Now that Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound. We hope that power has been restored, or will be shortly, and that you have had no (or very little) damage to your homes and businesses. We hope that you are able to settle back into a normal routine this week, but most of all, we can’t wait to see you all at the box improving on your strength and fitness.

Last month, we had a box rowing and ski challenge where teams lead by Tadd and Dwayne, competed against each other to row the most. Rumors had it that there was a line out the door before 5:00AM each morning just to get in some rowing. Well, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but we hope that at least gives you some kind of idea at the dedication of our box members. It seemed that there was always at least one member from each team that was in the box rowing or skiing. For those of you still curious about who won, it was Tadd’s team that took home the big win! Each member won money from the buy in to be used towards a group outing of some kind. Stay tuned next month and we’ll update you with how they chose to spend their earnings.

This month we wanted to get to know Coach Martha!  Here’s what she had to say.

Growing up, I never considered myself athletic. I was the kid who took inch-sized jogging steps when the middle school PE teacher told us to run for five minutes. I thought running a mile in high school was impossible, and the only physical test I ever passed was the sit and reach. I dabbled in Globo Gym attendance from high school on, but it wasn’t something I enjoyed or did regularly.

I started CrossFit in April 2011. I had started running and completed the Couch-to-5K program, and I came across some information about CrossFit when looking at some running blogs. I never thought I'd see it in Myrtle Beach, but one day I realized that there was a box here, so I joined. Actually, I originally thought I'd just try it for a few months and then stop because I didn't think I could afford it long-term, but after I got started I realized I loved it and couldn't stop, so I rearranged my budget to make it work. I loved the physical and mental changes I saw through CrossFit.

I started coaching in the fall of 2014 and have loved it ever since!

I decided to switch to CFDF about 6 months after it opened because a good friend was going there and the schedule provided more options for classes that worked for me. Even before I began considering a switch, though, I visited CFDF and was impressed with how supportive and friendly everyone was. I think I met Debbie within 10 minutes of walking in the door to meet up with a friend, and Debbie and I probably talked for 30 minutes that first day!

Some other things about Coach Martha you might not know…

What's your favorite CrossFit movement? Jerks, snatches, and overhead squats.

What’s your least favorite movement? Thrusters.

Who are your favorite male and female athletes? Chris Spealler and Julie Foucher/Kara Webb.

What's something most people don't know about you? I can play most instruments to some extent.

What’s your favorite food? Do chocolate and peanut butter count? :-)

What you love about CFDF? The people are incredible.

What’s your full time job? I teach middle school band.

What do you like to do in your spare time? CrossFit, weightlifting, church activities, play instruments, hang out with friends, read books, etc.

Our athlete of the month is Caleb Miller. When asked about CrossFit Driving Formations and what he loved the most, here’s what he had to say.

What I love about CFDF is definitely the people. The people here are incredible and a joy to be around every day. No matter what time I go, there's always a group of people that make each day the best. What got me to choose CFDF as my personal gym are the coaches. Walking in, they welcomed me with open arms and have helped me with anything that I may need and have shaped me into the athlete I am today by challenging me every day to be the best I can be and pushing beyond limits and getting through grueling workouts I didn't think I could make it through. They're incredible coaches. My favorite moment is seeing others accomplish goals they have set for themselves and then making more goals to aim to achieve. This is my favorite because I love seeing progression, I love seeing people challenge themselves and seeing their faces light up and celebrating when they reach their goals. My least favorite moments... I honestly can say I haven't had any... maybe the day I got the surprise punishment for leaving equipment out... maybe I would say that would be my least favorite. Another least favorite is starting at CFDF doing the first open workout and absolutely getting my tail kicked.... that wasn't the best part for me personally. Anyways, every day is a great day at CFDF. I would like to add that CFDF has become my second family. It feels like a bunch of brothers and sisters in there working together or having small competitions with each other. I definitely love the support everyone gives one another and I haven't seen that in any other gyms having an overall tight knit group of people that would do anything for anyone in the gym. Thank you for choosing me of being athlete of the month and glad to represent the gym the best that I can!

On a side note, Caleb accidentally mixed up the words “movements” and “moments” when being interviewed. Therefore, his favorite movements are squats and power cleans. For body weight movements, he also likes ring muscle ups and handstand push-ups. His least favorite movement is the snatch. Now we know his favorite and least favorite movements, and thanks to his mix up, we also know his favorite and least favorite moments.

Congratulations Caleb. You deserve being athlete of the month. We see your hard work and it doesn’t go unnoticed, and since we’re like family, we can’t go without poking fun at you from time to time. ;-)

We'd also like to acknowledge and congratulate all of the athletes who made the Phase 1 testing this quarter. We'd like to give a big shout out to Steve Duffy, Brittany Rodden, Sean Kort, and Eric Tatro. Congratulations on all of your hard work! Now on to Phase 2! 

We truly hope everyone continues to stay safe and move on from the hurricane, but if anyone needs anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Because, as always, we roll deep.