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Warming up for the first WOD of the 2013 CrossFit Open.

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.


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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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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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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.


Editor’s Note: This happened awhile back, but better late than never, right?

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“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.”

From Trident Crossfit Volunteers at the Capital Area Food Bank, posted by AntwoneWalters on 1/28/2013 (89 items)

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Danielle and Alyssa (Team Dirty Diesel) and Joy and Casey (Team Kettlebelles)

SuperFit Richmond 2013 is in the books and Team Trident placed in two divisions.

Congratulations to Danielle and Alyssa who won First Place in the Female/Female division!

Joy and Casey finished in Second Place in the Female/Female scaled division.

Here’s a link to see the full results from the competition.

Couldn’t be more proud of all the competitors this weekend.  Blood, sweat and tears won’t begin to tell the story but a photo is worth a thousand words.  Check out the Trident Facebook page for more photos from the competition.  Thanks also to out to the awesome turnout of supporters with special thanks to Dr. Dolan  aka T-Rav, the massage master.  Every member of Team Trident showed why we train so hard every day.  Next time you see any of the competitors, give them a high-five or big hug, they deserve one.

Stay tuned for the Awesome Dance Video…..

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Team V Battle in action at SuperFit Richmond 2013.

 


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Head Coach Matt Wilson competing at SuperFit DC (Source: Christopher Nolan/Metcon Photos)

SuperFit Richmond 2013 is this Saturday, January 12, at CrossFit RVA in Richmond, VA. It’s a one-day competition starting at 9 a.m. with three team divisions: male-male, male-female, female-female.

Trident will be well represented. Here’s a list of who’s competing:

Matt and Katie
Danielle and Alyssa
Vic and Terrance
Jenna and Katie
Joy and Casey
Karla and Jenny
Jerome and Marcus
Deb and Lindsay
Dave and TBD

If you’re curious about the WODs, here’s the first WOD competitors will complete:

WOD 1: Karabell

8 Minute AMRAP of

  • 10 Power Snatches
  • 20 Wallballs

Score is total number of reps. Only 1 bar per team. Only 1 working person per team. You can change weights at any time. You cannot clean and jerk the weight. Press outs are ok (although severely frowned upon).

Weights

Male+Male RX: 135#, 20# to 10′ Target

Male+Female RX: 135#/95#, 20# to 10′ Target/14# to 9′ Target

Female+Female RX: 95#, 14# to 9′ Target

Male+Female Scaled: 95#/65#, 20# to 10′ Target/12# to 9′ Target

Female+Female Scaled: 65#, 12# to 9′ Target

Here’s the full WOD list.

In case you’d like to drive down and cheer Trident on, here’s where CrossFit RVA is located. Tickets for spectators are $10, a small price to pay to see Team Trident.


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