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FRI 05.18.18 Happy 6th Anniversary CFM!!

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Celebrating 6 Years!


CFM 6th Anniversary!!

Saturday, May 19th: CFM is turning 6!!!! Come celebrate with us as we indulge in food, drinks and fun on Saturday, May 19th. Food and beverages will be provided, and this year will be catered by the always amazing Urban Pl8!!!

Thank you for being such an amazing community of folks! Excited to celebrate this awesome time with all of you!

#fitfamily #community #midtown #cfmstrong Happy 6th Anniversary CFM!!


Today's schedule

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

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Press Complex
Shoulder Press + Push Press + Push Jerk
5 x 3+2+2

B. For Time:
400m Run
30 Overhead Plate Lunges (45/25)
20 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
100 Double Unders
20 Burpees
30 KB SDLHP (70/53)
400m Run

Post load for press and time for the WOD. Ex: 175#, 14:20 Rx

It's not about the speed, It's the distance.

It's not about the speed, It's the distance.


And coming Saturday...

“Kessel Run 500”
10 Minute AMRAP
Max distance meters row

Every 500m athlete must stop and complete:
3 deadlifts (m = 155/205/315, w = 105/155/215)
30 double-unders**

**Scale Doubles to DU+singles 10 reps, speed step 1:1, singles 1:1.

Score = Total meters rowed + deadlifts and double-unders completed in last partial round.
Ex: 3 complete rounds, plus 3 deadlifts = 1500+3 L3


Saturday Schedule

8:30a: Open Gym- Michael
9:30a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
10:30a: All Levels CrossFit- Michael
1-4p: 6th Anniversary Party!

And coming Sunday...

TBA

Sunday Schedule

8:45a: Weightlifting- Anthony
10a: All Levels CrossFit- Neal
11a: Strength Training/Open Gym- Michael
12:15p: Yoga- Lana
5,6p: Open Gym- Neal

March 2018 Member of the Month, Alex Buhler-Rose

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our March Member of the Month, Alex Buhler-Rose! Alex has been a member for almost two years, has seen awesome gains, and competed in his first CrossFit competition this past year! Read on to learn more about Alex and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Name: Alex Bühler-Rose
Nickname: Alex or Bühler
Age: 28
Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
Originally some of my friends from soccer started crossfitting, but I resisted and stuck to my LA Fitness routine for some time. Eventually my girlfriend Camille and a 60 minutes special convinced me to finally join.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown:
I had recently moved to a new apartment that was pretty much on the same block as CFM so going in to discover what goes on inside was just natural.

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
Lots of deadlifting and an immediate embrace from the CFM community. I was surprised as to how quick and easy it was for me to get partnered up and receive some valuable coaching advice from Pietsch on the form of my deadlifts. I was immediately sold.

What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit?
The natural answer is that I'm stronger and able to lift more than ever, but I think the real results I've seen outside of the gym. My endurance for biking or soccer has reached a new high. I'm also much more nimble. I went to a trampoline park the other day and was jumping up and down for an hour and was totally fine. 2+ years ago I probably would've left that place with knee pain and some sort of back spasm.

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
The community at CFM. Being new to Atlanta when I first joined this community has definitely helped me get integrated into CrossFit, but also our great neighborhood of Midtown Atlanta. The community is an eclectic bunch that spans across occupation types, but what I love is that everyone is able to leave that work life behind when they step into the gym for a WOD.

Favorite WOD
Anything with Toes to Bars and Double Unders

Least favorite WOD
Anything with sumo deadlift high pulls

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
I loved the Graveyard Games. I was always a competitive guy and grew up playing tons of sports, but wasn't in that competitive setting for quite a long time. Being able to have a team to represent and go out there and give it your all was a great feeling to finally have again. Now whenever I see a competition I want to enter it because I love having that target to work towards and that team competition setting.

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
I am a big music fan and like to go to shows pretty often all around the city. I also like to go on hikes with my girlfriend and our two dogs.

Advice for new CrossFitters
Every weakness is an opportunity. You may not start CrossFit being able to clean and jerk or do any of those other Rx movements, but by listening to the coaches at CFM and creating incremental and achievable goals you'll be able to do that Rx movement in no time!

2018 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 2018 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, February 22nd and continues for 5 weeks with 1 new workout each week.

Cary finishing the last reps on 17.1!


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. #InTheOpen #CFMStrong!


Sign Up and Join Team CFM!


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?

Get to know fellow CFMers


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.

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!

Dez doing her first FNL Open 16.3 Scaled!


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, etc.

The excitement of FNL!


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!

CFM Ladies! Teammates and Friends!


2018 Open Schedule

Thursday, Feb 22nd at 8pm: 1st Open Announcement at CFM! Each Thursday the open will be announced at 8pm and we will have open gym from 8-9pm to test the workouts.
Friday, Feb 23rd at 7pm: 18.1 FNL
Friday, Mar 2nd at 7pm: 18.2 FNL
Friday, Mar 9th at 7pm: 18.3 FNL
Friday, Mar 16th at 7pm: 18.4 FNL
Friday, Mar 23rd at 7pm: 18.5 FNL

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



February 2018 Member of the Month, Adam Reinke

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our February Member of the Month, Adam Reinke! Adam has been a member for a little over a year and has seen awesome gains in his fitness and life! Read on to learn more about Adam and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community


Name: Adam Reinke
Nickname: None
Age: 30
Hometown: Naples, FL

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
I was looking for a way to get back into shape after a few years of laziness and struggling to motivate myself to work out. A friend of mine who lives out of town knew some people who were into CrossFit and suggested I give it a try. I did a little research and found CrossFit Midtown. I wasn’t sure I would physically be able to keep up with the workouts at first, but after my first day of Foundations, I was hooked!

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown?
Initially, the location. I live and work in Midtown so it’s very convenient. But it is the great coaches and the great community that keeps me coming back!

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
Brutal. The first time I did the Baseline workout (in my first Foundations class) is (thankfully) the only time a workout has ever made me sick. But even though that part wasn’t fun, I knew from Day 1 that sticking with it would be rewarding, and I’m so glad I did.

What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit?
I’m in much better shape now than I was when I first started. For one, doing the Baseline workout no longer makes me sick (and I can do it a lot faster). But CrossFit has also inspired me to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, including exercising more regularly and eating healthier (or at least trying to, though there is still plenty of room for improvement!). Because of CrossFit, I feel better at 30 than I did at 25, and that is a great feeling!

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
I think the biggest thing is the community. I knew CrossFit would be a great workout, but I didn’t expect that I would also meet and get to know so many great people!

Favorite WOD
Anything with a barbell

Least favorite WOD
Anything with double unders (although I’m working on them and hope to change that!)

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
31 Heroes. It was awesome to see the group come together for such a great cause.

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit
Working as a lawyer and going to Crossfit keep me pretty busy, but when I have free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing golf, and traveling. I’m also a huge college football fan. (Go Gators!)

Advice for new CrossFitters
CrossFit may seem intimidating at first (it definitely did for me), but CrossFit Midtown is full of great coaches and great members who will do whatever they can to help you improve and meet your goals. So stick with it! It will get easier and you will be amazed by how quickly you progress.

January 2018 Member of the Month, Steve Kerr

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our first Member of the Month for 2018, Steve Kerr! Steve is one of our oldest members at CFM, but doesn't let let his age get in the way of his fitness. What an inspiration to our community! Read on to learn more about Steve and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community

Steve mobilizing for front rack position

Name: Steve Kerr
Nickname: Pete
Age: 63
Hometown: Wilmington DE

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
I had been hearing about Crossfit for years when i lived in Roanoke VA. I was always interested in it.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown?
In June 2015 i moved to ATL. Neal Jamison told me about CFM and I gave it a try.

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
The first couple of WODs were overwhelming. It struck me how, on paper, they didn't look that hard. But, once I was doing the WOD, it could get real 'spicy' real quick, to the point were i didn't think i would be able to finish.

What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit?
More flexibility. Increased endurance.

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
Cross Fit makes fitness fun. The longer i do CF, the more motivated i am to make improvements in my overall fitness.

Favorite WOD:
Anything with power cleans.

Least favorite WOD:
Anything with box jumps.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment:
Doing Murph at Piedmont park on Memorial Day of 2016.

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
Like watching college football. Like collecting Taco Mac beer glasses.

Advice for new CrossFitters:
Take it slow. Give yourself 3 months to get acclimated to the WODs. If you hang in there, you will get 'hooked'.

November 2017 Member of the Month, Ryan Rogers

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our November 2017 Member of the Month, Ryan Rogers! He started his CrossFit journey here at CFM a little over a year ago and has improved and progressed so much! Read on to learn more about Ryan and his CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community


Name: Ryan Rogers
Age: 31
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
I moved to Atlanta after finishing my residency. I had been ignoring my own health and fitness for awhile and needed to make a change. I have a buddy back home who told me about CrossFit and I figured I'd give it a try.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown?
Originally for the location. Came for the proximity, stayed for the awesomeness.

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
Intimidating, honestly. I'm not much of a natural athlete and I had a preconceived notion that the "box" would be filled with a bunch of unapproachable muscle-heads. I found out I was wrong pretty quickly. My husband Dave and I started the intro course together. He had the movements down pretty quickly. I struggled for a bit.

What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit?
-Night and Day. I've never felt better, I've never been this strong. I've never been able to do a lot of what I can do now. I wish I could have found CrossFit earlier in life!

What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
I've always thought of fitness/working out as a solitary thing. Go to the gym, put your headphones in, head down, and do your thing. This is totally different. We come to make ourselves better but we do it as a team. It's pretty phenomenal.

Favorite WOD
We recently did "Glen". That was so awful. I loved it.

Least favorite WOD
Anything with handstands/HSPUs because I'm terrified of them.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment:
Awhile ago in an open gym I got my first muscle up. I got down, started celebrating like an idiot, and turned to Pietsch standing behind me. Stern faced, he looked at me and said "Now do two".

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
Does drinking scotch count?

Advice for new CrossFitters:
You know when Mike walks around during a WOD and stares at you, so you check yourself and move better because you're kinda scared of him and don't want him to see you sucking? Pretend he's there all the time.

September 2017 Member of the Month, Shannon Kelardy

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CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our September 2017 Member of the Month, Shannon Kelardy! She is consistently in the gym, always willing to learn, always encouraging others all while being pregnant! What an inspiration! Read on to learn more about Shannon and her CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!


Name: Shannon Kelardy
Nickname: I don’t have one
Age: 34
Hometown: If I were to call anywhere “home,” it would be NC. But I have moved so much, I don’t think I really have a hometown.

How did you get exposed to CrossFit? I read about CrossFit in some random magazine I picked up in a coffee shop in 2008. It wasn’t until months later (Feb. 2009) until I checked it out at a gym in Raleigh, NC.

What brought you to CrossFit Midtown? I moved to Atlanta for work in 2016. My office is in Midtown. I googled gyms near my office and Midtown was one that came up. I e-mailed the gym and Michael responded almost right away. I knew from his response that I was going to like it before I ever came in.

What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like? OMG! So many things, it was fun, humbling, and very challenging. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. I misread the WOD and ended up doing extra burpees. I finished last. Everyone cheered me on. And Darcy finished the WOD with me so that I wasn’t alone!

What changes have you seen in your overall health and fitness level since starting CrossFit? I started CrossFit in 2009, when I was only 26 (i.e. “in my prime”). But I am stronger and faster now than I have ever been, and I contribute that completely to the coaching and programming at CFM.

What kind of changes have you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected? CrossFit is so much more than a fitness regime - if you want it to be. CrossFit has gotten me through the worst times of my adult life, I know that sounds cheesy, but it is 100% true. I didn’t expect that I would develop and gain just as much (if not more) mental strength as physical. I didn’t expect that CrossFit would be so damn therapeutic! And I really didn’t expect that I would gain the friends and family that I have, especially at CFM! CFM is truly special. I have been to a lot of gyms since 2009, and I can attest that CFM is truly unique and has some magic happening. If I don’t come in for a few days in a row, more than one person has sent me a message to check up on me; I mean come on, that is pretty awesome! And I also have to say that especially as a woman, it has been an unexpected and welcomed change that instead of focusing on the numbers on the scale or my clothing size, I now don’t give a $@!* about those numbers and instead care about the numbers on the board next to my name!

Favorite WOD: Anything with heavy lifting or tire flips.

Least favorite WOD: Anything that involves running.

Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment: I have to give 2 (sorry, you should never cheat at CrossFit, but this is technically not CrossFit….). 1) Competing at the Graveyard Games with Darcy and everyone else. I had so much fun! 2) When my 3 year old son came to watch one of the Friday Night Light events this past Open and gave out stickers to everyone. Not only was everyone really sweet with him, but almost everyone actually wore their sticker, even during the WOD! Seeing how everyone welcomed my son into the CFM family and made him feel included at only 3 made my heart melt. Dewey, my son, has been to several CFM events, he now calls it “my gym.”

Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit: My son, soon to be sons (I am almost 6 months pregnant) and reading (I love to read!).

Advice for new CrossFitters: The coaching at CFM is world class, top-notch, just the damn best; trust the coaches and do what they tell you. Ask for help. Be humble. And most importantly – have fun!