Our High Performance Center is for people who want to get better, and want to compete. Our main goal will be preparing you for the CrossFit Open next spring. Before I explain the details of the High Performance Center, which many of you might normally gloss over because you don’t think you’re elite enough to join, let me explain a bit about competing in CrossFit – why people do it, and why you should consider joining the High Performance Center: Yes, our goal is to help you become more fit than you’ve ever been. Our goal is not to create an environment where people are too focused on performing and competing and qualifying to the CrossFit Games. That being said, you can get a TON of value out of putting yourself out there in scary competition settings, and pushing yourself to do things you didn’t think you could do or don’t want to do. Let me tell you a story: Last year, I did a 10 km run with Patty and Woodchuck and Krista. I’ve never seen Patty such a nervous wreck as he was before the race. He was rambling gibberish, pacing back and forth, his bowels were going crazy (he, of course, kept us current on his bowel movements all morning). An hour later, I’ve never seen him so high. Sure, he reached his goal to do the run in 60 minutes, but that’s not why he was so high as he trotted across the line, passing a dozen people in the last 200 meters. Wild Boar soars across the line “I haven’t competed since hockey at McGill,” he said. He hadn’t competed in nearly 20 years; his body had forgotten the nerves and the stress that go along with any competition, no matter how big or small. And conquering those nerves and the fear catapulted him to a happy place. I still remember the leg of lamb he cooked us that night – it was one of the best piece of meats I’ve ever eaten. He just couldn’t do anything wrong that day. And more than anything, I remember the energy he was able to bring to the world that day and night – all because of a dumb 10 km race that ultimately didn’t matter. That’s why people compete – for the personal growth, for the lessons you learn, for the mental demons you overcome, for the support you feel from other competitors and from your own teammates and friends. In short, it brings people closer together. It builds community. And, on top of this, you ALWAYS get a post-competition high! The biggest reasons I hear why people don’t want to compete is that they’re scared or don’t think they’re good enough. Trust me, you don’t have to be an elite athlete to compete, especially at all the fun local competitions that are available these days. And you don’t have to be an elite athlete to join the High Performance Center. The High Performance Center is going to be different this year: For one, Sheppy, who has developed our best athletes for the last two years, is now our Apprentice Wrangler, leaving him little time to commit the HPC. He has done an amazing job building us into better competitors and he’s passing us off into good hands, hands he wholeheartedly endorses. Chris Schaalo, who is also my personal coach, will be coaching HPC. Originally from Victoria, Chris coached the CrossFit Taranis team to a bronze medal at the CrossFit Games in 2011. Currently, he coaches at CrossFit North Vancouver, and he’s been programming and coaching me since July. Details Time: Monday and Thursdays at 7 pm (starting November 18th) What: 1). Monday and Thursdays for 4-months to get you ready for the CROSSFIT OPEN this March. (there will be other chances to compete at local competitions before that) . You will be able to extend your HPC membership beyond the Open, as well. 2). HPC will also include individual programming to get you better at your goats! Cost: $295 for 4 months (trust me, that’s a steal just for the individual programming alone!) Who: First 25 people to register You have the weekend to think about whether you want to be part of this crew. Ask your coach if you’re not sure. Registration opens next week.