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Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Happy-thanksgivingI just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  While you are spending time with family and friends today I hope you take a moment to be thankful to those people who are unable to spend time with their families and friends because their jobs take them away from home on holidays, weekends and nights.  Of course I am talking about our law enforcement and fire personnel, our doctors and nurses, and others in our community who serve use each and every day. I would also like you to consider our men and women in the armed services (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) who are spending today protecting our country here and overseas. You might also want to consider those who returned from war and were scarred by battle.  We have thousands of veterans who are returning to us that have lost limbs, have TBI, PTSD and other life altering injuries, Just take a moment to say a prayer for their safety and well being...

God Bless you and thank you for being a part of the CrossFit Koncepts family!

John Kalil Featured in Bethesda Magazine!

JohnKalil_BM_2015The following is from a feature article on our very own John Kalil, RKC from the September-October issue of Bethesda Magazine:

Burpees—grueling full-body exercises that go from a squat to a push-up and back to a jump—are a mainstay of John Kalil’s workouts. So are box jumps, bear crawls and strength exercises with kettlebells, weights that resemble a cannonball with a handle. The 73-year-old Gaithersburg grandfather attributes his ability to do all this to a workout regimen he’s followed for the past seven years, a combination that involves CrossFit training and kettlebells. “CrossFit means functional movement, high intensity, constantly varied,” he says. “The kettlebells keep you flexible. They’re hard as hell. …I’m doing the stabilizing, not a bar, therefore I build my core.”

Kalil, who ran a D.C. liquor store for more than four decades, spent a year at home relaxing after he retired in 2006. “I got tired of watching Oprah,” he says. He’d always kept active—skiing, running, biking, weightlifting—and in 2008, his son Chris brought him along to try out kettlebells at CrossFit Koncepts, a boutique gym in Gaithersburg. Kalil was so sore afterward that he didn’t think he’d ever do it again. But Chris urged his dad to go back, and Kalil wanted to prove to himself that he could handle the exercises. “I couldn’t do things like jumping rope and pull-ups, and that bothered me,” Kalil says.

Now, with two instructor certifications from kettlebell company Dragon Door, Kalil teaches eight classes a week and sees 15 clients for personal training. Between teaching and working out, he puts in about 40 hours a week at CrossFit Koncepts, which has 158 kettlebells of varying weights. He’s also changed his diet—he eats salads and quinoa every day and hasn’t had fast food in seven years—and has lost 45 pounds off his 5-foot-6-inch frame. “I feel like I’ve got to stay in shape in order to teach this,” says Kalil, a prostate cancer survivor whose clients are younger than he is. “I’ll say, ‘Look, if I can do it, I know you can.’ ”

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