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RA Fit Feb 2015 Wrap Up & Winners

13 March 2015

This year we didn’t have as big of a crew do our Fit Feb Paleo challenge, but that didn’t make it any less incredible. Even with a smaller group (and no coaches 100% participating) it was amazing to watch the power of community take the reigns and the group crush it!

We’ve spread the prizing out this year as although was a big crew ‘taking part’ there were 5 who really dominated, and 1 who poked out (just slightly) above.

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The Prizes: IMG-20150312-WA0007

Our 5 winners will be taking home a little prize pack!
Here’s whats included:

Our overall champion is taking home a prize pack + a Raincity Athletics Storm-tech Jacket.

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Our RA Fit Feb Paleo Challenge 2015 ‘Runners Up’

Dodge

Although Dodge has been CrossFitting for a while, he’s brand new to the Raincity Athletics family and he very quickly fit right in. Dodge managed to stay Paleo through some tough times (road trips with the boys) and managed to drop down a belt loop (or two?), or as Dodge put it:  “my navel is no longer in front of my nipples”

Renee

Renee is not only brand new to the Raincity Athletics family, but brand new to CrossFit as well! She jumped HEAD IN to both our Fit Feb challenge as well as her OnRamp all starting in the same week! although she wasn’t perfect with her daily posting, she gets a prize back for coming in STRONG! Stick with it!

Denise

Also fairly new to the CrossFit family she graduated her OnRamp mid December, and it was awesome to watch her slowly get more and more hooked. She eventually upgraded to unlimited and jumped head into Fit Feb as well!

Words from Denise that I think many of us can relate to:  “I’ve struggled for years with weight loss… but my struggle has been mostly ‘wanting’ to lose weight but not actually making any real changes to get there. FitFeb gave me some guidelines for eating, which really helped me to stay away from those quick and easy junky foods.”

Michael

Michael could very easily have been chosen as the overall winner (not much for prize difference). He’s been around RA for a long time, but his commitment to his training and health has been growing exponentially recently, and it shows. Reading his daily updates were sometimes like reading a beautiful novel, which typically also included a ‘paleo soundtrack of the day’. As an example I’d like to leave you with some parts of his ‘wrap up’:

“Dear Paleo Forum,

I never thought this would happen to me but…

Overall all, my experience of eating and drinking like a caveman except with access to coconut products, electrical appliances, spices, the Internet and a record player has been a positive one. I’ve done a few Wild Rose cleanses in years past, and I like how eliminating certain foods from my diet recalibrates my body. Almost like a system reboot. Doing strict paleo for a month, however, has been way more extensive and challenging, but also with more noticeable results. […]341-FullSizeRender

[…] I think I’ll try to live more paleo-ish in the following months. Maybe not buy a loaf of bread for a while. Try not to eat rice or pasta for the sole purpose of “filling up,” try to eliminate most of the sugar from my diet when I can. That said, the first non-paleo source of happiness I’ll be introducing to my ripped/chubby body will likely be booze. Will it be cider or tequila? I know it should be, but I also live within walking distance of four breweries, so I’m guessing not. But who knows, maybe I’ll feel inspired. The other plus of this whole experience is that it’s helped me learn more about my fellow crossfitters, their names for starters, which I’m always terrible with, as well as hone my limited social skills, albeit in the written form. But it’s a start.

Alright, there you have it.
Namaste.
Peace out.
Mic drop.”

Overall Winner (by a hair)

Hall

Hall has been with RA for a VERY long time. The major reason I had to give him the overall win was largely because I’ve watched him for an athlete and member for a long time, and I watched him make a large decision to commit to this. Although he may have shown up to the pre-paleo talk with a bag of Mcdonalds (and fallen asleep during the talk) he continued to log his meals daily (via my fitness pal), post in the forum (though not a many of as eloquent words as Michael) and he showed up to train damn near every single day. He showed up to say hi on days he wasn’t training, or just to watch others train. Oh yeah, he lost 8lbs and over 4″ on his waist!

Hall will be taking home the same package as the others, but he also got himself a Raincity Athletics jacket.

Honorable Mention:

We have to give honorable mention to some of our Paleo Pro RAthletes who took part again and helped keep the newbies on track (or is it more the other way around?): Veronique, Lourdes, Zina, and a fellow paleo n00bs Brooke and Chris. Great effort guys!

Author: Simon 'Thor' Damborg

Simon is the Head Coach and Owner of Raincity Athletics. “Discovering a new level of health has changed my life, not only in how I look feel and perform, but how I feel about myself both inside and out. I want to help as many people as I can discover their ‘athlete within’ no matter what level that may be, which is why I love our slogan: Find Your Fit. Our bodies are nicer than any car, house, or pet we’ll ever own, and yet we constantly abuse them like we can buy another one if it breaks. I strongly believe if we can maximize our physical health and performance it will have a positive affect on our lives in more ways than anyone can imagine.”

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