Julie and Theo brought their own cheering sections. The Rodeo is such a fantastic event for spouses, kids, family, and friends to see competitors in a different light and cheer them on. The 10th annual was pretty sweet. I love this event and how it brings together our community. The Rodeo is about so much more than the results, but it’s also important and fair to acknowledge those who earned podium spots, because it takes talent and athleticism and hard work to get there. On that note, here are our three podiums from yesterday:
Men: 1st place went Jesse Maddex (back from a hiatus last year due to a stomach bug), part of TJ’s Gym’s competition team. Not a huge surprise that Jesse was standing tall yesterday. 2nd/3rd was a tie, broken by newcomer, Ze Madeira’s 1st place finish in an event. Ze has also been training with our Team, so again, not a huge surprise. It’s always nice to have new blood in there! And in the always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride category, tied for 2nd in points, was Luke Maher. Consistency is key, and this guy’s been on the podium more years than we can remember. The reality is that it might be harder to podium year in and year out than it is to win once and then never compete again. Luke shows what it means to be dedicated long-term and keep upping your game to continue to make improvements and hang with the big guns, no matter who they are. And quick note about Josh Greene and Paul Hughes who rounded out the top 5 men. Josh recently started focusing his training more seriously, joining our competitor program alongside athletes like Luke above, and it shows. Meanwhile, Paul, a grizzled vet who wore a Rodeo 2011 t-shirt yesterday and likely competed in 2010 but we are all too old to remember, also crushed it yesterday, even after missing a lift and taking a zero for part of the scoring in the first workout. He fought back hard, chin up, and went on to take second place in the high-skill, heavy-weight final workout. No joke. Congrats, Paul. You’ve still got it! Congrats also to Hyden P. and Kai K., two of our older teens, for competing with the men and doing a darn good job. Both of these kids are going places, in and out of the gym! And honorable mention goes out to Gordon F. for his amazing attitude in doing men’s Rx workouts after his partner (his daughter!) got sick. He took it like a champ and made us all smile with every rep. Big congrats also go out to Tim Piastrelli for going along with the whole Rx thing even when he’d originally signed up to do Scaled. He’s got a great attitude, a level head, a super calming wife, and a generally positive outlook, and he may have surprised himself with how much he accomplished yesterday. Speaking of great attitudes and good sportsmanship, Andrew Temkin is always in for the experience and always ready to improve. Next year, he might even learn to moderate the adrenaline rush (inside joke).
Teens: 1st Place Cole Ford, the elder statesman of the bunch, has put in some work and lots of consistency in the past few months, and it shows. 2nd place: Payton P. loves TJ’s, and he is loved by us all. If you can watch that kid do anything without being inspired, check your pulse. 3rd place: Josh B. was the model of determination and perseverance, reminding us all that it’s not about who comes in first, but it’s about us all finishing and doing it together.
Partners: 1st Place: Tatum Robach and Zach Knight. Two total studs who are also very young. But they are great competitors and amazing athletes, so let’s not let the fact that we all wish we were their age prevent us from appreciating their prowess. Fun to watch, for sure! 2nd Place: Amy Blackburn and Colin Gray. Fierce duo. Colin has been around since he was a young teen, and he’s all about having a great time. It’s almost by accident that he’s as competitive an athlete as he is. Amy B. is no stranger to podiums. She’s quite possibly the strongest woman we’ve ever had at TJ’s Gyms, and that’s saying a lot. 3rd place: Caitlin Durling and Brian Urey. Brian stole Caitlin from her husband, Jake, and despite a nagging back, she was a gold mine for Brian. These two are the dark horse superstars of the day, methodically and steadily keeping pace with the others. Nice work! There were so many fabulous partner teams, so many laughs, so many great attitudes. Leppones and Alvarado, King and Queen of CM; Samantha and Chris F. two of the nicest and most positive people around; Fafa and Johnny, all about soaking in the experience; and Theo and Julie, two dynamos from MV with BIG hearts and lots of athletic talent. Next year, we predict podium for those two!
More Rodeo photos and fun facts to come via social media…
Programming note: I’m looking forward to us starting our new round of programming, working on our basic movements and moderating intensity in favor of technique. This will give us a chance to recover slightly from the last few weeks of high volume and high intensity, and it will also build our baseline endurance and stamina. You’ll be seeing a lot of work on single-sided strengths. It’s a great opportunity to be working on mobility and “issues” that we might have in some of our joints. It’s also a great time to create a relationship with a coach who can help you with specific body issue, skill development, and goal outlining.
*Class schedule additions: We now have M-F 9:30am CLASSES in Mill Valley! Tu/Th Bootcamp and M, W, F regular group classes. Have fun!
After two weeks of our Adopt-a-Family effort, our TJ’s community and family and friends have outfitted and supported more than 60 families affected by the North Bay fires. We are still going strong, so please refer families in need to this link.
*Sign up for The Strong Person Seminar. Now!
A note from Coach Arielle: The first Strongman Seminar will dive into two of the fundamental aspects of Strongman training: sandbags and sleds. These movements are perfect for anyone looking for supplemental work to a comprehensive strength program, or a new set of fun and stimulating modifications for classes, which will help avoid the impact of repetitive movements. In our two hours together, we will break down how to pick up, squat, and clean a sandbag, as well as the many variations of moving a sled. Bring plenty of water and be prepared to move! We will be playing with all of our new toys as we learn how to use them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
*Build Your Aerobic Base with Coach Mika
A note from Mika: “Cardio? You mean anything more than five reps?” It’s a common joke in the gym; but, unfortunately, there’s a lot of truth to it. CrossFit™ is an indispensable strength-and-conditioning program, which has helped transform weekend warriors into elite athletes at TJ’s Gyms. However, many of us are missing a fundamental ingredient to our training and could be performing much better in the metabolic conditioning programs of our workouts. Do you feel like METCONS aren’t getting easier for you? Do you feel like you’re dragging by the end of classes? Do you race against someone in your class but always seem to come up short? It may not be your mental toughness that’s lacking–it may be that you need to improve your Aerobic Base. LET’S CHANGE THAT! The Aerobic Conditioning Club will build an better aerobic base for you. With focused running, rowing, and other single-modality workouts, Coach Mika will bring individualized attention to each athlete, programming two workouts per week for his team of athletes to accomplish, either on their own time or in a group setting. One day will be speed work, while the other will be focused on longer endurance training: tempo runs, fartleks, long slow distance. Athletes will see dramatic changes in aerobic performance in the gym, even after one six-week cycle. Come train with Mika and get even fitter than you already are! Email email@example.com to register.
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Get your that teen or tween in your life in here as soon as possible!
*JOIN OUR TJ’s GYM COMPETITOR PROGRAM ANY TIME! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be invited to the Facebook group, get the workouts, and be included in this awesome, advanced training program!
*TEEN NUTRITION TALK COMING TO SAN RAFAEL NOVEMBER 2nd. SPREAD THE GOOD WORD! Open to non-TJ’s members, and teens/tweens are welcome. This will be GOOD!!!!!!
Looking for Kids Classes at our Mill Valley location to add to our teen schedule? Just email email@example.com to let us know your day/time preference, and let’s get your little ones going!
*TERRITORY FOOD DELIVERIES are at ALL THREE GYMS!!! Seriously, People. This is a game-changer as you get back in the madness of work and kid activities. Go to this link to get $25 your first order! Order by Thursday nights at midnight for the week ahead. It’s delicious and nutritious food, delivered right to your hands at the gyms.
*Small Group Training: Interested in a more intimate training setting but don’t have the budget for One-on-One sessions? Or maybe you want to work out with just 2-3 other people, under the guidance of a coach? We are now offering small-group training sessions with all of our coaches. Just let us know if you’re interested!
*We have announced the NorCal Masters 2018 Priority Registration Information. As always, TJ’s members will be given early access, but please spread the word to friends who might want to guarantee their spot at this sell-out event! You can find out more information HERE.
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