Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 5.28.2017

Good morning CFTP,

I love this time of year. It’s getting warmer and everyone is getting out and enjoying their fitness that they have earned in the gym. I also love Memorial Day. We have so much to be grateful for and for me Memorial Day means a lot. Having been in the military and having been deployed I have seen the sacrifices many service members make for us. I also come from a family tradition of military service with my Dad and my brother. I also have cousins who have been in the military and who are still currently serving.

Memorial Day is special because it is celebrating the lives of those who were lost in battle protecting our freedoms. These men and women made the ultimate sacrifice. This is another reason why I fell in love with CrossFit. Many people celebrate Memorial Day once a year but we get a chance to celebrate those lives that have been lost each and every time we complete a Hero WOD. I love that we are always remembering the individuals behind the names. Many of these people would have been forgotten but every Friday, as long as programming allows, we get to complete a Hero WOD and remember these individuals and “suffer” in their name’s sake.

Tomorrow we get to do Murph. I have done Murph probably 15 different times and it still means just as much to me now as it did the first time I did it. Murph was my first Hero WOD. I did it in Iraq in the pouring rain with my battle buddies. At that time I didn’t even know what a Hero WOD was. Now that first workout has more meaning to me than ever.

As you prepare to come in tomorrow morning at 6:30, 7:45 or 9 AM to complete this workout I hope you get a chance to read the story of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. He was 29, of Patchogue, N.Y. Lt Murphy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after his death.

If you have not watched “Lone Survivor” or “The Protector” you should. It shows us what a true hero is and what a true battle buddy is. He sacrificed his life that in turn saved the life of Marcus Lattrell, who told the story of heroism that his team showed.

Today we get to spotlight a military man… Morgan Richards! He is moving onto his first station in Germany and he and Holly will be sorely missed by all who have had the privilege to get to know them.

1. How long have you been at The Point?

22 months 

2. What do you do for a living?

Well, good question. The past eight years I’ve been in school and I finally graduated last month. I’m technically a dentist now, but since I did a military scholarship with the Army and our training doesn’t pick up until June, I’m unemployed?…a stay at home dad?  A full time crossfitter? Hahaha I wish. 

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

Back in the day when I was in high school I played basketball and football. I would lift weights occasionally but that was it. After high school my physical exercise  took a dive, especially after getting married. I was slowly starting to accept the fate of a dad bode and really the only physical exercise I took part in was basketball, probably only two or three times a month. It was sad.

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

My favorite accomplishment in Crossfit was getting my first ring muscle up. When I first started Crossfit, I thought it would take me a couple years before I would get my first ring muscle up. I almost had myself convinced that I would never be able to do it because I saw it as such a technical skill. After I got my first one, I was so stoked! I thought I had this Crossfit thing made! Lol!  But then I didn’t get my second until about two or three weeks after that. 

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

My advice to any new crossfitter is, be consistent. A lot of the skills and movements in Crossfit are not easy and require a lot of practice and focus. I think that’s one reason I love it so much besides the community aspect of it. There is always something to work on and get better at.

Also, enjoy the suck. There are days when you don’t feel like going or wods that just look horrible. If you go and do them you will be so much happier that you did.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?

The snatch. It’s such a cool feeling when a lift goes smoothly and everything just comes together.

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

I don’t think I have a favorite WOD per se, but I do like Hero WODs or WODs that are longer and have multiple movements in them.  These wods can be mentally taxing and sometimes become more a mind over body workout and you just have to grind through it.

8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?

My goals for the upcoming year are be the fittest Army dentist I can and be a good example to my kids.

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

I love this question. Before starting Crossfit, all I saw were these amazingly fit athletes on ESPN doing crazy stuff  and throwing weight around and I thought to myself, I want to strong, I want to be fit too! Before actually joining a gym, I couldn’t get myself to pay the money that these boxes were charging it’s members. I was in my second year of dental school and of course money was tight. It took me about another year before I finally decided I was going to do it and I’ve never regretted it since. Crossfit is and was my outlet in dental school and family. It was exactly what I needed to recharge my body. 

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

I’ve been doing Crossfit for about two years now and I still feel like a newbie. I’m still trying to learn to perfect my movements and get stronger. I’ve loved the results I’ve gotten thus far from doing Crossfit and the family community that has come with it.  I’ve hit many prs that have proved to me that the methodology does work. Some of my best memories of dental school will have been working out and suffering through wods with friends. I hope that I can continue to make it a part of my life.

Trainer’s thoughts on Morgan:
Coach Dan: I am super excited to see Morgan moving onto his next chapter in life. He has been an inspiration to have at The Point. Morgan and Holly have been so fun to coach and to see progress. Morgan always works hard and works on his weaknesses. He is consistent and dedicated. He always challenges himself. He has been a part of many competitions hosted by The Point and at other locations and always gives 100 percent. I can’t wait to hear more about his stories as he departs on his next adventure.

Coach Charms: “I wish I had the chance to coach him more. Soaks up feedback like a sponge and puts his heart into every rep I’ve seen him do. Just being around him makes you smile because his positivity is contagious.”

Coach LaDee: “Morgan has a smile on his face no matter how hard he’s working or how frustrated he is. He is so coachable and has come so far from beginning crossfit! Gonna miss him like crazy!”

Coach Mandy: “LaDee Dangerfield said it perfectly! Always has a smile and very humble! Amazing Athlete!”

Coach JoAnn: “Morgan is such a great athlete, but it’s much more than that. He’s an example of hard work paying off in life no matter what. Career, family, fitness, you name it. Sad to see his family go (going to miss you too Holly!), but so excited for his family and the adventures they have waiting for them!”

Coach Leslie: “Morgan is an all around great guy. He is always striving to be better, and is an amazing example of being humble, kind, genuine and hard working! Definitely going to miss you and your cute family (especially Holly)!”

Love ya all!

Coach Dan

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