Masters Invitational

This is a great opportunity for the Master’s group to shine; this event is for all ages over 40!  The environment is supportive and electrifying.  All athletes with a competitive edge and prescribed loads will benefit from this competition.  In addition, we take pride in helping all individuals feel comfortable by scaling to your needs.  This event takes place the weekend prior to the Masters online regional qualifier.  Good way to prep to see where you are at in relation to other athletes in your region!

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Strength on Our Streets

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Ladies Night at Notch 8!

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Ladies Night In
Tuesday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm 
Location: Crossfit Notch 8
Do you have any old clothes your wanting to toss? Bring them in and exchange with the gals. Any remaining items will be taken to Wheeler Mission.
We will also be taking donations of toys and books for Jill to take with her to Africa. Please choose durable items.
Wine will be served and we will have some vendors available for shopping such as Stella and Dot. All the proceeds will go toward the mission field. Come our for a fun night with the ladies and bring your friends!!


Bubba Watson is one of the most controversial pro-golfers of our time. But there are few things about Bubba Watson many don’t know.

Bubba Watson believes in God. And if you meet him in person, you’ll quickly learn that he’s unashamed to tell you so.

But Watson doesn’t claim to be a perfect Christian. In a recent interview, the two-time Masters Tournament winner admitted to many shortcomings and personal failures throughout his life and career. Watson shared that many of his life’s deepest struggles are what caused him to turn to Christ.

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Athletes of the Month: Trisha and Kevin Miller

What is your fitness background?

Trisha- Mostly sports…..I played volleyball, basketball and tennis in high school.

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Kevin- Sports too…..I played basketball and baseball but also enjoy running.


How long have you been doing CrossFit?

We both have been doing Crossfit for almost 3 years!!


What or who got you started in CrossFit or how did you learn about CrossFit?

Trisha- I worked with Jill for several years in the NICU at Riley Hospital and she convinced me to come try it out. This is back when it was in the Sharps’ garage.

Kevin- Trisha made me do it.


Tell us about the first time you walked into CrossFit Notch 8.

Trisha- My very first time in the garage, I remember it being freezing cold. It was just Jill, Jake and I working out. I didn’t come back for about 4 months after that!

Kevin- I remember going to the first workout and thinking that their neighbors probably think we’re crazy. We were doing inchworms down the sidewalk.


What was your first CrossFit workout like and what did you think about it?

Trisha- I honestly don’t remember what it was, just that it was cold and it was the hardest thing I’d ever done.

Kevin- All I remember were the thrusters

Trisha- We can’t leave out the infamous 5K that Jake made us run in the freezing rain, and below freezing temps!


What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?

Trisha- When the WOD is over! Just kidding….I love the people, and accomplishing things that I didn’t think I could do. It’s fun to surprise yourself!

Kevin- I like the new challenges every day. You always get a chance to do different things. I also like the friendships developed.


What surprised you about CrossFit?

Trisha- How much I liked Olympic lifting once I tried it.

Kevin- Accomplishing things I didn’t know I could do. I used to never be able to do many pull ups. Now I do a whole WOD with them.
Why Notch 8?

Trisha- Because we have the best coaches and members!

Kevin- agree with Trisha
What is your most noted CrossFit accomplishment or achievement to date?

Trisha- I would have to say competing in the GLOC. It’s scary to get out there in front of a big crowd, but it was more fun than I anticipated it would be. Plus, we had a lot of support from our members.

Kevin- Riding Jake’s coat tails to win WODs for Wendy

Has CrossFit had an impact on any other part of your life?

Trisha- I love the mental clarity it gives me when I am able to attend classes regularly

Kevin- It gives me energy to work and play with my kids, without being so tired.


What is your favorite workout/movement?

Trisha- clean and jerk

Kevin- rowing/running and cleans

What is your LEAST favorite workout/movement?

Trisha- Anything on the rig is frustrating to me. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just a struggle

Kevin- Tie between burpees and thrusters

What’s the best advice you have received?

Trisha- Honestly, it’s hard to narrow it down. I love when the coaches come around and correct the little things with my form while performing complicated lifts

Kevin- Listen to your body, if something hurts then don’t force it
What’s your secret weapon in your gym bag (wraps, protein, jump rope, lifting shoes, etc.)?

Trisha- my jump rope- it’s helped me get a lot better at double unders!

Kevin- I’m au naturale…….

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

Trisha- Mexican food!!!!!!!

Kevin- sweets/candy


What motivates you?

Trisha- having more energy and a more positive attitude

Kevin- to be able to play with my kids, and to be able to coach basketball the way I want to be able to coach

Tell us about your family?

2 daughters- Grace is 11 1/2, and Claire is 9. We have a 3 month old little fur baby/monster named Nora. Kevin is surrounded by estrogen.

Tell us about your role models?

Trisha- Our gym is full of great role models, but I really look up to Esther- she is great at so many things! She has more athleticism in her pinky than I have in my whole body!

Kevin- Jesus- he’s the man!

Favorite book or movie?

Trisha- books would be Harry Potter (duh, right Jenna?) and don’t have a favorite movie- I prefer comedies

Kevin- movie would be Saving Private Ryan, and book is either All Quiet on the Western Front or It
Favorite restaurant?

Trisha- anything Mexican…..I have a major problem with queso

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What tips would you have for folks new to CrossFit and/or Notch 8?

Kevin- Don’t compare yourself to others for at least 90 days

Trisha- I agree with Kevin. It’s easy to compare yourself to others, but you can’t be the best overnight

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?

Trisha- “If you’re not first, you’re last.”

Kevin- “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

Trisha- I can be a control freak 🙁

Kevin- I am adopted (my Dad adopted me).


Fill in the Blank


I like…my life

I eat…when I’m hungry

I do…what I want

I am…my own person



I like…things to be clean!

I eat…too much cheese

I do…not enjoy cooking

I am…a fan of red wine


When things go wrong

diving fail


When things go wrong

A protocol for moving forward:

0. Double check the work to make sure that there are no other problems within it.

1. Alert the relevant parties.

2. Take responsibility for what went wrong. This doesn’t mean that you intentionally did it wrong, or that doing it right was part of your job description. It means that you know something went wrong, you’re unhappy about it, and you accept responsibility for letting it get by you and you accept responsibility for making sure it won’t happen again.

3. Apologize. Not because it’s your fault, but because the incident cost other people time or money or upset them, and you’re sorry that they have to deal with that.

4. Come up with a plan to ameliorate the impact of the problem. If you can’t come up with a plan, say so and ask for suggestions.

5. Come up with a plan to avoid the problem in the future.

6. Gather feedback.

7. Thank everyone for their patience and goodwill.

Either that, or you could hide, dissemble, blame, shuffle along, scowl, depersonalize and then move on.

Do Your Kids Know Why They Need God?

By Natasha Crain

A few months ago, my 6-year-old daughter asked a question that has had me thinking ever since:

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Mommy, why does God matter so much?

It was the most fundamental of questions, really. Yet I was embarrassingly uncertain of how to answer it in a way that meaningfully encapsulates the full answer for her. I’ve thought about the question many times since she first asked it, and it’s always bothered me that I haven’t quite been able to put my finger on how best to reply.

Meanwhile, in the last several months, I happen to have read a lot of “deconversion” stories online (testimonies from ex-Christians of why they lost their faith). It hit me just recently that there’s a theme at the end of many such stories which ultimately points back to the answer to my daughter’s question (I’ll come back to that at the end of this post):

After people recount how they lost their faith, they often conclude their story with a glib comment of how they moved on because they “didn’t need God anymore.”

This is a strange conclusion that I think betrays a lack of deeper insight.

Here’s the deal:

If God exists, we need Him. All things were created through and for Him; He is the Source and sustainer of everything by definition. Therefore, if God exists, it’s not a choice to need Him, it’s simply a fact that we do.

If God doesn’t exist, we don’t need Him. We cannot need Him. We cannot need something that doesn’t exist.

In other words, saying that you don’t need God anymore is a nonsensical conclusion. Of course you don’t need God if He doesn’t exist. And if He does exist, you can’t choose to notneed Him.

What their statement betrays, therefore, is that they had come to believe in God based on felt needs (desires) rather than on the conviction that God truly exists.

When they realized they didn’t need to believe in God to satisfy those felt needs, they simply eliminated Him from the picture and met those needs in other ways. It looks like this:


Desire and Conviction


Are Your Kids Building a Faith on Desires or Conviction?

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to inadvertently lead our kids in the dangerous direction of building a faith on felt needs rather than conviction.

I’ve noticed that deconversion stories commonly reference one of three felt needs that ex-Christians claim they don’t require God to satisfy anymore. These are instructive for us as parents, as we can see what is frequently being substituted for genuine conviction in God’s existence as the basis for belief.


Felt Need 1To be happy (Eventual revelation: “Wait! I don’t need God to be happy!”)

For some strange reason, many people subconsciously believe that in order to be happy, they need to believe in God. I say “strange,” because the Bible clearly doesn’t suggest that Jesus was in the business of making people happy or comfortable. Rather, Christians are called to a life of self-sacrifice and to follow Jesus at any cost. Responding to that call results in a Christ-centered joy, but is no promise of circumstance-centered happiness.

How parents contribute to the misunderstanding:

Let’s face it. The picture of Christianity that’s presented to kids in many churches is as rosy as punch. Lots of simple, happy songs and lessons about God’s love with an overarching tone that we all live happily ever after once we’re saved. When we fail to arm our kids with a more complete understanding of God’s nature (loving and just), the problem of evil and suffering in the world around us, and the sacrificial life we are called to live, we set them up to think being a Christian is about being happy. If the desire for happiness becomes the foundation of their belief, it’s a short step toward atheism when they realize they really canbe circumstantially happy without God.


Felt Need 2: To be a good person (Eventual revelation: “Wait! I don’t need God to be a good person!”)

Ex-Christians often recount their deconversion with a summary line to the effect of, “I realized I didn’t need a cosmic policeman to be a good person.” This is usually followed by some kind of pronouncement of freedom, as if the person had felt personally shackled to the stone tablets of the 10 Commandments their whole lives.

But atheists can behave as morally or more morally than Christians. The Bible says that God has given everyone a moral conscience, not just those who believe in Him (Romans 2:15). It should be no surprise that atheists can be nice people who make morally good decisions.

How parents contribute to the misunderstanding:

It’s simple. We focus on our kids’ behavior by default. It’s 5000 percent easier to work on our kids’ behavior than it is to work on our kids’ faith development, which requires a lot of proactive effort. When parents make faith about what happens on Sunday and don’t regularly integrate faith at home, kids can easily begin to believe that being a Christian is about being nice. If kids start building their faith on the thought that Christianity is about being a good person, it’s easy to leave Jesus behind when they realize they don’t “need” God to do that.


Felt Need 3: To find some kind of meaning in life (Eventual revelation: “I don’t need God to live a meaningful life!”)

Earlier this year, former pastor-turned-atheist Ryan Bell commented, “Life does not need a divine source in order to be meaningful. Anyone who has seen a breathtaking sunset or fallen in love with another human being knows that we make meaning from the experiences of our lives.”

To this I say, Mr. Bell, your meaning doesn’t mean much. But that aside, atheists like Mr. Bell can find some kind of personal meaning in life without believing in God.

How parents contribute to the misunderstanding:

When we’re passionate about our Christian parenting, we can fall into the trap of beating our kids over the head with the idea that our lives are “all about God.” Our lives are all about God, but if we just emphasize this summary idea repeatedly without consciously addressing the why, our kids may ultimately conclude they can craft an alternative life meaning and leave God out of the picture. Building a faith on the idea that it’s the only way you can have meaning is a dangerous path. As Christians, our lives have meaning because we believe God exists; we shouldn’t believe in God because we want to have meaning.


So Why Do We Need God?

This comes full circle to my daughter’s question: Why does God matter so much?

Because He exists.

And if He exists, we need Him. We are dependent on Him for everything.

He is our Creator and Sustainer, and we are here to fulfill His purposes. If we live as though He doesn’t exist and we don’t need Him, our lives are like a key we keep putting in the wrong lock. We may put the key in a lock that “sort of” fits and can “sort of” move the lock around, but ultimately it won’t unlock the door to our soul’s eternal purpose.

It’s critical that we make sure our kids are building a faith based on the conviction of God’s existence and not felt needs. In my next post, I’ll be telling you about a fantastic new book coming out that will help you and your kids learn more about the evidence for God. Stay tuned!

Here’s a little experiment. Ask your kids tonight, “Why does God matter so much?” or, “Why do we need God?” Seeing how they respond can give you much insight into how they’re thinking about God at this point in their lives. I’d love it if you would come back and share their responses!

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Christianity: Fantasy or Reality?

I have become convinced that, in general, people are confused about religion. Somewhere along the way, folks got it into their minds that religion was a kind of spiritual fantasy club—true for you, but not necessarily true for me. Find the club that warms your heart and meets your personal needs. Do not, however, confuse religious stories with reality. That is a different thing entirely.

Surprisingly, many Christians have been caught up in this confusion. They do not believe their beliefs are really true in any deep sense of the word. You can tell by the way they live their lives. In this month’s Solid Ground I address that confusion. I do not really argue in favor of the Christian claim about the world (as I often do).  Instead, I simply want to clarify what kind of claim we are making.

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Athletes of the Month – The Christian Family

Please join us in congratulating the Christian Family as our new Athletes of the Month! Check out their story here.

Thank you to Imaging By Christian.