About a year ago, Kenny invited our coaching team and some members of our community to Malibu to experience this thing called XPT (“Extreme Performance Training”). XPT grew out of training that big wave surfer Laird Hamilton and professional volleyballer Gabby Reece developed over their years of performing at the highest levels in their respective fields. It has evolved from informal training in Laird’s backyard pool into a worldwide fitness brand that now offers international fitness experiences, coaching certifications in performance breathing, deepwater pool training, and a comprehensive Level 1 coaching certification for people who really want to explore bringing the XPT lifestyle to their fitness communities.


The Malibu experience introduced our coaching team to the foundations of XPT – Breathe. Move. Recover. We did breathwork, weight training in the pool, and fire & ice exposure. Everything about it was exciting and uncomfortable and fun and, though I did not know it at the time, was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. XPT’s integration of breath, movement, and recovery into a larger context for training really resonated with me and fits perfectly into the philosophy that underpins our training at Oak Park. My coaching has evolved significantly over the last year as I have worked to integrate more of XPT into my coaching.


The latest and most significant piece of this growth for me took place last week. I was fortunate to be one of seven coaches invited to participate in XPT’s first Master Coach certification. It was an intense four-day practical that concluded with us master coach candidates leading an XPT Level 1 coaching certification. It was somewhat intimidating to be part of this group of master coaches, because (1) most of them have been with XPT for 5+ years and I only obtained my Level 1 certification in April of this year; and (2) these folks are masterful coaches irrespective of the designation from XPT. Each one of these coaches has been coaching for more than a decade and owns or leads a very successful fitness business. It was an honor to be in such good company as a colleague and fellow coach, and it was not a place I could have imagined I would be in when I nervously arrived at Laird’s backyard pool last fall. What it means now is additional opportunities for me to share my passion and knowledge of XPT with more coaches and athletes around the world and (I hope) an acceleration of my growth as a coach for our community as well.


This is all a long way of saying thank you to the Oak Park community for your belief in me and your support as I have worked to integrate more of XPT into our training. The support of the community in embracing breath work and fire & ice has been instrumental in my growth as an XTP coach and without your support I would not have been prepared for the master coaching certification.


My intention for 2020 and beyond is to continue to develop my capacity to deliver more of the XPT experience – more breathwork, more pool work, more fire & ice – to you and to bring more and more of the XPT coaching community into Oak Park to expose you to as many new and interesting people as I can.


In 2019, what it means is:

Breath Classes on Sundays at 11:15am (show up and breathe!)

Fire & Ice this Sunday at 12:30pm

Visiting XPT Level 3 Coach Lindsay Ashmun teaching two classes this weekend (Friday @9:30am, Sunday @ 10am)




For Time:


Box Jump Over (24/20)


Power Snatch (95/65)

*Time Cap: 13 Minutes





12 Pistols (alt)

8 Dips

6 Burpee Box Jumps (24/20)

4 Bar Muscle-Ups

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