2019 CrossFit Open Teams – CrossFit Thermal

If you’ve been keeping up with our posts about the Open, hopefully you’re getting excited, if you’ve missed some of the content, check out this post. Our Facebook page also has a few videos you can watch to get the gist of whats going on. For right now I wanted to let you know where we are with regard to teams. As you know this year we’re making the Open about fun and community with less emphasis on making it to regionals (which don’t exist anymore…tear).

Choosing teams is always a sensitive issue, but here at Thermal, we’re taking that right out of the equation; here’s how. Since your value as a participant is largely based on your ability to have fun, complete the workouts and show team support, randomizing teams from the outset is best. No one gets picked last, there are no clicks formed or people left out. That being said, you can still earn additional points for your team by crushing workouts in the Open. I’m all about inclusiveness but….it doesn’t suck to be good at CrossFit AND an awesome team player!! This methodology allows each teammate to have substantial impact regardless of ability.


We’ve selected 5 team captains for this event. Each team captain is a CFT veteran who showcases the ability to have fun, lead others, and drive the spirit of the Open. Congrats to Danielle Kugler, Ben Morosse, Colleen Hennessy, Mike Lanasa and Kevin Connolly. Thermal’s “Fire Breathers” have also been pre distributed to even things out in terms of performance. If you’ve competed in multiple CF competitions, multiple Open Seasons, and can likely complete every movement we could see in the Open, you may be on this list.

The Draft

The Draft will consist of taking everyone who initially signs up and placing them on teams at random. You are under no obligation to officially register for the Open on the CrossFit Games site to be part of this intramural event. Basically, if you plan to try even one Open workout, or you plan to be at the gym on any Friday in the month of March, you should throw your name in, why not, it will be fun, I promise!!


This is where it gets fun. After the initial draft is over and the teams are populated, teams may begin to recruit from the remaining membership base. For example lets say after the initial draft Ben’s Team – “Benny and the Jets”, sees Dave Root and Dan M hanging out doing some rowing after class, Ben, or anyone on Ben’s team can say “Hey Fellas, care to join Benny and the Jets and have a kick ass time for the Open this year?” If Dave and Dan say yes then they are in, Ben simply adds their names to the Google Sheet. Since you earn a point for each member of your team that completes the workout the bigger the team you have – the better! I will put some limits in place as needed so we don’t have major lopsided numbers. More to come…..

Athlete Of The Month – Erin !!!!

Erin has a background of playing team sports such as basketball and softball all the way through high school. After that, she participated in recreational team sports, took up distance running – completed the Philadelphia marathon in 2012, and participated in cardio-focused group fitness classes. Erin was interested in incorporating more weightlifting into her workouts and decided to give CrossFit a try. Erin joined Thermal, her first CrossFit affiliate, in October 2017. Since joining, she has benefited from learning more about weightlifting, resulting in improved technique and increased strength over time. She loves the challenge of the WODs and the great community atmosphere! Over the last few months, Erin was excited to PR her deadlift and complete a strict pullup and kipping handstand pushup! Erin wants to thank all of the coaches and community members of CrossFit Thermal for the motivation and support to break through barriers and help achieve her goals!

The CrossFit Games OPEN 2019, Hosted By CrossFit THermal

For our newbies out there, the CrossFit Open consists of 5 workouts spread across 5 weeks that aim to find the fittest people in the world. Last year over 429,000 people participated in the Open. I know many of you will ask yourself, “Why should I do the Open? There’s no way I’m the fittest in the world.” For 99.99% of us, that is true and that’s why we are running the Intramural Open! In the Intramural Open, you’ll have the ability to contribute to a team every single week no matter your score. Go above and beyond in your spirit or performance and you can contribute even more. Most importantly, it’ll be the highlight of fun and community in our gym. So what exactly is the Intramural Open? It all starts with you registering for our Intramural Open via the link we will provide. As registrations roll in, we will choose some of you awesome and fun folks to be team captains. A few weeks before the Open begins, we will have our first amazing event…Draft Night! This is where teams and athletes find their match. Now don’t worry about being last pick – we have a fun way of doing it and it does not involve picking someone last based on skill. While the draft is awesome, the real fun begins post draft night…recruiting season. You see, each week during the Intramural Open, your team earns a point for every person on the team that completes the workout and submits a score. Which means…the bigger the team, the bigger the score. So in the weeks between the draft and the first workout, your team actively recruits other athletes at our gym that haven’t signed up. You can bribe, beg, or do what you have to do to show them your team wants them the most! Once teams are set and workouts begin, it’s quite simple. You earn a point for your team by simply doing the workout and submitting your score. If you place top 3 in your division for a workout, then you earn 3 more points. If your team brings the most spirit in any given week then your team receives 5 extra points. So, say you aren’t the best athlete in the gym. No big deal. Complete the workout and bring tons of spirit and you might make the biggest point contribution in the gym! Folks, it’s totally normal to be a little nervous. But then again, you were all super nervous the first time you walked through our doors and you know how well that worked out. So make the leap, trust in us, and get ready for an amazing time!

All things Handstand – EVENT

This video showcases the event leaders at work.

When: Saturday February 9th at 1:00pm and 2:30pm

Cost: $35

Duration: 60 Minutes

Sign-up HERE

On Saturday February 9th, we’ll be offering 2 amazing gymnastics seminars right here at Thermal. We’ll be bringing in two accomplished coach / athletes in the sport of gymnastics and they will deliver a hands on clinic on “All Things Handstand”

The day will be split into two classes, one focusing on the basics, and one designed to improve the more advanced skills. Check out the details….

CrossFit Thermal – committed CLub

Zack Rearick was CrossFit Thermal’s attendance leader in 2017 with 240 classes attended and recorded.

CrossFit Thermal is happy to announce the “Committed Club”. With the New Year upon us we sometimes like to take stock of our lives in different ways. Sometimes we reaffirm our dedication to certain aspects of life, and other times we eliminate bad habits or influences that have effected us over the past year.

In an effort to help you stay on track and also to celebrate those who are, we are starting a Committed Club. Each month starting now, we’ll be calculating attendance on a monthly basis. If you make it to class a minimum of 12 times in a month, you’re in the club! Club members will be entered into a monthly drawing for free swag and you’ll be part of a crew highlighted for that particular month. In order to be considered in attendance, you must be signed in for the class (not just reserved) and you must record a result for the class.

Too often we get hung up on PRs and performance results. Its time to take a step back and realize that whats missing isn’t more weight or faster times, its simply more dedication and consistency.

Christmas Schedule – 2018

Take a look at our shortened Christmas schedule

Monday 12/24 – Christmas Eve – 930am and Noon Only

Tuesday 12/25 – Christmas Day – CLOSED

Wednesday 12/26 – Noon, and all evening classes

12 Days Of Christmas

For all Classes on Saturday 12/15

Like the song the “12 Days of Christmas,” complete each exercise in ascending order then work back down to 1, adding one exercise per round. Like this: 1; 2-1; 3-2-1; 4-3-2-1; etc – for a total of 364 reps.

1 Bar mu
2 Burpees over the bar
3 Box jumps (24/20)
4 Dumbbell snatches (50/35)
5 Pullups
6 Thrusters (115/75)
7 Kettlebell swings (70/55)
8 Back Squats (115/75)
9 Toes to bar
10 Pushups
11 Hang clean and jerks (115/75)
12 Handstand Push-ups


CrossFit Thermal’s 2018 Holiday Party

He’s making a list, and checking it twice, but your invited to join us whether your naughty or nice!

Its time for Crossfit Thermal’s Elf’n Holiday Party!

Please join us on Saturday December 15th, 2018 at  Brittingham’s Pub in Lafayette Hill. The party will begin at 7:30pm. Thermal has secured our own private space in Brittingham’s Roof Top Bar.  All alcohol and food will be available a la carte. The only thing you are required to bring is yourself and the Holiday spirit.  Non-members of CrossFit Thermal are welcome to attend, so feel free to bring along your husband who does Yoga, or your Orange Theory BFF.  The address is included below.   If you have any questions or special requests, feel free to contact us.

We hope to see you there!


CrossFit Thermal Staff

Brittinghams Pub

640 Germantown Pike,

Lafayette Hill, PA 19444 ·


Thanksgiving Schedule 2018

With the Holiday season creeping up, I wanted to get a blog post out there so that everyone knows in advance when we’ll be open.  Check out the dates and times below and hopefully they fit into you and your family’s Thanksgiving plans.

Wednesday 11/21     6am, Noon, 4:30pm & 5:30pm Open Gym

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 11/22    –   Team WOD at 9am with Coach Vin, then Open gym at 10:00am.  Open Gym is a great way to come in and get something done before you feast.  Better yet, get together with friends and do a WOD that you’ve been waiting to try.

Friday 11/23    Noon, 3:30 WODs + 4:30 Open Gym

Weight Lifting Seminar with Coach Jim Rutter

When  Sunday November 18th 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost $79

Capacity 20 Athletes

Sign Up HERE

One of our new commitments at Thermal is bringing you high level seminars to help you achieve your fitness goals.   CrossFit Thermal is excited to announce our first ever weight-lifting seminar!  Coach Jim Rutter will lead a 2 hour practical hands on seminar seminar right here at Thermal on Sunday November 18th at 10:00am.

Coach Rutter has over a decade of competing in Olympic weightlifting at the national and international level. He has qualified for and lifted in the American Open, US Senior Nationals, the Arnold Classic, and the 2008 World Masters Championships in Kefalonia, Greece, where he placed third. During 2005, Jim competed for a Czech weightlifting team, where he trained under former Czech Republic Men’s National coach Karel Duspiva.

Jim currently owns and coaches at Philadelphia Barbell Club, where he trains some of the area’s top lifters.

The goal of this seminar is to give the beginning or intermediate weightlifter a comprehensive overview of each lift. Snatch portion consists of a seven stage progression of drills and positional work designed to introduce lifters to the proper positions and mechanics of the snatch. Clean and jerk portion breaks down the clean into five progressions, focused primarily on proper development of force. The split jerk segment uses six steps to teach athletes how to execute that movement.

Come and spend 2 hours dialing in some of the most important techniques that we use on a day to day basis.



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