A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 05/06

Happy Sunday athletes!  We’re excited to announce our partnership with SweatNET Charlotte!  SweatNET members can now drop into our RISE classes for just $10!!  We’re excited to have some new faces join our awesome community!  Haven’t tried a RISE class lately?  I dare you, it just might kick your butt in a totally different way!

Somehow, it’s already May!  We’re looking forward to Murph & Mimosas this Memorial Day as we honor the fallen and raise our glass to them with mimosas and brunch after Murph on Monday, May 27th!  Be sure to RSVP to the event in our private group page so we can cater in enough eggs, bacon and pancakes 🙂  Feel free to bring a friend or family member, the more the merrier!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Time for a little retest of our Gymnastics Interval Test! 6 rounds every 5 minutes of strict pull-ups, t2b, push-ups, and wallballs.

Tuesday – Working those deadlifts and strict handstand push-ups first! After, some barbell cycling of power cleans & push presses.

Wednesday – Intervals are the name of the game! Rowing, burpee box jump overs, biking & running!

Thursday – Barbell z-press + strict weighted pull-ups/strict pull-ups first. Then, 10 minutes with your jump rope, a dumbbell (for single arm c&j), and the pull-up bar (for c2b)!

Friday – Some split squats and bent over row work! Afterwards, a chipper! Rowing, air squats, kbs, and walking lunges!

Saturday – Some running, overhead squats, and burpee box jumps with your fav partner!

Sunday Oly with Becca! Come perfect those Olympic lifts!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – The best kind of Monday’s have burpees 😉 45 sec on/15 sec off

Tuesday – All is the things (and legs and a little death) – 1:20 on/30 sec off

Wednesday – Strength day!! Boulder Shoulders

Thursday – Thruster Thursday! 45 sec on/15 sec off

Friday – Allll the shoulders! 20 sec on/10 sec off

Saturday – Cardio and core – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Cheers to a new week ahead!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 04/01

Happy Birthday (tomorrow!) to the one and only, hard working, WOD crushin’, most enthusiastic woo-girl, Coach Jen!!!  And as this picture predicts, there just might be thrusters to celebrate her birthday 😉

Body Fat Test of NC will be back at CFP/RISE this weekend!!!  (Saturday April 6th!)  Their mobile unit has a hydrostatic tank and is considered the most accurate of all body fat testing methods!  If you’ve never had your body fat tested, this weekend is the perfect time to get your baseline.  Especially right before we start our Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective with The Fuel Method!  For those of you who have tested, now is your chance to retest and see where you are headed into this next season!  Follow this link to secure your spot this coming weekend!

We’re 2 weeks away from Battle of the Ages!!!  Just a reminder, we will not have CrossFit or RISE classes Saturday morning, April 13th as we host 240 competing athletes, hundreds of spectators and amazing vendors.  We hope you’ll be out to support all our teams, volunteer or judge or keep the day running, and enjoy a great day of competition!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – This is not an April Fool’s joke…some deadlift work with some KBS practice in between.  Then, a spicy metcon starting off with a row buy-in, followed by 3 rounds of thrusters & pull-ups, ending with a run buy out!

Tuesday – It’s an EMOM kind of Tuesday!  Some conditioning mixed in with accessory work.

Wednesday – Testing that power clean today!  Working up to a heavy single.  After, a quick sprint of power cleans and chest to bar pull-ups (rx+ ring MU).

Thursday – Some push jerk work to start off today.  Working up through some percentages.  Then, a fun triplet of doubles, DB snatch, and strict HSPU.

Friday – Today we metcon first!  Strict Cindy, oh my!  Afterwards, a little accessory work.

Saturday – Come get a partner WOD in before or after your body fat testing!!

Sunday Oly with Becca – come lift this week!!  We will not have Oly the 14th following Battle of the Ages!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Spartanish – 40 sec on/20 sec off

Tuesday – Strength day!!  Core and Shoulder focus!

Wednesday – Functional Training – 1:20 on/30 sec off

Thursday – Glycolytic Interval – 40 sec on/20 sec off

Friday – Burpee Friday!!!  1:05 on/25 sec off

Saturday – Strength Day!!

Let’s make it a great week!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

The Fuel Method + Small Group Coaching Collective

Ok, so by now you’ve heard about our exciting partnership with The Fuel Method in order to offer our athletes incredible nutrition coaching!  And hopefully you’ve heard about our Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective that we’re launching in just a few weeks!  I know many of you are ready to get started, and some of you may still have questions.  So here are all the details…

More on The Fuel Method…

“First, we form habits. Then, they form us.”  Your habits, thoughts and actions shape who you are.  The Fuel Method helps you become aware of your current habits and provides education and guidance on how you can improve, adapt and grow beyond them to achieve who you want to become!

Also, this is habit-based… You will also learn how to fuel your body for your goals, how to meal prep like a champ, what the deal is with current fads (like does celery juice actually cure all the things?) and so much more!

Small Group Coaching Collective

  • Mon April 8 – Sunday Jun 2 – 8 week commitment
  • 8 week individual and group nutrition coaching with Alex
  • Focus on changing and adapting old habits and adding new habits to create maintainable and sustainable long term change!
  • Private group page to share info, recipes, etc
  • Daily newsletters to provide guidance, recipes, tips, and education to learn how to fuel your body and mind to thrive!
  • Weekly Check-Ins
  • Weekly Challenges
  • Prizes!!!  Did someone say Lululemon?  What about an additional month of nutrition coaching?

If you’re on the fence or wondering if this could be for you, just think…where could you be sitting in 8 weeks if you decide to join?  At the end of this first 8 week cycle it will be June and warm weather will be here to stay.  You could be feeling more confident in your skin, in your clothes, in your bathing suit!  You could be feeling less guilt when eating your favorite foods and more equipped to tackle those summer BBQs!  You could be hitting the goals in the gym that seemed like they just weren’t going to happen despite your constant training!

Alex will be working with you 1-on-1 and using her background in counseling to help you develop a better relationship with food and establish what fueling method is best for you!  Macros, food journal, intermittent fasting, paleo, vegetarian, etc.  No two people are the same, no two bodies are alike, and no one fueling method fits all.

It’s not about giving up your favorite foods, it’s not about overhauling your diet or never eating out again.  It’s about building habits that will create lasting results.

If you’re ready to get signed up, let us know!  Alex is setting up consults this week and next with athletes that want to join!  If not now… when?

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 03/25

What a good looking crew!  Thanks to all those who came out for our Friday Night Lights Open celebration!!  19.5 was killer and you all crushed it!!!  Now back to our regularly scheduled programming (thank goodness 😉 )

In case you missed it, we are super excited to announce our partnership with Alex Bladek and The Fuel Method!!  CFP and RISE were looking for a way to offer our athletes proper nutrition coaching and felt we were coming up short.  Enter Alex!  She uses her background of sport psychology and counseling to effectively coach her clients on changing eating habits for the better and help them create lasting change in order to fuel themselves for health, wellness, and life!

We’re kicking off our partnership with The Fuel Method by launching a Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective!  Our Collective starts Monday, April 8th and will run for 8 weeks.  Alex will be working with this small group providing intensive nutrition coaching!  She’ll only be taking on 10 clients for this Collective, so if you’re looking to make a change, tired of not seeing the results you’ve been wanting in the gym, or struggling with what and how to eat…this is for you!!!  And yes, there will be some fun perks and prizes involved!  More details to come tomorrow!

And finally, we’re 3 weeks away from Battle of the Ages!!!  We are looking for our last 2 judges!  If you are available to help out, sign up here ASAP!  It’s going to be an EPIC day, we cannot wait!!!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Back squat day!  Who’s looking for a gold star today?  We’re getting heavy!  Then, a little chipper of cardio and barbell, fun times!

Tuesday – Starting off with some push press today, working up to a heavy single.  After, an AMRAP of some strict hspu, strict pull-ups and some pistols.  All the shoulders!

Wednesday – Today we snatch!  Working up to a 1 rep max for the day, then using 75-80% of today’s 1 rep for an alternating EMOM of rowing and snatches!

Thursday – Some gymnastic accessory work up first, then a scary looking couplet of running and devil’s press!

Friday – Overhead squats today!!  Then, grab some dumbbells for overhead lunges and front squats!

Saturday – Partner WODs are back!!  Grab a friend and come get sweaty 🙂

Sunday Oly with Becca at noon!  Be there!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Shoulders & Cardio – 45 sec on/15 sec off

Tuesday – All of the things 😉 – 1:20 on/30 sec off

Wednesday – Strength Day!!  Shoulder focus!

Thursday – Tabata!  20 sec on/10 sec off – alllll the rounds!

Friday – Legs & Core!  45 sec on/15 sec off!

Saturday – Glycolytic interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Calling it now, it’s going to be an awesome week!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

Announcing : CFP/RISE Partnership with The Fuel Method

At CrossFit Pineville and RISE Charlotte, we strive to offer the very best service!  We specialize in group fitness, offer programs for all ages and fitness levels, and two different training programs: CrossFit methodology as well as high intensity interval training.  We aim to please each individual athlete and offer add on programming, individual program design, and personal training.  We offer specialty classes and skill classes.  We also have a Physical Therapist in house, Dr. Amy Bullock of Fortress Physical Therapy, to offer support for your musculoskeletal system and help you train smart and pain free.

The area we truly have felt we are lacking : Nutrition.  Our coaches have a great knowledge of nutrition, however none specialize in this area, nor have extensive training in it.  We can discuss the topic with our athletes, make recommendations on small changes they can make in regards to food choices and habits, recommend supplements, etc.  However, we haven’t been able to provide the one on one nutrition coaching that many athletes are looking for and need.

Enter Alex Bladek and The Fuel Method.

Brandon and Michelle actually met Alex a few years ago through Brandon’s best friend, Paul.  Paul has a CrossFit gym in Michigan where (small world!) Alex would train when visiting home.  After circumstances changed, Alex and her fiance Hannes became members of CrossFit Pineville last year and thus began a conversation of how we can better serve you, our members!

A little more about Alex and The Fuel Method : Alex has her Masters in Counseling with a specialization in sport and health psychology.  She has completed her Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification and is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.  Alex grew up an athlete, but once she stopped playing organized sports, unhealthy habits started to emerge and the weight started to creep on.  At the end of her senior year of college, she decided to make a change not only for her health, but her self-confidence as well.  She started taking control of her fitness and diet again.  It took years for her to discover something that was not restrictive and could be maintained long-term.

Through her school studies, working with mentors, and studying the field, she developed The Fuel Method.  Using The Fuel Method, Alex aims to assist others in navigating through the excess of information so they can achieve and maintain their goals!  The Fuel Method is a habit-based approach to health and nutrition, tailored to the individual, counseling you to a healthy relationship with food.  The Fuel Method takes all aspects of YOU into account – from your lifestyle to your food preferences to your body type, it all plays a role in achieving your goals.  The Fuel Method provides one-on-one accountability and guidance, goal setting, newsletters loaded with recipes, resources and tips, progress metrics (like measurements and weekly check-ins) and access to an ‘Active Members’ Facebook group.  After working with Alex and The Fuel Method, you will walk away with the tools, skills and knowledge to fuel your body and mind, for life!

We are so excited to partner with Alex and looking forward to all she will bring to the table!  If you are interested in a consult with Alex, don’t hesitate, contact her ASAP!  We are working with Alex to plan a nutrition challenge open to any CFP or RISE athletes starting in just a few weeks!  Details are being finalized now, so stay tuned for more info!!!

Welcome Alex and The Fuel Method to CFP and RISE!!

It’s Open Season!!!

The 2019 CrossFit Games Open Season is here!!!  Join us this year for the CFP Open Team Challenge as we participate in 5 weeks of fun, community, anticipation, adrenaline, pain, PRs, new bests, did I mention fun!?

Wondering what the Open is?  In short, it’s one way to earn a ticket to the CrossFit Games!  Although most of us probably aren’t Games bound, it’s still fun to participate and compete each year.  CrossFit will release a workout each week starting Thursday, Feb. 21.  You have until Monday to complete the workout (either RX or Scaled) and submit your score.  You can officially sign up at games.crossfit.com.

The top in the world get invited to the Games.  You can see how you stack up against them, those in your state, your profession, yourself in years past, others in the gym, your age division, etc.  And this year, we’ll be competing as Teams to earn your names hung on a banner as the 2019 CFP Open Team Champions along with bragging rights around the gym for a whole year!!  Here are all the details…

CFP Open Team Challenge

  • Buy a CFP 2019 Open T-shirt to be on a team!  (Sign ups will be at the gym tomorrow and the order will be placed 2/11!)
  • Team Captains (some of your coaches!) will draft players of everyone that signs up (we will make sure teams have a mix of all fitness levels and abilities!).
  • Each week, each person can earn 4 potential points for their team:
    1 for completing the WOD
    1 for doing it RX
    1 for checkin/posting a picture on social media
    1 for a PR or first… like first pull-up or muscle up, etc
  • At the end of the week, the teams will be ranked 1 to however many teams we have like a competition (first place gets 1 pt, second gets 2 etc…)
  • After the five weeks, the team with the lowest number of points wins an Open Banner with all their names to hang in the gym for a year!!!
  • We will run the Open WODs on Saturday’s except for the final week, Friday, March 22nd, when we will hold Friday Night Lights!!  Stay tuned for more details to come.
  • If you need to complete the Open WOD other than Saturday’s, just let us know.  We’ll make sure you get it done!

So join us for some fun and a little friendly competition!!  We can’t wait!

January 2019 Athlete of the Month – Evelyn Karras

Meet our January 2019 Athlete of the Month…Evelyn Karras!!

Evelyn is coming up on her 18 month anniversary with us at CrossFit Pineville!!  She joined us back in August of 2017 and has been a regular at the 7pm class since.  Evelyn always walks in with a smile and gives the WOD her best effort that day.  That hard work is paying off with all kinds of gold stars on the whiteboard!!  Woohoo!

Keep up the awesome work Evelyn, the best is yet to come!!  Read more about Evelyn below…

  1. Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.  I was born and raised in Charlotte, very rare these days, but I am Greek!! Both of my parents immigrated from Greece, which means I have quite a large family. I grew up playing sports, soccer in particular, but those days are long behind me now. I even stayed local for college and went to UNCC and received my bachelor’s degree in foreign languages (Spanish). I joined CFP about a year and a half ago just after turning 30 and feel the strongest I’ve ever felt.
  2. What do you hope to achieve through CrossFit?  I hope to be at my healthiest, improve my physical performance, and to simply be a strong female athlete. I’ve always worked out, but CrossFit showed me otherwise and I never looked back. Strong is beautiful!!
  3. What is your favorite CF exercise?  Favorite would be cleans.
  4. What CF exercise do you least like?  Least favorite would be anything gymnastics as this is where I struggle the most.
  5. What would you tell someone considering trying CFP?  I would tell them to just jump in because you will surprise yourself. It’s not as scary as it looks and the coaches really do take the time to know everyone and their abilities.

CrossFit Kids : Spring 2019

Calling all CrossFit Kids!  Mark your calendars, CFP’s CrossFit Kids Spring 2019 Session will begin Wednesday, Feb. 6th!  Our CrossFit Kids in training have oh so much FUN & love to workout like Mom & Dad.  In CrossFit Kids, hard work and play are disguised into FUN & games in hopes to develop a life long love of fitness!  Get your little one signed up ASAP!

Who: All kids ages 4-10 (Parents do not have to be CFP or RISE members for their children to participate)

What: CrossFit Kids Pineville Spring Session 2019

Where & When:

  • 400 N Polk St Unit A, Pineville, NC 28134
  • Starting Wed, Feb 6th – Fri, Mar 22nd (We will not have class Fri, Mar. 1st)
  • Wednesdays & Fridays 5:00 – 5:45pm – parents can workout while their kids do as we have CF/RISE classes at this time!  Once their class is finished, kids can hang in the kid room while mom & dad finish their workout!  *Depending on the number of kids enrolled and their ages, we reserve the right to split ages (Jr ages 4-5/6 and Kids ages 6/7-12) into back to back class times.
  • Why CrossFit Kids:  CrossFit Kids is not simply a scaled down version of CrossFit, it is entirely absolutely CrossFit geared and designed for a special population and the specific developmental needs of that population (neurological, cognitive, motor). CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program that is specifically designed for kids and helps them develop a lifelong love of fitness. CrossFit Kids workouts consist of constantly varied, functional movements that deliver a fitness that is broad, inclusive, general and scalable for any participant at any level. 
 Generally, no two workouts are the same, so kids won’t get bored and the novelty of each workout keeps them excited about coming back each week.
  • How much:  $75 for the full 7 week session!!

*We know that many families have more than 1 CrossFit Kid! We offer discounts for additional siblings participating in CFK as follows – 20% off 1st sibling, 40% off 2nd sibling. Discounts applied to both CFP members and non-members.

Email Coach Michelle at info@pinevillecrossfit.com or call us at 704-889-0190 to get your CrossFit Kid signed up today!!

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 01/14

Congrats to all our girls who competed at The Granite Games Throwdown yesterday!!  You left it all on the floor and represented CFP well!  That’s all we ever ask 🙂

Mark your calendar for an evening of Yoga + Brews with Middle James Brewing on Friday, Feb. 8th!  Resident yogi Sarah Carley will lead us through some yoga that night starting at 6pm, followed by brews from new neighbors Middle James Brewing.  They’re getting closer to an open date and we can’t wait!!  Be sure to RSVP in our FB event page!

Don’t forget to sign up for Dr. Amy’s “Boulder Shoulders Seminar” on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11am!  This seminar is for the athlete who may be experiencing nagging shoulder pain/aches or difficulty with overhead activity within their workouts. This is for in-house athletes only.  Spots are filling up and will be capped at 15. $30 – If interested, contact Dr. Amy ASAP to get signed up via text (304-374-7228) or email (Amy@fortressphysicaltherapy.com)!

Follow along with Coach Brandon, Ann Marie, and Coach Sarah (team) as they all compete in WODapalooza this weekend!!  Be sure to wish them luck, and if we know of any way to stream their workouts, we will be sure to share and keep you updated as best we can!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Back squat day!  Bring your belt, it’s going to get heavy 😉  Then, a little date with a WOD like Mary (strict hspu, pistols, and pull-ups if you haven’t met her yet!)!

Tuesday – Working some push jerk today, working up to a heavy single!  Afterwards, 12 minutes of doubles, push press, and burpees, oh my!

Wednesday – Working against an 8 minute clock, you have a few sets of bike or row (your choice!), db squats, db lunges, and running!  Go fast and enjoy the rest!

Thursday – Deadlift day!  Then, it’s time to introduce you to devil’s press paired with some box jumps and t2b!

Friday – A little bench press session to start your weekend!  Then 3 sets of rowing, renegade rows, and pistols.

Saturday – Never have there been a more CrossFit-y Partner WOD Saturday.  Come on out and get your sweat on with some classic CrossFit movements!

Sunday Oly with Becca is the place to be each Sunday!!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Strength Day!!  And benchmark retest time….7 mins of heaven burpees 🙂

Tuesday – Aerobic Interval – 1:30 on/20 sec off

Wednesday – Core focus – Tabata!  20 sec on/10 sec off

Thursday – Functional Fitness – 3 mins on/1 min off

Friday – Spartanish – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Saturday – Boulder Shoulders and Dat Booty – Strength Day!!

We’re pumped for the week ahead!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

Nutrition Challenge Winners & December Check-In Contest!!

Huge congrats to our Nutrition Challenge Winners!!!  These 3 winners stayed committed the whole 8 weeks, checked in weekly with their coach, and made strides to shed fat, get stronger, and learn how to properly fuel their bodies!

1st Place – Todd McDaniel!  Todd, you’ve won a 1-on-1 gymnastics coaching session with Pamela Gagnon & a gift card to Whole Foods!  We’ll be in touch about getting you your prizes!

2nd Place – Jackie & Jason Cansler!  Congrats guys, your next date night is on us with a gift card to a Whole Foods Salude! Cooking Class!  Plus, you’ve each won a pair of Bear Komplex Grips!  We’ll be in touch about your prizes 🙂


Alright, with the hustle and bustle of the season, we want to keep you focused on your goals!  And that means keeping you in the gym!  We’re excited to announce our December Check-In Contest!!

The Deets:

  • The Check-In Contest begins today, December 4th and runs until Tuesday, January 1st.
  • Check in at CFP or RISE on FB and/or Instagram whenever you come to workout!
  • Post a picture or video pertaining to your workout, the gym, your workout buddy, etc.
  • Use the hashtag #cfpholidayhustle18 or #riseholidayhustle18 so we can search and tally your posts! (Instastories doesn’t count since we cannot see them beyond 24 hours.)
  • Then, in January we will compile the most check-ins and draw a winner!
  • The prize – a $100 Gift Card to your favorite restaurant!!!

Pretty simple, stay consistent in your workouts over the next month, check-in on social media whenever you’re at the box, win prizes!!  What’s not to love!?

Alright, check-ins officially count starting today, 3…2…1…GO!