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07 Dec 2013

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3 x AMRAP 5
10 DB Snatch (alternate each rep) (AHAP)
20 Double Unders

Rest 5:00 between circuits

06 Dec 2013

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1a Handstand push ups – 6×2
1b Pistols – 6×2 each leg

2. AMRAP 12
10 Push Press, 115/75
10 Pull ups

06 Dec 2013

Olympic Lifting Saturday

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As you all know Coach Julie will be going to CrossFit Lando to coach CJ in her first throw down. Below is the programming for Olympic Lifting class for those who will be training. Please use common sense and help each other out.

If you get an opportunity to get out to CrossFit Lando in Woburn after training please come cheer on CJ!

Saturdays programming:

Warm-up full snatches 3X3 bar

Hang Snatch + Snatch      Warm up to 75% then 5 Sets @ 75%  Focus on high elbows on 3rd pull

Power Clean + Push Press  

70% 2X2 75% 1X2 80% 1X2 85% 1X1 90% 1X1

Front Squat

70% 1X3 75% 1X2 80% 3X/2

Hypers 3X10

Abs 3X25

Fire It Up!  Fire It Up!

It’s been a great week of training.  Tons of new personal bests in the clean and snatch.  A quick shout out to Sophie with a 20# plus PR on both her clean and snatch.  This after nearly setting the gym record last week in the “Mary” WOD.  She is on fire indeed.

How about you?!  Where did you see improvement?  Post to comments.

Events

This Saturday is the CrossFit Lando competition in Woburn.  CJ is participating in her first competition.  If you have the time and means of travel, go and cheer her on.  She will definitely appreciate it.

Also on Saturday at the gym during the 12pm hour, Coach Jason and Alex B will be discussing the upcoming Transformation Challenge that will begin on Jan 4, 2014.  This is a perfect time to get more details about the challenge and ask any questions you may have.

Next Saturday is The Holiday  Throwdown.  You must sign up in advance for a heat time in the gym.  The WOD will be announced the morning of.  THERE WILL NOT BE NORMAL CLASSES.  Later that evening come out for the holiday social at Daedalus.  

What’s On Tap

This week’s programming will focus on interval training and couplets.  Keep the intensity high!

Saturday – 12/7
1a Handstand push ups – 6×2
1b Pistols – 6×2 each leg

2. AMRAP 12
10 Push Press, 115/75
10 Pull ups

Sunday – 12/8
3 x AMRAP 5
10 DB Snatch (alternate each rep) (AHAP)
20 Double Unders

Rest 5:00 between circuits

Monday – 12/9
1. Jerk – 5×2

2. 5 rounds for time
10 Overhead squats, 145/125
15 Knee to elbows

Tuesday – 12/10
1. Bench Press – 3×5

2. 3 Rounds for max reps
1:00 Airdyne (cal)
1:00 OH Swings, 24/16
1:00 Pull ups
1:00 Push ups
Rest 1:00

Wednesday – 12/11
1a Skin the cats – 3×5
1b L-sit hold – 3xmax

2. EMOM 15
2 clean @ 90% of weight moved last week

Thursday – 12/12
1. Position 1 snatch – 6×3

2. Run 3 x 2:00 (500M)
rest 1:00 between efforts

Friday – 12/13
1. Back Squat – 5×3

2. “Jerry”
For time
Run 1 mile
Row 2k
Run 1 mile

Saturday – 12/14
Holiday Throwdown (sign up in the gym for your heat)

05 Dec 2013

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1. Front Squat – 7×2

2. “Klepto”
4 rounds for time
27 Box Jumps, 24″
20 Burpees
11 Squat Cleans, 145/100

05 Dec 2013

Couger On Fire!!

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IMG_1935On Saturday CJ will be competing in her fist competition. It’s a tough one for even an experienced CrossFit athlete. It didn’t even faze her when I explained what it was 4 weeks ago. Battle of The Sexes at CrossFit Lando would make a strong man think twice but not CJ!

CJ needs no introduction! She is one awesome athlete who in less then a year has made amazing progress in CrossFit. I remember the first night she showed up at CrossFit Boston. It was last February. We were programmed to do 11 .1 WOD from the open games because we were preparing for the 2013 Open Games.

The WOD: 10 AMRAP ~ 30 Double Unders & 15 Power Snatches #65 Females

First time CJ had been in a CrossFit box. Coach had her go through the power snatch movement and within 20 minutes CJ hit 75# with form that put my 45 pounds to shame. Let’s fast forward to the end of the WOD~ CJ crushed it and asked if she could join. I told her we were preparing for the Open Games and she asked what it was all about. I explained a bit about CrossFit and how in 3 weeks we would all be competing against other boxes across the world. Her eyes lit up and she exclaimed: “I can compete in this.”

And compete she did. What she didn’t know, she struggled through without a complaint.  Over the summer she went home and joined CrossFit Downtown Atlanta to continue her training. Now that school is back in session she’s back here whittling away at the unknowns. I can’t say she has goats because everything that comes her way she tackles with the determination of a champion.

CJ’s a competitor bottom line but what I think is most wonderful about her is her sincerity.  When I first met her last year I didn’t realize how young she was. As the Regional Games were approaching I asked her if she wanted to go with us. Still not knowing the reach of the CrossFit competitions she asked what the Regional games were. I explained and she said, “I definitely want to go but I have to ask my parents.” I asked for clarification and she told me she was 17 and had to go back home for the summer. She would have to ask her parents if she could change her ticket to stay for an extra weekend.

Of course curiosity got the best of me and I couldn’t help but to ask her about her life. She is truly an amazing young lady. In her junior year of high school she was bored so she studied for the SATs and took them. She applied to Harvard and was accepted. I asked her if her guidance counselor helped her and she said, “No, he wouldn’t have let me to apply.” Girls got gumption!

CJ is a pre-med student at Harvard in her second year. Her brother is also a student at Harvard studying neuroscience. She has played a variety of sports and obviously enjoys competition. For 8 years she was ranked in the Junior Olympics in archery. Remember that domain we call accuracy! She’s got that one covered.

It’s her first competition and it doesn’t even matter if she does well. I know she will be putting on a great show of athleticism and poise. I look forward to watching her over the years as she matures into a better athlete and someday a doctor. A role model for all girls~ COUGER!

CrossFit Lando~ Battle Of The Sexes ~ WOBURN!! Competition starts at 9 a.m.

04 Dec 2013

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1. Snatch – 15 minutes to work up to a max single for the day

2. Row 500m x 5
rest 1:00 between sets

RR Snatch Setup

Olympic Lifting and Rowing?

What do you think about using Olympic Lifting in training to be a Rower or using Rowing to be a better Olympic Lifter?  Both require speed and power and incorporate similar movement patterns.  However, in rowing you sit down and are in contact with three surfaces.  In Olympic Lifting you are only in contact with two.  In Olympic lifting the goal is to transfer forces vertically and in rowing the goal is to transfer forces horizontally.  Where do you see the most benefit in training with both?  Are there downfalls?

 

One skill, concept, and idea that I keep coming back to is Connection.  Coaching people in the gym and on the water allows me to see many different movement patterns and levels of ability.  

Athletes that grasp this idea of connection from one joint to another and one external object to another are able to learn faster, create more power, and transfer skills to other movements.  Learning to connect the hips to the hands as you initiate a movement or connect your feet to your hands at the catch, both in rowing and snatching, is invaluable.  Once this skill is perfected the possibilities are endless.

 

Yesterday morning I introduced the snatch to the BC Men’s Crew Team.  While we only worked with PVC pipes to begin with and 45# bars in the workout, the importance of generating speed through the middle of the drive and being turned on at the catch became apparent.  Those that had explosive hip extension from rowing and knew how to create speed on the oar through the middle of the drive in the boat had a lot more success transferring that skill to the barbell.

 

Using the Clean and the Snatch to generate speed on the drive through good connection is a lot of fun.  Rowers become athletes and are empowered to push harder by learning new movements and finding power they never knew they had.  It’s also a lot of fun seeing olympic lifters and other athletes learn to row because it helps them to find more connection and speed in their lifts.

 

Post your thoughts to comments!  Any experience transferring skills from one sport to another?

03 Dec 2013

Got Leftover Turkey? Make This

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By Sunday night, I (and probably most of us) had finished up several days of eating and family and now find ourselves with a fridge full of turkey. I find that holiday food gets boring after  a while, so I like to re-purpose it whenever I can. So when I found myself with a pound of smoked turkey, I threw together this soup.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1-2 tsp olive oilphoto 1-2
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 5 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped 
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 3 cups turkey, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • 8 cups chicken broth

 

Directions

 

Heat oil in a large pot. Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic and cook about 4 minutes. Add the spices and mix well, then add the turkey and mix again. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 10 minutes.

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What do you make with leftover holiday food?

03 Dec 2013

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1. 5 rounds for time
10 Snatch, 135/95
20 OH Walking lunges, 45/25
2 Muscle ups

2. Handstand Push ups – 6×2 (strict)


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