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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.

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TUES 01.29.13 Range of Motion!

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Why is range of motion important?

This may seem like a silly question, but it's an important one to address. I see it in two different types of people: 1) brand new students who don't know any better, and 2) clock whores.
For you new folk, it may sound like the coaches are broken records when we constantly remind you to "squat lower" or "get your chin over the bar". We want you to learn the right form in the beginning, first for safety, but also to build strength & muscle memory, and develop these skills that will make you stronger, faster, hotter, healthier and harder to kill.
When you're new, it may seem like cheating your range of motion is no big deal, because "Hey, I just want to get this over with. If I even survive it, that's an accomplishment."
Errrrr, yes and no. Yes, every WOD you finish is another feather in your cap. Bravo. But "just getting through it" with poor range of motion is cheating yourself.
As coaches, we'd rather scale down the number of reps so you can complete each one with proper form, than to have you complete all the reps halfway. Do it right from the beginning.
Thankfully, we have very few of group #2: the dreaded clock whore, in our student body at CFM. And that's why I want to address it now. I will borrow from Hyperfit USA for their definition of a Clock Whore:
"Person who is so obsessed with beating the clock/others that they will prostitute themselves and sacrifice important and vital components of training such as range of motion, repetitions or other performance metrics for a "better" time." (read their entire post here)
No one likes clock whores. Who cares if you got the fastest time/heaviest lift/most reps in the box today if it wasn't legit? We constantly say there's no judgment at CFM... you are here to better yourself and for that there is nothing to be ashamed. But if people start seeing your scores on the board and scoffing at them because they know you're a serial clock whore, that is shameful.
Why do you pay a premium to train at CrossFit Midtown? Because you want to get into the best shape of your life and have fun doing it, right? Let us help you DO IT RIGHT. We're big on accountability at CFM. Ask your coach, or another classmate, to double-check your range of motion or help count your tempo. And please, don't tell my mother I used that word (FIVE TIMES!) in today's blog post.

New classes!

Rowing class continues tonight at 7pm with Uran. Class is capped at 5 students, so RSVP to save your spot!
Beginner classes with Coach Cassie are on Tues & Thurs nights at 8p and Sat mornings at 9a.
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! Everywhere I turn, people are talking about this Sunday. We've been waiting MONTHS for this. No, I'm not talking about the Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Bowl in NOLA. An even bigger sports duo: Newly minted CF Coach John Dyer & double-under ninja Don Matz will tag-team coach the first Sunday WOD in CrossFit Midtown history. Join Coach Dyer for Open Gym from 12n-2p. THEN you can go watch the big game and enjoy the party grub without guilt.
Yoga on Weds @ noon! Join Beth in the front room on Wednesdays at noon for yoga, starting NEXT WEEK Feb 6th. Thursday night yoga at 8:15 with Monica will also continue. Yoga is free with your CFM membership, so all students are welcome to attend... it doesn't count as one of your weekly visits.

Upcoming Events

Ayurveda workshop with Anna Russ: This Sat, Feb 2nd, 12n-2p. $20 for CFM members & $30 for guests. Read more & register here.
Quarterly Progress Checks: Don't miss the week of Feb 4-8th at CFM! We'll be retesting the Baseline, maxing on several lifts, as well as doing a few other benchmark workouts. AND OH YEAH: Goal setting! We'll reflect on the past quarter and set some new goals to crush over the next three months.
Mardi Gras WOD: Fat Tuesday. February 12th. 8pm. This WOD is open to the public so bring a friend if you wish. It won't count as one of your weekly visits. The Beginner's class will be cancelled on Fat Tuesday, but everyone is welcome to join the party (all levels!) and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! Beads & jello cocktails may or may not be provided.
Bring a Friend Days are coming back at the end of February. Bring a buddy along to class on Thursday, Feb 28, Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2 for a partner or team workout suitable for all fitness levels.

Post-surgery Walter? Thanks to Jon DLP for tracking down this image of what doctors were going for when they repaired Coach Walter's torn tricep yesterday. Walter, we wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing that jerk PR once you're healthy again!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Squat clean: In 15 minutes, work up to a heavy squat clean triple
B. 5 rounds for time:
12 thrusters 95/65#
18 box jumps 24/20"

And coming tomorrow...

KNEE SOCK ALERT!
Every minute on the minute for 30 minutes:
Odd rounds: 1 rope climb
Even rounds: 1 muscle-up OR 3 dips & 3 pull ups

MON 01.28.13

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Help us update the CFM website!

CFM is less than a year old, but we've already heard so many success stories of our students getting stronger, leaner, braver, and mastering all sorts of skills like double unders and pull ups! We're adding some testimonials to the web page to help visitors understand the awesomeness that happens inside our box on a daily basis. If you're willing to let us share your CFM story, please email it to Tirzah. Thanks in advance!

Upcoming Events

Beginner classes with Coach Cassie: We're already two classes in. Join Coach Cassie now on Tues & Thurs at 8pm and Sat morning at 9 for a focus on fundamentals as well as a workout!
SUNDAYS! Starting FEBRUARY 3rd, join Coach Dyer for Open Gym from 12n-2p. This class will have supervised coaching, but won't have a structured group warm-up. Show up and tell us what you want to work on, and we'll help you select a good workout or skillwork to achieve your goals!
Yoga on Weds @ noon! Join Beth in the front room on Wednesdays at noon for yoga, starting Feb 6th. Thursday night yoga at 8:15 with Monica will also continue. Yoga is free with your CFM membership, so all students are welcome to attend... it doesn't count as one of your weekly visits.
Ayurveda workshop with Anna Russ: Sat, Feb 2nd, 12n-2p. More details below...
Quarterly Progress Checks: Don't miss the week of Feb 4-8th at CFM! We'll be retesting the Baseline, maxing on several lifts, as well as doing a few other benchmark workouts. AND OH YEAH: Goal setting! We'll reflect on the past quarter and set some new goals to crush over the next three months.
Mardi Gras WOD: Join us on Fat Tuesday, February 12th at 8pm. This WOD is open to the public so bring a friend if you wish. It won't count as one of your weekly visits. The Beginner's class will be cancelled on Fat Tuesday, but everyone is welcome to join the party (all levels!) and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!
Bring a Friend Days are coming back at the end of February. Bring a buddy along to class on Thursday, Feb 28, Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2 for a partner or team workout suitable for all fitness levels.

Finding Your Zone:

A Lifestyle Overhaul using Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Are you in a winter funk? Ever feel out-of-balance or so stressed out and overwhelmed you just don't know what to do?
Has it ever occurred to you that self-care (taking time to nourish and nurture your body) will enhance your quality of life and improve your well-being?
Ayurveda, the science of self-healing, will teach you about your natural tendencies, how to tune into what your body needs, and how those needs change throughout the seasons of the year and various times of life. Anna Russ will lead us through a two-hour workshop with a basic Ayurveda overview on the following topics:
-Passion = Purpose
-Focusing on You!
-Nutrition for the mind, body and soul
-Taking your fitness to the next level
-Stress management tools for work and home
This workshop lasts two hours and costs $20 for CFM members and $30 for guests. Read more about Anna & register here.

New student Tish, Lis, and new student Kimberly work through the push up madness in Cassie's Beginner class Thursday night.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: 8 reps every 90sec, 7 rounds
B1. 8min to find Press 1 rep max: Rest 2 minutes, then complete B2.
B2. Tabata pushups for reps:
8 rounds of :20 push ups, :10 rest. Count total reps. Rest 2 minutes, then complete B3.
B3. Kettlebell swings: As many reps as possible in 4 minutes at 53/35#

And coming tomorrow...

A. Squat clean: In 15 minutes, work up to a heavy squat clean triple
B. 5 rounds for time:
12 thrusters 95/65#
18 box jumps 24/20"

FRI 01.25.13 Happy Animal Warm-Up Friday!

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February is upon us!

We've got lots of great things in store next month, and we kicked off some of them early:
Beginner classes with Coach Cassie: We're already two classes in. Join Coach Cassie now on Tues & Thurs at 8pm and Sat morning at 9 for a focus on fundamentals as well as a workout!
SUNDAYS! Starting FEBRUARY 3rd, join Coach Dyer for Open Gym from 12n-2p. This class will have supervised coaching, but won't have a structured group warm-up. Show up and tell us what you want to work on, and we'll help you select a good workout or skillwork to achieve your goals!
Yoga on Weds @ noon! Join Beth in the front room on Wednesdays at noon for yoga, starting Feb 6th. Thursday night yoga at 8:15 with Monica will also continue. Yoga is free with your CFM membership, so all students are welcome to attend... it doesn't count as one of your weekly visits.
Ayurveda workshop with Anna Russ: Sat, Feb 2nd, 12n-2p. More details below...
Quarterly Progress Checks: Don't miss the week of Feb 4-8th at CFM! We'll be retesting the Baseline, maxing on several lifts, as well as doing a few other benchmark workouts. AND OH YEAH: Goal setting! We'll reflect on the past quarter and set some new goals to crush over the next three months.
Mardi Gras WOD: Join us on Fat Tuesday, February 12th at 8pm. This WOD is open to the public so bring a friend if you wish. It won't count as one of your weekly visits. The Beginner's class will be cancelled on Fat Tuesday, but everyone is welcome to join the party (all levels!) and LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!
Bring a Friend Days are coming back at the end of February. Bring a buddy along to class on Thursday, Feb 28, Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2 for a partner or team workout suitable for all fitness levels.

Finding Your Zone:

A Lifestyle Overhaul using Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Are you in a winter funk? Ever feel out-of-balance or so stressed out and overwhelmed you just don't know what to do?
Has it ever occurred to you that self-care (taking time to nourish and nurture your body) will enhance your quality of life and improve your well-being?
Ayurveda, the science of self-healing, will teach you about your natural tendencies, how to tune into what your body needs, and how those needs change throughout the seasons of the year and various times of life. Anna Russ will lead us through a two-hour workshop with a basic Ayurveda overview on the following topics:
-Passion = Purpose
-Focusing on You!
-Nutrition for the mind, body and soul
-Taking your fitness to the next level
-Stress management tools for work and home
This workshop lasts two hours and costs $20 for CFM members and $30 for guests. Read more about Anna & register here.

Check out Fred, J-Herm, Calin, Jason & Colby crushing some push ups. It was awesome watching these guys motivate each other through the late rounds of yesterday's push up extravaganza.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Split Squat (w rear foot elevated): 4 sets of 8-10 @3010 tempo, every 4min
B. Handstand push ups: 4 sets of AMRAP(-2)* Rest 2 min between rounds
*AMRAP(-2)=two reps shy of as many reps as possible.
C. 6 rounds for time*:
15 pullups
10 air squats
*Change of plans since there's a 50% chance of rain today. We'll tackle "HELEN" next Friday instead!

And coming tomorrow...


9 am Beginner class, 10 am Partner WOD and 11 am Makeup WOD/Open Gym

Partner WOD: Partner 1 (P1) - 30 wall balls, 30 box jumps, 300m row. Partner 2 (P2) rests. Then P1/P2 switch for 10 total rounds or 5 rounds each.

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