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Thanksgiving Hours

CrossFit Belltown will have limited hours between Wednesday and Friday of this week.
Our Thannksgiving schedule is as follows:
Wednesday November 25th
6:00am7:00am & 12:00pm classes only. All other classes are cancelled.
Thursday November 26th ~ Thanksgiving
Gym Closed
Friday November 27th
12:00pm class only. All other classes are cancelled.
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Name: ‘Ben’

DOB: January 9, 1978

Occupation: Security Director, City of Seattle

CrossFitting Since: February 8, 2011

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first day, back in 2011, when Crossfit had not fully reached the mainstream. I joined based on the recommendation of a friend, not really knowing what I was getting into. Prior, I had been a member at every globo gym imaginable and was used to that format. When I arrived at CFBT (the old location) I took stock of my surroundings. The welcome desk looked like it was fashioned after a WWII nazi-killin’ bunker, and the decorations included Eric’s hand-skin motif that really made the place feel homey in a “Silence of the Lambs” kind of way. Nearby sat an antiquated wheelbarrow stacked with hundreds of pounds of dumbbells used for workouts. Other than some barbells and bumper plates, that was about it. After surveying the equipment, I was suspicious that this wasn’t going to be the predictable 20-minute elliptical ride followed by 155 minutes of curls and bench press that I was used to at the local Fitness Emporium. Turns out I was right. The scaled 5-minute, green-band-assisted version of “Cindy” that we did nearly killed my ass. I loved it. I may have even bragged to a few friends about this hard-core workout I crushed at Crossfit. I think I also met Nadia for the first time that day. I was trying to stretch a hamstring and had my foot propped up against the wall. I happened to look over and saw Nadia standing across the gym. Her gaze met mine and suddenly she gave me a look that made my soul turn black. I quickly turned away in fear, and that is when I noticed the sign. The one that explicitly stated to keep your feet off the wall. I learned a valuable lesson that day. One that I will now share with new members: CFBT takes a lot of pride in their gym. Do not f**k with the aesthetic. Seriously. Nadia will cut you. To that end, many agree that CFBT is the most beautiful gym they’ve ever seen, and it has been a pleasure watching Nadia and Eric’s vision be realized over the last several years. But I must say, even if the classes were held by the dumpster out back, I would still show up. The programming is incredibly smart, and the coaching is informative and motivating.

Favorite WOD: I have a bizarre, sadistic affinity for “Grindy”.

Favorite Lift: Tie: Back Squat / Deadlift, I believe they will have the best functional-movement ROI over the course of a lifetime.

Least Favorite WOD: If given the option to do 150 wall balls for time, I.E. “Karen,” or give birth to a porcupine that is on fire, I will take the latter, less painful option.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: I’m a reasonably competent pull-upper. So, that.

Why You Do CrossFit: I like the “fitness on demand” aspect of this training… Wanna run a 5K? No problemo. Grandma needs help moving a couch? Got it. Zombies attacking? I’ll be the one pulling myself up onto the shed while everyone below gets eaten.

Favorite Cheat Meal: I’m like a culinary polygamist; I love it all. It’s difficult to imagine cheating on food with other food, so let’s just say red wine & Honduran cigars and move forward…

CrossFit Secret: My favorite workout secret is actually from Coach Joe. A few months ago we had a WOD comprised of several movements that included large sets of burpees. Joe, always helpful, explained that we should consider the burpees “a rest period” before moving on to the other exercises… “a rest period,” he says. It’s an interesting concept. But in my experience I usually get about 6½ burpees in and start planning reasonable sounding injuries I can fake to get out of the workout… Hmmm, I wonder if I can “accidentally” impale myself on that barbell over there… things like that. So, next time you see Joe cycling through 35 burpees a minute just know that he is “resting”. See how that makes you feel about your fitness.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Typically I am too sore to do non-Crossfit-related activities in my free-time. Thanks, Crossfit.

What Can’t You Live Without: I spend 90% of my day complaining about oblivious people in my way or walking too slow because they are mesmerized by their cell phones. The other 10% of my day is spent hyperventilating because I’m terrified I accidentally left my phone at home or back in the office.

Favorite Vacation Spot: My family owns a beachfront on the Chesapeake Bay in a sleepy Virginia town that is a pretty idyllic getaway. It’s like something out of a Nicholas Sparks book. From what I’ve been told, by other people (not me), who read Nicholas Sparks books.

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CrossFit Belltown Will Be Closed This Saturday In Observance Of CrossFit Endurance Seminar

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Normally we would host a 9:30am Saturday Track or Park workout in lieu of the gym being closed, however we will be unable to do so this Saturday, as some of our very own coaching staff will be attending the above-mentioned seminar, leaving no one to coordinate a group class outside the gym.

Albeit even though our Saturday classes are being cancelled, everyone can now return on Monday to a coaching staff that has been made better and wiser in new and exciting ways.

That said, we encourage you to do the same -Get out of the gym this weekend and challenge your Fitness in new and challenging ways! And if you happen to snap a few candid photos of your efforts, we’d love to see them on Instagram, #CrossFitBelltown #GetOutsideTheGym

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CrossFit Endurance at CFBT


Spend two full days at CrossFit Belltown, Saturday and Sunday October 24th-25th, learning and applying the principles of CrossFit Endurance, as instructed by CrossFit’s very own Subject Matter Experts. This course will provide an introduction to CrossFit Endurance and other factors that impact performance. Attendees will learn about CrossFit Endurance training, programming, nutrition, recovery, and injury prevention and care. By and large, the endurance community is prone to overtraining, and lends credence to the claim that recovery is why we get better, not more training.

The fee for this Course is $595. Payment can be made via credit card or check.

Material Covered:
Running Mechanics
Injury Prevention
Self Myofacial Release
Endurance Athlete Sport Specific Training
CrossFit Endurance Programming

Register here or by scrolling down to the bottom of our MainPage and clicking under ‘October Seminars’.

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The 2015 ‘Best of’ Western Washington contest is once again upon us. Our gym has once again been nominated as a contender for best CrossFit Gym, but we need your votes to make it count. Just to nominated is an honor for us, as it is to be up against so many other worthy contenders. But we sure would like to see how far we can take this with a little help from our fellow athletes, family and friends.

Polls won’t close until October 23rd and the winner won’t be announced until November 20th, however we’re asking for votes now in support of our nomination.

Every vote really does count. We do hope you’ll vote.


Please click here to vote.

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Lift Up Luke

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Josh Everett is a close and personal friend of mine. He’s also worked for a great many years on the CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff. Josh is an absolute pillar in our community and an extraordinary loving father. 

In 2013, the CrossFit community rallied together in spectacular fashion to support Josh and the Autism community in his worldwide workout called LiftUpLuke ~ in honor of Josh’s beautiful son, Luke. 

This “competition for a cause” specifically sought to support early diagnosis and treatment of Autism, raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, and most importantly, turn a global spotlight on the measured and severe impact of Autism on families and individuals around the world.

This year, Josh is upping the ante and doubling down his efforts to take the impact of the event to another level. 


On September 19th (THIS Saturday) the event is being rebooted under the more inclusive name ‘Lift Up Autism’. Josh once again has invited us to participate in this charity workout, aptly named “LUKE”. 

Prior to registering on MindBody for the workout this Saturday, please first go to and register yourself as an athlete under our gym (CrossFit Belltown). Should you wish to make a donation, and we humbly ask that you do so, CrossFit Belltown will match your donation up to $20 (per donation). 

See you this Saturday at 930am and 1030am!

As Many Rounds As Possible in 5 minutes of:
4 Power Cleans: (155,105)
24 Double Unders
10 Pull-ups

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CrossFit Belltown will be hosting only one class at 10:30am Monday September 7th in observance of Labor Day. All Bootcamp & CrossFit Basic athletes are also welcome to attend. Additionally, anyone allowed access to Open Gym will also have an opportunity to train.

ALSO, CrossFit Belltown will be hosting track workouts for the next two Saturdays, both on September 5th & September 12th. Both Saturdays will only be hosting a 9:30am track workout at the Queen Anne Bowl PlayField (Address: 2806 3rd Ave West). The gym will be closed on both these Saturdays due to a private CrossFit event.

Happy Labor Day & Happy Fitness!

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CFBT Mariners Field Trip

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Play Ball!

Please join CFBT for our 5th annual 

Mariners baseball game outing 

Wednesday, September 9th 7:10pm 

Tickets are $35 and must be paid for by September 1st.

Please email or see Kendra at the Front Desk for further details.

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Member Spotlight: Rodrigo Lode


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Name: Rodrigo

DOB: April 23rd, 1976

Occupation: Software Engineer

CrossFitting Since: December 2012

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Doing Cindy as prescribed for the first time after 8 months – my first time doing pull-ups in a workout without a band with a better time than when I did with a band. The strength gain difference was clearly noticeable.

Favorite WOD: Mary

Favorite Lift: Snatch for sure. That moment when you hit all your positions and the bar lands perfectly at the bottom of the squat is something to crave for.

Least Favorite WOD: Annie. Anything with double-unders, really. My timing is always off. I was told some folks take up to 3 years to get it…I have 5 months left! Workouts with thrusters or wall-balls would be a close second.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: Hands down – 15.4. The handstand pushups were easy, but those 185lb cleans looked impossible. I had never tried it until then and was inspired by fellow CFBT member Tim A. who got to lift that much for the first time then as well. Got 4 reps total for a 15 lb PR!

Why You Do CrossFit: My whole life was surrounded around soccer. It was the only workout I had ever done, but after dislocating my kneecap for a second time (and having to put it back in place myself), I got into a rather sedentary lifestyle. My brother got into running and I thought I’d give it a shot. I fell in love with it and had done 15 half-marathons and 1 full prior to Crossfit, but I kept getting injured every 2-3 months with 2-3 weeks of recovery every time. My calves would give in and I would have a muscle strain during training or during the race itself. Then I developed plantar fasciitis making it hard to even walk. Doctors and physical therapists told me I needed to develop more strength and my friend Rob told me to stop by CFBT where Nadia and Eric would take care of me. I hesitated since I wasn’t fully recovered yet, but my doctor told me after 6 months of therapy that I was baby’ing my foot too much so I took the plunge and started Crossfit. The plantar fasciitis has not flared up ever since, I ran my fastest half last year (no training, just Crossfit) and my fastest mile ever at 5m52s this year. Running is still part of my life with a race here and there, but coming to gym, seeing friends, working out together, laughing together, seeing everyone get better makes CFBT my home away from home. The lack of strength got me to Crossfit, the people keep me in it!

Favorite Cheat Meal: Burgers! If a place has a burger, I’m checking it out. Ask me about my top 3!

CrossFit Secret: Listen to your body. Sometimes you do need more than your scheduled rest days. Take it! Don’t feel bad about it. You might just PR the day after!

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Bbq, bar trivia nights, movies

What Can’t You Live Without: Family, inappropriate jokes, and bacon

Favorite Vacation Spot: Going home to Brazil is always fun, but Greece was one my favorite vacation spots so far.

(photo credit: Lincoln Brigham)

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Member Spotlight: Daisy May

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First name: Daisy May

Last name: Gutierrez

DOB: May 16, 1981

Occupation: Teeth fixer (Dental Hygienist) and Drug dealer (Pharmacy Technician)

CrossFitting Since: May 2013

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Taking my first CrossFit Basics class with Eric and reviewing squat technique. I specifically remember being asked, “What position is that? Dogs do that when they take a poop, let’s fix that”(or something to that effect). Then the workout of the day involved AMRAP squats and push-ups x 10 minutes. It was magical, I improved that squat technique, and I haven’t stopped since.

Favorite WOD: Fran, and anything with double-unders, handstand push-ups, or squat movements

Favorite Lift: ALL SQUATS!!! Back, Front, and Overhead

Least Favorite WOD: Filthy Fifty and anything with wall balls, rowing, or sumo deadlift high pulls.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: Getting a strict unassisted bodyweight pull-up for the first time (+1)– previously never able to do this my ENTIRE life, then being able to do weighted pull-ups the week after.

Why You Do CrossFit: The genuine camaraderie of everyone, we all encourage each other to succeed during workouts and celebrate those huge PRs for one another. For the most part before CrossFit, I worked out on my own at a regular gym and never spoke to anyone-I was not completely satisfied and continued to do the wrong technique and form for years. It was nice to see results, but I never had the connection that I experience here at CFBT. At times during the especially grueling metcons, I take a glimpse around at everyone trying to make it through the workout and seeing that motivates me to do better, not give up. I also do CrossFit because it scares the crap out of me (before and after the workout) and it is a special feeling to complete a workout that seemed impossible then surprise yourself with what you are actually capable of. It’s always a constant struggle to work on my weaknesses.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and ice cream (Magnolia Ube).

CrossFit Secret: Sometimes, during burpees I pretend I’m a frog hopping and clapping to catch a fly. Also, I like to hum a song during a large number of double-unders it helps me follow a rhythm.

My CF crushes are Brooke E. CLB, and Jon Pera.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Snowboarding, cocktail beverages, concerts

What Can’t You Live Without: Adventures, music, and family

Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii or anywhere with warm water and beaches

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