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.
If you or someone you know is interested in the position, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Our vision as a community has NEVER changed…to make our athletes fitter, faster and stronger. Behind this vision is an even greater one…to inspire the members of our community to beome better. Better people, better human beings. This has been our vision, and our #1 goal since the day we opened our doors! And in fact, the way we have gone about achieving this goal has remained steadfast as well, we have always pursued this goal through the powerful tool we call Crossfit.
Because one of the defining qualities of Crossfit is constant variance, it makes it difficult at times to see that all of our decisions for delivering this methodology to our athletes are done with purpose and with intent. Every system we’ve put in place, including our programming, our protocol for scaling and/or intensifying, our specialty programs, and our additional athlete resources…these all exist for a purpose and they are all decisions that are made with that #1 goal I mentioned above…to make YOU better!
TJ Murphy is a veteran marathon runner, triathlete, former editorial director of a number of fitness magazines and a NYT best selling author.
He tried CrossFit Endurance “with the attitude that I would do it 100% so that I could test it in a valid way and prove that it was wrong for me. A month later and I was ticked off at myself for not having found it sooner,” Murphy said.
Since setting his preconceptions aside, and finding success and fun with CFE, Murphy has co-written a book with CFE founder Brian MacKenzie to set the record straight on: the difference between CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance; what CrossFit Endurance really is (not what the critics think it is); and how athletes, regardless of their backgrounds, can use the CFE program to tackle any distance from a 5K to an ultramarathon.
Check out Murphy’s article here.
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.
20 Min AMRAP
1 Deadlift (405)
15 Barbell facing burpees
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.
Check out the latest WLC blog post by Andy Petranek, where he explains RICE is not the preferred treatment for an injury anymore.
He interviews the author of ICED!, Gary Reinl, which takes an in-depth look at how athletes recover after an injury. What Gary learned during his research is astounding. No clinical research whatsoever suggests that icing an injury will help. Did you get that? There’s no research supporting this treatment modality. In fact, icing the injury delays the healing process. And resting after an injury is also wrong. You know what increases healing? Physical activity.
Originally written by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on her blog The Sweet Life.
Trident CrossFit Athlete Johnny Thomas lost 25 pounds and lowered his blood pressure
One of the great things about writing spotlights on people at gym is that I get to know people I wouldn’t normally — and I love that!
Johnny Thomas is a retired Army Veteran that attends the 5:15am class at Trident every morning. Now, I’m early morning — but 5:15 just isn’t my jam (though occasionally, it has to be done!). That being said, I probably would never have struck up a conversation with Johnny since our classes are at different times.
Like a good number of others at Trident, Johnny’s military service has got my utmost respect and like many others in the military, CrossFit is his fitness of choice. He aims to make it a priority too, getting to the early class before heading to work at the Department of Defense to start his work day.
Johnny’s been coming to Trident regularly since this past summer and proven that CrossFit weight loss is the real deal. He’s also discovered, like so many of us, what a wonderful community we have here. That’s why it’s important to get to know one another and learn how CrossFit as made our lives better.
1. Have you always been athletic?
I have participated in athletics my entire life and I have never been hesitant to try different sports. From High School Athletics to intramurals in college to my Army unit teams and county teams; I have been active.
2. When did you first hear about CrossFit and why did you decide to try it?
I knew of CrossFit from the ESPN telecasts, but never considered it a possibility for me until recently. This past summer, I mentioned to my wife that I needed to get serious about exercise. The next day she handed me a Trident business card and, after some research, I noticed the schedule — especially the 5:00am classes. That is what initially brought me in but the people, atmosphere — and specifically the instruction — sold me on Trident.
3. How has CrossFit improved your health? Can you talk about the Whole Life challenge that caused you to lose weight?
CrossFit has definitely improved my health. In addition to losing 25 pounds since beginning in July, I have reduced my waist size by six inches and lowered my blood pressure. My doctor took me off the cholesterol medicine in November and I will return in February to verify that I can permanently remain off the medicine.
I began the Whole Live Challenge two months after starting CrossFit and it was an ideal compliment to my workouts. Whole Life’s nutritional chart added the food component to my health commitment by showing me that most of the things I eat are, in fact, healthy — especially the meat, poultry and fish. I did eliminate the grains, starches, corn, soy, sugars and rice. Most importantly, WLC made me prepare my weekly menu on Sunday. Finally, I continue to track what I am eating on a daily basis using the WLC point system.
**FYI: A new Whole Life Challenge begins January 17th — details here!**
4. How have you changed since starting CrossFit?
I am working out consistently again. I retired from the Army in 2003 and that was the last time I included exercising (outside of participating in the County Softball Leagues or Coaching) as part of my daily routine.
5. What do you love about CrossFit and why is it different than other fitness activities?
- The instruction before each class and WOD.
- That all exercises are scalable or there is substitute.
- The diversity of the WOD.
- The WODs are short but intense.
- The positive vibe in each class.
6. What is your favorite WOD? Least favorite WOD?
My favorite: Anything with push-ups and team workouts. I like the Chelsea and the Smallpox. I also liked the following WOD:
EMOM for 16
10 Slamball, 10
200M Erg Sprint
I would not say least favorite — but an exercise I want to perform is the overhead squat. Along with the Snatch, it is a work in progress.
7. What’s one major goal you’ve accomplished through CrossFit?
Simple, I have improved my health, whether measured by weight lost, inches lost or blood pressure; all of my numbers have improved.
8. What would you say to those considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Stay with it and do not give up on yourself — especially those days when the body hurts or you are having trouble with certain exercises
9. How does staying fit contribute to your life?
One point I have not mentioned: CrossFit has helped me in other activities such as golf, running and completing my “honey do list.”
10. What kind of diet do you eat? Do you advocate any certain way of eating?
Since beginning the Whole Life Challenge in September, I have used the performance level as my dietary guide eliminating the grains, starches, corn, soy, sugars and rice.
I was surprised that I did not miss those items (except being from the south, I missed my weekend breakfast of grits or pancakes). I do not advocate any definite way of eating (everyone is different), but similar to working out something you can consistently maintain.
11. Any athletic role models? Favorite CrossFitter?
I have always been a big baseball fan and I enjoy watching those athletes. However, I like all sports and enjoy watching any World Class Athlete perform their craft.
What has impressed me the most is the dedication and the athletic ability of the people I workout with everyday at 5:15.
12. Anything else interesting you might want to add that I forgot to ask about?
I need some new clothes.
So…anyone have any suggestions for where Johnny can get some new clothes? I’ll throw mine out there — love me some Reebok CrossFit gear (of course!).
When I first started CrossFit, I thought — now I have to buy special shoes? After you’re hooked, though, the shoes are kind of just part of the drill.
Check out out other Trident CrossFit athlete spotlights:
Got a recommendation for Member of the month? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
By Ericka Andersen
During CrossFit Regionals this year, the CrossFit Games website live-streamed every regional in real-time. The site was extremely well-organized and included easy, tabbed files so viewers could switch back and forth to watch any regional as it was happening.
While some favorites – like Sam Briggs and Lindsay Valenzuela – didn’t make it out of Regionals this year, many did. Mid-Atantic athletes Gretchen Kittelberger, Christy Adkins, Ben Smith and Jordan Troyan are making a return to the Games in California this year.
If you missed any of Regionals, all videos for every region from every day of competition is archived here.
Thinking about going to the Games this year? Having gone in 2013, I can tell you it’s totally worth it. You’ve never been to a sporting event where the spectators are as toned and fit as the athletes until you’ve been to the CrossFit Games. You can buy tickets here.
Without further ado, here are the results for every Regional across the world:
1. Gretchen Kittelberger
2. Christy Adkins
3. Anna Tunnicliffe
1. Ben Smith
2. Nate Schraeder
3. Jordan Troyan
1. CrossFit Explode
2. CrossFit Syndicate
3. Rising Orange
1. Celestie Engelbrecht
2. Nicole Seymour
3. Anneke De Beer
1. Quinton Z Van Rooyen
2. Andre Gadney
3. Richard Smith
1. CrossFit PBM
2. Double Platinum
3. Team RTF CrossFit
1. Julie Fouche
2. Nicole Holcomb
3. Michelle Kinney
1. Rich Froning
2. Scott Panchik
3. Will Moorad
1. CrossFit Conjugate Black
2. CrossFit NapTown Blue
3. CrossFit Maximus
1. Dani Horan
2. Sheila Barden
3. Rachel Martinez
1. Matthew Fraser
2. James Hobart
3. Craig Kenney
1. Team Dynamix Strength
2. CrossFit King of Island Park
3. CrossFit Virtuosity
1. Alessandra Pichelli
2. Chyna Cho
3. Margaux Alvarez
1. Jason Khalipa
2. Neal Maddox
3. Marcus Filly
1. Rocklin CrossFit Honeybadgers
2. CrossFit 808
3. NorCal CrossFit
1. Amanda Goodman
2. Tiffany Hendrickson
3. Mandi Janowitz
1. Tommy Hackenbruck
2. Chris Spealler
3. Patrick Burke
1. CrossFit The Club
2. Back Country Black
3. East Valley CrossFit
1. Marlene Andersson
2. Candice Ford
3. Yuko Sakuyama
1. Eric Carmody
2. Phil Hesketh
3. Michael Mogard
1. Shogun CrossFit
2. Inner Fight
3. CrossFit Asia
1. Denae Brown
2. Kara Webb
3. Pip Malone
1. Rob Forte
2. Brandon Swan
3. Khan Porter
1. CrossFit Athletic
2. CrossFit Active
3. Tropic Thunder
1. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
2. Michele Letendre
3. Kristine Andali
1. Albert-Dominic Larouche
2. Paul Tremblay
3. Alex Vigneault
1. Pro 1 Montreal
2. Physics CrossFit
3. Outlaw North
1. Emily Abbot
2. Emily Beers
3. Alex Parker
1. Lucas Parker
2. Tyson Takasaki
3. Brent Fikowski
1. The CENTAURS
2. Team Taranis
3. CrossFit 604
1. Annie Thorisdottir
2. Bjork Odinsdottir
3. Kristin Holte
1. Jonne Koski
2. Lukas Högberg
3. Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson
1. CrossFit Sport
2. CrossFit Tegen
3. CrossFit Falun Måndagsklubben
1. Wanda Brenton
2. Yazmin Arroy Loaiza
3. Antonelli Nicole
1. Emmanuel Maldonado
2. Conor Murphy
3. Mark Desin
1. BIGG FRIENDS
2. CrossFit SP Hulks team
3. CrossFit Revolver
1. Alexandra LaChance
2. Elizabeth Akinwale
3. Kelley Jackson
1. Kyle Kasperbauer
2. Jacob Heppner
3. Alex Nettey
1. Timberwolf CrossFIt
2. CrossFit Kilo
3. CrossFit GreenBay
1. Emily Carothers
2. Regan Huckaby
3. Rory Zambard
1. Cole Sager
2. Cody Anderson
3. Ben Stoneberg
1. CrossFit Marysville
2. CrossFit Fort Vancouver
3. Boise CrossFit
1. Jenn Jones
2. Cassidy Lance
3. Amanda Schwartz
1. Jordan Cook
2. Jeff Germond
3. Richard Bohlken
1. CrossFit Central Downtown Black
2. CrossFit Katy
3. Team Ballistic
1. Emily Bridgers
2. Talayna Fortunato
3. Lauren Brooks
1. Noah Ohlsen
2. Jeff Evans
3. Travis Mayer
1. Crossfit Adrenaline
2. CrossFit Atlanta
3. CrossFit HardCore
1. Valerie Voboril
2. Rebecca Voight
3. Lauren Fisher
1. Kenneth Leverich
2. Josh Bridges
3. Dan Bailey
2. Team CDR Redlands
3. Brick Nation
Originally written by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on her blog The Sweet Life.
People say to me sometimes, “Man, you really like CrossFit, don’t you?” If you are asking me that question, it’s obviously true. But what is it about CrossFit that’s so lovable?
I’ve always enjoyed being active — and running marathons has been a major passion of mine since 2010 — but CrossFit is a different animal. With running, it’s during and after that I love — not thinking about it (actually often dreading it) beforehand. But with CrossFit, I am excited to go — and a little sad when class is over!
When I started going to CrossFit 2.5 years ago, a feeling of childhood pleasure came back to me in a way I never expected to experience again. I absolutely loved gymnastics as a kid — loved it so much I would practice at home every single day, attend open gyms, stay after class to work on skills and give it my everything. I watched every second of the Olympics and stopped anything I was doing if a competition appeared on TV (you hardly ever see those, it’s always ice skating — ever notice? I hated that!)
The thing was — I didn’t actually have any natural talent. I wasn’t good enough to make the competition team at my local gym. I never mastered a kip, an aerial or a full vault by myself.
But I worked like I was going for the gold. I loved it so much that it didn’t matter that I’d never place in a competition, I just wanted to work harder and get better. I was on my own level and wanted to complete what I could — which never went further back tucks and fly aways (and not very good ones.) I’d have never been able to whip out four backhandsprings in a row without working my butt off for years.
Looking back, backhandsprings and fly aways and backwalkovers on the high beam seem like insane feats that I could NOT complete now but in reality, they were very low level moves int he gymnastics community as a whole.
That being said, I feel similarly about CrossFit. I know I’m never going to finish all the Open workouts. I know I will probably never be able to do a muscle-up or back squat 200 pounds. I may never be able to do those cool kipping pull-ups all in a row, either.
But everyday, I’m a little excited, a little nervous, a little ready to see what I can do on THIS day. I sometimes like to hang from the bar like I did as a kid on the jungle gym and flip off with my legs. I love it when we do cartwheels and handstands — and the thrill of rope climbing is awesome (also because I have an excuse to wear my cool, CrossFit socks that *certain people [you know who you are!] make fun of me for wearing!
After 6 months of forced break from CrossFit, I’m so excited to be back — and really glad to have that childhood feeling of anticipation back too. There are very few things that can make you feel like a kid again — and that’s just one reason I really love CrossFit.
That feeling in your lats and quads, that’s accomplishment; well that and the carnage of 14.5. Two days later, I can barely walk and my legs MIGHT have given out on me as I walked up the stairs to my office… I might have gone splat on the stairs…
Who is glad that the open is over? This gal is! It has been a roller coaster ride of muscle pains, demoralizing and remoralizing (it’s a word now) emotions, sucking air (followed by wine to forget the muscle pain) and thinking I could have done 1 more rep.
The breakdown by numbers…
205: Number of athletes registered for Team Trident
50: Team Trident’s place out of 330 teams in the Mid-Atlantic region
502: Team Trident’s place out of 4237 teams worldwide
1: One team, One community, One Team Trident
Be proud and give yourself a pat on your backs for being awesome then go hunt down the following people and give them a booty bump for contributing to the team score:
- Katie Wasalaski
- Jennie Cooper
- Jill Forbes
- Luc Tripp
- Lindsay Williamson
- Chriss Smith
- Brandon Maupin
- Will Brody
- Alex Johnson
- Karen Angeles
- Maron Kim
- Nick Libert
- Katie Beal
14.1 was doable, as our alumni blue shirt Matt Kirkpatrick would say, “In fact, I haven’t seen anything that doable since myself in the mirror this morning.” We came out of that one with whip marks, our first consecutive double under or even our first double under!
The announcement of 14.2 sent most of us ladies on the hunt for a sports bra that resembled Madonna’s cone bra and hoping for her ripped arms to get boobs to bar. Most people were in an outrage thinking how dare Castro program chest to bar so soon in the open, does he want to weed everyone out? Of course not!! By definition, CrossFit is CONSTANTLY VARIED, just like life, you never know what is going to come next and it certainly does not come in a certain order weeding out people out at the end. Expect the unexpected.
14.3 compared to 14.2 was a breeze. WHEW! Some of us pulled a weight off the ground we never thought possible! It gave me the redemption I needed to feel good about the Open. Then came 14.4 and like a roller-coaster the 50 toes to bar made me want to crawl under a rock with my lady like calluses. Who else wished there were 50 cleans and 30 toes to bar?
14.5 has left us wrecked. I really did fall walking up the stairs to my office. My legs just could not take it… It was a good feeling to know I worked hard to finish, but not a good feeling to be face first on the stairs while people walked over me.
Overall, it has been a VERY eye opening OPEN. Lots of weaknesses have been exposed and so have lots of strengths. Take note of what you want to work on and write it up on the Trident board; hold yourself accountable! Even if you did not sign up for the Open or log your scores online, keep track of your scores somewhere and use it as a baseline. I will guarantee you will see one of these WODs programmed at Trident or even during another Open.
Now raise your right hand, high up to the sky! Bend at the elbow so that your hand is behind your back. Now go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back because you survived a brutal Open! BOOM!!
Did you know that last year we had the second largest team IN THE WORLD? We came second only to CrossFit NYC… impressive for Trident’s second year registered as a team!
You may not have any strong feelings about the Open or why you should participate but I do, so bear with me as I step on to my soapbox!
Last year I could not quite put it into words why the Open meant so much to me, but after my first full year as a coach at Trident, I have come to realize why it does… I have Trident Pride! I am honored and proud to be part to be part of this great community of athletes. I learn something new EVERYDAY I am at Trident. I am thrilled to be able to pass on my lessons learned to the rest of the Trident community and am thrilled when I see you all pass on that knowledge to the next generation of athletes. I have Trident Pride and want everyone to feel that pride and be proud of what we are doing here at Trident.
For me the easiest way to pass on that sense of pride to the athletes is through The CrossFit Open. Not everyone comes to Trident for the sense of community. Not everyone that CrossFits knows that with their membership comes a community that will support them. The Open is a way for them to bond and cultivate a community of their own within our over 600 members.
There are many reasons that Trident CrossFit stands out among the 20+ boxes in the area: the amazing coaches, the ginormous box, the awesome programming, the up to date equipment, the strong athletes, the community… We come together in times of hardship, celebration and in remembrance. Let’s honor what we have built at Trident by reaching out to those at Trident that may not realize the community they have backing them, let’s bring them into the fold, into the community that has enveloped us and enriched our lives.
I would hope that Trident has touched all of you in some way, good touch never bad touch! So reach deep and figure out why you are at Trident, what it has done for you and what you want to pass to the rest of our community that may not have been touched.
Get your game face on!