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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!

Sunday 11/24/19

Sunday 11/24/19

“Krabby Patty”
For Time:
1k Row
30 Power Snatches (115/85)
1k Row


“When you have to make a choice and you don’t make it, that itself is a choice.” – William James

With every choice per day, we are either moving to, or away from our goals. Inaction is a form of action, in the simplest of terms.

Rarely is it that a single decision changes the course of our lives. It is far more often dozens, if not hundreds, of smaller decisions that pave our path. By themselves, they are seemingly the smallest of details. Such as hitting the snooze button for an extra five minutes. But repeated time and time again, these small actions become habits. And habits start to define who we are, trickling into other aspects of our lives.

Take into account that each choice, or lack thereof, pushes us in a very specific direction. There is no standing still.

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!

Saturday 11/23/19

Saturday 11/23/19

“Mush Mouth”
3 Rounds:
75/55 Calorie Bike/Row
3 Rounds of “Bergeron Beep Test”

1 Round of “Bergeron Beep Test”:
7 Thrusters (75/55)
7 Pull-ups
7 Burpees

Masters/Int: 55/35


“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

The definition of enthusiasm is “great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.” Enthusiasm is about purpose and passion – not results.

Define what your enthusiasm is. Why you do what you do.
And when the hardship comes, whether it’s today, tomorrow, or next week, remind ourselves of that why. Circumstances do not dictate effort… 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!

Friday 11/22/19

Friday 11/22/19

“Singled Out”
3 Rounds:
1 Minute Wallballs (20/14)
1 Minute Single Arm Dumbbell Snatches (50/35)
1 Minute Box Jumps (24/20)
1 Minute Single Arm Dumbbell Clean and Jerks (50/35)
1 Minute Calorie Row
1 Minute Rest

Masters/int: WBs 14/10, DBs 35/20


“Integrity is not a noun. It’s a verb.”

Just about everyone “knows” right from wrong. And if one knows right from wrong, they could be said to “have integrity”, as they possess the requisite knowledge. Yet, we know that’s not what real integrity is – as not everyone acts with so.

Real integrity, is action. Not a “thing”, but a living and breathing lens we live our lives through that we refine every single day.

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 11/21/19

Thursday 11/21/19

“Old MacDonald”
5 Rounds:
100 Meter Farmers Carry (53’s/35’s)
30 AbMat Sit-ups
120′ Walking Lunge

Masters/Int: 44/25


“Worry is a misuse of imagination”” -Dan Zadra

Our imaginations are powerful forces. As kids, we use our imaginations to go all sorts of places, and do many different things.
When our imagination turns to focus on poor outcomes, or less favorable things however, it brings concern – it brings worry. It is a misuse of our imagination that can being great stress and pain, without anything actually happening. It’s a true “”human”” error, which we can all admit to.
Where we do want to spend our time, is preparation. But preparation and worry can have a close relationship, where there are implications.

When the US Navy SEALs flew a helicopter into a compound on the mission that ultimately led to the successful elimination of Osama Bin Laden, catastrophe occurred. One of the helicopters crashed on landing, and was rendered unusable. Without hesitation, the SEALs adapted to the situation, and planned for a seamless extract on other helicopters. They had prepared for this actuality. What they did not do however, is spend any additional thought worrying that it may happen.

It’s wise to look at all possible outcomes, and weigh probabilities at each. It’s good to plan. But never good, to worry.

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 11/20/19

Wednesday 11/20/19

“Double Jointed”

AMRAP 16:
15 Overhead Squats (95/65)
30 Double Unders
15 Deadlifts (95/65)
30 Double Unders

Masters/Int: 75/55


“I don’t like that man. I should get to know him better.” – Abraham Lincoln

Perspective is everything.

In the abundance mindset, there is the belief all human beings are good. No one is born evil. The differences, between a terrorist and a police officer, are not malintentions. Both in their own mind, believe they are doing “the right thing”. The difference between the two are their interpretations, and understanding, of the world. Massive differences, but still at the root, perspectives.

A situation we can all relate to from some point in our lives, is poor first impression. An introduction to someone who… you’d rather not spend another second on. After the interaction, you want to distance yourself as far away as possible. Yet, life puts us right back next to them, not by choice, but by chance.

And we talk. And we strike some common ground. And we understand. We may not be close friends, but the brief amount of time we spent with them afforded us the chance to better understand their perspective.

Next time we find ourselves feel the wave of animosity towards someone, remind ourselves… we just need to get to know them a little bit better.

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 11/19/19

Tuesday 11/19/19

“Saw Horse”
3 Rounds:
1000 Meter Row
25 Burpees


“There is but one degree of commitment; total.” – Arnie Sherr

When we are “interested” in something, we’ll do what’s convenient. But when we are “”committed”” to something… we’ll do whatever it takes.

When we are only interested in a goal, one that doesn’t deeply drive us, we’ll feel the first obstacle that comes our way… and stop. We can find compromises, and comfort-based decisions, given how the uncomfortableness of the inevitable struggle is stronger than our will to win.

Yet, what the quote urges us to do, is to fully commit. Before we embark on the journey, to fully sit and realize the work that is to come. The challenges we’ll face. And to visualize, overcoming all of them. To build this will to be so strong, that no amount of obstacles could ever stop it.

Struggle is guaranteed. The difference will be our level of commitment amidst. No matter where we go in life, let’s go with our full heart.

Upcoming classes and events…

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

Monday 11/18/19

Monday 11/18/19

Macho Man Complex
Build to Heavy Complex:
3 Power Cleans
3 Front Squats
3 Push Jerks

“Randy Savage”
AMRAP 12:
3 Rounds of “Macho Man” (135/95)
15 Toes to Bar

1 Round of “Macho Man”:
3 Power Cleans
3 Front Squats
3 Push Jerks

Masters/Int: 95/65


“One can have no smaller or greater mastery, than mastery of oneself.” –Leonardo DiVinci

Leonardi DiVinci was one of the first documented individuals to believe that humans could take flight. Before such an idea became a mainstream success… talk about a horrific idea! The thought of hurling a human into the air, like a bird, with no guarantee of landing.

The above quote speaks to his greatest accomplishment. His mastery over his mind. He well knew of the risks, and well recognized the fears. But he believed it to be possible through it all.

The one person that will stop of us from doing what we want to do, looks back at us in the mirror.
It’s good to acknowledge that the primary job of our brain is to keep us safe. It’s going to try to keep us away from risk, danger, and failure.

It’s you versus you.

Upcoming classes and events…

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

Sunday 11/17/19

Sunday 11/17/19

“Lynne-sanity”
5 Rounds:
Max Bodweight Bench Press
Max Strict Pull-ups
400 Meter Run

Saturday 11/16/19

Saturday 11/16/19

“4th Down”

AMRAP 4:
21/15 Calorie Row
21 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)
21 Thrusters (75/55)

Rest 4 Minutes

AMRAP 4:
15/10 Calorie Row
15 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)
15 Thrusters (95/65)

Rest 4 Minutes

AMRAP 4:
9/6 Calorie Row
9 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)
9 Thrusters (115/85)

Masters/Int: 65/45, 75/55, 95/65


“Shallow people believe in luck and circumstance. Strong people believe in cause and effect” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have a choice – to believe that life is happening to us, or that we are fully in control. That life is a direct reflection of the choices that we make. That the good, bag, ugly, and everything in between is a direct result of our actions.

We can stand by, and wait for life to happen to us. Or we can choose to believe that we have a say in our own story, that we are the writers of our script, that we have complete control over what happens next.

Ask ourselves – at the end of the day, are we going to allow our life to be dictated to us by chance, or by choice

Upcoming classes and events…

=> 2nd Annual CFA Beer Tour! This Saturday November 16th starting at 1pm. Work hard, play hard. We have some new stops this year. Hope you all can make it out for at least one stop and mingle with each other outside of class.

      • 1:00pm Sager Beer Works
      • 2:00pm Nine Maidens Brewing Co
      • 3:00pm Fairport Brewing Co
      • 4:00pm Swiftwater Brewing Co
Friday 11/15/19

Friday 11/15/19

Power Clean Complex
Build to a Heavy Complex:
1 Hang Power Clean
1 Power Clean

“Power Bar”
AMRAP 12:
9 Hang Power Cleans (135/95)
12 Push-ups
15 Deadlifts (135/95)

Masters/Int: 95/65


“One of the sincerest forms of respect, is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Brian McGill

Everyone hears things. Not everyone listens.

Just hearing the words of another is to scratch the surface. It’s often here where one can turn into their own mind, formulating a response. The listening has stopped at this point. The focus is elsewhere now.

What if we changed those efforts around.
Where instead of thinking of what to say next, we seek to see further than the words. In full commitment to appreciating their perspective.

Listen not with the intention to respond, but with the intention to understand.

Upcoming classes and events…

=> 2nd Annual CFA Beer Tour! Tomorrow, Saturday November 16th starting at 1pm. Work hard, play hard. We have some new stops this year. Hope you all can make it out for at least one stop and mingle with each other outside of class.

      • 1:00pm Sager Beer Works
      • 2:00pm Nine Maidens Brewing Co
      • 3:00pm Fairport Brewing Co
      • 4:00pm Swiftwater Brewing Co

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