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3 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Try CrossFit

  As a parent it can be daunting to select activities in which to enroll your child. Sports, dance, or martial arts? What about school? Kids have a lot going on these days and they also have their own opinions about things.   Having worked as a Strength coach for Chaminade

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Meet the Lift Off Strength Coaches: Matt Gendal

How did you become a coach at Lift Off Strength? I began as a member and was recruited to go through first generation internship program. What is your role at Lift Off Strength? I am a coach. I typically coach one evening and Saturday mornings and sub in as needed.

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Meet the Lift Off Strength Coaches: Amanda Jennings

  How did you become a coach at Lift Off Strength? By complete accident actually! It was February 2016 and I had literally just quit my job up the street at equinox. I stumbled into Crossfit Encino while it was still in the smaller location closer to Petit. I was

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Fear Setting – The Vital Thinking Skill that Nobody Ever Taught You

  The ancient Stoic philosophers like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus regularly conducted an exercise known as a premeditatio malorum, which translates to a “premeditation of evils.” The goal of this exercise was to envision the negative things that could happen in life. For example, the Stoics would imagine what it would be like

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From Spectator, to Competitor: My Festivus Games Experience

   Last year, I watched my best friend compete in her first Festivus Games and I thought to myself, “I want to do that.”  Because of her, and shortly after Festivus, I joined Cross Fit Encino/Lift Off Strength. I was hooked. At the beginning of 2018 I saw a posting for Festivus 2018 and

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Learning to Drive without an instructor

        Everything that was once hard is now easy. I heard someone say that on a podcast last week. And when you think about it, it’s true probably 99% of the time.   At one point in your life just learning to walk was hard.  But now it’s

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Updates to our FAQs!

What’s CrossFit?   CrossFit combines the best parts of weightlifting, sprinting, calisthenics, and kettlebells.  Plus, we do a little bit of basic gymnastics.  By sticking to the most effective exercises from each, we can do these really efficient workouts in about 30 minutes.  They’re hard, but they have to be. 

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46 Years Strong: How Adversity Transformed into Opportunity

  The Festivus Games was such an amazing experience.  It’s incredible how far I’ve come this past year since breaking my ankle.  It was kind of a turning point for me.  Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I remember laying in my bed thinking, “I have an opportunity right now.  An opportunity to lead my

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Christopher Tsai: Saving Children, One Muscle Up at a Time

 Name: Christopher Tsai Occupation:  I work for a Global NGO. It’s the largest independent organization dedicated solely to feeding, educating and protecting children. Lift Off Strength Family Member Since: Early 2016 How did you get started at Lift Off Strength?  I was searching for something different. For a variety of reasons, I had grown tired of

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Dan McMellen: Keeping Up With J.J. Watt

  Name: Dan McMellen   Occupation:    Director, Editor, Writer and Producer of feature films, documentaries and reality and scripted television.   Lift Off Strength Family Member Since:    December 2017     How did you get started at Lift Off Strength?   I’ve been a gym rat since high school

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