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Member of the Month – Hannah Rininger!

Congrats to Hannah Rininger for being August’s Member of the Month!

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When Hannah started at the gym she came across as slightly shy and timid, turns out she’s anything but! It didn’t take her long after Fundamentals to start attacking workouts and new movements! Not only does she get after the workout, but her intensity and effort raise the energy of the entire class, it’s very clear that her presence gives those around her confidence to try harder too.

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Hannah brings a serious amount of focus to each workout. You can see it all over her face in the middle of a lift, run or gymnastics movement. It will throw me off sometimes while coaching, to the point I ask if she’s ok…lol…she is definitely ok…she just has the focused look of a professional “CrossFitter” tackling the final event of the CrossFit Games. Her passion, focus, effort, and positivity is contagious and makes it simply a blast to have her in class.

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She typically stays after the class too, working on extra mobility and recovery. But not just off in the corner by herself, she usually has 2-3 others roped into doing extra recovery as well, joking around, laughing and having fun, ya’ll can thank her for helping you feel better after workouts 😉

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It’s rare for Hannah to miss Team Workouts on Saturdays. And if you don’t know already, you know now that you want to be on her team! Hannah lays it all on the line for the team. You’ll see her leading and sychronizing everyone’s efforts to maximize the progress through the workout. She’s very motivational and encouraging to everyone regardless if they’re new or experienced gym members.

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Be sure to congratulate her when you see her on being August’s Member of the Month! Hannah is a great representative of Yeti Cave’s positive culture and values. She continues to #wintheweek one week at a time, bettering her fitness and the community in the gym!

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Connor – July’s Member of the Month

Congrats to Conner Salem for being July’s Member of the Month!

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Hard to find any photos of this stud with a shirt on…your welcome ladies 😉

When Conner first started at the gym, he expressed that he wanted to train to become a Navy Seal. I looked him, the much scrawnier version of Connor that most gym members wouldn’t recognize now, and knew there was plenty of work to be done. At the time he couldn’t really do even a single correct pull-up, and his pushups were weak, lots of sagging in the middle and partial reps at best.

We laid out a plan.

Not only did Connor begin to do each days CrossFit workout but he did the extra work we talked about. He was running in the mornings before work, would do the CrossFit workout for the day, then do a series of pull-up and pushups, and would swim on top of that multiple times a week.

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Conner also has a big heart. He would be the first to help out other members at the gym, or offer encouragement. Anytime someone in the gym wanted to do extra pull-up/pushup work he would help them get through it, whether he had already done his extra work or not!

Now Connor can rip off a set of 25 strict pull-ups and has fantastic pushup form in the range of 75-80 reps! He’s gained around 15lbs of muscle and is signing with the Navy, ship out date TBD.

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Since we don’t know exactly when he’s getting out of here, make sure to congratulate him the next time you see him and enjoy a workout with him. I’m sure if you ask he will do an extra set of pull-ups with you before he goes 😉

I can’t wait to hear about the future training and all the awesome stuff he’s going to go do.

Connor came into the gym disciplined and mentally tough, he trained his tail off, and now I have no doubt that he’s got the physical ability to help him crush each test that he’s about to face.

 

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Yeti Cave Member of the Month for June 2018

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Congratulations to Tyler Johnson for being June’s Member of the Month!

“I’m athletic…I’ve played hockey…raced quads…ride bikes…I want to stay at a high level…I never used to have to train to be good, to feel good…”

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Sounds similar to how a lot of us feel or have felt…Sums up the first conversation I had with Ty. One of my favorite, first conversations with a member from the gym. It makes me smile mostly because we can compare Ty from then, when he first joined to Ty today.

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When Ty first joined, he looked a bit like a puppy dog that just did something wrong, a bit deflated, appearing sad at the fact that now needed to add a training program to his life in order to continue doing the things he wanted to do, at the same level or higher than he used to do.

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I did my best after that first conversation with Ty to reassure him that our goal and objective everyday in the gym was to enable him to perform and do the things he loved at a higer level then when he started, that each session would have purpose and translate to real life and athletics. I also tried to communicate to him that we would make training as fun as possible!

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Compare that with Ty today!

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Ty was dedicated to the process from the start. He has always been extremely coachable and patient, steadily improving performance in the gym and outside the gym. Just two weeks ago I ran into one of Ty’s friends, Eric, the owner of Drake Cyclery…Eric told me that riding with Ty this season he noticed Ty has been riding “better that usual” and “hammering hard” on the trails. That’s crazy, as Ty was already one of the fastest mountain bikers in Fort Collins according to Strava (equivalent of Beyond the Whiteboard for bikers and trail runners).

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Now Ty resembles nothing of a sad puppy…more like a king of the jungle! Walking into the gym, he’s darn near a celebrity at the gym! The young, the old, the new members, and the CrossFit-veterans are all excited if they get to be in his class! He may not be the loudest in the room but he does a great job at building relationships with each person he meets. He’s now the humble “Yeti-veteran” member that is always improving the atmosphere with his presence! He never has anything but good things to say, advice to offer, encouragement, or a smile and a laugh to share. One of those people who no matter what kind of day it’s truly a pleasure to be around.

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One of my favorite stories about Ty embodies what the CrossFit Open is all about. In 2017 Ty did his first CrossFit Open. And like everyone he was met with a series of challenges, one for him that he took a personal vendetta against was double-unders. As Ty has a fiery, competitive spirit, he was frustrated at not crushing the double-under workout…after the 2017 CrossFit Open, Ty vowed to me that he would not be held back by double-unders the next year. And from the look in his eye, you knew right away he was serious.

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Ty bought his own jump rope, did all the extra skills and drills that I teach, and practiced at least once a week, extra double unders for almost an entire year. In 2018, the CrossFit Open rolled around and Ty kept asking me, “when are we doing double unders?!?!” He was ready.

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They finally showed up, and in 2018 they were in sets of 100 at a time before you could move on to the next part of the workout! Ty got the chance to redeem himself that he wanted! Ty did 100 double unders, 20 overhead squats with 115lbs and then did 100 MORE double unders in 7:52 on CrossFit Open 18.3!

Equally cool to Ty crushing his “movement-nemesis,” was the fact the Ty watched and cheered on just about every single Saturday heat of the CrossFit Open at the gym.  He made himself available to judge and if he wasn’t judging then he was cheering people on.

Ty represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Move More, Live More,” and “Win the Week.” Congratulate him on being June’s Member of the Month next time you’re lucky enough to have him in your class!

 


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May’s Member of the Month – Liz Hysen

Congratulations to Liz Hysen for being May’s Member of the Month!

When I think about my time getting to know Liz, she represents a story that I’ve seen over and over again since starting the gym, a story about the common struggles so many people go through when starting CrossFit.   A story of bravery.

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Liz was introduced to the gym by her friend from CSU, Lisa Dysleski. Lisa told Liz, who is more quite and reserved, “don’t worry about working out with a bunch of people, the 5:15am class is never that full…” So often, it can be daunting to be in the same workout class as people that have already been doing it longer than you have.

Liz liked that the first couple classes she attended weren’t that full, but soon, 5:15am has become one of Yeti Cave’s most popular classes! But, she realized that everyone at Yeti Cave, regardless of what class time she went to, was just like her, trying to be fit and healthy, to make everyday living and adventures better and better! I’m proud of all of the gym members for being so welcoming, regardless of ability level, everyone welcomes the beginner, the same way they would a “CrossFit-fire breather.”

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As many did at the beginning of their CrossFit experience, Liz had hesitations whenever there involved a barbell movement. She came in from a running background and wasn’t familiar with the weightlifting movements. But now, she isn’t afraid to try anything. She rarely uses the 15-lb training barbell for any lift now, and goes for the 35-lb bar, she has a healthy respect for the barbell, focuses on technique and is getting better and better form on the barbell lifts every time she is in class.

Early on as a member, Liz was dealing with a bit of a knee injury, we would modify the movements to accommodate and rehab the knee. She even took advantage of personal training with our intern Brandon to work on upper body strength for awhile. Now, she has no knee pain, rarely modifies any of the movements and went on to run the Horsetooth Half Marathon faster than she did the year before! Despite not being able to run as much! What a cool accomplishment and display of personal toughness and resolve!

I was also pleasantly surprised, when I threw out the invitation to the gym members to help promote the gym at the CSU Fast and Furiest 5k race, that Liz volunteered 🙂 She was one of the first ones there, and made sure the display looked good (no way that could be left to me…lol) and was a welcoming person for people to talk to at our booth.

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I’m incredibly proud of the progress Liz has made. She gets out of her comfort zone at the gym, is incredibly hard working, patient, dedicated, and is a wonderful part of the Yeti Cave family.

Liz represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Move More, Live More,” and “Win the Week.” Congratulate her on being May’s Member of the Month next time you’re lucky enough to have her in your class 🙂

 


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March’s Member of the Month – Karen!

Congratulations to Karen Landsgaard for being March’s Member of the Month!

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Gotta show some love for the original Yeti Cave gym Mom 🙂 Much overdue! Karen was one of the first members to join the gym, and other than being a Detroit Lions fan, she has been a great member of the gym!

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When she first contacted me, inquiring about the gym and about CrossFit, I got a string of text messages probably 5 pages long! She explained at length how she wasn’t “super out of shape, but not in shape,” and that she was nervous about someone “like her” being able to do CrossFit. There was too much to respond to via text, lol, so I called her to go over her concerns 😉

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Karen took to CrossFit like an excited puppy dog seeing snow for the first time! She excitedly did each new workout emphasizing form, learning new skills that she never thought she’d be able to do! She was especially excited to start fitting into clothes better again and feeling more confident and able in her body. And whether it was switching from the training bar to the women’s barbell for her lifts, learning rope climbs or nailing a pull-up, Karen’s consistent hard work quickly started to show results!

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I’ll never forget after a short period of time, Karen told me that she was able to open all the jars for cooking Thanksgiving dinner unassisted (she is quite the cook, and cooks lots of amazing food!), was carrying the huge laundry baskets by herself, was buying the 50lb bags of dog food instead of two 25lb bags, and doing extremely difficult hikes with her adventurous husband, Hank. These improvements in her daily life completely overshadowed in my mind, all of the feats of fitness in the gym. It was a perfect example of fitness in the gym improving life outside the gym! She was moving more and living more 🙂

Karen is one of the best advocates for the gym. After probably day one of her being a member at the gym I gave her the title of “gym mom,” because regardless of who came in the gym she was welcomes them and encourage them, and makes everyone in the building feel like a family.  She often will go out of her way to help me at the gym when she can, even if I never asked, I am very grateful for her help and support on so many small things! Karen has also been a great example of overcoming adversity and setbacks. At some points she has been forced to listen to her body and rest more than she wants. At 50 years young, she wants to train every single day! During her time here she has learned when she can push, when to come in for a “recovery day,” and when to rest, in order to bring intensity and focus to her workouts and maximize her fitness results in the gym and in daily life! Often rest days and recovery days can be more difficult than the hardest workouts, Karen wants to GO, GO, GO!

Karen represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate her on being March’s Member of the Month 🙂

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#MoveMoreLiveMore


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February’s Member of the Month – Zach Burrows!

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Congratulations to Zach Burrows for being February’s Member of the Month!

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(Burrows and Linda T. are great friends and have epic throw downs!)

Humans have a certain affinity for bears. They are majestic and beautiful in their powerful nature. Their cubs are thought of as the most adorable creatures on earth and the center of too many viral videos to count on the inter-webs…They are also the kings of their domains, they demand respect from every other species in their environment and command with authority over their domain. Some people like Zach, also commonly called by his last name Burrows, even earn the nickname of “Bear.”

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(Burrows with his girlfriend Emmylou (sorry single ladies), and Mikey Ochs)

Burrows certainly epitomizes his nickname “Bear.” He has a prominent presence wherever he goes, exuding power. Once a workout begins his strength and grit are clearly apparent and bear-like. He has incredible strength and much like a bear, surprises you by equally impressive agility and speed!

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However unlike some massive Kodiak Grizzly bear that you keep your distance from, Burrows is one of the nicest, kindest people you’ll likely ever meet. He has a quiet demenor but is very social and sincere in his interactions with everyone. He has a great sense of humor and loves a good laugh. If he doesn’t know who you are he’s likely introduced himself, and made a point to get to know you, then cheered you on and encouraged you during a workout!

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Burrows is incredibly humble and coachable. He has made ton’s of progress as he does his absolute best to work on the form we are focusing on during any given class. He does the extra mobility drills we teach before every class he’s in, to increase his ability to perform movements more efficiently and effectively.

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(Burrows and Coach Bre are captain’s of team “Thicknastics”)

If Bear is his nickname, “Hard Work” has to be his middle name. Burrows is incredibly motivated to improve and loves to compete. He attacks the workout of the day regardless of what it is. And if work has kept him out of the gym then he likely will stay longer to make up 2-3 extra days workouts! The extended intensity he can bring to multiple sessions is simply remarkable. But he does these extra sessions very intelligently and listens to his body when he needs to rest. On many occasions rather than doing multiple workouts in a day, he will come to the gym just to mobilize, stretch, recover, socialize and encourage everyone else doing a workout.

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(Sometimes Burrows comes in a 5am to train, other times just to NO REP Coach Nate L. lol…)

Burrows represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate him when you see him, on being February’s Member of the Month 🙂

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(Picture of Burrows and Mike during the CrossFit Team Series I believe…)

#WintheWeek
#MoveMoreLiveMore

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(Burrows battling during Yeti Cave CrossFit’s Winter Warrior, the event name “Winter Warrior,” was actually Burrow’s idea!)

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(Burrow’s and his best buddy Mike teaming up in Kansas)

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(Burrow’s and Mike are great teammates, true competitors!)

 


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January’s Members of the Month

 

Congratulations to Tony and Linda for being January’s Members of the Month!

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Tony and Linda recently moved to Colorado from Kansas, and are a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and positivity! They are always willing to help and welcome everyone. They’ve been doing CrossFit for 6-7 years prior to coming to Yeti Cave CrossFit and I am so grateful they have found a home here!

Despite so much CrossFit experience they are some of the most humble CrossFit athletes I’ve ever met. They are open to new drills and experiences that have helped them get stronger and do new things still! At Yeti Cave CrossFit we don’t put limits on anyone for what they can achieve and Tony and Linda are great examples of opening themselves up to new challenges! Since coming to the gym they have both increased strength, improved form and mobility, cleaned up double-unders and continue to challenge and push themselves!

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Despite being the gym’s “upper-classmen,” they display great courage to try new things and are very in-tune with their bodies. They energetically attack each workout and put forth their very best effort, cheering on those around them to do the same.

They both have immediately jumped in to do more than just be members. Linda frequently helps cover open gym times and Tony recently started the Yeti Cave Rowing club! They genuinely care about everyone in the gym and take action to build the community at every available opportunity.

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Tony and Linda represent the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate them on being January’s Members of the Month :)

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November’s Member of the Month – Kevin Frazier

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November’s Member of the Month is Kevin Frazier!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Matt Fraser, nope, it’s Kev Frazier! Congratulations to Kevin for being November’s Member of the Month!

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Kevin is a competitor, pushing himself hard in every workout, but humbles himself to learn and hone his CrossFit skills. He’s a gentleman who will seek out anyone new, introduce himself, help them during a class if they look or feel lost, and cheer on everyone around him whether they are the fastest or slowest person in the class, often staying for one or two additional classes to cheer on more people!

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Kevin is a classic old school tough guy. He enjoys camping, bow-hunting and is a wealth of knowledge about life and business. He does a lot of work with his company in Mexico and shares stories about Yeti Cave CrossFit’s members with the CrossFit gym owners there. Needless to say they are quite impressed with what you all achieve in the gym!

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It can be hard when coming into a new gym, especially when you’ve had experience with doing exercise a particular way already to soak in new techniques and to embrace a new system. Kevin is always willing to do his best when tweaking form or strategy on a workout when asked. He is a sponge for new information, and deliberately practices the techniques given to him, and it’s paying off! His coordination, flexibility, and overall fitness has greatly improved since he’s been at the gym.

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Kevin is a land developer and a wealth of business knowledge. He has been an immense help to me in terms of offering advice, brainstorming and talking to me about the business side of Yeti Cave CrossFit. His wisdom about life lessons and business are at the very least is appreciated and helps put my mind at ease a little bit, when at times it feel like my mind is doing “Fran” over and over again all day long haha!

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Kevin lives out the Yeti Cave slogans “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Congratulate him on being November’s Member of the Month next time you see him J

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October Member of the Month – Emmylou!

October’s Member of the month is Emmylou Scherman! CrossFit near me

When I have the class circle up to introduce themselves for the 100th time, because of our constantly growing community, it miiiiight solicit some groans from a few of you 😉 The purpose of these introductions are to help make future conversations easier with the fit homosapian standing next to you 🙂

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Sometimes when we’re pressed on time, I’ll go around the room and say something about everyone in class as the introduction.  On any given day, I might introduce a member by saying where they work, what they’re studying, or where they’re from.  When introducing Emmylou, it’s usually as “the girl who cuts animals throats for a living…” (even though we all know she works at JBS, and doesn’t cut animals’ throats). This usually entices a few laughs for those who haven’t heard the joke and it makes me laugh just typing this; good thing Emmylou has a good sense of humor, too!

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Emmylou is the Member of the Month for October, because she has been, per se, a “super-glue” force within the gym.  She introduces herself and makes friends with everyone that walks into class; she has taken my vision to make everyone in the gym into one big, fun-loving, fit, and “really-really-really good looking” family (name that movie reference anyone?), and taken off with that vision like a plane at DIA. Destination #fitfriendsforlife.

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Emmylou is bubbly, fun, and motivated. She gives her all in each workout and always has a plan and objective for herself in each class.  Methodically and impressively, Emmylou has gotten stronger, faster, and more athletic during her time at the gym. She is always doing extra work to help her hip and ankle mobility, and improve both her strength and endurance.  And she’s usually not alone as she typically ropes in a posse of other members from the gym to join in! She is a very motivational and convincing person to get others to improve themselves in and out of class!

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What absolutely shocked me was when she convinced coach Bre to sign up for the Rock and Roll half marathon in Denver.  This was surprising because I’m shut down regularly by Bre to join in on my crazy workouts, like Shaquille O’neal stuffing me on a layup! I love the fact that she pushes others to express their fitness in and out of the gym, and to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Just a few weeks ago I was trying to convince Tristin to do a practice 5k row to just get a baseline of where he was at for an upcoming physical assessment for the fire station he’s at in Denver.  He was hesitant, probably because it was after he’d just finished that day’s workout, and doing a 5k alone would not be super fun.  Lucky for me, Emmy was standing by and jumped in to do the extra 5,000 meter row with Tristin!  Now he has a target to improve on before the upcoming test 🙂 Good job Emmy for getting him through it!

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Emmylou lives out the Yeti Cave mantras “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well with her commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  She constantly strives for improvement by creating goals, empowering others, and putting in hard work. Congratulate her on being October’s Member of the Month next time you see her 🙂

#WintheWeek

#MoveMoreLiveMore

 


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Member of the Month for September 2017

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September’s Member of the month is Jon Lucas!

These articles just get harder and harder for me to write. There are so many people that I could justify to be member of the month. Thank you to everyone for all you have done to help make the community in the gym as outstanding as it is.

For this month it was easy to write about Jon, but first the Marines…

The Marine Corp is one of the most proud and honorable organizations in the world. Across the military branches (Air Force, Army, Navy…) marines have a little bit of a reputation as being arrogant, with just a tinge of a “we’re better than you, and tougher than you” attitude. They get away with it because they can back it up. When I graduated Ranger School, the honor grad in my class was a Marine Force Recon total stud and bad ass. But he didn’t win that award just for getting himself through school, it’s because he lead his platoon-mates to have the highest graduation percentage in the entire group. He cared more about everyone else more than himself. And all my old Army comrades are beside themselves with happiness lately, because now they get to role up their uniform sleeves…pretty sure the Marines made that “look” cool…I think the number of bicep curls in the Army went up about 1000% after they allowed that!    

I talk about the Marines, their reputation and characteristics because many of you that know Jon, know that he started training at Yeti Cave CrossFit in order to eventually join the Marine Corp. They told him to lose over 70lbs and he is well on his way. He is down around 50lbs so far and going strong. The desire to serve and the pride in our country that Jon has, will make him a great Marine, and his training at Yeti Cave CrossFit is helping him towards that goal, not just physically, but mentally as well.

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When Jon first joined the gym, there were times when you could see it in his face, doubt about the length of the road ahead, leading to his dreams. Especially as he realized it there’s no easy way to get where he wanted to be. But that it would be a daily challenge. Jon continues to stay with it, telling the doubting voice in his mind to “shut up”, and now tells himself that he CAN do it. We all have those same voices in our head. Jon’s struggle is not that different than each of ours. Jon’s daily choice to beat back those voices and strengthen his resolve serves as an inspiration for everyone.

At the beginning of Jon’s time in the gym, he had to learn how to regulate training and rest. He often wanted to workout 3-4 times a day. Once or twice he insisted on learning the hard way, that training that way doesn’t necessarily lead to faster progress when you become too sore to move the rest of the week. We shifted his mindset from thinking he had to train 4 times a day, to thinking that nutrition is the key. He understands that he needs to train hard 4-5 times a week and to treat each meal as his next training session. That way he’s getting 3 training sessions a day just by making better choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Jon has heart. Maybe one month into starting at he gym, he signed up to be on the Yeti and Sprinting Turtles, Tough Mudder team. He completed that entire event, completing obstacles he never thought we would. Making it up and down a MOUNTAIN, covering over 10miles! Mental super-win. That’s the kind of mental toughness that will serve him well in the Marine Corp.

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Jon has heart. He makes a point to support each person in the gym every day he’s there. He also makes a point to be friendly and just be their friend, helping make everyone in the gym feel welcomed. At the end of August, Jon helped me get about 500lbs of equipment and promotional material to CSU’s plaza on two different days. He stayed and helped man the booth for around 16 hours that week. Sharing his story with students and faculty, answering their questions about the gym, and encouraging them to pursue their health and wellness goals too. So many of the members helped me to execute that outreach plan, but Jon was certainly a crucial player in the event.

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Jon is one strong ass dude; these past couple of months he’s hit the “turbo-boost” mentally, as he is going harder, heavier, and longer in each workout at the gym. Tell him to keep it up when you see him, but you better be quick because he’s on a roll, and pretty soon we’re all going to be trying to keep up with him!

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Jon represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Be sure to congratulate him on being September’s Member of the Month!

#WintheWeek
#MoveMoreLiveMore