WHO: Teams of 3-4.  Open to everyone!

WHERE: Start & Finish at 812 CrossFit, 1240 12th St.

TIME & DATE:  Saturday, April 5

Check-in: 9—9:45 AM

Briefing 9:45 AM

Map Distribution: 9:55 AM

Foot Race Start/Finish: 10—11 AM


WHAT: Each team will have exactly one hour to collect as many photos as possible alongside Columbus’ renowned architecture. A map with acceptable locations will be given during the briefing and teams will have 5 minutes to plan their route.  All team members (except the photographer) must be physically touching the landmark in each photo.  No other modes of transportation are permitted.  In the event of a tie, a tiebreak time will be used to determine the winner.


Send an e-mail with your team name (ex. The Fitness Buffalos) and team member’s names to trainsmart@live.com

812 CrossFit is giving away a month of membership to the team with the most photos submitted under the time cap.

Steve Hambling

Age: 38

City: Nashville

Occupation: Science teacher at Columbus East High School

Family: Wife, Dellvenna

Where he works out: 812 CrossFit

How many hours a week: 5

Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine.

We always do some sort of a warm-up before the main workout, such as ultimate Frisbee or some other fun activity like you might have done in a grade school gym class. Next, there is usually a short time where we work on a specific skill, such as the proper form for the clean and jerk. Then comes the workout of the day. After that there is stretching and mobility work. CrossFit is a combination of strength/endurance training, gymnastics, Olympic power lifting and bodyweight exercises.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I’ve always been active.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

One thing that can be said about CrossFit is that it is never boring. Unlike many typical workouts where you have a few set activities that you rotate through for the week, CrossFit doesn’t have a typical day, ever. Probably the most important reason I keep coming back to the gym is for the community. You won’t meet a better group of people in Columbus.

How do you make time to work out?

If it’s important to you, then you make time.

When and why did you get serious about fitness?

I’ve always been involved in fitness. The places I like to go and the things I like to do in life require me to be fit.

Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?

I haven’t actually thought about gaining muscle mass for a long time, although I’m sure I’ve gained some from working out. I think that most people who do CrossFit are there to get stronger, both physically and mentally. How large and muscular they are matters less to them, but obviously that goes with the territory.

What’s your favorite exercise?

Anything to do with bodyweight — push-ups, pull-ups, running, dips, etc. ... I’m a fairly light guy, so lifting a big, heavy weight overhead and squatting has never really been something I sought out. We do a lot of Olympic-style lifting in CrossFit, so I get to do that as well.

Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?

Whatever happens to be playing at the gym. Honestly, CrossFit workouts are so fast and furious that you don’t really have time to be thinking about music. There isn’t a whole lot of resting between sets, like in a more traditional workout. You also have to be able to hear instructions from your coach and encouragement from others.

Do you follow a special diet?

I don’t allow myself to eat very much fast food at all, and I have been abstaining from soda since I was in high school. That hasn’t been very difficult for me because I find most fast food pretty disgusting and couldn’t even tell you what Coke or Pepsi taste like anymore. Other than those items, I pretty much eat whatever sounds good. I don’t think most fitness advocates would consider my diet particularly healthy.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment?

A muscle-up is a gymnastics movement from the hanging rings where you press your body up from a hang. I think a lot of people regard it as a sort of rite of passage in CrossFit. Two years ago, I could maybe do five. A few days ago I did 55 in a workout.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?

My wife is my main motivation. Even on days when I’m not feeling like going to the gym, she wants to. CrossFit has such a strong community that going to the gym is basically like going to hang out with your friends.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Find something you like and start.

Hello, I’m Courtney Kinnick and I am a 24 year old lifelong resident of Columbus. Over a year ago my sister in-law Ramanda dragged me to the Saturday Back it up chair Zumba class. I’m the type of person that should only be allowed to dance in front of my kitchen sink while doing dishes. So I looked into the other classes that were being offered and found Boot Camp. I liked that it was described as a class where you competed and challenged yourself with the advantage of having the support of a group.

Ever since I was a young adult I have been overweight. In high school I participated in after school activities, but because of lack of interest and lifelong poor eating habits my weight continued to shift up and down. Once I entered college, my activity level dropped off until all I was doing for exercise was walking / biking around town and to classes. My dietary habits did not change and I started to steadily gain weight.

In February of 2013 after a week of hesitation and working up courage I walked into my first Boot camp class. I immediately felt like I found a place where I fit in, I could challenge myself while still being able to modify skills that I needed to work on. The group treated me with respect, gentle good humor and encouragement. After four months of learning new skills and becoming more and more confident, I decided to give CrossFit a try. It was amazing! I love the contrast between Craig’s Boot Camp and Nicole’s CrossFit training techniques. While Boot Camp is mainly based on body weight movements and cardio training, CrossFit is a mix of many different training methods, every day is different.

I try to make it to 5 to 6 morning classes a week and continue to love each class I take. In the past year I have made huge changes in my life style and body. I’m not going to comment on my personal weight loss, because truth be told I don’t really know what it is. I try really hard not to base my success on my body weight loss or fat to muscle ratio, but how my body feels during classes and improvements I make in areas that I struggle with. No matter how long I was fighting to get to a new challenge the point is I got there and now I can work my way up to the next level. I still struggle with swinging between good and bad eating habits, but I am working on it one day at a time. I have found a safe environment in The Fitness Factory and 812 Cross Fit to set goals and challenge myself every day. I am happy to say that I found a place where I belong, and can work toward being healthy.

Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:

I make it to four to six classes per week. Each class is an hour of varied work and usually includes a dynamic warmup, a strength or skill section and the workout of the day.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I had attempted CrossFit at home a couple of times and knew I would love it if I could find a gym. I’ve never been good about working out at home. I need a coach encouraging me and cheering me on to do new things.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

I love to push myself and the constant varied workouts of CrossFit keep me from getting bored or compliant. There are always more skills to master.

How do you make time to work out?

I’ve made it a priority in my life to get my workouts in every week. It makes me a happier person overall and helps me manage the stress in my life.

When and why did you get serious about fitness?

I started about two years ago, in January 2012. I knew I was going to have to have a couple of surgeries and wanted to be in the best shape possible beforehand to help with the recovery.

Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?

My weight hasn’t changed much, down about 8 pounds, but I’m sure my body composition has. I didn’t have a body fat test done prior to starting, but I can tell that I have more muscle and less fat than two years ago.

What’s your favorite exercise?

I like any of the Olympic weightlifting movements.

Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?

Double Unders. This is a jump rope skill that is one of the basic skills in CrossFit. They are just difficult for me, but I need to be proficient at them so I keep practicing.

Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?

CrossFit is the first workout where I don’t use headphones, so I just listen to what is on the radio. Strangely enough, it doesn’t bother me. It makes for a more social atmosphere where you can hear other people cheering you on.

Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?

I don’t really follow any specific diet. I do try to limit carbs, opting for something other than pasta. My diet is an area that I could do more work with.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?

Being able to do a full handstand push-up was a big goal for me. When I first started, I had horrible pain in my shoulders and this movement felt impossible. With lots of strength work and progressions through the movement, I am now able to do a full-range handstand push-up.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?

I remind myself how much better I will feel after I get there and get moving. No matter how bad the day has been, after a good workout, everything seems better.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Don’t be intimidated, especially by CrossFit. A good coach will make you feel comfortable with the movements and won’t rush you. It may be outside of your comfort zone at first, but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

What is a little-known fitness fact about you?

I used to train Muay Thai kickboxing in Bloomington. I did one fight at a tournament in Iowa, where I lost by decision to a more experienced fighter. I was happy that I went all three rounds without getting knocked out.

— Compiled by Jennifer Willhite

Why did you start an exercise program?  Why have you stuck with it?

Matt: When I was younger, I used to workout/run and was in decent shape.  I got married, had kids and the pounds quickly added up.  75 pounds to be exact.  I got to the point where enough was enough and wanted to make a change.  My wife, Brittany, and I started working out at home with DVD's.  We did this for about a year and had good results.  I lost about 35 pounds.

At this time, The Fitness Factory opened across the parking lot from my work.  My wife and I started attending the group fitness classes twice a week.  I was able to keep off the weight without any additional lifestyle changes.  I did this for about a year, then decided to try my first CrossFit class and was hooked!  I have been CrossFitting for just over a year now and have lost another 40 pounds.  

I think the key to success is finding what works for you or what you enjoy.  I love CrossFit and it has changed my life.  I want to be better.  I have adopted a healthier lifestyle to support this goal.  I now eat better, get more rest and most importantly, get up and MOVE!  If I did it, so can anyone else.  I am not great at CrossFit or even good.  However, I show up, give it everything I have and do it again the next day.

What does a week of workouts look like for you?

Matt:  I typically exercise 30 to 90 minutes a day, 4 to 6 days per week.  Most of my workouts are done during my lunch, so it doesn't interfere with family time.  I regularly attend one CrossFit class and a 30 min. CORE! class.  During open gym, I will do the WOD on the board or some variation of it.  I will also perform a functional lift for strength building and additional accessory lifts, cardio or core exercises.

Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:

CrossFit is a workout program that incorporates all aspects of fitness. You don’t just specialize in one specific area. The program incorporates Olympic weightlifting, running, rowing, bodyweight movements, flexibility exercises and more.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I have always been in athletics. Growing up and in high school, I played basketball, tennis and baseball. Then I played four years of college basketball and being in shape and getting stronger was crucial to have any success at the college level. Also, my degree is in exercise science from Anderson University, so being able to test what I was learning in the classroom in the weight room was always motivating for me.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

Overall fitness is something that I am very passionate about — not just physical fitness, but also emotional and spiritual fitness. It’s important for a person to focus on all three areas to be healthy. I’ve stuck with it because I want to motivate others to be as healthy as they can and enjoy the life that we have been blessed with.

How do you make time to work out?

Working out is now part of my daily routine. I have been able to work training into my schedule whether that be waking up earlier or working out late at night.

When and why did you get serious about fitness?

When I was in college studying exercise science and combining that with being on the basketball team, I was learning about how a person could maximize their athletic potential by working out.

Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?

Since 2011, I have done strictly CrossFit and my overall fitness level has drastically increased. I am around 205 pounds, but I’m much leaner and have more muscle then I have before. I honestly don’t remember the last time I stepped on the scale because with CrossFit if my times for workout are dropping and if the weight I can lift increases, I know I am getting more fit.

What’s your favorite


I really love doing Olympic weightlifting. There are two lifts: the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. Of those two, I really enjoy working on the Snatch. The essence of this lift is to take the barbell from the floor to locked arms overhead in one smooth movement.

Any exercises you dread but do anyway? Why?

Honestly, not really. When there is something in a workout that I dread, I then know that is something I need to work on to become an overall better athlete.

Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?

I don’t follow a specific diet, although I do eat a ton of meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds. People consider what I eat weird and crazy, but it’s just clean eating. I don’t eat fast food or a lot of processed foods either. I never have had much of a sweet tooth, which makes it easy to pass on dessert.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?

 I have been able to hit a lot of personal bests on workouts and lifts while training, which are always great to see. For example, being able to lift five more pounds today than I could last week makes the training worth it.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?

I have a tattoo on my wrist that says, “Philippians 4:13” (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”). That verse is what I look at during workouts when I need motivation, because it reminds me where my true strength comes from and reminds me I can push a little harder.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Give CrossFit a try. It’s a great program because all classes are trainer-led and you work out with others who motivate and hold you accountable. Also, don’t be intimidated. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is because CrossFit can be scalable to anyone.

What’s a little-know fitness fact about you?

I can walk on my hands the length of a basketball court. Also, in 20 minutes I can do 115 pull-ups, 230 push-ups and 345 air-squats.

— Jennifer Willhite,

staff writer

Hi I’m Joel Pinkham.  I’ve been working here in Columbus for about 9 years now.  I was pretty active in college working out and playing intermural sports.  Unfortunately, when I moved to Columbus for my job, the combination of a “sit-down” job and not knowing anyone caused me to slip.  It was very hard for me to play the sports I used to because I didn’t know anyone and couldn’t find any teams to join.  With this and still eating like a college kid, I quickly started gaining weight.  I tried gyms.  I spent my $30-40/month on memberships that I would go to for a month and then slack of for 6.  There was/is nothing about going to the gym that inspired me to be diligent about going.  I never pushed myself to a point where I saw results.  I went from 210 to 270 slowly over the past 8 years.  Something I am extremely embarrassed about and cringe at when I look at old pictures. 

A little over a year ago, my company started doing a health program trying to get people to eat better and be more active.  I didn’t participate but when talking with some co-workers decided to look up my BMI (Body Mass Index).  I had always talked myself into, “I’m just a bit overweight”, but this was the first time I had something tell me I was obese.  That hit hard for me.  I immediately started looking into eating better and workout classes because I knew I would just quit the gym like I had before.  A friend of mine, Rob Taylor mentioned to me a few months before that he was doing CrossFit and that he really liked it and I should do it.  I knew CrossFit was pretty extreme and it didn’t seem like something I wanted to get into right out of the gate.  My goal at the time was to find a spin class or something similar that I could ease my way back into things.  But I couldn’t find one that matched my schedule.  In asking around, another friend, Shaena Robertson, was working at the Fitness Factory and had been doing CrossFit as well and highly recommended it. 

So I thought I’d give it a try.  I went in, talked to Craig, and set up my free first class and see how it was.  I got DESTROYED haha.  I barely made it out of warm-ups, but everyone was very encouraging and kept telling me to stay with it.  They also scaled down the parts of the workout I couldn’t do, which was something I worried about and liked.  So I decided to give it a month.  It’s been over a year now and I am so glad I stuck with it.  I honestly love coming to class and have meet some great people that I look forward to seeing multiple nights a week.  They also push me and encourage me on tough workouts.  That’s probably my favorite aspect of CrossFit.  I know I’m not alone.  I’ve got 10-15 other people right there with me going through the same grueling workout with struggles similar to mine.  This is the only thing I’ve stuck with outside of a sports team.  I don’t like missing a class.

During the past year, I’ve gone from 2 days a week to 4-5 days a week.  I’ve broken some PR’s and have seen lots of improvements.  I can see a future were I’m not scaling down my workouts at all because I can’t do a pull-up or a handstand pushup and that excites me.  And I’m thrilled to have lost 30lbs and dropped 2 pant sizes.

I would highly recommend CrossFit and more directly 812CrossFit to anyone that is serious about getting stronger, faster and better.  Anyone that enjoys a close community with the same goal to be better than the day before.  New people are always welcome and encouraged.  The instructors are very dedicated and knowledgeable.  We strive on the fundamentals so that no one gets hurt and we get the most out of our lifts and movements.  You will be pushed to your max, but you will always leave feeling accomplished and that you are better than you came in.

We're open all day tomorrow so you can start the New Year right!

Wednesday Schedule:
5 AM: CrossFit
6 AM: Bootcamp
10 AM: Lil' Warriors Fitness 
1 PM: CrossFit 60+
5 PM: Cardiovascular Endurance 
6 PM: CrossFit
6 PM: TurboKick
7 PM: HardCore