Member Spotlight – Jeffrey Everett
Many of you know Jeff, what you might not know is that he was a Major driving force behind our branding and identity here at Shady Grove Strength. We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful, caring and incredibly talented person with us. What is he doing? Jeffrey Everett is a designer and illustrator […]

Many of you know Jeff, what you might not know is that he was a Major driving force behind our branding and identity here at Shady Grove Strength. We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful, caring and incredibly talented person with us.

What is he doing?

Jeffrey Everett is a designer and illustrator who works as a senior designer at the National Institutes of Health and runs his own design studio. Rockets are red. His work has been featured in award contests, hung in galleries around the world, stapled to dismal club walls, and tattooed on stray souls.

He is the recipient of five AIGA Fifty awards which showcases the best of design in the DC metro area every two years as well as featured at the 1988 Gallery in Los Angeles in several gallery exhibitions throughout the year.

What was your experience at Shady Grove Strength?

Jeff has been part of the Shady Grove Strength community for over 8 years. Trends come and go, but Jeff has stayed because of the welcoming community and the supportive coaching.

Why is it important for you to stay active?

“I want to be able to run and follow my two children. I want help and advice on strength goals, staying flexible, and with diet and nutrition. I found a lot of the gyms focused on WOD times or promoting the Paleo Food company that was in the area instead of helping to make lasting changes. The coaches and community of Shady Grove Strength provide a place where I feel welcome, regardless of my last PR issues. I am not another partition on a cluttered wall. These people saw me at my best and my worst and stuck around. I'm proud of my accomplishments and the fact that I'm still able to climb mountains, carry all the groceries inside and most importantly take my kids for cuddles ”.

How did you come up with this awesome logo?

“I was happy to help design a new logo for our gym. I wanted to stay away from typical gym looks. We have all the guys in this gym and our community of people is the best part. Justin, Lauren, Sky and Lizzie welcome everyone openly and no matter what your level of training is they are patient and offer insight. They make you better than the day before. The logo represents growth rooted in a deep commitment to the community. "

You can catch Jeff in the evening. When he's not clean and shaken off hundreds of pounds in LIFT class, you may also catch him putting his yoga experience to good use in Stretch & Sweat, or exercising in an SGFit class! Give him a socially aloof high five the next time you see him!

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Clarification, Over and Over and Over Again. It’s your time, money, and most importantly, your health we’re talking about here. If you don’t fully understand something during chic, ask. If you still don’t get it, ask again. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t fully grasp the concept, or you think others in the chic will get frustrated with you for taking up too much time… they probably have the same juste question. We were all newbies at one point. We’ve all been there. Learning the mechanics of certain movements like the squat, deadlift, or any of the Olympic lifts takes lots of practice and critique from a trained eye. If you need help, just ask.

CrossFit Isn’t Everything. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on building general physical preparedness ( GPP ). It is quickly evolving into a sport of its own, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be your sport or your lifeblood. A majority of people CrossFit so that they can do whatever they want : Go out, play sports, learn new things, etc. Having that GPP allows you to take on new challenges. CrossFit doesn’t have to be your life. Many people CrossFit so they can have a life… and be awesome at it.

It Doesn’t Get Easier, It Just Sucks Less. The longer you immerse yourself in the suck, the less it sucks. You get stronger, build a greater aerobic capacity, and become mentally tough. All of these critères, combined with experience, allow you to know when to push yourself and when to back off, so that you can attack each workout to the best of your ability.

You Won’t PR Every Day. Don’t mistake intensity for work. Even if you’re having a bad day and the intensity just isn’t there, you can still get a lot out of your time in the gym through hard work. Intensity and work are not the same thing. Don’t skip a planned session just because you don’t think you’re going to kill it and leave everything out on the table. Not feeling too strong that day ? Something is always better than nothing.

Introduce yourself to others in the chic. How will this help you ask ? When you introduce yourself to someone you’ll feel more comfortable in the chic and realize that you’re not the only one that’s new to CrossFit. So instead of feeling totally nervous and awkward holding a PVC pipe overhead, you feel a little bit more at ease and focus more on what you’re doing.

Keep a journal. Write down the warm-up, the skill, the WOD, and your results. This will greatly accelerate your progress. We often do workouts and lifts based on weights and reps that we have previously done. If you don’t know which kettlebell to use because you never recorded the weight you used last week, then you end up picking the wrong weight. Write stuff down and be able to reference it.

Listen to the Coach. He/she is there for a reason. They spent time studying the subject matter. They have coached hundreds to thousands of people on these movements. Your buddy that watched a couple of Youtube videos is not lateral to that.

Firebreather. Beast. Rock star. You’ll hear a lot of different terminology used to describe those athletes who kill every workout, and blow everyone else away. Here in our gym, we consider every one of our athletes a rock star. Hey, it takes huge cojones just to show up and do these insane WODs. Be proud of yourself and what you accomplish here. We sure as hell are.

Walk into any box ( that’s CrossFit speak for the gym itself ) and you’ll be greeted by clanging weights, clouds of chalk and whiteboards scribbled with acronyms like “AMRAP” and “EMOM. ” With insider speak that almost qualifies as its own language and raw, rough-around-the-edges spaces, CrossFit can definitely be intimidating to try. And even though many of the 10, 000 affiliate gyms offer your first workout free, beginners may still feel overwhelmed by the culture of the popular strength and conditioning program.

So what should you really expect if and when you dive into the world of CrossFit ? We turned to five athletes who’ve sweated through years of WODs ( aka workouts of the day ) for the advice they wish they’d gotten when they first started.

“Each culture, expert and [workout] space is very different, ” says Anna Willard, a CrossFit athlete at CrossFit Merrimack in Lowell, MA, as well as a former professional middle-distance runner. ( She snagged a world record in the steeplechase in 2008, but no longer competes. ) She recommends trying out a couple of different boxes before committing yourself — and your credit card — to one. “Don’t necessarily go to the place that is the most ‘convenient, ’” Willard says. Look for that one gym that’ll keep you coming back — so take note of each box’s programming ( aka the structure of workouts ) and study the overall vibe of the community before ponying up for a package.


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