Farewell and Good Luck Maria!!

As you all may or may not have heard, our CrossFit Beyond Coach and Mobility Specialist, Maria, has accepted a position as an Athletic Therapist with Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ. She is excited to be part of an organization delivering healthcare and promoting wellness with the mission to inspire people to make a commitment to healthy living, turning hopes and intentions into the highest enjoyment of life with a vision of healthy living for everyone.  She will have the opportunity to work with renown physicians and other practitioners  from all disciplines while enjoying the sun, desert, and mountains of the SouthWest.   

Maria is most looking forward to starting a career in the movement and rehabilitation field for which she holds a strong passion for.  She has loved the past year spent at CrossFit Beyond and will truly miss the friends she’s made, things she’s learned, and workouts she’s conquered with those that make the community and experiences strong here at CFB.  She says "Thanks Joy, for letting me be part of the CFB Family! xoxo"

All of us here at CrossFit Beyond, wish Maria the best of luck  with her future endeavors, as she begins this new chapter in her life!  Maria has been such a vital part of our team and she will be greatly missed!

We invite all of our members to join us next Wednesday, March 5th at 7:30 pm at Olympic Bowling Lanes in Menands to hang out with Maria before she leaves. Maria loves bowling, so what better way to wish her well than with some fun, friends, and bowling!


Spotlight Athlete- Michael!!

This week's spotlight athlete is Michael! You will most often see him at the noon or 4pm class. Read on to learn more about Michael's story!

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When/Why did you first start doing CrossFit?

My first class was July 25th, 2012.  It was a 20 minute AMRAP of pull-ups, pushups and air squats.  I had to use a green band for the pull-ups and could only do about 3 to 4 pushups at a time.  Joy came up to me at the end of the workout and said “don’t worry Michael we usually don’t do 20 minute AMRAPS.”  I am sure she thought she would never see me again.  But next week will be my 1 ½ year anniversary at Crossfit Beyond.
 What fitness activities were you doing before?

I was going to Gold’s gym, using the treadmill and stair climber.

What results have you seen since you joined CrossFit Beyond?

Since joining Crossfit I have seen a significant increase in my strength and endurance.   Also, for the first time ever I look forward to working out every day.  Joy is awesome, she is a great trainer and a great friend.

What do you like most about CF?

I like that the workout is different every day and Olympic lifting piece.

What is your favorite CF exercise?

Pull ups and deadlifts

Your least favorite?

I hate rowing and thrusters!!!

What CF accomplishment are you currently most proud of?

Being able to do handstand pushups, which I thought I would never be able to do.

What CF goal are you working towards?

Consecutive double unders and I want to be able to do a muscle up by the summer.

Thursday WOD Reminder!!

This box is located under the white board, and will be there all week, in preparation of our Charity WOD this Thursday February 27th! No donation is too small! Also, CFB will be donating all sales of water and coconut water from the cooler in the kitchen to this cause as well! Thank you to all of our members for always being so generous and devoted to helping the community!


Rare Disease Day is Friday, February 28th, and to show our support, CrossFit Beyond will be hosting a charity WOD! We will be holding the WOD a day early, on Thursday February 27th (the CrossFit Open begins on the 28th).

Finley Sanchez was diagnosed with a rare form of congenital muscular dystrophy called CMD LAMA2, or merosin-deficient CMD. There is currently no cure or treatment for this disease. Most of the children with this condition will never walk and are faced with tremendous health challenges, as even a simple cough or runny nose can turn into a serious lung infection requiring hospitalization. The lifespan of children with this disease is greatly shortened due to respiratory distress and most children do not live past young adulthood.

Finley may never run, jump, or dance like we all did as children. These kids struggle to lift their heads, bear weight on their arms and legs and most must navigate their lives from the confines of a wheelchair. All of that said, there is significant hope in the medical community that treatments are within reach.

So on Thursday, February 27th, CrossFit Beyond, along with other boxes around the country, will be hosting the 12 round "Finley" WOD. 100% of the contributions raised for Cure CMD will be used to fund research.  On February 27th, we will be Finley's legs and he will fill our hearts.

We will have a donation box near the White Board all next week! Please donate for Finley and this amazing cause. Cash or check donations accepted. Make checks payable to Cure CMD P.O. Box 710 Olathe, KS 66051. Memo: Footsteps For Finley For Cure CMD.

There is no minimum or maximum donation, as every dollar counts! Please share with your friends and family, and check out www.crowdrise.com/footstepsforfinleyforcurecmd for more information!


The CrossFit Open and Online Judges Course

The CrossFit Open is just a week away!!!!!!!

Register here:  http://games.crossfit.com/article/2014-crossfit-games-open-and-regional-schedule


With the CrossFit Open right around the corner, it is strongly encourage that members consider taking the online judges course! Even if you don't decide to judge in an upcoming competition or judge an athlete who is registered for the Open at CrossFit Beyond, the course  itself will at least help you to be a better athlete. It will help you to think about form and technique. Being self aware of your own form and technique is a valuable skill to have as a CrossFit athlete, so if for no other reason but that, members should really take the course.

The course takes you through the basics of being a good judge. After each module, there are a series of written and multiple choice questions, filmed scenarios and freeze-frame judgment calls that will challenge and support your ability to judge human movement in real time. The course is not easy, but should benefit all potential competition judges and even anyone interested in the subtleties of human movement and performance.

**Take notes and record your answers on a piece of paper. If you miss one question you will have to start over.  Having the answers that you have already answered correctly  written down, will get you back to the spot where you left off much faster!!!

The cost for the course is only $10.

The course could take 2+ hours to complete so make sure you do it when you have a good chunk of time available.

The 2014 edition of the CrossFit Judges Course was released on January 15, 2014.

The course is mandatory for anyone who plans to judge at Regionals. It is also required for Affiliate Managers who will be validating scores during the Open.

The intent of the course is to set expectations for judging athletes during competition and to review common movement standards. The course will also have revised scenarios where you will watch short segments of a workout and be asked to provide the correct score.

All Regional Judges and Affiliate Managers, including those who passed the course last year, will have to take the 2014 edition of the CrossFit Judges Course. Those who took the course in 2013 will have the US$10 registration fee waived for this year.

If you plan on doing your Open workouts at an affiliate, you are encouraged to use a registered judge, but it is not required for most participants. Only athletes who plan on advancing to Regionals are required to use a registered judge. Those athletes will also need to submit a video of one of their workouts at the end of the Open, and to claim any prize money if they take the top score worldwide. Again, most participants in the Open will not need to video their workouts.

The Judges Course is available here.

Blanket and Towel Drive

With the cold weather and snow pressing down on the us over the past few weeks, keeping warm and bundling up has been a necessity! Though, for some people, it's not that easy to just curl up by the fire at home. The Interfaith Partnership Homeless shelter in Albany is in desperate need of blankets, towels, and wash cloths. Please, if you have any to spare, bring them to CrossFit Beyond throughout the week and Ashley, an athlete at CFB and employee at the shelter, will pick them up and take them to the shelter to help those in need!

Thank you in advance!!!!!