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.
Please share your 2016 story with us on Facebook! #crossfitcavaliers #crossfit #2016done #2016PR #2016story #2016braggingrights
This is not a blog about Christmas. This is not a piece on how to and what to do. This is a shameless plug to get you to try our Christmas PT Specials. This is also a guilt trip, aimed to make you assess what you think your health is worth, and essentially what your life is worth to you.
It is the last month of the year. For most, it is an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, to look back on the year just passed, and to look forward to a new one with firmer resolutions and promises of change.
This is the time of the year, more than in any other time, when we adopt a more carefree attitude towards our diet, eating more and being less concerned with how many calories we consume. To go with the festive season, we also drink much more. And we do all these because we say we need to celebrate all that we are thankful for.
This is also the time when we become more introspective, reflecting on what the past year has brought us, and thinking of how to make things good, if not better, for the coming year. Many of us think our health is a luxury we cannot afford and so we would rather spend our time on work that always seems we need to do, or on drinking, eating and being merry. What most of us fail to realise is that in neglecting to take care of our health, we actually shorten those moments of drinking, eating and being merry in the long run. Think of it as climate change. Indulgent food are our carbon emissions that we need to find a way to offset so that we don't end up ruining the rest of the planet. Actually, maybe that logic may work the other way around, but that conversation would be best tackled in another blog.
For those of us who already think this way, our workouts are ways to prolong life so that we could enjoy those precious moments. Those moments would be empty though if we fail to bring the special people in our life to our way of thinking. If you have friends and family you care about, shouldn't you be trying to get them into thinking the same way about their own health? Shouldn't you be trying your hardest to get them to start moving, to start taking their fitness seriously so that, together, you can enjoy more moments of fun with the people you love? The time to start this conversation is now.
"Cue shameless poster"
Think about it.
All of us want to have a long happy and healthy life, and we want to spend it with the people we love. Shouldn't they be taking the same steps to stay healthy and fit the same way you are? Whether its PTs, or classes or just plain getting up and walking, we should definitely start the conversation now.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.