Thank You

office 2013 for students …Every now and then I have take a step back and think of all the truly amazing people that I’ve had the opportunity to meet through CrossFit.  …Seriously.  …It’s really quite a beautiful thing. …Take a moment and think of all the awesome people you’ve met that you likely wouldn’t have met otherwise.  …The people who …

Confidence

What strategies do you use to get ready for a big lift or a particularly tough workout? If you walked into class tomorrow and saw “Karen” or “Fran” programmed on the board what would you do to prepare yourself mentally? Often times some of the world’s greatest athletes are asked similar questions. Now while their answers may be slightly different in description …

Miscellaneous Nuts & Bolts

The Team G Obstacle Course Benefit and Blood Drive is this Sunday, July 1st, from 11am-3pm. The O-course and benefit is open to anyone, regardless of CrossFit and weightlifting experience or fitness level. I hope to everyone there. It is going to be a great event. Please tell your friends and family. Due to the benefit, Open Gym this Sunday …

Really the Fittest?

This past Saturday at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials, 24 year old Ashton Eaton of the University of Oregon set the world record in the decathlon with a total score of 9039 points.  He smashed the previous world record set 11 years earlier by 13 points!  It was a masterful display of overall athleticism.  The decathlon is a …

Community: Join Us This Sunday to Support Team G

As we hope you know, CrossFit West is hosting a fundraiser for precious little Gabriella. This dear 4 year old is battling cancer, and we have the opportunity to come together to support her and her family. We talk a lot about community around here-the fun we have together in class, the WODs we endure together, our parties and summer …

New CF West Trainer-Dave Millar

  CrossFit West Santa Cruz is happy and proud to introduce our new trainer David Millar. David is a mechanical engineer by day, CrossFit athlete/coach in his free time, and an avid adventurer.  He enjoys hiking, slacklining, working on ninja warrior skills, and opening presents (who doesn’t?). His philosophy on CrossFit as well as life is what sets him apart …

Getting Fat

scholarships that require essays A solid “racked” position is something that seems to elude many an athlete, even veterans, yet is essential for effectively driving heavy loads overhead.  I still see long time CrossFit’ers attempting a 1-RM Jerk with elbows behind the bar, shoulders retracted, bar resting on the collar bone instead of the meat of the shoulders, and the …

Beach Day!

The Summer Sports Series Beach Day is officially on for Sunday, July 8th. Like last year, it will be held at the south end of Manresa Beach, and also like last year, it promises to be a blast. All the info is here. The weather has been classic Santa Cruz beach weather lately and it will only get better come …

Team G Benefit

Front page of the Santa Cruz Sentinel today featured 4-year old Gabriella Cosner and Team G, the group of friends, family, and supporters dedicated to helping G fight rhabdomyosarcoma, the rare form of cancer she has been stricken with. Adam and Kristin Cosner, G’s parents, are members of CrossFit West Santa Cruz and active members of the Bay Area community. …

What Are You Training For?

People come to CrossFit for many reasons, and one of the things that will make your CrossFitting experience the best is realizing your own purposes here. Most people in your class want to be active, healthy, and fully able to enjoy whatever life brings, and their goals might be to stay healthy, be stronger, and move more than they would …

Fare Thee Well

In many ways Santa Cruz is a transient town. Two big colleges and an even bigger ocean means that lots of people come through Santa Cruz. And while this is great because we get to meet people we might never have, it also sucks because those people usually leave. This is the case with the many of the college students …

Quotables

  “I can’t get enough of CrossFit. It’s like Disneyland for my kinda peeps.” Electra Stockwell Definitely the best thing I have heard all week, probably all month. Thanks for being such a big part of this great community, Electra. Workout: Back Squat 2/2/2/2/2 Then: 2 Rounds 500m Row 40 Squats 30 Sit Ups 20 Push Ups 10 Pull Ups

Reality Check

Did you know that 70% of American men and 64% of American women are either overweight or obese? The video below was done by ABC and gives a few reasons why we are getting fatter.  Now, many of us here at CrossFit West are very in tune with our health and nutrition.  Taking all the knowledge you have gained from …

New Endurance Class

On Fridays for the 10am and 4:30pm classs, CrossFit West Santa Cruz will be putting two workouts on the board. Anyone at the 10am or 4:30 pm class is welcome to choose between the two workouts. The first will be the regularly programmed workout, but the second will be a long time domain workout culled from the CrossFit Hero WODs, …

YOU Motivate Me!

Each day when you come to class your main goal should be that you get better. One of the great things about group classes is we are all enduring the workout together and pushing each other to get through it. A lot of times the pushing of each other comes in the form of healthy competition. So, as you get better, …

Hope

oedipus rex essay CrossFit is combating childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its inaugural CrossFit for Hope fundraiser, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The goal is to raise 1.7MM – one day’s operating cost for St. Jude – to combat childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in 1962 and was founded by …

More Than You Expected

When most people come to CrossFit they are usually looking for something different in hopes to help them get stronger, maybe lose some weight or just be overall healthier. Most people have belonged to a traditional gym in the past and have either become bored with their old routines or have lost the motivation to even go at all.  When the new client …

D-Day

We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. People who faced threats that chill me to even think about. Normandy, D-Day, Operation Neptune. Its anniversary was today, June 6th, 1944–68 years ago. I truly cannot imagine that first wave off the boats and into the water.  The men wading ashore, their breath in gasps, sobbing and screaming, …

400m

Ahhh, the 400m run.  Running all out for a quarter mile is by far one of the most physically demanding things we can put our bodies through.  In honor of the 400m run, here is a video of Michael Johnson’s 1999 world record (I wonder if Usain Bolt will tackle this record eventually).  He runs it in a staggering 43.18 …

Summer Sports Series-Bike Ride

It’s back!  Join us for a fun evening outside of the gym, enjoying this beautiful area we call home. This Wednesday will be our Bike Ride, open to each and every member of the gym.  Whether you ride all the time or have taken a 20 year break, you are bound to have fun cycling with your fellow CrossFitters. 6/6/2012 …