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So, Melissa asked me to do a guest blog post and of course I’m happy to! Maybe we’ll do a few of these, who knows. Melissa suggested that I expand upon some of the topics covered on my Instagram account, @gainzbydrj (hey, go give me a follow if you haven’t already!). 


February 10, 2017

It's the time of year where everyone keeps asking if you are doing the Open...I mean, at least at CrossFit at Monroe Mill. I mean, we just assume everyone will give it a try.

But, I mean, what if you have no idea what the Open even it possible to even CrossFit w...

September 22, 2016

What does the word "Challenge" mean to you?

Does it pump you up and inspire you to say "YES - I will take your Challenge and go beyond what you ask!" Or does it make you go, "oh dear....a Challenge? ummm, I am not sure I can do this."

I think I am in between these two th...

August 15, 2016

I can do it, ya know. I can be the "mom" of the group. And, I don't mind, it is second nature and I kind of love taking care of everyone.

"gah, Mom, what are you even talking are being so, like, vague."

I am talking about the Golden Rule of the Gym.  Just li...

June 21, 2016

Are you obsessed with it? That Blue Button. That "RX" button on the Whiteboard. Tell me the truth.

When you click that little blue "RX" button on Wodify, it means that YOU did the workout as "prescribed" (i.e. you did it at the RX weight or with RX movements, you didn't...

April 27, 2016

"Hi. I am the new person. I am nervous. I don't know what to expect. I am scared. I fear I am far more out of shape than I thought. I can't do this. Will someone help me understand what I am doing? Will anyone talk to me? Maybe I should just stay home."


Did you feel th...

April 11, 2016

I wish I was stronger. I wish I could lose 20 pounds. I wish I meal-prepped every week. I wish I could be in the gym at least 5 times a week.

Do you catch yourself saying "I Wish...." about something all the time? 


Seriously? Why are we still wishing? Wishing is wanting...

March 30, 2016 is done. Over. Finito.  We did it - CrossFit Open Games 16.1 - 16.5. 


For many of us, it was our first Open as part of CrossFit - including a first time ever being "judged" for the standards executed.  Others have done it several years in a row.  But, fo...

March 18, 2016

That is what she asked when she texted me.


"How Much Do You Love Me?"


It was Coach Kelly...late at night on a Tuesday evening. I immediately thought - she meant to send that to her hubby Steve. But no. It was for me. The next text was  - "we think it would be a great i...

March 9, 2016

Is that what you felt after 16.2? I did. It was the thought of the weight that drummed in my head since it was announced. Whew. Pressure.  Doing the scaled version, I knew I had the knee raises and singles with no problem. But, once it hit the 3rd round, I knew I was i...

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