Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 4.2.2017

Good Morning CFTP,

Yesterday was the 5 year anniversary of CFTP! I’ve been thinking a lot about the past 5 years and I am so grateful for all of you for making CrossFit The Point what it is today.

I am especially grateful for the founding members… Those of you who have been with the point for 2 or 3 or 4 or even 5 years. It’s been an amazing ride and I have you to thank most of all. Emily and I were talking the other day about how essential you all are to The Point. We now have an almost organic growth through all of you being willing to share The Point with your friends.

Over the past 5 years we have had highs and lows and you all have stuck with us. We have had growing pains but you all stuck around through that and have helped us build something truly special.

When I think of the past 5 years, it’s interesting how running CrossFit The Point has paralleled doing CrossFit. In CrossFit we all have highs and lows. In CrossFit we have our good days and our bad. In CrossFit we have days where we want to quit and we have days where we feel like we couldn’t live without it.

This is one of the biggest reasons I love CrossFit and I love owning and operating CrossFit The Point. CrossFit teaches me life lessons without me even knowing it. It challenges me and sometimes it is so hard I want to quit but when I persevere and push through it I come out a stronger person, both physically and mentally. Life is the same way. Sometimes things come up in life that knock us to our knees. Sometimes we make decisions that we live to regret. Like when 17.4 came around and I thought I could do sets of 10 on the Deadlifts… By rep 30 I realized that was a poor decision. Same goes for us in life. Sometimes we make life harder than it has to be but we have to live with those decisions and it comes down to whether or not we have the mental fortitude to drive on.

I am excited to do our anniversary WOD tomorrow with all of you. The future is bright for The Point and I look forward to seeing many more people join our family and see all of you achieve physical and mental successes.

Here is a little trip down memory lane in the form of pictures.

Coach Dan

In the spirit of founding members… I want to spotlight the man, Jake Spencer!

1. How long have you been at The Point?
In two months it will be 5 years.
2. What do you do for a living?
I’m self employed.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Little to nothing.  Maybe walking when I played golf if I was up to it. Never EVER enjoyed going to the gym or lifting weights actually.

4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
For me its not anything movement related or RXing a work out. Its mental toughness, not quitting even after being injured, getting my mind to train my body not the other way around. Mentally
crossfit has made me so much better in so many areas in my life.

5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Compete don’t compare… everyone has different schedules, stress loads, fears, doubts and insecurities when it comes to working out and our bodies. I KNOW I DO!!! It doesn’t matter your time or how much you lift. You are there for you and your personal goals. Go slow in the beginning and get a good foundation early or it will hurt you later on.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Anything other than running and burpees…
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
Grace or Isabel
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
I just want to be consistent this year with diet. Its already making a huge difference in performance and recovery but I haven’t ever stuck to a diet plan for more than 90 days..
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I was confused and didn’t understand when my wife and brother in law explained the movements.  It sounded more like an army boot camp than anything.  It changed my first day there when I was asked to do 150 wallballs and ended up passing out in the corner of the old gym with the awesome carpet floor. Dan was nice and brought me a sting cheese to eat!!! lol I quickly caught on it was all about variation of movements and being fit for life.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
Started doing crossfit almost 5 years ago after seeing my wife Sarah get ripped in a short period of time after our third child was born.  I am a naturally competitive guy and really go into it quick and even did some competitions early on. I remember having anxiety nightly just waiting for the next days wod to be released and sometimes looking up certain movements.  I was hooked and addicted to not just the feeling of getting stronger but also the gym culture that crossfit has and provides making it easy to bring people to our gym.  There are some amazing people at our gym who have become buddies as well.  Crossfit just became part of my routine for me and I have always loved seeing others commit and start getting back in shape. I have definitely had my ups and downs in crossfit, suffering injuries or going backwards in performance but I realized it parallels life almost perfectly.  Crossfit for me has become a way to not just be more fit but keep my mind sharp, have more energy, and release my power for the day… and who doesn’t like making new friends and being pushed to their limits where they feel like they just might die a couple times a week. lol
Coaches’ Thoughts:
Coach Dan: Jake has been with me virtually from day 1. I still remember his first day of Wall balls and seeing him in the fetal position in the corner. I thought he might die! Didn’t see him for about a month after that but since that return he has been to The Point basically every single day. A day at The Point isn’t complete till Jake comes in. I have always looked up to Jake and his ability to rally people around him and he really loves seeing people succeed. I love that he cheers everyone on in the class and that he works his tail off when he comes in. He may complain a bit here and there but when that clock starts he gets down to business. Love you brother!

Coach Leslie: “Jake is the definition of consistent. You can plan on him being in the 8:30 class M-F. He always gives his all and is awesome example of pushing himself. He is always encouraging others to do their best. Thanks Jake for being such a great example to me, your story is inspiring!”

 

Coach Mandy: “Jake is always at the 8:30 class and always has some kind of joke up his sleeves. He always does the work even when he doesn’t want to sometimes 😊 He is a great person to have judge you in the Open because he is so encouraging and doesn’t let or want you to give up.”

 

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