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09.21.12 ANIMAL WARM-UP FRIDAY

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HAPPY ANIMAL WARM-UP FRIDAY!

We wish you all a fabulous weekend. For everyone enjoying Music Midtown, be safe & have fun! We should totally play some Animal or Dog Days or Monkey Wrench in class today... name those artists.

Hooverball, free WOD & yoga in the park!

As usual, we're playing hooverball this Sunday on the Piedmont Park sand volleyball courts at 10am. Come out to play. It's easy to learn and a great time!!
Next Sunday, we're moving our monthly community WOD from lululemon howell mill to the park. Meet at the sand volleyball courts at 10am for a warm-up and free WOD (open to the public, suitable for all fitness/skill levels) followed by our weekly Hooverball game.
THEN, Sunday night at 5:30, let's head back to Piedmont Park to join our friends at lululemon howell mill for 10th & Flow, a huge donation-based yoga event at Piedmont Park, raising funds for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life... an organization fighting childhood obesity.

Yoga is also coming to CFM, Wednesdays at 1:15pm

CrossFitters need yoga. We can all benefit from being more mobile, mindful and having better body control. That's why we're psyched to announce that CrossFit Midtown will be adding yoga classes to our regular schedule. Eventually, we aim to offer four classes a week at various times, but we're starting with one.
When: Wednesdays at 1:15pm beginning next week on 9/26 (by the end of the year we plan to regularly offer other yoga classes including week night and weekend options)
Where: In the box
Who can attend?: All CFM students are welcome to attend. This will count as one of your regular weekly classes, so you will check in as usual. Guests are also welcome to join the class for a $20 drop-in fee.
Who's teaching?:Beth was the first student to register at CrossFit Midtown! Aside from being #1, she's also a talented yoga instructor, so I am thrilled to add her class to the CFM schedule!

Jump Rope Seminar at CFM on Oct 20th

Molly Metz, world jump-rope champion (yes, apparently they have competitions for that stuff!) and viral video legend (see her video of 10-minutes non-stop double unders below), is coming to CFM on Saturday, October 20 for a jump-rope workshop from 9 to 11 am. You'll be a double under pro after she's done with you. Cost is $45. Register here.
*CFM's 10 am class will relocate to Piedmont Park on 10/20, but the 11am class will be held at the box as regularly scheduled.

Coach Jeremy & Coach Krystol

Workout of the Day


A. Deadlift: 4 sets of 8, rest 2:30
B. 7 sets*:
10 Abmat Sit-ups**
20 KB Swings
60 Jump rope singles**
rest 60sec

*Goal is all movements unbroken
**Advanced athletes scale up to GHD sit-ups. Scale up to double-unders ONLY if you can complete all DU rounds in 3 sets or less. If scaling up to GHDs and DUs, increase rest between rounds to 90sec.


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TUES 08.28.12 Athlete Profile: KERRY M.

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Kerry and Anna rocking some cleans.

Athlete Profile: Kerry M.

Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Age: 40
Occupation: Regions Private Wealth Management
When did you start CrossFit?: I started CrossFit about 4 years ago with an instructor for 3 months and then thought I would try just using Crossfit.com to get my WODs and instruction. BIG MISTAKE. Finally, after
lackluster results and poor form that nearly shredded my shoulder, I was just about ready to quit. Then, I moved to Atlanta and a few weeks later CrossFit Midtown opened up only a block away. I joined in June and have loved it!
Favorite WOD: Call me crazy but I like WODs with pull ups.
Least Favorite WOD: Any AMRAP.
Three words to describe you: God, Family, Work
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I played varsity tennis, wrestling, soccer and football in high-school. Even managed to be selected for GA All-State Football in 1994. After that high point, I went to college and basically stopped doing anything that closely resembled exercise. About 10 years ago I reached a peak of slothfulness and finally decided to get moving. I enjoyed spinning and exercise classes until I heard about CrossFit.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel?
I went in on a Saturday and the WOD was "Fight Gone Bad". I gave it my all, was beat by most of the girls and still nearly croaked. No really. Turns out I had "rhabdomyolysis", which is where muscle fibers are damaged and released into the bloodstream, often causing kidney damage. Seems that it's often seen in 30+ year old guys who think they're still 18. I haven't done Fight Gone Bad since!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? I can carry my 9 and 6 year old kids around the house while dodging our barking dog.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I have more confidence in all aspects of life and have met some really great, interesting people.
Any advice for people just getting started? You will second guess your decision to start CrossFitting for the first few weeks. Don't give up! Follow your instructor's guidance. Push yourself every day and you will soon be missing the days you can't make it into CFM!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Living my life for Jesus Christ and spending as much quality time as possible with my wife and kids. I also enjoy bird hunting and scuba diving.
What did you eat today? Well, I thought about eating 3 cookies but I only ate one. That counts as progress--right, Lis?!
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? No. I might try it one day but for now I eat healthy "family" meals with lots of chicken, fish, veggies, nuts...and cookies.

Labor Day Weekend

CFM is open for Labor Day... please check out the following schedule updates:
Saturday, September 1 - regular scheduled classes at 10 & 11 am
Sunday, September 2 - Hooverball at 10 am, Piedmont Park sand volleyball courts
Monday, September 3 - regular classes cancelled. Join Jeremy for open gym from 10am-12noon.

Workout of the Day

A. 10 minutes to a heavy power clean single
B. Deadlift: 3 sets of 15, 2 min rest
C. Three rounds:
8 Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift R, 30 sec rest
8 Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift L, 30 sec rest
8 Glute-Ham Raises, 30 sec rest


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FRI 08.17.12 CrossFit Total

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Quarterly Check-In week wraps up

It's been a busy week in the gym, testing several benchmark workouts including the Baseline. Congrats to everyone who conquered the Baseline this week...as a warm-up to the regular WOD, no less! SO MANY PRs! Be proud of your achievements over the past quarter and be sure to set some goals for the quarter ahead. Before we know it, November will be here, we'll be wrapping up the Whole Life Challenge, and retesting all these workouts again. Good luck with today's CrossFit Total!

REMINDERS:

Hooverball Sundays

Weekly Hooverball continues Sunday at the Piedmont Park active oval. Be there by 10 am to help claim a court. You can parallel park on Piedmont, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, or in the deck (access off Monroe). Come out and play!

CFM 2.0

We're already getting a facelift! This weekend we'll be knocking down a few walls in order to expand the gym floor and install a new pull up cage with squat racks, dip stands and more rings... as well as a few other improvements. We'll still have Saturday morning classes at 10 and 11, but they'll be outside, so come prepared for some fun with tires and sledgehammers!!!

Whole Life Challenge update

Team CFM is up to 12 Whole Life Challengers! Alison D, Erin, Beth, Dyer, Bri, Brianne, Laura S, Uran, Vabs, Courtney, Jeremy and Lis are in the game. Who else is joining us? We're shooting for 40. Get in the game!Register here.

Mark your calendars:
Saturday, September 8 at noon- WLC Pre-Challenge Huddle
Friday, September 14- WLC Eve Not-Paleo Potluck
Saturday, September 15- WLC Prelims
Friday, October 12- Paleo Potluck
Saturday, November 10- WLC Finals, Awards Ceremony and Finals Party

Hooverball Sunday. Be there.

Workout of the Day


If it's your first class of the week: Warm Up & retest Baseline

CROSSFIT TOTAL:
1RM Back Squat
1RM Strict Press
1RM Deadlift

Work up to your one rep max of each lift, in order: Back squat, then strict press, then deadlift. You'll have 12 minutes at each lift, including warm up and three attempts. The heaviest of your three attempts will be your score for that lift. Add up the scores of the three lifts for your CrossFit Total score.

CASH OUT: 1 minute max effort AirDyne sprint for calories

Good Luck!
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MON 7.29.12 Congrats Fran Challenge winners!

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Franbelievable!

Congrats to the 20 athletes who completed CrossFit Midtown's first PR challenge...and to everyone else who did their first Fran on Fri/Sat. You all did awesome! My mind is still blown from all the PRs. Congrats to you all on your progress. Big ups to our prize winners:
Scaled Women:
1. Anna - 60% IMPROVEMENT!!!
2. Betsy - 24.7% improvement
3. Alison - 24.5% improvement
Scaled Men:
1. Adam - 41% improvement
2. Chuck A - 39% improvement
3. Patrick - 37% improvement
Rx Men -
1. Matt C - 23% improvement
2. Drew - 20% improvement
3. Carlos - 19% improvement
Fastest Rx Man - Austin
Fastest Rx Woman - Rachel

Registration for our next challenge (this one is WORLDWIDE, in conjunction w other boxes around the world!), the Whole Life Challenge, starts next month...more details comin' atcha this week.

Hydrostatic Body Composition testing is today! This is a great measurement to track your progress throughout your CrossFit journey. The truck will be here from 4-7 pm. Testing is $30. Pay with cash, check or CC inside the gym. There are still spots available from 5 to 5:40 and after 7pm. Sign up for a 10-minute testing appointment by emailing Alicia.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

Paleo Night at Urban Pl8 - YUMMY four-course paleo meal for just $25 TOMORROW at 8:30 pm. RSVP for dinner by emailing Alicia or signing up at the gym.
31 Heroes - Sat, 8/4. Check out the link on the sidebar of this page to register.
Olympics Watch Party - Sat, August 4th, 1-5pm at Rira Irish Pub. Get to know your fellow CFMers outside the gym as we watch some Olympics coverage of weightlifting, rowing, swimming, volleyball and more.
Sunday Hooverball - it continues next week at 10am at the Piedmont Park volleyball courts.
Food as Fuel - Sat, August 11th, 12-1:30 - free to members, $25 for guests. Learn how to make
better nutrition choices, grocery shopping tips, and other ways to make eating whole foods a habit.

We had a huge crew of 25 come out for the lululemon Community WOD on Sunday...most of us are pictured here. If you didn't make it, you missed a good one...BURPEE KETTLEBELL SWINGS anyone???

Workout of the Day


Press: 4 sets of 5, with 3:00 rest between sets
Skill work: Rope climbs
Kettlebell swings:3 sets of 21 (goal is unbroken sets); 1:00 rest between sets
Toes-to-bar:3 sets of 15 (goal is unbroken sets); 1:00 rest between sets


THURS 07.19.12 CF Endurance & POSE Running workshop tonight!

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CrossFit Endurance & POSE Running workshop is tonight!

Email info@crossfitmidtown.com if you plan to attend but haven't yet RSVP'ed/paid your $25. Register here or at the gym with cash or check.

Do you want to improve your running technique and race times?
Are you clueless on how to work CrossFit Endurance workouts into your exercise routine?
Or do you just hate running and wish to improve your form to make it less painful and more enjoyable?
Join James Taylor, CrossFit Endurance-certified trainer and former Georgia Tech cross country and track & field athlete, for a 90-minute workshop to learn how to improve your technique, become a more efficient runner, and learn how to train for your next race.
Workshop includes:
-Pre- and post- workshop video evaluation of running technique, discussion of individual technical issues and identification of long-term solutions
-Discussion of general technical principles and methods to prevent common injuries
-Practical drills to improve running technique
-Detailed, sample programming ideas for various training goals
-Q&A
Price: $25
When: Thursday, 7/19, 7-8:30 pm

OTHER EVENTS

Sunday Hooverball - meet at the sand volleyball courts at 10 am
Frantastic Voyage Finals & Cookout- Finals are Saturday, July 28th at 10 & 11 am; Cookout at noon
Community WOD at lululemon howell mill - join Lis for a free WOD at lululemon howell mill on the last Sunday of every month. Community WODs start Sunday 7/29 at 10 am.
Hydrostatic Body Composition testing - Monday 7/30, 4-7 pm, $30. Sign up for a 10-minute testing appointment at the gym or by emailing Sam.
Paleo Night at Urban Pl8 - Tues, 7/31 at 8:30 pm. RSVP for dinner by emailing Sam.
31 Heroes - Sat, 8/4. Check out the link on the sidebar of this page to register.
Food as Fuel - Saturday, August 11th, 12-1:30 - free to members, $25 for guests. Learn how to make better nutrition choices, grocery shopping tips, and other ways to make eating whole foods a habit.

Chuck A and Ro on Fight Gone Bad.

Workout of the Day


1. Time trial: 1k row

2. 3 Power cleans EMOM (every minute on the minute) for 10 minutes

CASH OUT: 3 rounds plank hold - 1 min each - center, left, right
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FRANDAY 07.06.12: Athlete Profile – WAYNE MORRISSETTE

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Wayne powers through the row during Fight Gone Bad.

Athlete Profile - Wayne Morrissette

Hometown:Montgomery, Alabama
Age: 38 (39 on August 15. Another Leo...Hey Uran!)
Occupation: Global Supply Chain Learning Project Manager
When did you first start CrossFitting?: I am entering week 4
Favorite WOD: I can't remember the name but the one with the sprints where you pulled people with the big rubber band thingy (Editor's note: Wayne is referring to RESISTED RUNNING... coming up again next week!)
Least Favorite WOD: anything with pull ups and burpees
Three words to describe you: introverted, funny, meteorologist
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Have "worked out" off and on for years, have played softball in various city leagues since '98 and have also played on local soccer and flag football teams. Weekend warrior extraordinaire.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? My first introduction to CrossFit was the Baseline workout. Sounded pretty harmless and it was a "baseline" so it couldn't be SO bad, right? Going from exercise to exercise without stopping, and starting out the gates way too hard made the last part of the workout very challenging. I felt like I was going to die and it took me about an hour to finally cool off and catch my breath. It wasn't cute but right then I knew that CrossFit would be more than just "working out" or "going to the gym" and that this was going to be a heckuva journey.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? After 3 weeks, I've already noticed my work pants getting noticeably looser. I've also noticed that I'm able to recover and catch my breath a lot faster after workouts and I'm able to get through the warm up (bear crawls and inchworms sucked balls at first) with a lot more energy to spare now. For me, that's progress.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I tend to live life in my comfort zone. CrossFit has shown me that I have a lot more in me than I give myself credit for, and that I can experience a lot more success and fulfillment in the things I do when I'm willing to push past where things are comfortable. There's a whole new world out there.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFM moments: I haven't done many of the "extra curricular activities because of other things I have going on, but in the time I have spent in the box, I'm incredibly inspired watching the more "Elite" and experienced Crossfitters bang through their WODs. These guys have also been very encouraging and helpful to me and that means a lot to me just starting out.
Any advice for people just getting started? Just go and get into it. Listen to what people say and ignore the voice that says "Are you crazy? You can't do that?" Before you know the workout is over and you've accomplished more in an hour than you ever did with the 3 sets of 10-12 for 1 hour plus
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Softball, soccer, extreme weather, storm chasing, weather forecasting, people watching, politics, sports spectating, theater, symphony, joke cracking
What did you eat today? So far just 4 eggs and sauteed spinach cooked in coconut oil, raw pecans a litte later
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? Since a couple of weeks before starting Crossfit I'm about 60-70% Paleo (higher during the week, lower on weekends). Try to stay away from processed fake crap and try to stick with eating stuff that burns clean and doesn't leave a nasty residue.

Hooverball is Sunday at 10!

Join us Sundays at 10 am for Hooverball in the park (meet in the Piedmont Park Active Oval, nearest the Botanical Gardens/14th St gate). It's lots of fun. Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen and a towel. And maybe, just maybe, we'll do a short pre-Hooverball warm up WOD.

CrossFit Endurance and POSE Running workshop

-Do you want to improve your running technique and race times?
-Are you clueless on how to work CrossFit Endurance workouts into your exercise routine?
-Or do you just hate running and wish to improve your form to make it less painful and more enjoyable?

Join James Taylor, CrossFit Endurance-certified trainer and former Georgia Tech cross country and track & field athlete, for a 90-minute workshop to learn how to improve your technique, become a more efficient runner, and learn how to train for your next race.
Workshop includes:
-Pre- and post- workshop video evaluation of running technique, discussion of individual technical issues and identification of long-term solutions
-Discussion of general technical principles and methods to prevent common injuries
-Practical drills to improve running technique
-Detailed, sample programming ideas for various training goals
-Q&A

Price: $25
When: Thursday, 7/19, 7-8:30 pm
Register online or in the gym.

Workout of the Day

1. Back Squat - 3 sets of 3 reps at 30X0 tempo
(30X0 means 3 seconds down, no rest at bottom, EXPLODE up, no rest at top)
2. Three-minute Fran:
21-15-9
Thrusters
Pull Ups
Select thruster weight and pull up modifications accordingly to finish all reps AS CLOSE TO THREE MINUTES AS POSSIBLE.
To do this workout "Rx" you must finish all reps between 2:50 and 3:10.
3. Cash-out: 3 attempts - max hang from pull up bar


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FRANDAY 06.29.12: Athlete Profile – URAN PIEDRA

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Uran killing that Hooverball serve.

Athlete Profile - Urán Piedra

Hometown: Lawrenceville (OTP)
Age: 25 and I've got a BIRTHDAY COMING UP ON AUGUST 5TH!!! Just sayin ;-)
Occupation: Sales/Marketing/Accounting/Finance/Operations at a biotech startup
When did you first start CrossFitting?: I actually spent about 3 months or so at BTB a few years back, but I just restarted Crossfit when I joined CFM about three weeks ago.
Favorite WOD: I don't really know them well yet. Modified Annie seemed pretty good.
Least Favorite WOD: Fran *shivers*
Three words to describe you: Determined, resourceful, hungry
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I was not at all athletic until college when I joined the crew team. That's when I really started to get the motivation to want to improve my physical fitness. For the past few years though, my workouts have been sporadic at best.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? My first exposure to CF was through BTB's boot camp years ago. We got free Saturday classes at the gym as part of the boot camp, so I went in that first Saturday and did something called "Helen on Crack". I don't remember what they added to Helen, but it was brutal.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? So far nothing major, but its only been three weeks. :-)
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Seeing how amazing the community is at CFM. Everyone there is so nice and welcoming. To be honest, Crossfit intimidated the hell out of me, but I'm constantly blown away by how friendly and helpful the people are.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/CFM moments: HOOVERBALL! It's seriously awesome even if you're terrible and uncoordinated like I am. Also, the Fran challenge was really cool to watch. Actually participating was another story, but watching the heat before mine was really inspiring.
Any advice for people just getting started? Listen to your coach, and don't get discouraged. Some of the movements are really complex and take people years to get right, so if you don't get it the first day, don't beat yourself up. Also, focus on how much you're learning/improving day to day rather than the things you can't do yet. Those are the things I try to remember every time I go to the gym.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I mostly just work, sleep, and eat. Not very exciting.
What did you eat today? Breakfast was coffee and a Fage greek yogurt. For lunch I brought balsamic grilled chicken, roasted broccoli, and a banana. Dinner remains to be seen.
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? I'm usually Paleo about 90% of the time. The other 10% is reserved for the occasional slice of pizza or plate of tater tots (sometimes together). Although, eating grains usually leaves me feeling horrible, so I tend to stay away.

How was your first half of 2012?

Can you believe it's the end of June already? It seems like just yesterday I was scouring Midtown for the right gym space. And now here we are, seven weeks since opening and almost 50 members strong. I am so proud of what we're building here, and I appreciate all of you being a part of it.

So before we dive on into July, take some time to reflect on the first half of 2012. What was awesome about it? What can you do to make the second half of 2012 even better? Set some goals for the rest of the year. Where do you want to be at the end of July...the end of the summer...the end of the year...by July 2013...July 2017...July 2022?

If you need some help with goal-setting, let me know. AND plan to attend our Goal-Setting Workshop on Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm as Rachel from lululemon howell mill will lead us through some imagination, vision and goal-setting exercises.

Hooverball is Sunday at 10!

Join us Sundays at 10 am for Hooverball in the park (meet in the Piedmont Park Active Oval, nearest the Botanical Gardens/14th St gate). It's lots of fun. Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen and a towel. And maybe, just maybe, we'll do a short pre-Hooverball warm up WOD.

July 4th Holiday Schedule

CFM will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. The 6 and 7 am classes will also be cancelled on Thursday, July 5th. All other classes next week will be held as regularly scheduled.
We'll post a no-equipment-needed WOD on Tuesday in case you wish to get moving on your own on the 4th.

Workout of the Day


Jackie (LEADER BOARD WOD)
1000m row
50 thrusters 45/35
30 pull ups

Optional cash-out: 3 rounds of max reps unbroken jump rope double unders or single skips.