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12 Oct 2013

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1. CF Games Regional 13.1 Team
For Time (15 minute cap)
Pair “Jackie”
Woman completes:
1000 meter Row
45 pound Thruster, 50 reps
30 Pull-ups
Then, man completes
1000 meter Row
45 pound Thruster, 50 reps
30 Pull-ups

2. Weighted Dips
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

11 Oct 2013

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1. 4 rounds for time
500m Row
50 Burpees

2. Weighted Pull-ups
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Experience the Reebok Spartan Race in historic Fenway Park.  The Boston Red Sox are trying to complete a remarkable season in the MLB playoffs.  Now you can get the chance to create your own memories.  On Saturday 11/16 there is a Spartan Sprint. You can register by clicking on the image below.  You can apply the code FINISH10 and get 10% off your registration.

 

PROGENEX

We are taking Pre-Orders for PROGENEX.  If you want anything specific flavors or product shoot me an email: Neal.  Some popular items have been the Recovery Loco Mocha

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and the Cocoon Silk Chocolate

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I have been using both personally.  The recovery tastes great and the cocoon is helping me get some great sleep.  The order is going to be placed on Monday 10/14 so let me know if you want anything added to the order.

Extreme Endurance by Xendurance

One additional product we have begun carrying is Extreme Endurance by Xendurance.  I have been using it myself for two months now and have noticed improvement with my aerobic capacity and ability to fight off lactic acid build up during CrossFit WODs.  Here is a review posted by The Happy Athlete.

Extreme Endurance is now available in the retail section of our gym.

STOP!  Whatever you are doing, read this!

In today’s Power Snatch WOD we have been noticing the hands of athletes creeping in closer and closer.  At a minimum, the hands should be outside of the bands on the barbell.  Of course there will some exceptions to the rule but they are few and far between.  Take a look at the first photo below:

incorrect hand placement

 

The hands are too narrow for the snatch.  It increases the distance required to get the bar overhead and will most likely lead to a poor bar path and even the dreaded “PRESS OUT” snatch.

Here is a picture with the correct hand placement:

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Here you can see the hands are placed closer towards the collar of the barbell.  This will allow the athlete to finish his pull to the hips, a tighter bar path, and a beautiful snatch.

You are free to continue on with your day!

11 Oct 2013

Fire It Up Friday! 10/11/13

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FIRE IT UP!

The first 1.5 weeks of October are under your belt.  Last week we spent time getting some volume under our belts in the pull up.  How many did you end up getting?  How many of your got your first pull up?

This week began the FRAN Challenge.  I witnessed more than a few gutsy performances during FRAN.  What do you feel is the most challenging piece of the WOD?  Post your experience to comments.

FRAN Challenge

We are performing a REBOOT for the challenge.  Here are the details:

Price – $45 (REDUCED)
Registration Closes – 10/15
Make up date – 10/13 during the 9:30am class or talk to one of the staff before or after a class!

Q: What Do I Get?
A: Each participant will receive a SPECIAL EDITION T-shirt that will never be available for sale.  One FRAN Clinic featuring tips on how to improve your FRAN score.

Q: Why should I do the challenge?
A: Because competition brings out the best in every one.  One month of  a laser focused goal will yield some impressive results AND because all the cool kids are doing it! :-)

Q: When does the challenge end?
A: Monday, November 4th.  The Evening classes will be canceled and there will be an EPIC THROWDOWN beginning at 5:45PM.  CFB OG Nigel C will be providing dancing entertainment for all members!!

Q: Do I have to watch Nigel dance?
A: No, but it will be fun to do so!

Q: Are there prizes?
A: 1st place Male Rx, 1st place Female Rx, and Most improved

 

What’s On Tap

This upcoming week of programming skill is focusing on skin the cats and back levers.  To get comfortable in these positions you must first be comfortable upside down on the rings.  Here is a video from Carl at GWOD:

 

Here is a video on how we will be teaching the progressions in class this week. Be sure to watch and be ready in class:

Here’s Next Weeks Programming:

Saturday – 10/12
1. 4 rounds for time
500m Row
50 Burpees

2. Weighted Pull-ups
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Sunday – 10/13
1. CF Games Regional 13.1 Team
For Time
Pair “Jackie”
Woman completes:
1000 meter Row
45 pound Thruster, 50 reps
30 Pull-ups
Then, man completes
1000 meter Row
45 pound Thruster, 50 reps
30 Pull-ups

2. Weighted Dips
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Monday – 10/14
1. 3 rounds for time
15 Hang squat cleans, 95#/65#
10 Muscle ups

2. Clean – 5×2 ascending weight

3A. Skin the cat – 3×5
3B. Back lever – 3×1

Tuesday – 10/15
1. EMOM 20
3 Deadlift, 255#/175#
20 Unbroken Double unders

2. Front Squat – 3×10 (compare to 9/24)

Wednesday – 10/16
1. AMRAP 15
Run 800m
Max pull-ups

2A. Skin the cat – 3×7
2B. Back lever – 5×1

Thursday – 10/17
1. 21-15-9 for time
Shoulder Press, 95#/65#
Sumo deadlift high pull, 95#/65#

2. EMOM 15
2 Clean + 1 Push Jerk

Friday – 10/18
1. Back Squat – 3×10 (compare to 10/4)

2. “Nancy”
5 rounds for time
Run 400m
15 Overhead squats, 95#/65#

Saturday – 10/19
1. AMRAP 20
20 Power snatch, 75#/55#
1 rope climb

add 1 rope climb each round

2A. Skin the cat – 3×10
2B. Back lever – 7×1

10 Oct 2013

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1. EMOM 12 – Power Snatch (moderate weight)

2. Jerk – 5×2 straight sets

3. Low Box Jumps – 4×20 unbroken

09 Oct 2013

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1. 3 rounds for time
21 OH swings, 24kg/16kg
21 Push-ups
21 Sit-ups (gh sit ups for advanced)

2. Thruster – 3×10 (straight sets)

3. Midline Work

I recently spent 10 days in Europe (Germany and Italy), and while I was there I enjoyed observing and experiencing the differences between their food/food system and ours. I don’t think I need to tell anyone that the way things are done there versus here is very different. You may have heard of the “French paradox”, by which the French (and other Europeans) eat diets higher in saturated fat and grains, yet are healthier and leaner than Americans. Look at this infographic of obesity prevalence around the world to highlight that point.

 

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So, what’s the big difference? I don’t know 100%. But here are some things I observed while I was over there. Some of them are things I think might explain the paradox, and some just amused me. Keep in mind that I was there for 10 days, so I’m sure there are things I may have missed or misread.

 

1. Soda costs more than booze, almost everywhere. A 12-ounce can of soda was 2.50 Euro almost everywhere I went. In Germany, you could get a liter of beer for 3.50 Euro. This receipt shows Grappas (a type of Brandy) also costs less than cola. I think we might all agree that reduce the availability and low price point of soda could go a long way in reducing how much of it people drink.

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2. In Germany, sausage is a salad. Who needs vegetables when there’s meat? (That’s sarcasm, guys, vegetables are really important). 

 

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3. Meat is locally grown. Most of the vegetables are, too. And it’s so fresh! Doesn’t it look delicious? Pretty sure we can again all agree that grass fed, happy, locally grown animals produce better tasting and healthier meat than industrially produced animals. Studies have shown grass fed meat is slightly higher in omega-3 fats than grain fed, and my numerous n=1 experiments have shown that it tastes far better.

 

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4. Their large portion is our extra small. Or in Starbucks speak, “short”. Which I’ve noticed isn’t on the big menu and generally has to be asked for at many locations. Italians still drink lattes and macchiatos, but they don’t drink 30 ounces of them pumped full of pumpkin or caramel syrup.

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5. We say “soda”, they say “water”. Apparently, “water” in Germany means seltzer. If you want that liquid we think of as water, you ask for “still water”. And it’s kind of hard to find.

 

6. There is no such thing as a supermarket. In Florence, our host told us that a few blocks over we’d find a “large supermarket with everything you could want in there”. Turns out it was smaller than the Washington Street Whole Foods and the Central Square CVS. All of the cookies, chips, and snacks were in one small aisle and fresh food was abundant. It had everything I  could ever want, but I’m sure some Americans might disagree with me.

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A few non- food related things I noticed…

1. Many have active commutes. In Munich, the bike lane was part of the sidewalk and just as wide. In Florence, cars can only drive in the city with special permit, so biking and walking is a regular form of commuting.

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2. They get over 21 vacation days per year, NOT including holidays. One Swiss man I met at a beer hall told me he was mad that he only got 24 days instead of 27, and that he felt bad for my paltry 14 days. Hey, maybe those extra vacation days reduce stress and inflammation!

 

Have you observed anything interesting while living/traveling overseas?

08 Oct 2013

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1. Complete for time
Run 1 mile

AMRAP 10
5 Handstand push ups
10 Pistols
15 Pull ups

Run 1 mile

2. Low Box Jumps – 4×15 unbroken

07 Oct 2013

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1. Complete reps of 2-4-8-16-8-4-2 for time
*Front Squat, 225/155
Toe 2 Bar

*Athlete must clean the weight up to the front rack position

2. Snatch – 6×3 ascending weight

3. Low Box Jumps – 4×10 unbroken


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