Thursday 151126

Partner “Holleyman”
40 Rounds for time:
5 Wallballs
3 Strict handstand push-ups
1 Power clean, 225#(155#)

*One partner works at a time. Partner will complete a full round and then switch.

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Just a few of the many Verve athletes that competed at the Turkey Challenge last weekend.

Just a few of the many Verve athletes that competed at the Turkey Challenge last weekend.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

For several years now it has been in my weekly regiment to do Thursday’s post. Which means for several years I have found myself doing the post on Thanksgiving day. And over the years I have shared with you the things that I am most thankful for, here are a few throwbacks. . . since it is also #TBT.

In 2013 I was thankful for:

I am thankful for my orthopedic surgeon and my physical therapist. I am grateful they understood what activities I was passionate about and provided their care accordingly. I am grateful I am physically capable of doing all the activities I love and then some without pain.

I am thankful I was blessed with sweet, sweet dance moves. I am grateful I am often moved by the music and feel compelled to bust them out for all to enjoy.

I am thankful for James P. Whitmire esq. He can always be counted on to read the WOD blog and leave a comment. The jury is out as to whether or not I am always thankful for his comments, but it is always nice to know the blog is read.

In 2014 I was thankful for:

I am thankful for my work husband Eric Clancy for taking on this big challenge of being business owners with me. I truly don’t think I would have said yes to it without him.

I am thankful for my massage therapist Jason Thompson of MyaTherapy. He is the best at what he does. He keeps my muscles and joints healthy, and he relaxes my mind after I deal with Clancy all day.

And, again, just like last year, I am thankful for a Verve member that I feel I can very consistently count on to read and comment on every blog. It’s always nice to know someone is listening. Thanks James “O.G.” Whitmire, even if I’m pretty sure half the time you don’t know what you are talking about.

What am I thankful for in 2015?

The things that I’m thankful for don’t seem to change much over the years. I am always thankful for the love and support of my family, my boyfriend, and my furry child. But this year, after officially ringing in 1 full year as a co-owner at Verve, I have 3 people I am beyond words, incredibly thankful for:

Anna is one of the most caring, compassionate people I know. It goes into everything that she does. On top of that she is . . . on top of it, like always. She is offering help, she is thinking ahead, she is getting it done. Thank you for helping make my job easier.

Danni is the most heartfelt, genuine, and least selfish person I know. Which, coincidentally, pops up everyday in the work that she does. She is the first to ask “how are you?”, she is the first to ask “do you need anything?”. She constantly puts others before herself, and as a result, she too makes my job even easier.

Clancy is not the most compassionate, caring, heartfelt person I know. But I couldn’t do what I do everyday without him. Clancy is a hard worker, who gets things done when they need to be done, he doesn’t wait on anyone. I’m thankful for our partnership. Plus, whether or not he will admit it, I know he likes me a little bit because I’m the only girl he has seen cry and he didn’t run away. He third makes my job the easiest.

And, as all good things must come to an end, so does James Whitmire’s run of being on my most thankful list. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still thankful for the loud mouth, back talking lawyer, however a new Verve member has taken over the title of person I am most thankful for reading our blogs and letting Verve know whats up from time to time. I’m thankful for Drew Corbett, mostly because he assures me it is completely appropriate to refer to one’s mouth as a pie-hole.

Enough about me, how about the rest of Verve’s trainers, what are they thankful for?

“It sounds sappy, but I don’t care. I’m thankful to have a job that I GET to go to, not a job I HAVE to go to. Seriously, I love that my work can be my happy place, and I’m surrounded by so many people that I genuinely care about. Even Clancy.” -Danni

“I’m grateful for the rivers being full this past summer and El Niño. ” -Patrick

“I am thankful for deodorant, pizza, and the people in my life (past and present) who have led to me to where I am on this exact day!” -Anna

“I’m thankful for all the people that have supported me on my journey from place to place, which inevitably landed me in Denver, doing the thing I love the most.” -Paul

“I am grateful for all the verve peeps and trainers who have held, rocked, walked, etc. my babies so I can work out. Even Clancy has reinserted a pacifier here and there! It takes a village to lose the muffin top ;).” -Beth

“Friends, family, mentors supportive co-workers and the freedom to live my life as I please.” -Dan

“I am thankful for hugs, my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, the challenges in my life that have helped mold me into the person I am today, and for all the ordinary moments in my life that turn into something special.” -Ali

“All the crazy humans in my life who make it perfectly hilarious, gorgeous, and mine.” -Maddie

“I am thankful for the Orthopedic Surgeons statewide and for the owners of Verve who are too busy with other stuff to think about firing me.” -Zink

“I am grateful for all my friends and family near and far, that I’m able to pursue my new dream, and of course tacos, nachos and booze!” -Robyn

“I’m thankful that after 12 years of higher education, pharmacy school is almost over….and also for booze for helping me get this far.” -Nate

“Pete..that is it..and most times not even him. Actually, there are two other people in my life I’m super thankful for, my amazing, hard working, partner Courtney and my brother from another mother Paul. If I don’t see them or talk to them at least once per day I feel lost. I’m thankful for whatever alchemy brought them both into my life.” -Eric

“I’m grateful for my kids and an amazing wife. In addition, I’m thankful that she lets me hang-out with all you crazy folk at Verve.” -Jay

“I’m thankful for my supportive family, also pizza, ice cream (I think just carbs in general), and for having a job.” -Ryan


**Alright folks, now it’s your turn. Let us know what you are thankful for this year in the comments.




  1. David Afraimi :

    Well I can speak for The Afraimi’s

    We are all Thankful for everyone at Verev for the love and care you all genuinely give us.
    I’m also thankful as The only Raider fan at Verve, you allow me to talk smack and wear my SWAG.

  2. Sarah :

    I’m thankful that after moving across the country on a whim this year (with no solid plan of how I was going to make things work), I was able to find a gym my second day here that has helped me grow and progress in ways I never thought possible. The amazing group of people that make the Verve world turn, members and staff alike, have all impacted me in one way or another, and for that I’ll be forever greatful! Thank you all for all that you do! 🙂


  3. Charles :

    When i moved back to Denver proper, three years ago, i literally did not know a single soul in town and i was basically re-starting life off from scratch. So, im thankful for Verve and all the folks ive met here who have helped me re-establish a sense of normalcy and routine while helping this decrepit old man get vaguely fit. Life does go on.

  4. Jen :

    As one of the ‘early’ members of Verve, I am grateful that everyone including the coaches allow me to come and go like I do, but still support me each time I come back like I was just there yesterday. I’m also grateful knowing that Verve is the only place I thought about when I knew I needed to get my butt in shape for my wedding in July. Thank you all!

  5. James (OG) :

    Dude. Cold.

    Still, I’m thankful that I no longer read the blog obsessively because my life is now so fucking awesome. #sorryimnotsorry.

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