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Sunday 12/8/19

Sunday 12/8/19

“Walk the Walk”
For Time:
75/55 Calorie Bike/Row
150′ Walking Lunge
75 AbMat Sit-ups
150′ Walking Lunge
75/55 Calorie Bike/Row


Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Saturday 12/7/19

Saturday 12/7/19

“Hot & Heavy”
Teams of 3, AMRAP 30:
60 Calorie Row
50 Pull-ups
40 Power Cleans
30 Thrusters

Round 1: 95/65
Round 2: 115/85
Round 3: 135/95
Round 4: 155/105
Round 5: 175/115


“I define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance.” – Seth Godin

It’s not abnormal to feel the nerves before something big. We have a several thousand year-old survival mechanism that wants to protect us. A bit outdated maybe, but it’s still alive and well.

This made sense when being chased by predators, or at risk of running out of food. Yet, our day to day actions are different now. Not only do we not need to prepare for catastrophic failure… we should resist it.

What we think, we will become. And if we dwell on the thought on failing, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We start to focus in, on a subconscious level, on the reasons we will fail. Of course, we’re not in an imaginary world here… we will fail… but it’s the paradigm shift we’re after. Think less about all the reasons we’ll fail, and more, about all the reasons we will succeed.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Friday 12/6/19

Friday 12/6/19

“Outside the Box”
Teams of 2, AMRAP 30:
150 Meter Row, 1 Burpee Box Jump
150 Meter Row, 2 Burpee Box Jumps
150 Meter Row, 3 Burpee Box Jumps

Box Height: (24/20)


“If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” – Michelangelo

A quote from a man who is recognized as one of the greatest artists of all time.

There’s the intoxicating myth in our society that there is such a thing as natural-born talent. Some kind of mystical factor that leads to such heights of achievement. Yet here he is, Michelangelo himself, expressing his magic secret.

It’s easy to dismiss achievements to factors we can’t control. To say history is by chance. It’s far harder, to admit that it’s another level of true grit and unrelenting effort. To realize that the great Michaelangelo simply worked his ass off.

Greatness is not by chance. It is by choice. Let’s get to work.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Thursday 12/5/19

Thursday 12/5/19

“Mood Swing”
AMRAP 16:
21/15 Calorie Bike/Row
12 Kettlebell Swings (70/53)
2 Rope Climbs (15′)


Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Wednesday 12/4/19

Wednesday 12/4/19

“Low Tide”
AMRAP 5:
Buy-In: 700 Meter Row
7 Squat Cleans (95/65)
25 Double Unders

Rest 5 Minutes

AMRAP 5:
Buy-In: 500 Meter Row
5 Squat Cleans (115/85)
25 Double Unders

Rest 5 Minutes

AMRAP 5:
Buy-In: 300 Meter Row
3 Squat Cleans (135/95)
25 Double Unders

Masters/Int: 65/45, 95/65, 115/85


“I attribute my success to this – I never gave, or took, any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

The terrifying thing about excuses, is that they blind us to our next move. If we excuse or try to justify a misstep, we at a subconscious level tell ourselves that this is “out of my control”. That this was a fluke, or a chance event, and there’s nothing I could do differently next time.

On the flip side, owning what happens is not about beating ourselves up or throwing pity parties. It’s solely so that we can open our vision on where to go next. To see the lesson in front of us.

Excuses are contagious, and horribly damaging. Let’s take the opposite road, as growth begins with responsibility.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Tuesday 12/3/19

Tuesday 12/3/19

Pressing Complex
5 Sets:
1 Push Press
2 Push Jerks

“Little Dipper”
21-15-9:
Push Jerks (135/95)
Lateral Barbell Burpees

Masters/Int: 115/75


“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” – James Clear

If someone has 10 coins, are they rich? Let’s say no.
What if they have 100 coins. Probably not.
What about 1,000 coins?

There is a tipping point. A number where our answer changes to yes. It actually narrows down to a single coin where that takes place.

But… we know it wasn’t just the single coin. It was the culmination of the many before. We can apply this same logic to our identity. By itself, walking the shopping cart back to its home isn’t going to change who we are as an individual. By itself, picking up trash outside of the local school isn’t going to either. It’s the culmination, that will. These votes for who we are, seemingly small at the time, add up.

A pitfall in life is when we view instances throughout our day as insignificant. We tell ourselves, “this won’t make a difference”. Yet at the end of the day, just like the single coin, it’s all that matters.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Monday 12/2/19

Monday 12/2/19

“Flinstones”
AMRAP 20:
50 Wallballs (20/14)
40/30 Calorie Bike/Row
30 Toes to Bar
20 Dumbbell Snatches (75/50)

Masters/Int: WBs (14/10), DB (50/35)


“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but rather by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Lewis Stevensen

The definition of success is whatever we make of it.

Many directly link results to success. And the lack thereof, to failure. But what if we reshaped that way of thinking. What we measured success, as the seeds we “plant for tomorrow”? What if we decide that a successful day is deemed so purely by how much we learned?

We can view days as tests.
Or we can view days as opportunities.
Time to go tend to the field.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Sunday 12/1/19

Sunday 12/1/19

Strict Press
Build to Heavy Set of 3

“Shoulder Pads”
Ascending Ladder for 8 Minutes:
3 Strict Presses (75/55), 100 Meter Run
6 Strict Presses (75/55), 100 Meter Run
9 Strict Presses (75/55), 100 Meter Run
….

Masters/Int: #55/35


“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.” – Steven Hawking

One of the largest dangers in life is a closed mind.
Yet, very, very few, close on purpose.
We often don’t even realize it’s happening, until it’s too late.

It’s how our mind operates by default. When we think we have the answer, we stop looking for the solution. We not only stop seeking it out, but we no longer are even aware of the next idea, the next thought, as it passes us by. We blind ourselves.

It is not a plea to discount what we have learned. Cherish what we have learned! But instead, value the one thing we truly have – the willingness, to learn. That we have, in full. The willingness to listen to the next path, the next way. The willingness to stare, nakedly, at our weaknesses and address them. The willingness, to always be a student.

As Socrates said, “All I know, is that I know nothing.”

Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Saturday 11/30/19

Saturday 11/30/19

“Iron Lotus”
Teams of 3
For Time (30 Minute Cap):
800 Meter Team Wreck Bag Run (50/35)
80/60 Calorie Row
80 Box Jump Overs (24/20)
80 Overhead Squats (95/65)
80 Hang Power Snatches (95/65)
80 Overhead Squats (95/65)
80 Box Jump Overs (24/20)
80/60 Calorie Row
800 Meter Team Wreck Bag Run (50/35)

Masters/Int: 65/45


“Only a man who knows what it’s like to be defeated, can reach down to the bottom of his soul with the extra ounce of power to win, when the match is even.” – Mohammed Ali

It’s commonplace to look at mistakes, miscues, and losses as negatives. And it’s even more common, to view them as setbacks. Yet here, one of the greatest of time, offers the difference maker in an otherwise even fight between two opponents:

Failure.

Through the experience of failure, the fighter becomes the victor. Not because of the pain of loss, or the embarrassment of defeat. But through viewing failure as a chance to start again, more equipped. More prepared. More experienced.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Friday 11/29/19

Friday 11/29/19

Tempo Deadlift
Build to a Moderate Single

*Tempo: 5 Seconds Up & Down

“Steam Roller”
For Time:
25/18 Calorie Bike/Row, 25 Sit-ups, 2 Deadlifts
25/18 Calorie Bike/Row, 25 Sit-ups, 4 Deadlifts
25/18 Calorie Bike/Row, 25 Sit-ups, 6 Deadlifts
25/18 Calorie Bike/Row, 25 Sit-ups, 8 Deadlifts
25/18 Calorie Bike/Row, 25 Sit-ups, 10 Deadlifts

Barbell: (275/185)

Masters/Int: 205/165


“Live life on purpose” – Simon Sinek

As simple as this sounds, every action we take in our lives should have a clear and defined purpose.

As an analogy, let’s use money. When we spend money, there’s a reason. Food for tonight’s dinner, a new pair of shoes, gasoline. It’s very easy to justify. We would never throw our money into the wind. Yet… we can often find ourselves doing so with our time.

Unlike money, which can cycle back around on the next paycheck, we don’t get restocked on time. Be it a morbid thought, we know our days here are limited… time is our most precious, irreplaceable resource.

As we move through our day, take an objective look at the actions we take. Like a CFO analyzing a day of business, reflect tonight on where we spent our time. Because at “years-end-summary”, when our time comes… let’s be proud about how we chose to spend those resources. We only get one chance to do so.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> Thanksgiving Hours: Thursday 11/28 8am only. Friday 11/29 8am and 9am only.

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Thursday 11/28/19 ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday 11/28/19 ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

“Murph”
For Time:
1 Mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 Mile Run


“The only difference between feedback and criticism, is how you hear it.” – Tim Grover

We are defensive creatures. It’s in our nature for self-preservation. Thousands of years ago, when a threat was in the area, such as a predator, the human mind and body would kick into a fight-or-flight state.

This reaction absolutely can still ring true today when we receive feedback.

We’ve all related to a time where we felt threatened by feedback. Where we felt like we were being attacked. Much like the primal man in the example above, self-preservation kicks in, and we become defensive.

But outside of that uncomfortable moment, we recognize that feedback is the best thing for us. It’s the secret sauce to improvement. So how can we train our minds to receive it as so?

Remind ourselves, whenever we have the luxury to receive feedback (because it is), there is no downside. There literally isn’t. Even if the feedback or advice is something we can’t use at all, or it doesn’t fit our goals, we still gained insight from another’s point of view or angle. And in truth, if we put in the work to think on a deeper level through it, virtually every piece of feedback pushes us further in the right direction.

Whenever feedback comes our way, it’s a gift. A gift that someone is taking time out of their day to give to us. They don’t have to do this – they are choosing to. Choosing to give us their time, not to break us down, but to help build us up further. If we can remind ourselves of this as the feedback comes, we’ll never hear “criticism” again.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> Thanksgiving Hours: Thursday 11/28 8am only. Friday 11/29 8am and 9am only.

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Wednesday 11/27/19

Wednesday 11/27/19

3-Position Power Snatch
Build to a Heavy Complex

“Power Wheels”
AMRAP 3:
9/6 Calorie Bike/Row
12 Power Snatches (95/65)

Rest 3 Minutes

AMRAP 3:
9/6 Calorie Bike/Row
8 Power Snatches (115/85)

Rest 3 Minutes

AMRAP 3:
9/6 Calorie Bike/Row
4 Power Snatches (135/95)

Masters/Int: 75/55, 95/65, 115/85


“Laziness, doesn’t get a vote. Frustration, doesn’t get a vote. Weakness, doesn’t get a vote. Negativity, doesn’t get a vote. Only you do.”
– Jocko Willink

As humans, we like comfort. And anything that challenges that comfort, will be met with resistance. And lots of it. It’s our innate self-preservation mechanism kicking in.

Yet there is a difference between acknowledging the voices, and listening to them.

It is a choice to be lazy.
It is a choice to be frustrated.
It is a choice to be negative.

When we can see these emotions for what they are, we can acknowledge them when they arrive. And then put them where they belong. They do not get a vote in how we live our lives. Only we do.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> Thanksgiving Hours: Thursday 11/28 8am only. Friday 11/29 8am and 9am only.

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Tuesday 11/26/19

Tuesday 11/26/19

“Snack Bar”
3 Rounds:
400 Meter Run
10 Power Cleans (155/105)
500/400 Meter Row
10 Push Jerks (155/105)

Masters/Int: 115/85


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

Let’s not wait for the perfect time.
Let’s instead just create it.

“Just start”. We’ve used this approach in our strategy pieces. As we transition from the double-under rope to the wallballs, let’s just start. If we can remove that moment of hesitation, we quickly find those first repetitions are always there… and more. We surprise ourselves with a set of 15 reps, when we could have bet our lives that we might fail the first.

We can either await the picture perfect moment, or we can get outside and create it.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> Thanksgiving Hours: Thursday 11/28 8am only. Friday 11/29 8am and 9am only.

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

Monday 11/25/19

Monday 11/25/19

Back Squat
3 Sets of 5

“Taco Bell”
AMRAP 9:
35 Double Unders
25 Air Squats
15 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)

Masters/Int: 45/30


“I was complaining I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” – Confucius

A short story to share.

A man walked into a shop to order some flowers to be sent as a gift to his mother, living 200 miles away.

As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.” The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.” He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers.

As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother!” She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the gifting order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.

At times, we can take many such relationships with our family and friends for granted.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> Thanksgiving Hours: Thursday 11/28 8am only. Friday 11/29 8am and 9am only.

=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!

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