We so hate to say goodbye to one of our best and brightest, Coach Miss J. She has been with us since the beginning, but now it is time to be on to bigger and better things in the state’s capital. She has spent over five years of making Knoxville a little bit more fit. I know that she has touched all of our lives in many different meaningful ways, and she will be nearly impossible to replace. Nevertheless, the show must go on!
August is a couple of days away, and I want to bring everyone up to speed on some of the new happenings at Ktown. We have a bunch of things in the pipeline from the Jacked and Tan Classic this weekend, a new class beginning next Monday, the opening of Ktown’s sister gym in Farragut, to our new Wodify system being installed. Let’s begin chronologically…
This Saturday is the 2nd annual Jacked and Tan Classic. I hope that you have found a partner and signed up for what happens to be one of the most fun events of the year. If you do not plan on competing, we always could use volunteers – even if it is only for a couple of hours of the day. Please sign the board next to the shoes if you plan on volunteering. The event will be from 8AM-3PM. This is our most ambitious end time to date, but we are confident in our abilities to pull this off with nary a hiccup. So sign up or volunteer (please, I need volunteers)!
Next Monday launches a new class offering at 7AM on MWF. The current 7AM CrossFit group class will be run as normal, but now there will be a CrossFit Foundations course running simultaneously. This class will be run by our Level 1 certified, ever-gregarious, and highly capable Dave Parmly. I will personally be doing the programming for the class. The CrossFit Foundations class will be built around the slow lifts and the occasional power versions of the Olympic lifts. We will also be implementing a Mobility WOD in to each day’s programming that will suit whatever strength and conditioning work we have programmed. The conditioning will be lower impact on the joints but just as intense. I foresee this class being popular with people rehabbing one of life’s injuries, the older crowd, the very young crowd, someone right out of On Ramp not ready for a full-blown group class, and many others wanting to find the middle ground of strength and conditioning. If you or someone you know might be interested in this class, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 9th marks the grand opening celebration of CrossFit Farragut. We want everyone to come out and see the place, watch or participate in a couple of workouts, eat and drink, and SHOP during the Lululemon trunk show that will be going on. Crissy, Dani, CBo, and myself have been working very hard to get this thing rolling, and we would really love your support. If you have friends, family, or even enemies out in the Farragut area, let them know that a fun, community-driven, quality CrossFit gym will be opening up on August 9th. We will release times and other pertinent details later this week.
Soon, and I mean within a couple of weeks, CrossFit Ktown will have the Wodify system installed. This means a lot for you all: up-to-date class calendar with who is coaching, Facebook and Twitter integration if you so choose it, a sleek mobile app you can use to see the day’s workout among other things, mobile notifications, online leaderboard, nutrition journal that you can track food and drink intake and then request a peer or coach to review, a built-in performance history to know exactly what 70% of your 1RM is among other neat things, a video library of lifts and gymnastic movements, an integrated whiteboard community so you can comment on other people’s lifts and conditioning scores, and so much more. There is also a lot of backend stuff that gets me geeked out like class attendance and demographics tracking etc. So get ready!
The final thing I want to leave you with is this great idea from one of our members: “Your stuff +1.” The idea is simple but would drastically alter the gym. At the end of your strength session or once you finish your conditioning, pick up and put away all of the stuff you used for said session plus ONE other item – just ONE more thing! The extra item might be a classmate’s barbell, an errant clip, an unused box, or a rogue abmat sitting next to the vertical whiteboards underneath the old rig (BECAUSE I PICK THESE UP EVERY DAY!). Losing Miss J will be difficult for Ktown in a lot of ways, but none so much as the stopgap of picking up after all of you rascals. That job has always fallen to both of us, but now there is just me. So help me out. Please. The coaches and I are trying to make Ktown a tidier place. It will benefit us all. Cooperate, don’t defect.
I am looking forward to August and all the months that follow!