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CFSP Member Spotlight: Erika McCall

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.

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CFSP Member Spotlight: Austin Humble

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.

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CFSP Member Spotlight: Kate Smith

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.

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5 Year Alumni: Paul Osman

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). 

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5 Year Alumni: Susie Jensen

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. 

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CrossFit Sandpoint 5 Year Alumni Member Profile: Star Jensen

I love Star's story for a lot of reasons. 

For one, there are a few initial reactions to CrossFit that I've grown accustomed to over the years.  One is, "What about all the injuries?".  Two is, "I can't do that (because of _____)".  Star's story not only debunks those, but also dramatically reinforces the idea that through proper strength and conditioning training injuries can be made better and prevented in the future, and that makes me happy.

For two, watching someone develop from having a hard time doing a shoulder pass-through with a PVC pipe to having no limitations in here is just awesome.  I grew up playing volleyball, so seeing her go from unable to participate fully in the sport that she really loves to being back at it full bore is what this is really all about for me.  CrossFit should prepare us and make us better at the things we love (besides CrossFit).  Star is the embodiment of that. 


Third, Star is just a pleasure to work with.  She is a lifelong athlete, so she has a natural inclination to know when to push and when to back off.  She is also incredibly receptive to coaching, so selfishly, I really love that about her. 

Thanks for being a part of the family Star!

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CrossFit Sandpoint 5 Year Alumni Spotlight: Aleya Hutchens

To say that Aleya has transformed herself over the last 5 years would be a tremendous understatement.  When she first walked into one of my classes, I remember feeling like she didn't like me, nor did she like what I was asking her to do.  If you would have pulled me aside that morning and said, "over the next 5 years, you'll watch her develop into one of, if not the, best movers in the entire gym" I'd have thought you were crazy.  It wasn't personal at all, it was just definitely something out of her element. 

Yet, through these years, I have watched her do things I imagine she never thought possible.  From gymnastic feats like muscle-ups and huge sets of pull-ups to Weightlifting at a nationally competitive skill level, she continues to grow and achieve.  I'm incredibly proud to be able to say that I'm her coach.

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CrossFit Sandpoint 5 Year Alumni Profile: Valerie Bucholtz

Val has been here almost daily since we first opened to the public.  She only misses when she's out of town, and even then seems to find her way into another gym whenever she can. 

I remember the first time I recognized that Val was in here with a slightly different motivation and intent than the rest.  While most others were here for a great workout, she was here to find out what she could do, what she couldn't do and test those in competition.  I remember one day early on where she was the only one who showed up for class.  We got to get really in-depth on rowing technique.  She wanted to know everything she could about improving something she had never really done before.  That really impressed me. 

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