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Meet the Trainers at CFU!

Aaron Washburn

Spouse: LisaΒ 

Kids: Lucy & Miller

Profession: Director of Client Relations

Month/Year Started at CFU: 7/2012

Month/Year Became Trainer: 9/2018

Favorite Part of Being a Trainer: seeing transformations in people

Favorite Movements: cleans

Favorite Food: BBQ

Hobbies: learning new things

I should have included “nicknames” on the trainer profiles as Aaron has a unique one tying to my husband whose nickname is “Elvis” – Priscilla πŸ™‚ Long and humorous story that Aaron can share with you! Aaron also serves as a Nutrition Coach at CFU and has guided many towards a healthier way of eating and living! Thankful to have him as a part of the CFU community!

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Meet the Trainers at CFU

Dave Rice

Spouse: Lacy

Kids/Ages: McKenzie, Jackson, and Addie

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant

Month/Year Started at CFU: 4/2013

Month/Year Became Trainer: 9/2014

Favorite Part of Being a Trainer: helping others push past limits to become mentally and physically stronger

Favorite Movements: snatch

Favorite Food: pizza

Hobbies: working out

For the past 7 years, Dave has added so much value to CFU! His creativity for warmups is awesome and his patience with all of the members is incredible! We are thankful for Dave’s expertise and what he provides for CrossFit Unstoppable!

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Meet the Trainers at CFU!

Wondering who works at CrossFit Unstoppable??

I’ll be featuring one trainer per day along with some of their favorite things about life and CrossFit!

My most seasoned trainer at the moment is:

Seth Wigle

Spouse: Chelsea 

Kids: Landon, Brooklyn

Profession: Police Officer

Month/Year Started at CFU: 5/2013

Month/Year Became Trainer: 6/2014

Favorite Part of Being a Trainer: interacting with athletes and helping them become better and achieve their goals

Favorite Movements: shoulder to overhead, ski erg, handstand walk

Favorite Food: Healthy – raw peppers, Not Healthy – any desserts

Hobbies: camping, fishing, anything with family and friends

Seth also helps out CFU by programming the strength components and regular and advanced WOD’s for the week. He has been an integral part of CFU for the past 7 years and I look forward to working with him for many more!

Seth in his own words: Seth Wigle (click here for his interview πŸ™‚ )

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Out of the Fog…

I was looking out the window this morning and the fog kind of mesmerized me…do you ever just stare off into space with no thoughts at all? That was me this morning and then *Beep*, my coffee was finished in the microwave (I like it fresh, but sometimes you just go with the flow!).

Looking into the fog made me realize that sometimes I’m IN that fog where things aren’t so clear and everything is hustle bustle, go here and there or do this and that. It’s time to come up for air! I sometimes randomly text people out of the blue to see how they are doing and usually the first sentence is, “Great, but crazy busy!” Are you that way?

Is your schedule so crazy that you can’t take 30 minutes just for YOU? If not, it’s time to prioritize…when you fill up your “cup” then you will have more to give back and you will most likely come out of that fog!

Pause, find your breath and recharge! You are worth it! Now, back to my coffee and ME πŸ™‚

Work Hard, Eat Clean, Be Blessed!

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Stressed Out??

Who doesn’t deal with some sort of stress in their lives?? It could be family, your kids, their homework, your job, your pets tearing up the place, not having laundry detergent when you go to do the laundry, forgetting to pack your clothes for the gym when you have every intention to workout…and the list can go on and I KNOW you all know what I’m talking about!

Yesterday I listened to a podcast regarding mental health and stress management. The biggest take away (and I already know this but it’s so hard to do sometimes!) is to focus on what you CAN control and to set yourself up for success. The only thing I really can control is how I react to a certain situation.

Here are five tips on how to manage your stress in the first place (and managing your stress leads to a healthier mindset!)

  1. Get enough sleep…do not watch the news or have electronics at least 30min before bed. An hour if you can handle it. I used to always stay up and watch the weather for the next day – it was a habit; and what comes before the weather? ALL the news! And what is normally at the forefront of the news-the BAD news…things that will make you angry, sad and depressed so who wants to feel like that before you go to bed OR during the day?? Not me! So schedule your time wisely and catch those zzzz’s!
  2. Get on a schedule! Don’t be running around by the seat of your pants all of the time! Dial it in and then life should run a bit smoother for you. Get up one hour earlier and get 3 main tasks done and you should have a big “W” for the day! I’m already getting one of my tasks done by writing this little blog πŸ™‚
  3. EXERCISE!! I’ve added a 30min walk to my daily habits to help me just destress and do nothing but walk. I’m only on day 3 but I can tell it is going to help me…I also try to schedule in workouts 5 times a week where I’m strength training and doing a CrossFit workout. Good for the heart, bones, muscles and mind!
  4. Practice Gratitude! What/Who are you thankful for? Tell them! Surprise someone with a text or phone call and tell them that you are grateful for them. Two people will have smiles on their face for sure! Make it a daily habit and I guarantee you will have more joy in your life!
  5. Dial in your nutrition! If you eat crap, you’re going to feel like crap! Start off with a healthy breakfast; it doesn’t have to be a “typical breakfast”, it could be an Oikos yogurt, peanut butter toast, a smoothie…anything to get your metabolism going so you have energy for your day. Try it, you might like the way it makes you feel!

Remember, you don’t have to focus on ALL of these at once…start small and go from there. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit stick so let’s see what we can do in the next 21 days, shall we?? Pretty sure if we can make even one of the above happen, we can reduce our stress in our lives! Who’s with me??

Have a Great Wednesday! πŸ™‚

Work Hard, Eat Clean, Be Blessed!

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The Feel of Fall…

Have you been outside yet? We are in that “season” of a 30-35 degree fluctuation of the temperature between morning and afternoon! My son left for school this morning with no jacket, opened the door and was in for a rude awakening πŸ™‚ He toughed it out knowing he could do without a jacket since he knew it would warm up.

This is one of my favorite times of the year, cooler temps and lower humidity! It makes for a more pleasant temperature at the gym as well since we’ve been battling high temps and humidity for the past few months. It’s also a time where I see more people out and about exercising either on the track, on the road and the parks.

Today I start my second week of our Healthy Habits Challenge and my habit this week is to do an extra 30 minute walk sometime during the day. I will definitely look forward to this later on today to de-stress a bit after a long morning…How do you de-stress? And if outside is your go-to, what do you do during bad weather? Do you have a routine at home?

If you’re looking for some accountability “after” the fall turns to winter OR want some now, book a Free Intro where we can discuss some online coaching and training…we want to help you stay active through ALL of the months! πŸ™‚ Have a great Monday!

Work Hard, Eat Clean, Be Blessed!

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Bright Spots…

Sometimes (well, all of the time) we need to look for the bright spots in our lives and not focus on what we don’t have or what we can’t do.

Yesterday a friend posted about her son, DIL and two grandsons being rescued from the hurricane. They were trapped in their flooded and luckily got rescued. Now one could think about the total loss that they have endured with their house, but the bright spot is that everyone is SAFE and ALIVE! Thank goodness. I could not imagine being a young couple with young kids going through all of that.

I like for our members to focus on the bright spots in their life no matter how minimal it may seem. Hot coffee, bright sunshine, a car to drive to work, my spouse, my kids, my daughter’s birthday today, ability to workout, and the list can go on! So when you are having a bad day, remember your bright spots and know that someone else might be considering YOU their bright spot!

Make it a BRIGHT and HAPPY day! πŸ˜‰

Work Hard, Eat Clean, Be Blessed!

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Discipline…

#tbt to some “wisdom” I posted a couple of years ago…maybe you’re feeling like this…maybe you need a little discipline in your life…hope this helps(it’s kinda long πŸ˜‰ stay awakeπŸ˜†)

Normally I just post these to the CFU Facebook page, but I felt the need to put this one out there for all to see…so many of us struggle with discipline when it comes to taking care of our bodies.

This FCA devotion comes at a great time in my opinion because I’ve heard rumblings about how people need to get back on track and need a kick in the pants…

Bottom line here folks is that YOU need to develop the discipline, YOU need to do the work, YOU must want IT (whatever IT is) more than you want the junk food, alcohol, and sitting on your rear.

No one else can do that for you…Here’s a question, have you prayed about your predicament?

Make YOU a priority AND prayer a priority and He will help you out! πŸ™‚Happy reading!

I look forward to seeing more discipline around CFU! πŸ˜‰

A Victorious Life

β€œNo discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” -Hebrews 12:11

Whenever I have an upcoming race, especially a marathon, I spend a lot of time training. People often ask me, β€œWhere do you find the time?” But I think the real question on their minds is, β€œWhy are you CHOOSING to spend your time doing that?”

When I began running marathons in 2009 my life and my pursuits were out of balance. I knew the training process would instill characteristics such as discipline, accountability and goal-setting. What I later realized was that running would also allow me plenty of time alone with my thoughts and time alone with God. Now I no longer have to justify my reason for doing marathons. People realize it has changed me for the better.

Many people today want results without the work. As athletes and coaches, we know that there are no shortcuts to victory. We can’t just hope for it. We can’t wish it our way. We have to choose to work for it. And we see this in our lives as Christians as well.

Time after time we find that the road to victory is paved with the series of important choices we make every day. Choices like the ones to be in close fellowship with God (Nehemiah 8:10), to take care of our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19), to use our words wisely (Luke 6:45) and to keep positive material in front of and around us (Philippians 4:8).

A victorious life is intentional. As a Christian athlete, I have implemented steps to help me compete and live for Christ and to stay on the path to victory.

Remove yourself from noise and distractions so you can talk to God and hear from Him. Spend time in God’s Word, prayer and worship. Evaluate how you are currently spending your time and examine the relationships in your life. If you see areas that need to change, create an action plan.

Write down your goals and the steps to achieving each one. Recognize and prepare for obstacles to your goals. Find someone you trust to keep you accountable. Build relationships with people of character who can assist you on your journey such as a mentor, coach or personal trainer. Access inspirational/educational material through the Internet, library, church or gym. As athletes and coaches, we know what it takes to train. Let that mindset help you as you train for godliness.

Have an awesome day! πŸ™‚

Work Hard, Eat Clean, Be Blessed!

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Will Lifting Weights Make Me Bulky??

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The simple answer is Nope… Many out there think that if you lift weights you will get “man muscles”. This is simply not true. Weight training simply makes you STRONGER!

When beginning a strength program, you will not see growth in the first few weeks since your nervous system is adapting to the training. It’s pretty complex but in layman’s terms, the more “muscle” you try to recruit, the more the brain works in finding that muscle to help with the strength. This is why you must give a strength program longer than a week or two πŸ˜‰ The best plans take time!

Nutrition plays a big part in this as well because when you lift, in order to gain muscle, you need to “feed” that muscle the proper nutrients. Too many calories without burning it off results in the “bulkiness” or body fat gain. So eat to train, don’t train to eat!

Many people come in thinking they can just “tone up” or target a specific muscle area. The bottom line is to stick with an appropriate strength program (hire a coach πŸ˜‰ ), use proper form and eat a well-balanced diet.

Hormones are the underlying factor when speaking about bulking up when lifting weights. Women will not bulk up like men, because they have a different hormone profile. Men have more testosterone, which promotes muscle growth. For women, both fortunately and unfortunately, their hormone profile allows them to tone without getting bulky, but also deters them from losing all the fat they may desire as easily as men. A clean diet will promote this wanted fat loss for them.

You need to be strong to be lean, and to do this, the recipe is simple: weight training, clean diet with everything in moderation and cardio. If you have other questions about exercise, fat loss, weight training or nutrition, go ahead and book a No Sweat Intro with one of our trainers and we can get you started to a strong and lean future!

Work Hard, Eat Clean, Be Blessed!

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No Excuses!

I was recently working with a personal training client and we had just went over some stats on the progress made over the past two weeks. Yes, weight was lost, BUT when we got down to it, more progress could have been made had the “extra mile” would have taken place.

At the beginning of our PT sessions, I had discussed that “extra homework” would need to be done on the days not at the gym…that’s when the Excuse started rolling in…I’m too busy; I forget; I don’t have the energy…etc…

30 minutes is 2% of your day – TWO!! You mean to tell me that you can’t take 30 minutes for yourself a day to take care of your health whether it be physical or mental?? Hogwash as my grandma would say! You can even break up that 30 minutes into 3-10min sessions of a walk.

What would happen if you exercised ON PURPOSE starting today and just walked for 30min per day for the rest of the month?? One, you could destress a bit, two, you may lose a little bit of weight, and three you’d be taking time for YOU.

I’m challenging you to start the 30 minutes per day challenge and see how you feel at the end of the month…it will become a habit and you will even look forward to doing it! There’s no excuse to not to so GO FOR IT! Have a happy Friday Eve!

Work Hard, Eat Clean, Be Blessed!