Is CrossFit For You?

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.

The Hype

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.

Some Advice

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!

January’s Colorado Charity Highlight: The SEAKR Foundation

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!

 

Giving Thanks

Exodus Moving and Storage has been serving the moving needs of Colorado and beyond for several years now. The dream of one individual became the cause of many, starting with one small moving truck and becoming a full service relocation company. Today, we are the best Colorado moving company and we our proud not only of our humble beginnings but of the teamwork it has taken to excel in such a large and saturated market such as the moving and storage industry. As the time of thanks draws near, we have so many things to be thankful for. Here are just a few at the top of our list.

Our Team

At Exodus, we hand pick our employees. We don’t believe in the concept of day- labor or temporary hires. Instead we interview, do reference checks and drug tests and we hire only those fine folks that we feel would properly represent us in the field with our customers, every day. We take moving people very seriously, so we make sure that our staff receives ongoing training and fair wages, making our employee turnover rate one of the lowest in the country. We are also Choose People Certified because we are committed to being “happy place to work.” The people of Exodus are what make our company like no other.

Our Work

We are proud to boast a damage ratio that is ¼ of the industry average. This is a result of the combination of quality workers and comprehensive training. When we were just starting out, every client and every referral meant everything to our business. We knew that our biggest competition was riddled with moving horror stories because of their lack of attention to detail and lack of accountability with regard to their staff. We are expert movers, proud of the work we do. And no matter how big we become, we still work under the philosophy that one unsatisfied customer is one too many.

Our Community

We are passionately involved in our communities. At Exodus, we put our time, talents and money into the places that we live and work. We support green energy practices within our offices and have incorporated many green friendly procedures into our work. This includes our tree planting program for every move we complete. For this program we partner with Trees Water & People.  We are also thankful for the freedoms we have and maintain in this great country of ours and regardless of political affiliation, we support causes that support our troupes and their families. Project Sanctuary and Colorado Hire Patriots are a few of the military support groups that we are committed to.

As we celebrate thanksgiving this year, we are setting our table with gratitude. We are thankful for the work we do, the communities we serve and the people who make it all possible. What are you thankful for?

Moving Abroad Checklist: 6 Things You Need to Know

Planning to move abroad for the first time can be a scary, daunting task full of questions and uncertainty. What will the country I’m going to be like? What should I take? How do I pack? How much will it cost? Where can I go for help? If you’re lucky, your best friend just got back from living in your destination country for five years and has all the answers and advice in the world. However, if you’re like the majority of us within U.S. borders, knowing where to turn for helpful moving abroad advice takes a little research. Here are some starting points for your moving abroad checklist:

  1. Know where you’re going, not just the name of the country! Educate yourself as much as possible about your new home, even if you don’t (yet) speak the language. Sure, they speak English in England and have various other minor similarities, but there are quite a few differences as well besides the fact that they drive on the other side of the road that you may not want to wait to find out until you get there. Whether you’re going to England or India it helps to be prepared for your time abroad. (For the most accurate country information about your destination, check out the CIA World Factbook.)
  2. Take what you need and only sometimes what you want. What to take with you will depend greatly on how long you plan to stay and where you’re going. If you’re planning on living in China for one year it may be safer and wiser to leave behind your grandmother’s irreplaceable heirlooms and your house full of family photos in the trusting hands of friends or a reputable storage company. However, if you’ll be in Canada for five years just across the border from your sister in New York, you may feel a little more comfortable bringing your favorite pair of Grandma’s earrings that you wear every year at Christmas. (After you’ve checked the CIA World Factbook to find out how safe your destination is, be sure to inquire about your international mover’s insurance policies. Your international mover should also share with you a list of non-allowables, some of which are standard such as perishables, and some of which will vary depending on your destination country’s laws, such as taking last season’s swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated to Saudi Arabia.)
  3. Pack only what you need immediately and leave the rest to your international mover. Pack your clothes, pack your shoes, and pack your kids’ clothes and shoes. Basically, pack as if you’re going to Disneyland for two weeks, except in most cases leave behind your curling iron and electric razor. Your destination country will most likely run on a different voltage and frequency, and even if you find an adapter for the plug, you’ll probably also need a converter, and by then you could have already bought yourself a new curling iron and electric razor in your new country and not even had to worry about whether or not you’re going to blow the circuit and forever destroy your electric item. Leave behind large bottles of shampoo and conditioner also. You can’t fly with it, and it will hold up your shipment in customs if you try to send it with your household items. The people in the country you’re moving to have to wash their hair as well, so you’ll always be able to find shampoo once you get where you’re going. (If you’re curious to see just what the voltage and frequency of the country you’re going to is or if they might {fingers crossed!} use the same as we do so that you can actually take your favorite electric razor, check out a global electric directory.)
  4. Again, pack only what you need immediately and leave the rest to your international mover. Whether your couch, your dishes or your miscellaneous personal items that will be sent along with your ocean shipment, let your international mover do the packing. Even if you do the packing, they will still need to go through each box individually to account for every item packed to submit to customs. If a box is not properly identified with all of its contents, it will be held up at customs and the delivery date of your shipment will at best be delayed for a few days or at worst returned and never delivered to you at all. Furthermore, your international mover will know the tricks of the trade to pack your beloved items properly so that they don’t break while traveling across the high seas or air. Storms and turbulence do happen, so let your international mover be sure your things are secured as well as possible.
  5. Get a free quote for your international move! The only way to find out how much something is going to cost is to go straight to the movers themselves. Be sure to ask what is included in the quote package and remember, the lowest cost is not always the best deal, especially when moving abroad! There are a lot of things that can go wrong in an international move, so your number one priority should be safety and security. (Get started with a free quote!)
  6. Talk to as many resources as possible. Besides your international mover, look for Expat groups on Facebook, register with the U.S. embassy in your destination country or contact a local Consulate in the U.S. that represents the country you are moving to. You can never have too much information! Research, research, research. (Search this list of U.S. embassies abroad.)

This international moving checklist is only meant to get you started, so don’t stop here! Keep asking for moving abroad advice wherever you can, and be sure to use a qualified international mover who can also help guide you through the process. After that, keep an open mind in your destination country and enjoy the journey that awaits you!

Exodus.com- The Moving People Website

After a whole lot of time, effort and careful thought, we here at Exodus are proud to announce the launch of our new and improved website! Thanks to our work together with the very talented marketing and design firm Davlin Marketing Group, we have given our total commitment to quality a new voice and a new look. We are excited that this effort has resulted in a whole new kind of user experience.

Mind: Information about Moving

At Exodus, we believe that knowledge is power. For this reason, we are happy to pass on the benefit our many years of experience in moving to our customers. We understand that making a move can be an incredibly stressful time in life and it is one of our main goals to make you feel like you are not alone during this transition. Right by your side from the very beginning, our new site is full of resources for moving including an 8 week moving planner, a full list of moving supplies provided to help make your move easier and even a list of preferred partners offering home services to make you feel right at home in your new neighborhood.

Body: Professional Movers in Action

With over 75 years of combined moving experience, we have a knack for getting the job done right. We excel at both residential and commercial moving and are happy to take care of every detail for our customers. Our new website showcases this ability through things like an explanation of our Moving Method, FAQs and answers about residential moving and a new section on our virtual warehousing capabilities. We feel that our new site has a lot to say about what you can expect from a truly professional moving and storage company.

Heart: We are a People Business

One thing we are very clear on as a company: the center of our business is people. We take excellent care of the people we work with and as a result they take excellent care of those we work for. As proud members of the communities we live and work in, we volunteer our time and resources to charities, community organizations and are proud military family movers. We are happy to be a green moving company, doing our part of give back to our community and our world. Our new site, gives a more personal view into the talented team that we employ in Denver and Ft Collins as well as the wonderful feedback we get from all the people we serve and the community organizations we further. At Exodus, we move people and we are proud to offer our new website to show you why we are the best moving company in Colorado.

We the People of Exodus, on Independence Day

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.

Project Sanctuary

A nonprofit dedicated to helping military families to reconnect and heal from war after long periods of being disconnected from loved ones.

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Colorado Hire Patriots

An organization dedicated to finding ex-military great jobs to help them get back to civilian life after times of service.

http://colorado.hirepatriots.com/

SEAKR Foundation

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.

http://www.seakr.com/about/foundation.html

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!

Project Sanctuary & Exodus Partner Spotlight Part 2

42-15650295“Project Sanctuary is where families reconnect.”

Where there is great need comes great responsibility. At Exodus, we are thankful for our freedom and our success and feel that it is important to give back. We actively support our United States military with our time and effort and resources because we wish to show our gratitude for their sacrifice.

Project Sanctuary is an organization that was established in 2007 to address a very big need within the military community. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 21 military veterans commit suicide each week. Armed with these statistics and so many others, Project Sanctuary works with whole families to begin the healing process and to promote new, positive memories to improve quality of life.

The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

How Does Project Sanctuary Reconnect Families?

Project Sanctuary is the first organization to offer services for the whole family that gives them the time they need to really heal. Many other workshops exist for a couple days at a time. But we have found that after several months or even years of missing a loved one, it requires more than just a few hours to reconnect. Families need time to address the many issues and hurts that have come as a result of their separation. So we take 5-10 families to a YMCA facility in the Rockies for 6 day retreats. We create recreational activities designed to help each family member to overcome emotional obstacles. We call this “diversion therapy”, creating new life affirming memories to replace natural feelings of fear and abandonment. In addition to hiking, fishing and skiing together, we also offer healthy marriage classes and financial education seminars. We balance the practical and the fun which his gives the whole family time to heal together. War is a very serious thing but you would be amazed at how much bonding can be done around a camp fire over smores.

How does Exodus help Project Sanctuary?

Because we are committed to each family that we serve for two years of follow up, we do more than just provide retreats. We become a consistent support for their most important needs. Unable to do this alone, we require many layers of support in the community so that we can help these military families in their most desperate moments. We need other businesses to do what they do best so that we can do what we do best. I first met Joel through a community Veterans Alliance. Soon after, a Gold Star family contacted us. With the convergence of their sons recent death in the line of duty and the mothers current health problems, this family was losing their house. Having nowhere else to turn, they called us when they had only two days to move. I called Joel and explained the situation. And with very few questions asked, Exodus came to the rescue, donating time, manpower and most of all sanity to a very difficult situation for these people. We greatly appreciate Exodus’ community spirit. Together we are able to pick up the heavy load when our military families cant.

What can people do to support Project Sanctuary?

Just to be absolutely clear, Project Sanctuary is not “pro war”, we are pro family. The political aspects of the issue are not our angle. As a nation, I think we have learned from Vietnam.  We need regular people to get involved by sharing their time, money and love. I just spent this morning writing grants and I’m proud that People Magazine is about to do a full feature about Project Sanctuary. Most of all we are trying to get the word out there. The more opportunities we have to share what these families are going through, really going through, the more support we are bound to receive from those who want to say that you.

Project Sanctuary is a non-government funded, grass roots organization in need of your support. For more information about how to get involved please visit their website at

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Project Sanctuary & Exodus Partner Spotlight Part 1

“When a serviceperson is deployed, a family goes to war.”

Many people claim to support our military. But at Exodus, we feel that in spite of the various ideologies attached to the politics of war, the activity of supporting our troops is a separate pursuit. Leaving homes and family is par for the course for these young individuals. And while many people talk about “giving back to those who give so much,” at Exodus, we support those who are putting this talk into action.

Project Sanctuary is an organization we are proud to support because of their unique understanding of the plight of military personnel and their families. They understand the intricacies of this life changing situation. This organization seeks to address the deep relational ramifications of leaving your loved ones for long periods of time. Not only do these young men and women risk their lives, but they often return to families in financial and emotional stress, the kind of which is often unaddressed by other military support avenues. Project Sanctuary specializes in recreational therapy in the form of retreats that help to heal the wounds of war.

The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

What do you do with Project Sanctuary?

My name is Heather and I am the Founder of Project Sanctuary. I was a registered nurse during the first gulf war. Experiencing many things during this time, I was overwhelmed with the reality that there simply wasn’t enough being done for the families of military. These people are away from their loved ones for so long, when they return, things have always changed. I began to do research and found that neglect and abuse reports triple during times of deployment. It was obvious to me that there was an incredible gap between what was being offered and what was needed and this chasm was wide indeed for these wives, husbands and children. I built Project Sanctuary to bridge this gap and based the program model on this basic premise: I asked them what they needed. Project Sanctuary is completely designed around the personal struggles and adjustments military families have to make and therefore it’s an evolving program based on the needs of those it serves. Currently we have two main groups: Blue Star- for those who currently have a family member in the field and Gold Star- for those who have lost a family member in the line of duty.

What the main goal of Project Sanctuary?

At Project Sanctuary we help military families to reconnect with each other. During times of deployment, families are emotionally and financially stressed often to the point of breaking. With few exceptions, they have a hard time being a part of a community in such a state and ironically, it’s what they need the most. Civilians don’t often understand just how much is being missed while a service person is away. The average army deployment is 14 months. Think about it. That means that the family back home has been without their loved one for every holiday and birthday in that calendar year. If you are in the army and you have had a couple of deployments and you have an 8 year old, you have missed most of their life. So many firsts are missed. First steps, first words, first school dances. And it’s even worse in the case of dual families who have both mother and father in the armed forces. Mom and Dad take turns being away. As you can imagine, this takes a very logical toll on everyone and brings new meaning to the word sacrifice.

For more information about Project Sanctuary, please visit their website at

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Exodus in the News- Aurora Sentinel Spotlight

“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.

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/business/

Exodus Partners with Colorado Hire Patriots

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.

http://colorado.hirepatriots.com/colorado-hire-patriots-supporter-exodus-moving-and-storage/

Valuing Feedback

After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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