I tend to learn a lot of lessons from watching our 4 year old son Garrison. I firmly believe that even though we like to think of ourselves as experienced, mature, intelligent adults who have way more figured out than our kids, for the most part we’re pathetically similar. Take an experience we had at a birthday party the other day. I’m sure this will be familiar to other parents out there.Read More
The vast majority of people I talk to about their fitness habits admit that they go to the gym, but they have absolutely no idea what to do when they’re there. They spend some time on the treadmill, lift a few weights and basically log their 45 minutes and go home.Read More
Ahhh, the season is upon us. The season of cookies in the breakroom, chocolates randomly appearing on your desk, social functions with cheese boards and cocktails, it’s the holidays.
Does this sound familiar?
Do you find yourself slipping through November and then completely falling off the wagon in December?
Do you start January 10 lbs heavier and regret the decision you made to let it all go?
This year, what about having a plan?
I’m not saying forgo every cookie at the holiday party while you munch on raw celery in the corner.
But, what about approaching this season with balance?
Here’s what I know, moderation works. November and December are probably not the times to start a hard-core eating regime, but there are ways to mitigate the damage.Read More
One of the things that makes me cringe the most in the gym is when people tell me that something hurt for the whole workout, or has been hurting for weeks and that they’re just assuming it will get better.Read More
Steelhead are Rainbow Trout that are born in a river, migrate out to the ocean from thousands of miles away, swim back up the same river, then back out to the ocean and return. They continue this process until they die from the exhaustion of spawning, are killed or caught.
Catching a steelhead can feel damn near impossible. They call them the fish of a thousand casts.Read More
Between raising 4 beautiful children, continuing my education and working I was looking to take on another goal! I wanted to get in better shape! I wanted something more in my workouts that would physically push me harder.Read More
Every day at the gym is an opportunity for a new favorite memory for me. Sometimes it doesn’t happen and I have a bad day at the gym, but bad days just make the good days that much better.Read More
You and I aren’t all that different than dogs. Depending on your position on our fur covered best friends, that may have been offensive. Sorry if so, but hear me out.
The memories are in the making daily as I continue to get to know this community. What I mean by that really points to the core of what I love about this whole thing. Every laugh about whatever. Every encouragement between buddies in class, every PR celebration or act of compassion for a fitful tantrum when things don’t go as planned. IRead More
Once the direction is established, action must be the next step.
Too many people have shelves lined with self-help books and walls plastered with motivational posters. They visit blogs and websites that tantalize them with the things they want, they have friends on social media who are doing the things they want to do, yet they can't or won't do the first thing necessary towards achieving those things.Read More
If you’ve ever flown on a commercial plane, you’ve undoubtedly heard the safety speech regarding life jackets, emergency exits and such. In that case, you’ve also heard and seen the demonstration about putting on your oxygen mask. In the end, they make mention that you must put on your own mask before assisting others.Read More
Honestly, when I first walked into CrossFit Sandpoint I thought, “yep, just as expected. This isn’t for me” but, thanks to my friend telling me to just give it a try, I was willing to give it a shot for a few months. I signed up in May 2017 and have a very distinct memory of meeting Kenny, telling him about an important event I had coming up that August and after that, he’d probably never see me again. Fast forward to nearly a year later and here I am. Still a regular fixture in one of the afternoon classes. So, yes. My first impression has definitely changed. I thought CrossFit was just another gym that offered the same boring classes with the same people in the same sweaty environment. But I’m happy to report, I was very wrong! As cliche as this sounds, CrossFit really is different. The people are different. The coaches are different. It’s a world away from other gyms in that the approach makes you want to be better and to do better. I show up every day knowing my only competition is myself and that I can work as hard (or not) as I want.Read More
You’re Going to Run Out of Health Before You Run Out of Money…
The host of a podcast I listen to loves to remind the listener of this statement uttered by his dying friend. While you can certainly shoot holes in the theory, it certainly will ring true for most of us. I’m sure you’ve had friends, family members, and loved ones pass on or find tragedy way too soon in life.Read More
What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
Well I had been working out for a few years on my own in local gyms and athletic clubs, and started working out here at the SWAC for a few months, but I just kept feeling like something was missing. I never left there feeling like I had gotten a sufficient workout.Read More
As a new widow, I moved home to Sandpoint to be closer to family, but I knew that I would need to expand my community here in order to grow/survive after such a devastating event. I wanted to find like-minded people and being six months post-partum, I wanted a challenging, peer-accountabilty environment to keep me going. A CrossFit friend from Georgia kept nagging at me to try CrossFit--he told me it was a good fit for me and I should give it a try. One day at church I was briefly introduced to Whitney, and then later that week I ran into her and Ruth at a children's event. I thought to myself, "Wow, look at their arms! I want arms like that. I wonder where they work out?" So I struck up a conversation with them, joined CrossFit that day (telling Kenny that my "Why" is because I want arms like them), and they have become some of my closest friends in town.Read More
The first day Paul was here, I thought he was going to die.
I’m really glad he didn’t, but for a minute there, I was concerned. Mostly with how I was going to get a dead guy out of his pull-up bands.
You see, Paul had done CrossFit before (which you’ll read about below), so I granted him a little more leeway in his first workouts here. I don’t remember exactly what he did for his first one, but I do remember that it had pull-ups. I also remember that he had an interesting way of resting between his sets of pull-ups. He would hang from the bar, feet still in his bands and rest his head against his upright arms with his eyes closed. So, you can see my preoccupation with how to extract a dead guy from a loaded band while he still had a grip on the bar.
In all seriousness, Paul is one of my favorite guys to have in class. He’s here consistently 3x per week, he likes to talk hunting, he listens, and he’s got a great, dry sense of humor. (So I’m hoping he’ll find my depiction of his first class funny).
Everyone always says "the people" - but with good reason. I have never met a friendlier, cooler group of people. It's always one of the best parts of my day to come in and throw weights around with this group. Everyone is encouraging, inclusive, friendly, and fun. There's a ton of other stuff that keeps me coming back as well - I love the coaches, I love feeling strong, it's fun, it's a great place to work off the bad energy of the day, etc. But the people - the people are phenomenal.Read More