Name: Nate Holtz…although my mom and Nadia both call me Nathan, so that works too.
Occupation: Network Engineer
CrossFitting Since: April 1st, 2013.
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My very first CrossFit class outside of bootcamp was a partner workout with a very understanding JP Emery. The WOD consisted of AMRAP cleans, a run and a rope climb.
Fun fact: I had never climbed a rope before. The workout was hard enough, but there were a few crucial bits of information that I was ignorant on. Unaware of the damage a rope burn could cause, I left my legs completely unprotected and open to the mercy of the rope. Thanks to JP’s effort and encouragement, we made it through 15 rounds despite me slowing us down. I am now the proud owner of a nasty rope burn scar and a quote from JP I will never forget. I apologized for being so slow mid workout and JP, positive as ever said “It’s no problem at all. I get to rest the entire time you’re going! Go slower if you need to.”
Favorite WOD: Helen! Hands down Helen. Elizabeth is a close second and I absolutely despise running, but I love me some KBS and pull-ups!
Favorite Lift: Cleans for days. Knowing what I am capable of front squatting and looking at the intimidating bar sitting on the ground loaded up for a heavy clean is both intimidating and exhilarating.
Least Favorite WOD: Annie annie bobannie banana fanna fo fanny fee fi fo …f*ck I hate double unders.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: My favorite moment would probably be when I got my first muscle up. I had been practicing jumping muscle ups and doing daily dips and push-ups for a good while when we had a “skill day”. I thought “what the hell, I’ll give it a shot.” Much to my surprise, my body just did it’s thing and before I really could process what was happening, I was at the top. Brian Johnson commented “I wish you could see your face right now!” I truly was shocked at how quickly it came. Coach Joe Pacquing followed up with some killer technique knowledge on my strict muscle up and now I share it with everyone who will listen to my yappin. When a technique that has been hampering you clicks like that, it’s the best feeling. Definitely addicted to that feel.
Why You Do CrossFit: Without question, the coaches and community at CFBT. I view CrossFit as a sort of team sport. There is the comradery from the people you workout with, just enough competition to be healthy and the accountability if you don’t show up. I see the people at CFBT more than my friends and family, so it has to be a pretty special place to keep me coming back. I can’t emphasize how wonderful it is that CFBT is a pretty Bro-free establishment. Ego is checked at the door and the main competition you have should be your previous best effort. The genuine support and kind attitude from the coaches makes CFBT the best fit for me personally. When I first started, I thought “ya’ll really can’t be this nice”, but it was the truth. The coaches want you to succeed, period. If that means some tough love on perfecting a movement to scaling a WOD so that you can succeed, they have it covered. I could barely do a pull-up when I started and now I can’t get enough muscle ups and other complex movements. I can honestly say that CrossFit has changed my life and CFBT is the reason I Crossfit.
Favorite Cheat Meal: I don’t exactly follow a meal plan. I eat when I’m hungry and when I’m hungry, I eat what sounds good. Everything in moderation, right?…except for protein. I shoot for 3600 calories and 185ish grams of protein a day. If something tasty fits in, then it gets a one way ticket to my tum.
CrossFit Secret: Understand that you will have peaks and valleys on your journey. Accepting and recognizing when your body needs you to slow your roll a bit is key to avoiding injury. Never taking yourself too seriously will grant you a lot of good vibes in CrossFit and in life.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: Bourbon, beer and best pals.
What Can’t You Live Without: Fashion, cooking and Nick Wooster. These are a few of my favorite things.
Favorite Vacation Spot: I am so bad about taking actual vacations and I’m a city folk. If I were to take a vacation this year, it would be to visit friends in New York, so let’s go with that.
Back by popular demand, complimentary 20min injury screenings by
Active Physical Therapy.
Thursday, May 8th. 3:30-5:30pm at CFBT
Space is limited.
Please see Kendra at the front desk to schedule your 20min session or for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to announce that we now have Open Gym!
Open gym can be used for the following:
Work on Weaknesses
Make up a Missed WOD
Perform CFBT Programming at own pace
Follow alternative programming
Open Gym is not:
A “Cool Kids Club”
A coached class
A right to be totally irresponsible in your training/workouts
How do I qualify for Open Gym?
1.) You must have trained at CFBT or another CrossFit Affiliate for a minimum of six months.
2.) You must have a CFBT Unlimited Membership (Silver or Gold)
3.) You must correctly answer a series of CrossFit Related questions to determine the safety and efficacy of your workouts.
Open Gym Rules:
Athlete must register for Open Gym via Mind Body Online.
Athlete must share his/her own programming/workouts with coach on duty.
Athlete must understand that equipment, space and priority is given to the Class taking place.
Athlete must spray and wipe down equipment and return to it’s proper place after use.
Open Gym Hours:
Monday: 6am-9am, 12pm-1pm
Tuesday: 6am-9am, 12pm-1pm, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday: 6am-8am, 12pm-1pm, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Friday: 8am-9am, 12pm-1pm
*Please reach out to us with any questions you may have at info@crossfitbelltown
Huge Congrats to our Olympic Lifting Coach Lincoln, for competing in the 2014 National Masters Weightlifting Championships this weekend. We are very lucky to have him on staff here at CFBT and couldn’t be more proud of him!
Lincoln competed in the 77kg/55-59 age group category. He went 3-for-6 on his lifts and won Gold as well as qualified for World Masters by his 5th lift. Worlds will be in in Copenhagen, Denmark this year.
On Sunday he coached two lifters. One lifter, Robby Ho, who was one of the first weightlifters he had ever coached from over a decade ago back when he lived in San Diego. The other lifter, Julio Laboy, he had just met that day, after a mutual friend threw out a request to help him out when his regular coach couldn’t make the trip. Julio earned bronze while Robby took silver, both in hard fought contests, Julio went 4-for-6 with a 75kg snatch/95kg clean & jerk while Robby hit 113kg and 130kg respectively. Robby cleaned 141 kilos (310 lbs. ) at a bodyweight of 82kg (182lbs.) but couldn’t quite get the jerk.
We can teach you this…
Gymnastics Class is a fantastic opportunity to gain better body awareness and motor control. Coach Brian will help you to improve body weight movements such as; pull-ups, toe-to-bar, muscle ups, muscle up transitions, ring work, and plenty of other great tools for your tool bag. Give it a try!
(CrossFit Basic athletes are welcome to attend either class)
(CrossFit Basic athletes are welcome to attend either class)
The 2014 CrossFit Games Open season is upon us. Everyone in the world will be invited to compete in five workouts over five weeks, posting their scores online in real time. The first workout will be announced Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5 pm PST. The remaining workouts will be released each Thursday following.
Athletes will have until the following Monday, 5 p.m. PST to perform each workout and submit their score. There are no exceptions to the deadline listed above in submitting scores, NONE WHATSOEVER. Please allow yourself sufficient time to enter the scores considering the possibility of a technical error.
Should you wish to participate in the 2014 CrossFit Open, you must first register online by going to the CrossFit Games site at http://games.crossfit.com/ no later than Monday February 27th, 5pm PST. Once registered, please be sure you have chosen CrossFit Belltown as your HOME gym by requesting to join our team.
CrossFit Belltown will be hosting each workout on the following days & times listed below. We will have a heat-sheet located at the gym front desk every Thursday evening following the release of each workout. The first heat-sheet will be posted Thursday Feb 27th at 6:30pm. EACH ATHLETE MUST REGISTER FOR A HEAT TIME EITHER IN PERSON OR VIA EMAIL. ANY ATHLETE EXPECTING TO HAVE HIS/HER WORKOUT JUDGED WITHOUT HAVING PRIORLY REGISTERED FOR A HEAT TIME WILL BE ASKED TO DO THEIR WORKOUT LAST.
Please be sure to contact us directly at email@example.com should you need to make alternative arrangements to have your workout validated by one of our judges/coaches; an in-house verbal conversation or social media outlet will not suffice.
WEEK/WOD#1 Saturday March 1st 9:30a-12:30p
WEEK/WOD#2 Friday March 7th 4:30p-7:30p
WEEK/WOD#3 Friday March 14th 4:30p-7:30p
WEEK/WOD#4 Saturday March 22nd 9:30a-12:30p
WEEK/WOD#5 Saturday March 29th 9:30a-12:30p