Saturday’s All Day Row to support Clint Trial was a huge success! 17 teams participated in the event. One team was a single person team— former Trident athlete Steve Houde rowed virtually in his garage in Maine. The other teams were made up of a variety of athletes including Trial’s unit members, Trident athletes, friends and family of Trident and athletes from CrossFit PR Star in Chantilly. Many of the team members met for the first time on Saturday as there were individual rowers looking to join a team. Despite not knowing each other, teams came together to show their support for a patriot and his family. Athletes shared their gifts of time, money, dedication and patience as they rowed almost six hours. It was remarkable to watch the Trident community and others come together with such enthusiasm and grace.

Half way through the day, Chriss added a twist to the event when the assault bikes and ski-ergs were introduced! Teams could accumulate additional meters on the bike or ski-erg, but one team member needed to continue rowing. The meters were valued at 1.5x’s the erg meters. Athletes had the opportunity to add meters on the bike or ski-erg for an hour and again in the last hour of the event.

Athletes remained fueled during the event with donations from Whole Foods Pentagon City, Territory Foods and many treats from athletes and spectators. Bananas, frozen grapes and popsicles were favorites.

After tallying registration fees, online donations and cash donations, we were just $800 shy of our $10,000 goal. We made an announcement during the event and additional donations came in along with a generous donation from Trident’s John Crowder of Bradham Automotive. By Saturday afternoon we met our goal and since then have exceeded it. Thank you to everyone for your generosity!

Teams worked extremely hard on Saturday to earn as many meters as possible. It was a physical and mental challenge for everyone – some doubting they could even complete it. There was pain, discomfort and exhaustion but every team worked until the very end. Three teams collected the most meters:

  • 1st Place – CrossFit PR Star 187,797 meters
  • 2nd Place – FIDN 153,135 meters
  • 3rd Place – Nordic TC (Trident’s own!) 144,907 meters

The one man team, Steve Houde, rowed 56,435 meters.

Thank you to our friends at Lululemon Old Town, Misha’s Coffee and Kristine’s Touch Massage for providing prizes for the 1st Place team. The 1st Place team also went home with a Concept 2 erg. The top three teams received a bottle of whisky to celebrate.

Congratulations to the winning teams and to everyone who participated! And, thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser for Clint Trial and his family. It’s an extraordinary example of caring and community.


For those who may not have heard, Josh will be leaving us soon to join the U.S. Army! We’re sad to see him go, but excited for his next great endeavor. With that said, we’re looking for an experienced Level 1 (or higher) motivated individual to join our awesome team.

Here’s a quick description –

Trident CrossFit is a world-renowned CrossFit Gym in the Washington DC area.  We are growing our coaching family and seek an experienced Level 1 (or higher) highly motivated individual with a passion for helping others improve their lives through health and fitness.  Primary responsibilities will be coaching our group morning and noon classes. Specifically, 9:30 am and 12:30 pm.

You must be proficient in coaching a variety of different age groups and ability levels, as well as have a passion for health and fitness.  Most importantly you must be a great representative of our brand.

If you seek a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard, and be respected while having a job that challenges you, Trident CrossFit is the place. Trident CrossFit offers a unique workplace environment to its team members while enabling their career development and growth.

The full description can be viewed on barbelljobs.com.

If you or someone you know is interested in the position, email us at staff@tridentcrossfitva.com.


Join friends and family from Trident for the All Day Row on August 10! This year’s event will be in honor of Recon Marine Clint Trial. On January 12th, 2019, Trial was deployed overseas when an explosion caused serious injuries to his body, resulting in a bilateral leg amputation, traumatic brain injury, and numerous internal injuries.

Clint TrialClint has pushed through and kicked ass in rehab, and we’re raising funds to ensure that his and his family’s transition is as smooth and as worry free as possible.

The cost of entry for the All Day Row is $300 (plus $21.63 processing fee) per team of 4. You will need your team members’ names, date of birth and email addresses to register.

* Need help filling a team of four? Email us at staff@tridentcrossfitva.com.

If you don’t plan on rowing but would still like to donate? Donations welcome!

100% of all proceeds and donations will go directly to Clint and his family. 

 

 


Join Trident CrossFit as we host Dr. Gary Sanchez, CEO WHY Institute, and discover your WHY!

On Saturday, 20 April at noon, Dr. Sanchez will engagingly and creatively show you a Better way to discover your WHY.

  • He will teach you to use it to move forward faster and have a lasting impact on your life and the lives you care about.
  • You can expect an “AH HA” moment of discovering your WHY as well as the WHY’s of your friends and co-workers.
  • Find answers to, “Who am I? How do I be me? What should I do with my life? What direction should I go? What is my gift? What makes me special”?

Our own Chriss Smith has already seen the impact of discovering his WHY. In his words:

“Understanding my WHY, HOW and WHAT has helped me immensely in my ability to communicate with my coaching team, my peers and most importantly, my wife, Andrea. Having this knowledge about myself has given me insight on my personal development, refined my ability to communicate and has relieved stress from always wondering why I am the way I am!”

Click here to reserve your seat for this unique opportunity! Tickets are $45.


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Blake Marston, Navy SEAL

Trident will honor the memory of SO1 (SEAL) Blake Marston on Saturday, Feb. 21. He was a native of New Hampshire, a loving son, brother, boyfriend and a Great American. He will be dearly missed at Trident, but not forgotten.

“Marston”
20 Min AMRAP
1 Deadlift (405)
10 Toes-to-bar
15 Barbell facing burpees

Buy a t-shirt or donate to help. Per the request of the Martson Family, all funds raised will be donated to The 31Heroes Project.


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Want to improve your olympic lifting technique and get stronger in the clean, jerk and snatch this Spring? The next Olympic Lifting cycle with Coach Rick will kick off Thursday, February 19th and classes will be held Thursdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 11:00am for the length of the three-month cycle. The cost for the class is $120 for the entire three month cycle. Please click here to register.


Looking for something more than a one-day endurance seminar? You’re in luck. The next CF Endurance intensive kicks off Tuesday, June 17. The course runs 8 weeks on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm and is open to athletes of all levels.

Em Porterfield and her assistant coaches will work with you to set personal goals, whether it’s to improve your 400m time for regular CF WODS or better your Ultramarathon time.

CF Endurance will improve any athlete’s fitness and endurance sport potential by eliminating unnecessary volume in training while increasing intensity and using proper technique. Coach Em integrates the Endurance program with Trident’s daily workouts, so you won’t miss out on regularly scheduled programing.

Program will include:
-8 CrossFit endurance classes- Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm
-Weekly sports-specific endurance programming
-Additional weekend running meet ups/field trips on Sundays

Cost: $99. Email us to register.


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Get your game face on!

It’s that time of year again where if you are part of the CrossFit community there is a buzz in the air—it’s the Games Season, baby!

For those new to CrossFit you may be asking yourself what is “The Open” and why do I care?  The Open is the first step in the annual CrossFit Games and to finding the fittest man and woman on earth. But more importantly, the Open is a chance to bond with your Trident community and cheer on your friends.

There are 5 workouts starting on Feb 27 and ending on March 31. Workouts are released Thursday and need to be completed and entered online by the following Monday. At Trident, we’ll be doing the Open workouts as our regular WOD during all class times Friday, with opportunities to make up the workout over the weekend and on Mondays.

Everyone has different reasons why they CrossFit. For some it’s a requirement for their job so they survive, for others it’s a way to survive all the things life throws at us; be it a stressful schedule, screaming toddler, hoisting 5 gallons of water up to the water cooler, or lifting your couch up to vacuum all the potato chips hidden underneath. Recovery, survival or just plain vanity (hey, we all want to fit into our clothes), we all have our reasons we come back day after day to lift heavy things.

I like what the Open stands for, an all-inclusive way to participate. Last year, almost 140,000 athletes competed in the Open, and we had 250 Trident athletes participate. It’s more about the community and pushing yourself a little harder than you thought you could.

My goal is to do better than last year, to see if my technique has improved, if I have improved. The first year I signed up for the Open we did a WOD with snatches… I was not able to get the weight up over my head and committed to work on this weakness. The second year, I was able to easily move the RX weight but not for the full 30 reps the WOD called for. This past year I have been practicing my technique and working on my strength and can’t wait to see how I have improved! Without realizing it, the Open has become my own personal baseline and check-in with my goals each year.

Everyone contributes to Team Trident whether you know it or not. Your enthusiasm and spirit motivates! So, get your game face ready and sign up to be a part of Team Trident!

Register for The Open here!


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Don’t forget 31 Heros WOD is this Saturday (tomorrow) at Trident!

Register here if you want to donate to a great cause, otherwise just come and show your support by doing the WOD with us during our regular class times! (8, 9, 10 a.m.)

Also, Dr. Fontaine will be around all morning to help sooth all your aches and pains. You can find out more about him on our resources page.

See you there!


This blog post was originally posted by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on her site sweetlifeericka.com. She got back a few days ago and she’s still TIRE-D.

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Ericka’s other Games posts: 


Kind of. So — pause in our regular coverage today to spotlight a really cool event I got to participate in yesterday. Christmas Abbott is as cute and muscularly compact as she looks — but also super sweet.

Not only is she a great Crossfit competitor, but she also works on a NASCAR pit crew, changing tires in the heat of the moment — fast.

Reebok set us up with our own personal training session with Christmas — very cool. She showed us how you sit and then how you use the gun to screw up off the screws really fast. The point, of course, is to lose as few seconds as possible for the cars on the track.

Marissa & Jaclyn getting ready to roll! 

We were at the Crossfit Games so we couldn’t NOT include a WOD with this thing, right? So Christmas turned it into one. Here’s how it went:

For Time:
10 burpees
5 tire flip jump throughs
1 more burpee
Change the tire

It was pretty cool. We put on knee pads, ear plugs and plastic glasses for protection. I was up against Tina for time. I was nervous because there was a crowd watching and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pull the lug nuts off.

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I also got the chance to do a short interview with Christmas after the workout. I find it so interesting to know how really fit people like her fuel their bodies. Sometimes I wish I could just watch and see how much and of what they really do eat. Super enlightening. Here’s the interview video:

Christmas and a friend showed us what we’d be doing. A little intimidating but they made it look fun and obviously, I had to try it!

Here we go…Burpees:

Tire Flips:

Changing tires!:

And it’s OFF:

With the whole Reebok media crew:

By the time we were finished there was a line winding around the area for photo ops with Christmas. She’s got an awesome personality and it’s clear this is her jam. I’m not sure why she was not competing in the Games this year but obviously she has a rockin’ bod and she can pump some serious Crossfit iron.

Thanks to Reebok for hooking us up with this cool opportunity. I definitely never thought I would drill lug nuts off the side of a real live NASCAR!


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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 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 🙂


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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.


“POD 26-27APR”

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

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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.