Our Community is Growing!

As you all know, we have been implementing the Ticker Training philosophy into our daily programming for the past year, and many of you have noticed the results. I’m so excited to announce that Ticker is expanding into the former space of Level 10 Fitness. (4109 Jackson Rd.)

Our fitness programs at CrossFit TreeTown will continue to guide members to pursue long-term health through sustainable, heart rate–based fitness within an inclusive, supportive community. We strive to use and teach health and fitness as avenues for living the fullest, most joy-filled life possible.

Our goal, as always, is to provide a fitness community based on Fitness, Health and Happiness. If you haven’t already, please like and follow our Ticker Training Facebook page and Instagram (@tickertraining) to see how we expand and grow our services to better suit your needs.


Scale is Not a Bad Word

Here Kate and Max talk about what it means to scale a workout, and why Rx really means nothing….



GOAT or Goal Oriented Aerobic Training- is the part of CrossFit that not only can make you a better Cross-Fitter but can also make you better adapted for all aspects of life. We use longer efforts, 45 minuets to an hour, to train the aerobic system to grow and respond and to work in ways that help sustain training, movement, and play across broad time.

Biking, rowing, running and skiing, paired with some weights, body weight and gymnastics movements allow the body to grow and learn to be efficient while at work and also at rest; it helps build an engine and metabolism that will keep burning and working and adapting.

There are no beginners and no masters, every athlete can benefit from training and refining the aerobic system to be as efficient as possible. As an ever growing, expanding, and changing system, the aerobic training GOAT offers will never reach peak but always expand the top end of possibility.

Katherine Caines


Your Health and Fitness is Not a Commodity

Your health and fitness is not a commodity to be purchased.

Your health is yours, you own it, you always have, maybe it’s just been neglected? Sorry to break this to you but there is no get healthy quick plan for your health.

There is no recharge, reset, jumpstart or finding your health through fitness.  The fact is your health takes dedication to a lifestyle of being active, and eating well, for extended periods through time.

In the health and fitness world, if someone is promising you a 6-pack in 6-weeks, a beach bod in a box, or a new you challenge to make you happy and healthy, beware, they are selling you something. The 6 week programs that sell “lean muscle guarantees” or to “lose belly fat fast” are nothing more than a health kick and fad that are destined to fail.

Exercising, and eating right, day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year, for the pure health of it is the only way to take control of your health!

You already own your health and it can’t be sold to you; your fitness and health are not a commodity to buy, they are yours, you already own them, and it’s yours, yours alone, no one else can do this for you.

In today’s sedentary world, we humans need to make time to move, the same way we take time to eat and sleep. The true value and health benefits gained from getting your heart pumping through movement and exercise, are well documented.

How your body looks in the mirror is a reflection of the attention you have given to your health and fitness. It is a byproduct of how well you have, or have not been taking care of it. It was given to you to help you move through life, the choice is yours how you decide to care for it.

Your health is yours, you own it, take control, get up, get moving, get healthy, today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, always……


Before and After TreeTown Style

This video shows how building control and stability in your Olympic lifts will help you reach new PRs and avoid injury.

Laura is a TreeTown member who had been lifting with us for about three months in the video on the left. She performed this lift at one of the mock Oly meets our Barbell Club holds. While Laura came to us with raw strength and capability, she lacked the stability and control in her form to achieve heavier lifts. As you can see in the video on the right, her dedication to the TreeTown coaching she received resulted in impressive improvements and results!


The Importance of a Proper Warm-Up

The best way to warm up for a squat is to squat, the best way to get ready for a clean is to clean, the best way to get ready to run is to run, the best way to get ready to do pull-ups it to–you get the idea.

If your warm-up does not include any of the movements that are part of the task at hand, then you are warming up improperly. The best way to prepare you for the day’s effort is to do reps–lots and lots of reps–beforehand at a slower speed, lighter weight, or from different positions. During this preparation phase, it is important to get the blood pumping and to refine technique and movement patterns. Your warm-up is every bit as important as the workout, and so it should be taken just as seriously, and you should be just as attentive. Movement patterns are being set, confidence is being built, and your focus here can determine the day’s results.

You can do all the stretching, mobility, banded stretching, banded mobility you like, but if you are not doing multiple reps before your workout, you may be leaving results on the table. Or inviting injury.

Follow Coach Claire as she works with members during the general warm-up to get the blood pumping, and through the skill-specific warm-up to improve technique, ensure safety, and build your confidence for the day’s workout.


Squat Therapy With Amanda

At CrossFit TreeTown we believe that a good air squat is the key to success, both in and out of the gym! Take a few minutes to follow along as we show the progress Amanda makes with the help of a coach.  We are committed to our members success, even if that means being relentless in our standards and expectations of what they are capable of!



Jenn’s CrossFit Journey “Becoming Better”

Here at CrossFit TreeTown we have incredible athletes, but not everyone starts out that way. When people talk with me about starting CrossFit, I quite often hear ” I need to get in-shape before I start coming to CrossFit.” I usually chuckle a bit at this because getting you “in-shape” is what we do here. It’s akin to saying, “I’m too dirty to take a shower”.

From time to time, I ask people to share their CrossFit story with me, and I thought I would share Jenn’s inspirational journey with everyone!! If Jenn would have waited to come to CrossFit until she got “in-shape”, I question whether she ever would have started? We are certainly glad we could help her get “in-shape”.

For reference, I put “in-shape” in quotations because what does that really mean? You can define that in so many ways that I will not even begin to address it, because we all have individual goals and determination of what fitness means. I put “in-shape” in quotations, for the same reason we put the term “fun” in quotations here at TreeTown. We all have our own definition of “fun”, or being “in-shape”. We are training at TreeTown to become better, whatever that means for you. The foundation for becoming “better” here at TreeTown is to work towards becoming fit, healthy and happy individuals!

Jenn points out in her story below, as Arthur Ashe said, it’s the decision to simply “start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”


Jenn’s Journey

There are so many benefits to Crossfit that have been written, but the most important are the ones that benefit you as an individual. At Crossfit Treetown, two stand out in my mind and they are bookends. At the beginning, it’s the ability to scale each and every exercise no matter WHAT your fitness level is. At the other end, it’s the fact that you can ALWAYS improve and work towards new goals. The constant thread throughout that journey has been the exceptional training I’ve found in Max Finkbeiner and the trainers at TreeTown, and the amazing community of supportive and fun people who make going to the gym such an enjoyable part of the day.

For me, I started my journey toward health as a very sick, weak and emotionally broken individual. Having my mom die suddenly from preventable illnesses woke me up to the future that lay before me if I didn’t make the necessary changes in my life.

Beginning to restore my health through a fantastic nutrition program, with Dr. Jenn’s Nutrition Response Testing, at Lakeland Chiropractic, I then began crossfit over 2 years ago. I had NEVER been an athlete and had never done any of the things I’d seen in all the crossfit videos. To say I was intimidated would be putting it mildly. I was 44 years old and I could hardly run, I couldn’t squat, jump rope or pick up a 10 pound ball. It was incredibly discouraging at first, but Max wouldn’t let me give up on myself. I had to choose to keep coming and I had to get comfortable with failing and trying again. But finishing each class was accomplishment of its own.

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Nutrition and crossfit go hand in hand and it’s like iron sharpening iron. I became healthy, lost 70 pounds, put on at least 10 pounds of muscle and transformed my body, overcame lifetime asthma, stopped taking 3 medications I’d been on for 30 years and completely overhauled my lifestyle in those two years. It’s gradual progress that has now become a way of life because of the baby steps, support and encouragement.

Something happens to you when you conquer fears and accomplish things you never imagined you could do. You become the confident person that you always wished you could be. That confidence and belief in myself transferred into my job performance, my personal relationships and my community life. You want to do more, to try more and to become MORE. Not perfect, but progress. In 2014, I completed two triathlons for the first time and did my first crossfit competition! Remember that I couldn’t even RUN a driveway without stopping to catch my breath!

Real change is possible and the promise of your best life for yourself and those you love is one decision away. As Arthur Ashe said, it’s the decision to simply “start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

It was that decision that changed the path of my life forever and for which I cannot express enough gratitude. I love my Treetown family.


How Many Did You Get?

What are you really asking when you ask someone, “How many did you get?” or, “What was your time?”

We ask this for many reasons.

As a coach, I ask to get a pulse on how your training is coming along. I ask to find out if you felt you had a good workout or not. I ask to see how you are progressing.

Sometimes we ask to see how we compare. As an athlete, it gives me a guide to my fitness on that day. It may be a day I felt exceptionally good, or I may have felt like I was working harder than I thought I should. Asking can help me determine if I am tired or over trained.

If I ask you, it should not be about whether I beat you or you beat me. Yes, one of those two things happened but it does not mean anything more than that, and it gives no more value to me or my effort.

When you ask someone how they did, is it to give yourself validation? Comparing yourself to others may be the wrong mindset and will certainly lead to disappointment. Doing this uses the other person for motivation. That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself and others just so you can feel good about yourself and your workout.

I promise you, there is always someone faster, stronger, or better, unless maybe your name is Rich Froning.

Let’s be fair. Asking someone how many they got almost always leaves someone disappointed, either you or the person you are asking.

Real enJOYment comes from the process, not just the result.

There is a time and a place for racing and comparing. If you ask someone how they did because you were racing them, you may want to make sure that the other person knows they were in a race! That way it’s more fun for both of you!


Training Vs. Racing: Embrace the Difference

Competition and racing during workouts have always been part of the CrossFit culture, and always will be. This is one of the many tools CrossFit uses to get the most out of its athletes.

The problem is when it becomes the most important tool for the athlete or coach. There is a time for racing and a time for training. It is important to know which you are doing. Training has a purpose, a purpose greater than your final rep count or time. Yes, at the end of the workout you will have a time or total rep count, but these are just reflections of your training.

For example, you want to improve your Fran time, but there are many things that need work. It could be that you are working on the speed of the reps, doing the thrusters or pull-ups unbroken, or doing butterfly pull-ups as opposed to kipping pull-ups. Dedication to any one of these on a given day could be something that slows down your overall time. You may have to sacrifice your time for improvement in specific areas of your fitness. To become a better overall athlete, it may mean a slower time for this day’s training.

Another example would be moving better and beyond competition standards. Even though squatting just below parallel meets our competition standards, it does not mean we should train this way. Our goal should be to train to our full range of motion. Shortening the range of motion for the sake of competition on a training day is not helping your overall fitness. Again, there is a time and a place for squatting just below parallel, but not on a daily basis in the gym. It is reserved for special days of competition.

Keep in mind there are days when racing is the purpose of training, and your goal for that training day is to get as many reps as possible. Some days it is all about the amount of work of which you are capable on that given day. At TreeTown we call these test days or benchmarks.

We want you to be aware of what the day’s training goals are. Often times that means slowing down a bit, and to have a training goal for the day!

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