Our story begins one fateful night:
After careful consideration, it was decided that the Cavs would move to a brand new home, a home in a place called K Town.
After some time renovating and installing, the box was finally ready! A place for cross-fitters and fitness enthusiasts to train, to share their passion and to inspire others. January 9th was a milestone for the Cavs. It marked the grand opening of our brand new box! There were yellow and blue balloons, delicious snacks and best of all, an ass-kicking workout! Everyone was super psyched about the new location and even though it was on the other side of the island, that didn't stop those who have a love for our coaches.
Day and night, passers-by would peek through our tinted windows, curious as to what went on inside. They would have seen people hanging from crossbars, lifting gigantic weights and blasting loud music. People looking like they were having the worst time of their lives -profusely sweating, hearts pounding and grunting loudly. And yet if they just stayed until the class finished, they would have seen these same people high five-ing and fist-pounding each other for a job well done, along with big smiles on their faces. (Well not always smiles but you know...inner-satisfaction)
Soon after, it was time to sign up for The CrossFit Games 2016 Open. With the strong encouragement from the coaches, and lets face it, along with a whole lot of yelling, everyone gave their best in all the Open WODs. Who could forget those overhead walking lunges? Or all the hard work getting those bar muscle ups efficiently? And my, oh my, those thrusters & burpees! Every week was a challenge. But everyone stayed strong and posted some impressive numbers, demonstrating to others that here at Cavs we are a force to be reckoned with!
Among all the participants in the Open, one individual stood out and it was obvious from the beginning who it was going to be *wink wink*. Our Head Coach, Cameron Currie, came in 1st in Hong Kong and 2nd in Asia! Cam smashed through those Open WODs and earned his place to participate in the CrossFit Games Pacific Regional 2016. A few months later, Cam was off to Australia, competing with the rest of the elite qualifiers and showed those guys down-under what we are made of in K-town.
If there was a CrossFit box that knew how to party, it was the Cavs for sure! Throughout the whole year, Cavs coaches have held various "parties". And by party I mean competition of course! What's CrossFit without a bit of friendly competition? You'll be surprised as to how much you can find out about yourself with just a barbell and a beeping timer. The In-House competitions were a huge success! Not only did participants go home feeling satisfied but the bond within the community grew stronger than ever.
Another event that would surely be remembered by many were the Beach WODs! Turning up bright and early on the beach with eager anticipation for the fun games and at times challenging WODs planned by the coaches. Everyone went home having had a great time with a tan to prove it!
Well to be fair, Cavs knew how to really party too! Who could forget our summer party celebrating the end of the summer slim challenge (it was really just an excuse to order in some catered food)? How about the Cavs Junk?
According to my source (Cam), who doesn't really remember much from the Junk party aside from a few drunken slaps across the face and people toasting "to America" while guzzling booze, it was a well catered party and loads of fun. From the photos you would never think that at one point Cam got so wasted and jumped off the top of the boat whilst wearing a life jacket due to the fear of possible drowning.
Our recent Christmas party was just as merry! Held at the Cavs first home in Happy Valley, which had been converted into a cozy restaurant; the evening was an absolute delight until the waitress got both annoyed and frankly a little angry when we hi-jacked their stereo system and started blasting "Happy Christmas songs." And soon people were getting up and dancing on the chairs -thankfully there were no damages. At the end of the evening, the Secret Santa game turned a bit risque when Cam and Fleur unboxed their gifts that were more likely from naughty Santa than nice (I think one of these gifts was actually stolen from others*wink*).
All in all, when we party at Cavs we aren't afraid of "maxing out" the fun like we do in WODs.
For many, Cavs is a place of transformation. The participants of our summer and fall challenges will confirm this to be true! Whether you were in the winner circle in either of these challenges or doing your best, the coaches and the community support throughout the duration have certainly helped many take their first steps into a healthier lifestyle. Just check out some of these incredible achievements of the guys in the 8 weeks Summer Slim-down Challenge 2016!
Looking back at 2016, it was an incredible year for the Cavs. Starting off the year in a new location, we couldnt have been able to take off with such a good start without the support of all who followed the move. Additionally, in the past year we have received generous support from our sponsors such as FitAid, The Nutter Company, Bad Food Gone Good, Joint Dynamics among others who have backed our coaches and members in their journey to greatness. We'd like to think that we have achieved a lot as a box in the past year, while many things are still works in progress such as simply getting the word out and converting more people to CrossFit and train with us at Cavs or just coming up with a better way to store med-balls neatly (yes, I am still looking for a good rack, Claire), It has been a busy and fruitful year for us. When we see someone first come to us as a beginner to train, and eventually enable CrossFit to transform their life or seeing growth in those who have been training with us for a while, it gives us tremendous joy as coaches.
Finally, this might be a little corny but I'd like to ask you now to think back to the year, and tell us what you think has been your biggest achievement with Cavs! Whether it be a Personal Record in a WOD or lift, or the way you look after shedding some unwanted weight or even just feeling like a better version of yourself through Fitness & CrossFit.
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