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June 2016 Member of the Month, Patrick Jones

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Congratulations to CrossFit Midtown's very first Member of the Month! Keep reading to find out more about Patrick and his CrossFit Journey. Thanks for being such an outstanding member to the CFM community!

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Name: Patrick Jones
Nickname: n/a
Age: 28
Hometown: Raised in Chicago, but in Atlanta for 15 years now

How did you get exposed to Crossfit? I first saw crossfit on ESPN a few years back and thought it looked like a lot of fun. I didn't join right away but after years of boring workouts in traditional gyms and missing competitive sports I decided to give it a shot at a box over in Candler park back in 2013/2014.

What brought you to Crossfit Midtown? I have lived in Midtown for the better part of 9 or 10 years so the location was perfect for what I need. More importantly though I was looking for a box with a great community feel and people who really cared about what is going on. I also was looking for so something that I felt like I could become a part of so the size of CFM was appealing to me. Without naming names, my first box was pretty cold and uninviting so I was looking for the opposite of that and Crossfit Midtown has certainly delivered.

What was your first day at Crossfit Midtown like? A little intimidating but also exciting. Since I had a little bit of Crossfit experience coming into CFM I knew enough to know I was about to go through a really hard workout (I took a full year off from CrossFit and went back to a traditional gym after my first experience) but I was excited to dive in and commit to the program and ideology.

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What changes have you seen in overall fitness level since starting Crossfit? I can honestly say I have never been in better shape before in my life. Not only has my endurance increased but at the same time I am stronger than I have ever been and I am doing lifts that I have never really been exposed to before nor had the confidence to attempt. I played basketball my whole life and lifting was never really apart of our training so its been awesome to see myself getting stronger. It's the first time I feel genuinely well rounded in regards to fitness.

What kind of changes have you experienced since starting Crossfit that were completely unexpected? Definitely making new friends since I am used to the old way of working out; putting in your headphones at the gym and zoning out for an hour and half. Also confidence though that bleeds over into my professional life. I am in real estate which is a highly competitive field, especially at the luxury level, but when you know you are capable of doing these ridiculously hard workouts and seeing them through you start to bring that mentality with you in other areas. Finally I would say rediscovering having fun with fitness. When you're buttoned up in a suit all day long its pretty awesome to come here and flip upside-down and try out handstand walks and jump on the rings and practice muscle ups.

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Favorite WOD? I like anything that is long. Workouts that are 15-20 minutes in length and that involve either running or rowing mixed with wall balls or cleans and pullups. I like being tested in that capacity
Least Favorite WOD? Anything that involves overhead squats. It's a weakness and I need to work out it but it is my least favorite movement hands down.

Favorite Crossfit Midtown moment? Probably either knocking out my first strict muscle up and kipping muscle since that seemed really unobtainable when I first started 8 or9 months ago or just finishing my first official class after the onboarding classes feeling like, "ok I got this".

Advice for new Crossfitters? Keep showing up. No matter how you are feeling just keep coming because you always feel better after and are glad you did and it's the only way to see progress which builds confidence. Also don't cherry pick workouts, decide which days you are coming during the week and then come know matter what pops up on the white board.

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MON 03.14.16 Coach’s Spotlight: Stacy

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Get to know our new Athlete Manager Stacy!

Stacy joined the CFM family in the summer of 2015 and will start full time this month. From athlete to coach to now manager, she has become an example member of CFM. She always gives positive words of encouragement, introduces herself to new members, brings a bubbly personality and a smile to class, and celebrates the hard, honest efforts of other members. Welcome to your new role at CFM, Stacy

Welcome to the CFM Team!

Welcome to the CFM Team!


Name: Stacy Scobel
How long coaching CrossFit? I started coaching in February of 2015.
Day job: I’m the new Athlete Manager at CrossFit Midtown, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of the members! I also coach competitive gymnastics
Athletic background/achievement: I competed in gymnastics for 6 years reaching level 10. I was also a competitive cheerleader at Georgia College and State University. During my time at GCSU, our team won 2 conference titles and placed 2nd at nationals twice. After college, I did the normal “globo gym” thing for a few years before being introduced to CrossFit.
How long doing CrossFit: A total of 3ish years. I have been doing CrossFit since fall of 2011 but there was a year or so hiatus in there. I’ve been back since summer of 2013 and loving every minute (okay, maybe not EVERY minute….)
Favorite CrossFit movement: Bar muscle ups or any Olympic lift. Opposite ends but I love both! It’s exciting to see how much improvement overall with technique and strength I’ve made since I started CrossFit
Favorite movement to coach: anything gymnastic-y, especially handstands. I love seeing people improve their gymnastics side of CrossFit!
What do you enjoy about coaching: Helping people achieve their goals. It’s so exciting and rewarding to see people lift a certain weight or get a skill they never thought they could do
In my spare time I enjoy: Sleeping, eating, adult league sports (kickball, softball), patios and the park
Favorite quote: “Comparison is the thief of joy”
Advice to new CrossFitters: Don’t compare yourself to others in the gym. You should strive to be better than YOU every day. And don’t take yourself too seriously, it’s not the end of the world if you have to scale a workout (slow, steady progress and small victories are better than injuries!)

Coach Stacy

Coach Stacy


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- Michael
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
8p: Open Gym- Michael

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Shoulder Press: In 15 minutes work up to a 5 rep max.

B. 5 Rounds For Time:
5 Handstand Pushups
10 Calorie Row
15 Box Jumps (24/20)

Post load for press and time for WOD. Ex: 165#, 10:25 Rx.

And coming tomorrow...

A. Thruster: 5 sets of 3. Work up to a heavy set of 3 from the floor.

B. As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes:
6 Front Squat (100/70)
8 Pullups
10 Shoulder to Overhead (100/70)

Post max load for thrusters and rounds for 10 minute AMRAP. Ex: 235#, 5+19 Rx.

MON 10.05.15 Coach Spotlight: Ellen

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Get to know our new Athlete Manager Ellen!

Ellen starts full time this Month. She joined CFM a few months after the gym opened and in her first year became one of our strongest athletes. From athlete to coach to now manager, she has become an example member of CFM. She always gives positive words of encouragement, introduces herself to new members, brings a smile to class, and celebrates the hard, honest efforts of others.
Welcome to your new role at CFM, Ellen!

Name: Ellen Flader Thomas
How long coaching CrossFit? I started coaching in 2014.
Day job: I'm the new Athlete Manager at Crossfit Midtown. I look forward to meeting all of our members in the next few weeks!
Athletic background/achievement: I was a college swimmer at Emory specializing in breaststroke and IM. During my time at Emory our team won 2 NCAA championships and 4 conference championships. Individually I was a NCAA All American, conference champion, and conference record holder. After college I took up running and completed several 10Ks and half marathons before starting CrossFit.
How long doing CrossFit: 3 years.
Favorite CrossFit movement: I have a love/hate relationship with Fran. It was my first Crossfit WOD and it's been fun to watch my improvement over the last 3 years. My time now is around 7 minutes RX... still have A LOT of room for improvement!!
Favorite movement to coach: Double unders or Olympic lifts. It's really fun to see people make progress in these tougher movements.
What do you enjoy about coaching: Helping people be their best and cheering them through the workouts.
In my spare time I enjoy: Sleeping, eating, spending time at the park or the river with my hubs and our dog Cayenne.
What's some of your CFM memorable moments: Moving WODs & all parties!
Favorite quote: "Sports do not build character, they reveal it."
Advice to new CrossFitters: Don't compare yourself to other people in the gym. Even though we write our scores down on the white board, it's not about anyone else's time or weight. Focus on your own journey.

Ellen power snatch

Ellen power snatch


Today's schedule

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

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: In 16 minutes work up to a 5 rep max.

B. 14 minute EMOM
ODD:
8 sumo deadlift high pull (24/16kg)
AMRAP Burpee Box Jumps (24/20)

EVEN:
30 seconds pushup position plank hold

Post load for Deadlift and total reps of BBJ. Ex: 355#, 38 Rx

And coming tomorrow...

“Nautical Nancy"

5 Rounds [17 minute time cap] 400m Row
15 Overhead Squat (m = pvc/65/95, w = pvc/45/65)

**Click here to see WOD description:
"Nautical Nancy" WOD Description and Standards

Post time to complete the WOD or every unfinished rep when time expires results in a 1 second penalty per rep. Ex: 11:41 L3

WED 02.11.15 Coach Spotlight: Richard

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Coach Richard working on snatch

Get to know Coach Richard!

Richard started Coaching at CFM this past winter so hopefully you've had a chance to have a few classes with him. A Yoga enthusiast, and soon to be yoga instructor as he works through his teaching certification, he brings that knowledge to movement and mobility in the CrossFit classes he coaches. Welcome to the team, Richard!
Name/Nicknames: Richard aka RichBo aka #BowFlex
Age: 33
How long coaching CrossFit? 2 years
Other coaching certifications: Level 1 CrossFit Certificate; Level 2 CrossFit Certificate; USA Volleyball Impact CAP 1 Certification. Currently pursuing my RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification
I actually left Corporate America 4 months ago....I currently teach CF full-time now as well as some other endeavors in the fitness industry.
Athletic background/achievement: Competitive Indoor Volleyball Player
How long doing CrossFit: 5 years
Favorite CrossFit movement or workout & score/time/load:Favorite movement: Snatch (80 kg) Favorite WOD: Amazing "Grace" aka Barbell for Boobs: 3:38 Rx.
Favorite movement to coach: Snatch
In my spare time I enjoy: Playing competitive volleyball. Practicing yoga. Reading, learning and growing. I also love a good movie.
Favorite quote: "I'd rather you be quiet/humble and surprise me than talk a big game and disappoint the hell out of me!"
Advice to new CrossFitters: LEARN. Learn how to do the movements correctly. Be RELENTLESS about your technique and form. And don't ever stop learning. Do the work, and all else will come.

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Yoga stretch

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
8a: Open Gym- Michael
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Kelly
4p: Open Gym- Michael
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Kelly
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Kelly
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Casey
8p: Open Gym- Casey

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 = 135/185, w = 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 Rx+

And coming tomorrow...

A. Bench Press: 4 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.

MON 09.29.14 Coach Spotlight: Amanda

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Coach Amanda

Coach Amanda

Get to know Coach Amanda

Amanda has been a member at CrossFit Midtown (CFM) since 2013. She's helped organize teams from CFM and has competed in several local competitions with fellow CFM members. After passing her CF-L1 trainer course early this year she has been assistant coaching classes and has now begun coaching classes.
Tattoo Pic 2Athletic background/achievements: I’ve never been very “athletic” due to my lack of eye-hand-coordination. I was on the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association crew team in high school; however, as the smallest person on the team, I was immediately pegged as a coxswain, which involved very little physical exercise. As an adult, I picked up long distance running and started enjoying completing a number of half marathons and even the Marine Corps Marathon. Unfortunately, my running was limited when I injured my knee and that’s when one of my friends turned me onto CrossFit. Since starting CrossFit, I still run half marathons (injury free) and have started competing in local Atlanta CrossFit competitions.
"Day job"/I also make a living doing: Management Consulting
How long have you been doing CrossFit: 4+ years (in DC, Providence, and now Atlanta)
Favorite CrossFit movement or workout & score/time/load (if applicable): I prefer bodyweight movements – pushups, handstand pushups, toes-to-bar, running, etc.
Favorite workout or movement to coach: I really enjoy coaching Hero WODs with lots of cardio because I love seeing members be continuously surprised how far they can push themselves.
In my spare time I enjoy doing: Spending time with friends and family, traveling to new places, and of course working out.
Favorite quote: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier
Advice to new CrossFitters: Don’t be scared – listen to the coaches to practice safe movements – but don’t be too intimidated to come workout!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Casey
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Casey
8a: Open Gym- Michael
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
4p: Open Gym- Michael
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Amanda
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Amanda
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Kelly
8p: Open Gym- Kelly

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Overhead Squat: In 10 minutes work up to a heavy set of 3.

B. For Time [24 minute time cap]
30 Pullups
400m Run
15 Overhead Squats (95/65)
800m Run
15 Overhead Squats (95/65)
400m Run
30 Pullups

Post load for Overhead Squat and time for WOD. Ex: 145#, 16:22

And coming tomorrow...

“Death By Power Clean”
20 Minute Running Clock
1st Minute – 1 Power Clean
2nd Minute – 2 Power Cleans
3rd Minute – 3 Power Cleans
Rx Weights – 135/95
Continue as far as possible.
If unable to complete a set, start over with 1 rep until total time is called.

Post rounds and reps completed. Ex: 10 rounds +8 reps, then 9 rounds. Rx

THURS 02.27.14 The 2014 CrossFit Open starts today!

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Join the CFM Pteradactyls!

The CrossFit Open begins tonight with the announcement of the first workout, "14.1", tonight at 8pm. CrossFit Midtown will be doing the Open workouts on Saturdays, so join the CFM team at games.crossfit.com or just show up on Saturdays to try the workouts. This week's workout announcement is hosted at our neighbors to the west, CrossFit North Atlanta. It will also be streamed online.

Cheer on Coach Lis at the Arnold!

Lis is competing Friday morning at the Arnold Sports Festival in the USAPL Pro Raw Powerlifting Challenge. You can watch the action streaming live online at usapowerlifting.com. She lifts in Flight B of the morning session (8a-12:30p) and hopes to set a few more state records and make it to the podium.

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Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
8a: Open Gym- Michael
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Kelly
1:45p: College CrossFit- Kelly
4p: Open Gym- Jason
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Jason
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Open Gym- Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Skill work: 10 min handstand practice
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
2 handstand push ups
4 kettlebell snatch R
4 kettlebell snatch L

Unless you can demonstrate THREE strict handstand push ups for your coach prior to the workout, you won't be allowed to do kipping handstand push ups in that workout. GET STRONG!

And coming tomorrow...

A. Bench press: 4x4 work ups
B. Tabata box jumps: :20 on, :10 off for 8 rounds. Shoot for 10+ per round. Select box height (or stack plates) accordingly.
C. Row or AirDyne sprints: 8 rounds of :15 sprint, :45 recover





WED 02.26.14 Coach Spotlight: Michael

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Get to know our new Head Coach Michael!

Michael takes over as our full-time Operations Manager & Head Coach next week. He's already been coaching classes for a few weeks, so you may already have met him.
Welcome to the team, Michael!

Name: Michael T. Aaron
Age: 29
How long coaching CrossFit? I started coaching in 2010.
Other coaching certifications: MovNat Level 1 Certified Trainer. I went through the certification course this past weekend at here at Crossfit Midtown, so if you saw a group of us running barefoot, balancing on 2x4s, crawling, or vaulting boxes on Saturday or Sunday, this is what I was doing. Any one interested in MovNat (www.movnat.com) feel free to ask me next time at the gym.
Day job: I'm the new operations manager and head coach at Crossfit Midtown. I look forward to meeting all of our members in the next few weeks!
Athletic background/achievement: I was a multi-sport athlete growing up: swimming, baseball, basketball, soccer, track & field, football; then 4 years of rugby in college. I play rugby now for Atlanta and our team has had national success finishing in the top 16 in the county in Rugby 7s (new Olympic version of rugby) in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 as well as top 16 in Rugby 15s in 2009 and 2013.
How long doing CrossFit: I was introduced to Crossfit in 2008 through rugby as a way to becoming a fitter, more powerful athlete. I quickly became convinced that CrossFit is the best General Physical Preparation program in existence, and have been turning others on to CrossFit ever since.
Favorite CrossFit movement:one-arm dumbbell snatch
Favorite movement to coach: deadlift
In my spare time I enjoy: reading, watching movies and tv shows. Anything scifi/fantasy. Game of thrones, the walking dead, Star Trek. Avid chess player and card and board games.
Favorite quote: "A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does" -- Dan Millman: Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Advice to new CrossFitters: Be patient with your progress: building strength, developing technique with each movement, and increasing your endurance takes time. Have a positive attitude and give your best every day at the gym. Don't avoid WODs because you don't like them. Most of the time that is exactly what you need.

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Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
8a: Open Gym- Jason
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Amy
1:45p: College CrossFit- Jason
4p: Open Gym- Michael
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Raul
8p: Open Gym- Raul

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: 5x3 workups
B. 5 rounds for time:
15x burpees
50x double unders (sub 150 singles)

And coming tomorrow...

A. Skill work: 10 min handstand practice
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
2 handstand push ups (modify: strict press)
4 kettlebell snatch R
4 kettlebell snatch L