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Uncorked NY resolutions

The first Uncorked of 2014 happens TONIGHT and, fittingly, the focus is on New Year’s Resolutions. Two of the evening’s activities—CrossFit fitness challenges and a Resolutions Book bookmaking project—are designed to help

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participants kickstart a healthy new year, and keep track of their successes. In anticipation of the evening, we chatted with Jerry Hill, owner of CrossFit OldTown in Alexandria, VA. CrossFit will be on hand tonight, guiding attendees through fun challenges to help them kickstart a healthy lifestyle in 2014.

What are some of the most important fundamentals for beginning CrossFit?

When someone new walks through the door at CFOT, we initially focus on three things: How to safely lift a load from the ground; how to safely lift a load overhead; and how to properly squat. Once these fundamental movements are learned, we can branch out from there. CrossFit, through metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, and weightlifting, offers a complete training regimen that will improve health, athletic performance, body fat loss, and build strength. It’s also about tracking your progress and having fun.

Jerry Hill doing a Sled Pull at the 2013 CrossFit Games

Jerry Hill doing a Sled Pull at the 2013 CrossFit Games

What will the Uncorked fitness challenges be like?

We’re going to keep them simple and FUN! We’ll introduce movements that just about anyone is capable of doing; they’ll be safe and they’ll be effective. The challenges should generate a healthy competition among the participants as well as some smiles…and they usually do evoke happiness…especially at the end when the “work” is done!

Grace Chung, Assistant Coach at CrossFit OldTown

Grace Chung, Assistant Coach at CrossFit OldTown

What are you hoping participants in the Uncorked program walk away with?

That CrossFit is a great way to interact with others while challenging yourself physically. CrossFit is never boring. The WOD (workout of the day) is always different, and although it requires a good amount of effort, it’s scalable to an individual’s fitness level. There truly is an on-ramp for anyone from age 3 years to 80 years.

We also had the chance to touch base with the Corcoran College of Art and Design’s bookmaking instructor, Jennaway Pearson, who will be on hand for Uncorked showing participants how to make accordion books so they can keep track of their 2014 goals.

CCAD bookmaking

How did you get into the field of bookmaking?

My background is in printmaking in sculpture, and I wanted my graduate school experience to provide me with a new skill set. Artist’s books, and traditional bindings were attractive to me, in large part, because of the inherent personal and tactile experience the view has, and one that is so different from sculpture or traditional printmaking.

Can you talk a little bit about what the Uncorked program will be like?

Uncorked will be fun! The project is relaxing—and there is room to really make the project your own, but it is designed to be approachable for everyone… I hope participants leave with a curiosity about bookmaking but, more than anything, the goal is to just spend some time hanging out and making something with your hands.

Anything else you want to mention?

Keep an open mind – I think the prospect of bookbinding can be a little overwhelming, but it is truly an accessible art.

Corcoran Uncorked occurs the third Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m; admission is free for members, $12 for non-members. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, though tickets are available for purchase at the door. For more details on the event, click here.