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  • Andy Howells

    By Steve on June 23, 2017
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    I found Crossfit by chance. My wife Lisette and I moved to 16th Street Heights in the spring of 2013 and the route I used for afternoon runs took me down 14th Street and past the front door of Second Wind. There always seemed to be athletes outside lifting heavy weights, running, and generally looking pretty bad-ass. I was intimidated […]
  • Courtney Butowicz

    By Steve on September 12, 2016
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    I was first introduced to CrossFit in 2006 when a friend of mine in the military asked me to do a workout with him he found on this crazy fitness website. The workout was “Murph.” I was a triathlete at the time so figured this would be easy in comparison. I was wrong. After a week of feeling every muscle […]
  • Liz Rihani

    By Steve on February 10, 2016
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    When I walked into Second Wind in September 2012, I was in the worst shape of my life. I had always been athletic – track and basketball in high school, running and the requisite Total Body Sculpt and step classes in my 20s and 30s – but the happy work of being mom to two daughters paired with three years back at a paying job […]
  • Josh Porter

    By Steve on February 10, 2016
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    What do you like about CrossFit? – or – How did you get hooked on CrossFit? My first introduction to Crossfit was in 2008. I had a friend visiting from Colorado and we went to my upscale DC gym for a mid-vacation workout. Instead of doing the requisite dumb bell curls and elliptical, my friend whipped out a sweaty couplet […]
  • Beqir Gjoka

    By Steve on September 29, 2014
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    •Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritional Consultant. • CrossFit Level One Trainer (CF-L1) •Albanian Army Special Forces Sergeant 2000-2010 • Completed 16 marathons in three countries • Completed 40 military pentathlons • Green belt in Tae Kwon Do & black belt in Tae Karate Do • Speaks English, Albanian, Greek, Turkish, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, and Bulgarian. • Won the Albanian Presidential Military Service […]
  • Samantha Lief

    By Steve on September 29, 2014
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    •Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritional Consultant. • CrossFit Level One Trainer (CF-L1) • Recipient of the Department of Defense Civilian Expeditionary Medal for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mosul, Iraq • Speaks Arabic, French, and Albanian • Fulbright Fellow Morocco 1999/2000 • BA Mills College 1999 • MA Monterey Institute of International Studies 2002
  • Stefanie Wallach – Yoga

    By Steve on September 29, 2014
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    As a kid, I spent most of my afternoons in gymnastics and modern dance classes. I was definitely was not sporty and dreaded gym class. But growing up on a farm in upstate New York meant summers spent running through fields, climbing trees and throwing hay bales, and winters full of skating and skiing. During my college years in Vermont, […]
  • Morgan Pleasant

    By Steve on September 29, 2014
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    What got you into CrossFit? I was volunteering in rural Costa Rica, teaching free community exercise classes to mixed groups of preschoolers, moms, teens, seniors, field workers, competitive boxers, the occasional dog or iguana – you name it. I was on an endless search for ways to keep the exercises dynamic, engaging, and adaptable to all fitness levels. I came […]
  • Janet Hume

    By Steve on September 5, 2014
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    I found Crossfit through a friend who was training to enter the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School. I’m not sure what he was thinking when he invited me – at the time I was one year removed from a DII Collegiate Cross Country career, running by myself 5-6 days a week, had zero upper body strength, and was a recovering […]
  • Steve Dolge

    By Steve on April 10, 2013
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    Most of my professional career was spent in news radio, but in 1997, I signed up for the Reston Triathlon, and things have never been the same since. I lumbered through the 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike ride an 10k run, hating each part of it as i was doing it. Even as a strong swimmer, I found it […]