This guy, I can't say enough about him. There have been very few people to walk through our door and understand the spirit of our place as easily as Jimmy has. No matter what the day holds, you can count on Jimmy being there with a good attitude and a sarcastic comment. He's quick to listen and always pushes those around him. Gymnastics are his playtime and he is even the recipient of the CFTO "Big Kid" award for his fun loving antics. No workout is complete without a few Skin-The-Cats and/or Bar Muscle Ups at the end of the day. Jimmy is a crowd favorite at CFTO and our people just love him. Jimmy views everyday as a new challenge, and a new chance to play. Count on him showing up and giving it all he's got, unless there's surf, then forget about it. Thank you for making our place better Jimmy, not bad for an old guy ;)
- Coach Jeremy
It’s not possible to surf all the time. As great as that would be, mitigating factors often come into play. Lack of surf, lack of time, and lack of cooperation from demanding family members can keep me from the beach.
So, the question becomes, how do I keep in shape when the surfing Gods, or mere mortals keep me outta the water?
This was the conundrum I’d been facing during a particularly miserable stretch of surf (or lack thereof). I gave biking a shot, but never really warmed to the spandex outfit. Not to mention the two or three or more hours it takes to get in a good ride.
Then I remembered what my good friend Bob told me. He said, “Dude, have you done any crossfit”? I didn’t know what it was but I seemed to remember seeing huge guys rolling massive truck tires up a steep dirt hill while I was watching The Ocho” one day.
I’d been driving past a crossfit place for years as I went up and down TO Blvd. One day, I slowed down, took a look and saw it was CFTO, an acronym for CrossFit Thousand Oaks. I figured I’d give it a shot.
I got in touch and talked with a guy named Jeremy. He invited me by for an evaluation to see about my fitness level. I assured him that no evaluation would be necessary. After all, I’m an avid surfer known to occasionally do the rock store climb (well, I did it once). I was pretty sure I could handle whatever he had in mind.
I dropped in and Jeremy had me do a bunch of stretches and exercises. I got through them pretty well. Sure, I was panting and sweating profusely, but I pretty much handled it. “Not so bad”, I thought. I could tell he was impressed at my advanced, surfer influenced fitness level. But, much to my surprise and dismay, he revealed that that was simply the warm up routine. We would now proceed with the WOD (Workout Of the Day).
He carefully scaled the workout down to my fitness level. Front squats became air squats. V-ups became sit-ups. An 800 meter run became a 400 meter staggering, jog/walk.
An hour after I’d walked in the door, I had finished my first crossfit workout. My super surfer fitness was, perhaps not as advanced as I’d assumed. My cardio appeared to be that of a chain smoker. My legs ached from what seemed to be 500 or 600 squats (later revealed to be 60 total, broken down into four rounds of 15, and poorly done).
I drove home wondering if I was having a stroke. I walked in the door, collapsed on the floor and was completely defenseless as my yellow Labs, Oscar and Dash gratefully lapped the dried sweat from my face.
I hadn’t been this exhausted since two-a-days in high school football. How could my conditioning be so lacking? How could squatting up and down be so hard? How could I get these dogs off me when my arms won’t move?
Well, it’s been a little over a year and I can honestly say, I’ve never been in better shape. And, without question, I’ve never met a nicer group of people.
The workouts are always varied and are easily scaled for anyone’s level. Regardless of how much weight you lift or rounds you finish, each and every person is exhausted by the time we finish. There’s a lot of guys and girls I can’t keep up with, but I’m every bit as spent as they are by the end. That’s what’s so great. Take an hour and get absolutely the best workout possible regardless of your condition.
For me, the biggest dividend pays off in the water. I surf longer and stronger than I ever had. I signed up at CFTO to augment my surfing. I got way more than that.
I absolutely love this place… And I am a Festivus Games Gold Medal winner (thank you for carrying me, Fitz!!!).
If you’re looking for an incredible workout, that only takes an hour with a great group of people, you gotta check out CFTO. If Eddie were here, Eddie would go!!!