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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.

904072_10151406711528506_938895050_oCoach Michael

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


THURS 08.08.13 Athlete Profile: Ester K

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Athlete Profile: Ester K

Hometown: Marietta, GA
Age: 27
Occupation: Event Marketing
Three words to describe you: loyal, competitive, adventurous
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? coaching volleyball, playing volleyball, basketball and tennis, concerts, traveling and EATING
When did you first start CrossFitting?: February 2013 (6 months ago)
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? What made you try it? My best friend was doing it and he suggested I try. He told me that my competitive nature and the fact that I really enjoy working out and pushing myself, that it would be a great fit for me. I've always been in the gym and/or active whether it's crosstraining, running, playing sports, lifting, etc, but it's a different kind of workout that I've never tried. So, I figure I would give CrossFit and shot, and I have really enjoyed my experience with it.
Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? I have no clue what it was exactly, but I know it involved pull-up and me using a green band. I felt silly watching everyone else not use and band while I was struggling just to get my foot in it. HA! Well, I made it a goal to get out of bands by week 6--thanks to Cassie always riding my ass.
Favorite WOD: People have favorites? I guess I like the ones that require more endurance. I'm not always the strongest, but I think I do better when the WOD requires some endurance to finish strong.
Least Favorite WOD: Angie
Sports & fitness background: volleyball and basketball athlete, other than that, I just love working out. Well, maybe not love, but don't feel as gross if I do 🙂
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Definitely stronger. I feel a more all-round fit--endurance, strength with weight and against body weight, and technically sound.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I always thought I was competitive against others, but I've found that I'm more competitive against myself than anything. For example, I'm mad at myself if I could've pushed harder or gotten a better time--not because of anyone else doing better or more, but because when I'm finished I like to know that I couldn't have given any more than I did...UNLESS it has to do with maxes...I HATE lifting heavy for some reason.
Favorite CFM moments: First strict pull-up!
Any advice for people just getting started? Do what you can as best as you can, and you will gradually start to see the difference. Let the coaches push you, you'll be amazed at what your body is actually capable of as opposed to what you think you are capable of.
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? Umm, no. Nutrition philosophy?...I don't work out to be a stick (obviously haha), I workout so I can eat and be merry 🙂
What did you eat today? Smoothie in the morning; taco salad with no chips or tortilla, just ground turkey meat, black beans, lettuce and salsa; some cherries; dinner has not happened yet. Since I'm writing this on a Friday, I'm sure dinner will be somewhat unhealthy. Dang it!
IMG_3292 (1)Here's the most recognizable part of Ester. She's that chick with great legs who usually trains in the early evening classes. We're about to see less of Ester as she takes some time off to coach the St. Pius girls' volleyball team. Good luck this season!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Overhead squat: 5-5-5+
B. Complete 8 rounds:3 Power Cleans @ 75% of body weight
3 Broad Jumps for max distance
*Once you finish power cleans, perform 3 broad jumps for max distance. 
*Rest 2 minutes between rounds.

And coming tomorrow

A. Bench press: 5-5-5+ @70%
B. "Cindy" As many rounds as possible in 20 mins:
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats

WED 7.17.13 Athlete Profile: Kelli O

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Athlete Profile: Kelli O

aka KO, Kel, Kelsers, BBPF
Hometown: Originally from Mobile, AL. Just to beat you to it: An Alabama State trooper pulls over a pickup truck on I-20. He says to the driver, "Got any ID?" The driver says, "Bout what?"
To my credit, I grew up just outside of Atlanta and have lived in Midtown for over a decade.
Age: Apparently ladies don’t reveal their age… I’m 29 and holding.
Occupation: Corporate Zookeeper aka HR Manager
Three words to describe you: Because I'm so incredibly shy, I asked my friends to answer this question. Because I'm humble, I'm going to share ALL of their responses : ) - Caring, Witty, Awesome, Amazeballs, SassyPants, Bright, Sincere, Happy Go Lucky, Positive, Funny, Loyal, Energetic, Empathetic, Adventurous, Ambitious, Outgoing, Friendly, Smart, Vivacious, Considerate, Family Oriented, Cheerful, Positive, Humorous, Charismatic, Engaging, and most importantly, BBPF.
Editor's note: Former CFM student Charles Barkley (yes, THE Sir Charles) once asked about Kelli, referring to her as "that pretty brown-haired girl... big booty, pretty face." Hence, the BBPF nickname
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? As many of my FB friends know, I have a knack for finding random, entertaining videos/pics on the interwebs. I'm also dangerous with my iPhone camera, PhotoShop (see below), and video editing. I believe you are all familiar with my work on the Prancercise video.
Other talents: when you really get me laughing, I sound like a seal (or the guy from Revenge of the Nerds, but seals are cuter); I can give anyone a run for their money on “Aunt of the Year” – I have 5 nephews and a niece under the age of 6.
When did you first start CrossFitting?: I joined CF Peachtree in 2010, but I started a new job with long hours and then I injured my ankle playing soccer so my CF career was cut short. After surgery, lots of physical therapy, and a personal trainer to help me to gain confidence in the weight room again, I came back to CrossFit here at CFM.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? What made you try it? I blame Christine Wilson. I heard there were hot guys who worked out with their shirts off and any girl can appreciate a little eye candy. In all seriousness though, I just wanted to get stronger.
Favorite WOD: Is there such a thing? I’d much prefer a TWOD especially to “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun Thun”. (Please see Lis’ FB wall for an example… & the T stands for "twerk")
Least Favorite WOD: Kelly – Probably just because they don't even know how to spell it correctly. Everyone knows that “Y” is a bullsh*t letter.
Sports & fitness background: Grew up playing soccer & basketball, but was also a swimmer and dancer. My mom liked to see me take dance because it allowed me to be girly (I have 3 older brothers). My dad liked the fact that I took dance because it helped me on the soccer field. These days, it just helps me coach/choreograph prancercise routines.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? A picture is worth a thousand words:
photo (3)Both Kelli & her minime have undergone drastic transformations since starting CrossFit... THAT, or Kelli really does have a PhotoShop habit. You decide.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I laugh more, sweat more, and am way more sore... However, I wouldn’t say that any of that is unexpected.
Favorite CFM moments: A) Filming the Prancercise video…everything about that day. B) Falling off the stationary dip bar when I got distracted because someone took off his shirt – Glad Christine was there to watch and laugh at me.
Note: if you take your shirt off, I will look – I have no shame. It’s totally platonic. Moreover, if I laugh when you take your shirt off, it’s because I’m thinking back to falling… I’m not actually laughing at you.
Any advice for people just getting started? Just have fun! Go at your own pace and learn the correct form from the beginning. (Easier said than done!)

IMG_7299Dan rocking out kettlebell swings during To Helen Back prelims.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back squat: 5-5-5 @ 65%
B. 6 rounds for time:
200m run
10 kettlebell swings
5 pull ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Deadlift: 5-5-5 @ 65%
B. Skill: 10 mins of muscle up skill work OR
EMOM 10: 3 muscle ups
C. 3 rounds: Accumulate 1 min each in center, L & R side plank


01.08.13 CFM Stafflete Profile: TIRZAH

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CFM Stafflete Profile: TIRZAH

Congrats to Tirzah on recently joining Alicia as a member of CFM's office staff!
Hometown: Atlanta
Age: 25
Occupation: What isn't my occupation? Substitute Teacher/After School Instructor, Jewelry Designer, Visual Artist, CFM staff 🙂
When did you first start CrossFitting?: 6 months ago
My favorite WOD is anything that includes deadlifts and box jumps.
My least favorite WOD....I don't have any. I enjoy every WOD. I may not be a beast in each one but I'll try my best and kick the WODs ass next time.
Three words to describe you: Artistic, quirky, diligent
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I participated in Track while in high school and since then I've been an on and off runner. I love yoga because that's really the only time my brain will shut up...that and CrossFit.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? I was first exposed to CrossFit during my time with Lululemon. It was a free intro class so I said why not? All I can remember from the WOD was sit ups and a lot of heavy breathing. I was hooked.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?Since doing CrossFit my arms are more defined, the abs are coming out to play and just over all more toned. Before CrossFit I thought I was doing alright but I wanted more definition, none of that "skinny fat" stuff.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? My confidence has definitely shot up since CrossFit. When something challenging comes along, in my mind I'm saying "I do CrossFit...I can handle this". Also, as a vegetarian I thought I was doing ok but my diet has definitely improved. I've cut out a lot of the processed "healthy" stuff I use to eat.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFM moments: My favorite CFM moments are usually on the court....the hooverball court! Between the med balls to the face, trash talk, tiny sand abrasions and the interesting look of bystanders, I cant get enough of it.
Any advice for people just getting started? My advice for anyone starting is listen to your body and appreciate each little achievement.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? My hobbies outside of CrossFit include, jewelry design, painting, reading, and watching quirky indie films.
What did you eat today?
Today I ate my dinner from last night. Fresh salmon marinated in coconut milk, seasoned with roasted garlic, onions, parsley and other seasonings. Topped off with pineapple bits, sweet potato and baby spinach...all on a bed of red quinoa.
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? Being a vegetarian/pescatarian, I don't think I'll ever fully adhere to the paleo diet. However, I have made some notable changes. I love black coffee...who would have thought? I've cut down on my sugar consumption and I thoroughly enjoy cooking. I'm more aware of what I'm putting into my body and I feel better for it.

Paleo Potluck is Friday!

Bring a paleo dish to share with six to eight guests AND shop Arunima, the jewelry line designed and made by our very own TIRZAH!!!

Eat-Clean January Resource-o-tha-day!

Paleo Food Matrix But what do I eat? Here's a good resource from paleo guru Robb Wolf, to help you construct a paleo meal...it lists good options for paleo proteins, carbs and fat, to put together a balanced meal every time you eat. NOTE: A balanced meal every time you eat... full meal OR snack... consists of protein, carbohydrate AND fat. If you're starving between meals, it could be that you didn't eat enough overall, or didn't eat enough fat or carbs at your last meal.

Workout of the Day

As many rounds & reps as possible in 20 minutes
12 kettlebell snatches (6 each arm)
10 ring dips
8 toes to bar

And coming tomorrow...

A. Deadlift touch & go* 4 sets of 12, every 2min
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
15 kettlebell swings
10 situps

*touch & go means as soon as the weight touches the ground at the end of one rep, you immediately begin the next rep. So the weight TOUCHES the ground, AND you GO into the next rep.

THURS 01.03.13 Athlete Profile: POB

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Upcoming events:

This Saturday, 12n-1p - Food as Fuel - Are you taking the paleo challenge this month? Are you new to paleo and just need some help figuring out how to make it work with your lifestyle? Maybe a little of both? Join us Saturday at noon for some paleo Q&A and learn how to eat healthier in 2013! Urban Pl8 is dropping off some samples, so please RSVP here if you're joining us.
Next Friday, 1/11 at 7p - Paleo Potluck AND Arunima Trunk Show... bring a paleo dish to share with six to eight guests AND shop the jewelry line designed and made by our very own TIRZAH!!!
Sunday, 1/27, 1-3:30pm, $55 - Gymnastics seminar at Atlanta Gymnastics Center in Decatur, coached by former UGA gymnast and CrossFit competitor Emily Bridgers. Register at CFM.

Eat-Clean January Resource-o-tha-day!

I was talking with Ricky yesterday about how HONGRY he's been these first few days of eating strict paleo. YOU SHOULD NOT GO HUNGRY ON THE PALEO DIET! If you're starving, you may not be eating enough fat, or not enough carbs, or maybe just not enough food in general.
Paleo is not a low-carb diet, so I wanted to offer some ideas for dense carb sources on the paleo diet. Check out this post from Balanced Bites.
NOTE: if you're aiming to lean out while eating paleo, I only recommend high carb intake on training days. Lower your carbs on rest days and later in the day.

POB CRUSHING the Whole Life Challenge Finals WOD

Athlete Profile: Pat O'Brien aka POB

Hometown: Miami, FL
Age: 34
Occupation: Digital Content Manager for 92.9 The Game and Owner/DJ at Electric City Events
When did you first start CrossFitting?: July 2012
Favorite WOD: I like anything with body weight based type stuff: pullups, pushups, etc
Least Favorite WOD: Not a big fan of the Olympic lifting only WODs. I like to be moving constantly, getting cardio and strength.
Three words to describe you: Handsome, conceited, narcissistic
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I played basketball and rowed in high school. I was recruited to row at the collegiate level but decided I'd rather have a life than be a college athlete. I have always ran, lifted weights, play basketball, and bike quite a bit. In the past few years I have gotten more into doing triathlons, as well as doing my first half-marathon last year.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? It was the baseline WOD with just pushups, situps, rowing. It kicked my ass in less than 8 minutes. I liked the fact that I could feel like that with such an efficient workout.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? In doing Crossfit and participating in the Whole Life Challenge, I slimmed down by about 10 pounds, and have seen a real difference in my body and strength. I have always been thin, but I took off the excess weight around my midsection and have built some real muscle.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? My workouts are more efficient and I really crave workouts throughout the week, even if I can't make it in for a class. I am able to combine it with my other interests, and get 2-3 CrossFit sessions, a few bike rides, swims, and mixed workouts in each week.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFM moments: It was a big deal for me to get 10 strict pullups, I have never been very strong in my shoulders and upper body, so that was a success for me.
Any advice for people just getting started? It's not the scary cult people refer to when you mention CrossFit. You have all types of fitness levels, all walks of life. Don't be scared to try it out, you might actually like it, and still be able to think for yourself.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I like to DJ and discover new music.
What did you eat today? Banana and coffee for breakfast. Greek salad with chicken for lunch. I didn't eat dinner yet.
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? I did the Whole Life Challenge and discovered the benefits of paleo. It gave me a lot more energy and I toned up like I never thought possible. I don't eat strict paleo now, but I have phased out most bread and carbs. I was never a big sugar addict so staying away from that is easy for the most part. I still like my dairy but I limit that. I'm not a slave to my diet. Everything in moderation, and just make smart choices.

Workout of the Day

A1. Close Grip Bench Press: 5 sets of 3-4 @21X1, 60sec rest
A2. Strict Pullups: 5 sets of AMRAP (-1)*, 4min rest
B. For time:75 wall balls 20#/14#
50 toes to bar
25 power clean 135#/95#

*AMRAP (-1)= as many reps as possible, minus 1. Or one rep shy of as many reps as you can do before failing. As you start to feel close to muscle failure, stop one rep before that.

And coming tomorrow...

A1. 3 sets: 30 overhead walking lunges, 30sec rest
A2. 3 sets: Ring Dips AMRAP (-1), 2min rest
B. As many rounds/reps as possible (AMRAP) in 10min:30 double unders
15 power snatch 75#/55#