2019 was a big year of change and growth for me.
At the very end of 2018, I was forced to make a career change and fast. I was pretty unhappy with my current situation and knew that I was being unauthentic and just not myself in that role. Coach Shoe and I, as many know, completed our yoga teacher training together in 2016 and had kept in touch throughout the years. We met for lunch one day and everything fell into place. I was mid way through my nutrition training and Icehouse was looking for a new coach. We got to work SUPER fast so I could come on board and start a nutrition program at the gym.
Kicking off the new year I was pulled in different directions.
I was working jobs both at Icehouse and at Family Wellness. It was like night and day, the differences between the two gyms. Icehouse felt like hanging out with friends and was truly the only place I wanted to be dedicating my time to. Enter lots of grinding and hard work to make that happen. Halfway through the year I completed my nutrition training in Tampa, FL and was brought on full time by Coaches Shoe and Mo.
Personally and financially, 2019 brought a lot of growth, too.
I really dug my heels in budget-wise because I wanted to create a side nutrition business, Body in Balance Nutritional Therapy. We also bought a house, so homeowner life throws it’s curve balls (hello basement flooding in the spring). I’m still not where I need to be, but 2020 is going to be a big year in all aspects. Looking back at 2019 is pretty cool. While there was a lot of anxiety, stress, and diving into my own health journey, now that the year is wrapping up I can see the change and knowledge that accompanied all of that.
I feel like I am ready to go into 2020 with clear goals.
And I have a fresh desire to make them happen. Things I want to accomplish in 2020:
- Acclimate to life in Alabama.
- Continue to provide content and grow the nutrition program at Icehouse.
- Start a blog on my website: www.bodyinbalance.live
- Stick to my personal budget and save $10K (lofty!)
- Do some pretty serious personal development.
For me I don’t find a fresh start at the beginning of each year. Therefore, I take a new year as an opportunity to reset, regroup, and reevaluate where I want the upcoming year to take me. 2019 was a year of change and figuring out my path. 2020 is going to be the year to build on that.
Happy holidays, friends!
Anna Fink is a Nutrition and Flux Coach at CrossFit Icehouse. She is passionate about helping others reach their optimal health through nutritional and lifestyle changes.
As you may have seen, we recently started shifting the name of our gym from CrossFit Icehouse over to Icehouse Fit.
We love Icehouse! We love the name, it truly feels like us! But as we have grown, we have added so many other programs to our gym such as Nutrition Coaching, Flux (Yoga + HIIT) classes, personal training, and our 6-week Challenge program to name a few.
We feel calling ourselves “CrossFit Icehouse” limits our ability to reach people. The word “CrossFit” holds quite a bit of weight in itself and tends to be intimidating. Have you ever heard, or even yourself said “CrossFit? I can’t do that!” We hear it almost daily! Even I have to admit that I also thought that was the case before I started as well.
Our tagline has always been “Building Everyday Athletes.” Our goal is to empower our clients to be better humans. We do not focus on what most people think of as CrossFit, which is competition (or what you may have seen on ESPN). We focus on the everyday person just trying to get a little healthier, feel a little better, or just keep up with their kids and/or grandkids. Icehouse’s goal is to support each of our athletes to help them feel stronger and achieve things they believe to be impossible at first.
There are so many avenues to take to start feeling better, so we have added options. Not ready to start an exercise program? Great! You can meet with our nutrition coach to get the information and support you need to make healthier choices and work towards your goals in the kitchen. Have previous injuries that you are concerned about flaring up with a new program? We have options catered to you to help you strengthen those areas to be able to start a new program, run that race, or climb that mountain! Do a lot of yoga but want to improve your strength & conditioning? Flux is a perfect fit for you! The point is fitness, health & wellness is NOT one size fits all, and neither are we.
So much more happens at Icehouse than just fitness, and we felt it important to evolve to allow that to happen, as well as open up the door to folks who may have previously been hung up on the “CrossFit” name.
Do you still offer CrossFit?
Yes! CrossFit Icehouse is still alive and well within Icehouse Fit, it is just no longer our lead brand. We even have multiple tiers or levels in every class so we can easily modify based on each person’s experience level to help them get the most out of every class. And WE TAKE CARE OF THAT FOR YOU! You do not need to come in and guess, we have highly experienced coaches whose job is to help make your class the best hour of your day! Because we believe fitness should be fun!
When’s the last time you carried groceries to your car and didn’t lose your breath? Do you remember the last time you started your day without a handful of medications? WE want you to know what it’s like to feel good and move well.
We know a lot about sickness in America. If you watch TV you see pharmaceutical ads every other commercial break. If you open a magazine it feels like every full page add is a new medicine to help with your old medicine. What you’re not seeing is adds for how to move, or how to cook, or how to solve the problems you have. Taking medication everyday or having pain every time you move should not be accepted as “normal.”
Don’t you want to wake up with energy, have energy at night to play with your kids or even learning how to cook, eat and enjoy real whole foods? Feeling energized, reducing anxiety and depression and moving pain free should be “normal”. These are the things that we are really good at providing at Icehouse. It’s more than just moving weights, it’s about changing your entire lifestyle. It’s about the journey of fitness, moving out of sickness to finding energy to keep up with all of life’s obligations and feel good about who you really are.
Once you understand what it’s like to move well and eat real whole foods we can really start finding what you are made of. Dialing in your nutrition and focusing on meeting goals you never thought possible. Can you see yourself as the person who workouts out 4-6 days per week? What if you became the “fit friend” in your circle of friends? How awesome does that sound! This is what we love to do, help you become the best version of yourself.
Sara Mozingo is the Co-Owner, head coach, and programing wizard at CrossFit Icehouse. When she’s not developing rep schemes and diving into the nerdery she enjoys hanging out in nature hiking trails or climbing rocks with her side-kick Mr. Mosely.