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CrossFit Midtown is Atlanta's School of Elite Fitness. If you’ve spent the past several years at the typical gym you’re in for a genuine treat. Say goodbye to the machines. Say goodbye to the monotonous routines.

Each day at CrossFit Midtown is a new adventure. A new challenge. A new chance to get to know your community, and to get to know yourself.


TUES 02.19.13 I ♥ Squats!

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Become Your Best Athlete: Learn How to Eat Well, Move Well, and Think Well

Free class next Tuesday at Cohen Chiropractic. Here's a note from Dr. Cohen (AKA Austin, our Fran record-holder here in the box!)

Have you hit a plateau?
Did your times/lifts improve like crazy during your first few months of CrossFit, but now the gains have slowed down?
Are you great at bodyweight movements but weak at the lifts?
Do you find yourself missing workouts because you're too sore or achy to move?
Do you want to be a competitive CrossFitter?
Do you want to live a great life?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions then pay attention: Great athletes take GREAT care of themselves!

Nutrition, mobility and positive thinking ALL play an integral role in how you develop as an athlete. Even if your vision is not to compete at a CrossFit competition there is still a different level of care you have to provide for yourself in order to keep up and do this for the long haul.

Our chiropractic practice is made up of about 60 CrossFitters from all over Atlanta. One comment I hear regularly is “Crossfit can hurt you.” This statement could not be further from the truth. The people who get hurt are the ones who sit in front of computers all day, travel for work, sleep in hotel beds regularly, sleep on their stomach, etc, etc, and do NOTHING to care for their body besides work out.

The people who eat well, move well, and think well before and during CrossFit are the ones who seldom get hurt or hit plateaus, and can sustain this lifestyle for the long haul.

I have been an avid CrossFitter for over three years and every time I hit a plateau I think “What could I do next to improve my performance and make me a better athlete?”

I've increased my back squat from 200 lbs when I started up to 350 lbs to today. My Fran time has gone from 9:00 minutes to 3:26. I share this not to boast, but to put into reality what is possible when you fully commit to something. To really take your health and life to the next level takes adapting other things (nutrition, mobility, thinking) that many of us know as the “CrossFit Lifestyle”.


Great question! Attend our free class next Tuesday. Space is limited, so please RSVP on Facebook to reserve your spot and join us next week!

I'll show you how eating well, moving well, and thinking well will set you apart from the rest of your competition and what needs to happen in order for you to move forward as an athlete. You'll leave this workshop inspired and motivated to take the steps necessary to not only improve your workouts but improve your LIFE.

Lindsay's mom and cousin Butch warm up for their first CrossFit workout.

Rowing class is tonight at 7:

Reserve your spot in advance (class is capped at five students)! After a warm-up and some technique work, Uran will put you through this workout:
15 Rounds of:
Row for 1:40
Rest for 0:20

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Squat clean:
2 every minute on the minute for 15 minutes
B. Front squat: In 10 minutes, find 1 rep max
C. Accumulate 5 minutes front leaning rest on rings. Scale down from rings to plank on hands.

And coming tomorrow...

A. Barbell complex:
5 sets of 1 press & 3 push press, every 3 minutes
B. Nicole:
As many rounds & reps as possible in 20 minutes of
400m run
AMRAP pullups
*Run 400m, then come inside and do as many pull ups as possible. Once you drop from the bar, your round is over. Back out the door for another 400m run. Repeat until time expires. Score is total pull ups completed.

MON 02.18.13 The CrossFit Open

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Garage Games One & the CrossFit Open

Yesterday I spent the day at the Garage Games One team competition, cheering on & coaching some friends who competed on the all-women's team: Nasty Girls from CrossFit Rx. They came in 2nd place overall!

These girls are amazing athletes. I am so inspired by their performance. Thanks to Em F, Em B, Sonia and Ali for allowing me to be a small part of your success yesterday. I can't wait to see how these athletes perform in the CrossFit Games qualifying rounds...

Which, my friends, is what we call in the business... a segue...

The road to the CrossFit Games begins in a few weeks with the CrossFit Open, a five-week online competition that WE ALL CAN PARTICIPATE in. Every Saturday, March 9th through April 6th, we'll host a mini-competition at CFM at noon, when all Open competitors will complete that week's competition workout and have their scores verified. Join the fun and see how you stack up against CrossFit athletes around the world!

If you think you might be interested in competing at CrossFit EVER, this is a great way to test the waters in familiar territory, right at home at CFM. Not sure you can do it? CrossFit HQ designs the Open workouts to be INCLUSIVE, so even CrossFit newcomers can do some reps.

Can you do:
one burpee?
one double-under?
one snatch at 75/55# (male/female)?
one deadlift at 135/95#?
one thruster at 95/65#
one wall ball at 20/14#?

If you answered yes to these questions, you can score a 1 (probably more) on many of the past CrossFit Open workouts.

I watched some amazing teams compete yesterday and fully expect CrossFit Midtown to be competing for top spots in similar competitions (and someday the CROSSFIT GAMES!) in the future. That starts with getting competition experience. It's CFM's first Open. Be a part of it.

So register. It's only $20. Only $20 to do a competition in your home box at CFM. Only $20 to work out with your friends every Saturday for five weeks and hang out for some fun afterward. I smell a weekly cookout in the works...

PS- if you think you're "too old" to compete, stop it. There are Masters divisions for athletes over 40. And some of the most amazing athletes I saw at last year's CrossFit Games were over 60.

Posing with the Nasty Girls following the Garage Games One team finals.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlifts: 4 rounds of 15 reps, every 2 minutes
B. For time:
Kettlebell swings 70/53
C1. Powell Raise: 4 rounds of 8-10, rest :30
C2. Dumbbell External Rotation: 4 rounds of 8-10, rest :60

And coming tomorrow...

A. Squat clean:
2 every minute on the minute for 15 minutes
B. Front squat: In 10 minutes, find 1 rep max
C. Accumulate 5 minutes front leaning rest on rings. Scale down from rings to plank on hands.

FRI 02.15.13 Animal Warm-Up aaaand Benchmark Friday

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Halfway through the month...not too late for a healthy new habit!

Two weeks left in the month. That's plenty of time to make progress toward your goals.
Overwhelmed? Start with a smaller goal.
That "workout four times a week" goal starts with one workout. Or even start with just 5 squats...something so tiny you can't quit it.
Floss. Just one tooth to start.
And if you get derailed... miss one workout... eat one bad meal... miss one day of flossing... GET BACK ON TRACK the next day! Don't keep backsliding.
Here's another post from my new favorite blog Zen Habits, on how to stick to habits and habits that form habits. Don't write February off. Remember our positive-thinking HAPPY February challenge? You've still got two weeks to become a happier person. Enjoy the journey!

D-Cap, Nate K, Matt M, Dan W & Vicente hanging out for Mardi Gras

Workout of the Day (WOD) - Benchmark Friday

A. Close-grip bench press: 15min to find 1 rep max
B. "Cindy":
As many rounds & reps as possible in 20 min of:
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats

And coming tomorrow... Partner WOD

Partner "McGhee":
Alternating movements with your partner, complete as many rounds & reps as possible in 30 minutes of -
5 deadlifts 275/185#
13 push-ups
9 box jumps 24/20


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