From Lawyer to Gladiator – the Story of Gracie Tafoya
Interview by Bryce Smith

Editor’s Note: Gracie was one of our stellar Members of the Month in September and we have been so impressed with her hard work and accomplishments that we wanted to share her story to inspire others. Gracie is not only hilarious and fun to be around she is also the pinnacle of hard work and inspires everyone she spends time with. Congratulations, Gracie, on all of your trips to PR City!

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The Invictus ‘Sorority Girls’ Have Been Crushing it Lately!
Video by Bryce Smith

Studies show that it is the quality of our relationships that makes us truly happy. These girls exemplify true friendship and are always there for one another through thick and thin. They represent true community in the sport of fitness and I am beyond grateful to be able to spend so much quality time with such great people. It’s the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey.

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Better Than Yesterday
Written by Invictus member Jeff Brown

Better than yesterday. Those three words have become my daily mantra in my training sessions with Bryce Smith. He uses that saying frequently as a way to describe not only how to approach fitness, but life in general.

I started training at Invictus just about ten months ago and with Bryce exactly nine months ago today. I was new to CrossFit when I came to Invictus and although I was in decent shape, I was new to many of the movements and felt overwhelmed with the idea of treating fitness like a sport.

Finding Strength In Spite of Overwhelming Obstacles
Written By Bryce Smith

I got off the phone a few hours ago with my Great Great Uncle. He is in his late eighties now and is battling Leukemia, prostate cancer and diabetes. He has some heart issues and has fractured just about every bone in his body because he is too stubborn to stop riding his bicycle and well…let’s just say that he says that ‘cars are stupid’.

He has finally succumb to a stationary bicycle which he rides every day. Anyway, I gave him a call as my dad told me that the doctors said he was not doing so well.

Get Outside for Many Amazing Benefits
Written By Bryce Smith

One of my favorite mantras is to “get outside of the box.” So many people live inside of a box and limit their potential because they are stuck in the comfort bubble and never look or go outside. This can range from staying in one area where your perception is limited, or literally staying inside instead of going outside. From years of observation, the main thing missing from most modern day training programs is people taking their training outside. Spending at least one day engaging in outdoor activities has so many amazing benefits and the change of scenery helps to refresh athletes for the following day or week.