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THURS 09.26.13 So what IS paleo?

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The Paleo Diet

By Coach Beka
With the CFMakeover right around the corner, let's address a common question: What IS paleo and why is it so common with CrossFitters?
Paleo is a very clean, back-to-basics way of eating.
It's not a fad, it's not a trend, it's a lifestyle.
It's free of all the refined foods, trans fats and sugar prevalent in the Standard American Diet (SAD :().
So what foods are paleo?
Meat & seafood, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and healthy fats...the way our bodies were meant to eat...the way our ancestors ate before the Industrial Revolution when grains & corn syrup & chemicals (Yellow #9 anyone???) invaded grocery stores.
This is why people who follow a paleo lifestyle have more energy and lower instances of conditions like autoimmune disease, heart disease, depression, IBS, seasonal allergies and other inflammation issues.
We'll discuss paleo in more detail at our CFMakeover pre-challenge huddle meeting this Saturday at 10a. I'll break down the basics for you guys & take questions. I have tons of great resources and tips so don't miss it!
If you're still on the fence about joining the challenge & want to come to the meeting this Sat to ask questions before deciding whether to join, BRING IT ON!

CFMakeover Challengers

GO HERE to sign up for a prelim measurements time slot.

photo-7 copy 3Great energy in our noon class Monday!

Today's schedule

6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
7a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
12n: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
5p: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
7p: All Levels CrossFit- Cassie
8p: Beginner CrossFit - Cassie
8:15p: Yoga - Samantha

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift: 4x4 workups (add 5# to last deadlift workout)
B. 5 rounds for time:
5 Power Cleans 185/120#
20 Double Unders

And coming tomorrow...

A. 10 min mobility work
B. 10 min goat work
C. "Karen" - For time:
150 wall balls 20/14


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!


FRI 06.08.12

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Nutrition page!

Check out our new Nutrition page for a taste (haha, get it?) of what Jasmine and Lis will cover at tomorrow's Food as Fuel workshop. Don't miss it - Saturday at noon in the box.

This weekend:

Classes - 9, 10, 11 am
Food as Fuel - Saturday, noon-1:30

FREE WOD at lululemon howell mill - 10am
Hooverball at Piedmont Park sand vball courts - 11:30am

Congrats to Carlos on YET ANOTHER PR (personal record) last night.
We have temporarily renamed the bell in his honor :)

Workout of the Day

A. In 10 minutes, find your 1 rep max weighted pull up (strict) -OR- 10 minutes of pull up skill work

B. The Wobble
20 Walking Lunge steps (total)
20 Pull ups
20 Box Jump 24/20"
20 Ring Dips
20 Knees-to-elbows
20 Double Unders
20 Kettlebell Swings 2/1.5 pood
20 Sit ups
20 Back Extensions
20 Wall Balls 20/14 lbs
2 Rope Climbs


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.