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THURS 10.31.13 Happy Halloweeeeeeen!

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Five Open Gym Tips

by Coach Dyer
With LOTS more Open Gym time added to the CrossFit Midtown schedule in November, Dyer wrote up some tips on how to make the most of all the new gym access you'll have. Good luck!
We have a bunch of free open gym times now. Here are five habits I've observed from people who get the most out of open gym sessions (these aren't rules for attending, just suggestions to get most out of your time):
1. They get to work right away. When there's no coach telling you that it's time to start warming up, it's tempting to sit around on the foam roller for 15 minutes. Don't do that. Be ready to start warming up as soon as open gym begins (if not sooner).
2. They plan their warm-up in advance and move with purpose. Run, row, etc. and use the warm-up movements that you've learned in class. Keep moving through the warmups with purpose to get to your workout. Ask the coach on duty if you want specific warm-ups for certain things, but be ready to tell the coach what you're doing for your workout.
3. They know what workout or strength/skill work they want to do in advance. If you show up with no idea what you want to do, you're 10 times more likely to screw around when you arrive or mess up your warmup. You don't necessarily need to have an entire workout planned - saying that you just want to work on your clean and jerk or muscle-up is OK - but, the more detail you have the more you'll get out of the session.
4. They talk to the coach. Coaches are there to help and really want to help. Tell them what you want to do and if you have any questions ask. Just don't burn all your time talking about kipping progression theory
5. They don't plan to do too much. The session is only an hour. So, you won't have time to warm-up, take your snatch, clean and jerk to maximum, get in 5 sets of squats, work on your rope climbs and do Cindy all in the same session. Use the classes as a template for what can be accomplished in an hour and plan accordingly.

Reminder no 8p Beginner class tonight & no 8:15 yoga. Join the Glow Stick WOD at 7p and stay for the Halloween party at 8!


131345_456594967724391_906089725_oLast year's Halloween WOD

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Tirzah/Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7p: GLOW STICK WOD- Cassie
8p: CFMakeover Awards & Finals Party

Workout of the Day (WOD)

Partner "Cindy"
As many rounds & reps as possible in 20 minutes:
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats
OR, if you insist on working solo:
"Chelsea"*:
Every minute on the minute for 30 minutes:
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats
*Modify reps or number of rounds as needed.

And coming tomorrow...

A. Every min on the min for 8 mins:
4 ea single leg step ups (knee high)
B. Every min on the min for 8 mins:
4 ea single arm press
C. Every min on the min for 8 mins:
:30 max box jumps

WED 10.30.13 More CrossFit Total PR videos!

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REMINDER:

Open Gym schedule starts NOV 1 (that's Friday). We're super excited you all are chomping at the bit to get in for Open Gym time though!

Halloween Party is tomorrow

The 8p CrossFit class & 8:15p Yoga class will both be cancelled so we can celebrate all the CFMakeover prize winners! Join us at 7p for a GLOW STICK partner WOD (all levels welcome... BRING A FRIEND!) and stay for some not-paleo beverages. The Thursday night 7p class doesn't count against your weekly class limits, so you can still get an extra workout in tomorrow, Fri or Sat. Get after it!

Congrats on all the October PRs

Here's a few more videos from Friday afternoon classes CRUSHING CrossFit Total. Post to the comments if you set a PR last week, so we can all celebrate with you. Way to go!

Regina's back squat PR!

P-Lane's back squat PR!

Kelli's press PR! (sorry girl, I barely caught this one!)

Greg's deadlift PR!

Ben's deadlift PR!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Raul
8p: Open Gym - Raul

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. 3 rounds: Max strict pull ups or ring rows, rest 3 min*
*CFMakeover challengers, use set 1 as your re-test/finals result.
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 15 minutes*:
20 double unders (or 60 singles)
10 burpee broad jumps (jump your height...we’ll premark the floor)
5 handstand push ups
*CFMakeover challengers, use same modifications as you did for prelims.

And coming tomorrow...

Partner "Cindy"
As many rounds & reps as possible in 20 minutes:
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats
OR, if you insist on working solo:
"Chelsea":
Every minute on the minute for 30 minutes:
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats


TUES 10.29.13 New Open Gym access!

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New classes in November!

GOOD NEWS! Starting in November, we'll be offering more Open Gym access during off-peak hours AND those hours won't count toward your weekly class limits as they did in the past.
So what's that mean? You have more access to CFM! For instance, Bronze members can attend two regular classes a week PLUS as many Open Gym hours as you wish!
Open Gym will still be supervised by one of the CFM coaches.
This is a great time for:
-beginners to get extra skill work on movements you need help with
-aspiring Team CFM competitors to do accessory work/skill work
-Olympic lifting, powerlifting or gymnastics skill work
-MOBILITY WORK!!!
The new Open Gym schedule will be:
Mon-Fri: 8-9a
Mon-Thurs: 4-5p & 8-9p
Sun: 1-2p
So yes, the M & Fri 8a and M & Th 8p classes will go away, but you'll still have access to a CFM coach during Open Gym, just not in a structured class setting.
We'll also be adding another membership option - unlimited access to yoga & Open Gym only, as a month-to-month option, for $100 per month. Check your email later this week for more details, and/or hit Lis up with questions.

We're also adding a new yoga class, led by Coach Amy (did you know she's also a certified yoga instructor?!?), Wednesday mornings at 11a. Come do yoga & stay for CrossFit at noon!


Congrats to Liz M on a new deadlift PR (bonus points for the salty camera stare after the lift!)
photo-12Matt T PR'ing during CrossFit Total!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
8p: Open Gym- Lis

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Front squat: 15 min to find your 3-rep max
B. Row sprint: 1 minute for max meters
C. For time:
Accumulate 3 minutes in each position:
1. plank
2. left-side plank
3. right-side plank

And coming tomorrow...

A. 3 rounds: Max strict pull ups or ring rows, rest 3 min*
*CFMakeover challengers, use set 1 as your re-test/finals result.
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 15 minutes*:
20 double unders (or 60 singles)
10 burpee broad jumps (jump your height...we’ll premark the floor)
5 handstand push ups
*CFMakeover challengers, use same modifications as you did for prelims.

MON 10.28.13 CFMakeover finals this week!

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CFMakeover concludes this week!

Congrats to everyone who's made it this far. Be sure to get your final measurements done before Thursday so you'll be eligible for prizes! Sign up here.
We'll award prizes to winners in a few categories...you could win cash or prizes from Icebox Cryotherapy, FLO2S, RiRa, Big Peach, Yeah! Burger, Park Tavern and Kill Cliff.
Come see who wins and celebrate Halloween with CFM this Thurs at 8pm!

Congrats to Emilio on a new deadlift PR!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6:30p: Group Intro- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Beginner CrossFit- Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Hang power clean: Take 15 minutes to work up to a heavy single.
B. For time:
9 Hang Power Cleans 185/125#
15 Toes to Bar
6 Hang Power Cleans 185/125
15 Toes to Bar
3 Hang Power Cleans 185/125
15 Toes to Bar

And coming tomorrow...

A. 15 min to find 3 rep max front squat
B. 1 min row for max meters
C. Accumulate 3:00 in each position:
1. plank
2. L side plank
3. R side plank

FRI 10.25.13 CrossFit Total

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CONGRATS TO EVERYONE WHO SET A NEW PERSONAL RECORD (PR) IN THE BOX THIS WEEK!

Don't forget to add it to the PR board so we can celebrate with you!

CrossFit Total

By Coach Beka
CrossFit Total is the total of your maximum-effort back squat, press and deadlift. This is our final progress check this week, and one of my favorites!
As excited as you may be to find out what your 1-rep max (hopefully a PR!) is, don't take a lot of attempts to find it.
We'll treat this like a powerlifting meet. Warm up, then take three attempts at your best squat. Then warm up for press & take three attempts to find your max press. Finally, warm up for deadlift and then take three attempts to find your max deadlift.
After warming up, the first attempt should be a weight you know you can do for three reps. The second attempt should be a weight you know you can do for a single rep (current PR), and you're shooting for a new PR on your third attempt!
Don't forget to record your results! A lot of our strength work is based on a percentage of your 1-rep max.
Happy PR Friday! 🙂

1391829_10151720269561732_1374184594_nLevy & Christine finishing strong on Wednesday's OPT Tester

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: All Levels CrossFit- Amy & Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Amy & Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Amy & Lis

Workout of the Day (WOD)

CrossFit Total
Add 1 rep max totals together:
Back squat
Press
Deadlift

And coming tomorrow...

Make up day
Make up any WOD you missed during quarterly progress checks...Do your Baseline; Monday's HSPU, pistols & jump rope WOD; Tuesday's Oly Total; Wednesday's 1-rep max weighted pull up & OPT Tester (row, kb swing, burpee, kb swing, row); Thursday's 20 min thruster, pull up, burpee AMRAP; Friday's CrossFit Total.

THURS 10.24.13 Hand care

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CrossFit Problems: Calluses

by Coach Ben
Hand calluses. At first they seem cool. They're considered a sign of hard working hands.
After a workout, they give a painful reminder that you held on to that bar for as long as you could for every rep possible. But after a while they start to become an eyesore. They seem never to go away.
And then you make a habit of picking at them.
It’s important to take care of your hands. Here are some helpful ways to prevent those hard, bothersome calluses.
1. Callus Scraper - Use one after a long, hot shower when your skin is soft and damp. Scrape calluses until they're smooth and even.
2. Taping - Taping your hands is a good way to prevent calluses. Tape is good because they are thinner than grips and if you take the time to make a good tape strap then you can use them a few times. Here's an example:
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3. Grips - I personally like using grip straps. The common complaint with straps is that in the beginning it may be harder to grip the bar. It takes a lot of pull-ups to break in grips so they move with your hands nicely.
4. Post-Care- After a workout, wash your hands with soap and water. And put some lotion or skin ointment on them later. Everyone loves the smell of some Tiger Balm before bed.

photo (1)Group planking

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Lis & Tirzah
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Beginner CrossFit - Cassie
8:15p: Yoga - Samantha

Workout of the Day (WOD)

As many rounds & reps as possible in 20 minutes:
20 thrusters 135#/95#
20 pull ups
20 burpees

And coming tomorrow...

CrossFit Total
Warm up, then take three attempts to find your one-rep max of:
Back squat
Strict Press
Deadlift


WED 9.23.13 Halloween Party & CFMakeover Finals

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Be at the box next Thurs, 10/31!

We'll be celebrating with a special HalloWOD. Join us at 7p for our 2nd annual GLOW STICK WOD... this will be a partner WOD suitable for all skill levels. Guests are welcome so grab a partner, coordinate costumes (or not... but it'd be a whole lot cooler if you did ;)) & come do a workout in the spoooooky neon light of glow sticks!
Then at 8p we'll have a HALLOWEEN BASH to crown the winners of our October CFMakeover challenge. Everyone is welcome. Come join the fun next Thursday night!

Save the date: DECEMBER 13th

...for the LEGENDARY CFM CrossFitmas party, 7 to 10pm at the box.
photo-11Noon class working hard

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Amy
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Raul
8p: Open Gym - Raul

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Weighted pull up: Find your one-rep max OR do 3 sets of 5 strict pull ups OR do 3 sets of 5 negatives
B. For time:
250m row
15 kettlebell swings 70/53#
25 burpees
15 kettlebell swings 70/53#
250m row

And coming tomorrow...

As many rounds & reps as possible in 20min:
20 thrusters 135#/95#
20 pullups
20 burpees