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FRI 11.09.12 My mom is fitter than your mom

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Whole Life Challenge ENDS TOMORROW

Congrats to everyone who's completed the Whole Life Challenge. I hope you've created some new healthy habits, learned a little about yourself, and had a great experience! Join us tomorrow (whether you did the WLC or not!) for the Final WOD & Measurements, followed by a PAR-TAY to announce winners, hand out some prizes, and hang out with the CFM community!
Final Measurements & WOD: 9:30 to 11a at Piedmont Park Active Oval
We'll be doing measurements from 9:30 to 10:15, and running finals heats from 10 to 11.
Finals Party & Awards: 1 to 3p at Rira Irish Pub
Dermot and the gang at Rira are hosting a shindig for us to crown the WLC winners, hand out prizes, and enjoy some good fun. All CFMers are welcome to join in.

No class at CFM Saturday

There will be only ONE CLASS on Saturday, November 10th: 10am AT PIEDMONT PARK. Even if you didn't get in on the Whole Life Challenge this time around, join us at the park for some fun with burpees, kettlebell swings and running!

A note from Mrs. Saunders

That's right, my 67-year-old mom just completed the Whole Life Challenge as well. I'm so proud of her progress over these eight weeks, especially as she worked for the elections office down in Florida (save the jokes) and had some very long hours over the past month. Congrats Mom! Here's the email I got from her this morning (note: the Saunders women have SICK hula hoop skillz):

Subject: I DID IT!
I completed the challenge with pretty good points -- I now know I don't have to drink alcohol every night -- that's pretty good for me. I also know that I do not need fake sugar in my diet at all. Have even gotten used to black coffee; even almost like it.
I've lost 4 pounds -- that means I've lost a total of 10 pounds since May -- pretty good I'd say.
Thanks for convincing me to join the challenge -- but I doubt I'll keep on having perfect diet days -- they'll be better diet days than I had before the challenge. I'll continue to stretch daily, and at least do the kettlebell every day. I really want to learn how to hula hoop again -- do you know where I can get a really good hula hoop?
I really do feel better -- couldn't have gotten through the last few weeks of 12 and 13-hour work days without the challenge.
Love you, Mom


Post in the comments: What did you learn about yourself during WLC? Also, if anyone knows where my mom can find a "really good hula hoop" 🙂 please share.


The Whole Life Challenge prelims crew

Workout of the Day

A. CrossFit Total: Find your one-rep max of the following:
Back squat
Strict Press
Deadlift
Add these numbers up for your CrossFit Total score.
B. AirDyne:
One minute, max calories

WED 11.07.12

By | Quarterly Progress Checks, Whole Life Challenge, WOD | 5 Comments

CrossFit and Body Image

by Instructor Training Program member Urán
This post is geared toward the ladies, but fellas should feel free to chime in as well. A well-known myth finds its way into the mind of every female who ever considered picking up a weight:
"Lifting weights will make you bulky."
It bums me out. And it bums me out more that I’ve heard variations of this myth spoken from the lips of some of our very own members. I could spend days talking about why this bothers me and why it’s completely untrue. Instead, I’ll let you read this, this and this, and share with you my own body image demons.
Now, everyone who meets me knows that I’m not a slight woman. I never have been. CrossFit or not. Part of that is because, while I generally eat cleanly, I put on weight very easily. I love fruit (carbs) and sweet potatoes (more carbs). I spent most of my life struggling with my weight and body image, and to say those days are completely behind me would be a lie. But CrossFit teaches me to care about different things than I used to concern myself with.
Take being “thin”, for example. If I may be totally candid, my biggest motivator for dieting and exercise in the past was my hope of being “thin”. When I weighed in at nearly 200lb a few years ago, the driving force for me to lose 40+ pounds in less than a year was the desire to just be smaller. It wasn’t until I joined the crew team, and later CrossFit, that I realized how much sexier it is to be strong... how lifting, jumping, rowing, and throwing heavy stuff around gives you confidence and satisfaction that seeing shrinking numbers on a scale never will.
Nowadays, I never even think about being thin. I think about becoming stronger and working harder and eating healthier. And working with my body, rather than against it, to make the most out of what I’ve been given. But it's taken time to get there. Time to retrain my mind and to shake old habits. Time to start thinking of food as fuel. Time to find happiness in improvements at the gym and enjoyment in how that transfers into my personal life.
How has your idea of body image changed since joining CrossFit?

Whole Life Challenge Finals & Party

It's the final week of the WLC! In addition to the other benchmarks we're testing this week, on Saturday we do final measurements and retest the WLC workout. We hope to see you, your friends, family and the whole CFM community at the Finals WOD and the Awards Party on Saturday. Be there!
Final Measurements & WOD: 9:30 to 11a at Piedmont Park Active Oval
We'll be doing measurements from 9:30 to 10:15, and running finals heats from 10 to 11.
Finals Party & Awards: 1 to 3p at Rira Irish Pub
Dermot and the gang at Rira are hosting a shindig for us to crown the WLC winners, hand out prizes, and enjoy some good fun. All CFMers are welcome to join in.

No class at CFM Saturday

There will be only ONE CLASS on Saturday, November 10th: 10am AT PIEDMONT PARK. Even if you didn't get in on the Whole Life Challenge this time around, join us at the park for some fun with burpees, kettlebell swings and running!


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Workout of the Day

A. Quarterly Progress Checks - Baseline retest: If you didn't retest the baseline yet this week, warm up and do it today. If you already did baseline, you get extra time for mobility/foam rolling.
Baseline:
500m row
40 squats
30 situps
20 pushups
10 pullups
B. In 20 minutes, complete as many rounds and reps as possible of:
20 Thrusters 135/95
20 Pullups
20 Burpees

MON 11.05.12 Quarterly Progress Checks

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Quarterly Progress Checks!

What did you accomplish in the last three months? What's not working for you in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition, lifestyle, athletic performance? What stops you? What is your vision for the next three months and what action steps will help you achieve that vision?
We'll be reviewing these questions with a 10-minute reflection at the beginning of your first class this week. This is your chance to reflect on the past quarter and set some goals for the next three months.
We'll also be retesting the Baseline and several other benchmark WODs this week. So get to the box this week, do your best and crush some old numbers! I'm looking forward to all the PRs*!
*PR= personal record

Whole Life Challenge Finals & Party

It's the final week of the WLC! In addition to the other benchmarks we're testing this week, on Saturday we do final measurements and retest the WLC workout. We hope to see you, your friends, family and the whole CFM community at the Finals WOD and the Awards Party on Saturday. Be there!
Final Measurements & WOD: 9:30 to 11a at Piedmont Park Active Oval
We'll be doing measurements from 9:30 to 10:15, and running finals heats from 10 to 11.
Finals Party & Awards: 1 to 3p at Rira Irish Pub
Dermot and the gang at Rira are hosting a shindig for us to crown the WLC winners, hand out prizes, and enjoy some good fun. All CFMers are welcome to join in.

CFM Field Trip

There will be only ONE CLASS on Saturday, November 10th: 10am AT PIEDMONT PARK. Even if you didn't get in on the Whole Life Challenge this time around, join us at the park for some fun with burpees, kettlebell swings and running!
I learned SO MUCH at the BIZ seminar I attended over the weekend at VA's CrossFit Woodbridge...and got a quick WOD in over the lunch break too!

Workout of the Day

A. Baseline: As part of your warm-up today, all classes will retest the baseline -
500m Row
40 Squats
30 Sit Ups
20 Push Ups
10 Pull Ups
B. 5 Rounds for time:
7 Handstand Push Ups
14 Pistols
21 Double Unders


FRI 11.02.12

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Quarterly Progress Checks are next week!

We'll be retesting the Baseline, as well as several other benchmark WODs next week. So that you can plan your week of workouts, here is a sneak peek at next week's programming:
M 11/5 - 5 rounds for time:
7 Handstand Push Ups
14 Pistols
21 Double Unders
T 11/6 - Olympic Total
1 rep max of Snatch and Clean & Jerk
W 11/7 - 20 minute AMRAP
20 Thrusters 135/95#
20 Pullups
20 Burpees
Th 11/8 - OPT Tester
A. 1 Rep Max Weighted Pull Up
B. OPT Tester:
250m row
15 kettlebell swings 2/1.5pd
25 burpees
15 kettlebell swings 2/1.5pd
250m row
F 11/9 - CrossFit Total & 1 min AirDyne
1 rep max Back Squat
1 rep max Strict Press
1 rep max Deadlift
Then, 1 minute AirDyne test for calories
S 11/10 - WLC Finals
9 minute AMRAP:
7 kettlebell swings 53/35
7 burpees
50m run

Eat your vegetables!

We're excited to partner with South Metro Produce for weekly deliveries of organic fruits and vegetables from local family farmers. You can choose from a small/$27, medium/$35 or large/$45 box of produce each week (or partner up and split the order!). Josh will be delivering to us every Monday (orders due by Sunday) so visit his site and place your order today! Here's a sample of what a medium box includes (the huge bag of local almonds is a huge chunk of this week's box):

Workout of the Day

A. Front Squat: 2 sets of 4, 3 minutes rest
B. In 7 minutes, complete as many rounds & reps as possible:
Buy in: 150 double unders or 100 tuck jumps
7 wall balls
7 burpees

TUES 10.30.12

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Showing Up

by Instructor Training Program member Urán
Are you ever intimidated by the WOD when you see the blog posted? Have you ever taken one look at the words “handstand push up”, “pistols” or “rope climbs” and decided to take an impromptu rest day? Or maybe your last WOD left you feeling a little defeated and hesitant to come back in again. If you ever feel this way, you're not alone.
It’s no surprise that CrossFit is challenging. It's designed to be tough and to test you, both mentally and physically. And for most of us, that’s what draws us to it in the first place. But if you find yourself getting caught up wondering how you're going to make it through a particular workout, or talking yourself out of coming in that day, I ask you to just show up. Just walk into the gym, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.
NOTHING in CrossFit Midtown’s programming is designed to exclude anyone. From the true beginner to the most advanced athlete, there are ways to modify everything to either make it easier or more difficult. And that’s the beauty of it. Challenge yourself on an individual level, but still have the motivation of doing the workout in a group setting. Remember that we’re in this together, so come in and sweat with us!

Halloween WOD

Wednesday, 10/31 - 8pm - GLOW STICK WOD! Join the 8pm class for a Halloween WOD in the dark with GLOOOOOOW STICKS! This class will not be capped and visitors are welcome if they RSVP by emailing us.
Welcome Lindsey to CrossFit Midtown!

Workout of the Day

A1. 3 sets: 1 Power Clean, 2min rest
A2. 3 sets: 1 Jerk, 2min rest
B. For time:
30 Clean and Jerks at 60% of A2

10.25.12 ANIMAL WARM-UP FRIDAY

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Happy Halloweekend!

Brouhaha Halloween Party at the Masquerade:
CFM Member and infamous DJ POB is spinning Saturday night at the Brouhaha, and is dropping off a stack of free tickets to the party today! If you want to check it out, pick up a pair at the gym today in the PM classes, or Sat AM classes. BOOya.
10am - Free Community COSTUME WOD at lululemon howell mill:
Drag yourself out of bed for ONE MORE Halloween weekend costume-wearing opportunity... join Lis over at lululemon for the monthly community WOD, open to the public and suitable for all shapes, sizes, ghouls, goblins and skill levels. Costumes are not required, but at least throw on a silly hat or some AWESOME KNEE SOCKS!
TOUCH FOOTBALL:
After the WOD, we'll head over to Piedmont Park to play some touch football. Meet us at 11am in Piedmont Park's Active Oval!

Halloween WOD

Wednesday, 10/31 - 8pm - GLOW STICK WOD! Join the 8pm class for a Halloween WOD in the dark with GLOOOOOOW STICKS! This class will not be capped.

WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE FINALS & PARTY

Can you believe our first WLC wraps up in TWO WEEKS?!? I hope you've all learned a lot about your nutrition, exercise and other habits along the way. Best of luck to everyone as we enter the home stretch. We hope to see you, your friends, family and the whole CFM community at the Finals WOD and the Awards Party on November 10th. Be there!
Final Measurements & WOD: 9:30 to 11a at Piedmont Park Active Oval
We'll be doing measurements from 9:30 to 10:15, and running finals heats from 10 to 11. If you can't attend the finals WOD, please email Courtney by Friday, Nov 2, to schedule your makeup session.
Finals Party & Awards: 1 to 3p at Rira Irish Pub
Dermot and the gang at Rira are hosting a shindig for us to crown the WLC winners, hand out prizes, and enjoy some good fun. All CFMers are welcome to join in.

CFM FIELD TRIP

There will be only ONE CLASS on Saturday, November 10th: 10am AT PIEDMONT PARK. Even if you didn't get in on the Whole Life Challenge this time around, join us at the park for some fun with burpees, kettlebell swings and running!

New showers!

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we install the new showers. They will be done this week! In the meantime, the water filter is out of commission so please fill up at home (or drink the tap water!). And we're down to one bathroom for now (the large back restroom), so please arrive a little early if you need to change before class.
Coach Jeremy stepped in to compete at East vs West on two hours notice when Carlos got stuck in Va and had to roll in late. Coach Jeremy will also be dressing as a naughty nurse this Halloween. Stay tuned for those pics in next week's blog!

Workout of the Day

A. Back Squat: 5 sets of 3, rest 3 minutes
B. MARY:
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes-
5 handstand push ups
10 pistols
15 pull ups

WED 10.24.12

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New showers!

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we install the new showers. They will be done later this week! In the meantime, the water filter is out of commission so please fill up at home (or drink the tap water!). And we're down to one bathroom for now (the large back restroom), so please arrive a little early if you need to change before class.

This SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

10am - Free Community COSTUME WOD at lululemon howell mill: Drag yourself out of bed for ONE MORE Halloween weekend costume-wearing opportunity... join Lis over at lululemon for the monthly community WOD, open to the public and suitable for all shapes, sizes, ghouls, goblins and skill levels. Costumes are not required, but at least throw on a silly hat or some AWESOME KNEE SOCKS!
TOUCH FOOTBALL: After the WOD, we'll head over to Piedmont Park to play some touch football. Meet us at 11am in Piedmont Park's Active Oval!

Halloween WOD!


Wednesday, 10/31 - 8pm - GLOW STICK WOD! Join the 8pm class for a Halloween WOD in the dark with GLOOOOOOW STICKS! This class will not be capped.
Partner WOD fun (Don & Dyer in the foreground)

Workout of the Day

A1. 3 sets of 15 Kettlebell tricep extension (left & right), rest 30sec
A2. 3 sets of 15 Kettlebell bent over rows (left & right), rest 30sec
Do one set tricep extensions left, one set right, then one set bent-over rows left, one set right, then repeat for three total rounds.
B. 10 minutes Pistol Practice
C. 30 minutes EASY row, run or AirDyne