4310 N. Martin Ave, Building A
Bethany, OK 73008
Oklahoma City, OK
The modest Clinton Trench comes to us from a musical background. Growing up, Clinton pursued music lessons through his formative years until, as an adult, he realized he needed to spend more time on his fitness and health than he had previously. Clinton added running and weights into his exercise regimen until the bass-player-by-night took advantage of the generous offer of his employers to pay for a CrossFit membership. Luckily for us, he chose Koda! And the rest is history, as they say, but we would be doing a disservice to Clinton and to ourselves to leave it at that.
Recalling his first day at Koda, he remembers feeling uneasy. “I remember walking in and being extremely nervous my first day, but I don’t remember the specific workout. I do remember a few of the experiences within my first few classes though. I remember Brice telling me (while I was lying on the floor…not much has changed in that aspect) “It doesn’t get easier, you just get better.”
This regular of the afternoon classes has, indeed, gotten better. Ruefully remembering the effort of deadlifting under 200 pounds almost causing him to pass out, Clinton now boasts an extremely competent and respectable deadlift of 435 pounds. He can also squat well over 300 pounds, and no longer does a 135 pound clean hold any trepidation for this diligent athlete. He has learned to manage his energy systems efficiently, and he even placed in the top half of his group in Koda’s First-Timer’s competition.
Clinton keeps a busy schedule, working a full-time job as well as music rehearsals and gigs, as many as 6 times a week, but Clinton continues to make his fitness a priority. As for his motivation, he cites the community, which he enriches every day we get a chance to see him. It’s only appropriate to leave you with Clinton’s own words:
“Koda is the reason I use CrossFit for my exercise. The people and coaches at Koda are the reason I show up every day to get my ass kicked. And boy does that happen more often than I’d like to admit… I enjoy lifting heavy things. I enjoy the technique that goes into lifting heavy things. I don’t particularly enjoy peeling myself off of the ground, but alas, that comes with the territory. I don’t come to Koda for the CrossFit. I come to CrossFit for the Koda. #kodameansfriend”
Clinton, you are a piece of what makes Koda CrossFit what it is.
I have been doing CrossFit for almost a year and a half. I decided to give a try for the first time because I was ready for something new. I had tried going to conventional gyms, but saw no results. I never had a plan of what I was going to do in the gym. That is what initially drew me to CrossFit for the first time. The workouts were programmed so all I had to do is show up and do it. I was hooked after the first class. Growing up, I was never all that strong. The results I’ve seen at Koda have been the biggest motivating factor in my fitness journey. I am getting stronger everyday and I have never looked or felt better in my life. Exercising used to feel like a chore, but now, going to class everyday is something I look forward to. CrossFit has been incorporated into my routine to where it feels odd if I miss a day.
The community at Koda is very uplifting. The people there are also a big reason that brings me back day after day. I have made some great and lasting friendships in the gym. It is very rewarding to push through a difficult workout alongside your friends while encouraging each other along the way. The coaches are fantastic. They are very observant and helpful to make sure everyone is being safe but also having fun with their fitness. They will always listen to your questions and concerns and help you every step of the way.
If you’re on the fence about trying CrossFit, just remember that everyone has to start from somewhere. All it took for me was one class. Come on in and say hi and find out how much you are able to accomplish!
Why did you start CrossFit?
In an effort to lose weight, I have tried just about everything: Zumba, spin class, boot camp, cardio theater, and even personal training. In February 2014, I decided to give CrossFit a try because there was a gym so close to my house. Two and a half years later, I am addicted. I’m happier and stronger than I could have imagined. I’m thinner, too, but that’s not a priority anymore. Now I’m motivated to learn new skills and lift even heavier.
What has kept you motivated throughout your journey?
Two things: the friends I’ve made and the progress I’ve seen. The only thing better than lifting a weight you never thought possible or mastering a skill you never dreamed you could is watching your friends achieve goals they’ve been working toward.
What is your favorite part about the Koda Community?
In all my group fitness experience, I never really made friends at the gym. Sure, I would see the same group of women at a Zumba class every week or admire the form of the same guy in bootcamp. Maybe we’d chat a bit before or after class. But it wasn’t until CrossFit that I made true friends at the gym. Even though we see each other every day at the box, it’s not enough. Once or twice a week, we go out for dinner, drinks, dancing, pool parties or something else. These people have become family.
What is your favorite movement in crossFit?
Double-unders, but pull-ups are becoming a close second. It took me years (literally 2 years) tolearn to string them together. Now that I can do it, I love seeing pull-up WODs on the board!
What would you say to 1st timers thinking about starting crossFit?
There’s this motivational fitness quote that “you’ll thank yourself in three months for starting now.” It may be cheesy, but it’s not wrong. Stop over-analyzing, stop worrying, stop waiting.Show up today and find out what you can achieve in three months.
The start of my story is not uncommon. I was an active college kid who could get away with horrible nutrition habits. The bad habits stuck even when I graduated college and the activity was replaced by a desk job. Before long I was the heaviest I’d ever been at 240 pounds. Five years out of college I decided to make a classic January 1 change and started doing P90x/Beach Body style programs with a buddy. I saw some great results but my work-out buddy eventually quit. My own commitment varied over the years and my weight constantly fluctuated. It became a joke at work because my team would win the company’s “Biggest Loser” challenge every year. For four years in a row, I’d be diligent from January through April, followed by a downhill slope through summer and fall. I was bored doing the same things in the gym, with no one to hold me accountable.
Of course I’d heard about CrossFit, but had never really considered it. Nine years after college, though, Koda Native opened their doors across the street from my office. I had a hard time talking myself into investing the money into a membership when I had a free gym at the office, but I’m so glad I gave it a chance. When I started at Koda I was overweight and out of shape. I’d never done barbell work and didn’t know the difference between a clean and a snatch. But I kept coming, every morning, day after day. It was and still is exciting. Having work-out buddies is like having multiple coaches; the community keeps you accountable. I know that if I don’t show up at 5:30 a.m., I’ll get called out.
Nine months after starting the journey—long after I’d normally quit a fitness routine—I’m in the best shape of my life. I went from being able to having a 185 pound max clean to competing in the First Timers competition and completing the front squat/clean ladder ending at 225 pounds. My friends still push me to get better every day. There have been countless times when I would have used a lighter weight or scaled a workout if it had not been for the people encouraging me.
My only Koda gear is a pair of socks, for which I get ribbed on constantly. But I can’t see myself anywhere else. The coaches are excellent, the programming is elite, and the community is unbeatable.
I’ve been doing CrossFit for a little over a year now and thinking back to when I first started to now, I can only get excited about the gains that are next to come. I remember when I first started, being able to run 400 meters was a major challenge that left me straight exhausted. Now I can run 4 miles.
Starting out, bench press was a struggle using 155 pounds and I have never been able to bench my body weight before CrosFit. Today I weigh 225 and can bench 245! Two things I never thought I’d be able to do in CrossFit were toes to bar and double unders. After six months in CrossFit I could do one toes to bar and now I can do 10. As far as double unders, I keep breaking my record that started with one. Now I can say I’ve done 45 in row!
Another cool thing about where I started to where I am now, is that I have lost 45 pounds, while putting on muscle. I can go on and on about all the gains that have taken place in the last year, but the most important gain I have experienced since joining CrossFit are all the new friends I have and the relationships that are built as we do this together.
Thank God I found the courage to walk through those gym doors that first day, and thank God for the determination to keep coming back.
Having grown up playing sports my whole life I really felt a void was missing after graduating college and no longer having a group of people to participate in athletics with. I joined CrossFit with the hopes of having that again and I found that and so much more with Koda CrossFit Native! The camaraderie that comes with this group of people can not be beat. You have people to celebrate your successes with, people to motivate each other during workouts, and people constantly encouraging you to believe in yourself and your abilities. My time with Koda CrossFit Native has allowed to me continually PR all my lifts throughout the past year. With the coaches at the gym, I have learned how to successfully do pull-ups, toes-to-bar, handstand push-ups, and just overall become a better athlete everyday!