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CrossFit Belltown Blog

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Name:  Sarah M.

DOB:  May 19

Occupation:  Commercial Insurance Underwriting Manager

CrossFitting Since:  July 2015

First Memorable CrossFit Experience:  My first ever WOD was a 40 min AMRAP of 10 burpees, 10 ring rows and then a run of 200 M every 4 minutes.  After I picked myself up off the floor, Joe instructed us we shouldn’t drink for 48 hours after the workout.  Slightly perplexed, utterly exhausted and having just taken the beating of a lifetime, I was hooked.

Favorite WOD:  Filthy Fifty or any long chipper.

Favorite Lift: Push Press and Split Jerks

Least Favorite WOD: Isabel.  Really, who likes snatches?

Favorite CrossFit Moment:  Finishing 16.5 Rx. J Sure it took over 40 minutes and every minute hurt worse than the last…but the finish couldn’t have felt better.  I still get a little anxious every time I see a 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 rep scheme.

Why You Do CrossFit:  To experience that feeling of accomplishment and comradery, when you thought you couldn’t keep going and somehow you end up smashing the WOD.  Finishing crazy mud runs and carrying all my groceries up in one trip…that’s pretty cool too.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and all things made of carbs!!!!

CrossFit Secret:  Learning how to take patience and humility to the next level.  Sometimes to go forward you have to go back, drop weight, back off going for that PR and work on your form to get better.  I’ve also found taking the time to work on mobility and accessory work, even ten minutes a day helps tremendously.  But the most important thing?  Show up.  Even when you don’t want to.

What Do You Do On Rest Days:  When I’m not working or sleeping, you’ll find me enjoying the outdoors or plotting my next adventure…like a Spartan race or two (or ten).

What Can’t You Live Without:  My electric blanket, the internet and the friends and family I can’t live without.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Somewhere lost in the beauty of the mountains during the day, with the convenience and comfort of the city at night.  Whistler, Banff & Jasper are up there on the list!

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Name: Kelly Andrews

DOB: 04-18-83

Occupation: Retail Manager

CrossFitting Since: 2012

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first pull-up at CrossFit London

Favorite WOD: Diane

Favorite Lift: Deadlifts (they are glorious)

Least Favorite WOD: Fran

Favorite CrossFit Moment: Going to the games in 2015 and watching Katrín and Ben win.

Why You Do CrossFit: The people around me there are sensational.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Halo Top Red Velvet Ice Cream

CrossFit Secret: Don’t be too proud to scale. Trust what the coaches suggest and it will work out.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: When living in Seattle, I explore the outdoors and am on the search for the best coffee house.

What Can’t You Live Without: ROMWODS

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere there is a beach – currently Cabo is ahead.

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The CrossFit Open is the largest CrossFit community event of the year; a five week, five-workout competition that ties together athletes from within the same gym to those in their broader city, country… and the world. For five weeks, you — and hundreds of thousands of other people — take on workouts that may push you to learn a new skill, improve the skills you already have, or go into a much deeper place than you’ve ever been before… in both your mental headspace, as well as in the relationships our community has forged from working hard together. And yes, even if you are a complete beginner (this includes those of your who are brand new out of our CrossFit Basics class), you can participate in the Open.

So how’s it work?!?

One workout is released each Thursday at 5pm PST, starting Feb 23rd. Each week a workout is released -You will have until the following Monday at 5pm PST to perform the workout and submit your score online (there are no exceptions whatsoever to this deadline, per the event rules). To get registered,  click here where you will be prompted to enter your existing CrossFit ID. If you do not have a CrossFit ID, you’ll be directed to create an account. You’ll then be prompted to select your division, which is going to be either “male” or “female”, your location, and agree to the competition rules. You’ll also be asked to pay a $20 registration fee that goes directly to CrossFit Inc. To complete your registration, make sure you join the appropriate affiliate (‘CrossFit Belltown’) and then also select your affiliate’s team (again, ‘CrossFit Belltown’). Lastly, don’t worry about signing up for Rx’d or Scaled workouts. Everyone competing in the Open has the option of performing a scaled version of the workout in any of the given five weeks. If you are a complete beginner, this is great news for you because it ensures that your experience will be even more inclusive!

We will be hosting each workout on the days and times listed below. We will have a heat-sheet located at the gym front desk every Thursday evening beginning at 630pm after each workout is revealed. Once the workout is unveiled, you MUST contact us directly at or in person (at the front desk) between 630pm on Thursday and 300pm on Friday to register for a time-slot to have your workout judged and validated by one of our volunteers. NOTE: You MUST have each of your workouts judged and validated by a judge in order to participate in the CrossFit Open.

Any athlete expecting to have their workout judged without having priorly registered for a heat-time will be asked to do their workout last… or not at all (in-passing verbal conversations or contacting us via social media will not be recognized as a legitimate means of arranging a heat time for any of the five CrossFit Open workouts). Also keep in mind that anyone registering for class on any of the days listed below will not be considered having ‘registered’ for a heat time — you MUST contact our front desk directly to secure an actual heat time for each of the workouts listed below. Should you need to make alternative arrangements to have your workout judged and validated outside the days/times listed below, said request(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, keeping in mind that not all requests will be granted.

We ask that you respect the fact that this event will demand a great deal of our staff/facility in safely and seamlessly accommodating all participants. And for that reason, we will be asking that all participants satisfy a one-time $20 entry-fee to help us offset the cost of hosting such an event (to be paid as cash at the front desk). However, should you wish to have this fee waived, we will happily do so in exchange for your assistance as a volunteer Judge on an as-needed basis (please email if interested). NOTE:  You must pass the online Judges Course in order to be considered a judge for the CrossFit Open.

These are the days/times that CrossFit Belltown will be hosting each of the five workouts that encompasses the CrossFit Open:

WOD#1 ~ Friday Feb 24th, 430p-730p
WOD#2 ~ Friday Mar 3rd, 430p-730p
WOD#3 ~ Friday Mar 10th, 430p-730p
WOD#4 ~ Friday Mar 17th, 430p-730p
WOD#5 ~ Friday Mar 24th, 430p-730p (Pot-luck to follow 730p to 9p)

NOTE: Should your travel schedule disallow you from participating on any of the days/times listed above, you may wish to reach out to another participating CrossFit Affiliate wherever it is you’ll be traveling, and ask that they be the gym to judge and validate your workout for submission.

Best of luck, and we’ll see you on the battlefield!

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Don’t Sweat It

2016 is coming to a close this Saturday, but don’t worry — the holiday won’t be affecting our gym hours. We’ll be hosting our regular schedule of classes on both Saturday 12/31 and Monday 1/2, so you can get a jump start on 2017.

Don’t forget to register!

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Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 15th – 430pm, 530pm & 630pm classes are being cancelled as we prepare for our annual holiday party.

Friday, December 16th – 600am class only will be cancelled for the day.

Monday, December 19th through Thursday, December 22nd12pm, 430pm, 530pm & 630pm classes will be un-coached; we will only have ‘Open Gym’ hours available for the days/times listed. However, we will still be sure to post a workout for those of you not following your own programming that still wish to attend class (keeping in mind you will not have a coach to lead you through said workout). Meghan will be on hand to offer any assistance where necessary, as she has her CrossFit Level One Certificate and can help as needed. Please do not be afraid to ask her for assistance or guidance.

Friday, December 23rd – 600am and 630pm classes are cancelled.

Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) – All classes cancelled.

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Name: Jason Piper aka “Piper”

DOB: July 27, 1979

Occupation: Regional Director for an Investment Management Firm (fancy way of saying “Sales”)

CrossFitting Since: December 2009

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: I had a couple of friends who were always talking about “CrossFit”, and since they did the same job that I do(I.e. lots of travel, eating out, happy hours, and things that generally unhealthy) I thought I’d look into it. It so happened that the first affiliate on the planet was right across the Ballard bridge (I lived in Magnolia), so I had to check it out. After a guy named Dave Werner put me through a grueling 4-minute workout, I was hooked. I figured that if I can be in that much pain in 4 minutes, an hour must get you into great shape quick. I’ve been showing up ever since!

Favorite WOD: Definitely, without question, Helen. I love the mix of movements (plus I like to run), I love the kettle bell swings (Dave Werner’s answer to most problems in life was a kettle bell), and there are just enough pull-ups to make it really uncomfortable. And, it’s one of the few workouts where a tall gangly guy like me can actually have an advantage.

Favorite Lift: Squats. I have gained more physical benefit from squats that from anything else. I also received a compliment from a girlfriend several years ago on my “posterior chain development”, and I believe I may still be riding the high from that.

Why Do You CrossFit: I have always been active; when I was young I did tons of manual labor, I ran track and played basketball, I’ve done triathlons and ran road races. When I found CrossFit, I found a way to run and lift and climb but also learn and grow; I love the fact that I still have so much to learn about the body, movement, food, etc. I also love that I’m still excited to show up to class after 6+ years of CrossFitting, the people and CFBT make it something I look forward to.

Favorite Cheat Meal: My food vices include: pizza, maple bars, dark chocolate, and bourbon. This list is nowhere near exhaustive.

CrossFit Secret: In two words: Commitment and Consistency. It’s more than a workout, it’s a process. If you show up consistently, commit to the process, and are open to learning, you will reap tremendous rewards. Oh, and if you take more than two weeks off, it REALLY hurts getting back into it!!

On Rest Days: I love wandering the city with my wife and 3-year old daughter, I love to fish, and I love woodworking. So if I have time, I’m usually doing one of those three things.

What Can’t You Live Without: My family and friends, my kitchen, and my workshop.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Europe, with an emphasis on the coast of Croatia. My wife is from Bosnia, so I have tour guide to take me around and show me the Adriatic. It’s fantastic.

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Our class hours for the week of Thanksgiving are as follows:

Monday Nov 21st — Regular class schedule

Tuesday Nov 22nd — Regular class schedule

Wednesday Nov 23rd [Holiday Hours]  6am, 7am, 12pm only (all evening classes are cancelled)

Thursday Nov 24th [Holiday Hours] Gym closed (all classes cancelled)

Friday Nov 25th  [Holiday Hours] 12pm only (all morning and evening classes cancelled)

IMPORTANT: Please still be sure to register for class.

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Name: Macarena Sofia Aloi

DOB: April 26th, 1989

Occupation: PhD Candidate at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I study neuroinflammation in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease using animal models.

CrossFitting Since: July 2015

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: I have several memorable experiences! But my favorite was the first time I was able to do all 21 kettlebell swings unbroken during Helen. That’s when I first realized I was getting stronger, and I loved that feeling!

Favorite WOD: Any WOD that doesn’t have a lot of running, but has barbell-driven movements.

Favorite Lift: Love all the Olympic lifts! You’ll always find me at Oly class, unless I’m out of town.

Least Favorite WOD: Nancy. Overhead squats and running don’t mix well with me.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: When I PR’d my clean and jerk twice during Oly! Since then, I’ve PR’d my clean and jerk again by 5# (yay!).

Why You Do CrossFit: It’s a pretty simple answer: I CrossFit because I love feeling strong and pushing myself to the limit. In fear of sounding like a cliché, I have to say that life has been hard and it’s very empowering to know that I can surpass any obstacle, whether emotional or physical, and come out stronger on the other side… CrossFit is a daily reminder that I am strong and I can overcome anything!

Favorite Cheat Meal: Mac-n-cheese is my new go-to for re-feed days! (Thanks Nadia for that tip!)

CrossFit Secret: I find that I recover very well if I drink my Optimum Nutrition BCAAs prior to working out. I find it interesting that I don’t feel as sore the following day. Hitting my macros daily also helps with that!

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I usually go to the lab or run errands. Sometimes I’ll do a hot yoga class if I have the time.

What Can’t You Live Without: Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to do anything that I am passionate about (like science and CrossFit) without my family and friends.

Favorite Vacation Spot: I love the beach, so anywhere the sun is shining and the water is warm!

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This year, CrossFit Belltown has been nominated for the Seattle A-List’s Best CrossFit Gym and Best BootCamp, but we need your votes to make it count. Please help make our beautiful gym number one by showing your support and casting your vote for CFBT in both categories here.

But there’s no time to waste – the polls close this Sunday, October 9th.

Thank you for your support and everything you do to make CrossFit Belltown such an incredible place.

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Name: Lucas Lima

DOB: 09/14/1990

Occupation: Software Engineer

CrossFitting Since: September 2015

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first CrossFit Open, last year (2015). It was incredible to see the whole gym come together every Friday night and cheer on each other, sharing the same anxiety and excitement for the upcoming WOD, and the joy and relief after every completed workout.

Favorite WOD: Anything with bodyweight movement for time. Angie, for example.

Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk for sure. And I still have a love/hate relation with Snatch.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with running and/or overhead squats.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: First, when I jerked 200 lbs — I had already hit a huge PR with 185 lbs and it felt good, so I tried again at 195 lbs and didn’t believe what I had just done. I was going to stop but got convinced to try again at 200 and to this date, I don’t know how I did that. The second time was a power clean at 200 lbs — this time I wanted it so badly and had failed twice that day so getting it on the third attempt was thrilling.

Why You Do CrossFit: Having a community of like minded individuals who are constantly striving to be better and pushing others to their limits is addictive. Also, CrossFit is the only fitness workout so far that didn’t bore me and makes me see continuous improvement since the first workouts.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pão de Queijo (Cheese bread), Brigadeiro e Pudim (look it up on google — those are some awesome Brazilian desserts). And any other food that my grandmother cooks 🙂

CrossFit Secret: Listen to everyone, all the time. Everyone has a little cue or hint that they use and you can incorporate in your training. Even listening to the coaches explain how to do a push up for the warm up, for example, every now and then, they’ll let out a small hint that could make you a little more efficient and it all adds up.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I try being active and practicing other sports. I love board sports, so on the winter you can probably find me snowboarding and in the summer I’ll probably be skating somewhere or doing a light hike/trail. (If there was a closer warm water beach here, I’d probably be surfing year-round).

What Can’t You Live Without: SUN! I went nuts last winter right after moving to Seattle and I’m already suffering some anxiety for the lack of Sun we’re going to have in the upcoming months.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Any warm water beach in Brazil: Trancoso/BA, Itamambuca/SP, Tijucopava/SP, Copacabana/RJ… The list goes on.

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