Get outside. Then come back in.

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dave silver

Summer is an interesting season in the gym. It is warm, sunny, and light out until 10 pm so folks have a very easy time finding other things to do instead of come in and lift weights. I love it. One of the big reasons we do this in here is so that all of the stuff out there is … Read More

Be open to it

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The other day CI and I were in a Starbucks ranting about deadlifts and power cleans when a woman behind me taps me on the shoulder and asks me if I am a trainer. I confirm and then she jumps into her story. I love a good story and I always am happy to add to the list of places … Read More

Xplore CrossFit supports indignant motivations

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  Several years ago an aerobically fit but muscularly pathetic CEO of a not quite flourishing start up joined XCF. Shortly after, he signed up his whole staff in an effort to create a legion of programmers with sick deadlifts and muscle ups. He succeeded on all counts. That man’s name was Charles Bartholomew Augustus Mount. That company is called … Read More

Xplore CrossFit digs buff Indians(like from India)

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A couple of years ago Giridar Gowrishankar walked into XCF and said he wanted to get stronger. He knew nothing about exercise or nutrition. He came in ready to learn and ready to work and over the next few years the change was remarkable. I am not just talking about the physical transormations. It is great to help someone lose … Read More

Xplore CrossFit believes in sucking a little less

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I spent the past week in Los Angeles completing some continuing education. I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost a decade now, so I thought I would push my mind, and my body in a completely new direction. I am taking an indoor cycling instructor course with Flywheel. It is pushing me harder than I thought it would. It is more challenging, more … Read More

Xplore CrossFit believes in the 31st rep

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Check out White Tim’s 31st rep We lift heavy weights. We do things for time. The combination of these two things is often criticized by CrossFit naysayers as dangerous, ineffective, or both. The case I would make against such things comes down to attitudes of trainers and athletes. Fast is a relative term. Doing something quickly doesn’t have to correlate … Read More

Xplore CrossFit loves effort

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Right now I am sitting at the beautiful, and inspired front desk at the XCF Capitol Hill gym. There is a class going on, and two athletes caught my eye. I am watching them do some rowing intervals. One of the athletes has been doing CrossFit for about 2 years. The other is in her first class after completing the … Read More

Xplore CrossFit breeds champions of all sorts

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This past weekend 120 or so folks gathered together for the most mediocre and awesome CrossFit competition in world. I say mediocre because it is full of middle of the road athletes. I say awesome because every single one of them left it all on the table and that is to be celebrated. Based on what we see during the … Read More

Xplore CrossFit doesn’t like to play games.

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  This weekend I watched my daughter and a neighbor girl play hide and seek. In our living room. Now you know about hide and seek, but you don’t know about my living room. You can guess though that it is full of big wardrobes to hide in, and other large cabinets, a couple walk in closets with big empty … Read More