Apr 172011

28 Athletes represented CrossFit Palo Alto at this year’s Fight For Air, with over 25% of the gym membership participating in the actual climb, and many, many more contributing with financial support and fundraising.  Together, over $10,000 was raised by members of the team, far exceeding the team’s original goal of $5000. Continue reading »

Feb 212011

Run & Performance Seminar w/Brendon Mahoney

Spend 3 hours learning proper run mechanics, and to set up your performance for success with correct scaling and cueing. These new skills can be easily implemented into your own program for success, regardless if you are a runner or not. Participants will be videoed and analyzed. Extensive Q&A for racing strategy and nutrition.

Sign up on MindBody by clicking HERE and going to “Seminars”.

Date –

February 26th, 2011

Time –

1pm – 4pm

Location –

CrossFit Palo Alto

150 Grant Ave #D
Palo Alto, CA 94306

About Brendon-

CrossFit Endurance Level 2 Coach

POSE running instructor

Member of Nike Farm Team 2004-2006

3 Time DI All American at Georgia Tech

7x ACC Champion

School record holder in the mile

1 Mile – 4:00.2

800m – 1:47.9

10k – 30:30

“Helen” – 6:31.

“Fran” – 3:48

Deadlift – 425lbs

Sign up on MindBody by clicking HERE and going to “Seminars”.

Cost = $85

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Fight For Air Climb

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Feb 122011

Join the CrossFit Palo Alto Fight For Air Climb Team! Need we say more? OK. This is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. It happens on Saturday, March 26, 2011. It costs you $25 to sign up and then you raise at least $100 for the ALA. Following the event, we will be going out for breakfast as a team. This is a great event, a great cause and a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. Join the Team by Clicking Here.

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Feb 102011

For the members of CrossFit Palo Alto, we will be having a Nutrition Guide Orientation on February 19, 2011 at 11am. In this Orientation, we will break down your Nutrition Guide, the Paleo Diet and provide you with a framework to start adopting some new practices when it comes to eating. Please register for this FREE event so that we know how many people to expect. Register by Signing in to your account and clicking on the “Seminars” tab.

Log in by clicking HERE.

This will NOT be a one-off event. We will be hosting more orientations with more opportunities for follow-up and community support.

Please stay tuned in to the homepage as we will be launching a Nutrition Blog as another resource for you to support your new lifestyle and path to overall health and wellness.

Starting 2011 Off Right

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Jan 072011

Welcome to 2011! These hearty souls took on the legendary workout, “Murph” on New Year’s Day and set the tone for their fitness achievements all year long. Completing the workout of 1 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, 1 mile run is an accomplishment in itself. However, in CrossFit we occasionally do workouts to honor those fallen heroes that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be home with our families and friends without fear. CrossFit is more than a workout. CrossFit Palo Alto is more than a gym.

In the summer of 2005, Michael Murphy led a SEAL team on Operation Redwing, a mission in Afghanistan to killor capture Ahmad Shah, a Taliban leader. While on the mission, the four men on the team – Murphy, Marcus Luttrell, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson – were discovered in their hiding spot by a group of local goat herders. The team initially detained the herders, but after some debate about whether the locals might betray their location, the SEALs voted to cut them loose. But within the hour, the team was suddenly pinned down in a fierce firefight against upwards of 150 enemy combatants. The herders, it appears, had pointed the Taliban their way.

The SEALs held off the Taliban for hours, but they remained trapped. As Luttrell later recounted:

There were still around eighty of these maniacs coming down at us, and that’s a heck of a lot of enemies. I’m not sure what their casualty rate was, because both Mikey and I estimated Sharmak had thrown 140 men minimum into this fight. Whatever, they were still there, and I was not sure how long Danny could keep going.

Mikey worked his way alongside me and said with vintage Murphy humor, “Man, this really sucks.”

Ultimately, Murphy heroically exposed himself to enemy fire to reach higher ground to call for backup; he was successful, but was shot in the stomach, chest and back. Murphy kept fighting, but didn’t survive the night. Both Dietz and Axelson were also eventually killed over the course of the next couple of hours.

The sole survivor of the battle was Luttrell. Despite suffering severe injuries, he managed to evade capture, and was eventually taken in by Pashtun tribesmen who protected him from Taliban forces until he was rescued by U.S. forces a week later. (Luttrell later wrote a book, “Lone Survivor,” recounting the battle and its aftermath.)

Murphy was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.