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2018 – Coach Shoe’s Year in Review

2018 – Coach Shoe’s Year in Review

I went into 2018 (#yearofthegainz) with some big fitness goals, mainly just getting back into a consistent routine and to spend more time working on my weightlifting, as well as some lofty business goals (hello Flux launch). Some goals were met, many were not.

The Fitness Goals:

I had some lofty numbers I wanted to hit on my snatch & clean&jerk. I spent 4 days a week lifting to support that goal, along with 1-3 Flux or CrossFit workouts. While I feel stronger and more consistent in those lifts, and in my yoga practice as well as more proficient in a lot of movements, the reality is I increased both lifts by just 5 lbs each.

While it isn’t the large improvement I wanted, a TON of technique work has been done, lots of groundwork has been laid to start climbing up the ladder this year. And in the grand scheme of things, 5 lbs at this stage of the game still feels pretty damn good and my lifts are wayyyyyyy more solid.

We can get very caught up in numbers, and I have heard many folks say “I only PR’d by 5, or 10 lbs.” THAT IS HUGE! As we grow as athletes and continually challenge ourselves those jumps will get smaller and more incremental, but that does not take away how special they are. A PR is always something to be proud of! It means you are better then you were yesterday, and that is all we are really trying to do is get a little bit better, every day.

The Other Goals:

2018 was a great year, but it was probably my most challenging yet. There were no big moves, changes, or shakeups. That probably seems like a positive, and it is. But for me, the lack of movement can feel a bit suffocating. I am someone who has moved every 4 years (if not sooner) or has made some big change or done something to distract myself or keep myself busy. 2018 didn’t have any of those things… so it was a lot of learning how to survive in stability.

With no big moves or changes, “to dos” are not as clearly laid out, so as a business owner it became more challenging to create and lead down an undefined path. There were endless possibilities…but holy crap there were endless possibilities! WHERE DO WE EVEN START?! As the gym grew, and our staff grew there was more and more that needed to be done both on & off the floor, but also still the need to create plans to move forward and to take the gym where we wanted to go, but while still trying to maintain the Icehouse feel we all love so much. No one starts a gym to hang out at their computer doing payroll & marketing, so adjusting and adapting to a new role has been a huge challenge…and an ego check. The amount of personal growth that came from that discomfort is invaluable, even if it was (and still really is) a big struggle.

2019 will be a continuance of that journey of trying to add as much value as we possibly can for each and every one of you, while still keeping true to who we are and always trying to get just a little better, every day. Thank you all for allowing us to do what we do, and for growing with us as we too are still figuring it out <3

Coach Jordan’s 2018

Coach Jordan’s 2018

Wow, 2018 was something else. I don’t know if I have ever had a year with so much personal growth and change. Looking back on who I was at this time last year, I’m not even sure I can recognize that person. 2018 sure brought a lot of changes. I am excited to find out what 2019 has in store for me!

Becoming a Coach

This year I was asked if I would like more responsibly at the gym. Obviously, I said yes. I had been essentially stealing knowledge and experience from the coaches at Icehouse for over a year. I had also coached a few kids’ classes and I thought I was ready to jump in and start coaching “the big kids!” WRONG! I have read a bunch about the scientific principles of strength and conditioning as well as how we train to get desired effects. Turns out there is much more to coaching than a technical understanding of movement and how those movements produce a response.

I can remember the day my mindset shifted from “I know enough.” To “I know NOTHING.” I had just coached my first “regular” CrossFit class, I did a lot of things wrong that day, messed up the clock, forgot to teach a movement, and had the class run over about 10 minutes; all hard lessons that I have learned more than once, and I’m sure I will learn again. Along with what I thought I knew, one other thing changed that day. My perspective on what I was actually doing at the gym. I suddenly had a why. I decided after that class that I want to influence the members at our gym, the same way that the other coaches and all of the members influence me. I truly believe that I learn something from every class I coach and that I use those lessons to be a better coach. Not only do I try to use those lessons professionally, but I also use them personally as well. You can learn a ton about how you interact with others based on how they react to you after you just made them do burpees and thrusters for an hour! Seeing all of you come into the gym and put in the work, regardless of what else is going on in your lives is a powerful inspiration that I use for my own goals.

Speaking of goals, here are a few of mine for 2019!

  • Learn at least one new skill
  • Recover with the same effort put into training
  • Lift some heavy weights (It’s really challenging not to write 39 goals for a barbell, so this one covers them all!)
  • Learn more about Strength and Conditioning
  • Graduate College
  • Coach at a higher level. (More than movement.)
Coach Mo’s 2018 in Review

Coach Mo’s 2018 in Review

2018 has been the most rewarding and challenging year to date.  As with the theme since moving to Fargo I have experienced a lot of growth. The first half of the year was surrounded by major life events happening to and for the people around me.  Some of which were amazing accomplishments (so many babies) and some were tragedies that rocked me to my core.

From the Beginning to Summer

Early 2018 was really great, Ashely moved to Fargo and we found our tiny apt on the North side. The amount of support she provides is a major reason I can achieve so many of my goals. There were so many babies born at Icehouse during this time of year, it was fun to watch and coach all the Moms as they crushed workout after workout. FNL is also a favorite time of year for me, ya’ll know how to make this place electric.

There was also a time of reflection as several OG’s of Icehouse moved from the Fargo area, yet it has been really fun to see where their adventures are taking them. Summer also brought a chance to head to the lakes and take some much-needed relaxation time.

Summer to Now

Although summer brought the lakes it also brought some very challenging times for me. There was an honest moment sitting with Ashley reflecting and asking myself “can I do this, do I want to do this anymore?” After a few visits to my therapist, she handed me a book that has forever changed the way I look at myself and the things around me. It has allowed me to change the trajectory of 2019 and really dive into who I am and where I want to go.

It takes a village and I have been amazed by the people around me, they keep me accountable and are not afraid to dive into the weird with me. Coaching is a part of what I love most about life, getting to help people see themselves differently is truly rewarding. I look forward to continuing to make Icehouse the best place to be in Fargo.

Moving into 2019

Each quarter I sit down and write goals for the quarter, so far I’m 1 for 3 on accomplishing them for this final quarter. I don’t always get it right and I have a lot of room to develop into those as 2019 kicks off.  I have hired a coach because coaches need coaches too. Not a workout coach but a life coach and I will continue to make this a trend into 2019.

I’m learning a lot about filling my cup first and also creating the life I want to live. Language is a huge part of this and so is writing things down, I journal now more than ever (this is a practice I started in 6thgrade). I want to continue to be the best coach I can and to elevate everyone that walks into Icehouse, to help them find the best version of themselves. I’m looking forward to 2019 and continuing the dive into the weird, to live fully, and share openly with all around.

Thank you for being a part of my journey

Coach Skeds 2018 Reflections

Coach Skeds 2018 Reflections

I started off 2018 with a lot of opportunities and a vision. On December 31, 2017, I officially separated from full-time military service with no clear landing zone. I had a vision, though, and an opportunity and that I held tight to. My intention for 2018 was to become a CrossFit coach, and I feel confident that I achieved that intention.

Becoming a coach, truly becoming a coach and not just filling a title as a coach, is at the center of everything that I did in 2018.

Early 2018

I came into 2018 with a lot of certificates from both schooling and a few organizations. Because of these certificates, I could title myself a coach but where the rubber meets the road, schooling does not a coach make. Don’t get me wrong, personal and professional development is always valuable and at times certification is a required first step down that path.

I also came in with an unrelenting desire to foster the culture and community that I’d discovered at Icehouse. I’d walked through the doors about 6 months earlier and had experienced that personal transformation that having teammates again had created in me. I definitely experienced this at Icehouse through spending time with a diverse cross-section of people who all want the best for themselves, and the best for the athletes that they spend time with.

So with education and enthusiasm, my first tactical step was to develop the tools to be a serviceable coach on the floor. CrossFit HQ breaks coaching down into seven aspects: teaching, seeing, correcting, group management, presence, attitude, and demonstration. I spent hours upon hours in the early part of 2018 practicing each of these aspects. Practice, practice, practice; by myself, one-on-one, then being on the floor shadowing and finally leading.

Every day since I coached my first class I’ve done my best to do better. The tactical part of CrossFit coach development; seeing movement, correcting, demonstrating, and teaching never stops. Repetitions make the tasks easier and feel more like second nature, but make no mistake there are opportunities during every class for me to do just a little better.

Middle 2018

The middle part of 2018 my focus surprisingly shifted inward. When teaching, demonstrating, correcting, and seeing movement became more natural, the next step turned out to be bringing my depths as a person to my everyday. It was easy to navigate most of my adult life without ever having examined who I was as a person. I made a lot of small-talk, checked a lot of boxes, and kept a very clear line between my professional life and my personal life.

In order to be effective, in order to tap into the art of coaching, I needed to become real. This profession isn’t one where I am able to clock in and clock out. This profession is based on real, authentic human connection. I had to become real, and I couldn’t do that by reading a book or listening to a podcast. I had to do work. It has taken a village to help me with this aspect of coaching development, and I am very fortunate to have a number of people help me work on this every day. They ask questions and allow me the space to process and uncover my answers. Just like seeing, teaching, demonstrating and correcting, becoming real gets easier with repetitions and time, and each day provides me with an opportunity to improve.

Late 2018

I spent the last part of 2018 trying to put the tasks of the previous months together into a complete package, call it building a toolbox. I learned skills in the early part of the year, I learned about myself in the middle part of the year and by the end of it I started working on using the right tool for the right circumstance:

  • sometimes athletes need a kick in the butt and sometimes they need a hug
  • sometimes they need a shout of encouragement from across the room and sometimes they need a quiet whisper of encouragement from right next to the barbell;
  • sometimes they need to put five more pounds on the bar, sometimes making it to class is enough for the win.

2018 was a year of development for me and I couldn’t have done it without the people in my daily life. They inspire me, they challenge me, they support me, and most importantly, they love me unconditionally.

Here’s to what 2019 will bring!

Coach Jake’s Recap of 2018: The Year of the Moment

Coach Jake’s Recap of 2018: The Year of the Moment

The Daily Grind

Our daily lives start and finish with a task of some kind and the fact that we all have those tasks, regardless of what the specifics of them are, is something we all have in common. Each of us wakes up every day with tasks that we have to do, places to go, jobs to show up for, children to raise, and family to interact with. But then there are those other things that we know we should do, but seem impossible because of the other tasks: eat healthier food, exercise more often, read a book, spend more quality time with your loved ones (emphasis on quality), volunteer time to a good cause, write in a journal, and meal-prep healthier food. The list of tasks can go on and on and be filled with endless possibilities that we have been told will be beneficial, but may be impossible to plug into your daily life.

I started 2018 thinking that if I could just shove all the extras into my life then I too could live as a happier and healthier version of myself, but the truth is the more things I shoved into my life the more stressed out and less healthy I became.

The Realization

Fortunately, my moment of clarity came. You know that moment that can sometimes build up for days, weeks, maybe even months or years. For me, it was the stress of trying to be the healthiest version of myself where it finally all came crashing down. I was so focused on trying to shove it all in, I was never truly enjoying or ever gaining anything from doing those beneficial things anyways. I was tired, stressed out, and treating the people that I cared about the most very poorly. The latter of which being something that ultimately made me the saddest.

What I came to realize was that reaching all of my goals (being a better coach and expert in my craft, being a better athlete, having better skills in gymnastics and weightlifting, having a stronger mindset and sharing it with others) did not have anything to do with my overall happiness and health. In fact, the more I tried to focus on them the more stressed out I got.

I was so fixated on doing something or being somewhere in order to achieve those goals that I completely missed the value the journey holds in getting there. Somewhere along the line, I decided to have a mindset of growth rather than being so fixed on an end result that could only be achieved through fixed and forced action. When I started to take the time to enjoy those extra tasks that were once forced into my life, I began to see the real benefit of them and honestly stopped resenting the fact that I “had” to do them.

My life had become about the process, focusing on the moment and how great it felt to grow. Whether that growth came from learning something new when I read a book, practicing gymnastics or weightlifting, or working towards any of the myriads of goals I’ve set for myself.

What has happened for me is that now those forced in activities are just a part of who I am. I get up every day before the sun and read my book, eat a healthy paleo balanced diet, work on my mobility every evening, and read to my kids every night. There a lot of things that I do on a daily basis that make my life happier and healthier. The difference now is that I enjoy them and they are a part of me.

Embracing the Moment Through Pie

Imagine you are at Village Inn (or your favorite pie-serving diner) and that you just ordered a  pumpkin pie. Your goal is to eat that entire pumpkin pie, so you start shoving the pie down. All the while thinking about that entire pumpkin pie: what is the next piece going to taste like, are you even going to enjoy another piece of pumpkin pie, or will there be enough pie for you if you don’t hurry up and finish this piece of the pie. Before you know it, the first piece is gone and you don’t remember what it tasted like, if you even enjoyed it, or if you really want pumpkin pie anymore.

Embracing the moment means not knowing what kind of pie you really want in the end. Maybe to begin with pumpkin was what you thought you needed, but at the end of the day you end up with being happiest with key lime.

Please friends, enjoy your pie and the end results will come, one piece at a time.

Coach Jake’s 2019 Goals

  • Spend 20 minutes a day reading
  • Mobility work 3x per week
  • Meal prep 2x per month
  • Work on Olympic Lifting specific work 4x per month
  • Learn about property management
  • Work on our family’s life investment plan
  • Learn about property management
  • Attend USA weightlifting level 1 course
  • Achieve level 2 CrossFit certificate
  • Attend leadership conference
  • Read to my youngest daughter every day
  • Spend 15-20 minutes with my oldest daughter daily
  • Hug and kiss my wife daily
  • 30 min a week no devices spent together with wife
  • Date night once a month
  • Spend time weekly working on sales tactic
  • Invest In the growth of a veteran-specific service
  • Invest in the growth of Rock Steady Boxing programs in the community

 

“I’ll Start Monday”

“I’ll Start Monday”

How many times have you told yourself that you’ll start something on Monday? I’d bet it’s more than one. I’m here to tell you that sometimes, you don’t need to wait until Monday. Start today. It’s like the old saying goes, “the best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, the second-best time is today.”  You might be wondering what I’m talking about so hang in there and I’ll explain. (more…)