A year ago, Corinne Tindal Cook was a single mom, working two jobs and wrapping up the final stretch in a seven-year-long journey to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting.
To help mark her one year anniversary of starting CrossFit, Corinne decided she wanted to do a “Barbells for Boobs” event. She had never done Grace before and she wanted to support a breast cancer fundraiser. No one else from her gym was going, but doing things solo had never terrified this single mom before so she signed right up.
Corinne got there just in time for the coaches to place her in the first heat in a scaled lane. None of the coaches there knew her, and Corinne wasn’t sure she could even do thirty 95 pound clean and jerks in a row. But she was there and now she had to do it.
Corinne walked around thanking everyone for helping her do Grace and saying her goodbyes when one of the coaches told her she should really stay for the podium ceremony.
Corinne had no idea that not only had she just competed, she podiumed. She thought she was just doing a fundraiser WOD.
She looked around the room filled with strangers and found a man sitting alone. His name is Mike Cook.
“I think that I’m going to be on the podium and I don’t know anyone here. Can you please take my picture?” she asked him.
A few days later, Mike still on her mind, Corinne found him on Instagram and sent him a message thanking him for taking that picture. The two started messaging. Then texting. Then exchanging photos. Then a coffee date.
We see where this is headed.
By the following weekend, they started going to each other’s gyms and training together which is pretty much the same as being Facebook official.
Many months and competitions later the two got married in Las Vegas.
The lovebirds honeymooned in Croatia, where they were the first honeymooners for Outside the Box Holidays. (Picture a rig 15’ from the Adriatic Sea.)
Back from their honeymoon, they moved into their new home together. Their first task as newly married homeowners?
Install the garage gym, together.
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COMPETE FOR A CURE — Nearly 200 CrossFit athletes came together to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the third annual CrossFit Krypton’s Compete for a Cure. Event coordinator Adam Klink said this year’s event raised over $70,000, which was donated directly to St. Jude.
SHOES OFF HIS FEET — When a homeless man walked up to CrossFit 740 in search of a pair of shoes, coach Dustin Lansing took the ones he was wearing off. He grabbed a second pair and handed both to the homeless man. When asked, the coach said he “did what every human should do.”
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Haley Adams joins teamCaffeine and Kilos • Dave DeBrincat does Fran for the first time to the cheers of CrossFit Morelan • Chris Hinshaw officially joins WOD on the Waves • Alan Stengel gets a PR of 38 unbroken double-unders • 62-year-old Sandy Giles does an entire row of box jumps • Cassie Alvarado and Jason Carrollwere married by Dave Castro this weekend • Congratulations to Anna on her first rope climb • Christmas Abbott went to CrossFit on her due date.
OPEX Fitness to Launch Mixed Modal — OPEX Fitness is launching Mixed Modal, education for coaching competitive fitness athletes, this winter. Whether you’re a coach or an athlete, this course will teach you everything you need to know about the sport of competitive functional fitness, most importantly how to win at it by introducing principles, logic and order. To celebrate, they’re giving away five Mixed Modal courses. Everyone who joins the Mixed Modal newsletter will be entered to win. The giveaway contest will run from 10/7 to 11/7.
Dubai CrossFit Championship — Week One of the Dubai CrossFit Championship has come to a close. Laura Horvath closed out the top spot for Elite Women, with Eik Gylfadottir in 2nd and Jamie Greene in 3rd. Some other big names are Bethany Shadburne in 9th, Hillary Steele and Sam Briggs tied for 11th, and Pip Malone in 14th. In the Men’s Elite division Streat Hoerner is in 1st, Luke Schafer in 2nd, with Willy Georges in 3rd. Dean Linder-Leighton is right
behind him in 4th, with Alec Smith in 6th, and Jacob Heppner is in 8th.
What’s next — Workout Number Two will be released Wednesday, October 10 at 4:00 PM (GMT+4).
Wodapalooza Workout One — The first of the qualifying workouts for Wodapalooza wraps up tonight. Stay tuned for a leaderboard update.
The Catch A Lift Fund helps post 9/11 combat wounded veterans regain their mental and physical health through gym memberships, in home gym equipment, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and peer support network.
Catch A Lift was founded by Lynn Coffland, sister of Army Cpl. Chris Coffland, who lost his life in November of 2009 in Afghanistan while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Coffland believed that through fitness, one can reach their highest potential both mentally and physically.
Since day one, this has been the mainstay of Catch A Lift.
“Every veteran had to be at the top of their game, and they relished in that. It’s really them, growing outside of themselves, to be able to reach out and say, as a warrior, I need a little help,” said Lynn Coffland.
Catch A Lift always has their nose to the ground for those who need help, but any combat wounded post 9/11 veteran is eligible. The Catch A Lift grant cycle is for one year and in that year the veteran is able to choose between using the funds in a fitness facility or on home equipment.
And, any veteran that receives the grant is also introduced to the MAPS program; motivation, accountability, and peer support.