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WED 06.12.13 Mobility Resources

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Mobility Resources

by Uran
I see this happen all the time. As people start to filter in a little early for class, everyone has a tendency to just stand there staring at the current class while they work out. I’m not judging. I do it too. It’s a nice time to catch up with your CFM friends. But if you’re coming in early, why not make good use of the time you’ve dedicated to the gym by getting a little extra work in?
Make a habit of getting in some foam-rolling (see below) or mobility work while you wait for class to start. If you have no idea where to begin when it comes to mobility, there are some great posters hanging up by the rowers that can give you some ideas. They’re RIGHT THERE, so it’s super easy to work on something. No excuses.
You can also check out MobilityWod. While some of the site content is only available via a paid subscription, there are still TONS of free videos. They even make it really easy to find something related to a specific area of the body or a particular CrossFit movement with the filters at the top of the page. So, get this: You can peep the CFM programming for that day on the blog, watch a quick mobility video related to a movement you’ll be doing, and spend that extra 5-10 minutes before class becoming even more prepared for the WOD. Great idea, huh?

Speaking of mobility...Yoga class with Beth is today at 12n!


Rowing class with Uran is tonight at 7p!

Rowing WOD:
1k time trial (get on the leaderboard!)
rest 6:00, then,
10 rounds of row 1:30, rest 0:30.

Foam Rolling Infographic
Kay rockin' the push presses.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Press: 3-3-3+
B. Kelly:
Five rounds for time of -
Run 400 meters
30 Box jump, 24/20"
30 Wall ball shots, 20/14#

*Newbies: scale down rounds, jump height and ball weight as needed!

And coming tomorrow...

A. Back Squat: 3-3-3+
B. AMRAP in 12 minutes of:
3 Burpees AFAP*
10 Double Unders (50 Singles) AFAP*
30 second rest

*AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.

WED 05.21.13 Increasing your rowing intensity

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Increasing Your Rowing Intensity

by Rowing instructor & ITPer Uran
If you’ve been coming to rowing class or just checking out the programming, you may have noticed a trend. We did a 2k time trial on May 1st, and the past couple weeks’ workouts have been based on your average 2k split time, or the time it takes to row 500m. The focus this month is on increasing our rowing intensity.
Even if you have no interest in rowing specifically, it's still built into some of the CrossFit programming. Whether during the warm-up or “Jackie” (or in tomorrow's 1k time trial during the regular class WOD), good technique goes a long way, and it never hurts to be faster, particularly if being on the erg makes you cringe!
Once you’ve established safe rowing technique, you can start to work on rowing more efficiently by applying more power and slowing the recovery. On the drive back from the starting position, increase your power by engaging the legs at the start. Only when the legs are almost completely extended should you open the hips and follow through with the arms. On the recovery, do that in reverse, but take your time. You’re not doing yourself any favors by rushing back up for another pull. Remember that it’s called recovery for a reason, and a good rule of thumb is the recovery period should be twice as long as the stroke. Here's what that looks like:


Rowing class tonight at 7p!

Here's the workout: 1 x 6 min at 2k split time
2 x 5 min at 2k split minus 1 sec
3 x 4 min at 2k split minus 2 sec
2 x 3 min at 2k split minus 3 sec
1 x 2 min at 2k split minus 4 sec

Rest 1:30 between each segment.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Bench Press: 5-5-5+
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 15 minutes of:
5 situps
6 box jumps 30/24
7 kb swings 53/35

And coming tomorrow...

A. Max ring rows: 3 sets max reps ring rows or supine ring pull ups. Rest 5 min between sets.
B. Double unders: 10 min double under skill work OR
Advanced athletes attempt OPT's "FLIGHT SIMULATOR":
5 unbroken double unders
10 unbroken double unders
15 unbroken double unders
20 unbroken double unders
25 unbroken double unders
30 unbroken double unders
35 unbroken double unders
40 unbroken double unders
45 unbroken double unders
50 unbroken double unders
45 unbroken double unders
40 unbroken double unders
35 unbroken double unders
30 unbroken double unders
25 unbroken double unders
20 unbroken double unders
15 unbroken double unders
10 unbroken double unders
5 unbroken double unders

You MUST stop in between sets (the rope must stop).
Once you miss at one level three times in a row, work back down the ladder.

C. Rowing time trial: 1k row for time (LEADERBOARD WOD!)


TUES 05.07.13 Snatchy snatch snatch

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This month's O-lifting focus

In case you didn't already know it, TUESDAY IS OLYMPIC LIFTING DAY. Every Tuesday, the programming features some version of the snatch or clean & jerk. SPOILER ALERT AHEAD...
For the month of May, we're focusing on the snatch. Today, we'll do several sets of two reps each of the full snatch. Power snatch if you must, but you should also know, this month's programming ALSO features a focus on overhead squats. Coincidence? NOPE. It's time to work on our overhead squats in order to clean up those snatches. There. I said it.
Next week we'll do hang snatches, the following week we'll break it down further into some high-hang snatches, and on the final Tuesday of the month we'll do a three-position snatch (each set will include a snatch rep pulling from the high-hang, the hang and the floor positions).
Some CFM students tell me they avoid Tuesdays because "I hate snatches." or "I'm so bad at that stuff." I've said it before and I'll say it again: we're all adults. It's up to you to decide which workouts you want to come in for, and which you want to avoid. BUT if you asked me for ONE discipline/sport/area to work on, within CrossFit, that would positively impact and improve ALLLLLL the rest of your CrossFit game & skills... I would say it's Olympic Lifting. Keep at it. Be patient. Listen to your coaches and push through the frustrating times. Eventually, after LOTS of reps, things will start to click. Trust me.

NO CLASSES AT CFM SATURDAY!

We'll hold ONE WOD Saturday at 10am over at the Piedmont Park Active Oval. So come for that OR PLEASE join us for the entire Field Day, Saturday morning from 9a-12noon. All proceeds benefit Strong4Life. Email Tirzah if you'd like to volunteer or if you still want to register a team.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY SATURDAY 7-10p AT CFM!

Here's why you should come:
Someone's tongue might get stuck to this thing!

Today's snatch motivation:

Check it out as Elisabeth Akinwale (8th at last year's CrossFit Games) PRs her snatch at 190#

Ninja Training is tonight at 7 with Lindsay!

Meet at CFM at 7p OR at the Piedmont Park Active Oval at 7:15 (meet them on the edge of the Oval, at the stairs closest to the 14th St gate). Don't be late! These ninjas only stay in the Active Oval for warm-up... some days, they slither* off to other parts of the park by 7:25, so catch them before they enter stealth mode.
*Do ninjas slither? Traipse? Galivant?

Workout of the Day

A. Snatch: 2-2-2-2-2
Rest 2-3 minutes between sets. DO 1-2 WARM UP SETS. Use 80-85% of your 1 rep max from last week.
B. For time: 20 rounds
10 double unders or 20 singles
10 abmat situps

And coming tomorrow...

20 min to find 1-rep max bench press THEN...
2 min to find max standing broad jump THEN...
2 rounds:
1 min max plyo push ups
1 min max overhead lunges 45#/25#

No rest between movements/rounds.

ALSO WEDNESDAY: Yoga with Beth at 12n & Rowing with Uran at 7p!

WED 07.25.12

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Member survey

Thanks to everyone who already completed the member survey emailed out yesterday. As you probably noticed, CrossFit Midtown is growing! So we're constantly making changes to accommodate the growth and make sure CFM continues to be an awesome place to train. We'll be modifying the schedule some for the month of August, just to test out a few new class times and see what works. We're also ordering more equipment, which will be arriving in waves over the next month...including...drumroll...additional rowers, AirDynes, pull up bars, climbing ropes, barbells and more!
If you haven't already filled out the survey, please do so, and give as much detail as possible when responding. It's ONLY NINE QUESTIONS! Thanks for your feedback in making CFM better and better!
Email Lis if you didn't receive the survey.

Paleo Diet

What is this paleo diet you CrossFitters speak of? I know, I know, CrossFit has a language of its own... *WOD, AMRAP, 3RM*... PALEO.
Here at CFM, our goal is to educate you about making healthier life choices, beginning with being active, but also in other parts of life - like your food choices. Take advantage of the resources we offer to learn more about eating better, so you can look, feel and perform better on a daily basis.
Library - did you know CFM has a library of books on various topics, including the paleo and primal diets? Ask a staff member how you can "check out" a book like Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint, Robb Wolf's The Paleo Solution, Melissa & Dallas Hartwig's It Starts with Food, and many more.
Nutrition counseling - did you know your membership includes basic nutrition counseling? Once a month, you can send Lis a three-day food log to get her evaluation and feedback. Email Lis and she'll send you the Google document for you to track everything you eat/drink, moods, sleep and activity over three days.
Paleo Night at Urban Pl8 - it's next week. Join us Tuesday night, 7/31 at 8:30 pm for a delicious four-course paleo meal at Urban Pl8, to see how delicious paleo eating can be! Sign up for dinner in the gym or by emailing Alicia.
Food as Fuel - Saturday, August 11th, 12-1:30 - free to members, $25 for guests. We offer this workshop every other month to help you make better nutrition choices, teach you grocery shopping tips, what to order at a restaurant and other ways to make eating WHOLE FOODS a habit.

***CrossFit acronyms decoded: WOD - Workout of the Day; AMRAP - As many rounds/reps as possible; 3RM - 3 rep max (in weightlifting, the maximum amount of weight you can lift for three consecutive repetitions).

Bri, Carolyn and Matt C on power cleans.

Workout of the Day

3 sets of 10 strict press, rest 3:00
3 Rds (1 minute round, 1 minute rest):
5 wall balls
10 kb swings
20 double unders or singles
4 min rest
3 more rounds (1 minute round, 1 minute rest):
5 wall balls
10 kb swings
20 double unders or singles

-Select medicine ball, kettlebell and jump rope modifications based on a goal of a 1:00 round.
-If you cannot complete 20 double unders unbroken (or with no more than 1 break), do singles.
-If you do singles, you will complete 5 wall balls, 10 kettlebell swings, and then jump rope for the remainder of the minute.

-After each round, rest one minute... with the exception of round 3 (four minutes rest between Rd 3 & Rd 4). Complete six total rounds.

Don't worry, we'll explain in class!