Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 6.17.2018

Good morning CFTP and Happy Father’s Day!

I want to wish everyone Happy Father’s Day. I hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day and have a chance to celebrate the fathers in your life today.

A little change up on this cycle of workouts… Last week was the first… How did you like it?

I am constantly researching and working on programming that will challenge you all. I draw inspiration from all kinds of places and many different sources. It is important to always be flexible and willing to try new things. I LOVE PROGRAMMING. It is probably one of my favorite things to do and to research.

Why is it important for us to always vary our workouts? A couple of reasons come to mind here. Number one is to keep things interesting. Many of us, prior to joining The Point, had a fitness routine at a gym or outdoors and we got bored. When we do the same thing every day and every week without much variation, we lose motivation and tend to become less engaged.

Number two is that when we vary our workouts, we constantly challenge our bodies. This, in turn, increases our overall fitness and keeps us from only working our strengths and avoiding our weaknesses.

When I coach foundations for our new members I make sure to let the new members understand that while the workouts will become more comfortable as you go along, it will never be easy. You will never get to the point where you come in and do a workout and think, “Finally, I have mastered this. That was easy!” And why would you ever want that? If our goal is to reach our true potential then we must always challenge ourselves to new levels. If we only do three workouts over and over and over again, we may become amazing at those three workouts but we are neglecting so many other movements and workouts that would truly help us reach our potential.

I hope you all always strive to reach your true potential and I will always continue to find ways to challenge you and be the driving force behind your goals.

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Coach Dan

Today we say goodbye to Sam Schofield. He has convinced his wife to join him in his CrossFit love and has decided to join a gym closer to home so they can go together. We’ll miss him at The Point!

1. How long have you been at The Point?
I joined last year for the July deal, so I’ve almost been here exactly a year

2. What do you do for a living?
I work for Digicert, we secure information shared on websites.

3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Walked my dogs and occasionally did Pokemon Go. Sometimes I would convince myself to do 20 push ups and then I’d just lay there on the ground for 20 minutes.

4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
When I hit 405 on my dead lift. It was anticlimactic though, no one was around to really see so I couldn’t fist bump anyone. But it DID happen I swear.

5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Lose all shame. If you have to go 2 weeks practicing snatches with a PVC pipe, do it. Who cares what everyone else is doing, go YOUR speed. We all want to be proud of ourselves and push ourselves but do it slowly. It’s not worth an injury.

6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
I love them all equally, they’re all terrible in their own way.

7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
I like deck of card WOD’s it keeps it interesting and gives me something to be mad at. I just channel that rage. “4 spades in a row!?”

8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
I need to actually get some of the more skill movements down like double unders and muscle ups.

9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I honestly thought I would be surrounded by a bunch of bro’s who were actively competing for the top spot. Me, being a naturally non-competitive person dreaded this. However, from day one I realized that everyone just wanted me to do well and that any and all competition was me against myself. I remember that clicking on my second week. Now THAT kind of competition I can do.

10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far. This is where I’d like for you to share your story…

About three years ago I graduated school and got a cushy job in a cubicle with catered food and a kitchen full of peanut butter M&M’s. I got to my heaviest weight and realized and was not proud of my body and I wanted to change that. I have tried gyms and they always make me feel dumb and self conscious. I had never been taught the exercise movements other than bench press. I’m also a person that has a hard time self-motivating. I had heard of Crossfit and it always sounded that like the class and community aspect would be a good fit for me and I saw really good results on my friend Scoob. For months I told him I was thinking of joining and then never did. Then he posted on Facebook about the July special and bit the bullet and did it. Those first two weeks were BRUTAL and going down stairs made me want to cry. But since day one I felt welcome, like part of the family. From Dan’s “How are ya Sam!” every morning to Wheeler’s deprecating jokes I always felt like I belonged even if I was consistently the slowest person in my class. I love it here. That being said, I am switching gyms. . . I know, I’m pretty sad about it. But the silver lining is that my wife has seen the difference that Crossfit has made on me and has decided that she wants to join as well. This means that we need to find a box nearer our home. So, it is the right move for us even if it does make me sad to go. So consider this my official goodbye. I really appreciate everyone’s help and support. I will work to make others as welcome to Crossfit as you all have for me. Thank you all so much!
Trainer’s Thoughts:
Coach Dan: I am super sad to be losing Sam. He is at The Point every day at 6:30 AM and always works hard the full 60 minutes. In the year I have gotten to know him I have seen huge improvements and am excited to continue to follow his progress as he continues to pursue his CrossFit goals.
Coach LaDee: “Sam has been a pleasure to watch his progression since starting Crossfit. He’s not only made huge strides within the gym with strength and form, but has lost a heck a lot of weight. He’s a pleasure to coach and never complains! Happy you joined the CFTP fam Sam!”

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