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TUES 12.04.12 Bring-a-Friend Days next week!

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Gymnastics & Yoga updates

Our 4-class gymnastics series continues tonight at 8pm. Last week we learned headstand & handstand progressions, hollow position and splits/stretching. This class is full, so only those who RSVPed can attend. Yoga with Monica is on Thursday night at 8:15 pm. We have spare yoga mats if you need one!

Bring-a-Friend Days

Do you have a friend or family member who is dying to try CrossFit but needs a little push? Well next week they'll get that chance! We're hosting our first Bring-A-Friend days December 13, 14, & 15. So that Thurs, Fri & Sat, you're welcome to bring a friend with you to any class (including Thursday night yoga!). These classes won't be capped and your class limits don't apply that week IF YOU BRING A FRIEND (so you can earn a few extra visits that week if you bring a friend along to your Thurs, Fri and/or Sat class).
We do ask that you be the host/hostess for your friend that day, so a) you have to join them for the class they attend and b) you can only bring one friend per class. Got two friends who want to visit on Thursday? Well then you get to do TWO CLASSES & TWO WODS that day!
The WODs on these days are scalable/doable for all levels. On Thurs & Fri, we'll do partner WODs so you can work out with your friend. Saturday's WOD is a four-person team workout.
BUSY DAY SATURDAY! This Saturday CFM teams will compete again at the Atlanta Affiliate League Invitational. Make the trip up to CFHD to see Arielle, Dave, Ellen, Carlos, Brianne and Tirzah compete in the morning's Mixed division, and at 12:30 pm, cheer on the Elite team of Krystol, Shay, Austin and Matt C. Good luck!
Saturday is also the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run, a fun run which goes right past CFM's front door. Come join us from 2 to 3pm to cheer on the runners outside the gym. And don't miss the CFM holiday party that night in the box at 7pm!

Workout of the Day

A. Strict press: In eight minutes, work up to a heavy set of 3
B. Push Press: 3 sets of 4-5 reps, rest 2min
C. Jerk: 5 sets of 2-3 reps, rest 3min
D. For time:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Push Jerk 135#/95#
Kettlebell swings 2pood/1.5pood

NEW BLOG FEATURE...tomorrow's WOD!:

A. Deadlift: 4 sets of 6 to 8 reps, rest 2min
B. "Michael":
3 rounds for time:
800m run
50 back extensions
50 situps

12.03.12 Bringin home tha GOLD!

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USA Powerlifting American Open recap

CrossFit is a hybrid of so many different sports - the one I excel at most is powerlifting so one of my goals was to compete in a powerlifting competition. My friend Cam is a former competitive powerlifter and world record holder, so when he told me a competition was coming up, I looked into it and decided to register. Cam agreed to coach me through it. So on Saturday morning I competed in my first powerlifting meet.
Competitors are required to wear singlets. On four days notice, I was hard-pressed to find one. Apparently sporting goods stores don't carry them. Luckily, CFM member Derek had an old singlet from his freestyle wrestling days, and it was just my style:

I competed in the 148# weight class, which meant I had to drop five pounds last week. I didn't eat or drink anything from 3pm Friday afternoon until after I weighed in, Saturday morning at 8. SUCCESS! I weighed 146 (DISCLAIMER: this is not nutrition advice. I don't recommend you try this just to fit into a pair of skinny jeans). Then I HOUSED a plate of french toast, banana bread, biscuits and gravy and lots of coconut water to refuel/rehydrate before lifting. Nerves + gluten bomb = bad idea.
There are three lifts at a powerlifting meet - back squat, bench press and deadlift. You get three attempts at each. It turns out there are lots of rules at these events. On back squat, to make a good lift, you unrack the bar, wait for the judge's command to SQUAT, then squat to depth (below parallel), then stand and WAIT FOR THE JUDGE'S COMMAND TO RERACK THE BAR. Simple, right?
On my first squat attempt, at 245#, I did it with ease but forgot to wait for the judge to tell me to rack the bar. NO LIFT. Two more shots to get a good lift in.
For attempt #2, we decided to make a jump in weight, to 259#, even though I hadn't made my first attempt:

My belt wasn't tight enough and I didn't breathe right. FAIL. No pressure Lis. One more fail and you're out of the meet. That'd be a really cool story to go back and tell everyone. NOT. So I had a mini-panic attack. Cam and my new friend Laura (co-owner of CrossFit Johns Creek) talked me off the ledge. Lifting in a quiet ballroom is weird. I told myself to go out there and pretend I was lifting in the gym with Woody & Dyer, with Rack City blasting in the background. I tightened my belt, held my breath, waited for the judge's command, squatted the weight, waited for the rack command, and then re-racked the bar. BOOM! Successful lift. I got to stay in the meet. Way to make it dramatic.
The next lift was bench press - by far my least-experienced lift. Luckily Woody was kind enough to bring in his fancy bench from home last week and coached me on some technique. He made me promise that if I won the meet, I would never speak ill of his bench again. That bench is awesome.
On bench press, there are three judge's commands. The spotter helps you lift off, judge tells you to START, then at the bottom of the rep, you pause until the judge tells you to PRESS, then at the top of the rep, you pause until the judge tells you to RACK the bar. I opened at 121#:

Easy weight. For attempt #2, we went up to 130#:

Two-for-two. Let's put some weight on the bar. Final attempt, at 149#:

I forgot to wait for the judge's PRESS command... I faltered when I remembered, and failed the lift. Pesky rules.
Going into the deadlift, I was already 50# ahead of my competition. My opening weight was 20# more than hers, and easy weight for me at 60# less than my PR. There's also only one judge's command on the deadlift, so less stuff for me to mess up. First attempt - 280#:

Second attempt - 308#:

After each lift, you have 30 seconds to inform the judges of what your next attempt will be. Cam handled this for me. So after my second deadlift, we discussed how much weight I'd pull for the last attempt, and agreed on 336#. He came back from the judges' table and told me he'd only increased the weight to 319#... for a minute I was angry, but I figured he thought I couldn't pull more and trusted his judgment. I was just relieved the meet was almost over. Then when I got out to the platform and they announced my final attempt was at 336#, I realized he'd tricked me. Sneaky devil. Final attempt - 336#:

Yaaaaay, three-for-three! I earned a celebratory vodka-soda for surviving the meet:

I swear it had nothing to do with the tray of glasses I knocked over 20 minutes later back in the ballroom. Bull. China shop.
I knew I'd done well but had no idea where I stood against the competition. Cam said I was sitting pretty, so we hung around to wait on awards. Turns out, I won the Open in the raw (unequipped) division.
I learned a lot and had fun. My big take-aways from the event:
1. Lululemon should make singlets.
2. I'm bad at following directions.
3. Next time, I'll extend my meet preparation beyond just four days.
Thanks to Woody for the bench press coaching, Derek for lending me that amazing singlet, and to Cam for answering all my silly questions leading up to the meet and for coaching me through it.

CFM Holiday Party IN FIVE DAYS!

FIVE days left! It's the week we've all been waiting for...PARTY TIME! Join us Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, right here at CFM. We'll provide the main course and beverages. You bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share (paleo optional!). Lindsay is bringing her grandma's Better-than-Sex cake (that's right, I just said grandma and sex in the same sentence). What are you bringing???

Me & Coach Cam

Workout of the Day

A. Split squat:8 rep max at 3010 tempo
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 Power Clean 145/100
10 Toes to bar
15 Wall balls 20/14

FRI 11.30.12 Go Dawgs

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Send November out with a BANG!

As my mentor says, don't limp into December and don't limp into 2013! Make the most of today and then let's kick December's B-double-O-T-Y.

Bring-a-Friend Days

Do you have a friend or family member who is dying to try CrossFit but needs a little push? Well in two weeks, they'll get that chance! We're hosting our first Bring-A-Friend days December 13, 14, & 15. So that Thurs, Fri & Sat, you're welcome to bring a friend with you to any class. These classes won't be capped and your class limits don't apply that week IF YOU BRING A FRIEND (so you can earn a few extra visits that week if you bring a friend along to your Thurs, Fri and/or Sat class).
We do ask that you be the host/hostess for your friend that day, so a) you have to join them for the class they attend and b) you can only bring one friend per class. Got two friends who want to visit on Thursday? Well then you get to do TWO CLASSES & TWO WODS that day!

What else is coming up?

TODAY is your last day to donate food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We've already filled one barrel and are trying to fill the last one... Bring some non-perishable food items and you get to assign a burpee per item to the coach of your choice!
ORRRRRRR, you can donate to the CFM food drive online. Click here to donate to the CFM Virtual Food Drive, and the CFM coach (or intern! ;)) of your choice will do a burpee...NO MAKE THAT FIVE BURPEES ...for every dollar donated!!!
SUNDAY we're playing touch football in the park at 11am. Meet us at the Piedmont Park active oval to play... all skill levels are welcome!

CFM Holiday Party IN EIGHT DAYS!

EIGHT days left! Uran & Dyer are recruiting a few more elves to help them with final party plans, decorations, playlists and set up. Post in the comments below if you can help. JUST WHEN IS THIS AWESOME PARTY, you ask? Why it's next Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, right here at CFM. We'll provide the main course and beverages. You bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share (paleo optional!). I hear Lindsay is bringing her grandma's Better-than-Sex cake (that's right, I just said grandma and sex in the same sentence). What are you bringing???

Pro Shop goodies

Yaaaay, just in time for the holidays we have new RED pullover sweatshirts aaaaand new RED knee socks arrive today (I know I said that yesterday... they'll ACTUALLY be here today)! Hoodies are $40 and socks are $15. And our sale on all t-shirts & tank tops continues - get 2 for $40 through the end of the year. YES! All of this gear is appropriate attire for your holiday office party.
GOLD & SILVER members - don't forget you cool kids get a discount on pro shop purchases! Gold gets 15% off and Silver gets 10% off... regularly price merch only.
Check out the snazzy new red pullovers (model not included)! Plus these Welcome to the Jungle Ts and all other Tshirts & tanks are on sale through the end of the year.

Workout of the Day

PARTNER WOD
Eight rounds: Partner 1 rows 500m while Partner 2 rests.
Then Partner 2 rows 500m while Partner 1 rests.

THURS 11.29.12 Sweatshirts & Knee Socks

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Pro Shop goodies

Yaaaay, just in time for the holidays we have new RED pullover sweatshirts aaaaand new RED knee socks arrive today! Hoodies are $40 and socks are $15. And our sale on all t-shirts & tank tops continues - get 2 for $40 through the end of the year. And I know what you're wondering - YES! All of this gear is appropriate attire for your holiday office party.

GOLD & SILVER members - don't forget you cool kids get a discount on pro shop purchases! Gold gets 15% off and Silver gets 10% off... regularly price merch only.
Check out the snazzy new red pullovers (model not included)! Plus these Welcome to the Jungle Ts and all other Tshirts & tanks are on sale through the end of the year.

Yoga tonight

Monica's yoga class has been moved to Thursdays at 8:15pm. Join her tonight to stretch those sore muscles and work on mobility, balance and mental focus.

CFM Holiday Party IN NINE DAYS!

NINE days left! Uran & Dyer are recruiting a few more elves to help them with final party plans, decorations, playlists and set up. Post in the comments below if you can help. JUST WHEN IS THIS AWESOME PARTY, you ask? Why it's next Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, right here at CFM. We'll provide the main course and beverages. You bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share (paleo optional!). I hear Lindsay is bringing her grandma's Better-than-Sex cake (that's right, I just said grandma and sex in the same sentence). What are you bringing???
BUSY NOON CLASS: Nate, Josh L, Ricky & Lindsay rocking the jumping muscle-ups while Anna hits slam balls.

Workout of the Day

A. Back Squat 4 sets of 7-9 reps @3010, rest 3 min
B. Eight 3-minute rounds:
In three minutes, complete 8 kettlebell swings, then sprint (run, row or AirDyne) for 15 to 45 seconds at 100%.
Rest the remainder of the three minutes. Repeat for a total of 8 rounds.

WED 11.28.12 The Sayers of Nay

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The Sayers of Nay

by Coach Jeremy
For those of you making big life changes with CrossFit and the Paleo diet, reinvention is hard--not just for you but for those around you. You’ll hear, “You’re doing what?”... “You’re eating how?”... “That’s not good for you!”... and so on.
So why are people so resistant to your transformation? You’re the one putting in work. They’re not waking up early to hit the gym before work, or turning down the company-sponsored bagel breakfast. You are. You’re putting in work, and a lot of it, which can create mixed emotions for those around you.
Part of the resistance you see is from people genuinely concerned with your well-being. But the overwhelmingly salient reason people resist your reinvention is fear--fear of losing you. Look at cultures and family. The underpinnings of these structures lie in language and food, and you just changed both.
You’re pumped about doing Fran and your heavy snatch and your grass-fed, lettuce-wrapped burger. Who ARE you?
So, how should you deal with this? The easy way is just to stop. Quit CrossFitting. Eat the Standard American Diet.
But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Reassure loved ones that you are still inherently you. CrossFit won’t change your political ideology or your religious beliefs. It will, however, make you a stronger, healthier and happier person.
You can only spend so much energy pleasing everyone. Just be yourself, and with time friends will accept these new ‘strange ways’ as part of you... just one of those things that makes you more lovable and quirky.

Yoga Thursday

Monica's yoga class has been moved to Thursdays at 8:15pm. Join her tomorrow to stretch those sore muscles and work on mobility, balance and mental focus.

CFM Holiday Party IN TEN DAYS!

Ten days left! Uran & Dyer are recruiting a few more elves to help them with final party plans, decorations, playlists and set up. Post in the comments below if you can help. JUST WHEN IS THIS AWESOME PARTY, you ask? Why it's next Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, right here at CFM. We'll provide the main course and beverages. You bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share (paleo optional!).
Handstand drills in last night's gymnastics class.

Workout of the Day

A. Push Press: In 8 minutes, build to heavy set of 5
B. Every minute on the minute for 20 minutes:
On odd minutes, do 1 muscle up & 3 ring dips OR 3 supine ring rows and 3 ring dips.
On even minutes, do 5 med ball slams.

TUES 11.27.12 Gymnastics class starts tonight!

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Yoga and gymnastics

Gymnastics class with Amy starts tonight at 8! It's a four-week class for all levels, but you must reserve your spot. There are a few spaces left, so please email us if you'd like to attend.
Tuesday night yoga with Monica is being moved over to Thursday nights through Thurs, 12/20. We will adjust the yoga schedule in the new year based on the survey feedback you all provided.
So to recap, the Tuesday night schedule is now - Regular classes at 5, 6, 7p & Gymnastics class at 8p. The Thursday night schedule is now - Regular classes at 5, 6, 7p & Yoga at 8:15p.

Santa Speedo Run

New CFM student Aleria Perry works for Southern Comfort and is looking for a few more members to fill the SoCo team for the Santa Speedo Run on Sat, 12/8 (same day as the CFM HOLIDAY PARTY!). It's only a 1.5 mile run and it goes RIGHT BY CFM (look for our cheer station when you run by!). Read on for more details... And yes, people actually run in Speedos or other similar scantily-clad attire.
The Santa Speedo Run is a 1.5 mile fun run and social event to raise money for Cure Childhood Cancer. On Saturday, December 8, participants will meet at Hudson Grille Midtown for drinks and registration. They run is at 2 pm, followed by fun and drinks at Hudson Grille’s after party.
This year, Southern Comfort is sponsoring a team of ten runners. The registration fee will be waived for all SoCo team members. If you are interested in being on our team, please contact Aleria Perry. Email with the subject “Santa Speedo Run,” and provide your full name and contact information. Please respond quickly, as there are a limited number of spaces.
For more information about the event, visit http://www.atlantasantaspeedorun.org.
Xavi already deadlifting 3x his bodyweight.

Workout of the Day

A. Deadlift 4 sets of 8-10 @2110, rest 3min
B. Hang Power Clean 3 sets of 3-4, rest 2min
C. For time: 6 Rounds:
8 hang power cleans
20 situps

11.26.12 Tink’s & Urban Pl8 deliveries

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PALEO FOOD DELIVERED TO CFM!

Urban Pl8 paleo meal delivery: If you've never visited Urban Pl8 on Midtown's Westside, you are MISSING OUT! We're so excited they've finally started their paleo meal delivery service. They will drop off at CFM on Tuesdays and Fridays (order deadlines are Mon & Thurs by 10am). For more details and to place an order, click here.
Tink's Grassfed Beef & Pastured Pork: Tink's will make another delivery to CFM on Wednesday, November 28th. Check out the price list below, email your order to info@tinksbeef.com (order deadline is TODAY at 5p), and then pay online on their site or leave cash or check at the box by the morning of the 28th (meat will be delivered that Wed afternoon & payment is due at the time of delivery).


Workout of the Day

A. Press 4 sets of 6-8 @2211, rest 60sec
B. Weighted Pullup 4 sets of 3-4 @2112
rest 2min
B. For time: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1:
Front Squats 115#/85#
Pushups