Author: Michael Grant

Janeen Weinch | Member of the Month October 2017

What brought you to CrossFit Apogee?

Since I was a child, fitness has always been an important part of my life. My Dad was an athlete and passed his love of fitness (and good Italian food) down to my sister and me. I played all kinds of sports as a kid and was always active in the gym as an adult. I eventually picked up CrossFit for a few months, while my husband and I were living in Washington, DC. When we moved to FL and I saw there was a box down the street from our house, I decided to get back into it.

What was your first impression?

I was intimidated at first, but quickly fell in love with the gym, the workouts and the people. The workouts really have pushed me to be a better version of myself. I love that our box includes members that are a variety of different ages and skill levels. It was truly inspiring and I felt at home immediately.

What was your first Bright Spot (or something you were happy you finally did)?

It was crazy how much my PR’s were improving that first year. However, I think the day I did my first double under was pretty special. I called my husband from the car before I even got home. He is a weightlifter as well, so he shared in my excitement.

What changes have you noticed in yourself since you joined the Apogee Family? 

I have noticed an improvement in my strength most of all, both internally and externally. I have more confidence in the things I do not only at the gym, but also in my work and personal life. There are very few things that I feel I can’t accomplish with time, except maybe running a marathon. But honestly, who wants to do that?

What is your favorite Apogee memory? 

There are so many good ones! I love all my weekend WOD memories, where we have worked out and consumed food afterward. What can I say? I like my deadlifts with a side of peanut butter waffles. Although, my favorite of all favorite memories was when we did the dragon boat race together at Mira Bay. We weren’t very good at first, but we eventually improved enough to not get last place! Dragon boat racing was always a bucket list item for me, so I loved every minute of it

Matt Ahrens | Member of the Month September 2017

What brought you to CrossFit Apogee?

I initially came to Apogee to get in better shape but looking for a different approach to the normal gym experience. The location was very convenient and the early morning classes were perfect for my schedule.

What was your first impression?

My initial impression after my first class was that it was an intense workout but I was excited for the challenge. I was also impressed with the camaraderie between the athletes and coaches which made for a fun environment.

What was your first Bright Spot (or something you were happy you finally did)?

My first bright spot was getting an award with the Eat Fit Challenge.

What changes have you noticed in yourself since you joined the Apogee Family? 

Since joining Apogee I’ve gotten in the best shape of my life and become much more effective at stress management.

What is your favorite Apogee memory? 

My favorite Apogee memory is having the privilege of showing off my video skills filming Don and Yannick in their PSA videos.

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To compete or not to compete, what is your goal?

Hi folks!  As you may know,  the CrossFit Games came to a close this weekend and like a lot of us, first thing we want to do is go workout and crush our Fran time and make some gains.

For those of you who may not know,  I am slightly competitive and I love to encourage people to do better, work harder, lift heavier, learn new movements and tricks that help improve what we do at the box and also encouraging everyone that simply want to work on moving well and working towards the goal of taking care of their body and staying fit and healthy.

As I was watching the games my brain was thinking:  “I will do xyz by the end of the year!” and “Wow, we need to do this workout at the box! “ etc. etc. and  I heard comments from two different athletes and one from one of our very own master athletes at our box that, of course, only made sense to me at 4:11 a.m. Monday morning as I drove to open CrossFit Apogee for our morning crew.

First Comment was from CF Athlete Kara Webb of Australia, on how Tia-Clair Toomey, also from Australia, got her going and how she gets motivated by having someone there chasing her or Kara having someone to chase.

The second comment was from CF Athlete Mathew Fraser and how he just focuses on his own race and  doing the best he can for himself and no one else.

The last one was a bit tongue in cheek, but shows passion and commitment.  It was to be the best person they can be and they said “I have to see what my competition is.  That’s why I am recording the Games to watch it all later.” – Apogee Masters Athlete.

Now take a guess to which person I tend to gravitate to?  What this made me think of is how people in our community differ in not only their goals but how they reach those goals.

So here is my challenge to you athletes of Apogee.  Take a step and share your goals and your preferred approach to your coach or coaches so that we know how we can best help you reach that goal in a way that works for you.

Every coach in our community has one goal and that is for you to reach your goal!

(BTW we will do one or two of the workouts just because I can’t resist.)


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 Evening Apogee Tribe,

As we come to an end of our ‘Back Squat Cycle’, I can say with GREAT EXCITEMENT that we have had people already PR’ing their back squat! Even before re-testing their 1 Rep Max!  With that, we will be re-testing our Back Squat this week. So, whatever you do – don’t miss Tuesday! Let’s see how your hard work is paying off!

Now, the Big Question around the box is ‘Programming’ – Who’s doing it?… Where are we coming up with these workouts?… etc.  These are great questions, and it shows us that you as athletes are taking a huge interest in your own progress, as do we.

Just like other Great Coaches and Programs out there – we are programming for the soul purpose of making you get better at everything: inside and outside the gym.  The same as the Invictus, Bergeron, Baily etc. we run cycles (Back Squat, Snatch, Press…). These cycles take time, and it’s important to take our time to do these right.  As with any sport we have ‘In Season’, ‘Off Season’, and ‘prep’ for our grand finale – which is The Open.

At the end of the day, it comes down to trust. Trust the Program. Trust us as your coaches. And if you have any concerns please, come directly to me and let’s talk and clear up any questions you may have. Remember, we are an Open and Transparent Community. No secrets. If you want to learn how we program, and want to be part of the process let me know.

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