March 2017 Athlete Spotlight


Which athletes do you look up to?

I look up to Coach Marcus' biceps, BK's SugarWoD scores, Katie's ability to workout and inspire me even when pregnant, Adriana's lateness to class but still complete domination, Preslie's drive and food knowledge, Roger pushing me and trying to get me to do disgusting workouts on Sundays, Nick being awesome and inspirational, Andy's gainz, and everybody else who is part of the family at Magna. Ooh, and Matt Fraser, Rich Froning, and Sara Sigmundsdottir.

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout was probably the Thanksgiving Workout we did this year. Not only was it an absolutely disgusting burner of a workout, but it completely transformed the gym. I just remember looking around half-conscious and seeing the gym fully alive and moving with people just kicking their own ass. Nobody was stopping to take selfies, no one was worried about scaling this or that, everyone was just focused on their own excellence. It was amazing. Or Murph. Yeah, Murph too.

Which crossfit movement is your favorite?

Ever since I got my first ring muscle-up it's been a favorite. It's taken me a long time to get that particularly movement, so doing it was not only fun, but a rewarding experience because it showed me that I was making progress. It's just fun as hell swinging in the air like that anyway.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Ash Ketchum from Pokemon. He just wakes up one day at 10 years old, decides he's going to leave home to be a Pokemon trainer, becomes a man almost simultaneously, and goes on countless adventures learning things with his friends. He doesn't lift, and that's not cool, but Pokemon are also pretty great.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

This might seem silly, but I always wished I could be better at math in general. As the key to most sciences and theorizing, I always felt like it was an interesting skill that my brain didn't take to as easily as others. Discovering things about the universe through mathematics would be a really rewarding thing. I imagine it would also make me better at plate math, which I also struggle with, so there's that.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

When I was in college I set-up my own interviews in Texas and Arizona. I bought my own plane tickets and planned everything, even down to staying with Alumni from my college in the two states. I eventually got a job, and drove across the country to start a job and get an apartment in place I had never been before. I did it all by myself and felt like I really accomplished something without being handed anything. That's how I ended up at Magna.

What inspires you?

A big inspiration to me is my students (I'm a teacher). I like working hard to give them someone to look up to in the classroom and in the gym/on the field. They work so hard and they want to be scholars and athletes and it pushes me to retain my youth and take care of myself. I try to be the best I can be for myself and for them.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?

SCALE EVERYTHING AND CHANGE YOUR DIET. These things took me way too long to learn and they made all the difference in everything. Too often I was doing 1-2 workouts a week and absolutely blowing myself out trying to do RX. By scaling everything, I was able to learn myself and my limits much better, and this allowed me to get into the gym much more often (now 5 times a week). The best thing? It was easier and I was actually getting better results. That, and it allowed me to become friends with more people which was a nice push to getting into the gym more often. Also, diet makes all the difference. It changed how I feel and how I look almost completely. It unlocked a world of energy and stability that has carried through my gym-life, my work-life, and my social-life. Eating right has made it so that I can do everything and I NEVER have the old feeling of exhaustion that I used to. It's all about balancing those things and being disciplined.

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I don't really think about changing my name; I usually think about bettering myself so that my name is something worth having.


Nanos or Metcons?

Metcons. Never ignore the heart muscle.



March Recipe of the Month

Chili Con Carne

This recipe, from Make Ahead Paleo, is a dynamite!
You can half the ingredients or freeze what you don’t use, but once you taste it, it probably won’t last!
Feel free to swap the meats for more macro-friendly cuts.

Con Carne Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage (I used mild)
  • 1/2 lb chuck roast, cubed
  • 1/2 lb boneless pork chops, cubed
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, cured, seeded, and diced

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 cups brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 rounded Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 rounded tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp granulated onion
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1. Crumble ground beef and Italian sausage into 6 quart crock pot. Add the chuck roast and pork cubes on top

2. Sprinkle the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapenos over the meat

3. In a large bowl combine the sauce ingredients

4. Pour sauce ingredients over meat

5. Cook chili on low for 6 - 7 hours or on high for 4 - 6 hours stirring occasionally.


The 2017 CrossFit Games OPEN at CrossFit Magna part 2

11165114_1024969104243469_205801439897422434_oThe 2017 CrossFit Open starts one week from today. The CrossFit Open is a 5 week online competition that runs from February 23 to March 27th this year. If you have not registered, what are you waiting for?!? Select CrossFit Magna as your affiliate and your TEAM during your registration process.

The Open will bring about some schedule changes on Thursday and Friday nights.

Thursday:  6:00 - 6:45pm Open Watch Pary + 1 heat of the Open WOD
Thursday:  6:45 - 7:30pm Yoga w/ Coach Katie
Friday:  3:30pm CrossFit Class w/ Coach BK
Friday:  5:30pm Magna 101 Class w/ Coach Marcus

This year, we will have judges and equipment available for Open workouts at the following times:
Thursday:  6:00 - 6:45pm
Friday:  4:30 - 6:30 pm
Saturday:  10:00 - 12:00pm
Sunday:  9:00 - 11:00 am

If those times do not work for you, other times will be available by appointment. We want this to be a fun and successful experience for you. Please talk to your coaches if you have any questions or concerns.

The 2017 CrossFit Games OPEN at CrossFit Magna

The CrossFit Open is starts next week!
Have you registered?
Did you select CrossFit Magna as your affiliate?
If you need help with the registration process please let us know. 

In the meantime, here is what we think you should know... 

1) We are encouraging athletes to complete the Open Workout on Friday night at 4:30 and 5:30pm and/or Sunday from 9-11am. If you know you don't workout well on Friday nights and can't make it on Sundays, there will also be Open Gym on Saturday from 10am-12pm.

2) During our normal class times, Open WODs must be done in the extra work area on the 2nd timer with your own judge. Coaches have a responsibility to their classes. We want you to achieve whatever goals you have set for the Open but with the understanding that not all of our friends and fellow athletes are participating in the Open and still need to train. 

3) We will provide you with a warm-up and strategy. The plan for 2017 is similar to last year. We will watch the announcement show on Thursday night and then run 1 heat of the workout. This will give the coaches a chance to experience the WOD and provide our athletes with better insight on pacing and set-up. We have been through this 6 times and each year we learn a little more. If you have questions, ask us. We want you guys to enjoy this experience as much as possible. If we learn something new during the first week or two this year, we will adjust as we go.

4) We will have a 30 minute Yoga session on Thursday nights at 7:00 immediately following the announcement watch party and 1 heat of the Open WOD. If this later time does not work with your schedule, we encourage you to consider your pursuit of elite mobility via the free Sunday yoga classes at Lululemon or a subscription to ROMWOD.

#purplepeople #chasinggreatness


February Athlete Spotlight



How long have you been doing Crossfit?
I have been doing Crossfit for a total of 2 years but very sporadically due to illness and not finding the right box with the right people. No one could handle my craziness!

What is your favorite thing about Crossfit?
I really love the daily challenges of each workout and each individual movement. All of the WODs have been a challenge for me to become a better version of myself than I was before I walked in the door. I have always been an athlete, but I never did movements like these and seen such improvements.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
A happier version of Winnie the Pooh, I just really love honey. I have so many pictures of baby Kirsten wearing almost everything Winnie the Pooh, until middle school!

What can you never leave home without?
Hydroflask and my Jeep keys <3

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
For this week, I would have to say all of the PRs but mainly my butterfly pullups. It felt so good to have tried them and actually felt comfortable doing them. For once, I didn’t feel like a flopping fish out of water doing pull ups.

What inspires you?
Just kidding, kind of… My students and my family, typical teacher answer, some days I come to Magna after having a really hard day. During the WODs, I try to either reflect or forget about the school day and the reasons it was so hard. I have found that behind my reflections I have been able to find reasons for why the day was so hard and fix it in the classroom. I have also been pushing myself to meet new PRs with the slight frustration I walk into Magna with. Overall, I absolutely love seeing my students crush goals and make so many improvements in their behaviors, problem solving skills, socials skills and communication skills. I can only imagine the excitement my family has after seeing my improvements as their daughter, sister, Aunt, future wife and daughter-in law.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
My advice is you have to be vulnerable to make the greatest achievements. You need trust yourself and push yourself. I have always been “scared” of heavy weights and large numbers but it is beside those numbers and weights that I am challenged the most and feel the strongest. I continue to struggle with the silly mental games I play besides the weights, but as soon as I tell myself “ Don’t be a b*tch, you have to try it”. The feeling of at least trying and sometimes conquering the weights is AMAZING!!!

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
I wouldn’t actually, I think I would only change the spelling so people say it right. I would change it to KURSTEN so I am not called Kristen or Kiersten.

Where’s Waldo?
On the beach, with a nice cold beer.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Gosh, this questions always get me. I really do not know. I guess talking to pets and being able to understand and speak all languages. I really love learning about all different cultures and trying to speak the native tongue… You should hear me speak Navajo!!!!! Its hilarious. Plus I want to have a thousand puppies!

-- Congratulations on the purchase of your first home Kirsten!