“…once I saw the ad for the 6-week challenge, I decided it was a sign I needed to give it a try. I was just tired of feeling horrible all of the time, both physically and mentally. I knew if I kept doing what I was doing, I was going to either get really sick or I was going to die from what I was doing to myself. “
“There is a lot of pressure to look like we are perfect these days. With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and every other social media platform out there, there is a need to seem perfect. We live in a world where we strive to protect a certain image that we’ve created that we believe is what people actually believe of us. “
Coach Mark dives into how we project ourselves when someone is watching vs when we are all alone.
"My job is labor intensive with a lot of lifting and moving, so staying constant with the gym keeps me from getting sore and prevents the risk for injuries. It also helps to have mental clarity when dealing with scheduling, inventory, and customers."
In just 7 short months, Climate Member of the Month, Bryce Gartrell has gone from being burnt out in the globo gym setting to now dabbling in CrossFit competitions.
"…there’s never a time where I don’t want to go into the gym. So, knowing that I get to go into the gym and do one of my favorite things while seeing some incredible people every night is really great after having to go to school all day."
Climate Member of the Month, 16-year-old Sophie Francl, has transitioned from personal training/CrossFit classes for swimming conditioning to becoming a Youth National Qualifier in weightlifting as a member of the Climate Barbell Club!
“Two months apart, and I often find my mind wandering to some of the special times I spent at Climate, and more importantly, with the people who were within. I miss each of you, dearly. “
Known for his flowing locks, habit of loudly releasing "brrrt, brrrt" mid-wod, and a penchant for "What's your favorite..." questionnaires to members, Coach Morgan gives us a check-in and reflects back on his life at Climate.
"…lot of practice, great coaching, and overcoming some mental hurdles has lead to great improvement. As my early coaches would tell you, I could not even do a PVC overhead squat when I started."
Climate Member of the Month, Shannon McCoy shares how being hooked on running races gave him the confidence to start weight training, completing Open RX workouts and now competing in CrossFit.
"Some workouts can get to my head, I get frustrated with myself because I want to do better. But when this happens, the Climate Coaches remind me that I have worked so hard to get where I am today and that I give it my all day in and day out."
Climate Member of the Month, Dani Finochiaro shares how getting “comfortable” was one of her motivators for starting CrossFit.
"We even have our kids, Alex and Anthony, taking Barbell for over a year now, and they hop into the community workouts too. They also do our challenges such as hero WODs like Murph and that makes us so proud."
Climate Member(s) of the Month, Carlos, Crystal, Anthony and Alex discuss making CrossFit and Climate Barbell a bonding family experience.
"One minute I’m getting tackled, jumping on the trampoline, playing catch, etc. and I know that my kid’s childhoods would not be as enjoyable if I didn’t do CrossFit."
Climate Member of the Month, Katie Weber, discusses CrossFit during pregnancy, getting back to pre-baby weight, and how CF helps her enjoy activities with her family.
"...getting stronger and wanting to be the best I can pushed me to get my nutrition in check and lose over 15lbs while hitting PR’s along the way."
Climate Member of the Month, and "Barbell Team Mom", Heather Delmas, shares her thoughts on being a Masters Athlete and what it was like competing at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival.
"...moments in which we were scared, or upset with ourselves are so often the moments just begging to be turned into something we will eventually find pride in"
Coach Morgan talks of how negative self-talk can lead to sabotaging our workouts and overshadow our actual accomplishments.
"The last thing I ever want is for my daughters to ask me to do something with them and I am not physically capable."
Climate Member of the Month, Travis Bellinghausen, talks of his love for CrossFit and its benefits both in out out of the gym, regardless of previous injuries and limitations.
"CrossFit is beautiful, and so much more than just fun, because it gives us a vehicle and a process by which we can aim to better ourselves. And hopefully in doing so, prepare ourselves for the inescapable hardships we are surely to face."
Coach Morgan talks of how overcoming our obstacles in the gym transitions to overcoming obstacles in the real world.
...give it your best effort and see what you’re capable of. More chances than not, you’re going to surprise yourself. Maybe you get that muscle up that’s eluded you? Maybe after barfing angry fire at your speed rope, you get a string of 10 double-unders and it clicks…
What is The Open and should I do it?! Coach Brian Paley shares his story of how he got started in the annual CrossFit Open, and why you should sign up now!
"The doctor gave me one restriction: “BE SMART”. Not much of a restriction if you ask me, but also one of the best! In the past prescription given was – do these stretches, don’t do these movements, only use a small percentage of max load, etc. Did I listen? Hell no!"
See how Climate Coach Angela Hoff is focusing on mobility and giving up the “RX” next to her name for the time being to recover from injury.
Spring is approaching, and for many that means getting out on the golf course! Are you physically and mentally prepared to take on 18 holes in your first outing? Did you know CrossFit can help you prepare for that repetitive and strenuous movement? There are many parallels between the two sports, and the fact is, CrossFit could improve your golf game and reduce injury, which means more time on the course! Lets break it down...
"Physically I am stronger and starting to see some muscle definition in my arms which I freaking love. On the golf course I am hitting the ball further with every club in my bag. Mentally I just feel healthier mind and body wise. "
At 57 years young, Jackie Roseland has battled Rheumatoid Arthritis through mobility (not drugs), and discovered new strength which has transitioned to improvements in her favorite activity, golf!
Trying to resist change or results from something not turning out the way we had planned. Like it or not, life has a way or changing, with or without our consent. Change is hard enough, but forced change can be downright cruel.
You are probably hearing a lot of that this time of year. For so many people, New Years is when they can become a new person. A better version of who they were the previous year. Or maybe someone they should have been, doing things they should have been doing and living the life that they should really have. But so many people miss the meaning of this term. They over do it and forget the real meaning of New Year Resolutions (NYR).
"Physically I have never felt stronger. I came into this with a bad back and was scared that because of that I wouldn’t be able to do CrossFit. It has had the opposite effect, my back pain is almost non-existent. The mental changes have been the most impactful for me though... The part of my brain that says “I can” is so much louder now than it has ever been."