July AOTM: “Always Show Up” with Christine Thompson

From the Coaches: “Christine is everything you could ask for in an athlete and member here at CrossFit Manta Ray. She is coachable, hard-working, and humble. She has a passion for fitness and a hunger to learn and grow as an athlete. Christine is always positive and an active member of the CMR community. Since she has joined us, Christine has challenged herself by stepping out of her comfort zone and competing at multiple fitness competitions – and she…

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CMR Welcomes Coach Cory Small!

Cory Small Cory was born and raised in Concordia, Missouri. He has been active with fitness his whole life playing football, track, and rugby. Cory graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Physical Education in 2013. He then got certified as a personal trainer through NSCA in 2014. A back injury in 2014 introduced me to Chiropractic care where the DC recognized his passion for fitness, decided to hire him as a Head Functional Fitness…

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Manta Ray Highlight: Justin Ashbrook

Manta Ray loves to highlight our members for their achievements to celebrate their success and motivate others on their own personal journeys. Justin Ashbrook is a long time member of CMR who has had an amazing physical transformation that he earned through his dedication and hard work. Here is a testimonial from Justin himself. Congratulations Justin – we are proud of you and thankful to have you as part of our Manta Ray family!   Justin Ashbrook   Growing…

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Chalk Talk: “World Class Fitness”

We all want to live a healthy, long life enjoying the people and activities that we love. Whether you see yourself chasing your grand kids around a theme park or swimming in a lagoon in Fiji in your golden years, we all have long-term goals that require us to be healthy now. Which is probably the reason why you’ve decided to take up CrossFit, eat clean and pay more attention to doing activities that will improve, rather than diminish…

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Team Manta Ray Adds Two: Coach Lindsey and Coach Alisha

CMR is very excited to announce the addition of two new team members to our staff!! Lindsey is now coaching our early AM HIIT classes, and will be growing into a full time role here at Manta Ray. Lindsey brings a deep wealth of knowledge and a relentless passion for nutrition. We are excited as she will be leading Manta Ray’s new and upcoming Nutrition service – stay tuned for more details on this program! Coach Alisha Laing has…

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Chalk Talk: April 2018

April 2018   Rules, rules, rules! Sometimes, life is filled with too many of them like “stop at red lights”, “no fishing off the bridge”, “in the handstand push up – ensure your heels make contact with the wall above the line with your arms fully extended”… ugh! Tons of rules! Many rules are laid out and very specific. Others are more like common courtesy or simple etiquette. We’ve outlined a dozen or so in our “Box Rules”, but…

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Extra Work During Class (Rules Revisited)

March 2018 Auxiliary Work Outs During Scheduled Class Times (Revisited) All of us work out to better our lives. Each of you may have specific agendas to improve particular parts of your fitness, but ultimately you grind to become a better human. I appreciate that! Doing extra exercises in addition to the programmed work out is definitely a way for you to work on faults or improve lifts or movements. We want you to take control of your fitness…

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Know Your WHY: Fitness vs. Sport

CrossFit: Fitness vs. Sport One of the most proclaimed characteristics of CrossFit, is that anyone – from any walk of life – can participate and benefit. Meaning that there is a place for the young, athletic individuals as well as the 50-year old couch potato. As you could imagine with such a wide range of athletes, there must be different motives as to what we are all trying to accomplish at the box. Some of us are attracted to…

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Chalk Talk: “Simple, Not Easy”

“Simple, Not Easy” As we roll into the second month of the New Year, many of you have been sticking with your fitness and nutrition resolutions, while others of you have trailed off and even went back to your “old ways” of eating and training. Proclaiming that you are going to make all these new changes and applying them to your life everyday sounds simple, but it is by no means easy. Many times, these two words; simple and…

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Chalk Talk: “New Year 2018”

Happy New Year! Once again, we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year. Looking ahead, we envision success, happiness, new fitness goals achieved, new shoes, new gear- wait, I don’t want to get ahead of myself! Anyway, we also find ourselves making fitness resolutions and setting fitness goals that seem to never get fulfilled. It’s not as if we have don’t have every intention to fulfill each of these, we just seem to lose focus and allow…

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