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Fitness Within Reach

A Level 2 CrossFit trainer gets you strong and fit in a safe, stability-focused class. Our Fitness Within Reach program is CrossFit minus the competition and "that crazy stuff."

  • YOU are the boss of your self-talk

    After author Jill Bolte Taylor had a brain hemorrhage (stroke) in her thirties, she got very good at being patient with herself. She didn’t have much choice–she had lost most of her left-brain verbal skills, including that incessant self-chatter. You know what I mean, right? The mental voice that keeps reciting a to-do list when you are tired, sick, or... Read more →

  • Strength training for an endurance event: Yes!

    You can and should train for strength even if you’re training for an endurance event. Our trainee of seven months, Erin N, is doing the RAMROD bike ride next summer — that’s “Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day.” She found out at a metabolic testing session that her cardio capacity is average for her age. What should she do? Can... Read more →

  • “Push yourself!” “Listen to your body.” Huh?

    “Push yourself!” “Listen to your body.” Which is it? Rather than saying “push yourself,” I say “practice consistently to develop discipline.” Discipline means you’ll find yourself preparing for, and doing, an activity without thinking much about whether you feel like doing it. Exercise regulary so that you develop discipline around it. Then you’ll be able to depend on yourself to... Read more →

  • Learn to lift weights like you would learn to swim

    Would you tell someone not to start swimming for exercise because they might get injured or drown? More likely, you’d suggest they take some swim lessons. But if you say you’re going to start lifting, someone will exclaim that it’s too risky. What many people don’t know is that lifting weights is something you can easily be taught how to do. You wouldn’t... Read more →