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TUES 01.29.13 Range of Motion!

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Why is range of motion important?

This may seem like a silly question, but it's an important one to address. I see it in two different types of people: 1) brand new students who don't know any better, and 2) clock whores.
For you new folk, it may sound like the coaches are broken records when we constantly remind you to "squat lower" or "get your chin over the bar". We want you to learn the right form in the beginning, first for safety, but also to build strength & muscle memory, and develop these skills that will make you stronger, faster, hotter, healthier and harder to kill.
When you're new, it may seem like cheating your range of motion is no big deal, because "Hey, I just want to get this over with. If I even survive it, that's an accomplishment."
Errrrr, yes and no. Yes, every WOD you finish is another feather in your cap. Bravo. But "just getting through it" with poor range of motion is cheating yourself.
As coaches, we'd rather scale down the number of reps so you can complete each one with proper form, than to have you complete all the reps halfway. Do it right from the beginning.
Thankfully, we have very few of group #2: the dreaded clock whore, in our student body at CFM. And that's why I want to address it now. I will borrow from Hyperfit USA for their definition of a Clock Whore:
"Person who is so obsessed with beating the clock/others that they will prostitute themselves and sacrifice important and vital components of training such as range of motion, repetitions or other performance metrics for a "better" time." (read their entire post here)
No one likes clock whores. Who cares if you got the fastest time/heaviest lift/most reps in the box today if it wasn't legit? We constantly say there's no judgment at CFM... you are here to better yourself and for that there is nothing to be ashamed. But if people start seeing your scores on the board and scoffing at them because they know you're a serial clock whore, that is shameful.
Why do you pay a premium to train at CrossFit Midtown? Because you want to get into the best shape of your life and have fun doing it, right? Let us help you DO IT RIGHT. We're big on accountability at CFM. Ask your coach, or another classmate, to double-check your range of motion or help count your tempo. And please, don't tell my mother I used that word (FIVE TIMES!) in today's blog post.

New classes!

Rowing class continues tonight at 7pm with Uran. Class is capped at 5 students, so RSVP to save your spot!
Beginner classes with Coach Cassie are on Tues & Thurs nights at 8p and Sat mornings at 9a.
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! Everywhere I turn, people are talking about this Sunday. We've been waiting MONTHS for this. No, I'm not talking about the Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Bowl in NOLA. An even bigger sports duo: Newly minted CF Coach John Dyer & double-under ninja Don Matz will tag-team coach the first Sunday WOD in CrossFit Midtown history. Join Coach Dyer for Open Gym from 12n-2p. THEN you can go watch the big game and enjoy the party grub without guilt.
Yoga on Weds @ noon! Join Beth in the front room on Wednesdays at noon for yoga, starting NEXT WEEK Feb 6th. Thursday night yoga at 8:15 with Monica will also continue. Yoga is free with your CFM membership, so all students are welcome to attend... it doesn't count as one of your weekly visits.

Upcoming Events

Ayurveda workshop with Anna Russ: This Sat, Feb 2nd, 12n-2p. $20 for CFM members & $30 for guests. Read more & register here.
Quarterly Progress Checks: Don't miss the week of Feb 4-8th at CFM! We'll be retesting the Baseline, maxing on several lifts, as well as doing a few other benchmark workouts. AND OH YEAH: Goal setting! We'll reflect on the past quarter and set some new goals to crush over the next three months.
Mardi Gras WOD: Fat Tuesday. February 12th. 8pm. This WOD is open to the public so bring a friend if you wish. It won't count as one of your weekly visits. The Beginner's class will be cancelled on Fat Tuesday, but everyone is welcome to join the party (all levels!) and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! Beads & jello cocktails may or may not be provided.
Bring a Friend Days are coming back at the end of February. Bring a buddy along to class on Thursday, Feb 28, Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2 for a partner or team workout suitable for all fitness levels.

Post-surgery Walter? Thanks to Jon DLP for tracking down this image of what doctors were going for when they repaired Coach Walter's torn tricep yesterday. Walter, we wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing that jerk PR once you're healthy again!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Squat clean: In 15 minutes, work up to a heavy squat clean triple
B. 5 rounds for time:
12 thrusters 95/65#
18 box jumps 24/20"

And coming tomorrow...

KNEE SOCK ALERT!
Every minute on the minute for 30 minutes:
Odd rounds: 1 rope climb
Even rounds: 1 muscle-up OR 3 dips & 3 pull ups

MON 01.28.13

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Help us update the CFM website!

CFM is less than a year old, but we've already heard so many success stories of our students getting stronger, leaner, braver, and mastering all sorts of skills like double unders and pull ups! We're adding some testimonials to the web page to help visitors understand the awesomeness that happens inside our box on a daily basis. If you're willing to let us share your CFM story, please email it to Tirzah. Thanks in advance!

Upcoming Events

Beginner classes with Coach Cassie: We're already two classes in. Join Coach Cassie now on Tues & Thurs at 8pm and Sat morning at 9 for a focus on fundamentals as well as a workout!
SUNDAYS! Starting FEBRUARY 3rd, join Coach Dyer for Open Gym from 12n-2p. This class will have supervised coaching, but won't have a structured group warm-up. Show up and tell us what you want to work on, and we'll help you select a good workout or skillwork to achieve your goals!
Yoga on Weds @ noon! Join Beth in the front room on Wednesdays at noon for yoga, starting Feb 6th. Thursday night yoga at 8:15 with Monica will also continue. Yoga is free with your CFM membership, so all students are welcome to attend... it doesn't count as one of your weekly visits.
Ayurveda workshop with Anna Russ: Sat, Feb 2nd, 12n-2p. More details below...
Quarterly Progress Checks: Don't miss the week of Feb 4-8th at CFM! We'll be retesting the Baseline, maxing on several lifts, as well as doing a few other benchmark workouts. AND OH YEAH: Goal setting! We'll reflect on the past quarter and set some new goals to crush over the next three months.
Mardi Gras WOD: Join us on Fat Tuesday, February 12th at 8pm. This WOD is open to the public so bring a friend if you wish. It won't count as one of your weekly visits. The Beginner's class will be cancelled on Fat Tuesday, but everyone is welcome to join the party (all levels!) and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!
Bring a Friend Days are coming back at the end of February. Bring a buddy along to class on Thursday, Feb 28, Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2 for a partner or team workout suitable for all fitness levels.

Finding Your Zone:

A Lifestyle Overhaul using Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Are you in a winter funk? Ever feel out-of-balance or so stressed out and overwhelmed you just don't know what to do?
Has it ever occurred to you that self-care (taking time to nourish and nurture your body) will enhance your quality of life and improve your well-being?
Ayurveda, the science of self-healing, will teach you about your natural tendencies, how to tune into what your body needs, and how those needs change throughout the seasons of the year and various times of life. Anna Russ will lead us through a two-hour workshop with a basic Ayurveda overview on the following topics:
-Passion = Purpose
-Focusing on You!
-Nutrition for the mind, body and soul
-Taking your fitness to the next level
-Stress management tools for work and home
This workshop lasts two hours and costs $20 for CFM members and $30 for guests. Read more about Anna & register here.

New student Tish, Lis, and new student Kimberly work through the push up madness in Cassie's Beginner class Thursday night.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: 8 reps every 90sec, 7 rounds
B1. 8min to find Press 1 rep max: Rest 2 minutes, then complete B2.
B2. Tabata pushups for reps:
8 rounds of :20 push ups, :10 rest. Count total reps. Rest 2 minutes, then complete B3.
B3. Kettlebell swings: As many reps as possible in 4 minutes at 53/35#

And coming tomorrow...

A. Squat clean: In 15 minutes, work up to a heavy squat clean triple
B. 5 rounds for time:
12 thrusters 95/65#
18 box jumps 24/20"

FRI 01.25.13 Happy Animal Warm-Up Friday!

By | Bring a Friend Days, Events, Quarterly Progress Checks, WOD | One Comment

February is upon us!

We've got lots of great things in store next month, and we kicked off some of them early:
Beginner classes with Coach Cassie: We're already two classes in. Join Coach Cassie now on Tues & Thurs at 8pm and Sat morning at 9 for a focus on fundamentals as well as a workout!
SUNDAYS! Starting FEBRUARY 3rd, join Coach Dyer for Open Gym from 12n-2p. This class will have supervised coaching, but won't have a structured group warm-up. Show up and tell us what you want to work on, and we'll help you select a good workout or skillwork to achieve your goals!
Yoga on Weds @ noon! Join Beth in the front room on Wednesdays at noon for yoga, starting Feb 6th. Thursday night yoga at 8:15 with Monica will also continue. Yoga is free with your CFM membership, so all students are welcome to attend... it doesn't count as one of your weekly visits.
Ayurveda workshop with Anna Russ: Sat, Feb 2nd, 12n-2p. More details below...
Quarterly Progress Checks: Don't miss the week of Feb 4-8th at CFM! We'll be retesting the Baseline, maxing on several lifts, as well as doing a few other benchmark workouts. AND OH YEAH: Goal setting! We'll reflect on the past quarter and set some new goals to crush over the next three months.
Mardi Gras WOD: Join us on Fat Tuesday, February 12th at 8pm. This WOD is open to the public so bring a friend if you wish. It won't count as one of your weekly visits. The Beginner's class will be cancelled on Fat Tuesday, but everyone is welcome to join the party (all levels!) and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!
Bring a Friend Days are coming back at the end of February. Bring a buddy along to class on Thursday, Feb 28, Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2 for a partner or team workout suitable for all fitness levels.

Finding Your Zone:

A Lifestyle Overhaul using Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Are you in a winter funk? Ever feel out-of-balance or so stressed out and overwhelmed you just don't know what to do?
Has it ever occurred to you that self-care (taking time to nourish and nurture your body) will enhance your quality of life and improve your well-being?
Ayurveda, the science of self-healing, will teach you about your natural tendencies, how to tune into what your body needs, and how those needs change throughout the seasons of the year and various times of life. Anna Russ will lead us through a two-hour workshop with a basic Ayurveda overview on the following topics:
-Passion = Purpose
-Focusing on You!
-Nutrition for the mind, body and soul
-Taking your fitness to the next level
-Stress management tools for work and home
This workshop lasts two hours and costs $20 for CFM members and $30 for guests. Read more about Anna & register here.

Check out Fred, J-Herm, Calin, Jason & Colby crushing some push ups. It was awesome watching these guys motivate each other through the late rounds of yesterday's push up extravaganza.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Split Squat (w rear foot elevated): 4 sets of 8-10 @3010 tempo, every 4min
B. Handstand push ups: 4 sets of AMRAP(-2)* Rest 2 min between rounds
*AMRAP(-2)=two reps shy of as many reps as possible.
C. 6 rounds for time*:
15 pullups
10 air squats
*Change of plans since there's a 50% chance of rain today. We'll tackle "HELEN" next Friday instead!

And coming tomorrow...


9 am Beginner class, 10 am Partner WOD and 11 am Makeup WOD/Open Gym

Partner WOD: Partner 1 (P1) - 30 wall balls, 30 box jumps, 300m row. Partner 2 (P2) rests. Then P1/P2 switch for 10 total rounds or 5 rounds each.

THURS 01.24.13 Cherish every moment

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Cherish every moment

Recently, I've been working on being more mindful, enjoying each moment, being good to myself and being grateful for my friends, family, the CFM community and all my blessings. I challenge you to do the same. Don't waste a day without counting your blessings, loving yourself, sharing your love and making someone smile. When I met with Anna Russ last week, she taught me about using Ayurveda to achieve these goals.
I am SO excited to have Anna join us at CFM next week to teach us to incorporate Ayurveda into our lives to achieve balance, feel better and enjoy life to its fullest!
BOLD STATEMENT: I predict this will be one of the best CFM events of the year. Top three. I know. It's early in the year. That's how sure I am this stuff can change your life. More details below...

Finding Your Zone:

A Lifestyle Overhaul using Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Are you in a winter funk? Ever feel out-of-balance or so stressed out and overwhelmed you just don't know what to do?
Has it ever occurred to you that self-care (taking time to nourish and nurture your body) will enhance your quality of life and improve your well-being?
Ayurveda, the science of self-healing, will teach you about your natural tendencies, how to tune into what your body needs, and how those needs change throughout the seasons of the year and various times of life. Anna Russ will lead us through a two-hour workshop with a basic Ayurveda overview on the following topics:
-Passion = Purpose
-Focusing on You!
-Nutrition for the mind, body and soul
-Taking your fitness to the next level
-Stress management tools for work and home
This workshop lasts two hours and costs $20 for CFM members and $30 for guests. Read more about Anna & register here.



Workout of the Day (WOD)

A1. Close Grip Bench Press: 4 rounds of 8-10 reps @2110 tempo, 60sec rest
A2. Weighted pullup OR pullup negatives: 4 rounds of 2-3 reps @2112 tempo, 2min rest
B. Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:
odd - 15 pushups
even - 10 med ball slams

And coming tomorrow...

A. Split Squat (w rear foot elevated): 4 sets of 8-10 @3010 tempo, every 4min
B. Handstand push ups: 4 sets of AMRAP(-2)* Rest 2 min between rounds
*AMRAP(-2)=two reps shy of as many reps as possible.
C. "Helen": 3 rounds for time of -
400m run
21 kettlebell swings 53/35
12 pull ups

WED 01.23.13

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Mental Toughness

by Uran
It's pretty widely accepted among CrossFitters that in order to get in better shape, you have to put your body under stress. And since the human body will continually adapt to stress, the constantly-varied programming CrossFit offers keeps us on our toes and keeps our bodies working to get stronger and fitter. It wasn’t until I joined CFM, however, that I heard of “mental toughness”. I had no idea that some workouts were designed not only to be physically challenging, but to challenge your will to get through them as well.
Don’t get me wrong - I’ve definitely experienced my fair share of workouts where I’ve had a lengthy mental dialogue with myself on how there was no way I could finish, and at times, even convinced myself that I needed to quit. But it wasn’t until I looked at mental toughness as a component of fitness that I really started to see those dark moments as something I could improve. Suddenly, it wasn’t something random and uncontrollable. Just like learning a lift or a movement in the gym, it’s something that can be managed and practiced (if and when it does hit), and that’s pretty damn empowering. So the next time you’re in the middle of a particularly nasty WOD that feels like it will never end, remind yourself this is an opportunity to overcome a mental obstacle as well. It might just give you the push you need.

Lindsay leads warm-up... good luck to Lindsay & Dyer, heading to their CrossFit Level 1 Certification course this weekend at CrossFit Downtown ATL!

Workout of the Day

A. Front Squat: 5 rounds of 6-8 reps @3010 tempo, every 4min
B. Pistols (one-legged squats): As many reps as possible in 5 minutes. Rest 5 min, then...
C. Double unders: As many reps as possible in 10 minutes.
Not great at double unders? Do as many as you can, or sub singles.

And coming tomorrow...

A1. Close Grip Bench Press: 4 rounds of 8-10 reps @2110 tempo, 60sec rest
A2. Wtd Pullup OR Pullup negatives: 4 rounds of 2-3 reps @2112 tempo, 2min rest
B. Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:
odd - 15 pushups
even - 10 med ball slams

TUES 01.22.13 10 DAYS TO GO!

By | Eat Clean January, WOD | 6 Comments

I broke

That's right. I gave in. I enjoyed a not-so-paleo brunch on Sunday, complete with two Irish coffees. And do I regret it? Not one bit. I'm working on putting less guilt/stress on myself. I had 20 days of strict paleo in there, and I won't revert back to the gluttonous Holiday Lis I turned into for a few weeks back in December. Okay, today when I saw my bloated belly rather than those abs I was working on, YES! THEN I regretted it a little.
So WHY did I fold, you ask?
Last week, I meet with Anna, the Ayurveda consultant doing a workshop here in a few weeks, about some personal issues I'm having and how to achieve some balance in my life. She recommended that I go a little easier on myself, and until I work through some things, stop depriving myself or going to any "extremes"... this means taking a break from typical INTENSE CrossFit WODs in exchange for some more moderate activities. And it means relaxing my diet.
The science of Ayurveda encourages regular cleanses or detoxes, similar to the Whole 30... just nothing so extreme right in the dead of winter (or summer for that matter). So those of us working toward 30 days of strict paleo this month kind of have the moon & stars stacked against us, so to speak.
If you've already come this far, I'm not telling you to quit - just trying to explain why this time around & this time of year might be a little tougher to stick to a cleanse or a strict diet, when it's gloomier outside and temperatures are colder than usual.
So who's still staying strong? Wayne? Stella? Jason? DLP? 10 DAYS LEFT! Let us know who we can cheer to the finish!

Tiff <3 AirDyne

Workout of the Day

Power snatch:15min to find 5RM Power Snatch, touch & go
Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:
Odd - 3 power snatch
Even - 2 muscle-ups OR 2 dips & 2 pull ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Front Squat: 5 rounds of 6-8 reps @3010 tempo, every 4min
B. Pistols (one-legged squats): As many reps as possible in 5 minutes. Rest 5 min, then...
C. Double unders: As many reps as possible in 10 minutes.
Not great at double unders? Do as many as you can, or sub singles.

FRI 01.18.13

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CFM Beast Mode!

New CFM gear is in! We ordered more navy zip hoodies ($45) & these long-sleeved American Apparel BEAST MODE Ts ($30). If you pre-ordered, pick up your goods at the gym... we also ordered some extras! Water bottles & tech tees will be in by Monday.
LADIES: Stay tuned for pre-orders of our new I <3 SQUATS tanks, coming next week!

Workout of the Day

A. Deadlift 5 sets of reps every 4 minutes
How do you measure up with the CFMers on the CF main site on Monday?
B. CF Open WOD 12.5 & 11.6
As many rounds & reps as possible in 7 minutes:
3 thrusters 100/65
3 chest-to-bar pullups
6 thrusters 100/65
6 chest-to-bar pullups
9 thrusters
9 chest-to-bar pullups
... (continue increasing by 3s until time expires)

And coming tomorrow...

Partner Chelsea: Between you & your partner (one person works at a time), complete 5 pullups, 10 push ups & 15 air squats every minute on the minute for 30 minutes.
Scale up: wear a weight vest.