CrossFit – Oh so scary. I can’t do that. I’ve seen it on TV and it’s just crazy. These comments are similar to those of one of the athletes on the CrossFit Games Team’s Series announcements yesterday evening.  Her name is Athena Perez. 

Her story about how she came to CrossFit is quite amazing. She knew she needed to make some changes. She was ultimately faced with a choice – bariatric surgery or probably die. She didn’t want the bariatric surgery and obviously she didn’t want to die so, terrified because of what she had watched, she walked into a CrossFit gym, using canes, absolutely certain she wouldn’t she would never be able to do CrossFit but always hoping that the coaches would be able to help her do something. Her thought process was that “… if I am going to die, I might as well die during a workout”. One of her coaches recounted that Athena was adamant that she would never run. Hmmm. 

With the support of the coaches and the CrossFit community, she made those changes; she didn’t have bariatric surgery; she didn’t die (on the couch or during a workout). And yesterday evening, she was one of the demonstrators of a team series’ workout. And she has also joined a weightlifting club to complement her CrossFit training. She really is quite inspiring.

To hear her full story, here is a link:

CrossFit – “a high-intensity fitness program incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise.” It also includes community and support. Lots of variety.

Community Support

And that is what Athena found at her CrossFit gym. She realized that she could do CrossFit because workout intensity is very individualized. Her 100% is pretty equivalent to a world class athlete’s 100%. She doesn’t run as fast, or lift as much, or get as many reps but she is improving, she is making changes and she is able to do CrossFit.  



8:00am     Lurong Challenge Workout #2 Doors open at 7:30am.  Good luck.

9:00am    FREE Community Class – no experience; no expectations, no judging; just you

10:30am    Members’ WOD


8:00am     SWEAT – ladies only; you, a water bottle and your attitude 

10:00am     Row Zone! Ladies and Gents. You don’t even need your life vest.


How to sign up for Row Zone!: pastedGraphic.png🚣‍♀️pastedGraphic_1.png🚣‍♂️For anyone interested in doing ROW ZONE any or every Sunday at 10am (those who have taken the clinic)…go here to sign up for an account (New Athlete)

Once your account has been activated (you will get an email letting you know) then log in and click on class schedule and sign up for the row zone class.

(You can also login for SWEAT too if you would like)

Next Row Clinic – 13 October


SWEAT : For more information, make sure to follow our new page on Instagram (search: Top) t2_fitness_   (search: People) @t2_fitness_   #tag us: #t2_fitness_


FitAid: please pay for the cans you take

Grocery bags: still collecting, still making mats, see the one hanging in the gym.


Saturday morning is also when the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex event is being held in North Park. Details below or talk to Coach Matt Erisey about it.

After the exertions of the morning, why not take a trip to Cecil Twp to visit Katlyn Taueetia at the Cecil Twp Fall Festival. Link is below.


Sunday, while the ladies are SWEATing and the ladies and gents are Row Zoning, Andrea Plubell, Erin Bazaz and I will be pounding the streets towards downtown Pittsburgh along with 9000+ other runners in the Great Race. 😊 🏃‍♀️ 🏃 

Today’s Trivia: Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.


T2 CrossFit Team


*Outside The Box:

*Matt Miller and SPM: Congratulations on their 1st place (scaled) at last week’s 2018 Arsenal Throwdown


*From Matt Erisey: Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Join Matt’s Team

At two months old Issac was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC), which is a disease that causes benign tumors to grow on major organs. TSC is the same pathway affecting more than a dozen diseases & disorders including autism and epilepsy. There is no cure for this disease but advancements are being made each year.  By raising awareness we are one step closer to a cure or better medical treatments.  Please consider joining our fight as a walker/runner on September 29th or by making a secure donation. 

Thank you for your time/consideration!

The event: Saturday 29 September North Park Harmar Pavilion


*Annual Cecil Twp Fall Festival

T2 member, Katlyn Taueetia, will have a stall at the festival with all her crafts and wares. Get outside and check it out.


*From Beth Beck: Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh

Hi Friends, A friend of mine has an intellectually disabled brother who gets so much love and care from this organization. I did this race last year and would love to get a group together to participate in the fall!

The event: Saturday, 20 October, South Shore River Park

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