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CrossFit Conjugate... A Powerlifter's Perspective

by Laura Phelps-Sweatt6. April 2013 15:29
Three months have flown by since we opened CrossFit Conjugate. Shane and my 3.5 years being uniquely involved in CrossFit opened our eyes to the magnitude of this sport, but these past three months have changed us in ways we never expected. Our vision for this gym was to integrate the world's greatest strength training system into a CrossFit program that was tangible, and one that we could physically work with on a daily basis. What we weren't expecting was the amazing community that would come along with it. In such a short amount of time, we have built relationships with you all and have had the pleasure of watching you all grow together, supporting and pushing each other to new levels.
I haven't competed in a powerlifting meet since August. And it was not a successful meet for me in the least. It left me questioning everything. Am I done? Am I burnt out?  Do I need to focus on other things? I decided to take some time off from competing and re-evaluate. I never missed a training day, although training days were difficult to get through when I'm not in preparation for something. I hated feeling like this, because THIS is what I love to do. 
Fast forward to January. The CrossFit gym that we had envisioned and dreamed about finally came to fruition. What we had been building for years, finally paid off. We could offer the most revolutionary programming, along with world class coaching. All of this is great, but there is still the question of, "How will members respond to this? This isn't what they are used to, will they believe in us enough to let us show them the way?". Our coaches have done an incredible job of sharing their personal passion and success with this programming, which helped satisfy peoples curiosity. We started off with a bang. All of the new movements were eye opening to everyone, and left everyone feeling sore in places they've never felt before. It gave insight to the progress that was in store.
Progress isn't even a word that properly describes the magnitude of what has happened these past three months. We have watched brand new CrossFit athletes discover a love for training that they never knew they had. We have watched seasoned CrossFitters quickly achieve goals they had been working on for so long. And we have seen high level CrossFit athletes drastically improve their rankings. Through our eyes, what we have observed is this whole group of individuals that is eager to learn, quick to respond, and wildly passionate and active towards self-improvement. More so than any group of individuals we have ever worked with. 
Seeing these qualities in you all has been refreshing. It has forced me to reflect on the earlier years of my career. I was just like each and every one of you. I spent so much of my free time researching my sport. I lived for my training days. My nutrition was on point and geared towards my performance. And I had a passion for success. Somewhere along the way, in the midst of the craziness that is my life, I let so much of that get away from me. In getting to know all of you, I've tried to spend as much time as I can at Conjugate, even sneaking in some WODs with everyone. I don't think anyone can understand this sport until they experience it. Putting yourself into some of the most uncomfortable, challenging positions imaginable, and finding a way to not only make it through, but bring your very best to the table. I'm inspired. Period. Watching our athletes either put their best out there, or re-do and drastically improve on 13.5 today was a bit emotional for me. Seeing our aspiring athletes cheer and envision of someday being there gave me perspective. I have something special with my sport of powerlifting. I have work to do, and more to accomplish. I am re-energized and re-focused. I thank each and every one of you for being so amazing. Thank you for believing in us and for being a part of our family. We love you more than you know. This is the beginning of an amazing journey...

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Nick Miller
Nick Miller
4/6/2013 5:56:27 PM #

Thanks for writing this post Laura!  You and your athletes are motivation for those of us who are trying to figure out how to program westside and cf together.  Please continue forging the way, I hope there is an opportunity someday for those of us hungry for that info to be allowed to learn the programming aspect from you guys.  You and Shane are so knowledgeable and I am thankful for the Powerlifitng Cert you guys did.  Keep killing it!!

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LauraSweatt
LauraSweatt
4/6/2013 6:05:53 PM #

Thank you,  Nick!! We most certainly will! Let us know if you have any questions!

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