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Strength meets classy.

Vic is going back to the games!

Have you met Vic Hoyos? He is loud, always has a huge smile on his face and has a very distinct New York accent. He is the first to extend his hand and welcome you; he is that guy who is sprinting by everyone, moving more than anyone and doing it faster. He is also that guy who will come back and cheer you on until you finish.

For the second year in a row, our very own Trident’er Victor Hoyos has qualified for the masters division of the CrossFit games. Vic started CrossFitting in a tree house in his backyard. Yes, really.

As a newly retired 28-year member of the United States Army Special Forces and someone who still travels far and wide for extensive periods of time, you work out where and how you can. Garbage cans for box jumps, swimming with piranhas, overhead squat a friend… why not… Adapting to change it’s what Vic does. Above everything, he does not complain, he just does it.  And he does it with amazing grace and a lot of biofreeze. Vic embodies the spirit and definition of CrossFit.

As one of the coaches for Trident’s SealFit program, you often see Vic working out with the young kids who aspire to be like him. Vic is usually leading the pack by a few rounds, cheering them on to keep moving and finish.

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Vic’s strength and endurance is nothing compared to his heart. A humble warrior all of his life, the quiet and often silent acknowledgement of the Masters Athletes at The CrossFit Games suits him just fine.  For those of us rapidly approaching the Masters age category, we understand that old dudes don’t sell t-shirts.  While the CrossFit grey hairs will not be making an appearance on a poster or billboard near you, they are a tremendous inspiration and source of support for all of us.

You will often find Vic planning his next big endurance event, benefiting the Eagle Fund. His past few events have truly been epic, organizing 100 people to row from midnight to 8am, biking from DC to NY, rowing around the Hudson. Vic’s infectious enthusiasm and personality will convince you that anything is possible. Next thing you know you will be on a bike pedaling from DC to Boston with Vic behind you yelling at you to keep going!

So when July 23 rolls around and you think the Games don’t start until July 26, think again. The Masters competition begins on Tuesday July 23 and ends July 25. So don’t forget to cheer on Vic from wherever you may be. He would do the same for you!

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Vic’s Treehouse

 


This post is from Trident athlete Caitlin Parke. You can read more about her at her blog, Crossroads of the Heart.

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The author setting a new record for herself on the snatch during the The Open earlier this year.

Upon joining a CrossFit gym, new members quickly realize that something different is going on here.  Beyond learning foreign fitness movements and namesakes like WOD, Pukie the Clown and what-the-heck-is Rhabdomyalgia, newbies begin to understand what it means to be included in the CrossFit community.

For me personally, I think it revolves around the following statement.

CrossFitters are heavily invested in not only their own successes, but fellow CrossFitters’ goals as well. 

We want to see each other achieve PRs, get a muscle up for the first time or perform a burpee without a box.  This is the nature of CrossFitters’ minds and attitudes.

It is no surprise that CrossFitters are also successful in other areas of life.  Within Trident alone, we have military personnel, non-profit managers, parents, entrepreneurs, teachers, etc.  Our community is full of the most hard working, determined and motivated people you will ever gosh darn meet.

To achieve success, however, we must first establish what success is for each of us, which to most people includes establishing goals.  Within the CrossFit community, this creates an entirely new beast altogether.

What exactly is a CrossFit goal?

Is it a PR in a specific movement?

Is it a specific movement at a certain number of reps?

Is it showing up each day?

Seriously.

I am going to, of course, give you the PC answer. It is all of these things and more.

The most important factor to understand is the importance of creating goals.  As we progress through our CrossFit career, goals are the one thing that will stick with us through the ups and the downs.  They’ll push us forward as we struggle through the hard days and they’ll celebrate with us as we draw a line through them.  Of course, there are always the elusive ones that will tantalize us throughout our entire lifetime, forever reminding us to keep dreaming big.

This is why it’s so important to have a variety of CrossFit goals on your list, both the manageable ones and the big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) that just make you smile. That includes the tangible PR numbers and the ones full of intangible fuzziness.

Unfortunately, we must all come up with these goals on our own.  This is why I decided to design a framework that will help you start thinking about how to create or modify your own personal CrossFit goals.

If Greg Glassman steals this un-copyrighted piece of property, someone please buy me a beer. 😉

 

The 5 Elements of Crossfit Goals

1. Lifts

Movements include:
-Front Squat-Shoulder Press
-Snatch-Thruster
-Cleans-Deadlift
-Jerk-Bench Press
-Back Squat-Overhead Squat
-Push Press
Types of Goals include:
-PRs-Number of consecutive reps at specific weight

2. Bodyweight

Movements include:
-Pull Up-TTB
-Muscle Up-Ring Dips
-HSPU
Types of Goals include:
-Number of consecutive reps-Progression (ex. 1ab mat HSPU to 1RX HSPU)

3. Skills

Movements include:
-800m Run-Wall Balls
-500m Row-KB Swings
-Double Unders-Box Jumps
-Rope Climbs
Types of Goals include:
-Sub XMin Time-Number of consecutive reps
-Progression (ex. 10 box jumps to 10 bounding)

4. Competition (optional)

Ex. Compete at a scaled competition by January 2014 Ex. Qualify for Regionals by 2015

5. Intangible

Ex. Leave my ego at the doorEx. Be happy with the outcome of the WOD no matter whatEx. Go big or go home!

 

Here are some things to think about when creating your goals:

  • Your list should, ideally, include goals for each of these categories (competition is totally optional).
  • Be S.M.A.R.T!  (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound)  I usually create my goals with a target of a specific month, year.  For example, a 220 lbs. 1RM Deadlift by December 2013.
  • That being said, yes, you should create attainable goals, but also include the big hairy audacious ones.  Hey, I might never make it to Regionals and, honestly, that whole muscle up one is really eluding me too, but it’s always fun to dream big.  Goals are not supposed to get you down because you haven’t accomplished one. They’re supposed to keep you inspired and engaged in what you’re doing.  Lifetime commitments to CrossFit/working out/life in general require us to think about them!

Things to think about when going after your goals:

  • We all have our good and bad days, but when you’re really feeling it, go HARD after your goal!!  I’ve seen people accomplish some miraculous feats within Trident’s walls.  You can do it!
  • Support others goals and talk about them!  This is what CrossFitting is all about.
  • Have fun!

Let’s get inspirational and share our goals/feedback in the comments!  What’s one that you have for this year?  Do you think this is a good starting off point to start thinking about goals or do you use a different method?

Caitlin has been a member of Trident CrossFit since April 2011 after her friend lost more than 100 pounds CrossFitting and following the paleo diet.  She was hooked after her first kettlebell swing.  When she’s not sweating on Trident’s floors, she blogs over at www.crossroadsoftheheart.com.  Stop by and visit some time! 


This blogpost was originally posted by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on her site sweetlifeericka.com.

So it was a packed weekend for me. I came home from NYC on Saturday and then got to go to the Crossfit Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Sunday!

I met first place finisher Christie Phillips at Reebok Headquarters last year. She is very sweet!

Chriss and Andrea — the owners of my box, Trident Crossfit, basically organize the entire event and I was able to snag an entry — woo hoo! This was my first crossfit competition to watch in person and I was excited to be right next to the action!

I drove out to the event, which was in Landover, MD about 25 minutes away with Amy — who has recently jumped into the sport hardcore. She had already been on Friday but was ready to go again and I was glad to have a friend to go with.

When I arrived, I saw a ton of Trident folks hanging out and watching. I haven’t really seen many folks outside normal class time so it was nice to be social in a less structured setting. Got a shot of some of us:

All the heats I watched consisted of this WOD:

4 Rounds of:
 
3 rope climbs
5 squat cleans

I’m not sure what the weights were unfortunately but obviously, they were not light!

The fastest dude completed this in about 4 minutes, which is absolute insanity to me. I can’t remember the fastest girl but it must have been under close to 5 minutes.

I was just staring in awe at all the amazing, strong bodies present at the competition. I found myself wondering — what do their daily diets consist of? How much training do they do? I was mostly focused on the women, obviously, since they are kind of…my idols 🙂

Unlike any other sport (besides gymnastics), I could watch crossfit competitions for hours. You are just in the moment with them as they squat, run, jump and feel the burn. Watching these peeps push themselves up from their squats was excruciating and empowering!

And these competitors can climb the ropes like a champ. They were like fast monkeys just up and down, up and down. I recently made it up the rope all the way for the first time…so watching them complete rounds and rounds of it was humbling.

This girl had a knee brace on and still rocked it:

After watching the competition for a bit and snapping photos, I ran into Andrea (Trident owner), who asked if I could help out because they were missing some volunteers. I was more than happy to oblige and got a spot in the media tent! Plus, I got a free Games t-shirt — worth it 🙂

This pic looks a little funny because it’s from Instagram:

My friend, neighbor and crossfit buddy Rachel!

I got to stand by the announcers and it gave me a prime spot for watching the competition as well. Loved it! These girls were SO impressive — and this is only regionals. I can’t wait till I’m in California watching the final Games.

HOLD UP: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Oh — did I tell you yet? I’m going to the Crossfit Games!! Reebok selected me as a blogger so I’m heading there next month with them and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll be going with AnneTina and Gina — woo hoo!

Obviously, this chick is a badass…like pretty much everyone else competing but I loved that I was close enough to take shots like this from the media tent. Here are a couple more:

Each competitor had their own personal judge to make sure they did every move right — lest they heard the dreaded “NO REP!” I heard several of those throughout the day and cringed every time for the person that got them. It takes a lot of energy and to no rep is a huge no-no for placing in the competition:

Let’s be honest: This girl has an fantastical booty.

I caught this couple kissing after their team won a heat. I later found out that they were a married couple on the same team — which ended up placing 3rd and earning a place at the Games:

After it was all said and done, it was time to hand out awards. I loved watching the winners come out, receive their medals and stand on their platforms. Liked this shot I took of the winning team rejoicing in their victory:

Winners:

Top 3 Guys: 

Needless to say, I had a great time! I only wish I could have been there more than just Sunday. However, I’ll have plenty of Crossfit fun in California. I actually have a few other tidbits to share with you about the day but have another post in mind for that.

I was raring to get to Crossfit this morning and be fierce after watching all that competition. I’ll never be a competitor but…I know I’m getting stronger. I’m lifting more on bench press these days, doing real push ups more often and just going up in weight a litttttle bit everywhere. Yay!

Like most crossfitters, I hate when I hear girls say they don’t want to do it because they don’t want their arms to get big. I’m seriously just like…bring it. Bring the muscle, bring the arms. I kind of loathe the “strong is the new skinny” phrase but at same time, I can appreciate it. I’d rather be strong than skinny — whereas in the past, it was the opposite. Hooray for body image freedom 🙂


This blogpost was originally posted by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on her site sweetlifeericka.com.

Deadlifts? No problem.

When I was 16, something happened to me that scarred my brain for a long time. I remember it so clearly, sitting at a friends house upstairs listening to music, just hanging out — and one of the guys said to me — “You have big arms for a girl.”

Ryan was his name and that’s the only thing I really remember about him. It stuck with me. I remember the others in the group kind of laughed and were like, Dude — you don’t say that to a girl!

Another time soon after that, I mentioned to a girlfriend that I thought my arms were “getting fat” and she said, no you just have arms like Julie (another friend.) I proceeded to tell Julie that, hoping to feel validated  like that was a good thing. She responded, “Oh god, you don’t want arms like me, their huge.”

And it was then that the hatred of my arms began. Until now.

What has changed? I have. What happened? Crossfit happened.

It’s not always about losing, sometimes it’s about building.

I’ve always been a cardio girl — from the beginnings of my unhealthy relationship with exercise all the way to when I found peace and happiness with exercise. It was run run run, cardio cardio cardio.

Then, I started crossfit at Trident.

“Instead of burning everything away, I started building everything up.”

Instead of carving out 2 hours for a long run, I went balls to the wall for 30 minutes. You don’t think 3 minutes is a long time but try doing 150 wall balls or heavy thrusters followed by rounds of pull ups. The seconds don’t move fast enough!

And while I used to attend a 45 minute step class, then jog 5 miles on the treadmill — this endless flow — that’s not possible these days. I once ran 5 miles before crossfit and said — NEVER again. I need ALL my strength and energy to conquer a class.

I always wanted “skinny arms” — dainty so I looked more feminine. I was so jealous of girls who just had that, while I felt tainted with flab.

But I’m done with skinny arm envy. I looked in the mirror the other day and thought — wow, my shoulders look bigger, my arms a little bulkier. I look…strong, athletic, the anti-dainty.

125, 126, 127…

Instead of worrying my arms would look fat in my wedding pictures, I hoped they’d look strong. And guess what? I was happy with how they looked in all of the photos!

The thing is, my muscles just don’t get “cut” easily. I’m working on it, it’s taking time. And I can’t lift a really heavy weight — some may even find my weightlifting laughable.

But I don’t care. I lift things up and I put them down — and it feels powerful, exhilirating, confidence-boosting.

I can do kipping pull ups (most of the time), I’m finally working my way to reaaaal push-ups, I climbed all the way to the top of the rope and back down!

I love my arms because they help me become stronger — mentally and physically. Did I have big arms for a girl when I was 16? Probably not. Do I have big arms for a girl now? Well, maybe. But guess what? I built them that way this time around.

Thanks to crossfit, I can appreciate real physical fitness, strength and the beauty of a hard working body.  And I have some great role models in the bad ass lady coaches at Trident who amaze me with their muscles every time I go! (Here’s to you Karen & Melanie — my morning ladies!)


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Perfect 10: Bootcamp’s Summer Program Kicks off on June 18

Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. Just in time for swimsuit season, Bootcamp By Trident is proud to announce its newest program, Perfect 10 that is kicking off on June 18!

Designed especially for ladies, we’ll be getting to work, booty camp style for 10 weeks, at 10am on Tuesday and Thursday.

Boot camp uses the same intensity and training methodology of CrossFit (afterall, it works, so why re-invent the wheel?) but with an increased focus on conditioning. It’s a perfect match for the ladies who are intrigued by CrossFit and the results it achieves, but may be a little reluctant to sign up for dedicated heavy lifting. The bootcamp style of training combines full body conditioning, dumbbells, kettlebells and anything else we can find to lose weight, lean out and tone up for the summer!

Spread the Perfect 10 word! Get your friends, wives, girlfriends and co-workers on the inside for this awesome opportunity to get in shape for ALL fitness levels.

Come ask Coach Chad or Coach Lindsay if you have questions or know of any ladies who may want to get in the best beach body shape of their lives!

To SIGN UP email chad@tridentcrossfitva.com or call 202-494-7910. Enrollment is ongoing so you will be able to join even if you miss the June 18th start date!


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Andrea and Chriss looking sharp.

May 15, 2010 – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Three years ago today I hopped through the bay doors of Trident for the Opening WOD. I was greeted by Andrea and Chriss who had coached me at the box where I had previously WOD’d. Being the introvert I am, they were the only 2 people I had connected with during my time at the other box. It had been over 9 months since I had seen either of them, but they both greeted me by my first name like no time had passed. The WOD kicked my butt and I ran out of there heads down (INTROVERT), but I recognized how the people were different, the coaches were different, the community was different.  That Monday I was back for their first official WOD and I have not looked back since.

In the three years that Trident has been open I have seen the community grow, fostered by the vibrant personalities of Andrea and Chriss. I have seen athletes flourish into amazing coaches, self-admitted non-athletes become strong athletes, strong athletes become stronger and strong athletes become competitors.

I personally have grown immensely since that day three years ago. From “just a runner” to an athlete that can recognize my own strength. An introvert that can now make connections (it’s still a work in progress, but SO much better than before!). An athlete to a coach who strives to help others around me.

Yes this is my own personal journey, but I know you each have your own. So on this great day send a shout out to the wonderful founders of this great community, to the coach that pushed you to achieve what you thought you couldn’t or to the athlete beside you that didn’t let you quit. I would not be who I am today without their friendship, leadership and faith in me. Thank you Andrea and Chriss for being such amazing people! I strive to be like you two every day.

Next time you see them give them a high five and chest bump!

Sandy

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Photo taken by DJ/Mathematician Travis Dolan

Photo taken by DJ/Mathematician Travis Dolan

For those who have not heard, a group of 100 rowers in teams of four decided it’d be “fun” to row from Midnight to 8 a.m. for a very good cause this past Friday/Saturday. Together, the rowers hit 2,666,567 meters and as Dave Farag pointed out on Facebook, that’s similar to rowing from Trident to Colorado Spring, Colo.

The Night of the Low Row was indeed very long, but also very rewarding. I only speak for myself, but I think others would agree that every single rower gave it 100 percent when it was their turn. Even more impressive is that no team took a break throughout the night. Every rower was constantly in motion. That’s eight hours of non-stop rowing.

Vic Hoyos, Jody Cesana, Travis Dolan and all the other volunteers deserve a lot of recognition for putting on a great event that benefited the Eagle Fund, which helps wounded Special Forces.

The photos below only tell part of the story, but don’t give you a sense of the great camaraderie that took place that night.

Well done everyone, well done.


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From Long Row, posted by Trident CrossFit on 4/27/2013 (170 items)

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It’s a long way to the top, but you can do it.

This post is from Trident athlete Kristina Thomas. It’s from her personal blog, Dawn Points, and was originally posted in January. We wanted to share it with the Trident community to let you know that there’s so much support at 2504 Oakville St., it’s ridiculous.

Today, I climbed a rope. At the top, I cried.

I have worked for ten months to scale the fifteen feet to the ceiling of Trident CrossFit. Tapping the mark, I was triumphant. Then I looked down. My feet slipped. My hands gripped. My focus was hopelessly devoted to remaining calm: a dire mistake. Had I instead channeled my concentration to re-locking my feet, would I have descended with some grace? It is a question of no practical content; despite Aby’s promise to grant me any comfort I could imagine, he could not rewind time.

When my arms began to shake with exhaustion, my focus cracked and I began to cry. I did not only cry, I wailed. Then, realizing I blubbered in front of a gym of peers, friends, coaches I respected, admired, to whom I never want to show anything but my best, I sobbed.

They had me slide, until I could grab the nearby Rogue rig and shimmy my way to stand on Andy’s shoulders. Initially I ran to escape, but Trident’s given me strength of character as well as body. With some moments by a tree, I confirmed that I was back on solid ground then went back inside to roll out my muscles and face my shame.

My past self would not have returned. When I overheard girls at my high school discussing my eating disorder, I transferred to a public school for a clean slate. When I did not have the strength of character to accompany a good friend to her brother’s funeral because I had a conflicting test, I distanced myself and ended the friendship. When a cute boy made fun of my Tranformer’s Halloween costume, I switched majors. Shame, guilt, embarrassment: drivers of my life since 1999 (oh those formative pre-teen years.)

But when I made myself enter the gym, I received high-fives and hugs. I fought back against the undertow of shame, embarrassment, and guilt that usually pulls me under and sweeps me away. I did pull down my hair and avoid all eye contact. I did cry in the car. But I also did a lot better than I usually do.

I think it was a bit of a Jessica Day moment. Same circumstances. Lots of puppies in lots of cups.


Team Trident taking on 13.5.

Team Trident taking on 13.5.

I learned that if you never attempt the heavier weights or attempt to learn a movement or perform a movement during a WOD you will never know if you can do them. I learned that if you don’t track your performance you won’t know if you improved. That sometimes you need to fail in order to succeed. I have also been reminded that the Trident community knows how to come together to support each other. What did you learn?

During the past 5 weeks, I have seen some truly amazing feats of strength, endurance and courage. Athletes surprising themselves and doing movements they never thought they could or lifting a weight they never imagined would go over their head. I have also seen the frustration and disappointment on the faces of the athletes that expected more from themselves. I have watched athletes turn into coaches, coaches turn into mentors and the gym turn into a tighter stronger community.

To those that came across a WOD where they think they disappointed themselves…. don’t beat yourself up, take every victory and remember the losses, they both will help you improve. Couldn’t push press 95#’s overhead? Next time we do push presses, don’t choose a lighter weight, choose a weight that is challenging that will eventually lead you to 95 lbs. Couldn’t’ do double-unders? Next time we have a WOD with double-unders, attempt them instead of doing 3 singles for every doubl-under. Feel free to grab a red shirt or a blue shirt and ask for help if you want to work on technique, we are always more than happy to help! If you never try you will never know what will happen. I’ll get off my soap box because you get the point! 🙂

Now pat yourself on the back because you finished The Open; five weeks of WODs that challenged you mentally and physically. You have made this tiger mom proud and fiercer than ever! Congratulations on your first second, or third Open experience. Now go hit that WOD at full capacity, because training for the 2014 Open starts TODAY!

High Fives!

Sandy

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This blogpost was originally posted by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on her site sweetlifeericka.com

Workout of the Day at Trident (You can see me, nose to the ground, behind the #30 box)

Been loving my crossfit workouts the past two weeks. Could it be because they have included lots of running? Probably.

Lots of shoulder work, rounds and reps of moves I really enjoy like push press, clean and jerks, toe to bars and kettle bell swings.

I feel awesome and strong when I do these things. I walk away sore and feeling accomplished.

And yet…

I am disappointed in my personal progress. I’m really trapped in the comparison game.

I read how many reps others have gotten in the Open — the crossfit bloggers I read — and I feel so weak.

One girl I know just started a few weeks ago and started OFF doing higher weights than me.

I’m not trying to be a body builder. But, I feel like it takes more effort for me to build muscle than a normal person. I’ve been back at Crossfit for three months now and I feel no real change. My arms still look completely untoned.

I couldn’t even get one rep in the Open last week (because the prescribed weight was too heavy so my reps didn’t count) — it’s very discouraging.

While I knew that I wasn’t signing up to win a thing when I entered the Open, it still puts a certain mentality in your head.

Competition. 

I also wonder — am I missing something? Am I doing something wrong? I go 4-5 times a week — should I be doing other exercises (aside from the supplemental running I already add)?

I don’t know. Maybe my body is just used to working out and is resistant to changing form. After all, I’ve been doing these for years:

And I know I shouldn’t focus on this. I do crossfit because it makes me feel awesome — I love the variety, the intensity, the fun.

Even so, I’d like to have toned arms for all the work I put into them.

This has been a real whine-fest, hasn’t it? Just a moment to share my frustrations. Many many more important things in life but for this moment, I’m venting.

Ericka
The Sweet Life


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You should always warm up, but how much should you stretch?

Check out this article from The New York Times:

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/reasons-not-to-stretch/

As someone who was taught to stretch all his life before starting to exercise or play a sport, this was a strange read.

What do you think? Should you not stretch to better your performance? Have you ever noticed a difference in a WOD with or without stretching before?

Coaches – what’s your take? What’s your advice for athletes?

Let us know in the comments.


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One victory at a time.

To those who got 95 or 135 lbs over your head for the first time or touched your toes to the bar for the first time… BOOM!!! Now you have to do it every time we have it programmed into a WOD! We knew you had it in you, so huge high fives!! You know who you are and so do we, no sandbagging.

Sandy

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UPDATED: Due to a scheduling conflict, we may change dates. We’ll let you know once we know for sure

Do you like mud? Do you like having fun? Do you like getting shocked with more voltage than you probably should?

If you said yes to all these question, join Team Trident for this year’s Tough Mudder race.

Email us at staff@tridentcrossfitva.com if you have any other questions.