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Quality Control

By admin | In Uncategorized | on June 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jon!

Most products have a quality control technician to approve a product before it hits the market.  These techs are hired to “make sure that a product and its manufacturing process meet a company’s quality and safety standards” (according to Wisegeek). A poorly made product could be bad for the company’s reputation and maybe even be a safety hazard.

Here at Intrepid, you athletes are our product. You represent our coaching, attitude, and philosophy.  Our goal is to give you the tools to make your fitness a lifelong journey.  We take great pride when we hear our athletes complimented on their technique and form at competitions, especially when it earns them a spot on the podium.

Having witnessed many a CrossFit competition now on many different levels (local, regional, and the CrossFit Games), it’s hard not to judge an affiliate based on the technique, skill, and sportsmanship of their athletes representing them.  Some coaches (especially in Olympic weightlifting) won’t even allow their athletes to compete until they feel they will be well represented.   We don’t adhere to that philosophy, though, and feel that competition focuses your training really well.

With that said, I understand that it can sometimes be frustrating to be held to a certain weight in a lift, not be allowed to do a kipping pull up without having a strict one first, or have to modify a movement due to a mobility/technique issue.  And while ultimately, it’s for your own good (preventing injury and growing strong safely), it’s also a way for us to preserve the integrity of our product.  Whether or not you compete or drop in to other CrossFit gyms when you travel you still represent Intrepid and it’s important to us that you do it well.   In a nutshell, you guys are our best advertising.  Put the time into becoming that great product and the results you want will follow.

How many people have you inspired to train because of the way your body composition or performance changed since you started?  Post to comments!


Hope you enjoy your day!

A very happy birthday to Jon, who’s been at Intrepid since September of last year. Since then, he’s made quite a reputation for himself at our gym.  He is now known for his:

    • sharp wit (read: smartassery)
    • handy skills (whiteboard creation and prowler repair)
    • generosity (flatbed for the big move and much more)
    • strength (prowler, 6 plates, and Scott-nuff said)
    • dangerous speed (have you seen him run lately?!)

He also took second place in the Whole 30 challenge this last January and we’ll be looking for great things from him this year as well.  Happy birthday, Jon!


WOD 06.01.122

Back Squat 3×5

6 Rounds:
16 Kettlebell Snatches
8 Toes to Bar
16 Box Jumps

(12 Minute Cap)

25 Comments to "Quality Control"

  • Scott says:

    June 1, 2012 at 6:31 AM -

    Happy Birthday John!! It’s been great getting to know you and watching your impressive improvement at Intrepid (especially starting from an already impressive fitness level). Your smile, “smartassery”, and positive energy definitely add a great deal to the awesome Intrepid community. Have fun today!

    Nice post Ruth. While I feel I may be one of those who often think “Leave me alone and let me lift!!!” I appreciate the energy all of you put in to making our form correct, both for safety reasons and for strength development reasons. With all of my traveling and all of the other gyms I visit, I definitely see the difference at places that don’t focus on proper form. I notice how many competitive athletes completely throw form out the window for The Games. I’m glad that my home gym is a place that does emphasize form and safety (even if I give you that look and don’t always show my appreciation). Thanks Ruth!!

  • Datenight says:

    June 1, 2012 at 7:05 AM -

    Happy birthday big Jon! I am sure your girls will help you blow out all the candles.

  • troy says:

    June 1, 2012 at 7:53 AM -

    Happy birthday John! You have been an awesome addition to 5 pm man class over the past few months. Been great getting to know you and having a bunch of battles on the rower and runs!

  • Amy says:

    June 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM -

    Happy Birthday Jon!

  • Anna says:

    June 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM -

    Happy Birthday big Jon!! So wonderful to have you in the family!

    It’s funny often times when people find out I do crossfit they point to the large scar on my shoulder and ask “is that how this happened?”. I laugh, because I don’t know what movemet in crossfit would break a clavicle, and then quickly correct them with “whatever you’ve heard about crossfit bringing on injury, my gym is the exception.” I know I whine and complain when I don’t get to do my favorite movements like Hspu and rowing, but I absolutely appreciate the care. :)

  • Jake says:

    June 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM -

    Happy Birthday Jon! Always fun to work out with you in 5pm. Hope you have a good day!

  • Mike K says:

    June 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM -

    Happy Birthday Jon! Always awesome to see your VW like weights on your lifts!

  • Sean says:

    June 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM -

    Happy Birthday Jon. Enjoy your day

    @Anna: One of your favorite things is rowing, huh? Noted…

  • Josh says:

    June 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM -

    Happy birthday big Jon. Thanks for the rowing tips and slow down on those sandbag runs.

  • Michael H says:

    June 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM -

    Happy bday Jon! Hope you enjoy a solid day w/ the fam.

    Great post Ruth. There’s a reason why we all are seeing progress with minimal set back, and the only way to continue that trend is to follow the Intrepid methods in maintaining solid and safe form! The rest will fall in place.

  • Michelle says:

    June 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM -

    Happy birthday Jon! Hope you’re having a great day!

  • Jason says:

    June 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM -

    Happy Birthday, Big Jon!

    I was wondering who that svelte guy in the pic was on the site today in the ridiculous UCLA t-shirt…..! You were a great WOD partner who made me not only try heavier weights to keep up with you. Hope you have a great B Day weekend!

  • Xuan says:

    June 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM -

    Happy bday big John! You have been a great addition to gym. You bring a great attitude and generosity.

    @Sean I noticed annals comment as well

  • Xuan says:

    June 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM -

    I mean Anna!

  • James says:

    June 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM -

    happy birthday john!

    great post ruth. i’m super appreciative of the care that is taken at Intrepid. i truly believe that the people you first meet and work with in anything (dodgeball, crossfit, work) really rub off on you and have a huge impact. i’m far more patient with myself and my growth then I ever have been, and i’ve gotten far better results in doing so. if it wasn’t for the things Intrepid has taught me, i’d still be forcing myself through every thing, lifting as heavy as possible all the time, and burning out in the end.

  • tami says:

    June 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM -

    Happy birthday Jon! Hope you have a great day and terrific weekend w your girls.

  • Holley says:

    June 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM -

    Happy Birthday Big Jon!!! Hope you have a great day!

    Great post Ruth! It’s encouraging to go out to competitions and be complimented on form every single time. We always smile knowing that we’ve done justice to the incredible and dedicated coaching we get everyday in the gym. I’m certainly grateful to have coaches that constantly work to improve the way they teach us to make us safer and more efficient athletes!

    I’m inspired by the body transformations and strength/endurance improvements I’ve see in the gym. Nothing keeps you coming back and pushing for more than a smile on someone’s face after a PR or the number sexy muscular legs we see developing on the ladies walking around in the gym. :)

  • Celina says:

    June 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM -

    Happy birthday Jon!!!

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    June 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM -

    Happy birthday Jon!
    Have a great day.

  • Amanda says:

    June 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM -

    Happy birthday, Jon! You’re awesome!

  • Tyler says:

    June 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM -

    Happy Birthday Jon. Youre the man.

  • Ray says:

    June 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM -

    Happy birthday Jon!

  • Bryant says:

    June 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM -

    Happy birthday Jon! Hope its a great one for ya!

  • Jon says:

    June 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM -

    Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I’ve really enjoyed my intrepid experience and everyone I’ve met. I also appreciate that my smartassery moved to #1 on the list: I’ve really tried to pick up my game since Jason’s departure. Thanks again and I look forward to working out with you all soon.

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