Track System

Does the way you workout and train each day you’re in the gym reflect what your goals are?

With the new Track System, the goal is for you to be able to train in a way that more easily reflects your goals and your “why” for working out. Each day all three tracks (Sweat, Train, Compete) will follow the same workout, only on some of the days there will be some slight changes. Sweat will have some lighter weights and kipping movements. Train will have some heavier weights with a focus on strict movements. Compete will have the same heavier weights as train, but will also include higher skill gymnastics movements for those who want to do competitions. Sound simple right? Well, lets talk more in depth about the differences.

SWEAT

Sweat, as stated above, is going to have lighter weights and kipping movements. The goal here is to increase maximal power, AKA, work. With lighter weights and kipping movements, the hope is to be able to move as much as possible during each workout with less time spent resting, therefor getting the absolute most amount of time spent moving as possible. What happens when you move for longer? Your work capacity increases, conditioning increases, and best of all, if you can only workout a few days a week, its the best bang for your buck. Sweat is perfect for those who just want to get a great workout, sweat a lot, increase their fitness and functionality, build some muscle, increase their conditioning, and are not worried about high skill gymnastics movements.

TRAIN

Train has more of a focus on strength. Train will have heavier weights than sweat, but with greatly reduced kipping movements. The reason for this is that the goal with Train is to increase strength with both external objects and bodyweight. This track is perfect for those using CrossFit as a means of training for something outside of the gym, such as a sport or job (football, softball, rugby, LEO, military, etc.), or even someone more concerned about getting strong. This can almost be thought of as a strength and conditioning style focus.

COMPETE

Compete is fairly straight forward. This track will have the same weights as Train, but will also include high skill gymnastics rather than strict movements. With an emphasis on the higher skill gymnastics come a slightly increased injury risk, however the trade off is increased ability to perform in competitions/the CrossFit Open. This track is for those who want to compete, or even those who just want to work on those higher skills in a MetCon. Now, an important thing to make a note of, Compete is not necessarily going to teach you how to get your first muscle up or handstand push up, or any other high skill gymnastics movement. Instead, it will make you more capable of doing them at higher volume in MetCons.

 

At the end of the day, some movement is better than no movements, however, what is suggested to do is figure out what your goal is and then follow the track every day accordingly. For example, if your goal fits the Sweat track the best, then you follow Sweat every day rather than switching around. Every tack is still able to be modified and tapered to each individual every day, but being consistent with one track at a time is going to help you achieve your goals the most efficiently.

 

Lets get an example of a workout that would have three different variations for each of the tracks, shall we?

“AMANDA”

9-7-5

Ring Muscle Ups

Squat Snatches (135/95)

SWEAT: Lets change it to 15-12-9 reps, but do Burpee Kipping Pull Ups and (95/65) for the Squat Snatches. Lighter weight, simplified gymnastics, increased volume, however it should be able to be completed in the same time domain, but with less rest.

TRAIN: Keep 9-7-5, keep (135/96), but do Burpee Strict Pull Ups, or even Strict Chest To Bar Pull Ups.

COMPETE: Exactly as written.

 

The athlete who is less worried about strength and just wants killer workout will complete the Sweat version. Tom Brady needs strength, but shouldn’t risk messing up his shoulder with kipping, so he does the Train version. Rich Froning competes, so obviously he does the compete version. All athletes finish within the same time frame, but follow the workout as it best suits their goal.

What is your goal? What is your track? Stick with it, be consistent, crush your workouts, and smash your goals.

Week In Preview, Nov. 1st, 2021

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

– Lou Holtz

 


Thought of the Week:

There are three main reason one chooses to do CrossFit:
  1. They want to sweat, burn some calories, feel good, and have a good time.
  2. They want to push the envelope a bit, using CrossFit as a means of training for what they do outside of the gym such as a sport, hiking, first responder, military, etc.
  3. They want to compete in CrossFit, treating it as their sport.

What are you here to do? What is your main goal?  Does your workout intention every day reflect your main goal?


Weekly WODs: 

Monday

Crossfit  – International Chest Day.
Bench Press deload day! 7-5-3 reps, nothing crazy, prepping to hit that 3RM next week. Our MetCon will have Rowing, Tuck Ups, and Burpees.
Burn – 

AMRAP x 10:00

2-4-6-8-10…

Sit Ups

4-8-12-16-20…

Slam Balls/Plate Ground to Overhead

1-2-3-4-5…

10m Shuttle Run

Tuesday

Crossfit  –  Squat Day.
Deloading our Back Squats today with reps of 7-5-3, getting us ready to squat a house next week. The MetCon will have Single Dumbbell Front Squats coupled with Up Downs Over the Dumbbell, its going to be a fast burner!
Burn 

Every 2:00 x 4 Sets

200m Run

Immediately Into Max Reps of –

Set 1: Dumbbell Strict Press

Set 2: Dumbbell Burpees

Set 3: Dumbbell Front Squats

Set 4: Devils Press

1:00 Rest Between Sets

Wednesday

Crossfit – Push Jerks.
Deloading our Shoulder to Overhead today. The MetCon is simple, yet effective: running and more push jerks!
Burn 

5 Rounds For Time

20 Alternating Lunges

15 Ring Rows

10 Calorie Bike/Row

12:00 Cap

Thursday

Crossfit – Aerobic Capacity Day
MetCon today will have Rowing, Wall Sits, and some special skill work: Hand Stand Walking! And of course, we will have scaling options available to get everyone doing something upside down today. Following the MetCon we will have some Body Armor: Banded PVC Lat Pull Downs, Banded Overhead Tricep Extensions, and Curls.
Burn

For Time

500m Row

Rest 1:00

EMOM x 6:00

MIN 1: 6 Push Ups + 15 Sit Ups

MIN 2: 6 Burpees + 20 Kettlebell Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Rest 1:00

AMRAP x 2:00

Max Effort Row For Meters

Friday

Crossfit  – “THE INFERNO”
Today begins with some Sumo Deadlift waves for strength. Following the Sumo Deadlift, we have benchmark workout “THE INFERNO”, which consists of: Double Unders, Air Squats, and regular conventional Deadlifts.
Burn

AMRAP x 12:00

12 Alternating Kettlebell Push Press

100m Run

12 Alternating Kettlebell Suitcase Step Ups

Saturday 

Crossfit – Partner Workout Saturday (8AM); “ROCKY HORROR” (10:15AM, Level 2)
We will begin with a strength piece for both classes today which is building in weight for a complex of hang power cleans plus a hang squat clean. The 8AM class has a partner MetCon of Box Jumps, Dumbbell Thrusters, Dumbbell Snatches, and Pull Ups. The Level 2 class will also have the same strength piece followed by “ROCKY HORROR”, a MetCon with the same movements as the 8AM class, just with less volume as it is not a partner version. Level 2 will then finish the day with some Pistol Squat skill work.
Burn

In Teams of 2

AMRAP x 14:00

60 Calorie Bike

60 Russian Kettlebell Swings

60 Wall Balls

Week In Preview, October 25th, 2021

“The man who thinks he can and man who thinks he can’t are both right.”

– Confucius

 


Upcoming Events:

This Saturday (10/30): Take Back Your Back with Shift Performance PT, 11:30am-12:30pm, at West.
Blake Bohannon, DPT and CFK Coach, will be running a seminar all about keeping your back healthy and strong with steps on how to not only recover from injury, but prevent it from occurring in the first place!

Weekly WODs: 

Monday

Crossfit  – Squat Day!
Continuing our strength cycle, week 6, you can expect 4×3 tempo back squats, followed by a MetCon consisting of Dumbbell Hang Power Cleans, Single Dumbbell Lunges, and sit ups. Today is all about the drumsticks!
Burn – 
For Time

2k Row

10:00 Time Cap

Finisher, 3 Sets

10/10 Weighted Step Ups

20 Banded Hamstring Curls

Tuesday

Crossfit  –  “FIGHT GONE BAD”
Starting the day off with some strength work, supersets of Sumo Deadlift building to a moderate weight and tall Box Jumps. Then finish strong with a CrossFit Classic!
Burn 
EMOM x 15:00

MIN1: 6/6 Single Arm Dumbbell Burpee

MIN2: 12/12 Single Arm Dumbbell Push Press

MIN3: 18 Sit Ups

Wednesday

Crossfit – Benchpress
Strength cycle day today with our 4×3 tempo benchpress! The MetCon will consist of Burpees, Running (1 miles worth, so grab your running shoes), and Plate Ground to Overhead.
Burn 
AMRAP x 7:00

12/10 Calorie Row

7 Box Jumps

12/10 Calorie Bike

7 Box Jumps

– Rest 2:30 –

Repeat.

Thursday

Crossfit – Aerobic Capacity Day
Intervals for 20:00 consisting of Rowing, Air Squats, and Strict Pull Ups! We’ll finish the day with some bodybuilding, 3 sets of Zottman Curls, Skull Crushers, and Banded Upright Rows!
Burn
8 Rounds For Time

10 Wall Ball Squat Clean

12 Wall Ball Reverse Lunges

14 Wall Ball Plank Rolls

16:00 Cap

Friday

Crossfit  – Shoulder to Overhead Work
Today you can look forward to continuing our overhead work with push presses and push jerks. The MetCon will consist of push ups and American kettlebell swings, sprint style! Then to finish out the day we will have some core work at the very end.
Burn
“Helen Goes To Bun”

3 Rounds For Time

400m Run

21 Kettlebell Swings

12 Ring Rows

15:00 Cap

Saturday 

Crossfit – “Painkiller”
Really cool complex to start the day today, Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean Thruster, building to a moderate weight. Next will be the MetCon “Painkiller”, a workout made up of Thrusters, Toes to Bar, and Calorie Rowing. For the Level 2 class, you will have a skill finisher working on your Hand Stand Push Ups.
Burn

AMRAP x 10:00

10 Burpees

:30 Double Kettlebell Overhead Hold

10 Kettlebell Suitcase Step Ups

:30 Wall Sit

Drew WOD 2021 Scholarship Drive

On September 11th, 2018 our dear friend and athlete, Drew Perkerson, lost the battle he had been fighting with pancreatitis. We established a scholarship in his memory to enable more people to join our community, and carry on the joyful spirit of Drew.  So far, eight athletes have benefitted from this scholarship.

In order to keep this scholarship going, we are holding our annual Drew WOD Scholarship Fundraiser Drive on August 6th all day during classes.

At CFK, our mission statement is “to live, embody, and share total health and wellness within our community.” Drew definitely stood for that, and we want his legacy to be carried along.

We’ll take donations all day at each location to replenish scholarship funds. If anyone who would like to be a “sustaining contributor” you can tell us how much you’d like to contribute monthly, and we’ll add it to your membership fees.

All donations will go toward a scholarship for CFK membership, awarded to individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford membership, but demonstrate a strong desire to uphold CFK’s mission to live, embody and share total health and wellness.

We will not be selling a memorial t-shirt for this event – we request that whatever you would spend on a shirt go towards the scholarship instead.  If you have the Drew shirt from the original event in 2018, please wear that!

If you know anyone who would like to try CrossFit, and can’t afford a full membership, please let them know about the Drew Scholarship Fund, and encourage them to apply.  All they have to do is shoot an email to [email protected]!

The WOD is as follows:

Drew

3 rounds for time

25 minute time cap

37/25 Cal Row
25 Wall Balls (20/14)
16 Dumbbell Snatches (50/35)
2 Back Squats (315/225)
1 Deadlift (405/315)

Drew’s birthday was 3/5/81. We chose 3 rounds of 5 movements totaling 81 reps per round. We begin with a 37 calorie row, the age he was when we lost him. Heavy squats and deadlifts were some of his favorite movements. Though the weights seem heavy, they would only be around 80% for Drew, so suggested scaling will be to scale to 80% of your best squat and deadlift respectively.

For those who are new to CrossFit or do not regularly train CrossFit, we will have a scaled version:

3 rounds for time

25 minute time cap

20/15 calorie row
18 wall balls
12 DB snatches
2 back squats
1 deadlift

No prescribed weights, just something challenging but that you could do for 3-5 reps.

 

RED Friday Shirts Coming in HOT!!!!

Requests were made and we heard you, CFK!!  New RED Friday shirts are now available for preorder, with a fresh design in both unisex t-shirt AND ladies’ racerback tank!  ORDER HERE! 

The details about CrossFit Knoxville’s RED Friday Project:

As most of you know, Red Friday and giving back to Veterans’ Charities such as the Travis Manion Foundation are very important to CFK and have been since the beginning.  Over the years we have raised over $30k for various Veteran’s charities but settled on Travis Manion Foundation a few years back.  Read about Travis Manion Foundation here.  (Dig around on their site as there is tons of information)

RED Friday shirts are $25 and each CFK RED Friday shirt or tank purchased equals a $10 donation to TMF so get one for you, your relatives, friends, etc…   Since we don’t have payment info for those outside of CFK, please put their shirts in your name and collect funds from them separately!  Thanks so much!

Shirt Details

The unisex t-shirt is the same one we always order, so fear not on ordering your usual size.

The ladies’ tank is a different brand, so we are providing sample sizes for you to try on!!  Sample sizes will be available at WEST from Wednesday-Saturday (7/14-7/17), and at NORTH from Monday-Wednesday (7/19-7/21).

We will also order extras so if the size still doesn’t work, we will have more sizes available!

LAST DAY TO ORDER:  JULY 21, 2021 by 9 PM, FIRM!

Here is the sizing info for the women’s tank:

 

Hit us up with any questions you may have!

Week In Preview, May 9th, 2021

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” 

 – Rose Kennedy


“Murph” Spotlight

It’s May and that means it’s time for MURPH!!!!

This year, we want to remember all the men who lost their lives in Operation Redwings, including Lt. Michael P. Murphy.  Please take a moment and remember their sacrifice for our country.

We are offering a unisex t-shirt, a men’s tank top, and a ladies’ racerback tank top, all in charcoal black.  Please use this link to pre-order your shirt so you have it for the Murph WOD on May 31st!!

Each shirt is $25, with $10 of each sale donated to the Travis Manion Foundation, CFK’s chosen hero foundation.

Get your order in now before time runs out on May 10th!!!

 

Weekly WODs: 

Monday

Crossfit  –  Nacho’ Average Leg Day

In a workout like this you don’t want to go full steam in the first round. If you do you’ll have a VERY VERY bad time. Our workout is 3 sets for reps of dumbbell step-ups, up-downs, air squats, hang muscle cleans, and bike calories. Each movement will be performed just shy of 1-minute to allow a transition period between each exercise. Biceps are cool, but don’t let your muscle cleans look extra “muscly” by swinging them all over the place.

Burn 
The first workout in our line-up this week is 5 rounds for time of 10 wall balls followed by 10 alternating dumbbell snatches.

 

Tuesday

Crossfit  – “DeathRow” Benchmark WOD

The goal of this workout is not to start off fast and taper as you go. Although, that’s what most of us would probably wish.  Our workout today is one of the nastiest NCFIT benchmarks they’ve ever came up with. Our WOD will test your will power as you find out if you can hang on for all 10 rounds of alternating burpees and rower calories for 20 minutes.

Burn 
It’s strongman Tuesday in Burn class. We have a 12 minute AMRAP of short running intervals, double-unders, and farmer’s carries.

 

Wednesday

Crossfit  – Jump and Punch

Our pre-workout strength and conditioning workout will allow athletes to refine their barbell technique for the jerk. Today’s coaching will focus on the timing in the shoulder to overhead series and maintaining tension while overhead. The strength segment will allow athletes to build to a heavy set of 3 push-jerks. Today’s WOD includes box jumps, shoulder to overhead (athlete choice) , and front squats.

Burn 
Grab your kettlebells! We have a training EMOM of rower calories, kettlebell front rack lunges, and kettlebell push press.

 

Thursday

Crossfit –  Breathe and Brace

Maintaining tension in the deadlift while your heart rate is through the roof is rather difficult, but it’s a skill you’ll find programmed  in Crossfit a lot. We have 3 sets of 7 minute intervals. Each 7 minutes athletes will perform an 800 meter dash, 15 hand release push-ups, 15 deadlifts, and max sit-ups in the remaining time. We aren’t done quite yet. The coach will most likely lock the doors after the WOD to make sure no one escapes our finisher after the workout!

Burn 
We have a six minute sandwich coming your way! Our workout is a double AMRAP of up-downs, sit-ups, dumbbell deadlifts, and push-ups.

 

Friday

Crossfit  – Silkie Appreciation Day

Today’s workout is all legs and lats. Feel free to bust out your favorite pair of short shorts for this Quad God style workout. Don’t worry we won’t judge. Our strength component is four sets of squats building to a moderately heavy 2-rep back squat. Our conditioning is a never-ending ladder of wall balls and pull-ups.

Burn 
In our workout we have an alternating EMOM of dumbbell squat clean thrusters and bike calories. Not comfortable dropping into the squat? No worries. We’ll have a power clean front squat version you can try.

 

Saturday

 8am Crossfit

Today’s two-part workout begins with a strength complex of 1 hang clean pull followed by 2 hang power cleans. Today’s benchmark workout is “Pick your Poison”. It includes 5 rounds of 10 hang power cleans followed by 50 double-unders. Other scaling options will be available in order to decrease the volume of this workout.

Level 2 will have an added core finisher of Romanian deadlifts and weighted Russian twists.

Burn
We’ll be prepping the hinge pattern and getting after it in today’s workout. We have running intervals, heavy swings, ring rows, and box jumps.

2021 Murph Shirt Pre-Order!!!

Hey CFK!

It’s May, and that means it’s time for MURPH!

This year, we want to remember all the men who lost their lives in Operation Redwings, including Lt. Michael Murphy.  Please take a moment and remember their sacrifice for our country.

We are offering a unisex t-shirt, a men’s tank top, and a ladies’ racerback tank top, all in charcoal black.  Please use this link to pre-order your shirt so you have it for the Murph WOD on May 31st!!

Each shirt is $25, with $10 of each sale donated to the Travis Manion Foundation, CFK’s chosen hero foundation.

Get your order in now before time runs out on May 10th!!!

 

Women’s Summer CFK Crops & Tanks!!!!

Happy Spring Y’all!!

We are dropping an awesome line of crops and tanks for CFK women just in time for warm weather!  With fresh new colors for 2021, you are going to want one of each of these shirts!  We won’t have sample sizes available, but the garment measurements are at the bottom of the order form, and these are the same ladies’ tanks that we have ordered before.  Each shirt is only $18!

Go fill out the order form here, and hit up [email protected] with any questions!  You have until April 4th to get your order in!

 

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.

Sign Up Now!

Click HERE

 

 


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: 

 

Monday

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.

Burn
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-

Tuesday

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.

Burn
Triple AMRAP
AMRAP x 5 MINS
10 Right Arm DB Thrusters
8 Burpees over DB
10 Left Arm DB Thrusters
-Rest 2:00-
AMRAP x 4 MINS
8 Right Arm Thrusters
6 Burpees over DB
8 Left Arm DB Thrusters
-Rest 2:00-
AMRAP x 3 MINS
6 Right Arm DB Thrusters
4 Burpees over DB
6 Left Arm DB Thrusters

 

Wednesday

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.

 

Burn
AMRAP x 16 MINS
20 Russian Kettlebell Swings
20/15 Cal Row
50m Double KB Front Rack Carry
1:00 Plank Hold

 

Thursday

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!

 

Burn

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 

 

Saturday

 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.

 

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