Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

By Megan Parker Hey y’all! If you’ve seen me in the gym, there is a good chance you have no idea what I am training for. To be honest, if you ask, I’ll give you a pretty long list spanning a lot of things. In the past year, I’ve trained for and completed a CrossFit partner competition, a Strongma’am competition, two 12-hour endurance events, two half marathons, and an Olympic weightlifting competition. You may be wondering why I can’t seem to make a decision on what exactly I want to do, and while training, ADHD might have a little something to do with it. The truth is, I don’t ever want to get comfortable again. I’ve written a post before on finding CrossFit Full Circle at a low point in my life – overweight, in an unhealthy relationship and emotionally stunting job, and having no idea what I wanted. I was very comfortable being comfortable, and that had gotten me in a hole. The first thing I did was sign up and keep showing up to Full Circle for the intro program. I saw a lot of changes physically and emotionally. I lost about 45 pounds and started making significant decisions outside of the gym. I left the unhealthy relationship, I transferred jobs, and I started making gym goals. I met with Matt about specific gym issues that made me uncomfortable, which at the time were the Olympic lifts during a WOD. Being an awesome coach, he pushed me to sign up for a competition. I got really uncomfortable really quickly. I came out stronger both physically and emotionally, and that’s where the crazy...
12-12-2015

12-12-2015

Level I & Level II 2015 Full Circle Open (Unsanctioned) Weightlifting Meet The gym is closed for WODs but come watch the inaugural meet! Doors open at 8:30am. Athletes weigh in until 9:30am. Rules meeting is at 9:30am sharp. First lifter hits the platform at...
7-25-2015

7-25-2015

Level I & Level II “Olympic Weightlifting Meet” Snatch 1 1 1 Clean & Jerk 1 1 1 For Max Total All Level athletes compare to...
CrossFit Full Circle in Competition!

CrossFit Full Circle in Competition!

This past weekend, some CrossFit Full Circle members competed in an Olympic weightlifting competition, and Coach Jason competed in a Strongman Competition. Here are the recaps: Coach Jason – Strongman (Strongma’am) Coach Jason competed in the 200lb open division at the Rumble in Rehoboth Beach Strongman Competition, a NAS Level 1 show in Delaware. Check out some photos of each of the five events below, and his full competition video here! Megan Parker and Erin Ehrlich – Olympic Weightlifting Megan Parker and Erin Ehrlich, members of Full Circle’s Barbell Strength and Power, competed at the RVA Open, an Olympic Weightlifting competition.  Olympic Weightlifting meets only have 2 lifts – the Snatch, and the Clean & Jerk. Both Megan and Erin hit PR’s (Megan cleanly hit a 70kg C&J, and Erin unofficially hit a 50kg Snatch – it didn’t count in the competition due to a press out at the top). Megan competed just a couple of months ago in her first weightlifting competition (you can read more about that here), but this one was different. She says, “Mentally, I felt so much stronger and more prepared to do compete this time. Physically, I felt like I still had some work to do, but I’m really excited to keep up the barbell programming that’ll help me add at least 25kg to next year’s overall total!” Megan also placed third in her weight class!   Come see why Full Circle coaches can help you get ready for competition with a FREE...
Weightlifting is My Soulmate

Weightlifting is My Soulmate

By Megan Parker I competed in my first Olympic weightlifting meet just over a month ago, and it was terrifying.  The words “I t   hink I’m going to puke on the platform,” definitely came out of my mouth no less than 21 times.  I try and remember what it was like, but I’m 90% positive I blacked out the minute my name was called. I cannot wait to do it all over again in just one month. I’ve got some seriously lofty goals in place, and CrossFit Full Circle will undoubtedly be the vehicle that gets me there. I started flirting with fitness in 8th grade when I tried out for the JV volleyball team at my high school. I loved packing my bag for practice, getting up extra early to get in some extra technique work my coach suggested, and even running those awful suicides. I fell head over heels for club volleyball, which was even more rigorous -harder coaches, tougher practices, and way more girls to compete against. This love affair stayed steady all through high school, and I even planned out a pretty rad looking volleyball tattoo. It was a serious relationship and would obviously last forever. But then, as most first loves do, it couldn’t hold up to a major life change. Enter college, where for four years, the only thing I was committed to was making sure the table I planned to dance on was strong enough to hold me. Ultimately, I woke up 5 years after college, overweight and unmotivated to do anything. I tried going to the gym and dieting, but that lasted a few weeks,...