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Why CrossFit is so much more that just a “Workout!”

 

I remember the first time I stepped into a CrossFit gym, I was terrified. I had been a long time member of a traditional fitness club. You know, the kind with spa locker rooms & childcare centers. My mind was made up that I was going to feel awkward and completely out of place and trying something new. I walked in and was stretching before class when a woman sat down next to me and said, “Are you new? I haven’t seen you here before.” I had been a member of my previous fitness club for over four years and never had anyone approach me and strike up a conversation. I immediately felt the difference in culture and knew I was in love with it.

That instant feeling of belonging, despite being a total beginner, is very rare in today’s society. The overall welcoming nature of all the members, from other beginners to superstar athletes, was shocking. I was confident I had found my new home.

This is the striking difference between a gym where you go workout and CrossFit. The connection you gain with those you ‘go into battle with,’ is deep. They become your family. We cheer for each other, celebrate each others success, pick each other up when we’re down, and high five after a workout. There is never any judgment! The bonds you create come naturally and those feelings-of-family touches even those not looking to find it.

One reason Crossfit builds such strong community is that we train in such close proximity no matter the difference in ability. It’s like a ripple effect where every athlete pushes the others around them. Those badass elites at the gym feel the drive and see the hard work of those striving to get better, and that, in turn, pushes them to work harder. We are all doing the same workout, some modifying up or down depending on level, but in the end, we are all participating together in the same WOD. We all battle together to be the best versions of ourselves. We are inspired by each other and keep setting & hitting bigger and bigger goals.

It’s like this; if one person in the gym has a goal, then everyone has a goal. When you see someone working to develop a new skill, you offer help. It’s not about staying ahead, but instead about helping others reach their goal. We then celebrate a collective win. This is the reason that people come to one CrossFit class and never leave. This feeling of being lifted up, as well as that great feeling of lifting others up, is why we get better results than when they just go workout alone. Those amazing results make us never want to stop talking about our CrossFit family and the workouts we do together.

A common scene in every box is when the last person completing the workout has the support and encouragement of the entire group. It doesn’t matter how long ago the first finisher ended. It simply feels good to cheer and be cheered for, encourage and be encouraged, and to pour belief in others while they pour their belief into you. It’s something most of us don’t receive in the other places of life. It’s this encouragement that breeds success! I’ve carried that over in so many other areas of life.

The community is key and no community is stronger than a CrossFit community.

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6 Days, No Sugar, No Excuses, NO PROBLEM! Reset your body for the new year! Join Coach Jeremy as he guides us through a full detox from sugar, including food items which switch to sugars when digested. Detox starts Monday, January 15th and ends on Saturday, January 20th. It’s FREE for our members simply register in our group- MyFitnessPal. If you don’t have a My Fitness Pal profile, learn how to create one HERE, then join the group.

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Double Under Clinic

The Jump N’ Rope crew will be at the Deuce on SUNDAY, January 28th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.. Come out and experience their expert skills and drills that will help you transform your double under skills! Cost is $65. REGISTER HERE

 

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Lindsay Sneller Shares Her Story!!!!

Obtaining optimal health has been quite a journey for me. I wasn’t an athlete as a kid, and really didn’t start exercising regularly until my mid twenties. I began running about 14 years ago. Running was a huge struggle, like I said I wasn’t particularly athletic and it took massive commitment for me to stick with it. I really began running after I had my first child as a way to lose the baby weight I gained that didn’t just melt off magically when she was born. I ran tons of races from distances from 5k to marathons and did some weight training. But I still didn’t feel like an athlete. I admired women who had lean, toned strong bodies. And after years of running and weight training I sorta resigned to thinking that I just didn’t have the type of body that built muscle.

6 years ago I began to really clean up my diet. My husband was beginning training for a 120 mike race and wanted to be fueling his body in the best way possible to prepare for it. As the maker of food in the house I decided to just eat what he ate to make it simple. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt overall, how much harder I was as able to train and how much quicker I began to recover from workouts, just by fueling my body properly!

This made me want to push my body harder and after some serious nudging from my husband{for about 6 months}, I finally agreed to try out a Crossfit class. I was terrified!! I wasn’t a weightlifter!! I was a skinny little runner girl. But at my very first class I was so welcomed in, and I quickly realized that there was no “mold” for what a crossfitter is. And I loved that! When I first began Crossfit, I knew nothing! I could barely lift the 35lb bar, and a pull-up or toes to bar was something I had never even attempted to try and do. But, I had never felt so comfortable failing at something before in my life! There was no judgment, in fact I had never really felt so supported by people I barely knew! I struggled through workouts, scaled them all, and began to fall in love with pushing my body to its limits. And this combined with properly fueling my body caused it to change! I suddenly had muscle! Like lean, toned muscle that I had always admired in others and strived for. CrossFit made me love exercising, and moving my body. It never felt like a chore or something I had to do to try and achieve my ideal healthy body. It was fun, I loved it, the challenge it posed each day, and the friends I made along the way!

My transformation didn’t happen overnight! In fact, I don’t believe anything lasting ever does. It took time, commitment, hard work, consistency, and hell of a lot of sweat(with some blood and tears too) But, it has changed me as a person; I’ve grown, stretched in ways I didn’t think possible, gained confidence, belief in myself, self love, and it’s made me a happier person.

Crossfit was such an integral part of my transformation. I have learned so much about myself since first stepping into a Crossfit gym! I’ve learned just how mentally tough and strong I can be, it’s taught me to believe in myself and my bodies ability, to trust in a process and be patient, and to never be afraid to fail. I’ve learned that support, accountability and a community is key in achieving goals, and Crossfit has given me all of these!

 

Way to go Lindsay!!! We are so proud of you!!!!

We’re Starting The New Year With a BANG!!!!

We’re Starting The New Year With a BANG!!!!

BRING A FRIEND WEEK 2018!!!!

 

*Both locations- Broomfield/Arvada All Day-All Classes-All Week!

*Do my friends have to be “in shape”, or have CrossFit experience to participate? Absolutely not!
We have 10 years of experience in helping all levels of athletes participate in CrossFit, regardless of current fitness level.

*How many friends can I bring in? As many as you’d like.

*Do I need to do anything? To make this experience the best possible, please have your guest fill out the online free week form and indicate what class they’ll be attending. We’ll take care of the rest! Click Here OR shoot us an  e-mail

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PB Log day 27

Hitting some jerks off blocks.

 

This is a bit of an experiment here. I want a place to share a record of my training. Why? Well, I feel like most of what I know has come through the process of testing on myself before sharing with others. What I know about nutrition is what I’ve learned through trying to improve my nutrition to ‘look better naked’ and ‘go to the CrossFit Games’. Same goes for my goals of ‘getting stronger’, ‘improving flexibility’, ‘recovering better’, and so on. Some things, I’ve learned, have worked better than others. And, sometimes it’s not so much about ‘works’ versus ‘doesn’t work’, but how it depends on your training goals, current lifestyle, and so on. There’s really just a lot to it and it’s hard to sit down and write posts on certain topics because I feel like some topics would require writing a whole book..Sooooo, rather than writing a book, I’m just going to share some day-to-day material and hopefully there will be some gold nuggets that folks can learn from!

A little context…

I’m probably 4-5 weeks of decent training in at this point. Meaning, I’ve been in a consistent, mostly uninterrupted groove for that long…Prior to that I was training as well, but I had a lot of business and life stuff going on where my training wasn’t consistent…It’s all about consistency!

I’m following Train FTW programming developed by Matt Chan. It’s definitely one of the better programs I’ve followed. I enjoy his stuff. But, I should note that I deviate from the programming fairly regularly as I like to throw some of my own snaz in…For instance, today didn’t call for jerks. But, I felt like hitting jerks so I did some – a lot of them!

If you didn’t know, I had a hip labrum surgery 2 years ago. Believe it or not, I’m still recovering. I think my little nerves are still regrowing and making some final connections after being gouged through during surgery. I’m probably back to 90% of my pre-injury status in terms of strength…Conditioning never got lost, but all my max lifts (back and front squat, deadlift, snatch, and clean and jerk) all went on hiatus for a couple years!

Ok, enough contex..On to the cool stuff!

Today, Dec 27 2017

– Coached four 1-hour CF classes from 7a to 1230. Ate 3 scrambled eggs and about 6 oz of leftover prime rib along with plenty of coffee and BCAA’s.

– Workout session at.  1pm

EMOM x 15 min:
:30 medium hard on air bike – hit 10+ calories each time
:30 air squats – hit 15 reps ea time

5 min rest, then

Begin working up to a 1Rm split jerk from blocks. Built up to 255 over 15 minutes. Shoulders (and basically everything beneath them) were a little shaky from the workout, so stopped there.

Then, a series of drop sets (ea set took 3-5 minutes..wasn’t really on the clock)

5 sets of 1 rep at 220
5 sets of 2 reps at 198 (kg plates)
5 sets of 3 reps at 176
5 sets of 4 reps at 155ish
5 sets of 5 reps at 135

5 min rest, then

EMOMx10:
1 legless rope climb + 7 toes to bar

That was it for the day. I finished with some leg stretching and crossover symmetry between stretch sets. I feel like I could’ve gone a bit harder on pretty much everything, but I’m happy with it considering I got a pretty decent head cold right now. I’ll give it a 7. By the way, 7+ training days are plenty good and nothing to be disappointed about!

Finished off the day by doing some misc. gym work (emails) along with a trip to Lowes with the fam. Ate a burrito bowl (no wheat for me plz) with extra steak and guacamole. And, I’m finishing my second protein shake of the day before I head to bead.

8:35pm. Calling it a day

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Another Festive Holiday Party at MBS CrossFit

Thanks to all that made it out for our annual MBS CrossFit holiday party.  Getting together with both of our awesome communities is always one of the highlights of the holiday season. A BIG thanks to Steve Thomas (on base) and The Resonators for rocking the house!!!! And btw…we nailed the mannequin challenge. See the group page for the full video.

OH WHAT FUN!!!!

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Goal Setting Session- Dec 20th at 7:30pm

MBS CrossFit is gearing up for a GREAT Twenty One Eight

Join Coach Jeremy at MBS II In Arvada (6845 Indiana Ct Unit 100) Wednesday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m. for Goal Setting Session… Think Life, Nutrition, CrossFit, or Spiritual Goals… please bring materials to write with. FREE to members and their guests. If you are not a MBS CrossFit member and are interested in this class please e-mail Frontdesk@mbscrossfit.com for more information.  We look forward to helping you reach all of your 2018 goals. 

January-February Events at MBS

Getting fit has benefits that extend WAY outside the walls of the gym – Like cutting down (and one-arm pressing) your own Christmas trees!

 

Hey y’all! As we punch through the end of 2017 and celebrate a fit and fantastic year with our family and friends, NOW is the time to start planning for your next kick-ass year. We are going to be starting it off right with some skill clinics to get your movements refined before the start of the CrossFit Open. We also  have some additional things that will help up your game, including nutrition, rowing competitions, and opportunities to bring your friends, family, or co-workers into CrossFit. We hope you check it out!

January

Monday through Saturday, January 1st-6th – Bring a Friend Week at MBS CrossFit (both locations). This is your chance to invite your buddies in to ANY of our workout of the day classes all week long. Show them how they CAN do CrossFit in our super fun and supportive community.

Sunday, 7th – Handstands and handstand pushups skill clinic w/Coach Ben. Come learn from our resident ninja how to strengthen your shoulders and be more efficient on pressing movements. Clinic will be taught from 10-11:30am at Arvada or Broomfield, depending on which gym has more sign ups. Register here for $10.

Sundays, January 14th-March 4th – Rowdy Royalty Rowing competition and Hero workouts. Join us at 10am every Sunday for a CrossFit Hero workout and/or a 4-week rowing competition. More info will be posted on the MBS Facebook group.

Saturday, January 20th – Olympic snatch skill clinic w/Coach Brandon. Come learn from our resident ‘strong guy’ on how to get stronger on the barbell. Clinic will be taught from 10-11:30am at Arvada or Broomfield, depending on which gym has more sign ups. Register here for $10.

Saturday, January 27th – Olympic clean and jerk skill clinic w/Coach Brandon. Come learn from our resident ‘strong guy’ on how to get stronger on the barbell. Clinic will be taught from 10-11:30am at Arvada or Broomfield, depending on which gym has more sign ups. Register here for $10.

Sunday, January 28th- Double Under Clinic. Come master your double under with Molly and Jump N Ropes crew. Registration link coming soon.

 

February

Saturday, February 10th – MBS CrossFit’s 10-year Anniversary party and Grand Re-Opening. Come celebrate our 10 year’s of success in Broomfield and Arvada with a workout at our Broomfield location. More details being posted soon.

Friday nights starting February 23rd through March 23rd – MBS CrossFit Friday Night Lights! Come do the CrossFit Open workout with MBS every Friday night at the hangar. Stay tuned to the blog for sign up and more details.

Kasey McCurdy’s Incredible Transformation Through CrossFit and Nutrition!!!

I’ve always been the fat kid and have struggled with my weight my entire life. It wasnt until i started to get really serious with Crossfit and a lower-carbohydrate existence that I started to actually transform not just my body, but my mindset as well. I remember in 2007, I stepped on the scale at nearly 260lbs.

I remember talking with my wife about joining some cardio-kickboxing class that was going to cost FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS for 10 weeks (that seemed like a lot to pre-Crossfit me 🙂). I did some work on my own prior to starting to actually start to get the weight down, and entered the “program” at 234 pounds, with a nearly 40-inch waist. Cardio-kickboxing was my life for a couple of years, and I even ended up instructing. At a certain point, I got tired of using resistance bands for strength-training, and found a more functional place that used kettlebells, pullup bars, and other pieces of equipment that seemed more “real” to me.

My goal was to run and complete a Tough Mudder (a 13-mile obstacle course race). While at this new place, one of the coaches said “Tough Mudder, huh? Have you ever heard of a GORUCK Challenge?” No, I hadn’t. He told me about it…it’s a 12-14 hour endurance challenge led by current and former Special Forces to give you a taste of their training. You get the hell beat out of you for at least 14 hours, and oh yeah, you have a backpack full of 40lbs of bricks the entire time. Who the hell would do that? Me…6 months later, that’s who. And I’m still actively doing these events…even completing a few of them back to back (in consecutive nights with about 3 hours of sleep). It’s amazing how much your outlook on life and “hardship” changes when you put yourself through something as difficult and soul-crushing as a GORUCK Challenge…it’s honestly been one of the biggest change agents in my life.

Well, it was around this time that another friend told me about “Crossfit,” which I could only assume was one of those cheesy “Lift weights for Jesus” type gyms. I did some YouTube searching and saw people dragging sleds, flipping tires, and using real barbells. I saw thrusters, squats, and…”wait…what the hell kind of pullups are those!?” Within weeks I was hooked. I couldn’t do a single pullup. Power cleaning 135 off the ground was a milestone for me. Double-unders were basically an exercise in self-flagellation. But, it brought out this competitive spirit in me that I had NEVER felt before. I felt…awoken…alive…better.

It’s been 5 years doing Crossfit now, and it’s transformed my life and helped me to be a great role model for my children so that they never have to go through the bullshit of being the fat kid…because it sucks a lot.

Doing the Lurong challenge at MBS Crossfit was an amazing experience that helped to catalyze some physical changes that had been just out of reach for the better part of a year. My body hovered around 195-200 pretty much all the time, but one number I’ve wanted to see for YEARS was “185.” This 6 weeks gave me a short timeframe in which I knew, if I dialed everything in correctly, I could have the thing I’d wanted for so long.

The Ketogenic diet has been what I’ve found to allow me to perform and feel the best, so I stuck with it. This time around, for this challenge, I counted each and every macro, calorie and molecule going into my body. No more “lazy keto” for me…this was “lazer keto”. I followed the protocols from the “KetoGains” community (Google: ketogains), set up my trusty Excel spreadsheet for my weekly meals, and got to cooking.

I’ll never forget the day I hit 185…5 weeks in. Let’s just say this was a very good day. I woke up, hopped on the scale and almost wept at the number staring back at me. I did it. My son heard me yell something in the bathroom and came and looked…”MOM!! DAD DID IT!!” Having him see that I had a goal and I worked hard to achieve it is a lesson I continually try to reinforce upon him. “You’ve gotta work for it, son” is something I probably say too much to an 8-year old. In addition to hitting my goal weight, we found out our house back in Iowa sold for well above asking price, and my wife got news of a bonus at work. This was a “holy shit, we’re celebrating with wine” type-of-night.

So…was the Lurong Challenge completely life-changing? No. Was it a great time period to allow me to focus on a goal and attack it with everyhting I had? Hell yes. Here I sit…at 184lbs…where I’m going to stay for awhile. I did it, and the support of my team and the love of some friendly competition made it fun the entire time.

If you’re curious to see some photos of a shirtless fat dude transforming into a shirtless less-fat dude posing in the mirror…knock yourself out:https://photos.app.goo.gl/rTXXAcIUUEhYc4JN

 

Way to go Kasey. We are so proud of you!

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