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05.20.13 Dress for Success

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Dress for Success

by Uran
There are so many reasons to love CrossFit: Increased strength, balance, and flexibility...More confidence...And, the clothes. *swoon*
If you’re anything like me, you probably started off telling yourself that if you're just going to be sweating, any old outfit would do for a workout. Maybe you still feel this way. That’s cool, too.
While it’s definitely true that you can sweat in anything, sometimes the dynamic nature of the movements involved in typical CrossFit workouts call for more functional apparel. Or sometimes you just like to look good because it makes you feel good when you train. Or maybe you just love shopping. Whatever the case, I’m with you. Finding new, awesome workout gear is one of my favorite pasttimes, and here are a few items that made it on the leaderboard in my closet:
1. Any T­shirt from the CFM Pro Shop:­ I’ve always been a gal who likes to WOD in t­shirts, and CFM really delivers on design and fit. Plus, they are super soft and you get to rep your gym.
2. Run: Speed Short from lululemon athletica (available online or at lululemon howell mill in West Midtown):­ You’ll see these suckers on a big portion of the lady population at CFM because they are awesome. You can move freely & there's no chafing.
3. Incredible Sports Bra from Victoria’s Secret­: This sports bra is the bomb dot com. It provides maximum support so there is minimal movement when doing things like box jumps and double unders.
4. Run: Inspire Crop II from lululemon athletica: It’s hard to find crops or pants that don’t start creeping down your backside when you’re in the bottom of a squat. Fortunately, these don’t. Also, they’re well­ventilated and cute. What more could a girl ask for?
5. F­-LITE 230 from inov-8:­ I like these shoes work for just about anything, and they are very affordable. They go on sale at The Clymb every few weeks and they’re usually about 40% off.

What's your favorite gear for the gym?

Congrats to all the Atlanta athletes who competed this weekend at the CrossFit Regionals! Our city will be well-represented in Cali in July: all three of the top men, the three top teams and one of the top women are from Atlanta affiliates! Congrats to the teams from CrossFit Atlanta, CrossFit Adrenaline & CrossFit Rx on qualifying, and to my sweet friend Emily Friedman for placing third and earning her trip to California. Go get 'em!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back squat: 5-5-5+
Adjust weight based on 05.16.13 burnout set or use 75% of 1-rep max
B. Regionals WOD #3 OR G.I. Jane:
30 burpee muscle ups for time OR 100 burpee pull ups for time (scale with jumping pull ups)

And coming tomorrow...

A. Snatch from the high-hang position: 2-2-2-2-2
B. Deadlift: 5-5-5+
Adjust weight based on 05.13.13 burnout set or use 75% of 1-rep max
C. For time: 5 sets of 15 unbroken wall balls 20/14#

05.17.13 Southeast Regionals start today!

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Yoga class Sunday at 6p

Good luck to all Atlanta athletes competing at the Southeast Regionals this weekend!

... especially the two athletes who trained at CFM a few times this season!: Emily Friedman is competing as an individual and Amber Goppert is competing on the CFRx team. Good luck ladies!
Today our benchmark WOD happens to be "Jackie," the same workout CrossFit Regional competitors will complete today as WOD #1 of 6 workouts for the weekend. Tomorrow's partner WOD will also be the #4 Regionals WOD. Let's see how we stack up against CrossFit Regionals competitors!

Adrian and the noon crew crushing CINDY for last Friday's Benchmark WOD.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Bench press: 5-5-5+ - Adjust weight from last Thurs (05.09) according to yesterday's blog OR use 75% of 1 rep max.
B. "Jackie":
For time -
1k row
50 thrusters 45/35
30 pull ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Strength WOD: Make up a lift that you missed this week.
B. PARTNER WOD (Regional WOD #4):
For time, you and a partner complete -
100 wall balls 20/14#
100 chest-to-bar pull ups (beginners do regular or jumping pull ups)
100 one-legged squats/pistols
100 one-arm dumbbell snatches

05.16.13 The new strength cycle

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Rowing class tonight at 7 & Yoga at 8:15p

The new strength cycle

The new strength cycle is based on a basic linear progression where you'll adjust your lifts each week based on the prior week's burnout set. Trust in the program and I promise you'll get stronger.
The burnout set is the final set of 5+ or 3+ reps we end on, when you are working TO FAILURE... note that's not the same as just getting tired and quitting. FAIL your last rep.
On today's back squats, use the list below to adjust your weight based on how many reps you got in your burnout set last Monday (compare to MON 05.06).
If you got:
0-4 reps: You went to heavy. Drop a little weight this week.
Exactly 5 reps: Stay at last week's weight and shoot for a PR on reps.
6-9 reps: Juuuuuuust right. Add 3# total to presses & pull ups.* Add 5# total to squats & deadlift.
10-14 reps: Too light. Add 5# to presses & pull ups. Add 10# to squats & deadlift.
15+ reps: Way too light. Add 10# to presses & pull ups. Add 15# to squats & deadlift.
*Our fractional plates (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1# plates) are on back-order, so for now, use extra collars for jumps <5#. Each pair of collars weighs 1#.
We'll also post this break down on the whiteboard so you know how to increase weight throughout this 12-week strength cycle.

Lee M, Bridget, Alison & Dan win the Field Day costume contest (and team relay!)... I'm not sure what they're spelling, are you? Post guesses in the comments.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back squat: 5-5-5+
Three sets. Rest 2-3 minutes between sets. Use same weight all sets. Last set is a BURNOUT set. Go to FAILURE. Use 75% of 1RM OR adjust last week's weight according to blog post above.
B. 5 Rounds for max reps: 1) One minute max reps wall ball two-fers 20/14# 2) One minute max reps rope climb 3) Rest
Start at any station & rotate for 5 rounds
Beginners: sub wall balls & ring rows

ROWING CLASS AT 7... moved to Thurs night this week only!

And coming tomorrow...

Bench press: 5-5-5+ - Use 75% of 1RM or adjust last week's weight according to Thurs blog
"Jackie": For time -
1k row
50 thrusters 45/35
30 pull ups


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