Customer of the MonthOctober

David Chandley

You may recognize this month's AOTM as the chief meteorologist for Fox 5 News!

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?
One of the “O-G’s” at Terminus, I’ve been part of the crew since day 1 in August of 2013.  So thankful Emily and Ben made their vision a reality so my life could be stronger and healthier.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
I have tried to be consistent over the years (3-4 times a week) and early on I could see dividends.  As I close in on 60, I credit Terminus and its programming for keeping me off all medications!  It’s a badge of honor and hard work (and good genes) to be healthy and drug free.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
It’s the couples that inspire me, David & Jen Eastman, Mark & Jen Emery, Steve & Ellie Hoover.  To be able to share workouts with your spouse is pretty special. My wife, Lynn, was with Terminus in the early days, but bad shoulders curtailed her career, and I miss that.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
Terminus is a wonderful community of people from various backgrounds that come together for common goals; to be challenged and to make yourself better.

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
My second day at Terminus I almost died.  It was August, I was pushing the sled with Robin and some other ladies over the Edgewood/Beltline bridge and thought “what have I gotten myself into”.  Glad I stayed.

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I think I’m pretty much an open book, I’m a Jesus follower who loves my family, friends, my work, golf and the Dawgs. I believe everyone has a story and I enjoy hearing that story, I try to never stop learning.

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
My memories of Terminus are centered on the people. I feel blessed to have coaches that are top shelf; Sonya, Patrick, Chase and of course Emily. The Noon crew has been special; Robin, Nicole G, David, Brittany and Julie, to name a few.

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?
I wish I had some long term goals, but sadly my time at Terminus is drawing to a close. Lynn and I have sold our Inman Park home to start building our forever home at Lake Oconee.  We are not leaving town yet, I still have work to do, so we have bought a townhouse in Brookhaven.  Thru all the changes in my 50s, Terminus has been a constant and for that I am grateful.  I will miss this place, so I will cherish these last few weeks. Thanks again Emily and Ben, you helped enrich my life.

Terminus Golf Outing

Say What!?! Terminus Golf Outing
When: Saturday October 2nd
Where: Candler Park Golf Course

We will head to Candler Park Golf Course on Saturday, Oct 2nd! Groups of 4 will tee off together and play this “walking only” 9 hole course! We will start at 8am and each group will tee off 9 minutes apart. We will take the ‘best ball’ for each hole to determine a team score at the end of the day! Winning team gets bragging rights! Depending on the number of people who want to play, we imagine everyone will start between 8 and 9am. Please email [email protected] by Monday, Sept 20th if you are down to play! In the email, please note whether you have never played, played less than 10 times, or more than 10 times, and if you own a set of clubs! We will do our best to put together even teams! Terminus will cover the cost of the event.

Fire Recovery Fund for Daisha & Nya

Charity partner workout this Saturday September 18th!

Last weekend there was a massive apartment fire that displaced dozens of families in Southwest Atlanta. Unfortunately, two of our Atlanta leadership club girls were among those who were affected! We’ve been hosting these girls for workouts at Terminus for over a year now, and Daisha (14) and Nya (15) are two of our most consistent attendees. Their families lost everything in the fire!

We would like to do everything we can to help these girls! We will be running a fundraiser workout this Saturday, September 18th in our regular Saturday classes. We encourage you to donate HERE if you would like to help! All donations go directly to Atlanta Leadership Club!

Direct Link to donate: https://gofund.me/47f33c08

Yoga With Britney Kidd!

New addition to our schedule! 
Terminus is proud to announce the addition of a Sunday Yoga class with our very own Britney Kidd!! Unroll your yoga mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll experience a combination of movement, joint training, and stillness that reduces inflammation, strengthens, tones, and settles the mind. Recalibrate all aspects of your physical and mental well-being.
This is a 60 min music-based class: 20 minutes of warming, opening the body, and building internal heat through preparatory postures and breath-to-movement flow. 30 minutes to target your strength, ROM and stability-building power yoga practice. 10 minutes of cool-down postures to compliment and counter your full practice.

The Details:
Dates: Every other Sunday starting this Sunday September 12th (upcoming dates 9/26, 10/10)
Time: 9:00AM
Cost: $10 Yoga passes should be pre-purchased via Pike 13 or we will charge your account after class
Equipment: Please bring your own Yoga mat and towel!
Registration:
*You must reserve your spot for each class in advance. Enrollment can happen up to 15 minutes prior to the start of class and as far as 31 days in advance. We strongly encourage you to register for classes as far in advance as you’re able. We highly recommend using the Pike 13 app (for Android and iOS). The app is easier to use than going through a web browser (https://terminus.pike13.com/) and allows for notifications to be sent directly to your phone. 

*To register for class: 
Tap Services.
Select ‘Yoga’.
Find the yoga class you’d like to attend and click ‘Enroll’.

Click “Purchase a single visit pass.”
Complete check out with payment info.
Click Finish.

*To cancel a class:
Select ‘My Activities’ to see your enrolled classes.
Click the class you’d like to cancel.
Click ‘Leave Class’ 

*Waitlist:
If a class is full, a waitlist will become available on Pike13.
A notification will be sent to you if a spot becomes available and you are automatically bumped up from the waitlist.
Members are responsible for knowing whether they’ve been enrolled in class from the waitlist. 

*Late Cancellation/No Show Fee:
Members will incur a $10 fee for not showing up to a class they’re registered for or for cancelling a registered class too late (within 1 hours of class start time). 

*Late Cancellations:
For “Yoga” classes on Pike13, cancellation can happen up to 1 hour before class to avoid a $10 fee (for example: if you’re registered for 9 a.m. Sunday class, you may cancel until 7:59 a.m. Thursday without incurring a fee).

Customer of the MonthSeptember

Fred Webb

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, It's our resident superhero! AKA Clark Kent, AKA Fred Webb! He may come off as mild manner by day, but is a true Superman when he hits the gym.

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?
I have been a part of the Terminus community since February 2021. Physically, I notice that I am leaner, yet I am at my strongest. The dynamic combination of functional movements along with weightlifting has completely transformed my outlook on exercising; it is like learning how to walk for the first time. Mentally, there are moments where I can’t believe I am able to do CrossFit; there is no doubt it is building mental fortitude challenging my mind and body. Consequently, when I finish a workout, it’s equally rewarding and mind blowing because of the level of difficulty. Last, I’m just in a better head space when I go to Terminus, exercise gives me peace of mind.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
In addition to being in great physical shape, spending time in the gym has led to some amazing relationships outside of the gym. Specifically, I’ve been able to have a lot more social support outside the gym which is a tremendous value to me. I feel like I am building community. I’ve also had opportunities to spend time with the Terminus community at weekend events and some night life.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
There are a few individuals who inspire me at the gym. Diana Wong. Diana was the first person within the Terminus community I met and advocated for me to join the gym. It all started with a conversation at church. Diana inspires me because she’s got that Mamba mentality during workouts and holds me accountable for showing up to the gym. Michael Layton also motivates me. I can always count on Michael to “show me the ropes.” He’s never too busy to demonstrate the correct form or movement of an exercise, even during a tough workout. Michael also helps me with skill work after class! Finally, Seth Oyler. Seth goes hard in the gym that’s just what he does. In addition, he challenges me to optimize my energy during workouts, so I am working hard and smart. I love that fist bump from him after a good workout.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
Family environment. It’s exciting to be a part of the Terminus community; working out with a group of individuals all striving to push their physical and mental limitations and become the best version of themselves. Doing CrossFit at Terminus is a completely new experience for me. I know I’m at the right gym.  Since I began my journey at Terminus everyone has been extremely welcoming and helpful. I feel like Bobby Boucher in the Water Boy “thank you so much for being my friends.”

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
Thankfully, my first day was truly an introductory class. I remember going to a morning class around 9:15am. I felt like I was in a completely new environment trying to absorb everything. I remember doing deadlifts that day, but I didn’t know the flow of class and how the gym operated. I tried to watch and learn from other gym members there, also observing how to locate and change weight plates. I’m thankful for the help I received that day from members and my coach.

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
Growing up in San Diego, California I played multiple sports such as football, basketball, and participated in Track and Field. Next, I’ve been creating Hip Hop/Rap music since 2011 and released my first album recently, titled “Clark Kent” available on all major platforms.

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
One of my proudest moments includes learning and doing the Olympic weightlifts. I recently set a personal record for cleans. Next, improving my technique in the kipping pull up. Last, learning how to increase my reps with touch n’ go’s when using the barbell, it’s a game changer!

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long-term goals in the gym?
Moving forward my short-term goal is to continue to improve in the movements, skills, and exercises we do in the gym. I feel I’m in a good place right now where I am making progress; this feeling alone excites me for the future. Long term, it would be incredible to compete at some level. The CrossFit games are extremely inspirational.

Customer of the MonthAugust

Orianna Casanas & Rafael Villasana

We have so much love for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and perseverance. This month we decided to feature one of our power couples!

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?
It’ll be a year at the end of October! When we first joined, we were coming out of the quarantine so our minds and bodies were not in the best shape. Since joining, we are both stronger, fitter, and enjoying the process more than we ever have.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
Terminus has helped us learn how to tackle our weaknesses with more grace inside and outside the gym while still being proud of our strengths. It has also helped us stay balanced and more focused in everything we love doing outside the gym.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
We all know that CrossFit is not an easy thing to do, so to be surrounded by so many people who don’t shy away from doing difficult things and always show up and give it their best effort has been awesome.
But Curtis tho, the guy never stops moving.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
Terminus is a community of people who take their fitness seriously but love so much more than just CrossFit. We have met artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, grandparents, parents and their kids, students, athletes, Georgians who are born and raised, and people who have come from all parts of the world. All are kind-hearted, welcoming and people who love to see each other succeed.

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
We were pretty nervous to get back into CrossFit after not having worked out for months, but we shrugged it off by saying “How bad could it really be? It’s not like it’ll be burpees over the rower or Kalsu or anything like that”… It was burpees over the rower, which actually ended up being really fun! And then a few weeks later it was Kalsu so we skipped that one :)

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
Rafa: I’m an in vitro baby and could’ve been a triplet
Orianna: I’m a black belt in Kung Fu

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
Rafa: Hitting CaliBear rx with coach Trent for the first time, rx-ing Nate and snatching 100kgs.
Orianna: First bar muscle up post pandemic, failing a power clean twice and Jen Emory pushing me to try again and hitting it for a big PR, and front squatting my old 1RM for 5.

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?
Rafa: I want to stay as present as I can and enjoy training as it comes. But I always want to be stronger.
Orianna: Short term goal is butterfly pulls up and long term I’m shooting for a 200lbs clean.

Return of the MAC!!!

Congratulations to Sonya McMillan on qualifying for the 2021 CrossFit Games in the 40-44 Master’s division. Sonya has previously qualified in 2013 and 2015 for the Team’s competition. Now it’s her time to shine on the individual stage. Sonya Mac has touched us all, whether as a coach, teammate, training partner, or friend. We all know how hard she has worked to get to Madison as an individual, and our Terminus community stands together to support her dreams.

Check out our well-wishes here!

August 2021 Pull-ympics

 

We are excited to announce our newest challenge. This challenge will help everyone improve one simple element that is the key to unlocking not only higher level gymnastics movements, but also your weightlifting as well. No surprise here! It’s your upper body pulling strength that needs some work. This challenge will help focus your attention on developing not only your pulling strength, but your endurance as well!

What are the Pull-ympics???
It’s a commitment!
We have 3 different levels available.
Gold level: Complete 1000 Strict Pull-Ups during the month Of August
(this breaks down to roughly 32 pull-ups a day)
Silver Level: Complete 800 Strict Pull-Ups during the month of August
(this breaks down to roughly 24 pull-ups a day)
Bronze Level: Complete 600 Strict Pull-Ups during the month of August
(this breaks down to roughly 19 pull-ups a day)

But I can’t do a pull-up!?!
This challenge is for you! Strict pull-ups can be done with band assistance! By the end of the month we fully expect that with consistency you will finally grab that major milestone with your very first strict pull-up!

How do I join the challenge? 
Easy. Send your name and level of commitment to [email protected] by August 1, 2021!

What do I get if I join and complete the challenge? 
Primarily you’ll get stronger, better and more fit! No more cherrypicking those pull-up days. But seriously we are offering 3 different small prize packages (one for each level) to incentivize your progress!!!

Anything else I should know?

Yes! Here are the details! Read and reread!

  • You will have 31 days to complete the challenge: Start date is August 1, and the end date is August 31.
  • You must make your commitment by email to Ben no later than 11:59PM on August 1. We will not allow any late entries! Please include your name and level of commitment (Gold, Silver, or Bronze)
  •  Everyone that joins the challenge must keep some type of record or spread sheet. That record should be electronic, and include the date, time, and number of pull-ups completed for each day that you work toward your commitment level goal. We will require an electronic record submitted to Ben at the end of the challenge to claim your prize! We highly recommend keeping a video log via IG, or Facebook to track your progress (although not necessary to redeem your prize).
  • Pull-Ups start from a dead hang and must be strict chin over bar with full range of motion demonstrated throughout movement. See the video for demo! Kipping pull-ups will not be allowed! Bands are allowed!
  • You do not need to complete pull-ups everyday! Rest days are encouraged but realize that you will need to double up for everyday that you miss!
  • If you currently don’t have a strict pull-up, we highly recommend sticking with the bronze level. This will be a much more appropriate volume. Use bands to assist and slowly try to decrease resistance as the challenge goes on. The goal is to grab your first real pull-up by the end of the challenge! Appropriate resistance allows for approx 3-5 reps unbroken (try to avoid making it easy just to get your reps done).
  • The challenge is separate from the daily programming. You can’t count WOD reps toward the monthly total!!!
  • We highly encourage using some type of grip (Victory Grips are the best) to prevent wear and tear on your hands. We also encourage developing a hand and body maintenance routine!
  • Any other questions??? Please send to [email protected]
Strict Pull-Up demo

Customer of the MonthJuly

Chloe Pearse

Chloe's courage, humor, humility, and charity represent the qualities that truly make our community special.

Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?
At the start of 2019 I was diagnosed with a blood cancer and it knocked me sideways. Overnight pretty much everything changed for me. I spent 2019 trying to understand what it meant, getting used to the medication that knocked me out and added to my growing fatigue. My ‘ah ha’ moment came this time last year in 2020 when I realized I needed to get active and fit again if this body was going to deal with my illness and get me through the next 30 years or so. I knew of Terminus as I regularly drove past the gym so I contacted Ben and set up an intro lesson.  I have been coming  3-4 times a week almost regularly since then. This is the most committed I’ve ever been to a place and to my health and the changes are noticeable. While I’ll never lift the heaviest, I’m lifting heavier and heavier each time. I’ll never be the fastest but I push myself to finish within time. I’ll never be the most flexible but my squats are pretty deep, and I’ll never like burpees but I do them. Terminus has made me want to get better for myself and that is a new feeling for me.

Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
Getting physically stronger means I can now do things I enjoy without getting tired too quickly. I remember the first time I kept up with my husband in unloading 30 bags of mulch. I matched him bag for bag up the driveway. Before Terminus I would not have been able to have moved more than about 4 without having to quit. That was one of my proudest moments, knowing that getting strong meant I could live life. It’s helped me in other ways too, I’m more comfortable in my body, I like the way it is slowly changing shape and showing the world what it can do.

Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Everyone who turns up regardless of all the other family, work and mental pressures that we all face. The 7am and 8am classes, these are full of fun, kind and talented people (who also bring a slightly world-weary sarcasm with them that I appreciate so much – I’m looking at you Allison and Wyatt). Also let’s not forget the 7.30pm class – Marcie, Sam, Jacquwan who encouraged me when I first started. The coaches, especially the coaches who were once students. I think that says a lot about a place that it inspires people to want to teach and help others be their best.

Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
I am part of a group of people who don’t necessarily take themselves seriously but take their fitness very seriously and that means people are open and friendly and supportive of each other’s goals and are always happy for someone else’s success.

Q:  Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
Patrick and squats. Bear in mind I had not exercised in almost 2 years, I was the original ‘couch to cross-fit’ candidate. I couldn’t walk the next day but I remember that I loved the class, Patrick and the others made it so welcoming (and it is scary turning up unfit to Cross-Fit)

Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I have lived and worked on 4 continents, and I became an American citizen in April

Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
Hitting triple digits for a back squat. Shaving 40secs off a 2km row the second time I did it and having enough grip strength to finally be able to hang off the bar

Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term goals in the gym?
Yes lots! Now I can hang from the bar, I want to work on pull ups – it’s the old lack of upper body strength for me. If this time next year I can execute some decent looking pull ups I will be over the moon.