On October 6th of this year it will have been 6 years since Roger and I registered the fictitious business name for CrossFit Marin. We opened the business’ bank account with $500 each. At first most of our equipment was comprised of PVC pipe so that we could drill the Olympic lifts. There may have been a couple of dumb bells too. The gym has come quite a ways since then, and it’s not just because of Roger and me. It’s because of the hard work and dedication of the coaches, the clients, and the vision of the new (part) owners of the The Cave as well. Here are a few random pictures that I found in my phone of back in the day. Most of these are from around 2009. I chose to post the first one because many of you will notice the big pull-up rig next time you come into the gym. Well, this is where that rig used to be. Looks different, huh?!
A view from outside of the main roll-up door to the CrossFit area, which back then was right next to the gymnastics area.
Back then we were in the habit of teaching Sunday classes at Pixley Park, which we got used to in 2008 when we were… ummm…. homeless.
A parkour & CrossFit set-up at Pixley Park. Is that Debbie Primo doing farmer's walks?
Did you all know that Coach Bill Berry is also known as 001? (Double-O-One) That is, he was our very FIRST client in October of 2006! Here he is teaching Armando (who is responsible along with his wife for painting most of our gym. Nowadays Amy Dockus has did most of the painting of the office area) L-sits on the parrallettes:
Bill Coaches Armando while Ivette looks on
This following picture fills me with joy and pride. (Sounds hokey, I know, but really it makes me tear up.) The young lady coaching the little kids in this picture is Seraphina Schinner at age 15, coaching her pre-school gymnastics class. Back then I coached her in parkour and taught her how to teach gymnastics along with the other senior coaches. These days she’s an experienced coach, is level-one CrossFit certified. When she gets back from France in January she’ll just be turning 18. Hopefully she’s been training over there!
Seraphina teaches pre-school gymnastics.
Here’s a picture of Karen LeFurgy (well, her back, anyways) walking past the CrossFit aftermath and another one of Jean-Luc and Karen after I ran them through foundations-4. I’d like to note the the LeFurgys have worked hard at building up the business, doing much of the re-branding as “The Cave” and the marketing work, which was a very long and involved process. Rich LeFurgy is also now one of our coaches.
Karen LeFurgy walks by the CrossFit aftermath
Karen & JL after Foundations-4 (Old school foundations-4!)
I know you know that coach Bo is strong… but did you know that Coach Bo is Ninja? Don’t let that deep-voiced corn husking farm boy fool you. I’ve got evidence! See… ?!:
Yup... Bo is Ninja.
Don’t mess with Bo.
What would the gym be like without coach Russ? Well, it would probably still be here, but it would definitely not be nearly as charming, as clean, or as fun for the kids! Here’s coach (and part-owner) Russ timing a hang contest:
The kids having a great time with Russ
Who’s re-vamped the entire gymnastics program to make it more efficient, professional, and sharper overall? That would be Coach (and part owner) Amanda, of course! (with a little bit of help from coach Russ as well.) Here she is showing off one of her little ones on the rope:
One of Amanda's little gymnasts zips of the rope!
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most gun-ho CrossFitter of them all… ?? That would be Captain ( & part-owner ) Nick Wise, of course. Here he is teaching his extraordinary self-defense seminar. It is an invaluable learning experience.
Nick sets up a self-defense scenario. What's going to happen next?!
Do you like the new CrossFit programming? Pretty darn “tight”, don’t you think? Do you know who you should thank for the revamping of the CrossFit program? (or who you should blame for your pain!?) That would be Coach Bryan Oki, our new CrossFit Director, of course. This is one passionate and intelligent teacher. If you want to be good at something, most of all you have to be passionate about it!
CrossFit coach extraordinaire. 'Nuff said.
Even though I didn’t find a picture, we should also mention Ryder Darcy, ( Parkour Director) and Andrey Pfening, who have been revamping the parkour program that just keeps getting better and more fun every day. You should see what some of those kids can do!
At its core, who holds this place together? I think that would be Co-Founder Roger Harrell, of course. Ever diligent & ever faithful. Here he is recording the results of the day on the wall of the “medium” gym. Circa 2009.
Roger on the results wall. Back then we used to have the "weekly records" up above the daily ones. Data is important- gosh darn it! ;)
Well, I suppose that I should throw up a picture of myself in here and toss modesty out the window. Which one should I pick? Ahhh, a Ninja Warrior one, of course! How did “The Cave” become an American Ninja Warrior icon anyways? Well, here I am at the top of the warped wall in 2011. I completed the qualifying course for the 2nd year in a row and I STILL didn’t even get mentioned, much less aired, on the damn show. Well, you know what they say… 3rd time is a charm.
See, the damn thing is actually pretty tall!
Now if I can figure out how to win the whole damn thing I might get more than a few seconds of TV coverage. Thankfully, though, we have Tom Hutchman. After all, if you watch Ninja Warrior you’d know that the whole “Roger and I starting this gym” is just a tall tale. The Cave really belongs to Tom Hutchman (and the rest of you- it’s YOUR GYM). Here is Tom Hutchman taking ownership of his Cave. And you should too. After all, if you don’t take care of it, who will!?
Tom takes ownership of his Cave. I'm not telling him that we have a new janitor. I like to watch him vacuum.
Thank you for not only making the whole thing possible, but also worth while. After all, you’re the reason why this place exists.
Nothing quite like getting (or giving) a piggy back ride outside The Cave.
It shows when you love the kids you coach.
Happy Birthday, CAVE!