Week In Preview, October 20th, 2019


“We are all self-made but, only the successful will admit it.”

-Earl Nightingale


Supplement Spotlight:

RAW Creatine MonohydrateBlackMarket – Raw Creatine

It’s no secret that creatine has been widely used in sports and exercise programs for a few decades. But why? Creatine is critical in the production of cellular energy in working muscles.  Creatine helps the body create creatine phosphate which is one of the primary energy sources for explosive movements such as sprinting and olympic lifting. Since Creatine helps with energy production it reduces recovery time that allows muscles to grow much quicker! The reduction in recovery time allows you to accomplish more during tough WODs than without supplementation.  So give BlackMarket Labs Creatine a try! It’s time to do a experiment with one of the fitness industry’s time tested and result driven supplements!

 

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Crossfit Open Workout 20.3

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We’re two weeks into the 2020 Open and things are heating up!!! Remember to tune into The CrossFit Games Website Thursday at 8 pm for the live announcement of 20.3. Two opportunities to perform the workout, just like last week – Friday during classes, or Saturday at 10:15 am. See you there!

 

 


Weekly WODs:

Monday – Squat Day (Week 3)

And the squats roll on! Add a little weight to last week’s numbers, and continue to focus on TEMPO (20X1). The “X” means eXplode so when coming out of the hole, treat that barbell with extreme disrespect!

Tuesday – The Grind

A 24-minute grinder that will tax your grip, your lungs, and your will to continue. Lots of dumbbells and kettlebells in this one, come ready to get sweaty.

Wednesday – Humpty Dumpty

On Hump Day we’ll tackle some skills in the single-leg squat (pistol squat), and get upside down in a bit of handstand work. After this, a short and spicy barbell burner awaits. We won’t tell you the movements, but one of them rhymes with “Schmuster”.

Thursday  – Not Your Normal Recovery WOD

Two ways to approach this 3-Rounder – smooth and steady recovery session, or get after it and try to hit negative splits (fancy speak for faster each round). See how you feel coming in, and do what you need to get ready for 20.3 tomorrow!

Friday  – Open Workout 20.3 (Released Thursday Night)

We don’t know, and we don’t care. Twenty-point-three doesn’t stand a chance!!

Saturday –  Free Community WOD at 9 am

Just because it’s the community WOD doesn’t mean we’re taking it easy… this might be one of the toughest WODs of the week! A 14-minute AMRAP with running, and whole-lotta dumbbell work. Bring your friends, we’ll take good care of them.

Saturday  – Level 2  at 10:15 am

20.3 Again! If you can’t hit RED Friday with us, come out on Saturday and lay it on the line in the third edition of the 2020 Open.

Week In Preview, October 13th, 2019


“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

-Newt Gingrich

Supplement Spotlight:

Transparent Labs

Organic Vegan Rice and Pea Protein

Muscle gains don’t have to be hard to come by if you adhere to a strictly plant based diet.  Many companies who create plant based protein powders load their products with added sugar to cover the displeasing taste that is common within vegan protein powders. Transparent Labs’ Vegan Protein has only 2 grams of sugar per serving, and contains a healthy dose of stomach filling fiber.  Even if you aren’t a vegan athlete Transparent Lab Vegan Protein is a great source of high quality protein to aid recovery!

ProteinSeries Organic Vegan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Crossover Symmetry Workshop,   Saturday 8am at West

Come join coach Derrick this Saturday, and learn how to properly use the symmetry bands to develop bulletproof shoulders! This simple 5-minute program can change the game for your gymnastics and olympic lifts, as well as increase your durability and resistance to injury. Plus, it’s FREE!

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  • Crossfit OpenWorkout 20.2

Hopefully, you crushed 20.1 this weekend and are fired up for 20.2! Tune into the  Rogue Iron Game Thursday at 8pm for the live announcement, and remember to come to Saturday’s L2 to participate in the judged workout!

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Weekly WODs:

Monday –  Squat Day (Week 2)

Last week we established a new 5 rep max for our squat of choice for the upcoming cycle. Today we will be de-loading the bar back down to 75% of that newly established 5 -rep max. We will focus on positional awareness and technique this week even as the bar moves fairly quickly. These initial weeks of the cycle are critical for our ability to PR in 6 weeks!

 

Tuesday –  Static Addict

We have a long duration EMOM workout planned for Day 2. The diverse selection of these movements will pack a punch to your upper body. We will have heavy push presses, legless rope climbs, and assault bike calories. We will also work a static hold during the EMOM! These holds include kettlebell rack holds, superman holds, hollow holds, and wall sits!

 

Wednesday – NCfit Benchmark “Power+ Amanda”

Our strength section of today’s workout includes 3 moderately heavy sets of 5 power snatches. The key word here is “moderately”. We are not looking for a 5 rep max today, but we are looking for good technique and position with a heavier load. Our conditioning includes more power snatches and bar muscle ups! If we don’t have bar muscle ups then we will scale appropriately to get the correct stimulus.

 

Thursday  – Team AMRAP

We will pair up today with our buddies to get some restorative blood flow to those hard worked muscles. We will get the opportunity to row, bike, air squat, bent- over row, and perform a CFK favorite the kickback. Come join us, and prep your body for day 5’s open workout.

 

Friday  – Open Workout 20.2 (Released Thursday Night)

Many of us tuned in last week to watch the Rogue Iron Game show that featured a grueling duel between Rich Froning and Scott Panchik. We watched in awe as they completed a seemingly endless workout of bar-facing burpees and ground to overheads. The staff at Crossfit HQ kept us humble last week! We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us this week!

 

Saturday –  Free Community WOD at 9am

We have dumbbell hang power cleans, wall balls, running intervals, and kickbacks this week in community WOD. Bring your friends and try to be quick on those runs!

 

Saturday  – Level 2  at 10:15am

The level 2 class will run the open workout 20.2 for judging! Come in and get an official score! You can even reattempt Friday’s workout if you weren’t feeling it!

Why This Is Your Most Important CrossFit Open Ever


This is it. The big one. And you probably already had it written off. Over the past few weeks you’ve probably heard a few phrases thrown around that resemble something like:

“CrossFit has made too many changes over the years.”

“I wish it was the way it used to be when I had a shot at regionals.”

“Two Open’s in one year, that’s terrible for programming?”

And I have to stop and ask you…”Where’s your spirit man!?”

I just took a look at the CrossFit Open page from 2011 and you know what I saw? Absolute badasses. Lifting in their makeshift garage gyms with whiteboard walls from the Home Depot wearing Reebok Zigtech (remember those?)

I don’t know if we’ve been spoiled too long with the glorified baby food in pouches and lululemon sweats, but somewhere along the way we’ve lost touch with our CrossFit roots. We’ve gotten soft and comfortable. 

 

That’s why this is your most important CrossFit Open ever. 

 

You have been in the game for a long time now. You remember the good ole days of box jumps in the park and pullups on the jungle gym. Shredding your hands every year during Murph, because those blisters were a badge of honor. And fighting for every last rep during the open when you had never done a muscle up, but dammit today was going to be the day!

Then the sport grew. The athletes grew. The standards were raised. The sport became mainstream. All of a sudden there was gear, and brands, and sponsors that separated the pro’s from the rest of us. 

And in the midst of it all you let the passion slip. You stopped putting in the extra work. You show up and try hard, but most of the time you don’t feel like going to that dark place where your muscles ache and burn and your eyes sting with sweat. That place that made you fall in love with CrossFit from the start. You say it’s changed, but it hasn’t. 

CrossFit has been there all along.

New members join the gym every day. You see them experience it. You can’t help but smirk when coach mentions burpees and thrusters in the workout and you know the new guy is in for a rude awakening. You can’t wait to cheer them on as they push out the last rep. With a face contorted between relief and anguish as they collapse on the floor.

 

That’s why this is your most important CrossFit Open ever. 

 

Because there’s a piece deep inside of you that still burns to be pushed. That you must go through the fire and flame and see if you can come out the other side. That you need to find new purpose in that 7 minute AMRAP, because you know that the biggest enemy you will ever have to face is between your ears. And every time you overcome that little voice telling you to quit something inside of you changes and you feel a pride that can’t be faked. 

 

That’s why this is your most important CrossFit Open ever. 

 

Because of the friends you’ve made in the gym that have changed your life. From the inspiration you’ve gotten from every member who has lost the weight, or quit the job, or said “Never again” to that habit. 

For the community. For your family. And for you. 

Make it happen. Register HERE.

Week In Preview, September 1st, 2019


“No one ever drowned in sweat”

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Supplement Spotlight

Transparent Labs

Mass Gainer

If you wanna get big, you gotta eat big! When it comes to claiming your spot on the “swoll patrol” mass gainer can help. Your body naturally needs more calories to repair those sleeve busting biceps and triceps you’ve been working on. Transparent labs has created a mass gaining protein complete with 100% Grass Fed Whey, long lasting carbohydrate sources, healthy fat sources, and even added creatine monohydrate. One serving has a perfect muscle building ratio of carbohydrates to fat, and has more than enough calories to kick-start the good gains! Even if your goal is maintaining lean muscle mass, a half-serving of mass-gainer will do the trick for muscle recovery! Try transparent Labs Mass Gainer today! Your tanktop will thank you!
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Upcoming Events

9/11 Memorial T-Shirt Pre-Order

We are now accepting pre-orders for the 9/11 memorial T-shirts. Show your support for those who gave their lives on that tragic day 18 years ago.

Tank-Top or T-Shirt: $20.00

Pre Order Due: Wednesday September 4th by 4pm

Email: [email protected]

Strength Seminar with Jeremy Augusta

Renowned strength coach, Jeremy Augusta, will be visiting our gym on September 7th. It is apparent by the picture that Jeremy is a subject matter expert when it comes to lifting heavy things for fun. He will share his expertise in injury prevention as well as in-depth training on the bench, squat and deadlift.

Tickets: $60.00

Get yours here!

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“Hey Love!” Crossover Symmetry is Back

Coach Derrick will be instructing a free crossover symmetry workshop on Saturday September 7th at 8am at North! Come out to have some fun and fix those shoulders!

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Coach’s Challenge

Swoll Patrol

-100m Row using only biceps

-10 calories on the assault Bike only using arms followed by 10 pushups

We’ve cooked up a nasty little bicep and tricep workout for the challenge this week. Post your video to  Instagram and insert these hashtags with your posting #cfk#bro’sandbi’s#coach’schallenge#crossfit.

 

Weekly WODs

 

Monday – Squat Day

We will be adding 5 pounds this week to our 5×5 or 5×3 squat cycle. Let’s focus on owning positions with the tempo, and get after it in the conditioning workout. We have a moderately long AMRAP filled with situps, calories on the rower, and a gymnastics pull of choice.

Tuesday – Gump

Day 2 will force us to flex our grit muscles as we attempt to hold a tough pace throughout a long duration workout. We have lots of conditioning today that includes running intervals, double-unders, single dumbbell step-ups,  and rowing.

Wednesday – Grace

You read correctly, We have Grace! We will first work up to a heavy 1 rep max with the clean and jerk then head into our conditioning.  Grace is a pretty soulless type of girl so choose your weights wisely!

Thursday – Treat Yo Self

We have another dose of Thursday therapy planned this week! We have crushed some hard WODs now it’s time to take a step back. We will be doing a full body flush  with rowing, plate ground to overheads, and plate overhead lunges. You’ll see the same format for the workout as we’ve seen each Thursday before the qualifier workouts.

Friday – Wodapalooza Online Qualifier (Released Wednesday Night)

These workouts are tough, but as a resilient and experienced CFK athlete we know you have done everything in order to prepare. It’s time to perform! Drop the Hammer and Go!

Saturday – Level 2

Chest Day! We haven’t had one in awhile so its a great time to see where we are at with a heavy 3 rep bench. We also have a cool partner WOD planned that incorporates the elements of the benchmark Cindy, and max calories on the bike.

Saturday – Community WOD

Our free workout this week will test our ability to maintain consistency across 4 rounds of calories on the bike, kick-backs, and kettle-bell cross body static holds. It’s an excellent day to bring a friend, and learn some less familiar movements with our experienced coaches.

Week In Preview, August 25th 2019


“You have the most opportunity to grow from the things you suck the most at.”

-Kaitlyn Kassis

Supplement Spotlight

Clearing up the Confusion
When it’s time to chill out cannabidiol (CBD) should be a go to supplement in your stash. At CFK, we are confident in the abilities of Julian Marley to produce a supplement capable of reducing inflammation, decreasing anxiety, and giving you a more sound slumber. CBD does not contain the psychoactive compounds that produce the sluggish “high”associated with tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) . Often, people mistakenly identify CBD as THC. Receptors in the brain are highly involved with this “high”. These cannabinoid receptors found in the brain control our pain sensations, appetite, and even our changing moods.  One of the brain’s most common cannabinoid receptors , the CB1 ,  is responsible for the hunger binges and fogginess caused by THC. CBD does not produce these undesired effects because it does not attach to CB1 receptors like THC. No need to be scared! Try it today!  Whether your trying to win the battle against inflammation, or hit the sheets early Juju Royal is the way to go!

Upcoming Events

“I Am CFK” Retest

The challenge is coming to a close, and we are excited to share your results! We have our retest in place of the 10:15 Level 2 workout at North on the 31st of August.

Crossfit Level 1 Certification

We are hosting a Crossfit Level 1 Certification at our gym on September 14-15. The value of this training will transfer to your lifts and new PRs. Don’t let an excellent opportunity to be coached by the best slip away!

To Register Click Here

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Strength Seminar with Jeremy Augusta

Don’t miss your chance to get instruction from a world-class strength coach on September 7th. Jeremy Augusta, a renowned strength coach, will cover the finer points of the Bench, Squat, and Deadlift. Tickets are $60.00. Get yours here!

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Coach’s Challenge

 

1 Rep Max Bottoms up Kettle Bell Press (Both Arms)

The coaching staff at CFK have come up with a unique challenge that will test your core stability, posture, strength, and coordination. Post your video to  Instagram and insert these hashtags with your posting #cfk#bottomsup#coach’schallenge#crossfit.

 Good luck, this one is tough!

 

 

Weekly WODs

 

Monday – Colt 45.

We begin class with our regularly scheduled squat cycle. We will shake off Monday’s frustrations with an AMRAP of slam balls, slam ball lunges, and toes to bar. It’s a perfect day to release negative energy on the slam ball!

 

Tuesday – Thick Rick

Double-unders are hard, but some people seem to make them look  absolutely effortless! We will get some practice with the elusive double under, and work a gymnastics weakness at the first part of our class. Our conditioning is going to be a burner with double unders, running intervals, and handstand pushups.

 

Wednesday – Klokov

We will take 20 minutes to build to a 1 rep max snatch at the beginning of class. The focus for today is to hit the same positions with big weight as you would with lighter weights. The WOD for today will challenge our positioning by elevating our heart rate on the rower, and heading straight into maximum repetition of snatches at lighter loads.

 

Thursday – Get Moving and Stay Moving

One of the best ways to recover from workouts is to get moving. Day 4 is going to be lower intensity workout that will allow us sufficient recovery before Wodapalooza on Friday. Our recovery WOD includes jump squats, sit- ups, kettle-bell swings, and rowing.

 

Friday – Wodapalooza Online Qualifier

Ask your favorite coaches on Wednesday night what the WOD is so you’ll be prepared! Otherwise it’s a mystery until then!

 

Saturday – Level 2

We have a two part workout that consist of heavy deadlifts…everywhere! Our strength session includes a heavy 3 rep deadlift followed by a conditioning workout that may bake your back! Don’t worry we sprinkled in a few burpees over the bar for good measure!

 

Saturday – Community WOD

We have a very globo gym friendly workout planned for your weekend! We have dumbbell bicep curls, strict pressing, mountain climbers, and box step-ups. Show your friends crossfit isn’t as scary as it seems! Bring them out and, work those beach muscles!

 

 

Week In Preview, August 18th, 2019


“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times, and challenging adversity”

–Barbara De Angelis

 

Supplement Spotlight

Transparent Labs Turmeric

Turn To Turmeric

Your body’s ability to recover from training is one of the most important factors to consider when trying to reach your fitness goals. As crossfitters, we often experience the repercussions of our training through inflammation and the dreaded post workout delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Our body instinctively translates workout stress into inflammation. The active ingredient in Turmeric called Curcumin has extremely potent anti-inflammatory properties which can aid our recovery from tough workouts. Some research suggests that all natural Turmeric might be as effective in reducing inflammation as ibuprofen! Turmeric’s health benefits include reducing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, and even depression! It’s no secret why it has been used as a staple supplement in India and China for thousands of years. Transparent Labs has created an excellent combination of Turmeric and Bioprene that allows nutrients to be absorbed to their full potential. Say bye to those cranky knees with Turmeric!

RawSeries Turmeric 95% Curcuminoids

Upcoming Events

CrossFit Level 1 Course @ West

We’re hosting a Level 1 Certificate Course on September 14-15 at West! We’re excited about this opportunity to host some of the best coaches around, as well as aspiring coaches from all over the country. If you’ve ever been interested in earning your Level 1 certificate, there’s no better time than now. You can get more details on the course here!

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*Due to the nature of the course, all classes at West will be cancelled on Saturday, September 14.

Wodapalooza Online Qualifier

If you have been itching to test your skills prior to the Crossfit Open a great opportunity has come! The creators of Wodapalooza are releasing workouts for the next 3 weeks. If you have never attempted any of these great workouts it’s an overall great opportunity to see where you are at in your fitness journey. For details on due dates and submissions please click here!

Rhema Rumble

The 2019 Rhema Rumble is almost underway. Our fellow Knoxville crossfit gym is holding a competitive crossfit competition on Saturday, August 24th.  Teams of two in RX and Scaled divisions will battle it out for spots on the podium. For more information and how you can register click here!

Weekly WODs

Monday – Tour De CFK

We are ramping it up on the assault bike as we head into the week! Turn your frown upside down! We will begin the day with a heavy set of 3 on the push jerk for our strength portion. Our conditioning piece will tax the shoulders with push jerks, and assault bike sprints for calories.

 

Tuesday – Double “Barfight” and Open Prep

If you like rowing fast today is your day! The second training day of the week is going to test our skills with some unfamiliar movements that we are likely to see in the open. We have single dumbbell overhead lunges, single dumbbell burpees, and double-unders.  However, we begin the workout with a 1000m buy in on the rower! Be fast and furious!

 

Wednesday – Recover from Squats with More Squats

We retested last week for the new cycle, and have made it to the first week of 5×5 squats. We will be dropping the weights down this week in order to focus on technique, and establishing great positions! We will finish the day off with a squat filled WOD that incorporates sprint intervals, hang cleans, and front squats.

 

Thursday – WODability

We are getting a nice recovery workout near the middle of the week because we need it! We will spend some time getting our heart rates elevated, and going through full-range of motion on non-complex movements. We will be recovering through perfect squats, slam-balls, and lunges.

 

Friday – TBD Wodapalooza Online Qualifier

Prepare yourself for the unknown each Friday for the next 3 weeks! We won’t know what to expect until Wednesday when the workout is released!

 

Saturday – Level 2  “Straight 100”

We end the week with a benchmark workout that includes 100 reps of wall balls, 100 calories on the rower, and 100 box jumps. The key to this workout is big sets on the wall balls while maintaining a lower heart rate.

 

Saturday – Community WOD “Farmer Fran”

Bring your friends to our free weekly 9am class. We have a partner workout in which each partner will spend time blasting through calories while the other partner does pec pumping push-ups. We will also be testing our grip strength with a heavy 400m partner farmer’s carry!

 

 

Week In Preview, August 11th, 2019


“Winning means your willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else”

-Vince Lombardi

Supplement Spotlight

Don’t Race Towards Rickets!

Some people believe that by consuming large amounts of calcium in their diet  that it allows them to have strong bones, but this is only a half truth. Calcium absorption is solely dependent on the amount of vitamin D contained in the cells throughout the body.  Without sufficient levels of Vitamin D, Calcium cannot be absorbed through the intestines. Sufficient Vitamin D levels are critical to maintenance of bone, and overall critical to the crossfit athlete. Crossfit athletes often put their bones under extraordinary stress from heavy weight training. These situations cause bone to degenerate and regenerate. We need Vitamin D to facilitate this regeneration of bone, and to help increase bone density.

Puori D3

Upcoming Events:

Strength and Powerlifting Seminar at CFK North

Want to meet one of the best in the biz? 60 dollars might be your ticket to the 1,000 pound club! Jeremy Augusta, the creator of the Swing Block Method will assisting CFK athletes with technique perfection on the big three( bench press, squat, and deadlift) lifts. The training will last all-day at our North location on Saturday, September 7th. Need more info? Check out the event on Facebook, and sign-up!

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Weekly WODs:

Monday – Squat Day 5RM Retest

Hopefully by Monday you have shaken off the lingering effects of “California Love”! We will be performing a retest for the new squat cycle, and will follow it up with descending rep ladder of hip flexion and extension movements. Be prepared to go unbroken on  higher rep burpees and kettlebell swings!

Tuesday – Demystify the Muscle Up

The philosophy at CFK is to “get better, not done”. On day 2 we take our time in a skill work session that will open our eyes to the finer points of the ring muscle up. We will follow it up with a conditioning workout that includes ring muscle ups, calories on the rower, and wall balls.

Wednesday – Old School

We have an old school warm-up planned for your third training day of the week! It’s weightlifting Wednesday so we will be cycling the barbell and  practicing our positional awareness during deadlifts, hang cleans, push jerks, and split jerks. Yes, you read correctly! We are doing split jerks!

Thursday – Dottir for a Day

Have you ever wondered how to build a cardiovascular engine like every athlete with the last name “Dottir”? EMOM training can provide you the stimulus necessary to get you to that next level. However, its up to you to put the pedal to the metal! We have rowing, kickback box-jumps,  farmer’s carries, situps and if the GHD is open you can give it a go!

Friday – Pick Six

We have another weightlifting day towards the end of our week! We will begin with a strength and technique session that is every 2 minutes on the minute of hang squat snatches and overhead squats. We have those movements again in the conditioning portion, and will add some double unders to the mix!

Saturday – Community WOD

Bring your friends and come push yourselves….Literally…. at our 9am community WOD.  We will be performing push-ups, kickbacks, dumbbell renegade rows, and suitcase deadlifts. Our workout is sure to smoke your upper and lower body for 15 minutes.

Saturday – Level 2

Bring your running shoes to class this week! We will be putting in a fair amount of distance on our feet! Our workout also includes toes to bar and walking lunges!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week In Preview July 28th, 2019


“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”

— Ariana Huffington

Supplement Spotlight:

Transparent Labs PRE-ORDER!

Due 12pm Monday!

-Attention all TPL lovers-

TPL offers a clean variety of products with clinically effective doses of ingredients. They’re gluten free, nonGMO, and are free from artificial sweeteners, dyes, and harmful additives. They even have vegan friendly options for all of you plant based athletes. Check out their products here for options and tasty flavors. Sign up at the gym or email Coach Kenzi with your order.

Upcoming Events:

Bring – A – Friend Friday

Grab a buddy and bring them to the gym this Friday! We’ve got an awesome “Chipper” style AMRAP for everyone to tackle. Plenty of sweat to go around! Please shoot this waiver over to your friends so they can fill out prior to the workout.

Back-to-School Promo – 2-for-1 Bootcamp!

We’re running this the entire month of August! Two 5-week Bootcamps for the price of 1. To qualify, two friends (or family members, battle buddies, etc.) must sign-up and each will pay 1/2 of a 5-week bootcamp ($99.50/each). Since it’s BAFF this Friday, let your friends know to get a friend of their own and bring the whole crew! Let’s spread the love as we approach the end of Summer!

Weekly WODS:

Monday – Ricky Bobby

If you ain’t first, you’re last! Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Engines! We have a descending ladder of Deadlifts, Push Press, and Box Jumps.

Tuesday – Back Attack

We have an exciting AMRAP planned for Day 2. We will be combining rope climbs, hand-release pushups, and calories on the rower for a back blasting workout. Don’t worry! We have scaling options!

Wednesday – Squat Day (Week 7)

We have arrived at our last building week! You can already hear Coach Derrick screaming “Let’s be great Today”! We should be adding the last few pounds to our squats in preparation for test week. Our strength workout will end with “Speed Demon” which includes high rep kickbacks and dumbbell front squats.

Thursday –  Dub like Demarcus

Some of you that knew coach Demarcus know that he loved double-unders! Today we practice what we learned from him! We have a long row, some plate ground to overheads, and max double-unders! Make Demarcus proud!

Friday – Grip Gauntlet

Training day 5 will tax our grip to the max! We will be performing dumbbell  deadlifts, hang squat cleans, and Kettle-bell farmer’s carries.

Saturday – Community WOD

We have a “Sweet 16” minute EMOM coming up on Saturday! Bring your friends to a party that celebrates bent-over rows, calories on the rower, box step-overs, and push presses every minute on the minute!

 Saturday – Level 2

Don’t be a buster! Come and get some hang clean thrusters! We will kick off Saturday with a heavy 3 rep hang clean thruster.  Our conditioning piece allows you to pick your favorite static holds! We will combine these static hold choices with timed efforts on the bike, step-ups, and Russian swings.

CFK Supplements – Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, Inflammation and more


Consume Quality Proteins, Veggies, and Fats in proportions that support activity levels but not excess bodyfat!

What’s up CFK?

Let’s talk supplementation with a purpose vs. trying to supplement our way around eating correctly. CFK is a “WHOLE FOODS FIRST” gym and supplements are meant to “supplement” or compliment our current strategy, not “replace” real food or fix bad habits.  
  
Transparent Labs, Black Market, and Puori have proven themselves to meet our standards. Here’s a break down of my recommendations as well as an outline of my personal supplement regimen.  
 
Side note: Inflammation and lack of sleep is a real struggle for some folks. Supplementing things like Turmeric, Magnesium, Glutamine, and Post Workout Protein can speed recovery, reduce inflammation, and improve sleep and digestive function. Turmeric, o3, m3, and d3 are recommended for all athletes! 
 
Adult Male over 30, fairly lean: (This would be me so I’ll start here)  
Goal: Preserve and/or build muscle mass, reduce overall inflammation, and keep Testosterone levels up in an aging body. 
 
AM: Black Market d-aspartic acid (natural Testosterone booster), creatine (builds muscle), l- citrulline (heart, immune, muscle pump)
 
Post Workout: 3/4 scoop Mass Gainer, 3/4 scoop 100% Whey or Organic Vegan, Glutamine. (all recovery.  Recover faster, workout more, quicker/better results)
*Eat a full meal about an hour later 
PM: O3 (3/day, 2 grams)*, M3 (3/day for Sleep/Recovery), D3 (3-4/day for various reasons but mainly proper hormone function), ZMO (Natural Testosterone Booster)
 
*Turmeric mid day with food to reduce Inflammation
 
Adult Male, not lean:   
Goal: Reduce belly fat as it’s dangerous long term. We do so by resetting hormones, building muscle, and reducing junk calories.  
 
Same prescription as lean male except post workout we’d do 1-1/2 scoops of 100% Whey or Organic Vegan, drop the Mass Gainer, and increase the amount of Omega 3 to 4 grams/day instead of 2 grams (3 capsules am with food, 3 capsules pm with food)
 
Adult Female, fairly lean:   
Goal: Preserve or build muscle, keep hormones in check, reduce inflammation.  
 
O3 (3/day), M3 (3/day before bed), D3 (3/day), 1/2 scoop of Mass Gainer, 3/4 to full scoop of 100% or Organic Vegan.  l-citrulline and creatine could be good if building muscle and gaining strength is appealing to you! (creatine can make you retain water, be aware)
 
Adult Female, not lean:  
Goal: Reduce belly fat as it’s dangerous long term. We do so by resetting hormones, building muscle, and reducing junk calories.  
 
Increase O3 from 2 to 4 grams per day (3 capsules in Am with food, 3 capsules Pm with food), M3 (3/day at bedtime), D3 (3/day), full to 1-1/2 scoop of 100% or Vegan, l-citrulline
 
Full Transparency: As a Coach and business owner my mission for our supplement program is two fold:
  • Provide a service for our Athletes by: 
    • Reducing confusion: Limiting products to essential and useful
    • Creating convenience: Have quality products on hand and extra flavors and special items available via pre-order
    • Provide only quality products by doing the research for our athletes (This is why you have seen brands change.  If a new brand is better/cleaner we make the change)
    • Find the highest Value (not cheapest or most expensive) in each category
  • “Supplement” our income (Pun intended)
Johnny
*I’m sure there are others but one exception to the replacement rule being Omega 3.  O3 is basically missing from the SAD ( Standard American Diet) and there’s an abundance of Omega 6. Balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 is critical for decreased inflammation and increased fat loss. I highly recommend sourcing a quality fish oil for omega 3 supplementation.  Puori, Nordic Naturals, SFH, etc…  Do not trust cheap o3.  It’s expensive to source quality o3 and if you see it cheap it will be just that.
 
**If you are using a different source that Puori, Black Market, or Transparent Labs and would like my help simply email me a picture of the label and we can compare the dosages.  

Hot Topics – Plateaus


 

Are you feeling like your progress has stopped? If you’ve noticed that your metcon times haven’t gotten faster, or your strength numbers haven’t gotten bigger, you might be reaching a point in the CrossFit athletes life cycle where you start to plateau.

 

 

Plateauing is a natural part of everyone’s fitness journey where they have progressed far enough that the rapid growth fades, and the slow gains over time are harder to see. Check out what Coach Johnny and Coach Scott have to say about what causes this plateau effect, and how to fight through it and keep on climbing.