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17.5 is a wrap! Congratulations to all who completed The CrossFit Open!  For many it was a first time experience, and we applaud you! Many of us walked away with PR’s and even learned a few new things about ourselves. Whether it was pushing your strengths or confronting weaknesses, or realizing how to break down a WOD it was a great experience all around.

17.5…Bam! One thing we can all agree on, is that it’s not an open without double unders! We all knew double unders had to make an appearance!  Some breezed through like a walk in the park, others whipped themselves crazily or were spinning singles.  Regardless how you approached the double unders, rx or scaled, 17.5 did not disappoint.  It was a shoulder buster, a quad killer, and a heart pumper, especially if you didn’t take rests.If you were new to CrossFit you may have thought this was going to be an easy one. If you’re an experienced crossfitter than you knew better- whenever it looks easy it’s too good to be true! Every athlete’s strength, endurance, and mental capacity was tested. It brought us together; cheering, encouraging, and pushing each other beyond limits. Below are just of few of those moments captured forever in time.

The Valkyrie Staff would like to thank everyone for their participation.  Without you, none of this happens.  Every ONE of you contribute to our great community that continues to forge greatness within these walls and within ourselves.

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The Whole Life Challenge has come to an end and as always, it was a complete success! But it wasn’t easy by any means.

Rene Lynn, who has participated in the Whole Life Challenge three times, said that the hardest part is always the meal prep and portion control, but once you get the hang of it, it pays off!

“I’ve seen myself focus more on water intake as well as trying to make better choices with nutrition.”

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This was Krystina Falzon’s first time participating and she doesn’t regret it one bit.

She says, “The easiest part has been joining a community of people who are welcoming and motivating. Other gyms just don’t compare.”

Kim Klami, also was a first timer and completely agrees with Rene saying, “My schedule is crazy so it’s hard to keep up with nutrition.” But she also says that being accountable for the 7 daily habits has helped her stay organized and conscious of her time management.

Ariana Gailie says that she would most definitely do the Whole Life Challenge for a second time. She has seen changes in my body that I wasn’t expecting. “Eliminating wheat and sugar was really hard and now I don’t feel well when I do make allowances for things outside of the nutrition guidelines.”

This Friday at 8pm, the members of WLC are going to be celebrating their success. BUT we are also going to have food and beer ( of course) to celebrate the beginning of the 17.5, aka-the LAST of the US Open!!! We can’t believe that it is coming to a close. We are sure you all have thought this may have been the most difficult and physically demanding few weeks of your life, but we want to voice how awesome you guys have done and also encourage you to FINISH STRONG!!

So don’t forget to come to the box this Friday evening and celebrate with us!