What’s up CFLT Army! I have a lot to discuss and announce so let’s get started.
- If you have not received the email this is the final week of our gym survey. If you have completed this, thank you! If not please click the link below, submissions end 12/17. Athletes who complete the survey and provide their name will enter a drawing for a FREE T-shirt.
- Coach Kevin and his wife Leslie are holding a toy drive at the gym for the Arizonans for Children. They are a local foster care center and are accepting any new and unwrapped toy, they did mention they are short on blankets and board games.
For every toy that is donated please write your name on a piece of paper and put it into the grey cup next to the iPad. Donations will be picked up on the December 16th.
A name will be drawn for a $25 gift card to either Rogue or target (winner’s choice)
We have decided to add an additional give away, a second name will be drawn and the winner will receive 2-tickets plus a parking pass to the Arizona Cardinals season finale on Christmas Eve against the New York Giants!
You have 3 days to bring in a gift and put your name into the drawing, remember you get a submission for each gift you bring!!
- UPCOMING Events
- 12/30 – Feed my Starving Children
We are putting together a group to donate their time to Feed My Starving Children. Please keep in mind these spots fill up quickly so I want to be sure we get ahead of the game. We are looking at Saturday December 30th from 7pm-9pm (location is in Mesa). This is a great way to give back, to get the family involved and they do a great job making it fun! Please reply below to let me know if you’re interested and how many are in your group so I can reserve the exact number of spots that we need!
If you’re interested in participating please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your information and the number in your group. Registration closes on December 20th.
- 1/5/17 – SAVE THE DATE – CFLT Holiday/New Year’s Party
On Friday, January 5th form 7- 10PM we will have our holiday potluck party. The gym will be closed during the 6pm class that evening. Make sure to mark your calendars, more info to come.
- 1/13/17 – Hieroglyphics Trail Hike
On Saturday, January 13th @ 9AM we will have our 1st monthly gym community event. This will be a hike at Superstition Wilderness: Hieroglyphics – Lost Goldmine Trailhead. This will be in place of the schedule Saturday morning class. Each month we will put together an event typically on Saturday around the middle of the month. The event and an event page will be created the month prior. Upcoming events ideas are Pat’s Run, Obstacle course, Golfland Sunsplash, paddle boarding, Main event/Top Golf. If you have any suggestions please make sure they are listed in your survey or comment below.
For the event it’s an easy-moderate hike so the whole family, pets included, are invited to come out and enjoy the amazing weather and desert we have here in AZ. Trail info in link below, I will create a event page with details and sign up.
As the year comes to an end I want to say thank you to all the coaches and members, 2017 was a great year and we have come a long way! I’m excited to see what 2018 holds for CrossFit LT!!
December has officially snuck up on us! We are super excited to announce Chris Suykerbuyk as our December Athlete of the Month! Please take a moment to read what Chris has to say about CrossFit. Congratulations Chris!
1. What brought you to CrossFit?
I had just finished running a marathon, and before that 2 Olympic distance triathlons. My body was broken down and I was underweight. I tried going to conventional gyms, but I was struggling trying to maintain my cardio while adding on muscle. CrossFit gave me the opportunity to do both, plus offered a challenge to learn new fitness techniques and skills.
2. What was your first impression?
It was love at first sight for me. I have always pushed myself, and CrossFit gave me that outlet. I loved how every day was like a mini race that I could try to improve on as time went on. CrossFit satisfied my competitive nature while helping to maintain whole body fitness.
3. How has that changed?
For me, not much has changed. I still walk in every day trying my best. As I have learned more about the sport of fitness, I realized you can’t give 110% all the time. Pacing yourself and knowing your limits is critical step for any athlete. I am also a little more humble (if that can be believed). I see the amazing accomplishments of my fellow athletes and it inspires me to try even harder.
4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
My first bright spot was deadlifting over 400lbs. I had not done that in several years, and I weighed about 30lbs less than the last time I had tried that weight. That same day, I rowed a PR 1000m Row. I knew at that point that this was really working!
5. What are you working on now?
One of my Professors once said to me “When you gradate College, you think you know everything. When you get your Masters, you think you may not know everything. When you get your Doctorate, you know you don’t know anything.” I think CrossFit is the same. The more I learn, the more there is to learn. You got muscle ups? Great! Now handstand walk! Personally, I am trying to get back to some fundamentals, chest to bar pullups and double unders, form on my Olympic lifts, etc. You can only build on a solid foundation, and sometimes it is worth going back to check that your base is well constructed.
6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
I have so many, it is hard to choose! 5 years of great friendships and friendly competition make for some great memories. What always sticks out for me is the “Murph”. I remember the first time I tried to do it and I think it took me over an hour with no vest. I was shocked and humbled at how hard it was to accomplish. The difficulty in the workout made me think more about the sacrifice of Lt. Murphy and all of the brave men and women that Hero Wods are named after. I have done this workout every year with a vest since, and my best memories are always from Murph days. The comradery that we share and the whole gym cheering each other on is what CrossFit is all about!