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31 Jan 2014

Fire It Up! Jan 31, 2014

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One month already in the books!  Freakin’ unbelievable how fast time goes.  I can remember as a child where time felt like was in slow motion.  Now at the end of every single day I look back and try to figure out how it went by so fast.  

Those of you participating in the Transformation Challenge, how is it going?  What has been the greatest obstacle?  How are you dealing with it?  What has become the easiest part?  Share your experience in comments so that the rest of the community may learn and benefit from it.

FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

This week has brought a TON of PR’s in the classes.  On Wednesday night, more than 50% of the gym hit a new personal best for a One rep max thruster.  Monday produced very similar results with the Push Press as well.  Great work!  Keep working on the basics.  Relentless pursuit of doing the common, uncommonly well will lead you down a path far greater than trying to be sexy.  What PR did you get?

Krista pushing out her thruster for a new PR!

Krista pushing out her thruster for a new PR!

Thursday demonstrated that we still have opportunity in both knees to elbows and dips.  We will continue to stress the ongoing development of these movements.

WHAT’S ON TAP

There are 27 days left until the 14.1 will be announced for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open.  We are going to continue each week focus on 1-2 skills that are most regularly programmed in the Open.  This week it was the pistol.  Next week it will be wall balls and double unders.  Be sure to bring layers and even gloves for the wall balls.  The weather is forecasted to be in the 30’s but for the most part dry.  If there is precipitation then we will not be outside.

Saturday 2/1
BOS Creek WOD 2

Sunday 2/2
1. Complete 30 reps for time

Squat clean to a thruster, (95/65)

2. Bench Press – 15 minutes to work up to a max triple

Monday 2/3
1a. 3 x 20 Unbroken Wallball, 20/14
1b. 3 x 20 Unbroken Double Unders

2. AMRAP 15
10 Power Snatch, 95/65
10 Burpees
10 Knee to elbows

Tuesday 2/4
1. Back Squat – 6×2 @ 90%

2. Complete 5 rounds for time
9 CTB Pull ups
6 Handstand Push ups
3 Deadlift, 315/215

Wednesday 2/5
1. AMRAP 6 x 2 (rest 12 minutes between AMRAPs)
20 Overhead walking lunges, 45/25
15 Hand release push ups
10 Box jumps, 24″/20″

2. 100 Double unders for time

Thursday 2/6
1. EMOM 20

1 Power Clean + 2 Push Jerk – AHAP

2. Row 2k

Friday 2/7
Reebok CrossFit Games 11.1

AMRAP 10
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatch, (75/35)

30 Jan 2014

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1. 4 Rounds for time

10 Bar facing burpees
15 Deadlift, 155#/105#
10 Pistols (Alternate each rep)

2. Overhead Squat – 12 minutes to work up to a max for the day

Hey CFB!  I hope you’ve had an awesome start to the week and you’re ready to finish strong!

 

Today I wanted to take a second to introduce you to one of our new members who will be joining you in classes next week.    She’s been crushing it in private training with me for the last few weeks.  Her name is Linh.  Be sure to introduce yourself and say hi!

 

Who are you and what are you about?Linh Rowing

 

I’m passionate about higher education, fitness, and craft beer (in that order). I’m a former division III dual sport athlete now reliving the glory days through obstacle course racing. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and recently took a job opportunity which allowed me to relocate back to the city. I earned my B.S. in Psychology from Worcester State University and a M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. Yes, my credentials reflect my current profession as a university administrator and I love working with college students! Since being introduced to the Paleo diet, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for human evolution and modern technology.

 

Why did you join CrossFit Boston?Linh Clean

 

I joined CrossFit Boston to regain my strength and speed without sacrificing endurance. I recently relocated back into the city for a job and was running longer distances to improve my endurance. I knew I needed to get back into strength and conditioning if I was going to achieve my goal of becoming a Spartan Trifecta Tribe member this year. After reading about other locations, I decided on Crossfit Boston because of what they had to offer and it is close enough for me to run to when the weather is nicer. Crossfit Boston is preparing me for glory!

 

What are you getting out of the Private Training?

 

Other than spending quality one on one time with Pat Larcom, I definitely benefited from the personal training sessions! Becoming familiar with the Crossfit language and work out format helped me become accustom to functional fitness skills and techniques. With Pat’s help, I finally learned how to properly row and to rely on a different sense when lifting. Before Crossfit, I heavily relied on mirrors to make sure I was keeping proper form. Now, I know when I am maintaining good form because I can  “feel it” rather than needing to “see” it in the mirror.  The private training helped me assess what I need to work on, helped correct bad habits, and expanded on what I did well by learning new techniques, which helps me finish my workouts more efficiently.

        

What are some of your goals for this year?Linh Jump

 

My big goal for this year is to become a member of the 2014 Spartan Trifecta Tribe by completing all three (sprint-3.1mi, super-8-9mi, beast-10-14mi) races ranging in distance and number of obstacles in one calendar year. With each race my goal is to finish under my projected finish time and not to fail anymore than 3 obstacles. I know I will never fail the row at the Fenway Time Trial again next year!

 

My Crossfit goals are to meet all of the prescribed benchmarks weights and reps. I hope not to have to modify anything when doing a WOD with time and hard dedication. Thrusters, Push Ups, and Pull Ups will be a focus. Also, I will continue to work on my rowing technique, which will help me improve my average split time. I would like to get it (under 2:20) and participate in the Renegade Rowing League next year.

 

What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?

 

I am looking forward to seeing myself improve after each group class. I know I will enjoy the camaraderie Crossfit Boston offers with group sessions. I thrive off of a team atmosphere because it motivates me to push harder. Just the idea of having your butt handed to you over and over again and wanting to come back the next day excites me. But, knowing there will be others to endure the tough workouts with me makes doing Burpees a bit tolerable, ha!

 

Who’s going to give her some company on a Spartan Race this year?

 

Hit up the Comments!

29 Jan 2014

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1. AMRAP 10

Row 20 calories
20 Knee to elbows
20 Ring Dips

2. EMOM 15

2 Hang Squat Snatch – ascend to AHAP

29 Jan 2014

Eat Like It’s 1899

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In 1899, William McKinley was President of the United States, a 50 gallon barrel of maple syrup cost $.89/pound, and the bicycle frame and motor powered vacuum cleaner were patented. But was really interests me about 1899 (and the years following up through the 1940’s) is how people ate. Just think about it for a minute…

 

  • In 1899 nobody had refrigerators or microwaves. So no Lean Cuisines or Frozen Lasangas for our 19th century friends. 
  • People in rural areas mostly grew their own vegetables. People in cities bought vegetables from the market on a near daily basis (in fact, most of Europe still does this. That might be one reason Europe does food better than America).
  • Most people ate meat from their own livestock or from livestock nearby. Many people probably still hunted their own meat (venison burger anyone?). Although people in large cities did eat meat from factories with some pretty nasty processes (go ahead and check out Upton SinClair’s The Jungle if you don’t believe me).
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28 Jan 2014

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1. “Diane” (10 minute cap)

Complete reps of 21-15-9 for time

225#/155# Deadlift
Handstand push ups

 

2. Barbell Thruster – 15 minutes to work up to a max single 

28 Jan 2014

Training vs. Performance

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It’s competition season guys. That’s right, the Open is upon us. Many of us have just competed in Not Your Average Joes at North Shore CrossFit or the CrossFit Phoenix Rising Championships. Competition is a ton of fun and there is nothing like a big event to inspire some new PR’s and top notch performances.

With that in mind let us have a brief discussion of training vs. performance.

When we train, we are looking to elicit a training response from our body and mind that will increase our capacity. In most cases we want to train with “perfect” movement standards. That means those pull ups show the whole head over the bar, our kettlebell swings are perfectly in plane with the body in the overhead position, and when we do push ups our whole body moves as a unit. Every motion is another step towards excellence in motion. This is how we build capacity.

When we compete the goal is to meet the competition standard as effectively and efficiently as possible. How do we do our push ups in competition then? As efficiently as mandated… thats it… snatches, box jumps, dolphin burpees… all to standard of the event… Often times this leads to some interesting variation, there is nothing wrong with this, but we don’t do ourselves any favors by adopting some of these abbreviated movement standards.

I have always been impressed with the quality of movement at CrossFit Boston, especially with the barbell movements. Keep up the great work everyone!

-JG

27 Jan 2014

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1. Skill Work – Pistols

2. For time – 100 double unders

3. 5 rounds for time

10 Burpees
10 DB Shoulder to overhead, 55#/35#
20 DB Squat Clean, 55#/35#

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26 Jan 2014

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1. Push Press – 12 minutes to work up to a maximum for the day

2. AMRAP 10

1/2 “Cindy”
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 squats

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23 Jan 2014

FIRE IT UP! January 24, 2014

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Fire It Up!  Fire It Up!

Do you realize that there are only 34 days until the first WOD is announced for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open?  Insane! As you know we are choosing one movement each week to highlight for skill development.  The movements have been chosen based on what has been most common in previous years selections and those that we feel may show up in the future.  Two weeks ago we focused on the thruster.  This week we focused on Toe 2 bars and knee to elbows.  Next week…the pistol!  Get ready to see some real improvement if you are struggling with the basics of the movement and some loading if you can perform this movement well.

Tuesday was a special day in the gym.  The WOD was very similar to Open WODS completed in the past two years consisting of snatches and Burpees.  The time was programmed to be a shorter AMRAP to ensure intensity was HIGH.  There was even a discussion prior to class explaining the expectations.  Perform as though your head was on fire.  You all did not disappoint!  I was impressed in the efforts I saw all around.  I believe, everyone properly scaled the load for the snatch and turned his or her motor on full go!  Keep it up, the programming is going to ask that you find that dark place again and again.

Beyond the obvious of work capacity, your mental capacity will determine just how well you perform in the Open workouts.  Start preparing now!

Renegade Rowing League

The second 2k Test for the RRL is this upcoming Saturday at 11AM.  There will not be an 11am class.  We will still be holding the regular 9 & 10 AM classes.

What’s on Tap

Saturday 1/25

AMRAP 8
10 Pull ups
15 Toe 2 Bar
25 Burpees

Sunday 1/26

AMRAP 6
10 Pistols (5 each leg)
10 Alternating KB Snatch, 32kg/24kg
10 Box Jumps, 24″/20″

REST 12 MINUTES

AMRAP 6
10 Back squat, 135#/95#
10 Power Snatch, 135#/95#
10 Box Jumps, 24″/20″

Monday 1/27

1. Push Press – 12 minutes max for the day

2. 10 Minute “Cindy”
5 Pull ups
10 Push ups
15 Squats

Tuesday 1/28

1. Practice Pistols

2. For time
100 double unders

3. 5 rounds for time
10 Burpees
10 DB Shoulder to overhead, 55#/35#
20 Alternating DB Snatch, 55#/35#

Wednesday 1/29

1. “Diane”

Reps of 21-15-9 for time
Deadlift, 225/155
Handstand push ups

2. Barbell Thruster – Max for the day 15 minutes

Thursday 1/30

1. AMRAP 10
Row 20 calories
20 Knee to elbows
20 Ring dips

2. EMOM 15
2 Hang squat snatch – ascend to AHAP

Friday 1/31

1. 4 rounds for time
10 Bar facing burpees
15 Deadlift, 155#/105#
10 Pistols (5 each leg)

2. Overhead Squat – Max for the day 12 minutes


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