WOD 181221

Goodbye, Josh

Today we say goodbye to a staple from our coaching staff - and it is tough. Josh’s departure has, admittedly, snuck up on us (me specifically). But it got me to thinking of how grateful we are to have had Josh on our crew for the past three and a half years.

I remember the first time I met Josh. I myself had just recently started getting into the fold at Kingfield at as a coach. It was likely around April or May of 2015 (but who cares about specifics?). I came into the gym one day and there was this powerfully-built, long-haired blonde guy lifting on our weightlifting blocks. He had on spandex pants, a white t-shirt and a backwards hat. And boy could move weight! At least to my (relatively) untrained eye.

I don’t even think we were introduced that day. He was quiet and pretty shy. I found out he was dating one of our members and that she had brought him by to check out her “happy place.” He never left.

Over the coming months and years, I learned more and more about Josh: how he was born in Arkansas but has lived in more places than I care to count right now pursuing a professional hockey career. We connected on our mutual passion for goaltending, albeit in different sports. I learned that he’s an only child and that he came to us by way of Madison, WI.

Beyond his personal stat sheet, I got to know his character. Josh is one of the good ones, folks. I know I don’t have to tell you that but I have often thought that he is one of the nicest, genuinely kind souls I have ever met. He puts others before self without question. He always steps up - there are countless times that Josh has been asked to help out last minute and he always shows up. He is a utility guy, with a versatility and eagerness to contribute that will take him a long way into the future.

Josh, this community won’t be the same without you. Our staff won’t be the same without you. Whether it’s your “whoo hoo’s” or your infectious smile, you will be missed.

I want to wish you the very best in your future. I could not be happier for you and Sarah on this next adventure - I know that you guys are going to do great things. I am happy for you both :)



Friday 181221

Strength - Front Squat - 3 x 3 @ RPE 8

Athletes will have 20 minutes to build to and complete 3 sets of 3 reps at an RPE of 8. We will be building over the next three weeks with a focus on position and control under heavy load.

Metcon - For time:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10

Air squats

14 minute cap

Any scaling option may be used for any movement. Bands for pull-ups, ring rows, kipping and C2B if desired. Push-ups can be done to a yoga block, with a pause, strict or hand-release. Sit-ups are abmat sit-ups and air squats are air squats.