CrossFit has a way of completely changing your life. From the way you look at fitness to the way you view community. For me, it has really flowed over to every single aspect of my life. Food, sleep, hydration, recovery, friends, family, relationships, work…all of these things have been transformed because of my experience with CrossFit. It is truly life changing.
Since starting CrossFit, my view on nutrition has completely evolved. I never really thought much about it before. Healthy eating? What did that even mean? Starting the Zone diet in 2007 was a drastic change for me. Even though I would “Zone” processed foods, it was the first step in me taking my nutrition seriously. Since then, I have gradually improved the quality of food I consume. Over time I eliminated processed foods. Fruit was a major staple in my Zone meals, but over time I have phased that out. I include as much nutrient dense vegetables as possible every meal now. The quality of food was my next focus. I have gone from not eating anything organic to now eating almost all organic. That eventually led me to taking matters into my own hands. I have been hard at work creating gardens for myself and my family so that we can become more sustainable. It is pretty awesome to see how simply being introduced to CrossFit started this transformation in how I see everything that goes into my body.
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A few months back the WOD at CrossFit Kinnick was “Fran.” All 8 members of Team Kinnick Butter did the workout and put up some amazing performances across the board! All four of our ladies went sub 3:00…so impressive!
Christine Navarro: 2:29
Elyse Persico: 2:30
Melody Sanchez: 2:33
Giermaine Kinnick: 2:52
We synced all four videos of them performing the workout, check it out!
The four men of Team Kinnick Butter (myself included) also showed what CrossFit Kinnick beasts can do. We all went sub 2:30! Pretty proud of these guys. They are the future. They know the importance of being coachable and having the will to do the little things that will make them better athletes in the long run. Solid work boys!
Jeremy Kinnick: 2:15
Danny O’Brien: 2:16
Nick Robles: 2:23
Chris Nicholson: 2:24
I love these videos and getting to see everyone simultaneously smashing through the workout!
Last year I had the awesome opportunity to head down to Monterey, Mexico as a special guest for the first edition of a Battle of the Boxes competition inspired by the competitions we run at CrossFit Kinnick. I had a great time meeting everyone, judging some heats and cheering for the competitors. I went down there as a special guest to help support the CrossFit community in Mexico. This summer I am very excited to announce that I will be returning for the 3rd edition…this time to compete! The competition calls for teams of 3 men and 2 women so I will be bringing along some of my regionals teammates from Team Kinnick Butter: Danny O’Brien, Nick Robles, Elyse Persico, and my wife, Giermaine Kinnick. We cannot wait to visit Monterey and be a part in helping the CrossFit community grow in Mexico. My last visit was a great experience and it was really cool to see how passionate everyone was about CrossFit. This year will definitely be more of the same, the competition sold out just 7 days after registration opened! The hosts are expecting over 400 competitors and we will be battling against 23 other teams in the Elite division! We cannot wait to spread some KINNICK BUTTER!
Thank you to everyone who supported me and encouraged me this past year. It was definitely a rebuilding year and I completely surpassed where I planned to be come the Open and Regionals. I cannot thank my wife, Giermaine Kinnick, and boys enough for their unconditional love on my good and bad days. Especially my bad ones. I cannot thank my brothers, sisters, and mom enough for putting up with me and always having my back no matter what. I cannot thank my little brother, Jonathan Kinnick, enough for keeping me focused and making me the athlete I am today. I cannot thank my training partner, Nick Robles, enough for busting his BUTT all year and putting up with me being grumpy at times. I cannot thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ enough for what He did for me on the cross. This was not at all part of my plan but it was part of my Lords plan and I trust Him completely.
I am still at a loss for words about the outcome this past weekend but I wanted to make sure I thanked everyone. To everyone who sent me emails, text messages, FB messages, words of encouragement, prayer, and support I wish I could possibly repay you for that. To everyone at CrossFit Kinnick, I love you all! Thank you for celebrating with me and crying with me. You mean the world to me. To my team, what can I say that I have not already said? Things just didn’t go our way, but we battled and fought hard to get back. Apparently the Lord had other plans for us this year. CrossFit has never been about the Games for me. It has always been about becoming the best I can possibly be and then some. To be healthier and stronger for my family. To be an example for my wife, my boys, my family, and all of the members at my gym as well as everyone I come in contact with. This is the platform that the Lord has blessed me with to do His work and I will do it to the best of my ability. To say that I am crushed would be an understatement. But I will not be broken. Nor will I slow down. Nor will I stop. I have only just begun. I will continue to do what I have done for the past 7 years. This is what I love. This is what I do. If there is one thing I am good at it is being persistent. Day in and day out I will continue to work as hard and smart as I can. The road to The CrossFit Games never stopped and neither have I. I have high hopes for this year and expect big things. This old man is just getting started! The butter will continue to be spread! #kinnickbutternation
The 2014 Open was the best yet for CrossFit Kinnick and not just because of individual and team placings. Our masters athletes also had impressive finishes and I couldn’t be prouder of them! This year brought some seriously challenging events and it was so inspiring to see our masters athletes step up and push themselves to new heights. I’d like to highlight 4 athletes for their placing in the Open and the Masters Qualifiers that the top 200 in each age category were invited to complete.
John completed the CrossFit Games Open in 118th place worldwide in the 55-59 Division. He then crushed the Master’s Qualifiers and bumped all the way up to 34th place worldwide! His 257# clean was good enough to get him 5th in the world on workout #1 and his time of 3:45 put him in 3rd in the WORLD on workout #2! John has been a long time member at CrossFit Kinnick and he is a veteran competitor having competing at the CrossFit Games level. He was so close to moving on this year and his continued hard work and dedication to be better is contagious. Thank you for representing the CrossFit Kinnick name so well and leading the way for all of us!
Teri competed in the Masters Women 60+ Division and finished the Open in 87th place worldwide! Teri is a fighter and her top Open finish was 14.2 where her score was 60th in the world. Her overall finish in the Open moved her to the next stage but she did not complete the Masters Qualifier workouts. We are so proud of how far Teri has come and seeing her give her absolute best efforts in the Open was amazing!
Tamara absolutely crushed it this year and finished the Open in 36th place worldwide in the 55-59 Division. After the Master’s Qualifiers she ended up in 29th place worldwide! She was just out of the top 20 that move on to the CrossFit Games! She had a 12th place finish in the WORLD on workout #2. We are so very proud of your accomplishments and know you are just getting started! Tamara is a model of consistency and has an incredibly positive attitude. We are looking forward to seeing her compete more in the future!
Last but certainly not least…my mom Patty Kinnick. She completed the Crossfit Games Open in 59th place worldwide in the 60+ Division. She just finished the Master’s Qualifiers in 46th place worldwide! With a 29th place finish in the WORLD on workout #2. It is hard to describe how awesome it was to me to see her complete the Open and perform beyond what she ever thought she could do. She was very nervous to compete but I am so glad she did because she ended up inspiring me and all of CrossFit Kinnick! I could not be prouder of her and the example she sets for all of us. Thank you for leading the way and always giving it your all! We love you mom!