A New Week + New Crew

April 2017 Foundations Graduates

With more class options! Let’s break it down:

CrossFit – our ongoing strength & conditioning classes based on constantly-varied functional movements executed at a relatively-high intensity. Offered seven-freaking-days-a-week.

Olympic Weightlifting – development of proficiency and power in the olympic lifts (snatch, clean & jerk). Offered M/W/F and soon to be Saturday.

HellaFit – our answer to boot-camp: conditioning (cardio + muscular stamina) workouts with more simplistic movements. Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Kettlebell – for better kinesthetic awareness and mastery of strength, power, and stamina using the kettlebell. Offered M/W/F evenings.

Gymnastics Strength – classic core conditioning, flexibility, and bodyweight control are worked in these early-morning classes. Offered Tues/Fri mornings.

Mobility – the intention of these classes is on understanding better protocols for achieving better flexibility, movement/mobility, and recovery practices. Offered Tues/Thurs/Sun.

Competitive Exercise – also known as CompEx, this class is designed for those who are bit more competitive in the CrossFit atmosphere, or for those ready for more volume that you can get in a CrossFit class. Offered two times a weekend.

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+ Introducing… Dave H! – Foundation CrossFit

“ISABEL” in less than 60 seconds:

CrossFit WOD for Monday 4/31

Rx

6 cycles of :40 on, :20 off
double unders
HSPU
front lunges, 43/29kg
straight-leg situps
sumo deadlift high-pull, 43/29kg

Fitness / Health

6 cycles of :40 on, :20 off
single unders
hand-release perfect pushups
kettlebell front lunges, 24/16kg
ab-mat situps
kettlebell sumo deadlift high-pull, 24/16kg

Post each of the five exercise scores to the whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD – Week 6, Day 1 (of an 8-week cycle)

snatch, snatch pull, back squat, stretch

Kettlebell WOD

– Primal movement warmup and mobility
– Front Squat and clean skill work. Basically working on “armour building” skills.
– Swing ladder to finish up the class.

Stacked

Devin B

With the bar in the overhead position we’d like to see the wrists relaxed, stacked wrists, elbows, shoulder, rib cage, hips, knees, and ankles.

CrossFit WOD for Saturday 4/29

YGIG AMRAP in 12 minutes:
12 deadlifts
9 hang power cleans
6 jerks

– rest 3 minutes –

YGIG AMRAP in 12 minutes:
6 jerks
9 hang power cleans
12 deadlifts

Rx = 70/50kg, Fitness = 35/25kg. Post scores to whiteboard.

Competitive Exercise – 8am

Remember: we added a 12pm CompEx class on Sundays now too!

CFG 16.6

1. SQUAT CLEAN PYRAMID

for time:
10 squat cleans, 75kg
8 squat cleans, 80kg
6 squat cleans, 88kg
4 squat cleans, 93kg
2 squat cleans, 100kg

2. BOX JUMP TECHNIQUE WORK

3. TAG TEAMS

YGIG for time:

a
20 burpees
15 sandbag cleans
weighted hill sprint

b
30 burpees
25 sandbag clean
weighted hill sprint

Foundations Class Graduation!

Filthy Fifties

Introducing Dave H

Howdy!  I’m David and I’m from Juneau, Alaska. At least that’s where I grew up till age 13 and moved to Singapore for a couple of years. Moved to Seattle during the grunge years and never looked back. I guess I’m a Seattle guy and my heart is from Alaska.

Man, I’m so Seattle that I was an Amazon.com employee during the door desk days! I’m a O’Dea grad and UW grad with a B.A. in Political Science. Right after graduation I decided that my mind was on cooking, so obviously I HAD to go to culinary school instead of law school, much to the disappointment from my Chinese mother.

During culinary school at Seattle Central I got a job as garde manger at the best restaurant in Seattle at the time, Lampreia. We won a James Beard award during my time there.  After that I floated around doing pretty much everything, learning from notable chefs in Seattle such as Thierry Ratareau, Tamara Murphy, Scott Sundstrom, recently Nathan Lockwood, and also worked with some of the worst. Got 15 years in the biz. Next step is opening my own joint: thinking high-end food set in a really nice bar. Get some beautiful, well-sourced, composed food paired with a casual but chic bar, perfect for groups or dates. Just try to not do all the stupid shit I’ve seen and emulate my mentors.  What could go wrong?! HAHA!

I found CrossFit while cooking around in 2009. The “gym” was in a garage in a condo complex. There was one rower, which took up the majority of the space, and a squat rack. My first coach had gained fame at the previous years’ CrossFit Games by finishing the final event (30 squat clean and jerks at 100#) with screaming, guts and tears.  She was also 14.  After my initiation, I felt like I was going to die and instantly fell in love with the suffering.

Seattle Affiliate League at CrossFit SLU

I found that CrossFit as a sport really spoke to me. I love the competition within the workout. I love the challenge of learning new skills, getting stronger, and getting faster… and I don’t mind the six-pack. I’ve competed at the CrossFit Games as a member of a team, and at Regionals twice. It’s just a fun, fun, fun experience. I’ll be “going for it” this coming 2018 season, as I’ll be in the Masters competition in the 40-44 class. I’ve got a plan and my priorities are set up, so we’re going to see what I can do.  Dedicating another year to it so we’ll see what happens.

The 2009 CrossFit Games

It’s been a truly fulfilling experience finding my fitness. I’ve discovered a lot about myself through CrossFit, including the fact that I really enjoy coaching. I’m a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and I took a couple of years off from cooking and coached full-time.  I revel in people’s achievements and triumphs, and I’m also disappointed, sad, and frustrated when people fail. I take coaching seriously because you take your fitness seriously and that’s just the way it is. I’ll give you all I got- just give me all you got.

I also LOVE running an efficient, fun class. It’s a microcosm of professional line cooking. You have a set time and set tasks. There is the human component. Not everything goes right. Can be chaotic. Curve balls and everything, but those obstacles don’t matter- you still have your tasks to be done.  Clock malfunctions, pull up rig falls down, screaming kids and yapping dogs. Those things doesn’t matter. Think fast because you still have your tasks to be done in said time. Everything outside of that is arbitrary and to tell you the truth, what’s even better is having a great time doing it. There is nothing better than putting up 3-star cuisine while the world is ending, and there is nothing better than running an efficient, fun class while inspiring people to kill themselves… I mean get fit!​

I’m now part of the Training staff at Foundation and you can catch me assisting and leading some select CrossFit classes during the week, as well as on Sundays from 12pm to 2pm where we’ve added another Competitive Exercise class for those who want to take it to the next level!

Glad to be part of FCF!

Pullup/Run/Power Snatch

If you enjoy running as much as KB looks like she does, you should’ve have a problem with today’s workout!

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+ Stability Now! – Bill Starr for the CrossFit Journal

CrossFit WOD for Champagne Friday 4/28

EMOM 10 minutes: 5 weighted pullups, as heavy as possible

3 rounds for time:
400m run
15 power snatch, 61/43kg

If you cannot do a strict pullup, go through the progressions given to you by your coaches. Post time to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD

snatch, clean & jerk

Kettlebell WOD coming next Friday!

Did You See?

Kai H, Nadia T, and Tina L

Our schedule has expanded! More classes and class times have been added to your muscular and sweaty pleasure. READ, DAMN IT, READ: http://foundationcrossfit.com/2017/04/2017-expanded-schedule/

We’re always tinkering, so if you have any ideas let us know.

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+ Does the Sound of Noisy Eating Drive You Mad? Here’s Why. – TIME

She’s back!

CrossFit WOD for Thursday 4/27

5 rounds for time:
20 overhead squats, 43/29kg
20 toes-to-bar
20 calorie row

Performance uses Assault Bikes. Post time to whiteboard!

HellaFit WOD

SHOULDER CHECK

50 each for time:

– wall balls
– active hangs
– double unders
– wall balls
– double unders
– active hangs
– wall balls

2017 Expanded Schedule

I basically said it yesterday. We’re adding more classes to the schedule!

GYMNASTICS STRENGTH – Tuesdays at 7am and Fridays at 8am

Gymnastics strength class is designed to challenge and develop foundational gymnastic movements including core conditioning, flexibility, and basic tumbling movements. You can expect more emphasis on static holds, perfect technique, and coaches adjusting many of the smaller details of each position. This may leave you feeling very different than when you finish a CrossFit class, but rest assured the benefits will translate to any and all areas of your training.

First class is this coming Tuesday 5/2

KETTLEBELL – added Fridays at 6:30pm

We wanted to provide a full week of kettlebell awesomeness (so now it’s MWF). Build muscular stamina and more here with Patrick! Play with Ground Force Method and StrongFirst-style protocols. Learn how to utilize one of the best underutilized tools out there. Whenever anyone asks me about starting their own fitness at home, the first thing I’ll suggest is a kettlebell. If you know your weakness lies in engine work in your CrossFit workouts there are a lot of benefits to kettlebell practice.

First class is next Friday 5/5

ENDURANCE CLUB – Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30pm, weekend event TBA Fridays

We’re in training season for some Endurance events so we’ve brought back our seasonal Endurance Program, this time run again by Colin and Sarah as they prepare for another Iron Man this summer. Come once or three times a week working on short interval Tuesdays, long interval Thursdays, and distance/time trail run/swim/bikes on the weekends.

It started this week! Look out for the weekend event on Friday’s post.

COMPETITIVE EXERCISE – added Sundays at 12pm

Yes, we’re changing the name AGAIN. It was Competitive Exercise (“CompEx” for short) when we started the class a couple of years back, then we changed the name to Level 2. Most recently it was known as Competitive CrossFit, but we’re going back to what it truly is: who’s competitive at this exercises stuff? We’re not moving or cancelling our current Saturday at 8am w/ me, we’re just adding some more flavor with Dave, a CrossFit Games veteran. This provides an opportunity for you late-risers and for those who truly need practice at CrossFit-style Competition settings which usually take place on weekends. There are no prerequisites, other than knowing how you prefer to scale and modify work.

First Sunday class with Dave is THIS SUNDAY 4/30 at 12pm.

COMMUNITY CROSSFIT – 12pm Saturday, May 6th

Our next Community CrossFit class is coming on Saturday, May 6th at 12pm! This is for members AND ESPECIALLY NON-MEMBERS so that Capitol Hill and beyond can get a taste of what we do at FCF. Invite anyone you see fit (see what I did there) and mark those calendars. Doesn’t cost anyone anything (and we won’t mark a class off of your membership) other than the hour it takes to get a WOD in!

As always remember to RSVP for your classes!

Wednesday the 26th

Lindsay C

Big announcement coming tomorrow! Who’s ready for an even more expanded class menu?! Gymnastics Strength, Kettlebell, Endurance Club, and Competitive Exercise (yes we changed ‘Competitive CrossFit’ back to Competitive Exercise- ‘CompEx’ for short) all coming at you sooner than you think…

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+ Paid Street Parking Will Extend to 11pm in Capitol Hill – Curbed Seattle. Read this then maybe fill out the survey! This affects the area surrounding FCF.

CrossFit WOD for Wednesday 4/26

EMOM 8 minutes: 3 power clean & jerk, ascending

2 rounds:
tabata dumbbell press
tabata dumbbell step ups
tabata dumbbell hang cleans

Go heavy. Rx+ is double kettlebell. Post all six scores to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD

clean + front squat + jerk, clean pulls, front squats, v-ups, kettlebell Jefferson curls, strict pullups, HSPU

Kettlebell WOD

Primal Movement Warmup and Mobility

We will be working on single-arm swing and getup skills. Simple and sinister will be showing up randomly in the future and we will need to be prepared!

Presses and lunges finisher for variety

A-N-G-I-E

Endurance Club with Colin B and Sarah M is back and begins tonight at 5:30pm.

This club will go every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm, with a longer run/bike/swim effort on the weekends. We’ll announce those on Friday so that those who want to play can plan.

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Benchmark WOD: ANGIE Tips – CrossFit Rosslyn

CrossFit WOD for Taco Tuesday 4/25

“ANGIE”

for time:
100 pullups
100 pushups
100 situps
100 squats

HellaFit WOD

 

Endurance Club WOD

RUN: 6 rounds of a 400m run, resting 90 seconds between efforts

Foundations Class 10

every minute on the minute for 15 minutes: snatches!

Another Monday

CrossFit WOD for Monday 4/24

deadlift 5x3x70%, 5x2x75%, 5x1x80%, then

3 rounds for time:
800m run
20 alternating front lunges, 52/36kg

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+ The Skill of Barbell Cycling – Training Think Tank

Olympic Weightlifting WOD

snatch + OHS, back squat, snatch pull, knees-to-elbows, good am, arnold press, box jump

Kettlebell WOD

Primal crawling warmup and mobility

Swing work forcing on single arm skills. Working our way up to snatches.

Squat pyramid finisher.

Say Bye Bye (For Now) On Sunday

Cheryl & Wendy

Wendy C and Cheryl C will be leaving us for NYC soon and they want to celebrate this Sunday! They’ll be there for all three classes (9am, 10am, and 11am) as we hit three different workouts: ANNIE, EMOM lifts, and THE CHIEF, respectively.

DID YOU KNOW: These two actually met during a FESTIVUS Competition event when CrossFit SLU hosted one time?

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+ Fat Loss For Athletes – Three Tier Tactical

Saturday morning’s Competitive CrossFit class at 8am will do their best to tackle ALL FOUR of these that morning.

CrossFit WOD for Friday 4/21

for time:
21 deadlifts
21 handstand pushups
50 double unders
50 situps
15 deadlifts
15 handstand pushups
50 double unders
50 situps
9 deadlifts
9 handstand pushups
50 double unders
50 situps

Rx = 102/70kg, Performance = strict HSPU, UB double unders, Fitness/Health = “DIANE”. Compare to 15MAR2017. Post time to whiteboard.

Olympic Weightlifting WOD

snatch + snatch balance with hold, clean & jerk with hold, overhead squats