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TitanFit – His Gym, My Gym, Your Gym

In December of 2005 I read an article in the New York Times titled “Getting Fit, Even if it Kills You”.  In short, this article was about a workout protocol titled CrossFit.

In November of 2007, I was fortunate enough to have a CrossFit box open up near the apartment that I lived in at that time.

After a few email correspondences with the owner, I elected to check out my local CrossFit box.

I drove through a network of streets in a relatively new subdivision with street names like Winding Way.  Using a flashlight and a printed map from MapQuest (I couldn’t afford a GPS at the time), I finally found my way to Walpole Lane.  As I approached the approximate address I saw a huge man (John Coffey like) flagging me down and waving me toward his driveway.

I pulled up, parked my truck, and turned the ignition off.  Before I opened the door of my F150, I seriously considered re-starting the engine, putting the transmission in reverse, and getting the hell out of dodge.

But I didn’t.  I opened the driver side door.  THIS WAS ONE OF THE  BEST DECISIONS I’VE EVER MADE IN MY LIFE.  I was 27 years old at the time, two years removed from discovering this thing called CrossFit on the front page of the NYT.  And I was about to walk into a garage gym owned by an unknown person and try this thing called CrossFit.

The box owner, and the guy that would become my coach, walked down the driveway to greet me with his hand extended.  “Mr. Fuller”, he said, “nice to meet you and welcome to TitanFit”.  Immediately thereafter he said “follow me” and opened the door connecting his garage to his living quarters and introduced me to his wife Carol, son Thor, and daughter Tyra.  This simple introduction to complete strangers, including Herb himself (my coach), reassured me that I was glad I parked the F150 and stepped out.

After a brief verbal consultation regarding my current fitness level and history of sports, gym memberships, etc., Herb asked me to review and sign the waiver that all CrossFit athletes are now familiar with when joining a box.  This put a little bit of reservation back at the forefront of my mind.  But soon I would realize that all of these reservations and fears were part of my psyche, not what my new coach was trying to forecast.  He wanted my business, but was protecting his own interest as well.

“Our warm-up is their workout”, coach Herb said.

My coach instructed me through some stretching and limbering exercises, a short 5-minute calisthenics warm-up, and introduced me to a few movements that would be in my first CrossFit WOD (Workout Of the Day).  Upon ensuring that my movement standards during my demonstration session were correct in form and adequate to perform the WOD he had planned, he walked to a small 3′ x 4′ dry erase board and wrote a short metcon (metabolic conditioning) workout for me to complete.

I don’t remember the style of workout, time domain, rep scheme, or even all of the movements from that first CrossFit WOD.  I do remember that kettlebell swings were part of it, though.  I also remember being extremely humbled both during and after the WOD, and vomiting in the trash can in Herb’s driveway about 10 minutes after completing it.

“What did you think of your first experience with CrossFit, Mr. Fuller”?, Herb asked as I sat back in the garage and tried to collect my thoughts.  “I’m going to give it a shot”, I replied.  And thus began my relationship with Herb, his family, TitanFit, and the CrossFit protocol that would have a profound impact on my life.

After that first WOD and until approximately February of 2009, I was extremely consistent at TitanFit and the results were astounding.  I was in the gym completing CrossFit WOD’s an average of 5 days each week.  In April of 2009 I had to take an exam to obtain my Professional Engineer’s license and my training at TitanFit had to take a back seat.  Later in 2009 I resumed my training at TitanFit and again was pretty consistent until the fall of 2011, with the same astounding results.  At that time work obligations prevented me from being an active athlete at the gym.  I obtained my CrossFit Level 1 Certification in 2010 and helped as needed at TitanFit until my 2011 hiatus.

Over the course of my time in the gym, and outside of it, I’ve learned a lot.  Herb taught a farm-boy from a small town in Illinois (population 1400 at best) more about weightlifting and the CrossFit protocol than one could imagine.  And when you spend hours in a dimly lit garage with your coach and then finally move to a “box” when membership suggests he can afford the rent, you get to become pretty damn good friends.

Although I was at the gym sporadically after my 2011 hiatus, I continued to be involved with social functions and was still considered to be part of the TitanFit family.  The folks that have walked into the doors of TitanFit over the years came for the same thing as I did initially, but those that are still currently members have found the same takeaway that I feel today.

TitanFit was not created with any sort of business model in mind.  It was created for like-minded people to improve their health, share their success’s and failure’s, and have fun in doing both.  And Herb Sampson, our coach, owner, mentor, and friend has created this environment at TitanFit like I’ve never seen before.  And it is infectious.  His Gym, My Gym, Your Gym. 

In late summer of 2014, I hit a road block.  BIG TIME.  A mid-life crisis, of sorts.  With the help of my girlfriend and a few close co-workers, I shifted my head back in the direction I needed to go.  The very next person that I reached out to was Herb Sampson, my coach.  I had been almost absent as an athlete from TitanFit for 3 years.  He said “come back in”.  Soon thereafter, other members of TitanFit heard of my setback and reached out to me as well.  And this is where Herb and the community of people he’s built at TitanFit really shine.

But I was stubborn.  Something that had worked for me so well, for so long, seemed so far off in the distance to me now.  I had a desire to return to TitanFit for the results I’d previously seen and the mental sharpness and clarity it provided me, others wanted me to come back for the community and camaraderie aspects, but I couldn’t bring myself to physically or mentally walk back through the door.

The first 6 months of 2015 were pretty rough for me, but I did eventually walk back into TitanFit on occasion.  In December of 2015 I told myself that what has worked in the past is sure to work again, but it is more incumbent on me to make it happen than anyone else.  My coach and my TitanFit family could drag me through those doors, but they couldn’t make me complete the WOD.

On December 28, 2015 I walked back in to the gym I’ve always loved.  It took me no less than 15 minutes to figure out what I’d been missing in my life.  The people, the place, and my coach & one of my best friends – Herb Sampson.

On Ramp Classes @ TITANFIT

TITANFIT is beginning On Ramp classes as a way to introduce new clients to the CrossFit protocol.  These classes, led by Trainers such as myself, are geared to give new clients a broad overview of CrossFit and an introduction to some of the more common CrossFit movements and the standards of those movements.

The On Ramp classes will be a series of three sessions with a TITANFIT Trainer at a time convenient for us both.  Each session should last approximately and hour and ideally all three of these sessions should take place within 7 – 10 days.  Each session will consist of the following:

  1. A general overview of the CrossFit method.
  2. An explanation on form and technique of the common CrossFit movements.
  3. Hands-on training of the common CrossFit movements
  4. Discussion on scaling these movements to the ability of any individual
  5. Technique vs. Intensity
  6. And finally, we’ll finish with a short workout after each session that utilizes the movements you’ve just learned

After these three sessions, we will introduce you into our class structure at TITANFIT.  At this point you will be familiar with a majority of the movements, and both you and your Trainer will know your limitations and which movements need to be scaled as you’re introduced to the CrossFit method.

And I have one favor of each of you that complete our new On Ramp program, and also to those that follow this blog.  Please provide me feedback!  I’m interested in hearing from clients both during and after the program, and from current CrossFitters as to what has worked for them with an On Ramp-type program.

If you’re intrigued by the CrossFit protocol and interested in training at TITANFIT, please contact me for pricing and to schedule your On Ramp session.  My contact information is listed on the BIO tab at the top of this page in the Navigation Bar.  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Open House was a Success!

Today was the TITANFIT Open House at the new box.  And it was a success on many fronts.

Thank you for coming out and congratulations to all of those who got in a workout.  Hopefully this gave you enough exposure to see what we do here at TITANFIT and how we do it.  We made a conscious effort to show how we can scale our CrossFit workouts,  demonstrate our small group training atmosphere, and showcase the sense of community we have at our box.  It is like that every single day at TITANFIT,. We care about our clients, and if you’re willing to put forth the effort, we’ll BOTH achieve our goals!   In addition, the members that we have exude the true sense of the word community, and we as trainers look to foster that environment for the benefit of everyone.

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TITANFIT Open House

TITANFIT will be hosting our Open House on February 14th, 2009.

7107 Girls School Avenue

Indianapolis, IN  46241

If you need further information, contact me here:

317-504-9248

kurt (at) titanfit (dot) com

Come out and meet our team.  And if desired, dress for a workout!  If you’re serious about your health and fitness goals, you owe this to yourself.  And we’d love to help!

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog.  As our gym, TITANFIT, has recently relocated I thought this would be a good time to make a couple of changes myself.

Firstly, I’m creating a new blog to track my training and other CrossFit related material.  In the future I might create other pages and elements as the need arises and my time permits.  If you have a topic or suggestion feel free to email me.

Secondly I am wiping my slate clean regarding my WOD PR’s as of today.  The new gym location (by virtue of the environment) and a codified training philosophy (by virtue of necessity) will have a dramatic impact on the CrossFit workouts that we perform.  The competition amongst the members will only add fuel to the fire.  All PR’s will now be set in the new environment, under the watchful eye of certified Staff, with the new team.  GET READY FOR THE JOURNEY OF THE TITANFIT CREW.  For those of you that are interested, you can check out the “garage days” on my old blog here.

And lastly, a name change.  The blog will no longer be called “The TitanFit Experiment”.  Rather, I’ve named it “CONSTANTLY VARIED”.  Allow me to briefly explain the reasoning.  Everyone knows the CrossFit mantra of “constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity”.  That phrase is Godspeed.  But beyond the “functional movements” and “high intensity”, I value “constantly varied” the most.  Why?  Because that’s what keeps me coming back.  I’ll elaborate more on this in a future post.

My intent with the site right now is to post articles and links of interest on my FRONT PAGE page.  My training will be posted to the WOD LOG, obviously.  You’ll not be able to comment on individual posts, so please give me feedback as to whether or not you like that.  The ARTICLES page will contain posts of general interest related to CrossFit authored by other individuals.  I’ll often cross-post articles from the TITANFIT Trainer’s Blog on the either the FRONT PAGE or the ARTICLES page in an effort to provide more exposure.  And my PR’s page will host my Personal Record’s of various TITANFIT workouts.  You can find these pages using the Navigation Bar at the top of this page, just above the photo.

And please bear with me throughout this process, as I’m new to WordPress!