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"Deck of cards"

As a team of four, grab a deck of cards and shuffle them.  Face cards are worth 10 reps, aces are worth 11, and all numbered cards are worth their value in reps.  Flip a card over and perform the specified movement and number of reps before flipping the next card.  Two members of the team perform a flipped card together as the other two members rest.  Cycle through the whole deck for time.

Hearts = dumbell snatch, 40#/25#
Diamonds = chest to bar pull-ups
Spades = burpees
Clubs = toes to bar
Jokers = team 400m run

Come join us at 10am for this WOD and post times and teams to comments.

Matt, aka M.J. is gratful for overhead squats

It is very easy to get wrapped up in the daily happenings of our lives.  All the things that are happening right now are of extreme importance and consequence.  We do it so often now that it's a habit.  There are those special days that special people remind us of why we love what we do and why life is worth the journey.  Today we am truly grateful.  Our life would not be the same without all of you.  You have truly changed us forever.  We thank you all for the big and little things you do everyday that make our lives better, happier and all around more worth living - Matt and Cherie.

Things we are grateful for and make our lives better:

  • Our athletes, yes you.  ALL of you!
  • Eachother
  • Our family
  • Dogs (Bosley in particular)
  • The community that surrounds us  
  • Great overhead squats and dumbells
  • Lululemon
  • Chalk
  • Weightlifting shoes
  • CrossFit, Dr. Sears and the Zone diet (really this is true)
  • Buddy Lee jump ropes
  • Almond butter
  • Bars that don't bend and have good whip
  • Ben and Jerry's (cheat days wouldn't be the same without them)
  • From the Verve ladies: "Workouts that make the boys take their shirts off".
  • War paint
  • Zac's socks
  • Colorado's 300 days of sunshine
  • Wallballs that are evenly weighted
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Love
  • Mountains that ask to be climbed, skied, hiked…
  • And did we mention all of you?

Happy Thanksgiving!



  1. Alan :

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Anna and I are so very thankful for EACH and EVERYONE of you in our lives! We truly love our Verve Family! Matt and Cherie…What can we say! You have sincerely changed our lives! Hope you all have a wonderful Turkey Day with your family and friends!

  2. Jeff aka Cue Ball :

    Happy Turkey Day Verve! I’m thankful for the days that pukie doesn’t visit me on killer WODs and the beautiful sweat angels that are left after every workout! Finally, that CFHQ is coming to Iraq to give me the opportunity to receive my Cert 1.

  3. I am so thankful for the entire CrossFit crew.
    First, though, I want to say that I am so entirely grateful for Elizabeth getting me into CrossFit. She is one of those people who can witness the ugliest side of someone and know that there are reasons behind it and help figure out how to fix. Elizabeth has been there for me through thick and really effing thin and never blinked an eye. She is truly one of my best friends. I’m so glad she shared the CrossFit experience with me. Some people might’ve wanted to keep it to themselves, as their own haven. She wanted to share and I’m forever thankful she did. I’ve come to learn that it’s the CrossFit way.
    And to that, I can’t imagine a better group of people. I’d have never imagined that I would gain a such great group of friends throughout this process of getting healthier. I don’t think you’ll ever fully understand how much respect I have for each and every one of you.
    Though I’m always extremely appreciative, I still feel somewhat awkward when people acknowledge how much I’ve lost or how I look. That’s because I spent so many years hiding and feeling unworthy that it’s difficult for me to hear it and even more believe that it’s true. It’s weird. I’m working on that. It has every bit to do with me and nobody else. I often feel like I might come across weird in my responses when paid a compliment. If that’s the case, please be patient with me, I’m working on it :).
    I’ve spent the majority of my life feeling unworthy for a variety of reasons so it’s difficult to really believe good things about how I look. Just like I find it hard to believe the size pants I’m fitting into. Wha?
    It’s freakin’ CRAZY to me. I know I’ve worked really hard but my eyes (and brain) sometimes still see the old body in the mirror and the size on the label doesn’t jive with that. I think there is a span of time with great weight loss where a person is in between identities. I’m in that stage right now. Not really sure what to say sometimes, not really trusting that it’s all real. I’m getting there though.
    I have a ways to go on how much I want to lose but I couldn’t imagine a better group of friends to do it with. You simply are irreplaceable and you should know that you are every bit of incredible. I love you guys and I rave about you at every opportunity. I am proud to call you my friends and thankful that you’re in my life.

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