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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.


12.09.12 Congrats Monica L!

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AWESOME WEEKEND! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the CrossFitmas Party!

Congrats Monica L!

A note from Monica:
"This past November I hit a HUGE fitness goal for myself by running the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. I supplemented my running training schedule with CrossFit workouts. I can say without a doubt that adding in weight lifting and additional muscle endurance exercises from CrossFit helped me achieve my goal. I could have never ran those 13.1 miles as well as I did without the strength I had built from CrossFit. I absolutely love CrossFit and how strong I have become since I have joined, and I can't wait to make some more goals and crush them with CFM! Thanks Lis!"

Workout of the Day

A. Close-Grip Bench Press: build to max, rest as needed
B1. External rotation: @3010, build to 8RM in 2-3 sets, rest as needed

B2. DB Powell Raise: @3010, build to 8RM in 2-3 sets, rest as needed

C. 5 rounds for time:
1 rope climb
2 handstand push ups
3 wall climbs
20 double unders OR 60 singles

And coming tomorrow...

A. Power Clean: Work to a heavy set of 5 in 15min
B. 50 Front Squats for time - (Males- 75% of 1 rep max; Females- 85% of 1 rep max)

12.06.12 Twas the night before CrossFitmas!

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Twas the night before CrossFitmas, all through CFM,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Big Jim.
The stockings were hung by the pro shop with care,
In hopes Better-Than-Sex cake soon would be there.

The members were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of jello shots danced in their heads.
And Dyer in his sweat puddle, and Uran in knee socks,
Had just settled in to decorate the box.

When out on West Peachtree arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the AirDyne to see what was the matter.
Out front to the street I crawled like a bear,
Seeking Santas in speedos and red underwear!

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
I was expecting to find running holiday sweaters,
But instead saw these bad ass CrossFit competitors,

Pulling a sleigh carrying such a quick man,
I knew in a moment it must be Coach Dan.
More rapid than pumas his prowlers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Austin! now, Ellen! now, Tirzah, Shay and Krystol Hines!
On, Carlos! on Brianne! on Dave, Matt and Arielle Fine!
Go crush the competition and give it your all!
Dash away to CFHD and have a ball!"

Dan sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"We’ll be back for the holiday party tonight!"

CrossFitmas weekend events:

Fri @ 7pm: CrossFitMas Eve burpees. Immediately following the 6pm class, join Lis as she makes good on her losing bet to Levy over the SEC Championship game's outcome. Lis will don Crimson Tide gear as she performs 100 burpees. Hopefully the mediocre attire doesn't slow her down.
Sat 9a-4p: Cheer on our CFM teams (Arielle, Brianne, Carlos, Dave, Ellen, Tirzah, Austin, Krystol, Matt & Shay) at the Atlanta Affiliate League Team Invitational at CrossFit HD in Chamblee.
Sat 1:30-3p: Join the CFM Bacon Cheer Station to cheer on the Atlanta Santa Speedo runners as they dash past the gym! The run is at 2. Meet us at the gym between 1:30 & 3. We'll be blasting some tunes & handing out bacon and candy canes.
Sun @ 11am: Touch football in Piedmont Park. Join us at the Active Oval to play touch football Sunday morning. No experience required... but shoes are recommended (ahem, Lynn & Brianne).

That's all. Nothing else this weekend.


CFM's CrossFitmas Party is Sat from 7 to 10 in the box. We'll provide the main course and some drinks. You bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Feel free to bring friends & family. We hope you can join us. ***Overflow parking will be available in the New-South-Construction-marked spots in the pay lot at 13th & West Peachtree.

The CFM team wishes you a happy holiday season and we hope you can join us this weekend at our CrossFitmas party... 7 to 10 pm at the gym (in case you live under a kettlebell and missed all the other announcements).

Workout of the Day

A. Back Squat: 4 sets of 5 to 7 reps @3010 tempo, rest 3min
B. "Karen"
For time:
150 wall balls 20/14

And coming tomorrow...

Makeup WOD: Choose a WOD you didn't do this week and make it up.

THURS 12.05.12 Give the crowd what they want

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Give the crowd what they want

What's your gym persona? Are you a positive, energetic, focused athlete who people enjoy training with? Or are you a complainer? Do you work hard or do you give up easily?
At Tuesday night's gymnastics class, a few students became frustrated while struggling with headstands and pistols. Regarding a tripod-into-headstand movement, I overheard someone say: "I can't do this. I never did one before and I'm not going to get one tonight." No. Not with that attitude, you're not.
Why do we even do CrossFit? For the challenge, right? I'd rather gouge my eyes out than spend another mindless hour on an elliptical machine to get fit. So instead, I do CrossFit because it challenges me every day. If we let that negative inner voice win, or give up every time we struggle with a skill/lift/movement, where does that get us?
Instead, challenge yourself to remain positive during training sessions. Rather than beating yourself up for not running faster, lifting more or mastering a certain skill, congratulate yourself for being in the gym at all. This time of year, many people are putting their health and fitness on hold until the new year rolls around. Give yourself a pat on the back for training through the holidays.
Help us make CrossFit Midtown a positive place and let's squash negative talk in the box. Give the crowd what they want by making CFM a fun, positive place to train!

Oh, and the 50-burpee penalty for saying CAN'T is back in effect. BE POSITIVE!

Welcome to new member Gracie, a GT freshman whose whole family does CrossFit. Her mom Jeanne (background) joined her for Monday's class while visiting from Connecticut.

Workout of the Day

A1. Press: 3 sets of 6-8 @2211 tempo, rest 60sec
A2. Weighted Pullup: 3 sets of 2-3 @2112 tempo, rest 2min
B. For time: 9 thrusters 95/65#
5 manmakers* 44/26#
7 thrusters
4 manmakers
5 thrusters
3 manmakers
3 thrusters
2 manmakers
1 thruster
1 manmaker
*Man Maker - with a kettlebell in each hand, drop into push up, push into top of push up position, perform a 1-arm row per hand where the elbow travels much higher than the back; pull legs in, perform a squat clean thruster with kettlebells... that is one rep. Here's James demonstrating:

And coming tomorrow...

A. Back Squat: 4 sets of 5 to 7 reps @3010 tempo, rest 3min
B. "Karen"For time:
150 wall balls 20/14


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