Rising Clean Living New Years’ Challenge

With 2013 in our rear view and the promise of 2014 now clearly in our sights, Rising CrossFit proudly presents its first annual “Clean Living Challenge”…..

But, before you beat yourself up for devouring that entire box of Peppermint Bark for breakfast on Christmas morning or for the 27 Parmesan Risotto balls you ate (wait, sorry, did I say that out loud???) for Christmas dinner…let’s be real….for the most part, most of us have been getting after it….we are in the gym 4, 5, sometimes 6 days a week.  We try to eat well, we foam roll, heck, many of us have added mobility classes to our already packed schedules.  We work out on vacation for crying out loud….so….most of us don’t need a total overhaul of our health and fitness regime, but rather just a little tweak and incentive to go that extra mile now that a new year has arrived.

So—to fulfill this need, Rising will kick off its Clean Living Challenge this Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9-11 am during regularly scheduled classes.

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December Athlete of the Month-Patrick Plummer

Congrats to Rising’s December Athlete of the Month, Patrick Plummer!  A recent  graduate from Rising’s first Foundations group, Patrick’s ability to push through tough circumstances and his  amazing mental toughness are inspiring to all of us who have had the honor of working out with him. 

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November Athlete of the Month: Vikesh Patel

Congrats to Rising’s November “Athlete of the Month”, Vikesh, “Pound-for Pound” Patel.  Equipped with a no-quit attitude that would inspire even the most seasoned CrossFit Games competitor, Vik can most frequently be found in our evening classes grinding out whatever has been placed before him.  

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Rising Up to Support our Surrounding Communities

Rising CrossFit Nation:  We are a month and a half  in and things are going great…classes are filling up, people seem to be enjoying the experience, etc….and I am ecstatic about that….but I don’t want to lose sight of one of the primary goals of opening this gym in the first place….which was to create a strong internal community to then go out into the greater community and serve it.  I asked a small group of coaches and members to get together and find some good community projects for us to lend our muscle to.  The first one we will be supporting as a group is Operation Christmas Child.  Please read the information below and consider donating some of your time for this worthy cause.

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Top Ten things I’ve Learned as a Small Business Owner—Month 1

10–Crying in front of contractors makes them work faster

9–Apparently, the urinal is just a suggestion as guys seem to miss the target quite often

8–There are actual men and women that work INSIDE of the bank to help you with your account!  Who knew? (I thought the purpose of the bank structure was to have solid walls to which the ATMs could attach)

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October Athlete of the Month: Michelle Donnelly

Congrats to Rising’s first “Athlete of the Month”,  the amazing Michelle Donnelly….if you haven’t had the pleasure of working out alongside this dynamo, please take some time to get to know her a little better by checking out her crossfit story below.
Editor’s Note:  She wasn’t selected only because she is a loyal NY Yankees fan….but, that did sway the vote in her favor 😉

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The Biggest Loser Wins

Last week, we advertised a contest of sorts….a biggest loser theme if you will….whoever posted the most awful, awkward looking photo of themselves for all his/her peers to see would win a week of free mobility classes and a free Rising CrossFit t-shirt.

Initially, the offerings were scant and pretty mild.  A cute picture of someone when he was 5 years old wearing an outdated outfit was submitted.  Then a dance recital portrait that was kinda funny was uploaded.  People would come into the box, scroll through the WODify attendance record and chuckle a little.  I overheard one member say, “I’m not going to post a bad picture of myself, then everyone would really see me!

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At a time when my life was in a complete turmoil, my sister bought me my first punchcard – so I started crossfitting, hesitantly at first, and more as just an escape from the horror that my life was becoming than for any other reason.  I would go 2 times a week, and for 2 blissful hours a week, I would be able to forget … and I would be able to feel good about myself, about my abilities, about who I really was.  As I started going more often, I found that I was actually pretty good at this “sport of fitness” — and, more importantly, I started making friends, becoming part of a wonderful community, creating a new life and a new “me” – not Libby and Henry’s mom, not Alex’s wife, not the poor girl whose husband cheated on her and was going through a horrible divorce – but just me – an athlete, a person who actually cared about doing something for herself, and who needed to start taking her life back into her own hands.

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She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo

So I really love the band Train.  So much so that I walk around singing their songs and reciting their lyrics all the time.  My family and friends make fun of me about it but secretly, I think they are just jealous because they don’t sound as amazing as I do….but, I digress as  this jealousy over my repressed musical talent is perhaps a topic for another blog.

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Never Say Never

A few weeks ago, I was exiting the grocery store in haste with my two girls, ages 7 and 3, in tow.  As I was rounding the corner with my cart chock full of bags, I noticed a young mom strolling in with an approximately 6 mos-old baby girl. The baby was carefully perched on top of  a crisp white and pink pillow-top grocery store seat cushion.  She had a sun bonnet on her head and her mom was wiping down any portion of the seat not covered by the protective pillow.

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