Yeah, so this is a bit of a cheater, but, being the first one of many, I thought I'd get a little practice in! So, for the first official visit of my CrossFit Community Month, I headed out to meet, ME!
CrossFit Courage became a physical location only a couple months back and is located out of 1st String Athletics in Burlingame, CA. But the business has been growing like wild-fire over the past three years. I started things off as Josh Courage Training in early 2008 and things blew up so fast. I had a few 9 to 5ers, but the base of my membership came from the High School athletes, mostly baseball players. With my background as a pro baseball player, I just seemed to have a connection with these guys. And when I hooked up with Headfirst Sports (a major player in the baseball world in the greater DC area) I got my first couple guys in. Once those guys were in for a few weeks, they spread the word and a few more came in. This just kept on happening and soon enough, by mid-2009 I had a base of a bit over 30 regular clients, and had a good deal over 150 strong utilize my services in some way. Ichaged the name to Courage Performance and was featured on TV a handful of times, showcasing my somewhat unconventional (not so unconventional to all you CrossFitters out there) methods. And by the end of the year, I had built myself a pretty decent following both in the gym and on my blog. The good year was rewarded with the winning of Best Personal Trainer in DC, and things took off even faster.
To the frustration of the community that I worked so hard on building, I made the life choice to up and move out of DC. And my girl and I packed our gear for the West Coast. Now here, I have been getting after it to get as involved as possible in the CrossFit community and work towards my ultimate goal of promoting fitness - practicing an adventurous and active lifestyle and sharing it with everyone.
As of now, my spot in Burlingame is at it's most introductory stages. I have a whole lot of stuff going on as we speak, mostly with this Community Month, but also a few other things, so I am wonderfully overwhelmed with all things fitness and CrossFit. I love the space I have, the people I have met in that space, but I am looking forward so much to checking out all these other affiliates and seeing how they put things together. It's going to be such a fun adventure!
So, for the workout, the damn head coach, Josh Courage decided to pick "Murph"... A lot of CrossFit spots chose this workout for New Years and I though it would be a great one to throw in there before the craziness begins. I warmed up a ton, because of the cold, then just went into it; slowly. I struggled from the last 400 of the run on and I finished in an exhausted 33:59. I KNOW this is a sub-30 minute one for me, I need to focus a bit more on getting better sleep and better fuel (I need to eat MORE!). It was fun all the same, as working out generally is. Now, I am resting up and getting things all worked out for the next 28 days.
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