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02.14.13 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Approaching Your WODs

by Uran
As CrossFit beginners, we’ve all been there. You’re hitting the gym regularly, and feeling pretty damn good about yourself. You SHOULD be! Making good on your commitment to train consistently is great, and it's something even the most elite athletes struggle with from time to time.
But now that you’ve got your training schedule in place, and you’re showing up for your WODs on a regular basis, it's time to start drilling down into what’s going on during your workouts. Once you’ve learned the movements, safe technique, and the proper range of motion, you can really begin to think about your intensity.
Learning to make the most of your workouts is something that takes practice if you’re new to CrossFit, so start thinking about it early.
Are you scaling appropriately to reach the desired level of intensity for that particular workout?
If the workout is designed to be done at a sprint, choose weights/modifications that can accommodate that kind of pace.
If the programming calls for a heavy weightlifting day, challenge yourself there as well.
And if you don’t know the purpose of the workout, you can always ask a coach. All of the CFM coaches can help you figure out how to approach a workout, so don’t be afraid to ask.
It took me years of trial and error to figure out how to approach WODs with the right level of intensity on my own because I didn’t know how to ask for guidance. It will always be a bit of a learning process as you continue to progress and get stronger, but thinking about it early and taking the advice of your coaches will get you there much more quickly!

The Mardi Gras WOD crew

Workout of the Day (WOD)... for real this time

A. As many rounds & reps as possible in 20min:
10 handstand push ups
2 rope climbs
20 walking lunges
B. accumulate 3min each of L side plank & R side plank

And coming tomorrow...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

WED 02.13.13 WOD Update!

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Sorry for the mistake in today's blog.

Give Lis a few Jell-O shots and she skips over one whole day of programming! Today is actually back squats, then burpees and double or single unders (jump rope)... tomorrow's WOD is the rope climbs, handstand push ups and lunges (and Friday is Cindy & bench press).

Bring a Friend Days coming next month!

Many have been asking when you can bring a friend to try out a CrossFit class... well here are the answers:
Option 1) they can email us or call 678.223.3308 to schedule a free intro session.
Option 2) Guest passes: if you are a Silver member, you get one guest pass a month. Gold members get two. That means you can bring a guest along to class once or twice a month. In order to keep the focus on our regular CFM students, we ask that you email us to confirm the day/time you'd like to bring your guest is appropriate for a newcomer. Hint: we don't recommend visitors come to workouts with complex movements, since our coaches are focused on teaching the CFM students in class. We also limit visitors at busier classes.
Option 3) Bring a Friend Days! Every quarter, CFM plans three days in a row of beginner/guest friendly workouts, when you're welcome to bring that friend, roommate, coworker, etc, who's been wondering about this CrossFit thing you're up to. Our next Bring a Friend Days are Thurs, Fri & Sat, March 7, 8, & 9. You're invited to bring a guest along with you to any classes. We ask that you act as their host/hostess and show them the ropes in class, as well as

Thanks for a great Mardi Gras!

Thanks to everyone who attended and pitched in to make CFM's Mardi Gras WOD a blast! We couldn't have had all that fun without Cassie's creative warm-up, Lynn's jello shots and Lindsay's decorations. Thanks to everyone who brought friends and came out to play!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back Squat: 5-5-5-5, every 3min
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 8min:
8 burpees
35 double unders (sub 100 singles)

And coming tomorrow...

A. As many rounds & reps as possible in 20min:
10 handstand push ups
2 rope climbs
20 walking lunges
B. accumulate 3min each of L side plank & R side plank

02.12.13 Mardi Gras WOD tonight!

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How's your HAPPY FEBRUARY going?

Earlier this month, I challenged you all to think positively this month. Practice chasing negative thoughts from your mind and you'll be surprised at how much happier you'll be! A good friend of mine shared this Zen Habits blog with me and I enjoy reading it regularly now. Here's his great post from last week with some advice the author offers his kids. I wish the same for all of you/us!

Rowing class tonight at 7!

Every Tuesday, Uran leads a rowing class in the front room at 7pm. Please RSVP in advance, because only 5 SPOTS are available. Here's tonight's rowing workout:
Pyramid Workout
Keeping a steady stroke rating of 25-27 spm (strokes per minute) for all but the last piece (piece is rowing talk for an interval or distance...in this case, "the last piece" is the final 500m max effort):
500m, rest 2:00
750m, rest 2:00
1000m, rest 2:00
1500m, rest 2:00
1000m, rest 2:00
750m, rest 2:00
500m max effort (28-30 spm)

And here's a great video from Concept2 (okay, a good video... very informative, but I'd like to add some dancing WB frogs or maybe give the narrator a wise guy gangster accent like in the cartoons) with some rowing form tips. Uran can teach you all this AND MORE!!!

Mardi Gras WOD tonight at 8!

Join us tonight as we celebrate Mardi Gras at the 8pm class. This class doesn't count toward your weekly visits AND it's open to the public/beginner friendly, so bring a friend. Wear your Mardi Gras yellow, green and/or purple to earn some beads & masks!
Bridget, Lynn and Nina have arranged for some post-WOD refreshments. I won't give specifics but there might be spiked jello, king cake, a special cash-out and an after-party down the street at Front Page News (it's a New Orleans Cafe. You know they'll do it right). If you attended the holiday party, you'll remember what an amazing jello chef Lynn is. Don't miss it... we'll be doing a special WOD to celebrate:
Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:
Odd rounds - 5 burpee bead tosses
Even rounds - 3 dance-atop-a box jumps (anti-dancers can do 5 squats atop the box instead)

All other classes will do the boring ole regular WOD, listed below...

Laissez les bon temps rouler! (aka LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL)

Workout of the Day (aka regular ole boring WOD)

A. Power Clean: 3-3-3-3-3-3-3, every 3min
B. 5 rounds for time:
12 toes-to-bar
10 wall balls 20/14#

And coming tomorrow...

A. As many rounds & reps as possible in 20min:
10 handstand push ups
2 rope climbs
20 walking lunges
B. accumulate 3min each of L side bridge & R side bridge


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