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03 Apr 2014

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1. Back Squat – 4 x 2, work up to a heavy double and then drop down to 90% of that weight and perform 4 sets of 2 reps at that weight.

2. For time
100 Alternating DB Snatch, 60/40
50 Mountain Climbers
25 AbMat sit ups
12 Burpees

02 Apr 2014

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1. Clean – work up to a max double for the day (18 minutes)

2. Handbalancing – 5 minutes to practice walking on your hands

3. 30-20-10 reps for time
Double unders
Knee to elbows

 

Kapil demoing Test/Retest

Kapil demoing Test/Retest

How’s the week going?  Excited to be over the hump?

 

I hope you all enjoyed that last wod of the Open.  I usually look forward to burpees, but I can’t say I ever want to do burpees and thrusters ever again.  Congrats to Carla for crushing “14.5″ and showing us all the Geriatric Burpee.  If you want to learn, just challenge her to some burpees!  She’s going to need all of our support in preparation for Regionals!  Let’s keep hitting it hard and push each other to get better.

 

Speaking of making yourself better… the CrossFit Boston Renegades hosted a Mobility Session with HBS Member Kapil Khimdas on Saturday.  We had a blast learning about the proper way to use mobility in relation to every day class as well as using a partner to inflict the right amount of pain.  Here’s a quick recap of what we learned:

 

Chris hitting a Posterior Chain Floss

Chris hitting a Posterior Chain Floss

1. Test and Retest – Use a friend to test the range of motion at a joint or try a couple of squats, deadlifts, or presses.  How tight are you?  Is there any pinching?  Does the movement feel junky or smooth?  Was there an improvement?

 

2. Range of Motion Mobility – We worked on the posterior chain floss and it was epic.  Use range of motion work before class to prep for the movements we’ll be using.  Keep it dynamic and work the contract/relax cycle of the stretch.

 

3. Foam Rolling – Can be used during class to help with tweaks, but post class it’s the best to make a change permanent and help with recovery.  If it’s not painful you’re not smashing hard enough according to Kapil.

 

4. Tack and Floss – Pin a knotted muscle and then work through flexion and extension or side to side to improve function of the muscle and range of motion.  Doing this post class will help with recovery and improving flexibility long term.

 

Nigel smashing my quad!

Nigel smashing my quad!

Mobility Wednesdays at CFB!

 

Kapil and the CFB Renegades will be hosting Mobility Wednesdays from now on at CFB.  Every Wednesday night at 6:30pm we’ll be helping each other smash, stretch, and improve.  It started last night and If you’d like to join in, just show up and get after it.  Kapil and I will be helping you guys run through a mobility routine and we’ll work on a different area of the body each week.  Drinks are welcome!

 

Shoot me an email if you have any questions! – [email protected]

 

No, this is not a belated April Fool’s, although I am now kicking myself for not asking to blog a day early. I could have had a lot of fun with that one. 

There’s been a lot of hate going around in the media for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and fructose. Some “nutritionists” may even tell you to cut back on fruit because fructose is so dangerous. But is this all true?

 

What We Know

hfcs obesity

 

We know in studies of mice, feeding them diets upwards of 40-50% of their diet from HFCS leads to development of cancer, obesity, and other side effects.  We can also see a graph (right) of  obesity rising significantly in the 30+ years after HFCS was introduced to the food supply in the 1970′s. Meanwhile other studies are finding there are no significant negative effects attributed to HFCS.

 Now, it’s become a fierce debate. One camp blasting the many ways HFCS will kill you and the other defending it’s honor, proclaiming that HFCS is perfectly safe.

 

The Truth

 

The line industry and the FDA has settled on is “HFCS is no more harmful to your health than sucrose (table sugar)”. 

 

1601546_10104604919720781_2037852626_nThe thing is, I agree with this. But that doesn’t mean HFCS is OK. It means the FDA and industry are missing the forest for the trees, and hoping you will too. To say HFCS is no more harmful to your health than table sugar is like saying gin is no more harmful to your health than bourbon. Would you really argue that drinking gin is fine but bourbon is not or vice versa? Of course not. You recognize that both in moderation can be enjoyed, but in excess BOTH will produce harm (in this example, in the form of liver cirrhosis and alcoholism). 

 

I will however, agree that HFCS can cause obesity, although not directly on it’s own. After all, HFCS isn’t even that “high” in fructose – only about 5% higher than sucrose. What happened was, HFCS made sugar SO CHEAP that the industry could put it in everything, even things that never had sugar before. They could manipulate sweetness to further addict you to foods, to produce larger serving sizes for basically nothing. HFCS doesn’t chemically cause obesity, but it set the stage for the environment that would.

 

My Advice

 

  • Don’t eat a lot of HFCS. Anything it’s in is usually cheaply made. Personally, I prefer the taste of barbecue sauce made with molasses and honey over HFCS, but if you treat your self to something that has it every now and then you will not give yourself cancer immediately. 
  • Don’t fool yourself – a cookie with HFCS is just as bad for your waistline and health as a cookie made with “organic evaporated cane juice” (which is just fancy speak for sucrose). 
  • Keep your intake of added sugar -a ALL sugars – to a minimum. Get your carbs from complex carbs and satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit.
  • Don’t avoid fruit – drinking straight fructose may be a bad idea, but eating fructose in the presence of fiber and other vitamins and minerals is the way nature intended. I mean, don’t eat 10 bananas in a day, but if you’re stressing about eating a second piece of fruit because you’re afraid it will harm your health and impact your weight loss, just stop it right now.

*There are some people for which avoiding fructose (and most other carbohydrates) at all or some parts of the day will be appropriate, including body builders on a cutting diet or women with Gestational Diabetes. 

As many of you have seen, the Custom Fit Meals cooler has made its way to CrossFit Boston!  Through this service, we now have access to fresh, never frozen meals made from quality ingredients. 

Here is what you need to know:

Order at CustomFitMeals.com by the midnight Tuesday deadline for meal pick-ups the following week.  There are two pick-ups per week – Mondays during normal business hours and Thursdays during normal business hours.

About Custom Fit Meals:

All meals are prepared in a fully licensed, USDA-certified commercial kitchen by a team of culinary chefs, delivered safely to CrossFit Boston via refrigerated vehicle, and stored on-site in the Custom Fit Meals cooler.  

There are no contracts or commitments.  All orders are placed week to week.

All meals are made from FRESH, unprocessed ingredients.  Gluten-Free, Primal, and Paleo meals are available.

There are 14-15 menu items offered each week and their menus constantly rotate.  Meals are currently sold in increments of 5.

The service is based on Custom Fit Meals’ founder Mike Clay’s personal weight-loss journey.  He lost 100 pounds using this service and a link to his story is shown below:

https://www.customfitmeals.com/fat2fit/changing-lives-through-nutrition

For anyone interested in trying out this service, enter the coupon code boston when placing your order to receive a 10% discount.

Custom Fit Meals’ nutritional philosophy is based on eating real food – fresh, natural food like lean meats, vegetables and fruit. Their meals are comprised of foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, as opposed to processed foods that have more calories but less nutrition.

Food quality is important to them, as well.  They maintain the highest standard in selecting the foods that go into their meals.  They use only USDA-certified All Natural chicken, grass-fed beef and bison, all natural turkey, and pastured pork.  They source the majority of these proteins and as much of their fresh produce as possible from local sources. 

The CFM program is not a “diet”.  It’s a lifestyle, based on well-balanced nutrition that gives you what you need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. Each meal they serve contains a lean source of protein, a generous helping of nutrient-dense vegetables and/or fruit, natural sources of quality carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

Their meals are designed to help you establish and maintain a healthy metabolism, and allow you to improve your body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. They also help to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune disorders.

All of their meals are “clean”, relying on a foundation of fresh, natural ingredients.  All of their meals are gluten-free, and many of them do not contain other potentially inflammatory ingredients like dairy and legumes.  Best of all, while their meals are extremely healthy, they also taste great.  This is due to the high-quality ingredients they use, along with the expertise of their chefs in combining flavors and advanced cooking techniques to create meals with a wide variety of unique flavors and textures.

A large number of their menu items take the next major step, from a nutritional standpoint, and fall into the “paleo” category.  They believe (and we agree) that paleo is the healthiest, cleanest way we can eat.  While eating paleo might not be for everyone, the folks at Custom Fit Meals feel it is an excellent starting point that allows you to truly determine what foods are best suited to you.  By eliminating as many potential inflammatory foods from your diet as possible and seeing the effect this has on your body and wellness, then slowly adding them back in under a controlled setting, the CFM program can help you determine which specific types of food truly are good for you.

We’re excited to offer this service and look forward to helping you meet your nutrition goals.

custom fit

 

01 Apr 2014

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1. “FRAN” – TEST DAY
21-15-9 reps for time of
Thruster, 95/65
Pull ups

2a. 100 Hollow Rocks
2b. Dip supports (top & bottom)

One of our very own, Tolly Taylor, recently authored an article that was featured on The Business Insider.

In a society where online dating is the norm because it’s so hard to meet people, CrossFit provides a ready-made community of people who share your interest in fitness. Through classes, bit-by-bit, you get to know the people at your gym—that’s not to say you’ll get along with or befriend everyone, but chances are you’ll find a group you like. Pretty soon, you’ll find yourself meeting up with people outside of the gym, organizing parties with CrossFit friends, and becoming more and more invested in your gym.

Read more…

Awesome work Tolly!

TollyT

01 Apr 2014

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1. Shoulder Press – 3 x 3 – work up to a heavy 3 and perform a total of 3 sets at this weight. Do not drop

2. AMRAP 15
Row 30 calories
20 Push Press, 75/55
20 OH swings, 32kg/24kg
20 Box Jumps, 24″/20″

3. POST CLASS ABS – 3X10 GHD SIT UPS

31 Mar 2014

ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

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“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenges designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative obstacles and over one million participants globally to date, Tough Mudder is the premier obstacle course series in the world.”

-Tough Mudder website

CrossFit Boston has a TEAM registered for the Tough Mudder Race on Sunday, June 1 at Mount Snow in Vermont. Nigel has created the TEAM under CrossFit Boston and there is NO password. This event is about having fun with a group of people you enjoy hanging around with. 

Join the CrossFit Boston TEAM

tough mudder

31 Mar 2014

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1. Heaving Snatch Balance – work up to a heavy single, then drop to 90% of that weight and perform 6 more sets at that weight.

2. EMOM 12
5 Burpees
1 Snatch, 165#/115#

3. POST CLASS ABS – 15 STRICT BACK EXTENSIONS (3-1-3) TEMPO


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