February marks a new beginning for
Face Your Fears Athletics. We are no longer an officially registered CrossFit Affiliate. This was
a decision that was not easily arrived upon, but one that was necessary
for our Valencia gym to continue to evolve and grow.
The decision to drop the name was made for a few reasons. First, CrossFit
has gotten an enormous amount of people more involved in physical fitness
and has created a wonderful sense of community. That being said, with
the good, also comes the bad.
The common misconception is that all CrossFits are the same and that CrossFit
= injury. I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2007-2008 and have seen
it become what it is today. During this time, I have learned so much about
new ways of training, different formats, and emphasis on standards, along
with the effectiveness and safety of different programs.
When it really boiled down to it, I felt the brand of “CrossFit”
was truly hiding what our gym has become about. Our mission as a gym and
my goal as a coach is to provide high quality, goal oriented, SAFE training
that gets results. Not a quick fix, but a conscious choice to make being
fit and healthy and setting higher standards a way of life. While I will
be forever indebted to CrossFit for what it has taught me, both as an
individual and as a coach, it is time to evolve, to move on.
Second, while we still do incorporate some CrossFit elements, our program
for the most part is quite different from your average Box. There is a
structure, there is a rhyme and reason to everything we do here. We train
with a purpose, to measure your results against the standards. Not a circuit
workout that you sacrificed movement on in order to get a better score
or time. I couldn't care less about score and time. If you didn’t
do the workout right, then you didn’t do it with the purpose of
changing you, both mentally and physically.
Progress, when training for both aesthetics and performance, is about victories
in accomplishment of your goals: using your old workout weight as a warmup,
using less or no bands for pull ups or running the entire mile. We compete
against who we used to be and look ahead to who we strive to become...
fearless. To be a crusher of goals, an athlete that will have the will
to push through and the humility to push others to continue on even after
As many of you are already well aware, we are unique, not just in our class
offerings and programming, but in the dynamics of our gym and its members.
It is a humbling experience to watch the relationships that are formed
right in front of my eyes. To see the camaraderie between members and
the complete lack of judgment about one another is awe inspiring.
Face Your Fears Athletics is a one-of-a-kind place that truly needed a
one-of-a-kind name. Your continued support and commitment to this place—my dream—means more to me than I will ever be able to rightfully express. Thank
you for continuing to trust me and come along on this journey as we evolve
into something more.