In case you guys didn’t know where the quote in today’s title comes from, that’s Yoda.
There are a few individuals I feel I can quote at almost any time and have said quote from said individual make sense. You know it’s an easy list to draw from Yoda, V, Bodhi, Laim Neeson in any movie and Boyd Crowder or Doc Holiday (kind of interchangeable). Pretty much any of these characters could have had a great line about today’s announcement.
But I decided to keep it simple, “Always pass on what you have learned..”
You see besides what we have going on today we are also creeping up on the One Year Anniversary of our Morgan Junction Location. And I figured one more Big announcement before next weekend’s celebration. You see of the things I’ve learned from Yoda (and there have been a lot) the phrase, “always pass on what you have learned,” sticks out. And this has to do with how many awesome coaches I’ve personally had the pleasure to work with since opening the doors at Morgan Junction. Some of these coaches are somewhat local in state, some on the other side of the country and some in other countries altogether. Some are athletes some are gym owners some are both and that’s where our story leads us today.
You see last year when I was moving into our new location while we set up our new website our I/C Training Log was down. At that time I established a private holder site where all of our training was being posted. I told folks if they were interested in continuing to follow that they could send me their contact info and I’d give them access. I received from EVERYWHERE, I was a bit shocked, And with the emails came stories. Hi my name is BLANK, I’ve been following the program for BLANK and I live in BLANK. But one extremely thankful email popped out at me and it was one of our out of country Nomads.
You see for this Individual, BLANK, was in Ansbach, Germany. His name was Rob (didn’t sound very German) and he was one of all those people that requested access that continued to post his results once our new site went live. The more I watched Rob’s numbers the more I realized Rob was strong and fit as fuck. I also knew from his posting that Rob was older and that could compete in the CrossFit Open Masters Division with a shot at the Games.
So finally I asked him, “Hey Rob, you thinking of doing Masters this year?”
Back to Carson? That’s when it all fell into place, Rob had qualified before. Then the season before finding the Club he had over trained but more importantly under recovered running his gym CrossFit Ansbach and working the graveyard shift at his other job. He was training with the Club to make it again. Rob and I became fast friends through messages and emails. I helped him with his training and with a late rally in the last workout of the Open (after DEMOLISHING the second to last one) Rob met his goal of qualifying for the CrossFit Games Masters division. I myslef was in carson when he was, running the CrossFit KettleBell booth when I finally had my first face to face with Rob. (You may have seen Rob if you watched any of the Masters competition, he was the wildman running around the track with no shoes on after injuring his foot in the first round of Nancy and feeling like going sans shoes would remedy the situation.)
The funny thing was when I finally met Rob (we all called him “Germany” at the home gym) was that he wasn’t German at all. He was actually from Texas and the accent I had placed on him in my head wasn’t a match to the voice I was speaking to. But he shook my hand, thanked me and bought me a drink. Rob would then actually extend his trip in the states to come stay at our house in Seattle. He’d attend our first I/C Strength and Conditioning Instructors Seminar and then invite us to come to Germany to host a CrossFit KettleBell Instructors certification at his gym. Rob also would go back to Germany as a member of our Coaches OnRamp satellite program.
I began helping Rob with program design and assessing it. We had monthly Skype sessions, like I do with all involved in the program, and I really got to know Rob the coach instead of Rob the athlete. Then on my trip to Germany I got to know Rob the gym owner, hard working father and dedicated husband. In short, Rob had come to me to learn. He came to me as an athlete, I coached. He then came to me as a coach looking to learn, I taught. And then when I was able to come to him as a friend, I learned he was a guy that embodied all the values the I/C Stands for.
The biggest thing that came away back from my trip was that even on the other side of the World the Club had roots and a crew that followed and embodied its ideals.
What came next was an offer over beers between two friends, and the results of that conversation?
I am now Proud to announce the Clubs Second Charter, CrossFit Ansbach home of the Franken Iron Club.
As our home gym comes up on a one year it symbolizes growth. And that growth has taken a small Barbell Club established years ago to different cities and different countries. And I’m proud to have the place I call “Little Texas” run by my friend Rob Powell as the home of the new Franken I/C.
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