Success Stories

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meet Lindsay

We, at Crossfit Central, have been doing some leadership training with the book, Strength Finders 2.0, for the past month. It has been really interesting finding out what our strengths are and how we can work together to complement each other and ultimately be a fine-tuned cohesive Team.

Each week we have met with one member of our Team to get to know what makes them tick- their strengths and how they relate those strengths to their lives. I LOVE this kind of cheesy- get-to-know-you stuff, and I love getting to know people on a more personal basis. Oh, that's one of my strengths by the way- Relator!

This past week I met with Lindsay. She is a newer member of the Relentless Bootcamp staff but is already doing great things. Lindsay is someone you are instantly comfortable with- she's easy going, fun to talk to, and in 5 minutes you feel like you've known her forever!

Lindsay has been really busy lately- getting married, doing lots of video and photography work, and of course Coaching bootcamps and our Corporate Wellness Program. What struck me about Lindsay were her strengths:

Empathy, Developer, Strategic, Restorative, Discipline

She is very organized, a good problem-solver, and a very hard worker. But one of the things that I have noticed about Lindsay is also that she seems to be an observer. She isn't one to be loud or talk just to say something. Lindsay seems to think things through and then give her opinion at just the right time. Sometimes the people that say the least have the most to say. Ya know?!

So there you have it.....Lindsay Spurck Schrock. I am so excited to get to know her better in the future and see what great things her life has in store!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Leigh Ann is Relentless!

Leigh Ann (in green)
This is Leigh Ann. 

She joined Relentless Bootcamp back in June and has been an integral part of our class. Leigh Ann is a High School basketball coach in Del Valle and is an endless encourager. She's the first one to give you a high five and tell you to keep on going. Even in the middle of the toughest WODs, she will shout out words of encouragement to other people in our class!
Leigh Ann's first time deadlifting... 195lbs!
Leigh Ann took on the Iron Belle Women's Only Challenge this year, and was even more hooked on Crossfit! She is always smiling and gives me a hug each time I see her. Leigh Ann has embraced the Paleo lifestyle, lost weight, gained muscle, and is training for her 3rd Houston Marathon in January. I can't wait to see how much she shaves off her time!

Since Leigh Ann is a basketball coach, she has had to take a few months off of Bootcamp classes because of practices, but we know she'll be back! 
Leigh Ann pressing the 53lb. KB!

Leigh Ann is an inspiration to our entire class, and for that, she is.... Relentless!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Words to Live By

This is what I see every morning and every night. And actually every time I am in my bathroom! I absolutely love this because it reminds me how I want to live each day. I'm not perfect. After all, I am human. Sometimes I don't speak so gently. Sometimes I forget to laugh. But I like to start (and end) each day reading these words and asking myself if I did, indeed, follow through with my intentions.

What we surround ourselves with daily is so vitally important to our psyche and our hearts. When we can find joy, peace, and acceptance within ourselves, we can most definitely be a mirror for others to see it in themselves.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I was never a huge chili fan until I tried this recipe, taken from Mel at The Clothes Make the Girl. Now as soon as the temperature drops below 70, I whip this up and eat it for days! Hope you enjoy it.

The base:
2 tablespoons of your favorite fat: olive oil, coconut oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 lbs. ground meat (lean beef, pork, turkey, veal, bison, or a mix)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa * (the secret killer ingredient!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
14.5 oz. can chopped tomatoes
6 oz. tomato paste
14.5 oz. can beef broth
1 bottle light beer (*see below for what NOT to do!) or about a cup of water
1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add onions and saute 'til soft. Add garlic and let heat 'til fragrant, about 2 minutes. DO NOT BURN THE GARLIC. Add the meat and sauté until browned and crumbled.

2. Blend all the spices in a small bowl. Add to pot and stir well, about 1 minute.

3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, hot sauce, and beef broth to the pot. Stir well.

4. Crack open the beer and take a sip for luck. Poor the rest into the pot and stir well.

5. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low so the pot has a gentle simmer. SIMMER FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS. Do not skimp on the simmer. Just as rest time is the magic time when you build your strength, simmering is the magic time when the flavors meld.

This recipe makes 6 3-protein-block servings of 1 and 1/3 cups each. 

Add additional quality fats with some chopped black olives, green olives, or avocado slices (or all three!).

Add more veggies by serving over a bed of cooked spaghetti squash, grated zucchini, or baby spinach leaves.

*** I ommited a few things because I just didn't have them. Instead of beef broth I just added some water. Don't make the mistake I made of pouring in an entire bottle of dark, strong beer- bad idea- it was kinda gross.  Just keep an eye on the pot and add a bit of water if needed.

Also, I sauteed the meat and onions then threw it along with everything else into the crockpot for 2 or 3 hours instead of simmering on the stove.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

53 Pounds of Fury

This is Mike. 

Mike brought his new 53 lb. Kettlebell to class on Tuesday.
Mike isn't messing around...

As we were warming up, I heard him telling Ryan, another bootcamper, something like "Yeah, I'll be ok as long as we don't do something like 1 arm overhead squats..."

See, I plan out all my WODs in advance and write them down (I'm OCD like that). I walked up to Mike and showed him the 2nd workout:

3 rounds:
20 1 arm KB squats
20 MB situps w/twist
400m run

He uttered a string of curse words and I just laughed...... 

Unfortunately for the rest of the class, the 1st WOD was a round of Tabata seated KB presses in a circle. After each round, they had to pass their KB to the left.

Guess who got the last laugh?!

Nice Job, Brooke!

Strong Woman!

Thanks for bringin' the hurt, Mike! We love you!!!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Welcome, Logan!

Logan & Lori

Logan is our newest member of the Barton Hills 6pm Tue/Thurs. "Wilke Warriors" tribe. Logan came to Relentless bootcamp after hearing about it from our own Hanna aka "Hannarchy". 

Logan is a natural athlete and has picked up the movements very quickly. The picture above was her "hazing" intro to the famous Wilke Hill. Lori was her partner and, together, they made it to the top- Teamwork!

We are so happy to have you, Logan! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Breaking Through Barriers

Today in my personal training small group session, I had them do 100 Burpees for time.  The look on their faces when I told them what we were going to do was priceless. A little uncertainty, a little dread, a little horror, a whole lotta WTF??!!

This particular WOD is a perfect example of the Crossfit = Life carryover.  100 Burpees sounds like it will take forever. It sounds utterly painful. It sounds like something one would never in a million years choose to do. 

But it's all about strategy- and just doing it. Breaking it down into manageable chunks, then just going at it and not stopping until you are done. Simple!

They all did a great job, and in the end, they all said how accomplished they felt. Like it wasn't really as bad as they had imagined. And if they could do this, what else could they do?!

I love seeing people go through this kind of transformation- it's an "overcoming" of sorts- overcoming fears, overcoming perceived barriers, overcoming self-imposed limitations.  It ALWAYS carries over into Life. Always.