Happy Birthday to a great CrossFitter! (Jan mid-pull on a Power Clean)

Quick Note: The gym is going to be closed this holiday Monday

Jan has been a great gal to have at Rocky Point CrossFit. Since she came through our doors last Fall, she has displayed the true spirit of CrossFit with her fierce determination to meet goals, improve herself, and be a big part of the community.

A few months ago, we had a Paleo Challenge. Jan won this challenge. Shortly after she won, I asked her a few questions:

Tom: You’ve been doing CrossFit since the Fall 2011. What got you curious about CrossFit to begin with? We all know how it feels after the first few WODs, what kept you coming back?
Jan: One of my best friends in Florida has been doing CrossFit since 2010 and has told everyone he knows about it.. he’s probably got about 50 people started all over the US.…. for 18 months I made a lot of excuses from its too far to drive, its too expensive, I don’t have the time, its okay for others  because they are already in  great shape but I’m not and so on …..From May to August 2011  I lived in the bush in Desolation Sound, Alaska and the Yukon ….living my lifelong dream of doing Archaeology… I learned a lot about myself and what is important and not important in my life…….When I came back and my friend mentioned it again I knew I was ready….

When I first started training with Michael, he made me feel like I could really do this …he had to modify everything for me bigtime because I REALLY sucked, but he was very encouraging and made me feel like  every WOD was a huge accomplishment.  That encouragement got me through all the aches and pains and kept me coming back !

Also, I am a HUGE Biggest Loser Fan ….and John Rhode Season 12 winner is a hero of mine… He has a NEVER QUIT attitude….Whenever I wanted to quit on a workout (like the brutal 1/4 mile burpee challenge) I just kept thinking that my workouts were nothing compared to what he had  accomplished and if he could do it I could too….

Tom: I  believe you have lost some weight. Can I ask how much you have lost so far?

Jan: 40 lbs … I’m not done yet …however I am on track with my goal of losing slowly over a full year  by lifestyle change (both what I eat and how I work out ) in a way that is sustainable rather than to try and do it quickly only to gain it back  again….

Tom: Apart from weight loss, what has been the greatest improvement in your life since starting CrossFit?

Jan: I feel so much healthier and happier…. And  I have a lot of great new friends…Plus I get to spend a lot more time with my teenagers as they all do CrossFit with me now !

Tom: What is it about CrossFit that sets it apart from other fitness programs you have tried?

Jan: Where do I begin ? CrossFit is scalable which means I can do any workout, no matter how much I suck; plus  being told what the workout is and  always having someone to help me is amazing and was probably the biggest draw for me because  I never  knew what to do when I got to the gym; community support is so great…. I love cheering people on and having people cheer me on; and  I love the competitive aspect… that I can compete with myself and see measureable improvements ……all of this adds up to wanting to be the best I can be and keeps me coming back !!!

To celebrate Jan’s BDay, we’re doing the WOD of her choice 🙂

Today’s WOD ~ Filthy 50


20 Box jump, 10-15 inch box
20 Jumping pull-ups
20 Kettlebell swings, 12kg
Walking Lunge, 20 steps
20 Ab-Mat Sit-ups
20 Push press, 25-30 pounds
20 Back extensions
20 Wall ball shots, 10-16 pound ball
20 Burpees
20 Single unders


For time:
35 Box jump, 18-20 inch box
35 Jumping pull-ups
35 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 35 steps
35 Ab-Mat Sit-ups
35 Push press, 45 pounds
35 Back extensions
35 Wall ball shots, 14-20 pound ball
35 Burpees
35 Double unders


For time:
50 Box jump, 24/20 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood/12 KG
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45/35 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20/14 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders