Fafa is all smiles (as she should be) in this post-17.4 photo with her coach, Kirsten.

Meet Fafa – 10 HSPU and a Boatload of Fun
Written by Michele Vieux

Congratulations to Fabiola Aviles, aka Fafa, on her performance on 17.4. She’s one of the strongest ladies I know and been working super hard in the gym on attacking her “weaknesses” which really paid off during the Open’s repeat workout from last year. Up until she got off the rower in 17.4, she had never hit a handstand push-up but managed to bang out 10 over the course of this workout –

Invictus Member, Jena Casagrande, elated after 17.3 while visiting her friends at
CrossFit Training Yard in Los Angeles.

Props to Our Members Who Stood Strong Against 17.3
Written by Arielle Bloom

The CrossFit Open is a five-week online competition that takes place in CrossFit gyms all across the world. Every Thursday evening for five weeks, a new workout is released and we get the opportunity to watch top athletes try out the workout on a live feed. These workouts are known to be grueling, featuring movements we all know and love,

Meet FitKid Matteo Toriello
Written by Arielle Bloom

You may have seen Matteo on a Saturday smashing out hundreds of kettlebell swings, or rowing upwards of 1,000 meters with a casual grin on his face while the rest of the class featured the “pain face”. Or maybe you’ve seen him at noon on a Wednesday knocking out burpees to a target or wall climbs and handstand holds.

Matteo is the son of Tasha Toriello, and is a member of our Fit Kids program with the Urban Discovery Academy.


Top Ten Lessons I’ve Learned from Invictus
Written by Invictus Member Toby B
(Originally Published July 22, 2012)

1. It’s okay to fail. Two years ago, in my very first group class, Michele taught me how to bail out of a back squat, and then made me lift heavy enough to have to practice it. Knowing I could fail safely (and with full support from the people around me) made it possible for me to take calculated risks instead of staying in my comfort zone, and to learn from my mistakes instead of fearing them.


Top Ten Lessons I’ve Learned from Invictus
Written by Invictus Member Toby B
(Originally Published July 22, 2012)

1. It’s okay to fail. Two years ago, in my very first group class, Michele taught me how to bail out of a back squat, and then made me lift heavy enough to have to practice it. Knowing I could fail safely (and with full support from the people around me) made it possible for me to take calculated risks instead of staying in my comfort zone, and to learn from my mistakes instead of fearing them.