Week In Preview, August 2nd, 2020

“Humans are not physically normal in the absence of hard physical effort.”

-Mark Rippetoe


 Event Spotlight:

Clash at the Creek

Clash at the Creek

We have a couple of athletes participating in Crossfit First Creek’s first annual competition. Come out and cheer on our fellow athletes as they tackle 4 grueling workouts Saturday, August 15th. The event will have plenty of vendors to check out between heats. The competition will be held from 9am – 3pm. For more details about the event check out their facebook page under “Clash at the Creek”.


Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 29th – Powell Station Celebration

Don’t forget about the Powell Station Celebration at the end of the month. There will be lots of great activities for the entire family.


Weekly WODs: 

Monday – Show off those Shoulders

We’ve got plenty of overhead movements in today’s strength and conditioning. We start today’s workload with a strength piece as we build to a heavy 2-rep strict press. Our conditioning today will be in EMOM format and will include burpees over the bar, power snatches, and more pressing.

 

Tuesday – Pulling Paradise

Our conditioning piece for today’s workout will increase in complexity as time goes on. Our triple AMRAP incorporates tons of horizontal and vertical pulling. We have sumo deadlifts, kipping pull-ups, chest-to-bar pull-ups, running intervals, and renegade rows in store for day 2.

 

Wednesday  – Squat Day (Week 6)

The bar will be moving a lot slower this week as we head into week 6 of our squat cycle. We’ve got one more build week ahead which will be followed by our test week. Make the most of your 5 sets of 5, or 5 sets of 3 this week. If you are feeling great today try adding a two second pause in the hole on each rep. We finish up today’s workout with a fun race of rowing, sit-ups, and air squats.

 

Thursday  – Hinge Binge

Our workout for today allows you the opportunity to earn your rest. We have five 4 minute intervals of Russian swings , single-arm front rack step-ups, and box jump overs. We’ll finish today’s workout off with bird dogs and quad heel taps. Bird dogs are an excellent exercise to build stability, decrease back pain, and encourage great posture.

 

Friday  – “DT”

We lucked out this week! We have heavy deadlifts followed by the infamous “DT”.  We’ll set a heavy 2 rep deadlift followed by 5 rounds of 12 deadlifts, 9 hang power cleans, and 6 shoulder to overhead. Bring an extra set of forearms in your gym bag today!

 

Saturday  – Crossfit/Level 2

Our workout for both classes this weekend is only 2 sets. Seems easy, Right? Most of the time it’s easier said than done. We’ll be getting after 2 sets of biking calories, single dumbbell thrusters, and toes to bar in our conditioning. Level 2 will have an gymnastics strength piece of pull-ups and push-ups.

 

Saturday  – Burn

Sumo Saturday is upon us! We have an alternating EMOM of Up-Down Step ups and bike calories followed by another EMOM of sumo deadlift high pulls and bike calories. Our goal today is to get out of our comfort zone on the bike and hold a challenging RPM throughout both EMOMs.

I Am NOT A Victim

Written by CFK’s self-defense coach and PROTECTOR-IN-CHIEF…
Jeff Cravens

 


Thought for the moment: I am not a victim.

 

A defining characteristic of a victim is the loss of control over one’s life. Global pandemic. Mandated closures and lock-downs. Economic upheavals. Easy to feel victimized. But I don’t want to be a victim! So, I’ll be something else.

 

Most of us recognize this picture… it’s Tom Hanks and his buddy, Wilson, from the movie Cast Away.

 

Many may believe Wilson was created simply as a companion to the marooned and lonely Hanks. But the movie writers understood a very important principle in the psychology of survival.

 

Wilson was actually much more significant than just a friend. Wilson couldn’t do anything for himself… he needed help. Wilson NEEDED Tom Hanks. And that need elevated Hanks from victim, to RESCUER.

 

Were you a little surprised by the depth of emotion Hanks showed when Wilson was lost at sea? He hadn’t just lost a friend. In his mind, he had failed his main mission… his reason for surviving: to rescue his friend, Wilson.

 

So, back to you and me. Don’t want to be a victim? Then be a rescuer!

 

Find a way to serve someone. Make a gift for a friend, or mow a neighbor’s yard. Write letters to people you know… or don’t know (many are “trapped” in assisted living facilities).

 

Make someone smile. Get outside yourself.

 

For us “crossfitters” specifically, hit “like” on someone’s workout score… some of us are jazzed by that! Post your WODs or thoughts about your WODs on social media… major props to Diana Koza for that hilarious post-WOD face-plant pic!!

 

There’s one more survival tip from Cast Away I want to point out…

Give yourself a mission.

 

Tom Hanks had that one FedEx package he HAD to take back to the owner, it was his mission. What’s your’s?

 

Could be anything… a fitness goal, the “Twenty Committee” board, a weekly uplifting word to your family/friends… anything that is out in front of you, and requires you to do the next right thing.

 

So, hang in there my friends!! Be a rescuer, and make someone smile today.



self defense coach in Knoxville Tennessee

In addition to being a regular CFK 5:30 am’er, Jeff Cravens is a black belt in Krav Maga and also studies Muay Thai kick boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is an instructor at the National Martial Arts in Oak Ridge, and previously served 5 years in the Tennessee State Guard.

Interested in learning self-defense? Shoot us a note HERE and we’ll send you details on our upcoming workshops!

 




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Member Monday – Terry

Member Monday is a new way for us to share what’s going on in the lives of our members. Every week, we’ll be posting an interview with a member here where they talk about what led them to Crossfit Knoxville, how Crossfit has changed their life, and even what they would say to someone who was interested in trying Crossfit for the first time.

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This week’s featured athlete is Terry Keltner! Terry has been a member at CFK for over 3 years, and is passionate about getting better every day. Check out what she has to say about her fitness journey with Crossfit Knoxville!

CrossFit LiftOff

It’s the final event of the CrossFit year!  The LiftOff!

 

This is an opportunity to test your 1 rep max snatch, clean and jerk, and hit a classic CrossFit Metcon.   As is tradition, we won’t find out what the metcon is until the week of the event.

 

Friday, December 1st starting at 5:30 p.m.

 

This won’t be just your regular max out session!  We’ve invited our very own national level weightlifter Shannon Beasley to come in and talk about the mental game of weightlifting!  Not just how to be strong, but that it’s great to be strong!  What to do on days when your lifts just aren’t there?  How to approach PRs?  She is going to share some strategies with everyone, plus go over some fundamentals of weightlifting.

 

 

We’ll plan to start things up around 5:30, lift around 6, then start WOD heats around 7 or 7:15.

 

Feel free to register online at games.crossfit.com and see how you stack up against people around the world, or if you want we will be accepting donations to help Shannon Beasley go to the American Open Finals in Anaheim, California.