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NORCAL MASTERS 2016 Registration Link

2016Now that priority registration is closed, registration for the TJ’s Gym NorCal Masters will open to the public tomorrow, Monday, 11/23/15 at 8am PST. Below is the link.

If the event sells out prior to your registering, be sure to get on the wait list, as we will likely add spots to sold out divisions after assessing numbers overall.

Thanks, and happy refreshing!


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2016In our tradition of creating NCM logos based off of iconic albums from back in the day, above is your NCM 2016 image.

*EARLY registration for those who donated to Juggling for Jude has come and gone, though if you are in this group, you can of course still register!

*PRIORITY registration for current TJ’s Gym members and previous NCM athletes went live on Monday, 11/16 at 8am PST.  Please do not register unless you are in this group, or you will be banned from the competition! 

*REGISRTATION WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON Monday, 11/23 at 8am PST. We will post the registration link at that time or the night before. If spots in your division are filled when you try to register, please add your name to the wait list. We are likely to open more spots in high-demand divisions once we are able to sort things through. 
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NorCal Masters 2016 Registration Information


The registration process for NorCal Masters 2016 (Jan 30 and 31, 2016) is right around the corner.  Here are some important dates you’ll need to know:

**11/9 at 8:00 am PST: Registration opens for those who donated $100 or more to Juggling for Jude   NOTE: If you didn’t donate yet but want in on this guaranteed registration status while giving to a great cause, you can still do so!  Just go here, CLICK ON DONATE, and email allison@tjsgym.com ASAP so we can get you on our list! The absolute final deadline for this is this Sunday, October 25th.  This priority registration will close at 8am PST on 11/15, so be sure you register by then.
**11/16 at 8:00 am PST: Registration opens for TJ’s Gym members and all former NCM athletes from all previous years. This priority registration will close at 8am PST on 11/22, so be sure to register by then.  NorCal Masters 2014 and 2015 athletes will receive the link via email a day or two before 11/16, and it will also be posted at tjsevents.com and on Facebook on our NorCal Masters, TJ’s Gym Events, and TJ’s Gym pages.
**11/23 at 8:00 am PST: Registration opens to the public.
PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who registers early but is not eligible for that priority registration period will be banned from the event for good, NO EXCEPTIONS.  This is the only way we know how to make sure those with priority are favored.
Registration for this year’s event will cost $209 for the weekend and includes an event shirt, an athlete bag filled with goodies, and the promise of a well-run, safe, challenging, and awesome competition!

THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!! Norcal Masters 2016 Competition Dates!


The NorCal Masters is an annual two-day competition for Masters Athletes, with age divisions of 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60+ in both genders. Our 2016 lead sponsors to date are Reebok and Convergent Mobile. We thank them for their support and hope you’ll consider their services and products, as both are top-notch!

The 6th Annual TJ’s Events NorCal Masters competition will take place at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA on January 30th and 31st, 2016!  Registration will open some time in November. Historically, most divisions have sold out within minutes. We will offer a brief priority registration period for returning NCM athletes from either the 2014 or 2015 NCM.


If you would like to GUARANTEE your spot at our event, we are offering a way to do so now! Anyone who donates at least $100 by August 31, 2015 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via our event charity, Juggling for Jude, will be guaranteed to get an athlete spot at NCM 2016. That’s right, all you have to do is donate to this amazing research hospital saving kids with cancer, and your spot will be held for you without having to worry about the mad rush to refresh your browser come registration day. Just go here to donate by SEPTEMBER 6th, 2015, and then email jessica@tjsgym.com to let her know you’d like to reserve your spot at this sell-out event. If you have already donated $100 or more to Juggling for Jude in the summer of 2015, just email Jessica now, and she will put you on the guaranteed list.  You will still have to pay the event registration fee, but you will not have to fight for a spot!

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Juggling for Jude, and get ready for another amazing NorCal Masters event in on January 30 and 31, 2016!

*If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the NCM 2016, please email jessica@tjsgym.com.  Our event is a great way to reach a wide audience of masters athletes and their families.

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We will announce the dates and some important registration details about NCM 2016 THIS WEEK, so stay tuned here, and spread the word to interested athletes ages 40+!

We are looking forward to another spectacular event in 2016!

~The NCM Team

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New Mental Game/ Psychology of Training Seminar for WOMEN who do CrossFit!

We are pleased to announce this exciting seminar with Dr. Allison Belger.

Dr. Belger is a licensed psychologist, co-owner of TJ’s Gyms, and creator of psychologywod.com.  She is also a former Division One collegiate athlete, a three-time CrossFit Games team competitor (highest finish 11th place worldwide), a two-time NorCal Masters winner, a soccer coach, and a wife and mom.  She brings a unique perspective, grounded in education and personal experience, to the discussion of psychological aspects of physical training pursuits.

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 at TJ’s Gym in Corte Madera, CA.

See here for the PDF with more information: SEMINAR INFORMATION

Register now!  We will cap registration at 20 women!

Questions? Email allison@tjsgym.com.

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Additional Workout Standards and Explanations in Response to FAQ’s

1. WOD 3 Run/Squat: The 13-min time cap applies to the entire workout.  You are REQUIRED to rest one full minute after you complete your run, before you are allowed to touch your barbell. At that minute mark, your 2 minutes of back squats begin. If your run takes you more than 10 minutes, you will still need to rest the full minute before squatting, and you will simply have less than 2 minutes to get in as many squats as you can. If you complete your run in 12 minutes or more, you will get a zero for the back squat score. The run counts as 50% and the squat counts as 50%.
2. WOD 4: Kettle bell snatches: The bell must settle on the floor completely in between hands/reps, but you can pick up the bell and stand up with it before beginning your snatch. In other words, you can lift the bell in a deadlift fashion and then swing it to get momentum for the snatch. You do NOT need to begin the snatch from a dead stop on the floor.
3.  WOD 4: Pistols: If you are in a weighted category, the pistol weight will be the same kettle bell you used for your snatches. If you are in an unweighted pistol division, you are permitted to hold your weight if you choose to do so. This will not get you more points, but some people prefer to do pistols with a weight in hand. You can only use the kettle bell you used during snatches. 
The non-standing FOOT AND ENTIRE LEG cannot touch the standing leg throughout the entire movement.  In other words, no wrapping of your leg around the other leg, no placing your foot on the opposite quad, etc. The non-standing leg must be completely away from your body and the floor during the entire quat.
4.  WOD 1:  Cleans must COME FROM THE FLOOR with the barbell traveling up the entire time. This means you cannot deadlift and then go from a hang clean position. Once the momentum of the bar stops going up, the lift is a failed rep and you must begin again from the floor. However, once the bar is successfully brought to the shoulders, you can re-attempt an overhead lift if you fail. You do not need to go back to the floor.
THE ONLY TIME YOU CAN DO MORE THAN ONE REP AT ANY BARBELL IS FOR TIE BREAK PURPOSES.  For every bar except the final bar in the ladder, that will mean deadlifting as many times as you can at the bar one higher from your final successful lift.  For athletes who complete the entire ladder, the tie break will mean you will be able to do an AMRAP of clean and jerks at that bar. 1 point for each clean and 1 point for each lift overhead.  However, you must do ground to overhead and cannot just cycle additional cleans.
5.  WOD 5: Thrusters:  You cannot stop at the shoulders in a front squat position and then press or push press or jerk the bar overhead. The bar must travel up from the bottom of the squat to the top of the overhead position. If you pause as you are getting to a lockout overhead, that is fine, as long as the bar DOES NOT TRAVEL DOWN AT ALL.
Also, there is NO JERKING ALLOWED IN THE THRUSTERS, which means you CANNOT REBEND YOUR KNEEDS as you get the bar overhead.  Your momentum must continue going up at all times.  Please don’t mess with this and try to test your judge. Just don’t jerk your thrusters. :)
6.  Online ticket sales are CLOSED.  As we mentioned in a previous email, those were only open till Tuesday.  We will accept cash only at the door for ticket sales. Kids 12 and under get in free.

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