Monday, May 13
CrossFit Redline, Florida
I’m 35 years old married and father of two beautiful kids. I work full-time with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as a Community Service Deputy. I use to be a Corrections Officer with the Sheriff’s Office, but that ran its course for me. Before that I was in the Navy for 9 ½ years. I’m also attending school so as you can see I have a very full schedule. I’m a huge college football fan and a diehard Miami Hurricanes fan. (No comments appreciated…LOL!!!). Love watching wrestling and a huge fan of The Rock “if you smell what I’m cooking”. I’m also a big fan of movies and love going to the theatre.
I’ve been crossfitting for 3 years now and had some ups and downs with training as most probably experienced. I enjoy the process of training and seeing the results of hard work. I’m also a coach at CrossFit Redline and have been for about 2 years now and I absolutely love it. I always look forward to meeting new people in the community and getting feedback about different topics as it relates to training. It’s a great community and I love being a part of it.
I met Coach K through Facebook and we’ve chatted from time to time what she does as a coach and her philosophies towards training. It took me few months to build up the courage to go outside my comfort zone with a coach and program design, but I finally decided pull the trigger and do it. SO HERE WE GO, I CHECKED MYSELF INTO THE SMACKDOWN HOTEL!!!
Tuesday, April 23
CrossFit: Bringing the Strong Man Back to a Soft Society
by: Katie Chasey
I just heard that Justin Bieber was “bringing sexy back,” my heart didn’t throb. It sank. What in the world is sexy about looking at a feminine, pale, soft body on the cover of “Men’s Health” magazine? What happened to the sun-burned, strong, hard-working man with calloused hands and muscles?
In my day (young as I may be!) men were strong, outspoken, the heads of their families and churches, and the fighters and founders of this country. I understand that everyone has their own preferences for body types and such, but I am from a society where men were men. In other words, they were strong and their bodies represented their strength. And that was a good thing! So, if that is still true today, then men are indeed getting weaker. Well, at least it would appear so from looking at the magazine stands at any check-out aisle of any grocery store.
Golden Olden Days
Growing up (for me at least), there wasn’t much “soft” about men – in any way - physically or in their roles in society. I myself am the daughter of a strong, hard-working Christian man who was at the same time, a loving husband and father. There isn’t a stronger cancer fighter out there. He was also an incredible athlete who also looked the part. If one were to ask me what my biggest peeve was as I was growing up in an ever-changing society (where I encountered a great change in men over the years), it would simply be “weak men.” Why? Because I compared all other men to my own dad and a few other very strong and loving men I grew up admiring. There was just a natural and stark comparison by which I made this comparison. I wasn’t looking for it but I was discouraged by it.
What “strong” does not mean
“Strong” does not mean that men are expected to be cold, heartless dominators and of course (!) this is not giving men the right to exert power or force physically over any female for any reason. In fact, I thank CrossFit, the military, and sport in general for providing a great outlet for the natural inclination of men to be aggressive. No, I am referring rather to masculine ambition (a real and natural testosterone benefit), a strong work ethic (in sport, family, and/or in business), a natural competitive drive (in sport, to succeed, to provide, etc.,), the determination to lead (their families, churches, and society), to motivate (other men and youth, their families, friends, and athletes to name a few) and to encourage and to lead as strong leaders in society.
What “strong” does mean
Men had more frequently died for their faith, their beliefs, and for their rights. They have won battles and wars throughout history (as they do still) on behalf of their countries and faith. It is a good thing to be a man. However, today it seems that there is a strange new fear that comes along with the word and “strength” is something to fear. This fear is creating a weaker society. Let’s redefine it.
Is there a CrossFit gym in your area?
It is enough to watch the news and wonder what has happened to the society of strength, masculinity, and fearless opinionated men who stand strong for their beliefs, standing up for and beside their wives and families. In a world where “soft and sweet” (although not bad characteristics) are becoming the new definitions of a “sexy man”, I find so much relief in the community of CrossFit. There is hope to be found in a community built upon “strong is the new sexy.” Yes ladies, of course this refers to us (!) but men – this one is for you too.
Since we are talking about CrossFit, let me use an appropriate example: Rich Froning, two-time winner of the CrossFit Games (also known as the Fittest Man on Earth). Rich has become a great role model for men across the world and is (through his fitness, strength, physique, and great character) helping to create a world of stronger, healthier, more competitive men.
Well, as I said, Everyone has their own preferences but I would like to personally thank the men out there who train hard both in preaching and in teaching, both in the gym and in their homes day in and day out. Thank you CrossFit for providing a “training ground” that is truly one of a kind in which men can become physically and mentally tougher every single day. Thank you CrossFit boxes and their coaches across the country for producing and sending out strong male athletes as role models for the next generation of men to follow and thank you CrossFit community for supporting and them as they go.
Tuesday, April 2
William Becvar to the RXBound Training Team!
"I am a husband to Anastasia, father to my son Gabriel (3) and daughter Grace (9 months). I am a Worship Leader, Personal Trainer and Business Owner and I desire to live my life “As Prescribed” in order to be great role model for my wife and kids. I would like to be able to do the workouts at RX, therefore “I Am RX Bound”