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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“Meet the Coaches:” Manta Ray Welcomes Three to It’s Team!

As many of you already know, there have been some new additions to the Manta Ray coaching staff. We’ve added two familiar faces, CMR members Charlie Baeza and Jason Marmolejo, as well as a newer face, Tommy Martinez. Many of you know our CMR members, and now coaches, Charlie and Jason – but get to know them a little better below. If you haven’t had the chance to meet Coach Tommy yet, you will soon! Coach Tommy is originally…

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AOTM: “Loving Life and Feeling Good” with Trevor and Crissy Kitzul

From the Coaches: “Trevor and Crissy, husband and wife, are veterans of our 6AM class. Even coming in at such an early time, they are always bright and in good spirit to be at the box. Their attitude is contagious to the rest of their fellow athletes and coaches as well. You will find them at all our CMR outings, competitions, and in box events. Trevor and Crissy’s son, Westyn, is also an active member at Manta Ray. At…

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New Member Spotlight: November 2017

CrossFit Manta Ray has been around for 4 years now and we have formed a pretty tight, and undeniably awesome, group of people. With that being said, our community is constantly growing. We would like to highlight some of our new members each month as we welcome them to the Manta Ray family! Check out a few of our newest members below and their short bio. Make sure to make them feel welcome when you see them at the box!…

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Chalk Talk: “Food and Fitness on the Holidays”

Food and Fitness on the Holidays I love food. I’m not sure what makes a person “foodie”, but that sounds like who I am. I love food even more when the holiday season creeps in. Once I hear that stores are offering pumpkin spice anything, the little fat kid inside me begins to rage. However, there is a more sensible side of me that knows that tearing through all the season foods will push me further away from my…

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CMR Member Spotlight: Karla Pope

CMR Member Spotlight This week we want to highlight CMR Member Karla Pope on her recent accomplishment. She finished her first full Iron Man and her CMR Family is extremely proud of her and the hard work she put in along the way. Here is a quick highlight and some information so you can get to know Karla and her story a little better! Karla Pope “When I was around 8-9 years old, I remember watching the Ironman on…

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AOTM: “Just Keep Rowing” with Sam Darza

From the Coaches: “Since we opened our doors in 2014, our Manta Ray family has grown tremendously and we’ve seen many different types of athletes at CMR. We’ve had many deserving “Athletes of the Month,” all for different reasons. Sam is our AOTM for October because of the dedication he shows day in and day out in his training. Sam usually makes two appearances to CMR each day. First for his extra credit rowing which ranges from 5k –…

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New Member Spotlight: September 2017

CrossFit Manta Ray has been around for over 3 years now and we have formed a pretty tight, and undeniably awesome, group of people. With that being said, our community is constantly growing. We would like to highlight some of our new members each month as we welcome them to the Manta Ray family! Check out a few of our newest members below and their short bio. Make sure to make them feel welcome when you see them at the…

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Chalk Talk: “The Coach, the Process, and the Programming” Pt. 3

The Program The foundation of CrossFit is the training program. Fortunately, there are endless programs out there to choose from, with numerous goals for the athlete to commit to. Most of us are familiar with the basic outline for programming offered by CrossFit which involves a Work Out of the Day (WOD). The WOD is the common denominator of just about all programming. From there, programs vary by intent, goals, capabilities, etc. Instead of delving into all the different…

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Shoulder Mobility Workshop with Dr. Hays Estes

The shoulder may be the most complex joint in the human body. The level of mobility required is far above that of any other joint. This shoulder workshop taught by Dr. Hays Estes, DPT will improve your mobility to increase your performance and help prevent future injury. During the workshop, you will learn simple mobility drills that require minimal (if any) equipment to keep aches and pains away so you can continue training the way you want for as…

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