Feb 142014
 

cfpaopenbadge2014-page-001Every year there is a competition to determine the Fittest On Earth. This competition is called The CrossFit Games. In order to get to the Games there are multiple levels of competition. The first one is The CrossFit Open.

The Open is a worldwide competition where individuals compete in workouts that are posted weekly over the course of 5 weeks. You can video your workout and submit it online to CrossFit for judging and validation or you can perform the workout an a CrossFit affiliate and they will judge the workout and validate your score. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come and see CrossFit as a sport.

CrossFit Palo Alto will be hosting The Open on 5 consecutive Saturdays, starting 3/1, from 11:30 am for those that want to compete or spectate. Here is what is required to compete at CFPA.

1) Register with The CrossFit Games site and select CrossFit Palo Alto as your affiliate. (cost $20)

2) Purchase a 5-week pass to The Open at CrossFit Palo Alto. (cost $50) **

3) Prepare yourself for some challenging and fun workouts with others from the gym.

4) Be prepared to Count Reps/Judge for someone else and to stay until the last workout has been completed.

** 100% of all entry fees for The Open at CrossFit Palo Alto will be donated to The Kevin Ogar Fund.

“On January 12th, 2014 Kevin Ogar’s life changed forever. He suffered a traumatic injury to his spinal cord as a result of a “freak accident” while competing at an event in Orange County, California. At this time, Kevin has no movement below the waist and will be faced with numerous surgeries and a long road ahead for rehabilitation.” – kevinogar.com

(If you are a visitor, you are welcome to compete for a $10 drop in fee. You must be registered with The CrossFit Games site prior to arrival and you must contact Tim@crossfitpaloalto.com by Friday at 5pm prior to The Open date.)

Dates of The Open are: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 and 3/29

Please note: CrossFit designs the workouts to be very accessible, but this is also a competition that requires strict standards. Examples of these standards are unassisted pullups and pushups. The movements and loads are unknown at this time. This is not a class where time will be spent on teaching the movements. Standards will be reviewed and that will be it. This is NOT an open gym time. This is NOT a time to come in and practice movements, make up workouts, etc. This is not part of your regular program and is completely optional. Therefore, any rest days that you may take in preparation for The Open will not be made up.

***A NOTE ON SCALING The Open WODs. Generally, scaling will not be encouraged. Part of The Open is to measure yourself where you are right now. Generally, the harder elements are not the first movement of the workout. If you scale a part of a workout, your scoring will end there and you may continue. No further reps will be counted toward your official score. However, the importance of continuing to work and accumulate reps and experience cannot be overstated. All this is to say that EVERYONE should do The Open.

Oct 092013
 
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Thanks for looking us up! We would love to have you visit with us and get a workout in while you’re away from your home gym.

How to Schedule Your Visit:

CrossFit Palo Alto is a closed-enrollment facility, so our classes are capped to only 15 members per session. We deliver a premium service experience and insist upon small class sizes for the best possible instruction.

This means that while we would love to have you here as a Drop-In, we do require that you get in touch with us in advance to schedule your visit!

If you just show up, we won’t be able to accommodate you. Please click on the link below to fill out our visitor form and we’ll be glad to check the availability and reserve a time for you to work out with one of our coaches… and their class of awesome people that make up our CrossFit Palo Alto community!

Drop-in fee for members of other CrossFit Affiliates is $25.

We will be glad to accept cash or credit cards for that payment.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR VISITOR FORM

Apr 232013
 

Thank you for your interest in CrossFit Palo Alto! Our Introductory Sessions are now OPEN for registration.

Dates for our next Introduction will be:

11am – 12:30pm, Saturday, April 12th, 2014

If you have prior experience with a CrossFit Affiliate please contact us at info@crossfitpaloalto.com.

To sign up for an Introduction to CrossFit Palo Alto, CLICK HERE, read through all the information and follow the steps to reserve your spot.

We will add more introduction classes to our schedule as space becomes available in our classes.

We are working very hard to expand our programs and offerings to provide CrossFit to everyone that wants it. Please stay tuned to our website, facebook page and twitter feed for regular updates and information regarding new opportunities to train with us.

 

Feb 252013
 

In 2012, 83 Athletes represented CrossFit Palo Alto at last year’s Fight For Air, with over 40% of the gym membership participating in the actual climb, and many, many more contributing with financial support and fundraising.  Together, $31,041 was raised by members of the team. This turned out to be the most money raised by ANY team in the WHOLE COUNTRY!

This year, we are doing it again! Join our team on March 23rd, 2013 and race/walk/climb up 52 stories to the top.

555 California Street rises 779 feet above the pavement; one of the tallest buildings on the West Coast.  Formerly known as The Bank of America Building, it opened in 1979.  Its size and presence symbolized wealth and added an impressive punctuation mark on the skyline of San Francisco.  Its history has boasted of being the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the world headquarters of the Bank of America, and, of course the host site for the Fight For Air.

On Saturday, March 31st, 2012, participants from all over the Bay Area lined up in the hallways of the skyscraper, working their way through the maze toward the stairwells that are normally populated only during building evacuations.

The Task?  Climb 52 stories to the top of the building.

The Reason?  Support the American Lung Association and climb for those who can?t.

The Way?  As fast as possible.

Other CrossFit Affiliates were present at the climb, but CFPA rose to top! Help us do it again this year.

Last years results:

Largest CrossFit Team participating ? 83 Team Members

Most funds raised by CrossFit Affiliate ? $31,041+

Most funds raised by an individual ? $7000+

Most FUN had by ANY team!

It?s easy to be impressed by the CrossFit Palo Alto community.  How often do you get participation in a voluntary event (an uncomfortable event, no less) that exceeds 40 percent of the population?  And even more so, people who are willing to pay for it?  And raise money for it?  And do it all smiling?  Maybe it sounds silly.  Like asking someone to pay to row a 2k for fun on a Saturday morning.

But it wasn’t silly at all.  It was meaningful.  And very real.  And everyone celebrated it together.  Some people added themselves at the last minute. There were others whose motivation was to support the cause itself, raising awareness and funds for those who fight for air.  But regardless, the morning started the same for just about all of the participants:  an early alarm on a rainy Saturday morning, a drive up to the city, standing in the rain, legs burning as they reached the top of the climb, and all so that they could participate in an event with their teammates, their friends.  Each one of them proud to pass the test of the day.

Please join us this year and experience new heights to your capacity.

Jul 292012
 

With every challenge comes opportunity.

I was reminded of this when I learned that CrossFit Palo Alto’s newest hand-picked hire – a remarkable individual with deep experience in growing and managing a robust community of CrossFit gym members – has decided for personal reasons to remain in her current job. Sadly, she will not be relocating to the Bay Area to become our Director of Operations as planned.

To say we are disappointed would be an understatement. As some of you know, over the course of our year-long recruiting efforts, we had crafted a unique Director of Operations position – a non-coaching role that focuses on community development, event management, marketing, and communications. We designed a job that offers a level of leadership and autonomy (as well as compensation) that is significantly greater than the norm. Throughout this process, we had targeted just one candidate, so we were absolutely thrilled when she accepted our offer to start in August. Today, we are just as crushed to learn that she won’t be able to join us, and that our members won’t get to experience her wonderful personality and talents.

But with every door that closes, another one opens.

We’re opening up our search for a creative, entrepreneurial-minded leader to fill our Director of Operations position. Our affiliate boasts an incredibly strong and vibrant community of athletes and coaches. Over 100 members participated in our last Fight Gone Bad event, and CFPA was the top fundraising team in the country for this year’s Fight for Air Climb to benefit the American Lung Association. As CFPA continues on its path of phenomenal growth, our priority is to add programs, educational opportunities, and events to enhance the experiences of our members, and to lay the foundation for the future. The Director of Operations will be empowered to lead these efforts, as well as manage the business of CFPA.

We’re not looking for a paint-by-the-numbers office manager or administrative assistant. This is a role for a creative leader who is passionate about strengthening a community of CrossFitters, and executing his or her own vision and strategies in a successful, collaborative environment. The Silicon Valley is one of the most opportunity-rich zones in CrossFit today, and we are excited by the prospect of finding someone with the talents, skills, and personality to position CFPA for future growth.

We know there are fantastic candidates in the greater CrossFit community, so please help CFPA spread the word about our Director of Operations position. And if you or someone you know fits the bill, please contact Tim at tim@crossfitpaloalto.com for more details.