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06 Jun 2014

060614 – FIRE IT UP FRIDAY!

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I was lucky enough to take a couple of days off this week and head down to Newport, RI with my family. Jessica had a conference during the days so I was able to spend some Daddy time with my girls. A good vacation is when you can get some great rest and be in bed by 9pm. It is rare that I am able to get the same type of rest when I am home.

As athletes, we often overlook the importance of nutrition and sleep for performance. Too often we focus solely on the time we spend while in the gym. Pushing our bodies farther than before to squeeze out every last drop of energy. Now that we have Alex on board, weekly blogging about nutrition, and have held multiple nutrition challenges, everyone understands that you CAN’T OUTWORK A SH*TTY DIET.

So, that leaves us with sleep. How many hours a night do you routinely sleep? There is a ton of research out there suggesting 7-10 hours is the optimal range. The number does truly vary by many factors: age, gender, region to name a few. What is most important is the hours required routinely and any accumulated sleep debt.

For example, lets say I normally sleep for 7 hours but there is this deadline at work and I pull a couple of nights with only 3 hours of sleep. I have accumulated 8 hours of sleep debt and it will have an impact on my functions. The body is going to yearn to get back to homeostasis and your performance will suffer until it does.

Beyond just day to day performance, habitual sleep deprivation can contribute to the following:

  • increased risk of obesity
  • increased risk of heart problems and diabetes
  • increased risk for depression and substance abuse
  • decreased mental acuity

Make sleep a priority just the same as you make your training a priority. Schedule it in and don’t allow it to simply be a go to task after everything else is complete. Stop whatever you are doing and get to bed!

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 6/7

For Time

Row 250m
21 Push Press, 95#/65#
Row 500m
15 PP
Row 750m
9 PP

then

Deadlift – 3RM (20 min)
Work up to a max set of 3 for the day

Sunday 6/8

Teams of 2 (same gender) Relay Style

For Time:
Row 500m
21 Pull-ups
15 Overhead swings, 24kg/16kg
Run 400m
21 Dips
15 Power Snatch, 75#/55#
30 Burpees
21 Squats, 95#/65#
Row 500m

Monday 6/9

This is the CrossFit Challenge done as a circuit rather than prioritized. We refer to this as the “Vertical Tabata Challenge.”

Perform each of the following for only twenty seconds. Rest for ten seconds while quickly transitioning to next movement.

Rest for 1 minute after each round and repeat seven times for a total of eight rounds. Total your weakest output from each exercise from all eight rounds. This time your rowing score is in calories.

Row
Squat
Pull-up
Push-up
Sit-up

Tuesday 6/10

1. Front Squat – 3RM

2. Perform 2 rounds of this circuit:

Box Jumps, 20″ in 2 minutes
Lunge 2 minutes, record steps
Row 2 minutes for distance
Squat 2 minutes, record reps

Rest 5 minutes between circuits

Wednesday 6/11

For time & load:

Run 400m
15 Back squat, 15 rep max weight
10 Handstand Push Ups
10 Back squat, 10 rep max weight
8 Handstand Push ups
5 Back squat, 5 rep max weight
6 Handstand Push ups
Run 400m

Thursday 6/12

1. Max Pull-ups – TEST

2. Power Clean max weight for 15 reps
Tabata Squats, total reps as your score
Power Clean max weight for 15 reps
Tabata Squat, total reps 

Friday 6/13

1. Max Dips – TEST

2. AMRAP 20
Run 400m
Max reps L Pull-ups

Saturday 6/14

Gym Closed for CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. Meet at Harvard Track at 9AM.

Sunday 6/15

Gym Closed for CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. Meet at Harvard Stadium at 9AM.

05 Jun 2014

Friday 060614

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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

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Carla Event 6Hey CFB!  I hope you all had fun cheering on Carla at Regionals last weekend.  It was a blast watching her crush the rowing in event six!  Carla you are Awesome!

 

As new members join the gym I will be throwing out a bit of info on them.  Be sure to welcome them and challenge them to burpees or something fun like that!  Last week Brianna graduated from private training by crushing Fight Gone Bad.  She’s excited to throw down with you guys, so keep an eye out for her!

 

 

Who are you and what are you about?
I’m Brianna, I also go by Bre. I am from Jersey and moved to Boston to complete my MSN. I am currently a psych nurse and finishing classes. I am new to CrossFit and over the last month have become obsessed with it.
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
 
I joined CrossFit because I want to get stronger and get in shape. I wanted an all encompassing workout and CrossFit was exactly what I was looking for.
 
BriannaWhat are some of your goals for this year?
 
In September I am participating in a Mudderella, it is a smaller version of Tough Mudder, and I would like to be able to finish that race without stopping. I am still trying to figure out a good time to shoot for. My general goals for class is to work on my form and really improve throughout the summer.
 
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
 
I am looking forward to group classes and becoming part of the CrossFit Boston family. I am excited to see how much I can improve and learn from everyone in classes.
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04 Jun 2014

Thursday 060514

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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

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In a lot of science journalism, there is a lot of jumping to conclusions without really digging into the science. This week we saw headlines screaming about how diet soda can help you lose weight! So you should start drinking diet soda to beat those sugar cravings, right?

 

Not so fast my friend. There are a few things wrong with this study.

  1. The study only lasted 12 weeks, which is fairly short in terms of weight loss. Quite frankly, I don’t care how much weight you can lose in 3 months, I care how much weight you can lose in 3 years. Speaking of which,
  2. Several long term findings have contradicted this study, including the San Antonio Heart study, which found that every diet soda per day was linked to a 65% increase in the likelihood of overweight and a 41% chance of obesity over a 7-8 year period, and the Framingham Heart Study, which found that people who drank diet soda were still at risk for metabolic syndrome and high blood sugar.
  3. The study was funded by the soda industry. Now, not all studies funded by the man produce results that benefit the man, but most do.

 

Of course, correlation does not equal causation (unless you think the declining divorce rate in Maine caused the drop in margarine consumption nationwide), so associations between diet soda and weight gain don’t mean diet soda causes people to gain weight. But it means we should think about these associations, and what could be influencing them, before throwing a few 12 packs of diet coke in our carts. Because chemistry and biology aren’t the only things influencing weight gain, a lot of it is psychological and even economic (I addressed this a little bit in an earlier post on high fructose corn syrup). For example, some people swap regular soda for diet soda, and figure that justifies an extra cookie after dinner. Other people struggle with emotional eating, and swapping Pepsi for Pepsi One isn’t going to address that problem. On top of all that, diet soda is full of artificial sweeteners of questionable safety (especially in high doses). The point is, there’s a lot more that goes into health and weight loss than swapping one thing for another, and all of these things should be considered. 

 

What are your thoughts on diet soda and the beverage industry’s contribution to the fight against the obesity crisis?*

 

*The second part of this question brought to you by the fact that I have started reading Salt Sugar Fat and am curious to hear others thoughts on the topic.

 

 

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03 Jun 2014

Wednesday 060414

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Row 500 metersClean 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.

02 Jun 2014

Tuesday 060314

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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.

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02 Jun 2014

ADAPTATION

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“The greatest adaptation in CrossFit is of the mind.” -Greg Glassman

CrossFit is so physical. We push our bodies to the limit. Everyday we ask more of ourselves. We hit the WOD, some strength before or after, practice some skills, then mobilize and feed our bodies so we can come back in and do it all over again. This is what CrossFit is between 3-6 days per week.

Read that quote again by CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman. How powerful and true it is. He first made that statement while he was still running the CrossFit Level 1 Seminars around 2004. He and Greg Amundson (CrossFit Amundson, CrossFit Goal Setting, and Santa Cruz Original Firebreather) were observing seminar participants attempt muscle ups. Two males went up for the first attempt ever. Male 1 nailed it. He came down and his buddies were all congratulating him. He responded with humility I knew that I could do it. Meanwhile, Male 2 failed and as his buddies came to offer condolences, he stated that it was ok and that he knew he wouldn’t do it.

You see, you will achieve what you believe. Of course you need to have the appropriate skills and strength. That being a given, your mind will determine the rest.

BELIEVE!

Carla B at Event 6 at Reebok CrossFit Games North East Regionals.

Carla B at Event 6 at Reebok CrossFit Games North East Regionals.

01 Jun 2014

Monday 060214

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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.


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