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Friday’s Workout (NO CAP)
In 20 minutes:
Deadlift 3-3-3
– work up to three heavy sets
5 Toes To Bar
10 Push Press (65/45)

… and coming Monday (CAP)
In 20 minutes:
Front Squat 3-3-3
– work up to three heavy sets
For time:
Kettlebell Snatches (24/16)
2x Seconds of L-sit (:20-:18-:16-…)
(20 minute time cap)I got surprised with an email yesterday. Here was the first line… “Congratulations, Andy, you have officially completed EIGHT years of training at CrossFit LA!” Whoa… 8 years. Has it really been that long since opening the doors of Petranek Fitness? I still remember like it was yesterday the fist few days of opening that box…

The new black rubber floor that no matter how many times you scrubbed it, the water would still come out black.
The golden morning sunshine beaming in across the floor during the 7am class.
The little parking lot that served as a dust, dirt and pebble collector that was impossible to keep clean.
The little concrete courtyard that became our only weightlifting platform for the first 3 years.
The wooden floor that I heard crack every time someone dropped a weight from overhead that was more than 95 pounds.
The classes during the week for which no one would show up
and the people…

The people who were willing to give something brand new a try – something extreme, that no one else, anywhere in the world, was doing. Who showed up day after day, week after week and who came back for more, in spite of how hard it was. Who were inspired and inspiring. Who got a kick out of working out in a place that felt more like a clubhouse than a gym. Who stuck together and created the framework around which the community developed.

Each and every person along the way has had a part, and I am so grateful for their contribution, your contribution (coaches and students alike). You are why I’m here. You are why I do this. You are why this place is iconic in the CrossFit world (check it out when you’re traveling – mention CrossFit LA and see what others say). Thank you all for being who you are. For giving me a reason to have a smile on my face when I’m here. For making my “job” fun and exciting. For showing up. For contributing to the lives of one another. Eight years has been like the blink of an eye…

Way back when – 8 years ago at Petranek Fitness



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