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FRI 02.10.17 1st Quarterly Progress Checks Next Week!

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Quarterly Progress Checks

Next week 2/12-2/19 is the quarterly progress checks where we retest workouts from the previous year. There will be benchmark WODs or lifts each day.

Is this your first Quarterly Check-In Week?

Here's what's about to go down...
1. Retest your baseline! For one of your workouts for the week, you'll retest your Baseline. You also have the option to retest your Baseline WOD on Sunday at Open Gym on 2/12 or 2/19 from 11am-12pm OR any Open Gym during the week.
2. Goal-Setting & reflection: At the beginning of class on Mon & Tues, we'll take 10 minutes to reflect on our progress over the last three months into the beginning of 2017 and set some goals for the next quarter. If you prefer to spend more time on goal-setting, join Mike next Thursday evening, February 16th from 8-8:30pm for a goal-setting workshop. We'll take some time to visualize what we want our future to be like, then set smaller, action steps to achieve our longer-term goals. Additional times will be made available through the week.
3. Record your results! If you haven't been doing it already, now is the time to start tracking your progress in the gym. Use the Zen Planner Phone App, or you can track through the Zen Planner web page. Or Google Docs, or old school with a journal. We have journals available at the ProShop.

It's time to put all your hard work and training to the test. Are we getting fitter? Are we healthier? Next week marks the perfect time to re-evaluate our goals and make plans with actionable steps for the next 3 months and into the 2nd quarter of 2017. If you have any questions about Quarterly Progress Checks (QPC), ask your coach at the gym or email us.

Coach Stacy on the 1st pull of a clean

Coach Stacy on the 1st pull of a clean


Upcoming CFM Events

Thursday, Feb 23rd:Bring-A-Friend Day! Join CFM for an all levels beginner friendly partner WOD. Invite a friend, family, or co-worker to join you for your workout. Contact us to reserve a spot in class for your friend!

Thursday, Feb 23rd: The 2017 Open begins! CrossFit Midtown will be doing the open workouts on Friday during regular classes and then each week we have a Friday Night Lights (FNL) competition highlighting match-ups with both individual and team events as well as a gym social Friday evenings after the workouts. The 1st Open workout is released on Thursday, February 23rd and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM for a year or more to sign up. This is a great opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the camaraderie and community of CrossFit. Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM.

Sunday, Mar 5th: CFM Bunch Social 11am catered by Flying Biscuit!

Wednesday, Mar 8th:3:30-8pm. Dunk Truck at CFM for body composition testing

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
8a: Open Gym- Michael
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Justin
4p: Open Gym- Anthony
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: In 15 Minutes work up to a heavy set of 2. 90% of 1RM.

B. “Dead Sprint”
Rep Rounds For TIme [6 Minute Time Cap] 15-12-9-6-3 Deadlift (m = 115/185/275, w = 75/135/215)
5-4-3-2-1 Muscle Ups**

**Level 2 = 15-12-9-6-3 Ring Dips
Level 1 = 15-12-9-6-3 Straight Leg Bar Dips

Post load for deadlift and time for WOD. Ex: 375#, 5:12 L3.

And coming Saturday...

Partner WOD. Teams of 2:
20 Minute AMRAP

20 Thrusters (115/75)
20 Box Jumps (24/20”)
20 Kettlebell Swings (m = 32/24, w =24/16kg)
20 Pullups (C2B Rx+)


All reps are team totals. Partners may partition the reps any way. Only one partner working at a time.

Score rounds and reps for the WOD. Ex: 5 + 12 Rx+

Saturday Schedule

9a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
10a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
11a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
12:15p: Yoga- Monica Miller Click here to reserve

Sunday Schedule

9a: Weightlifting- Anthony
10a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
11a: Strength Training/Open Gym- Michael
12:15p: Stretch & Mobility Michael. Click here to reserve

THUR 02.09.17 “Macho Man”

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Coach Peach leading a wall squat stretch

Coach Peach leading a wall squat stretch


Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Ellen
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Ellen
8a: Open Gym- Ellen
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
4p: Open Gym- Anthony
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6p: Mobility Night- Dr. Jackie Varnum
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
8p: Oly Weightlifting- Anthony

Workout of the Day (WOD):

A. Clean & Split Jerk: 5 sets of 2. Working up to heavy set of 2.

B. "Macho Man"
Every Minute On The Minute for as Long as Possible:
3 Power Cleans
3 Front Squats
3 Jerks
(m = 95/135/185, w = 65/95/135)

*If you complete 10 rounds, add one rep to each movement for each additional minute. For example minute 11 would be 4 Power Cleans + 4 Front Squats + 4 Jerks. Minute 12 would be 5 of each, and minute 13 would be 6 of each.

Post load for Clean & Split Jerk and rounds and reps completed. Ex: 235#, 7+7 L3

And coming tomorrow...

A. Deadlift: In 15 Minutes work up to a heavy set of 2. 90% of 1RM.

B. “Dead Sprint”
Rep Rounds For TIme [6 Minute Time Cap] 15-12-9-6-3 Deadlift (m = 115/185/275, w = 75/135/215)
5-4-3-2-1 Muscle Ups**

**Level 2 = 15-12-9-6-3 Ring Dips
Level 1 = 15-12-9-6-3 Straight Leg Bar Dips

Post load for deadlift and time for WOD. Ex: 375#, 5:12 L3.

Upcoming CFM Events

Thursday, Feb 9th: Mobility Night with Dr. Jackie Varnum at 6pm. This will be the 2nd session of a 2 part series going over mobility for CrossFit Athletes. This 2nd session will focus on the shoulder and both front rack/overhead mobility through increased range of motion, muscle activation, and movement reinforcement.

Thursday, Feb 23rd:Bring-A-Friend Day! Join CFM for an all levels beginner friendly partner WOD. Invite a friend, family, or co-worker to join you for your workout. Contact us to reserve a spot in class for your friend!

Thursday, Feb 23rd: The 2017 Open begins! CrossFit Midtown will be doing the open workouts on Friday during regular classes and then each week we have a Friday Night Lights (FNL) competition highlighting match-ups with both individual and team events as well as a gym social Friday evenings after the workouts. The 1st Open workout is released on Thursday, February 23rd and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM for a year or more to sign up. This is a great opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the camaraderie and community of CrossFit. Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM.

Sunday, Mar 5th: CFM Bunch Social 11am catered by Flying Biscuit!

WED 02.08.17

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Tom and Paul

Tom and Paul


Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
8a: Open Gym- Stacy
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Justin
4p: Open Gym- Anthony
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony
8p: Strength Training/Open Gym- Michael

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Bench Press: 3 sets of 3 reps. Worksets. Max reps on the final set.

B. 10 Minute AMRAP
10 Burpees
25 Double Unders

Score load and reps for bench and rounds and reps completed. Ex: 235#, 4 reps, 9+4 Rx.

And coming tomorrow...

A. Clean & Split Jerk: 5 sets of 2. Working up to heavy set of 2.

B. "Macho Man"
Every Minute On The Minute for as Long as Possible:
3 Power Cleans
3 Front Squats
3 Jerks
(m = 95/135/185, w = 65/95/135)

*If you complete 10 rounds, add one rep to each movement for each additional minute. For example minute 11 would be 4 Power Cleans + 4 Front Squats + 4 Jerks. Minute 12 would be 5 of each, and minute 13 would be 6 of each.

Post load for Clean & Split Jerk and rounds and reps completed. Ex: 235#, 7+7 L3

Upcoming CFM Events

Thursday, Feb 9th: Mobility Night with Dr. Jackie Varnum at 6pm. This will be the 2nd session of a 2 part series going over mobility for CrossFit Athletes. This 2nd session will focus on the shoulder and both front rack/overhead mobility through increased range of motion, muscle activation, and movement reinforcement.

Thursday, Feb 23rd:Bring-A-Friend Day! Join CFM for an all levels beginner friendly partner WOD. Invite a friend, family, or co-worker to join you for your workout. Contact us to reserve a spot in class for your friend!

Thursday, Feb 23rd: The 2017 Open begins! CrossFit Midtown will be doing the open workouts on Friday during regular classes and then each week we have a Friday Night Lights (FNL) competition highlighting match-ups with both individual and team events as well as a gym social Friday evenings after the workouts. The 1st Open workout is released on Thursday, February 23rd and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM for a year or more to sign up. This is a great opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the camaraderie and community of CrossFit. Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM.

TUES 02.07.17 “Clean Up Crew”

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Tuesday Night Yoga

Tuesday Night Yoga


Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
4p: Open Gym- Anthony
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Tina
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Tina
8:15p: Tuesday Yoga- Will M.
Sign up for yoga this week and next. Click here to reserve

Workout of the Day (WOD)

“Clean Up Crew”
12 Minute AMRAP

L3
1-2-3-4-5-... Clean (185/125)
2-4-6-8-10-... Chest to Bar Pull Ups
Continue increasing in 1:2 Ratio each round

L2
1-2-3-4-5-... Clean (135/95)
1-2-3-4-5-... Pull Ups
Continue increasing by 1 Rep each round

L1
1-2-3-4-5-... Clean (65/45)
1-2-3-4-5-... Ring Rows
Continue increasing by 1 Rep each round

Post total reps completed. Ex: 124 L3

And coming tomorrow...

A. Bench Press: 3 sets of 3 reps. Worksets. Max reps on the final set.

B. 10 Minute AMRAP
10 Burpees
25 Double Unders

Score load and reps for bench and rounds and reps completed. Ex: 235#, 4 reps, 9+4 Rx.

Upcoming CFM Events

Thursday, Feb 9th: Mobility Night with Dr. Jackie Varnum at 6pm. This will be the 2nd session of a 2 part series going over mobility for CrossFit Athletes. This 2nd session will focus on the shoulder and both front rack/overhead mobility through increased range of motion, muscle activation, and movement reinforcement.

Thursday, Feb 23rd:Bring-A-Friend Day! Join CFM for an all levels beginner friendly partner WOD. Invite a friend, family, or co-worker to join you for your workout. Contact us to reserve a spot in class for your friend!

Thursday, Feb 23rd: The 2017 Open begins! CrossFit Midtown will be doing the open workouts on Friday during regular classes and then each week we have a Friday Night Lights (FNL) competition highlighting match-ups with both individual and team events as well as a gym social Friday evenings after the workouts. The 1st Open workout is released on Thursday, February 23rd and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM for a year or more to sign up. This is a great opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the camaraderie and community of CrossFit. Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM.

MON 02.06.17

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Tom finishing a set of front squats

Tom finishing a set of front squats


Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
8a: Open Gym- Michael
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Justin
4p: Open Gym- Anthony
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony
8p: Strength Training/Open Gym- Michael

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Snatch Complex: In 15 minutes working up to a heavy complex of:
1 Hang Power Snatch
1 Hang Squat Snatch

B. 15 Minute AMRAP:
10 Power Snatch (95/65)
10 Hand Release Pushups
10 Toes To Bar
10 Burpees

Post load for Snatch Complex and rounds + reps for WOD. Ex: 145#, 5+8 Rx.


And coming tomorrow...

“Clean Up Crew”
12 Minute AMRAP

L3
1-2-3-4-5-... Clean (185/125)
2-4-6-8-10-... Chest to Bar Pull Ups
Continue increasing in 1:2 Ratio each round

L2
1-2-3-4-5-... Clean (135/95)
1-2-3-4-5-... Pull Ups
Continue increasing by 1 Rep each round

L1
1-2-3-4-5-... Clean (65/45)
1-2-3-4-5-... Ring Rows
Continue increasing by 1 Rep each round

Post total reps completed. Ex: 124 L3

Upcoming CFM Events

Thursday, Feb 9th: Mobility Night with Dr. Jackie Varnum at 6pm. This will be the 2nd session of a 2 part series going over mobility for CrossFit Athletes. This 2nd session will focus on the shoulder and both front rack/overhead mobility through increased range of motion, muscle activation, and movement reinforcement.

Thursday, Feb 23rd:Bring-A-Friend Day! Join CFM for an all levels beginner friendly partner WOD. Invite a friend, family, or co-worker to join you for your workout. Contact us to reserve a spot in class for your friend!

Thursday, Feb 23rd: The 2017 Open begins! CrossFit Midtown will be doing the open workouts on Friday during regular classes and then each week we have a Friday Night Lights (FNL) competition highlighting match-ups with both individual and team events as well as a gym social Friday evenings after the workouts. The 1st Open workout is released on Thursday, February 23rd and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM for a year or more to sign up. This is a great opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the camaraderie and community of CrossFit. Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM.

February 2017 Member of the Month, Justin Permar

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our February 2017 Member of the Month, Justin Permar! From the Lurong challenge to going out to competitions and events to support other CFM members, Justin has quickly become one of our most dedicated, supporting and inspiring members. Read on to learn more about Justin and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


CF Midtown 31 Heros-101

Name: Justin Permar
Nickname: None, but my friends used to call me “Nitsuj” from time to time when I was in high school. Wait… why did I say that? Oops.
Age: You’re asking an older Crossfitter his age?! 36. That’s right... beginning with the Open this year, I’m a “Master”!
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio (or, as my wife Meredith calls it, Cold-lumbus)

How did you get exposed to CrossFit? Through my wife Meredith! Our fitness journey started somewhat accidentally in late 2014 when her oldest brother John David declared he wanted to run the Spartan Sprint that takes place every March in the Atlanta area. Not to be outdone by one of her brothers, my proud wife not only committed to running the race but dragged me along to join the team. Little did either of us know at that point that I would become obsessed with training for the race, which included the insanity of voluntarily doing burpees. I found out during the Sprint just how weak I was (I’m looking at you, Hercules Hoist!). After searching online for fitness programs that included a strength component, Meredith found Crossfit.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown: Meredith searched for boxes online and found Crossfit Midtown to be the closest to where we lived. It was that easy!

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like? I remember most of all that gym feel… of sweat, of weights thudding to the ground, and of incredibly hard work happening all around me. I hadn’t really pushed myself athletically since the first year of college (when I walked onto my university’s Division I Cross Country team). And when I started Crossfit, I was ready to work my butt off at the gym. As any CFM member knows, Coach Mike was ready to show me what the word workout really means. And I’m still coming back for more!

What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit? I love this question. My fitness journey definitely began as a wellness journey. In June 2014, Meredith and I took a beach trip with my sister and her husband. I remember being shocked at how lean and fit they were. I had known I wasn’t taking care of my body the way I should but I just didn’t have any motivation to do so until that trip. I saw just how healthy they looked and realized that I wanted to be just as healthy one day. So my journey began with nutrition changes. I remember my weight peaked that summer at around 195 pounds. To put that number in perspective... the aerobic and bodyweight training I was doing before I started Crossfit got me down to 162 pounds. I lost about 33 pounds of fat! But it was only after I started Crossfit that I discovered that cardio was only one of Crossfit’s ten components of fitness. With Crossfit, I learned about intensity and strength. And now I’m completely addicted to getting stronger and moving faster. Almost 2 years into Crossfit, I can definitely move weight like I never have before. And I love it!

Additionally, although I push hard when I’m at the gym to reach another PR, what’s really important to me is what I can do outside the gym. Whether it’s moving an old, heavy couch, wrestling with my nephews, or running the shopping cart uphill… what really matters to me is using my fitness to easily achieve everyday things. And knowing that in the event of an emergency, I’m as prepared as I can be to help out if needed.

JustinPermarMOM2

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected? Definitely the community. Anyone that has seen me around the gym knows I’m an introvert. But I’m so happy to have met all the great people at CFM. Honestly, gyms are generally pretty darned intimidating places. I’ve been to plenty that are full of people bragging about themselves and putting each other down. I’m very happy to have found CFM to be a place where those things don’t happen. Instead, the most important things happen: encouragement and a hell of a lot of hard work by each and every person at the gym. And to be perfectly honest, if CFM didn’t have such fun and supportive members, I probably wouldn’t be Crossfitting anymore.

In addition, one aspect of fitness that I’m realizing now is a tremendous asset is the mental toughness that comes from going back to the gym and pushing hard week in and week out. Pushing myself to the max in the gym makes everyday life much easier.

Favorite WOD: Is there such a thing as a favorite WOD?! For me, a great WOD is one that includes a barbell and has a variety of movements. Also, I love to work at my weaknesses (which is always my lack of strength), so I have to pick DT.

Least favorite WOD: Anything monostructural, such as a 5K or Karen. B-O-R-I-N-G! I’m laughing as I write this because I ran Cross Country during middle school and high school.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!!! In case you don’t know, this is a popular event that happens at Crossfit boxes around the world during the Crossfit Open each year. At CFM, athletes complete the Open workout of the week and members and friends show up to either complete the workout or cheer on the athletes. It’s definitely a fun time for everyone but the real secret is to get up the courage to do the workout during Friday Night Lights. Sure… there are always better athletes somewhere, but the environment will probably motivate you to give 100% and it feels incredible to have everyone cheer you on. All in all, it’s insanely fun!

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit: I’m a geek, so that means I love hanging out with my wife, watching movies, and from time to time playing games such as Magic: The Gathering.

Advice for new CrossFitters: Eat right, keep going back to the gym and give 100% each time you go! Over time, you will be able to do things you never thought possible and will look amazing too!

JustinPMOM2

FRI 02.03.17

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Stacy getting in some last second reps of bar facing burpees.

Stacy getting in some last second reps of bar facing burpees.


Upcoming CFM Events

Thursday, Feb 9th: Mobility Night with Dr. Jackie Varnum at 6pm. This will be the 2nd session of a 2 part series going over mobility for CrossFit Athletes. This 2nd session will focus on the shoulder and both front rack/overhead mobility through increased range of motion, muscle activation, and movement reinforcement.

Thursday, Feb 23rd:Bring-A-Friend Day! Join CFM for an all levels beginner friendly partner WOD. Invite a friend, family, or co-worker to join you for your workout. Contact us to reserve a spot in class for your friend!

Thursday, Feb 23rd: The 2017 Open begins! CrossFit Midtown will be doing the open workouts on Friday during regular classes and then each week we have a Friday Night Lights (FNL) competition highlighting match-ups with both individual and team events as well as a gym social Friday evenings after the workouts. The 1st Open workout is released on Thursday, February 23rd and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM for a year or more to sign up. This is a great opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the camaraderie and community of CrossFit. Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM.

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Stacy
8a: Open Gym- Stacy
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Justin
4p: Open Gym- Anthony
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Anthony

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Overhead Squat: In 15 minutes working up to a heavy single

B. Teams of 2. For Time Complete [16 Minute Time Cap]:
60 Pullups (Ring Rows = L1, C2B = L2/L3+)
60 Cal row
30 Overhead Squats (m = 15/55/95, w = 15/45/65)
20 Overhead Squats (m = 35/75/115, w = 25/55/80)
10 Overhead Squats (m = 55/95/135, w = 35/65/95)

All reps are team totals. One partner working at a time.

Post load for Overhead Squat and time for WOD. Ex: 155#, 12:40 L2.

And coming Saturday...

“Tekken Tag Team”
Partner WOD. Teams of 2:
8 Minute AMRAP
40 Double Unders
20 Calorie Row
10 1-arm Kettlebell Snatch (alt) (24/16kg)

Rest 2 Minutes

6 Minute AMRAP
30 Double Unders
15 Calorie Row
10 Kettlebell Swings (24/16kg)

Rest 2 Minutes

4 Minute AMRAP
20 Double Unders
10 Calorie Row
10 Sumo Deadlift High Pull (24/16kg)

Partners may partition the rounds and reps any way. Only one partner working at a time. Partners must tag to exchange who is working.

Score reps from each AMRAP and total reps. Ex: 325 + 187 + 136 = 648 Rx

Saturday Schedule

9a: All Levels CrossFit- Travis
10a: All Levels CrossFit- Travis
11a: All Levels CrossFit- Travis
12:15p: Yoga- Monica Miller Click here to reserve

Sunday Schedule

9a: Weightlifting- Anthony
10a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
11a: Strength Training/Open Gym- Michael
12:15p: Stretch & Mobility Michael. Click here to reserve