I AM CFK Winter 2020 – Healthy Habits = Healthy You!

What’s up CFK?  The new year is hear and we’re like: “It’s time to turn up the heat, get really strict, workout 3 x’s a day, and finally make those Gainz we’ve been threatening to make for a while now.”  Stop right there Tiger!

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been training or how many times you’ve failed a diet/training program in the past, it’s still simply about habits just like it was then, and just like it will be next year.  How about we take time to focus on creating habits that are sustainable and healthy? 

When we create habits and remove emotion, learn what motivates us and what we have control over, we win.  It is that simple.

Winter 2020 I AM CFK CHALLENGE LINK

The 2020 Winter I AM CFK Challenge is all about creating Healthy Habits.  We won’t focus on restriction or temporary lifestyle changes to get “Six Pack Abs or Sweet Gunz.”  

I AM CFK is a set of daily/weekly challenges designed to create lasting, sustainable habits that lead to long term success and yes, “Abs and Gunz” if you so desire but it’s not the focus.

To understand and develop habits, we must first analyze our current behaviors through consistent tracking, identify changes necessary, and incentivize healthy behaviors to replace the less desirable ones.  

Watch this video and read this book to learn more about how habits work.  We are very much creatures of habit no matter how spontaneous we may think we are.


What’s included in th 6 Week Healthy Habits Challenge – $99

*Points must be in by midnight each day.  Tracking is a large part of the Challenge and critical to identifying the Growth Opportunities (formerly known as obstacles).

  • Baseline Fitness Test – Jan 18  (Retest Feb 29)
    • Gymnastics – We’ll test both 1rm Pullups and Max Reps   (If you don’t have pullups, we’ll use Very specific Ring Rows or band if you are close to pullups)
    • Mono-structural – We’ll test your Power/Speed using the 250m Row and 20cal Assault Bike sprint. Mid Endurance will be tested using the 2K row.  (1 Mile run can be subbed for Row)
    • Weightlifting – We’ll test over all Strength using the 1RM Bear Complex and Strength Endurance with 7RM unbroken rounds of Bear Complex.    (We’ll use a Clean Complex option for shoulder problems)  *We wanted to switch this portion for alternating challenges but we really can’t identify a better test!
    • MobilityWe’ll test basic hip, shoulder, and ankle mobility, weekly and daily challenges will be designed for mobility improvement which is critical to long term success and widely ignored unfortunately.
  • Before/After Fit3d
    • We aren’t looking for drastic changes but if you follow the process we will see positive changes for sure.
  • Daily and Weekly Fitness Challenges
    • ​​​​​​​These challenges are rooted in our beliefs of moving often, perfecting basics, addressing ‘growth opportunities’, trying new things, and learning new skills
  • Daily and Weekly Mobility Challenges
    • ​​​​​​​These are not complicated routines but 6-10 minutes per day of focussed work that will pay mad dividends over time.
  • Daily and Weekly Nutrition Challenges
    • ​​​​​​​Sorry folks, the bottom of the pyramid is built on proper nutrition and fueling.  Few results are possible without basic changes
  • Weekly 15 minute CFK Coach Check-ins 
    • This is your time to ask questions and learn to make your own healthy decisions.  Check-Ins are not for coaches to “tell you what to do,” but instead allow you to identify your personal “Growth Opportunities” and get feedback to help you decide for yourself what’s best, based on your goals.

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Get Better EVERY  MEAL ON THE MEAL!


Each I AM CFK Challenge comes with optional Custom Nutrition Support from Corey Church @ EMOM Nutrition   Visit his website for more info.

CFK partners with Emom Nutrition to offer an insane value for our I Am CFK challenge. You will have the option of weekly food log review through the Lose It app by a certified Nutrition Coach and a second option of a Custom Nutrition plan, complete with daily Macros as well as food log review

  • Optional EMOM Nutritional UpGrades
    • $49 = Weekly Food Log Review through Lose It app
    • $99 = Everything above + Custom Nutrition plan, including Starting Macros!

Initial Testing Schedule and Prep: 

Prep Week Training Schedule: Jan 13 – 17

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Normal Activity
  • Thursday: Active Recovery Wod (RPE of 6-7)
  • Friday Off or a light row and foam rolling with lots of water but do NOT Workout!

Test Day:  Jan 18, 2020 – 9:45 am

  • 10:00 – 12:00 – Warmup, Testing, Cool Down
    • Bring snacks and Water, belts, lifters, running shoes, wrist wraps, etc… or Nothing.  It’s a test!

Prep Week Training Schedule: Feb 24 – 28

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Normal Activity
  • Thursday: Active Recovery Wod (RPE of 6-7)
  • Friday Off or a light row and foam rolling with lots of water but do NOT Workout!

Retest February 29, 2020 – 9:45 to noon

  • 10:00 – 12:00 – Warmup, Testing, Cool Down
    • Bring snacks and Water, belts, lifters, running shoes, wrist wraps, etc… or Nothing.  It’s a test!

How: Click “REGISTER“, sign up, show up, read the Nutrition Guidelines, grocery shop, food prep, complete challenges, create habits, and most importantly win long term!

*We will Crown an overall winner.  However, if you participate in this challenge to completion you will also win.  The points are for motivation, the habits built are the prize.  Take the Challenge!

#OpenUp

“Each year of the Open is filled with memorable moments. Stories of first muscle-ups, personal breakthroughs, and the beginning of lasting friendships are often sparked during the five weeks of competition in the Open.” -CrossFit.com

 

The CrossFit Open is celebrating its 10th season! It gets better every year, and while there have been many changes to its format over the years, it remains the single greatest test of pure fitness we have. Whether this year’s open will be your first, or your tenth, you’re bound to push to new heights and discover previously unknown capabilities during the Open!

 

“But I don’t like to compete, I just want to get fit and have fun.”

 

Great! That’s what the Open is all about. You don’t have to compete with anybody if you don’t wish to, but just by participating and committing to 100% effort for 5 weeks, you’ll:

 

  1. Push yourself harder than you have all year, likely setting a PR or doing a movement you’ve never been able to before. Each year, at least a handful of CFK’ers get their first pull-up, toes-to-bar, muscle-up, or set a weightlifting PR.
  2. Learn to go to places of discomfort that you weren’t sure of before, thus setting you up for a more successful year of training in 2020 and gaining you the much coveted mental toughness to overcome other obstacles.
  3. Have an absolute blast tuning in and hanging out each week with all of your CFK buddies, cheering each other on, high fiving, chest-bumping, and ringing PR bells.

 

Regardless of if you compete with yourself or anyone else, the Open workouts are still just workouts and will be normal training days for those not testing.  All our workouts are as difficult as you want them to be and these will be nothing different from that standpoint and should not be skipped.


HOW TO REGISTER

  1. Sign-up for the CrossFit Open HERE.
  2. More information HERE

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Thursday, October 10: 20.1 (First Open WOD) released online here

Friday, October 11 – Friday, November 10: Workouts 20.1 – 20.5

Friday: CrossFit Classes – all classes, all day, each Friday will perform the Open WOD (One heat each class, no judges)

Saturday: CrossFit L2 @10: 15 am, both locations: Open WOD (with judges)

**If you intend to register as an athlete at CrossFit.com and will require a certified judge, you must also register as a judge and pass the judges course here so that you can also judge for someone else on Saturday!

Friday, November 8: Workout 20.5 – Friday Night Lights / “FRANsgiving” Potluck!

The final Open WOD, crossed with our Thanksgiving celebration! Don’t worry, we won’t be doing “FRAN”… unless that’s what 20.5 turns out to be!

Location: CFK West

Time: 4pm – 8pm


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q: I’m not sure if I should do the Open, should I?

A: Yes. Regardless of age, training history, current abilities, physical limitations, or any other potential excuse, EVERYONE will benefit by participating in the Open. There is a scaled division, and at CFK we will have a beginner version of the workout each week.

 

Q: Should I register online?

A: We STRONGLY recommend it. The online leaderboard is very cool, and has improved over the past 2 years with the ability to create custom leaderboards for individual gyms (CFK will have one), as well as optional filters for age, occupation, experience level, and many other options. You can see your performances year-over-year, providing a yearly benchmark to track progress. Plus, it’s an added layer of ACCOUNTABILITY!

NOTE: It’s not required to register online, and CFK makes no money on your registration. All registration fees go to CrossFit HQ.

 

Q: I’m new to CrossFit

or

I haven’t been consistent lately, do I really need to be testing?

A: No, not at all.  But… you should still do the Open workouts because they are great training days just like all CrossFit workouts! Work within your means and follow the principles of MCI (Mechanics, Consistency, THEN Intensity). The Open will give you a weekly focus/event to anticipate, keep you consistent during a time where distractions are everywhere, and you’ll have a great time cheering your friends on and talking/tweeting/hashtagging within the community each week.

 

Q: Which division should I compete in?

A: You don’t need to designate it right this moment. See what the first workout is, view the scaling options, and then decide. You can take it week-by-week, or determine it now and stick with your division the whole time, regardless of the workout. You can’t mess it up!

*We do recommend staying in the same division throughout the open, regardless of the workouts.  It’s good to see your weaknesses and if you switch back and forth you can miss out on valuable lessons.

Q: When will we be doing the workouts?

A: Two Options – Friday during classes, or Saturday during the L2 workout at 10:15 am.

NOTE: Those who register online as an athlete must be judged by a certified judge and also become a certified judge to score someone else. Saturday will be the only scheduled option with judges, so if you’re registering online you’ll need to come on Saturday!

**EVERYONE who registers as an athlete online is asked to also register as a judge and pass the online judges course which can be found hereThis ensures that we have enough judges on Saturdays!

 

Q: What if I can’t make Saturdays for the Open throwdowns?

A: If you are registered online and can’t make Saturdays, then you’ll need to find a buddy who’s passed the judges course to judge you during off-class hours, or in the auxiliary room, if available.  We will be very accommodating but cannot interrupt other’s workouts or disrespect their time.

 

Q: What is the deadline for submitting scores?

A: For the CrossFit Open (online), you’ll need to submit prior to Monday at 8 p.m. EST. each week.

 

Q: How do I submit my scores?

A: For the online competition, submit at https://games.crossfit.com/

 

Q: What exactly is the CrossFit Open?

A: Besides being the biggest single fitness event in the world, it’s the first way for professional athletes to qualify for the CrossFit Games, as each national champion from every nation with a CrossFit affiliate worldwide will receive an invite. For most of us, it’s 5 weeks of tough workouts, PR’s and high fives. Plus, what’s cooler than seeing your name on the same leaderboard as the greatest athletes in the world?

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.

January Nutrition Seminar Series

We’re 5 days into 2017, where are you with your goals? Whether they include leaning out, gaining strength, completing a marathon, or improving biomarkers, love it or hate it, your nutritional habits will determine 80% of your success.

Improving your nutritional habits can seem daunting and with all of the quick drive-thru options and external social pressures we all face, it certainly requires planning and a great deal of self-control. Having said that, we’re here to tell you that you CAN eat clean while having a life!

If you’d like to learn more about making SUSTAINABLE, healthy nutritional habits part of your lifestyle, register for Coach Cassdiy’s brand new, FREE, 3-part nutritional series!

We’re limiting this series to 16 participants at each location West/North, and it’s first come first reserve. To register, email Coach Rick with your name and location!

Part 1: Prioritizing nutrition & Quantity Control (hand method)

Part 2: Meal prep & meal planning

Part 3: Supplements, hydration, sleep, and how to eat for your body type!


Dates/Times:

North:

Part 1: Monday, January 16th @ 6:00 pm

Part 2: Monday, January 23rd @ 6:00 pm

Part 3: Monday, January 30th @ 6:00 pm

West:

Part 1: Tuesday, January 17th @ 6:30 pm

Part 2: Tuesday, January 24th @ 6:30 pm

Part 3: Tuesday, January 31st @ 6:30 pm

 

 

Row’d Royalty!

Competition season is upon us and we’ve got several performance challenges coming up!  We’re kicking off the new year with Row’d Royalty!  This is a rowing competition much like the CrossFit Open with new workouts released each week on Thursday, and you have until Monday to complete them and post your score.

The competition officially starts on Thursday, January 5th and will conclude on Monday, January 30th.

Entry fee is $20 to post your score online, see where you stack up as an individual AND a team!  We want to see how the whole gym compares to everyone else, but we want to see everyone push it between our two gyms, so we’ll also track the scores internally and see which gym has the highest participation AND who performs the best.

The gym with the most participation will get to host the after party as a celebration.

The gym with the highest performance will host the CFK Games in the spring.

WHHYYYYYYYY would I want to do MORE rowing????

Rowing shows up a lot in workouts week-to-week and the best way to get better at it is to just row more!  It’s a great monostructural form of exercise that is low impact and can easily be varied in intensity.

Test and retest is a great way to see where you are!  It’s a new year anyway, so why not see how your rowing fitness is and try to improve upon it?

Do I have to pay $20 to participate?

No, you don’t have to pay the $20.  We’re not making any money off of this, but we do want to represent the gym well!  If you still want to do the workouts and represent your side of town, just e-mail [email protected] with your scores every week.

Do I have to do the workout at the gym?

No!  We like seeing you at the gym, but you can do these workouts at home on your own rower, or if you’re traveling you can find a rower and do the workout then!

I’m vertically challenged and not well built for rowing!

Row’d Royalty has height divisions!

Okay, I’m in.  Where do I sign up?

Right here.

When do I do it?

Anytime!  But we will also host heats on Sunday mornings at both locations.

Week in Preview – December 5, 2016

The holiday season has arrived!  Last week was a great week of time spent in the gym, but we know that moving forward the holidays take up a lot of time outside of the gym.  This can add a lot of stress to your life, plus late nights, lots of bad food, and little sleep.  We want to see you in the gym to help with that stress and get your workout in!

 

That’s why we’re running our December attendance challenge!  What’s your motivation besides fitness and stress relief?

$200

The more you come to class (and sign in on Wodify!) the more chances to win a $200 gift card to Uncle Lem’s Outfitters.  Here’s how it goes:

Between 12/5 – 12/31:

– 16 visits gets you 1 drawing entry

– 18 visits gets you 2 drawing entry

– 20 visits gets you 3 drawing entries

– 23 visits gets you 6 drawing entries

– bring a friend to try their first class = 2 drawing entries

– send us your NYD Race registration = 2 drawing entries

It’s as simple as that!  It doesn’t cost you anything and you get a chance to win a sweet prize.  Now what do you have to look forward to in the first week of December?

Monday – Heavy weight, heavy gymnastics

Deficit handstand push-ups, heavy hang squat cleans, and muscleups.  Lots of scaling options here.  Heavy loads, short distance, fast.

Tuesday – Snatch work

Power snatch work today mostly with some overhead squats.  Look for something challenge, but move that bar fast.  Conditioning will be 12 minutes of as many Chest to Bar pull-ups, power snatches, and wall balls you can fit in.  Try to shoot for 4 rounds or more!

Wednesday – Long Conditioning

Last Friday was a very long, steady state workout.  Today will be slightly shorter, but we’re still estimating around 30 minutes.  Running, Toes to bar, Double unders, and Death March.  Try not to scale so far as to cut the workout short.  Long aerobic conditioning is and important component to fitness!

Thursday – Front Squats!

We’re doing waves again of 3-2-1-3-2-1-3-2-1 and trying to go heavy.  There is accessory work for both strong and lean; either Bulgarian split squats or assault bike for max calories.  Pick your poison!

Friday – Partner Rowling…

For the warmup you and a partner will rowl to 1000 meters in 100 meter intervals, but just like with regular rowling there are burpee penalties for going over or under exactly 100 meters!  The workout will be fast pasted with moderately heavy power cleans and burpee pullups.  Stick around for a bit of accessory work at the end of class.

Saturday – Partner Day!

Grab a partner to alternate rounds of overhead squats, box jump overs, and shuttle runs.  And then after that, go right into push jerks and rowing/skiing!  Your goal is to move fast and get to work:rest 1:1.  No interval should take longer than 2.5 minutes!

Don’t forget that this coming weekend is the CFK Holiday Chili Cookoff at our North location for 6-9 p.m.!  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Have a great week and we’ll see you on the floor!

-Coach Scott

P.S.  A special holiday edition of Friday Night Lights is coming on December 23rd…with prizes involved, a favorite workout for all, and to all a good night…

Gift of Fitness Challenge!

 

Are you ready to start achieving your goals and making changes BEFORE the New Year?

Beat all the resolutioners to the gym and start this December with CrossFit Knoxville!

 

Give yourself or a loved one the gift of health and fitness this holiday season!

 

CrossFit Knoxville is running a December Fitness Challenge for new members ready to dedicate themselves to change.  But you won’t be going at it solo! There will be coaches and athletes with you the whole way!

 

This challenge will begin on Monday December 5th and end on Sunday January 1st!

 

$200.

Not only will you get 4 weeks of unlimited CrossFit classes, you get the following:

 

Personal coach to guide you through the 4-weeks

1-on-1 goal setting meeting with coach

1-hour nutrition workshop

Personalized nutrition support

Before and after measurements

 

Even better, there are PRIZES!  Show your dedication to the program and get entered for a chance to win

Uncle Lem’s ($200 gift card)

1 Month CFK Membership ($175 value)

PP3 from Pure Pharma ($65 value)

Prize from Eddie’s Health Shoppe

And possibly more!

 

It is a raffle, but the more you do, the better your odds!  How do you increase your odds?

18+ classes attended = 1 entry

21+ classes attended = 1 entry

attending a nutrition workshop = 1 entry

participating in the Calhoun’s New Year’s Day 5k = 1 entry

Submit a 4-day food log to your coach = 1 entry

 

If you’re interested, talk to a coach or e-mail [email protected]

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