Kip Colwell, Riptide’s athlete of the month!


Here at Riptide CrossFit we pride ourselves on our community of friends, fellow athletes and everyone who really makes the box feel like a great place to be!  We are very proud to have each and every one of you guys and gals with us, working hard, making friends and building a strong community of people who support one another in not only fitness goals but also many other aspects of our daily lives.

This month is our very first addition of Riptide’s Athlete of the Month.  Each month we will bring you a short Q and A  from one of our box members about their journey down the CrossFit path, their goals, their progress and their insight into what it means to be a CrossFit Athlete.

We have many many members in the gym who work hard, strive for more and go above and beyond and hopefully we will here from each and every one of them.  To kick off this new addition to the Riptide world, we chose someone who really stands out in the box… Not only because of his hard work, his progress and his commitment… but also because of his great attitude and friendly personality that he blesses us with every time he sets foot in the box, helping to create and support the type of community that we strive to build and maintain here in the box. We present to you Mr. Kip “The Powerhouse” Colwell!

“Soooo, Mr. Kip, could you tell us a little bit about how you found out about CrossFit, why you started, and how long have you been CrossFitting?”

“I Started CrossFit on July 1,2013 over 300lb and really out of shape on a free 2 week pass for On-ramp. So I thought hey, if after 2 weeks I don’t like it what’s the harm. The first night of On-ramp, I showed up a bit early so I could watch the earlier class before we got started. They were doing “The Filthy 50”, one of the most grueling workouts in crossfit which consists of…

50 Box jumps, (24/20)
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings (35/26)
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press (45/35)
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots (20/16)
50 Burpees
50 Double unders,

and immediately I was thinking “what have I gotten myself into.” I made it through the first 2 weeks and I was tired in ways I hand never been. But I liked it and I was hooked.”




“Why CrossFit over an ordinary gym?”

“I have tried the traditional gym for many years. Over and over getting bored with the repetition of the standard workout. My favorite thing about CrossFit is the variety of workouts. You never know what’s coming next.”

“What were some of your initial goals when joining the box?”

“When I first got to RipTide, my only goal was to lose weight and better my overall level of fitness”

“What have been your results, struggles, progress, gains, losses in accordance to your goals?”

“Currently I have lost 50 lbs and gained more muscle mass than I had in high school. I still need to work on my diet, plan out my meals better. My personal greatest moment at RipTide was the day I ran a 9:57 mile with Najeeb pacing and me encouraging me making sure I did not give up. I know 9:57 is not a great time, but for me it felt like I had won.”

“Any thoughts on Riptide as a whole?”

“Well, I did try another CrossFit before coming to RipTide, but at RipTide it just felt right. It felt like a community and i didn’t feel like just another number. I could not ask for a better group of people to work out with and call my friends.”

“Kip, What is the secret to being a good CrossFitter?”

“The secret to being a good CrossFitter is to not worry about how fast someone else is or how much someone can lift. Just stay within your own means and keep going ’till you’re done. The rest will come.”

“Can you leave us with one quote, either from yourself or someone else that you find inspirational?”

“The only limitations one has are the ones they place on themselves” — Muhammad Ali

“On a final note, once you reach your goals, set new ones! It’s the thing that keeps you going”

Well folks! There you have it, up close and personal from one of Riptide’s finest. Next time you see Kip in the box be sure to give him a high five or a flying chest bump! Thanks Kip! Stayed tuned for our March addition of Riptide’s Athlete of the month.

– Pictures courtesy of Rachel Leake –

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