A New Year, A New Website!
Written by C.J. Martin

It’s been a LONG time coming…. I have had plans to redesign the website for two years – slightly more actually. It had been the bane of my existence. It was functional, and folks even liked it, but I knew it could be so much better. After a lot of procrastination, dragging my feet and demanding perfection before we launched, I have been convinced we can wait no longer.

Before I go on and explain some of the improvements, I want to give a huge shout out and much thanks to Ben Sullins. Ben has not only been the primary engineer of this new and improved website, but he has also been the prod that has moved it along when it was the last thing to which I wanted to pay attention. Without Ben, it would probably be another two years before we made any changes.

Additionally, Wayne Slavin pitched in more time than he could possible manage while finishing up a masters at Columbia and working full-time out in New York. It didn’t seem to matter how busy he was, he was willing to help when called upon.

So let’s get into it . . .

The new blog has a little different layout. We have separated the blog article from the workouts. This should allow us to better highlight our substantive blog articles. I am proud of the content our coaches produce for our community, and the more I can shine a light on their good research and writing, the happier I think our community will be.

Where is my workout?
On the top right hand side we have neat little tabs for the workout of the day for all three of our different programs. Click the “Fitness” tab and it will reveal the Fitness Workout of the Day. Same goes for “Competition” and “Performance.”

Where do I post my comments and results?
Part of the idea behind separating the blog article from the workouts of the day was to encourage better usage for logging workout results and foster more discussion about the articles posted. We want our online community to be interactive. We have a great community that has never (and may never) set foot in Invictus. We want to keep them in the loop and engage them in dialogue, and we also want to be able to support them and celebrate their successes in their workouts. So in my ideal world, two things would happen:
(1) Lots of people would comment, ask questions or start discussions about the article in the comments section under the article. This is the forum where our coaches dwell and help to answer questions or expand upon what was written in the article. It should also be where our members dwell to congratulate others, make announcements or start discussions that pertain to the whole community.
(2) Everyone would post their workout results in the “Post Results” section of each workout. We preach tracking your workouts and progress, and encourage everyone to do so through their Performance Logs at Invictus. But there is no reason you cannot keep track electronically. The “Post Results” section can serve as your workout log. That way you know the exact workout you performed and you have an easily searchable way to look back at your previous performances. It also means you can see what your peers were doing. For example, if everyone following the “Competition” workouts diligently posts their results under the Competition workout each day, we will have a great community of support and friendly competition to help motivate you all.

Can I use Facebook?
You bet your boots you can! I tried desperately to fight the TwitFace revolution, but it appears that 99% of you all love social networking. I am apparently too old to fully grasp it, but I do recognize that it makes life easier for some of you if you can keep up to date through one medium. Facebook is now integrated with the site, so if you choose to use Facebook, we just made your life easier. If you don’t love the Facebook stuff, no worries, you still have the option to post just like you always did.

Can I buy some Invictus gear?
ABSOLUTELY!!! The online store is up and running . . . and all of our gear is modeled by your favorite coaches! Some descriptions will be added and some improvements made over the course of the next week or two, but at least we’re operational for those of you that want to purchase some gear and cannot get down to Invictus.

More to come!
We had to get this site launched on January 1 or I could not have lived with myself. BUT, this is just the beginning. We have in the works several more improvements to the website that we will roll out over the next several days and weeks. This is a work in progress, but it’s the direction we want to move in, and that makes me very happy!

A Call for Feedback!
As I hope you know, we are constantly searching for better ways to serve our community. We find that the inspiration for our best ideas always comes from members of our community. So please tell us what you think of the new website. What works well for you? What would you improve upon? How can we make the website something that better suits your needs as a member of our community?

Looking forward to your feedback, and above all, looking forward to progressing with you in 2012!

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nichole
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nichole

Beautiful site! Thank you CJ, Ben and Wayne!!!

Jim Martin
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Jim Martin

The new site really is the face of Invictus. Congratulations to CJ, Ben and Wayne!

Karen Martin
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Karen Martin

Really love the new layout!

Stetson
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Stetson

LOVE THE NEW DESIGN!

Nuno Costa
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Nuno Costa

We miss you

Jason Y.
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Jason Y.

Great redesign — as a visitor to San Diego though, I’m having trouble finding the schedule for WODs on the site. Am I being dense? Thanks!

Jason Y.
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Jason Y.

never mind. I am. 🙂 please don’t approve either of these messages.

Ayo Anise
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Ayo Anise

Awesome job on the new website! Congrats on the launch. Way to start the new year off with a bang!

Mary Dehart
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Mary Dehart

Beautiful new look. Love it CJ. What happened to the Saturday comments though, looks like most of them are gone.

Sean Erb
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Sean Erb

happy new year and the site looks great

Shawn D
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Shawn D

CJ,

It looks like you’ve hit a home run again with your new website. Nice job! You, your coaches, your gym, and your athletes continue to lead the way in community and fitness and pushing the CrossFit envelope. Love it.

Lena Caron
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Lena Caron

Wow, the site looks fantastic! Looks like all the hard work has paid off – why am I not surprised… Happy New Year, all!

mrjling
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mrjling

Great to be able to post/check results in this manner. Hopefully everyone starts doing it.

also, how about some Twitter integration of the WODs? For us FB refusers.

Invictus Fitness
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Invictus Fitness

How about the ability to comment via Twitter MrJling?

mrjling
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mrjling

Haha, that was fast. Awesome!

Invictus Fitness
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Invictus Fitness

That’s how we roll 🙂 What else did you have in mind for Twitter integration?

Alicia
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Alicia

Hey CJ! The website looks so awesome! I can’t wait to see what other improvements you have made over the holidays! Speaking of which, what’s the schedule for tomorrow? Normal or holiday? Looking forward to getting back at it!

Invictus
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Invictus

If anyone is having issues using the facebook comments option we’re working on it. For now you can use the other comment options or just refresh the page after attempting to login and you should be good to go. Happy New Year!

mrjing
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mrjing

Holy cats this is awesome! Great idea of separating articles and wods.

Darren Ellis
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Darren Ellis

Looks awesome CJ. Clean, simple, easy to navigate.

The only bad thing is that you’ve made me feel useless….. I was supposed to have OUR new site up yesterday….. 🙂

Courtney Johnson
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Courtney Johnson

New year, new website. Love it!

Courtney Johnson
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Courtney Johnson

Love the new Invictus website!!

Bridget
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Bridget

What a nice Sunday evening surprise! This site feels like Invictus. Good work team. I can’t wait to get back at it tomorrow.

John P.
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John P.

I was browsing through the store and noticed that it does not seem that any of the t-shirts or other clothing have any size options? Are they all one size/is that all you have in stock at this time?

John P.
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John P.

The new site looks great BTW! I like the layout a lot.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Wow!! This is so very cool…I love the layout! Great job everyone!!