Thank you, FCCF Family for the incredible 2019 canned food drive.

Welcome back to Kipping it Real with Coach Meg! I am so glad you are here today and every day, but today I want to tell you about the Franciscan Kitchen and the close of our Canned Food Drive.

Most of you know our canned goods went to the Franciscan Kitchen here in Louisville, but do you know why?

In 2018 the Louisville Homeless Census data suggested that there were over 7,000 homeless people here in our own backyard. That number is only expected to climb.

The Franciscan Kitchen is cooking y’all! Located in the heart of downtown on South Preston Street, from 10:30 to 12:30pm, Monday through Friday, there are about 500 people walking through their doors to get a meal at least 5 days a week. They are serving well over 2,500 meals per week. Let me repeat that, 2,500 meals are served PER WEEK! They say 180 POUNDS OF GREEN BEANS CAN BE SERVED IN A SINGLE DAY! The Franciscan Kitchen has a van driven by caring souls to salvage food each day from local businesses in our community like Whole Foods, Longhorn, some Papa John’s, some KFCs, a few Krogers, etc. Kentucky Harvest helps the Franciscan Kitchen find places with unused food around the city each day. Their van then sets out early the morning to collect the available food. The need for our community to not be wasteful is of vast importance. I urge you to read this article

On a personal note, those giant boxes were set up, I never dreamed they would overflow like they did. It is truly exceptional how this community steps up for those in need. Being friends with kind and giving people like you all is an honor.

Thank you for the generosity this year. Your efforts allowed Fern Creek CrossFit to give over 88 pounds of rice, over 65 pounds of beans, over 60 pounds of green beans, over 45 pounds of oats, 35 plus jars of spaghetti sauce, oils, spices, and more.

I’d like to thank Coach John for his time. On Wednesday of last week, during the power outage, we met at the gym and he helped load can after can, box after box. We then drove downtown to drop off the donations. When we arrived at the Franciscan Kitchen they asked if we needed a service cart for the donations? We said yes and instantly filled that cart. A kind gentlemen said he better get another. Within minutes it became apparent we needed another. He laughed and said he better get the industrial cart this time! The next thing I knew, we had several volunteers slinging 15 lbs. bags of rice over their shoulders, the industrial cart was already loaded, and a fourth cart was ready as well. They were all seemily surprised what one little CrossFit gym out of Fern Creek had done. I shared with the man who brought the first cart out that many people made this possible. It was a moving moment. 

That moment was because every single one of you. 

“As you grown older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

Lastly, thank you to those who brought cans in that we never recognized. Thank you to those who contributed to their kid’s canned food drives and couldn’t contribute to this one. Thank you to those who are saving for Toys for Tots. Thank you to those who are saving to make Christmas magical for their loved ones. Thank you to those who have to save to support their CrossFit habit. We see you all. You never owe anyone any explanation for how you spend your money or how you choose to donate it.

We are simply thankful you are here. End of discussion.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. – The Fern Creek CrossFit Coaching Staff.

*After the holidays pass, we are planning a volunteer day with the Franciscan Kitchen where some folks would be kitchen volunteers and some would be food servers. This will take place the last Saturday of January or February.  Those two possible dates will be, Saturday, January 25th or Saturday, February 29th. As soon as we have confimation, we will keep you informed.

Kipping it Real: Open Edition

Hi guys! Thanks for visiting Kipping it Real with Coach Meg! Guess what? It’s the most wonderful time of year because…


The bad news? You’re probably not going to the CrossFit Games. Sorry to be Debbie Downer, however, the Open gives you a chance to assess your fitness after five challenging workouts. It gives you a solid blueprint of what areas need work! The Open is designed to test your limits, leave you exhausted, bring us all closer together, and should definitely leave you feeling accomplished. If it doesn’t you are being too hard on yourself!

The coaching staff and myself wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Open! There is always a bit of magic when it comes to the Open and with a community like this, it usually comes when you step back and watch the people surrounding you. That is what it is all about! You will see personal records being set, limits being stretched further than ever thought possible, a strong show of support for one another, and unbreakable bonds being formed.

Magic, I tell ya! Enjoy every second.


Canned Food Drive

The canned food drive is currently taking place and will go through Friday, October 25th! That is only 2 weeks from today.

We need all the help we can get! Please bring in any nonperishable items you can spare.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated as all donations will go to the Franciscan Kitchen here in Louisville.

Burgener Strength Weightlifting Seminar

The Burgener Strength Weightlifting Seminar will take place at Fern Creek CrossFit on Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th.

Christmas Party

The Christmas Party is set for December 7th, 2019. Save that date!

Lastly, thank you all for making this community what it is… something so very special. Feel free to send me any great moments you capture of the Open!

Go do a random act of kindness and check back soon for another edition of Kipping it Real with Coach Meg!

Canned Food Drive Starts October 1st!

Hi guys. Thanks for visiting Kipping it Real with Coach Meg! I’m glad you are here.

Bright Spots

Thanks for being you, Trent!

I’d love to call attention to Coach Trent today. Trent did a random act of kindness that left me almost speechless. He went above and beyond to make sure one of our members was taken care of and his true colors shined bright. We’ve got some amazing people inside the walls of Fern Creek CrossFit. Trent didn’t want any attention for what was done so I will leave it at that.

Superwoman or Super woman? (Also, that t-shirt!)

Guess who had their first day back to the gym postpartum this week? That’s right Ellie Pardue, I’m talking about you girl! We see you! Not only did she come back with a vengeance, Ellie signed up to run the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon in April! Is there anything this mama cannot do?! If you find out, let me know.

The canned food drive starts October 1st. All collected goods will benefit The Franciscan Kitchen here in Louisville. The Franciscan Kitchen, which was founded in 1980, is known for serving “homeless, hungry, and street people.” They operate solely on donations and with generosity from volunteers. It is estimated they serve about 420 hot lunches daily, Monday thru Friday. The Louisville community has a great need for this facility and it would be a true honor to help them in some small way.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Throughout October we will collect nonperishable items. The Franciscan Kitchen is looking for things like –

  • 1. Beans
  • 2. Rice
  • 3. Shelf-stable milk
  • 4. Peanut butter and jelly
  • 5. Canned fish
  • 6. Healthy soups or stews
  • 7. Pasta sauce and canned tomatoes
  • 8. Granola bars
  • 9. Popcorn
  • 10. Quinoa
  • 11. Pastas
  • 12. Oatmeal
  • 13. Rolled Oats
  • 14. Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 15. Nuts and seeds (unsalted)
  • 16. Beef, Chicken, and Vegetable Broths and Stocks
  • 17. Canola and Olive Oil
  • 18. Salt and Pepper
  • 19. Honey or Maple Syrup
I’ll shop for you : )

If you are busy and would like a personal shopper, you can Venmo me and I would be more than happy to grab some of the items on the list and give you a receipt. You can also go directly to their website and give a monetary donation at

Over 420 hot lunches PER DAY…

I’d love to introduce the Franciscan Community to the Fern Creek CrossFit Community!

The Franciscan Kitchen does a Christmas Giveaway of coats, hats, underwear, toiletries, and blankets to adults each year. They give clothing and toys to children. (This is something for us to think about as December approaches…)

December 7th!
Be there or be square!

Speaking of Christmas, our annual Christmas party has been set for December 7th. Mark those calendars now! Can’t wait to celebrate with you all.

That’s it for today! Thanks again for taking time out of your day to catch up around here. Go do a random act of kindness and check back soon for another edition of Kipping it Real with Coach Meg.

If you know of someone who has done an act of kindness or that has been working their tail off that you feel should receive some recognition or encouragement, please let me know! I’d love to include them in a Bright Spot.

Kipping It Real with Coach Meg

Hot off the presses! It’s the first ever edition of Kipping it Real with Coach Meg! I’m so glad you are here today.

Bright Spots

Here at Kipping it Real we will always start with a bit of happiness. You’ve stopped by on a GREAT day because there is an abundance of joy to go around!

Best wishes!

First and foremost, a huge congratulations goes out to John and Erin Spyrka on their recent wedding in Florida. We are truly thrilled for you both and wish you a lifetime of happiness!  

We’ve got Thomas Roundtree, who not only just celebrated a birthday, but casually passed his Level One Certificate as well. 

Aaron Davis completed the same Level One Course and also received his certificate. Congratulations to both of these gentlemen on a job well done!

Latest L1 participants at FCCF! Can you find Thomas and Aaron?

It should be mentioned that several Level One Certificate Seminars have been held at the gym, which is an enormous honor, but let me be the first to tell you that the L1 exam is no cake walk! Leading up to the seminar weekend, these athletes are doing copious amounts of studying. During the L1 weekend, they are learning a plethora of information in a short period of time. My hats off to both of you gentlemen and all of our recent participants at FCCF. We are so proud of each and every one of you.

Jamie going to work!

This past weekend we had a slew of athletes competing in Festivus! Shout out to Trent Miller, Erick and Laurie Lawson, Nicholas Triplett, Jamie Pyron, and Bryan Brown for their drive, heart, and representation.

Representing at Festivus.

Laurie brought home a 3rd place finish, as did Erick and Bryan! All of you put in such effort. It is inspiring to witness such dedication on a weekly basis.

Nutrition is vital in fitness. It gives you the fuel your body requires to do what you do each day. When you are on the go, as most of us are, finding quick and healthy options to fuel the body can prove challenging. That is why a big round of applause is warranted for all of the Fern Creek CrossFit Nutrition Challenge participants. Over the past 8 weeks, several of our members have stepped outside of their comfort zones and worked towards a healthier lifestyle. Shout out to Olivia McGuire on her 1st place finish and Stephanie Green for coming in hot with 2nd place. Job well done ladies! Congratulations to Kevin Forcht for finishing in 1st place and Cliff Peters in 2nd place for our gentlemen. Impressive work guys!

Pamela Gagnon hosts The Gymnastics Course!

Lastly for our Bright Spots, I’d like to mention several of our lady rock stars who attended The Gymnastics Course. FCCF Coaches Amanda, Lindsey, Tracy, and former coach Vee, all took time out of their busy schedules to gain additional knowledge that can be applied when coaching each and every day! It can be easy to forget that these women wear many hats and have a lot of responsibilities outside of the gym. The four of them are employed, some are wives, mothers, girlfriends, aunts, sisters, dog moms, caregivers, and all are the greatest friends (but the writer of this post may be slightly biased!) Thank you all for working hard and continuing to better yourselves.

Quick plug – Goal Setting Sessions are taking place now. Feel free to reach out to set up your session. You walk away with valuable information that helps you to personalize attainable goals. Don’t be intimidated or embarrassed or think you don’t have time. It takes 10 minutes or less. We are at your service!

Let the guessing game of “What will the next workout be?” begin!

Stay tuned for upcoming information on The CrossFit Open starting October 10th, 2019. There will be longer open gym hours on Saturdays and Sundays to get your Open workout in and submitted.

That’s wraps up our inaugural voyage together. Normally I’ll share a Bright Spot or two and then dive in to a fitness related topic of sorts, but we had so much positivity to discuss, let’s leave it at that. Go do a random act of kindness and check back soon for another edition of Kipping it Real with Coach Meg.