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WED 10.16.13 SFH samples & crazy stuff in today’s WOD

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New stuff in today's workout

In the October coaches meeting, someone asked me if there was a typo on the October 16th programming. Nosiree, that there is a 10-rep max back squat.
This will challenge you to:
1. Be mentally tough
2. Take in oxygen under load
3. Handle a heavy load over time (do it right & you'll have a barbell on your back for 60-90 seconds)
HOW DO I CHOOSE A LOAD?
Well, you've got 15 minutes to get there.
But here's my challenge to you - the last time we did sets of 5 back squats, what was your heaviest set?
Take that number, and do it 10 TIMES!
You'll have to go at a slower pace...
And work on breathing between reps...
And concentrate... and stay tight...
And tell the demons in your head to shut the hell up.
But do it. Let me know how it goes...

And oh yeah, part B has something new for you too.
Carry something heavy - is it two kettlebells?
Is it a med ball?
Is it a weight vest?
Is it a sandbag?
Your choice... what's heavy & challenging for you?
HAVE FUN!

SFH in da house

Our friend John from Stronger, Faster, Healthier will be at the box tonight with samples of post-workout protein and fish oil. Say hello and grab some recovery drink after you train tonight!

1378574_10151705045536732_2092092591_nAlyssa reppin' out some banded push ups

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
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: In 15 minutes, find your 10-rep max back squat.
B. For time:
200m heavy carry (your choice)
20 burpees
200m heavy carry
20 sit ups
200m heavy carry
20 pistols (10L/10R)
200m heavy carry
20 lateral box jumps

And coming tomorrow...

A. Rope Climb: 10 minutes skill practice
B. 10-1 Ladder Not for time:
Deadlift
Burpee
*Begin your first set of deadlifts at 30-35% of your 1-rep max.
Add weight each set.
Set your weights in your sets to get to 85% your 1-rep max for your last lift.
Then we're jumping rope or AirDyning so save your legs some for that. The point of this work is to lift a heavy load (WITH PERFECT FORM) as the reps get lower but not actually max out today. Save that for next week's CrossFit Total.)
Rest 3:00
Then, for time: 100 double unders, 400 singles OR 20 AirDyne calories.
C: 2:00 hollow rock test or 100 sit ups for time.

TUES 10.15.13 Winterizing

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Winterizing

by Coach Dyer
The summer is officially over.
I hate the winter.
I hate the cold.
I hate that the sun doesn't rise until almost 8a & it gets dark at 5p.
So not surprisingly, the winter months are always my worst training months.
Here are some things I'm starting now to get ready for winter:
1. Take a planned 10-minute walk outside between 11:30 and 1:30 everyday. Sunlight is important for general health and I want to get in the habit before the sun disappears.
2. Get to the gym 10 minutes earlier than usual. When it's cold you need extra time to warm up (especially if you're an old-timer like me). Getting used to doing a pre-warm-up warm-up will make it easier to do it once it's cold out & I really need it.
3. Extra-hot coffee.
4. Vitamin C/Emergen-C every day. Cold weather means you're going to be around more sneezes, snot, coughing and will have less fresh air. I want to make sure my system has the tools to fight off illnesses.
5. Put a stocking cap and sweatshirt in my car. It never fails that a blistering cold front pops up out of nowhere and I'm stuck with just a t-shirt and shorts on a gym day. Not the end of the world, but it sucks and is totally avoidable.
Got some good winter training tips? Post in the comments below.
photoMJ working on weighted step ups

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 & Ian
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis & Uran
8p: Open Gym- Lis

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Split jerk: 2-2-2-2-2
B. Complete 5 rounds for time of:
3 Push Jerks or Split Jerks 155/100#
6 Pull Ups
9 Push Ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. In 15min, find your 10RM back squat
B. For time:
200m heavy carry (your choice)
20 burpees
200m heavy carry
20 push ups
200m heavy carry
20 pistols (10L/10R)
200m heavy carry
20 lateral box jumps

MON 10.14.13 CFMakeover check-in

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CFMakeover check-in...

by Coach Beka
We're two weeks into the CFMakeover challenge and I want to check in with you guys... This post isn't just for the challengers though, it's for everyone. Staying on track with healthy life choices isn't always easy. Here are a few strategies I use:
-PLAN AHEAD! Grocery shopping on the weekend is necessary to keep me on track.
-Plan out meals and snack ideas.
-Sleep eight hours as often as possible. This helps my cravings and makes me feel good enough to want to stay on track with workouts and meals.
-Find restaurants you know have healthy/paleo options for weekend nights out. Sometimes we're going to want to indulge when we're out to eat...just be smart about it and don't go overboard.
-Have healthy snack options on hand. This helps me between meals.
-RELAX. If you have a bad day or two, it's not the end of the world. Being healthy is about maintaining a healthy diet and reasonable outlook.
imageThe CFM crew pre-Pride parade yesterday. Super fun times...thanks to all who came to play!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
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. Front squat: 5-5-3-3-1-1-1
B. 3 rounds for time:
20 Walking Lunge w OH DB/KB R
20 Walking Lunge w OH DB/KB L
15 Strict Pull Ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Split jerk: 2-2-2-2-2
B. Complete 5 rounds for time of:
3 Push Jerks or Split Jerks 155/100#
6 Pull Ups
9 Push Ups


FRI 10.11.13 Messing with Fran

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Messing with Fran : An argument for scaling

By Coach Raul
Crossfit was designed to apply “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements," across multiple domains. Its purpose is to develop general fitness, and one way of doing that is through short, high-intensity workouts. One way to ensure high intensity is to scale certain loads to a more manageable weight, allowing you to do more work in less time. I decided to test this theory by scaling Fran (today's workout: 21-15-9 rep rounds of thrusters and pull ups) from the Rx (written, or prescribed) weight of 95-pound thrusters, down to a 65 pounds.
Here's what I looked at:
Pullup distance (from bottom to chin over bar): 20in
Body weight (Force): 150 lbs
Squat distance (from bottom of squat to upright): 23 in
Barbell distance (from bottom of squat to full extension): 40 in
# of Total Reps = 45
Work = Force X Distance (ft.lbs)
POWER = [(# of Reps) X (Sum of the Work)] / time (sec)

Movement

Force

Distance

Work

Pullup150lbs20 in250 ft. lbs
Thruster150lbs23 in287 ft. lbs
Thruster95 lbs40 in316 ft. lbs
Time: 304 secPOWER126 ft.lbs/sec
Pullup150lbs20 in250 ft. lbs
Thruster150lbs23 in287 ft. lbs
Thruster65lbs40 in216 ft. lbs
Time: 210 secPOWER161 ft.lbs/sec

The results described in the chart define a comparison of power output for a 95-pound Fran at my old completion time of 5:04min (304 sec) and a 65lb Fran completed in 3:30min (210 sec). The results prove a reduction of the thruster load by almost 30% resulted in an increased power output (Higher intensity!).
My personal experience with completing Fran in 3 minutes and 30 seconds was one word : INTENSE!!!
The same workout I'd done several times completely changed once I moved into a shorter time domain. Had I not scaled down the weight, I wouldn't be able to reach this intensity level or reap its benefits.
Today when you do Fran, consider scaling the thrusters and/or pull ups to complete it in a shorter time. It may totally change your workout!
photo 2Justin R rockin' push ups

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: All Levels CrossFit- Amy
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Amy
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Amy

Workout of the Day (WOD):

A. Single-leg step ups (to a knee-high box): 4 sets of 8 work-ups
B. "Fran":
21-15-9 reps for time:
Thrusters 95/65
Pull ups

And coming tomorrow...TEAM WOD SATURDAY

In teams of 2-4 people, complete 3 rounds for time:
Run 400m (all team members together)
50 bear complex 95/65
60 toes to bar
Farmers carry - down and back in parking lot (each person) 2 pood/1.5 pood

THURS 10.10.13 Ian’s CFMakeover Plan

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Ian's CFMakeover Goal

By Instructor Training Program student Ian
My October goal is to lose five pounds by the end of the month.
Ideally, this weight would all be bodyfat, but it's quite difficult to have just body fat loss when cutting down on your calories (which is necessary when looking to lose weight). To minimize muscle mass loss during the month, I plan on eating at least one gram of protein per pound of lean body weight, and lifting regularly.
I'll eat meat (pork and chicken primarily), vegetables (spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, and kale), as well as nuts (almonds, cashews, etc). I am not going with a strict paleo route and will occasionally treat myself to a slice of bread as long as it fits my caloric needs.
I’ve calculated my basal metabolic rate and after adjusting it for my three to five workouts a week, I arrived at 2868 calories per day.
To lose weight, I am going to need to eat at caloric deficit from that number, so I'll aim for 2400 calories per day from the foods above.
I will continue to do CrossFit. Due to the caloric deficit, I expect my performance at metcons to suffer, but I expect my lifting to stay consistent. It's unlikely that I'll set new personal records this month, but my goal is to maintain my current lifts. I'll continue to squat and deadlift heavy, and be sure to get to the gym on days those lifts are programmed for the CFM WOD.
photo 1 copyTiernan flying through muscle ups

Today's schedule

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

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Single arm press: 5x5 workups
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 15 minutes:
20 unbroken double unders OR 50 unbroken singles (if you miss, start again)
10 knees-to-elbows
2 Turkish get ups per side

And coming tomorrow...

A. Single leg step ups to knee-high box: 4x8 workups
B. Fran
21-15-9
Thrusters 95/65
Pull ups

WED 10.9.13 Join the CFM float for the PRIDE Parade!

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PRIDE Parade Sunday at 1p

This weekend the Atlanta Pride festival invades our neighborhood and we're THRILLED to be a part of the fun!
The parade starts at Ralph McGill & Peachtree Street, goes down Peachtree to 10th Street and up 10th to Piedmont Park.
Join your CFM buddies as we PULL the only human-powered float in the parade...
That's right, we need YOU to help us pull Richard (AKA "Tech")'s truck 1.85 miles along the parade route!!!
Meet us at 12n in the Atlanta Civic Center near Ralph McGill & Piedmont (we'll post details by Friday on where we are in the parade line-up/how to find us).
Wear your blue CFM t-shirt and/or SOMETHING FAAAAABULOUS!

1383643_10151692713916732_569842066_nIan leading Tech & Doug through power cleans.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Front Squat: 5-5-5
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 10 minutes:
5 Muscle Ups OR 10 Supine Ring Pull Ups
10 True Push Ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Single arm press: 5x5 workups
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 15 minutes:
20 unbroken double unders OR 50 unbroken singles (if you miss, start again)
10 knees-to-elbows
2 Turkish get ups per side


TUES 10.8.13 Coconut water…drink up!

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The benefits of coconut water

By Instructor Training Program student Justin
As CrossFit athletes, staying hydrated is one of the most important things for recovery, relieving muscle soreness, and good health in general. But did you know that when you're thirsty DURING the workout, it's too late to hydrate yourself?
Drink plenty of fluids well in advance of working out, and rehydrate after your workouts. It's okay to drink water during your workout too, but be honest with yourself. Are you thirsty, or just taking a rest break? 🙂
Coconut water is natural sports drink. It contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars and electrolytes.
Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water is the clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts. Because of its potassium and calcium properties, it's an excellent way to rehydrate the body. One eight-ounce serving has more potassium than a large banana.
Coconut water is low in sugar & naturally fat & cholesterol free. It’s naturally refreshing and has a sweet, nutty taste. Though not everyone loves it, it's worth a try if you're addicted to sugary sports drinks & need a healthier option.

photo 1Double under madness at noon

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 & Ian
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis & Uran
8p: Open Gym- Lis

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Snatch: 15 min to a heavy double
B. Time trial*: 500m row
*LEADERBOARD WOD!!!

And coming tomorrow...

A. Front Squat: 5-5-5
B. AMRAP10:
5 Muscle Ups OR 10 Supine Ring Pull Ups
10 True Push Ups*

*True push ups are done with hands & feet elevated. Place hands on parallettes or rings, and feet on a plyo box or stacked plates.