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31 May 2014

Sunday 060114

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1. Squat snatch – 1RM (20 minutes)


2. Run as far as possible in 8 minutes with a partner. Alternate every 500m.
While one person is running the other is performing squats while holding a
45#/25# plate against their chest.


Score distance and total combined reps as a team.

 

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For Time:

Row 500 meters (max effort after warm-up).
Hang from bar and slowly bring knees to elbows 15 reps (no kipping).
Powerclean 15 reps (max load).
Hang from bar and slowly bring knees to elbows 15 reps (again, controlled).
Row 500 meters (all out!).
Powerclean 15 reps (same load as before)

Sunday 6/1 (Day 3 of Regionals)

Partner “FRELEN” for time

Run 400m
21 Thruster, 95#/65#
21 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
21 Pull-ups
Run 400m
15 Thruster, 95#/65#
15 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
15 Pull-ups
Run 400m
9 Thruster, 95#/65#
9 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
9 Pull-ups

Carla is about to raise the fire today in Canton, MA. In our conversations this week, she feels as though she is poised to provide her best performances this weekend. This is a victory already in and of itself. In these competitions the only part that can be controlled is your own performance. Give it all! Leave it on the floor. Each and every time.

Give ‘em Hell Carla! We are all proud of you.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

We will be running normal classes this weekend. There will NOT be any open gym after the 11AM class ends at 12. The doors will close immediately so that I can head down to Canton. Please plan accordingly, showers will not be available.

PROGRAMMING

As you may have noticed the programming has veered slightly from the normal continual effort of just 21-15-9 for time or AMRAP 15. There has been more High Intensity Intervals programmed and some strict movements as well. Why? 

Intervals are one of the most effective ways of increasing work capacity. The magic of CrossFit occurs when you are training at your margins. This is 90-95% of your max effort. This is HARD to do and near impossible to put forth in an extended effort. As time increases, intensity drops. These short repeated efforts with rest between are going to allow some recovery and a sustained high effort.

The strict movements are to strengthen certain muscle groups so they can last longer in the traditional WOD’s. Stay true to them. The boxes/med balls are being used as targets to hammer in consistency of range of motion. These next few weeks will get back to squatting 2x per week and an upper body strength lift in addition to the met cons.

WHATS ON TAP

Sunday 6/1

1. Squat snatch – 1RM (20 minutes)

2. Run as far as possible in 8 minutes with a partner. Alternate every 500m.

While one person is running the other is performing squats while holding a 45#/25# plate against their chest.

Score distance and total combined reps as a team.

Monday 6/2

1. Squat Clean 2RM (20 minutes)
2-2-2-2-2

2. 50 Sit-ups.
2 minute sprint on airdyne/rower (calories)
Push-press, 1/3 body weight 21 reps.
2 minute sprint on airdyne/rower (calories)
Push-press, 1/3 body weight 15 reps.
2 minute sprint on airdyne/rower (calories)
Push-press, 1/3 body weight 9 reps.
50 Sit-ups.

Tuesday 6/3

Knee to elbows, 15-12 and 9 reps.
20 Dips
Run 400 meters, max effort.

With no rest between deadlift and pull-ups with only 60 seconds rest between superset:
Deadlift 15 reps (body weight)/Pull-ups 15 reps
Deadlift 12 reps (body weight)/Pull-ups 12 reps
Deadlift 9 reps (body weight)/Pull-ups 9 reps

Run 400 meters, max effort.
20 Dips
Hang form bar and touch knees to elbows, 15-12 and 9 reps. 

Wednesday 6/4

Row 500 meters
Clean and Jerk 15 reps (Choose a weight that is at least 60% of your bodyweight)

Rest 3 minutes

Row 500 meters
Clean and Jerk 15 reps

Rest 3 minutes

Row 500 meters
Clean and Jerk 15 reps

Time each couplet and total time to complete all 3 circuits including 6 minutes of rest.

Thursday 6/5

1. Back Squat 5RM (20 minutes)

2. Repeat this circuit three times with a 60 second break between rounds.

Max reps double unders for two minutes
Max reps Pull-ups
Max reps Floor-press, body weight

Friday 6/6

1. Shoulder Press 2RM (20 minutes)
2-2-2-2-2

2. 3 rounds for time
Sit-ups, 25
Thrusters (off 10″ box), 25 reps (~25 RM load)
Rope Climb X 5

 

1. Clean and Jerk
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

2. AMRAP 15

Lunge with 1/4 your body weight in dumbbells, 20 steps, alternating legs.
20 Push-ups, as few sets as possible.
20 Pull-ups, as few sets as possible.
20 V-ups

Want to be your best?
 
If you want to be your best you’ll need others to push you and help you be your best in training.  Competitors and Teammates alike motivate us to raise our game and be the best versions of ourselves.  Surround yourself with good people and the possibilities are endless.
 
Who wants to join Chau in a Sprint Tri?

Who wants to join Chau in a Sprint Tri?

Have you met Chau?
 
Hi CrossFit Boston folks!  
 
I’m doing the Dam sprint triathlon on Saturday July 12 in Amesbury.  I’m looking for a buddy to do this race with me because it’s more fun that way.  
 
 
Thanks!
Chau
 
The DAM Triathlon in its 4th year in existence is a sprint distance triathlon to be held on Saturday July 12, 2014 at Lake Gardner in Amesbury, MA.  This sprint distance tri, just 45 minutes North of Boston is the perfect race for any triathlete, beginner to elite alike. This 1/2 mile lake swim is very newbie friendly with a lot of support out there including paddle boarders, kayakers, and lifeguards. After the swim leg is complete, athletes will transition to a 13 mile scenic rolling bike course that travels through some beautiful New England farm country in Amesbury and crossed into Newton New Hampshire. The 3.1 mile run is a quick with a turn around at Woodsom Farm, the course will lead you right back into Lake Gardner where you will cross the finish line.  Cost: $65/person $185/relay team
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28 May 2014

Thursday 052914

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1. For time
Row 1k
Run 800m

rest 10 minutes

2. For time

Tabata Squats (no less than 15 squats per interval)
50 Sit-ups
10 Muscle ups
50 Sit-ups
Tabata Squats (no less than 15 squats per interval)

28 May 2014

When Sugar Is NOT The Devil

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1801169100_b370faaf3d_mTwo weeks ago I wrote about how there are really no sugars that are healthier for you than other sugars. The gist basically is that added sugar (so, not the kind you get from fruit) isn’t all that great for you and should be included in minimal amounts in your diet. In the comments section, coach G2 made a good point about how sometimes during longer workouts, sugar can be a good thing. To build on that, I want to talk a little about when taking some nutrition during your workout is a good idea and some of the better sources.

 

When Do You Need A Sugar Fix Mid WOD?

 

For most class WODs, which consist of about 6-30 minutes of metabolic conditioning and 0-15 minutes of strength, you won’t need to eat carbohydrates during as long as you’ve eaten something beforehand. Generally you will need additional carbohydrates during your workout when it is longer than 60-90 minutes or very high in intensity. (I’m talking about a 7 mile run, 90 minutes of Olympic lifting, or following a 60 minute class with another 30-60 minutes of strength or gymnastics work, not 70 minutes cursing on the elliptical or bike).

 

Eating carbohydrates during a longer, more intense workout helps prevent drops in blood glucose and liver glycogen (stored form of carbohydrate), and may improve motor skills. What this means is, you will be able to continue exercising at greater intensity and with better coordination and accuracy over the longer term (like I said, over 90 minutes) when you eat carbohydrates during your workout than when you do not. 

 

How Much And What To Eat

 

During a workout, the recommendation is to take in 30-60 grams of carbohydrates every hour, in small increments every 15-30 minutes, starting when you’re about 30 minutes in (Stellingwerff et al 2011). Carbohydrate during a workout should be taken in small amounts in 15-30 minute intervals to avoid any stomach issues.

 

Good food choices for the middle of a workout will be easy to digest and low in fat and fiber. Good examples include:

  • Gatorade or sports drink
  • Dried fruit
  • 100% juice
  • Flavored coconut water (the peach mango flavor is amazing)
  • Energy/sport beans or candy (I’ll address the difference in a minute)
  • Fruit (stick to lower fiber options or ones that you’re familiar with. Protip: if you don’t regularly eat bananas, don’t eat one while on a long run).

About those energy beans vs. candy? They provide essentially the same thing in terms of sugar during your workout. The Energy Beans cost more than the same amount of regular jelly beans, but have fewer ingredients (although most are still sugar), no artificial flavors (at least not the flavors I looked up), come in a one serving bag, and make you feel all fit and healthy when you eat them. 

 

Bottom Line

 

How do you know when you’ll need a little added carbohydrate during a workout? My answer is usually if the workout is longer than 90 minutes and higher than moderate intensity (which would be walking or cruising on the bike) or if you feel depleted or drained during your workout. Start with familiar, easy to digest foods and expedient with what works for you.

 

My favorite mid workout snack, despite making fun of them, is the Energy Beans or Gu Chomps (same thing as the Cliff Energy Blocks) for long runs and dried fruit for weight training. What are your go-to mid workout snacks?

 

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27 May 2014

Wednesday 052814

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1. For time

Row 1,000 meters
Hollow Rock 90 seconds

Three sets of…
20 Dumbell thruster to a 10″ box, 40#/25#
3 rope climbs

Hollow Rock 90 seconds
Row 1,000 meters

2. Overhead squat
3-3-3

Quickly work up to a heavy weight and perform 3 sets of 3 reps at the same
weight.

26 May 2014

Missing Posts!

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Hey All,

We were having some issues with the server that hosts our site and our website design crew migrated our data over to a new server. Awesome, right! Only bummer is that some posts have been lost and didn’t make it over. One being this past Friday’s “FIRE IT UP!” post. 

Here is the upcoming week’s programming:

Tuesday 5/27

Complete the following circuit 5 times for reps. The clock is running continuously and the only rest time is the transition between the movements.

1:00 Wall-Ball, 20#/14# to a 10′/9′ target
Rest :30
1:00 Pull-ups
Rest :30

rest 10 minutes

Complete the following circuit 5 times for reps. The clock is running continuously and the only rest time is the transition between the movements.

1:00 Burpees
Rest :30
1:00 Thruster, 45#/35#

Wednesday 5/28

1. For time

Row 1,000 meters
Hollow Rock 90 seconds

Three sets of…
20 Dumbell thruster to a 10″ box, 40#/25#
3 rope climbs

Hollow Rock 90 seconds
Row 1,000 meters

2. Overhead squat
3-3-3

Quickly work up to a heavy weight and perform 3 sets of 3 reps at the same weight.

Thursday 5/29

1. For time
Row 1k
Run 800m

rest 10 minutes

2. For time

Tabata Squats (no less than 15 squats per interval)
50 Sit-ups
10 Muscle ups
50 Sit-ups
Tabata Squats (no less than 15 squats per interval)

Friday 5/30 (Day 1 of Regionals)

1. Clean and Jerk 
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

2. AMRAP 15

Lunge with 1/4 your body weight in dumbbells, 20 steps, alternating legs.
20 Push-ups, as few sets as possible.
20 Pull-ups, as few sets as possible.
20 V-ups

Saturday 5/31 (Day 2 of Regionals)

For Time:

Row 500 meters (max effort after warm-up).
Hang from bar and slowly bring knees to elbows 15 reps (no kipping).
Powerclean 15 reps (max load).
Hang from bar and slowly bring knees to elbows 15 reps (again, controlled).
Row 500 meters (all out!).
Powerclean 15 reps (same load as before)

Sunday 6/1 (Day 3 of Regionals)

Partner “FRELEN” for time

Run 400m
21 Thruster, 95#/65#
21 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
21 Pull-ups
Run 400m
15 Thruster, 95#/65#
15 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
15 Pull-ups
Run 400m
9 Thruster, 95#/65#
9 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
9 Pull-ups

26 May 2014

Tuesday 052714

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Complete the following circuit 5 times for reps. The clock is running
continuously and the only rest time is the transition between the movements.

1:00 Wall-Ball, 20#/14# to a 10′/9′ target
Rest :30
1:00 Pull-ups
Rest :30

rest 10 minutes

Complete the following circuit 5 times for reps. The clock is running
continuously and the only rest time is the transition between the movements.

1:00 Burpees
Rest :30
1:00 Thruster, 45#/35#

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