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Happy Birthday Nick R.!

By Marcus | In Athlete Profiles | on December 13, 2010

Winner of the January 2010 Double-Unders Challenge

Today we’d like to wish a happy birthday to one of our original Intrepids who has moved away. Many of you may have had a chance to meet “the other” Nick at the Holiday Homecoming Party. Nick joined us back in the early days in the park and was a firebreather from the get-go. Even hip surgery didn’t slow him down much, as he was back with us and starting to squat only a mere month post-op (see below).

One of Nick’s goals from last year was a strict muscle-up, which I recall him achieving quite early this year. He’s also been working his way through the Henderson (NV) Fire Department academy and will be graduating in a little over a week on December 22nd, so I’d say he can check his “get to 100% capacity” goal off as well! Thankfully Nick is still able to drop in from time-to-time and is able to keep his CrossFitting up with his fellow CF-junkies in the department.

Happy birthday Nick and a huge congratulations on your impending graduation!

WOD 12.13.10

Bear Complex
5 sets of the following complex:

  • Power Clean
  • Front Squat
  • Push Press
  • Back Squat
  • Push Press

1. Perform 7 reps of the complex without resting on the floor per set. Touch and go only for the Power Clean.
2. You can thruster the push presses from both the squats, but the first movement has to be a power clean…(no squat clean to thruster).
3. Rest as needed between sets.
4. Penalty for a bar touching the ground is 5 burpees per violation, to be paid post-WOD.

26 Comments to "Happy Birthday Nick R.!"

  • melissa says:

    December 13, 2010 at 7:14 AM -

    happy birthday, nick, and congratulations on your upcoming graduation! that’s so awesome!!!

    i remember watching people do the bear complex, i think when scott when i were in foundations. i remember thinking it looked like a nightmare. and now, five months of crossfit kicking my ass later, i’ll be somewhere between excited and terrified to make it my own personal nightmare. going for no burpee penalties! :)

  • Anna says:

    December 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM -

    Happy Birthday Rubel, thanks for coming out Saturday night!

    BEAR!!! Excited and scared at the same time. I knew mom was mad Michelle made her eat all of those cookies, but didn’t think she would take it out on all of us.

  • ruth says:

    December 13, 2010 at 8:21 AM -

    Happy Birthday Nick! We miss you in the gym! Send us pics to post and come home soon!

    Anna, I’m writing this as I dust off the tire tracks from the bus…Way to tell everyone how many cookies I ate! 😉 This one was specifically requested by someone in the gym, but it definitely was time to bring back this complex. It’s just 5 sets!!

  • Brian says:

    December 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM -

    Happy Birthday Nick! It was great to see you Saturday. Huge congrats on your upcoming graduation as well! See you soon.

  • Michelle says:

    December 13, 2010 at 8:48 AM -

    Happy birthday Nick and congratulations!!

    Did you guys see how many cookies were left?? So many and I had to get rid of them by eating them…er…I mean…by throwing them out. Damn it, paleo plus cookies strikes again!

  • Holley says:

    December 13, 2010 at 8:49 AM -

    Happy Birthday Nick! It was good to see you on Saturday! Congrats on your upcoming graduation!

  • Scott says:

    December 13, 2010 at 9:11 AM -

    Happy Birthday Nick!! Great seeing you Saturday. Thanks for coming out. Love those pics from the early days at Intrepid….the empty box and the old school weight room. What was that place called? 4-Star or something? The equipment looked like it was purchased when 70’s Big was the modern fad.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out for the holiday party. That was so much fun. Even if I’m convinced you all cheated at Celebrity. Is it a coincidence that the girls kept score and the girls won?!?! Hmmm…. But seriously, it was great to see everyone and I was really impressed with all the great eats. Thanks Ruth for putting together that awesome cookbook.

    Hmmm….Bear today….it looks so innocent, like a cute cuddly Koala. Only 1 clean, 1 front squat, 1 push press, 1 back squat, and 1 more push press??? That’s it?!?! And as much rest as I want between sets? Easy! Right? Then you hit the first set and you feel that Grizzly claw mercilessly tearing through your core. UGH! 4 more sets? Can’t wait! :)

  • Becky says:

    December 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM -

    Happy Birfday Nick!!
    Sad I missed you Sat night!!
    Congrats on the graducation and continued success.
    That pic is awesome! Wasn’t there a big, ugly corner shelf there? hahaa.

    Oh, Bear. How I hate and love you.
    Good luck with that one Intrepid!!

  • Pooja says:

    December 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM -

    happy birthday nick!!! hope you have a fabulous day :)

    i think this gym is beginning to get too comfortable with burpee penalties.

  • Anna says:

    December 13, 2010 at 9:37 AM -


    Here’s the article about Sean’s jerky friend who reclines his seat the entire flight.

  • ruth says:

    December 13, 2010 at 9:56 AM -

    Thanks Annapedia But I think Sean’s friend was the one who was reclined on?

    @Scott, we had come ON, we had the ONE person in the gym who could do math keeping score! It’s not our fault the guys (XUAN) tried to rig the game and we still won!

  • melissa says:

    December 13, 2010 at 10:11 AM -

    as a long-legged person, i can vouch for the fact that a recliner in front of you is a flying NIGHTMARE. last time it happened to me i was flying direct from ATL to LAX and i thought i was going to cry because i was so uncomfortable. grrr.

    additionally, no one likes a sore loser, scott. there are two ways the girls dominated that game, and those ways are:
    1. fair
    2. square
    losers take a lap. :)

  • Xuan says:

    December 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM -

    All of my people were legitimate celebrities! None of this “Amber from Teenage Mom” stuff. Anna didn’t even know her full name! Seriously Ruth…Sexual Harassment Panda?!

    Happy Birthday Nick! Look forward to having a beer in celebration once you graduate.

  • Brian says:

    December 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM -

    Backup here Xuan: Ron Jaworski is in the football Hall of Fame, leading one to beleive he has the proper credentials to be FAMOUS.

  • Alia says:

    December 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM -

    Happy Birthday Nick!! Great to see you the other night and congrats on the soon to be graduation!!

  • Brian says:

    December 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM -

    Make that the National Polish American Hall of Fame….. Still Famous!

  • Nick says:

    December 13, 2010 at 11:46 AM -

    Happy birthday Nick (from the other Nick)! Congrats on the upcoming graduation too…keep up the awesome work!

  • Michelle says:

    December 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM -

    Wow, my fiance doesn’t trust me…I am so honest AND I’m a math teacher AND I even gave you a point for “Lucy” when the paper said “Lucille Ball”, which was a pity point/point to quiet you do because you were getting a little roudy and aggressive at that point, but I still gave it to you and we STILL smoked you!!

    We should call today’s WOD “Asian Sexual Harassment Bear.”

  • Drew says:

    December 13, 2010 at 2:22 PM -

    Happy Birthday Nick!! Good to see you again.

    Uh, the math was fine, she just wasn’t writing down ANY time we scored. I seen it!!

    And this is the sh*t I’m talking about….


  • melissa says:

    December 13, 2010 at 3:16 PM -

    gd work. not gonna make it tonight. and i was actually looking forward to this one. :( another day, grizzly bear. another day.

  • Scott says:

    December 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM -

    @Drew – That WOD is NUTS!! A 50+ minute WOD? Absolutely crazy. Good luck!

  • Xuan says:

    December 13, 2010 at 4:23 PM -

    @Drew, not gonna lie I would have WOD shopped that one. 121 pull ups would have done me in.

  • Nick R. says:

    December 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM -

    Hey everybody! Thanks for all the good birthday vibes and wishes, I appreciate it, and thanks for keeping me a part of the family even though I’ve been gone for awhile! I had a great time seeing you all Saturday night, and I’ll be home and working out with you all as soon as I can!

  • Stephanie says:

    December 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM -

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations Nick!! Great seeing you at the x-mas party.

    1. ruth says:

      December 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM -

      Holy crap, Michelle, I just caught up on the comments! Asian Sexual Harassment Panda Bear!!!!! Hysterical!!

  • ruth says:

    December 13, 2010 at 8:49 PM -

    And Drew, ouch. No wonder Jenna has the flu!

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