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Learning my why: Answers, Questions, and Truths

Hi Folks,

Kristins post about part of her story (stay tuned for the rest!) inspired me to think about my own story, and why I’m here, doing what I do.  Here is what I’ve come up with (though I reserve the right to update this as time passes, haha).

Why do I do it?

To be a source of trustworthy knowledge and actionable steps that people need so that they can improve their lives exactly how they want to and maybe even more.

  • I’ve always wanted to be the person people went to for help.
  • I’ve seen how valuable being that person can be, and being able to provide that to someone fills my soul up.

That was the TLDR version.  Read on for how I got there.  Starting with story time…

When I was young, I was being foolish around a pool table and ended up hitting my face on the side of it, cutting up my gums pretty good/bad.  It was during a family function and one of my uncles, a firefighter, was there to help.  At the moment I was afraid and worried that I had done something that would, a: be a problem permanently (in an aesthetic/health respect), and b: get me in trouble with my parents (I told you I was young, though I think that fear never goes away haha).  Immediately, my uncle took calm control of the situation and helped make a plan that assessed where I was between serious injury, and a bump/bruise (it ended up just being a gnarly flap of skin that tore off my gums with a lot of blood that made it look bad) while he also made it all seem like a team effort to help save me and the evening.  It was inspiring to say the least (and I was fine… just being a wimp).  Onto the next story…

Both times I injured my shoulders (one, a clavicular fracture while snowboarding, the other a dislocated shoulder while playing football.  Different shoulders, years apart), I went to the walk-in clinic/hospital and saw a doctor.  While I didn’t enjoy the wait time (none of us does, but it’s a necessary part of having a non-life threatening injury), I appreciated the focus and methodical approach the doctors that ultimately saw me had, as well as their conclusions and reassurance that in time, I’d be just fine.

I’ve always wanted to be like those people.  I’ve always wanted to be the person that people felt comfortable asking for answers (at least the ones related to health/wellness).  I always wanted to be able to provide measured, calm answers to questions that innately inspire a certain level of fear in people.  Taking away fear, I think, is a pretty valuable skill.

So, my goal from a young age was to be involved in healthcare.  I originally thought I would go “be a doctor”, but as I got into my third and fourth years of university, I learned that for me, being a medical doctor wasn’t going to provide me with the tools I needed to answer the questions I wanted to answer.  So I explored other options (Physiotherapy, Speech and Language pathology, Audiology, Population and Community Ecology, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Naturopathy) for school, and even looked into applying to the fire department (they wouldn’t hire colour-blind folks back then).  It eventually took me to Chiropractic college, where I enrolled in their doctor of chiropractic program, as well as their masters of science in applied clinical nutrition programs.  I attended a lot of lectures and labs, and read and studied a LOT.  I learned a lot.  It was such a great thing to think that if I just read and learned as much as I could – if I read all the literature about all the things within my scope of practice (where I could help people), I would finally have all the answers.

Throughout my quest to learn the answers, I learned some hard truths:

First, the textbooks, and some of the information from lectures, labs and skill work would that I was learning, would be obsolete by the time I was allowed to use it.  Not surprising and somewhat easy to mitigate by always working to continue learning.

Lesson Learned:  You never get to stop learning if you want to be the one providing the answers.

Second, the scientific literature (what I always thought was like gospel, untouchable and un-taintable) was/is biased, unpredictable, and in some cases purposely falsified to serve the needs of those who might benefit from it (sometimes, honestly, as the author wants to see their hypothesis come true, and sometimes in more sinister ways).

Lesson learned:  Scrutinize what you read.  Does it make sense?  Does it fit with everything else we know?  If it doesn’t, WHY?  

Third, most people that DO come to you with questions, will have a somewhat unique and different question than everyone else that has, which makes their answers also unique and different.  It will be very rare that a person presents like they do in the textbooks/classes/exams.

Lesson Learned:  Providing solutions isn’t, and will never be a “recipe book” or “menu”.  You can’t just file people into tidy and neat categories and each and every case needs to be addressed individually, which requires a lot of patience, willpower, and open-mindedness.

So.  Learning that having the answers to the questions people were asking was going to be very difficult, and in most cases, fairly disappointing, has been hard to accept.  But, as difficult as it is to accept it, it’s the truth.  And one of the most important things I’ve learned is that there is something more important than being the person with the answers; and that is working tirelessly to be someone who provides the truth – even if it means revealing that those we would expect to have solid answers on, still don’t.

So why do this?  Why put in thousands upon thousands of hours reading, attending seminars, and learning about manual therapy, modalities, food production, different diets, food allergies, intolerances, dyskinesias, program design, rehabilitative exercises, barbell strength, weightlifting, gymnastics, energy systems, fueling systems, fasting, ketogenic dieting, sleep and recovery, stress relief, belief systems, habit building, time management, and a list of other things, some known and some unknown, that will NEVER end?

To be a source of trustworthy knowledge and actionable steps that people want and/or need so that they can improve their lives exactly how they want to and maybe even more.

 

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for providing me with the opportunity to do so.

Your friend,

Adam

 

Originally posted at http://www.reallifehealth.ca/opinion/learning-answers-questions-truths

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CrossFitter of the Month – June 2017

Hey Friends!

It’s that TIME!  Yesssssss – we get to highlight another of our amazing members.  This month we’re stoked to feature someone who may not always be IN the gym, but heading abroad to help those in need, or to the far north for the same reason, isn’t a bad reason to miss your training from time to time.  It isn’t every day someone uses their vacation to volunteer abroad, or in some of the more secluded parts of our own country.  We’re very proud and excited to spread some of the good vibes of this member, as they’re always doing it when they’re in.  June’s “CrossFitter of the Month” is…

CrossFit Sudbury

Bex!  Here are her answers to our questions!

Name: Rebecca Foreshew

Age: 26

Occupation: Registered Nurse at Health Sciences North and Nurse Practitioner Masters Student.

What was your exercise experience prior to CrossFit?

Prior to CrossFit, I did a lot of jogging and my own workouts at the gym. I used to be a lifeguard and was the Aquafit instructor so I did a lot of aquacise and swimming. In my younger years, I did Tae Kwon Do and sports such as Track and Field, Flag Football, Volley Ball and other team sports.

How long have you been doing CrossFit and why do you choose CrossFit?

I have been doing CrossFit for over 3 years now and I absolutely Love it! I love how no matter what, every single workout is a challenge, and how it’s constantly varied so you never plateau.

What is your favourite part about CrossFit?

I would have to say that my favourite part about CrossFit is the community. Everyone is so encouraging, friendly and just all around great people. I have felt welcomed since day one!

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What are the accomplishments you are proud of? (Crossfit or non-CrossFit related)

Crossfit related: I am proud that I can do a strict pull-up and a rope climb.

Non-crossfit related: I am proud of my career and being accepted into the Nurse Practitioners program. I am also proud of being a fur mum to my great dane and how she was involved as a therapy dog with Magical Paws for a few years. Lastly, I am proud of the humanitarian and travel nursing that I have done which includes: Vietnam, Guatemala, Kenya and of course Attawapiskat. I feel so humbled when I visit these places and it truly gives me a different perspective on life.

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Favourite Workout or Lift?

My favourite WODs are the really long ones-like Murph! I love them because you may not feel so good during them, but you feel so accomplished afterwards. I also really enjoy any Workout that involves running!

My favourite lift would have to be the clean because I find it is one of the easier movements for me lol.

Anything else you would like to add, please feel free 🙂

I would like to Thank Adam and Kristin for running such a great gym and I want to Thank all of the coaches for being so dedicated to helping everyone achieve their goals!

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CrossFitter of the Month – March 2017

Hey Friends!

Running slightly late on this but we’re super stoked to highlight another amazing member!  I don’t know how we manage to get so many great people coming out to train with us, but it must be some sort of like attracts like with our members.  This month is no different, that’s for sure.  This month we recognize someone with a great work ethic, athletic background and attitude.  Someone who is working hard on her studies, her training AND is still involved in the community (outside AND inside the gym).  Very proud and excited for March’s CrossFitter of the Month…

Jenn!

Name: Jennifer Hull

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

What was your exercise experience prior to crossfit?

I’ve done pretty much everything you can do from running to yoga, to walking around goodlife without a clue what to do. However, primarily before CrossFit I cross-country skied for Laurentian’s Varsity team first and second year and for a club team a couple years prior to that. I also competed as a biathlete before university, which is skiing and shooting.  I’ve been around sports my entire life being active has been a part of my life so as long as I can remember.

How long have you been doing CrossFit and why do you choose to CrossFit?

I started in June 2016, the reason why I started CrossFit was I wanted to push myself and find something different. After talking to Ben about it I finally made the decision to join (Best decision EVER). I choose Crossfit because no matter how bad your day may be when you walk into the gym it gets a little better and by the time I leave I’m a completely new person. Also lifting heavy things is pretty awesome too lol

What is your favourite part about CrossFit?

Hands down, the people that attend the gym! Such a great atmosphere, everyone is always ready to throw it down in a workout.  I love how CrossFit not only challenges you physically but also mentally. Also the games during class, who doesn’t love a good game of tic tac toe!

What are the accomplishments you are proud of? (Crossfit or non-CrossFit related)

My proudest moment to this date in CrossFit was hitting 105lbs snatch in the open, and doing the open in general! Starting to do workouts without scaling everything makes me reflect back on how far I’ve come and I can’t wait to see where I go. Also, my row times make me pretty happy! Non-crossfit proudest moment is probably graduating from university this year.

Favourite workout or lift?

Any workouts with a barbell or rower!

Power clean is definitely my favourite lift, although lately, my snatch has been feeling pretty damn good

Worst workout: 100 wall balls for time but and every minute 10 walking lunges with the ball overhead…still haven’t let that one go. Gives me nightmares

Anything  else you would like to share please feel free 

Thanks to all the coaches and everyone at the gym! You guys are the real MVP!

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CrossFitter of the Month – January 2017

Hey Friends!

It’s that time!  Yesssss – we get to showcase one of our awesome members.  This month we’re excited about showing off someone who has been doing extra work to shore up weaknesses (and it shows), while continuing to build on strengths.  This person has done an amazing job of infusing the gym as part of their routine, and their consistency shows (with PRs and improved movement all the time).  We’re so happy and lucky to recognize January’s “CrossFitter of the Month”…

 

Caroline!  Thanks for always bringing awesome energy to the gym with you!

Name: Caroline Cropp

Age: 33 

Occupation: Financial advisor 

What was your exercise experience prior to CrossFit?

 I was really sporty growing up – I did most sports at school, but my passion was football (soccer) I played competitively for 20years and also represented my county. 

How long have you been doing CrossFit and why do you choose to CrossFit?

I started Crossfit in 2013 twice a week, when I retired from football in 2014 I started going 4/5 a week. I used to play football with Sam Briggs who took up Crossfit and progressed into the fittest woman on earth in 2013! I played football with Denise Thomas at Leeds united and seeing her promote the sport in the USA and all over the world on her Level 1 courses inspired me to give it a go. I wanted to do something that would challenge me on a daily basis and also still allow me to have a bit of competition too.

What is your favourite part about CrossFit?

It’s all about the people, back in England when I started Crossfit I made some of the best friendships ever and are still going strong even though I am in a different country and moving here I have gained so many new friends. It’s also pushing yourself beyond what you think your capabilities are. It has encouraged me to live a better life. 

What are the accomplishments you are proud of? (Crossfit or non-CrossFit related)

Moving to a new country! Passing all my financial/retirement planning exams in less than a year, also plenty of football achievements with winning the reserve league cup in my final season. CrossFit related it would be doing the open last year and being able to rx all the wods. Which was major progress from the year before only managing to rx 3 of them. 

Favourite workout or lift?

Love a clean – worked on my technique for the past few months and finally seeing some good results, I also love overhead squats. One of my fave hero wods is whitten. I also like team or partner workouts that are long grinders, as long as there’s not too many gymnastic movements. 

Anything else you would like to share please feel free

even with having a shoulder injury for the last 6ish weeks – the coaches have been amazing keeping me involved in class and helping switch movements up! And Steph and Kristen – Thank you for your time and help with my rehab you guys are fab! 

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Monique Duguay – April 13, 1962 – January 2, 2017

One of the most loving, upbeat, and genuine people you may have had the honour to meet is very sadly, no longer with us.

We are absolutely heartbroken to share the news of the passing of our dear friend, Monique Duguay. Monique was one of the very first people to inquire and sign up for our gym (and dragged her daughter, Mandie, along with her) and has been an integral part and vocal proponent of the gym ever since. Many of you have gotten to know Monique over the years, whether it was during a workout together (with Precious by her side), during any and ALL of our social events, while cheering us on during the Open competitions, or simply sharing a sincere conversation. Monique brought a great sense of style with her to the gym, which was easily admired by her fancy shoes and matching outfits. Monique was always first to ask if we needed help with food, time, or anything else that would help to support the gym.

Monique's strong, inspiring and kind personality will be missed but never forgotten.

The following is the information for the visitation & the funeral:

  • Visitation - Monday January 9th, 2-4pm and 7-9pm @ the Cooperative Funeraire (Lasalle & Notre Dame)
  • Funeral - Tuesday January 10th, at 10:30am @ St-Jean de Brebeuf Church downtown
  • The official obituary can be found here

Our deepest Condolences go out to the Duguay family.

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