September Committed Club

10+ classes in one month sounds a little daunting, but you all keep proving it’s more than possible. Cheers to you!

  1. Katie Howland: 16 Group Fitness
  2. Ryan Aviles: 15 Group Fitness
  3. Steve Busser: 14 Group Fitness
  4. Jeremy Evers: 14 Group Fitness
  5. Kylea Meneilly: 14 Group Fitness
  6. Colby Dolan: 12 Group Fitness
  7. Dustin Green: 12 Group Fitness
  8. Chip Gibson: 10 Group Fitness
  9. Myranda Prather: 10 Group Fitness
  10. Aaron Verhei: 10 Group Fitness
  11. Alan Aguirre: 10 Group Fitness
  12. Carly Schlabaugh: 8 Group Fitness, 2 Yoga
  13. Maggie Scanlon: 10 Group Fitness

We hope you’re proud of your efforts. We certainly are!

Want in on the fun?

Check in to 10 or more group classes (Fitness or Yoga), and let the winnings roll in!

Committed Club rewards:

1 month –> Free FitAid

3 months in a row –> Exclusive T-shirt

6 months in a row –> Engraved tumbler

August Committed Club 2023

A new month means a new group of super committed folks. Cheers to the 19 who took 10+ group classes last month. You all showcase what it means to be dedicated to your fitness and wellbeing!

  1. Katie Howland: 22 Fitness
  2. Ryan Aviles: 18 Fitness, 2 Yoga
  3. Colby Dolan: 17 Fitness
  4. Kylea Meneilly: 17 Fitness
  5. Myranda Prather: 16 Fitness
  6. Jeremy Evers: 15 Fitness
  7. Maria Busser: 14 Fitness
  8. Steve Busser: 14 Fitness
  9. Alan Aguirre: 14 Fitness
  10. Lauren Kepler: 12 Fitness
  11. Carly Schlabaugh: 10 Fitness, 2 Yoga
  12. Dustin Green: 12 Fitness
  13. Lynn Newkirk: 11 Fitness
  14. Ian Chung: 11 Fitness
  15. Jesse MacKenzie: 10 Fitness
  16. Mindy Simmons: 10 Fitness
  17. Maggie Scanlon: 9 Fitness, 1 Yoga
  18. Alyse Zadalis: 10 Fitness
  19. Chip Gibson: 10 Fitness

Keep doing what you do, and we’ll keep celebrating.

Committed Club Rewards:

3 months consecutive –> Exclusive T-shirt

6 months consecutive –> Engraved tumbler


Goals pt. 2

In part II of the Goals series, we’re looking at those of you that have a lot of training time under your belt. You have a regular training schedule, you’re developing as an athlete, but you don’t quite know where to focus those efforts. This one’s for you.

==> If you missed Part I you can find it here <==

Routine is the Enemy pt. 2 – Specialty Programs

In the 2nd part of this series I’m joined by my lovely wife, Maggie, to discuss how she uses our amazing specialty programs at CrossFit Memorial Hill to continue to see great performance and body composition results year after year.

Routine is the Enemy pt.1 – Volume & Adaptation

Most of us work full time, have families, travel, and socialize. We’re lucky to get in 5-6 hours of training a week. In order to maximize those hours, we need to re-think how we approach those precious training hours to avoid long-term adaptation (plateau). In a slightly nerdy Coach’s Corner Series “Routine is the Enemy,” we’ll look at diversifying your training to maximize those long-term results.

Stop the Yo-Yo (3 Steps)


Do you ever feel like your health, fitness, and wellness is a constant roller coaster ride of success and failure? Here are the three things you absolutely must have to enjoy a life of health and wellness:

1. A Crew

Think about any lifelong pursuit – family, career, travel, friendship, health – none of which exist in a vacuum. As social animals we thrive and grow in group settings. Nature shows us that isolation is counterproductive to a rich, fulfilling life.

Why, then, when it comes to our own health do we go to the gym alone, put in some earbuds, and go home to eat alone? There will inevitably be slip-ups – health is a lifelong pursuit. The difference is: when you slip up, will you have a crew to lift you up, joke about all the junk food you ate over the weekend, and get you back on the horse on Monday? Bottom line, you need a training partner(s).

2. A Plan

This September marked the 10 year anniversary of the first 4 week training program I ever put on paper. The goal? Do 10 Pull Ups and run a 6-minute mile by the end of the 4 weeks. I failed miserably. My mile was 8:11 and I think I got 4 Pull Ups. But I knew every day, no matter what, I had to get in a set amount of work. Motivation.

Too often I see people wander aimlessly through gyms with no end goal or game plan in mind. This is by no fault of their own of course; the fitness industry has, for decades, been much less concerned with results than setting a low enough price point in hopes that you forget you’re being charged and never come to the gym.

So assemble your crew, set goals, and develop a results-focused plan. There are plenty of qualified coaches out there to develop a plan for you or you can take my approach – trial and (a lot of) error.

3. A Mindset

Do you want to be healthy and fit for the next 30 days or the next 30 years? I assume you answered the latter. I can’t stress this enough: stop allowing short term, white knuckle, self-doubt peddling “experts” dictate your LIFELONG PURSUIT OF HEALTH.

It is very unpopular, as a coach in the fitness industry, for me to talk to clients about incremental, sustainable, lifelong change. Five percent at a time is not nearly as cool as “Drop 2 Sizes in 2 Weeks” and “3 Exercises for Bigger Biceps NOW,” but it’s honest.

The guy who sold you a fancy Ab Machine or published an article in Men’s Health takes no accountability for your next 30 years. As a coach, every rep I prescribe, every macro-/meso-/de-load cycle, and every day you come in the door is wrought with accountability for your next 30 years.

I promise things will not always be easy and you will slip up. It’s all good though. You know this going in and you have your people and your plan to get you back on track.

Community: What it’s all about

Anyone that has visited other CrossFit boxes around the country probably already knows that we have a world-class facility that we call “home” at The Hill.  It’s one of the largest CF spaces in the country, outfitted with tons of top notch equipment that we get to play with daily.  Yet, in my mind, that is not what makes CrossFit Memorial Hill so unique and such a special place.  The Community…the people…more specifically, each of you reading this…is what truly separates The Hill from just another gym in my mind.


There are days that I’m completely blown away by the atmosphere inside our box.  In fact, it’s most days.  As a coach, it’s such an amazing feeling to look around and see brand new members getting pointers from one of the original, fire-breather, athletes…Or to see the first person done yelling and cheering for the absolute last person, clapping for them as they finish their last few grueling reps…or watching two strangers, drenched in sweat, peel each other up off the floor and help each other put their equipment away.  I could write example after example, and each one makes me more proud than the last.  You all make this place so special in that way…so keep it up!


If you have no clue what I’m talking about, and you’re just into CrossFit for the workout alone, then I think you are missing out in a huge way.  Some of my closest friendships have been forged within the walls of CFMH.  You can help to shape your experience here.  Show up early, say hi to folks, learn people’s names, welcome new members with open arms (chances are they are nervous and  even a little scared), be encouraging, share tips (WOD tips, nutrition tips, or, hell, even tips about where you get your hair cut for that matter).  Chances are, you can get a good workout in at any globo-gym/fitness chain in town, but rarely are lifelong friendships made there.  The person on the treadmill next to you at Planet Fitness probably isn’t going to call you if you don’t show up tomorrow.  And I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen someone pick up some dumbbells to do the final few reps of a bicep workout, in unison, with the stranger next to them at Lifetime Fitness.


Ultimately, this Community was created by each and every one of you.  We are a young gym, celebrating our 1 year anniversary next month, but the relationships formed inside the walls are very real.  It’s because of all of you that I absolutely love being at The Hill each day.  Whether I’m teaching a class, or working out next to you, it’s always one of the best parts of my day.  Keep contributing to that…continue to do your best to make it an even better community than the day you first walked in.  It’s your Community, folks.  All we did was outfit a cool space…you guys and gals did the rest.  Thanks for being so awesome to each other!