There is magic in the air – it’s Fall!

Fall is here! Chilly mornings. Warm hoodies. Wool socks. Raindrops on… everything. Pretty leaves. Pumpkins. Short days. Bike lights. Coffee, lots of Coffee. While the weather is encouraging you stay inside, we challenge you to do the opposite! It’s a great time to begin moving with us. Bring your workouts indoors, we can help!

Try it! We are offering a free Community CrossFit class this Saturday (10/7) at 12PM!

This is a free, no obligation class. All levels welcome! Come in to sweat, join for the community!

Depending on your fitness level our Community CrossFit Class can be ‘just sweaty’ or ‘super tough’. We’ll guide you through it. You can RSVP on our online scheduling system, or just show up!

 Our last Foundations On-Ramp Course of 2017 will run October 17th through November 11th. The full course is 12 classes, 4-weeks. Click here for details.

Already an FCF Athlete? Refer a friend and earn a $25 credit for you and your friend! Details here.

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Nutrition Challenge

October is just around the corner and there has been some buzz around the gym about our upcoming nutrition challenge. So here it is.. you’re invited!

WHO: YOU!
WHAT: NUTRITION CHALLENGE: “Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
WHEN: OCTOBER 1-8 education week, OCTOBER 9 – NOVEMBER 13.
KICK OFF: Saturday, OCTOBER 7th at 11am
Andrew will have a presentation followed by Q&A and discussion together over snacks!

THE DETAILS:
You have two ways to approach the challenge.
Keep It Simple: just honestly follow along the entire time.
Performance: record your work/progress by submitting in a daily self-scoring sheet. Sheena will keep track of these sheets! You will note your: nutrition (what/when/how much), sleep hours, and exercise (intensity).

I WANNA DO IT! What do I do?
-Declare what you will be doing. Our mantra this year, “Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Or is it Paleo? Whole30? RP? Not sure? During the first week of October, we will explain what our mantra is as well as other viable options.
-Commit to 5 weeks of it.
-Decide which path to take on: Keep It Simple or Performance
-OPTIONAL: Take before/after photos for your personal reference.

We plan to make this interactive as much as possible, to stay motivated and inspired. We’ll start by having sign-ups on Tuesdays for meal-exchange every Thursday where we’ll meet-up for quick check-ins and some fun!

We’re excited to gather everyone together over food and healthier choices to supplement the hard work you put into the gym. Questions? Ask a coach, leave a comment, or send Coach Sheena an e-mail at sheena@foundationcrossfit.com.

Free Community Class & Upcoming On-Ramp

We are offering a free Community CrossFit class this Saturday (8/5) at 12PM!

Our Community Classes are open to members, non-members, experienced, non-experienced CrossFit athletes. Depending on your fitness level it can also be ‘just sweaty’ or ‘super tough’. We’ll guide you through regardless. The workouts are definitely approachable and relatively non-technical, but most importantly, fun!

You can RSVP on our online scheduling system, or just show up!

Can’t make it?  We’re having another Community Class on Sat. 8/12! Loved the Community Class so much you want more?

Our next On-ramp will run August 22nd through September 16th. The full course is 12 classes, 4-weeks. Click here for details.

Choose one of the following series:
– 7:00 AM Tuesdays, Thursdays & 10:00 AM on Saturdays
– 4:30 PM Tuesdays, Thursdays & 10:00 AM on Saturdays
– 7:30 PM Tuesdays, Thursdays & 10:00 AM on Saturdays

The complete Foundations Program is a 4-week, 12-class course for $275. Take the first 3 classes for $100. After the completion of the first week, you have the option of completing the remaining classes in the course for an additional $175.

Athletes must choose one course time. Weekday classes are approximately 1 hour. All athletes will come together for the Saturday classes which are 120 minutes.

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Game Night: FCF x Mariners

Baseball season is here and we’re getting together for a night out at Safeco Field. This idea wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for a local competition called Battle at the Ballpark. We’ve got three teams competing at the Battle at the Ballpark this year:

Lauren B.
Stacey S.
Michael C.
Scott R.

Crystal B.
Megan K.
Nathan M.
Andrew B.

Ali S.
Olivia P.
Devin B.
Chris S.

Team names to be announced soon! They will compete at Safeco Field 8am-2:30pm, take a break, and return to the field for the game at 7:10pm. Come support our teams and stop by the stadium to cheer them on! Then join us for the game that evening against the Oakland Athletics.

To sit with our group, send me your ticket number request (sheena@foundationcrossfit.com) by Wednesday July 5th. The tickets are $39. I’ll send you instructions on when and how to pay.

See you there!

FCF at the 2017 PRIDE PARADE

As most of you know, the FCF community will be walking in the Seattle Pride Parade this Sunday, June 25th. We hope that you can join us to celebrate, support and advocate for our LGBTQ* gym-mates, family, friends, coworkers and the community as a whole.

WHO: You! And friends, family, kids, colleagues and furry (leashed) friends!

WHEN: Arrive at the staging area between 12:15-1:15pm on Sunday, June 25th and plan to be on the parade route until mid-late afternoon.

WHERE: We will gather at the parade staging area, located at the Republic Parking lot at 6th Ave. & James St. Look for a very colorful, energetic and fit bunch (that’s us!).

BRING: WATER and WEAR SUNSCREEN FOLKS! Sunglasses/hats.

WHAT TO WEAR:
– FCF Pride shirt and/or any colorful FCF gear!
– Accessorize with the Pride rainbow colors
– Costumes!
– Body paint!
– Sparkles!
– Whatever makes you feel groovy and energized!

If you pre-ordered a Pride shirt, it is available at the gym for pickup! Ask your coach! If you missed the preorder, there are many varieties and sizes available for purchase.

There are some important details you need to know (please keep reading!)…

FAQ/HOW IT WORKS:
Most of you have seen a parade or participated in a parade before, but this is different because we are a FITNESS community. We have the opportunity to showcase some of the fun movements and exercises we do at FCF.

What does this mean?
It means you’re gonna get a workout in…maybe 😉

You can participate by simply walking with the group, but you can also demo movements**, hand out Pride bracelets or stickers, help carry the FCF banner, and we have rainbow flags if you just want to walk and wave! There will be gym equipment available for our use during the parade – kettlebells (8 kg & 12kg) and hyperlites with 5kg bumper plates. If you decide to use a piece of equipment, you do not have to carry it the entire duration of the parade. We traded off a lot last year and it worked out great. If you get tired, pass it off to another athlete!

**There will be pauses in the parade and this is when we can demo the movements**

MOVEMENT IDEAS:
– BODYWEIGHT: burpees, burpees! Squats, lunges, burpees over hyperlite, high-five burpees with a buddy
– KETTLEBELLS: press, push press, swings, snatches, lunges, goblet squats
– HYPERLITES: front lunges, overhead squats, snatches, backsquats, push press, deadlifts, power or split jerks
– Most importantly, have fun and be safe! We encourage you to utilize some of the skills and movements you’ve learned at the gym, but you can always choose to walk. Note: If the weather is warm, the cement will be hot and burpees may be uncomfortable.

SEE YOU THERE!

Pride Friday: Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera: Transgender and Immigration Civil Rights activist

Words by the gay liberation activist and #trans icon, #SylviaRivera. In honor of #TransAwarenessMonth ❤️

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Sylvia Rivera is one of my heroes. She fought for Transgender and immigrant rights, for poor people and people of color, for all of the groups that were targets of, and integral to, the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, but who were nonetheless marginalized by the modern day Gay Rights movement. For those of you who have been shaken to your core at the prospect of a religious ban, or who are passionate about social justice issues. For those of you who identify as LGBTQ or as allies, Sylvia Rivera’s words resonate now more than ever. We have made progress, thanks to people like her, but the issues she fought for are still issues Trans* people, people of color, poor people, and immigrants continue to fight for. Please click the link below to read an interview she gave in 1998.

http://www.workers.org/ww/1998/sylvia0702.php

If you would like to donate to an organization that is keeping Sylvia Rivera’s legacy alive, please consider donating to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Read their mission statement below:

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.”

Why Do We Celebrate Pride?

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE PRIDE?

Every June, many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) people celebrate Pride.

For many, it’s a time to party!

“We are a people, a tribe if you will. And flags are about proclaiming power, so it’s very appropriate….We needed something beautiful, something from us. The rainbow is so perfect because it really fits our diversity in terms of race, gender, ages, all of those things.” – Gilbert Baker (June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017) . Gilbert Baker, who was born sixty-six years ago today, gave the queer community its most enduring symbol of pride: the Rainbow Flag, which first appeared at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day in June 1978. . In addition to his contributions as a designer and artist, Baker also was a lifelong direct-action activist on behalf of progressive causes including queer and gender liberation, anti-censorship, and non-violence campaigns. . Gilbert Baker, also known by his drag-name, Busty Ross, died on March 31, 2017. . Picture: Busty Ross (a.k.a. Gilbert Baker), Drag March, San Francisco, California, June 24, 1999. Photo c/o AP. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #GilbertBaker #Pride2017

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While partying is definitely part of Pride festivities, the true purpose of the Pride Parade and celebrations is to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that took place in 1969 in New York City at a popular gay bar called, The Stonewall Inn. The very first Pride was a police riot, with the first brick being thrown by trans women of color in defense against abuses perpetrated by homophobic/transphobic cops.

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were two key figures during the riots but both went on to devote their lives to gay and trans liberation. Please read on for more information at History Link!

Be sure to keep checking the blog this month for more LGBTQ history and organizations that need your support!

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Summer, summer, summertime….

The sun is finally here and Pride month is just around the corner. Get moving with us in June and walk with us in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25th!

READY TO MOVE? 

Our next Foundations On-Ramp Course will run June 6th through July 1st. This course is 12-classes over 4-weeks. We will be running the following course options:

  • Morning – 7AM on Tuesdays & Thursdays. 10AM on Saturdays.
  • Afternoon – 4:30PM on Tuesdays & Thursdays. 10AM on Saturdays.
  • Evening – 7:30PM on Tuesdays & Thursdays. 10AM on Saturdays.

Weekday classes are approximately 1 hour. All athletes will come together for the Saturday classes which are 120 minutes.

We teach the movement fundamentals used in our regular CrossFit classes. We emphasize mechanics, consistency, and then intensity. This course will get you ready to join our full schedule of classes! Click here for details and to register.

NOT QUITE READY?

Try one of our upcoming free, no obligation Community CrossFit classes! You can RSVP here. These classes can be ‘just sweaty’ or ‘super tough’. All levels of experience and fitness welcome. We’ll guide you through it!

Already an FCF Athlete? Refer a friend and earn a $25 credit for you and your friend! Details here.

 

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Big Climb 2017 Wrap-Up

While the last weekend of March signaled the end of the CrossFit Games Open, that Sunday many of our members competed in an arguably more important physical competition: the Big Climb 31. These athletes, several of whom had just finished VERSUS X/CGO 17.5 the day before, scaled up 69 floors (or 1311 steps) up the Columbia Tower in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help in the fight against blood cancers.


The latest 2017 FCF Team

Out of 233 teams that raced that day, Team Foundation Climbers placed 20th overall, based on the aggregate of the top three times. That put us one spot ahead of Orange Theory (just throwing that out there)!

Everyone on our team performed amazing at the race, but what they really should be proud of is fundraising over $4,000 for an important cause!

There are a lot of people to recognize for their efforts in making this event as big of a success as it was.

First, there is the team who sweated it out in the stairwell- FCF athletes Paul Barkshire, Lauren Brogan, Joanne Kiesanowski, Emily Moss, Olivia Rother, Nathan Motsinger, Abhijit Hegde, Patrick Hodder, as well as friends and family like Anthony Aamodt, Conor Brogan, Michael Brogan, Vanessa Brogan, John Hodder, and Lennon Ward.

Secondly, a big thank you goes out to Tony and Nathan for putting our team shirts together. They were able to pull off a miracle in order to make sure the team was representing Foundation CrossFit in style.

Finally (and most importantly), we need to thank the donors for their incredible generosity. It is truly inspiring to see this community come together to support something meaningful.

The first 2011 FCF Team

If you are interested joining our great team next year, we will be posting instructions and start training in fall. In the meantime keep training!

Movie Night – Friday 4/7

Since we had so much fun (and were inspired so much) watching FITTEST ON EARTH: A DECADE OF FITNESS a couple of weeks back we decided to do it again!

Friday night we’ll watch “Golden Girl : Mattie Rogers”, a film based on one of USA’s top Olympic Weightlifters (who started as a teen CrossFit Games champion) talks about her sports background including competitive Cheerleading, her introduction to CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting, and how she decided to pursue weightlifting full time. The movie shows her preparing for and competing at Jr. Pan Ams in Colombia.

Spoilers:

You can also catch Mattie this weekend at the 2017 Nike National University & Under 25 Championships powered by Rogue Fitness.