Come On, Ride the Full Circle Endurance Train

Come On, Ride the Full Circle Endurance Train

By Megan Connolly Edwards I am a 4-plus-year member of Full Circle who began coaching endurance classes and personal training clients about a year ago. Fitness, especially endurance, is my passion, and I have come into my own through coaching. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am on a crazy happy train ride. I am incredibly grateful to Coach Matt and Coach Rachel for urging me in and to our amazing athletes who make each program and each session so fun and fulfilling. I want to tell you about what Full Circle Endurance has been up to and all the awesome stuff we have coming up. I WANT YOU ON OUR CRAZY HAPPY TRAIN!!! The Full Circle Endurance program just wrapped up its 10-week Monument 10K training program, in which 19 athletes attended three sessions per week. We focused on pose running form with lots of drills before each session. Each week included one short interval (sprints) workout, one long interval workout (sets of 800’s and above), and one longer weekend tempo run or time trial. We also did mobility after each session and had four yoga classes by the fabulous Michael Steeves. Just like with everything else at our gym, our endurance workouts were meticulously programmed based on percentages of prior maxes. The science behind it, the work ethic of our athletes, and our dedicated coaching yielded some awesome results: Twelve of the 16 athletes who competed (75%) PR’d their 10K times. Of those 12, seven PR’d by over a minute and three PR’d by over seven minutes! Our athletes have had a lot of great things to say about...
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...
A Coast-to-Coast CrossFit Nomad

A Coast-to-Coast CrossFit Nomad

By Kate Lundberg CrossFit, like my dog, Mingus, has traveled with me from coast to coast. I’ve spent the past 5 years as a bit of a nomad trying to find the sweet spot where work, gym, and love are all in one place. I made my first move from Seattle to Richmond in the Fall of 2010. I had recently graduated from naturopathic medical school in Seattle where I had spent the last 6 years. By the time board exams were over, my boyfriend Jon and I had been apart for over a year, and if I was going to move, this seemed like the perfect time. Soon after moving, I joined a practice in this town called Chester, Va. I was taking spin classes at Gold’s Gym and killing my 3×10 squats in the weight area. What could go wrong? Well, lots it turned out. Richmond wasn’t Seattle, and Chester wasn’t even Richmond. I had lived in my Seattle bubble far too long and found myself suffering from a severe case of culture shock, and work was slow despite the promises of a thriving Chester community (ha!) So, when asked if I’d teach this thing called CrossFit, I thought, “Sure, I could use the money!” I got my toes wet at CrossFit Midlo. I loved being coached, working on new skills, and things that scared me, like putting weight over my head and climbing a 20-foot rope. And I actually saw progress! By April of 2011, I had my L1 and would soon start coaching at a gym in Richmond. My expectations were minimal; I wanted to have kipping pull-ups,...
My Non-Traditional CrossFit Family

My Non-Traditional CrossFit Family

By Ina Moses The journey that brought me to CrossFit Full Circle is centered around my family, so let me tell you a little about us. My immediate family is about as non-traditional as they come – my fiancé Jeff and I have been together almost 12 years, and may or may not get married; we haven’t decided yet. I have 25-year-old twin boys, Douglas and Duane, from a previous relationship. Between the four of us, we have three different last names. Although we are a non-traditional family, the four of us have created a family based on love, shared experiences, and a lot of laughter. Seriously, we laugh a lot and loudly. When my extended family gets together, it is ridiculous as the volume and chaos gets raised to a much higher level. I warn newcomers to our family gatherings about the chaos and silliness, but I don’t think they are ever really prepared. I am still surprised that my quiet, super sweet daughter-in-law, Amelia, chose to marry Douglas and become a part of our unruly family this summer. I grew up in a physical family, we did the usual swimming and ballet classes, played on various team sports, and for a good number of years, did martial arts together as a family. The latter sport really stuck as my middle brother Michael runs a successful martial arts academy in Gaithersburg, MD, and my younger brother John continues practicing BJJ when he is not running with his son, my nephew Conner.  His mother Courtney regularly participates in various 10k and half marathon races. As an adult, my fitness level and...
Pregnant in the CrossFit Gym

Pregnant in the CrossFit Gym

By Leah Fremouw This last 12 months of my life have been crazy, amazing, stressful, beautiful, empowering, scary, and life-changing. It was about this time last year I found out I was pregnant, and just 3 months ago I gave birth to our son, Hazen. After two years of trying, one miscarriage, and a lot of doctor visits, we were cautiously excited as our journey into parenthood began. At this point, I had a lot of questions and concerns – what can I eat? How will my body be changing? Is this (insert anything) normal? When do we tell people? Etc. The one question I didn’t have though, was, “Can I exercise?” I knew from the beginning that staying active throughout my entire pregnancy was going to be very important to mine and my baby’s physical and mental health. I made a commitment early on to do something active every day during my 40+ weeks. I loved being pregnant and found it relatively easy. Sure, I ended up over 200lbs and couldn’t see my feet, BUT I was lucky enough to stay really mobile and somewhat comfortable the whole time. I believe this had everything to do with my activity level. So, what kind of exercise did I do? Prior to getting pregnant, I had been doing a mix of things for many years. I am a CrossFitter, a kickboxer, and a runner, and I did all of these at some point during my pregnancy. Actually, the only thing I stopped doing completely was the kickboxing, for obvious reasons. I did CrossFit, lifted weights, and even ran up until my...