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10 Nov 2015

Nov 10 2015

Awesome job by everyone who came in yesterday! We had our largest attendance in 3 Months and tons of people got PRs! Keep up the great work!

To Gear or Not To Gear
I got a few questions yesterday about belts and wraps and sleeves so I thought I’d lay down this basic primer about how I think about lifting gear.

First you’ve got to look at the world you’re talking about to understand what is meant by the term “Gear”.

In Powerlifting “Geared” refers to special shirts and suits worn to increase the weight lifted. There’s different categories (single and multi-ply) for the type of gear and a Multi-Ply Bench Shirt can, for example, add hundreds of pounds to your bench press or squat. Usually a West Side Conjugate method is used to train for Geared Powerlifting which teaches moving in a particular way that uses the gear most effectively and trains accessory strength to keep the bar in the “Slot” of the gear.

In Bodybuilding “Gear” generally refers to steroids or other performance enhancing substances primarily used to either build muscle or cut fat. This blends over into Powerlifting because plenty of the Geared Powerlifters (and Raw as well) have taken PEDs over the years. It’s not a secret, it’s widely known.

In CrossFit “Gear” means equipment that would usually fall into Raw Powerlifting standards. Raw Powerlifting has exploded as people have moved away from single and multi-ply gear in the last decade opting for a more natural way of moving heavy weight. Because CrossFit WODs are “Raw” style lifting we generally want to train in a method compliments this type of lifting.

Gear can be broken into categories by body part: Feet, Knees, Core, and Writs.

Feet means shoes. Based on your ankle flexibility a pair of Olympic Weightlifting shoes can dramatically improve your squat position or they can just be a flashy piece of worthless equipment. Generally they’ll help most people. For me, shoes are not an on or off item. If I’m squatting heavy I wear them. If the WOD is heavy below parallel, I wear them.

Knee Sleeves fall into 3 types – no support, rehbands, and wraps. That order is also the order of helping your squat. You can absolutely lift more with sleeves than none and you can lift more with wraps than sleeves.

Core – There are two types of belts: Olympic and Powerlifting. The Olympic belts are typically black fabric and velcro while the Powerlifting belts are bigger and leather. The main purpose of the belt isn’t to reinforce your back. Instead it’s to help you activate all of the musculature around your core.

To Wear or Not to Wear –
Generally we want to be as strong as possible WITHOUT any gear. The athlete who can lift the most without gear will also be able to lift the most with gear. That said, lifting with gear can help strengthen your lifts without gear. So if lifting is important to you you should consider getting and trying different types of gear.

Realize that always wearing gear is a mistake. Always putting sleeves on or a belt on for everything is a mistake. Gear is really about the last 10%. Either in Weight or Volume.

1000k Row
50 Thrusters (45/35)
30 V-ups
– Rest 3 Min –
30 Burpees
15 V-Ups
– Rest 2 Min –
10 WallClimbs
10 V-Ups

16 Oct 2015

Oct 16 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!

How Strong Should you be for CrossFit?

On Monday I wrote about how many CrossFitters, especially those with aspirations to compete, focus too directly on Strength.

The Mistake comes from way back in the day when most athletes doing CrossFit legitimately lacked strength. It wasn’t uncommon for The CrossFit Games to have “Heavy” weights like 135lb Shoulder to Overhead and 275lb Deadlifts (by comparison last years games saw 445lb deadlifts).

But, how strong are you and how strong should you be to generally be a well rounded CrossFitter.

The first answer is easy and personal: Take a look at your Benchmark WODs, all of them, and ask yourself where you’re losing time. Did you lose time on the OHS of “Nancy” on Monday because you were weak or was it the run and mobility? We’re you able to do “Isabel” rx’d and with in 5min? Were the Squat Cleans really the tough part of “Elizabeth” yesterday or was it the dips you had to scale?

After you look at your WODs and honestly assess your performance you can start to get a picture of where you’re weaknesses are. Chances are they’re not routed only in strength, they’re routed in mobility, technique, conditioning and strength…

Or basically everything. Next up, how to get better at everything…coming Monday.

6 Rounds

30 Double Unders
12 KBS
24 KB Sit Ups

15 May 2015

May 15 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!

We will not be having the MTM Oly Meet announced several weeks ago this weekend, my apologies. We will be lifting 1RM Snatch and 1RM Clean and Jerk at Saturdays 10am WOD. Each lift will have a 20min window. If you’re looking for extra metcon this week plan on the 11AM class.

Teams of 2

100 Pull Ups (sets of 10)
100 Wallballs (alternating – 20/14)
100 Wallball Sit Ups (alternating – partner does the unweighted sit up)
100 Double Unders
– Rest 3 Min –
100 MedBall Squat Cleans (sets of 10)
100 Kettle Bell Swings (sets of 10)

07 May 2015

May 7 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!

100m Run
Ladder 1,2,3,4,5,…+1
Hang Squat Snatch (95/65)
Box Jump (24/20)

06 May 2015

May 6 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what all the talk is about before signing up for your Beginner’s Sessions!

Regional Workouts are starting to get announced at http://games.crossfit.com/workouts/regionals What do you think?


1K Row
5×3 Shoulder Press – 75%
5R – Not For Time
6 Turkish Get Ups
10 Halos
20 Single Arm Kettlebell Swings

**Choose weights that are challenging only in the later rounds

01 May 2015

May 1 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!

5 Rounds
30 Partner WallBalls
40 Kettlebell Swings
50 Double Unders

**Partner Wallballs must alternate each rep. Throw the ball to the wall at a slight angle so it comes down to your partner standing next to yyou
**Split Kettlebell Swings and Double Unders equally

30 Apr 2015

Apr 30 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!

No 6:30PM Class on Friday

3RM Push Press
7 Burpees
9 Power Snatches (95/65)(light)
14 OH Lunges

29 Apr 2015

APR 29 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about! Then sign up for Beginner’s Sessions 1-on-1 with an MTM Coach to get your journey started in CrossFit!

Memorial Day Murph is Coming…May 25th Details to follow

4x400m Sprints – 3 Min Rest between FULL efforts
Death By
Wall Climbs

28 Apr 2015

Apr 28 2015

A huge Congratulations to Jerry Wilson who competed in the 50-54yr old Master’s Qualifier over the weekend. When it was all said and done Jerry finished just outside of qualifying for The CrossFit Games – 27th out of more than 4,000 worldwide competitors this year.

We couldn’t be more proud of Jerry’s effort all year training for this opportunity. With nothing but determination over the weekend Jerry repeated 3 of the 4 workouts for a total of 7 workouts over 4 days – each time he repeated a workout he improved. In the end it was just 19 points keeping Jerry from qualifying, a stellar performance in a field that saw 7 out of 20 qualifiers last year barely miss the field this year.

Jerry is a perfect example of what makes MTM truly great. He consistently works hard and smart balancing a professional career, family, and his own ability to train and recover. At every moment he’s humble and approachable – always willing to help coach a fellow athlete or help a new member improve. At each workout he gives his 100% effort ensuring that each and every rep is a quality rep that he can be proud of.

Moving forward Jerry will likely be taking a couple days of rest and then head back to it working up a plan to improve for next year. Be sure to congratulate him in the gym when you see him on a hard fought effort this year!

3 Rounds
50 Double Unders
30 Pull Ups
10 Hang Squat Cleans (135/95)(Moderate)

23 Apr 2015

Apr 23 2015

Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!

It’s been a really great week so far with PRs, Progress and hard work by everyone! Let’s keep it up!

100 Double Unders
90 Squats
80 Sit Ups
70 Push Ups
60 Pull Ups
50 KBS
40 Wallballs
30 V-Ups
10 Triple Unders (or Attempts)

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