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4
Apr

April 2021 Newsletter

Hi Everyone, 

Please take some time to read our news for the month! 

CrossFit Open 2021 Team Champs:

And just like that, our 2021 Open is done. It was a super fun 3 weeks of friendly competition between all 6 teams. Congrats to everyone for showing up, giving it their all, and having fun. We also wanted to thank everyone for their donations which will be charged over Wodify this week. We were able to raise $420 for our charity The rest of the money ($210), will be given to our 1st place team. We can’t wait to see what March 2022 has in store for us. 

  • 1st Place: Team Zach 1,975 points
  • 2nd Place: Team Dryden 1,825 points 
  • 3rd Place: Team Jen 1,630 points 
  • 4th Place: Team Krys 1,425 points 
  • 5th Place: Team Sarah 1,405 points 
  • 6th Place: Team Ben 1,160 points 

Also, be sure to check out our April Blog post. Open 2021 Review: A Celebration of Fitness 

New Strength Cycle Starts April 19th:

Back by popular demand, we will be running another strength cycle. This 5 week Spring cycle will be another version of the Wyndler Cycle. Mondays for Back Squat, Wednesdays for Deadlift, and Fridays for Strict Press. This means the week before, April 12th, we will be re-testing all 3 of these main lifts to find an accurate 1 rep max. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this cycle, don’t worry and just show up. All the coaches will explain it before each class. We will, of course, continue doing all the workouts of the day during the strength cycle as well.

April Athlete of the Month and New Blogpost:

Our April 2021 Athlete of the Month goes to, Azteca! Azteca is a regular at our 6am class and has been a member with us for about 1 year now. While he’s not in the gym, Azteca is a full-time painter. He enjoys playing soccer and mountain biking in his free time. Azteca favorite movement is the deadlift (pulling 450lbs) and he says muscle-ups are the most frustrating (we all can relate to that). Keep up the great work Azteca. You are an amazing athlete and just an overall good person:) 

Fundraiser Workout: Saturday, April 3rd 9am-10:15am 

Please see our video HERE for all the information.

Words can’t describe the level of sadness last week has brought to our community. Our thoughts go out to all the family members of the victims of last week’s shootings. We will be doing a free community workout in honor of all the victims and we only ask that you donate (any amount you can).100% of the money raised will go directly towards the Colorado Healing Fund. Boulder CrossFit will match all donations up to $500 as well. If you plan on bringing someone please just one of us coaches know so we can plan accordingly. All donations will be collected through Wodify the morning of. Everyone is welcome to join us for this workout (you don’t have to be a current BCF member). 

New Members and Happy Birthday April Members: 

Happy birthday to our April members:Krys, Kaytee, Kelsey, Gaurav, Chrissy, and Vinay.

Please also welcome several new and returning members to the gym. Welcome in Erik, Kelsey, Hanna, Lacey, John, Mark, Arlene, Erik Banta, Bryce, and Justin. Next time you see them in class be sure to introduce yourself. 

Thanks, everyone for your continued support in Boulder CrossFit! 

4
Apr

Dogs at Boulder CrossFit

For the past few years, we have allowed dogs inside our gym and have been pretty lax on the rules. It’s finally time we are all on the same page about what our official policy is here at BCF regarding dogs.

1: Is Boulder CrossFit dog friendly?

Yes, absolutely, we love dogs! I have a 2-year-old husky who loves being in the gym while I workout. Dozens of our members own dogs as well as all of our coaches. HOWEVER, that being said please read the below Q&A’s.

2: Are dogs allowed inside the facility and if so, when?

From here on out, dogs will NOT be permitted inside the gym before or during any portion of a class, open gym, or 24/7 hour access. The only time they are allowed inside is after the conclusion of a class when all the equipment is put away and it is safe to do so. They are not allowed to be inside during any open gym hours and/or 24/7 access.

3: Where can I put my dog if I bring him/her to the gym?

We get it. You don’t want to leave your pup at home/inside when you hit the gym. If you bring your dog, please leash him/her up fully OUTSIDE of the gym before class starts. You can use a KB or DB to attach their leash to.

4: What should I do if my dog is barking while I’m in class?

Please put your dog inside your car or bring a toy/treat/bone for him/her to enjoy outside if barking is an issue. Our coaches will give you a friendly reminder if the barking continues. Please don’t take this one personally. We are trying to deliver a distraction-free environment while at BCF.

5: What if I’m the only one inside the gym during Open Gym Hours and/or 24/7 access key? Can I bring my dog in then?

Unfortunately, we can’t make exceptions for anyone. The above rules apply to you as well. This also goes for all the coaches and me, the owner. Please continue to read the reasoning behind this.

6: Why is BCF suddenly enforcing this now?

We have 3 main reasons why these rules will be strictly enforced moving forward. Number one, liability/safety. While your dog may be the most well-behaved, accidents can and do happen on/off-leash. If your dog gets loose and a barbell hits him/her or a member hurts themselves avoiding the dog, then that’s on us as a gym. Number two, cleanliness/sanitation. While your dog may be the most well-groomed and never shed hair, keeping a gym clean (especially during COVID) is hard. The accumulation of dozens of dogs visiting our gym during the week leaves the floor dirty with hair, footprints, slobber, and dirt. So much that our floor cleaner is starting to get backed up on a weekly basis. Number three, distraction to our members and coaches. Again, your dog may never bark or misbehave but we can’t make exceptions to only a few. Barking before or during a class is very distracting and our priority is to provide quality, uninterrupted coaching.

If your dog is outside, on-leash, AND calm, they are absolutely welcome to join you at BCF. Please be respectful of these rules and don’t force our coaches to be in an awkward position. We know this is a big change for some; please reach out to Zach directly if you want to talk about it more. Thank you all very much and if anyone wants to set up a play-date with my husky, be sure to reach out.

-Zach T.

31
Mar

CrossFit Open 2021 Review: A Celebration of Fitness

Brains face after crushing 21.3!

Phew. We did it! We’re all done with the 2021 CrossFit Open. Whether it was your first time competing or your tenth, I’m sure we all found something to celebrate. Our in-house competition was super fun. We ended up having a total of 42 members participate each donating $15. That means we were able to raise $420 for https://stevesclub.org/ non-profit. The other $210 went to the winning team.

1st Place: Team Zach 1,975 points

2nd Place: Team Dryden 1,825 points 

3rd Place: Team Jen 1,630 points 

4th Place: Team Krys 1,425 points 

5th Place: Team Sarah 1,405 points 

6th Place: Team Ben 1,160 points 

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who donated, participated and gave it their all each week. The Open has always been a time to celebrate our own fitness journey while cheering on our fellow gym-mates. This year was especially great due to the Pandemic life we’ve all been living this past year. You all made it a special competition and I cant’ wait to see what March 2022 will bring us all.

-Zach T.

28
Feb

Pandemic Life- One Year In!

-First Zoom chat March 2020-

As I sit here and write this, its been almost 1 year to the day since our lives, what seemed like overnight, were drastically changed. I’ll never forget that Monday in March 2020, where I stayed up all night thinking and organizing a gameplan for Boulder CrossFit on how we would get through these closures. I honestly did not know if our gym would make it through next month, let alone a full year. But here we are, one year later. Not only surviving as a local business but THRIVING!

This blogpost is mainly about reflecting on this past year, being grateful for each and every one of our past and current members and getting excited about where BCF is going in the future.

2020 was a year of growth for Boulder CrossFit. While tons of gyms were struggling to keep their members happy, healthy, and engaged we pivoted to Zoom classes while adding free equipment rentals. The pandemic forced me as a business owner to adapt. I had no other choice or else BCF would not survive. My coaches were vital in this as well. While we said goodbye to 2 of our old BCF coaches, we welcomed 2 new ones to the staff last year. And of course, we can’t forget about who makes BCF so special…YOU ALL!

When we were forced to shut our doors for over 60 days, the immediate outpouring of support got me as a business owner through it all. The texts, emails, and calls all voicing your support by keeping their memberships active, meant the world to us as a gym. I also had members donate money to help us out with the ongoing bills as a business. Words will never be enough to describe how thankful I am for that.

The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster but it has made us all better because of it. The next 12 months will bring more exciting PR’s, fun social events (fingers crossed), and a renewed sense of community and FUN.

If we can thrive during this past year, we can only imagine where we will be in March 2022!

31
Jan

February 2021 Newsletter

Hi Everyone, 

Please take a few minutes to read our exciting news for this month. We’ve got a really fun event planned in March. Keep reading for all the details. 

CrossFit Open is COMING March 11th: In House Competiton 

What is the CrossFit Open? Click here for all the info. Every Friday in the month of February and the first week of March, we will be re-testing past CrossFit Open WODS. We will also re-introduce skill work every Thursday for this month. This will be an extra fun year as we will be running a special in house competition with prize money. This is how it works:

Sign up for the Open in the gym on the whiteboard by Friday, March 5th  (cost is $15 per person. $10 of that cost will go towards this non-profit organization whose goal is to bring fitness to at-risk youth. The other $5 will be put into the prize pool. Each member will then be assigned a team and a coach. We will have 6 total teams as each coach will be the team captain. Skill and experience levels will be dispersed evenly across the teams. This is how you win the grand prize (to be dispersed evenly across all teammates). Points will be awarded to each individual of each team each week. The team with the MOST accumulated points will win the grand prize money!

  • 1 point/person/week for just showing up and finishing the workout 
  • 2 points/person/week for any PRs (Personal records) Think double under, muscle-ups, handstand pushups, etc. 
  • 3 points for each top finisher in the RX and scaled divisions/each week. Unfortunately, no points will be given if you’re doing the at-home or any other version of the workout. 

Your coach/team captain will be responsible for recording all of these each week but it is your responsibility to communicate that with them. 

The workouts themselves will be programmed for the gym every Friday. This means if you show up to class (whether or not you’re officially registered or not) you will be doing the workouts. So why not put a little money towards a great organization and take part in this fun and inclusive competition? Need more reasons to register? Check out our new blogpost below. 

February 2021 BlogPost: 

CrossFit Open 2021 Are You In? Check out our newest blogpost with why we should ALL register for the Open this month. 

Coach Workouts: Mondays 8:30-9:45am and Fridays 10:30-11:45am 

We’ve had a few people ask about when coaches get together and workout each week. We normally do so on Mondays and Fridays and we’ve decided to open this up to members as well! Please note that these are NOT coach lead classes but just a time to workout alongside us. Reservations will still be required. The workouts themselves are unusually what’s programmed for class, but with some extra work attached 💪 All are welcome (and any workout can be scaled) so we hope to see some of your faces there! 

February 2021 Athlete of the Month: 

Congrats, Sanjana! She’s been a member with us for ~6 months now and is a 6 AM regular. She joined BCF with the intention of getting her mental and physical health back during the pandemic. Her favorite movement are cleans but she hates burpees. Outside of the gym, she’s a network engineer for an R&D telecom organization. While she’s not working out, Sanjhana loves photography and spending time outside. 

Winner of the January 2021 Gym Wide Challenge:

Congrats, Shannon B. It was a close race between her, Randy, and Michael K. Shannon went to 27 combined open gym hours and classes this past month. She also rowed 1,191 total calories! Both Randy and Michael came in 2nd with a total of 24 combined classes and open gym hours. Our next gym-wide challenge will be later this Spring so be on the lookout for more info. 

Welcome New Members and Happy Birthday February Members:

We would like to welcome the following new members to the gym this month. Next time you see them in your class, be sure to introduce yourselves: 

Welcome James, Monique, Shannon B, George, Ashleigh, Shannon W, Clara, Brian, Aneta, and Jon. Happy Birthday to Katy, Carrie, Kelley, Johnny, Michael T, James, Kirill, Sanjhana, and Paloma. 

That’s it for this month. Thanks, everyone! 

-Zach T. 

31
Jan

CrossFit Open 2021: Are You In?

It’s that time of year again. That’s right. It’s CrossFit Open Season! For experienced Crossfitters, you all know what we mean here. However, for the majority of people, you may be asking yourself, what is the CrossFit Open, and more importantly, why should we ALL participate in it?

During non-COVID years, the CrossFit Open is a global competition spanning across 5 weeks with a total of 5 workouts. This year it’s modified to be 3 weeks and 3 workouts. It’s a time to see how all your hard work stacks up against your fellow gym-mates and people from other CrossFit affiliates. Each week we are given a workout to do both RX and Scaled from CrossFit HQ in which ALL CrossFit affiliates will do no matter where they are in the world. That’s what the CrossFit open is but for most of us the better question is, why should I participate?

“I don’t care about my scores. I don’t want to pay $20 to CrossFit HQ. I’m just doing this stuff for fun and really don’t pay attention to the competitive part of it all”. The list goes on and on. There are always excuses and ways of telling yourself to NOT do something but let’s focus on the WHY? Whether you joined Boulder CrossFit last week or have been a member for years, there is some part of this for you all! The Open is about celebrating your individual fitness journey. There’s nothing like friendly competition to bring out our best selves. It may be celebrating your first muscle-up or even unassisted pullup. It may be surprising yourself with a new PR (personal record) on a lift you’ve been working on the past year. Or it may be just honoring the fact of showing up and giving it your all. The Open is for everyone.

This year, your $20 donation fee will go towards Boulder CrossFit’s very own in house competition, and half of that fee will be given to https://stevesclub.org/. A non-profit that brings fitness to underrepresented youth cross the nation. This means your money will be going directly towards a good cause (not given to CrossFit HQ). The other half off your donation will go towards the prize pot of whichever team wins in the gym. See email for more info.

Thats it. Lets have some fun, don’t worry so much about the logistics of the workouts and just give it our all for 3 workouts. You can register for the Open by signing up in the gym. See you all soon!

1
Jan

January 2021 Newsletter

Hi Members, 

A New Year is finally upon us and we’re excited to approach 2021 with the same perseverance and optimism as we did with 2020! We know everyone has their own fresh resolutions (as do we as a gym) and we hope working out is at the top of your list. We couldn’t be more excited for all the fun, challenging, and exciting plans we have for Boulder CrossFit this year. Please take some time to read our news this month. 

January Gym Wide Challenge: 

This month we will be running a special challenge for all members. The winner will get $25 off their next month’s membership so this one counts a bit more! Here are the rules. 

The winner will be determined by the following criteria. Most classes attended in the month of January. This also INCLUDES any open gym hours. Members are able to come into Open Gym and 1 class in the same day as well. You must sign into Wodify AND mark your attendance down on the Whiteboard on your end.  If there is a tie between members in terms of the number of classes attended the winner will be decided by the max calories on the rower! For example, if Dryden and Jen both come to a total of 20 classes in the month of January, the winner will be whoever rows the most accumulated calories during the month. Calories count during WODs and before/after or during open gym hours. Be sure to mark down on the whiteboard your total calories rowed.  

*if your membership isn’t currently set to unlimited, it is now. For this month only we will upgrade everyone’s membership to unlimited at no extra cost. You’re welcome:) 

January Athlete of the Month goes to…Gloria! 

​​​​​​​While she’s only been a member with us for 1 month, Gloria has literally not missed a class. She joined Boulder CrossFit with the intention of being a role model for her 14-year-old daughter, Linda, who also joined the gym with her. Both Gloria and Linda find that Boulder CrossFit does wonders not only for physical health but mental health as well. Gloria was super nervous her first day with us as she couldn’t do a box jump and now 1 month in she’s doing them for reps in the workouts. Originally from Honduras, Gloria has been in Boulder for the past 16 years and enjoys hiking and being outside. Congrats, Gloria! We’re excited to see your progress with us in 2021. 

Boulder CrossFit: New Swag

We are getting ready to put in a new order of hoodies. These non-zip hoodies are super comfy and a bit more warm/thick than the ones we ordered last winter. Cost is $35/hoodie and they are unisex. If you would like one please put your name, color and size down on the whiteboard no later than Friday January 15th so we can know how many to order. We have black, purple, forrest green, grey and light green.

Please Leave Us A Review: 

Review Boulder Crossfit on Google and get a free can of FITAID! Great reviews are vital for us as a small local business to stay open. It would mean so much to us if you could take 1-2 minutes to leave a review. It’s much appreciated! 

January 2021 Blog post:

Each month, we’re going to try to send out at least 1 blogpost about fitness, nutrition, goals etc. Just a short read 3-5 min read. Check out our first one this month titled New Years Resolutions 2021: Yea or Nay?

Happy Birthday January Members:

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to Shaun, Brett, Chris B, and Gloria. Don’t forget to come on into a Saturday workout and plan with the coach on what you want to do for that class. 

That’s it for this month. Thanks everyone! 

PS: Classes will be filling up fast the next few months as this time of year is always busy so please be sure to register ASAP for your preferred class times. Don’t forget there is plenty of room in our 6am and 6:15pm classes as well as open gym hours. 

Zach T. 

1
Jan

New Years Resolutions 2021: Yea or Nay?

We’re here! January 2021. A symbolic day/month for people to proclaim their New Years Resolutions. A fresh start. A new outlook. And the start of a better version of yourself. The problem is, I haven’t made a new years resolution…ever! And heres why.

I have no problem with resolutions. The problem lies in how we frame them. More often than not, I’ve seen countless people make unrealistic resolutions only to break them by mid-February. Don’t get me wrong, goals are great. We all need and should have them to continue to grow both personally and professionally. But the story often goes something like this. “I want to become a happier, healthier version of myself. To do that I’m going to workout 7 days a week at 6am, eat no carbs, cut out all alcohol and get 8-9 hours a sleep a night”. Sounds great on paper but in practice this isn’t sustainable in the long term for most of us. Why not reframe our goals for something more attainable that fits our lifestyle? Let’s rework the story to be this. “I want to become a happier, healthier version of myself. To do that I’m going workout 4-5 times a week at a consistent time that allows me to feel well rested and recovered for the next day. I’m going to cut back my drinking and carb intake to 1x a week in moderation”. This sounds like something we can do for the long term, right?

If the goal is to ultimately become a happier, healthier version of ourselves both mentally and physically, (which it is for a lot people who come into Boulder CrossFit), why not set ourselves up for success? The worst thing we can do, is proclaim some unattainable new years resolution on January 1st just to go back to our old habits come Spring. Trust me, I want us all to hit our goals this year both inside and out of the gym. Theres nothing wrong with having huge aspirations and big goals but we need to reframe how we are going to achieve them in the long run. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Trust and enjoy the process. If we can all consistently do the small things day in and day out, our bodies and minds will thank us this time next year!