Invictus Athlete's Camp at CrossFit Marysville

  • Oct 15, 2012

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    CJ Martin, owner of Invictus Fitness in San Diego, is arguably one of the best coaches in the sport of CrossFit.  He has coached several Games athletes including, but not limited to, Josh Bridges, Aja Barto, Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet, Valerie Vobril, Cheryl Brost, myself and of course the infamous Team Invictus.  Needless to say, he knows what he's doing with programming for the sport of fitness…but beyond that his heart and soul are dedicated to helping individuals be their best and achieve their goals.  CJ has developed what he calls the "Invictus Athlete's Camp".  Last season, he held two camps at his gym for his athletes.  The camps consisted of olympic lifting work with Coach B, gymnastics work with Carl Paoli, mobility work with Kelly Starrett, and mental training with Heidi Fearon.  As an athlete, having the opportunity to learn from these experts along side some of the best athletes in the world is irreplaceable.  I was able to attend both and left a better athlete each time.


    October 5th, 6th, and 7th marked the first time the Invictus Athlete's Camp has been held at a different gym than Invictus.  2011 games competitor and owner of CrossFit Marysville, Noah Pester, opened up his gym in Marysville, WA for athletes to partake in a similar experience as explained above.  This time, myself and several other of CJ's Games athletes had the opportunity to be on the other side of the camp as coaches.  Camille took on the gymnastics component.  Dutch Lowy and Cody Bergener tackled olympic lifting.  Shane Farmer taught everyone how to row properly.  Josh and I discussed mental toughness.  Nichole DeHart (a girl who does it all very well) assisted with every component.  As a team of coaches, we held a camp for a variety of athletes at different levels and I can honestly say it was one of the most fun times I've ever had coaching.


    The athletes were all very receptive to the training techniques we coached.  They all participated in discussions, asking questions, giving their input and really wanting to learn how we, as elite level athletes, approach our training, our nutrition, and our mental game.  I am honored to have been a part of the Invictus coaching staff and to have been able to share this information with athletes who have goals of making it to regionals, the games (first timers and repeats) or just being the best athletes they can be.


    If you're interested in attending a weekend like this, on November 9th, 10th, 11th we will be having another camp in San Diego at CJ's gym.  There are a few spots still open…sign up fast!


    Below are some pictures of the weekend.

    Noah Pester - the man that made the weekend happen.


    Invictus Athlete Camp Coahes (from left to right) - Dutch (hiding behind rower), Cami, Cody, Josh, myself, Nichole, CJ, Shane

    Invictus Coaches

    Prep before first workout of the weekend.

    Invictus Mobility

    Yuri smashing a heavy C&J


    Nichole and I stretching our calves (not pole dancing)

    Pole Dance

    CJ doing his thing - coaching.

    Invictus CJ

    Cami coaching gymnastics session.


    Nichole coaching proper O-lifting technique...or is she "ssssshhhhushing" this guy. ha!


    Panel of athletes/coaches for Q and A session.


    • Gravatar of Noah


      Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:55:48 AM

      Awesome weekend! If you have a chance at all to attend one of the athlete camps offered by Invictus, you won't be disappointed at all. Thanks for coming up Jenny!

    • Gravatar of Jaimie B

      Jaimie B

      Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 11:08:36 AM

      Awesome blog post Jenny - thanks!!!