2019 was packed with action; from the 2019 Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge and multiple TransforMISSIONs to new members, new goals and new accomplishments! We reflect on our favorite feats of 2019 here.
I followed LbF for a while and always told myself I would go, but was nervous that I wouldn’t have all of the skills or I would feel out of place. It took a few years of telling myself to go before I really committed to the TransforMISSION and now I’m completely hooked! I had the typical “new year, new change” feeling, which was the push I needed to start at LbF. – Alyssa M.
As I look back on 2019, I have to say it was one of the best years physically for me. My ultimate goal was to complete a Tough Mudder. (Keep in mind I have never done a race like that before and of course I heard lots of horror stories about being electrocuted, ripping my hands and earning lots of bumps and bruises. Sign me up right?!) So after weeks of training, dedication, and constant support from my friend and teammate Christina, I was able to complete my very first Tough Mudder and, the best part, is I beasted EVERY obstacle! I actually surprised myself by completing it with ease! What a feeling! Thanks to the entire Laid-back Fitness team and everyone who pushed me for the better. Bring on 2020! #ilovemud – David B.
As I look back on the Spartan Beast Race this past September, and also my trifecta (Sprint, Super and Beast), I think to myself “Holy crap! I did it!!!” It was a REALLY hard race, not to mention it was cold, rainy and windy! The race was 16 miles (not the 13.9 miles we anticipated) and took us 8 hours and 10 minutes to complete. This race had all sorts of terrain/hills with 30 obstacles thrown in for good measure. Even though my body hurt the following day, I would not trade the experience for anything. The thrill of crossing that finish line brought tears to my eyes! I am grateful for all my Oso friends and for the Spartan Beast training; without it I would not have this accomplishment to remember in 2019! – Sandy C.
My weekend in New Mexico this past September was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I spent four days as a student of MovNat, explored new territory and pushed myself with an awesome group of mentally strong and physically competent badasses! I’m proud of myself for doing the things needed to get ready for this event: training my weaknesses and getting leaner, more flexible and more skilled. I am humbled by my failures—the single leg squat getup (my nemesis) and the breath hold test. Though I wasn’t capable of passing the Level 3 certificate in New Mexico, I assure you I will pass those tests (stay tuned for video proof). I tell my clients all the time that failure is good, and you better believe that I am going to live that as well! Here’s to honesty, growth and deliberate practice! – Ryan M.
It’s hard to pick just one moment from 2019 that I’m most proud of. I've achieved so much this year with my Laid-back family, starting with my first session at Neuty and finishing my first Spartan trifecta to completing Tier 1 of the NENA Competition and everything in between. There have been great times and hard times but they have all been with some pretty amazing people! There are so many moments in 2019 that I am proud of and proud to say I accomplished with Laid-back Fitness! I have come so far and can't wait to see what 2020 brings!💕– Jessica St. Denis
If I were to pick my favorite parts of 2019, I would say the OCR team trainings and events, especially the Sand Dunes Night Ops and Tough Mudder, are my top picks. I also appreciate 2019 as a whole because it taught me the true meaning of “trusting the process.” Setbacks, successes and struggles all have a place in making us better! – Christina M.
It’s hard to pick just one moment from 2019, so I will share a few. Bonefrog, my biggest OCR challenge to-date, was a hard race, especially the death march, getting the medal at the end and celebrating with everyone was totally worth it! The months that followed where amazing too, including doing the Tough Mudder with a team of 43 Osos and Savage Race! Then, for the first time in my life, I got to do a hike with my LbF family. What an experience that was! The views were fantastic and being able to share them with wonderful people was the icing on the cake. I am so grateful and blessed to have such an amazing group of friends/teammates who are always willing to help and support each other in every way. A huge thank you to coach Zak Champagne and Sensei Ryan McGowan for the amazing training you put me through in order for me and the team to conquer the OCRs and hikes! I’m really looking forward to what 2020 will bring and what we as a team will conquer together! – Heloisa V.
Other epic posts of 2019!
- A New Method for Marathon Training: Jackie's Story
- Forget "Someday" – How to Make Your Health Goals Happen Now
- Conquering Fears & Crushing Obstacles: Weezy's Story
- Rob's Reminders for Crushing our TransforMISSION
- The Realistic Fitness Podcast Explores LbF
- Ninja Profile: Asa "The Beast"
- One Year & A Stronger Christina Later
- Crushing 2019 From Day One