The Crossfit Craze

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On January 31st I got to experience Crossfit in a way I never imagined. Sure, one can go onto Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and various websites and probably read something about a Crossfit workout or see someone’s impressive personal records. Now whether you are tired of what seems like just a trendy craze or love it there’s one thing for sure – you have to see a competition.

Personally, I was never drawn to it and rolled my eyes at the people who seemed to endlessly banter about the “Crossfit Lifestyle”, but a gym called Crossfit Eminence in Thornton changed my mind. If the roars, cheers, and DJ in the corner aren’t enough to get your blood going there’s an unexplainable energy not only in the room but surrounding the entire building. Company t-shirts all around boasted the zip codes of where the athletes hail including team names like; Lowry Crossfit, Crossfit Golden, Crossfit Helix, Crossfit Lakewood, Crossfit Greenwood Village, etc. There were at least ten to fifteen groups there all competing and the events were wild.

Beyond the amazement of seeing a woman lift 195lbs over her head and a man lift 295lbs over his, there was support unlike any competitive event I’ve seen in awhile. Everyone genuinely wanted the others to carry out the event and to obtain their best. Being a competitive individual for the entirety of my life thus far, this was very refreshing. For those that understand lifting lingo these individuals were doing complexes which involved; power clean, front squat, squat clean, and split jerk – All without taking their hands off the bar.

Colorado is the perfect place for Crossfit and it’s changing the minds of a lot of people elsewhere. My advice? Stop groaning about it and check it out for yourself. You may find yourself in the Crossfit community.

CS

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Tom’s Thumb, AZ

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Tom’s Thumb may seem like an odd name for a hike. Is it intimidating, or is it suppose to be lighthearted and breezy? Going into this hike near Scottsdale, AZ one might think that because it’s not like the infamous Camelback hike that so many are used to/have heard of that it would be petty. Well I’m here to tell you that this is no petty hike.

Granted you can choose from a number or options, lengths, and locations that you can go to at the beginning of the trail head, if you want to go to Tom’s Thumb you may want to pack a water (if you hike on a regular basis this should be no problem).

The trail itself has plenty inclines and declines along the way and the sights near sundown are really amazing. It will get your blood going, but have no fear there were people of all ages along the trail. Although I decided to take this route instead of the Camelback way, I enjoyed it quite a lot and have since recommended it.

Moral of the story, if you are headed that way and have the time to check it out – why not. You’ll get some great views no matter what. Take care!

CS

A Quick Change of Pace

To keep things a little lighter here I’m going to keep this part short. It’s been a hard winter and I had a loss in the family. I’ve been taking some time to spend with my family and close friends to try and recover, but now I am back with exciting news.

I am very pleased to announce that I will have the pleasure of doing more official travel pieces this spring in lieu of some recent accomplishments and aspirations coming together. It’s going to be phenomenal!! I won’t be putting out an official list of locations just yet but if anyone has suggestions please let me know.

Traveling is one of the things in my life that has always given me constant inspiration, motivation, passion, and joy. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can pass the same on to you all, my readers.

I went to a few locations over winter holiday that I will share as well to catch this site up a bit and then we will move on from there (with the random beauty bits and conversation pieces as well). I think maybe it’s best that I didn’t add to all the chaos of holiday posts and New Years resolutions…

By the way, you’re all still keeping up with them right?

CS