Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 5.14.2017

Good afternoon CFTP,

Happy Mother’s Day! I am so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing mothers at The Point. Thank you all for being an example of strength to your children. I hope you all realized just how important your example is to your children and I know sometimes it’s just about getting that one hour to yourself but you are doing much more than that. Your children see you and see the importance you put on health and this will in turn shape the way they look at fitness in their own lives.

Today, I’d like to talk about a fundraiser we are jumping on board with. This coming Memorial Day we will be doing Murph as usual but this year we are going to team up with CrossFit Draper in support of Homes for our Troops www.hfotusa.org.

Your choices for donation are as follows:

Option 1: Weight Vest + Shirt/Tank = $100

Option 2: Shirt/Tank = $25

Option 3: Donate what you can/want

All shirt and vest orders must be in by Tuesday! So I will be putting out something in our group page and a sign up sheet at the gym. The vests we will be getting are the HumanX 20 pound weight vests.

This is a great cause and the shirts are pretty sweet too!

Finally I get to end this week’s spotlight off with the spotlight of two athletes! Darin Billeter and Mandi Morfin!

Mandi:

  1. How long have you been at The Point?

Just over a year

2. What do you do for a living?

Supply Chain Analyst at American Express (logistics, production, inventory management, etc.)

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

I played softball growing up, after high school I joined probably 5 different gyms from ages 18-23 and did the typical gym routine (run on the treadmill and lift weights).

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

Becoming more mentally tough, not giving up when I really want to, and being able to push myself farther than I anticipate I can go. Every WOD is an accomplishment to me, when I am done I can always think of multiple times where I wanted to stop and give up but each of those times I kept going.

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

Double unders suck to learn and I swear no bit of advice helps. If you want to learn do them every day until you get it, because eventually it WILL click! It was the most frustrating thing I ever attempted to learn!

6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?

Butterfly pull ups and double unders because those were 2 movements that I had to work on every day when I started CrossFit. Although they seemed impossible, I eventually learned them and they are a constant reminder to me that if you persevere and never give up you will accomplish everything you set out to accomplish.

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

I don’t have a particular WOD but I love chippers

8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?

Stop focusing on increasing weight so much and narrow in on having the best form. I get caught up in reaching that next weight when that is not what I should be focusing on. I want perfect reps every time with or without more weight.

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

The first time I ever heard of CrossFit was from an old coworker and I thought it was one of those fitness classes at a conventional gym. I thought it was really obsessive how much her and her husband went and had a lifestyle built around it. I’m now that “obsessive” person who has a lifestyle built around CrossFit and I see how it is much more of a community than any other fitness activity I have been apart of.

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

The first CrossFit workout I did was Kelly, in 2014, at the gym at the University I was going to school at. I died, of course, and realized there was way more I could be doing instead of just running on a treadmill and doing the same workout routine every week. I joined an actual CrossFit gym that year after a lot of skepticism. It took me a month or so to actually like it. In fact, the first month I didn’t ever want to go and only went because I was going with a friend of mine. After I started getting to know the other members and coaches, I started experiencing the CrossFit community and that is what changed my mind about going. Now I could never see myself not doing CrossFit. I have participated in a few team competitions which always push me and encourage me to keep getting better. I have seen myself improve in so many way physically and mentally over the last 3 years. I look forward to all the opportunities I have to better myself in the gym which leads to bettering myself outside the gym.

 

Darin:

  1. How long have you been at The Point?

Just over a year

2. What do you do for a living?

Customer Advisor AKA Front Line Infantry of Angry Customers

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

I was a Gold’s Gym/Vasa Bum breaking a sweat taking those mirror selfies

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

Not giving up on myself. Accepting the critiquing and advice from the coaches and using it to improve myself.

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

It’s okay to fail at a movement or not RX a WOD, do what you are capable of doing. Take each new challenge and learn from it and move forward. Don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t go as you planned.

  1. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?

This question is not fair, I have 2 Favorites, Ring Muscle Ups and Rope Climbs

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

Yule Log from Twas the WOD Before Christmas 2016 Competition

8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?

Squat 300 pounds, Snatch 185 pounds, Stair at my judge while they count my perfect double unders (David Martinez)

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

I didn’t know anything about CrossFit, I walked in to a CrossFit gym looking for something new and I have never looked back. First impression, loud music and slamming barbells ALRIGHT!

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

Like I mentioned before I walked into the first CrossFit Gym knowing nothing about it. An old friend told me she was doing CrossFit it and she recommended I try it out (First Rule of CrossFit…Talk about CrossFit), which was in 2015. The first gym I went to showed me the CrossFit community and how much it motivates and helps you achieve what you don’t think you can. However, the first CrossFit gym I went to was lacking the adequate coaching, which started to discourage me. I started looking for new gyms and visited many other gyms in the area. That’s when I found CrossFit The Point which stood out from all the rest of them. Now I feel like I have the full CrossFit experience with the support of an amazing CrossFit family!

Trainer’s Comments:

Coach Dan: I love these two! It was such a blast to compete along side Mandi at Fitcon and it was so cool to see the support from Darin throughout the whole weekend. These two are sincere and hard working. They care as much about others around them as they do about themselves. They are everyone’s biggest cheerleaders and I am so happy they are both at The Point.

Coach Am: “Two of my most favorite crossfitters! BEST attitudes, full of smiles, GREAT energy and FULL heart, Max effort always! A joy to have in any class! Love you guys!!!”

Coach Wheeler: “I don’t ever get to coach them but I did the lift off with Darin. Watching his fight was an awesome thing to witness.”

Coach LaDee: “Two of the most positive and encouraging individuals. They both give their best effort whatever is thrown at them….glad they joined us at The Point.”

The rest of the coaches will just need to comment on the post. 😉

Coach Dan

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