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Andrew S, Kai H, and Ann-Marie D represented Foundation Barbell and FCF this past weekend down in Tacoma.

Andrew S set personal records in his snatch, clean & jerk, and total.

Kai H also set personal records in her snatch, clean & jerk, and total.

Ann-Marie D returned to competition after a year off and took 2nd Place overall while qualifying for USAW Nationals next year.

Don’t mix chalk and protein powder

Today let’s get into what you need to have when you finish working out: some carbohydrates and proteins! You just spent an hour (or two) exercising which breaks down muscle tissue. We need to repair it, ASAP if you’re a morning athlete who trains fasted. While you don’t have to consume something immediately after a workout, practicing good nutrition is crucial for promoting muscle protein synthesis and glycogen storage.

Since I more or less live in the gym, and often workout more than once in a training day, I find it easier to have a prepacked meal, like NW Fit Meals, or a container of protein powder nearby for when I finish my WOD. Unless I had a meal near that training time, I do look to make sure that I have some food every 3-5 hours to keep my body rebuilding whatever I broke down in my training.

My favorite morning post-workout shake: 1 scoop of ON Double Rich Chocolate Whey protein (24g Protein/3g CHO/1g Fat) + 1 scoop 8-12oz of cold brew coffee or an iced americano + water to taste.

My favorite mid-morning post-workout shake, an hour or so before lunch: none (I’ll opt for BCAA during my workout, but might add a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to it)

My favorite evening post-workout shake: 1 scoop of SFH Pure Churro protein (23g/4g/2g) because if you know me, you know I love churros + more cinnamon + ice + water.

My favorite protein isolate (for the lactose-intolerant): Onnit’s Whey Isolate (20g/5g/2g) is grass-fed and contains 7 enzymes for better digestion. No sweeteners and mixes really well!

My favorite late-night-snack (where you want to skip out on making a bad nutritional choice): 1 scoop ON Gold Standard Casein Vanilla protein (24g/9g/1g) + whatever I want to flavor it with: a ton of cinnamon, almond or peanut butter, milk, chocolate milk, juice, might blend it with frozen berries or other fruit (acai!), etc. You can get imaginative with flavor combos.


+ You Asked: Should I Eat Collagen Powder? – TIME

CrossFit WOD for Wednesday 6/27

every minute on the minute for 15:00
power snatch + hang snatch, ~70%


500m row for time

Post times to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 1/4, Day 2/3

power snatch + hang snatch + overhead squat 65/1 (3)
snatch-grip Romanian deadlift 50/8 (3)
snatch-grip shrugs 70/12+ (3), :90

5×3-5 BtN sotts press
5×8 weighted back ext
5×10 dips

Powerlifting WOD – Week 1/4, Day 2/3

med ball throws 4×10 (2)
bench press 65/5 (8)

db bench press 4-5×12
db Tate press 4-5×12
db JM press 4-5×12

med ball throws 4×10

Kettlebell WOD

Joint Prep/DROM

**3 rounds**
– 10 Double bell Sots press
– 10 Double bell OH squat and curl
**Banded work 3 rounds
– 10 banded row with supination
– 10 banded swing squat

**50 Swinging lunges**
**KB Karen**
– 150 KB Wall Ball Substitute
**Simple and Sinister (DB) **
– Every 30 sec 10 X 10 Double KB swings

##Accessory work
– Abs
– 15 Relax-into-stretch toe touch
– 2 min super pigeon

The end of the current Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting cycle ends this week. Today you get a taste of what athletes work on in those programs.

Click here or the photo above to register for the next Foundation Barbell cycle.

If you’re on the fence, don’t worry. Next week we’ll have a chance to establish some maxes and truly see if you want to focus on these lifts.


+ The 1RM Is Dead – T-Nation

CrossFit WOD for Thursday 6/14

hang snatch + snatch, then establish a heavy snatch

snatch pulls 3x2x105. :90 rests between sets.

back squats 3x5x80-85. 2:00 rests. Last set should be for maximum reps (minimum of 5). Focus on speed up.

Post attendance to whiteboard!

HIIT WOD – Special Edition 6am & 5:30pm

Laps, movement patterns

E3MOM x 3
– 25 burpees
– 15 ball slams

E3MOM x 3
– 20 burpees
– 20 ball slams

E3MOM x 3
– 15 burpees
– 25 ball slams


HIIT WOD – 12pm

6 rounds of each cycle

Every 2 mins
10 burpees
10 sandbag cleans
Rest 1 min

Every 2 mins
10 tuck jumps
10 sandbag squats
Rest 1 min

Every 2 mins
10 grasshoppers
10 moutain climbers
10 sandbag thrusters

Foundations 5 WOD

Panic Breathing
500-400-300-200-100 rows for time while partner holds double kb rack position

Post time and partner to whiteboard!

Here’s a recap of how Crystal, Andrew, and Johnrey did this past weekend at the LOFT SPRING FLING weightlifting meet:

This was Crystal’s first meet and while she’s used to being on stage as a stand-up, she was a bit nervous getting on stage to lift. She over-powered her first two snatches, then eked out her last snatch BUT she dropped it early because she didn’t think her technique was on point. What she didn’t remember is that these weightlifting meets aren’t based on the merits of your technique. These are based on work! Did you get the bar from the ground to overhead without pressing out? The judges gave it to her and so now she was on the board. Next up were her clean & jerks and she wrecked all three of them, no problem. Solid timing upward, great setting, then big punches and solid landings. A lot of the nervous stress had left at that point, leaving her to get the job done like she’s done many times training at Foundation CrossFit. Her first meet was done.

Then the dudes were next and this wasn’t their first rodeo. Unsurprising there was still a little nervousness involved. I did my best to mitigate the made-up tension there. We had Andrew come out and then HE DID THE SAME as Crystal and over-powered his first snatch. Instead of up, he pushed back. He adjusted then got his second to get on the board. Unfortunately he slightly kicked the bar outward for his last snatch and couldn’t hold it. Johnrey was next and he felt like he was missing out on the fun that Crystal and Andrew had- so he decided to lose the bar back over his head too! Later in the back we made a pact to never do that again. John still had to get a score on the board and he almost lost his second snatch backward, but he took a step back to save it and stood up to control. Bam. Had a good chase on the third, but couldn’t save it. Finally the guys had their clean & jerks left. Like Crystal before them, they’re both really efficient at these. Andrew missed his last jerk by pushing it away, even though the lockout was fast. Johnrey was challenged in the receiving position of the jerks. He missed his last clean as trajectory was off.

All in all, what a great time! CrossFit Loft did a great job with hosting their first weightlifting meet. Some hiccups along the way, but the competition finished in a nice amount of time. We ate at Ma’ono after! Big shout out to Paul S for coming out to watch.

So next time you see them tell them how proud you are!

THIS WEEK: Get ready for another quadruple, the start of a TUESDAY back squat cycle (linear), overhead squat/snatch balance/hang (squat) snatch and technique development, BARBARA, JACK, walking lunges, and the brand new MMMOKAYBRO complex.


+ An Open Letter About Female Coaches – Pau Gasol for the Players Tribune

CrossFit WOD for Monday 5/14

25-minutes, as many reps as possible:
20-calorie row
15 swinging high-pull
10 kettlebell clean & jerk, 24/16kg
5 handstand pushups

Post score to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 2/3, Day 1/3

HANG SNATCH 80/3 (3)
SNATCH PULL 105/3 (3)

box jump + depth drop 5×3
GHDSU 3×12
barbell bicep curl 4×25
bonus: band hammer curl 2x burnout

Powerlifting WOD – W2/3, D1/3


dips 5×12
chinups 5×10
bicep opener complex 5×5
bonus: band hammer curl 2x burnout

Kettlebell WOD

Week 11 Deadlift 3×5, then

“21”: goblet squats + double kb push press


We regret to inform you that effective immediately Adrian is no longer a coach of Foundation CrossFit. We appreciate the time we had with him, his passion for Olympic Weightlifting, and his assistance in developing our Foundation Barbell Club. We wish Adrian all the best in his future endeavors.

During this transitional time, our focus remains on you, our athletes, and providing you a great fitness experience.

What changes can you expect?

Other than seeing a different face coaching your mid-day and evening Olympic Weightlifting classes, you will see no immediate changes. We will be adjusting coaching schedules accordingly to provide coverage for all our regularly scheduled classes.

Thank you for registering for the current Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting cycles. There are a large number of you ready for big weights – with that said we need to be proficient with space so make sure you and your partners stay focused on your work. If you’re in early, hit your personal accessories and stretches. Get your snatch positional stretches specifically if you’re in Olympic Weightlifting.

If you’d like a PDF of the current program please email barbell@foundationcrossfit.com.

*** UPDATED Sunday 5/6 ***

Let’s look at the remainder of the year and see what barbell programs we have planned. All info and at-a-glance calendars can be found here: 2018 Foundation Barbell Cycle Overview (PDF).

Register for the May 2018 program by May 7th at 11:59pm here.

We’ve restructured the way we will execute the programming, the classes, and the cycles of participation to better align the classes of our business and are happy to share all of that below.


The objective of the upcoming programs is to narrow down the focus for development of Olympic Weightlifting (fast lifts like snatches, clean & jerks, and more) or Powerlifting (slow lifts like squats, presses, deadlifts, and more). We will run three major cycles for the remainder of 2018, consisting of seven smaller mesocycles with specific program goals, to develop those athletes interested in each respective sport. This allows for entry points multiple times throughout the year.

This program will allow you to develop areas of strength and technical ability to enhance your overall fitness goals. Each cycle is self-contained and does not require a progression or continuation from any previous cycle. Additionally, each cycle allows for attendance at 1x/week, 2x/week, or 3x/week levels, depending on your goals. This program also supplements the year-long CrossFit training cycle for all of our athletes.


To better serve our member base, all athletes wanting to participate in the Olympic Weightlifting and/or Powerlifting program are required to register via the Google Form. This allows for solid focus and attention on each of our athletes and their movements. Class access in ZenPlanner will be restricted to prevent over-crowding.

Registration closes the evening of the first day of each cycle. See the tables above for focus details and dates. There are no exceptions if registration is not completed on time. A confirmation sheet for registered athletes will live in the gym and updated weekly.

Once registration closes for one cycle, registration for the next cycle will open and be available on the blog.


Remember that FCF exists to provide fitness for life. We believe that cross-training with the different classes will lead to better athleticism and performance in your everyday activities. Athletes should cycle in and out often.


  • Develop familiarity and technical movement proficiency in the Olympic Lifts as a supplement to CrossFit classes or other fitness avenues, attend OWL/PL classes 1x/week, while maintaining your regular fitness regimen.
  • Improve strength while developing proper form in the Olympic Lifts, attend OWL/PL classes 2x/week, while maintaining your regular fitness regimen.
  • Improve strength and fine-tune technique, or you are preparing for a competition, attend OWL/PL classes 3x/week and supplement with CrossFit/Fitness classes.

Note that there are weeks when the programs do not run: there will be no Olympic Weightlifting classes scheduled in these “Buffer Weeks,” where the intent is to back off of intensity and loading. Read more about the importance of breaks here: (1), (2), (3)

Take this time to recover and/or take CrossFit, HIIT, Kettlebell, Gymnastics, Endurance, go outside and hike, ride a bike, etc. to maintain and test your general fitness (if not doing so already). This can also be a great time to fix lingering issues with bodywork, chiropractic, or physical therapy. Your body needs time to recover and reset every so often.


Competition shows you who you really are, what you’re truly capable of, and can be the spark needed to push yourself to higher levels. Foundation Barbell coaches may be available to you for local weightlifting meets to help guide you through the experience. Get a leg up and read this. Programming is set so that athletes can peak for local weightlifting competitions.

We will be running Super Totals in the gym. These days at Foundation CrossFit would be longer than normal, but allows athletes to test out a 1RM snatch, clean & jerk, back squat, bench press or strict press, and deadlift. Athletes may test all, individual lifts, or a combination of certain lifts. Dates for the Super Totals are:

Saturday, June 23rd
Sunday, August 19th
Saturday, September 22nd
Sunday, November 18th
Saturday, December 22nd

Discussion on future meets and game planning should happen in person with your coaches. A Competition Calendar is posted at the East end of the gym. It contains events for Weightlifting and Powerlifting, CrossFit (individual and team), and Endurance.


  • Prior to joining the program you should have 1-rep maxes (1RM) for your lifts: back squat, bench press, press, deadlift, snatch, clean, jerk, clean & jerk. If you do not, look at the calendar in the PDF for we will find Super Totals.
  • Athletes can attend smaller 3-4-week program (mesocycle) or stay for entirety of the 8-12-week program (macrocycles). Athletes supplementing ick and choose: come in for a single mesocycles or stay for full macrocycles.
  • The program will remain class-based, and our facility does not offer any “Open Gym”. That said, we understand that a single class format will not satisfy every individual goal. Talk to us if you need other options.
  • Only athletes of our USAW-recognized club FOUNDATION BARBELL will have access to our competition equipment such as bumpers and barbells. Join or check your status here.
  • If you qualify for a National-level competition, or reach a full Level 3 with this sheet, you can receive a specialized training program.
  • The work programmed in each class can and should be completed within the hour so we can make room for our other classes. Main lifts need to completed on time within the class. Accessories and mobility can completed outside of class time given that equipment/space is available and athletes aren’t being disruptive. All Foundation CrossFit coaches allow or deny what goes on.


Does the overall program lead to something? Knowing that National competition is based on yearly-cycles we need to plan as such. The programming we provide isn’t just random- if you follow through honestly and consistently you’ll find yourself at higher-level results. For the rest of 2018 we have three large cycles to prepare for the American Open Finals.


What are our goals each month? What are our goals each week? We will still have a very approachable cross-training schedule that will allow people to get their specified barbell training in:

+ 3x/week will do all three workouts as written (Day 1, Day 2, then Day 3)
+ 2x/week will do Day 1 (snatch-focused) then Day 2 (clean and/or jerk-focused), both finishing with accessories
+ 1x/week will do Day 3 which consists of both lifts and accessories

Program PDFs and printouts of the program will be available to anyone who asks.


Think of this as the day-to-day training. If you are in the gym earlier than class start time get onto your individual accessories: if you know you have specific issues do the specific exercises and stretches needed to prep those areas prior to the class. The class will begin with the coach running a quick pow wow to discuss the agenda for the day and any announcements, discuss the lifts/loading/reps/rests, tips & tricks, and accessories for the day, run a quick general then specific warmup, then allow athletes to pair up and begin their lifts. Finish out with prescribed accessories and recovery methods.

2018 Foundation Barbell Cycle Overview (PDF download)


Read more: Honesty & Consistency – Foundation Barbell

Tony and Robyn are both in Buffalo, NY to lift at the 2018 Masters Nationals Weightlifting Championships!


* Robyn lifts Friday 4/6 at 7am Pacific/10am Eastern
* Tony lifts Saturday 4/7 at 8am Pacific/11am Eastern

Support and watch online!

Today is also a special Champagne Friday. We’ll be celebrating the hard work and efforts of those that participated in the Nutrition Challenge! Everyone is welcome. Come workout at 6:30pm and hangout afterward as we’ll be providing food and kudos!


+ Live From New York, It’s the Stream of the 2018 Masters Nationals Weightlifting Championships! – Masters Weightlifting

CrossFit WOD for Friday 4/6

10 rounds for time:
9 thrusters, 52/38kg
35 double unders

10 rounds for time:
9 thrusters, 35/25kg
35 single unders

25 min cap. Compare/contrast to 24MAR2017. This is heavier than 17.5 so it is not CGO 17.5.

Post times to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 5/7, Day 3/3

clean & jerk
front squat

Powerlifting WOD – Week 5/7, Day 3/3

back squat
power clean

Kettlebell WOD

Banded Deadlift 10×2@ 50-55% of 1RM


From CF Kettlebell:
Perform the following complex every 90 seconds for 21 minutes:
3 double kettlebell snatches
7 double kettlebell front squats
100 ft farmer’s walk

Email your questions/comments/concerns to barbell@foundationcrossfit.com!

Since we had so much fun (and were inspired so much) watching FITTEST ON EARTH: A DECADE OF FITNESS a couple of weeks back we decided to do it again!

Friday night we’ll watch “Golden Girl : Mattie Rogers”, a film based on one of USA’s top Olympic Weightlifters (who started as a teen CrossFit Games champion) talks about her sports background including competitive Cheerleading, her introduction to CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting, and how she decided to pursue weightlifting full time. The movie shows her preparing for and competing at Jr. Pan Ams in Colombia.


You can also catch Mattie this weekend at the 2017 Nike National University & Under 25 Championships powered by Rogue Fitness.