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What People Are Saying (part 1)

I thought about titling this, "What Yelp Doesn't Want You to Know" but instead of bashing Yelp, I wanted to really highlight all of the great reviews that Yelp is not currently sharing. We currently have 30 reviews that are not "recommended" by Yelp so this will be a multi part blog entry.

"I was visiting from out of town and wanted to get a WOD in. Stopped by the early morning class, the box is first class all the way around. Very nice and friendly owner, great members and great equipment. I had a great workout and everyone made me feel welcome."
  - Duane O, Boise ID (1/28/2018)

"My husband and I dropped in over the holidays and had a great experience. The coaches were very welcoming and had good programing. Will definitely drop in again."
  - Susan R., San Francisco, CA (1/9/2018)

"My wife and I traveled from Middle Tennessee to the Phoneix/Scottsdale area on our Fall Break with our two boys. We have been doing CrossFit for about a year now and we always here people in our Box talking about traveling and doing a "drop in" to a box when you are on the road. This place was awesome. We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door and they had a place to the side where the kids could play while we got in a work out. Great gym, great atmosphere, and great group of people here. We will certainly be back when in the area."
  - Eugene S., Murfreesboro, TN (12/5/2017)

"Welcoming coaches that are eager to help athletes of all levels. Coaches are great at scaling workouts to all abilities. Very impressed how they keep a close eye on all their athletes and offer plenty of instruction. Family friendly gym with a great atmosphere."
  - John S., Scottsdale, AZ (7/8/2017)


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March Recipe of the Month

Garlic Spaghetti Squash
     From the kitchen of

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • ​2 ​tablespoons olive oil
  • ​S​alt
  • ​B​lack pepper
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ​2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot​
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut spaghetti squash length-wise and scrape the seeds out with a spoon
  3. Brush the inside of the squash halves with 1 tbsp oil (1/2 tbsp each) and season generously with salt and pepper
  4. Place the halves face up on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes, or until tender when poked with a fork. Then, remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to touch.
  5. Use a fork to scrape the inside of the squash, creating spaghetti-like strands. Set aside.
  6. Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until lightly brown (about 3 minutes).
  7. ​Turn off heat, add cheese and reserved spaghetti squash to the pan. Use tongs to evenly coat.
  8. ​Enjoy!​
Note: If you want to use this as a main course instead of a side dish, just add protein! Ground turkey, lean ground beef, chicken sausage, shrimp, salmon or chicken (grilled, baked, rotisserie) are all great options.
​To have extras for later and/or use as the base of a meal, consider cooking 2 spaghetti squashes at the same time.
Nutrition: Per serving (about 1/4 of recipe): 3g carb, 3g protein, 8g fat - 96 calories 

I Don't Want to Look Like That

"CrossFit is not for me. All the women (men) look like..."

Have you ever said this? Maybe one of your friends or co-workers has said this to you. If your only exposure to CrossFit is what is shown on ESPN or CBS Sports then you have the wrong idea about CrossFit. What you need to understand is that CrossFit games athletes are professional athletes. They are the .001%. They are genetically blessed and they work really really hard. These athletes work out 4-6 hours a day, 6-7 Days a week. Most work with nutritionists and adhere to a diet that supports their training volume. I can assure you that this is not what goes on in an affiliate on a day to day basis. The majority of the members at CrossFit Magna train 1 hour a day, 3-5 Days a week. Most eat healthy, not strict, diets focused on real food. And you know what, they look amazing.

CrossFit is famous for saying all ages and all skill levels but what doesn’t get said as often is all body types and all fitness goals. We are a community of open minded people who all have different goals. We believe that by working together in a supportive environment, we are more likely to achieve these goals. Some people are here to lose weight. Some people are here to get stronger. Some people want to be more active so they can keep up with the kids or grand kids. Others want to run a half marathon or complete a Tough Mudder.

CrossFit Magna is focused on helping people achieve their goals, whatever they might be. Our program is focused on general physical preparedness. We believe that our workouts, when paired with the proper nutrition, will help you find a better physical expression of your body. We are all built differently. We have different bone structures. We gain muscle differently. We carry fat in different places. Embrace who you are and and focus on things that are within your control. Do this, and you will be a much happier, healthier person. 

At CrossFit Magna, we like to say you should surround yourself with people who look, move and live the way that you want to look, move and live. This means that you probably won’t look like our athletes when you walk through the door on the first day. You might not be able to do a pull-up or an overhead squat. In fact, most of our athletes have been CrossFitting for more than 2 years so you probably won't look or move like them after the first few months. Don't be discouraged. Instead, be encouraged by their progress. Be encouraged that so many of them have found a program that they are committed to and that has produced real results. Change takes time and consistent behavior. Most importantly, change takes change. If you never start, you will never change. Come see what it feels like to be the best version of you. 

Family. Health. Fitness.

March 2018 Athlete Spotlight

Michael Stauffer

What sports did you play in youth or college?
Baseball and soccer when I was a youngling, but ice hockey had my heart when the Coyotes came to town. Played that up until high school.

How has crossfit changed your life?
It’s helped me live a healthier lifestyle and become more knowledgeable about weightlifting. I used to not like lifting weights because I felt so lost in what to do or how to do it, so I love the structure and variety of the WODs. Looking back and seeing where I started and where I am now has motivated me to educate myself and be mindful on how to live a more physically and mentally health life.

What was your last text message?

Rent reminder text from my landlord….I know Mr. Popular, right.

What celebrity do you get mistaken for?
No one has ever told me…the suspense is killing me!

If you had to choose your last meal, what would it be?
Baked ziti in a bread bowl

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Putting myself through college. It was hard and extremely stressful at times, but it taught me a lot about how to manage my life and establish good financial habits.

What inspires you?
Genuine enthusiasm in what you do.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
Ask questions and practice good form in the beginning. Establishing solid technique right off the bat will only accelerate your progress as you become stronger. The speed and efficiency will come so be patient, and you’ll know when to hit it hard. Seeing that confetti rain down on SugarWOD after a repeat WOD is one of the most satisfying feelings.

If you owned a laundromat, what would you name it?
The Tumble Dry Club

Name 3 things you always have in the fridge?
Eggs, Greek yogurt, and kit kats

What’s your favorite saying?
The greatest battles are fought on one square foot of real estate, your mind.

How do you take your coffee?
Black with sugar