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Rise Up – CrossFit Competition – Sept 12th

Hey guys and gals, here is an awesome local competition that our friends at Caffeinated Crossfit and Crossfit Resurgens are putting on. It sounds like an awesome time!

This competition is focused on having a good time with a great community and encouraging those athletes who have always been on the fence about participating in a competition. The event will consist of 3 workouts that will test your strength, endurance, and speed.

The Details:
– Teams of 4, 2 Male/2 Female.
– Rx and scaled divisions
– The competition will be September 12th from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Athletes will compete in at least 3 workouts with a 4th workout for the top 8 Rx teams.
– Entry fee is $200 per team.

To ensure a well-run competition and a good experience, the event is capped at 30 teams per division.

For any questions or to be added as a judge/volunteer please reach out to rise.up.competition@gmail.com.

To register, please go to www.riseupcompetition.com
More information including standards for each division and later on, WODs and event information can be found on the event facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1684001511822742/

“We Are Monsters” a Debut Novel by BTB’s own Brian Kirk

Please join me in congratulating fellow BTB member, Brian Kirk, on the release of his debut novel, We Are Monsters. That’s not only a good title for a tale of psychological suspense, it’s fitting for our Crossfit community as well.

Here’s a synopsis of his book with links to order below if it looks interesting to you:

The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum. 

He is the hospital’s newest, and most notorious patient – a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity’s dark side.

Luckily he’s in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a medicine that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.

Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don’t have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.

I hope you’ll check it out and support one of our own.

Order a print or digital copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iTunes, or Kobo.

Or learn more about the book on Brian’s website: briankirkfiction.com.

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Olympic Weightifting Clinic – Beginners Class

This is a 2 hour Beginners Olympic Weightlifting clinic led by Coach Ndiya. This class is for all levels and will be focusing on the snatch, clean & jerk and their progressions with a PVC pipe only. If you are new to the program, learning these movements are essential for your continued success.

When: Sunday, September 13th
Where: BTB Buckhead
Time: 1-3:30 pm

Only 8 slots available so sign up quick. You can sign up by following the link below.

https://btbfitness.frontdeskhq.com/categories/137 – once here log into your BTB FD account. Once logged in you’ll see the clinics pop up.

Gymnastics Progression: Pull-Ups and HSPU’s Clinic

Gymnastics Progressions 

This skill clinic is being led by Coach Nikki. This 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 2 hour clinic will focus on Pull-Ups, Kipping Pull-Ups and HSPU progression.

When: Sunday, August 23nd
Where: BTB Buckhead
Time: 1-3 pm

Only 12 slots available so sign up quick. You can sign up by following the link below.

https://btbfitness.frontdeskhq.com/categories/137 – once here log into your BTB FD account.  Once logged in you’ll see the clinics pop up.

Buckhead – August Member of the Month – Alice Snedekar

Alice has been a BTB Buckhead member for little over a year. She is always in class bright and early for 6am. She is great to coach! Always eager to learn and has such a great attitude.  Keep up the great work and congratulations!

1. Age?

33
2. What do you do for a living?
Patent litigation attorney
3. How long have you been a member at BTB?
Little over a year
4. Did you workout prior to joining BTB? If so, Where?
Yep, cardio and “weights” at Georgia Tech’s gym
5. What made you try CrossFit?
My sister has been working out at a CrossFit box for over seven years. I finally gave in to her nagging. (I’m a little stubborn.)
6. What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?
Regularly going to classes.
7. What is your biggest accomplishment outside of the box that you feel CrossFit inspired or helped with?
It helped me tackle a new job that gave me more responsibility and risk exposure but was also more fun if I didn’t let fear hold me back.
8. Do you get more excited over a Weightlifting PR or getting a better score on a WOD you’ve done multiple times?
Weightlifting PR
9. What is your favorite lift?
Deadlift or the power clean
10. What’s one movement you have to scale that you would like to RX?
Pull-ups!
11. What is your favorite WOD?
Fight Gone Bad
12. What is your least favorite WOD?
Anything with a lot of pull-ups
13. Did you ever think the a sport of fitness (CrossFit) would be for you?
Nope. That’s why I ignored my sister for so long.
14. If you can convince one person in your life to do CrossFit with you, who would it be?
My dad
15. What is your all time favorite food?
Cheese dip. I’d eat it at every meal.
16. What is something that nobody knows about you, and you would not mind sharing?
I absolutely love Publix’s chocolate fudge brownies, and if I have to bring desserts to a party, I’ll often “not have time to make something” so that I can bring them.
17. What is your most memorable moment at BTB?
Friday Night Lights. I never thought I’d participate in a workout competition.
18. Why BTB Fitness?
The people. The coaches and members are awesome.

Poncey – August Member of the Month – Jessica Burgess

Jessica Burgess has been a Poncey member for about 2.5 years. She shows up each day with a smile on her face, great attitude during class, willingness to learn and gives 110% no matter how bad the workout sucks. She is very coachable, takes what corrections we give her and implements them into that movement.

1. Age?
29
2. What do you do for a living?
Business Consultant
3. How long have you been a member at BTB?
2.5 years
4. Did you workout prior to joining BTB? If so, Where?
Yea I was the typical LA Fitness girl running around the gym annoyed with waiting on machines and bored doing the same workouts all the time.
5. What made you try CrossFit?
When I moved to the midtown a couple years ago I always noticed the CrossFitters running in and out of the box when I went to Publix to shop. It looked so intimidating, but fun at the same time. I was at a cross roads with my workout regimen and wanted to try something new. I went to open house and the rest was history!
6. What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?
Winning second place in the 2014 Nutrition Challenge
7. What is your biggest accomplishment outside of the box that you feel CrossFit inspired or helped with?
Completing a half marathon. Prior to CrossFit I would have never entertained the thought of a half marathon. Overtime I built my endurance and confidence to put it on my bucket list. I’m definitely not a runner, but it felt good to check it off my list.
8. Do you get more excited over a Weightlifting PR or getting a better score on a WOD you’ve done multiple times?
Definitely weightlifting PR…it is such a good feeling to pick up the weight thinking “how in the world am I going to do this” and then it just happens!
9. What is your favorite lift?
Thrusters …for some reason I can do these really fast, maybe b/c i’m super short lol.
10. What’s one movement you have to scale that you would like to RX?
Handstand push ups
11. What is your favorite WOD?
Nancy
12. What is your least favorite WOD?
Fight Gone Bad…I’m usually wiped after this one and I can’t see the end in sight!
13. Did you ever think the a sport of fitness (CrossFit) would be for you?
From the limited knowledge I had, I definitely thought I was not strong enough for CrossFit. Soon I learned CrossFit is all about beating your best and improving overtime. That is what I love about the sport. It can work for anyone who is motivated to improve their physical fitness.
14. If you can convince one person in your life to do CrossFit with you, who would it be?
I would love for my friend Rhonda to try it with me. She has been on a physical fitness journey for a while. I feel CrossFit may provide the accountability and challenge that she needs to take it to the next level. For now she says it’s a no, but hopefully one day she will come with me.
15. What is your all time favorite food?
French Fries of any kind! Crinkle cut fries, waffle fries, curly fries, shoe string fries, steak fries, cajun fries…you name it they are delicious. Unfortunately the paleo diet only allows for baked homemade sweet potato fries :-/
16. What is something that nobody knows about you, and you would not mind sharing?
In 2010 I decided to make a lifestyle change by exercising and eating a healthy diet. May not seem like a lot, but I lost 30 pounds that year. I’ve stayed dedicated to this lifestyle and never looked back.
17. What is your most memorable moment at BTB?
The 2014 Holiday Century Party! This was one of the first times I hung out with other members outside of regular wods. Good fun!
18. Why BTB Fitness?
BTB has the most genuine coaching staff that cares about helping you get better. Not only that, they take the time to get to know you personally. When I walk into BTB I know I am going to have fun while being re-energized and challenged. In addition to the great coaching staff, my fellow BTB members are so awesome! I have made great friends since joining and it feels good to workout with people who are so encouraging. When I mentally give up and no longer want to push myself during a WOD, I know a coach or BTB member will push me. Prior to joining I dreaded working out…now I love every minute of it. Joining BTB was one of the best decisions I ever made. Love you BTB!

BTB Buckhead Ladies Night

Ladies don’t make any plans for next Friday, July 17th. Ladies Night is moving over to Buckhead!

Coach Nikki will lead you ladies in one of her awesome Summer Boot-camp workouts. Please feel free to bring a friend or two with you. This workout will be for all skill levels and will be a great chance for you to expose your friends to BTB and our training program.

Start Time: 6:30 pm – Ladies only WOD

When: Friday, July 17th

Where: BTB Buckhead – 3209-R Maple Dr. Atlanta GA 30305

We will have some adult beverages for after the workout and anyone that wants to hit up happy hour for dinner and drinks at Gordon Biersch across the street or somewhere in Buckhead is more then welcome.

Please RSVP to lindsay@btbfitness.com and Sign Up for the Ladies Night Event by following the link below. If you’ll be bringing a friend please have them sign up by following the link to.

Ladies Night – Member Sign Up – Once here follow the steps to enroll in the class.

We can’t wait to see all you lovely ladies next Friday!

Ragnar Relay Series – Key West!

Hi ho folks! Kate here, looking for an adventure crew!

BTB wants to send a team to the Ragnar Relay in Key West, February 5-6, 2016!

What’s the Ragnar Relay you say? It’s a relay race from Miami to Key West tackled by teams of 12 runners. Each runner is assigned three legs over the entirety of the race until… BOOM! You’re in beautiful Key West : )

Never run a long distance race? Good, me neither! The average length of the runs looks something like this –
1st Leg – 5.90 miles
2nd Leg – 2.90 miles
3rd Leg – 3.50 miles

So far we’ve canvassed our BTB Endurance peeps and (pending life events) we’ve got 4 spots available! We need three cool chicks and one cool cat for our BTBriffic team!
Check out the page below or hit me up for more information. Let me know ASAP if you’re interested because these spots will go fast!

https://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/floridakeys

How Member of the Month Works

Each month the coaches will gather possible candidates for the next month member of the month. Members our encourage to nominate other members.  Before you decide to nominate a member, please take into consideration the criteria below.  If that person fits the bill then submit your nomination to nick@btbfitness.com and the reason why that person deserves to be nominated. All nomination must be submitted by the 25th of each month.
Please know this is not given to the best athlete in the gym, but given to the best individual.

MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Criteria for Member of the Month is based on 5 major categories on a 4 point system

 Poor= 1 point Fair= 2 points Good= 3 points Very Good= 4 points

ATTENDANCE: Having good attendance in very vital in being Member of the Month. Showing up on time for class. You must demonstrate a consistent demonstration of attending The Gym at least 3 plus times/week. The greater the attendance the greater likelihood that the athlete will obtain his or her goals.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Is extremely important at BTB Fitness that one must display fairness, generosity and courtesy. Adopt the ability to cheer your fellow athlete on and help with setting up and putting away equipment. Be kind and generous around The Gym and the people as a whole, provide positive reinforcement.

WORK ETHIC: Having a strong work ethic at BTB is being accountable for your actions. An individual must push themselves beyond their own limiting beliefs. You have to challenge yourself everyday to get better and better, it’s being a dependable athlete in all situations. Having a great work ethic means the athlete is proactive in their training, this would entail adding more weight, running further and faster, doing more reps and sets. All of this is done on their own accord without the instruction from the coach.

TECHNIQUE: Showing a desire to improve your form is crucial to your success; do not resort to laziness, old habits or stubborn ways. How to correctly perform an exercise or movement has only positive sides effects and none of the negatives. Bad form is limiting the athlete and not allowing him to use the full body potential. Sooner or later this will cause injury. Our bodies are working best when the weight-effort is evenly distributed between all the joints and muscles.

PERSONAL POSITIVE ATTITUDE: The athlete must refrain from swearing “it’s to high” “I can’t” “I won’t” “it’s to heavy” “I have never done this before” “I wasn’t here for that” “it’s to difficult” “where’s the girls weight” “your stronger than me” “I’m uncoordinated” “I’m weak” “I’m new to this” “where is the lighter weight” “I have no balance” “their younger than me” “their legs are longer” I’m scared, I’m afraid etc… THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

Conversely personal positive attitude will consist of language like “I have never done this before but I’m willing to do it” “this is scary but I will choose not to be afraid” “I’m ready for this” “let’s do it” I can” “I will” “let’s make it happen”

Buckhead – July Member of the Month – James Nichols

James has been a member at BTB Buckhead for about 7 months.  From the day that he walked through our doors, he has exhibited two admirable qualities that every athletes should have: he doesn’t quit and he’s coachable. Even if he’s the last athlete to finish the workout, he goes as hard as he is able to finish the task at hand. No matter what the workout is, he responds well to any coaching cue he is given. Not only does he acknowledge the coaching cue, but he puts it into practice.

1. Age?
34
2. What do you do for a living?
Tennis Professional and MBA student
3. How long have you been a member at BTB?
7 Months
4. Did you workout prior to joining BTB? If so, Where?
Pushups, Pull ups, and Planks in my apartment
5. What made you try CrossFit?
Mostly cupcakes and other cake-based foods
6. What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?
Completing a workout RX
7. What is your biggest accomplishment outside of the box that you feel CrossFit inspired or helped with?
It’s helped me to manage the stress of work and graduate school
8. Do you get more excited over a Weightlifting PR or getting a better score on a WOD you’ve done multiple times?
A weightlifting PR
9. What is your favorite lift?
Thrusters
10. What’s one movement you have to scale that you would like to RX?
Overhead Squats
11. What is your favorite WOD?
The one where you run backwards. “Griff”
12. What is your least favorite WOD?
The one where you have to do 75 snatches. “Randy”
13. Did you ever think the a Sport of Fitness (CrossFit) would be for you?
No, I didn’t realize how multidimensional CrossFit is. I thought it was all about brute strength and vomiting – It turns out executing the techniques correctly is more important.
14. If you can convince one person in your life to do CrossFit with you, who would it be?
My Dad
15. What is your all time favorite food?
Biltong – it’s a South African food
16. What is something that nobody knows about you, and you would not mind sharing?
Lately I’ve been obsessed with Ancient Egypt.
17. What is your most memorable moment at BTB?
The first time I didn’t come in dead last.
18. Why BTB Fitness?
The staff is very knowledgeable, passionate, and kind. As a beginner, many of the veteran members have also been incredibly helpful and encouraging