Author: Michael Grant

Programming Alert!

Hi Folks

As you know we predominantly use Comptrain as our base for programming and then we spice it up to match your abilities so that we try and get the best results and make sure we improve all the time. Well in the order to make sure we stay true to the CrossFit methodology of “Constantly varied …” we are going to switch things up for a little bit.  Who’s excited?

Ok so starting next week we will start using another amazing athlete and coaches programming with the name of Rich Froning, the champ. You might have seen one or two items from his arsenal of awesomeness in the last week “Row Like Froning”

Now with any program, it takes time to start seeing the differences and performance improvements so please trust us and trust the process. Some days are going to suck and some days are going to be your JAM so hang in there!   Also, you will start seeing some optional work that you as an athlete can choose to do or not, these items are to be done after class / open gym as long as it does not interfere with regular classes and athletes.

RAGNARIANS – You will also start seeing workout options that you can do instead of the WOD that day, this is to add a smidge of running to your training that you might not have included till now.

As always you guys ROCK! And if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or any of our coaches at any time.

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Anna | Member of the Month August 2018

What brought you to CrossFit Apogee?

I came to Crossfit Apogee because I was becoming unmotivated and bored with going to the gym every day. I had zero drive or energy to get off the couch and work on myself. So one day, I made myself come in and join the party!

What was your first impression?

My first impression of CrossFit was “oh sh!t this is harder than it looks!” The people I met in the first few weeks were my kind of people..encouraging, full of energy, and just overall welcoming to a new face.

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

I would have to say I’ve had many first in the past two months but something I’m overall happy with is that I continue to impress myself each week. Whether it is a new PR, improving on my snatch form, or just not dying during a WOD that is tough.

How does CrossFit affect your nursing career?

Crossfit provides me with the strength, energy, and mental stability to care for my patients for three 12 hour shifts in a row. Bedside nursing can become very overwhelming mentally and physically, and it is vital that I can function at my best ability to help educate and care effectively for my patients each day. I also feel that it is very important to set a good example for them. You see a lot of health care workers that do not take the time to care of themselves like they care for others. Without the great community of Crossfit, I don’t think I could prevent myself from coming home to eat three dozen donuts and cry before bed after three consecutive 12hr shifts!

What is your favorite Apogee memory?

I would have to say so far my favorite Apogee memory is, watching my daughter enjoy the box and community of people like I do.

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Chris Woods | Member of the Month July 2018

What brought you to CrossFit Apogee? 

I became friends with Don Moss when he was planning on opening Apogee. Don was always such a great person and I knew he would do a great job opening and running a gym so wanted to be apart of his plans for Apogee.

What was your first impression? 

It was fun seeing it built from ground zero, when the free workouts were outside. To see it transform into the gym was cool to see.

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

More of a bright spot for the gym was the 2014 open, it was the first open for the gym and for many at the gym.  It really helped bring the gym community together as a new gym.

How does CrossFit affect your nursing career?

Crossfit plays a big role in my nursing career.  I feel nurses should promote health and wellness and preventative health care and not just take care of the sick.  I do not feel that I can effectively take care of a patient, or educated a patient on what they should be doing unless I am taking the steps to take care of my health first and foremost. I see a lot of nurses that do not take the time to care for their bodies, and given the information they possess, I feel it does a disservice to the profession.  Patients see me and know that I take care of myself, and Crossfit has been vital for me.

What is your favorite Apogee memory?

Favorite apogee memory was when we put up the rig and all the equipment was delivered to the gym.  It was cool to see the space before it was set up and to have a hand in it was special.

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Summer program like you have never seen!

summer program like you have never seen!

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The boX-Files

The Legend of Don Moss and The Apogee Tribe

Before the sun rises each weekday morning, at the corner of the Kings Lake Center, a wall of windows reveals the early risers who are starting their day off with fitness. Less than five years ago, this corner slept in darkness until the later hours of the morning. What caused the change? Don Moss, a man with a vision, and that vision not only brightened the corner of Big Bend Road and Kings Lake Drive, but also brightened the lives of those who chose to walk through those doors and join the tribe- The Apogee Tribe.

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Don Moss was first introduced to CrossFit in 2010, while he was serving in Iraq. Of all the WODs that Don could have stumbled into, his first WOD is one of the most grueling WODs known to CrossFitters- Fight Gone Bad. After the three rounds were up, and Don recovered from his WODirium, the makings of a vision starting to form within Don’s mind. Don wanted to show people how to become stronger, faster, healthier, and happier. Don’s vision was to provide a place where people could discover the warrior within each of them.

Once back in the states, Don earned his CF-L1 Trainer status. Soon after, Don started to help people positively recreate their lives by coaching free Saturday classes at the Panther Trace athletic field. These classes quickly grew in attendance, so Don decided that he needed to offer more CrossFit classes at another location. Don transformed the garage of his own house into a fully affiliated CrossFit box which grew with rapid success. Don then faced the realization that he needed a larger to facility to meet the needs of his members and provide the opportunity for more growth. The search for the right space led to Kings Lake Center, and that’s where Cross Fit Apogee’s roots took ground in December of 2013.

Now, close to four and a half years later, CrossFit Apogee continues to thrive at the corner of King’s Lake Drive and Big Bend Road. Since the first class was held, the Apogee Tribe has become a community of warriors. These warriors have conquered seen and unseen obstacles, all because of the tribe’s first leader who cleared the path before them. CrossFit Apogee members have wonderful stories to share of what they have overcome all thanks to the people they have met at the box. CrossFit Apogee is a place where accountability partners were formed, new friendships were made, and families developed new bonds. All of these advantageous rewards are the result of the vision of Don Moss.

Soon Don and his family will be starting a new journey away from the land where the Sandhill Cranes reign and the palm trees sway, but wherever CrossFit Apogee is represented, Don’s vision will shine. Whether at a road race, a CrossFit competition, or even a handstand walk at the beach…the Apogee Tribe is a reflection of the man who started it all.

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Thank you Don. Thank you for all your pre-WOD jokes and morning class shenanigans. Thank you for your festive spirit and variety of costumes fit for every Apogee occasion. Thank you for the Donnick videos. Thank you for your coaching and encouragement. Thank you for sharing your vision with us. Thank you for your friendship. We will always be your Apogee Tribe.

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