We have gotten quite a few inquiries of late regarding our next Group Foundations sessions. February was dedicated to helping our recent new members transition into group classes and digging in with our existing athletes. The growth curve has been steep and it was time to hit the pause and let everyone settle in. We will reopen Group Foundations in March with a morning option (7:30 AM) and an evening option (6 PM). Dates and registration links can be found below.
There has been a lot of excitement and energy around the gym of late. Maybe it is excitement around the upcoming Catacombs Games or our ever expanding youth programs. Maybe it is the new athletes moving into group classes from Foundations or seasoned veterans hitting new PRs or mastering skills like muscle ups or double unders. I can't quite put my finger on it but I absolutely LOVE walking into the gym every morning.
Many of you know that I often use this blog to communicate from my heart. Recently, I offered (begged) our coaching staff to pick up the mic and communicate from their own hearts. As always, they delivered with flying colors. Stay tuned to hear from each of them. We will begin with Jacob (aka Clark Kent).
Coach Suz was one of the first people that I met when my family moved to Durango years ago. She coached my kids in swimming and welcomed them with open arms. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since that time but she has been a consistent positive influence in my life and that of my kids. Here is a little profile so you can get to know her better.
I love coaching because it gives me the opportunity to get up close and personal in the lives of the people with whom I work. This is where real change happens. People that are looking to change course and need guidance, encouragement, and motivation are so rewarding. Sometimes their goals seem so daunting to them, but once we start working on them and breaking them into chunks, they start to see progress. While improving fitness is the stated goal, I think it’s important to see all sides of what is happening the good, the bad, the amazing and the sad. There is always more to the story.
The thing that never gets old with coaching is seeing people accomplish large and small feats of greatness. It could be their first pull up or getting a PR in a workout or even just showing up for the first time. I love seeing the light and accomplishment in people’s eyes in those moments. Knowing I was a small part of that fills me up.
A big part of my approach has to getting folks healthier has to do with food. Exercise is important, but without addressing nutrition too, we will never move the dial. As coaches, we are examples and need to show the way. We can't ask others to do what we don't do ourselves. I use macronutrient counting to keep a handle on my nutrition and it has made a huge change in my life. It feels sustainable. I look at food as fuel and while I love some grilled macaroni and cheese every now and again, I make better decisions for my longevity the vast majority of the time. I can control what goes in my mouth even when their are other factors that I can't control.
I read and listen to audiobooks on character, coaching, hope, and struggle. I am constantly working on myself to be a better friend, partner, and coach so I can help others. I believe this is my mission. I also love to tell jokes. In fact, I try to tell someone a joke everyday because you never know what people are struggling with and it just might make their day a little brighter. If you are having a tough day, look for me at the gym and I will have a high five waiting for you.
We are excited to announce the 3rd Annual Catacombs Games! If you have been apart of our community for long, you know this is one of the highlights of our year. Much of the CrossFit world is dug in and focused on the CrossFit Open. The Open is a worldwide CrossFit competition comprised of 5 different workout completed over 5 weeks. Many Catacombs athletes will choose to compete in the Open. At Catacombs, we run the Catacombs Games simultaneously with the Open to ensure that we have options for all of our athletes to get involved.