2019 Year in Review

2019 – CrossFit Playground Year in Review

Below are a series of posts highlighting our favorite parts of 2019 at CFPG. Please read and relive a great year with us!

Our transition into owners of CFPG began with $25 in our bank account ($20 from me, $5 from Bryan, just to be clear!) and some borrowed time. And, there was a lot to do. We reintroduced On Ramp, called it Foundations, and the first class was delightfully full! Things were in rough shape and we didn’t have the best equipment, but what we did have was some of the most experienced coaching, a killer program, and the Best Community Around. So we told people that and promised the nice things would come. And they did.
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Recently, Bryan sent a list of all the investments we made this year at CFPG and let me tell you, it made me proud. Highlights for me …
🔥Equipment investments – A variety of new equipment has trickled in throughout the year and now, we’re a little spoiled, haha! Game changer – women’s barbells, something we had never had before and so important for our large female population.
🔥Construction – What do you do when you have no money? Knock down walls and paint everything! We’re really happy with the new feel at CFPG, love the colors and love our entry.
🔥The New Rig – An unexpected purchase and a little nerve wrecking, but how did we live without it? Memorable moment – almost 50 Athletes doing pull ups during Murph, wow
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Although CFPG has physically transformed in many ways, one could argue that the true overhaul is our fitness program. When I say the fitness of our community has TRANSFORMED, I am not kidding. As a whole, no matter how long we’ve been members at CFPG, we have all made significant gains across the board – in strength, skill, and stamina. I look at Athletes photos from earlier this year vs. now and and the transformations are nothing short of amazing. All the credit goes to Bryan Dowd and our coaches for facilitating a new philosophy of fitness at CFPG.
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Moving into 2020, we still have big plans to grow and as we asked our members at this time last year, stick with us, or join us and come along for the ride. It’s been a great ride so far and the sky’s the limit. 
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Best, Erin
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Right from the start, it was very important to us that we reintroduce Youth CrossFit at CFPG because after all, a love for fitness can and should start from an early age and we wanted to foster that. In January, CrossFit Kids returned to CFPG and the first few months were, needless to say, quite the experience! Session 2 began and we introduced separate programs based off of age and skill; Fire Breathers (4-7) and Dragons (8-12). In the late Spring, CrossFit Teens came to CFPG, a program that was designed for teenage athletes, but quickly turned into a sport for teens who didn’t play one. In the summer, we hosted two weeks of CrossFit Kids Camp and Team WOD, a session for teams to come in and train with us. As I write this, I am amazed that all of this happened in one year. And it’s been incredible.
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Choosing highlights regarding Youth CrossFit at CFPG is so tough. I didn’t realize how much fulfillment it would bring to me, and let me tell you, it has. Here are my top three:
👉🏼Teaching Olympic Lifting to Youth Athletes – Never in my wildest dreams did I think kids would pick up lifting like they do. In a matter of 2-3 classes, I’ve taught kids to Power Snatch, and their form is impressive. What’s even more impressive is that my Youth Athletes show the ability to modigy workouts while still challenging themselves. That, my friends, blows my mind.
👉🏼Writing Program for Kids – It’s not a secret that Bryan is the brainchild behind our very effective Adult CrossFit program and I’ve been lucky to learn so much from him. Writing program for kids is different obviously, but the underlying foundations of CrossFit are still the same. I’ve very much enjoyed writing program for CrossFit Kids under Bryan’s wing and am so grateful to be able to grow my skills in this arena. I am especially proud of the curriculum we developed for CrossFit Kids Camp; it truly embodies teaching CrossFit as a lifestyle and that includes not only fitness, but also healthy eating, team work, and love for our community.
👉🏼I’ve been so fortunate to work with Coach Syd and Coach Noah as up and coming Kids/Teens coaches. I can’t say enough wonderful things about them and love the bonds they’ve made with our Youth CrossFitters. They really are the most exemplary role models and we’re more than lucky to have them.
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Long post, I know, but CrossFit Kids is so dear to my heart. They’ve been a huge part of my 2019 and the Community at CFPG. A yearly recap post wouldn’t be complete without them.
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Best, Erin
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CrossFit Playground has always prided ourselves in being the Best Community Around. A little cliche, we know, but the only way to describe it, really! When you walk through these doors, you’re welcomed with open arms and hearts. When you’re here, you’re surrounded by encouragement and support. And when you go to leave, you might not want to, because the feels here are just that good. Oh and we laugh, A LOT. We can’t take the credit for this; it’s all because the people here are amazing. They truly are “a Community of people who (emphasis) LOVE each other.”
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In 2019, we made so many wonderful memories with our Community. I LOVE looking back and smiling over each and every one. And something I’m most proud of … the diversity in which we got the Community involved. I feel like we really did a good job offering something for everyone and we hope you all thought so, too. And now to narrow down the top highlights … so tough!
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👉🏼Community Wide Strength Training and Cutting Cycles: For the first time ever, we lead our entire community in several strength training and cutting cycles over the course of the year. We taught you all about the methods, presented different diet paths to you, pulled additional resources and recipes from our members, and helped you collect data. We watched our lifts go up and our body fat go down. We celebrated all of our success.
👉🏼Big Fat Community WODs: There’s nothing better than to watch the whole freaking community pack the place for a special event WOD. My favorites of 2019 would have to include:
✔️Murph – CrossFitters come together on Memorial Day to complete a workout in honor of a fallen soldier, the biggest group we’ve ever hosted
✔️The WOD for Emmy Drew – CFPG showed up in large numbers to raise funds and awareness for Pompe Disease in honor of Emmy Drew Parker
✔️Holiday WODs – Honestly any holiday is a great time to get a WOD in with your CFPG family and then of course, celebrate with food and spirits after ❤
👉🏼Community Excursions: This year we took fitness outside of the gym and will continue to do so more in 2020 with Applied Fitness; exciting! Favorites from this year include our Day at the Track, the SUP and Kayak Excursion, and the Ghost Run. Loved that time with you all.
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The Community has always been one of the biggest reasons my love for the Playground is so great. Now I know you might think I’m impartial, and that could be slightly true … but come here some time and see for yourself. There’s something really special here and people sense it right away. We know you will, too.
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Best, Erin
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#crossfitplayground #playgroundstrong #appliedfitness #cfpgfamily #proudcommunity #bestcommunityaround

“By definition, resolutions are more do-or-die (and therefore intimidating).
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This is the common definition of the word resolution: res·o·lu·tion, (noun) 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something; 2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter. Meanwhile, this is the definition of the word goal: goal, (noun) 1. the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result; the destination of a journey.
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Just by definition alone, a goal sounds more attainable. Instead of setting a “firm” resolution that requires solving, set a goal, which is a part of a “journey” and enjoy the road to reaching a better place in your life.”
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I think I can speak for Bryan and myself when I say that we’ve very much enjoyed our journey at CFPG this year. We’re so proud to be part of this experience and we can’t wait to see what 2020 brings us and all of you. Thank you so much for your continuous love and support and have a happy, healthy new year and 2020!
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