Meet Coach Molly Schull

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Coach Molly is a competitive athlete who runs marathons, competes in mountain biking and cross country skiing races, and dominates CrossFit workouts. You might know her from working out with her at the gym, or chasing her on the BTWB leaderboard.

Molly also coaches CrossFit classes and heads up our Boot Camp program. We are fortunate to have her on our team!

What is your athletic background? 

I’ve been CrossFitting for almost 2 years (time flies when you are having fun), but prior to that, I was solely an endurance junky. Running, biking, and cross country skiing are still some of my favorite hobbies outside of the gym. I did some road bike racing in college, but after a few nasty cases of road rash, I now pretty much only race on my mountain bike. If you’ve ever worked out with me, you know I’m extremely competitive, so I love to sign up for events that push me both physically and mentally.

What motivates you to coach boot campers and CrossFitters?

My undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science and I’m currently in physical therapy school, so I know how important it is to get moving. I truly believe that exercise is the best medicine, and I love to share my passion for fitness with others. The number one thing that keeps me showing up though are the people. My current boot-campers are so inspiring; the effort and drive they bring to class motivates me to bring my A game to every workout!

What is the primary goal of boot camp?

To become more awesome! But in all seriousness, we really focus on developing sound foundational movements like the squat, push-up, and kettlebell swing in bootcamp. Add in lots of different body weight exercises, and from there, the workout options are endless.

What advice would you give to someone nervous about transitioning from boot camp to CrossFit?

The hardest thing to do is show up, and since they’ve already done that (and experienced the obligatory 2-3 weeks of soreness that goes with it), transitioning to CrossFit will be a breeze. We use a lot of the same workout formats in bootcamp as they do in regular CrossFit classes, but people can expect more complex movement patterns, like olympic lifts, to be introduced. In my opinion, the best part about transitioning into CrossFit is that you get to expand your workout social scene and become a member of the awesome TwinTown family!

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Jackie (1000 m row, 50 barbell thrusters, and 30 pull-ups) because a 35 pound barbell never felt so heavy, and it almost made me cry the last time I did it.

Another Successful Boot Camp Is In The Books

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Another Boot Camp is in the books and it comes as no surprise that the stats are once again stunning.

Here is Coach Molly’s a break down of the numbers:

  • From the test on day one, the average improvement in push-ups was an increase of 8 per person. One person improved by 16 push-ups!
  • Six people lost a total of 12.5 inches from their waists’; an average of over 2 inches per person.
  • Six people lost a total of 7.5 inches from their hips’.
  • Everyone in the class achieved full-depth squats and proper form on kettlebell swings!

Great job boot campers! These numbers are impressive and show that all your hard work over the past six weeks has paid off.

If you are interested in realizing results like this Boot Camp class, sign up and become leaner and stronger than you could ever imagine. The fun begins July 6.

Don’t forget to enter the code “BootcampPromo” at checkout for $40 off the price.

If you’d like to learn more, our boot campers tell their stories here. (http://youtu.be/GkSfw-jE4VE)

Three Reasons I love Boot Camp

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I love coaching Boot Camp. Three times a week I get a charge you wouldn’t believe. My wife noted that I seem happier when I come home from Boot Camp and I started wondering why that would be. Here are a few reasons.

1) Cooperation over Competition

From warmup to cool down everything in Boot Camp is a cooperative, goal-directed exercise. In other words, the group has to work together to achieve something that would be impossible as individuals. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs a sense of belonging is a more fundamental need than self-esteem. Being the alpha who crushes a WOD in a CrossFit class may be great for your self esteem, but it’s also inherently isolating. In Boot Camp we cooperate and succeed together, rather than isolate ourselves through competition. That’s why Boot Campers smile and laugh, even in the middle of a workout – a deep emotional need is being met.

2) It’s a Real Team

If you’ve ever played a team sport you know what it’s like to hang with the same training cohort week after week. You become bonded with your team in a way that is frankly impossible to duplicate in a casual training environment. We never do introductions in Boot Camp because we all know each other. We have a level of familiarity which you can only get through continuous experience with a bonded training cohort. Why does this matter so much? Because as humans we are wired to show compassion and empathy to those with whom we are very familiar. Think about how powerful that is in a training environment!

3) It’s Different Fun

Because barbell competency is not a priority we are free to incorporate movements that don’t exist in the CrossFit movement pool. I can tell you after 7 years in the CrossFit trenches that wall ball never becomes fun. But it is an essential part of the canon which you must practice constantly. In Boot Camp we do things like the Bulgarian split squat, the badonkadonk, foot-hand crawls, etc.. I draw from MovNat, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Yoga, CrossFit, gymnastics, RKC, and more to make a training experience that is truly varied, incredibly challenging, massively rewarding, and fun.

We have just a few spots left in our April 14 Boot Camp. If you want to get in on this, sign up here.