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Tues 05.22.12

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Memorial Day Weekend

Who's hanging around town? This weekend, we'll offer ONLY the 10 am class on Saturday, and ONLY the 12noon class on Monday.

Join us for a special Memorial Day Murph WOD Monday at noon.
Murph is the most famous of the Hero WODs - CrossFit workouts named in memory of fallen heroes. Hero WODs are more grueling workouts than we typically do at CFM, but instead of being overwhelmed by the volume of work, focus on what you can do, scale where needed, and think about the Hero that has given his all for our freedom.

There are 4 different workloads to choose from, as well as a partner option:
  • Murph: Straight through, in order - 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, 1 mile run (weight vest optional)
  • Murph, Cindy-style: 1 mile run, then chop up as needed - 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats - end with 1 mile run
  • Smurph (1/2 Murph) - 800 meter run, then chop up as needed -50 pull ups, 100 push ups, 150 squats - end with 800 meter run
  • Mini Murph - 800 meter run, then chop up as needed - 25 pull ups, 50 push ups, 100 squats - end with 800 meter run

Murph Cindy-style, Smurph, and Mini Murph can be done with a parter who shares the workload with you. Murph must be done by yourself, straight through.
Spectators are invited and drop-in visitors are also welcome, provided they are conditioned enough to safely complete the workout. Drop-ins are asked to make a $20 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Thanks to CrossFit High Voltage for sharing these scaling options. If you're ever in Burbank, CA, pay them a visit!

Goal Setting

Watch your inbox for an email from Lis about setting your four-, eight- and 12-week goals!

That's right, we rearranged the blog today. Today's Workout of the Day can now be found below the picture...



Melvin, our new member and talented artist, gets started on the mural. It will be done by week's end! (AND we got a new camera with a fancy time/date stamp that I'll remove for future pics :))

Workout of the Day


8 rounds for total reps:
30 sec max Burpee broad jumps
30 sec rest
30 sec max Lateral Plyo Skier Hops 20"
30 sec rest
30 sec max Sit Ups
30 sec rest

 


 

05.21.12 – WEEK 2!

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WOD

A. 3x 1 Strict press, 2 Push press, 3 Push jerk
Rest 3:00 between rounds

B. 5 Rounds for time
1 Press 90% of 1 RM
1 Strict Pull Up
1 Press 90% of 1 RM
3 Strict Pull Ups
1 Press 90% of 1 RM
5 Strict Pull Ups

Welcome to Scott & Carlos...and our new intern Sam!



Chuck and Lis on shuttle runs.

What a great opening week!

We had 27 different athletes join us last week - members, drop-ins, intros and private training clients. Thanks to each and every one of you who made it such a memorable week. We look forward to many more (athletes AND memorable weeks)!!!

Grand Opening Day - Saturday, June 16th:

Fran Challenge Prelims during AM classes
Party time - 5-8 pm in the box
Members, mark your calendars now as YOU GUYS are the guests of honor at our Grand Opening Celebration. If you're not already a FAN of CrossFit Midtown on Facebook, please become one so we can keep you in the loop!

Have you read the gym rules? If not, please check them out now. At least two were violated last week!


Reminders: Put the toilet seat down AND if you're contagious, DON'T COME TO THE BOX!

 

05.19.12 – PYROBAR

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WOD


A. 3RM Back Squat

B. PYROBAR - Your shoulders will be on FI-YA!
CFM's first original benchmark WOD, named for the amazing building blocks of our box:
3 Rounds:
3 wall climbs
6 handstand push ups
9 toes to bar
12 pull ups



CELEBRITY SIGHTING! That vampire from Twilight (James) coaching that famous photographer (Carlos) to new squat clean and C&J PRs!

SUNDAY FUN AT THE PARK


Every Sunday for the past few weeks, we meet at the park for a FREE WOD, open to the public (and suitable for all activity levels). This is your chance to exercise in the great outdoors, drag that friend along who doesn't understand CrossFit, and play outside with your new CFM friends.
Come on out Sunday at 10 am, and stay to play HOOVERBALL afterward at 11. This week we'll meet by the sand volleyball courts in the Piedmont Park active oval. Come for the WOD and stay for HooverBall, or pick one or the other. Either way, we'd love to see you there!
The closest parking is on the streets off Piedmont, west of the park (13th, 12th, 11th) or in the parking deck off Monroe. BUT YOU SHOULD REALLY JUST JOG OR RIDE A BIKE THERE! Check the CFM FB page for an update if there's inclement weather.

05.18.12

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WOD


A. Gymnastics Skill Work - 10 minutes
Pick a skill you need practice on - rope climb footwork, muscle ups, ring holds, L-sits, handstands, handstand walks, kipping pull-ups - and work on it for 10 minutes. If you're not sure, ask your coach and he/she will help you choose.

B. 15 min AMRAP
10 walking lunges (10 ea leg)
10 kettlebell swings 53/35
20 double unders
If you feel beaten down from this week of training, take this WOD at about 70-80%. Easy pace, never gassed, short breaks between movements and rounds. If you feel good, go for it.
Rx+ - each movement UB. Don't move on until you do the reps unbroken.


BROMANCE! That's Dan on the left and Drew Vabulas/Vabs on the right. Yes, his name rhymes with FABULOUS. Awesome, right?

HOW YA FEELIN'?


It's the end of your first ever week of CrossFit for some of you - your first week back to regular training for others. So how are you feeling? Are you feeling strong? Energized? Excited about making progress? Or are you super sore? Achy? Irritable? Worn down?

If you say yes to more of the latter than the former choices, you need to take better care of yourself outside the box.

We can help you while you're here, but the other 23 hours of the day are equally important. Make sure you get plenty of sleep (in a DARK room...even light from the alarm clock can disturb your sleep), limit your stress, drink plenty of water, take fish oil, AND EAT WELL - start making the transition to paleo - get the CRAP out of your diet! Limit alcohol, sugar, grains, legumes and dairy.

Need help with paleo? Jasmine and Lis are teaching a FOOD AS FUEL class on Sat, June 9 from noon-1:30. It's free to members and we'll answer all your questions and share some great tactics for making the paleo lifestyle sustainable for you. Email info@crossfitmidtown.com to reserve your spot.

 

05.17.12

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WOD


A. Work to a heavy power clean single


B. Hang power clean:
2EMOM (2 every minute on the minute) for 8 minutes

C. Box jumps:
5 Rounds of 10 UB, :30 rest
Pick a height you can do for 10 unbroken.


Monica and Zack on the ring rows... ladies, if you don't think you can do CrossFit, check out the chick in the boot, POWERING THROUGH!

SUNDAY PARK WODs & HOOVERBALL!!!

Every Sunday we meet out at Piedmont Park for a WOD at 10 am. Bring your friends... these WODs are open to all skill levels and open to the public. This week we'll meet over near the sand volleyball courts in the active oval. Hang around afterward for some HOOVER BALL if you dare!


 

5.16.12

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WOD


A. 3 x 1:00 Row @ 60%, 80%, 100%

B. DL 5RM

C. FOR FORM (not for time)

10, 9, 8...3, 2, 1 Dynamic Push Up

1, 2, 3...8, 9, 10 Supine Ring Pull Up OR Ring Row

Dynamic Push Ups:




The adorable Olivia, climbing on post-WOD Daddy (Dyer)

Don't I come here to check out?


During yesterday's shuttle runs I told Geoff and Alison they had to calculate their interval times during their rest break.
They joked with me about having to do math during the WOD.
"Don't I come here to check out?" asked Geoff.
The answer is no. Maybe in your globo gym day you put on your headphones, hopped on the treadmill or elliptical, and stared at the TVs, tuning out as the minutes passed until your cardio was done.
At CrossFit Midtown, you're here to learn and improve as an athlete. So don't plan on "checking out" while you're here. YES, we want you to leave work/stress/family life/etc at the door, but you do need to focus.
Be present. Focus on the skills we're working on that day, and devote this time to improving your health and fitness. And keep up the great work!

05.15.12

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WOD


A. 60-Yard Pro Long Shuttle
From starting cone, run 5 yds. Touch ground. Backpedal 5 yds.
Run 10 yds. Touch ground. Backpedal 10 yds.
Run 15 yds. Touch ground. Backpedal 15 yds.
Repeat 8 times. Rest 1 minute between shuttles.

B. Tabata TRUNK
Atomic Sit Ups 45#/25#
Supermans
Hollow Rocks
Plank Hold
Do :20 work, :10 rest. Repeat for 8 Rds. Scaled=4 Rds.

Welcome to Beth, Patrick, Kenley, Zack, Carolyn, Chuck, Geoff, Vabs, Matt and Dyer!



Patrick and Kenley front squatting.

SAVE THE DATE - Food as Fuel class - Saturday, June 9th, 12-1:30pm

Join Lis and Jasmine to learn the basics of the paleo diet and how to make it work with your lifestyle. This class is free to members.

Grand Opening Day - Saturday, June 16th:

Fran Challenge Prelims during AM classes
Party time - 5-8 pm in the box
Our friends from Vita Coco, Stronger Faster Healthier and Anheuser-Busch will be providing some goodies. AND we'll have a DJ...there's talk of one big DANCE VIDEO being filmed for the Facebook/YouTube page. You're gonna be famous.
More details are coming soon. Stay tuned.