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The year is flying by and though it may not seem like it, Autumn is just around the corner.

HYFR Squad at the 2018 Big Climb For Leukemia

What have you accomplished in 2018? What WILL you accomplish by the end of 2018?

Let’s take a look at what we’ve done so far this year:

January – Our Annual Post-Holidays party.
February – the start of the CrossFit Games Open + the start of our nutrition challenge
March – the end of the CrossFit Games Open, The Big Climb 2018
April – celebrated the end of the nutrition challenge
May – CrossFit Games Regionals and Singlet Saturdays
June – PRIDE! We had our first PRIDE community day and raised money to benefit GSBA Scholarship Fund. Thanks again to those who dropped in and donated to this fund.
July – the thick of summer! Sun and fun and not a lot of clothing because the gym gets HOT

Lots of things are happening around here! You guys are working out hard.. as summer comes to an end (we think) – start to think about training goals for the fall – when the sun isn’t out as much. It’s important to keep goals fresh especially during fall/winter season, where it’s tempting to stay indoors often. We’re excited to put in that work with you all the rest of the year and gearing up for 2019!

Gustavo

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+ Make the Most of Your Time – Gym Jones

Many of us live busy lives. You make the bed you sleep in. Where you are in life is a result of all the daily choices you make. Are you being efficient?

+ American Open Series 3 To Be the Largest Weightlifting Competition in History – USA Weightlifting

You might see some familiar faces pop up after the event ends in Las Vegas. It’s going to be a doozy.

+ After Battling Cancer, Linda Elstun Takes Third at CrossFit Games – Battle Creek Enquirer

The way I see it, there are three sides to CrossFit: CrossFit the Sport where being competitive about performance is paramount, CrossFit the Philosophy where being prepared for the known and unknowable is the name of the game, and CrossFit the Lifestyle where you live your life AHAP (as healthy as possible): become responsible for your own activity, nutrition, rest/recovery, and all other life habits. Get into one and it can easily bleed over into the others.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars now for all these events creeping up!

Joe, AB, Sheena, and Tobias

Sheena’s Farewell Shift
Friday, 8/17 from 3:30 til 7:30pm

Come celebrate our First Lady as she embarks onto a new journey. Plenty of KILL CLIFF, rosé, and Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails (thanks Miles) for everyone!

  Tony at last year’s meet

Olympia Fall Open
Saturday, 9/1 at Fortis Sports USA in Olympia, WA

Watch as some of your fellow FOUNDATION BARBELL athletes complete in a local weightlifting meet.

The FCF Away Team at the 2013 event

Tough Mudder WA
Saturday 9/22 or Sunday 9/23

The Tough Mudder is 10-mile 20-obstacle race in the mud that can be pretty grueling, but with a team of fun CrossFitters it’s hella fun. “With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, Tough Mudder isn’t about how fast you can cross the finish line. It’s about pushing yourself — and your team — to discover what you’re really made of.” More details here.

Robyn in 2017, qualified again for 2018!

Cascade Classic 2018
Saturday 9/22 and Sunday 9/23 at Magnuson Park

A fitness expo put on by our friends downtown at Riot Athletics (formerly Xplore CrossFit) there are Elite individual events, Team events, and a Weightlifting Meet all in the same weekend. Plenty of things to watch, and plenty of vendors to buy fitness gear from (my favorite part!)

Team Foundation CrossFit at Cascade Classic 2017

Foundation CrossFit Family,

FCF has been my second home for 10 years.. wowza! I’m honored and grateful to have been a part of it all: the very beginning at Greenlake + Lake City, the shared space with Seattle DogWorks + workouts at Cal Anderson, FCF 3.0 (pre-Chophouse Row), and the ever present 1415 12th Ave. So it is bittersweet to announce that I will be stepping away from my full-time coach role.

Getting to know all of you is one of the rewarding parts of being a coach. I love teaching and cheering you on. I enjoy seeing your success/PRs, witnessing failure, seeing even more success/PRs after said failure… this can all count for outside of the gym too! I also got to know some of you by leading nutrition challenges, community events, and our holiday parties. So it is fitting that I will be taking these experiences with me to our neighbor down the street, The Riveter, as Associate Director of Member Development.

It has been a fun, yet challenging, time figuring out my goals/passions/career since becoming a mother. Though I won’t be around as much as I have been (I will still be around — down the line will coach from time to time. Andrew won’t let me go too far, and he’ll be back coaching in the evenings), I’m very excited to start this new journey!

Please continue to be badass!! Continue to cheer each other on, high five one another more, be your authentic selves.. that’s what makes FCF what it is. I feel like I have a lot more to say, but this isn’t a goodbye note so I’ll leave it as is. 🙂

I’m excited to be an athlete alongside you all. My last day of coaching is this Friday 8/17. Come celebrate a special Champagne Friday with me!

All Love,
“The First Lady” of FCF


Sleepy Andrew, Sheena, Tony, Carl, Andrea, Ann-Marie, and Dave. We’re missing Scott!

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+ Bad Heart? Time to Hit the Gym – CNN

CrossFit WOD for Tuesday 7/17

pause front squats 12×2. Last set is for max reps (minimum of 2 reps), then

21-15-9 reps for time:
hang clean, 52/38kg
push press

Performance: 70/50kg
Fitness: 40/25kg

Post times to whiteboard!

HIIT WOD

50/50 Intervals

Endurance WOD

9x 300m run, alternating speeds between efforts. One is at a medium intensity, the other is a medium-high intensity. Difference should be about :08 to :12 apart. Walking back to the beginning of the 300m is the rest period.

Sheena demonstrating an overhead kettlebell swing

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+ Dave Castro AMA on r/CrossFit on 8/24 at 4pm PST – r/crossfit

CrossFit WOD for Thursday 8/24

AMRAP in 20 minutes:
5 kettlebell snatch/side, 20/12kg
10 kettlebell push press, 20/12kg
15 kettlebell swings, 20/12kg

Post score to whiteboard!

HellaFit WOD

Our take on bootcamp workouts, this class challenges you for the entire hour with a blend of strength and conditioning that works all the major muscle groups and focuses on functional movement. HellaFit will get you #hellasweaty while having #hellafun!

Endurance WOD

Long Interval: “SMYKOSKI” Run 6k then 60 burpee pullups for time.

If you want to spice it up, wear a weighted vest or a rucksack.

Foundations On-Ramp 2 WOD

5-rep deadlift, ascending

then

TABATA intervals (20sec work, 10sec rest, for 4 minutes) of:
– goblet squat
– ab-mat situp
– SDHP
– burpee

Throwback Thursday: Nathan, Isaac, Hannah, me, and Sheena at the 2015 CrossFit Games

So download the pretty good CrossFit Games app on your phone to stay updated on all the action! Keep an eye out on team Cascade CrossFit featuring Hannah- we’re so proud and excited to watch her and her team represent and kill it!

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+ Truth Talk – Morning Chalk Up


(This is the entire event. Fast forward to see the top athletes go at it)

CrossFit WOD for Thursday 8/3

DOUBLE PYRAMID HELEN

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

Rx = 24/16kg kettlebell. Performance = 32/24kg kettlebell, chest-to-bar pullups.

Post time to whiteboard / comments!

HellaFit WOD

Our take on bootcamp workouts, this class challenges you for the entire hour with a blend of strength and conditioning that works all the major muscle groups and focuses on functional movement. HellaFit will get you #hellasweaty while having #hellafun!

Endurance WOD

Long Interval:
1000m run
3:00 rest
8 x 300m (100m jog, 150m sprint, 50m walk)
3:00 rest
1000m run


Sheena C and her Level 2 CrossFit Trainer crew at CrossFit Belltown (courtesy CrossFit.com)

She was so excited she couldn’t help but blink.

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+ Drunk On Sugar? – CrossFit Journal

The decision has been made. We will be stopping sales of water and KILL CLIFF and instead now only serve Michelob Ultra as a post-workout beverage:

How many popular CrossFitters did you spot?

CrossFit WOD for Monday 2/5

bench press 5x5x75%

Fitness

3 rounds for time:
20 wall ball, 20/14#
20 burpees

Performance

3 rounds for time:
20 2-for-1 wall ball, 20/14#
20 plate jump burpees

Post times to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Test Week!

Monday: back squat, snatch max
Wednesday: front squat, clean & jerk max
Friday: overhead squat, power snatch, power clean & jerk

Kettlebell WOD

Ground Force
Skills: Cleans
Review: TGU
Simple and Sinister Test