Reminder-Tomorrow (Saturday 4/21) at 7 pm, party celebrating Ron and Erin's big move, and the future of CFIB with Aleta and Kyle!! Get in touch with Aleta, Ron, or Erin for the address, be there or be square!!
On that note-One of our longtime members Eric Docktor asked if he could share what CFIB has meant to him, and how it has changed his life drastically for the better. His words are below, enjoy :)
I joined CrossFit Interbay in the summer of 2012, and I had no idea what would change for me as a result. Honestly, I was just looking for a fitness program to help improve core strength because I knew it was a weakness in my skiing. (I’m an avid skier, for those who don’t know me). I also knew I had to do something to address pain related to rupturing my L4 disc when I was 22. But, mostly I just wanted to get better on the slopes! It’s funny to look back on this decision now, but I was deciding between an 8-week ski conditioning program offered at another gym, or checking out CFIB. I had met Erin and Ron the previous spring because our daughters played on the same softball team, and they seemed like decent enough people, and literally that was the deciding factor.
While I loved the variety of the fitness program that was less monotonous than anything I had done before, I was never one to write goals on the board or set fitness goals for myself in the gym. I’ve always said that my goals are outside the walls of CFIB – to ski steeper lines, to climb more peaks – and that most certainly happened. In 2015, I was on a backcountry ski trip with a group of skiers who happened to be about 10 years younger than me. I had skied with this group for years, but I noticed something different on this trip. In years past, I would generally take shorter turns “breaking trail” – i.e. doing the hard work at the front of a group skinning uphill. The person in front has to pack down the snow and make a smooth track for the rest of the party. Like migrating birds, the standard practice is to take a shift of doing the hard work, then go to the back of the line and let someone else have a turn. On this particular trip, we found ourselves in some deeper snow that presented an avalanche hazard. In avalanche terrain, it is safer to spread the party out to prevent too much weight being on any potential instabilities, and to lessen the chance that multiple people are trapped if the slope avalanches. I happened to be at the front of the group as we entered this terrain, and there was no safe spot to re-gather and switch the leader. I wound up breaking trail for 2 hours and climbing 2500 feet, and when we got to the top of the slope, one member of the group told me he had trouble keeping up even though I was breaking trail. He remarked on how my fitness level had changed dramatically, something I really hadn’t even noticed until that moment!
But that’s not the biggest change related to joining CFIB for me. High blood pressure runs in my family, and so it was no surprise to me in my mid-30s (prior to joining CFIB) that I was diagnosed with hypertension and started taking blood pressure medication. But CFIB taught me about clean eating and got me active to the point that, at the age of 44, my blood pressure was so low that I no longer needed the medication. How many people in their mid-40s go off blood pressure medication? That’s the age that many need to start treating it!
Along the way, I met so many great people who I’m proud to call friends. Some have left the area but are friends for life. A few even came back! But on this occasion of Ron and Erin getting ready to move to Dallas for the next chapter in their life, I wanted to share what CFIB has meant to me. I can’t wait to see them at the party on Saturday and say thank you for getting this community started! I’m also looking forward to raising a glass to Aleta and Kyle as they take over the role of leading this community!
Oh, and that lower back pain that had flared up every now and again since I was 22? It hasn’t happened since I joined CFIB.
Establish 1RM Back Squat
15 wallballs (20/14, 10'/9')
10 KB Snatch (5 each arm, 55/35)