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Welcome to the Family Eddie!!

Welcome Concepcion Family!


Dear BTB Family,
 
We would like to give a warm and heartfelt welcome to the newest member of the BTB coaching staff  and family, Mr. Eddie Concepcion. 
Eddie and his family come to us from Savannah, GA to be closer to family and for his wife’s new position at Oglethorpe University. 
Many of you may have already had the pleasure of meeting Eddie at the Buckhead gym but if you haven’t you will be seeing him next week as he will be making his way to both gyms and establishing his new schedule. 
Please see a few fun facts about Eddie including his love for coaching and health/fitness. 
Welcome to the Family Eddie!!!!

About Eddie,
I am 54 years old, I was born in Fajardo Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I obtained a master degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Where I then stayed (for 28 years) and coached as an assistant men’s basketball coach, women’s head coach. I helped guide both teams to the first round of the NCAA DIII tournament. I stopped coaching and started the college’s first fitness center, recreation and intramural department.

How long have I been CrossFitting?
I’ve been doing CrossFit for 5 years. My students kept telling me about this CrossFit thing and asking me to teach classes. My response was that I did not feel comfortable teaching something I didn’t know. I did some research and, like an idiot, I signed up to take the CF level I. As luck would have it, The owner of CF SteadFast, in Savannah, Ga., happened to be walking past the university gym where he was handing out 2 weeks free passes at his new box. He handed me one as I was walking by and ask me to visit, which I did. I got my you know what handed to me on the warm up, and I was hooked. After my first year I introduced our boxes first striking classes, Kids CrossFit Kids classes and have been coaching regular classes. At the same time I been coaching CrossFit and other classes (like kickboxing, self-defense and core stability) at the university for students, faculty and staff.

What do I enjoy about coaching?
Being part of guiding someone towards achieving all their fitness goals and surpassing them is the greatest reward for me.

Favorite WOD?
There is always going to be a special place in my heart for Fran. Fran was my very first named WOD. I didn’t know what all the fuss was about until I did it…barely.

Whats my favorite and least favorite movements?
I like Rowing and wall balls, because I’m tall. My favorite strength exercise is deadlifts.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am ranked in the top 10% in the world in my age group, for CrossFit. I am the back to back champion of the Hilton Head garage wars.

What is your favorite thing todo outside of coaching and CrossFit?
Besides playing around with my boys I like to play basketball.

My favorite music to listen to while working out?
My favorite music to workout with is usually anything with a hard beat. I love AC/DC and old school stuff but I also have hip hop stuff. Sometimes, during strength training, I listen to things like Andrea Bocelli. My music library has 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Country, hip hop, techno and all kinds of music.

Basic Gymnastics Course

Basic Gymnastics Course

Basic Gymnastics Course:

Basic Gymnastics is a great supplemental program for beginning and intermediate Crossfit athletes who want to focus in on improving their movement patterns. This 8 week program includes 4 in person meetings along with programming/homework during the week, video review, and community support.

The curriculum will cover:

-Basic gymnastics shapes (hollow/extension)
-General Body Awareness on the ground and hanging from the bar
-Proper Kip Technique
-Pull-ups
-Toes-to-Bar
-Ring Dips
-Push-ups
-Box Jumps

There are no athletic pre-requisites for this class. If you are looking to get your first pull-up, or be able to string multiple toes to bar together, or even get your first push-up, this is the class for you. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO THOSE IN THEIR FIRST 18 MONTHS OF CROSSFIT)

Coached by: Casey Castleberry (BTB Fitness Stafff, Level 2 Certificate, Crossfit Gymnastics, Founder of Basic and Advanced Gymnastics Seminar Series)

Cost: $120 for BTB Members, $150 for non-members

Why the cost? This 8 week program includes a specific program designed to increase gymnastics skills over 8 weeks, includes 6 hours of in person coaching, a dedicated facebook page for questions during the week, video review, and community support.

Meeting Time: Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (BTB Ponce Location)

Meeting Dates: 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6

For any questions about the 8 week course please email Casey Castleberry at casey@btbfitness.com.

Welcome to BTB Casey!!

Welcome Casey!

Welcome Casey!

BTB Family,
We would like to take a moment to announce and welcome the newest member of our BTB coaching staff and family, Casey Castleberry.  Casey comes to us with 3-4 years of coaching experience with a love and passion for gymnastics. It is going to be fun with two coaches on staff with the same name but a different spelling. Casey has already taken over our BTB Instagram so be on the look out for some fantastic posts, tips, shout outs, PRs, and other exciting news at BTB. We couldn’t be more excited to have him part of our fabulous community and to see what he has in store. Get ready for big things from Casey C. Please give him a big BTB welcome when you see him in classes this week.  
 
Casey tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am 25 years old, was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I am a lover of movies and arts, a bibliophile, and before Crossfit was very involved in music (Pulled a brief stint playing guitar in a western swing fiddle band). I don’t have any pets but I love cats (dogs are cool too). I graduated from Baylor University with an Entrepreneurship/Marketing degree, pulled a brief corporate stint at Reebok, played in the sales and marketing game, and finally gave in to become a full time Crossfit coach. One of my favorite things to do during weekends is to explore Georgia waterfalls. Definitely a homebody/introvert by nature, Crossfit did a great job of getting me out of my shell.
 
Three part question:
How long have you been CrossFitting?, How did you get started?, Where was your first gym?
 
I have been Crossfitting since February of 2012. When I was 10, I started messing around on my dad’s bowflex and eventually started training my friends on it. I have always been obsessed with training and new ways of getting fit. I had a professor in college who knew this and got me a huge discount for my first 3 months at the gym she went to. My first gym was Crossfit Waco (Same as the professor). 
 
How long have you been coaching CrossFit and how did you get started?
 
I started coaching in December of 2013, and got my L1 in February of 2014 (And since then have become obsessed with certs. L2, Gymnastics, USAW). I have always enjoyed helping other people achieve competitive/goal-oriented success more than myself. It started by helping friends get their first muscle up/PR their snatch/clean up their rowing technique. I eventually had the owner sit me down and say I needed to make this official. 
 
What is your favorite part about coaching?
 
Crossfit is great, as are PR’s and lifting weights and the community. But the best part of coaching is when people come into the gym with stories about how what they did in the gym enhances their life outside of it. Being able to keep up with their kids/grandkids, passing a law enforcement physical exam, getting off blood pressure medication, making the school varsity squad. As cool as the Games and local competitions are, those moments pale in comparison to the life changes people experience. 
 
I also love seeing the moment when someone starts believing in themselves and their abilities. To trust yourself doing a heavy squat snatch where a heavy weight could fall on your head if you don’t do it right translates into trusting yourself in a broad amount of situations outside of the gym. 
 
What is your favorite wod and why?
 
Jackie. I love it. 1000m row, 50 empty barbell thrusters, 30 pull-ups. It is fast, light, and includes movements that are in my wheelhouse. Being able to flirt with that red line right up until the end makes it fun. 
 
Whats your favorite and least favorite movements?
 
I love ring muscle ups. From the first Crossfit video I saw I have been obsessed with learning and teaching them. 
 
My least favorite movement is pistols. #anklemobilitystruggles
 
What is your favorite thing to do outside of coaching and CrossFit?
 
Reading a good book or getting lost on a trail. (Book suggestions are always welcome)
 
So everyone (i.e. the class) loves to play DJ during classes. What is your favorite music to listen to while working out?
 
I have an (unfortunate) reputation of being an AWFUL DJ while I coach. I love Punk Goes Pop for metcons, and Demi Lovato’s confident for making PR attempts on Olympic Lifts.

Community Announcement

Welcome Kacey & Tony Millard

Welcome Kacey & Tony Millard

BTB Family,

We would like to take a moment to announce and welcome the newest member of our BTB coaching staff and family, Kacey Millard. Kacey and her husband Tony, moved to Atlanta from Chicago where they first got involved with CrossFit in 2011.
Kacey brings a wealth of knowledge, skill, personality, enthusiasm, and love for the sport to our community. We are beyond thrilled to have her as our new Assistant Director of Operations and Head Trainer. Please introduce yourself and help us give them a warm BTB welcome.

Kacey tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN, went to school here in Atlanta at Emory, and then got a job in the corporate world in Chicago (go Cubs). I met my husband Tony, who is a native Chicagoan, in the Windy City and his job brought me back to Atlanta last summer. We are slightly obsessed with our 3 year old dog, Kuma, who’s name may or may not be inspired by a burger restaurant in Chicago.

Three part question:
How long have you been CrossFitting?, How did you get started?, Where was your first gym?

I was a pretty active kid, always playing sports, and post college became a treadmill junkie at a globo gym. After a couple of very painful injuries and general boredom, I heard about crossfit through a friend in 2011. CrossFit was still a relatively new thing, and looking at gyms close to me, I was so confused about what it was! I didn’t understand how people did CrossFit instead of going to a “real gym”. Eventually both Tony and I signed up for an intro session together at CrossFit Chicago, and from there I was hooked! I joined the next day and haven’t been back to a globo gym since. When I started CrossFit I couldn’t do push ups from my toes, and unassisted pull-ups were out of the question. I thought I was “strong” then, so it is very cool to reflect back on where I was physically 5+ years ago.

How long have you been coaching CrossFit and how did you get started?

I started helping out around my box in Chicago about a year after I started crossfitting while continuing to work my accounting and finance job. I learned how much I loved working with members and how satisfying it was to give others some of the happiness that crossfit had given to me. After year of coaching, my home box needed some full-time coaching staff, so I jumped at the opportunity to leave the corporate world and haven’t looked back since.

What is your favorite part about coaching?

I love seeing non-physical transformations in people. There’s nothing better than someone gaining confidence and mental strength inside the gym and then getting to see that apply to their lives in a positive way outside the gym.

What is your favorite wod and why?
Air force WOD
For time:
20 Thrusters (95/65)
20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
20 Push jerks
20 Overhead squats
20 Front squats

4 Burpees on the minute, every minute until the reps are completed.
This workout is a controlled sprint with chaos and I love it!

Whats your favorite and least favorite movements?

Favorite: Snatches, pull-ups, and burpees
Least favorite: Deadlifts and Handstand pushups. UGH!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of coaching and CrossFit?

I love to cook. My mom cooked a ton growing up, and my brother is now a chef in Chicago (hit me up for recommendations if you are visiting the area). I cook often and Tony and I love to try new restaurants around town, and especially when we travel. I have tons of healthy recipes and have a big interest in nutrition if anyone wants to chat about it!

So everyone (i.e. the class) loves to play DJ during classes. What is your favorite music to listen to while working out?

I love classic rock and country music. Those aren’t always the best genres to workout to though. I’ll usually put on some top hits and go. Once I start working out, I don’t pay too much attention to the music.

New BTB Tees & Tanks Pre-Sale

New BTB Tees and Tanks

New BTB Tees and Tanks

NEW BTB Tees & Tanks
Pre-sale now through Monday Aug 22nd.
$25 each

Next Level Apparel
Mens Tri-Blend Tee, Unisex (mens) Tank, Ladies Racerback Tank
Email Nick at nick@btbfitness.com
with your size and style shirt

See Size Charts Below

Mens Tri-Blend T-shirt

Mens Tri-Blend T-shirt

Unisex Tank Top

Unisex Tank Top

Women Tri-Blend Racerback Tank

Women Tri-Blend Racerback Tank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BTB Hoodie Pre-Order

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*BTB Hoodie Pre-Order*

Cost: Zip-Up $44 / Pull-Over $40

Sizes: Small, Med, Large, XL, 2X, 3X
Light weight, Fits True to Size
*both gyms have sample sizes in M, Lg, XL*

Two easy ways to order your hoodie
1. Email nick@btbfitness.com
2. Fill Out Pre-Order Sheet at White Board
*we will run your card on file*

*Pre-Order Ends on Monday Morning 2/29*

Why Every CrossFitter should compete in the CrossFit Open

2015 Friday Night Lights CrossFit Open 15.1

2015 Friday Night Lights
CrossFit Open 15.1

Why Every CrossFitter should compete in the CrossFit Open

Only a few days away from the kick off of the 2016 CrossFit Open.

I know for most of us competing can be very intimidated and isn’t one of the reason why you joined
BTB or started CrossFitting. Please take a moment and read this awesome article on why you should
compete in the Open this year. I hope after reading this article more of you will change your mind
and give it a try. I am very excited for this years open. Friday Night Lights is going to be better then
last year. I can’t think of a better way to throw down each week then in front of our awesome and
strong community. Can’t wait to see you all out on Friday night (6:30 pm – Buckhead).

Check out this awesome article from Eat Clean & Jerk.

4 Reason Why You Should Sign Up For The Open

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BTB 2016 CrossFit Open “Friday Night Lights”

"2015 Friday Night Lights"

“2015 Friday Night Lights”

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BTB’s “Friday Night Lights”
2016 CrossFit Open
Contact: Coach James Black
james@btbfitness.com

#BTBFridayNightLights

Back for its second year, BTB’s “Friday Night Lights” will be the community events not to miss for this year’s CrossFit Open season.  Each Friday after the Open WOD announcement, one of our two gyms will host BTB’s FNL event.  We’ll set up the heats, you bring the intensity, and we’ll all knock out the Open WODs as one firebreathing BTB family.
There are two aspects to this year’s
FNL events: the open workouts and our team competition.

Here’s how it all works…

The Open

The first step is to register for the Open.  Go to games.crossfit.com and click the “Register” link in the upper right of the website.  You may need to create a user account if you don’t already have one.  Registration is only $20, and you can use the info below to sign-up under BTB.

Affiliate: BTB CrossFit

Team: BTB Fitness

NB: DO NOT register under BTB CrossFit Buckhead!

Now that you’ve signed up, you’ll need to enter your scores for each of the weekly workouts by Monday following their announcement.  Entering scores for all five workouts will get you our BTB 2016 CrossFit Open t-shirt for free!

Team Competition

Next is where all the magic happens.  All BTB members who sign up for the Open under the “BTB CrossFit” affiliate and “BTB Fitness” team are eligible to be on teams to compete in our FNL Competition.  Our BTB Coaches will serve as team captains and teams will be comprised of members from both gyms.  These teams will participate throughout the Open to earn points towards their team score (see below for details).  The top three teams at the end of the Open will get gym bragging rights and some other cool stuff (TBD).  Teams can be composed of any combination of gender and division.

Coaches will be primarily responsible for fielding the teams, but if you know some people you definitely want to team up with, grab a coach to be your captain!  I’ll do my best to make sure everyone who wants to be on a team gets on one, but if you have any questions email james@btbfitness.com.

Here’s how your team earns points:

+1  For each member that comes out to the “Friday Night Lights” (+1 bonus if everyone shows up). Be sure to sign in!
+1 For each member who completes the weekly Open WOD at “Friday Night Lights”
+1 For each member who enters their score on games.crossfit.com before the weekly deadline
+1 Make sure all your friends know that you’re participating in the Open!  A Facebook check-in or tag at the gym the night of each “Friday Night Lights” event will get your team a point.  (One post per team is fine. Everyone on your team who is tagged will get points.)
+1 Take a picture of your team, one of the heats, or the general awesomeness occurring and use #BTBFridayNightLights on Instagram to get an additional point

So how do you make sure your team is signed up and good to go?

  1. Sign up for the Open at games.crossfit.com

Affiliate: BTB CrossFit

Team: BTB Fitness

  1. Get your teams organized, and pick a team name.  You can view everyone who has signed up for the Open under the BTB Fitness team at http://games.crossfit.com/team/590
  2. Have your team captain fill out the form at tinyurl.com/BTB-FNL to sign your team up.  Make sure you put down your t-shirt sizes because anyone that signs up for the Open and completes and enters all 5 WODs on time will receive a BTB 2016 CrossFit Open t-shirt.
  3. Get pumped for the Open!

Schedule:

16.1
2/25 – Open 16.1 workout released
2/26 – “Friday Night Lights” at BTB Buckhead 6:30pm
2/29 – Deadline to Enter 16.1 Score

16.2
3/3 – Open 16.2 workout released
3/4 – “Friday Night Lights” at BTB Ponce 6:30pm
3/7 – Deadline to Enter 16.2 Score

16.3
3/10 – Open 16.3 workout released
3/11 – “Friday Night Lights” at BTB Buckhead 6:30pm
3/14 – Deadline to Enter 16.3 Score

16.4
3/17 – Open 16.4 workout released
3/18 – “Friday Night Lights” at BTB Ponce 6:30pm
3/21 – Deadline to Enter 16.4 Score

16.5
3/24 – Open 16.5 workout released
3/25 – “Friday Night Lights” at BTB Buckhead 6:30pm
3/28 – Deadline to Enter 16.5 Score

Winners will be announced April 1.

Email questions to james@btbfitness.com.

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Get Yer Arches Brewing Shirts!

They’re here!  Arches Brewing shirts now available!  Those of you who have been asking Coach Ryan where on earth we can get his sweet tees, now’s yer chance!  Shoot him a quick email (ryan@archesbrewing.com) with your color/size preference and he will hand deliver these beauties to the gym.  $20 gets you hip with Atlanta’s newest brewery (debuting in February!).

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