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Welcome Ricky!

I promise I will finish Part 2 of the Consistency post here real soon, but I need to interrupt that series for a quick announcement that Ricky is in house! Or, at least he will be on Monday. We are excited to announce that Ricky Frausto has joined our coaching staff and you will be seeing a lot of him starting in December. He will also be here this week helping to cover while Linda is on vacation. Don’t let the intensity scare you…there’s a warm smile buried under there.


Consistency Trumps All–Part 1

As we wrap up the Friday Night Lights series and move into the frenzied holiday stretch, I’d like to talk to you about a topic that I have been thinking a lot about lately. It’s the topic of consistency; specifically as it applies to exercise and nutrition. Increasingly over the years, I have come to believe that the type of workout you do or even the nutrition plan that you follow is less important than how consistently you do it. Whoa, now that’s controversial! Let me explain.


Benchmarks–What’s the point?

Many of you have noticed and a few of you have asked. What’s the deal with the benchmark workouts? Or, haven’t we done this workout before? Or, isn’t CrossFit supposed to be a different workout everyday? Well, you are right on all counts. Today I’d like to take a few minutes to explain how we decide what workouts get repeated, when we repeat them, and why it is important to have benchmarks.


Friday Night Lights–Retro Style

The fall version of the CrossFit Open is upon us. For some of you, this is an important time to test your fitness. For others, it’s a great time to connect with your community, get in some workouts, have some good quality fun on a Friday night. Your coaches and I have tossed around a lot of ways to run the Open this year, and we’ve decided that keeping it simple is the best way to roll. Read on for all you need to know!


Rachel’s Story

Today I have a special treat for you. Instead of reading my ramblings, I’m sharing this platform with one of our members who writes about the evolutions of their CrossFit habit. You can find Rachel at Catacombs at various times of day and you can find more of her writing at


Myths and Realities about the Whole Life Challenge

I try not to twist arms around the Whole Life Challenge (WLC), but sometimes, like today, I just can’t help myself. If you aren’t ready to address nutrition, hydration, sleep, and stress in your life, you just aren’t ready. And that’s okay—well, sort of okay. But I am a HUGE believer in the twin powers of community and accountability. As a matter of fact, those make up the very foundation upon which Catacombs is built. I’m also a huge believer in incremental change. You see, crash diets and nutrition fads don’t work in the long term. What does work? Showing up and putting in the work. Every. Single. Day. Which is exactly what the Whole Life Challenge sets us up to do.


Is the Whole Life Challenge for You?

We are a community united in our goal of becoming the best versions of ourselves. We work hard in the gym. We support one another in workouts. Health and fitness incorporates much more than our workouts, however. Our overall health is heavily impacted by how much and how well we eat and drink; the quality and amount of our sleep; how we manage stress and the ways in which we take care of ourselves. The Whole LIfe Challenge is my favorite lifestyle challenge because it addresses ALL of those factors.


Last Call for Barbell U!

Heads up procrastinators! Barbell U kicks off this week. You are in luck as there are still a few spots left. Get ready to spend 12 weeks of focused practice perfecting your barbell technique and improving your strength.