May athlete: Jim Miller
I discovered Crossfit GP through Mike Ocoyne. His results were impressive so I thought I would give it a try. I had always played sports up until 5-6 years ago and after that pretty much let myself go. That first day I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew I didn’t want to just lift weights, I wanted to get back in shape and drop lbs. After that first class I was hooked. The high intensity and the variety of different movements is exactly what I needed. Every day I look forward to going and seeing a new WOD and all the wonderful people. The coaches are awesome and I want to thank all of them for helping me and everyone else with all the training,encouragement,
April athlete: Michelle Tamashiro
I came to crossfit gp with a goal, to learn how to do A SINGLE PULL UP. That’s it. It sounds simple enough, just reach your chin over the bar, right? For some people this may sound very easy and they probably can do one, or a dozen or more in their sleep, but for me A SINGLE PULL UP has been a never ending quest in my life ……………(so I started with the GREEN BAND). I thought I was fairly fit when I started crossfit, but
I remember stepping into the gym that first day and right away my anxiety level went through the roof, just looking at these super human beings performing things I never thought I could ever do (Anna, Christie, Corrie just to name a few). I would get mad at my body for not being able to learn the movements in the time frame I wanted it to………………. (I then progressed to the BLUE BAND). Double unders were torture and I constantly threw my jump rope across the gym in anger for at least a year, Kurt has probably wanted to wring my neck more than once for my bad attitude. In the past I had run consistently, taught spin classes, coached gymnastics and had been diligent at pilates, which combined together never got me any closer to the illusive SINGLE PULL UP. At my age, I had almost given up hope of ever accomplishing this feat of muscle wonder……………………. (I was soooo excited when I could kip with the RED BAND). Weight lifting has also been a huge battle between my body and my mind. My mind says I should be able to back squat my body weight by now, but I have resigned myself to the fact that I will probably never lift as much weight as Anna or Tamara…. ever. Oh and did I mention I have a love/hate relationship with the clock? A bad injury, box jumping last year, was a wake up call to slow down and watch my form and not worry about the clock, although that is easy to forget because I am so competitive. My relationship with the scale in my first year of crossfit was not a good one either. When everyone around me was losing weight, I gained at least 10 pounds and my BEFORE and AFTER pictures look like BEFORE and BEFORE pictures.
Working out with patient coaches and watching people with great attitudes (Rose, Wes) has taught me not to be so hard on myself. I am inspired every day working out with new people and seeing them struggle on things I used to struggle with, but can now do with relative ease. After 1 1/2 years and 3 COLORED BANDS later, I finally can do A SINGLE KIPPING PULL UP. I can actually do more than one, It’s not a DEAD HANG pull up though, so that’s my next goal. How did I accomplish it? A lot of sweat and and consistently choosing the harder workouts when given the choice. When people ask me if crossfit is HARD, I always say YES, if it were easy it would not be worth doing. Everyone is good at something in crossfit and if you stick with it you too will be able to do things you never thought possible.
That’s it.. in a nutshell, I hope that’s what you were looking for and let me know if you need anything else and please for goodness sake DO NOT use my before and after pictures.
March athlete: Wes Curtis
Crossfit GP has been a life changing experience for me. It has provided me the drive, determination and dedication to improve my physical and emotional well being. I have always been into sports (remember 6 man football-probably not) and I have a type “A” personally which means I am on the “GO” all the time. This lead to an active life style which didn’t always equate into a healthy life style. I had been searching for a program that would give me the challenge, direction and support that I needed to start down the road to being in better shape.. Kendra had heard about Crossfit GP and asked if I wanted to try it. So a year ago February we tried it and it was “Awesome”. Crossfit GP has become part of our extended family with all the wonderful people. At my age it will always be a work in progress but I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life. Thank you Crossfit GP!!!!!
February athlete: Annie Hyde
Well let’s see…I have been married for two and a half years to my soul mate, and own personal super hero Mr. Scott Hyde. I’ve been cross fitting at CrossfitGP for a year as of January 20th and the time has flown by. Since I started at CFGP I have made so many close friends. Being a part of this gym is more than a membership, it feels like a family. I appreciate all of the encouragement, coaching, and constructive name calling “sand bagger” =). All of it has given me the confidence boost I have needed to go heavier and push harder then my mind believes I can. It’s an amazing feeling to sweat it out with a bunch of friends who encourage you to do better and are genuinely excited to see you succeed. I have always been interested in my health, staying active through running and local inner mural soccer and flag football leagues, but I can say I have never been this healthy. CFGP has majorly changed my life for the better. I look forward to Dirty 4:30 everyday and can’t imagine my life without it…I’m a lifer. Hyde OUT!!!
January Athlete: Matt Swanson
My name is Matt and I’m 32 years old. My motto for life is “NO BAD DAYS” and I strive to live my smile to the fullest with each and every new experience. I recently got married to the love of my life, Samantha who is currently pregnant with our first child. I guess you could say she’s doing a 9 month AMRAP of baby carries. I’ve been involved with MMA (mixed martial arts) for several years and in the year or so prior to joining CFGP I was hearing and seeing a huge influx of fighters training with CrossFit. I didn’t pay much attention to it figuring it was just the next fad to saturate the fitness market and that it would die out soon enough. After my friend, Scott Lookabaugh, began training with CFGP he began urging me to get involved and at least try the free clinic to see what it was all about. I’d like to coin the phrase “love at first FRIGHT” I was so scared when i walked through the doors that first time, but i fell in love with high intensity, constantly varied, functional movements instantly! I still get those butterflies in my stomach when I come charging in the box knowing that Murph or Cindy or FGB is there waiting for me to put it all out on the line and donate my blood, sweat, tears, and on one special occasion my breakfast in pursuit of that new Personal Best. The coaching, the friendships, and the constant improvements and goal achievements are just a few of the reasons on a long list that I keep coming back day after day. In my opinion there should be a hero WOD called CrossfitGP because I personally see it save one person after the next. Whether it’s weight loss or elite athlete training, rehabbing an injury or simple body maintenance, CrossfitGP is changing people lives. A huge thank you to everyone involved with CrossfitGP. Your dedication is definitely noticed and much appreciated. -Matt Swanson