21 Jun 2011
This past weekend, we were able to put color onto our wall with the help of our athletes: Huy, Tmai, Alex, Linhzy, Bao, Toan, and mascot Mylo. They put their physical capability towards a real world application
Painting a wall is something very menial in itself. But, for me, it was a milestone. I had purchased all the paint and equipment months ago, but we’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to schedule time to get it done. Like the other developments in the gym, we’ve been progressing one step at a time with the most important items first.
The signs that we are getting more established as a business is a direct correlation to the strength of our community, literally and figuratively. Many businesses operate on with the primary basis of marketing to increase sales. The way we run things, marketing is probably the last thing we prioritize on. Our focus is on the athletes that make up our community. We place faith in that if we do our best to provide them with the best training experience possible, then the marketing will take care of itself. There’s a saying in the CrossFit community that people come for the coaching, but they stay for the community.
I always find it strange to think about the path that’s lead me here, leading a CrossFit Affiliate. I didn’t even know what CrossFit was a few years ago, but it feels as though everything that I’ve done in life has kind of prepared me for this moment. From being put through some of the hardest martial arts training as a teenager, to being in a leadership position in college, and then working in one of the harshest industries for a white collar worker, it’s all made CrossFit that much more universal and necessary.
All those challenges help develop a gladiator type of mindset where you have to make make the best with what you have and either sink or swim with it. By basically starting this company with nothing, we’ve had to really think about what’s important to us and make decisions that will give us the most efficacy and efficiency. We keep what works and discard what doesn’t. There is no CrossFit business model, but the open format that Coach Glassman has established allows best practices to be rewarded. I have a vision of what our ultimate facility would look like, but it’s easy to understand that a great facility is worthless without dedicated and hard working athletes to put it to use.
02 Jun 2011
The answer has been a resounding yes.
We had our third wave of equipment arrive from Rogue Fitness. For other people, this is probably insignificant. But for myself, our staff, and our athletes who started with us this time last year when all we had were just cinder blocks and homemade wall balls, it’s another milestone into the development of our company and community.
When we started this company, we knew we had to have three things to be successful. The first was that we had to provide world class coaching. Getting certified is just a pre-req. To be world class, we continuously strive to implement our knowledge and training methods to set our athletes up for the best opportunity for success. The second was that we had to build a strong and positive community. Well, from the bonds that we see between our athletes and all your willingness to help and support one another, I think we have that down. The third was that we had to construct an effective facility. We don’t need fancy things, but we need tools to help us make the training experience as effective and as efficient as possible.
We would like to thank everyone for your continued support and efforts, and we would like to especially thank all of our athletes who directly helped us with equipment through their donations. Check out the first install here.
30 Apr 2011
April’s been a challenging month for both our community and for TracFit as a company. We’ve made a lot of transitions and took a lot of risks which honestly had me pretty worried, but it was all for naught as both our community and our company have progressed to a level that they have never been on before. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen our athletes progress this quickly and I have never seen our classes this full, and more importantly to us, consistent. Our staff and I thank you for believing in what we do and understanding that how we do things at TracFit is very different from anything else you’ll find. We also thank you for standing by us as we continue to grow and adapt to new challenges.
Here’s a quick highlight reel of what went down in April:
5 weeks of CrossFit Games Open Competition
“Helen” benchmark WOD
Partner Fireman carries
“Tabata Something Else” benchmark WOD
Fight Gone Bad benchmark WOD
Continuation of the 101 Burpee Challenge
High Volume Training
Low Volume Training
100m Sprint benchmark WOD
Implemented contracts and online reservation system
Clean and Jerk 1RM PRs (personal records)
Press 3RM PRs
11 out of 12 of our Class 20 On Rampers completed the program and continued on to our group classes
On Ramp Class 21 started with 10 recruits who survived Day 1
One year ago, we had just completed our first On Ramp Class at Cataldi Park. To be able to be where we are right now and have the relationships that we do with you, our athletes, is a remarkable blessing. Thank you to our coaches, trainers, assistant trainers, and support staff who go above expectations in their quest to be the best they can be and support the community as best as they can. And thank you to our athletes who show up, suit up, and put in the work. All we’re doing is showing you a way.
Cheers to a great May
P.s. April 30th is a significant date as it is the day that Saigon (former capitol of Vietnam) fell in 1975. I have very little ties to my parents’ homeland, but the family values of their culture have been instilled in me and they carry the foundation of the family culture that we strive for the gym. I call the US my homeland. I believe in her with all her greatness and flaws and I thank the women and men who have gone in harm’s way to protect her. Through my parents’ struggles to get our family here, we have been blessed with the opportunity to live the American dream.
04 Dec 2009
Whether you’re a mid-level manager, executive, student, or coach, these books cover basic leadership and motivational principles that everyone can use in their day to day lives.
1. Inside Delta Force – Command Sgt Major Eric Haney (ret)
Aside from the bible, this book single handedly changed my life. As I was drifting through school, this book gave me a sense of direction and motivation I never was able to realize before. Reading about the selection process Delta candidates go through and the level of commitment required of those who make it as actual operators is awe inspiring.
2. Biggest Brother – Major Richard Winters
More popularly known from the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, Major Richard Winters led Easy Company, 506th, paratroopers through the European campaign. In this book, we get a more in-depth look at his background and thoughts as he dealt with training and leading his men in combat.
3. Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell
I don’t even know where to start with describing this book. Marcus Luttrell was part of Navy Seal recon team that made a decision to not kill a goat herder that had come across their hide site during a mission. That decision led 4 Navy Seals against a fight for their lives against hundreds of Taliban fighters. Marcus was the only survivor of the ordeal, and his story is about true patriotism and love for his brothers in arms.
4. Rogue Warrior – Richard Marcinko
A great read about Navy Seals in general. Richard Marcinko is the definition of a hard charger. I loved how he pushed the limits within his command and basically formed a unit of bad ass dudes in the famed Seal Team 6.
5. Beyond Glory – Larry Smith
This was the first book I read after having interest in serving in the military. It is a collection of experiences by Medal of Honor recipients and their stories of self-sacrifice are uncommon to us, but were just part of their duties at the time. A reoccurring theme amongst all the recipients was that if they didn’t step up to do what they did, then who would have to do it in their place? They were prepared to sacrifice their own lives in place of their fellow servicemen.
6. The Mission, the Men, and Me – Pete Blaber
Pete Blaber was the Delta Force officer in charge during the Tora Bora missions in Afghanistan. Just a great solid read on basic, basic, basic leadership skills every aspiring leader should have. I use his lessons every single day of my life. “Don’t get tread on by a chihuahua.”
7. One Bullet Away – Nathaniel Fick
Nathaniel Fick was a Lt. that lead a USMC recon platoon through its campaign in Iraq. Have you ever had to deal with incompetent superiors? Well, in his line of work, people get killed by those incompetent leaders. A Harvard grad and just one solid human being, I hope Nathaniel serves in office one day.
8. Generation Kill – Evan Wright
A writer for the Rolling Stones, Evan Wright was embedded in the same platoon that Nathaniel Fick was leading. His book was eventually made into another HBO mini-series of the same name. I usually don’t like reading second level sources regarding military experiences, but Evan’s book is a great read for anyone interested in the behind the scenes look at what was going on in Iraq at the beginning of the operation to take down Saddam.
10. Making the Corps – Thomas Ricks
The second book I read after looking into serving. A great read on USMC culture, how their commitment to honor and service is actually causing a divide between the general civilianship where honor, courage, and commitment are becoming just words in a dictionary to many.