Saturday, January 9, 2010


  1. christyphillips | January 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    What a great day to be at CrossFit MPH! If you are still on the fence about spectating at sectionals, I’ll say this- cheering on other members of your gym as they crush PRs is pretty much just as exciting as when reaching one yourself. I couldn’t believe the adrenaline rush I got! Excellent performances all around. Looking forward to the next community event. See you all soon.

  2. tbferg | January 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Coaches, thanks for all the hard work you put in to pull this morning together. It was a lot of fun to have us all in the gym at the same time. A great day.

  3. Jessica | January 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Special thanks to the coaches and volunteers today for all the planning that went into, and impressive execution of, today’s workout. Together, the coaching and performances reflected MPH at its best.

  4. sonowhat | January 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Best four hours of my week. We have to do another one.


  5. ashacooper | January 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Never in my life have I spent 4 hours in the gym and enjoyed every moment. This is a first! Thanks coaches for a great morning.

  6. coach | January 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm


    Today was an incredible series of events. Thank you so much for coming out to be a part of this—the 8a Kickoff and 9a (2 hour and 50-minute) CrossFit Total. 43 athletes participated in each session.

    Some special recognition:
    –John S.: the Total on this scale was your idea months ago, and a great one at that. You’re a natural coaching talent and a great presence, so if the whole successful-big-city-lawyer thing doesn’t work out, there’s a solid backup.
    –Teal B.: thank you for working with Christy and helping her throughout the entire morning. I know you really wanted to “play,” too—next time.
    –Christy P.: You’re the rare find of elite athlete and wonderful person, and we’re lucky to have you. Thank you for your great coaching and for staying until the end.

    There were so many milestones reached today that it would almost be unfair to single-out any one or two here. Instead, we’d like you to share your experience if you have a moment—maybe even brag a little…

    Congratulations on an amazing morning/afternoon. We could not have imagined beginning 2010 any better.


  7. Rob | January 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Today was a really great time and a really well-run event. It’s hard to believe that we were able to get everybody in and out in that short of a time. Big thank you to the coaches, Christy, Teal and John S. for all of your work today!

    The energy of the box was truly incredible. It was the reason that I, along with many other people, were able to PR in all three of the lifts. I know many others who PR’ed in 2 out of the 3! I hope people understand that so many PRs is truly incredible.

    It’s been probably about 8-12 months since I last did a Crossfit Total. My score then was 655. If my math is right, my score this time around is 755 – a full hundred pounds more. All thanks to the great training that we’re all getting here. Thank you.

  8. baykay | January 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Jeremy N.: 335 + 165 + 365 = 865-lbs.
    Joe P.: 335 + 155 + 385 = 875-lbs.
    Steve D.: 355 + 155 + 405 = 915-lbs.
    Sean M.: 305 + 165 + 405 = 875-lbs.
    Josh O.: 305 + 185 + 385 = 875-lbs.
    Mike S.: 275 + 145 + 345 = 765-lbs.
    Jeff W.: 235 + 110 + 275 = 620-lbs.
    Meghan M.: 235 + 95 + 255 = 585-lbs.
    Rob K.: 245 + 135 + 375 = 755-lbs.
    Ralph A.: 255 + 155 + 325 = 735-lbs.
    Ivy F.: 205 + 85 + 290 = 580-lbs.
    Adam C.: 205 + 145 + 290 = 640-lbs.
    David G.: 205 + 130 + 305 = 640-lbs.
    Joe F.: 195 + 140 + 290 = 625-lbs.
    Mike D.: 195 + 105 + 355 = 655-lbs.
    Roselena R.: 200 + 85 + 225 = 510-lbs.
    Adam H.: 195 + 115 + 225 = 535-lbs.
    Sidra C.: 185 + 95 + 235 = 515-lbs.
    Tamra F.: 190 + 85 + 300 = 575-lbs.
    Hassan D.: 195 + 145 + 435 = 775-lbs.
    Samir M.: 185 + 110 + 185 = 480-lbs.
    David C.: 185 + 120 + x = 305-lbs.
    Ricky B.: 205 + 135 + 295 = 635-lbs.
    Ravi S.: 165 + 95 + 265 = 525-lbs.
    Thomas M.: 145 + 100 + 235 = 480-lbs.
    Kris C.: 145 + 60 + 175 = 380-lbs.
    Mayra C.: 135 + 75 + 245 = 455-lbs.
    Jenn J.: 145 + 65 + 195 = 405-lbs.
    Daniel B.: 165 + 105 + 200 = 470-lbs.
    Stuart W.: 175 + 120 + x = 295-lbs.
    Lee P.: 175 + 95 + 200 = 470-lbs.
    Jessica H.: 130 + 70 + 190 = 390-lbs.
    Christine S.: 125 + 75 + 185 = 385-lbs.
    Caitlin F.: 150 + 85 + 225 = 460-lbs.
    Koji H.: 150 + 75 + 215 = 440-lbs.
    Lisa C.: 140 + 75 + 195 = 410-lbs.
    Jen M.: 130 + 75 + 145 = 350-lbs.
    Erin H.: 115 + 65 + 155 = 335-lbs.
    Michelle C.: 110 + 95 + 155 = 360-lbs.
    Amy S.: 90 + x + x = 90-lbs.
    Susanna B.: 135 + 75 + 200 = 410-lbs.
    Linda K.: 55 + 45 + 105 = 205-lbs.

    • Mr. LovePig | January 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      Big thanks to all our coaches and volunteers for making this the most fun Saturday I can remember.

      As one of the people who PRd in all three lifts — after not getting a PR in any of those lifts in over 6 months– today really reinvigorated me. So in addition to all the cameraderie and general good vibes, i also feel that real working out occurred today, and i think that’s just super.

      One thing, John: Not to brag or anything, but my DL was 345. No, John S., it wasn’t 350, but to me it was f-ing heavy. I’m just saying.

  9. ralswang | January 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Amazing day to have with you all. I want to send a big thanks to John, Mel and Rebk for bringing us all together and building this amazing community called CrossFit MPH. It is an honor to part of this group. Thank you all today for pushing me to new levels.
    I look forward to 2010 with you all.
    Ralph xoxo

  10. tubameat | January 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    congratulations to all my MPH brothers and sisters!

    today was an example of what it’s all about: people getting better together. i am SO proud to be a part of MPH and i am eager to be a billboard with my new shirt! HUGE thanks to Melody, Bekka and John for putting together something TRULY special- and im not just talking about today- im talking about MPH as a community. see you at the box!

    keep squattin’

    Steve D

  11. Mrs. Finkenstadt | January 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I cannot express how much this pumped me up, and how it has solidified our little community. There were at least three moments that I remember where it seemed like a wave of excitement and pure joy flooded the room. Just want to give one shout out to Tamra for being the FIRST (but not last) MPH woman to deadlift 300. Your lift made my day.

    Ivy F.

    • tbferg | January 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks, Ivy. I won’t lie- it felt pretty great. I missed the last max effort deadlift day, so I’ve been thinking about “3 honno” since September. It might have taken 30 seconds to stand up with it, but it felt amazing to finish. And I know you’ll get it next time- your 290 was great today, so you can definitely do 300+.

      I was so impressed with everyone today. The “big boys” were fantastic to watch (and I love Steve’s enthusiasm), but so was Michelle and her 95 press (a huge PR!), and Caitlin sticking with that 85, lopsided and all. Like John said, there were too many great moments to point them all out, but I think we can all be proud of today.

      And because I didn’t say it earlier, thanks so much to the volunteers who helped this controlled chaos run so smoothly. A special thanks to John S. for having the great idea, and for pushing me to 300.

  12. mchofia | January 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm


    Thank you to the coaches and volunteers. Big thank you to all the athletes that participated today. It was truly inspirational to see everyone giving it their all. This is if you were working with the bar or in the 300+ club. The level of support for one another could have lifted an 18 wheeler. This is not only why I crossfit, this is why I crossfit at MPH.

    Congratulations on all the PR’s today.

  13. train2live | January 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm


    Awesome lifts folks!!! I can’t tell you how bummed I am to not participate in this event today, but the smile on my youngest daughter’s face as she slid down the ice slide at the ICE display at National Harbor as part of a birthday party was priceless.

    I am so proud of all of you! Thank you for posting your comments as it is the next best thing to being there. I am so pumped up right now just reading about this epic day at Crossfit MPH. I am so proud to be a member of this spectacular community!

    Dave O.

  14. Need A Bionic Back | January 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm


    An incredible, incredible day. I hate that I missed out on participating (as an athlete), but watching virtually everyone hit multiple PRs was fucking awesome. I see now why John, Mel and BayKay love coaching, and all I did was stick to the script that the coaches laid out.

    When can we do it again?????? I’m just saying.

    John S.

    • Need A Bionic Back | January 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      By the way, thanks Coach for the shout out. While I haven’t been around as much as I want and need to lately, MPH is certainly in my blood.

  15. Tank | January 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Hmm, I guess I will add having a 1000 CFT to my list of goals for the year. Anyone else one in?


  16. jeremynurse | January 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    It really was unbelievable to see all of the events and evidence of everyone’s progress happening all around, like popcorn. Congratulations to everyone, can’t wait to see what 2010 brings…

  17. IWant2GetStronger | January 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Omfg!! I’m so bummed that I couldn’t be there, judging from the comments. Im so looking forward to the next community event and I will be at Sectionals.

    See you all in a few.

  18. Tank | January 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I can’t wait to see the pictures! Maybe there is a way we can share everyone’s pictures?


  19. swimdra | January 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Saturday was so much fun! It was a great atmosphere, and fun to see so many people hit their PRs. It was a perfect example of why MPH is great- the coaches and the athletes and how we are really a community. Thanks to the coaches for putting this together and making it possible.
    It is a great feeling to hear everyone cheering for you as you struggle to get the weight up, whether you are trying to lift 100 or 300lbs. One of my favorite parts of the day was that people cheered just as much for the misses as for the makes, we all just wanted to see each other suceed. I’m so happy to be a part of this community and I can’t wait to cheer on our athletes at sectionals!


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