Do You Even Strongman?

Do You Even Strongman?

By Mariah Parker Hello. My name is Mariah Parker, and my job is getting my Ph.D. in Chemistry from VCU. I just started in January, so I still have quite a ways to go before I demand to be called Dr. Parker, Ph.D. at the gym. My CrossFit Full Circle story starts a year ago in August, after my sister Megan (some of you know her as that girl, you know, the one with the spastic dance moves) said, “Hey, you should sign up for the 90-day trial. I think you’ll like this.” So I did and immediately fell in LOVE with weightlifting and in HATE with running. Fast forward to October when Coach Matt and Coach Jason were talking to Megan about an 8-week camp at Full Circle for women to try out Strongman implements as something new and fun. Megan said, “Hey, I signed you up for this camp without asking you. I think you’ll like this.” After being signed up without my knowledge, I proceeded to watch roughly 100,000,000 YouTube videos of men (and a few women) not only lifting HUGE amounts of weight, but MOVING those huge amounts of weight. My first thought was, “WHAT THE CURSE WORD DID MY SISTER SIGN ME UP FOR?” I thought – no I knew – that this was going to be the absolute worst experience I was ever going to have. I had just gotten back into the habit of going to the gym (and even admitting that I liked it), and now I was going to hate it again because these Amazonian women 1. Looked like they could...
Great Teachers Can Be Found Anywhere

Great Teachers Can Be Found Anywhere

By Paverick Nicolas I am a teacher and have been for 9 years. From what I’ve seen at CrossFit Full Circle, being a teacher and coaching CrossFit are not all that different. On my very first day, it was not difficult to spot many classic teaching strategies being applied to CrossFit. You can see the effort the coaches make to know everyone’s name; it is more difficult than you think, and I know they are good at it because not one coach has called me Patrick. The coaches greet everyone as they step in to the gym. They make sure that everyone in class is included or acknowledged in some way, whether it is by helping a student calculate numbers for the lift that day, commenting on well and poorly performed reps, or encouraging someone to tough it out for 30 more seconds at the end of a WOD. It almost feels like you are getting a participation grade. One of the hardest things for a teacher to perfect is classroom management. Running a smooth class is about having a plan and being at the right place at the right time. As both a student and a teacher, I can attest to everything running much more smoothly when the day’s work is posted ahead of time (or at least on a board somewhere for all to see). This advance notice puts students in the right mindset and provides a goal for everyone to work toward. Not coincidentally, Full Circle operates the same way. By checking the Full Circle website in advance, or at the very least checking the board...
From Sheltered Grade Schooler to Badass CrossFitter

From Sheltered Grade Schooler to Badass CrossFitter

By Mona Youssofi Running off the school bus in excitement, the little sixth grade girl couldn’t wait to get home and tell her father she was going to try out for the intramural tennis team at school.  Unfortunately for her, what she didn’t know, and very quickly came to realize, her strict father had other ideas about what the hopeful little girl was going to do with her free time. It was a hard NO to the tennis idea.  My father told me I could not participate in any school sports for two reasons: 1) They were scheduled after school, and I needed to be home early and present when my father was home, and 2) I wasn’t allowed to wear shorts, skirts, and the like.  And with that went all of my dreams of being the next Andre Agassi. Throughout my secondary education, I had to sit back and watch my older brother play all the sports he wanted and excel impressively.  I was envious beyond belief. I wanted to get out there and prove myself physically.  With his achievements, I felt like it must be in our blood to accomplish such greatness physically and all I needed to prove that, was my freedom. Years went by, freedom came, college happened, and subsequently, so did my social life.  I forgot all about reaching physical greatness whilst doing shots of vodka and “droppin’ it low” at the club with friends. In October of 2013, I reached out to an old friend through Facebook who I know was always into weight lifting.  I inquired about how I could get into weight lifting,...
Overcoming Injury – From the Operating Room to the Strongman Stage

Overcoming Injury – From the Operating Room to the Strongman Stage

A video blog by Scott Byer Click the video below to watch Scott Byer, a CrossFit Full Circle member and novice Strongman competitor talk about overcoming injury and working his way back up to full form, and beyond, in the gym. [youtube]https://youtu.be/4yw47Nfb01k[/youtube] Watch Scott and Coach Jason Struck competing at the Kumite Classic 2015 (Scott’s first competition) in the video below: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx_SckjykEY[/youtube] Scott mentions following Brandon Lilly and his blog about overcoming injury – read that here. Interested in competing in Strongman like Scott? Come check out CrossFit Full Circle – we’ll get you...
On CrossFit – Calm Down Until You Catch a Rhythm

On CrossFit – Calm Down Until You Catch a Rhythm

By Thokozeni Lipato  I started coming to CrossFit Full Circle in the winter of 2013. I had just moved here from Minneapolis and was looking for something to replace the kettlebell gym that I had gone to for two years. My wife suggested CrossFit; she thought I would like it. She said it involved lifting weights and “getting buff.” So, like most of her suggestions – getting a financial advisor, joining a kettlebell gym, and adopting a baby, to name a few – I went with it. She hasn’t missed the mark yet. CrossFit is explosive. It is dynamic. It tests your strength, stamina, and determination. It always brings you to the brink of failure, and often you fail. And in the process, you learn how to fail even more spectacularly, until one day you find yourself deadlifting 420 pounds. The thing I found most difficult (and still do) about CrossFit is the act of ‘submitting’ and ‘exerting’ simultaneously.  Take a snatch or a split jerk for example. Both movements involve the body positioning itself underneath a metal bar with a lot of weight on it in a position of utter vulnerability (submitting), all while the arms are expected to extend and lock out, keeping the metal bar and the weight from falling onto your head (exerting). When I first tried to snatch, as I went down to the squat position, my elbows instinctively flexed. The end result was me jumping back while my arms flayed forward, dropping the bar onto the floor. With time, I have learned to do these two seemingly opposite things simultaneously. I am not...