HWH019 An Introduction to CrossFit with Irina Whittlesey

Hey guys! I recently had the privilege of interviewing Irina Whittlesey a CrossFit Coach with Hop Valley CrossFit in Yakima Washington. She told me about the many benefits that CrossFit offers and how it is different from having a regular gym membership. If you’ve ever considered CrossFit here are some of the benefits we discuss:
1. Strength: Become physically and mentally strong.
2. Endurance: Go harder – last longer.
3. Motivation: The coaches and other participants cheer you on.
4. Coaching: Have a knowledgeable person guiding you all they way.
5. Premade Workout Plans: Workout of the Day (WOD) is different everyday.
6. Nutrition: CrossFit gyms may also provide nutrition coaching.
7. Weight Loss: Getting lean and mean? CrossFit can do that for you.
8. Community: Make friends and take the CrossFit journey together.
9. Accomplish: Reach goals that you didn’t think you could.

Hop Valley CrossFit in Yakima Washington is owned and operated by Robb & Jenn Paul. Hear their story and learn more here: hopvalleycrossfit.com


Special Notes: Some CrossFit gyms may offer a free class as a way to let people try it out. CrossFit gyms typically have a monthly membership fee with a minimum commitment period. Contact your local CrossFit gym to learn more about their pricing structure and what they offer.

HWH018 Alleviating Poverty with Elizabeth Benefiel of Love INC

I had the pleasure of talking with Elizabeth Benefiel about alleviating poverty and what she does with Love INC of Yakima. There are not enough words to describe how incredible a person Elizabeth is. She has a true passion and calling to help others. She is such an inspirational individual that is doing so many good things in our community. If you have a heart for helping others you are going to love this episode. If you want to get involved with what Love INC is doing take a look at their website: Love INC of Yakima

Here are just a few of the many points that Elizabeth makes in our discussion:
• “Poverty is a result of brokenness.” “True poverty alleviation will never happen unless we address the brokenness that has caused it.” “Debt, like addiction, like so many other issues, is a symptom, it’s not the problem.”

• If you want to help alleviate poverty, “it starts with an awareness”. “Look for an organization that has a heart to address the underlying issues.”

• Be careful when helping others because sometimes, if done in the wrong way, it can actually hurt them more than it can help them. “Anytime we do something for someone that they are capable of doing for themselves we demean them, we humiliate them, and we rob them from the God given joy of becoming independent and productive.”

If you are looking for some good reading material in order to learn more about alleviating poverty Elizabeth recommends:

When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself
By: Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)
By: Robert D. Lupton and Patrick Lawlor