“Higher Ground”

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  • Push Press (135)
  • Pull-Ups
  • Wall Ball (20)(14)

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Since I'm celebrating my 44th birthday today and enjoying the best fitness program and community of my life ever, thought it would be appropriate to share with everyone the very first CrossFit video that caught my attention back in the summer of 2007.  History started from there. – Coach G

Since Grace is getting all nostalgic on us, check out these pix…. Remember G we all love you.  You can remove these pix but they will cost 100 burpees each…. ;)  Happy B-day to our founder and daily inspiration. – Coach Jim

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80 Responses to ““Higher Ground””

  1. malou :O)

    To our dearest Coach G…wishing you all the best… good health, good spirit!!!!
    Happy Birthday to you :O)

  2. Heatherd

    The Warrior Dash is on. Expect changes in parking. Current reports state no more than 2500 people onsite at any given time so it will be interesting to see how they track this.

  3. Miles Bandalan

    happy birthday grace. thanks for everything.
    from miles and joe bandalan

  4. Noel (SKIPPY)

    Happy Birthday!! Caci and I are lucky to find an awesome coach that can put with a goofy guy like me. Hope another exciting year is added to the memory books and may you enjoy at least 1 cupcake. Don’t worry, we won’t say anything (wink, wink).

  5. todd

    Hubba hubba, birthday girl! I pray God’s blessings continue to shower upon you!

  6. the "Gris"

    Happy Birthday Coach G! I will echo the various statements made already; thanks for being a great coach and uber postive person. The box wouldn’t be the box without you.

  7. Sarah

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for always being such a great coach and encouraging me everyday I’m in the box to achieve more. You are such an inspiration! (Love the pics!)

  8. Khara

    Happy Birthday Coach G, I hope your day is filled with fabulousness!!

  9. 007

    Happy Birthday Grace! Thanks for everything.
    Memory Lane is hilarious. Silverback, does she still wear the drill team uniform “just for fun?”

  10. Andrea / Genie

    Happy Birthday Grace! I am so grateful that Lisa and Carlos referred me to you and it has been a great journey so far to see you and the other Coaches succeed and grow. You are such a great inspiration, a great Coach, and you make it such a confort to be able to just come to the box and be ourselves while we struggle and you help push us through to get to our goals. I love ya and am blessed to have you in my life. Have a wonderful day and may you have many more years to come. Your pictures are awesome!!

  11. v-lo

    Happy birthday G. I am only 4 years behind you and I only hope to look half as good as you. Thank for your contribution to crossfit and your inspiration to us all.

  12. Silverback

    007 – We actually take turns wearing G’s high school cheer leading outfit. It’s amazing how elastic the material still is after all those years.

  13. Billdozer

    Happy Birthday Grace, the pictures are fantastic. Thanks for everything you do!

  14. mikey

    Happy Birthday G! I am so happy to see the success, growth, and evolution of ACF. To have been a part of it all from virtually the beginning is truly special. Your dedication, drive, and ability to connect with each of your athletes establish the foundation for the great environment we all enjoy in the box. Thanks for everything you do for us. I’d still be wasting away in the globo if it weren’t for you. Looking forward to many more years of torn calluses and burpees!
    Those pics are AWESOME! I hope Silverback has a nice dinner planned and one of those bizarre DQ Blizzards you love so much afterwards! Enjoy! BTW- for you, age is irrelevant so stop make the other chicks feel bad. 🙂

  15. Crazy Carl

    HAppy Birthday G… Thanks for getting me started in the madness that is Crossfit…I’m addicted… and for being the one pushing me to the brink. We are all better people because of your dedication to elite fitness. Have a blessed day. See ya in the Box tommorrow.

  16. JUDY

    have a great bday Grace! you are such and inspiration to me, and one of the main reasons why I drive from katy to ACF! Im teaching my lift class, my middle name is Grace, hey – maybe the stars will be aligned to where my path will bring me where you are today. every 400 meter, kettlebell swinging, deadlift, powerclean, overhead lunging step of the way. You are the original badass, thank you!

  17. ian

    Happy B-Day G, you are one of the reasons I go to ACF. Without you there it would not be the same.

  18. Teach

    Ahhhh, Yoda…it’s your birthday today :)Happy Birthday!!!
    I remember the days when you used to stalk me at LA Fitness! Who knew it would lead here one day 🙂 From hauling equipment to the Riverstone Park, to “pooping Fran”, to Saturday Kempner WODs, now at the realization of a dream with ACF. I’m proud to have been with you at the beginning and proud to call you my friend!
    Happy happy birthday! Don’t let Silverback stretch out that cheerleading uniform too much…

  19. She-Ra

    WOW!! Coach G you are such an inspiration. You never cease to amaze me. Thank you so much for taking me under your wing and fostering me into the cf lady I am today!! Have a wonderfully perfect birthday, you DESERVE it!
    Much love,

  20. Janet

    Happy Birthday Grace!! So glad to be a part of a fitness culture like no other – thank you!! Enjoy the day – love the pics!

  21. Andi

    Happy Birthday Grace!
    You are a true inspiration,
    Mind, Body & Spirit

  22. Nicole Disco D

    Happy Birthday and what can I say. You have supported me through this CF journey and I am so grateful to have you as my coach. I would have not made it this far without you.
    Thank You Grace!!!!!!!!!!!
    11:59 #35,#6,2″band

  23. Jolecelle

    I see a hut in the background…reminds me of PI! Love the pictures :)!
    Unlike Teach, I was the one stalking Grace at LA Fitness (back when she was a spin instructor). I knew her schedule too…she worked out every weekend after 9am. I was always there the same time. It turned out she knew a good friend of mine. So I called Grace to schedule a one-on-one training session. My 1st CF WOD was at the grand opening of the Woodlands box. That’s also when I met Bet & Shawn V (Fun times)! From there, I endured the hot mornings in Kempner, the ant bites at the back of Safety America, & now to this awesome box!
    Happy Birthday, Grace! Thank you for all you do! Have a good one and we love you!

  24. Jackrabbit

    Happy Birthday to a fabulous lady! Thank you Grace for everything you do! Love ya lots! You’re truly and inspiration!!!!
    14:something (70#,14wb)

  25. Kate

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRACE!! Thank you so much for all the love and support you show us everyday.

  26. Red 'Barkley' Byron

    G–I can’t believe we worked out this morning not knowing it was your birthday–HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I totally would have shaved about 5 minutes off my time had I known I was doing your b-day WOD…
    Thanks for everything and have a fantastic day!

  27. G

    First & foremost, thank you all for the greetings! Jim, today’s WOD focuses on my weakness….thank you. I will embrace it tonight.
    Awesome news about the Warrior Dash C-Note.
    So, after the 830 class I called Silverback and sent BB2 a text. The 830 crew kept talking about pictures on today’s post and I was confused. Ramrod showed me the updated web page and I was scared by that awful 80’s look! Dang those french cut leotards and 80’s/Breakfast Club hairdo. AND Jim/Silverback, not 1 or 2 but…4 pix?? with one from 3 decades ago…well done! Oh well, I do post everyone’s pix on their birthdays (granted always looking out for good form when choosing the pix to post) but sometimes it may not be the best pix one would pick for himself or herself to post.
    Had fabulous brunch with the Thundercats!
    Each and everyone of you make up our community…each (ALL) an integral part of why we are the way we are and what we have become. I’ll spread my wings…..lifelong pursuit of fitness…..love to all!

  28. Silverback

    For all of you Warrior Dash participants, we will be celebrating G’s birthday Sat night beginning the minute after the last wave (before??) at the dash, and well into the evening somewhere else. HeatherD, you got ideas??

  29. Sarge

    Happy Birthday Grace. Having started with Mike near the inception of Crossfit Sugar Land, it has been fun watching the gym grow and evolve into what it is today. I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Thank you for continuing to push me during the workouts.

  30. Racing_Ray

    Happy Birthday Grace! You are the best 🙂

  31. Gatekeeper < -III---------III-

    Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
    and everything I would like to be…
    I can fly higher than an eagle, ’cause you are the wind beneath my wings. 🙂 You da best!
    A big happy birthday to you coach G!
    God bless you always.
    Dennis and Jeremy

  32. Gab

    Happy Birthday Grace.
    I’ve made today WOD in 12:02 and finish my training session with 20 min of elliptical.

  33. Arthur & Rosie

    Happy Birthday Grace!!!
    44…Nooooo, must be a typo. More like 24! You’re 1 of a kind…Thanks for your awesome energy and encouragement! 😀

  34. Caci

    Happy Birthday Grace! Thanks every WOD for the encouragement and praise. Have a great day!
    Thanks Jenny for not letting me lighter weight and for the encouragement.
    13:10 (6#medball, 45# push press)

  35. Hernan The Barbarian

    Happy B-day Grace. Thanks for everything you do for us at the box.

  36. Strawberry C Monster (J. Dolenga)

    Have a great birthday Grace. Try to spend at least a part of the day enjoying yourself away from the sweaty people. Thanks for being amazing.

  37. Old Hickory (aka Andrew J)

    Happy Birthday Grace! Many thanks for encouraging me “to drink the Kool-Aid”!
    And remember, life *begins* at 45!

  38. sunshine

    Damn, you are super hot for 44.
    happy birthday Grace. You’re my hero.

  39. Silverback

    13:54 (Rx)
    Caught TC at the last set of 1 WB as he stopped to wipe the sweat out of his eyes 😉

  40. Babs

    Happy, Happy Birthday Grace!!!!
    Hope it is extra special!

  41. Jared

    Maligayang kaarawan G! Hard to imagine how those leotards ever went out of style.

  42. Natalie

    Happy Birthday Grace! Ben and I hope you enjoyed your day!

  43. T.C.

    First things first, I want to wish G a very Happy and Special Birthday….
    Silverback I thought I was in the clear then all I see is a gray blur and just then I hear a voice yell time….all I can say is well played sir well played!!!!
    13.54 (2″ band on pull-ups)

  44. HeMan

    9:17 (95#, 14#).
    My favorite part of the ACF credo is consistency. And Grace, you are the model of that. Consistently there at 530, 830, noon, 4, 5, 6, 7. Consistently positive and encouraging. Consistently pushing everyone for better depth and form. Consistently smiling! Thank you for living up to the ACF motto. Happy Birthday!!

  45. Gatekeeper < -III---------III-

    Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
    and everything I would like to be…
    I can fly higher than an eagle, ’cause you are the wind beneath my wings. 🙂 You da best!
    A big happy birthday to you coach G!
    God bless you always.
    Dennis and Jeremy

  46. Jen

    13:09 (55#, black band,10#WB) thanks for the push and cheer Janet and T.C.. You guys rocked!
    Coach G! you are truly an INSPIRATION! Happy Birthday. Wishing you all the best.
    With much love,
    Jen M.

  47. Arthur & Rosie

    Happy Birthday Grace!!!
    44…Nooooo, must be a typo. More like 24! You’re 1 of a kind…Thanks for your awesome energy and encouragement! 😀

  48. Chrissy C

    HBD Grace!!!!
    13:34 (45#PP, Black Band, 14#WB)

  49. Nisha

    Happy Birthday to someone who has given much happiness to so many..Hope you had a fabulous day G!!
    13:33 (55#, white band, 10#WB)
    yea, didn’t have to resort to going to the RR station and was able to finish all sets on the PU bar w/ white band..and, thanks to JB and Stacy for recommending the 55# for the PP since, in hindsight, I think the 65# would have done me in…Sometimes I get overconfident in the beginning but the awesome ACF coaches always know best 🙂

  50. Tris

    Happy Birthday Grace! I am sorry I couldn’t be there to give you a big birthday hug 🙁 I will be watching Ryan participate in the warrior dash so I will see you this weekend!
    Much love,

  51. Schubert

    Happy Birthday Grace!
    Green band/jumping pull ups, 75# bar, 14# ball
    That’s three this week.

  52. JUDY

    12:49. 65#, 1/2inch band, 14#WB. Happy bday again Grace, look forward to celebrating at warriordash! =)

  53. sean

    Happy Birthday Grace!
    9:57 (115) push press,rest rx

  54. Sarah

    14:31 (60#, 10#wb)
    I knew my grip didn’t feel right on my pullups tonight and sure enough, one hand tears and I spend a minute taping the stupid thing! Then, my other hand tears and I just said forget it!
    Thanks Nate for the “Rip Stick” it has been working very well! But, they need to make a waterproof one because the shower did not feel good! I will bring it back to the box when I’m healed so others can experience the “Rip Stick”

  55. G

    12:05 (75#) – all sets unbroken, I’m lovin’ the wall-less Wall ball shots!
    Thanks for the push Spec, Admiral and JB. Fun working out with the 6pm crew.
    Toddzilla, couldn’t help but notice your extra crank these last two days. Glad to see you taking less and shorter breaks! Awesome gas tank!
    Sarah, the shower experience after ripping your hands are no fun! Good thing the rip aren’t too bad.
    Good to see Steven K back in the box this week. He has accepted a transfer to DC. Congrats on moving up!
    It was good to see Beast and Gatekeeper stopped by tonight despite their old house selling and new house building hectic schedule.
    Jared, that’s some serious “tagalog” dialect!
    Teach, I did stalk you at LA, LOL!
    To the ACF Community: You all are my inspiration and seeing everyone give it their ALL keeps me going! Again, thank you all!

  56. JohnnyB

    Coach G!! Gezzz late entry here…
    Everybody could say you’re the best & I, myself can attest to that you’re really the BEST!!