Minimalist March

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.

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.