Why I CrossFit:For the last 5 years I have been a Competitive Power Lifter. Power lifting consists of maxing out on a back squat, bench press, and dead lift. As far as strength was concerned I was doing very well and considered myself pretty fit, but I was not CrossFit! My first real WOD was when I went to my Level 1 Certification. We ended the day with a workout named “FRAN”. I remember being cocky at doing the WOD RX’D because how hard could 21-15-9 of pull ups and 95 lb thrusters be? After all, I was squatting in the 300’s and Dead lifting in the 400’s. They went over the rules, blared Metallica, gave us a 10 minute cut off and 3…2…1…GO! I have never witness a workout like that in my life! I was hooked! My time for FRAN was 10:01 with my last pull up going over the bar after the buzzer. After the WOD I couldn’t quit shaking, couldn’t breathe, and quite honestly I felt like I was going to die! For some unknown reason, I loved this feeling. It reminded me of the Marine Corps. You see, in the Corps everyday is hard and everyone suffers together. This shared suffering builds camaraderie or as we call it “esprit de corps”!
CrossFit is evidence based fitness. This means that it is measurable. It also means that if it works, then you should get better. I have witnessed this with my FRAN times. Since doing FRAN a little over a year and a half ago I have done this program once every 6 months (roughly). My times have been 10:01, 8:35, 5:25, and 3:59. Proving CrossFit has made me better! I CrossFit because it is the hardest and best workout I have ever done in my life! Every single WOD I have ever done has been a complete ass kicker! I love being tested every day, I love the results, but most of all I love the struggle and the fight! I love CrossFit!
Allen Hedrick, M.A., C.S.C.S., RSCC, FNCA, is Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at CSU-Pueblo. Previously Hedrick has been the head strength and conditioning coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Prior to that Hedrick worked as a graduate assistant while pursuing his masters degree at Fresno State University. Hedrick was named the NSCA’s Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2003. Frequently published in various journals related to strength and conditioning, Hedrick has authored books on training for football and dumbbell training, written chapters in 3 textbooks related to strength and conditioning, and has spoken at numerous conferences and clinics both nationally and internationally.
Why I Crossfit:
All my life I’ve participated in some type of sport. I have a hard time working out by myself without someone to motivate me and I always love the company of teammates. When I left college though I found myself in a new city and very few options for exercise. There was only a small globo-gym and a Crossfit box in the town I moved to and knowing I would hate to exercise by myself I nervously tried Crossfit. I had heard about Crossfit before and watched some of the Games on TV and I thought it was really intense and I wasn’t sure I could handle it. The first workout I did had box jumps, pull-ups, and kettle bell swings, I could barely jump on a 14” box, struggled to get my foot into a very thick assistance band and somehow managed to swing a 15lb kettlebell to eye level. I had no technique at all. Luckily I don’t remember anyone else who was in that class with me so no one I know saw that catastrophe of a workout. I could barely sit down for 2 weeks, but I was completely hooked. There were so many new things to learn in Crossfit and so many great people participated in it. I wanted to go to the box all the time to learn everything and meet everyone. I would go in early to try to get double-unders. I stayed late to talk with my friends about the workout we just did. I saw people working on butterfly pull-ups and I had to know how to do them. I had sloppy technique on my cleans and I had to learn how to fix it. There is so much involved in Crossfit and there were so many amazing people who were interested in learning the same things as me and we were able to celebrate together when we accomplished something new.
I Crossfit because I love and am obsessed with it and I love meeting people who share the same feelings. Through Crossfit I have learned that the human body can accomplish amazing things. I adore Crossfit because I can still celebrate with someone when they crush a workout that completely destroys me. I Crossfit because I know there is always something new to learn and I can barely wait to give it a try.
My name is Cora Hofmann, I have a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology/Women’s Studies and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My first semester of college I took an introduction to psychology class and I knew I wanted to study humans as individuals. After moving to Colorado I started running and again much like yoga running opened up so much more for me. I started to fall in love with the mountains and when I met my husband I not only fell in love with him but rock climbing, snowboarding and backpacking. I found psychotherapy, meditation and yoga before I found CrossFit. Discovering each has changed my life in different ways. When I needed yet another change of routine in my life I went looking for something that would challenge me physically. I started hearing about CrossFit, so when I looked up affiliates in Pueblo and I discovered Devil Dogg CrossFit. After the excitement of doing something new wore off, I still find myself focused on CrossFit. One reason being DDC is an encouraging family of great athletes. The second reason seems to be due to the part of the CrossFit definition that states “constantly varied.”
Lexi is currently studying psychology at Colorado State University in Pueblo. She hopes to integrate positive psychology and yoga into a career someday. But until then she finds her bliss in teaching yoga and writing. She has contributed stories to online yoga publications such as YogiApproved and Bad Yogi as well as the local alternative newsmagazine, The Pueblo PULP. In her free time Lexi likes to spend as much time outdoors as possible, especially at the family ranch just outside of Beulah. Here she practices "dirt road yoga" and helps with the family business by branding and vaccinating cattle. Although Lexi was never athletic growing up, teaching yoga has opened countless doors for her. Nowadays she couldn't imagine her life without CrossFit and is looking forward to her next Spartan Race. Through these new experiences, Lexi has discovered that she loves working with anyone who doesn't fit the stereotypical "yogi" mold. She has found a special passion for working with veterans, who can use yoga to battle PTSD and cultivate mindfulness. As someone who loves green juice as much as she loves a good steak and has gone from barely passing gym class to being an instructor in the fitness industry she likes to think that she can relate to everyone. Lexi strives to teach a class in which people can come to feel safe and accepted and where they can cultivate a healthy practice and a happy heart. :)
Calee is an active Colorado native, college student working towards her nursing degree and also becoming a rapper (not as good as Kanye, but who cares). Calee is here to guide her young yoga warriors through mindful yoga flows, free from outside judgement. Availing herself to continuous human anatomical/physiological behavior studies from Colorado State University-Pueblo, Calee explains further physiological change in the body when engaging the skeletal muscles in yoga poses throughout her classes, applying fundamental knowledge to our absent minded western world in a challenging yet understandable way. Calee completed a 200 hour teacher training at Studio Share and is excited to start teaching at Devil Dogg Crossfit.