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Monday, Mar 31, 2014

14.5 in the Books: WE DID IT!

Posted by Kenny Kane

The objective this year for the Open was simple - have fun. Week after week our team captains Ross, Courtney, Patty, Cerussi and co-captains Maggie, Andy D, SWong and Cannon led us all down that path wonderfully. I’ll be honest - this has been my favorite Open yet. It’s not just that we identified four things that are important - Participation, Philanthropy, Spirit, and Performance and deliver on each. It’s how we deliver the essence of these qualities. All of this came to a beautiful head Saturday at Trojan Crossfit in downtown LA. Effectively, we went downtown as a loving, silly, butt kicking, loving, encouraging, $3K donating TEAM. Congrats to all that competed in the Open - we did it, and man did we do it well... Continue reading here...

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

We Can’t Control Everything, But When We Can ...

Posted by Danette Rivera

You’ve probably heard that on Saturday we’re spending our last Philanthropic Throwdown, Open 14.5, at Trojan CrossFit with three other gyms that have also been raising money for the Aspire Center. Exciting stuff – think of it as a field trip! -- yet, honestly we really don’t know what to expect. The exact details are still a bit vague until the logistics of the workout are figured out. Look for an email on Friday afternoon with more details. Continue reading here...

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

The Open Closes

Posted by michael stanwyck

As the Open closes, as we go into the last workout this Saturday, what have been your favorite moments?

Have they been your own? Were they ones you saw? Did your own performance thrill or surprise you? Was there a moment when you know you pushed someone to be their very best?

Share here what you've loved about the CrossFit Open.
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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014

Who Are You When Faced with Limitations?

Posted by Danette Rivera

This past week, I watched a lot of people do the 14.4 Open workout; from my own amazing CFLA teammates to Rich Froning’s video where he makes all the things that feel so hard for us look so easy -- as usual. I love it all. I respect it all. But two performances in particular were the most memorable for me. The first was Kevin Ogar's adapted 14.4. As I watched him, the farthest thought from my mind was pity. In fact, it inspired me wildly because he is able to access his fullest potential in the moment, no matter the level of potential or the degree in which he is able to do something.... Continue reading here...

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

Out Livin’ & Playin’

Posted by Danette Rivera

Sometimes you can't worry so much about a blog. You just gotta get out and live life to the fullest. That's exactly what Andy's doing up in BC, Canada. I don't think we have to tell him to have fun.... Continue reading here...

Monday, Mar 24, 2014

The Beauty of Competition

Posted by Kenny Kane

So many brilliant moments Saturday: Shirley's elegant ferocity and Muscle up, GC's "1000 Mile Stare", Stanwyck going "Old Man Stong," Cerussi being a "Clean Machine," Ry-Ry tossing the barbell like a balloon... In the video below you'll see determination, will, focus, love, support, camaraderie, and the joy of a game day break through. Thank you Maggie for making inspiration so beautiful.... Continue reading here...

Friday, Mar 21, 2014

CFLA Athlete Profile - Ryan Gorman

Posted by Danette Rivera

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? I can’t remember my first WOD, but I was doing it alongside my middle-aged co-workers who were kicking my ass. I was interning at Reebok going into my senior year and should have been in the best shape of my life—CrossFit was very humbling to say the least! When I started back up again in fall 2012, my first workout was Grace. I did it with 55 lbs and don’t even think I knew what the Rx’d weight was (or what Rx’d even meant)... Continue reading here...

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

What’s it to you?

Posted by michael stanwyck

I was talking with someone this week about freedom, as a value. Like, I think that freedom in its many forms, is the most valuable thing that we have. The more I think about it, the more I see that freedom means a lot of different things to a lot of people. I'd bet that there are so many versions of "freedom" out there that there are some versions that step on the "freedom" of other versions.
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Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014

Lessons from the Earthquake, Sweet and Practical

Posted by Danette Rivera

If you are from California, or have spent enough time here, you’ve been through a few earthquakes even before Monday’s nice shaker. After a significant quake, we all start to reminisce -- don’t we? -- about the other ones that have left an impression. I know for most it’s the Northridge quake, but for me, the most significant one was the Landers earthquake in 1992, a 7.3 out of the Mojave Desert. At the time I lived alone in Korea Town on the third floor of an apartment built in the 1930’s... Continue reading here...

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