Happy 2nd Anniversary!

The anniversary post.

These are never easy to write. Last year’s post commemorated the founding of a community built on virtuosity. That community has continued to thrive. And once again, there are far too many milestones and accomplishments to attempt to list here. There have been a lot of changes since November 1st, 2012; so many, in fact, that the only real constant is progress. Consistent, relentless, and awe-inspiring progress. Looking around the gym, there is a level of performance unimaginable two years ago.

What is the secret to the success we see every day? Sadly, there are no gimmicks or easy answers. There are no shortcuts. There is nothing we do that gymnasts, weightlifters, powerlifters, sprinters, rowers, etc. haven’t been doing for decades.  We simply apply the basics with care, stick to our principles, and work our collective tails off.

What then is it that drives our athletes to work so hard day in and day out?

Are you disciplined like monks? Are you driven like Olympians?


We suspect the real answer is much simpler.

What brings people back in the door day after day? It is fun. We love every minute of it.

Now we are on to a new question: what in the world about all of this hard work is fun?

Another simple answer: the people.

The community.

The camaraderie.

The competition.

The laughs.

The shared struggles.

The shared accomplishments.

Our job is straightforward. Despite what many would have you believe, once you cut through all the bullshit (which is the hard part), there is nothing all too complicated about applying calculated stress to the human body, allowing it to adapt, and repeating. Strength and conditioning is not rocket science.

What is infinitely more magical is what you, the Solidarity athletes, provide. Your heart and soul drive this endeavor.

Thank you for a wonderful two years.

Wednesday 2012.11.14

Rest, recovery, & make-up day, come in and make up Monday or Tuesday’s workout, or do some mobility and skill work.

In the meantime we’ll be here cleaning up and getting ready for you to bring the pain on Thursday. We’d like to give a special thanks to the Kleen’N’Team for sharing their expertise in floor care. Bobby got us started smart with the correct equipment, chemicals, and methods and saved us  a lot of time, money, and headaches! You can thank them next time you are doing burpees on our gorgeous floors.

Saturday 2012.11.10 – Hero Workout

In honor of the Marine Corps’ 237th birthday (November 10th) & Veteran’s Day (November 11th), we will be hosting a free & public hero workout this Saturday. Warm-up for the first heat will begin at 0900; we will continue running heats as necessary through 1100.

Please come out and show your appreciation for those who serve our country by giving your all in this workout honoring a fellow CrossFitter.

U.S. Marine Corps Captain Brandon “Bull” Barrett, 27, of Marion, IN, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Lejeune, NC, was killed on May 5, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He is survived by his parents Cindy and Brett Barrett, his sisters Ashley and Taylor Barrett, his brother Brock Barrett, and his grandmother Carmen Johnson.


Two rounds for time of:

  • 200 Double-unders
  • 135 pound Overhead squat, 50 reps
  • 50 Pull-ups
  • Run 1 mile


team “Bull”

In teams of two, with one partner working at a time, complete two rounds of:

  • 200 Double Unders
  • 50 Front Squats or Goblet Squats
  • 50 Pull Ups
  • 8 x 200m Run

Solidarity Saturdays 2012.10.13

We will be meeting at Belmont Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday – hope to see you there!


3 rounds/ 5 rounds for time*:

  • 400 m run
  • 15 bench jumps
  • 15 bench dips

*If you have regularly been coming to class, you’ll be doing 5 rounds. If you are new or have been away from class for awhile, you’ll do 3.

Close: Hip mobility

Feel Good Story of the Week! This is a great story about a guy who was severely overweight who began to get fit by taking cyclo-cross biking. Not only is it fantastic to hear about someone turning their life around, but the takeaway (to me) was that having a strong support network matters! You can accomplish so much more than you think you can when you have a supportive community behind you. (hint hint: so bring a friend today!)

Inspiration: Never Give Up!

We could also call this Wednesday waterworks. I saw a shorter version of Arthur’s amazing transformation yesterday. His spirit and ability to remember that just because you can’t do it today, doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen, are definitely something I’m going to keep in mind when hurt pride and ego get the best of me!

Hope you enjoy his story…

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