BCCF February Newsletter & Athlete of the Month

The Blue Crab CrossFit January Committed Club
Congratulations to the following individuals who made it to the gym 15+ times in January! BCCFers crushed it this month – the highest number of people making the list so far! Awesome job, everyone! Consistency is key for growth and your hard work is showing!

On February 3rd, we’ll randomly draw a name to win $20 store credit to be used at BCCF. If you think your name was missed, please send us a note by the 2nd with proof of 15 sign ins in by February 2nd.

Didn’t make the list? We restart TODAY – so your chances of making the list start over! Don’t forget – just RSVP’ing does not count towards attendance – you also have to sign in!

February is a short month – get those check ins early to leave room for unplanned days off!

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– Shawn Phillips –
Congratulations to our February BCCF Athletes of the Month, Shawn Phillips! Shawn is a role model for consistency and hard work. He’s always pushing us to challenge ourselves and to continue working on movements. He gets to the gym no matter what and is consistently on our list for the Committed Club! Congratulations to a well-deserved nomination, Shawn! Thanks for always pushing us to work harder! Check out his great story below!

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I grew up in Dundalk, which is east of Baltimore. I played a ton of Soccer and Baseball growing up until about the time of high school due to my Mom could no longer afford me playing on teams. Also, I played a bunch of basketball in the alley with my friends. With no sports to play going into high school I began my hobby of gaming. Always played games growing up, but I started to play competitive games such as: Starcraft, Warcraft 3, HoN, Dota, etc. I am very very competitive. I find it one of the best ways to improve yourself and drive goals to produce results. I try to give my best effort with everything I do and when I know I can do better than what I delivered it bugs me. After high school I went into the Marine Corps. Served 7 years and don’t regret it. I learned a lot and met even more people than I could fathom.

Tell us about your fitness journey and discovering CrossFit

I stopped working out when I got out of the Marine Corps in 2012. Blew up like a balloon pretty fast. So I started my fitness adventure like everyone else does; good ole Lifetime gym. Learned everything I could about the process of lifting and eating until about 2014. Then I got fed up with my gym partner’s bailing on me and ventured to a gym that offered HIIT training. They had CrossFit there too, but I didn’t think I was ready for it then. Started to do calisthenics after that gym had closed and during the time I was going to college. Set a goal to learn HSPU’s (strict ,ofc) and obtain a Muscle Up (also, strict) which I obtained after months of practice and training. Went down to an internship in FL and decided I was ready to venture into CrossFit to obtain my next goal, lose more body fat and get in good cardiovascular shape. Because who likes steady state cardio right? Met the owner at Route 3 fitness and became really good friends with him. Been doing Crossfit ever since, about 6 years now. I love it. As stated earlier, I am competitive and I compete with everyone even if they don’t know that I am.

Since I have been doing Crossfit, I don’t see a way back to be honest. Community, challenge, and competition have me completely hooked. I don’t know a better place to make friends. We are all there to suffer for ~20 mins and better ourselves in some way. The people that I have come across from my CrossFit gym experience have helped me in ways I cannot fully express and I hope everyone finds that where they go.

What goals do you have within the next year – CrossFit and non-CrossFit?

I have two goals for this year. Number 1: Clean 300+ lbs. I know I can do this, but it’s really how I can make my body do it. Mobility is the bane to my fitness. Number 2: Run a marathon. Don’t ask which one, it doesn’t matter to me. I hate running so much that I know I need to try and do it now rather than later in life. So, when it gets slightly warmer I will be running a lot more in preparation. Anyone is welcome to train with me!

Tell us more about your life outside of the gym – favorite thing to do when you’re bored, favorite meal, music, job etc. Give us one really random fact that people may not know about you. 

I have a few hobbies that keep me entertained. I enjoy craft consumables such as coffee, tea, beer, wine, and the like. Anything that someone has dedicated their art to and wants you to enjoy it in some way. Can I taste what they wanted to bring out? It’s really fun to experience someone’s craft. Then I play video games. I am pretty much always playing one if I have an electronic device on me. Favorite meal is obviously some good Pizza. Music, I enjoy a blend of styles in a metalcore genre. Singing, screaming, rap, melodies, breakdowns, guitar solos, …love it. My job is Cybersecurity for Space Systems. Sounds fancy.. It is not. There is a lot of paperwork and reading right now. A random fact is that I have Misophonia.

The NOBULL CrossFit Open starts this month!

The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games season kicks off with the CrossFit Open, a three-week international competition where anyone — regardless of fitness level or ability — can compete in the biggest fitness competition in history. The 2023 Open will take place from Feb. 16 – March 6.

Click here to Register – make sure to join the Blue Crab CrossFit affiliate when signing up!

Traditionally, at Blue Crab CrossFit we host Friday Night Lights during the Open, where people stop by our themed nights to complete the workout and cheer each other on. It’s full of energy and a lot of fun! This year, our Friday Night Lights will take place from 5:30 until complete, on February 17th, 24th, and March 3rd. Themes to be announced closer to the event – but think things like Patriotic night, BCCF Gear Night, Favorite Sports Team, etc…

If you’ve done the Open before, you understand the magic of the Open. You push yourself to new challenges and some get a movement they’ve never done before. It’s a great way to kick off the year, support one another, and have some fun while doing it! So if this will be your first Open, we look forward to seeing you there and showing you the magic of the Open!

BCCF Dates & Events

February Activity – Indoor Wall/Rock Climbing
We’ll be taking our fitness to Movements in Columbia on February 18th. We just closed registration and last heard, we have 24 people signed up! We’re super excited to get the group together and to get our climb on! Time to start working on our grip! Thank you Megan for organizing!

March Activity – BCCF Goes Hiking
Dates and details coming soon.

For 2023, we’re going to try a monthly activity schedule of Happy Hour, Paid Event, Free Event every three months.