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03.08.13 ANIMAL WARM-UP BRING-A-FRIEND FRI!

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SO MUCH IS HAPPENING!

The CrossFit Open - PLEASE come out to cheer on Team CFM as we complete Open WOD 13.1 at noon on Saturday. We'll warm up at noon and heats will start at 12:30. There's still time to register. ANYONE can do burpees, right? So that means anyone can score at least 40 on this WOD. We'll go from there :).
Olympic Weightlifting Seminar is Sunday. Space is still available.
Bring-a-Friend Days today, tomorrow & Saturday.
Aaaaand...

Paleo Veda Spring Cleanse

Check out all the details here: 2013 CFM Paleo Veda Cleanse. Basically, we'll all partake in a seven-day cleanse, to detox our minds & bodies, lose a little weight and basically, shed our winter selves. $160 gets you pre & post-Cleanse meetings, daily coaching from Anna, meal plans/recipes, workouts/yoga sequences and step-by-step guidance on how to get the most out of this cleanse and prepare for Spring! Email Anna to register!

CROSSFIT OPEN ATHLETE COUNT: 32!

Get in on the action. YOU HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY TO REGISTER & COMPLETE THE FIRST WORKOUT.

Thurs Night GIRL POWER! Lindsay, Ester, Tess & Cassie reppin' out lunge squats.

Workout of the Day - BRING-A-FRIEND FRIDAY!

Partner WOD: P1 & P2 alternate movements for as many rounds & reps in 15 minutes of:
1) Choose one: 15 cal AirDyne/250m row/200m run/20 double unders OR 60 singles, then
2) 7 burpees over partner, then
3) 10 kb swings
Repeat until time expires.

And coming tomorrow...BRING-A-FRIEND SATURDAY!

TEAM FIGHT GONE BAD
In teams of 6, rotate through each station for three rounds:
One minute max reps of -
1. Row (for cals)
2. Wall balls 20/14
3. Sumo deadlift high pull 75/55
4. Box jump 24/20
5. Push press 75/55
6. REST

Friends who'd like to join us for a workout today or tomorrow can still reserve a spot in class by emailing FRIENDS@crossfitmidtown.com.

THURS 03.07.13 The Open begins!

By | CrossFit Games, Minimalist March | 7 Comments

SO MUCH IS HAPPENING!

The CrossFit Open.
Olympic Weightlifting Seminar is Sunday. Space is still available.
Bring-a-Friend Days today, tomorrow & Saturday.
Aaaaand...

Paleo Veda Spring Cleanse is coming!

My sanity...my calmness coach...THE Ayurveda GURU - Anna Russ is hosting a PaleoVeda Cleanse for us in April! I'm so excited to work with her again, on this seven-day cleanse, Monday, April 8th-Sunday, April 14th.
The change of seasons is the perfect time for a detox. Those of us doing the CF Open will just be done competing. What a perfect time to flush physical & emotional toxins from our system, achieve some weight loss, brighten our skin, get better sleep, and rejuvenate for spring!
Check the blog tomorrow for MORE details.

CROSSFIT OPEN ATHLETE COUNT: 32!

Get in on the action. Scott D., Jared, P-Lane, LYNN AKA GOLF SHORTS... where you at? YOU HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY TO REGISTER & COMPLETE THE FIRST WORKOUT.



My strategy for 13.1

CrossFit is all about the unknown and unknowable. But it's still good to make a plan for competition. And a plan for each workout. Here's how I'll approach 13.1. NOTE that all athletes are different. It's good to know your strengths. I'm just telling you how I'll approach this so you have an idea of how to construct a similar plan for yourself.

Disclaimer: I tend to think I am Wonder Woman, when in fact, I haven't trained consistently in almost a year. This is only a plan. I reserve the right to modify this plan as necessary once the suck kicks in. But I WILL keep a tight back. I WILL do my best. I WILL finish this workout.

17 minutes of burpees and snatches. 3, 2, 1, GO:
40 burpees - SLOW DOWN. Don't let the adrenaline push you out too fast. I'll shoot to pace 15 burpees per minute, wrapping up 40 at just under 3 minutes.
30 snatches at 45# - slow and steady. Breathe. I will do all 30 in one set. 5 minutes down.
30 burpees - stupid burpees. I'll do 15, then change the weight on my barbell (add 15# to each side), then 15 more. 7ish minutes down (this is where the ISH sets in).
30 snatches at 75# - 2 sets of 15. 9 minutes down.
20 burpees - Now I will wish I'd done a few more metcons lately. Keep moving. 11 minutes down.
Add weight to barbell.
30 snatches at 100# - let's see how my back holds up. Shooting for 6 a minute has me finish this set at 16:00 and leaves me with one last minute to do 10 burpees, and maybe one attempt at a 120# snatch. My snatch PR is 125#. Anything can happen.
What will definitely happen? I will wear awesome knee socks. I will curse >1 time during this WOD. I will drink vodka to celebrate surviving the workout. I will wish I'd done the O-lifting seminar prior to this WOD, rather than the day after it.

Workout of the Day - BRING-A-FRIEND THURSDAY!

A. Barbell lunge squat: 4 rounds of 10-12 reps @3010 tempo, every 3 min
B. As many rounds and reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
8 burpees
15 situps

And coming tomorrow...BRING-A-FRIEND for ANIMAL WARM-UP FRIDAY!

Partner WOD: P1 & P2 alternate movements for as many rounds & reps in 15 minutes of:
1) Choose one: 15 cal AirDyne/250m row/200m run/20 double unders OR 60 singles, then
2) 7 burpees over partner, then
3) 10 kb swings
Repeat until time expires.

Friends who'd like to join us for a workout Thursday, Friday or Saturday can reserve a spot in class by emailing FRIENDS@crossfitmidtown.com.

WED 03.06.13 Engage fully

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Engage fully

by Uran
It's easy and enticing for most folks to get into a routine. In fact, finding a good routine can be the key to success for many of us. Get up, get ready, go to work, hit the gym, cook dinner, go to bed, rinse and repeat.
But what happens when you get so used to your routine that you start to feel like you're just going through the motions? There are so many things we feel like we have to do on any given day that it can often begin to feel like everything is a chore.
Even the things we once loved can be reduced to items on a to­-do list, and your whole life becomes about checking boxes.
That's no way to live! While we aim to declutter our lives this month, I challenge you to declutter your mind as well. Take a few moments to remember the things you love about the items on your to-­do list: The serenity of a completely focused mind during a WOD... The comforting feeling of financial security that your job provides... The joy of being a part of a community...
Take a moment to become "fully engaged" in your life so it doesn't pass you by.

Minimalist March

How's this month's challenge treating you? GO ON. Get rid of something every day. So far this month I cleaned out two email inboxes, my t-shirt shelf AND my car. It felt great. Not convinced? Check out these reasons for reducing clutter in your life.

CROSSFIT OPEN ATHLETE COUNT: 30! BOOM.

Get in on the action. Scott D., Jared, D-Lo... where you at? YOU HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY TO REGISTER & COMPLETE THE FIRST WORKOUT (announced tonight at 8 EST).

Krystol & Lis rocking Grace (no telling what Lis did w her barbell here). Shay, Lis & Krystol clocked the three fastest ladies times of the day, all finishing well under 4 minutes.

Workout of the Day

A. Muscle ups: 10 min skill practice
B. "Diane":
For time -
21-15-9
Deadlifts 225#/155#
Handstand push ups

And coming tomorrow...BRING-A-FRIEND THURSDAY!

A. Barbell lunge squat: 4 rounds of 10-12 reps @3010 tempo, every 3 min
B. As many rounds and reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
8 burpees
15 situps

Friends who'd like to join us for a workout Thursday, Friday or Saturday can reserve a spot in class by emailing FRIENDS@crossfitmidtown.com.

TUES 03.04.13 CrossFit Open starts tomorrow!

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CrossFit Open starts tomorrow!

The first workout will be unveiled at 8pm tomorrow night. We'll be doing the WODs as a TEAM, Saturdays at 12noon. But in the event you're out of town or can't make it one Saturday, you have a few options:
1) Email Lis to schedule a make-up time (options are Thurs night at 8p, Fri morning at 7a, or Sunday during Open Gym, 12-2).
2) Visit another box to do the Open WOD. Most other CrossFit gyms will also be hosting the Open WODs and can validate your score.

So what are you waiting for? If you have questions, post them in the comments. You have until Sunday to join the competition and complete the first workout. Join the fun!

We're also making a team shirt (see below), so let us know in the comments if you want one. We'll place the order Wednesday. They're $25 or $20 for Open competitors.

CROSSFIT OPEN ATHLETE COUNT: 28!

Get in on the action


Rawr. Order now.

NO OPEN GYM THIS SUNDAY

Due to the Olympic Lifting Seminar at the gym Sunday 3/10, there will be no Open Gym. If you still want to break a sweat on Sunday, join us for a Park WOD at 12noon. Meet at the gazebo/benches in the middle of Piedmont Park's Active Oval for some fun!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Clean & Jerk: Work to a heavy single in 10 minutes
B. "Grace":
For time - 30 clean & jerks 135/95#

And coming tomorrow...

A. Muscle ups: 10 min skill practice
B. "Diane":
For time -
21-15-9
Deadlifts 225#/155#
Handstand push ups

MON 03.04.13

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Raise your game!

I'm lucky to be involved with a mentoring & accountability group (the BIZ) of CrossFit affiliate owners who support, challenge & inspire each other regularly to step our games up with a goal of helping more people improve their lives with CrossFit.
Three times a year, we get together for BIZ workshops and this past weekend's gathering was in Dallas, Texas. I had a great weekend of hanging with good friends and learning how to develop the CrossFit Midtown staff into a stronger team of individuals better equipped to help YOU, our students.
I hope you all have similarly inspiring groups of people in your lives who push you every day to raise your game.
YOU: the CFM students... are very inspiring to me. So is our staff at CFM.
So I want to take this chance to thank everyone on our team who helps CFM run on a day-to-day basis. I never guessed that 9 1/2 months into running CFM, I'd be able to take back-to-back weekends away from the gym to attend a dear friend's wedding and then the BIZ seminar.
Big thanks to our coaches, yoga teachers, staff, Instructor Training Program members & interns: Dan, Dyer, Beka, Cassie, Walter, Don, Amy, Uran, Beth, Monica, Alicia, Tirzah, Lindsay, Jon DLP, Erin, Matt, Levy... YOU ROCK!
Keep up the great work gang... let's make this an awesome March!

CROSSFIT OPEN ATHLETE COUNT: 25!

Get in on the action

NO OPEN GYM THIS SUNDAY

Due to the Olympic Lifting Seminar at the gym Sunday 3/10, there will be no Open Gym. If you still want to break a sweat on Sunday, join us for a Park WOD at 12noon. Meet at the gazebo/benches in the middle of Piedmont Park's Active Oval for some fun!

Two of our newest students Jenny (front) & Kristi rocking the ring rows in Coach Cassie's Thursday night Beginners class.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Skill practice: Rope climbs
B. For time:
30 handstand push ups, 10 pull ups
20 handstand push ups, 20 pull ups
10 handstand push ups, 30 pull ups

And coming tomorrow...

A. Clean & Jerk: Work to a heavy single in 10 minutes
B. "Grace":
For time - 30 clean & jerks 135/95#

03.01.13 Minimalist March

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March challenge: cut down the clutter

This month, I challenge you to cut down on stuff... clutter... junk. Whether it be virtual clutter in the form of an overflowing email inbox, or just cleaning out your closet, let's cut down on clutter in our lives. You'd be surprised what peace of mind it gives you to simplify your life. I just sorted/deleted/archived and have almost conquered my email inbox (100 more in the archives to sort) and the past week has been much more productive because of it.
See if you can get rid of something every day this month. What will you tackle first?

Bring-a-Friend Days next week

Every quarter, we invite your friends to join us for three special days of workouts planned specially to give everyone of every fitness level a great workout. It's a chance for your friends to see what the CrossFit fuss is all about!
Next Thursday, Friday & Saturday (3/7-3/9), we're ready to host 20 students per class (14 CFM students & 6 guests). Please help spread the word!
Guests can reserve a space in class by emailing FRIENDS@crossfitmidtown.com. We'll email back to confirm which class they can join.
Along with kicking off our first CrossFit Open ever, with WOD 13.1 next Saturday at noon, AND the Olympic Lifting seminar next Sunday, it's bound to be an amazing weekend. Don't miss it!

CROSSFIT OPEN ATHLETE COUNT: 22!

Get in on the action...A little birdie told me Tirzah & Lynn will be joining Team CFM today!

To any of your friends doubting they can do CrossFit, show them this picture of my 67-year-old mother doing yesterday's WOD. With a positive attitude, ANYONE, of any age, ability, fitness level, etc, can do CrossFit. We will scale next week's workouts as necessary for our guests.

Workout of the Day (WOD) - BENCHMARK FRIDAY!

"Angie"
For time:
100 pull ups
100 push ups
100 sit ups
100 squats

Rx: do all reps of one movement before moving on. Beginners: COACHES WILL HELP YOU SCALE REPS & MOVEMENTS!

And coming tomorrow...Team workout:

In teams of 3:
60sec of single unders (EVEN IF YOU CAN DOUBLE...do faster singles)
60sec of kb swings
60sec of sit-ups
alternate movements
x12 total min

Team score= total reps of all singles, swings and sit-ups done by everyone

THURS 02.28.13

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Facing Fears

by Uran
In addition to my effort to find balance in my life this year, I’m also trying to face more of my fears.
Last week, I went indoor rock climbing. Now, I’m not afraid of heights per se, but the idea of hanging on that artificial rock face has always made me really nervous. In spite of that, I still really wanted to try it, so I put on my big girl harness and showed up.
I’m really glad I did. It was downright terrifying, and I didn’t make it all the way to the top of the wall on any of my attempts, but I did get up there. For me, that’s all that mattered. It was a huge step, and it gave me the confidence to try it again sometime.
I’ve also signed up for the Olympic Weightlifting Seminar to get over my intimidation of going heavy on snatch, and I’m planning to take swim lessons (again) this summer to get over my crippling fear of water.
Is there anything you want to do, but are too scared or intimidated to try?
Maybe it's the Crossfit Open? I’ve heard a lot of concerns about not being able to do all the workouts Rx'ed (Rx is CrossFit-speak for as prescribed, or as written/without modifications).
That’s ok! I’m certainly not going to be doing everything as prescribed, but I know I can still get a score (aka do as many reps as possible Rx) and then do the rest of my workout scaled. Plus, you get the opportunity to compete alongside your friends and coaches in a supportive and encouraging environment. All for the low low price of $20!
If you’ve been considering doing something that scares you, don’t let your fear of trying hold you back.

Note from Lis: Uran's post reminded me of this awesome and very short (and FREE!) ebook I read once called THE FLINCH:
"The idea is simple: your flinch mechanism can save your life. It short-circuits the conscious mind and allows you to pull back and avoid danger faster than you can even imagine it’s there. But what if danger is exactly what you need? What if facing the flinch is the one best way to get what you want?"
Check it out.


CROSSFIT OPEN ATHLETE COUNT: 22!

Get in on the action.

Roll Out.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Mobility work!
B. GOAT WORK: A "goat" is something you're bad at (baaaaa-d at?). Choose a skill to work on for 10 minutes. Poor goats get a bad rap.
C. As many rounds & reps as possible in 15 minutes:
9 dumbbell/kettlebell push press
12 supine ring rows OR pull ups (do pull ups only if you plan on taking Friday off ;))
300m row OR 250m run OR 40 double unders OR AirDyne 15 cals (your choice)

And coming tomorrow...BENCHMARK FRIDAY

"Angie"For time:
100 pull ups
100 push ups
100 sit ups
100 squats

Rx: do all reps of one movement before moving on. Beginners: COACHES WILL HELP YOU SCALE REPS & MOVEMENTS!