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November 25, 2014
With the encouragement of co-worker and CrossFit coach Meredith Davis, 18 Cannon School educators in Concord, North Carolina, started training at CrossFit Vitality. In this nine-part series, these teachers and administrators go through CrossFit fundamentals and try to determine the cognitive impact of the program.
In Part 4, the teachers and administrators are starting Week 7 of their CrossFit journeys. After some time off from CrossFit during the winter break, the group has dwindled down to about 14 people, Davis says, but she’s still excited about their progress.
Some admit they did nothing over the break to work up a sweat. Others, however, challenged themselves by creating their own workouts and staying active.
Now it’s back to training, and it’s time to ramp things up a bit.
“I think some of them felt like we were watering down the CrossFit program,” coach Steve Pinkerton says, “and they want to do the same thing that the classes are doing, that they see when they come in and when they leave.”
He adds: “At least if I can get a barbell in their hands and get them moving, we’re going to empower them even more.”
As a group, the educators are working together, supporting each other and even coaching each other a little.
“My interpretation of CrossFit is having a stomachache, like, five minutes before coming in but then leaving happy,” says Jeanette, a teacher in the lower school.
Next up, the teachers will start a food challenge.
Additional reading: “Prevention or Prescription?” by Andréa Maria Cecil, published April 20, 2014.