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It’s THAT Simple…

What you allowWe are all guilty of complaining from time to time.  We don’t like the people in our lives, our kids and parents are annoying, our boyfriends don’t communicate, our wives are such nags, and we hate the darn weather….  Then there’s the complaining about our jobs, our day to day annoyances, and of course, our bodies.

There are certainly some things in life that cannot be changed, but there is much that can be.

The truth of the above quotation, “What you allow is what will continue”, seems pretty simple. Most will read this and nod. We know it’s true.  Why, then, is it so difficult to discontinue the behaviors, which reap the results that we find so undesirable?

The first step would be to identify the problem.  Sometimes, life moves so quickly, and so many bad things can happen at once, that it’s hard to identify that we are the cause of many of our problems. Secondly, once we know we are the problem, we have to ascertain a way to stop it.  When initially pondering this topic, I thought that the second step is the more difficult of the two.  As I think about it more, I think identifying what we are at fault for in our lives can be quite confounding, even more so than fixing the problem itself.  If we come to this realization, and create the desire to change.  The rest is a no-brainer.  It’s not to say this is easy, but that is when the aforementioned quote comes into play: we don’t want the problem to continue, so we find a way to no longer allow it.

If we are discontented with much of our lives–our bodies, or fitness level, more importantly, our relationships, careers, etc… conduct a self-examination to see what you can change about YOU to fix the problem.

If you allow the same behavioral problems to persist, naturally, they will continue.  Nothing will change.

It’s that simple.

Meg, with a top 10 finish this weekend at the East Coast Championship, being cheered on by Sam Briggs, Stacey Tovar

Meg, with a top 10 finish this weekend at the East Coast Championship, being cheered on by Sam Briggs, Stacey Tovar, Lindsay Valenzuela, and Katrin Davidsdottier.  Aren’t we proud of her, SCF?!!!



Iron Sharpens Iron

 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens his friend“. -Proverbs 27:17

From the days back when Shoreline CrossFit was in an extremely small space on Sycamore Way, and we began to grow rapidly, we have had partner workouts on Saturdays.  Recently, we have begun partner workouts on most Wednesdays as well.  The reason that partner workouts were instituted on Sycamore Way was simple: space; we had too many members and not enough space for athletes or equipment.  However, once we began our Saturday partner WODs, we quickly noticed something:  SCF begin to grow into a more cohesive community. Friendships, many of which have lasted until this day, began to to develop and grow, and SCF became an all-around more enjoyable, less intimidating, place to workout.

This being said, one of the main reasons we have kept the Saturday partner WOD in our existing, larger space is to continue to promote this sense of community.  Yes, we are a much bigger gym than we were in 2009, but we want it to always feel like home.  On our average Saturday, SCF sees about 100 of its athletes; this is a mere fragment of our client base.  Therefore, we have decided that it would be advantageous to our athletes to put into place a partner WOD on on of our busiest days of the week: Wednesday.  This will force our clients to get to know, and forge bonds with others in this classes.  Once the sense of community increases, one’s desire to be at the gym (a place where they feel accepted and supported) increases.

There is also another reason that I believe to be just as valuable in working with a partner.  Working alone certainly has its benefits.  I am in no way asserting that every workout should be done with a partner; however, periodically working with another athlete will cause you to work harder and really “test” your limits.

Allow me to provide you with a personal anecdote to prove this: on Saturday, the SCF Competitors were given a partner WOD.  Usually, I would choose to work with Janice, Bianca, or Shlee–athletes with whom I train daily.  On this day, I decided to partner up with Big John Lynch…and boy, did I get a workout (zero rest)!  This is not to discredit Janice, Bianca or Shlee, but my consistently working with them has made me comfortable.  To keep them waiting, or to slow them down, doesn’t really stress me out because know that they know my true capabilities, so who cares if I slack this one time???  Working with John forced me to not slow down, to not frustrate, and to not disappoint.  And what did I learn?  I didn’t need the rest that my brain was telling me I needed.  I pushed myself to a place I may not have if my choice of partner was different.   I used John’s “iron” to sharpen my “iron”.

From this, I hope that you have learned that one other way that you can add to the “constantly varied” aspect of CrossFit is to change your partner from time to time.  Not only will this force you to work harder, it will also cause you to “branch out” a bit more, only increasing the sense of community at SCF.

So, never hesitate to come in to a partner WOD at Shoreline CrossFit.  We’ll find you a partner!

Kyle W.

Kyle W.

Ben S.

Ben S.

Diana M.

Diana M.

Cheryl

Cheryl



December Accomplishments

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So, you didn’t see your name on the Accomplishment Board last month?  Didn’t achieve your goal for 2014? You’ve been trying to get a pull-up, and still can’t quite get that chin over the bar?

Who cares??? Well, of course, YOU do.  And you should.  But, you shouldn’t feel that all is lost.  You shouldn’t feel as if you’re a hopeless case.

Change the plan.  Perhaps you could be doing something more, or something else.  You know what Einstein said about insanity?  It’s doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.

Keep the goal, but let’s adjust the plan. Feel free to talk to any of your coaches about it, or perhaps schedule a one-on-one session to improve a skill.

Let’s see who achieved their goals during this holiday season:

Look Who’s Getting Stronger in Their Lifts

Jon Christoff power cleaned 250lbs, Ryan Hocking also set a PR on his power clean at 260, Lindsey Russo power cleaned 135lbs for a 20lb PR at her first competition, other power clean PR’s included Mark Testa (225), Dean Alderman (240), Annalisa Cappello (110), Erin Flynn (230), Mary Pont (115), Lara McGlashan (110), Tracey Appleget (105), Mike B (215),and Josh Harian (205). Dean Alderman set a back squat PR at 415lbs and also set a PR in his deadlift (500), and front squat (315). Luis Suarez PR’d on his clean & jerk (205) and so did Becky Massey (83lbs), and Amy Vernon (73lbs). Josh Harian swung the 70lb. kettlebell for the first time, Brian Murray set a power snatch PR (175), and Myke Nicholas back squatted 375lbs for a new PR.

Gymnastic Achievements, Anniversaries, and Miscellaneous 

Eddie Angiollo did his first kipping handstand push-up and Andy Feldman also did handstand push ups. Jim entered the muscle up club this month with his first muscle up, Jess Herr went upside down with her handstand holds, and Josh Harian did his first handstand push-up. Jay Caron, Dave Strong, and Joe Narciso had their 2 year anniversary at SCF this month. Monica Vidro entered “wonderland”, Jenna Lennon set a PR in “Nate”, and LP won the North Haven competition! Danielle Smith also had her 1 year anniversary at SCF and Teresa Testa is finally out of the boot.

Team work is no problem for these sisters!

Team work is no problem for these sisters!

Andrew, looking focused.

Andrew, looking focused.

An equally focused Stebbins!

An equally focused Stebbins!

Monica and Quong rockin' the teamwork!

Monica and Quong rockin’ the teamwork!

Kate P. and Jess H.

Kate P. and Jess H.

Guess this team????

Guess this cute-bottomed team????