WED 09.19.12

Yoga is coming!

CrossFitters need yoga. We can all benefit from being more mobile, mindful and having better body control. That’s why we’re psyched to announce that CrossFit Midtown will be adding yoga classes to our regular schedule. Eventually, we aim to offer four classes a week at various times, but we’re starting with one.
When: Wednesdays at 1:15pm beginning next week on 9/26 (by the end of the year we plan to regularly offer other yoga classes including week night and weekend options)
Where: In the box
Who can attend?: All CFM students are welcome to attend. This will count as one of your regular weekly classes, so you will check in as usual. Guests are also welcome to join the class for a $20 drop-in fee.
Who’s teaching?:Beth was the first student to register at CrossFit Midtown! Aside from being #1, she’s also a talented yoga instructor, so I am thrilled to add her class to the CFM schedule!

Beth is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Instructor and a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Midtown Atlanta. She has been practicing yoga for 11 years, starting when a friend introduced her to Bikram Yoga (a type of hot yoga) in 2001. She now teaches and practices a vinyasa style for all levels. She incorporates therapeutic yoga into her classes by focusing on common musculoskeletal imbalances and working toward creating a balance between core strength and flexibility. She is currently in the internship phase of her training with the Pranakriya program in Atlanta and will be a Certified Yoga Therapist and 500-hr instructor by March of next year. Beth also leads therapeutic, mindfulness based and trauma sensitive yoga groups in her counseling practice. She believes anyone can practice yoga and loves working with beginners. No experience or flexibility is required to start, but you will become more flexible with practice. There are modifications of every pose that can make yoga accessible to anybody. Do what you can with what you have, where you are now, without judgment. Acceptance is the heart of yoga and the key to creating positive change.

Counterbalancing Negative Influences, by ITP member Dyer

You’ve made a commitment to improving yourself through cleaning up your diet, getting enough sleep and some damn hard training. Congratulations! Everyone at CFM 100% supports you and gets what you’re trying to accomplish. Unfortunately, that support can only go so far and for a lot of us it goes away as soon as we walk out of the gym. Odds are that you’re one of the only, if not the only, person in your office who’s worried about adding 10 lbs to your squat or wondering if there’s going to be enough protein offered at the company lunch meeting.
Most people don’t get it. Our society certainly doesn’t make it easy on us. We are bombarded at every turn with negative influences. You can’t turn on the TV without seeing an ad for unhealthy food. Eating dirty is also really cheap and really easy – how many fast food places are there within a mile of your home? The social activity du jour for most people is drinking and eating garbage. You are quite literally surrounded by negative influences.
One way to counterbalance this is by finding a couple of blogs/websites written and commented on by people who share your goals. Look around and find a couple that you enjoy. There are lots out there and certainly one or two that will speak to you. Read these regularly. At times, reading the right words from someone you respect can make the difference between the hard choice of going to the gym that night to train or going to the bar to drink beer and eat wings.

What are the negative influences in your life and how can you counterbalance them?

P-Lane in tha’ house.

Workout of the Day

A1.Front Squat: 8-6-4, 1min rest
A2.Handstand Push Ups: (AMRAP-2)* x3, 2:30 rest
*Do an almost maximal set of HSPU, but do not go to failure. Each round, stop two reps shy of failure.
B. 5 rds:
12 burpees
250m run, 250m row or 50sec AirDyne**
Rest 4min
**Choose from running, rowing or AirDyne… pick the one you don’t usually do!

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