Good Afternoon CFTP,
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.
Week 3 of the Lockdown!!! Only one more week to go! It has been so fun so far to watch you all compete and cheer each other on. Let’s keep that going! Remember to get your workout in by tomorrow night. If you can’t get it done by then, please let me know so we can accommodate.
The last 3 Friday nights have been so fun. I love the atmosphere and camaraderie that I have felt from everyone who has made it out. I love how hard you all push and how hard you all cheer. This past Friday I was able to see new records set and people overcome doubts. It was an awesome thing to witness.
I don’t have a big long post for today but I do want to say one thing. Below we are going to get to know Clint Perry a bit and one thing he shared was his experience in learning the overhead squat. You can read it below but I want to say thank you to him for listening and following the guidance of myself and the other coaches. Myself and my coaching team try our best to be the best trainers possible for you. That doesn’t mean we are right all the time but we are learning and everything we learn we bring back to you.
Every year we set aside some money that we use to send our trainers to different certifications. I believe that all professionals, in any service, must keep up and learn all they can in order to bring about the best training to those they are responsible for. Our team takes this job seriously. We are constantly improving and learning in order to better teach you and keep you safe. Here is a list of just a few trainings that our trainers have attended this year alone:
Dave and Leslie: CrossFit KB Certification
Mandy Turner: USAW Olympic Lifting Certification
LaDee Dangerfield: CrossFit Level 2
Dan Adamson: CrossFit Level 3 (In two weeks… Fingers crossed I pass)
JoAnn McArthur: USAW Olympic Lifting Certification
We still have a couple of certifications coming up this year for a couple of our trainers. I am very proud of the team we have at The Point and their desire to learn and to grow.
This week’s Spotlight goes to Clint Perry!
– I started in 2012, went for about a year and developed some health problems which forced me to take a couple of years off. I came back in 2015 and have been going ever since.
– I work at Control4 as a software engineer writing iOS apps.
I used to run a lot, like 65+ miles a week. I’ve run a couple dozen marathons and bunch of shorter races.
I would have to say that my favorite accomplishment is doing more than my body weight in an overhead squat. When I started CrossFit I couldn’t even OHS the PVC, I remember a couple of years ago, we had a workout that had 95 pound OHS in it, and during warmup I tried doing 95 pounds. Dan saw me (and what was about to be an impending injury) and told me that no, I would not be doing the RX weight. In fact, for that workout, I ended up doing wall-squats. Dan also gave me a list of things to work on and master before progressing with higher weights. I followed his advice and have become a better CrossFitter because of it.
I really want to say something like, “be patient with progress”, or “come to class consistently”, or “focus on technique” but the coaches are way better at saying that kind of stuff. So instead, I’ll offer up this advice. “Make friends”. Seriously, start talking to people in whatever class you attend. Learn everybody’s name and cheer each other on. We all know the workouts are hard, you might as well do them with friends.
The C&J, no contest. I’m not great at it, but I do love it
We had a workout a couple of years ago that was 21-15-9 calories on the rower and 95# thrusters. Before the workout I remember thinking, “I can go unbroken, but this is gonna hurt…bad”, I did, and I was right. It felt like my legs were going to explode for about 30 minutes after the workout. Totally worth it though
I really want to focus getting stronger so I’ll be squatting a lot. I want to hit a 450# DL, a 400# BS, a 350# FS, and a 300# clean
Before joining I used to think that CrossFitters were a bunch of muscle-heads with no cardio. Since joining CrossFit, I’ve come to realize that I couldn’t have been more wrong.
About a year before starting CrossFit, I was at the start line of a marathon listening to a couple of muscle-heads drone on about CrossFit and how they were going to “crush” the race. I laughed to myself and was absolutely sure that they’d be walking before the 10 mile mark and that they probably wouldn’t even finish. I was absolutely confident in my superior level of fitness. Sure enough, by mile 5 they were nowhere to be seen. I strode across the finish line feeling vindicated in my thinking. A few minutes later, I was totally shocked to see them crossing the finish line. That was quite a wakeup call. Here were a couple of guys that looked like they could lift a VW and there were almost as fast as me. That’s when I began thinking about starting CrossFit.
Finally, at the end of one of my last marathons, I was standing at the finish line completely exhausted and when my wife saw me she said “You can’t do this anymore, you’re getting waaaay too skinny, you don’t look healthy”. At that moment, I weighed 142 pounds and I knew she was right. I felt that the time had come to make the jump and start doing CrossFit. I joined CFTP shortly after that and I began with the Foundations classes and it was so much harder than I ever would have guessed, I barely made it through the first workout. During the next week I realized just how weak I had become. I couldn’t do a pull-up without a band, I couldn’t press 95# over my head and I couldn’t DL my own body weight. Over the years, I’ve always tried to take the advice of the coaches and to focus on good technique and doing things the right way which has yielded steady progress and dozens of PRs. I’m getting a little older now so the PRs aren’t coming as quickly as they used to but they still happen occasionally.
Nowadays I spend most of my time goofing off in the 7:30 class trying to keep up with faster, stronger, and better looking CrossFitters. If you want to feel better about your fitness level, stop on in and do a workout with me
Coaches Thoughts on Clint:
Coach Dan: When Clint left us a few years back because of his health, it was a huge blow for The Point. He is such a positive influence in the gym and really cares for the success of others but not only that, he works super hard to improve. He is always willing to listen and to work on improving. He never turns down a chance to challenge himself. We are super lucky to have Clint at The Point and to I am so happy he was able to physically return and bring back that awesome attitude.
Coach Leslie: “I can’t say enough good things about Clint! He’s a fantastic athlete with amazing work ethic and drive. He’s constantly working and improving and helping everyone around him do the same! And I have loved watching him coach his awesome wife Shari!”
Coach Emily: “I’ve only ever ‘coached’ Clint once, which went as expected…. but I loved it! Clint has such a good attitude at the gym, and is always going out of his way to make people feel comfortable, and to cheer them on. Not to mention, he is always kicking butt on the WODS!”