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The Cortisol Curve


Cortisol, or the “stress hormone” is essential for energy and health, but when it’s out of balance, you are, too. Learn how to manage cortisol to keep inflammation, cravings, and belly fat at bay.

Click on the link below to check out this great article from Experience Life Magazine. Recommended reading for anyone!

The Cortisol Curve

CrossFit Apogee in the Reebok "Affiliate Spotlight"!

11930599_10206669592634760_237692513_nCrossFit Apogee recognized by Reebok! – It’s 5:00 a.m. in Tampa, Florida and while most of us are still mid-dream, anxiously awaiting the impending buzz of our alarm clocks, CrossFit Apogee’s Dawn Patrol is foam rolling and getting ready to hit their morning WOD. The “Don Patrol”, as CrossFit Apogee owner and head coach Don Moss likes to playfully call them, is Apogee’s group of early morning workout warriors. Ten members strong, this consistent group of athletes demonstrates the kind of dedication, energy and enthusiasm that the entire CrossFit Apogee community exudes.

Beginning in a field in the suburbs of Tampa (and yes, I said field), CrossFit Apogee has grown into 5,000 square feet of energetic community. Led by Don, a 23-year Air Force Veteran, and his team of committed CrossFitters, the gang bounced from field to garage to fully functioning retail space off of a main street in Gibsonton, Florida.  Now, a year and a half later with nearly 140 members, the community is tighter than ever.

This sort of tight-knit, family-style CrossFit community comes naturally to Don, who with his wife and co-owner Tracy, 15-year old twins, Amanda and Michael, and two-year old baby girl, Avery, has a clan of his own.  Don treats his members just as he treats his familial tribe, and his selflessness shines both in and out of the box. An eclectic community of housewives, college graduates, senior citizens and children, CrossFit Apogee is described by its members as a very “family-oriented community.” To help out the families of the box community, Apogee offers a free kid care program in which members are offered a discount on their membership fees if they offer to babysit the aspiring CrossFit toddlers of the world while their moms and dads get their sweat on.

CrossFit Apogee’s supportive community reflects the affiliate’s message of inclusivity and echoes Don’s goal of breaking through the intimidation of CrossFit. No matter how young or old, experienced or new to working out, CrossFit Apogee is proud to be home to individuals of varied athletic abilities. CrossFit Apogee’s very own Marsha is a wonderful example of CrossFit Apogee’s successes.  Marsha participated in this year’s Open at 65 years old. Remember this year’s open? Endless wall balls, inescapable muscle ups and of course, unanimously dreaded thrusters? Well, Marsha crushed them all, all the way from 15.1 to 15.5, with the support of CrossFit Apogee behind her.

The simple successes like these reflect the hard work, faith and commitment of CrossFit Apogee to its members. In 2014, Apogee had a grand total of eight members participate in the 2014 Open. This year, they had over 40. “My goal is to give my members a reason and a purpose,” Don mentions while discussing his reasons for opening his own affiliate. After first being introduced to CrossFit in Iraq nearly five years ago, Don tells us that he loved the way CrossFit made him feel as well as the supportive, caring people that the CrossFit community is filled with. “I wanted to start showing the magic of CrossFit to everyone around,” he explains. And that he did.

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