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It’s here! It’s here! Welcome, all, to Week 1 of The CrossFit Games 2017 Open. Whether you’re gearing up for 17.1, looking forward to cheering on your gym-mates, or just bracing yourselves for all the madness — please be sure to check out our upcoming class schedule changes, which go into place starting this weekend and will last for the duration of the Open. Dust off those cowbells; start warming up those cheering voices — Week 1, here we go!: http://crossfitdc.com/2017/02/21/open-season-upcoming-schedule-changes/. (Photo: Charles W.)
It’s a tale as old as time. Girl discovers CrossFit. Girl falls in love. Girl meets guy. Will he or won’t he drink the Kool-Aid, too? You gotta jump to the blog to find out! Our latest and greatest CFDC Athlete Spotlight: http://crossfitdc.com/2017/02/01/athlete-spotlight-christina-k-and-patrick-w/.
Before rocking the platform at the 2016 American Open… Before earning a berth to the 2017 USA Weightlifting Nationals… #TBT Coach Emily’s first-ever weightlifting meet, circa 2012, aptly hosted by DC Weightlifting Club back at CFDC’s old stomping grounds in Kalorama. * * * Repost @musclehamster6: I’m glad I found this discipline. My first weightlifting competition in early 2012, with my pants rolled up above my knees #iwasbrandnew #importanttohaveporpoise #chfpweightlifting #dcweightliftingclub
Welcome Coach Emily! We’re thrilled to introduce Emily Baskin as the newest member of the CrossFit DC coaching team. If Emily’s name or cheery smile seem familiar, that isn’t surprising, given her years as a mainstay of the DC-area CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting communities. A veteran coach and accomplished national-level Olympic weightlifter, Emily has dedicated her career in health and fitness to the belief that “anybody and any body can be powerful, strong, and confident.” We love her positive energy and passion for coaching, and we know you will, too. Emily will begin coaching classes in January, and we’ll look forward to seeing her at both 14th Street and H Street throughout the week. Until then, you may just catch her dropping in for a class or workout or two — please be sure to introduce yourself and say hello. Welcome, Coach Emily, to the CrossFit DC family!: http://crossfitdc.com/2016/12/22/welcome-emily.
Huddle up, team — here’s a rare peek ahead at the unknown and unknowable. This weekend’s Base Camp programming is… the same programming as our daily class workout. Saturday’s class will feature a max-effort clean-and-jerk. Base Camp will tackle the same task, in our usual small-group, technique-focused format, with practical review and lightweight practice prior to max-effort attempts. ** As such, this weekend, Base Camp participants should choose one or the other — class OR Base Camp; NOT both. ** Base Camp — Saturday, 12/17: http://crossfitdc.com/2016/12/14/base-camp-12172016/.
Mannequin challenge, or mobilizing? No need to freeze up when it comes to active recovery — it’s Thursday, which means Mobility Night at CFDC. We’re on for 6:30pm Mobility Class with Dr. Kate W., this week at H Street. Come out for some guided stretching and mobility work with our resident physical therapist. Sign-ups in advance via Front Desk much appreciated: https://crossfitdc.frontdeskhq.com/group_classes/77958.
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!
Quick reminder, CFDC: Rowing Seminar this Saturday! Are rowing workouts what you dread most in CrossFit? Not sure what you’re doing wrong, or what you could be doing better? Come join our resident rowing expert Coach Tess and Philadelphia-based rowing coach Aaron Preetam for a 90-minute seminar focused on rowing technique and efficiency. We won’t guarantee that you’ll love rowing by the end, but we’ll help you say “way enough” to some of the bad habits and inefficiencies standing between you and your fullest rowing potential! Cost: $20/participant. Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Rowing Seminar.” Spaces limited! Saturday, 12/3: https://www.instagram.com/p/BM9P85SBWJX/.
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