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Member Spotlight: Macarena Aloi


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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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Workout: Push Press: 2-2-2-1-1-1

Accessory: 100 Banded Pull-Aparts


Meet Us At The Bar

In observance of the CrossFit level 2 Seminar being hosted at CFBT this weekend (and a very wet weather forecast), we will be canceling all regularly scheduled classes this Saturday, October 15th — including the 9:30am Track WOD. Instead, we will be having Open Gym hours from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. All athletes are welcome to attend.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Workout: Open Workout 14.1

Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:

30 Double Unders

15 Power Snatches (75, 55)

Accessory: 3×1 minute weighted plank hold


~ Save The Date ~

CrossFit Belltown 7th Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 15th
at CrossFit Belltown from 7p-10p
Libations by Shake Bartenders
Catering by Northwest FitMeals

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Workout: Front Squat: 3-3-3-3-3 w/ 3-second pause at the bottom of the first rep

Accessory: 4×15 Barbell Good Mornings


Taking Your Midline Strength To The Next Level — Static Holds!

Here’s the TRUTH…

Your abs were not designed to crunch, twist or bend. Granted, they are fully capable of doing so, but understand their number one role is to prevent your mid-section from crunching, twisting or bending. That’s right, your abs are a stabilizing force designed to resist movement in order to protect your spine and transfer power from the hips to wherever it is needed in the extremities.

So even though you “feel the burn” when you do crunches and traditional sit-ups… focus on static-hold movement patterns that demand more of the midline while allowing the midline to do what it does best — protect the spine. Done correctly, exercises such as GHD upright static holds, planks and weighted sit-ups can have a far greater stimulus on strengthening your midline as compared to flailing about on the floor, doing crunches on top of crunches, hoping for a more sculpted and stronger midsection.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Workout: Three rounds for time of:

400m Run

100 Double-Unders

500m Row

Time Cap: 25 Minutes


From Iceland With Love

“We just wanted to reach out and tell you how much we miss you, and everyone at the gym — no matter where we drop-in, there’s NO place like home! So we went on a day trip through the Golden Circle and we found ourselves at Gullfoss, which is Europe’s largest waterfall. We thought what better of a place to brave the cold, wind and wet — and get an awesome photo in our Belltown shirts in Iceland.”

We miss you too, Max and Madison. We’ve got a four-pack of ginger beer in the fridge, waiting for you.

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Workout: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps for time of:

Strict Handstand Push-ups

Strict Pull-ups

Accessory: Set a clock for ten minutes; spend as much of the allotted timeframe in a squat hold position.


Ten Times The Fitness!

Question: What do you get when you cross a Trent, a Brent, a Jeff, two Chris’s, two Dan’s, a Madeleine, an Emerson, and a Hunter?

Answer: You get ten athletes that are ready to take their CrossFit training to the next level!

Congrats to all ten of our most recent CrossFit Basic graduates for having successfully tested in to our regular group classes. We’re very fortunate and excited to be part of your Fitness Journey. Welcome to the suck!

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Workout: “Marston”

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

1 Deadlift (405, 280)

10 Toes-To-Bar

15 Bar-Facing Burpees


It Takes Focus To Be Precise

Training environment is vital to any athlete; what may be acceptable in that environment is not the same for every sport. If you are a weightlifter, having a clear line-of-sight is hugely important in helping to focus the mind prior to any heavy lift.

The most common mistake people make is standing directly in front of the lifter, watching them lift. Now it is understandable that people can get caught up in just watching someone lift, but you need to pay attention to something other than what you want to see. If you aren’t doing something yourself, your first thought should be to make sure your aren’t distracting someone who is. “But in a meet, you have crowd and a judge right in front of you.” Yes, this is true. But that is competition. Things change. It is much easier to block out a crowd all together in competition and look past a large group of spectators, especially when you know they are already there. However it’s an entirely different story when there is no one in front of you when you reach down to grab the bar, but as you look up and bring your eyes forward… BAM, you’ve now got Joe Blow standing 2 feet in front of you, digging in his nose in anticipation of your lift. I know… distracting, right?

As an observer, you don’t even need to move that far away. As long as you aren’t directly in front of the lifter, you’re probably going to be okay. On the same front, you don’t walk in front of someone setting up to lift. This is also quite distracting. Watch the back room at an Oly meet where advanced lifters are competing and you will notice that people stop walking to wait for a lifter to go, then will continue on their path after the lift. You don’t have anywhere to be that you can’t wait 7 seconds it takes for a lifter to set up and take their attempt.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Workout: For Time:

50 Wall Ball Shots (20, 14)

10 Muscle-ups

40 Wall Ball shots

8 Muscle-ups

30 Wall Ball Shots

6 Muscle-ups

20 Wall Ball Shots

4 Muscle-ups

10 Wall Ball Shots

2 Muscle-ups


Masterful Lincoln

Congratulations to Lincoln in his representing the United States yesterday at the IWF Masters World Championships in Heinsheim City, Germany. Lincoln stood with some of the best Masters athletes in the world; holding his own as he went 2-for-3 in the snatch with a best lift of 70kg (154lbs) and going 1-for-3 in the clean & jerk with a best lift of 83kg (182.6lbs). Strong work, Coach Lincoln! We couldn’t be more proud of you.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Workout: Hang Power Clean: 2-2-2-1-1-1

Accessory: 4×25 Bent Over Reverse Fly’s

20161004_124910-1Be Less Basic

Secretly or not-so-secretly, as soon as this time of year rolls around, there’s a little part of all of us that wants to sit inside, drinking a pumpkin spice latte and eating cookies. But this week’s order of NW FitMeals arrived yesterday, so you can make the smarter, healthier, less basic choice to stay on track with eating healthy and training hard! But you’d better fight that hibernation instinct fast — we’ve already sold over half of this week’s meals!

Our menu this week includes:

Paleo Chicken Salad $10.99
Paleo Cilantro Chicken Burger $11.99
Paleo Buffalo Turkey Meatballs $11.99
Paleo Pulled Pork $11.99

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Please Help Make CrossFit Belltown #1


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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