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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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BTB Holiday Century Party

Please join us for our Annual BTB Holiday Century Party.

Location:
Ponce Gym
When: Friday, December 11th
Time: Food and drinks start at 7:00pm. Century starts at 8:00pm.

Some food and beer will be provided but please bring a side dish and your drink of choice if you don’t like keg beer.
All member (both gyms) and spouses/significant others are welcome!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

**LAST Class at BOTH gyms will be 5:30 pm.**

BTB Holiday Rowing Challenge

2015 Concept2 Rowing Holiday Rowing Challenge

It’s Back!! Thats right folks the rowing challenge is back.  This year we’re trying to get as many people signed up through concept2.  This cost nothing to you.  For every 100,000 meters rowed concept2 will donate .2 cents per 1000m rowed.  All we have to do is set up a logbook on their site.  Not only will you be rowing for a good cause this holiday season you’ll also have the chance to win $$ off your membership and a prize pack.

See below for more info.  

Sign Up (free): Concept2 Profile/Logbook registration 
Starts: Thursday, Nov 26th
Ends: Thursday, Dec 24th at 11:59 pm
Incentives:
*The member at each gym with the most meters rowed will win $50 off membership, Plus Prize Pack
*The overall member with the most meters rowed will win $100 off membership, Plus Prize Pack
*Anyone that rows 100,000 meters and logs their meters per concept2 site will receive a custom BTB t-shirt, designed by BTB’s own Eric Erickson.

RULES:
*Boards will be posted at each gym so everyone can keep track of their daily meters rowed.
1. You must continue attending WOD classes if your doing the rowing challenge.  This isn’t a substitute for training.  The WOD is more important then rowing.  This is extra credit!
2. You may row during class times as long as your not disturbing class.
3. You may not row during class times if rowers are being used for that days WOD.
4. Any meters rowed during regular programmed workouts will count towards your daily/total meters rowed.
5.  Please check in with the coach to make sure it’s ok to row off to the

Veterans Day Tribute WOD

Veterans Day

The Three Wise Men

BTB would like to thank all our men and women who have and still serve our great country. On Wednesday November 11th BTB will honor all those that serve with a tribute workout to 3 amazing brothers Jeremy Wise a Navy Seal, Ben Wise an Army Green Beret, and Beau Wise a Marine.

Memorial day is a day that we honor those that gave their life in combat – veterans like Jeremy and Ben. Veterans day is the day we honor all those who served and continue to serve, like Beau Wise.

We hope to see you all in the gym on Wednesday to honor all those that have served.
BTB has joined the fundraising efforts to bring awareness to veteran suicide.
Please help us by donating to this great organization. See below for more info

The Three Wise Men was created to bring awareness to veteran suicides in the U.S.
Between 25-50 veterans commit suicide every day in America.
TWM aims to assist those in need.

Join our BTB Fundraising Team Here.
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Buckhead – November Member of the Month – Chris Gebhardt

Congratulations Chris!

Chris has been a member for little over 2 years. Your hard work and determination you put into every workout hasn’t gone unnoticed. He gives it his all every day, is very coachable, and pushes/motivates others in classes during the workout. Awesome job Chris!  Keep up the Great Work!

1. Age?
25
2. What do you do for a living?
server; temporary living
3. How long have you been a member at BTB?
2 years
4. Did you workout prior to joining BTB? If so, Where?
Yes! running and basic gym work outs
5. What made you try CrossFit- got bored and was not seeing results?
One of my friends recommended I give it a try and I was instantly hooked
6. What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?
Completing the 2015 open Rx
7. What is your biggest accomplishment outside of the box that you feel CrossFit inspired or helped with? Manage stress and constantly push myself harder
8. Do you get more excited over a Weightlifting PR or getting a better score on a WOD you’ve done multiple times?
Used to be better scores, now weightlifting PRs.
9. What is your favorite lift?
Clean and Jerk
10. What’s one movement you have to scale that you would like to RX?
Muscle Ups
11. What is your favorite WOD?
Filthy Fifty
12. What is your least favorite WOD?
Randy
13. Did you ever think the a sport of fitness (CrossFit) would be for you?
No. had never done olympic weightlifting until CrossFit and wasnt sure I could
14. If you can convince one person in your life to do CrossFit with you, who would it be?
My brother. He always talks about wanting to try it and I want him to pull the trigger and give it a try
15. What is your all time favorite food?
Chips and guacamole. I can’t buy either of them because I can finish off a bag in one sitting
16. What is something that nobody knows about you, and you would not mind sharing?
My 21st birthday ended with me skinny dipping in the Mediterranean ocean
17. What is your most memorable moment at BTB?
Working out at the friday night lights event while competing against other gym members. I had never competed in any way before.
18. Why BTB Fitness?
The coaches and members are always pushing me to try more weight and strive for more. I’ve never enjoyed working out so much until I started at BTB. I feel guilty if I miss a class (the coaches never hesitate to call me out either) BTB has helped me realize I can push myself that much further or try just a bit more weight

Poncey – November Member of the Month – Micah Stringer

Congratulations Micah!

His willingness and determination to become stronger and faster in the gym hasn’t gone unnoticed. He  constantly give 110% effort in each class, is very coachable, and are a great energy to have in our classes. Congrats Micah and Keep Up the Great work!

1. Age?
41
2. What do you do for a living?
Banking
3. How long have you been a member at BTB?
2 years
4. Did you workout prior to joining BTB? If so, Where?
Yes, Lifetime Fitness
5. What made you try CrossFit?
Co-worker recommended
6. What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?
Staying committed for 2 years
7. What is your biggest accomplishment outside of the box that you feel CrossFit inspired or helped with?
Ran a 22min 5k
8. Do you get more excited over a Weightlifting PR or getting a better score on a WOD you’ve done multiple times?
I get more excited over getting a better score on a WOD
9. What is your favorite lift?
Hang Power Clean
10. What’s one movement you have to scale that you would like to RX?
Consecutive muscle-ups
11. What is your favorite WOD?
Nancy
12. What is your least favorite WOD?
Murph
13. Did you ever think the a sport of fitness (CrossFit) would be for you?
I knew I would enjoy it having played sports most of my life, but initially thought it was too “extreme” for someone approaching 40. After 30 days, it became a normal part of my week and quickly became something I looked forward to.
14. If you can convince one person in your life to do CrossFit with you, who would it be?
My Father
15. What is your all time favorite food?
Ice cream w/ caramel and Heath Bar – I never get sick of it
16. What is something that nobody knows about you, and you would not mind sharing?
Played lacrosse and rowed crew in college
17. What is your most memorable moment at BTB?
achieving my first muscle-up (thank you Sean)
18. Why BTB Fitness?
Very simply, the coaches. I travel frequently for work and have the opportunity to drop-in to boxes across the country. BTB has the best coaches hands down. If the coaches were not as engaged as they are, I would not be as motivated to get my tail into the gym on a normal basis.

LADIES NIGHT AT lululemon

BTB LADIES NIGHT

Wine, Food, and Shopping!  

Lululemon is hosting a private shopping party for all BTB members and ONE guest.  Think of this as bring a friend night without a workout. Great way for your friends to meet all you strong and sexy ladies!

When:  Thursday, November 12th
Time: 6:30 – 8 pm
Where: Howell Mill Lululemon
– 1168 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Unit A, Atlanta GA

Everyone that attends will be entered into a drawing to win a lululemon gift card.

Please RSVP to lindsay@btbfitness.com by Monday, November 8th.  Lululemon needs a head count for food and wine, which is provided.  If you’re bridging a guest please let us know.

 

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Ladies Only – Pull-Up and HSPU Clinic

Gymnastics Progressions

This Ladies only skill clinic is being led by Coach Nikki. The clinic will be focused on the different gymnastic progressions that you need to learn to be as successful as you can be with your athletic endeavors. This clinic will focus on Pull-Ups, Kipping Pull-Ups and HSPU progression.

When: Sunday, Nov 8th
Where: BTB Ponce
Time: 1-2:30 pm

Only 12 slots available so sign up quick.

SIGN UP HERE! – once here follow the steps to enroll in the class.