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WED 11.20.13 – Gratitude

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Gratitude

by Coach Amy
This time of year it’s easy to remember to be thankful. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about right? One night where we sit around and stuff ourselves silly and maybe mention what we’re thankful for before we dig in.
But what about daily gratitude?
Do you remember to feel grateful for the mundane things, like grocery shopping?
Because thank goodness you have access to an organized store that has fresh, healthy food, and a lot of it.
And the money to pay for all that good food.
And the working car (or legs!) that got you there on a safe street.
And a warm, cozy home where you can store your food and keep it fresh for days.
And the physical ability to walk to your car, the mental capacity to get you to and through the store, the strength to pick up all of those grocery bags (thanks CFM!).
The list can go on and on.
So before you start to complain about the traffic, or the idiot that cut you off, or the lady standing in front of you paying with a check...take a deep breath and smile.
Because you’re alive.
And while even that is beyond our control, we can be thankful for every day we have here.
Starting now.
A good way to start your daily gratitude?
Start a list. Add three things every day that you're grateful for. They can be little things that made you smile throughout the day, they can be big things that you don’t want to take for granted.
Heck, you don’t even need to write them down. Think of something before you get out of bed in the morning. Be grateful for the simple fact that your eyes opened again. And remember to give your loved ones a hug/call/high five when you think of them. Tell that person you’re sorry. Release the grudge from ten years ago.
Don’t assume there’s a later, or tomorrow, or next week.
Live now. And be grateful for today.
photo-17Noon class Jackie

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Tirzah
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Tirzah
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
11a: Yoga- Amy
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Amy
4p: Open Gym- Lis
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Ben
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Raul
8p: Open Gym - Raul

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Mobility or skill review (thrusters, power cleans, jerks)
B. "Master's Triple Take"
As many rounds as possible in 3 minutes:
10 Thrusters, 95/65
10 Pull ups
rest :30
As many rounds as possible in 3 minutes:
10 Power Cleans, 95/65
10 Burpees
rest :30
As many rounds as possible in 3 minutes:
10 Jerks, 95/65
10 Box Jumps, 20"

And coming tomorrow…

A. 10 minutes rope climb skill work
B. As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes:
:30 handstand hold
:30 l-sit
:30 chin over bar hold
:30 bottom of squat hold

TUES 11.19.13 – Moving sideways?

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Get out of your rut!

I wasn't thrilled with my performance at the state powerlifting meet.
Yes, I won my weight class & set a new state record with my final squat.
But I was also frustrated with my performance because my numbers were flat or down- I squatted 292# (at 148# body weight) which was a PR for me at that weight class BUT six months ago I squatted 286# at a body weight of 142#... More than 2x my body weight.
I bench pressed 142#... Been stuck at that same weight for three meets now.
And I deadlifted 302#... 40# shy of my PR for that weight class.
No, it wasn't my best meet. But this is the last time I'll bitch about it.
Life is about making progress, constantly challenging yourself and striving for improvement.
When you're moving sideways, recognize it, and find a way out of your rut.
When I missed my final deadlift attempt, I sat alone for about 30 minutes to reflect.
I was frustrated. Stagnant. In a rut.
How do I move on from this?
So I took last week off from training and met with my coach to dissect the meet & make a new plan of attack for the next meet. I'm adding another day of lifting and two days of yoga to my training. And I'm mixing up my training schedule for a change of scenery & to work with a new training partner.
Are you in a rut?
Don't bitch about it. ACT. GO. DO.
Stop moving sideways and make forward progress.
Set new goals, start tracking your numbers to gauge your progress (if you don't already... YOU SHOULD!), change up your training schedule, or just take some time off.
Or maybe you need to talk with your coach to reassess your game plan. Let us know how we can help.

imageCoach Cassie, Kira & Alyssa.

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym - Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
4p: Open Gym- Jim
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. Snatch: 3-2-1-3-2-1
B. Complete 4 rounds:
10 right arm KB/DB Snatch
10 left arm KB/DB Snatch
Max Rep Double Unders (1 attempt)
SCORE= total double unders (scale: singles)
Cash out*: 100 double unders or 200 singles
*only cash out if your total score is <100 double unders or <200 singles

And coming tomorrow…

A. Mobility or skill review
B. "Master's Triple Take"
As many rounds as possible in 3 minutes:
10 Thrusters, 95/65
10 Pull ups
rest :30
As many rounds as possible in 3 minutes:
10 Power Cleans, 95/65
10 Burpees
rest :30
As many rounds as possible in 3 minutes:
10 Jerks, 95/65
10 Box Jumps, 20"


MON 11.18.13 What are you training for?

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What are you training for?

As a competitive powerlifter, that's an easy question for me to answer. Since USAPL Raw Nationals back in July, when I qualified to compete at the Arnold in Ohio at the end of February, I've known I'll be training for that meet - the biggest powerlifting contest of my career thus far.
So last weekend's state meet was a small stepping stone on the way to the Arnold. I wasn't thrilled with my performance - all my numbers were flat or down, and I tweaked my back while bench pressing with poor form.
I'm excited to hold another record & be a state champ, but I'm also excited to learn from the experience and get back to work.
After taking last week off to recover mentally & physically from the stress of competing & cutting weight, I am stir crazy and excited to start my new training cycle today.
The Arnold is 15 weeks away and I'm excited to get stronger, compete again on a national stage, break some more records, and squat 300 pounds!
So what are you training for?
Set a goal - give it a by-when date.
Maybe it's an actual "game day" - a CrossFit competition, powerlifting or Olympic lifting meet, endurance or obstacle race.
Or maybe it's another deadline - lose x inches or body fat before your wedding, or vacation, or another important event... Do five strict pull ups by the end of the year.
Whatever it is, pick something.
What are YOU training for?
Answering this question is important.
It's your motivation for training, your reason to get to the gym, your focus when you're here, and sometimes it's a way out of that rut you're in.
So think about it, and tell us in the comments.
What are you training for?
photoTory & Brittany at last week's Bring a Friend Day

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: Open Gym- Jim
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Open Gym- Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

On a continuously running clock:
20 min to find 1 rep max bench press
THEN 2 min to find max standing broad jump
THEN 2 rounds:
Max rep plyo push ups in 1 minute
Max rep overhead walking lunges 45#/25#
No rest between movements/rounds.
Been at CFM awhile? Compare to 07.19.13 and 05.08.13

And coming tomorrow...

A. Snatch: 3-2-1-3-2-1
B. Complete 4 rounds:
10 right arm KB/DB Snatch
10 left arm KB/DB Snatch
Max Rep Double Unders (1 attempt)
SCORE= total double unders (scale: singles)
Cash out*: 100 double unders or 200 singles
*only cash out if your total score is <100 double unders or <200 singles

FRI 11.15.13 Rest is good!

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Recovery time

by Coach AmyThere’s a lot of talk these days about the power of staying present, but is it really that easy?
We're so attached to our devices:
we tune out the world as we run/shop/sleep with music...
we’re constantly burying our faces in Facebook/email/Candy Crush...
we check our iPad/iPhone/smart device the minute there is silence surrounding us.
But when you take a moment to be quiet, you can tune in to a lot of important stuff that we choose to ignore, like aches and pains.
I tell our students all the time: PAIN IS NOT NORMAL!
It’s not something you just suck up and push through. It is your body’s way of telling you SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!
Lately I see a lot of ignoring and pushing through in the classes I teach, and while you know your body and your limits better than I, I still know that by your 10th workout/class in a row, it’s probably time for a break.
There is such a thing as overtraining. And here’s the thing:
You may be 20-something now, youth on your side, your whole life ahead of you and you may continue to push through those days when your body is advising you otherwise.
But what about when you’re 40-something and not able to heal as fast or still suffer from a 20-year-old injury and now your mobility is limited and you hurt all the time?
Or when you’re 60-something and can’t run and play and pick up your grandkids because your rotator cuffs and lower back are so beat up you can barely bend over and pick up your socks?
Train hard but train smart; you want to live a full and active life for a long time.
So the next time you find yourself in silence, take a moment. Tune in.
And then grab that electronic device and check out this post Lis shared awhile back on making training sustainable.
Take time for recovery: foam roll, mobilize, take rest days, SLEEP, and if the pain lingers, see a professional like a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist to address the issue.
DO IT!
1461027_10151770179396732_459157843_nWes's daughter Addison helping Dad & Joe keep track of rounds on their Saturday partner workout a few weekends ago.

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
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. Goat work: Ten minutes to work on a skill of your choice
B. "Jackie":
For time -
1000m row
50 thrusters 45/35#
30 pull ups

And coming tomorrow…

Partner WOD: Fight Gone Bad Bodyweight
In teams of 2, complete 3 rounds each:
Partner A: 1-min max reps while Partner B rests, then
Partner B: 1-min max reps while Partner A rests.
Then go on to next movement, rotating until both partners have done three rounds max reps of all movements

1-min max push ups
1-min max sit ups
1-min max air squats
1-min max calories rowed

THURS 11.14.13 Bring A Friend!

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Bring A Friend Day today

Bring your buddies to try CrossFit at any class today.
We're doing a partner workout, so you can be your friend's buddy and help them through the workout.
As usual, we'll take plenty of time to review the movements and help students & guests scale appropriately.
If you have a friend who wants to join us, please just email us ahead of time so we'll be expecting you. Then show up a little early to fill out your waiver.
AND EVERYONE WEARS A NAMETAG TODAY!!! 🙂
BAFD (27 of 84)Danny, Mrs. Flader & Ellen at the last Bring-A-Friend Days

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: Open Gym- Beka
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Open Gym- Cassie

Workout of the Day (WOD)

Partner WOD:
As many rounds as possible in 20 mins:
10 wall balls
10 walking lunges
10 kettlebell swings
(One partner works at a time)

And coming tomorrow…

A. Goat work: Ten minutes to work on a skill of your choice
B. "Jackie":
For time -
1000m row
50 thrusters 45/35#
30 pull ups

WED 11.13.13 Parking tonight

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Wed night parking

Tonight, CFM's neighbor, Fab'rik, is hosting the Grand Opening of their new thrift store a few doors down.
Out of respect for our students, they will be blocking off the entrance to our parking lot so their guests are forced to park elsewhere.
If you're coming to the box tonight, when you arrive, just move the cones blocking the driveway and park behind the building as usual.
OR, park (for free) a half block north in any of the New South Construction spots in the pay lot located between 13th & 14th, West Peachtree & Spring. This overflow parking is always available to our students on week days after 4:45p & weekends.
photo-14Paul & Gers on thrusters

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Rebecca
8a: Open Gym- Tirzah
11a: Yoga- Amy
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Amy
4p: Open Gym- Jim
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. Deadlifts: 3x5 work ups
B. As many rounds as possible in 8 minutes:
10 True Push Ups
10 Supine Ring Pull Ups
10 Toes To Bar

And coming tomorrow…BRING A FRIEND!!!

Partner WOD:
As many rounds as possible in 20 mins:
10 wall balls
10 walking lunges
10 kettlebell swings
(One partner works at a time)

TUES 11.12.13 “Wade”

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Wade's Army

Today's workout comes from CrossFit Football. CFFB Founder John Welbourn created the workout in memory of a young boy, Wade DeBruin, who died of neuroblastoma at only two years old. If you wish to donate to "Wade's Army," you can do so here.
From the Wade's Army website:
“Cancer is a word everyone knows. And a word no one wants to hear. Certain cancers are common household names. Most people have heard of leukemia, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Neuroblastoma, on the other hand, is mysterious to many. Wade’s Wings wants to change that. We believe the only way to conquer this extremely aggressive childhood cancer is to give it a name.”
These are the courageous words from the DeBruin family who are leading the charge against the pediatric cancer, neuroblastoma, in the name of their brave son, Wade. Shortly after learning to walk, Wade DeBruin took on a challenge that every parent fears for their child.
Wade was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 18 months old. Neuroblastoma is the leading pediatric cancer killer. Almost 70% of children who are diagnosed with neuroblastoma have an advanced stage of the disease, and less than 40% of those with this advanced disease live five years. Wade put up strong fight, but he passed away on November 12, 2011, leaving his twin sister and parents behind.
Wade’s Army was created to rally against Neuroblastoma. Last year the army raised over $18,000 in Wade’s name for Neuroblastoma research and support of families battling the cancer.
Today, Wade’s Army is gathering across the world to bring awareness to Wade’s battle and put up a fight for him during a CrossFit Football workout. We are recruiting you to join Wade’s Army to spread the word, support the cause and band together in the fight against Neuroblastoma.

Enjoy the workout!

Thursday night yoga is cancelled!

Join Amy's class Wed at 11a or Monica's class Sunday at 6p. Thursday night yoga will be back next week!

wade

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
8a: Open Gym - Tirzah
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
4p: Open Gym
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
8p: Open Gym- Lis

Workout of the Day (WOD)

"WADE"
Complete 5 rounds (use same DB/KB entire workout):
11 One Arm KB/DB Snatch
12 One Arm DB Thrusters
11 Weighted pull ups (w DB/KB... Or scale to strict pull ups/use a band)

And coming tomorrow…

A. Deadlifts: 3x5 work ups
B. As many rounds as possible in 8 minutes:
10 True Push Ups
10 Supine Ring Pull Ups
10 Toes To Bar