GMCF Athlete of the Month

They say never trust a skinny chef… Noah is losing cred by the day! Congrats to this guy on his effort the past few monthson dialing in his nutrition and his performance on our Holiday Holdem’ challenge. Congrats to GMCF Athlete of the Month for January Noah Edwards!

1. When did you start doing CrossFit?
May of 2015, but I didn’t take it serious until July 2016

2. Favorite WOD?
Anything with HSPU, I like to be upside down

3. Least Favorite WOD?
Anything with running. Running is the devil’s invention.

4. Favorite Lift?
Back and Front Squats

5. Least favorite lift?
Not really, I like them all, there is just something supremely satisfying about lifting something heavy.

6. Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I’m just a happily married basic white guy doing my thang. Married for 13 years with a 12 year old boy and 7 year old girl. Two dogs, 11 bunnies and 2 ducks round out the house. Originally from Dallas, came here for college and never left. I like cooking, coffee, and video games, and being lazy.

7. What were you doing before CrossFit?
Drinking too much beer, playing too many video games, and being far too lazy in general.

8. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
I wanted to catch up with George and Adam and Ray. I felt like a little man child next to those guys.

9. What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
Just getting healthy, I am a classic procrastinator, and I felt that I had put off my fitness and health as long as possible.

10. Have you achieved any of those goals?
I have achieved that goal and then some. I’ve never been this healthy, strong, or small.

11. Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?
CrossFit has made me more conscious of my everyday decisions affecting my health. Whether its choosing a healthier option to eat, or going to bed at a decent time, I’m more in tune with what is and isn’t good for me. I feel my best times are to come, and my best achievement so far is to jus show up, day after day, and keep grinding.

12. Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?
I did a banded muscle up last week and that was pretty cool. I couldn’t even do a pull up when I started.

13. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining GMCF?
Just show up, day after day and put for the effort and you will see results. Don’t be intimated by what you think you can and can’t do. Patient, consistent hard work will show you what you can and will do. Also, management really likes chalk drawings on the floor.

14. Something you might not know about me is….
I have a back full of tattoos. Like I said, basic white guy

February’s #athleteofthemonth is #gmcfteens Emily! Emily and her family relocated to Texas this summer, she walked into our gym and said “I wanna compete in CrossFit”. She shows up to Coach Kyle’s @kyyyyye Teen class enthusiastic and ready to work. Her fitness is getting better and better and she’s excited to finally be able to register for the#Crossfitopen Congrats @emily_732 Emily and thank you for being a part of our #gmcffamily

I started when I was 12 years old (3 years ago).
I love partner wods. Any wods with rowing and wall balls are a blast as well.
Least Favorite WOD? Anything with running.
Favorite Lift? Clean and jerks
Least favorite lift? Over head squats

I’m a freshman at Glenn highschool. I just moved here from New Mexico,and I’ve made so many new friends. I love school and love to read and paint.

What were you doing before CrossFit? I was trying a bunch of sports that never really stuck.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? I could get used to this.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Mainly just take care of myself and be active And lift more then the boys at school of course.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

It has affected every part of my life in a positive way. It’s given me confidence and it’s made me more independent. The most memorable accomplishment so far is the first time a finally got a double under. I talked about it for weeks. And another is when I got my first pull up.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?
I really loved the time when we were doing a fund raiser and I had all of the people right there cheering me on. It was really nice to have people that have your back.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining GMCF?
I would just tell them to take it easy on themselves. Let them know that it takes time to see change but every class is bettering you. Every rep is making you stronger.

Something you might not know about me is….
I love to help people

March’s #athleteofthemonth is one of the most Cherished members of our GMCF Family!  Van has been a member of the 5:30am class since he joined last year and he literally runs into the building ready to workout.  His positive vibe is contagious and his smile is genuine.  He’s as excited for any new milestones achieved by other members of the class as he is for his own.

Congrats to GMCF Athlete of the Month for March! Van Huynh

1. When did you start doing CrossFit?

I started close to a year ago. My memory is a bit fuzzy. I think I had been journaling for a couple of days about how to approach challenges in life, and the subject had been on my mind.

After buying some groceries after work, there was a “Crossfit” sign on the way back from HEB. I didn’t know much about Crossfit then, so I stopped by to learn more and was greeted first by Christopher and then Rebecca. Both were amazingly friendly, helpful, and made me feel right at home–and that’s how I started Grand Mesa Crossfit.

2. Favorite WOD? I actually don’t know the names of the WODs very well, though I have noticed they have people’s names.

3. Least Favorite WOD? I haven’t had a bad experience with any WOD, and all have their strengths, so I like them all.

4. Favorite Lift? I’m still not confident in my lifting technique, so I can’t pin a favorite lift just yet. As I get more experienced, I’ll likely find that each lift has its benefits and unique charm.

5. Least favorite lift? I struggle with the snatch the most, but I can’t say I dislike challenge either–challenges are opportunities.

Perhaps a close second I’ve struggled with would be the squat–I actually couldn’t squat 115-125 pounds coming in despite authentic attempts. People have said I’ve gotten stronger since then.

6. Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). I like to learn, explore ideas, and practice ways to connect with life.

In college, I read quite a bit, asked big questions, and spent a lot of time pondering and exploring the existential questions I find all people eventually consider. During and after college in my early twenties, I focused on searching for and cultivating inner peace. I’m now a teacher.

7. What were you doing before CrossFit? I was working, teaching, playing guitar, and learning.

8. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? My experience may have been a bit atypical, but the unhelpful part of my brain and heart felt a bit defeated, though it was likely just the feeling we all get when we start something new, unfamiliar, and we wonder if we’ll succeed.

Kyle was the coach for my first class and told me that everyone starts somewhere (he shared that he struggled to get a single pull-up for his first workout). I felt hopeful and encouraged.

9. What were your goals when joining CrossFit? To improve health.

10. Have you achieved any of those goals? I was recently able to run the 3m Half Marathon without using my inhaler for my asthma in cold weather and felt great, and I haven’t used it for the past 8 months for the Crossfit WODs.

I wasn’t a particularly strong or healthy child growing up, as I got colds and infections often and had difficulty breathing when I engaged in intense exercise (exercise-induced asthma). Now, my lungs and breathing capacity are better than they’ve ever been. I’m not reckless when I approach exercising, using my inhaler for more intense workouts (like the 17.1 Open), but without a doubt, I’m much healthier and more vibrant.

11. Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

For a best WOD time, I’m still gaining a firm grasp of the basics, so I don’t have an stellar WOD just yet, but I think the day will come soon.

Outside the gym, Crossfit has shown me that the good and best parts of people are always there. It’s amazing to see how people encourage and see the best in others during these workouts.

In daily life, whenever I go to philosophy meetups or have interesting talks, I meet people who feel defeated by life’s troubles, and in turn, they lose heart. What I love about training is that it’s a firm reminder that even with life’s problems, the deepest part of humanity genuinely wants to make things better. It’s in our best nature to not let failures rule and disappointments win.

12. Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? Everyone I’ve met at Crossfit is kind and has a gigantic heart: they see the best in me and others. They truly want me to succeed. I have a smile on during our workouts for good reason.

13. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining GMCF? Be patient with and practice compassion toward yourself. Take it a step at a time, refine things, and find joy in your training. The worst thing you can do is feel terrible because the athlete next to you is, in your mind, performing at a pace that is “forever” beyond your reach. We’re all improving ourselves, and I’ve found that we all just enjoy each other’s company while exercising. Training should make you feel better, not worse. At the end of the day, be satisfied because you showed up and tried. You’re awesome.

14. Something you might not know about me is…. I spent a lot of time in my early twenties trying to find inner peace and learned a rather profound but important lesson during that time: happiness and peace don’t have to depend on any particular circumstance. I always tell students, “Life may have problems, but you’re not a problem.” That’s something I believe, and I hope you do as well.

Congratulations to our Athlete of the Month for April, Jenna Brady! Jenna has had an amazing Performance Incline since returning to us and the completion of last year’s CrossFit Open. She dialed in on her Nutrition Management and was one of the Winners of our GMCF Holiday Hold’em Challenge. Jenna has stepped up as a Leader among our members and is sure to make our newest members feel welcome She’s ready to lend a helping hand with tools for success and skills. Thank you so much for being a part of our GMCF Family Jenna

1. When did you start doing CrossFit?

I joined Grand Mesa in February of 2015 for a month then took almost a year off due to work and school. I came back 100% dedicated in January of 2016.

2. Favorite WOD?

I enjoy the challenge of most of the WODs, but I typically do best with WODs that have multiple rounds with short intervals of exercises.

3. Least Favorite WOD?

17.4 or anything with rowing.

4. Favorite Lift?

I feel like most of my strength and control resides in my legs, so I would say my favorite lift is anything with a squat whether its a back squat, overhead squat, squat clean, or front squat.

5. Least favorite lift?

My least favorite lift is the deadlift. I really dislike the range of movement with this lift.

6. Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I’ve been married for 17 years, we have two kids (an eleven year old son and fifteen year old daughter), and a brindle Boston terrier/pug (Bugg). I work in the quality department of Raba Kistner (civil engineering firm) as the Records Manager/Apprentice Auditor. We do the materials testing for commercial and infrastructure projects. My life has been pretty hectic over the past few years while I finished my college degree, worked, and took care of my family, so my interests have been on the back burner. When I do have down time I love traveling and spending time hiking and biking.

7. What were you doing before CrossFit?

Before CrossFit, I was doing a lot of running, biking, and yoga. I typically worked out alone, I was never the type of person who liked to work out in a group setting or at a gym until I joined GMCF.

8. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

My thoughts after my first workout was OMG will I ever be able to lift my arms or walk again!

9. What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

My body had reached a plateau with running, biking, and yoga and I really wanted something that would not only challenge me but also make me stronger.

10. Have you achieved any of those goals?

Yes, I am stronger than I have ever been and I’m challenged every time I workout.

11. Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

CrossFit has affected my outside life in many positive ways, but I would say the best thing is that my kids are amazed by my strength and capabilities. It inspires them to want to work out and be strong like their mom, which is something I love. I would say my best WOD times and achievements were during the recent 2017 CrossFit Games. I would give credit to fellow competitors (Dana), friends, and coaches, who motivated me to push myself harder than I ever would.

12. Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

I love GMCF, over the past year I have developed tons of relationships with really wonderful people. I would never have imagined that I would enjoy heavy lifting and pushing myself to the point of almost passing out, but the members and coaches know your body’s capabilities better than yourself sometimes and they give you the drive and push you need to reach your achievements.

13. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining GMCF?

I would tell them to start out slow, don’t be afraid to scale the WODs, only worry about themselves not the scores of others, and finally DON’T give up, it will pay off!

14. Something you might not know about me is….

Something most people don’t know about me is that I moved to Texas almost five years ago from a small desert town in California and even though I love Texas, I miss off-roading, riding motorcycles, and spending the summers on Lake Mohave or Lake Havasu.

— with Jenna Brady.