Month: June 2013

Time to reflect on June & prep for a fantastic July!

Congrats to everyone for making it through another stellar month. The weather has changed and you may have noticed as the humidity rises, it’s tougher to breathe through those tough metcons. Factor the weather in as just one more challenge added to each workout, pace yourself as necessary, and do the best you can. Be proud of yourselves for continuing this tough training as the weather makes it harder!
What accomplishments are you proud of in June?
Mine include:
1) settling into my new apartment
2) making big strides in developing the CFM team & delegating responsibilities
3) kicking off the new version of our Instructor Training Program
4) beginning to train with my new powerlifting coach in preparation for my July 20th meet
5) officially registering for USAPL Raw Nationals
6) starting work with a new naturopath/acupuncturist to help improve my health & well being
And now it’s time to set July goals…here are a few of mine:
1) Set PRs (personal records) on back squat, bench press & total at USAPL Raw Nationals on July 20th
2) Continued focus on recovery to stay healthy & make the most of the training sessions I have left before the meet, to include: sleeping 8+ hours a night, twice a week chiropractic adjustments & ART, 6x a week foam rolling/mobility work, drinking plenty of water, eating clean, limiting alcohol, taking epsom salts baths, continuing supplementation with fish oil, nighttime recovery, pre-workout Muscle Fuel, post-workout SFH Recovery & Fortified.
3) Gain three pounds of muscle before the meet (through regular lifting, LOTS of protein & NO metcons/cardio)
4) Work hard through 7/16 so I can enjoy the rest of the month OFF on vacation 🙂

What were your high points of June? What are your goals for July? Let’s keep this blog comments momentum rolling…share in the comments!

July programming

This month’s programming is focused on preparing all of our CFM athletes for Quarterly Progress Checks at the end of the month (the week of July 22nd…mark your calendars!) AND on training our participants in CFM’s Summer To Helen Back challengers to improve on their Helen times… stay tuned for a longer blog post tomorrow with details on what to expect from July programming.

PEACHTREE ROAD RACE!

Good luck to all our CFMericans running the Peachtree Road Race! If you’re not running but still want to join the CFM community to cheer on our team, join Lis & Jeremy…(who else is in?) Thursday morning at 11th & Peachtree to celebrate CFMerica this 4th of July!
What a good-lookin’ bunch of peeps at CFM’s 1st Anniversary Party back in May!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back Squat: 5@70%, 3@80%, 1@90% (of 1-rep max… if you don’t know your max, we’ll help!)
B. 5 rounds for max reps of: 1 minute max rope climbs or rope climb skill work or ring rows), rest :30
1 minute double unders, rest :30
1 minute hollow rocks, rest :30

And coming tomorrow…

A. Deadlift: 5@70%, 3@80%, 1@90%
B. Split jerk: 2-2-2-2-2
As many rounds/reps as possible (AMRAP) in 8 minutes of:
5 toes to bar
3 burpee broad jump*
*Jump as far as you are tall each time (mark the floor w chalk for your height).
*For each broad jump you do not jump at least as far as your height, add a 1-burpee penalty after time expires.

To Helen Back Prelims are Saturday!

We’ve got over 30 challengers this time around. Heats begin at 10:30a. Show up 30 minutes early to check in, get your shirt & warm up. If you can hang around afterward, we’ll need some help judging/counting reps.
Email Tirzah if you still need to select your heat time.
Let’s go TO HELEN BACK!
No 10 & 11a Saturday classes this week! If you’re not a Helen challenger, your training options are the 9am team WOD, or 12n-2p Open Gym to work on Olympic Lifting with Cheryl.

Welcome back to handsome devil Lee H, pictured here as a confused bachelorette at the Anniversary Party.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Front squat: 3-3-3+
B. Nancy:
5 rounds for time –
400m run
15 Overhead squats 95/65

And coming tomorrow…

9a class: TEAM WOD

10a-12n – HELEN!
3 rounds for time:
400m run
21 kettlebell swings
12 pull ups

12n-2p Olympic Lifting Open Gym w Cheryl!

It takes a village

The CrossFit Midtown community is growing. And as our student body and programs expand, so does our need for a strong team.
I’m so proud to announce, as we build that team, that Beka was promoted this month to Assistant Operations Manager at CFM!
If you train in the mornings, you know Beka well already as she coaches the early birds four days a week. She’s also added a few noon classes to her coaching schedule, as well as some intro sessions. Beka will also be helping with some event planning, accountability & nutrition coaching, and she’ll be taking the CFM reins while I’m on vacation next month (Amen :)).
Beka came to us from another local CrossFit gym, with some CrossFit & boot camp coaching experience. She heard about our Instructor Training Program (ITP) last fall & contacted me to learn more. We met a few times, and soon she was active in ITP, then coaching classes, & now she helps run the program along with Cassie!
Along with Cassie & Carlos, Beka also recently attended Carl Paoli’s Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar. We’ll share more of her tips from that workshop on the blog next week.
Congrats on your new role Beka, and thanks for all you do!
As always, let any of your CFM coaches know how we can help improve your training & quest for better health & fitness.

Beka competing at a spring 2012 Garage Games CrossFit event.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Max reps chin up: 3 sets, rest 5 min between sets (DO MOBILITY WORK DURING BREAKS)
B. Rope climbs: 10 min of skillwork
C. Time trial: 2k row

And coming tomorrow…

A. Front squat: 3-3-3+
B. Nancy:
5 rounds for time –
400m run
15 Overhead squats 95/65

Best. Summer. Ever.

As I laid at the pool Sunday until almost 8pm with FULL SUN, it hit me that summer is here. All the good – pool & lake time, sunshine, afternoons at the park… and the bad – thunderstorms, mosquitoes, muggy days (and nights!) are here to stay for the next few months.
At CFM, we’ve got lots in store for you: the Helen Challenge, another CFM Happy Hour each month, Quarterly Progress checks in July, another Food as Fuel session in August, some fun with our neighbors Fab’rik & Big Peach Running Co and more Olympic Lifting awesomeness with Cheryl Haworth.
I’m personally looking forward to seeing everyone’s progress with the Helen Challenge. I’m also gonna finish settling into my new apartment, take a few weeks vacation next month (part work – USAPL Nationals, the CrossFit Games & a BIZ seminar… and part play – visiting my family & hitting the beach!), and celebrate my birthday in August!
What are your plans for summer? What’s important to you between now and Labor Day? Let us know what’s important to you this season. Post in the comments. How will you make this your best summer ever?

Congrats to Big Dan F & his wife Nancy on the birth of their BIG 10# BOY, John Jackson, born 6.24.13!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Back squat 3-3-3+
B. 6 rounds for time
5 Handstand push ups
5 Lateral box jump L (step down)
5 Lateral box jump R (step down)
Rest 1 minute between rounds

And coming tomorrow…

A. Max reps chin up: 3 sets, rest 5 min between sets (DO MOBILITY WORK DURING BREAKS)
B. Rope climbs: 10 min of skillwork
C. Time trial: 2k row

Schedule updates

This Saturday’s 10 & 11a classes will be cancelled for the To Helen Back Summer Challenge Prelims. if you’re not doing the Challenge (you can still register!), your only training option Saturday will be in the 9a class.
CFM will be closed on Thursday, July 4th. Friday, July 5th AM classes are also cancelled… So your training options on 7/5 will be 12n, 4p, 5p & 6p. Sat & Sun, 7/6 & 7/7, will be a regular schedule.
We’re discontinuing Ninja Training for the time being. But stay tuned for details on a few running workshops to help your Helen times!

Gymnastics class is tonight at 8:

Skill: Handstand Review – Holds, Push-Ups, Walks
Workout: For Time, 10-8-6-4-2 reps of –
Air Squat
Burpees
Superman Rocks
Push Ups
Candlestick Pistol Rolls

Krystol crushing cleans at last fall’s AAL competition.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. 3-position clean: 10 rounds, every minute on the minute. Use last week’s high hang clean weight OR 50% of your clean one-rep max.
B. “Elizabeth”
21-15-9
Cleans 135/95
Ring dips

And coming tomorrow…

A. Back squat 3-3-3+
B. 6 rounds for time
5 Handstand push ups
5 Lateral box jump L (step down)
5 Lateral box jump R (step down)
Rest 1 minute between rounds


Matt getting a muscle up on his first attempt Friday…in his first week of CrossFit!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Deadlift 3-3-3+
B. 12 min AMRAP –
10 atomic situps
10 overhead walking lunge steps
10 burpees, jump to plate

And coming tomorrow…

A. 3-position clean 10 EMOM
B. “Elizabeth”
21-15-9
Cleans 135/95
Ring dips

Happy Friday!

Join the CFM community this weekend for several active options:
Saturday classes 9 10 11a
Saturday Olympic Lifting Open Gym w Cheryl, 12n-2p
Sunday Hooverball at Piedmont Park Active Oval, 9-11a
Sunday Free Park WOD at Piedmont Park Active Oval, 10a
Sunday class at 12n & Open Gym w Dyer 1-2p
Sunday yoga with Beth at 6p
Have a great weekend!

Beka, Carlos and Cassie attended Carl Paoli’s Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar a few weeks ago… here are a few photos of Carl teaching the muscle up progression. Focus on driving your hips up!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Front Squat: 3-3-3+
B. 10 min snatch skill work
C. Amanda:
For time – 9-7-5
Snatch 135/95#
Muscle Ups

*Sub 3 ring dips & 3 chest-to-bar pull ups for each muscle up.

And coming tomorrow…

A. Strength: Make up a lift you missed this week.
B. Team WOD: In teams of 4, rotate through all stations 4 times… Don’t rotate until all teammates are finished:
1. 20 box jumps
2. 20 wall balls
3. 200 meter row
4. 20 hand-release push ups

She’s kind of a big deal

Okay. I can’t stop gushing. Cheryl. Mother. Effing. Haworth. is part of the CFM community (google it, bro… Best female US O-lifter there is). Her fiancé Kalin is also pretty cool.
Cheryl is leading another Olympic Lifting Open Gym session this Saturday from 12-2. This caliber of O-Lifting athlete/coach is very rare in our WHOLE freaking country. I hope you guys will take advantage of this resource someday soon. See you Saturday!

Congrats to Casey on getting her first pistols in yesterday’s workout!

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Press: 3-3-3+
B. 3 rounds for total time & load: 3 heavy unbroken push press
6 heavy unbroken kettlebell swings
30 double unders (sub 90 singles)
Rest 3 minutes between rounds

And coming tomorrow…

A. Front Squat: 3-3-3+
B. 10 min snatch skill work
C. Amanda:
For time – 9-7-5
Snatch 135/95#
Muscle Ups

Wed specialty class reminders:

Yoga at 12n with Beth & remember Uran’s weekly rowing class is cancelled. We’re working on a rowing event, so stay tuned for details soon!

No, that’s not Luigi, that is Dan. The. Man.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. Weighted pull up: 3-3-3+
B. Goat work: 10 minutes to work on a skill of your choice
C. 5 rounds for time:
3 wall climbs
10 pistols (5 ea leg)

And coming tomorrow…

A. Press: 3-3-3+
B. 3 rounds for total time & load: 3 heavy unbroken push press
6 heavy unbroken kettlebell swings
30 double unders (sub 90 singles)
Rest 3 minutes between rounds

Grab a Kelapo coconut oil sample at the box this week!

The generous folks at Kelapo sent us some coconut oil samples to share with the CFM community, so come & get ’em!
If you’re new to the Paleo diet or haven’t yet attended a Food as Fuel workshop, you may not realize that CFM recommends you eat a diet of meat & vegetables, nuts & berries, some fruit, little starch & no sugar. That, my friends, is the Paleo diet in a (coco)nut shell.
But seriously, if I have to retrain one more former low-fat dieter’s brain that THE RIGHT FATS ARE GOOD FOR YOU, I’m gonna scream. Eat more fat, people!
And coconut is one of the best fats for you. It’s my favorite cooking oil. And for the CFMasseuses out there, it also makes a lovely massage oil. Hubba hubba.
Read more about it from Dr. Mercola here, or for the click-thru lazies out there, I’ll bring an excerpt directly to you:
According to Nubo Beauty, coconut oil is also nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.
LCTs are large molecules, so they are difficult for your body to break down and are predominantly stored as fat.
But MCTs, being smaller, are easily digested and immediately burned by your liver for energy — like carbohydrates, but without the insulin spike. MCTs actually boost your metabolism and help your body use fat for energy, as opposed to storing it, so it can actually help you become leaner.

That’s right, fat can help you get leaner! So snag a sample at the box and sauté up some veggies with it… Or give that lucky someone a massage. Thanks Kelapo!

Lee M crushing Fight Gone Bad back during Bring-A-Friend Days

TONIGHT: Ninja Run Club at 7 & Gymnastics class at 8!

Gymnastics class –
Skill: Handstands & handstand walk progressions
Workout:
4 rounds for quality of :
10 chin up L-hold on bar
5 push ups
6 rope pull ups (3 each arm)

Workout of the Day (WOD)

A. High hang clean: 2-2-2-2-2
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 12 minutes:
5 Kettlebell snatch R
5 Kettlebell snatch L
10 burpees

And coming tomorrow…

A. Weighted pull up: 3-3-3+
B. Goat work: 10 minutes to work on a skill of your choice
C. 5 rounds for time:
3 wall climbs
10 pistols (5 ea leg)