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Meet Courtney Bylin, one of our amazing Iron Bar athletes. Outside of the box, Courtney is the mother of two awesome little boys. Hadyn is 3 and Grayson just turned 10 months old. She spends most of her days coloring and playing with various trucks. Her husband is a firefighter for East Pierce Fire and Rescue so their schedules are very random. When time allows, she substitute teaches for Sumner School District and attends Greenriver in their Physical Therapy Assistant Program. Courtney is a tried and true cardio junkie! She loves to run, hike, bike and may be slightly addicted to Insanity videos. In the last three years, Courtney has completed 5 half marathons, 1 full marathon, and a half Iron Man Triathlon! Her goal is to complete a full Iron Man by Summer 2016 (WOW!!). To relax, she loves to cook and play in her garden with her boys. Courtney originally came to The Iron Bar to attempt to lose the 70 pounds she gained during pregnancy. She had a friend who did the trial period and spoke very highly of it. She had tried out various CrossFit boxes before and loved the workouts, but could never really say she loved the environment. The Iron Bar has far exceeded her expectations for providing a welcoming environment for all individuals at all different fitness levels. She said she has never felt uncomfortable or less important than any other athlete at The Iron Bar. Coming to the box has not only helped her to shed 58 pounds, but it has made her a better athlete. When she started coming in October she ran a 12 minute mile and is currently back down to a comfortable 8.5 minute mile. If Courtney could give a new member some advice, she says she would tell new members that it is never too early to start. No matter what your current fitness level is, The Iron Bar staff can help you accomplish your goals in a safe and caring environment. She says our bodies are capable of pretty amazing things and the staff here knows that, which is why they push you to better yourself both physically and socially! If you see Courtney around, give her a high five! Her positive attitude is inspirational and she’s just all-around pretty amazing!
Congrats to our latest Fundamentals Graduates, Braidyn and Claudius! Braiden is one of our teens and likes to frequent our HIIT classes. When asked what she loves about The Iron Bar, she said she loves the community of people. Claudius loves that he gets to meet new people instead of sitting in front of a computer! Welcome to CrossFit, Braiden and Claudius!
On Wednesday we had the honor of helping to celebrate Jame’s 37th birthday and while it’s Iron Bar tradition to do burpees on your birthday, we made a special exception just for James…. birthday bicep curls. Yep, that’s right, and Iron Bar first. Everyone grabbed a set of dumbbells and we celebrated with 37 (+ 1 for good luck) bicep curls by request from the birthday boy himself! Happy Birthday James!
Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means one thing…. The Iron Bar’s 7th Annual Murph workout! For the past 7 years we take time to honor all our veterans with a workout in honor of one special veteran, Michael Murphy, a navy seal killed while serving his country in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. This year we are especially honored to be partnering with the JBLM chapter of Team RWB to invite any and all local veterans to participate with us. We will offer variations of the workout to meet all ability levels and encourage everyone to show their USA pride by wearing red, white, and blue. The mission of Team RWB is to enrich the lives of veterans by connecting them with their communities through fitness. The Iron Bar Gym is proud to invite all veterans to join us on this special day. Our Murph event is always free! Monday, May 25 10am and 11am start times. Contact the Front Desk to sign up for your start time. http://teamrwb.org/
We are excited to celebrate the 60 pounds Mike has lost since January 2015! He’s been consistently attending classes at least four days a week and his hard work shows! “I put off starting at The Iron Bar for a couple of years because I thought is was only for “in-shape” people or “athletes”. But now I know you can start at nothing! One of the first things that blew me away was how nice everyone was and that it was a completely supportive environment… nothing like I’d found at a regular gym. Before I started I didn’t have much confidence and lacked self-esteem but the support I’ve received from everyone and the fun workouts has kept me motivated and coming back. I’ve been in gyms before, but the atmosphere at The Iron Bar is easier to find motivation because of the people and the workouts. Now I have way more energy and I can run with my dog and not be winded. I am happier and in a consistently better mood and know I’m in better shape than anyone in my family! I started at The Iron Bar weighing 315 pounds and used to get cramps whenever I had to bend over to reach something. Now I can tie my shoes by bending over without ANY cramps! I’ve lost 60 pounds in the 6 months I’ve been at The Iron Bar and I look back at all the wasted years that I could’ve done the things I enjoyed. I would tell anyone considering The Iron Bar… Just Do It. I wish I had done it earlier. I used to swim and now I can see that within the next 12 months I’ll be back in my swimsuit.” We are so proud of you, Mike, and all you have accomplished in the short amount of time here and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you and your fitness. We love the energy, motivation, and fun energy you bring to the class!
Are you ready for a change, just in time for summer? If so, please join us for our next Iron Nutrition Challenge! This six-week challenge will focus on “Navigating Life” with healthy eating habits. We will focus on clean eating, elimination of problem foods, as well as the challenges that can come along with making healthy dietary changes. Please ask a coach if you have any questions regarding the challenge and get your name on the sign up sheet today! We can’t wait to help you move toward a more healthier you!!
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