If you’re moving long distance, you’ll probably have to start all over, and that means finding a new gym. But before you sign up for that gym down the street, think about starting something new. In a new town, you can try anything, and you might even find that a new activity is exciting and just what you were looking for. This might lead you to wondering about CrossFit, and wondering if a CrossFit gym is for you. Here’s how to find out.
CrossFit has largely become a popular sport due to backing by major companies like Reebok, and the surfacing of many different obstacle course races that tend to be populated by CrossFit members. Those that started the movement claim that it’s for anyone and everyone, but the truth is that some people might not love CrossFit, and others could find it very intimidating.
So, here’s how to figure out if you will love or hate this sport.
Beginner Weight Lifters
With all of those people lifting large weights, CrossFit can be very intimidating for first-time weight lifters. In fact, you might not get anything out of the program if you can’t hold a barbell above your head. If you can’t do a push up or lift anything (and have never tried), this is probably not the best place for you. You just might find a “box” that is very tolerant when it comes to beginners, though this is hard to do.
A Team Sport
CrossFitters tend to do everything together, and that includes hanging out together after work. If you really hate team efforts, this isn’t for you. On the flip side, if you love support and want to work with a community (great if you are moving long distance), CrossFit might just be what you want to do. The best advice is to try it out, see how cliquey the group is, and think about whether or not you can stand to be around those people all the time.
A Former Athlete
A lot of former athletes love CrossFit because it is both competitive and a group sport all rolled into one. If you are a former athlete of any kind, you may love the challenges that CrossFit includes. Plus, as a former athlete you may have some skills (jumping, swinging, lighting hard things, endurance) that other people may not have, so this will help you when it comes to competitions.
Take it from a girl that broke her ankle doing CrossFit – pick a CrossFit box that comes with really good and patient instructors. Also, make sure the people teaching you how to jump on a really high box know what they are doing. There is some danger that comes with any extreme sport, so keep this in mind at all times. Find out how long the people have been teaching, and don’t push yourself if you know that your body is exhausted – sometimes, pain is not gain.
How to Find a Box
Read reviews of the various CrossFit gyms in your area, and make sure to check out a few before you sign up for one. You’ll see that most are quite different!
Moving Long Distance
Are you ready for your move? If you are moving to Cherry Creek or anywhere else in Colorado, Exodus can help you get there. Call us if you are moving to Cherry Creek or Fort Collins or Denver or anywhere, and we’ll help you get all of your stuff to your new place — whether or not you should join a CrossFit box, well, that’s up to you!
As a premier Colorado and Denver moving company that likes to give back to the community we serve, we would like to take the time to highlight different charities in the area. This month, Exodus is recognizing the SEAKR Foundation. The SEAKR Foundation is special because it aims to help the families of soldiers who have fallen or been disabled in the line of duty in either Iraq of Afghanistan. The way SEAKR works is to provide a scholarship program that guides the family to a sense of happiness and peace after such tragedy. To date, 99% of all the funds the foundation has received have gone directly to the families it is working to assist. Recipients are chosen through research from local press, military family assistance organizations and Veteran Affairs. Once a family is chosen, the SEAKR Foundation reaches out and gives custom assistance based on the needs and circumstances the family faces. The SEAKR Foundation does not have a tailor made plan for each charitable recipient and that’s what makes them so special.
Recently, the SEAKR Foundation has teamed with Project Sanctuary to give families the opportunity to take a project sanctuary retreat in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where family reconnection and counseling are offered in a supportive environment.
We are fortunate to be the Colorado and Denver moving company we are today, and find this charity to be very near to our hearts. In 2010, Exodus decided that one of its company-wide goals was to hire veterans in order to help support the men and women who sacrificed so much for our Country. After setting this goal, Exodus was made aware of the SEAKR Foundation through a family member of one of our employees. As soon as we learned about all of the amazing things that the SEAKR Foundation has done for the families of fallen Colorado soldiers, we knew that we wanted to be involved. Exodus has been a title sponsor, along with SEAKR Engineering, of the Annual Fundraising Gala for the past two years and Joel Coen has performed MC duties for the event’s program. We look forward to continuing our support of the SEAKR Foundation. To learn more about the SEAKR Foundation or what you can do to give back, visit http://www.seakr.com/about/foundation.html
Check out other charities Exodus likes to get involved with at http://www.exodusmoving.com/exodus-in-the-community.
Also, make sure you check us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more great updates about giving back to the community we proudly serve!
Our own Joel Coen wins Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in a Testament to Teamwork
In 2010 we expanded into Commerce City and only a year later we have already been recognized for making a difference. In September Commerce City awarded our Chief Operating Officer, Joel Coen with its Entrepreneurial Spirit Award:
The award acknowledges the risks and perseverance required for entrepreneurs to be successful in today’s business environment. In a down economy, Mr. Coen did what few others did – developing a plan to expand his business into new markets and recreating customer experience. Exodus Moving & Storage secured lucrative government contracts and took advantage of the Colorado Hire Patriots program to expand workforce by hiring veterans. Social responsibility is also a key element in the company’s business operations and they support a number of non-profit organizations such as Alternative to Violence, Habitat for Humanity, Realities for Children and SEAKR.
But, as always, Joel remains humble and focused on what it really takes to succeed: “The focus of this award should be on the teamwork it takes to make this happen.”
It may seem like he is being modest, but that is just the plain truth. This isn’t an individual award. This is recognition for everything we have been doing since we arrived in Commerce City – which is a continuation of what we have been doing in Colorado for the past fifteen years. We are humbled and grateful that Commerce City has chosen to give a nod to our teamwork – which is just one of our most precious core values.
In March, Joel sat down for an interview with Commerce City’s director of Economic Development, Brittany Morris Saunders, and he spelled out what makes us stand above the rest:
“Exodus success in the moving industry is based upon a devotion to providing the best moving services that exceed customers’ expectations. We achieve this through hiring the right people…We move everything ourselves, and we do not sub-contract out the job.”
Read the full interview here to get a glimpse of why Commerce City chose to recognize Joel Coen and our team as among the best of the Colorado business community.
At Exodus Moving and Storage we are very patriotic. We are committed to supporting those who support our freedom. On this 4th of July we simply can’t help but be thankful for the red, white and blue.
In 1776 five people were appointed to create a draft about freedom. The colonies sought separation from Great Britain and Robert Livingston, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Benjamin Franklin joined Thomas Jefferson to write what is now known as the Declaration of Independence. And while it was actually signed on the second of July instead of the 4th, on parchment instead of paper, this historic document is now held as a symbol of freedom in our great country. In a well known letter written by Adams to his wife:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Today as always, we are proud to be Americans and proud to be a company based in this great nation. We believe that the US was founded on some very important ideas about freedom. And throughout the year we are happy to support those who are making life better for the military members and family who give up so much to protect that freedom.
A nonprofit dedicated to helping military families to reconnect and heal from war after long periods of being disconnected from loved ones.
Colorado Hire Patriots
An organization dedicated to finding ex-military great jobs to help them get back to civilian life after times of service.
A charity created by SEAKR Engineering that supports families who have lost loved ones by raising and donating funds to them to help them mend their lives.
So this year as you are BBQing with family and friends, setting off fireworks and hopefully doing what Adams referred to as “pomp and parade”, we would like to encourage you to take the celebration one step further. We support the above organizations because we believe in this great country of ours. If you haven’t taken a look at them to see how you can get involved, we would like to invite you to do so.
From the Exodus family to yours, Happy Independence Day!
“Community Involvement” can sometimes function as a vanity. Companies who are seeking good public relations will plaster this phrase, among others, in order to achieve trust with current and prospective clients. But at Exodus we believe that integrity is the basis for our success. When we say that we are committed to improving our community it’s because we actually are.
Beyond our neighborhoods, we are also committed to our great country. After all, it is the United States of America that allows us the opportunity and the freedom to create and uphold our beliefs within a professional business context. And as we grow, we are always looking for ways to say thank you. We search for people who have a sense of both the immediate and the larger community context. We look for team members who understand that they can and do impact our world one day, one action, one person at a time. We search for those not afraid to work hard and to stand behind the individual value that they bring to our Exodus family.
Happy to be highlighted by the “Voice of Aurora Colorado,” The Aurora Sentinel recently wrote an article about our new Operations and Facilities manager, Danny Moore. A 17 year military veteran, he found our job posting through Hire Patriots Colorado, http://colorado.hirepatriots.com ,an organization we are very proud to partner with. One of the first of hopefully many, we have been fortunate to have someone as talented, capable and focused as Danny join our team.
As a result of careful attention to detail, strategic planning and unsurpassed personalized service, Exodus Moving and Storage has been growing in leaps and bounds over the past several years. From our humble beginnings with a single truck and a dream to becoming a preferred mover of the US Department of Defense, we have come a long way over time. Some may wonder as to the reason for our growth. The simple truth is this: we work harder than any other Colorado based moving company to earn the respect of both our customers and our community.
One of the main things that sets Exodus apart is our staff. Many moving and storage companies have a reputation for being “fly-by-night.” Temporary hires and freelance outsourcing plagues our industry and sets a low standard in general with reference to quality and accountability. But at Exodus, we only use hired staff-that is to say we only let people interact with your move that we put our faith in enough to put on our payroll.
There are many things that we look for when we hire employees. Moving can be an incredibly labor intensive job. We strive to only hire those with the focused mindset, strength, detail oriented nature and strong work ethic that mirrors our commitment to complete customer satisfaction. And at the end of the day, we find that veterans of the United States military consistently personify these valued character traits. For this reason, among others, we have teamed up with Colorado Hire Patriots to aggressively pursue filling the job openings that are being offered by our growth to the men and women who have faithfully served this country in the field and are now looking to serve here at home.
Check out our latest video explaining our philosophy about hiring patriots.