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A new day, a new week. Go and accomplish all that you were meant to.
Amazing to see the consistency in March! Congrats to all who made the commitment to show up day in and day out. If you didn’t make it in as much as you wanted, that’s okay! Let’s do it in April!!!!
Calling all Chuckwalla members! It’s that time of year for Spring Training AND Spring Cleaning! Get in that closet and clear 👏🏻 it 👏🏻out!
Please bring your gently loved Women’s and Kid’s clothing you no longer wear for a shop and swap night. Fashion show STRONGLY encouraged 💃
Friday, April 15, at 6:00pm. Snack and beverage pot luck.
Any remaining clothing will be donated to the Chrysalis. Check them out at www.no abuse.org
Ashley with another PR - 165lbs split jerk!
As intense as it can be, know there’s rest on the other side.
Happy Friday! Remember, fitness is a lifestyle not an event.
Open 2022 in the books! Great job on 22.3 athletes!!!!
: Dan Gradows
Dan has been a member with us since 2019, and we figured it was a good time to check in again and re-introduce him! If you're up for a challenge, try to beat him in our annual chili contest!
Here is his story-
"Hi, my name is Dan Gradows. I recently became married to another Chuckwallian athlete, Amy Tunis, in November of last year. We have a blended family with four kids, ages 11,13,15,16; each with very different personalities, talents, and athletic abilities. For the most part my hobbies center around Crossfit and lifting, with a lean towards lifting due to the slight distaste for running (caused by old age and trauma). I have also just recently started an HR Analytics blog with fellow Chuckwalla friend and colleague Bryce Butzine. I work for various companies as an HR Data and Analytics Strategist.
I have been with Chuckwalla for what feels like forever, both for me and for John, but officially just over three years. I have been an athlete for my entire life and have been on and off again with Crossfit for 12 years total. I joined Chuckwalla when my then girlfriend started attending classes and I felt it necessary to follow her and show of my aerobic skills.
Outside of watching some truly awesome athletes and furnishing my closet with most of my attire, I would say the impact has been the relationships with others. Getting to know the community and witnessing members push themselves to their last breath. Chuckwalla has taught me that you must always “Hookgrip” the grocery bags, that there’s a way to say anything in Hawaiian Pidgin (“Brah, Chuckwalla choke good times”) and that nothing in life is as bad as only being able to train on the assault bike.
For me, [fitness applies to life] because it is all about understanding that I can be more than I was yesterday. That we each get dealt hands as we go through life that are not always the kindest (socially, professionally, mentally, and physically) but if we apply ourselves and reach for the “what ifs” in life, we will often surprise ourselves about how far we can go.
I remember this quote a few weeks back when talking about my late father. When I asked him how he managed his own business and all the pressures that came with that during the most difficult times imaginable. He just said, “Sometimes you just have to do it”.
I have three pieces of advice: 1) Mobility, Mobility Mobility – Make sure you take the time to stretch each day and if you do not know how, talk to the coaches or some cool PT’s Meghan and Dillion. 2) Be humble and open to “the pain of getting back into it”. Most of us will not be going to the Crossfit games, and because of that, remember that you are here to compete against you and you alone. 3) You do not have to do everything the first day, month, year or ever and you will still be successful."
It’s not about perfection. It’s about doing your best…with what you have that day…every single day. It’s in that effort that great things grow.
The is really quite special. Yes it’s a competition, a test. But take some of the pressure off. It’s also a fun workout. A celebration of fitness. A coming together of a GLOBAL community! So have fun with it too!
“I'd encourage you to take a step back and appreciate just
how cool and special it is that there is a globally coordinated fitness test that's participated in by the most
diverse group of humans (that I am aware of) that have ever shared events & a leader board together.”
is ready for you!
Programmed in all classes Friday. Remember there is a version for everyone so come get a good workout!
CrossFit Open workouts are here! Watch the live announcement today, Thurs 2/24, at 12pm PT! Then register & join a class tomorrow (Friday) to get your workout in.
Did we mention there are several options for each workout, making it easy to find a place where you can be challenged yet not discouraged over the course of the three weeks? Here are some of the divisions you can choose from:
Foundations - Just started CrossFit or maybe this is your first Open? The foundations workouts are a great place to start.
Scaled - Not quite ready to tackle the workouts as written? No problem. The scaled division offers classic scaling options for many of CrossFit’s common gymnastics movements and includes lighter loading.
Rx’d - Do the workouts as written. This is the most challenging option, yet many individuals have moved from scaled to Rx’d as they progress from year to year.
Age Groups - There are nine age group divisions offering Rx'd and scaled versions of the workouts for teenage athletes aged 14-17 as well as masters athletes ages 35+.
The Open is for everyone, and it serves athletes in a variety of ways. For most, the CrossFit Games season is complete after three weeks of the Open and is a standalone yearly endeavor. For others, the Open serves as the first qualifying round for additional competition.
Register today at open.crossfit.com.
A setback does not erase your progress.
Setbacks (or even just changes in pace, progress, intensity) are inevitable. But when they do happen it is important to remember that they don’t erase all the progress you’ve previously made!
If you expect occasional setbacks, you can’t use them as a reason to quit.
Use them to learn from, push through, and get back on path as soon as possible.
Friday Night Lights this week!
Get pre/post workout fuel from Armstrong Nutrition!
Fridays 2/25, 3/4 & 3/11 from 4 - 6pm.
Pre-order on IG (DM .nutrition by Thursday nights) or buy at the gym Friday nights.
What are you going to do this week that will make you better than last week?
: Taya Adams
Here is her story:
"Hey everyone my name is Taya (pronounced Tay-uh) and I am originally from California, but I have been living in Phoenix since I was 10 (so a long long looong time :D). I went to the University of Arizona and got a bachelors in chemistry, and now I work at a pharmaceutical company that manufactures breast cancer medication. Working for a company that manufactures breast cancer medication is super rewarding, and I am happy that my work is helping people.
Besides working I really enjoy hiking, and I would definitely recommend going to Fossil Creek in Strawberry, AZ. It has an amazing waterfall and swimming hole that is really refreshing after a long summer hike. I also enjoy road biking, and crazy enough last September I biked from Walla Walla, WA to Missoula, MT to fundraise for cancer research. It was one of the most challenging things that I have done, but also the most rewarding (not sure if anyone noticed but my picture on Wodify is me finishing my first day of riding over 70 miles, I was SO happy!).
Once I finished training for my bike ride I wanted to continue working out and being active, and that’s when I found Chuckwalla. I had originally begun doing crossfit before the pandemic, but once the pandemic hit I didn’t have much motivation. Chuckwalla has definitely changed my mentality, and I have been having such a great time learning Crossfit lifts again and building up my endurance. I hope to get a chance to meet everyone and workout together sometime.
Thank you for welcoming me! 😊"
Fitness and health habits aren't just for the stages where we have "enough time,” “enough energy,” “enough motivation.”
Health and fitness are the tools we use to allow us to live fully in every stage.
They are habits that become a part of our daily lives to enrich each stage and remind us what's important - what we are capable of. They remind us of our strength.
What stage are you in? How are your habits improving?
PS: You can maintain healthy habits at any stage, even if the habits look a little different based on the demands of that stage. DM if you want to work with our coaches to help you manage healthy habits in the stage you’re in!