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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.


06.05.12 Food as Fuel is Saturday!

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I saw you drinking beer at Summerfest

...so when you ask me where your ab muscles are, my answer is: under all that liquid gluten.
Okay, okay, I'm not saying you can never drink (or eat a cupcake, or have Mexican) again.
But if you have goals to get leaner, feel, look and/or perform better, you'll need to enjoy those indulgences a little less often.

So how can you eat better and still live your life?

Join us Saturday at noon for some snacks courtesy of Pre-Made Paleo as we answer the following questions:
What are some easy paleo recipes?
What do I eat for breakfast?
How do I stick to paleo when I'm traveling/entertaining clients/at a party?
What are some paleo-friendly restaurants in Atlanta?
How much protein should I be eating?
What should I do about post-workout nutrition?

IF YOU'RE ATTENDING, AND WANT SOME FEEDBACK ON YOUR NUTRITION: keep a food log for the next two to three days OF EVERYTHING YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH, and we'll discuss them on Saturday. Yes, even Lis and Jasmine will be sharing what they ate this week. If you're food log-shy... or lazy... no worries... join us anyway.

Rachel and John De-G on rope climbs while Chuck swings the kettlebell.

Workout of the Day

A. Find your Deadlift 3RM
B. For time:
10 burpees
10 double unders
10 burpees
20 double unders
10 burpees
30 double unders
10 burpees
40 double unders
10 burpees
50 double unders

06.04.12 GET IN THE GAME!

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Join the Frantastic Voyage!

It's time for CFM's first PR Challenge! For our summer challenge, we're doing "Fran" and I'm confident that all of you can complete some version of it. These Challenges are your chance to get into the game. Short term goals like participating in the challenges are excellent ways to measure your progress and have some fun with the community. The sign-up sheet is in the box, or you can sign up here. Who's gonna step up to the plate?

Prelims will take place Sat, 6/16 in the 9, 10, 11 am classes. Finals will be held Sat, 7/28 followed by the FINALS PARTY where we rehash every rep and round of our girl Fran.

Who: Anyone! All skill levels are welcome.
When: Saturday, June 16th, 2012 during 9, 10, 11 am classes (Finals are Sat, July 28th)
Where: CrossFit Midtown, 1122 West Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309
Entry Fee: $30 (includes a t-shirt; $10 goes toward prize $$$)

Prize Purse: $10 x the number of participants PLUS prizes from other sponsors

Winners: Most Improved and Fastest in the Men’s and Women’s categories

For time:
Thrusters and Pull ups

Men’s Categories:
Beginner- 45# thrusters, jumping or band-assisted pull ups
Intermediate- 65# thrusters, unassisted band-assisted pull ups
Advanced- 95# thrusters, unassisted pull ups

Women’s Categories:
Beginner- 35# thrusters, jumping or band-assisted pull ups
Intermediate- 45# thrusters, jumping pull-ups or bands
Advanced- 65# thrusters, unassisted pull-ups

How to Participate:
1. GET REGISTERED – Sign up here or in the box and pay the $30 entry (remember, $10 goes back in the “kitty” for prize money).
2. SET YOUR BASELINE – Sign up for a heat the week of June 9th, then show up Saturday, June 16th to set your baseline “Fran” time. This will be the time from which we calculate your improvement.
3. TRAIN AT CROSSFIT MIDTOWN – Once per week the WOD will be a different version of “Fran”.
4. SHOW UP for the FINALS – Repeat "Fran" on Sat, July 28- hit your Personal Record (PR)!

** PRIZES will be awarded for:
Most Improved Male, Most Improved Female, Fastest Male, Fastest Female

*If you scale Fran for prelims, you will retest under same conditions.

$30 includes entry fee, t-shirt, prizes and Finals party

Deadline to register is Wed, June 13th.

Peacemakers/Hooverballers (L-R: Tirzah, Dan, Vabs, Lis, Jon, Carlos)
Workout of the Day

A. Work to 1RM Strict Press
B. Work to 3RM Front Squat
C. Tabata Hollow Rocks


Fri 06.01.12

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It's been a tough week, and I've been talking with many of you about recovery and how to alleviate muscle soreness and other aches and pains.
Here are a few things to incorporate in your recovery program:
  • Foam & lacrosse ball rolling and mobility work - you can do this at home as well as at the gym.
  • HYDRATE - with plenty of water. As the summer heats up, use coconut water for added electrolytes. Avoid sports drinks high in sugar (and the diet versions with artificial sweeteners!). Limit caffeine to black coffee or tea, and don't drink it after noon.
  • Sleep - Seven to nine hours in a PITCH BLACK dark, cool room.
  • Nutrition - how you eat throughout the day and ESPECIALLY what you take in immediately after your WOD is important. Get a good quality protein supplement into your system within 45 minutes of finishing a WOD, and then eat a full meal (protein, fat and carbs) 60-90 minutes later.
  • Supplements - fish oil and magnesium citrate will both aid in recovery. Fish oil is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation of all types, BUT these fatty acids are very fragile, so it's important to invest in a quality fish oil supplement.
  • Epsom salts baths and contrast showers - take a warm bath in Epsom salts, or try a contrast shower (5 cycles of 1 minute hot, 1 minute cold water...this is also an excellent hangover cure... or so I've been told).
  • Rest days - listen to your body and take a day off when needed. A yoga class, a leisurely stroll through the park or an easy bike ride are all great activities to do on your days off from CrossFit.
*We sell Stronger, Faster, Healthier fish oil and protein in the Pro Shop. Check out some FAQ about their fish oil and protein here, or ask Lis for more details. Disclaimer: we'll never sell anything in the Pro Shop that we don't use ourselves. This is good stuff.

What are your top recovery tips/tactics? Share them in the comments!

Reminder for this weekend's Free Piedmont Park WOD

Join us this Sunday at 10 for our FREE PARK WOD (open to the public and suitable for all skill levels). We'll meet in the meadow near Park Tavern for a WOD, THEN we'll head over to the sand volleyball courts to play HOOVER BALL. Don't worry, if you don't know what Hoover Ball is, we'll teach you. Carlos is a pro and will be coaching the crew this Sunday!!

So meet in the meadow at 10 am AND/OR at the sand volleyball courts at 11 am. See you Sunday!

Zack and Melvin tackling the Bear Complex (check out Melvin's mural progress behind him!)

Workout of the Day

Row or Run Repeats
3 1k row repeats OR 3 800m run repeats

Rest between row/run equal to the same amount of time the previous row/run took.
During rest: foam/lax ball roll/mobility work
Record splits.

If you did Murph on Monday, I recommend rowing. If you rowed on Tuesday, I recommend running.


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