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12.06.12 Twas the night before CrossFitmas!

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Twas the night before CrossFitmas, all through CFM,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Big Jim.
The stockings were hung by the pro shop with care,
In hopes Better-Than-Sex cake soon would be there.

The members were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of jello shots danced in their heads.
And Dyer in his sweat puddle, and Uran in knee socks,
Had just settled in to decorate the box.

When out on West Peachtree arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the AirDyne to see what was the matter.
Out front to the street I crawled like a bear,
Seeking Santas in speedos and red underwear!

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
I was expecting to find running holiday sweaters,
But instead saw these bad ass CrossFit competitors,

Pulling a sleigh carrying such a quick man,
I knew in a moment it must be Coach Dan.
More rapid than pumas his prowlers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Austin! now, Ellen! now, Tirzah, Shay and Krystol Hines!
On, Carlos! on Brianne! on Dave, Matt and Arielle Fine!
Go crush the competition and give it your all!
Dash away to CFHD and have a ball!"

Dan sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"We’ll be back for the holiday party tonight!"

CrossFitmas weekend events:

Fri @ 7pm: CrossFitMas Eve burpees. Immediately following the 6pm class, join Lis as she makes good on her losing bet to Levy over the SEC Championship game's outcome. Lis will don Crimson Tide gear as she performs 100 burpees. Hopefully the mediocre attire doesn't slow her down.
Sat 9a-4p: Cheer on our CFM teams (Arielle, Brianne, Carlos, Dave, Ellen, Tirzah, Austin, Krystol, Matt & Shay) at the Atlanta Affiliate League Team Invitational at CrossFit HD in Chamblee.
Sat 1:30-3p: Join the CFM Bacon Cheer Station to cheer on the Atlanta Santa Speedo runners as they dash past the gym! The run is at 2. Meet us at the gym between 1:30 & 3. We'll be blasting some tunes & handing out bacon and candy canes.
Sun @ 11am: Touch football in Piedmont Park. Join us at the Active Oval to play touch football Sunday morning. No experience required... but shoes are recommended (ahem, Lynn & Brianne).

That's all. Nothing else this weekend.

NO! WAIT! THERE'S MORE!


CFM's CrossFitmas Party is Sat from 7 to 10 in the box. We'll provide the main course and some drinks. You bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Feel free to bring friends & family. We hope you can join us. ***Overflow parking will be available in the New-South-Construction-marked spots in the pay lot at 13th & West Peachtree.

The CFM team wishes you a happy holiday season and we hope you can join us this weekend at our CrossFitmas party... 7 to 10 pm at the gym (in case you live under a kettlebell and missed all the other announcements).

Workout of the Day

A. Back Squat: 4 sets of 5 to 7 reps @3010 tempo, rest 3min
B. "Karen"
For time:
150 wall balls 20/14

And coming tomorrow...

Makeup WOD: Choose a WOD you didn't do this week and make it up.

THURS 12.05.12 Give the crowd what they want

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TWO MORE DAYS...HOLIDAY PARTY IS SATURDAY AT THE GYM FROM 7 TO 10!


Give the crowd what they want

What's your gym persona? Are you a positive, energetic, focused athlete who people enjoy training with? Or are you a complainer? Do you work hard or do you give up easily?
At Tuesday night's gymnastics class, a few students became frustrated while struggling with headstands and pistols. Regarding a tripod-into-headstand movement, I overheard someone say: "I can't do this. I never did one before and I'm not going to get one tonight." No. Not with that attitude, you're not.
Why do we even do CrossFit? For the challenge, right? I'd rather gouge my eyes out than spend another mindless hour on an elliptical machine to get fit. So instead, I do CrossFit because it challenges me every day. If we let that negative inner voice win, or give up every time we struggle with a skill/lift/movement, where does that get us?
Instead, challenge yourself to remain positive during training sessions. Rather than beating yourself up for not running faster, lifting more or mastering a certain skill, congratulate yourself for being in the gym at all. This time of year, many people are putting their health and fitness on hold until the new year rolls around. Give yourself a pat on the back for training through the holidays.
Help us make CrossFit Midtown a positive place and let's squash negative talk in the box. Give the crowd what they want by making CFM a fun, positive place to train!

Oh, and the 50-burpee penalty for saying CAN'T is back in effect. BE POSITIVE!


Welcome to new member Gracie, a GT freshman whose whole family does CrossFit. Her mom Jeanne (background) joined her for Monday's class while visiting from Connecticut.

Workout of the Day

A1. Press: 3 sets of 6-8 @2211 tempo, rest 60sec
A2. Weighted Pullup: 3 sets of 2-3 @2112 tempo, rest 2min
B. For time: 9 thrusters 95/65#
5 manmakers* 44/26#
7 thrusters
4 manmakers
5 thrusters
3 manmakers
3 thrusters
2 manmakers
1 thruster
1 manmaker
*Man Maker - with a kettlebell in each hand, drop into push up, push into top of push up position, perform a 1-arm row per hand where the elbow travels much higher than the back; pull legs in, perform a squat clean thruster with kettlebells... that is one rep. Here's James demonstrating:

And coming tomorrow...

A. Back Squat: 4 sets of 5 to 7 reps @3010 tempo, rest 3min
B. "Karen"For time:
150 wall balls 20/14

12.04.12 Don’t be a cherry picker

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HOLIDAY PARTY IS SATURDAY AT THE GYM FROM 7 TO 10!


Cherry picking

Did you see the new December surprise on the blog (scroll allllll the way down... then come back). YEP! From now on, we'll be posting tomorrow's WOD* in addition to today's WOD. I field LOTS of questions each day about what's coming up tomorrow, so I decided to start sharing it.
BUT - I'm not offering up this info so that you can become a cherry picker. Instead, I want to give you extra info to help you can plan your rest days and choose your training days. Ultimately, we're all adults and when you decide to train is up to you.
BUT, if you are a:
- newcomer who avoids "scary" movements like handstand push ups, box jumps and rope climbs**... OR A
- bodyweight specialist who avoids Olympic lifting days... OR A
- big strong hoss who dodges burpees and running...
Then don't complain if you don't make progress at those movements. I also understand that it's more fun to do the stuff you're good at... so use the new WOD info on the blog to build a challenging training schedule, and don't forget to have some fun along the way.

*WOD: that means workout of the day for you new folks.
**Face your fears. Your coaches will help you scale any movement as needed.



Don't be a cherry picker.

Laura S reppin' CFM in Brazil!

Workout of the Day

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

And coming tomorrow...

A1. Press: 3 sets of 6-8 @2211 tempo, rest 60sec
A2. Weighted Pullup: 3 sets of 2-3 @2112 tempo, rest 2min
B. For time: 9 thrusters
5 manmakers*
7 thrusters
4 manmakers
5 thrusters
3 manmakers
3 thrusters
2 manmakers
1 thruster
1 manmaker
*Man Maker - with a kettlebell in each hand, drop into push up, push into top of push up position, perform a 1-arm row per hand where the elbow travels much higher than the back; pull legs in, perform a squat clean thruster with kettlebells... that is one rep

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.