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THURS 11.29.12 Sweatshirts & Knee Socks

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Pro Shop goodies

Yaaaay, just in time for the holidays we have new RED pullover sweatshirts aaaaand new RED knee socks arrive today! Hoodies are $40 and socks are $15. And our sale on all t-shirts & tank tops continues - get 2 for $40 through the end of the year. And I know what you're wondering - YES! All of this gear is appropriate attire for your holiday office party.

GOLD & SILVER members - don't forget you cool kids get a discount on pro shop purchases! Gold gets 15% off and Silver gets 10% off... regularly price merch only.
Check out the snazzy new red pullovers (model not included)! Plus these Welcome to the Jungle Ts and all other Tshirts & tanks are on sale through the end of the year.

Yoga tonight

Monica's yoga class has been moved to Thursdays at 8:15pm. Join her tonight to stretch those sore muscles and work on mobility, balance and mental focus.

CFM Holiday Party IN NINE DAYS!

NINE days left! Uran & Dyer are recruiting a few more elves to help them with final party plans, decorations, playlists and set up. Post in the comments below if you can help. JUST WHEN IS THIS AWESOME PARTY, you ask? Why it's next Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, right here at CFM. We'll provide the main course and beverages. You bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share (paleo optional!). I hear Lindsay is bringing her grandma's Better-than-Sex cake (that's right, I just said grandma and sex in the same sentence). What are you bringing???
BUSY NOON CLASS: Nate, Josh L, Ricky & Lindsay rocking the jumping muscle-ups while Anna hits slam balls.

Workout of the Day

A. Back Squat 4 sets of 7-9 reps @3010, rest 3 min
B. Eight 3-minute rounds:
In three minutes, complete 8 kettlebell swings, then sprint (run, row or AirDyne) for 15 to 45 seconds at 100%.
Rest the remainder of the three minutes. Repeat for a total of 8 rounds.

WED 11.28.12 The Sayers of Nay

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The Sayers of Nay

by Coach Jeremy
For those of you making big life changes with CrossFit and the Paleo diet, reinvention is hard--not just for you but for those around you. You’ll hear, “You’re doing what?”... “You’re eating how?”... “That’s not good for you!”... and so on.
So why are people so resistant to your transformation? You’re the one putting in work. They’re not waking up early to hit the gym before work, or turning down the company-sponsored bagel breakfast. You are. You’re putting in work, and a lot of it, which can create mixed emotions for those around you.
Part of the resistance you see is from people genuinely concerned with your well-being. But the overwhelmingly salient reason people resist your reinvention is fear--fear of losing you. Look at cultures and family. The underpinnings of these structures lie in language and food, and you just changed both.
You’re pumped about doing Fran and your heavy snatch and your grass-fed, lettuce-wrapped burger. Who ARE you?
So, how should you deal with this? The easy way is just to stop. Quit CrossFitting. Eat the Standard American Diet.
But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Reassure loved ones that you are still inherently you. CrossFit won’t change your political ideology or your religious beliefs. It will, however, make you a stronger, healthier and happier person.
You can only spend so much energy pleasing everyone. Just be yourself, and with time friends will accept these new ‘strange ways’ as part of you... just one of those things that makes you more lovable and quirky.

Yoga Thursday

Monica's yoga class has been moved to Thursdays at 8:15pm. Join her tomorrow to stretch those sore muscles and work on mobility, balance and mental focus.

CFM Holiday Party IN TEN DAYS!

Ten days left! Uran & Dyer are recruiting a few more elves to help them with final party plans, decorations, playlists and set up. Post in the comments below if you can help. JUST WHEN IS THIS AWESOME PARTY, you ask? Why it's next Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, right here at CFM. We'll provide the main course and beverages. You bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share (paleo optional!).
Handstand drills in last night's gymnastics class.

Workout of the Day

A. Push Press: In 8 minutes, build to heavy set of 5
B. Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:
On odd minutes, do 1 muscle up & 3 ring dips OR 3 supine ring rows and 3 ring dips.
On even minutes, do 5 med ball slams.

THURS 11.15.12

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Fall Survey

Jennifer and Matt (from the eaaaaarly AM crew) are MBA students at GA Tech and have designed this survey for one of their classes. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a drawing (if you wish) to win a CFM Tshirt of your choice. Please click here to take the survey and send us your feedback. Thanks in advance for your input on making CFM a better box!

Gymnastics classes

For the four Tuesdays (11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18) between Thanksgiving and Christmas, CFM is hosting an ALL LEVELS gymnastics class from 8 to 9 pm. The class is coached by Aimee Kurzner, a former gymnast/gymnastics coach, and will cover gymnastics positions, handstand progressions/holds/walks, pull up progressions/grip/kip/chest-to-bar/butterfly, pistols, cartwheels, ring rows/push ups/holds/L sits, double unders, toes to bar, muscle ups and rope climbs. Each class will include a warm up, skill work, a WOD and homework.
This class is included in your membership, and will count toward your weekly attendance just like any other class BUT YOU HAVE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. The class is capped at 14. Attendance at ALL FOUR CLASSES is required. If you can attend only three of four classes, let us know and we will put you on the waiting list. If 14 other students can attend all four sessions, they will be given first preference. If you'd like to attend, please email us with GYMNASTICS in the subject line.

Will burpee for food!

Throughout November, bring some non-perishable goods to donate to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The CFM team is willing to do a burpee for every food item you donate. Simply assign the burpees to the coach on duty (or Lis!) when you drop off the donation and we'll burpee our hearts out!

Upcoming events

BIRTHDAY HOOVERBALLThis weekend, Birthday Girl Brianne has requested a Hooverball revival. Join us at Piedmont Park at 11am for a Hooverball game (meet at the sand volleyball courts on the active oval).
HOLIDAY PARTYOn Saturday, December 8th, join your CFM friends for our holiday party here in the box from 7 to 10! We'll provide the main course and some beverages. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Friends are welcome!

Thanksgiving schedule

CFM will hold all regularly scheduled classes next week on Monday through Wednesday. We'll be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. On Friday, regular classes are cancelled, but there will be Open Gym sessions from 10am to 12noon and 4 to 6pm. Saturday there will be an open gym session from 10am to 12noon.
Open gym sessions will be supervised by a coach, but will not have formal group warm-ups. A coach will be on hand to answer questions, review movements and technique. You'll have a choice of doing skill work, a programmed workout and/or doing a workout from recent weeks.

Nina, RUsty, Vanessa & Levy on swings.

Workout of the Day

A1. 3 rounds of Strict Press: 8-10 reps @1212, 30sec rest
A2. 3 rounds Weighted Pullup: 4-6 reps @2112, 2min rest
B. 5 rounds for time:
2 rope climbs
5 handstand push ups
10 kettlebell snatches (5 per arm)

WED 11.14.12 SIX MONTHS ALREADY?!?!?

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Happy Six Monthiversary, CrossFit Midtown!

Man, time flies. Here we are, six months since opening our doors, with 120 members already!
So much has already happened:
Memorial Day Murph, the Grand Opening Party, the Frantastic Voyage Fran Challenge, new rowers & cage & AirDyne, POSE Running/Endurance seminar, Food as Fuel classes, the Olympics watch party, Double-Under seminar, Ladies nights at Fab'rik & lululemon, Hooverball, sending four teams to East vs. West competition, NEW SHOWERS, the Halloween glow stick WOD, TWO quarterly progress checks, community WODs at lululemon & Piedmont Park, SEVEN Facebook fan dances - one for every 100 fans!, the Whole Life Challenge and all its fun events: not-paleo potluck, paleo potluck & finals/awards party, the Instructor Training Program, yoga classes, over 100 WODs and TONS of PRs!
Thanks for helping build the CFM community along the way. We look forward to so many more memorable moments ahead. Keep up the great work!

So what's next?

YOU TELL US! As always, CFM wants your feedback to help mold our future... so check your inbox today for a survey that CFM students Matt B & Jennifer C (from the early AM crew) put together for one of their MBA classes. Please give us your opinions on how CFM can serve you better! But of course we have a few things up our sleeve that we hope you'll enjoy:
Gymnastics class! Who's been dying to improve at handstands or learn to kip or practice muscle-ups? For the four weeks between Thanksgiving & Christmas, we'll be trying out a weekly gymnastics class that might become a permanent thing in the new year. Stay tuned to the blog later this week for more details.
Holiday Party - Sat December 8th: We're hosting a party here in the box from 7 to 10 pm. We'll provide the main course and some beverages... you bring an appetizer or dessert to share!
Whole 30: For the month of January, a group of us will be eating strict paleo for 30 days to give our body a much-needed detox after the holidays. We'll keep you posted as it approaches.

My vision

I opened CFM with a goal of making Midtown residents stronger, healthier and happier people. Eventually, we'll start a foundation and begin working with high school students to teach them about healthy lifestyles too.
Yes, the theme here is giving back & improving lives...so in the immediate future, I hope CFM can pull together as a community to give back to those less fortunate than we are this holiday season...
We've got a few weeks left of our November food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Please clean out your cabinets and/or visit the grocery store and spend a few bucks. The most-needed items are: Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Canned Beans, Canned Soups, Stews and Pastas, 100% Fruit Juice, Canned Fruits and Vegetables, Macaroni and Cheese Dinners, Whole Grain, Low Sugar Cereals... no, most of these items aren't paleo. You won't be judged for bringing them in anyway!!! LET'S FILL THOSE TWO BARRELS! Then in December we're hosting a Toys for Tots drive, so once again, I hope we can come together to make the holidays a happy time for some families in need.

Thanksgiving schedule

Closed Thursday & Open Gym Friday
CrossFit Midtown will hold all regularly scheduled classes next week on Monday through Wednesday. CFM will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. On Friday, regular classes are cancelled, but there will be Open Gym sessions from 10am to 12noon and 4 to 6pm. Saturday there will be an open gym session from 10am to 12noon.
Open gym sessions will be supervised by a coach, but will not have formal group warm-ups. A coach will be on hand to answer questions, review movements and technique. You'll have a choice of doing skill work, a programmed workout and/or doing a workout from recent weeks.

The WLC finals crew

Workout of the Day

A. Back Squat: 12-10-8-6 @2010 tempo, rest 2min
B1. 3 rounds: 15 back extensions @1010, rest 30sec
B2. 3 rounds: 15 situps, rest 30sec
C. Pistol practice: 10 minutes
D. AirDyne, row or jump rope: 10 minutes

TUES 11.13.12

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Congrats to our Whole Life Challenge winners!

We had 94 participants in our Whole Life Challenge, playing from all over the country. We'll be announcing Friends & Family winners later today, but want to recap the CFM awards/winners announced on Saturday at the after party.
Congrats to Wayne on winning the 2012 Whole Life Challenge!!! Our finalists also made huge progress: Brianne & Laura made the most improvement on the WOD, Taylor lost the most inches, Bri won the accountability prize for scoring/logging workout, mobility, fish oil and nutrition points, and Woody won the ITP prize (and NARROWLY missed the Grand Prize, losing to Wayne by a hundredth of a point!)
Special thanks to all our sponsors: RiRa, lululemon howell mill, SlantShack Jerky, Brighter Fire apparel, Vita-Coco, Paleo People granola, Rock 100.5 and Center Stage/The Loft.

WINNERS!

Brianne rolled up to Finals almost an hour late... so she insisted on doing her penalty burpees at the after party. What a trooper.

Thanksgiving schedule

Closed Thursday & Open Gym Friday
CrossFit Midtown will hold all regularly scheduled classes next week on Monday through Wednesday. CFM will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. On Friday, regular classes are cancelled, but there will be Open Gym sessions from 10am to 12noon and 4 to 6pm. Saturday there will be an open gym session from 10am to 12noon.
Open gym sessions will be supervised by a coach, but will not have formal group warm-ups. A coach will be on hand to answer questions, review movements and technique. You'll have a choice of doing skill work, a programmed workout and/or doing a workout from recent weeks.

Workout of the Day

A. For Time: 30 Muscle Ups OR 6 rounds of 10 strict ring dips & 10 strict pull ups
B1. 3 rounds: 15 kettlebell tricep extensions @4010 tempo, 30sec rest
B2. 3 rounds: 15 kettlebell bent-over rows @4010 tempo, 90sec rest

MON 11.12.12

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The first day of the rest of your life...

So now the Whole Life Challenge is over, and depending on what you ate in the "afterglow", today may bring you a lovely gluten/sugar/cheese hangover. From informal poll results, I believe most CFMers celebrated with pizza, pancakes and beer. Just don't be surprised if today's workout is a rough one, or if you have a headache or the sniffles today.
As you return to "normal life", try to keep a few lessons in mind that the Whole Life Challenge taught you... maybe you don't really have to have a Diet Coke, a huge hunk of cheese, or a bagel on a daily basis. I hope you'll choose healthier options for your meals, stick to the daily fish oil, stretching and active recovery on days off from CFM.
And as we slip into the holiday season, why should you pack on 20 lbs like the rest of America? Instead, use this as another challenge, to commit to your health and fitness and actually get healthier over the next few months as many of our peers do the opposite. Good luck!

All the Waterson kids came to visit CFM this weekend! (Kelly, Frank, Tracy and Dan)

Workout of the Day

A. Split Squat: Find your eight-rep max at a 3010 tempo
B. In eight minutes, complete as many rounds & reps as possible:
10 kettlebell swings
15 situps

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