- CrossFit Mudtown
- November 17th – 18th, 2018
- Click here to register
Hunter first experienced Crossfit in high school when a local gym owner came to his high school and worked out with his football team. Though it was just for one summer, it got him in the best shape of his life and he realized that he actually had fun working out. After high school, he got his degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Alabama, and during his senior year he finally found a gym and joined Crossfit Northridge. Playing football in high school was where he learned to love competition, and Crossfit was a great way to continue competing with himself and others after football ended. He immediately fell in love with the intensity and various challenges that he faced with each workout. After college, he and his wife Megan moved to Birmingham and shortly after he found Crossfit Mudtown. He was drawn in by the sense of community he picked up on among members. They’ve been in Birmingham for over a year now and have recently had their first child, Eisley!
Presenting to you, Danny and Jacki Rodgers. Owners of CrossFit Mudtown, but also who Kaidyn, Kinsley and Nash Rodgers call mom and dad and who we call coach and friend. Here are some fun facts about Danny and Jacki! Enjoy!
Each of our lives have been elevated in some capacity by Billy and Lainey Rodgers. Whether for you it has been feedback received on your lifting form and technique leading to your next PR, or dedicated time and care toward education on your fitness and health through nutrition. We are better today because of the coachable moments, listening ears and words of encouragement shared by Billy and Lainey. The development, the growth, the love and the friendship gained in this season are what has helped shape who we are as athletes and individuals. Thank you, Billy and Lainey.
We will see them off in a short two weeks, so let’s embrace them while we can. There are some fun facts that over the course of the last three years, you may have missed about this incredible family. Enjoy a little insider on Billy, Lainey, Quinn and Billy IV.
As one chapter is closed and the page is turned to begin the next, we wish two of our CrossFit Mudtown leaders the best.
In what city/state did you spend most of your childhood?
Billy: Adrian, MI; Dumfries, Virginia; Pittsburgh, PA; Parkersburg, WV; Winchester, Ky; Plymouth, MN; Fargo, ND; Bemidji, MN; Des Moines, IA; Seattle, WA; Indianapolis, IN …..
Lainey: Born and raised in the same house in Berwick, IA (small town outside of Des Moines).
How did you hear about CrossFit and when did you start?
Billy: Spring of 2006. When I worked for the Timberwolves, the guy in the cube next to me introduced me to his brother who was doing CrossFit in North Carolina. We talked on the phone for about an hour and then he directed me to crossfit.com. From there I talked a few buddies into working out with me, and we did it in a Lifetime Fitness. We did Cindy at least twice a week with assisted pull-ups.
Lainey: Spring of 2008 was my first taste. Billy had been doing this new exercise craze at CrossFit Iowa which was right next door to our office. He finally talked me into joining him one day. I did a few more classes, but stopped after I moved to Indiana later that year. I started back up again for good after I moved the following year (Fall of 2009) to Seattle to be with Billy. That’s when I tell people I actually started CrossFit.
What was your first CrossFit workout?
Billy: I guess Cindy
Lainey: Cindy. And I think I only did 5 rounds in 20 minutes and had to scale all of it.
Favorite CrossFit movement/workout?
Billy: Squat Clean
Lainey: Clean and wallballs are my favorite movements. My favorite workout is a chipper of any variety. My favorite hero wod is Murph believe it or not. It’s the first hero wod I completed and have done it once a year for the past 7-8 years.
What was your profession before you started CrossFit Mudtown?
Billy: Event Management. Bruno Event Team & Framework Events… The CrossFit Games, USA Weightlifting, Heavyweight Title Fights, PGA Tour, SEC & NCAA Championships…all kinds of fun stuff.
Lainey: Sport/event management positions with Bruno Event Team (that’s where Billy and I met), 5k charity event, USA Football among other odd jobs.
What triggered the idea to open a CrossFit Gym?
We had moved around a bunch and had the opportunity to see a bunch of really great CrossFit Gyms (Eastside Strength & Conditioning), and also some bad ones. We also had the chance to help build a gym (CrossFit Carmel). Once we moved to Birmingham we tried quite a few gyms and none of them really fit the bill. Once Danny & Jacki committed to moving down we knew the 4 of us could make a pretty great team. We were in Cahaba Heights which happened to be a great location, and even though we almost opened up in West Homewood, we found the perfect spot in Cahaba Heights and ran with it. We all have some entrepreneurial spirit, and these seemed to line up well to take the leap.
What motivates you inside the gym?
Billy: You have to walk the walk as a gym owner/coach. In my opinion you can’t advise people to live one way and then do the opposite. If I’m telling someone to squat lower, my squats better be below parallel. If I tell someone to eat cleanier, I better be eating pretty clean. I’m sure I don’t hit each all of my recommendations exactly, but that is what motivates me.
Lainey: From a coach/owner perspective it’s imperative to set a good example. My focus is on quality of movement and making everyone feel welcome in the community. I try very hard to be exceptional in those areas. As an athlete I’m motivated from the knowledge of how I’ll feel after the work is done. It’s hard. All of it. Getting to the gym takes planning. The movements are challenging. The intensity is painful. But how I feel after a workout is pure awesome and worth the ‘hard’.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Lainey: Outside the gym I’m proud of my marriage. It’s a constant work in progress, but such a meaningful way to spend my life; with someone I truly love and care the most for. That’s what it’s all about, growing and figuring it out together. And I’m proud of my kids, they show me everyday what unconditional love really means. I’m not worthy of their love and acceptance some days, but they still give it to me. Inside the gym I’m proud of my growth as a coach. When CFM first opened I had the least amount of coaching experience out of the four Rodgers’. Achieving my personal level of fitness has been exciting and I continue to get better even after almost 9 years of CrossFit, but to take it to another level and teach CrossFit to others has been very rewarding.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Billy: There are graveyards full of irreplaceable people. (Actually, advice my dad got and he shared with me.) One of my favorite Quotes: “There is no need for me continuing unless I’m able to improve” – Knute Rockney
Lainey: “The only thing constant in life is change.” I’ve become somewhat addicted to change actually. In my mid-twenties a couple big changes happened simultaneously which spurred the most amazing growth of my life (and hasn’t stopped!). Because of that, I associate change with opportunity, adventure and self-betterment. I’m grateful for the people in my life then who helped me with those changes and supported me when life was in an upheaval.
What is your favorite way to spend an off day?
Billy: Morning with the kids & some dance music, day drinking, nap, day drinking, big dinner
Lainey: With pre-school age children there is no such thing, but in the rare instance this does happen I enjoy being outside or exploring new parts of our city or attending a fun event.
What is your favorite meal?
Billy: Thanksgiving, must include my mom’s meat stuffing.
Lainey: Breakfast. And pork belly.
Top 3 words that would describe how you like to spend your time?
Billy: People, Learning, Sharing
Lainey: Travel, food, family/friends
What is one goal that you are currently working on outside of the gym?
Billy: Read 1 book per month in 2018 (4 ½ down)
Lainey: Figuring out what my next adventure will be regarding my career. A new city and new opportunities await!
One fun/interesting fact not many people know about you.
Billy: I was a bagger at my local grocery store growing up. I won a tournament and was designated the Best Bagger at Lund’s Wayzata. I have the trophy proudly displayed in our living room.
Lainey: In college I worked for Redbull and drove the car with be big can on top handing out free cans. Best college job ever.
How old are your kids?
Quinn: 5 ½
Billy: 3 ¾
What is a fun fact about Quinn and Billy IV?
Quinn: She was born with very, very dark hair, almost black. It turned blonde a few months later.
Billy: Billy is the 4th William Rodgers in the family.
Billy: In 2009 I was part of a workout video on CrossFit.com doing the following workout.
21 back squats at 136 kilos (300#) , 15 power cleans at 100 kilos (220#), max rep pull-ups. https://www.crossfit.com/workout/2009/10/25#/comments Click on the Eastside Triple Workout
Lainey: I can balance a bowling ball on my head and have a pretty accurate horse impression.
Josh’s life has always revolved around sports. From soccer to basketball to swimming to football, he was always “in season” growing up. Josh’s main sport was baseball and he went on to play in college. After deciding to hang up the cleats and focus on school, Josh walked on to Oregon State’s rowing team because he missed the daily life of a collegiate athlete. It was in college that Josh got his first taste of CrossFit. It was winter break for his college baseball team when he decided to buy a Groupon to a local CrossFit gym. The first workout he remembers was bench press and then Grace. At the end of the workout, the coach said, “So that’s CrossFit… let me know if it’s something you want to do every day for the rest of your life.” Well, that didn’t quite happen right away. Josh didn’t even finish out the Groupon 10-pack before he went back to the old-school, different day different body part type of lifting. It was not until his last year of college that he started training exclusively at a CrossFit gym (CrossFit Train in Corvallis, Oregon). Josh has always known that he wanted to work in the sport/fitness industry in some capacity. He began college as a Exercise and Sport Science major, but eventually switched to Marketing to pursue opportunities on the business side of sports and fitness. He moved to Birmingham in June of 2016 with his (now) fiancé Melanie. Josh worked in the athletic department at UAB for a year, handling ticket operations. He now works at Framework Events in suite #300 at CrossFit Mudtown.
A big part of our gym culture is to be all inclusive and welcome anyone who walks through our doors. Whether it’s their very first CrossFit class or they’re visiting from out of town, everyone deserves to feel comfortable during their workout with us. Ashley embodies that attitude. Always with a warm and friendly smile she makes hard workouts a little more bearable. And she’s always one of the first to introduce herself to a new face and make them feel at home. Don’t let her pint-size fool you though. She’s strong and can bust out Fran in under 5 minutes. We’re grateful to have Ashley and her family as part of the Mudtown community. Enjoy this interview!
Member since: We joined Crossfit Mudtown Memorial Day 2016. Our first workout was Murph.
What do you do for a living? My previous career was as a School Counselor, specifically elementary and middle school. I’m doing my favorite job now… staying at home with my two boys.
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? We were living in North Carolina when Hank started Crossfit first (we actually lived at the 400m turnaround point). I was going to the local gym for spin classes but I got jealous because Hank was making friends and I wasn’t.
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? We try to go 3-5 days a week to the 4:30pm or 5:30pm class
Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Air squats:) and any body weight workout
Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Snatches
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? The friendships and the childcare keep me coming back.
Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? My most embarrassing gym moment has been I’ve tripped twice over my shoelaces on the 400 meter run…. but as of last week it was when my child threw-up in the middle of the nutritional seminar.
Favorite thing about Birmingham? We’ve moved a lot and I’ve always said that I would love to raise my kids here. Birmingham is so family oriented and has great schools.
What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? I’m proud Hank and I have survived 9 moves in 10 years and the family that we’ve made. Inside the gym I’m proud that I finally got another bar muscle up (waited up there for 12 minutes for Hank to get one).
What is your favorite meal? Red Wine:)
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? I love to travel and spending time with family.
What is one goal that you are currently working on? Improving my double-unders.
Do you have a hidden talent? I don’t have any hidden talents- I’m really boring.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. I was on a sinking cruise ship in Santorini Greece. We made it off safe, but lost all luggage and personal belongings. Makes for a great story over my favorite meal (see above).
Get ready for a food overhaul! Our annual healthy eating challenge will focus on eating real, whole foods for 6 weeks. Here are the deets…
We all have different goals or aspirations when it comes to our health and physique, but the major point of a nutrition challenge is to demonstrate that changing your nutrition will lead to long-term, sustainable improvements in health and fitness. During this challenge we want you to focus on building habits and creating a positive attitude toward feeding your body. Your thoughts create your feelings, your feelings create your behaviors, and those behaviors reinforce your thoughts. It doesn’t start with food, it starts with how you think about food.
Method – 6 week focus on healthy eating Jan. 15 – Feb. 25
Scoring factors include:
*Body fat testing will be provided at the gym by Driven Fitness Lab using their Bodpod. Cost is $50 and covers two tests, one at the beginning and end. Bodpod comes to the gym each time. January 10th, 4-7pm and January 15th, 4-6pm.
*Blood work is $35/test done at Arcpoint Labs. Workup includes: lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total), glucose serum, height, weight and blood pressure. Call (205) 582-4055 to schedule appointment. Must be completed by January 17th.
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All members who earn 4’s for their daily eating points the first two weeks will receive a $10 coupon good towards merchandise at the gym.
The final winners of the challenge will be determined by points, benchmark wod, and changes in body measurements.
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We’re excited to take this nutrition journey with you! Please get signed up today to participate or if you have questions respond to this email or ask a coach.
November is a time to focus on gratitude. Though we should make it a priority every day, we start to think about it more with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching. We sure are grateful for these two. George and his lovely bride Donna are a gem to this gym community. We all look up to George and Donna. They have so many attributes we all can aspire to; capable because they don’t let age get in the way of trying something new and uncomfortable; amiable because they are warm and kind to everyone they meet; supportive, of each other and their fellow gym mates. We could go on, but we know you need to get on with your day. George is coming up on his two year anniversary with CrossFit Mudtown and Donna is just over a year in. We are so proud of their progress and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
Donna: August 2016
George: January 2016
What do you do for a living?
D: I teach Environmental Science at Spain Park High School
G: I manage a small pest control company for Wayne’s Environmental Services.
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout?
D: George tried for months to talk me into coming, and I finally gave in. My first workout was “Fight Gone Bad”. I almost didn’t come back.
G: My 50th birthday was in December of 2015. I told Donna that I wanted to get back in shape and become healthy. I had seen the “crazy” crossfitters running down the road and was intrigued. I was looking for a gym close to my house. My first workout (run 200m, 15-12-9 sq-pu-su, 200 meters). It took me 7mins and 44 seconds. Halfway through the workout I thought I had made a big mistake (joining CrossFit). I hurt so bad-I couldn’t talk afterward- honestly. (By the way- my first onramp class was on January 11th 2016 at 7pm. I’m a big Bama fan. The kickoff of the National Championship game Bama vs Clemson was at 7:15pm. It was a test – thank goodness for DVR’s. I had to ignore my phone as I watched the game delayed.)
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend?
D: 3 days a week to the 6:30pm class
G: 3 days per week. Usually 6:30pm.
Favorite CrossFit movement/workout?
D: I like back squats and dead lifts. Doesn’t everybody like those? 🙂
G: I really don’t have a favorite movement- although there are some movements that I dislike less than others. I seem to semi-enjoy deadlifts.
Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout?
D: I hate double-unders because I can’t do them at all and can’t imagine a day when I’ll be able to do them.
G: Anything over my head. Overhead squats, snatch, jerk, wall balls etc.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown?
D: I love seeing the people and working out with my buddies. I love all of my coaches! You guys are the GREATEST!!! I also have numerous chronic back issues, but I feel better than I have felt in decades really.
G:After the first month of crossfit-I lost weight, my clothes started fitting better, I slept better and I physically felt better. I began looking forward to working out and also looked forward to that feeling of accomplishment I was getting after the workout. The gym family at Mudtown is outstanding. We love the fellowship and comradery we get and have made many great new friends.
Favorite thing about Birmingham?
D: Birmingham is big enough without being TOO big of a city. I love living in Cahaba Heights!
G: Mild winters, southern hospitality
Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment?
G: Maybe a month into CrossFit I was doing a workout of 3 rounds for time. After completing the first round(and just about dying) I thought I was done. So I yelled out loudly- “TIME!!!” Danny looked at me and said “Ahh- you have two more rounds to go.” After the workout was over- somebody said ” Who was the joker that yelled “TIME” really quick? I looked around at the crowd and said- ha, not sure who that was.
What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)?
D: Like most parents, we are most proud of our son Cole who is 18 and will be attending Auburn next fall. If I let him leave.
G: My beautiful wife and son- God has blessed me tremendously!
What is your favorite meal?
D: Unfortunately, chicken fettuccine alfredo. Very healthy stuff!!
G: Meatloaf and mashed potatoes w gravy and sweet tea (sorry Billy)
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?
D: I love the outdoors.
G: Golf and cooking.
What is one goal that you are currently working on?
D: Pull ups. I think I will feel cool when I can do at least one pull up!!
Do you have a hidden talent?
D: Not really. I sing. I’ve sung in choirs my whole life. Not very hidden though. Oh I do make the absolute best heath bar cookies!! Not Paleo or Vegan though.
G: I can recognize celebrities voices on television commercials.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you.
D: George and I were next door neighbors after college. That’s how we met. One of my roommates at the time was totally in love with George, but obviously that didn’t work out – for her! We on the other hand have been married 24 years! 🙂 Worked out well for me.
If it’s 6:00am at CrossFit Mudtown, you can bet Lindsey will be there. For the past year and half that’s been her go-to class time. Rarely taking more than two days off! Staying consistent and patient in the process, Lindsey has gained so much strength and overall fitness. She’s a quiet (but confident) leader in the gym and we’re lucky to have her in the community.
Member since: April 2106
What do you do for a living? Stay at home Mom and lovin’ it
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? My brother used to go on and on about CrossFit and I thought “Oh that’s not for me, I could never do that.” A couple years later, my husband decided to give it a try, and being the super competitive person that I am I said “oh no, not without me!” My first workout was CrossFit Total. It was a great workout to have as a starting point to my journey, now I can look back at that and see how far I’ve come.
How many days/week do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I attend the 6am class 5 days a week, unless mom duties or extreme soreness keep me home 🙂
Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Overhead squat
Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Thruster of course
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I never thought I could do CrossFit due to some heart issues I’ve dealt with for most of my life and although I do struggle sometimes, I’m amazed at what I’m capable of these days. I thank God literally everyday on my way to the gym for the privilege of getting to workout. That is what keeps me coming back, and of course the awesome 6am crew that pushes and encourages me! And shout out to my accountability and workout partner Julie McMakin who doesn’t let me skip a day!
Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? It was back squat Monday. Mid squat I realized the weight was too heavy and I couldn’t stand back up. Instead of bailing out, I froze and the barbell rolled all the way down my back and onto the floor. Luckily, no one was injured.
Favorite thing about Birmingham? I love all the outdoor activities. My family and I enjoy camping, playing disc golf, mountain biking, swimming, etc. There’s always something to do.
What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? In the gym: pull ups and I just recently got chest-to-bar pull ups! Outside the gym: Being a wife and mom. God has a way of changing our plans to His plans and making life better than we could imagine.
What is your favorite meal? Chicken Shawarma from Eli’s Jerusalem Grill
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? Going to the beach, working on house projects with Forrest, and playing board games with anyone who will play!
What is one goal that you are currently working on? Still working on getting 5 strict pull-ups. I’m up to 2 so far.
Do you have a hidden talent? I can wiggle my ears
Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. While in the Coast Guard I was a crane operator, which I actually thoroughly enjoyed.