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Steve and Cally Vinz


Steve Vinz 

1. In general, what is your background?
My athletic background is obviously dated….however, I played high school sports (baseball, basketball, and football), college sports (baseball), ran 2 marathons (Grandma’s Marathon and Twin Cities Marathon), ran several 10K’s, and biked a couple of centurions.

2. Age, occupation?

58, Sr. Program Manager (IBM).

3. How did you get to know about CrossFit, how did you start?

I was introduced to CrossFit Progression by our son Shawn and his fiancé Staci back in November, 2011.  I started CrossFit by taking the Beginners Class with my wife Cally.

4. How has CrossFit changed your life, life style, level of fitness?

Joining the CrossFit Progression community has been a life changing experience for me.  Thanks to all the CrossFit members and coaches who have welcomed me, never making me feel out of place, out of shape, or too old.  While focusing on family and career, exercising and fitness took a back seat.  I became overweight, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and had a stroke at age 56.  After 4 months of Crossfit I’ve lost 30 inches and maintained a 50 pound weight loss.  I really can’t wait to get to the gym every day….staying fit and working on my fitness goals are a priority.

5. Name one goal or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.

I competed in the Crossfit Open this year.  My goals for the next 12 months are to improve my position in the Open and to be able to do consecutive (not scaled) toes-to-bar, chest-to-bar, double unders and hand stand push-ups.  I also want to improve my weight lifting skills….they’re terrible.

6. Favorite CrossFit moment?

Being able to complete my first kipping pull-up, even though it was with a green band.

7. What do you like most about CrossFit CFP

I get a sense that CFP is more than just a gym….a place to workout.  It’s a team….a community.  A group of people who all have a common goal of leading a healthier, fit life style.  A group of people who encourage, support and motivate you regardless of your fitness level or age.  I really appreciate having the coaches available to push and motivate me.  And offer guidance on how to do a movement correctly.

8. Favorite WOD?

Any WOD that doesn’t involve weight lifting.

9. Favorite movement?


10. Least favorite movement?


11. Favorite food?

I’m kind of a meat and potato guy.

Cally Vinz 

1. In general, what is your background?
I have always been active and have had periods (years at a time) when I worked out consistently.  I have always struggled with keeping my weight down, that was always my motivation for working out.  I’ve tried just about everything, gyms, classes, running, biking and working out at home.

2. Age, occupation?

I’m 55, a nurse and Vice President of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.

3. How did you get to know about CrossFit, how did you start?

I learned about CrossFit from my son Shawn and his fiancé Staci in 2011.  I came to observe a Throw Down in the Fall and was hooked.  I decided I was going to join right then.  I started with the beginner class and intended to stay in it for a few months but was “kicked up” to the regular classes after 4 weeks.  I didn’t think I was ready but Alex (the coach) had more faith in me than I had in myself — and he was right, I was ready.

4. How has CrossFit changed your life, life style, level of fitness?

I am more fit at 55 than I have been for over 20 years but one of the biggest changes for me is that I don’t weigh myself every day.  Weight is no longer my focus – for the first time in my life, fitness, a healthy lifestyle and how I feel is my focus.

5. Name one goal or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.

I want to do pull ups with no bands!  I want to see muscle definition in my arms (no more double arm wave).   I would also like to finish in the top 25% of the Masters division in the open next year.

6. Favorite CrossFit moment?

Every time I accomplish a skill or movement I couldn’t previously do, or didn’t think I could do.

I also love watching someone else do the same.   It’s always that same huge grin and celebration.

7. What do you like most about CrossFit CFP

I love the team / community feel.  I really appreciate that the coaches don’t let me get away with slacking and always scale things to accommodate my arthritis and my fitness level or my age.  I also appreciate how the other athletes push and encourage me, I need this, otherwise I give in too easily.  They don’t let me use my age as an excuse. This is a lifestyle for me, not a gym membership.

Crossfit Progression attracts good people with common values and I really enjoy getting to know all of them.

8. Favorite WOD?

The one I just finished.  It always feels so good after I’m done (well, many minutes after I’m done).  I love the ones that bring me to the edge of the puke threshold.

9. Favorite movement?
Weight lifting (I love to be surprised at how much I can lift) and kipping pull-ups (still with a band but working on that).

10. Least favorite movement?

Box jumps still scare me – dumb thing is I can stack plates that high and do fine.

11. Favorite food?

Raspberries, not because they’re Paleo but because they’re just so good.

A.  Kelly 

5 Rounds AFAP 

400M Run 

30 x Box jumps @ 24inch/20inch 

30 x Wallballs @ 20lb/14lb 

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12 Responses
  1. Brandon

    -DNF, and not happy about it, this is one of my favorites.
    My knee wasn’t taking the beating of the run/box jump/wall ball combo. It’s been bugging me lately, should have taken the day off.
    Did some mobility to fill the rest of the time.

  2. Shawn

    19:58 Rx, fun workout and a good one to keep increasing my engine, which feels pretty small right now. 17sec PR so pretty happy about that.

  3. Jen Brickley

    29:09. 16″ box and 10 lb wall ball. Started out thinking I would probably only do 3 rounds, but did all 5 🙂

  4. Cally Vinz

    24:43, step ups instead of jumps. It was great to work out with my friend Sue — she did awesome and finished all 5 rounds.

  5. Jim Sorum

    I’d take Fran any day or that. But, it does prove the universal Crossfit axiom: the easier it looks on paper the tougher it is in real life. I actually thought I might puke and that was only round 2

  6. Staci

    Oly Lifting
    WOD: 25:59 (400m row, 30 step-ups @ 20″, 30 wallballs @ 14#) I’m really getting sick of rowing, especially today. Wall balls felt good, that 14# is feeling lighter.
    100 GHD SIt-ups

  7. jen

    WOD: 400 m row, 30 side steps at stair height (15 each leg) with goal of strengthening medial and lateral ligaments, 30 wall balls, minus the squat – so wallball push presses at 14#, 23:04. Good stuff.

  8. Jessica

    For a total time of 28:22 I did rowing, slam balls, and wall balls…..good to be back after a two week hiatus, my injured leg is still giving me issues!!!

  9. rach h

    30:36 rx???? Can’t remember time right now but got super tight calves on those box jumps near the end. damn wb get me every time!