Good Afternoon peeps!I want to first congratulate everyone who competed in yesterday's Valentine's Massacre! You all represented The Point amazingly and I am proud to call you our athletes. I love seeing you all take all that hard work in the gym and use it in outside competitions. Next step? The Open!Today I would like to put out a little reminder to the CFTP family. CrossFit The Point is different and the reason it is different is because I believe that it is a home away from home for a lot of us. It is a place that we can go and be with like-minded people who are trying to better themselves. We really strive to make The Point this type of place and I hope that you feel that as well.With that in mind; The Point is your home and I hope that you treat it that way. While myself and the other owners and trainers do our best to keep things nice and neat and clean we really need everyone's help. I've noticed lately that sometimes we forget to take care of our home so I wanted to go over a few things that I hope you all can do to help keep the box looking amazing and making sure the class after you has a clean place to WOD.
- Cleaning up after yourself.
If you bleed, sweat, spit, spill chalk, spill liquids, or do anything that causes a mess I would hope that you would clean it up before you leave. I know doing burpees in someone else's sweat and spit sounds like a real hoot but it's not as cool as you might think. We have bottles full of cleaner and rags to wipe up this type of stuff. If you rip your hands and continue to do pullups or barbell movements and leave blood on the bars, please scrub them clean. The longer they are on the bars the harder they are to clean.We have amazing cleaners at the gym who wipe down equipment and clean the floors but we can't do it after every class. I know that you all give 100 percent during your WOD and the last thing you want to do is clean up after yourself after but it's something that needs to be done, so please do it.Also, if you use the pink WOD wax for the pullup stations... You must scrape it off after you use it. Not everyone likes the feel of the WOD wax.2. Putting away equipment.If you used it during your WOD then it is your responsibility to make sure it gets put away. I know how annoying it is to put away boxes and weights but put yourself in the 6:45 PM class' and trainer's shoes... Throughout the day, the equipment gets left out and then the final class of the day finishes and the 8 of them in the class have to clean up 20 different setups.When putting away your equipment... Put it in the correct place. All kettlebells, slam balls and wall balls need to be off the ground on the racks. The D-balls go under the racks. The boxes go in the corner and last but not least, we have put numbers on the boxes where the bumper weights should be placed. The best thing ever is going to clean the floors and finding little hidden weights all over... You can just tell someone didn't want to carry it across the room so they found a little corner they could leave it in. LOL.3. Clean up after your kids.I am so grateful that we have a place for your kids to come and sit while you work out. I know how hard it is to get free time to actually come in and workout with kids. We need to work together to keep this kid area clean. Right now the kid area is right near the entrance of the gym and so it is the first thing people see when they come into our box and sadly, many times it is a mess. The couch is pulled out, there are wrappers all over the ground, crumbs left from previous classes, toys strewn across the floor... It's not the best first impression.I hope that we, as parents, will take a quick look before we leave and with the help of our kids, pick up the messes. There is a vacuum behind my desk that can be used as well.On the kid's room note. Please refrain from bringing in snacks for your kids. There are two reasons for this: 1: You never know if other kids might be allergic to the food you brought in. 2: Back to the original point of messes. When crumbs are left around then ants get in. After ants come in mice seem to follow close behind. Let's keep The Point a vermin free zone.4. CrossFit The Point is familyWe are close... Sometimes closer than some families. This means that when new people come in we need to work extra hard to include them. Think about when you first got married (or dated someone seriously) and you tried to fit into your spouse's/boyfriend's/girlfriend's family. It's awkward at first and takes time to really feel comfortable because they have been building their relationships for years and you are coming in as an outsider.My hope is that when new people join our classes that they feel welcome. I know that, for the most part, the CrossFit The Point family is very open and accepting and I thank you for that. It makes my job so much easier. Not only that, you all are the ones bringing in the newbies so they already have a friend at The Point. I just want to urge you to be aware of new people coming into The Point and welcome them into your tight-knit classes.5. Bathroom cleanlinessI think Amber and Stacee may be upset if I didn't at least mention this. We have provided poo-pouri and toilet brushes... USE THEM! There is a trash can in the bathroom... USE IT. I personally at least twice a day have to clean up somebody else's leftovers...puke...Thank you all for being part of the CFTP family. I know that most of you know these rules and do an amazing job keeping The Point clean and tidy. I am not a big fan of bringing up these kinds of things but as of late I felt it has slipped the minds of a few and maybe some of the newbies didn't know about them.We only have 11 days until the first Open WOD is announced!!! If you haven't signed up, please do. I can't wait to cheer you all on during The Open. I can't wait to see how much you all improve from previous years. This year's Open will be the best yet!I am going to leave you with this week's spotlight... AMBER CASILLAS
1. How long have you been at The Point?
I have been at The Point since July of 2014-though I was pregnant for a good 9 months of that!
2. What do you do for a living?
I work as a charge nurse on the Cancer/Transplant Unit at Primary Children's.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
I think I made it up as I went along. I ran (yep, I said "ran") and did free weights at VASA. Mostly so that I could fit in my jeans :)
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
Anytime that I did something that I absolutely thought that I couldn't do! Getting upside down for handstand push ups, my first pull up, my first rope climb! They all still need a lot of work, but I am excited that I can do them!
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
That if you want results at the gym, you need to get yourself mentally ready in the kitchen. You can't work your butt off and then eat whatever you want and expect results.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
I love deadlifts-I can pick up heavy things! I am just not good about doing anything else with them:).
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
My all time favorite WOD is when we played "baseball" on one of Dave's Wednesday Wods. We had teams and different movements we had to get through. In order to get "off base", we had to hurry through the workout so the next person could get "on base". Thayne Sohn was kind enough to pick Kaye Reeder and I to be on his team. Saying that he challenged us would be an understatement! I don't think I have every ran that fast in my life!
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Form, form, and form! On everything! I really struggle with cleans and snatches. My pull-ups need some help too! I want to have great form even if it means going down on weight.
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I thought it was only for super athletic people that eat nothing but salads. Luckily, that's not the case! There ARE super athletic people that only eat salads, but there are also plenty of everyday "normal" looking people who are just trying to be healthy.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
It started with a Mother's Day gift. My husband gave me a Groupon because I was having a hard time losing the baby weight after my first child, and he thought it would help me feel better about myself. I secretly wanted to kill him because I was feeling pretty down on myself and DID NOT want to go hang out with a bunch of fit people. Plus, I was super intimidated. It took me two months to get up the guts to go. Dave gave me a "bless-her-heart" look when I asked him on my first day if there was a modification for doing push-ups on my knees! Now, I bring my two kids every morning at 530 because I've found it sets the tone for my whole day. I eat better, I feel better, and I love it! I may not be the best at the gym, but Crossfit has changed my life!
Coach's notes on Amber:Coach Dan: Amber has been someone I look up to. It was so cool to watch her come in everyday during her pregnancy and be so consistent. It was also really awesome to see how quickly she came back and gained back her strength. She brings her two little kids at 5:30 every morning... Most mornings she beats me to the gym. She doesn't let work or her busy schedule get in the way of her health.Coach Leslie: "I don't get the opportunity to coach Amber very often but I love when I do, she's awesome! I love her dedication, coming to 5:30 everyday with her cute kiddos and always giving it her all. She is so positive and always looking to improve, it's inspirational."Coach LaDee: "Amber is the joy to my morning. She pushes herself harder than us coaches push her and is so pleased to accomplish the tasks at hand. She's also a great example of a mother that also takes time to better herself!"Coach Dave: "Absolutely love seeing the dedication and determination Amber puts out at our Box. She is the first person I see every Wednesday morning at 5:25am, loaded with two kids in hand and always with a smile. In the last year she has transformed her form which has translated to her power and strength. She is the definition of "being coachable". Also, what many others do not know is that she does a fantastic job cleaning our restrooms/showers, front entry, and turf, and that alone deserves a shout out."Coach Wheeler: "Amber is one of the most willing and coachable people at the gym period. She listens to every que and asks questions wanting and getting better. She is the type of person that really brings a community together. Her and her kids really make the morning classes fun. STOP SPACKELING THE TOILETS FOR HER THOUGH!!!!!"Coach JoAnn: "I am so happy that at 5:30 in the morning I get to see Amber and her adorable happy daughter, and now her also adorable baby boy! On top of being supermom, she is a nurse, keeps our gym looking so good, and finds time to PR practically every time we max on something new. Goes to show what hard work does! Amber, I am so glad you found your way to CFTP!"Thanks Amber for all you do for the gym!Coach Dan