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Monday, July 21st, 2014

cave_goodbyebill2_webCoach Bill
It is with deep sadness that coach Bill is leaving us to be closer to his family on the east coast. Please take a moment to read his farewell letter: http://www.inthecave.com/blog/?p=10760
We’ll be having a goodbye party for him at The Cave on Saturday, August 2nd at 5:30. Please join us in celebrating Bill and showing our love for him.
Bill is also competing in the CrossFit games this week, beginning Tuesday. He is currently ranked 11th in the world in his age group. Want to know more about how to watch the games? Check out this link: http://games.crossfit.com/article/how-watch-crossfit-games

Yoga is coming to The Cave
Starting the first week in August, we’ll be adding 3 new classes to our schedule:
Monday and Thursday 10-11am WOD Recovery Yoga (Post CrossFit Yoga)
Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm Athletic Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Stay tuned for more details!

Kids Night Out - July 26

Parents, bring us your kids and take the night off! Your kids will have fun, play games and spend time with your favorite coaches or get to know new ones. Kids also get exercise and have a healthy dinner. You can relax and enjoy your evening knowing your children are safe AND happy! The next KNO is Movie Night on July 26, and you can register here.

Summer Camps
If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break), check out our Summer Camp schedule below! Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!
The Cave’s summer camps are perfect for any age and any level! Our coaches will challenge your child at her level while making sure she is safe and having fun.
Summer Camps Date:
Gymnastics: July 28- August 1
Youth Camp: August 4-8
Gymnastics: August 11-15
Parkour: August 18-22
REGISTER ON-LINE OR CALL (415)927-1630

Fall Class Registration

Yes, it is only mid-summer, but its already that time to begin planning for the Fall! Classes fill up super fast in the Fall, so now is the time to organize your children’s schedules and sign them up!  Our Fall Schedule can be seen here on line and you can sign up by calling The Cave at (415) 927-1630.

CrossFit Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar

You don’t want to miss this!  Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell - founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program - learning how to properly teach gymnastics fundamentals in a CrossFit program. Detailed progressions will be covered. Key safety concerns will be addressed specifically geared toward teaching gymnastics movements to adults. Click here to register.

This seminar is coupled with the Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Trainer’s and Athlete’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

CrossFit Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar
Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell - founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program - learning gymnastics movements. This seminar is focused on proper and efficient execution of key gymnastics elements.  Get started or improve your technique on a variety of movements. Learn how these skills truly break down to work toward mastery. Floor, rings and parallettes will be covered in detail with an introduction to other gymnastics apparatus.  Learn some key techniques to dramatically improve your efficiency and enable performance of skills you thought unattainable. Click here to register.

This seminar is coupled with the Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Athlete’s and Trainer’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

5 Post CrossFit Yoga for Overhead Squats

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Overhead Squat, when done properly is a beautiful movement and is a huge component of the Snatch. With so many possible areas of limitation in your Overhead Squat, from hip mobility to core strength to shoulder stability, it is important to start with one or two points of correction and go from there. In this article, we will focus on shoulder flexibility to keep it simple and to the point. These movements take time and practice and if you can be patient and work with the right technique, you will be better off in the long run. Having a really good coach to help you spot areas for improvement is critical in taking your fitness to the next level.

As a society we tend to sit quiet a bit, and with a good amount of sitting comes inevitable slouching, and this lends itself to tightness in the front of the chest. Not only that but many of us before finding CrossFit focused mainly on chest and biceps further shortening those muscles. It is a very common issues for people starting out, especially as it relates to OHS. The exact muscles that need to be open enough to receive the weight in the correct and safest position with the shoulder externally rotated, arms extended and the eye of the elbow facing up towards the bar, are the ones that are in essence shortened by all that slouching.  Think of when you are doing your shoulder roll-throughs, that tightness as you move the PVC pipe behind your head is the area of the chest and shoulders where most people have issues. Now, mobility in the shoulder girdle is not the only factor at play during an OHS with less than ideal form, but it is something to think about as you begin to dial in the areas that need improvement. Beyond the lift itself, have the flexibility to bail safely, with the option to throw the bar behind you, is also a critical aspect of this Olympic lift.

These 5 Post CrossFit Yoga Poses for Overhead Squats are not only great for after the WOD but are really helpful for improving mobility in the entire shoulder girdle as they include auxiliary muscles that aid in shoulder rotation and movement. As you start to move through each of these stretches, you will notice areas you feel more than others. You will want to spend more time focusing on those particular muscles.  Stretch number 5, the Variation of Parsva Danurasana, is the stretch that directly targets the front of the chest and shoulders, just like your shoulder roll-throughs.

Realize that increasing flexibility in the shoulder girdle will take time and regular practice.  These are just some of the ways you can increase your shoulder mobility. As always try different to find what works best for you.

*Tip: If you are not stretching post WOD then make sure to warm up a bit before you do these shoulders stretches. Spend 30-60 seconds or 10 breaths in each pose. Through the breathing, allow the body to relax, and settle into the stretch.

1. Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Dog Pose)

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Start by sitting on the heels with the shins on the ground. Separate the feet, shins and knees about hips distance. Walk the hands forward until the hips are stacked over the knees. Continue to walk the hands forward without moving the hips until you feel a stretch in the chest and the side body/armpit area. With the forehead or chin on the ground (which ever is most comfortable on the neck), press the palms down and allow the chest to descend.

2. Gomukhasana Arms (Cow Face)

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Start by sitting on the heels feet and shins together. Bend the right elbow and grab it with the left hand. Draw the right elbow in towards the midline, making sure that the right tricep is rolling forward. From here, reach the left arm around the back, palm facing out. Walk the left fingertips towards the right and claps them together if possible. If not, use a strap or band to modify. Breathe through the stretch then switch.

3. Criss-Cross Arms

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Start by lying on your belly. Sit up onto your forearms. Thread the right arm through, under the left arm and to the left. Then walk your left arm out to the right until you’ve reached your limit. Allow the chin to fall towards the triceps as you relax the head down. Don’t forget to breathe! Switch sides after a minute or so.

4. Uttanasana with Clasp Hands

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Start standing with the legs hips distance. Clasp the hands by the low back, extending the arms while keeping a soft bend in the elbow. On an exhale fold forward sending the hand up and over the head. Bend the knees if you need to, taking the hamstring out of the equation. *If clasping your hands behind your back is not accessible, use a strap or PVC pipe; widen the grip to a place where you can fold forward.

5. Variation of Parsva Dhanurasana

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Start by lying flat on your belly. Extend your right arm out to the right palm down. Bend the elbow, making a 90-degree angle. Walk the palm forward 2-3 inches so your elbow is now slightly higher than the shoulder. Bend the elbow more so that now the palm is angled slightly towards the head. With the shoulder relaxed down, slowly on an exhale start to roll onto your right side. Use the left palm as leverage and ground it near the chest. Hold and then switch sides.

5 Post CrossFit Yoga Poses for GHD Sit Ups

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

In the CrossFit community the GHD Sit Up is officially called the “Glute-Ham Developer Sit Up” but unofficially you might dub this the “ab crusher.” It is a powerful movement that should be approached with caution but shouldn’t be removed from your training.

When this sit up is done correctly, lowering down and then forcefully contracting the quads, straightening the legs and essentially whipping yourself back up right, little or no pressure will put on the low back and the abdominals will get a mighty good workout. What’s amazing about the GHD Sit Up is that during the actual movement, your legs seem to be doing most if not all of the work. In reality, while your legs are working hard and your hip flexors are helping to draw the spine up, it is the abdominals that actually stabilize and bring the torso upright and get the biggest workout.

For those of you who have done GHD Sit Up, the days post WOD are brutal. This particular sit up is a huge contraction of the anterior chain since the body goes past horizontal and is unmatched by any regular sit up. Not only does this movement work the Rectus Abdominis or “six pack abs,” but the Transverse Abdominis as well, which is key in stabilize the core for other movements like Front Squats or Snatches.

These 5 Post CrossFit Yoga Poses for GHD Sit Ups are meant to gently stretch the abdominals to restore normal flexibility and movement back into the anterior chain. Some of these poses might not be accessible because of soreness but do the ones you can.

*Tip: Go slow. Slow might be all you can manage the day after a few rounds of GHD Sit Ups, but either way, gently make your way into these yoga poses and hold for up to 30 seconds while you breath in and out through the nose. I would also recommend performing the stretches in the order shown below, as it will gradually restore movement back into your mid-section and prevent over stretching.

1. Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx Pose)

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Start on your belly. Come onto your forearms slowly keeping the elbow under the shoulder. Press the palms firmly into the ground and let the chest gently drive forward and up. Allow the hips to relax while keeping the tailbone reaching towards the heels. Breathe and allow the breath to invite the body to relax and receive the stretch.

2. Bitilasana (Cow Pose)

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Start on your hands and knees with the knees under the hips and the hands underneath the shoulders. On your inhale, allow the tailbone to reach towards the ceiling, the belly to drop towards the ground and the chest to move forward and up. Think about arching your spine stretching out the front body.

3. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Up Dog)

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Starting Sphinx Pose, walk the hands towards the hips straightening the arms. The hands should be underneath the shoulders. Press down through the palms and tops of the feet to allow the hips to slowly lift of the ground. Feel the chest move forward and up through the gateway of the shoulders as you lengthen your tailbone towards your heels. Breathing here for 15 seconds and then relax and repeat.

4. Anjaneyasana with Side Stretch (Low Lunge Side Stretch)

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Starting in a low lunge with the right foot forward, the front heel directly under the front knee and the back toes un-tucked, allow the hips to relax towards the ground as you feel the hips hug together. The frontal hip points should be parallel to the front of the mat. Place your right forearm on your right thigh for stability, lift the left arm up and over to the right feeling a side stretch along the left side. Hold and breathe here for 30 seconds. If you have the space in the side body, you can gently turn the chest up towards the ceiling to feel the stretch through the hip flexor and front of the belly.

5. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

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Start kneeling with the knees hips distance. Placing the hands on your butt (no joke) roll the shoulders back and down and squeeze the shoulder blades together. Lift out of the side body and while keeping the hips moving forward, start to send the chest up and back. You have the option to reach the hands towards the heels but make sure you continue to lift the chest up while keeping the low back long. Breath here for 10 seconds, slowly come up by placing one hand on the butt and lifting yourself back up and then repeat 3 times.

Stephanie Ring
Creator of EndureYoga
*Yoga for Improved Athletic Performance*

Challenge WOD #6 is…….

Monday, July 7th, 2014

8 Min AMRAPropes

10 Double Kettlebell Snatch 1/.75P
1 Rope Climb
Movement Standards:
Double Kettlebell Snatch:  The athlete will hold a kettlebell in each hand.  The movement starts with the athlete picking up the kettlebells, one in each hand.  The athlete can choose to go directly from the ground or or movement can start from the bottom of a swing. The kettlebells must stay between the legs.  The movement finishes with both kettlebells held overhead with knees, hips, shoulders, and elbows fully extended ,and both kettlebells resting against the back of the forearm.  The kettlebells must travel overhead unbroken, kettlebells are not allowed to touch the shoulder or upper arm.
Rope Climb:  Athlete will start from the ground and climb, foot locks permitted, up to the 15′ mark.  The athlete must touch the 15′ mark.  The movement concludes with the athlete back on the ground.

Introducing our new CrossFit coach — Jaime Jereb!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

JaimeIntroducing our new CrossFit coach — Jaime Jereb! If you haven’t met Jaime yet, you are in for a treat! Jaime is our latest CrossFit coach and she brings not only an amazing attitude, but a wealth of knowledge and commitment to fitness. Below is her brief biography. Please join me in giving her a warm welcome to our Cave family!

Jaime Jereb has always considered herself a bit of a “lifelete.” Never fully focusing on a specific sport, she enjoys the idea of being an active, healthy, human being for life. “Anything can happen, so you better be prepared!”300131_2229946904810_3754924_n

Mid-college, the lifelete found herself following a career path in the fire service. She attended Butte Fire Academy in 2004 where she quickly got a taste of true functional fitness — being 5′2” and 120 pounds, she had to learn to maneuver and carry the equivalent of over half her bodyweight.

After graduating and working in the Emergency Medical Services, she realized that trying to help people after they were sick, unhealthy and broken was not what she wanted to do. So, Jaime went back to school, attending CSU Chico where she studied Kinesiology in hopes of learning how to prevent some of what she saw during her EMS stint.

1175466_10201307530546905_1545772915_nIn 2006, she packed up and headed to San Diego for a total change of pace and a new career. There she started her own business, specializing in fun, effective, functional fitness. Since Jaime has a passion for learning and a desire to bring her clients the best possible tools for success, she went back to school a third time, attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a holistic health counselor with a focus on Paleo/real food nutrition, bio-individuality and cross-training.1000761_10200913033484725_1949430513_n

With a strong belief that ‘less is more’ Jaime is constantly preaching healthy wellness and real life living to her clients. HAVE FUN, SLEEP WELL, EAT WELL, LIVE A LOT! When she isn’t in the gym walking on her hands, swinging from bars or sprinting down the street, you can usually find her skateboarding with her dog, perusing the aisles at Whole Foods (her guilty pleasure), and laughing her face off with friends.

DAY 1, PART 1– Regional’s Recap continues

Friday, June 27th, 2014

14321947516_e8b16f63cf_zDAY 1: MORNING

This is my second blog about regionals,the first one can be found here.

I woke up feeling I had a good night’s sleep.  I foam-rolled, drank my cup of coffee, and leisurely went about my morning routine.  I wasn’t really nervous, just anxious to get going with all that laid before me that first day.  I didn’t want to arrive at the venue too early, but certainly not too late.

I went downstairs to get some breakfast, and, of course, the hall was closed.  Fortunately, I brought enough snacks to fill myself up until lunch.
I packed up my room and left for the stadium where I met Nick and Roger.  I casually walked around, checking things out, when suddenly, it was time for Warm Up already.  Fortunately, Bo and the rest of my cheering squad had already arrived, so I could begin Warm Up with the knowledge that my people were around and ready to support me.
14344316154_e3b4667156_zWARM UP

First order of business was to execute my hang snatches.  It was so hot outside!  The bars were toasty and there was no shade. I started lifting.  Things felt good, so I increased the weight.  The plan was to hit my goal weight once or twice, and be done with it.  But apparently, there were other plans — Warm Up went terribly as I was dropping bars all over the place!

My target was to make 145#, go for 155#, and hopefully have the opportunity to try 160# (which I have done before, but only once, ever).  My benchmark weight, 145#,  was all over the place….
14365201043_e8b51413e3_zCoach Bo, “What’s the problem???  Bend your elbows Amanda!!”
I finally achieved a few good attempts, but Warm Up was shaky enough to have the conversation about what I was going to do if I failed my lifts…not a conversation I enjoyed, but a necessary one considering my performance.
ANXIOUS, NOT NERVOUS

We were called inside to line up.  I still wasn’t nervous, just anxious.  I happened to be lined up next to one of the women I have been chasing the last few years.  While keeping close tabs on the weights that were being accomplished around me, I knew that if I hit what I intended to, I would finish in a good place.

At some point I warmed up some handstands, but I was too wrapped up in the snatch to care about the handstands too much.  The goal for handstands was easy — Don’t fall!
After our athlete meeting, we were sent into our lanes.  I, of course, confirmed we could drop the bars, and all the ladies laughed–it would really suck to not have a rep count because of a dropping error.
Anxious, not nervous.
I completed my pre-workout pee (okay, let’s be honest…my 4th pre-workout pee) and I heard my new favorite pump up song14158597687_4be1dd6108_mblasting through the speakers.  I smiled, knowing that it was time.  It was meant to be.  I was ready.
HERE WE GO!

We marched out to our lanes where I met my favorite judge of the weekend.  I discussed my weight with him, hoping to avoid a math error (might I reference the 14.3 fiasco). He agreed with my plan and on we went.

“3-2-1-GO!”, plates go on for 145#.  I took a deep breath and lifted.  The bar was all over the place!  I failed, a big fail!  The bar was behind my head, elbow went wiggly and I dumped it. Amanda, what are you doing???
I told the judge I would attempt that weight again.  I wanted to increase, but I couldn’t trust that I would make 155# with that kind of lift.  We had to announce to our judges what weights we were attempting each time, and if we increased the weight, we couldn’t decrease, so I made the safe decision.  In that moment, I needed to get it together.  I needed to relax, focus and do what I knew how to do.  I saw Rich in front of me, and heard voices of my people behind me.  I shook it all off, and went for lift 2, at 145#.  Hit it no problem.  14365303173_1876cee7f5_z
I was so relieved!  And then I realized: That first fail was my mulligan, I needed to do that.  For whatever reason, that fail was so powerful, I instantly knew I wasn’t going to let Regionals get away from me.  I wasn’t going to look back at this moment and regret my performance.  I knew exactly what I was there to do, and I was going to do it. Pull it together Amanda, you’re here for a purpose!
I attempted lift 3, at 155#…Hit it!  I took a minor step forward, but I recovered.  I turned around, found my people in the stands, and gave them the Amanda Finger Dance, with a big smile on my face. A chance at 160# would have been nice, but 155# was the real goal and I did it.
Oh yeah…now it’s time for a handstand walk.  I changed into my trusty purples (the lightest weight shoes I own) and proceeded to my lane for handstand walking.
My goal: Make 120 feet, rest, and do whatever you can do to finish.  In training, my handstand walking was really, really terrible, quite the poor showing of an ex-gymnast.  Three days previously, I completed 120 feet, for the first and only time, so I14365201043_e8b51413e3_z knew it was possible, I had it in me, I just needed to fight for it.
My favorite judge asked me what I wanted him to communicate while on my hands.  I told him to give me the halfway point, then every 10 feet up to 100, and then 5’s until I reach the green mat.  I warned him about my flying legs and to steer clear so I didn’t kick him.   3-2-1-GO!, on my hands I went.  As far as I knew, ladies around me were walking faster and going as far as I was.  Reaching 60 feet took forever!  It was one of those incredulous “That’s it?” moments when my judge told me where I was, but onward I walked.  At one point, I almost went out of bounds, but I was surely not going to let a hand fault take me down!  I had 120 in my sight, and in my head I was screaming, “Fight!  Fight!  Fight!  Don’t come down Amanda!”
Green mat…YES!  In my head, I had won.  Making the 120 feet was the goal, all the rest was a bonus in my eyes.  I once again found my people in the crowd, gave them an arm pump and a smile, and then shook my arms out as much as I could.  I was going to wait until I had one minute remaining before even considering kicking up into handstand again.  As far as I knew, many other women had made it also, but I was wrong.  There were only a few of us.
One minute to go, but I didn’t want to kick up yet.  My judge was eyeballing me, encouraging me to get going. Then he verbalized, “50 seconds”, like a warning, so I kicked up again and boy, did it hurt!  Ten feet, 20 feet, 30 feet, and going!  I couldn’t believe I was still on my hands!  My arms were shaking, my fingers were curling under themselves, but I was not going to fall.  My steps got smaller and smaller while my speed got slower and slower.  I heard “10 seconds” and hit a five foot mark.  Keep going Amanda, don’t come down!  I just barely found the next five foot mark.  The announcer started the countdown: “5 (step), 4 (step), 3 (step), 2 (stuck), 1… (fall), and Time!”  190 feet!  I don’t think I could have timed that workout any better!  I physically could not have taken one more step.  Boy, was I happy!  Huge PR from practice!
I ran off the field, found my people, and sat and watched the next two heats.  It turned out I had done really well!  Heat 4 came out, and there were some huge lifts!  It was really impressive.  But, their handstand walking was short lived.
I tied at 14 in the hang snatch, and placed 5th in the handstand walk.  For reference, had I hit 160# on the hang snatch, I would have tied at 7th…just 5 pounds meant 7 spots.
I walked out of the stadium feeling awesome.  First 2 events down, and they went really, really well.  It was now time for rest, food, recovery, and then…Nasty Girls.

This Week in The Cave

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

experimentnight_webPlease note that The Cave will be CLOSED on FRIDAY, JULY 4TH. All classes (*EXCEPT CrossFit at 9am and 10am) are cancelled for that day. The Cave will be OPEN for all regularly scheduled classes (in all disciplines) on Thursday, 7/3,  Saturday, 7/5, and Sunday, 7/6. If you have any questions regarding holiday hours, please contact Amy at amy.d@inthecave.com.

Kids Night Out!
The time has come to take the night off and drop your children off with us at The Cave!  Next Saturday, June 28th from 5:30-10:00PM is the night you have all been waiting for - Kid’s Night Out, Experiment Night!
Click here to register

Help send Bill and Amanda to the Games! We’ve started  a crowdfunding campaign to help send Bill and his coachAmanda_BillAmanda to the CrossFit Games in July. Please donate by going here: http://www.gofundme.com/aau608 Thank you so much!

Summer Camps

Have you made summer plans for your kids yet?  The Cave’s summer camps are perfect for any age and any level!  Our coaches will challenge your child at her level while making sure they are safe and having fun.

If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!

Team Gymnastics:  June 30-July 3 (This training camp is for Level 3+.) Gymnastics:  July 28- August 1
Youth Camp:  August 4-8 Gymnastics:  August 11-15 Parkour:  August 18-22 REGISTER ON-LINE OR CALL (415)927-1630.

Challenge WOD
Challenge WOD #5 was announced yesterday, read about it here, so get it done by next Sunday! Want to know more about Challenge WOD? Check this out!

Changes to CrossFit programming:
Bo announced this week some exciting changes to our CrossFit programming!  We now offer 2 parallel tracks during classes: Fitness and Performance.  Read all about it here!

CrossFit Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar

amanda_muSpend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning how to properly teach gymnastics fundamentals in a CrossFit program. Detailed progressions will be covered. Key safety concerns will be addressed specifically geared toward teaching gymnastics movements to adults.

SAugust 9, 2014 01:00PM to 4:00PM

Member cost: $70.00
Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Trainer’s and Athlete’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

CrossFit Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar
Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning gymnastics movements. This seminar is focused on proper and efficient execution of key gymnastics elements.  Get started or improve your technique on a variety of movements. Learn how these skills truly break down to work toward mastery. Floor, rings and parallettes will be covered in detail with an introduction to other gymnastics apparatus.  Learn some key techniques to dramatically improve your efficiency and enable performance of skills you thought unattainable.

August 9, 2014 04:30PM - 7:30 PM

Member cost: $70.00

Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Athlete’s and Trainer’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

Challenge WOD #5 is…..

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
2013 CrossFit Games: Khalipa and Froning do Battle in the Clean and Jerk Ladder

2013 CrossFit Games: Khalipa and Froning do Battle in the Clean and Jerk Ladder

Challenge WOD #5
5 Min AMRAP
Squat Clean & Jerk 60/40

Athlete starts with barbell on the ground. On go, the athlete will pick up the bar and bring it into the front rack position. With the barbell in front rack the athletes hips must pass below the top of the knees. The movement concludes with the barbell locked out overhead with feet together. Elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees must be in full extension. The barbell must return to the ground in order to proceed to the next repetition. Bouncing the barbell off of the ground is not permitted.

Exciting New programming changes at CrossFit Marin from Bo

Friday, June 13th, 2014

amand_hspuThe CrossFit Games Northern California Regionals were an exciting three days.  After seven grueling workouts, Amanda N. came out in 17th place.  This is a huge achievement and we are all very proud of her.  Thanks to all who came down to San Jose to support Amanda. For a full recap check out our blog. http://www.inthecave.com/blog/
If you have not congratulated Amanda N. yet, come down to the Silver Peso in Larkspur this Friday evening, June 13th, for the first Monthly Social Hour.

New Programming Tracks

We are starting a new programming structure here at CrossFit Marin. There will be two parallel tracks.  One will be called “Fitness” and will be the same type of programming as our CrossFit Conditioning classes were. The other will be called “Performance” and will be the same as our regular CrossFit classes were.
Fitness will vary in that it will include less heavy weights and less technically difficult movements.  Performance will continue to have heavy weights for developing power and complex olympic and gymnastic movements to keep people challenged.
A CrossFit Marin athlete will now be able to come to any class and choose which track they wish to do. You will not be forced into staying with one track, you will be welcome to switch back and forth as you please.
We are hoping this improves your experience here at The Cave and allows you to receive the type of workout you are looking for.

Beyond The Whiteboard Now Available

We are happy to announce that we are now offering Beyond the Whiteboard to all of our CrossFit athletes as a way to track their workouts. Beyond the Whiteboard is the best workout tracking tool available. There are thousands of people that use BTWB and this will allow you to compare your workout score with not only your gym mates but people around the world.  If this idea terrifies you, you will have the option of keeping all your information private.
This will be a free service to all CrossFit Marin athletes.
To gain access, sign up at the gym with your name (and the email address you wish to be associated with your BTWB account) on the sign up sheet at the gym. You will be emailed an invitation by the end of the day.
As a disclaimer, BTWB is not perfect. There will be aspects that are not ideal.  BTWB is independent, and CrossFit Marin has no control of the service BTWB provides. Please understand that we cannot address complaints.

My Crossfit Journey: An “Old Lady’s” Guide To Crossfit by Sandy S

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

This is a repost from Sandy Shepard’s website. This is a beautiful post and I wanted to further share it with our community. Thank you Sandy! You are an amazing inspiration to us all!

I started Crossfit last year, on September 6th. As I type this post, that means I have been doing Crossfit for 9 months.

In the year before starting Crossfit, I had done a few marathons and half marathons (5), and a Olympic distance triathlon. The year before that, I did an Ironman, because I wanted to do an Ironman before turning 50.

This might sound like it makes me a bad-ass. Far from it. Look, someone has to bring up the back of the pack in the dark – that’d be me. Sure, I’ll agree with you – there are a lot of folks out there that don’t get off the couch to do anything . . . and in fact, if you look back in this blog going way, way back, you’ll see that was me.

But here’s the thing. After having some health issues, as my birthday came around last year (September), I found myself in the unenviable position of being almost 40 pounds overweight. I didn’t fit in any of my clothes, and all the biking/running /swimming in the world wasn’t budging it. I’d like to pretend that it was all “muscle,” but last Fall I had a fat “dunk test” (that I blogged about back there somewhere) – and I was 30% fat by weight. Oh and believe me, you knew it – my muffin top had a muffin top. I have recently been reading some great blog posts about gals who were transformed by Crossfit. HERE is one by a Crossfit franchise owner and competitor (Talayna Fortunato), HERE is one about “regular” Crossfit women by a gal who started out overweight (it’s long, but well worth the read).

When I read a lot of these articles now, I actually get a bit depressed. Why? Because here I am nine months along, and I’m nowhere near where everyone else is. In fact, I started Crossfit just two days after the gal who wrote the “Crossfit Women: The Truth” post linked above (the long one). And look at how remarkable she is now. I still can’t do a pullup, a proper pushup or burpee, or innumerable other things.

One thing you’ll get used to – chalk basically EVERYWHERE. Yes, this is me.

One thing you’ll get used to – chalk basically EVERYWHERE. Yes, this is me.

Okay, so she is young enough to be my daughter. But here I am, 9 months later, and I don’t have some dramatic “Before and After.” I go to Crossfit 3-5 days a week (yes, really), rain or shine, and you can’t really tell, compared to all the other “Before and Afters” – including the one at the top of this page (which is not me, by the way).

But that’s what I’m here to talk about. Oh sure, when I’m snuggled up in my bed and the alarm goes off, I think two, three, ten times about actually swinging my legs over the side and putting on my athletic clothes. But I do it. Because, dramatic “Before and After” or not, Crossfit is about community. And besides, I will not lie to you, it feels pretty bad-ass to lift a big metal bar above your head – even if it weighs a tenth of anyone else’s.

I suppose that we’ve all felt “community” at some point in our lives – whether it’s folks at Bingo who would rib you if you didn’t show up, or your Book Club, or even a Zumba or Jazzercise class you did for a while in your past. But the Crossfit community is a bit different.

Here’s an example: One of our coaches, Amanda Norton, recently made it to the Crossfit Regionals. You don’t need to know what that is, just know it’s huge. She wound up having a hard time on the second day of competition, though she had worked her way up to 11th in our Region the day before (awesome!). During this workout, she was only about 3/4 of the way through when the top 10 women (who were competing in her same Heat) were already finished. Did they leave the field? Continue to lie panting on the mat, after their own enormous efforts?

No. They surrounded her and cheered her on, coaching her, cajoling her. I talked to her about it afterwards – some folks might hate that and, like Garbo, ‘Vant to be Left Alone!” – but she said it was awesome. Here she is, surrounded by “Crossfitters whose names are known” – Crossfitters who compete for a living – giving her “Atta Girls” when she feels like giving up.

Crossfit is also the only sport where the entire audience generally actually does the sport. While a very small percentage of the audience of, say, a football game has ever had experience on the field, just about everyone at a Crossfit competition is doing their best to do the exact same movements that the competitors are doing.

That’s amazing, when you think about it.

Thank you again to Sandy Shepard for this fantastic blog post. This post continues from here and   You can read the full version here.