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
I don't even know where, to begin with this one. There are so many reasons I love having my mom in every 8am class during the week.
One: She has been our biggest supporter since day one. She talked us through all the scary leaps we were taking to make this work. Without her, none of this would be possible.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More