For those of you with shoulder discomfort when you’re doing overhead or pushing/pulling movements, check out this video on shoulder pain capsulitis. Dr. Fontaine explains what is and an exercise to help ease the pain.
Remember, Dr. Fontaine is around Trident on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The box is the same, the coaches are the same and the athletes are the same; but this time it’s The Open WOD and suddenly the atmosphere has changed and the energy is different. If you have never been at Trident during an Open WOD come out on a Thursday and witness this awe-inspiring spectacle. If you have not signed up for The Open then it is too late to be part of the “official” team, but don’t fret you can still be part of the Team Trident in other ways. I challenge you to still attempt The Open WOD (even if you didn’t register for the team), to stay around and cheer for your fellow Tridenter’s and just be a part of this great experience.
This past Thursday when we did the first Open WOD our box transformed to a breeding ground of competitors; against your buddy next to you, a person in a different region or gym or even a competitor to yourself. I am enormously proud of everyone that has signed up and competed to help represent Team Trident and is putting there all into each Open WOD, putting themselves on the path of finding their weaknesses and strengths, and helping to bond this extraordinary community. I am also extremely honored and privileged to be a part of this community; learning from each and every one of you, not just the ones that signed up for the Open, but all of you! I learn something new every day I am in the gym, as an athlete and intern, I am very humbled from every lesson I get and am grateful for this amazing group of athletes I get the privilege to be around.
The coaches saw some amazing feats during 13.1, from Caitlin snatching what has got to be more than half her body weight 4 times, to Janna getting her first ever burpee and then doing it 32 more times, to watching each athlete struggle but never give up!
The push to sign up for The Open was not meant to put pressure on you or put you in the “uncool” box, you all are AWESOME just because you are on the path of becoming stronger. The push to sign up for The Open was to help you try something different and be part of an event that only happens once a year. I am still at a loss of words on how to describe this phenomenon, so come on out to Trident on a Thursday and just watch and eventually drink the kool-aid and end up screaming in a face you have never seen before to do one more rep. I guarantee that athlete will approach you after, not to punch you in the face but to thank you for pushing them!
Over 246 from our community rallied together to form Team Trident, making us the second largest team in the world! GO TEAM TRIDENT! As promised the raffle winners will be drawn Wednesday night at the gym and announced on FaceBook and here on the blog.
I know I speak for myself and every Trident coach when I say we could not be prouder! You all are amazing and an inspiration to everyone around you. As Chriss and Andrea would say HANDS OFF YOUR HIPS!
Editor’s Note: This happened awhile back, but better late than never, right?
“Led by Trident’s @[534006567:2048:Alfredo Winter], On Saturday, January 26th, a group of athletes and coaches from Trident CrossFit volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank in DC. It was a fun way to come together as a group and give back to the DC Metro area. The group sorted and packed donated food items so they can be distributed throughout the local community.”
With a sore throat and a tear still in my eye, I’ve finally come down from the high to tell the tale of last nights 13.1 open wod at Trident.
Like the 300 odd Spartans led by Leonidas, defending the ‘Hot Gates’ in the battle of Thermopylae, the Titans of Trident stood before the barbell. An epic battle…
Gladiators battling not only burpees & the mighty barbell, but themselves. Reaching deeper inside than they have before, going to a place seldom seen by their own eyes and never before the masses, they emerged victorious. Cheered and motivated by their peers until the 17th minute ticked off the clock, they lay in carnage, panting for breath, covered in sweat, snot and for some blood, they await the high fives from their warriors that went before them, some cried, everyone smiled in the feeling of accomplishment and the knowing that today I did more than I thought they could.
A few Titans are awaiting their time to slay the dragon of fear, the obstacles of self doubt that will set them on a path of self discovery and the feeling that they can accomplish anything. the battle of 13.1 will continue for three more days for those who have yet to fight.
A few have yet to sign up for their time to slay the first of five dragons, but time is plenty as Sunday is the last day to sign up.
“Kick Ass Trident”
P.S. We are second place in the world for team open signups – We Can do It
“Tag yourself, if you want a picture in your timeline.”
Totally not my style. I’m not into competition on a personal level.
But Team Trident was so enthusiastic, it was only $20 and I couldn’t say no. Why NOT?
It’s been forever since I tried something like this and well, what do I have to lose?
It’s everywhere. It’s every age, every body type, every country, every skill level. Crossfit doesn’t discriminate. It judges no one. It welcomes everyone.
It’s not like other sports.
It’s about being your personal best but also supporting other people in ways you’ve never done before. It’s about being on the floor with them until the last rep.
It represents something bigger than just lifting a heavy weight. What does the weight symbolize? Pushing it as hard as you can, taking your soul with you…it’s the essence of who you are and why you keep going even when things are hard.
This video makes me happy:
Do you ever have moments when you want to quit everything? Like…you think for a split second, wouldn’t it be easier if I…? I do, they catch me off guard, but I do.
But, the thing is, you don’t. You don’t quit everything. You pick the weight back up and move it until you are stronger. And then, you try something harder — because that’s what makes us better. That’s what gives us character. That’s what makes life worth living. The doing. The trying. The hurting. The victory.
I’m not doing the Crossfit Open to win (obviously!). I’m not going to make it to the next level. But I don’t care. I’m on a team. I’m gonna support them. I’m gonna do something I’m a little scared of. I’m gonna get that nauseous feeling in my belly one more time when I hear “3,2,1!”
That feeling in your belly — that’s a GREAT feeling. It means you’re alive. It means you are taking a chance. I’m thankful that Crossfit has brought that feeling back to me.
Don’t you know it’s a GREAT day to be alive?!
Are you doing the Open? What puts the “feeling in your belly?” What are you doing that scares you — that makes you feel alive? If you aren’t doing anything, what can you make a goal?
The Open starts this Wednesday and to get folks in the competitive spirit, we’re offering some incentives. Here are the rules:
Rules: – In order to be entered into the drawing you must have completed (or attempted) the WOD and logged it on the games site and if you scaled the WOD then logged it on the Trident website – Drawing will happen on Monday/Tuesday and be announced that day on the Trident website and Facebook – Once someone has won a prize they will not be eligible for another prize. Trident coaches, assistant coaches and interns are exempt from the raffle – For the end of Open raffle we will pick one name for the grand prize and come up with superlatives
And for those wondering, here are the awesome prizes:
Mobility Swag Trident Swag CrossFit Shoes Wrist wraps Jump rope Gift certificate to Rouge – $25 – from Trident One on one rowing lesson w/ Mike Poterfield $25 Gift certificate to Field of Athenry Gift certificate to Buzz Bakery Capitol tour, must be completed by first week of May Weekend of yard work from Jeff Kerr’s kids Nutrition consultation with Melanie Rowland and a bottle of fish oil 6 awesome tickets to the evening parade at the Marine Barracks at 8th and I in DC, featuring the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Includes parking! Free personal training session with Chad Ciri Free personal training session with Chriss Smith Jr Week of Power Supply Meals Massage from Olga Free Month Membership at Trident
With all that said, get pumped for Wednesday (and for possibly some snow! Finally!).