Bryant Cruzado is CrossFit Durable's Member of the Month!

If you walked into our 6am class for the first time you would meet  an intimidating force standing close to 6'3", his name is Bryant and he will be walking in your direction to be the first one to welcome you to the box!  It's that combination of genuine care and the switch he can turn on when it's time to lift heavy that makes us love so much of this guy!

Bryant joined us almost a year ago coming from CrossFit PR Star in Chantilly when he moved into Haymarket just to be closer to Coach Scott (he'll say his work and girlfriend but we're not buying it).  He's a CrossFit OG with a heart of gold and clean us mortals can only dream of sniffing one day!  Very happy to give this guy the nod for being a rockstar this month!

Keep reading to find out more about Bryant...

What did you think about CrossFit before you walked through the doors for the first time? Didn’t know much about CrossFit, I was just bored of the globo gym.

What kept you coming back? The fact that I got a great workout, and was in and out in 1 hour. 

What might you tell someone who is still on the fence about trying CrossFit? just walk through the doors you will be happy you did. 

What’s your favorite workout?  DT

What is the last thing you googled? iPhone release date 2018

What is a weird fact that people may not know about yourself? I play Rugby

If you could choose one superpower what would it be and why?  teleportation because I hate traffic. 

What was the first concert you ever saw? Pleasure and Junk Yard 

What new skill will you have a year from now? a 300lb Clean and a 225lb Snatch

Jonathan Conway is CrossFit Durable's Member of the Month!

Jonathan only joined a few months ago but he's taken to CrossFit like few others right from the start.  His quiet calm makes him very coachable, most likely do the his Naval career.  He's also committed his wife to start her introduction course in the next week, we're not sure if she's aware of this just yet.  Congrats Jon!!!  We're looking forward to see where you take this new found passion in the next year!

What did you think about CrossFit before you walked through the doors for the first time?  I thought only lifelong elite athletes had a chance working at and completing CrossFit workouts.

What kept you coming back?  The very positive and encouraging staff and members; the fact that each WOD is very different from the last, and I feel challenged each time I enter the BOX!

What might you tell someone who is still on the fence about trying CrossFit?  Everything is scaled to your abilities, you will feel challenged but not pushed, you will be encouraged at every step, and anyone at any fitness level can benefit from beginning a CrossFit member!

What’s your favorite workout?I like the barbell routines (push press, deadlift, clean); and I like the jump rope routines.

What is the last thing you googled?  Does Sprint support simultaneous calling and data browsing.

What is a weird fact that people may not know about yourself? The day before I joined the Navy I won a Donkey Kong video game competition in my home town (Jefferson City, Mo)

If you could choose one superpower what would it be and why?To fly.  I’m jealous of birds being able to soar with the wind.

What was the first concert you ever saw?My Dad took me to an outdoor arena where either Elvis Presley or an Elvis impersonator was performing.  I think I was 8 years old then.

What new skill will you have a year from now?I will be able to lift my body weight and complete sets of both strict pull ups and rope climbs!!

 

 

David Gowen is CFDs Member of the Month!

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At the beginning of the year we started a monthly challenge that is typically achieved by 5 - 10 members.  Dave has completed every challenge this year, and not only does he finish them but he usually goes well over the expectations we've set.  He embodies the saying "anything worth doing, is worth over doing."  

This was an easy choice voting Dave in this month because he does everything the Coaches ask and he's done an amazing job making it a lifestyle for him and his family.  The changes they've made and stuck to are incredible!  

You can typically catch Dave in our 4:30pm class arriving 20 minutes early.  If you haven't gotten the chance to meet him yet read on to find out more about what makes this guy so awesome! (his favorite workout is Murph!...what a sicko)

What did you think about CrossFit before you walked through the doors for the first time? They probably are going to have me doing overhead squats while balancing on a bosu ball 

What kept you coming back? The positive attitude and energy of everyone involved.

What might you tell someone who is still on the fence about trying CrossFit? You won't have to slice your palm in a candlelit vigil and swear allegiance to anyone.  It's just working out. There is nothing scary too it. 

What’s your favorite workout? Murph

What is the last thing you googled? Yeah, I'm not going to fall for that one April. 

What is a weird fact that people may not know about yourself? I worked at Victoria's Secret in college. 

If you could choose one superpower what would it be and why? My mother's courage that she uses to fight cancer every day. I wish I could be that strong.

What was the first concert you ever saw? ...The Wiggles. Seriously. 

What new skill will you have a year from now? 500lb deadlift for 3 reps. 

Sharon Hipp, CrossFit Durable's Member of the Month!!!

We are super thrilled to get to celebrate Sharon as our member of the month!  On top of having 7 children, 8 if you include her husband Tim (kidding!), she's in the gym at 5am each morning to start her day.  Sharon is not one to complain about a movement or workout, she just simply accepts the day and gets work done!  So many complain about not having enough time in the day but she is a shining example that it's always possible to make time if you make it a priority.

In our recent Nutrition Challenges Sharon has made steady gains to get to her goals.  Over the last 2 months she's simultaneously dropped 4.5% body fat while gaining almost 4 pounds of muscle.  That's amazing results!  We can't say enough great things about this woman.  Congrats again Sharon!!!

Here's a little more you may not have known about Sharon...

What did you think about CrossFit before you walked through the doors for the first time?

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This body will never be able to do that! My body was in so much pain from the effects of Lyme disease. 

What kept you coming back?

Even though it was painful to keep working out I felt myself getting stronger. I did not want to give that up. The encouragement I received from the coaches, other fellow members, and my family helped me keep coming. I love the 5am folks like family!!!

What might you tell someone who is still on the fence about trying CrossFit?

It will be the best thing you ever do to invest in your health! After one week you will be hooked!

What’s your favorite workout? 

Any kind of burner that last 20-30 minutes. I like endurance work that helps me work on pacing. 

What is the last thing you googled?

The weather to see if the children would play soccer today.

What is a weird fact that people may not know about yourself? 

I love the weather channel!  After living in Boone, NC for 5 years, where the weather can change every hour, I became accustom to watching it. 

If you could choose one superpower what would it be and why?

Flying, because who would not love to soar above!

What was the first concert you ever saw? 

Dave Matthews

What new skill will you have a year from now? 

Pull-ups :)

Injuries, inside or outside the gym 

I'm sure we have all had at least one in our lives. Injuries are normally viewed as limitations to what you can do physically from that point on until you have recovered. I'm here to tell you that injuries are actually opportunities. An injury is an opportunity to become an expert in a different area of your training.

Most people would agree with this statement, and most people would think that I'm not even saying anything new... but how many people actually take the opportunity that an injury gives them to become a specialist in a different aspect of the gym?

Here's a few guidelines if you're dealing with an injury.

1. Talk to your Coach

None of the coaches here at CrossFit Durable are doctors and we cannot diagnose injuries. But let us know that something is going on. We'll always recommend that you go see your doctor or chiropractor and figure out what is wrong. Then let us know how we can help!

2. Identify everything you are able to work with and make a list

Identify every part of your body that you can work on that isn't related to the injury. For example if you have a shoulder injury, working out your core, hips and legs should not be an issue. For a lower body injury, doing upper body movements should not be an issue. Your coach can help you!

3. Focus on the mobility and health of your muscles and joints.  

Mobility is a huge aspect of our fitness and usually overlooked. Ignoring mobility can be a cause of many minor and major injuries, so taking the time to focus on the parts of your body that are not yet injured, and doing some extra mobility can help prevent future injuries.

4. Make strength and strict movements your priority

Again, working around the injured body part, begin working on strengthening every other muscle that you can think of.  A shoulder injury is the perfect opportunity to start a strict squat cycle.  A leg injury is the perfect opportunity to master strict/weighted pull-ups, shoulder presses, or push-ups.

5. Make it your goal to become a specialist

CrossFit teaches that specializing is the enemy, and that is normally true. However, if you have a broken leg and you cannot squat, run, jump, etc, why not specialize in gymnastics? Master the muscle up, practice L-sits everyday, learn how to walk on your hands!

Again, injuries are not limitations. They are disguised as opportunities to learn something new, and to become a specialist around the gym. Make sure you work with a coach to determine appropriate scaling and modifications, and always refer back to your doctor when it comes to the actual injury itself.

Coach Scott