Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Welcome Isabella as your new coach.

Photo by our member Dave from www.lane1photos.com
About a year ago I got an email from Isabella as she was planning her move from Rochester to Boulder. She was doing research on gyms in the area and reached out to us to see if we'd be a good place for her. When I read these two sentences in her email, I knew we were going to be a great match.
It has proven to be difficult to find somewhere that I think would be fitting given the training I have already received and what my expectations are.  It seems like there are a ton of frilly crossfit places and I simply have no interest in training somewhere where functional and safe fitness are not the priorities. 
One of the original plans Amy and I had when we opened the gym was that we were only going to grow as fast as we could find coaches who thought the same way we did. It would be easy to get any random personal trainer out there and they'd do the same "core work circuit" (more on that later this week...) that everyone else did. I'm not one for systems and rules (that's another post I have in the queue), so we struggled with how we'd identify good coaches for the gym.

Our plan was that we would really only consider adding a coach if they trained with us long enough to learn how we do things and for us to learn their style. Isabella has been with us for a year now (yes, she has a green shirt!), and we love her philosophy and approach to training, and she loves how we do things. So it's only natural that we bring her onto our team.

Isabella is still figuring out her schedule, but we're pretty sure she'll be doing morning class 5 days a week starting in July.

Here's a short intro that she wrote so you can all start to get to know her. She's also really excited about writing longer blog posts (yay, less work for me!), so you'll get to know more about her and her philosophy very soon.
I train because I love it. When I first started training, I adoringly called it “adult recess” because it felt like play time.  If I’m not at the gym, there is a good chance that I am thinking about my next visit and all of the wonderful things I will get to do while I am there. Working hard and constantly improving upon something that I love is a truly rewarding experience. The only thing better than that is being able to share it with others so that they too can participate in something that will make them both physically and mentally stronger.
 
The mental aspect is as much important as the physical when it comes to being a progress minded athlete. That is one of the greatest lessons I have learned that has transferred to my life outside of the gym. By being members of this unique community, we have chosen to participate in the improvement of strength, conditioning, power, and the establishment of a mindset that allows these skills to transfer into our everyday walk through life. Also, lifting heavy shit is really quite fun.
 
From the health aspect, taking care of your body such as we do through strength and conditioning is better than any health insurance plan money can buy. We are insulating ourselves, body and mind, from disease and premature deterioration by oiling the machine like we want it to last. To quote George Hackenschmidt, “Health can never be divorced from Strength. The second is an inevitable sequel to the first”.



Warm-up

row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips

Strength

squat 8-8-3x8

Accessory/Skill

2 pull-ups + 2 dips between strength sets

Group Workout

find a new deadlift 1RM
compare to 03/03/2017



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