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Great things happening this week in The Cave

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Great things Happening This Week in The Cave!

BackFlip Workshop


Have you signed up yet? Join us on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 for a workshop on the back flip (ALL skill levels welcome). Using various equipment and trampolines, beginners will run through a series of drills to demystify the back flip and take some of the fear out of the equation. Those who already know how to do a back flip (or are close!) will be given challenges to help improve form or learn new variations.  This workshop is ideal for parkour athletes, free runners, crossfitters, trickers, dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, and anyone who likes to MOVE! Space is limited to 20 athletes only!
Ages 9-13 sign up here: http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=146
Ages 14+ (adults too!): http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=147

Gymnastics Seminar
We’re doing it again.  We have another gymnastics seminar coming up on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00-7:30pm. Led by Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, this hands-on seminar focuses on learning and improving gymnastics movements. You will hear how these skills truly break down in order to work toward mastery. Not only will attendees be taught how to best execute gymnastics elements, but how to teach them as well. Key safety concerns will be covered so that these elements can be introduced into programs without endangering students.  To register,click here or visit: http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=140.
CrossFit Competitions:
Is your name on the board??? This month we kicked off some GREAT in-house competitions, both the Challenge WOD and Monthly Skill Challenge , which are underway.  We’d love for you to participate!  Questions about rules, scoring, feedback or needing a judge?  E-mail Dana@inthecave.com.


Let’s keep in touch!

Have you liked us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram?  These two tools are great ways to stay in touch with the latest in what’s happening in The CAVE.  Plus, you’ll probably see some great pictures of what we’re up to also!  Check us out!

Masters Madness!

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

img_1750AMAZING DAY!

The Master’s Madness competition took a crazy twist when team Crashimg_1756disbanded. We’re hoping for a speedy recovery for Chris W. But, Roger H. Has stepped in to compete next to Ashley R and create team Rash! Team Rash came together quickly and performed incredibly with each workout, and our own team Crash (Karen and Martin) WON the master madness!

img_1758Huge congratulation to both teams for representing our community with strength, teamwork and great sportsmanship.  Well done athletes!img_1754

This Week in The Cave

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Great things Happening This Week in The Cave!

Yoga Survey
In addition to our existing morning Yoga Classes, we’d like to start an afternoon Vinyasa Yoga class concurrent with our youth programs, so there’s something for parents to do, too!  If you are interested, would you mind letting us know what times work best for you? Below is a link to aquick survey asking which hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday would work best for you.  Do you want to know more about our Yoga classes? Please e-mail Stephanie at Steph@inthecave.com.

Haunted House
Bring your children to The CAVE’s Haunted House and community mixer on Saturday, October 25th from 5:30-10:00pm.  Register here:http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=143
Halloween Hours
On Friday, October 31st, The CAVE will close at 5:00pm. Please note that we will be open for all regularly scheduled classes, in all disciplines, up to 5:00pm. All later classes are cancelled. If you have any questions regarding holiday hours, please contact Amy at amy.d@inthecave.com.  Yes, we are open all day on Columbus Day (Monday, October 13)

Gymnastics Seminar
We’re doing it again.  We have another gymnastics seminar coming up on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00-7:30pm. Led by Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, this hands-on seminar focuses on learning and improving gymnastics movements. You will hear how these skills truly break down in order to work toward mastery. Not only will attendees be taught how to best execute gymnastics elements, but how to teach them as well. Key safety concerns will be covered so that these elements can be introduced into programs without endangering students.  To register,click here or visit: http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=140.

CrossFit Competitions:
Is your name on the board??? This month we kicked off some GREAT in-house competitions, both the Challenge WOD and Monthly Skill Challenge , which are underway.  We’d love for you to participate!  Questions about rules, scoring, feedback or needing a judge?  E-mail Dana@inthecave.com.

The CAVE is Hiring
We are seeking another CrossFit coach to add to our fantastic staff. Candidates must have at least a Level 1 CrossFit certification. Come join our team in a fantastic community and facility. There are huge opportunities for learning and skill development. Both full and part time positions are available. There is significant opportunity for career growth!
Do you love working with kids?  The CAVE is hiring new gymnastics and parkour coaches and we’re looking for exceptional people that are great with children! If interested, please see the full job description posted here:http://www.inthecave.com/about/jobs.


Let’s keep in touch!

Have you liked us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram?  These two tools are great ways to stay in touch with the latest in what’s happening in The CAVE.  Plus, you’ll probably see some great pictures of what we’re up to also!  Check us out!

This Week in The Cave

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

10399446_10204835902599953_944867572793468378_nWelcome!
Fall is in the air and classes are filling up as we continue to welcome our new members.  We’re excited to have both new and familiar faces in our CAVE community.  Welcome!

CrossFit competitions:
This month we kicked off some GREAT in-house competitions, both the Challenge WOD and Monthly Skill Challenge , which are underway.  We’d love for you to participate!  Questions about rules, scoring, feedback or needing a judge?  E-mail Dana@inthecave.com.

Yoga Survey
In addition to our existing morning Yoga Classes, we’d like to start an afternoon Vinyasa Yoga class concurrent with our youth programs, so there’s something for parents to do, too!  If you are interested, would you mind letting us know what times work best for you? Below is a link to a quick survey asking which hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday would work best for you.  Do you want to know more about our Yoga classes? Please e-mail Stephanie at Steph@inthecave.com.

Fitness Goals
Now that the kids are back in school and routines have solidified, it’s time to think about YOUR fitness goals and how the staff at The CAVE can help you achieve them. Are you curious about CrossFit? E-mail me, Dana@inthecave.com and I’ll help get you started!
Haunted House
Bring your children to The CAVE’s Haunted House and community mixer on Saturday, October 25
th from 5:30-10:00pm.  Register here: http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=143
Halloween Hours
On Friday, October 31st, The CAVE will close at 5:00pm. Please note that we will be open for all regularly scheduled classes, in all disciplines, up to 5:00pm. All later classes are cancelled. If you have any questions regarding holiday hours, please contact Amy at amy.d@inthecave.com.  Yes, we are open all day on Columbus Day (Monday, October 13)

Gymnastics Seminar
We’re doing it again.  We have another gymnastics seminar coming up on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00-7:30pm. Led by Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, this hands-on seminar focuses on learning and improving gymnastics movements. You will hear how these skills truly break down in order to work toward mastery. Not only will attendees be taught how to best execute gymnastics elements, but how to teach them as well. Key safety concerns will be covered so that these elements can be introduced into programs without endangering students.  To register, click here or visit: http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=140.

The CAVE is Hiring
We are seeking another CrossFit coach to add to our fantastic staff. Candidates must have at least a Level 1 CrossFit certification. Come join our team in a fantastic community and facility. There are huge opportunities for learning and skill development. Both full and part time positions are available. There is significant opportunity for career growth!
Do you love working with kids?  The CAVE is hiring new gymnastics and parkour coaches and we’re looking for exceptional people that are great with children! If interested, please see the full job description posted here: http://www.inthecave.com/about/jobs.


Let’s keep in touch!

Have you liked us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram?  These two tools are great ways to stay in touch with the latest in what’s happening in The CAVE.  Plus, you’ll probably see some great pictures of what we’re up to also!  Check us out!


2014 Fall Challenge WOD #1

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Challenge WOD has begun!

Monday, October 6th (today) kicks off our first fall Challenge WOD 2014! This in-house competition will contain 6 workouts and competitors will have 2 weeks to perform the workout before the next workout is released. At the conclusion of the 6 workouts, a winner for both male and female categories will be announced and given prizes. The winners will then be put into the Challenge WOD Hall of Fame. Competitors that complete all 6 workouts will also receive a prize! I’m looking forward to fierce competition, athletes pushing themselves even further and a good time had by all!

A few changes this year include:
There will be a scaled division for every workout.
There is also a youth division.
Several WODs will be pulled directly from established competitions or inspired by them.
There will be one day in the 2 week cycle when part of the class metcon programming will be the Challenge WOD. The day will be different every 2 week cycle. Class will run similar to the Open — athletes will judge each other, but it’s YOUR CHOICE to submit the scores. Athletes are encouraged to try many times but there will be one opportunity for it to be part of class.
Scores can be submitted on-line to BYTWB. (Need an invite? E-mail me!)

Rules for Challenge WOD are as follows:
All competitors must perform all movements as specified in the standards for each workout.
All workouts must be completed between the Monday that the workout is released and the second following Sunday.
All submissions must be performed with a judge. The judge must also be a Challenge WOD competitor.
The athlete may perform the workout multiple times.
Once an athlete chooses a division, they must stay in that division for all 6 Challenge WODs.
CrossFit coaches are allowed to compete, but will not be considered when choosing a winner.
Challenge WOD Hall of Fame inductees are allowed to compete, but will not be considered when choosing a winner.

Challenge WOD 1
Inspired by the 2013 LaLanne Throwdown
RX division:
AMRAP of squat clean and jerk and pistols for 8 minutes
Minute 1 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 60/40 KG
Minute 2 AMRAP pistols
Minute 3 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 60/40 KG
Minute 4 AMRAP pistols
Minute 5 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 60/40 KG
Minute 6 AMRAP pistols
Minute 7 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 60/40 KG
Minute 8 AMRAP pistols
Then, immediately into a maximum duration L-Hang.

Scaled:
AMRAP of squat clean and jerk and reverse lunges for 8 minutes
Minute 1 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 40/25 KG
Minute 2 AMRAP reverse lunges
Minute 3 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 40/25 KG
Minute 4 AMRAP reverse lunges
Minute 5 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 40/25 KG
Minute 6 AMRAP reverse lunges
Minute 7 AMRAP squat clean and jerk - 40/25 KG
Minute 8 AMRAP reverse lunges
Then, immediately into a maximum duration hanging knee tuck hold.

Youth:
AMRAP of DB thrusters and reverse lunges for 8 minutes
Minute 1 AMRAP 10# DB thrusters
Minute 2 AMRAP reverse lunges
Minute 3 AMRAP 10# DB thrusters
Minute 4 AMRAP reverse lunges
Minute 5 AMRAP 10# DB thrusters
Minute 6 AMRAP reverse lunges
Minute 7 AMRAP 10# DB thrusters
Minute 8 AMRAP reverse lunges
Then, immediately into a maximum duration hanging knee tuck hold.

Scoring is based on the total reps from each minute completed, plus the total seconds of the hang.

img_1505MOVEMENT STANDARDS
Squat Clean and Jerk
The athlete starts with the barbell on the ground. When time begins, the athlete must move the barbell from ground to overhead with the athlete passing through a full squat position (hips must pass below the top of the knees) while the barbell is racked on the shoulders. This can be a full-squat-clean thruster, a power-clean-front-squat-split jerk or anything in between as long as the 3 key positions are reached. (See pictures below.) The movement concludes with the barbell locked out overhead with feet together.img_14911Elbows, 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 the ground is not permitted. The athlete must complete the squat clean before moving on to the jerk, and if a jerk is missed, the squat clean does NOT need to be repeated. At any time, the athlete can rest the bar on shoulders.

10295022_10152211811957615_5036264390352594789_oPistols
At the start of the movement the athlete must be standing on one leg, with hips and knees fully extended. At the bottom of the pistol the hip crease MUST go below the top of the knee. The other leg CANNOT make contact with the ground or with the other leg until the athlete is at full extension. The athlete can hold on to the extended leg, but it is not required. The movement ends when the athlete reaches full extension of the knees and hips before completing the nextimg_14701rep. Alternating legs is NOT required.
Reverse Lunges
At the start of the movement the athlete must be standing with hips and knees fully extended. Step back with one leg while bending supporting leg. Plant forefoot far back on floor. Lower body by flexing knee and hip of supporting leg until knee of rear leg makes contact with the floor. Return to the original standing position by extending hip and knee of forward supporting leg and return rear leg next to supporting leg. Alternating legs is NOT required.
hanging-knee-tuck-to-kick-out-1024x768L-Hang
The athlete must elevate feet above the crease of the hip while hanging on the bar with straight legs, knees locked, and toes above hip crease. Feet must remain above the crease of the hip - once the feet fall below the hip crease, WOD is finished.

Hanging Knee Tucks
The athlete must elevate their knees above the crease of the hip while hanging on the bar. Knees must remain above the hip crease - once they fall below the hip crease, WOD is finished.
Athletes are encouraged to try different strategies multiple times, and must be judged by a fellow competitor or coach. I’ll be on the floor to assist with judging.

Questions, comments, feedback? Dana@inthecave.com

Work hard, train hard, and make yourself proud.

Do You Yoga?

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
10399446_10204835902599953_944867572793468378_nAs we continue to expand our fitness offerings, we want to know… Do You Yoga? Rather than sitting idle while your kids are taking class, would you rather be stretching, moving, and getting your body back?

In addition to our existing morning Yoga Classes, we’d like to start a Vinyasa Yoga class in the afternoon, at the same time as our current youth programs — so there’s something for parents to do, too!

If you are interested, would you mind letting us know what times work best for you. Below is a link to a quick survey asking which hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday would work best for you.

Vinyasa Yoga is a fast paced yoga class designed to challenge athletes and yogis physically and mentally. Each class will focus on strength, core stability, flexibility and postures to help improve overall athletic performance. Taught by Stephanie Ring creator of Endure Yoga, and a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
This unique yoga class will challenge you and still leave enough time to pick up the kids.  Classes are only $25 (family discount $20), and it’s an easy way for you to workout while your children are exercising too! Why not try?Any questions about the yoga, please email Coach Stephanie Ring. Any questions about anything else, contact me Coach Dana.
Based on the results of this survey, we will announce our new schedule starting November.

Thank you for your input and being a part of our community.

October kicks off our first Monthly Skill Challenge!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October kicks off our first Monthly Skill Challenge!
Monthly Skill Challenge is an opportunity to challenge yourself to learn, master, or further gain proficiency in a particular movement. You have an entire month to repeatedly perform and hopefully, improve the movement, keeping track of how many PR’s you can get! This is competition against yourself, to push yourself everyday, every time, every rep. Enjoy this opportunity to see how far you can go!
October’s skill is (obligatory drum roll please)…….

Turkish get-up for maximum weight.

Complete a TGU with each arm for maximum pounds lifted. You must complete one with your right arm and one with your left. The right and left do not have to be the same weight, but the total will combine for your score. You can try as many times as you like within the month, as long as your total comes from a successful right and left TGU within one hour session. You may use dumbbells, kettlebells, or barbells.
Please watch this video to see the movement.

The TGU starts with your arm fully extended while lying down. We’re looking for the weight to remain locked out overhead the entire time. The repetition will be complete when you finish in a controlled position lying on the ground. You can do one arm, rest, then the other arm.

You can e-mail me scores or tell coaches on the floor. Scores will be recorded on the board in the CrossFit area and there will be lots of updates on the blog. While Challenge WOD needs to be judged, Monthly Skill Challenge will be conducted using the honor system, no judging necessary. Please respect your fellow athletes and don’t abuse the system.
The last day to submit scores is October 31, Zombie TGU pictures are encouraged.
We hope everyone participates in the Monthly Skill Challenge and has a GREAT time! Don’t forget Challenge WOD starts Monday, Oct. 6th. Look for exciting new changes!

Welcome Hannah!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

h_hWe are thrilled to have Hannah join our gymnastics coaching staff! Hannah’s beauty and grace is equally matched by her warm hearted personality, positive spirit and drive to succeed.

Growing up, Hannah was no stranger to competitive sports. As a toddler, she fell in love with figure skating. As her love for the sport grew, she became more committed and competitive. At fourteen, Hannah moved away from her family in order to live and train at a competitive center in Cleveland. She spent countless hours on the ice and in dance studios. After a career ending injury, Hannah retired her skates. However, the spirit of ice skating drove her to continue coaching and pursuing her love for fitness.

Throughout her tenure at the University of Tennessee, Hannah devoted her extra time to volunteering at a local shelter andh-h4working with children. She put herself through school by nannying full-time. From this her love for kids and helping others grew. In 2014, She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a focus in motivational psychology, nutrition, and health sciences.

Recently, she has relocated to the north bay area where she is pursuing her second personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She loves training with all ages, and finds great joy in helping others achieve their goals. h_h1When not in the gym you can find Hannah outdoors exploring, hiking, and traveling.

Welcome Hannah! The Cave is excited to have you as part of our family!

This week in The Cave

Monday, September 29th, 2014

chelseaHave you said hello to Coach Chelsea yet? She joined The Cave as an adult athlete but her knowledge, experience and passion quickly convinced us to leverage her coaching skills. She has been shadowing our CrossFit coaches for the last few weeks and will gradually increase her coaching schedule as she becomes more familiar with The Cave methods and athletes. We are very excited to have Chelsea on board.

CROSSFIT COMPETITIONS!

CrossFit Marin is excited to kick off TWO competitions in October!  The Monthly skill challenge will start and be announced on Oct 1 and Challenge WOD kicks off October 6. All competitions are optional, but why not try?  These friendly competitions give you the opportunity to challenge yourself and be a part of the community. Click here to read more about it!

img_0246The Cave Gymnastics Team

Once again The Cave gymnastics team had a excellent showing at their second meet of the season.  Our girls shined and made their parents, coaches and community proud!  Well done gymnasts.

Haunted House
Bring your children to the Cave’s Haunted House and community mixer On October 25 from 5:30-10:00 PM  Register here: http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=143

Gymnastics Seminar

We’re doing it again.  We have another gymnastics seminar coming up on Saturday Nov 8th from 1PM to 7:30. Led by Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, this hands on seminar focuses on learning and improving gymnastics movements. You will hear  how these skills truly break down in order to  work toward mastery. Not only will attendees be taught how to best execute gymnastics elements, but how to teach them as well. Key safety concerns will be covered so that these elements can be introduced into programs without endangering students.  To register click here or visit:http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=140

Let’s keep in touch!
Have you liked us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram? These two tools are great ways to stay in touch with the latest in what’s happening in the CAVE and some great pictures of what we’re up too!  Check us out!

My First Week at The Cave

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

mattSo, I’m just finishing my first week working at The Cave. I started working here on Monday, September 8th, and what struck me immediately was the booming energy of the place. There’s so much going on here, and there are so many projects in the works, that the place feels as if it’s booming. The team communicates, they share a common vision, and they’re all interested in making this place a unique beacon in the Marin County community.

It’s funny how I ended up here. On a whim, I moved to the Bay Area from Minneapolis last December. It was my second attempt at living in California, the first being an ill-fated, two-year stint at Chapman University’s film school down in Orange County in 2003. After a near-deadly drive across the country, I arrived in Sausalito with a great housing deal, a blank slate, and a goal to enjoy my life more than I had in Minnesota. The only rules I set for myself were to find a job that would allow me enough time for my creative pursuits (I’m a novelist and a photographer, and I’m also in the process of developing my first feature film), and to keep up with my general enthusiasm for physical fitness.

After a few bumpy months, I landed at The Cave. I’m now five days in. I’m still learning the ins and outs of the place — its administration software, and its culture — but what I’m realizing is that it’s more than just a gym. It’s a place where people of all ages come to have fun, to move and use their bodies in new ways, and to learn skills that will benefit them physically, mentally, and socially. What more could you ask for in a community?

I’m excited to be a part of this place and watch it grow. I’m curious where it will all lead. Most of all, I’m glad to have ended up with a group of people who really care about what they’re doing–and about making this place the best it can be.