Recovery Crash Course : Patella Tendinitis

“Are you moving poorly because you are in pain? Or are you in pain because you are moving poorly?
-Gray Cook


 Guess how good you’re getting at box jumps by not doing them?

Are you tired of being nervous on box jumps, lunges, or step-up during the pre-wod brief? Some things don’t get better with time and,  it’s at that point that we must seek other avenues of approach. Many athletes have used the coaching staff at CFK as a resource in pain management. We’ve seen athletes make major strides in their performance by training movement patterns to fix problems.

As a student physical therapist assistant and lifelong fitness enthusiast, I’ve gained an appreciation for human movement patterns. It’s not uncommon for me to spend a Saturday night researching new ways to dial in an athlete’s squat (Nerdy, I know..), or searching for creative ways to decrease persistent elbow pain. Some of my most enjoyable times coaching have been showing athletes  how to perform special mobilizations and stretches that alleviate pain and eliminate stiffness.

CFK has a set of principles that allow the coaches and athletes to strive for fitness gains while reducing the risk of injury. Our principles, or the 3’Ps as you may have heard them called hold true in any aspect of training or rehab.  If you’ve heard the 3 P’s in class you’ll be happy to know that they are also used in our injury recovery sessions. If you have no clue what the 3 P’s are, let’s review.

Positions:  Every movement has a specific positions that must be achieved.

Parameters:  These are movement guidelines that help athletes move safely and reduce injury

Progressions:  Each movement has a specific progression or regression depending on the needs of the athlete.

What’s Patella Tendinitis and What Causes It?

 Patella Tendinitis is caused by overuse, and is typically seen in athletes that perform repetitive explosive exercise. Overuse of this tendon is caused from high compressive force causing small tears in tendon tissue leading to inflammation and swelling. It’s characterized by pain coming from the inferior aspect of the knee cap, and is often confused with quadricep tendinopathy that is located above the knee.


Immediate Actions to Take

This particular injury is from overuse, so athletes should take extreme caution in exercise selection. Providing an atmosphere where the tendon can actually begin healing and not become re-injured is critical. Many of the exercises I would suggest would reduce the load on the tendon, but provide a strength building stimulus to surrounding muscles.


Load Tolerance is the Name of the Game


Goal #1:  Stiff Tendons are Strong Tendons

My plan of attack at the beginning stages of this injury is to build stiffness in the patella tendon. By creating  tendon stiffness our load capacity for exercise and movement increases. Isometric loading keeps muscles in one position and does not allow them to contract or lengthen.  These types of exercises are usually performed in static positions. Exercises like wall-sits and spanish squats will be used to provide a stimulus to nearby muscles(quads, glutes, hamstrings), but not allow compressive force or friction to be placed on the injured tendon.

Ex. 5 sets of 45 second Spanish Squats

 Ex. 5 Sets of 45 second Wall Sits

*Shoutout to Phillip Burgess for the awesome technique!

Goal #2: Single-Leg Strength

It’s always important to add single leg training to any exercise  program.  Single leg training addresses any asymmetries  or weaknesses that are likely to go unnoticed in double limb stance. The term Isotonic used to describe the consistency of speed across a full rep of a movement. Isotonic movements allow the athlete to move throughout the full range of motion without tension change in the muscles.  We will be performing a variety of exercises in this portion that include Bulgarian split squats, split squats, and reverse lunges. Our focus will be increasing our load tolerance and accessing range of motion on the injured side.

Ex. 3-4 Sets of 15 quality Bulgarian split squats with a focus on stability and control



Goal #3: Take Flight Again

Now that we’ve built the pre-requisite load tolerance for more normal activities we can begin to introduce jumping exercises.


Goal #4: Back to Bending Bars and Causing PRs

You can return to training at this point, but it’s always a good idea to keep the rehab exercises in your back pocket to avoid future injuries. It’s a good idea to use these as accessory movements post-workout in order to keep your tendons strong and stiff.


Week In Preview, January 10th, 2021

 “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” 

– Joan Welsh

Personal Training Spotlight:


Are you training or are you just exercising?


So what is exercise, and how does it differ from training?

In a nutshell, exercise is physical stress . An unfortunate aspect of this type of stress is that it lacks specificity. Stress from exercise can take many forms, but we are most concerned with the stresses that occur within the four walls of the gym.  This is excellent for a great majority of people, but can sometimes fall short for athletes who want to see more precise results. Think of exercise as just “going through the motions” at the gym, and hoping to achieve those goals you’ve been striving for. In this type of training there will always be a higher likelihood of being unsuccessful at achieving specific personal goals.

Training is more goal-oriented, and is the culmination of  specific training efforts. The  specificity of training allows for athlete growth, long-term health, and injury-reduction.  Now more than ever, we have the ability to access a never-ending library of fitness media. However, incorrect implementation of these types of fitness programs can lead to overtraining and hinder the “Stress/Recovery/Adaptation” cycle which is critical for success. Our coaches are prepared to deliver training, and not just “exercise”. We implement specific programs to help athletes reach their goals, and are there to guide athletes every step of the way.

Every member of CFK has a different goal, and each athlete deserves a unique strategy in order to reach their goals. Our coaches are committed to making the most out of each training session, and  providing constructive feedback to improve your performance.


Are you content with just exercising, or do you want to train? Let us know if you would like to learn make the most of your training sessions by linking up with a coach for PT!

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Weekly WODs: 



Crossfit  – Grip Gauntlet

Today’s workout is going to tax the back, shoulders, and grip. We have a 3 round conditioning workout of renegade rows, deadlifts, and double-unders. Our focus will be keeping tension out of the shoulders even after performing large sets of no-pushup renegade rows. If we stay loose and release tension we should be able to crush large sets of double-unders.


Burn – Dip, Drive, Jump
We’ve got a dose of double dumbbell hang power clean & jerks and up-down box jumps planned for day 1.  Our EMOM style conditioning workout will be followed by a static glute pump session.


Crossfit  – Push Pull

Our push pull style workout for the day incorporates both strict and kipping elements. We begin class with a skill session dedicated to either strict or kipping pull-up development. Our conditioning piece will be  three 5 minute AMRAPs of strict pulling and pushing. We have hand-release pushups, biking, and pull-ups.


Burn – Tabata Tuesday
Pick your numbers wisely in this workout. Our goal is to try to achieve the same number of reps across all 8 rounds of each movement. Athletes will be working for 20 seconds followed by a brief 10 second rest. Movements include jump squats, ring rows, strict dumbbell press and calories on a machine of their choice.


Crossfit – All Kinds of Options

Our skill portion at the beginning of class gives athletes a great opportunity to develop their technique with the overhead squat with a moderately heavy load. Athletes will pick their poison in the conditioning session and see if the dumbbell squat clean or alternating dumbbell squat snatch is right for them! We will also be getting after  up-downs in our conditioning.


Burn – Good Luck Chuck
We see this type of workout fairly often in burn class! Our workout is 5 three minute intervals of goblet squats box step ups, Russian Swings, and running. It’s a good idea to scale the run today in order to finish in approximately 45-50 seconds.


Crossfit – Diving into The Dip

Our 25 minute EMOM workout for today will focus on the box and ring dip. Other movements include single dumbbell front-rack box step ups, cardio intervals, and planks.


Burn – Hot Seat
 Don’t be scared it’s not “Death Row”, but it’s close! We have an alternating EMOM of 12/10 calories on the rower and 12 burpees EMOM for 16 minutes.


Crossfit  – Gymnastics Tune-Up

Ready to polish your skills on the bar muscle up? Our workout today is a great opportunity to get a significant amount of practice on the muscle-up even if you can string many of them together. We’ll also be knocking out box jumps and push jerks between our efforts on the higher skilled gymnastics movements.


Burn – Double DB Isabel For Time
Today’s workout is 30 double dumbbell snatches for time followed by two rounds of grunt work. The grunt work following our dumbbell Isabel has lots of walking lunges and farmer’s carries.


 Crossfit/ Level 2 – Cleaning Crew

Both classes are all about the clean! We have a five round conditioning for each class that will consist of running, power cleans, and hang power cleans.

Our level two class will build to a 1 rep max power clean in their added strength session.


Burn – Run Like The Winded
We have large sets of wall balls, dumbbell power cleans, and short running intervals. The runs will be your opportunity to refresh those legs!

Week In Preview, December 20th, 2020

“Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general.”

– Mark Rippetoe

Coach Alex’s Challenge


All goals in life and in the gym require effort. Your first pull-up, muscle-up, or pistol doesn’t just happen by chance.  Higher skill movements require dedicated time and practice in order to achieve mastery.  Athletes that begin Coach Alex’s challenge will have a one-on-one goal setting meeting with coach Alex followed by weekly mile marker challenges that help athletes in reaching their unique goals.

 Coach Alex is ready to help you with a personalized plan, and assist you with staying accountable throughout all of it.

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Holiday Schedule

Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) – Limited Hours (12 Days of Christmas WOD)

Both locations:
8am – Burn
9am – CrossFit
10:30am – Burn
11:30am – CrossFit
1:00pm – CrossFit
*Burn – 45 minute class, CrossFit – 75 minute class

Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day) – CLOSED


Thursday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) – Limited Hours

 West Location – Last Class 6:45 pm Burn
North Location – Last Class 6:30 pm Burn

Friday, January 1 (New Year’s Day) – Limited Hours ( NYD WOD)

Both Locations:

9 am – Burn
9:45 am – CrossFit
11 am – Burn
11:45 am – CrossFit
12:45 pm – CrossFit

Weekly WODs: 



Crossfit – The Lower, The Better

You’ll be reaching for the lowest score on the whiteboard today as we crush rower calories, dumbbell up-downs and wall-balls. Your score will be your highest round minus your lowest round. The “spread” will be your score. Our goal is consistent efforts across all five sets of our workout.

3 Sets for Max Reps
1:00 Max Cal Row
1:00 Max Box/Bench Dips
1:00 Max KB Sumo DL High Pull
1:00 Max Sit-Ups
-Rest 1:00 between Sets-


Crossfit – Snatch, Burpee, Bike

We open up today’s training session with a strength piece of  power snatches. Our emphasis in the strength component will be the receiving position of the snatch.  Our conditioning workout will consist of hang power snatches, lateral burpees, and a sprint of your choice. Our goal is power output in today’s workout, so rest will be incorporated into each interval.

Triple AMRAP
10 Right Arm DB Thrusters
8 Burpees over DB
10 Left Arm DB Thrusters
-Rest 2:00-
8 Right Arm Thrusters
6 Burpees over DB
8 Left Arm DB Thrusters
-Rest 2:00-
6 Right Arm DB Thrusters
4 Burpees over DB
6 Left Arm DB Thrusters



Crossfit –  CFK Strength Day + Max Effort 1k

We’ll be doing CFK style strength day with a focus on quality. We have 20 minutes to work our way through front squats from the ground, strict-pullups, farmer’s carries, and toes-to-barbell. If you’ve never tried a 1k row it’s a great day to log a score in Wodify! Our best advice for this one is to close your eyes and hang on for dear life.


20 Russian Kettlebell Swings
20/15 Cal Row
50m Double KB Front Rack Carry
1:00 Plank Hold



Crossfit – 12 Days Of COVID Christmas

We’re still doing our annual 12 days of Christmas WOD as scheduled. However, this year we will be making sure there are a few more precautions in place in order to keep us all safe and healthy for the holidays. Our thirty five minute workout is a steady pace grinder that has a little bit of everything!



We’ll also have a BURN 12 Days of Christmas WOD to ring in the holiday! Class will be on a 45 minute timeline to accommodate a longer workout, so come ring in the holiday with this fan favorite!


Friday – CLOSED 



 Crossfit/ Level 2 – NCFit Benchmark “Kettlebell Rock”

We’ve got four rounds of handstand push-ups, kettlebell goblet squats, and pull-ups planned for both level 2 and Crossfit. Level 2 will take the first portion of class to build to a 1 rep max squat clean prior to the conditioning.


Every 2:30 for 6 Sets
100m Run
10 KB/DB Goblet Squats (AHAP)
150/100m Row
10 KB/DB Floor Press

Week In Preview, December 13th, 2020

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”

– Ernest Hemingway

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Weekly WODs: 



Crossfit – 2 Rep Max Deadlift +Leg Day Ladder

It’s test week, and we’re kicking off day 1 with a max 2-rep deadlift. Our task oriented conditioning will bring the pump to your rump! Athletes will complete a descending ladder of deadlifts and rower calories for time.  It’s a good idea to pace the row in order to crush large sets of deadlifts today.


EMOM x 15 Minutes
Min 1: 16/13 Cal Bike
Min 2:  14 KB Goblet Box Step Ups
Min 3: 18 KB Upright High Pulls


Crossfit – Bar Star Bicep Blowout

Today’s conditioning calls for multiple sets of chest-to-bar pull-ups in our workout. The intent of this workout is to pull the bar a little lower than normal. The preferred scaling option for level two will be the banded chest to bar pull-up. However, athletes will also have the option of performing regular chin-over-bar pull-ups. Other movements in our conditioning include double dumbbell suitcase lunges and bike calories.


Every 3:00 for 4 Sets
200m Run
20 DB Hang Power Cleans
20 Push-Ups



Crossfit –  2 Rep Max Press + Bobble Head

Our workout for today includes many opportunities to make adjustments to our bar path in the press. Athletes will perform strict press, push press, and double-unders on a two and half minute running clock for 5 sets. The weights are fairly light, and should allow athletes to only take one break during the pressing movements.


12/10 Cal Bike
12 Alt. DB Renegade Rows
12/10 Cal Row
12 Wall Balls



Crossfit – The Long Game

You might be able to crush those 12-15 minute conditioning workouts we routinely do, but can you go the distance in a long sweat session? Our chipper for today has a little bit of everything, and we’ll be in it for the long haul. Some of the movements include wall-walks, slam-balls, and burpees. If y’all had fun in the first half of the chipper wait until the bonus movement at the halfway point!


EMOM x 16 Minutes
Min 1: 5 Up-Downs + 15 DBL DB Sumo Deadlifts
Min 2: 5 Up Downs + 10 DBL DB Snatches
Min 3: 5 Up Downs + 14 DBL DB Alt. Front Rack Lunges
Min 4: 45 Seconds Max Hollow/ Deadbug Hold


Crossfit – 2 Rep Max Back Squat

Today’s workout is full of back squats! We’ll test our 2 rep max Wendler back squat followed by a 10 minute EMOM conditioning WOD. Our EMOM will include back squats from the floor and toes-to-bar. The weight on the bar should be the heaviest weight that can be controlled onto the back from the floor.


Benchmark WOD “Annie”


 Crossfit/ Level 2 – Push Jerk Strength + “DT”

Both level 2 and Crossfit will perform the same amount of work today. Our classes will include a heavy 5-rep push jerk followed by a forearm sizzling conditioning session.  DT is a great test of strength, endurance, and mental grit. It’s 5 rounds of deadlifts, hang power cleans, and shoulder to overheads!


On a 14:00 Running Clock teams of 2 will complete…
Partner 1 Completes: 400m Run
Partner 2 Completes: AMRAP OF…
20 Air Squats
15 Russian Kettlebell Swings
10 Ring Rows
**Partners will switch upon completion of Partner 1’s 400 meter running interval.

Week In Preview, December 6th, 2020

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

– William Faulkner

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Weekly WODs: 



Crossfit – Back Squat Deload + Two Minutes Too Much

Great job crushing the squats, deadlifts, and presses for our Wendler Cycle. We’re taking a step back this week in order to allow our central nervous system to reboot. Our deload for the back squat should allow us to feel confident and explosive under the barbell! These weights should be well within your wheelhouse, but give you a slight challenge. Our conditioning is alternating intervals of 400m runs and wall balls. Our goal today is to keep the intensity high and attempt to keep moving when we’re smoked.


21 Cal Row
15 Pike Push-Ups
9 KB/DB Suitcase Deadlifts



Crossfit – Positions, Parameters, and Progressions

You often hear Coach Johnny talk about “The 3 P’s”. Today’s workout incorporates a skill session that focuses on one of our favorite P’s.  Our skill session in today’s workout clearly gives athletes an opportunity to nail  the “P” of Progressions. Each movement in Crossfit has a scalable progression.  Each progression’s purpose is geared toward the mastery of a high skill movement. Our pre-WOD practice is geared toward bar-muscle up development.  Our conditioning includes bar muscle ups, burpees to plate, and kettlebell swings.


MIN 1: 45 seconds of Max  Slam Balls
MIN 2: 45 seconds of Max Tuck Ups
MIN 3: 45 seconds of Max Wall Sit
MIN 4: 45 seconds of Max Mountain Climbers



Crossfit –  Deadlift Deload + Midline Mash-Up

We are holding true to our deload in all of our lifts this week.  Day 3 brings us lots of opportunity to drill key aspects of the deadlift to include bar path. Our conditioning consists of light deadlifts and sit-ups. The workout for today prescribes a male and female RX weight of 185 for males and 135 for females on the deadlift. As you can tell these weights are considerably lighter than previous workouts we’ve done. Our main priority is to move the barbell efficiently and unbroken throughout our workout.


10 Box Jumps
100m DB/KB Cross Body Carry*
10 Russian Swings
*One kettlebell/dumbbell held in front rack and the other KB/DB will be held overhead.



Crossfit – Press Deload + Press Pull EMOM

You guessed it. We’ve got more shoulders coming at you!  Today’s 20 minute EMOM will tax the shoulders and the lungs. Athletes will get the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy high volume push press, max rower cals, and double-unders.


Every 3:00 for 5 Sets
10/8 Cal Row
30 Russian Twists
20 Alt. Dumbbell Lunges


Crossfit – Backside Blitz

We’ve got running and tons of air squats on day 5. Our task oriented workout gives athletes a chunk of work to complete inside of an 18 minute time cap. Running isn’t everyone’s bread and butter, so scale those distances if needed!


Teams of 2 will have 18:00 to Complete
140 Wall Balls
200m Run
140 Cal Bike/Row
200m Run
140 Sit-Ups
200m Run
140 Alt. Dumbbell Snatches
200m Run



 Crossfit/ Level 2 – Jacob’s Ladder

We’ll be climbing an ascending rep ladder of decreasing barbell weights in today’s workout. Some of the workout movements include hang power cleans and bike calories. Our workout begins slow and becomes progressively harder as grip fatigue sets in. Hang in there!

Level 2’s workout will have an added overhead strength component of 3 sets of 5 overhead squats.


Ring Rows


-Rest 2:00-


50m SA Farmer’s Carry(R)
:30 second Plank Hold
50m SA Farmer’s Carry(L)
:30 second Plank Hold

Week In Preview, November 29th, 2020

“Some people are motivated one or two days, others are motivated one or two weeks, winners are motivated all the time.”

– Unknown

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Weekly WODs: 



Crossfit – Back Squat Wendler Cycle + 3 Round Burner

Today is all about the legs. We begin class with our Back Squat Wendler cycle, and will head into our conditioning workout afterwards. Our conditioning is high volume dumbbell front squats followed by chest-to-bar pull-ups and dumbbell up-downs.



Every 5:00 for 3 Sets
200m Run
20 Ring Rows
20/15 Cal Row
20 Alt. Plank Shoulder Taps
10 Push Ups
-Rest Remainder of Running Clock-




Crossfit – Overhead Bro Session + “The Cali Bear”

It’s time for one of CFK’s favorite overhead challenges. It’s 1 Clean and Jerk every 30 seconds for 20 minutes. Can you hang on for all 40 reps, or will you tap out at the halfway point when things get t0ugh. Our workout is as  mental as it is physical. Stay in the Fight!


Min 1 : 15/12 Cal Bike or 150-200m Run
Min 2: 7 “Lunge-Lunge- Squats” with a Single DB
Min 3: 9 Box Jumps


Crossfit – Turkish Twenty

Our twenty minute AMRAP of Turkish-get ups will test your stability and mobility overhead.  We love this movement pattern because of it’s role in helping to stabilize the shoulder.  The Turkish- get ups ability to  build the small stabilizer muscles of the rotator cuff is second to none. We also will be performing bike calories, sit-ups, and walking lunges.



6/6 KB/DB Strict Press
6 KB/DB Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
-Rest 2:00-
8/6 Cal Row
6 Burpees



Crossfit – Wendler Press + Upper Body Push Pump

We’ll knock out three sets of our Wendler press cycle, and get straight to work on our conditioning. It’s 7 sets of gnarly interval work on a running clock. You’ll have 2 minutes to burn through a 200 meter run, 5 burpees, and max double unders in the remaining time. Our goal is to scale the run to a distance we can accomplish in around 45 seconds.


400m Run
30 Dumbbell Hang Power Cleans
50m Farmer’s Carry
30 Air Squats


Crossfit – Wendler Deadlift + Library Lifter

The king of lifts is scheduled for Friday’s strength and conditioning. We will run through our deadlift Wendler, and follow it up with a sweaty strength piece. Our goal is to “own” all weights and movements in today’s workout. We have library deadlifts, strict dips, and strict toes to bar for 4 sets of complete quality.


5 Plate Ground to Overhead
6 Overhead Plate Lunges
7 Bent Over Plate Rows
8 Sit-Ups


 Crossfit/ Level 2 – Row Snatch Couplet

Our workout for today includes tons of opportunities to get better at the jumping portion of the snatch. We begin our strength session with snatch skill work followed by a 5 round burner. In our conditioning, we will set our forearms ablaze as we row 500 meter intervals followed by squat snatches from the hang. We finish up with a static core finisher of plank variations.


Med Ball Squat Cleans
Double Unders

Week In Preview, November 22, 2020

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”

-Edward Stanely



Healthier Habits Challenge


Our new 6-week free challenge on the horizon its a great time to embrace different healthy habits.


When is the last time you got “flexy”?

You’ve heard it before.. “Great Job, Everyone let’s circle up for some stretching”. You may be running for the door as quickly as you can, but there is a specific reason we mobilize after each workout. One of the main reasons is preservation. We must preserve our range of motion as we age in order to continue move well in the future.


You’ve probably heard at some point about postural imbalances caused by “desk jobs”. Many of us would be quick to attribute our T-spine immobility, and neck pain to a forward head posture. However, we can trace many other muscle performance issues back to this common position. Sitting also has an impact on the lower limbs. When we sit our hip flexors become tight because they are in a more shortened and contracted position.  The Hamstrings become tight because of your glute’s inability to support bodyweight. Overtime lethargic glute muscles and overworked hamstrings won’t be able to contribute equally to hip extension (“standing”). The imbalances between these prime movers is a recipe for disaster. You can’t bend bars and make PR’s with a pulled hamstring so spend some quality time getting flexy. Maybe becoming a part-time yogi isn’t such a bad idea after all? 


This challenge is FREE and open to all!

Starts: Monday, November 23

Ends: Sunday, January 3

Weekly WODs: 


Monday  -Wendler Back Squat + Burpee Barbell Burnout

It’s time to ratchet up the intensity on training day 1. We have a descending ladder of front squats and burpee pull-ups. Options for scaling today include burpee ring rows, burpee jumping pull-ups, and don’t forget up-downs are also an awesome burpee sub.


Tuesday  – Wendler Strict Press  + Shoulder Smoke Show

Today’s class begins with our Wendler strict press and will be followed by a conditioning workout of push press, box jumps, and plate runs. Our goal today is to find a cycle weight for the push press that will allow us to go unbroken throughout all three rounds of our workout. The box jumps will seem like a much needed break after all of the runs and pressing.


Wednesday  – Wendler Deadlift + Quality Conditioning

We begin today by knock out three sets of deadlifts based off the numbers we established at the beginning of the cycle.  Our conditioning EMOM for today is 15 minutes of quality work after two tough workouts on Monday and Tuesday. Some of the movements in our quality EMOM include dead stop sumo deadlifts, sit ups, and rower calories.


Thursday – CFK Turkey Trot

We may be closed on Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean your gain train can halt. We’ve added a special home WOD in the form of a 5k run. Grab a buddy and lace up your running shoes. It’s time to show them what Crossfit has done for your health. You also have the option of performing the CFK Go WOD through wodify if running doesn’t sound too appetizing.


Friday – NCFit Benchmark “BOGO”

Our workout is ready to get you moving before you head out on your shopping spree. We have hang power cleans, running and double-unders to get your blood pumping before you attack the strip malls. Our arm finisher will make sure you win the “flex-off” at the check out line.

**THE FIRST CLASS OF THE DAY WILL START AT 8:30AM. It’s not fun to Crossfit alone so be sure to set a reminder.


Saturday  –  Crossfit/ Level 2

Crossfit and level 2 will both do their fair share of burpees, toes to bar, and barbell jerks today. 10:15 will have an added 1 RM split jerk before getting into the conditioning.


Week In Preview, November 15th, 2020

“First move well, then move often.”

-Gray Cook



Supplement Spotlight:

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Adaptation is the last phase of our cycle. If you allow your body to have sufficient recovery time between periods of stress it will become more strong and resilient. Supplementation with supplements like glutamine are critical in this process. If your training frequency and recovery times increase you will see results in the mirror and on the white board.  It’s time to train, recover, and become the best version of yourself!

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Weekly WODs: 


Monday  –  Wendler Deadlift + Hammie Hammer-Time

Last week we had many tests in the form of the strict press, deadlift, and squat. On training day 1 we will be working from certain percentages based off our 2-rep max deadlift from last week.  Our conditioning workout for today is for quality.  The WOD will consist of many unilateral exercises that will build single leg strength. Some of the exercises include Bulgarian split squats and stagger stance dumbbell Romanian deadlifts.


Tuesday  –  Blistering Burpees

Day two will be a cardio gut check! There will be 4 rounds of burpees, rowing calories, and sit-ups in an order that might surprise you. Today’s test will be holding your composure as you crush relatively large sets of burpees. Will you crush it, or will it crush you?


Wednesday  –  Coach Rick’s Blessing

We know your lower body may have taken a beating earlier in the week. You can thank coach Rick for sparing your legs on day 3. The original workout was written for hang squat cleans. However, today we’ll give the legs a break and hone our skills on the hang power clean.  The olympic lifts in our conditioning workout will be followed up with short and spicy running intervals.


Thursday –  Wendler Back Squat +  Swoll N’ Flexy

We have a great mix of strength and conditioning in today’s workout.  The first part of class will be focused on the back squat Wendler cycle. Our conditioning gives athletes choices of either air squats or pistol squats. Athletes will also need to choose if they would like to perform chest to bar pull-ups or ring muscle ups.  It’s a great day to work on some high skill movements!


Friday –  Wendler Strict Press

We’ll continue our Wendler pressing cycle with a few sets of strict press based off of our 2 rep max from last week. Our conditioning will help you to shake out your legs with box jump overs and push press. Our goal today is timing of the push press and ensuring it doesn’t turn into the “standing bench press”.


Saturday  –  Crossfit/ Level 2

It’s seven rounds of 400 meter running intervals and 29 back squats. Let’s honor “Manion” the right way with sound mechanics and intensity! Our goal today is to pick a scaling option that will allow us to wake up on Sunday and not feel too terrible. Our workout incorporates a lot of volume on the legs so be sure to scale appropriately.


Week In Preview, November 8th, 2020

“A winner never stops trying.”

-Tom Landry

Event Spotlight

On Saturday, November 21st we’ll be hosting our annual Travis Manion WOD. The proceeds for this event will support veterans, their families, and families of fallen veterans.  The workout for this event consists of 7 rounds of 400 meter running intervals and 29 Back Squats. The weights and variations of the squat will be altered to allow all athletes to participate. Come out and show your support for this awesome cause. Here’s how you can register.

Registration Fee: $29 (Individual workout), $58 (Partner workout) – includes event T-shirt, pictured below!

*Register by October 28 to guarantee a shirt day-of. Last day to register is November 9

How to Register: Click  Here for North, Click Here for West

Date: Saturday, November 21

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: CFK West & CFK North

Who’s Welcome: EVERYONE! Share with friends!

Weekly WODs: 

Monday  –  Squat Day 2-Rep Max

We’ll be putting some heavier weights on our backs this week as we take 20 minutes to build to a 2 rep max back squat. Our conditioning consists of light weight back squats and up-downs over the bar.  We want athletes to go unbroken throughout the conditioning. The goal is to stay moving at all costs!


Tuesday  – Chesty Puller

In honor of the Marine Corps birthday we’ve got a push pull workout. Class will begin with a 2 rep max strict press. The weights for our strength session should be challenging, but allow us to keep our knees fairly straight as we press. Our coaches wouldn’t want you to cheat yourself by bending your knees. Our conditioning will give us a great mix of pushing and pulling with the dumbbells. Some of the movements include the renegade row and push press.


Wednesday  –  “Hansen”

We’ll thank the men and women that have served our country with a hero WOD on day 3. The benchmark workout Hansen consists of burpees, kettlebell swings and sit-ups. There will be 30 reps of each movements in this workout.It is likely that some athletes may need to scale the reps down in order to reduce the workout’s volume.


Thursday  – Rings and Rowers

Are you a champion on the rings?If so, you’re in luck. We have rowing and ring muscle-ups. Today’s workout is lots of pulling and lots of lats!


Friday  – Double Under Doozie

Christmas has come early this year in the form of heavy deadlifts. We have a 2 rep max deadlift followed by a conditioning ladder. Our workout is a descending rep couplet of double unders and deadlifts. Athletes will add weights to their barbell after each round.


Saturday  –  Crossfit/ Level 2

Our workout this weekend is all about the midline. We’ve got a 3 part workout that includes a skill session, conditioning workout, and an ab finisher. Our workout includes dumbbell step ups, box jumps, and toes to bar. We’ll use our skill session to prime ourselves for the type of toes-to-bar variation we plan on doing in the WOD.


Saturday  –  Burn

We’ve gifted you with wall balls, burpees, and bike calories in today’s burn class. Our goal today is to pick an appropriate volume of squats. Newer athletes may be better off reducing the volume of today’s workout in order to avoid excessive soreness. If you’re a seasoned athlete you may consider scaling up your wall ball weight!

Week In Preview, Saturday October 25th, 2020

“Talent without grit is just potential. Talent plus grit is unstoppable.” 

-Ben Bergeron


Event Spotlight:

On Saturday, November 21st we’ll be hosting our annual Travis Manion WOD. The proceeds for this event will support veterans, their families, and families of fallen veterans.  The workout for this event consists of 7 rounds of 400 meter running intervals and 29 Back Squats. The weights and variations of the squat will be altered to allow all athletes to participate. Come out and show your support for this awesome cause. Here’s how you can register.

Registration Fee: $29 (Individual workout), $58 (Partner workout) – includes event T-shirt, pictured below!

*Register by October 28 to guarantee a shirt day-of. Last day to register is November 9

How to Register: Click  Here for North, Click Here for West

Date: Saturday, November 21

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: CFK West & CFK North

Who’s Welcome: EVERYONE! Share with friends!

Weekly WODs: 

Monday  –  Triple Under Wonder

If you’ve been crushing double-unders then today’s workout will give you a chance to work the triple under. We kick today’s workout off with a 12 minute low intensity skill session of tempo sumo deadlifts, static holds, and rope work. Don’t let the EMOM format of today’s workout fool you! You should expect to see sumo deadlifts, up-downs, double-unders, and sit-ups in our 16 minute conditioning workout.


Tuesday  –  Tricep Tuesday

Tuesday is all arms! We have a five round for time workout of dumbbell snatches and the athlete’s choice of either box dips or ring dips. It’s wise to pick a dumbbell option that allows you to achieve 20 unbroken snatches in today’s workout.


Wednesday  –  Target Practice

We’ll be kicking off today’s workout with a heavy 5 rep front squat followed by a quad intensive conditioning workout. We’ll spend plenty of time at the wall as we complete over 100 wall balls in today’s workout. We’ll break up our sets of wall balls with longer running intervals to flush the legs.


Thursday  –  Push Pull Recovery WOD

We won’t lie the programming has been tough in the last few weeks! We’ll dial it back in today’s workout as we perform an AMRAP style 30 minute recovery WOD. Our workout includes rowing intervals, pull-ups, step-ups, and push-ups.


Friday  – Capacity Testing Couplet

Our day five workout will challenge even the fittest of athletes. We’ll  combine hang power cleans with high skill gymnastics. Our gymnastics movement for today’s workout is the handstand push-up, or a variation of the handstand push-up that allows each athlete to do quick sets of 5 reps.


Saturday  – Happy Halloween

Whatever your plans are for halloween be sure to do some damage control before raiding your candy stash! Our workout for today is “Elm Street”. Our regular crossfit class will perform one round of devil’s presses, sumo power cleans, floor presses, and front squats. Each movement in the workout will followed by a running interval. Level 2 will be performing two rounds of Elm Street.


Saturday  –  Burn

Pick your weights wisely in Burn class today. Our workout will test your grit as you attempt to perform each movement for two minutes each. The movements include russian swings, goblet reverse lunges, and Turkish-get ups. In workouts like this its always better to go lighter and stay moving.