Sean shows his appreciation for January’s Member of the Month at CrossFit Clifton Park:
5:45am might be early for some people. But for Carly, it’s not quite early enough. I am up before 5am every day Monday through Friday because if I’m not at the gym by 5:30am to let her in, I’m going to hear about it. With a laugh of course.
It’s really her way of saying that she wants to be able to invest in her performance. That’s worth it to me in my book. It’s athletes like that that makes my job as a coach so meaningful.
I’ve had the pleasure Coaching Carly since day 2 and 5 of On-Ramp many months ago. Just like most everyone in On-Ramp she was a ball of nerves. She was nervous and excited all at once for what is about to come. I could tell the way she pushed herself during the On-Ramp “mini-WODs” at the end that she was ready for the demands that any WOD would bring.
What I didn’t know was that she wasn’t only ready for the demands but she was hungry for any challenge. Carly was at a point in her life that she was ready to take on any obstacle that got in her way. Joining CrossFit gave her that opportunity. It gave her a chance to prove that no matter how hard anything can hit her she is going to hit back even harder. After the first WOD full of scaled movements she came up to me at the end and asked how she could improve. I showed her a few movements that would help her. The next morning as I pulled up to the gym, and there she was waiting. As soon as I unlocked the door and turned on the lights she was inside getting ready to work on what I showed her the day prior.
It’s been that way ever since. Other than her scheduled rest days, she is right on my heals as I open the doors to every morning. Day after day she shows up early and stays after tirelessly working on her “sucks.” The discipline that she has to improve her performance is infectious. Before I knew it there were a handful of others following suit. If Carly has any fears now, you would never know it. Her first taste of a CrossFit competition not knowing anyone outside the 5:45 at CCP, Carly never hesitated to answer the call for volunteers for the Fall Face-Off at ACF. No matter what event comes up Carly is all in. 90 Day Challenge? “Sign me up!” Tri-State competition? “I’m there!” MELT? “On my way!” Formal? “Who’s coming with me?” When I say she’s all in it just might be an understatement.
When she entered the 90 Day Challenge we sat down and came up with an extensive game plan. Going into Week 5, after weekly evaluations and tweaks she is dialed in and has her eyes fixed on the finish line. There is no stopping her. After signing up for the Tri-State she will not be taken by surprise. She is preparing herself by attending specialty classes outside her comfort zone. Carly has introduced herself to our community and not only does she thrive in it, she makes it better. She goes above and beyond day after day pushing herself and everyone else around her. Her positive attitude, competitive spirit, and discipline is motivation for all of us. On behalf of myself and all the coaches, we thank you for what you do. Keep up the great work.
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” –Art Turock
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When I met Katie this past summer at CrossFit Clifton Park, she was ready to change. She quickly became part of the noon crew hitting classes five days a week. It was more than just working out that got her where she is today.
Her squat was severely limited, she could not get below parallel. Katie attacked this challenge with determination, she would not let it stop her. In the gym a half an hour early to work on her squat therapy and mobility. From all the hard work, her flexibility allowed her to start moving some serious weight.
She was strong, and now she is really strong! Katie consistently sets PRs with her squats and cleans. Strength gains that she has used in her new hobby, Strongman. She has been a regular at the classes for a couple of months now and recently competed in our first Strongman competition.
A valuable part of the community and always ready to help new athletes feel a little more comfortable. Always willing to help, she moved moved equipment all day at Fall Face-Off, or often seen at events taking photos. Quick to swap recipes with other CrossFitters, seeing others improve is just as important.
Watching Katie embrace this community and lifestyle has been one of the most inspiring things I have seen in CrossFit. Following a Paleo diet and taking an active interest in her recovery is really making the difference. She is in the 90 Day Challenge to win and I think she has a real shot at it. I expect nothing but more successes and milestones from her in the future. I truly am proud to call her a friend.
Congratulations Katie, as our December 2011 CrossFit Clifton Park Member of the Month!
“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” – John Sculley
No better way to start 2012 then to highlight an amazing athlete that made huge strides all throughout 2011. Congratulations to Jesse as our December 2011 Member of the Month for Albany CrossFit!
I remember running his free trial, and subsequently teaching his Elements classes (yeah those were the good ol’ days). You could see the potential. Motivated, athletic, and ready for a challenge. Jesse was ready to take on everything CrossFit had to offer.
Diet? Started Paleo Day 1. He didn’t have much to change, but it was impressive none the less. People often say that they can easily go strict or just go cold-turkey immediately; he actually lived up to his words.
Consistent? You bet. Whether he’s crushing WODs or doing strength or hitting skills, he’s not making excuses for not getting in.
Constantly improving? Absolutely. Watch any of his recent performances or any benchmark workouts. The results speak for themselves.
He’s in the competitions, from the Fall Face-off to the Strongman. He doesn’t back down from putting his skills on the line. Quickly becoming one of the top athletes in the gym, and has worked his ass off to get to this point.
Throw in the fact that he’s a great guy and a great part of this community as he is always willing to help with events. We’re happy to have him as a member and hope to continue to watch his hard work lead to even more success. The sky is the limit for him.
“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” –Arthur C. Clarke