Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 7.9.2017

Good Afternoon CFTP,

What an amazing week! Hero Week is always such a challenge and always such a grind. This year’s WODs were tough and hats off to all of you for taking them on. Huge shout out to our newbies. It’s funny that week one of some CrossFitters’ careers start on Hero Week… Well, at least it can’t get much harder, right?! If you survived this week, you can handle anything we might throw at you in the future.

This week we are going to throw another curveball at you. This coming week we are bringing back partner week! Partner week is a week where every day we will be completing a WOD that will need to be done by yourself and a partner. If the numbers are odd then we will have an option for a threesome to complete the WOD. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to bring in a friend because they will be able to do the workout right along side you. Not only will this new person have a coach coaching them on how to do the movements, they will also have you to guide them and encourage them. Partner week is a great week to get your buddies a taste of CrossFit and add the 3 months for $150 deal we have going on… It’s a perfect combo!

Why do partner WODs?
While I believe that CrossFit, for the most part is an individual journey, the community around us plays a huge role. There is no way I could have accomplished some of the physical and mental feats over the years without the help of my CFTP community.
This is why, while it is important for most WODs to be individual so you can modify for the individual and you can truly track your personal progress, partner WODs still have their place. Partner WODs push us out of our comfort zones in a few ways. It pushes us harder because we are now working out as a team. We don’t want to let our teammate down. Sometimes we get teamed up with someone we don’t know and that takes us out of our comfort zones as well. Partner WODs also help us know where our strengths and weaknesses are. We discuss with our partner which part of the workout we would like to take the lead and then we also discuss which part we may need more help on depending on our partner’s strengths.
Another thing that partner WODs do is help keep us honest on our movements. We all strive to complete the movements with the full range of motion but sometimes in the middle of the WOD we tend to let the standard slide, (Friday’s pushup WOD is a perfect example… When chest to the ground becomes chest 3 inches from the ground. ;)) For the most part our trainer is going to yell at us to get back on standard but with a partner you are able to have accountability throughout the WOD.
I am super excited to see you all take on the designed partner WODs this week. I hope you all come together as a team and push hard and encourage one another.

I want to say thank you to everyone who has already brought someone in to sign up for this deal. I love July because I get to meet so many new people and get to see them start something that could potentially change their lives. Another bonus to this month is that I get to meet your friends and your family. It is so cool to watch you invite these peeps in and to see you work with them and help them. I love seeing your willingness to coach them and welcome them into The Point. Our next foundations class will be on Tuesday at 6 PM, so make sure if you have someone new to CrossFit that wants to join on the deal that you tell them to show up on Tuesday and to contact me at

So far we have a couple of frontrunners in the race of referrals… The current leaders are:
Steven “Scoob” Clyde = 5
Jenny Boyle = 4
Mikey Sanchez = 3
Danielle Willes = 2

And a whole bunch of singles! So awesome! Remember, we only are going to keep it open for a limited number of spots. That number will be determined on our capacity but if you have friends that want in, be sure to get them in asap!

I will be drawing the weekly share, comment, and like winner tonight on Facebook live in our Facebook group at 9 PM. So if you shared, liked or commented our main page Facebook posts and/or insagram posts this past week then you have a chance to win a pair of shoes, Damage Plan Swag, and a pair of Workt Knee Sleeves! A prize worth $250+!

I can’t wait to make the announcement. Tune in at 9 PM!

Today’s spotlight goes to Eric Nelson!


1. How long have you been at The Point?
I have been a member at CFTP for almost 4 years.

2. What do you do for a living?
I work for H&E Equipment Services as a parts representative.  Basically I sit on my butt all day and answer phone calls and sell parts.

3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Prior to discovering Crossfit I found myself having a membership to several gyms including 24-Hour, Anytime Fitness, etc.  But rarely used those memberships.

4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
There are just so many accomplishments that have happened since joining the Point.  But, the one that sticks out the most would be squatting 300 pounds.  In conjunction with Crossfit and working with Charms helped me get there.

5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Don’t be intimidated by what you see on television.  My first introduction to Crossfit was the Crossfit Games on ESPN.  Clearly I am no where near their level of athleticism and I think that held me back for a few months from trying it.  I recommend just getting in there and trying it and I promise you will love all the options there are to customize your workout to better your specific goals/needs.

6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Taking a drink! haha.  If I had to pick one I would say deadlift.

7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
Annie!  It is one that I try to practice on a weekly basis.

8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
My biggest goals within the rest of the year would be to snatch and get back on the pull-up bar again.

9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
As I mentioned earlier my intro to Crossfit was seeing it on ESPN.  The initial reaction was I’d love to look like that!  It was very intimidating yet extremely intriguing because each day led to something new.  Since joining CFTP I still find myself intimidated by some workouts but I tend to want to attack those workouts instead of shy away from them.

10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
In the 4 years I have done Crossfit I have had several ups and downs.  A couple different “comeback” trips from a motorcycle accident and a dislocated shoulder have left me starting from scratch.  Although I’ve seen what I am capable of I am thoroughly enjoying the process of getting back to as good as an athlete as I once was.  Every day is a new day to better myself or set a new PR.  Through this amazing journey I have found a sense of confidence, determination, and strength that I never knew I had in me.  Crossfit, and CFTP have changed my life in so many ways that I don’t even know where to begin.  From the friendships to the journey.  It has been a wild crazy ride that I don’t ever want to end.

Coaches’ thoughts:

Coach Dan: I freaking love Eric. He has been with us for a long time and I not only see him as a member but as a good friend. He always is willing to help out when I need. He is my go to scorekeeper at our competitions and is always so willing to give his time to helping the box.
As an athlete, Eric is inspirational. He has had a rough go with injuries from accidents and mishaps but that never stopped his spirit and it never stopped him from improving on things he could while rehabbing. When I got the message most recently that he was returning to us, I was so happy because The Point is just not the same without Eric being there. Thank you Eric for your attitude and perseverance.

Coach Am: “He’s one of the most kind hearted people I’ve ever met. Works his butt off, dedicated crossfitter who doesn’t let his injuries stop him from successfully moving forward. Easy to coach, great motivator, genuine guy! An asset to our gym FORSURE! Keep up the great work kid!”

Coach Mandy: “Eric is such a dedicated person! Always works hard regardless of his circumstances!! So caring and kind! Always looking out for others! He was one of the first people at the point to actually talk to me. I will always look up to him!?

Coach Charms: “One of the hardest working and dedicated dudes I know. Pushes every workout to be his best and does his best to build up everyone around him. He gets me fired up just by his attitude to refuse to be beat. He inspires me as a coach.”

Coach LaDee: “Eric is “pop goes the weasel”, he gets knocked down from an injury and just keeps fighting and working his way back to health! Such an inspiration of never giving up! Love Eric!”

Coach Leslie: “Eric is such a great guy! He’s actually one of the top reasons I went to Jeremy for a program, after seeing all his success, dedication and determination I knew it was something I needed to try. Watching him come back from a major injury has been nothing short of inspiring. He’s one of the best guys around, and I love his positivity!”

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