Gideon

 Gideon is one of the most dedicated CrossFitters at our box.   He comes 4-5 times per week.  You will never see him scale down to get a faster time in a WOD.  He is a regular at Sunday open gym where he works on his weaknesses.  And after committing to the Paleo Challenge saw amazing results.  The before and after …

Leah

Anyone around the box would agree that Leah is an absolute inspiration.  Leah came to us shortly after we opened in April, intimidated like just about every beginner, but 100% committed to changing her lifestyle, to giving CrossFit a real chance, and thus changing her life.  As a trainer I can’t say enough about how great it has been to …

Fine Motor Function

CrossFit breaks fitness into 10 attributes.  Some of these fitness attributes get a lot more play than others.  Strength, speed, stamina, endurance, power.  Those are the big ones, but there are bunch of others (well, five at any rate) that merit attention. It’s easy to work on gross motor function.  Most CrossFit WODs focus on just that. Deadlifts, squats, pushups, …

Liz

Liz is a paramedic who has actually been around CrossFit for years. She trained back when the old head quarters still existed and after a break from CrossFit returned as a CrossFit West Santa Cruz member. Always fun to be around, the life of the party, and way stronger and technically sound than ever she gives herself credit for, Liz …

Golden

Golden before starting the Paleo Challenge Golden just five minutes after starting Paleo! There no words to describe Golden. If you haven’t had a class with him, well then, you havent yet enjoyed the entire CrossFit West Santa Cruz experience. Always a jokester, yet phenominal athlete, Golden gives his testimonial. Someone who has known me for a long time might …

John

John has been part of CrossFit West since it’s Gold’s gym days. As an avid CrossFitter and loyal customer he came regularly for many months developing his skills, getting stonger and more fit. But once he decided to take on the Paleo Challenge his gains sky rocketed. Not only did he get faster in his metcons, he got much stronger …

Anna

Anna is a runner.  A marathon runner.  A phenominal marathon runner.  What most endurance athletes don’t realize is that high intensity functional excercise, aka CrossFit, can make you a better endurance athlete.  Being a driven athlete, Anna was willing to give it a shot.  Since she has been CrossFitting with us she has continuously gotten stronger and faster even in …

Mike

Tonights testimonial is brought to you by Mike.  Mike is a Firefighter who comes to CrossFit regularly as part of Team 9Am.  Although a bit skeptical at first (just like the rest of us) he committed to the Paleo Challenge.  I remember he was worried about what he would eat while he was out or what to buy when shopping.  …

Rachel

Tonights testimonial is brought to you by Rachel.  Rachel has been CrossFiting with us since we officially opened the doors to our new location in April, 2009.  Somehow Cliff twisted her arm (along with a few others) into coming to try it out.  During her 2nd elements class Cliff was busy counting money or hunting a wild boar or something and asked if …

Casey

Tonight’s testimonial is by Casey.  Casey come’s to CrossFit consistentaly in the evenings and it has been an inspiration to see him progress so rapidly.  The numbers certainly don’t lie.  The thing about nutrition is that it’s one of those things that’s hidden in plain sight — there’s honestly no-one’s health that is more immediate and present and real than …

Black Heart Kyle

As the Paleo Challenge comes to an end and testimonials start to trickle in, there’s been lots of banter around the box about people’s experiences.  Over the next week we will be sharing those testimonials as we get ready to vote on the winner.  Just to kick things off, in response to many inquiries about his CrossFit journey, and after …

Everywhere

I‘ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been everywhere, man. Crossed the deserts bare, man. I’ve breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I’ve had my share, man. Go travel.  Just about anywhere you go, at least in the States, there will be a CrossFit box. Check it out. It is so much fun to hit up a class on the other side of …

Programming

A lot of CrossFit programming can be kind of confusing. It’s not, really.  There are several basic templates that most CrossFit programming can be divided into: *Triplets–usually these are comprised of a monstructural element, a gymnastic movement, and a weightlifting movement.  Many of the benchmark storms are triplets, such as Helen, Jackie, and Christine. *Couplets–in my opinion these are the quintessential …

Paleo Reminders

Hey guys.  Don’t forget this is the last week to get all of your stuff done for the Paleo Challenge.  Below is a list of reminders.  1.  Be sure you have re-testesed your Deadlift, Pull Ups, Helen, and Grace times.  2.  Be sure to get your photo taken!  Ask your coach! 3.  Write your testimonial and send it to [email protected] no …

Affiliate Challenge Photos

This weekend’s Santa Cruz Affiliate Challenge was a great success.  Fun was had by all, there were a lot of great performances, and everyone from CF West, really everyone, PR’d on the clean and jerk.  Thank you to all those who came out and cheered our athletes on.  And, thank you to all our athletes who represented CF West with …

Affiliate Challenge Update

All those competing in the challenge, or anyone else who wants a ride, we are meeting at CF West no later than 7:40 to carpool over to CFSCC.  All competitors need to register at 8am.  The first WOD will kick off at 9, so I hope we will have a cheering section.  The next 2 WODs are tentatively scheduled at …

Local CrossFit Games!

This Saturday is the 1st Annual Local Affiliate Challenge.  Santa Cruz, being the birth place of CrossFit, has 5 great CrossFit Box’s in the area.  This weekend, each box will field multiple teams of 4-6 people for a little healthy competition in the battle for the local affiliate cup championship trophy.  CrossFit West Santa Cruz has fielded 3 teams of …

Permanent Revolution

Permanent Revolution. It is an arresting phrase, but it is not mine.  In fact, you might have heard it before.  It most famously comes from one of the most published books of all time, The Little Red Book, although it is the title of an earlier book.  Even though Mao and Trotsky are not usually quoted in CrossFit circles, I …

Paleo Finale

Well, it is official.  The Paleo Challenge is officially over.  We at CFWS are so proud at the commitment and discipline we saw from so many people.  More importantly, we are so happy at the performance and health gains after just three months. Today we began re-testing some of the WODs.  They are Helen, Grace, Max Deadlift, and Max Pull …

Compassion

I witnessed a car crash today.  Nothing really serious, just a fender bender at slow speed.  A small car rear-ended a SUV and had its hood bent nearly double by the trailer hitch on the much larger SUV.  The woman driving the car, her front crumpled and at fault, jumped out of her car, rushed to the window of the …