to make it.” but you did! That is what sets you apart from everyone else. You kept pushing through and kept driving on.

I know there were quite a few of you who had signed up for The Spartan prior to joining The Point, therefore running with a different group. I want to congratulate you as well. I hope that next year you can join The Point in The Spartan. As we grow as a community we are becoming a gym that truly competes in the competitive world. Every competition we enter brings us that much closer to joining the top athletes on the podium. Your hard work and dedication is paying off.

Now let’s talk about what went down within the gym. We had a great opportunity to invite Tiffany Hendrickson over to the gym to teach us how to be better gymnasts.  This was a great learning experience for those in attendance. I hope to be able to take what she taught us and bring what we learned to all of our gym members. I want to thank all of those who participated in this fundraiser and I hope that you will be cheering Tiffany on when she joins the fittest on earth in California at the end of July.

This next week I want us all to focus on something that has been largely neglected recently. When we come in we warmup and get set up for the WOD. We work our hardest during the WOD and really push our body’s limits. When we get done, for the most part, we get in our car and go home. This troubles me. When we push our body the way we do at the gym we really need some time to warm down/cool down. When I was at Regionals a few weeks back I was very impressed with the athletes there. When they got off the floor 90% of them went straight back to the warmup area and jumped on a rower, a bike, went for a jog or stretched extensively. We need to incorporate this into our personal WODing habits. I realize most of the time we at CFTP WOD right to the end of class, which for those of you who are in a hurry to get to work or home leaves you very little time to cool down. I am going to try and remedy this and leave you all at least 5-10 minutes to cool down. I will put a suggested cool down for you on the board under the WOD but you can do what you need according to your body. I believe that with this you all will recover quicker and you will be more ready to WOD the next day. This really is a good habit to get into and I hope that all of you will incorporate a cool down sequence into your routine.

Pictures from recent races can be found on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CrossFitThePoint. Check them out!

I want to thank someone who has been extremely helpful since joining the gym. Michelle Cavender “Mika”. She spent the last two weekends following our athletes around taking amazing pictures. Her pictures are amazing and it really displays CFTP athletes’ fitness in action. Without her pics we all would be missing out on some incredible accomplishments. Thank you Mika!

Dan

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