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Sending our very best wishes to longtime CFDCers Elyse M. and Shawn I., who are all packed up and on the road to their new digs in sunny SoCal. Shawn took the first sip of the Kool-Aid (motivated, rumor has it, by wanting to look like a character from 300 for his wedding), completing Elements with Coach Tom in September 2013. Elyse wasn’t far behind, though. Next thing you know, both were regulars at 14th Street evening classes, and familiar faces at gym events — from happy hours to the Smackdown to the Open. We won’t soon forget the time Coach Steve convinced Elyse to jump in and do “Helen” with the other CFDC coaches — after she had just done the workout in class. (We always knew there was an animal behind that calm, sweet demeanor!) Or the time Shawn I. — King of Open “Firsts” if there ever was one — locked out his very first bar muscle-up in the 2016 Open; a worthy follow-up to hitting his very first ring muscle-up in the 2015 Open. “We may not remember a lot of the individual workouts (it’s our coping mechanism), but we will sure as hell remember the people we suffered through them with and the coaches that got us to where we are today,” Elyse says. “It sounds cliche but CFDC changed our lives for the better and it’s a huge reason we are so sad to leave DC. Our next box has such big shoes to fill it almost feels impossible… we will forever consider CFDC our home.” Come back and visit soon, you too. Much love from your (forever and ever) CFDC family!