Good afternoon CFTP,
Congratulations to Coach Mandy and Cami! They competed yesterday at the Heber Humbler and took 4th place against some strong competition. Not only that, they both set personal records on their clean complex, 1 clean + 1 hang clean. Mandy hit 175 and Cami hit 170! Congratulations ladies and thank you for representing The Point!
I personally started doing CrossFit because I needed a change. All the way through my mid 20s I could be found out playing soccer. I played through high school, where our team made it to the state finals my senior year and I continued playing soccer at UVU. I loved the drive of competitive soccer. I loved the atmosphere that team sports created. I also loved the opportunity I had to be able to individually improve while helping out a team.
As my competitive soccer career came to an end, I found myself always trying to fill the competitive void. I wanted to continue competing even though my college days of soccer were behind me. While I was in Iraq on deployment I had the luck of serving with a group of guys who had a similar drive. This lead us to trying out CrossFit. I fell in love with it after WOD #1. It was what I needed. I was able to compete against my fellow battle buddies and even though we always seemed to be “competing against” one another, it actually built our team bond even more.
After falling in love with CrossFit I knew it was something I wanted to share with people. When I came home from Iraq I decided that it was perfect timing to create something where others could fill that physical void. So with a couple of like-minded individuals, Dave and Ryan, we created CrossFit The Point.
I have been lucky enough to run a business that I love. A business that I believe in. I love seeing individuals do things they never thought possible. I love seeing individuals change their lives, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. It is so awesome to see people break through mental barriers that they had put on themselves. I love seeing individuals come into The Point and tell me all the things they can’t do and then 6 months later to see them prove themselves wrong.
Throughout these past 6 years there is one thing that I can attest to. People only get better when they challenge themselves. I can constantly provide opportunities for them to do so but until they commit to doing it themselves, there is no improvement.
At The Point we talk about signing up for competitions often. Why? When a person commits themselves to a race, a CrossFit comp, a hiking trip, a sports team, or anything else, they are more likely to improve.
We love providing opportunities for individuals to prove to themselves that they can do it. The next opportunity is the CrossFit Open. It is 5 weeks of competition where you get to do the same workouts as the rest of the CrossFit world and compare your score. It is a chance, from the comfort of our own supportive box, to really compare yourself to the rest of the world. It’s pretty awesome. Yes, it costs $20 and no I don’t get a percentage of the proceeds but I do get to see my athletes show off their fitness that they work everyday towards.
Starting a week from Thursday at 6 PM CrossFit headquarters will announce the first workout. The following Friday, that workout that they announced will be our workout of the day. For those who sign up, you will have a judge and have a chance to judge and cheer on your fellow box mates and you will be able to physically enter your scores and see how you compare with the rest of the world. For those who don’t sign up, you’ll still do the WOD on Friday with the rest of us.
I really do love the Open season. Have I ever gone to regionals as an individual? No. Will I ever? Probably not. Have we ever sent a team beyond The Open? NOT YET! But hopefully we will in the future. Like I said above, my senior soccer team made it to the finals… Did we win? No, we lost 2-1 but we were there! We competed! We worked hard to get the opportunity to play. We may have fallen short but I would never trade that experience for anything in the world.