Happy Anniversary Roots! – Four Years    August 29 2013

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“The Chief”
Max rounds in 3 minutes of:
3 Power cleans (135 lb)
6 Push-ups
9 Squats
Rest 1 minute then repeat, for a total of 5 cycles.

The Chief is a classic hero workout in CrossFit.  It was also adopted as the Roots Anniversary workout after it was done at the Grand Opening in 2009.  We do The Chief every year on the day of the Anniversary Party.  While this is an individual workout, it takes on an incredibly “team” sensation.

Happy Anniversary Roots! – Four Years

Each year the Anniversary Party brings about a different emotion than the year before for both Eric and me.

In year zero it was definitely “can we really make this happen!?”

Year Zero.

Year Zero.

Looking back on the past five years and watching the shop grow into a strong, supportive, and dedicated community of athletes - the emotion this year is gratitude.

Year One.

Year One.

We are grateful for you, the athletes, who through a common bond of CrossFit have grown and intertwined yourselves into a tight-knit community of athletes who are proud to call Roots your CrossFit home and who would bend over backwards to help one another out.

Year Two.

Year Two.

Over the years you have trusted the coaching staff with your fears and concerns, you allowed us to nudge you to be better, you made it through the hard times because you simply wouldn’t give up, you inspired us, the coaches, to be better, and you allowed us to celebrate with you in your triumphs and excitement.  To work with a group of athletes that is this dedicated is every coach’s dream.

Year Three.

Year Three.

And we are grateful for the staff who has trusted us to make this work and in turn has turned coaching into a profession.  You are the very best at what you do (but you can always get better;).  You are a team, you push each other to be better at what you do, you hold each other accountable, and you support and look out for each other in a way any parent would hope of their family.

Enjoy today Roots Crew – have fun in the workout and prepare to have fun at the party.  We’ll see you at 5pm at North Boulder Park!

  • lori

    You guys rock! Congrats Roots! WHat an impressive success story you are!

  • Nicole S

    Gratitude is exactly what I feel every day I come into the shop (yes, even when it’s to run and do burpees). It is an honor to be a part of this community you have built. Roots is amazing because you have made it that way. Thank YOU.

  • Collin

    Congratulations guys!!!

  • Charlie

    Congratulations, Nicole and Eric!

  • lisa p

    I’m going to miss you guys today!

  • Tracie Holcomb

    Damn I look young in that first picture…and soft. I also remember having my first ever ripped hands from some little workout that Nicole had come up with in her garage that day. Good times. I miss you guys and hope that someone has a paleo marg or 2 for me this evening. Congratulations Nicole, Eric and Roots! You have a special thing going and I miss you all.

  • MollyMo1982

    Nicole and Eric, it’s been a wild ride! Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity you gave me 4 years ago to become a part of something so amazing. You guys truly changed my life, and I can’t imagine life without Crossfit and our amazing community.

  • Jeremy Reynolds

    Congratulations on four years! Seeing the development from the Year 0 pic to the more recent ones is simply amazing and inspiring. We’re so grateful to be a part of this community, and our lives have dramatically changed due to it!

  • Raf

    Thanks for everything guys. You all drive me every day do get out another rep or put more weight on the bar.

    In other news, we should add this to a workout. http://i.imgur.com/HEZ9hPP.png

  • swg71

    I agree with everyone on all accounts – I cannot believe I am in all of the photos. I certainly wasn’t an early adopter. But I do thank you for all of the changes in my life and the community you’ve created. I don’t think we’ll make tonight – but I particularly think the proliferation of children is funny.