At CrossFit Sandpoint, our mission is to be the catalyst you need for your physical and mental evolution. We are the resource for you to reach your highest potential. Whether you are looking to develop your athletic ability for a sport, excel at CrossFit, develop your functional capabilities while losing fat and gaining strength, or just experience the best workouts of your life with an incredible group of people that you’ll come to love as family, we are your support team.
We have a variety of assets at the ready to help you achieve your success. Depending on your goals and interests, we have group classes, private sessions and individualized programs that are designed to meet you where you are and get you where you want to go.
Our group of coaches is highly trained and has experience with clients ranging from professional athletes to those who have never ever worked out in their lives and have demonstrated consistent success with those groups and everyone in between.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Announcing the CFSP 30 Day Total Life Challenge!
It’s been a really, really long time since we’ve done any type of nutrition challenge here and there’s a reason for that. In past challenges we saw participants lose 20-30 pounds in a month. And while that’s great I didn’t feel good about the likelihood of those participants keeping the weight off in the long term.
While a challenge puts a framework and expectation on duration; sustainable habits and honest introspection (the really important stuff) are much harder to implement. Couple that with the fact that I believe most “diets” that come with a fancy title are largely bullshit ways to sell books, it’s been hard for me to get behind something for 30 days that we could do as a group.
After some brainstorming I’ve come up with challenge I am truly excited about; 30 days of lifestyle and nutrition tweaks that will make you a fitter, trimmer, healthier and better you.