Holiday Weekend – December 24 – 27, 2009

Holiday Weekend – December 24 – 27, 2009

***Important Announcement***
MPH will be closed from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, December 27. We will resume a normal workout schedule on Monday, December 28.

Holiday cards inevitably get thrown out, so instead, here is our eco-friendly message: we wish you a peaceful, happy holiday.

While you are deluging yourself in yuletide cheer and enjoying the company of family and friends, take a moment to reflect on the gift that you gave yourself this year. Appreciate how far you have come, and the path taken to arrive here. Your achievements, large and small, are due to your commitment, time and efforts at MPH. Recognize these accomplishments, and begin to look forward to the coming year. Finally, give yourself the gift of rest.

Over the holidays especially, we believe it is important for those who are able to offer what they can to members of the community who may not be as fortunate. Our food and clothing drive for Bread for the City, organized by Mike S., was a tremendous success—thank you, Mike. Continuing our annual tradition, and in lieu of tangible gifts for our athletes, we have also made a donation on the collective behalf to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. If you are unfamiliar with this organization, “the mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year, and distribute those toys as gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”

Thank you for all of your hard work and continued support. It is truly our pleasure to work with such a fine group of people—athletes. We look forward to continuing toward your health, fitness and athletic goals with vigor, consistency and success in the coming year.

Rest—for the next four days. Happy Holidays.

–Melody, Rebekka and John


  1. Jen M. | December 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    Sean and I were going to sign up to spectate at the games sectionals, but wanted to make sure some of you guys were competing… let us know when you sign up! Here’s the link if anyone needs it:

    Sign Up Page

    and I foresee some sort of awesome t-shirt to be worn during the spectating! 🙂

  2. ashacooper | December 24, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Happy holidays!

    Thank you all for a wonderful year. Although you suggested that we rest during the holiday season, I feel the need to workout even more given the abundance of non-Paleo food options and my sporadic workout sessions. I found a a crossfit gym in my hometown -Lowcountry Crossfit – and did today’s WOD.

    AMRAP in 15 min- 5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 box jumps. Completed 8 rounds and got through 5 pullups and 5 pushups. Pullups were jumping and box jumps were really stepups.

    Everyone was great at the gym! I felt truly welcomed.

    By the way, I took my mother with me, and she was thoroughly impressed. Now, she wants to meet the folks responsible for me having the ability to do a pushup!

    • CookingandLifting | December 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

      Are you in Charleston, SC? I went to college down there and cooked at SNOB for 4 years. Might be headed back and looked up Lowcountry Crossfit online as a viable option for 2011. Let me know how you liked it, if you wouldn’t mind. Also, signed up to compete in Sectionals last night.
      Merry Christmas, All
      Joe P

  3. Mrs. Finkenstadt | December 24, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for a great year Coaches and friends!

    Thank you to Mike for putting together the drive for Bread, and coaches for the gift of toys to Toys for Tots.

    I am signed up for the Crossfit Games Sectionals competition. I am truly going to heed the advice to rest well these next few days so that every day from here to the end of March is marked by meaningful progress.

    Have a safe and happy holiday,


  4. Ted | December 24, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I’m really grateful for this past year at CrossFit MPH – for who our coaches are and for everything our coaches have done, for everything Mike S. has done both for our community and the wider community outside us, for the support and encouragement of each athlete within the community, for the chance to work beside you, to be a part of something very special. I’ve registered as a spectator for the sectionals, even ordered the t-shirt. I thought about volunteering – and would still be willing to help if volunteers are needed – though I don’t want to miss our affiliate’s athletes in action! Happy holidays to all! Ted

  5. jeremynurse | December 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I’d also like to sincerely thank John, Mel, and Rebekka for everything they have done this year for us. I knew as soon as I stepped foot in our lovely little abode, that you guys were onto something special. You have made a huge difference in my life, and I know it’s just the beginning.

    Also to everyone else: the same goes for you. I am honored to be part of such a welcoming, supportive and passionate community. Thank you for all the support you have given me as I’ve slowly started to climb out of my flabby, lethargic past.

    As I get my chill on over the holiday, I’m greatly looking forward to, nay plotting, an amazing new year! Cheers to all!

  6. Tank | December 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Jen and I are in for two spectator tickets!

    Now on to t-shirt designs. The possibilities are limitless!


  7. IWant2GetStronger | December 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Friends and coaches. Have a happy and blessed holiday. Thanks to everyone for continuing to make the experience at MPH worth every sweat, blood and bruise.

    All the best.

  8. train2live | December 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    What more can I say about how John, Mel, BK and the entire Crossfit MPH family have meant to me this past year. I feel truly blessed beyond my wildest expectations to train and share blood, sweat and tears with such an incredible group of athletes and human beings.

    I wish you all the best this holiday season and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

    I have made a commitment to be a better athlete this coming year. In order to push myself, I registered to compete in the Sectionals in March. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I am confident that with the help of our stellar coaching staff and the support of our community, I will be well prepared.

    God Bless
    Dave O

  9. Need A Bionic Back | December 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I just signed up as a spectator. Looking forward to cheering on all of our great athletes, and hopefully helping to get you all ready by training as if I am competing.

    Happy Holidays to all.


  10. voidwhichbinds | December 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    you know, businesses start and stop, people come and go – but sometimes, something remarkable happens and where you had people and effort and words and ideas – community takes root.

    The Holiday Riot was a high point for me this year because – not only did I get to see my longtime coaches and friends – Mel, John and BayKay – but my brothers and sisters greeted me, welcomed me.

    I am grateful to CrossfitMPH for becoming and welcoming people into a remarkable community.

    blessed be, now and every day


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