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THE RISING
Can’t see nothin’ in front of me
Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I’ve gone
How far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed
On my back’s a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile line
Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight
Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
Wearin’ the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rollin’ down hereCome on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonightSpirits above and behind me
Faces gone, black eyes burnin’ bright
May their precious blood forever bind me
Lord as I stand before your fiery lightI see you Mary in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There’s holy pictures of our children
Dancin’ in a sky filled with light
May I feel your arms around me
May I feel your blood mix with mine
A dream of life comes to me
Like a catfish dancin’ on the end of the lineSky of blackness and sorrow
Sky of love, sky of tears
Sky of glory and sadness
Sky of mercy, sky of fear
Sky of memory and shadow
Your burnin’ wind fills my
Sky of longing and emptiness
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed lifeCome on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

COME ON UP FOR THE RISING: The song that inspired our name
by Owner and Head Coach, Michelle Crawford

THE INSPIRATION

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Can’t see nothin’ in front of me
Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I’ve gone
How far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed
On my back’s a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile line

The opening lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s (yes, you can take the girl outta Jersey but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl) Grammy-winning 2001 title track, “The Rising” are not a description of a CrossFit WOD, but they could be mistaken for one. These raw words describe a far greater and courageous struggle, the fireman’s climb up the smoke-filled stairs of the Twin Towers moments after the tragic 9/11 attacks on American soil. But from the ashes of one of the most horrifying events in American history, the lyrics to this song were born, proving that beauty can emerge from even the darkest of circumstances and that the human spirit can prevail long after the human body and human mind have seemingly been defeated.

Inspired by this image of the resiliency of the human spirit, Rising CrossFit Ballantyne was built to be a place where its members are nurtured so they may flourish and be all that God has created them to be. Rising exists to teach its members how to take care of their bodies and their minds so that we can send you into the world each day ready to be at your best and to shine your most brilliant light.

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Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

In an interview by Ted Koppel of “Nightline”, Springsteen explains that the refrain, “Come on up for the rising,” suggests, as does much else in the song, new life and resurrection amidst a community of support.

Rebirth. Renewal. Community. Rising was built for everyone. It was built to be a place where people can walk in broken; physically, mentally, or spiritually, and walk out restored. It is a place where strangers will become a community and shortly after will become a family.

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Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
Wearin’ the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rollin’ down here


THE STORY

I’ve been an athlete my entire life. As a young child, I would start every morning with 4 sprints (the long way) across my backyard. I would run with a stop watch so that I could time myself, hoping each time to best my record from the previous day. I kind of wish I was kidding, but, I am not. (I do realize this is odd). I played all sorts of sports growing up and then enjoyed a successful high school career as a field hockey, basketball and softball player. I was fortunate to earn a full-scholarship to play field hockey at the University of Virginia and, after being named to the All-American field hockey team four seasons in a row, I graduated and earned a spot on the US National field hockey team. I had the honor and privilege to represent our country, competing all over the world for four years at events like the Pan-American Games and the World Cup. After retiring from the team, getting married and having two children, Cadie (7) and Josie (3), I was introduced to CrossFit and instantly loved it because it was like being part of a team again.

THE CALLING
I share this information with you because I want you to know I regard opening Rising CrossFit Ballantyne not as a job but as my calling; essentially as something that God created me to do. I believe we are all individually gifted by God and that we are all put here on earth for to carry out His magnificent purpose. I believe it is our job to determine God’s purpose for our lives, in essence to listen for and then heed His call so that we may ultimately do his work here on earth. But a calling is a tricky thing….it can be fulfilling while at the same time daunting. There are days when answering God’s call feels wonderful and fun and right and there are days when it feels overwhelming and scary and unsafe.

I know that God does not desire for me to be safe. He desires for me to use everything he has given me to be great in order to better the lives of others. So it is with tremendous humility that I will carry what will at times seem and feel like the “cross of my calling” in order to serve you in an earnest effort to bring out the very best in you. It is my solemn promise to be here for you, the members of Rising CrossFit Ballantyne, on wheels of fire.