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Program Design For Certus
I've heard it said many time before that “You can CrossFit anywhere” and there is a lot of truth in that. Personally, I have done CrossFit style workouts at my parents cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains with no equipment but boulders, logs and the altitude. When I left the box I had worked at, I coached CrossFit in various parks, on bike trails ... Read more
I've heard it said many time before that “You can CrossFit anywhere” and there is a lot of truth in that. Personally, I have done CrossFit style workouts at my parents cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains with no equipment but boulders, logs and the altitude. When I left the box I had worked at, I coached CrossFit in various parks, on bike trails and on a hill, all in the City of Clovis. And all of 2014 I have been doing CrossFit in my garage.
So in reality you don't need a fancy facility or a lot of “bells and whistles” to get a good workout in and have fun while doing it.
However, at Certus CrossFit, we are fortunate that we have a beautiful, state-of-the-art Strength and Conditioning facility and an amazing assortment of equipment to meet all fitness needs.
But all of that means nothing without 2 things:
1 – Skilled and Competent Coaching
2 – Quality Programming
Please click on the ‘About' tab above to learn more about our coaching philosophy and our backgrounds and qualifications.
As for Programming, I am excited to announce that Marcus Filly will be designing programs that will lead our members to their goals in an effective and challenging way!
Many are familiar with Marcus as a CrossFit Games Athlete (http://games.crossfit.com/athlete/13913) , as he has competed as an individual in 2013 and 2014, and in the years prior to that he made 3 appearances as a member of TJ's Gym Affiliate Team. And currently, he is the Team Captain of the NPGL (National Professional GRID League) Team, the Phoenix Rise. (https://www.npgl.com/teams/phoenix-rise)
His athletic success is not restricted to CrossFit however as he grew up playing soccer and went on to play Division 1 Soccer for UC Berkeley.
Marcus is not just a naturally gifted athlete, as his Academic resume is even more impressive. After graduating from UC Berkeley majoring in Molecular Biology and Human Physiology he did one year of Post Graduate work at the esteemed, Ohio State University Medical School.
Balancing out his athletic success and education, he has completed his OPEX (Optimum Performance Experience, formerly, OPT) CCP Level 1 Certified Coaching Program. (You can find out more about this program at http://opexfit.com/ccp/)
He has been a CrossFit Coach and gym owner (http://www.tjsgym.com/o-u-r---c-o-a-c-h-e-s) for a combined 6 years and for 4 of those he has been designing individualized programs for athletes and generalized programming for CrossFit Affiliates.
In his own words, he has a “passion for delivering effective programs that progress individuals safely towards their goals” and that is exactly why I asked him to program for Certus CrossFit.
My goal when I set out on this adventure was to provide our members with the absolute best CrossFit experience in the Fresno/Clovis areaand I am confident that with Marcus' Program Design and our skilled and attentive coaching we will be able to meet and exceed the goals and expectations of our members.
I Considered Myself An Athlete
When I first saw a CrossFit workout it was the CrossFit Games on ESPN in 2012. You could say it was intimating. Watching shirtless men who look like Thor and Captain America compete in amazing acts of strength, speed, and stamina. Maybe I could have done those things 15 years prior, but not as I ... Read more
When I first saw a CrossFit workout it was the CrossFit Games on ESPN in 2012. You could say it was intimating. Watching shirtless men who look like Thor and Captain America compete in amazing acts of strength, speed, and stamina. Maybe I could have done those things 15 years prior, but not as I was sitting on the couch weighing in around 500 lbs. Yes, you read that right I weighed 500 lbs. I wasn't always that big, I mean I’m 6'8" and was always big, but not extremely obese. In high school I played 3 sports: Football, basketball, and I threw shot put and discus on the track & field team. I considered myself an athlete. I was above average at all sports but not a superstar.
After a year of Junior College Football I started working full time and was no longer active. 5 years later in 2006 I weighed 525 lbs. After 6 1/2 years of struggling with yoyo diets and sporadic workouts I created a Facebook page dedicated to weight loss. I wanted to be held accountable for my actions and weight loss. I had a beautiful family, a 2-year-old son, 4-year-old daughter, and a marathon running wife. Seeing her so active and happy with herself I knew I had to get healthy to be around longer for my family. I had to give them the best version of me. After continuing to struggle I put myself out there and posted my weight publicly at 467 lbs. This single post would change my life and introduce me to CrossFit.
Through that post I met a CrossFit coach, Michelle Kasten. She commented on that post and offered to train me free of charge if I lived locally. Come to find out we live rather close to each other. We met and discussed my goals and one week later I started an Introductory CrossFit program. Was I still intimated? You bet. Was it worth the chance of living again? Yes. The first thing I did was run a 400 m warm up lap. That took everything I had not to walk. I just wanted to keep jogging. After that, a warm up and body weight movements that had me sweating and my legs feeling like Jell-O. My first WOD (workout of the day) was a 400m run with 3 rounds of 5 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 15 air squats and finished by running another 400m. Looks easy right? No way! Longest 15 mins of my life. I could hardly walk afterwards. Only pride kept me from not crawling up the stairs in front of my kids when I got home. The next day I was introduced to thrusters (a moment you'll never forget either) and at that moment I was still unsure about this CrossFit business. I continued to work with Coach Kasten 2-3 times a week. Each workout I pushed myself further than I thought possible. Each week weight began to fall off. But more importantly, I gained confidence, drive and motivation. I started working with 2 other athletes. We pushed each other. We saw each other at our best and at our worst. We sweat, cried, laughed, and became a family. A community. I found myself again. I stopped hating the person I became. What have I lost? In the first 7 months of CrossFit I lost 100 lbs.... With eating right and working out we changed my life in 7 months. I say we, because I couldn't have done this without my Certus family. Right now we're small. But we're determined, focused and driven.
Why CrossFit? What has CrossFit in general done for me? Everything. It's given me my life back. It pushes you everyday with new challenges. New workouts. CrossFit shows you your boundaries. It shows you that you are able to push through those boundaries. It's functional movements. Something like getting off the floor or standing up out of a chair. It's not a repetitive movement everyday. It changes like life changes. CrossFit gives you confidence, whether it's making you feel like an athlete again or showing you that you are able to achieve a long sought goal. It shows you that you haven't hit your prime yet. That age is only a number and not a limit. It's made me love myself again. It has improved me as a father, husband and friend. CrossFit has given me drive. Motivated me beyond weight loss and lifting. It's the one sport that the person who finishes last gets the most cheers. It'll pick you up. Help you better not only yourself but others as well. CrossFit has shown me my dream of coaching athletes has not died. I thought my goal of becoming a coach was long past. Now that CrossFit has become such a part of my life I'm refocused on coaching. Working toward becoming a certified CrossFit coach. Helping spread the knowledge and fitness that has been given to myself.
What is Certus? Well the proper definition is: certain, resolved, determined, sure. What does Certus mean to me? Everything! It means family, friends, having others work with you, care for you, not only in a fitness sense. As becoming a better person. Bettering oneself. It's a community. A group focused, sure, and determined. It's a place where the work isn't over until everybody's finished. Not just you. Somewhere that everyone can succeed. Where effort counts more than your time, your reps or being 1st or 15th. It's about coming together. Helping others. It's about being successful in life. Certus is a place where the only judgment given is to yourself. Lifting others to new heights. Reaching out and being a beacon to the whole community. So what is Certus? I am. And you could be too. What can you do today that not only improves yourself, but others also? Could I have lost so much weight without CrossFit? Maybe, others have. However, I would never have gained so much without Certus CrossFit.