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WED 09.18.19

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Lewis


Today's schedule

5a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
6a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
8a: Open Gym- Michael
11a: Open Gym- CFM Staff
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Brianna
3:30p: Open Gym- Michael
4:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
5:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
7:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
8:30p: Open Gym- Michael

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Power Snatch: in 12 minutes work up to a heavy double touch-and-go.

B. “Powerslide”
3 Minute AMRAP

21 Power Snatches (m = 45/75/95, w = 35/55/65)
21 Pullups
21 Pushups (L3+ = Handstand Pushups)
Rest 3 minutes
3 Minute AMRAP
15 Power Snatches
15 Pullups
15 Pushups (L3+ = Handstand Pushups)
Rest 3 minutes
3 Minute AMRAP
9 Power Snatches
9 Pullups
9 Pushups (L3+ = Handstand Pushups)

Post total reps completed in the WOD. Ex: 158 L3+

And coming tomorrow...

Bring-A-Friend Day!
Partner WOD
AMRAP 24

20 Partner Med Ball Sit Ups (20/14)
20 Burpees**
20 Slam Balls (30/20)
50/40 Cal Row

1 Partner working at a time. All reps are team total. Partition the rounds and reps anyway **except one partner must do a minimum of 5 burpees before switching.

Post rounds and reps for the WOD. Ex: 3+69 Rx

CFM Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19th Bring-A-Friend Day! CFM Bring-A-Friend Day! Invite a friend or family to join you for a beginner friendly partner workout. Send us their full name, contact email and the time you will be attending to reserve their spot in advance. #BYOF Bring Your Own Friend!

Friday, October 4th from 5:15pm-7:30pm
JumpNrope Seminar at CrossFit Midtown! Molly Metz, 5-time World Jump Rope Champion, and well-known in the CrossFit Community for her ability to do over 1400 unbroken Double Unders, is heading to our gym to teach us her jump rope skills. Cost is $79.95. Register here for the event. In this 2-hour seminar you will learn the fundamentals of jumping rope efficiently through techniques, drills, and instructions that have been perfected by Molly over the years. (Ropes will be provided. Just bring your fine self for a fun and enjoyable jump rope learning experience!)

Wednesday, Oct 9th at 7:30 pm Austin Cohen "Eliteness" workshop. The workshop is all based on Austin Cohen's experience with CrossFit Games athletes and things they are doing to be their best. He wrote a book with Emily Bridgers about these strategies BUT at the workshop we make it hands on in-house. Eliteness is the act of breaking through your barriers and moving beyond the capacity you think you are capable of achieving. Eliteness is not a hierarchy or status but more about taking what the top athletes do in their journey to becoming elite and integrating it into your life—the every day.

Thursday, October 10th: 2020 CrossFit Open begins! The 1st Open workout 20.1 is released on Thursday, 10/10 and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. 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. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience, and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM 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 2020 Open!!

TUES 09.17.19

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Tiffany


Today's schedule

5a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6a: All Levels CrossFit- Jonathan
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Jonathan
8a: Open Gym- Jonathan
11a: Open Gym- CFM Staff
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Brianna
3:30p: Open Gym- Michael
4:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
5:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
7:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
8:40p: Yoga- Priscila Baptista
Sign up for yoga this week and next. Click here to reserve

Workout of the Day (WOD)

“Raising the Bar”
9 Minute AMRAP

8 Lateral Bar Hop Burpees
7 Cleans
6 Front Rack Lunges
5 Shoulder to Overhead

(m = 65/95/135, w = 45/55/95)

Post rounds and reps completed. Ex: 7+7 L3

And coming tomorrow...

A. Power Snatch: in 12 minutes work up to a heavy double touch-and-go.

B. “Powerslide”
3 Minute AMRAP

21 Power Snatches (m = 45/75/95, w = 35/55/65)
21 Pullups
21 Pushups (L3+ = Handstand Pushups)
Rest 3 minutes
3 Minute AMRAP
15 Power Snatches
15 Pullups
15 Pushups (L3+ = Handstand Pushups)
Rest 3 minutes
3 Minute AMRAP
9 Power Snatches
9 Pullups
9 Pushups (L3+ = Handstand Pushups)

Post total reps completed in the WOD. Ex: 158 L3+

CFM Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19th Bring-A-Friend Day! CFM Bring-A-Friend Day! Invite a friend or family to join you for a beginner friendly partner workout. Send us their full name, contact email and the time you will be attending to reserve their spot in advance. #BYOF Bring Your Own Friend!

Friday, October 4th from 5:15pm-7:30pm
JumpNrope Seminar at CrossFit Midtown! Molly Metz, 5-time World Jump Rope Champion, and well-known in the CrossFit Community for her ability to do over 1400 unbroken Double Unders, is heading to our gym to teach us her jump rope skills. Cost is $79.95. Register here for the event. In this 2-hour seminar you will learn the fundamentals of jumping rope efficiently through techniques, drills, and instructions that have been perfected by Molly over the years. (Ropes will be provided. Just bring your fine self for a fun and enjoyable jump rope learning experience!)

Wednesday, Oct 9th at 7:30 pm Austin Cohen "Eliteness" workshop. The workshop is all based on Austin Cohen's experience with CrossFit Games athletes and things they are doing to be their best. He wrote a book with Emily Bridgers about these strategies BUT at the workshop we make it hands on in-house. Eliteness is the act of breaking through your barriers and moving beyond the capacity you think you are capable of achieving. Eliteness is not a hierarchy or status but more about taking what the top athletes do in their journey to becoming elite and integrating it into your life—the every day.

Thursday, October 10th: 2020 CrossFit Open begins! The 1st Open workout 20.1 is released on Thursday, 10/10 and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. 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. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience, and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM 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 2020 Open!!

2020 Open at CrossFit Midtown

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Celebrate completing each Open workout!


8 Reasons You Owe It To Yourself
To Do The Open & Friday Night Lights

The 2020 Open begins soon!

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 after the workouts. The 1st Open workout is released on Thursday, October 10th and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week.

#cfmstrong on 3-2-1!


Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM 3 months or more to sign up. This is a great opportunity to test your fitness and enjoy the camaraderie and community of CrossFit. Each workout has an Rx and Scaled option so you can find the level that will be challenging for your each week.

Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM. #InTheOpen #CFMStrong!



1. Experience the adrenaline rush of competition.

So many of us have never felt what it was like to compete in sports during our youth. Maybe you weren't the "athletic kid" growing up. Sure, you probably had plenty of extra curricula’s, Knowledge Bowl, band, choir, speech... But the feeling of going head-to-head with your peers on a physical playing field is one that must be experienced firsthand.

And what better place to step outside your comfort zone than within the familiar walls of CFM and your workout buddies?

Kathy and Nancy


Watching the Open at FNL!


2. Meet your fellow Athletes.

We all know this is so much more than just a gym. We get to know each other. We make friends. We cheer for each other by name. But what about the members on opposite schedules from yours? Get to know the early risers, the night owls, the weekend warriors. FNL is basically one big mixer, chock-full of all the people with whom you share at least one very key interest.

3. Break through mental and physical barriers.

Can't do double unders? Never touched your toes to a bar before? Get ready to astound yourself. The Open has a way of drawing us out of our self-imposed shells and showing us what we're truly capable of. Plus, there's no cherry picking at FNL. Those movements we may subconsciously or not so subconsciously avoid won't be denied, and being forced to face them head on can open new doors for our fitness.

Akins kippin' it real big


4. You're signing up for 5 weeks of challenging yourself, proving your resolve, and having a blast.

Not just WODs, FNL features team building, themes, entertainment, and friendly rivalry for the overall team prize. There's never a dull moment under the lights.

Achieve new heights of your fitness with the support of our community.


5. See your coaches walk the walk.

Wish you could witness your favorite coach go HAM in the WOD or pit yourself neck and neck against them? Maybe you want to return the favor for all the times they've barked encouragement in the midst of a particularly gross workout. Here's your chance!

Coach Mike and Travis taking a selfie after the WOD


6. Because you're good enough.

The beauty of the Open is that it truly is for everyone especially now that there’s a Scaled Division. And trust me, the most thrilling moments of FNL the ones that live on vividly in our memories belong to those who achieve their first pull up, double under, T2B, PR lift, etc.

The excitement of FNL!


Celebrate each workout with your friends!


7. It just might inspire you or you might inspire others.

No matter which end of the fitness spectrum you currently find yourself on, I guarantee that if you show up and pour your all into the week's WOD, people will notice. You may find yourself with your very own cheering section. FNL is further proof that we WANT each other to succeed, and that success is measured on a scale completely unique to each of us.

8. This is a journey, and we're on it together!

Travis and Ashli


It's not an official CFM Team photo if Mike doesn't take his shirt off.


2020 Open Schedule

Thursday, October 10th at 8pm: 1st Open Announcement at CFM! Each Thursday The Open will be announced at 8pm and we will have open gym from 8:30-9 pm to test the workouts.
Friday, Oct 11th at 5:30 pm: 20.1 FNL
Friday, Oct 18th at 5:30 pm: 20.2 FNL
Friday, Oct 25th at 5:30 pm: 20.3 FNL
Friday, Nov 1st at 5:30 pm: 20.4 FNL
Friday, Nov 8th at 5:30 pm: 20.5 FNL

Click here to register for the open and join Team CFM. #InTheOpen #CFMStrong!



MON 09.16.19

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Damon


CFM Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19th Bring-A-Friend Day! CFM Bring-A-Friend Day! Invite a friend or family to join you for a beginner friendly partner workout. Send us their full name, contact email and the time you will be attending to reserve their spot in advance. #BYOF Bring Your Own Friend!

Friday, October 4th from 5:15pm-7:30pm JumpNrope Seminar at CrossFit Midtown! Molly Metz, 5-time World Jump Rope Champion, and well-known in the CrossFit Community for her ability to do over 1400 unbroken Double Unders, is heading to our gym to teach us her jump rope skills. Cost is $79.95. Register here for the event. In this 2-hour seminar you will learn the fundamentals of jumping rope efficiently through techniques, drills, and instructions that have been perfected by Molly over the years. (Ropes will be provided. Just bring your fine self for a fun and enjoyable jump rope learning experience!)

Wednesday, Oct 9th at 7:30 pm Austin Cohen "Eliteness" workshop. The workshop is all based on Austin Cohen's experience with CrossFit Games athletes and things they are doing to be their best. He wrote a book with Emily Bridgers about these strategies BUT at the workshop we make it hands on in-house. Eliteness is the act of breaking through your barriers and moving beyond the capacity you think you are capable of achieving. Eliteness is not a hierarchy or status but more about taking what the top athletes do in their journey to becoming elite and integrating it into your life—the every day.

Thursday, October 10th: 2020 CrossFit Open begins! The 1st Open workout 20.1 is released on Thursday, 10/10 and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. 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. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience, and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM 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 2020 Open!!

Today's schedule

5a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
6a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
8a: Open Gym- Michael
11a: Open Gym- CFM Staff
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Patrick
3:30p: Open Gym- Michael
4:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
5:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Patrick
7:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Patrick
8:30p: Strength Training/Open Gym- Michael

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Weighted Pull ups
5-5-5-5 increasing weight

B. 5 Rounds [20 Minute Time Cap]
250/200m Row
15 Wallballs (20/14#) to 10ft
60 second plank hold toes on Medball

Post load for pull up and time for the WOD. Ex: 55#, 17:21 Rx

And coming tomorrow...

“Raising the Bar”
9 Minute AMRAP

8 Lateral Bar Hop Burpees
7 Cleans
6 Front Rack Lunges
5 Shoulder to Overhead

(m = 65/95/135, w = 45/55/95)

Post rounds and reps completed. Ex: 7+7 L3

FRI 09.13.19 Friday the Lifteenth!

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Hardeep


CFM Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19th Bring-A-Friend Day! CFM Bring-A-Friend Day! Invite a friend or family to join you for a beginner friendly partner workout. Send us their full name, contact email and the time you will be attending to reserve their spot in advance. #BYOF Bring Your Own Friend!

Friday, October 4th from 5:15pm-7:30pm JumpNrope Seminar at CrossFit Midtown! Molly Metz, 5-time World Jump Rope Champion, and well-known in the CrossFit Community for her ability to do over 1400 unbroken Double Unders, is heading to our gym to teach us her jump rope skills. Cost is $79.95. Register here for the event. In this 2-hour seminar you will learn the fundamentals of jumping rope efficiently through techniques, drills, and instructions that have been perfected by Molly over the years. (Ropes will be provided. Just bring your fine self for a fun and enjoyable jump rope learning experience!)

Wednesday, Oct 9th at 7:30 pm Austin Cohen "Eliteness" workshop. The workshop is all based on Austin Cohen's experience with CrossFit Games athletes and things they are doing to be their best. He wrote a book with Emily Bridgers about these strategies BUT at the workshop we make it hands on in-house. Eliteness is the act of breaking through your barriers and moving beyond the capacity you think you are capable of achieving. Eliteness is not a hierarchy or status but more about taking what the top athletes do in their journey to becoming elite and integrating it into your life—the every day.

Thursday, October 10th: 2020 CrossFit Open begins! The 1st Open workout 20.1 is released on Thursday, 10/10 and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. 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. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience, and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM 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 2020 Open!!


Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Shelby
8a: Open Gym- Michael
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
3:30p: Open Gym- Michael
4:30: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
5:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
6:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. 3 Position Power Clean
Position 1 Power Clean + Position 2 Power Clean + Power Clean
4 x 1+1+1 (increasing)


B. 3 Rounds For Time [6min cap]
5 Power Cleans (205/135)
13 Kettlebell Swings (35/26)
13 KB Russian Twists (R+L=1)

C. Core Cash Out [Not for time]
2 Rounds
13/13 KB Slashers (35/26)
13 Scissor Kicks (R+L=1)

Post load for clean and time for the WOD. Ex: 215#, 4:23 @ 185#,35#


And coming Saturday...

Partner WOD
10 Rounds [24min cap] 4 Bar Muscle Ups
6 Toes to Bar
8 Deadlifts (225/155)
24 Jumping Lunges

All the rounds and reps are team totals. Partners may partition the rounds and reps any way. One partner working at a time.

Post time for the WOD. Ex: 18:18 Rx


Saturday Schedule

8a: Open Gym- Michael
9a: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
10a: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
11a: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
12:15p: Yoga- Monica Miller


And coming Sunday...

A. Turkish Get Ups
3-3-3-3
(3 reps each arm, add weight each set)

B. 2 Rounds [15min cap]
30 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)
40 Push Ups
30/21 Cal Row

Post load for heavy TGU and time for the WOD. Ex: 95#, 10:47 Rx.


Sunday Schedule

8:45a: Weightlifting- Michael
10a: All Levels CrossFit- Damon
11a: All Levels CrossFit- Damon
12:15p: Yoga- Nikkia Nelson
2p: Striking- Damon
5,6p: Open Gym- Neal

THUR 09.12.19

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Jump rope set up position


CFM Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19th Bring-A-Friend Day! CFM Bring-A-Friend Day! Invite a friend or family to join you for a beginner friendly partner workout. Send us their full name, contact email and the time you will be attending to reserve their spot in advance. #BYOF Bring Your Own Friend!

Friday, October 4th from 5:15pm-7:30pm JumpNrope Seminar at CrossFit Midtown! Molly Metz, 5-time World Jump Rope Champion, and well-known in the CrossFit Community for her ability to do over 1400 unbroken Double Unders, is heading to our gym to teach us her jump rope skills. Cost is $79.95. Register here for the event. In this 2-hour seminar you will learn the fundamentals of jumping rope efficiently through techniques, drills, and instructions that have been perfected by Molly over the years. (Ropes will be provided. Just bring your fine self for a fun and enjoyable jump rope learning experience!)

Wednesday, Oct 9th at 7:30 pm Austin Cohen "Eliteness" workshop. The workshop is all based on Austin Cohen's experience with CrossFit Games athletes and things they are doing to be their best. He wrote a book with Emily Bridgers about these strategies BUT at the workshop we make it hands on in-house. Eliteness is the act of breaking through your barriers and moving beyond the capacity you think you are capable of achieving. Eliteness is not a hierarchy or status but more about taking what the top athletes do in their journey to becoming elite and integrating it into your life—the every day.

Thursday, October 10th: 2020 CrossFit Open begins! The 1st Open workout 20.1 is released on Thursday, 10/10 and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week. 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. Participating in the Open is a seminal CrossFit experience, and we highly recommend all athletes who have been training at CFM 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 2020 Open!!

Today's schedule

5a: All Levels CrossFit: Michael
6a: All Levels CrossFit- Ellen
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Ellen
8a: Open Gym- Ellen
12p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
3:30p: Open Gym- Michael
4:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
5:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Mohammed
6:30p: All Levels CrossFit- Damon
7:30p: Weightlifting- Michael

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Front Squat
20min to establish 1RM

B. AMRAP 12
6 Squat Snatches (95/65) (Rx+ 135/95)
6 Pull Ups (Rx+ Chest to Bar)

Post load for squat and rounds for AMRAP. Ex: 345#, 8+3 Rx+


And coming tomorrow...

A. 3 Position Power Clean
Position 1 Power Clean + Position 2 Power Clean + Power Clean
4 x 1+1+1 (increasing)


B. 3 Rounds For Time [6min cap]
5 Power Cleans (205/135)
13 Kettlebell Swings (35/26)
13 KB Russian Twists (R+L=1)

C. Core Cash Out [Not for time]
2 Rounds
13/13 KB Slashers (35/26)
13 Scissor Kicks (R+L=1)

Post load for clean and time for the WOD. Ex: 215#, 4:23 @ 185#,35#

September 2019 Member of the Month, Raymond Tran!

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our September Member of the Month, Raymond Tran! He has been a member for over a year and has made some major gains and PR's, some awesome friends, a joy to have in class, a founding member of the CFM Striking course and has written an awesome article about CFM in the Atlanta Lawyer magazine! Read on to learn more about Raymond and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Game Face. Ready to WOD


Name: Raymond Tran
Nickname: "Ray"
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

How long have you been at CFM and what got you started?
12 months.

I used to have abs. Then law school happened (physical activity level dropped, bad eating habits creeped in). I am disciplined, but dropped my health from my priority list. By the time I took the bar exam, I had a lot more jiggle and a lot less energy than I used to, and resolved to prioritize my health and fitness. Immediately after the bar exam (I binge watched all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones in 4 days -- but then immediately after that), I emailed CFM to get started.

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
Full of “Why am I doing this to myself?”

Mike was leading me through foundations. I remember how enthusiastic he was when I applied his correction to a pushup and heard his “this is how this will change your life” explanation. If I was going to do this (CrossFit) to myself, I wanted to do it under the guidance of people who really cared about what they did and got excited about this type of progress.

Mike also suggested that I take at least 1 yoga class a week. I nodded politely, but in my mind thought: “I’m flexible enough…I did not sign up for no ‘ohm’ or ‘breath of fire’…”. I then accidentally stumbled into my first CFM Yoga class with Monica because I wanted to stretch after the Saturday class but had no polite way of saying “I’m just here to stretch”.

Best accidental stumble at CFM ever. Monica leads a quality, no-nonsense yoga class that has become a part of my weekly workout. I’ve also enjoyed it when the other yoga instructors subbed the Saturday recovery class. I would encourage anyone who is adverse to the “ohm” and “breath of fire” stuff to try out the CFM yoga classes -- even if you can’t commit to them regularly, it will contribute to your movement/mobility/warmup toolbox.

Get YOKED



Tell us some of your recent accomplishments. What goals do you have for 2019!?
CrossFit - in January I set a goal to pull my chest up to the bar (without a box) for workouts within three months. It took about 7 months…but now I no longer need to set up a BBAP station (provided I can scale to a kipping or half-rep). I also aimed to add a “4th day” at CFM - which was officially “accomplished” when CFM started the Knuckle-Up Club.

Not CrossFit - Professionally, I’m wrapping up my first full year of practice as an attorney (my hours are RX+++). Personally, I’m actually eating better and less stressed than I was as a law student, and am on track to save enough to purchase my first house.

What is one or two of your most frequently used GIFs?




What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit?
In addition to feeling stronger (i.e., carrying more grocery bags across greater distances), I feel more energetic (contrary to what I would expect after a workout). I am also making small changes to my daily habits that are paying off: since I mostly do AM classes, I have to have enough sleep; I need to eat right to have the energy to complete a workout and to recover; I say no to junk calories that I just spent a tough morning burning. I'm hoping to put greater focus on building better eating habits (especially since I wasn't able to participate in the nutrition challenge). I’ve “lost” some flexibility, but the increase in control from a stronger core has increased my range of motion.

I'll just casually get into a full front split. NBD.


What kind of changes have you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected (ie. new friends, “family”, the community, more self confidence, etc)?
I did not expect to actually like CrossFit. I signed up because it was an efficient way to fit exercise with a demanding schedule. But actually enjoying it really crept up on me. It is now a physical manifestation of how I frame the rest of my day (e.g., "If you can finish these box jumps, you can close that deal."). I'm also thrilled that we started a striking class (the Knuckle Up Club), which I enter into my calendar as "Cheap Therapy".

Adding to the fun factor: I have a habit of imagining what people’s lives are like outside of my interaction with them. I do a lot of imagining of what our members’ storyline would be if CFM was its own reality show...especially the people I kind of never spoken to or formally met, but just "always see at the gym" because my only insight into their life is the WOD and QOD. This is totally TMI, but now you know what I'm thinking whenever I'm blankly staring you or giggling to myself.

Initially, I thought CFM would be a great place to get away from other lawyers (it's not). The AM crew can form its own law firm...and one of my regular Saturday CFM workout buddies recently joined my firm. So Ryan Newbrough, if you're reading this...work is no reason to stop working out. And to Cary Burke - we have a fantastic paternity leave policy should you ever look to lateral.

Favorite WOD
I really liked the Antman-Spiderman WOD. And that one WOD that one Sunday where we built a "wall" out of the boxes to jump over.

Damon also did a "panic" drill (not sure what it was actually called -- but it's the one that he says might cause an anxiety attack) that was a fun calorie burner.

What is 1 or 2 of your best or favorite memories at CFM?
The reaction of the 6 AM class to my response to the QOD (by Travis) asking about a "near death experience” (you had to be there). And in this same vein, almost all of Kara Noone's "Noone" answers to QOD.

Jumping through tires like a ninja.


You can go to any concert of any artist (dead or alive) which one would you go to?
Musical: So I don't like attending music performances where the crowd sings along with the artist (I paid to hear the artist sing) — but also am that guy who sings along as if I was the artist (even if I don’t know the song…I just start making up lyrics and noise)…which is a long way of saying I don't usually have a good time at concerts.

Non-musical: I wish I had a chance to watch Joan Rivers perform live.

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests? What does a day in the life of Raymond look like outside of being a stud crossfitter?
My life revolves mostly around my work and my dog (a 4 year old Shiba Inu), so if I'm not in the office (or at the gym), I'm probably at the park or some dog friendly trail I found on google.

I also do this thing where I like trying out foods for the purpose of sharing it with others. I'll go out of my way to try "whipped honey with espresso beans" to see if i like it, and if I do, I have to share it with people. If I "discover" a restaurant, I don't want you to just go check it out -- I want to take you there, order my favorite things, and share them with you. This makes me a fun friend.

I also plan trip-itineraries for people/companies on the side. Prior to transitioning to a legal career, I worked in consulting overseas and worked on projects that took me to some interesting places. If you ever need to know someone who knows someone in places like Anse Source d’Argent, Port Mathurin, Port Louis, or Coloane — I’m your guy.

Ray practicing his knee strike in the CFM Knuckle Up Club


Advice for new CrossFitters
Show up. What gets me to the gym is the knowledge that I was going to start my day achieving something most people aren't able to do. Every second finish a WOD earlier, each time I lift a little bit heavier, and each time I have to face a movement I want to avoid (lately...running), I leave the gym knowing that I showed up on behalf of myself, to make myself a little bit better. The fact that every other member in class with me is also there with a similar goal keeps me accountable and motivated.

CFM "Brunch Hustle" WOD with some tall box jump overs. Ray always gets his hustle in before brunch!