Author: Michael Grant

We are Ragnarians!

So this weekend was probably the most fun I have ever had running just shy of 16 Miles in rain, mud, rocks, grass and very swampy areas. But I could never have done it on my own or with another crew.

Our Apogee crew 24 runners strong and 5 support crew were there all the way. We picked up 2 runners from out of the Apogee Tribe that fitted right in with no problem what so ever. Some, you could say adapted ‘too fast’ – but it was amazing.

Some experience gained was that, we don’t need to be there the day before, and bring rain gear just in case!

Surprise performance was Livia and Janine running one of their legs at a blazing pace 20 min faster than we estimated!!!

Jason and Syed our only Non-CrossFitters did amazing! Jason ran with Jessica and they kept an amazing pace every time, Syed . . . Well not only did he run one of the fastest legs out of all three of our teams, but he also picked up an extra Red Loop at the end (And then proceeded to play ball with some random guy as they finished) Thanks guys!!

Team update – So we had 3 teams: Apogee 1 (Turbo) 2 (Isabel) 3 (Grace)
Turbo took an amazing overall 69th place last we heard, out of 244 teams.
Isabel & Grace did great! We pushed all the way to the end and we made it under the cut-off which, once you have done Ragnar, you know that is an accomplishment in itself.

Lastly, but probably the most important shout out here is our volunteers!

Mindey, Jay Kwellin (Jacklyn), Donald and Jeremy – You guys ‘saved’ and ‘cooked’ our Bacon all weekend long, THANK YOU!

These folks made sure we were on time for our loops. Hunted us down (Literally), tracked our times, cooked for 30 people, drove food in from home at 1:30 am, made us coffee, let us shower in hot water, did our volunteer shifts at Ragnar . . . the list goes on and on. But the point is that these folks did the stuff that no one really sees or even thinks of, and these are the things that will make or break a team.


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November what a month to remember!

November was an action-packed month.  We had the start of another New You Challenge. We also had the Veterans Day Hero WOD and Clearwater Beach Brawl, Battle At The Beach Competitions. We also had our very own Coach Heather crush a Tri-Athlon. LulaRoe came in November and will be here again in December.  And lastly, we had a stand at Mira Bay Market which was a great success.

If you ever see an event you want to try out put it on the board under the TV screens and I am sure you will find a partner or 5 that will join you. One of the reasons we all do CrossFit is so that we can always try new sports, so go out there and do it try every sport there is.

Here are some pictures of this great month.

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Kathy E. | Member of the Month December 2017

What brought you to CrossFit Apogee?
I was on Facebook and I saw a New You Challenge, it came at just at the right time as I was looking for something I was overweight, feeling awful and in a lot of pain. So I decided to give it a shot. I loved working out with a coach in every class and with a bunch of people it creates a little competition.

What was your first impression?
The coaches were all great, it was so much fun I met so many awesome people and made many new friends. The coaches were all very much involved in your personal success.

What was your first Bright Spot (or something you were happy you finally did)?
I eat more healthy meals (most of the time) and the weight was gradually replaced with muscles.

What changes have you noticed in yourself since you joined the Apogee Family?
(I have muscles!) and most importantly I feel great I have so much more energy and I sleep so much better.

What is your favorite Apogee memory?
My favorite Apogee memory was the 2017 Open team dress up before the workout it was so much fun. I love my Apogee family.

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Debbie Parker | Member of the Month November 2017

What brought you to Apogee? My daughter Julianne has been involved with CrossFit for years and she loves it. She was home visiting and noticed that CrossFit Apogee had opened so she went to try it out. She raved about how nice and helpful everyone was and that I should try it out. I had my doubts. I thought CrossFit was just for super athletes, way younger than me, but I decided to give it a try. I thought it was something Julianne and I could do together when she came home to visit.

What was your first impression? I wasn’t sure that it was for me. I had not worked out on a regular basis for years.  I was terrible at everything because I was so out of shape but I figured I’d just start out slow and work my way up. The staff and other members were so supportive and that gave me incentive to continue.

What was your first bright spot? My first double-under!

What changes have you noticed in yourself? I’m definitely stronger.  Two years ago I could barely complete a workout using two-pound weights (in a different fitness program).  Last week I dead-lifted 85 pounds! It’s far beyond what I thought I could ever accomplish and I’m really proud of that.

What was your favorite Apogee memory? I don’t think I have one favorite memory but rather a collection of memories. Memories of working out with great people and making lots of new friends over the last 18 months

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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

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