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TUES 09.17.13 Yoga & YOU

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Schedule updates

Effective immediately, the Tuesday 8p class will now be Open Gym (apparently the 8p Tues time slot is unpopular w our advanced athletes :)). Join Lis for skillwork, strength work, to make up a recent WOD, or do another workout of your choosing. Other open gym sessions continue on Wed nights at 8p with Raul & Sundays 1-2p with Dyer. The coach on duty is there to help you with whatever you choose OR we can give you some ideas!
8AM CLASSES will continue through the end of the month on TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS only. Attendance average is currently TWO in those classes... it needs to be 3+ to stay on the schedule. So if you like it, GET TO IT!
REMINDER that yoga classes are included in your membership, and do not count toward your weekly class limits. So join Samantha Thursdays at 8:15p and Monica Sundays at 6p to get some great mobility & stretching, as well as balance & meditation work! And speaking of yoga...

Yoga and YOU

By Coach Amy (did you know she's also a certified yoga instructor???)
Balancing the role of CrossFit coach and yoga instructor gets tricky sometimes.
I try not to get too preachy about how and why yoga can benefit your body AND your movements (especially in an overhead squat!) so luckily I came across this blog post that will preach at you for me. Yay!
Specific mobility work, like from the posters on the wall behind the rowers (yeah, those things) is always good. But just like when we’re on our own to choose what to do, we do what we know we’re good at and we avoid what we’re not. You know you do it.
You check the blog the night before, see burpees, and skip the WOD. We’ve all done it.
But rarely is a yoga class itinerary posted; you just gotta show up and let go. So, my less-than-zen friends, my challenge to you is this: for the next month, double your yoga intake. Hit the CFM classes on Thurs & Sun nights!
And if you’re a regular yogi but just do power classes, try something different.
Restorative. Gentle. Yin. Something!
Heck, I’ll even come to the gym and show you some stuff. Like the article says, understand the importance of doing what you suck at. And if that’s yoga, lay out your mat and just breathe.

photo (1)Danny & The Chief

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
8p: Open Gym- Lis

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. 10 mins double under skill work OR mobility
B. Every min on the min for 15 mins:
Complete 2 power cleans & 10 double unders
*Go as heavy as possible on power cleans. Sub 10 tuck jumps for double unders.
C. 2:00m hollow rock test (ONLY if you didn't do it yesterday)

And coming tomorrow...

A. Deadlift: 4x4 workups (add 5# from last DL workout)
B. 6 rounds for time: 10 wall balls 20/14
10 lateral box jumps (5 L/5 R)

MON 9.16.13 Make training sustainable

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How to make training sustainable

Many people complain you can get injured doing CrossFit. You can get injured walking down the street. You can get injured running. You can get injured doing a lot of stuff, if you're clumsy like me. But most of all, you can get injured by practicing poor form, by overtraining, or by not listening to your body.
Last month, I was nursing a pulled back muscle and finally took ten days COMPLETELY OFF from training to let it heal. VOILA! It got better.
Listen to your body and ask your coaches for help with recovery, mobility, or advice on modifying your training to stay healthy. Here's a great post from Andy Petranek, owner of CrossFit LA, on how to make your training sustainable & injury free.
imageCongrats to Carlos, Tiernan, Jason, Tirzah, Shay & Brianne on an awesome performance in the Rise of the South team competition Saturday down in Statesboro!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6:30p: Group Intro- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Beginner CrossFit- Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back Squat: 4x4 workups (add 5# from last back squat session)
B. Complete 5 rounds:
Max reps handstand push ups
Max reps strict pull ups
*Rest as needed between efforts
C. 2:00m hollow rock test

And coming tomorrow...

A. 10 mins double under skill work OR mobility
B. Every min on the min for 15 mins:
Complete 2 power cleans & 10 double unders
*Go as heavy as possible on power cleans. Sub 10 tuck jumps for double unders.

WED 9.11.13 A game of inches

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A game of inches

by Coach Raul
Considering football season has begun, the monologue below from "Any Given Sunday" is appropriate. This message applies well beyond football, to life in general. The six inches right in front of our faces are what matter.
Be proud of your accomplishments - look back to when you started CrossFit, and look at where you are now. Those little inches... those small goals accomplished one by one, add up to the moon and back. Be proud and like always, DO WORK!

"You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That's, that's part of life.
But... you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game - life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean... one half step too late or too early
you don't quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don't quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in every break of the game
every minute, every second.
On this team, we fight for that inch.
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know... when we add up all those inches
that's going to make the f*cking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.
I'll tell you this... in any fight...
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know... if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is -
The six inches in front of your face."


photo-6 copy 2Scott D. spotting Wes on bench.

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Raul
8p: Open Gym - Raul

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back squat: 4x4 workups (add 5# to last back squat workout)
B. 15-10-5 reps for time:
Thrusters 95/65
Box Jumps 24/20
Pull Ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Bench press: 4x4 workups
B. For time: BUY IN: 3 rope climbs, then
30-20-10 of
Russian KB swings
Lateral hops
Abmat sit ups
then, CASH OUT: 3 rope climbs


TUES 9.10.13 It’s time for your CFMakeover!

By | "The Chief" CrossFit, CFMakeover, Local Foods Month, WOD | 4 Comments

Introducing the Fall 2013 challenge…

It’s time for your CFMakeover!
THIS OCTOBER - Nutrition... Fitness… Recovery.
Upgrade your life in one month!
Challenge includes:
  • Kickoff meeting
  • Nutrition workshop
  • T-shirt
  • Facebook accountability group
  • Before & After - pics, measurements, body comp testing & 4 WOD tests
  • Halloween Awards party
Mark your calendars:
  • Prelims testing - Oct 1, 2 & 3*
  • Finals testing - Oct 29, 30 & 31*
  • Awards & Halloween party - October 31
*Alternate testing dates can be arranged.

YOU CHOOSE your primary goal - GET LEAN (lose fat) or GET SWOLE (gain muscle) - and compete for cash & prizes. Cash & prizes awarded to overall winners & challengers who improve most in four different categories:
  1. Most improved body comp (fat loss)
  2. Most improved body comp (muscle gain)
  3. Most improved WODs
  4. Most improved friends & family challenger

Cost: $40 for CFMembers (Gold: $34, Silver: $36); $50 Friends & Family. REGISTER NOW!

photo-6Sneak peek of what we learned during the Ancestral Health Symposium last month. Stay tuned for more info throughout the month on eating locally!

Today's Schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: All Levels - Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
8p: Advanced CrossFit- Lis

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Power clean: 3x3
B. "The Chief"
Max rounds in 3 minutes of:
3 Power cleans 135/95
6 Push-ups
9 Squats
Rest 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 5 cycles.

And coming tomorrow...

A. Back squat: 4x4 workups (add 5# to last BS workout)
B. 15, 10, 5 reps for time:
Thruster 95/65
Box Jumps 24/20
Pull Up


MON 9.9.13 Eat Locally

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Eat Locally!

By Coach Beka
How much thought do you put into where your food comes from? There are many benefits to eating locally, like supporting local farms & fresher (better tasting!) food.
Here is some great info on the benefits of eating locally, along with information on joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) group.
It's much easier to find local food than you may think! Here's a list of our Atlanta Farmers Markets...we're lucky to have options several days a week:
Tuesdays: -Emory (569 Asbury Circle), 12-5p
Wednesdays: -Decatur (March-Oct), 4-7p
Thursdays:-East Atlanta (561 Flat Shoals Ave.), 4-8p
-Green Market at Peachtree Center (225 Peachtree St. NE), 11:30a-2:30p
-Old Five Points Drive-Thru Farmers Market (2140 Johnson Ferry Road), 3-8p
Saturdays:-Green Market at Piedmont Park (12th St Gate), 9a-1:30p
-Morningside (1393 North Highland Ave), 7:30-11:30a
-Brookhaven (1441 Dresden Drive), 9a-1p
-Peachtree Road Farmers Market (2744 Peachtree Rd), 8:30a-12p
Sundays: -Grant Park (800 Cherokee Ave), 9:30a-1:30p

And Whole Foods Market is having a one-day sale this Friday on local grass-fed ground beef - just $4.99 a pound!
imageStreets Alive bike parade. Thanks to all who came out to play yesterday.

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6:30p: Group Intro- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Beginner CrossFit- Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: 4x4 workups
B. 7 rounds for time:
7 kettlebell snatch R
7 kettlebell snatch L
7 strict pull ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Power clean: 3x3
B. "The Chief"
Max rounds in 3 minutes of:
3 Power cleans 135/95
6 Push-ups
9 Squats
Rest 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 5 cycles.


FRI 09.06.13 Happy Hour today & Streets Alive Sunday!

By | Events, WOD | One Comment

CFM events this weekend

Join your friends tonight for happy hour at the Nook, on Piedmont Park, from 6-8pm.

And... SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
Support CFM at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Streets Alive event this weekend, as Peachtree Street is shut down to motor vehicle traffic from 2-6pm. CFM will be there all day at 13th & Peachtree, with free workouts on the half-hour led by our awesome Coaches in Training. Our very own DJ POB will also be playing some tunes for us!

What: Streets Alive - Peachtree
Free WODs & tunes and other fun... take out your stress by flipping a tire, pulling a sled or swinging a sledgehammer! Come celebrate our active Midtown community.
Where: 13th & Peachtree
Who: the CFM community & anyone who wants to try a free workout. All ages, abilities & skill levels are welcome!
When: 2-6p Sunday. Free WODs at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30p.
Attire: CFM gear... REPRESENT!
Afterward: Yes, we know the NFL season also kicks off Sunday. We'll head to Taco Mac to catch the later games.

photo-2CFM coaches representing for Kill Cliff's website photo shoot on Thursday (Cassie, Lis, Beka, coach-to-be Becca).

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. 10 min mobility work
B. Goat Work: 10 min to work on any skill you choose!
C. Grace
30 clean & jerks for time 135/95#

And coming tomorrow...TEAM WOD

A. Make up a lift you missed earlier this week.
B. In teams of 3-4...
Rotate through all four stations TWO TIMES-
1. Row 300m
2. 30 kettlebell swings
3. 30 wall balls
4. 30 box jumps
C. EXTRA CREDIT CASH OUT: 50 barbell roll outs OR 3:00 plank hold

Sunday Schedule

12n - All Levels CrossFit w Dyer
"Massengills"
As many rounds & reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
2 Power Snatch @ 75% of 1 rep max
4 Box Dips, or Stationary Bar Dips, or Strict Ring Dips
8 Burpees
Rest 5 minutes
4 - 100 foot prowler shuttles (50 feet out/50 feet back) as heavy as possible - Not for time

1-2p - Open Gym w Dyer

2-6p - Join CFM at Streets Alive on 13th & Peachtree.
Free all-levels (newcomers welcome) workouts at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30
Or just come out to pull the sled, swing the sledgehammer, flip the tires!!
Wear your CFM gear and bring your friends!

6p - Yoga w Monica back at CFM




THURS 09.05.13 Goals & PRs

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New Month, New Goals!

by Coach Beka
With each new month comes a fresh, empty goal board at CFM. Make sure to write your goal(s) for the month next time you're in the box! A few tips for your goal setting, in and out of CFM...
1. Set Goals that Motivate You
2. Set SMART Goals -
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Relevant
Time Bound.
3. Set Goals in Writing
4. Make an Action Plan
5. Stick With It!

And don't forget the PRs!

PR stands for personal record. ANY TIME you do something for the first time - a double under, a 12" box jump, a strict pull up, a handstand, a workout "Rx'ed" - or a new personal best at any lift... You write it on the board! Let's see how many PRs we can get this month. LIS will commit to do a burpee for every PR on the board at the end of the month. Put her to work!

photo (4)Congrats to everyone who crushed your August goals!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Beginner CrossFit - Cassie
8:15p: Yoga - Samantha

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A1. Max rep strict chin ups: 3 sets, rest 2:00
A2. Max rep ring dips: 3 sets, rest 2:00
B. 3 rounds for time: 30 Overhead walking lunges 45/25#
20 hollow rocks
10 burpees

And coming tomorrow...

A. 10 min mobility work
B. Goat Work: 10 min to work on any skill you choose!
C. Grace
30 clean & jerks for time 135/95#