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Round 2. Let’s begin…

1. FOOTWEAR: NOT-SO-OBVIOUS TRAINING SHOES

This should’ve been the first thing I wrote about (because it’s always the first thing I write about). The only real purchase to make (other than a gym membership) is for a dedicated pair of shoes for our type of work: running, jumping, lifting, gymnastics, etc. When you go bowling you wear bowling shoes. When you go bouldering you wear bouldering shoes. When you play basketball you wear basketball shoes. Following? People start coming in to CrossFit gyms and learning how to lift barbells. Then they go lifting in running shoes. See a disconnect here? We need footwear that fits our needs. The CrossFit community on Reddit have their agreements and disagreements about their importance.

Preferably we at FCF ask that people try to wear a lower-profile shoes. The powerlifting community was in love with the Converse Chuck Taylor for the longest time because they fit a certain need and criteria: flat, stable, durable, looks good, and accessible to most people. They don’t wear them as much now with the growth of weightlifting activities and specified shoes*. I bet you already have some shoes that fit that description: skate shoes (my preference before all these companies jumped onto the CrossFit train), Chuck Taylors (high, low, CT1, CT2), Adidas Sambas, Onitsuka Tigers, Inov-8s, Vibram Five Fingers, VIVOBAREFOOTs, New Balance MinimusAsics MetConvictions, etc.

* The issue of blowing shoes out is an issue when most powerlifters use a lot of external rotation of the hip. The strength of their external rotation is so strong that their foot on the pinky toe side would bust open from all the pressure exerted by the lifter.

2. SUPPLIES: ATHLETIC TAPE

In high school Sports Medicine I found that Johnson & Johnson’s athletic tape is the best athletic tape in the world. Or at least that’s why Mr. Peck instilled in me.

Goat Tape is becoming my new favorite premium athletic tape. Over the past year focusing on my olympic weightlifting this has become my preferred tape that I wrap my thumbs with. The stick of the tape is amazing.

We also sell a CrossFit-branded version at the gym!

3. SUPPLEMENTS: PROTEIN POWDERS

Optimum Nutrition is the best quality + price + accessible protein on the planet IMO. I use other proteins too, but always come back to the Vanilla Ice Cream one. I see many athletes buy into Progenex, but really social media got those people- sponsored athletes always love their sponsors! In reality Progenex is some of the most overrated things on the market- I should know, I’ve inherited both Cocoon (their version of Casein + tryptophan) and More Muscle. Both super sweet (couldn’t do their recommended doses it feel like spoonfuls of sugar) and ineffective. I found that I went through it way too quickly- not a great note when you look at their prices.

For those lactose-intolerant folk you should look into Isolates. It’s not an end-all answer, but some people find they don’t have issues with this supplement because whey protein isolate undergoes another filtration process. The extra process removes the protein from fat, cholesterol and lactose meaning an end product of “purer protein”. It ends up a being a bit more expensive since you’re getting purer product. Still does the same job as the general whey proteins.

For those with hunger issues (or who have trouble keeping muscle on) try some Caesin protein an hour out from sleeping. For athletes who take their training seriously supplementing with Caesin can prevent heavy catabolism (breaking down of muscle tissue) when sleeping.

4. CLOTHING: SOCKS

For me socks play an important part in my comfort. I’m on my feet all day and even if you love your shoes the right kind of sock can upgrade the experience and nullify those little annoyances you might find.

I go to REI frequently just to see what’s new on the market. Smart Wool makes some great performance products, as does Swiftwick. I avoid most “higher-tech” socks because those synthetics used feel like my foot still get sweaty (Strideline and Nike- I’m looking at you!)

That all being said my stance on socks is.. Stance! Starting as a straight skate brand, they’ve noticed that their combination of materials, fit, strategic reinforcements, and of course, their many awesome designs have become my go-to sock brand of choice. Available for men, women, kids, and BABIES! Best believe our little girl is rocking some Stance socks (thanks to Victor, Courtney, and Baby O!)

Not to mention they’re trying to get into the underwear game, but we’ll save my thoughts on that for another time.


Kettlebell class

“Theory without practice is as limited as practice without theory.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

– Community CrossFit Class this Saturday the 14th at 12PM, every person on Earth welcome! Tell your friends, fam, and coworkers interested in our upcoming Foundations program… or anyone else who just wants to sweat it out!
– Next Saturday, January 21st is our Annual Not-Holiday Party at Optimism Brewery (6-8pm reservation)

ARTICLES

+ Paleoethics Signs Three-Year Sponsorship Agreement with CrossFit Games – The Barbell Spin

CrossFit WOD for Volume Wednesday 1/11

for time:
1k row
50 thruster, 20/15kg
30 sit-ups

then again at 2/3 and 1/3 of that volume. Rest 3 minutes between each. Post times to whiteboard.

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 3, Day 2

front squat, slow clean high pull + clean + jerk, push press

Kettlebell WOD

Ground force

Clean Skill Work

Armor Building (2 cleans, 1 press, 3 squats) you go, I go, for 20 minutes

5 minute warm down (not ground force)

Sheena C demos the “perfectly-vertical kettlebell swing” that we like to use for workouts like HELEN and its many variations.

ARTICLES

+ The Formula For a Better Run – Aerobic Capacity

CrossFit WOD for Volume Tuesday 1/10

Double Pyramid HELEN

for time:
1200m run
63 kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
36 pullups
800m run
42 kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
24 pullups
400m run
21 kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
12 pullups

Focus on complete continuous motion the entire time. 25 min time cap. Post time to whiteboard!

HellaFit WOD

“PRIMAL POSTS”

:45/:15 work/rest,
5 rounds

– KBS
– pushup + scap ‘shup
– YTW
– goblet squat
– Cossack squat
– shuttle sprint burpee
– v-up

Coach Andrea here. I’m taking off my coaching hat for a minute and putting on my Mama hat.
I hate doctors. And hospitals. And anything medical. Blah.
So, when I found out I was pregnant I wanted to avoid the hospital because I knew it would be so stressful for me to be in that environment. I decided to use midwives and have an out of hospital birth. What started off as a decision based off of fear became a path that left me feeling so empowered and inspired about giving birth. You would be surprised at the judgement passed on me for not planning to have my baby in the “safety” of a hospital!
I am so passionate about spreading the message to men, women, and their families that they have a choice in what their prenatal, labor and delivery care looks like. So many think they have to give birth in a hospital and any thing else is dangerous! As CrossFitters, we train for functional movement, so why not explore the idea that giving birth (THE MOST FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT A WOMAN CAN DO) can be in a setting where you feel comfortable and even enjoy the experience?
Declan is the best PR I’ve ever experienced and I can say with confidence that is in large part because of the experience I had with my midwives and laboring at the comfort of my own home while feeling totally safe. If you or anyone you know has any interest or questions about home birth, please come and support this great cause!


Please join us for a fundraiser screening and discussion of the documentary Why Not Home? We will carry on the generosity of this holiday season on January 15 to raise money for Open Arms Perinatal Services. Open Arms is the only non-profit providing doula services specifically for low-income women in Washington State.

After the film, join us for a discussion panel with local health care practitioners, hosted by Midwife Seattle. Discussion will be from 4pm-5pm. Light refreshments will be provided after the film.

About the film:

With the normalizing of hospital birth, the notion of home birth carries a certain stigma and evokes fear and judgment from many. Why not Home?​ ​reveals not only the scientific data about safety and interventions in birth, but also the beauty and value of this rite of passage. The documentary tells the stories of doctors, nurses, and midwives who have attended hundreds of hospital births, yet chose to have their children at home. This personal and intimate look at birth at home and in the hospital has the potential to influence people and policy in a way previously unseen.

Beyond the personal stories, Why Not Home? is a critical and thoroughly researched look at how we are providing maternity care in the US and the choices we are giving women and families about that care. Maternal mortality rates are rising in the US at a time when they are falling in every other industrialized country. Why Not Home? challenges viewers to move beyond the polarization and judgement that has plagued this issue for decades and instead embrace a more integrated and collaborative model for the future.

Why Not Home?
Sunday, ​​January 15th, 2017
Film – 2pm | Discussion – 4pm
NW Film Forum – 1515 12th Ave, Seattle
Suggested donation: $15
Purchase tickets here!


CrossFit WOD for Volume Monday 1/9

bench press 5x5x70%, then

Fitness

complete:
75 power snatch, 20/15kg
100 push press, 20/15kg
150 front squats, 20/15kg

Performance

for time:
75 muscle snatch, 20/15kg
100 snatch push press, 20/15kg
150 OHS, 20/15kg


Kettlebell Strength & Conditioning

Ground force

Plank/windmills warmup

Snatch skill work

Single Arm Strength Day #3
7/7 (14 total) reps a minute for 11 minutes


Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 3:

Day 1 – back squat, slow snatch high pull + snatch, snatch push press

Day 2 – front squat, slow clean high pull + clean + jerk, push press

Day 3 – overhead squat, snatch + snatch balance, 2 cleans + 1 jerk

Are you honest and consistent?!

This past December we were asked by Sharla to participate in the Swedish Cancer Institute Holiday Family Program. We received wish lists for two families and helped fulfill their requests for the holiday season.

Family #2 was overwhelmed and heartened with the items they received – the mother of the family thought she was just going to get a gift card! This surely was an positive way to give back to our community and a great way to end 2016.

We’re giving a huge shout out to Sharla for helping us participate in a community service to help those in need. We would like to thank everyone who donated items to each family: Craig, Zheng, Michi, Leah, Stacey S., Sheena, Andrea, Kelly, Mikey P., Teada, Nadia, Mark-Anthony, Gail, Gus, Sarah M., Colin B., Melissa, Emily C. & Ethan C. Extra shout out to Devin who brought in the most donations. Thank you everybody! We look forward to participating again in 2017!

Burpees, when done with the Freestyle Connection method (linked video below), should be considered cardio as it remains low-powered, but rhythmic and repeatable for a long period of time.

[1.] straight legs, bend over, [2.] sprawl back to lay down, [3.] pushup to arch (squeeze butt to protect low back), [4.] jumping good morning, [5.] clap overhead, [6.] repeat

Alternatively you can do a burpee by sprawling hard, absorbing the drop, immediately staying tight for a quick pushup, kicking the feet back up, and jumping vertical while clapping overhead. This requires a strong midline and can tax the upper-body pushing muscles sooner than the other method.

ARTICLES

+ The Three Amigos of Ego – CrossFit Journal

CrossFit WOD for Skills Sunday 1/8

BEAR COMPLEX every 2 minutes on the minute for 14 minutes, then

“PUKIE BREWSTER”

150 burpees for time

followed immediately by 2 minutes max double unders

Post time to whiteboard!

HellaFit WOD

TABATA THIS+THAT

1. OH hold
2. thrusters
3. weighted lunges
4. pushups
5. pull-ups/ring rows
6. athlete’s choice of bike, row, jump rope

1 minute of midline work after each tabata.

Odd object carries. CFSLU circa 2012

While we train with standard equipment most of the time, odd objects are great training tools simply because it emulates how you act among moving things when NOT inside the gym.

ARTICLES

+ The Big Secret I’ve Been Keeping From My Skater Bro Friends – The Stranger
+ The Many Benefits of Farmers Walks and Loaded Carries – Strong Made Simple

CrossFit WOD for Skills Saturday 1/7

for time:
5x200m run with object*
100 squats
100 up-and-over, 32/24″
100 Russian twists
5x200m run with object*

* Start each round at bottom of ramp.

Competition CrossFit WOD

Odd object carries, clean complex, double chipper, and some Dynamax Wheels