07/26/12 – Skill Day

Take the first half of class today to work on a skill. This can be anything from trying double unders to snatching to muscle ups. Ask one of the coaches for some tips on how to improve your movement patterns. Today is a great day to find a buddy and workout with them. We’ve seen some great successes with people partnering up on days like these. We have members who regularly meet up on Thursdays to lift or workout. This is a great example of how the community aspect of CrossFit is one of the main drivers of success.

Dia-Beat-This – I also want to take the time to give some shout outs to my 908 coaches. Pat, Allen, Ron and Jake have been doing an outstanding job, and they deserve to hear it. These guys care about each and everyone of you, and only want the best for your health. Use them as a resource. They are the key to your success at the gym. Each of us coach in a different way, but what remains constant throughout the 908 staff is the genuine concern we have for each client. We continually strive to improve our coaching techniques and our relationships with each athlete.

These guys have been a huge help for me over the past six weeks. After the CrossFit Northeast Regionals I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I had been losing weight going into the competition, then lost a bunch more right after the competition and started to think something might be wrong. With Erin losing her job our benefits were about to run up, and she encouraged me to go see a doctor. Long story short, my blood sugars were through the roof, and now I am insulin dependent. After seeking lots of advice from people like Robb Wolf, Matt Lalonde and our very own Victoria Prince, I decided to try an autoimmune diet for a month to see if I could enact any changes in my body. Talk about strict eating, no dairy, no grains, no nightshades, no legumes, etc. Another part of the puzzle is trying to reduce stress levels and getting lots of sleep. As a result, I have been training less classes. I have also taken a new focus on my own training for this next year. I have been training with the great folks over at Brazen Athletics (Big Jay, Kristy, Carolyn, and Alex). As everyone knows, having someone to hold you accountable and push you to do things you thought you couldn’t is a huge plus. I’m positive that training with Jason and the Brazen folks will undoubtedly make me a more competitive athlete in the Region next year, and that is one of my main goals. The support I had from the 908 crew was amazing this year, and next year I want to make you all proud.

908 is my home, and I will never leave it, but it is great to know we have amazing coaches that can run the show when I am not around. A big thank you to our 908 coaches.

If anyone has comments or feedback about the staff (including myself) please don’t hesitate to pass it along.


8 thoughts on “07/26/12 – Skill Day”

  1. Tim- you have built an amazing thing at CF908, and the skill and dedication of you and the other coaches is reflected in the growing number of dedicated 908ers. Thank you for all you have done (for me, and for so many people). Keep up the good work taking care of yourself and minimizing your stress- they’re definitely the most important things you can do for yourself, especially as you tackle this T1DM diagnosis.


    TIM! We are so proud of your progression and we have had an emotional talks about how much we love what we do and how we want each and everyone one of our members to succeed! You are truly an inspiration as a coach and a human being and we LOVE YOU! DONT STOP PUSHING BROTHER!

  3. Tim- Thanks for taking the time and sharing posts like this with us. Ive said several times. “Coming to CF908 is the best part of my day”. I’ve been around typical gyms for years. I’ve always loved working out, but the experience I’ve had over the past year at CF908 has been the best. I love learning from you and the other coaches. Truly the most inspirational atmosphere I’ve ever been around…. I look forward to it everyday. Good to be associated with kickass people that push themselves in all areas. nothin better!

  4. Tim, it’s inspiring to hear about all you are doing to handle this. Nothing but good thoughts coming your way. The gym is in great hands when you aren’t there! I’m trying to get back to normal after a back/neck injury and all the coaches have been so helpful whether it is helping me modify a workout or just taking the time out to show me how I can get some relief using a lacrosse ball, I appreciate it so much. It is also very comforting to know that while I’m nervous to do certain movements that might exacerbate the issue, I know that the coaches are watching carefully and would be right there telling me that I’m doing something the wrong way. Love all of you guys!

  5. You can do it Tim! You know you have the support of the whole gym, you just need to find the lifestyle that works for you. And if the AI diet gets you down, you can always start a gym challenge and we’ll join you 🙂

  6. Just when you think you couldn’t be prouder to belong to such an awesome gym you go and post that. Tim, you and all the amazing coaches at 908 have made such a difference in my life over the course of the past 9 months. The first time I walked into that gym I was intimidated and scared shitless and now it’s become like a second home to me. I have received so much guidance, support and help from the coaches and because of that I have been able to make some significant positive changes this year. While my focus has shifted a little (due to housing baby Kali) I still consider myself super lucky that I have found a gym with such wonderful people to keep me strong and healthy through this pregnancy. I look forward to a long relationship with the whole 908 family. You boys are the friggin’ best. Thank you for all you do.

  7. Tim, you continue to inspire. Pushing the sled next to you during yesterday’s WOD was an honor. Like the others have said, 908 has provided the most comfortable, inspiring, challenging, and rewarding atmosphere for me. And that all starts from the top with you, Erin, and the 908 coaches. Your members are your army and we are here to support you however you need it.

  8. I can only reiterate what everyone has said so far. I think I can summarize how I feel by saying this: I am 41 years old, and for some reason (which prior posts have articulated), I care what someone who is younger than my little brother thinks of my efforts in the gym.