Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 5.21.2017

Good Evening CFTP,

Throughout this week and today I have been thinking about what to say today. And I decided to talk about a few things that, in my opinion, makes CrossFit The Point different and what I would like to see more of.

#1 Collective Dedication

Every single one of us are dedicated to improving. Every day that you come into The Point you commit yourself to the task at hand and since we all have this personal dedication, it bleeds into a joint dedication. We each are rooting for each other to succeed.

#2 Caring Training Team

We have been open for 5 and a half years. In the CrossFit world, this is a long time. Over those years I have had trainers come and go and I can tell you that our training team truly cares about each and every one of you. They are not just there for a paycheck. They come in excited to see you take on the day’s WOD. They message me all the time telling me of the different feats that each of you achieved that day. And it’s not just the big feats… It’s the little things they observe and see you overcome.

#3 Collective Suffering

When I was in the Army, I was super close to each of my battle buddies. Why is that? Because being in the military sucks, most of the time. So when you go through what we went through, you gain respect for your buddies. You also gain understanding.
I see this exact parallel in CrossFit and is part of the reason I love it. This is why I love when the class is united in completing the WOD together. When the full team (class) sees a challenge and collectively faces the challenge, that is when the magic happens. I love when one of our teammates finishes and then immediately makes his/her way over to their teammate to cheer them on to finish.
Sometimes the WOD sucks (let’s face it… Most of the time) but when you know that your 5, 10, 15, 20 buddies are going to be there suffering along side you, it doesn’t suck quite so much. And when you suffer with your friends and your friends are there to support you, you grow and are able to conquer things you never thought possible.

#4 Coachable

As a coach, I correct everyone everyday. I don’t care if you have been doing CrossFit one day or 10 years. If I can see something that would improve you as an athlete I am going to tell you. For the most part, this is taken very well and I want to thank you for that.
When I enter a class as an athlete, the coach in that room is my coach as well. If he/she can give me a pointer to improve the way I move, I welcome it. They are running the class and it is up to me to learn from them. It is up to me, as an athlete, to respect my coach enough to listen and learn from their experience and from their point of view.
This means when I go to class and the coach begins the explanation, it is my duty as an athlete to listen to them. It isn’t a contest to see who can talk over who. That class belongs to that coach and I am there to join that class.
I think this is one thing we could all improve upon, myself included.

#5 We are on the same team.

This list could go on and on and on but I am going to stop it right here. One thing I love about all of you members at The Point is that no matter what each of your backgrounds are, no matter where you work, no matter what you believe, no matter how much money you make, you respect each other. When you come into The Point you put all that outside stuff aside and you are a part of a team.
This was on full display this past weekend when I asked for volunteers. We had more volunteers than we had athletes competing! It was incredible. You all took time out of your busy Saturday schedules and sacrificed precious weekend time to help out the team.
I don’t take that for granted. There is no way we could host these events without your help. Dave and I talk about it all the time. We are astounded each and every time we ask for help. You all always come through for us and I want to thank you for that.

Coach Dan

Challey Smith

Today’s Spotlight: Challey Smith!

1. How long have you been at The Point?
I joined in August of last year during the special and started coming regularly in October.
2. What do you do for a living?
I am a maid, chauffeur, tutor, trainer, chef & coordinator for my family.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Running, hiking, biking, classes at the gym & a little bit of weights.
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
Probably the squat snatch.  When I first tried it with a PVC pipe, I fell over.  It was so awkward and hard. It still is, but I am able to do it much better now.   And also being able to do the 35# kettlebell swings during workouts. That was so heavy when I started Crossfit.
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
I would get so stressed each night before when I would read the workout.  I’d google the movements & worry about not being able to do any of them.  I would reluctantly show up anyway.  But, there were always modifications for everything and I never felt judged for not being able to do stuff. So, my advice is never skip a workout because it looks too intimidating.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Hmmm, I don’t know that I have a favorite movement yet. I do like deadlifts, cleans and I don’t mind burpees.
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
Any WOD that I’ve finished with time on the clock still…
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
I’m currently working on double unders and getting my first strict pull-up.
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I thought it was only for elite athletes and had no interest in it.
Since I’ve joined, I’ve learned that it’s actually for anyone.  And it’s such an encouraging & positive environment.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
I took a leap of faith by joining last year & set a goal to give it a solid 3 month try.  It was hard and I was so sore for the first few weeks (squats?!?!) and so intimidated because I only knew one person at the gym.  I think it was the support & encouragement from the coaches that kept me motivated in the beginning. But now, I love to go to CrossFit because it makes me feel proud and strong to finish the workouts.  I’ve loved being able to progress to heavier weights & better form. I’ve had a few cuts, bruises & lots of soreness along the way, but I have learned that I can do hard things, I’m stronger than I thought & I thrive on being surrounded by other strong women.
Coaches’ thoughts on Challey:
Coach Dan: There is one thing I distinctly remember about Challey. As Challey was finishing up her 3 month deal I was asking her if she was planning on sticking around. I remember her response, “You’re not getting rid of me that easily. You’re going to have to kick me out of here.” This sums up Challey’s dedication. I always know she is going to come in and give me 100 percent. That effort she has put in shows. She has improved so much! I can tell that she has learned a lot about what she is truly capable of doing. I have seen huge mental gains from Challey and such huge strides physically. She not only looks stronger, she acts it.
Coach JoAnn: “Challey! I love you. First of all, Challey has a great sense of humor. She makes me laugh every time I see her. Challey came to The Point looking for a workout, and changing things up. I personally know that a lot of things have pushed her and taken her out of her comfort zone, and yet she takes them on with the attitude that someday she will get them! It’s inspiring. And last week I witnessed one of those things. Challey started out her wod and linked 10 DU’s! A personal best! She has been working on them at the box, and at home, and I loved cheering with her as she reaped the rewards of her hard work and determination. Challey, don’t ever leave!!”
Coach Leslie: “Challey is so fun! She has a great sense of determination and is so willing to learn and grow! I’m so impressed with her attitude and desire to improve! I love Challey, I’m so glad you joined us!”

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