“A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures.”- James E. Faust
“This is a Medical Necessity”: Dr. Karla Wolford and EHP Performance Prescribe Exercise and Nutrition Instead of Medication
For 2017’s Fittest Doctor in the United States, Karla Wolford, owning and operating a hybrid fitness and medical facility was a longtime dream. (Before the Occupational Games, this honor was awarded during the Open.)
“My vision of what I wanted my practice to look like developed in grad school and it was a version of what would ultimately become EHP Performance,” said Wolford, who is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in addition to holding a CrossFit Level 2 certification. “At the time , it seemed really unattainable, too big, too audacious to tackle,” she continued.
Seven years ago, Wolford opened up a CrossFit affiliate–EHP CrossFit, which stands for “Elevate Human Performance”– and a separate clinic in her hometown of Moorhead, MN.
Then, in 2020, when the pandemic took hold and gyms around the world were forced to close their doors, Wolford, who was pregnant at the time, seized upon the moment as an opportunity and completely overhauled her gym.
“I started thinking, what if it ran differently, what if every single person here was actually a patient. What if I had everybody’s full health history, full mental health history, what if I had all that data,” she thought. “And the athletes would come to our facility like a doctor’s office because it would be prescribed. This isn’t just working out, this is a medical necessity.”
During the initial revamp phase in late-2020 and early-2021, after meeting with healthcare lawyers and legally reestablishing the facility, Wolford brought in a registered nurse to perform physicals on all existing members, which has now become the standard of care for all new members as well. EHP currently has more than 150 active members and has grown steadily since the revamp.
“(Exercise) is the best scenario for better physical, emotional and mental health,” said Megan Bremond, who is the mother of a 3-year-old with Down Syndrome. “I know when I work out, I’m mentally more prepared for the day.”
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Sólveig Sigurðardóttir on Body Acceptance: “I never thought I looked the part. But you have to realize you can’t compare yourself to others.”
Growing up in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sólveig Sigurðardóttir admits she was not sporty, at all.
“I was always a big boned child, always a little bit on the chubbier side and I could gain weight very easily,” said the 26-year-old. “I tried a lot of sports as a kid, but I was never really good at anything, so I just didn’t really bother with it. I was the kind of kid who would stop, I would try to get away with as little as possible, so I never really found any joy in life when it came to exercise at that age.”
However at the age of 16 in 2013, Sigurðardóttir started going to the gym, playing a few sports like handball. She said the turning point was heading into college and wanting to look and feel better about herself.
Mat Fraser Guest Stars in Streaming Series, “Exceptionally Prepared” Says Producer Phillip Cordell
Mat Fraser has made it very clear his retirement was only from competitive CrossFit, as he’s now working more than ever. The five-time Fittest Man on Earth made time in his schedule to play the role of “Personal Trainer with a Unique Philosophy” in the newest episode of the streaming series, Nashville Dad’s Club.
Co-creator of the show, Phillip Cordell and his wife Shannon have been doing CrossFit for 11 years. To say they were excited when Mat Fraser agreed to act in Phillip’s newest project is quite the understatement.
Breaking into Film
In February 2020, Phillip left his job as VP of a tech firm to pursue his dream of working in the film industry. Looking back, he shares “it probably wasn’t the best time to make a move. Who knew?” Now a full time writer/producer/actor, Cordell and his partners Rashad Rayford and Danny Dones created the Nashville Dad’s Club series about three men encountering different dad scenarios, or as Phillip puts it “livin that #dadlife in Music City”.
Cordell decided to write a CrossFit episode for the show to highlight his current gym, CrossFit Rising Sun in East Nashville. As he and Dones (the show’s director and co-writer) worked on the script, they began discussing actors for each role. When it came to the role of “personal trainer with a unique philosophy,” Cordell told Dones he had a guy in mind, “but it’s probably impossible.”
Reaching out to talent with offer letters is nothing new for Cordell, but this particular one got the Nashville native pretty excited. “My wife and I have watched the (CrossFit) Games every year for the past 10, so we were geeking out a little,” he said.
“(Mat and I) didn’t know each other prior,” said Cordell, but that didn’t stop him from taking a long shot. “I thought Mat had a great sense of humor based on some of his social media stuff…I sent the script to him thinking, ‘No way he’ll do it’. But he loved it and a month later he came down to Nashville (to shoot).”
Working with the Champ
In describing his newest actor on set, Cordell said, “Mat is very down to earth, and, of course, exceptionally prepared. He was super funny, throwing in a few ad libs that made the final cut, and he absolutely crushed the role.”
One of Fraser’s personal touches comes in a scene with Phillip’s wife, Shannon. “He ad libbed that line, ‘Hey Shannon, how you doin’ girl’ which scored me major brownie points,” said Phillip, adding: “He was more prepared with dialogue than actual cast at times.”
Regarding Fraser’s potential for an acting career, Cordell says “The TV/Film industry can take a lot of time, effort, and hard work to break in, but something tells me he can handle it. I truly think he could have a career in acting if he wanted it.”
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