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ABOUT US

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.

 WORKOUT OF THE DAY

THURS 01.31.13 Athlete Spotlight: JASON L

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Athlete Spotlight: Jason L

Hometown: Norcross, Ga
Age:  21
Occupation:  Legislative Intern for Senator John Albers
When did you first start CrossFitting?: August 2012
Favorite WOD: Anything that involves Rope Climbs
Least Favorite WOD: Anything that involves Squats and/or Deadlifts
Three words to describe you: Driven, Sporty, Nerdy
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I've been participating in athletics since I was 4 years old. I played hockey for 12 years (ice for 4, roller for 12), I played football in high school and ran track in high school as well.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel?  It was miserable… I just wanted to throw up as soon as I was done!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I have definitely toned out more!  I have felt a lot healthier as well.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I feel more confident approaching challenges. CrossFit has certainly instilled a sense of perseverance!
Any advice for people just getting started? Stick with it…and push yourself. It is all about mentality!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I am a politics fiend.  Also, I love anything to do with sports.
What did you eat today? Pizza, and pasta, and salad, and peanut butter sandwich - a lot of bad carbs...
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? I am starting a 30-day paleo challenge in January!

Jason answered these questions a month ago, but I hadn't posted his profile yet because I was waiting to snag some legit training pics of him first. VIDEO IS EVEN BETTER! Hopefully he'll post an update in the comments for us on how his month of strict paleo and the past month of training have gone.



Lotsa peeps CRUSHING rope climbs and muscle-ups (and LOTS MORE making progress toward both skills!) in the box yesterday! Here's some footage from the 5p class. Congrats to Jason on getting his 1st muscle up! And 2nd...3rd...all the way to 19 on his first day. BOOM. Shout outs also to Ester & Derrick getting their first rope climbs and Ian, Craig & Derrick doing their first jumping muscle ups at 5p.

Upcoming Events

Ayurveda workshop with Anna Russ: This Sat, Feb 2nd, 12n-2p. $20 for CFM members & $30 for guests. Read more & register here.
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.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

Turkish Get-Ups: 60 Turkish get-ups (30 ea arm), not for time.

Recovery WOD - have you been hitting it hard this week? Use this as a nice, moderately-paced WOD to work on core strength and technique. Feeling good or been taking it easy this week? Then pick up the pace a little more.

And coming tomorrow...

A. Back Squat: 4-5 reps @3010 tempo, every 4min for 6 rounds
B. "Helen": 3 rounds for time of
400m run
21 kettlebell swings 53/35#
12 pullups

WED 01.30.13 What are you training for?

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What Are You Training For?

by Uran
I’ll be honest: I didn’t start asking myself this question until a few months ago. I liked working out, I liked CrossFit, and I thought that was enough. But for me, it wasn’t. Not having a clear idea of why I was coming to the gym beyond the nebulous desire “to be in shape” didn’t keep me focused.
So finally, I asked myself why I am training. I outlined what I hope to gain from my effort at CFM, and how much time I need to put in to get where I want to be. I also let go of all the unnecessary ideas I was hanging on to about why I should be working out and am focusing solely on myself and my desires. I know it might sound trite, but I actually wrote these things down, and that helped me to finally identify why I show up and push through difficult workouts EVEN when things aren’t feeling quite as bright and shiny as they once did.
So what are you training for?
Is it to compete in a local CF competition or maybe even the CrossFit Games?
Is it to improve your tennis game or your 5k time or to prepare for an obstacle run?
Is it to look and feel better in your own skin?
Or maybe to keep up with your kids and set a good example?
Whatever your goals are, decide what you need to do to get there and let go of whatever else might be holding you back.

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.

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, and 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.
8pm ROCKIN' IT: Vanessa gets salty with the box jumps while Dyer & Dan F crush some thrusters (that's Don in the background, dancing on the plyo box)

Workout of the Day (WOD)

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

And coming tomorrow...

Turkish Get-Ups: 60 Turkish get-ups (30 ea arm), not for time

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

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