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FRI 11.29.13 Seasonal detox

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Indulge a little too much yesterday?

Many people are waking up this morning feeling a little puffy, groggy, achy, hungover, etc, etc...So here are some ideas to help you get out of the post-Thanksgiving funk:
1. Get back on track with a healthy breakfast!
2. Get moving - do our holiday travel WOD or get to the box for the noon class today. Or just go for a walk, do some yoga, play with your dog/family, etc.
3. Drink more water - hydrating will help flush toxins from your system and reenergize you. Ever seen a plant wilt when it needs watering... we need it too!\
4. Seasonal allergies? There are lots of natural remedies for seasonal allergies - try drinking the juice of one lemon mixed with warm water before bed & upon waking. Rinse your nasal passages with a neti-pot. And CUT OUT DAIRY (that's the single biggest thing that eased my allergies and digestive problems. TRY IT!)
photo-22Burpees!

Weekend Schedule:

Friday - 12n Hero WOD with Tirzah
Saturday - 10a Team WOD with Carlos
Sunday - 12n CrossFit with Carlos
1-2p Open Gym with Carlos
6p Yoga with Monica

Workout of the Day (WOD)

"Tommy V"
21 thrusters 115/80#
12 rope climb
15 thruster
9 rope climb
9 thruster
6 rope climb

And coming tomorrow…

In teams of 4, complete 4 rounds*
Teammate 1 starts on wall climbs, then moves to power cleans. Teammate 2 can't start wall climbs until Teammate 1 moves to power cleans. Teammate 3 must wait until Teammate 2 moves to power cleans to start wall climbs, and so on.
3 wall climbs
10 power cleans 95/65
20 box jumps 24/20
30 sit ups
40 double unders (or 120 singles)

Holiday Travel Workout

As many rounds & reps as possible in 15 minutes:
5 push ups
10 sit ups
15 squats


THURS 11.28.13 – CFM is closed today

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Happy Thanksgiving!

CFM is closed today so our team can celebrate the holiday with loved ones. We're grateful for the entire CFM community today and every day. Enjoy your day & we'll see you back at the box tomorrow!

turkey-on-crossfit

Weekend Schedule:

Thursday - closed
Friday - 12n Hero WOD with Tirzah
Saturday - 10a Team WOD with Carlos
Sunday - 12n CrossFit with Carlos
1-2p Open Gym with Carlos
6p Yoga with Monica

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Workout

Turkey Trot:
Run two miles...one forward, one backward. Alternate as often as you like, but half the distance is in reverse (safety tip: do this on a track if you can...if you're on public streets, run w a buddy so you can take turns spotting for/guiding each other)

And coming Friday...

"Tommy V"
21 thrusters 115/80#
12 Rope Climb
15 Thruster
9 Rope Climb
9 Thruster
6 Rope Climb

WED 11.27.13 Holiday schedule

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Holiday schedule

Don't forget we'll have a limited schedule the next few days to give our team some time off to enjoy Thanksgiving!
Wed: No 7p class, no 8p Open Gym
Thurs: No classes... eat up then TURKEY TROT!
Fri: 12n Hero WOD w Tirzah
Sat: 10a Team WOD
Sun: Back to regular schedule - 12n CrossFit & 1p Open Gym w Carlos, then 6p Yoga w Monica

photo-21Dave & Dick with modified L-sits

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
11a: Yoga- Amy
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Amy
4p: Open Gym- Jim
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Tirzah
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Tirzah

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: 3 sets of 5 work-ups
B. 5 rounds for time:
15 Pull ups
20 Kettlebell swings, 53/35#
25 Wall Balls 20/14#

Holiday Travel Workout

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 rounds:
Burpees
Between each round of burpees, do a 20-second plank hold

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Workout

Turkey Trot:
Run two miles...one forward, one backward. Alternate as often as you like, but half the distance is in reverse (safety tip: do this on a track if you can...if you're on public streets, run w a buddy so you can take turns spotting for/guiding each other)

And coming Friday...

"Tommy V"
21 thrusters 115/80#
12 Rope Climb
15 Thruster
9 Rope Climb
9 Thruster
6 Rope Climb


TUES 11.26.13 The 1,000 Rep Rule

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The 1000-rep Rule

Next time you're frustrated about your Olympic-lifting form, consider this... The fine peeps at Catalyst Athletics insist you practice & practice to get the first perfect rep, AND THEN, you have 999 more to become an expert. So work hard & enjoy the journey! Check it out: Http://www.catalystathletics.com/blog/blog.php?blogID=1798
photo-20Justin R crushing overhead squats!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym - Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: Open Gym- Jim
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Tirzah
8p: Open Gym- Tirzah

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Clean & Jerk: 2-2-2
B. 4 rounds for time:
2 handstand push ups - (Rx+: deficit HSPU. Hands on parallettes or additional plates)
4 muscle ups (Scaled: jumping muscle up or 4 dips, 4 pull ups each round)
6 hang squat cleans, 185/135

And coming tomorrow…

A. Deadlift: 3 sets of 5 - work ups
B. 5 rounds for time:
15 Pull ups
20 Kettlebell swings, 53/35
25 Wall Balls 20/14"

Holiday Travel Workout

3 rounds for time:
10 squats
10 walking lunges
10 jump squats
10 jumping lunges

MON 11.25.13 Holiday Travel Workouts

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No excuse not to exercise!

Every year Americans complain about the weight they put on over the holidays.
CROSSFIT MIDTOWN: LET'S NOT BE THOSE PEOPLE!!!
We know the holidays can be hectic with travel, family visits, holiday parties, end-of-year stress at work, and just chaos in general. And we know the cold weather makes you want to cuddle up in sweatpants and WHO REALLY CARES IF I PUT ON A FEW POUNDS SINCE IT'S COVERED UP IN LAYERS???
I do. I care. I want you all to be as fit on January 1 as you are now, the week before Thanksgiving.
So in addition to the regular workout of the day (WOD) posted on the blog (the one we'll do in class at the gym each day), our holiday gift to you*, CFMers, is 30 days of Holiday Travel Workouts... every day, M-F, for the rest of the year, we'll be posting a Holiday Travel Workout for you to do on the road...in the hotel gym...in Nana's living room...back home on your old stomping grounds...WHEREVER!
Post a pic or video of your travel workout to Instagram and tag @crossfitmidtown. On Monday, January 6th, we'll pick the best one and award the winner a $50 pro shop gift certificate.
Cha. Ching.
*Our holiday gift to you is actually the bitchin' CrossFitMas party we're throwing here in the gym on Friday, December 13th (7-10p). Don't miss it
imageCongrats to CFM students Tripp & Hannah who got engaged last week!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: Open Gym- Jim
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Tirzah
8p: Open Gym- Tirzah

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back squat work ups 5 sets of 5
B. As many rounds as possible in 12 minutes:
7 overhead squats (50% 1 rep max)
7 burpees
7 push ups

And coming tomorrow…

A. Clean & Jerk: 2-2-2
B. 4 rounds for time:
2 handstand push ups - (Rx+: deficit HSPU. Hands on parallettes or additional plates)
4 muscle ups (Scaled: jumping muscle up or 4 dips, 4 pull ups each round)
6 hang squat cleans, 185/135

Holiday Travel Workout

Run/walk for 30 minutes Every 3 minutes, stop and do 10 push ups.

FRI 11.22.13 Paleo Thanksgiving recipes

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Stay on track through the Holidays: Part 2

By Coach Beka
As promised, here are some of my favorite recipes for this time of year. Share your favorite recipes in the comments!
Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash
Primal Cauliflower Casserole (not strict paleo)
Apple Pie Tartlets
Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Paleo Stuffing (scroll down to second recipe)

photo-19Tripp, Levy & Cassie with the chin-over-bar hold in yesterday's WOD.

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: All Levels CrossFit- Jim
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. 10 minutes goat work
B. Fran-ish
21-15-9:
One Arm (right) Dumbbell/kettlebell Thrusters
One Arm (left) DB/KB Thrusters
Pull Ups

And coming tomorrow…

Lift for Life is a fundraiser workout raising money for those in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. If you feel moved to donate to the cause, there is a link below.
Lift for Life: "Yolanda”
BUY IN: 100 Double unders (sub 200 singles)
As many rounds & reps as possible in 24 minutes:
11 burpees
7 ground to overhead
13 back squats
CASH OUT: 100 Double unders (sub 200 singles)

100 double unders in the beginning represents the evacuation prior to Yolanda. The 24-minute AMRAP represents when Yolanda hit, and ravaged the Philippines for 24 hours. We end with 100 double unders, to represent the persevering endurance of the recovery/relief efforts.
DONATE

Sunday

The 12n class will do a special hero WOD in memory of Alex Viola
From Coach Dyer: Staff Sgt. Alex Anthony Viola was killed in action on November 17, 2013 by an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Alex is survived by his parents and sister. I never met Alex, but I understand that he was a badass in the gym and in life. Hats off to the good people at Proving Grounds DGA for creating this workout in his honor. Please come to the gym on Sunday and give it everything you have.
"Alex"
Row 1000 meters
Power Snatch x 20 (155/110)
Burpee (over the bar) x 60
Power Snatch x 20
Row 1000 meters

THURS 11.21.13 – Healthy holiday tips

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Stay on track through the Holidays: Part 1

By Coach Beka
The holidays are right around the corner and if you're anything like me, you have some SERIOUS inner struggles about dessert and home-cooked meals this time of year.
With Thanksgiving next week, I want to share a few tips that help me stay on track.
Then tomorrow's post will focus on resources/recipes to bring so you're not stuck with gluten-filled, sugary food as your only option.
Tip 1: As tempting as it is, don't starve yourself on Thanksgiving Day leading up to the big meal. Have a healthy balanced breakfast and drink plenty of water before diving into the turkey. This will keep you from overindulging and throwing your body way off track.
Tip 2: Exercise. I know you've been busting your butt in the gym, but take Thanksgiving morning as an opportunity to get some exercise in. My family always takes a 3 or 4 mile walk/run before we start cooking. Everyone has fun!
And starting Monday the CFM blog will feature one extra no-equipment-needed Workout of the Day for you to do while traveling, when the box is closed, or between rounds of turkey!
Tip 3: If you're trying to stay away from gluten, dairy or any other specific ingredient, make sure to bring an alternate dish yourself. If the only desserts in front of you are the ones full of bad stuff, chances are you're still going to eat it. Bring some paleo brownies instead!
Tip 4: STAY POSITIVE. If you happen to stumble into a plate of pumpkin pie, stuffing & cornbread, get back on track with your next meal. Don't miss this chance to enjoy time with family & friends. Eat what makes you feel good, but realize you might not feel so wonderful if you decide to indulge. Either own your healthy eating, stay clean and explain to those who ask that it makes you feel better... OR, enjoy the day, don't feel guilty, and prepare to get back on track with clean eating & a workout on Friday. Either way, be thankful you have the freedom to choose!
And if you do want to eat clean this season, stay tuned for my recipe resource post tomorrow.
imageEmail Tirzah to place your hoodie pre-order by Sunday December 1. We won't have many extras, so make sure to get your pre-order in! $40 zip-up royal blue hoodie in XS-XXXL. Black pullover hoodie sweatshirts are coming too!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
4p: Open Gym- Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Open Gym - Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Rope climbs:10 minutes skill work
B. As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes:
:30 handstand hold
:30 l-sit
:30 chin over bar hold
:30 bottom of squat hold

And coming tomorrow…

A. 10 minutes goat work
B. Fran-ish
21-15-9:
One Arm (right) DB/KB Thrusters
One Arm (left) DB/KB Thrusters
Pull Ups