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30 Sep 2014

In-House Throwdown Results!

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In-House Throwdown Complete!

How much fun was Saturday morning? When we first discussed the idea of having an in-house team throwdown, my goals were twofold: (1) to make sure no one died and (2) to end on time. So far as I know, there were some minor scrapes and bruises suffered on Saturday morning but everyone is still living. And… we also finished up well before our projected 1 PM finish! There are a couple of cool videos posted here and here (video credits to Joseph D. and Tom T.).

In any case, I had a blast and have to make sure to thank all of our sponsors and judges once again. The morning could not have gone more smoothly, thanks to the organizational/judging efforts of Audrey H., Jo B., Angry B., Kari T., CJ J., Rebecca S., Jen B., John Z., and anyone else who I may have left out.

Our sponsors, Via Privé, Progenex, and Race-Pak were also gracious in supplying us with gift certificates, free samples, and fancy wooden boxes filled with goodies! Thanks to Ries, Dan, and Russ for contributing to our fun little event.

In terms of our athletes, I like to joke that this is the throwdown that split up marriages, as many of our members were competing against, rather than with, their wives/husbands! We may have had as many as fifteen first-time CrossFit competitors, which is mind-blowing! Everyone did a great job pushing themselves and their team mates to glory! We had one of our newest members, Daniela C., who had been a member for all of two days battling against Nigel C., who has been a member for at least two decades…

Here are the results, broken down by WOD:

WOD #1 Squat Cleans Place Points
Jess T. & Neal T. 61 1 100
Cissy Y. & Tolly T. 61 1 100
Courtney S. & Crosby B. 55 3 84
Daniela C. & Omri. 51 4 78
Shannon F. & Mike G. 50 5 72
Ali H. & Martin B. 49 6 66
Amanda L. & Joseph D. 47 7 60
Cori B. & Ron W. 44 8 54
Shadi & Megan L. 43 9 48
Fernanda N. & Tim B. 41 10 42
Sarah W. & Erik B. 41 10 42
Carolyn B. & Juan Carlos S. 40 12 36
Linh N. & Bob E. 40 12 36
Natalie K. & Nigel C. 40 12 36
Judith D. & Denis T. 39 15 18
Candy S. & Mark P. 36 16 12

 

WOD #2 Reps Place Points
Cissy Y. & Tolly T. 608 1 100
Amanda L. & Joseph D. 590 2 90
Natalie K. & Nigel C. 585 3 84
Sarah W. & Erik B. 556 4 78
Judith D. & Denis T. 534 5 72
Fernanda N. & Tim B. 531 6 66
Shannon F. & Mike G. 516 7 60
Daniela C. & Omri. 501 8 54
Shadi & Megan L. 489 9 48
Candy S. & Mark P. 467 10 42
Jess T. & Neal T. 462 11 36
Carolyn B. & Juan Carlos S. 441 12 30
Cori B. & Ron W. 430 13 24
Linh N. & Bob E. 378 14 18
Ali H. & Martin B. 370 15 12
Courtney S. & Crosby B. 346 16 6

 

WOD #3 Total Reps
Jess T., Neal T., Carolyn B., Dan (RacePak) 1380
Shannon F., Mike G., Ali H., Martin B. 1373
Daniela C., Omri L., Cori B., Ron W. 1310
Natalie K., Nigel C., Judith D., Denis T. 1252
Courtney S., Crosby B., Sarah W., Erik B. 1218
Amanda L., Joseph D., Candy S., Mark P. 1043
Fernanda N., Tim B., Shadi R., Angry B. 951
Cissy Y., Tolly T., Linh N., Bob E. 845

 

As you can see, the results were all very close, which was one of the desired outcomes! We’ll definitely do this again some time soon, and I’m eyeing January 31st, 2015 as a possible date for our festivities. Regardless of the outcomes, I hope everyone had a good time. Congratulations to everyone who competed and thanks again to every one who helped make this event happen!

By the way, RSVP for our HALLOWEEN PARTY on Friday, October 31st at 7:30 PM.

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

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Hey guys, our in-house throwdown is upon us! Just wanted to let you know that we have some team and heat assignment updates. Here they are:

Group A
 
1. Ali H. & Martin B.
2. Amanda L. & Joseph D.
3. Candy S. & Mark P.
4. Carolyn B. & Terence K.
5. Daniela C. & Omri.
6. Jess T. & Neal T.
7. Shadi R. & Megan L.
8. Shannon F. & Mike G.
 
Group B
 
1. Cissy Y. & Tolly T.
2. Cori B. & Ron W.
3. Courtney S. & Crosby B.
4. Fernanda N. & Tim B.
5. Judith D. & Denis T.
6. Linh N. & Bob E.
7. Natalie K. & Nigel C.
8. Sarah W. & Erik B.
Also, here is how each WOD will be scored:
1st place = 100 points
2nd place = 90 points
3rd place = 84 points
4th place = 78 points
5th place = 72 points
6th place = 66 points
7th place = 60 points
8th place = 54 points
9th place = 48
10th place = 42
11th place = 36
12th place =30
13th place = 24
14th place =18
15th place = 12
16th place = 6
Finally, I’m looking for one brave person to jump in for WOD #3 with Shadi. We had a couple of athletes fall prey to illness and injury and Megan L. was awesome enough to step in and STEP UP! Who’s in? Email me your love notes at [email protected]
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey
22 Sep 2014

ARE YOU READY TO THROW DOWN?

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At Lulu’s on Friday

The throwdown is upon us and the deadline to sign up is TOMORROW NIGHT (Tuesday night) at 11:59 PM. We already have fourteen two-person teams and can accommodate a few more. I’m particularly excited that Coach Mike has made the throwdown MANDATORY for his strength challenge students! So far, the teams are as follows:

Group A
Ali H. & Martin B.
Amanda L. & Joseph D.
Candy S. & Mark P.
Carolyn B. & Terence K.
Daniela C. & Omri.
Jess T. & Neal T.
Shadi & Megan L.
Shannon F. & Mike G.
 
Group B
Cissy Y. & Tolly T.
Cori B. & Ron W.
Courtney S. & Crosby B.
Fernanda N. & Tim B.
Judith D. & Denis T.
Linh N. & Bob E.
Natalie K. & Nigel C.
Sarah W. & Erik B.
 

The Ladies of CFB!

 
Some of you may be disappointed that you were not paired with someone you already know and love, but that’s kind of the point. There will be a special buy-in on WOD #2 for some teams who have been given special considerations vis-a-vis partnering… BWAHAHAHAHA. In any case, even if you’re not participating, you should come cheer on your fellow members. Heats will go off at the following times:
 
WOD #1:
Group A: 9:20
Group B: 9:40
 
WOD #2
Group A: 10:20
Group B: 10:40
 
WOD #3
Group A: 12:00
Group B: 12:30
 

Since we’re not allowed to dance at CFB, we went to The Draft!

 
The following folks have generously donated their time to be our esteemed JUDGES this Saturday!
Audrey H.
CJ J.
Jen B.
Jo B.

And, of course, here are the WODs!

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time

4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement

5. A special buy-in may be assessed on teams with two Rx athletes

  
WOD #3: Partner Cindy
 
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats
 
1. Only one partner may work at the same time
2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy

Finally, I am still looking for a partner in this WOD we call life. I enjoy exploring what the city has to offer love to travel. SIGN UP for the throwdown and we’ll WOD happily ever after.

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

P.S. Save the date for a Halloween Party at CFB on Friday, October 31st at 7:30. Details forthcoming.

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Hey Guys!
 
Who’s ready for our in-house throwdown on Saturday, September 27th?! I can’t wait! There will be NO CLASSES on the 23rd, so if you want in on some group exercise action at CrossFit Boston, you’ll have to sign up for the throwdown! The deadline for signups will be 11:59 PM Tuesday, September 23rd. In case you missed it, here are the throwdown WODs:
 

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time

4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement
 
 
WOD #3: Partner Cindy
 
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

1. Only one partner may work at the same time

2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy

 
 
#PostWOD Notes:
 
1. From Linh, re: Spartan Racing:
 
Mickey, 
 
I saw your post this morning and wanted to reply but my browser is having issues! Can you include this on your blog and help me build a critical mass of Spartans? 
 
Thanks!
 
Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.The Spartan Race at Fenway time trial is one of my favorite race venues! I’ll be running at 9AM (for time) and 11:30AM (for fun) and willing to run more if people are interested and can’t get in those heats (Season pass perks!). Think about the epic group photo we could get as a group in the ball park if we ran as a team! Use code: NJ20E when registering to get 20% off! I had to run 8.5mi up and down Mountain Creek in Vernon NJ last Sunday at the Tristate Super for this discount so please take advantage! Or, volunteer for half a day and run for FREE! Can’t make Fenway? If you’re interested in joining me in Killington, VT for the Beast, use code VT50 for 50% off SUNDAY’S Race. Oh, did I mention free craft beer, professional photos, and NBC Sports may be on site filming! Have kids? Bring them and sign them up for the Kids Race! 
Hope to see you all at the finish line! AROO!
\m/arrior Linh
 
2. Drinks at Lulu’s this Friday at 8 PM. There is talk about doing karaoke (Japanese for “drunken screaming” afterwards at Do Re Mi.
 
3. Thanks to Ricky, Lauren, Shannon, and Courtney for coming out to 6B Lounge on Friday. More to come soon!
 
4. Did you know that CFB has a book club? If you’re interested in an in-depth discussion of either (A) a book or (B) CFB gossip, then email me at [email protected] and I’ll set you up on the book club email list!
 
That is all. Peace and bacon grease,
 
Mickey
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09 Sep 2014

Guess Who’s Pregnant?

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No one that I know of, other than the usual suspects!

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We did, however, have a wonderful Sunday morning class filled with donuts, cider, and a whole lot of community! Nearly forty members, past and present, joined in welcoming Dave L. and Nigel C. into their golden years and it was AWESOME! Alright, back to gossip and rumors!

Do you want to work on your pull-ups? Well, after class every Tuesday, you have an opportunity to do exactly that! If you’re inspired to get more pull-ups in your arsenal, take a look at the 20 pull-ups program, here:

     http://twentypullups.com/20-pull-ups_ilka-helo.pdf

I will print out that PDF and post it on one of our boards. This week will be “Week -2″ in the PDF. If you already have three or more pull-ups, then just sit back and rest on your laurels for the next two weeks. If you don’t, please follow the programming for “Week -2″ in the PDF!

 

Who’s up for a Spartan Race at Fenway Park? Linh N. and Chrissy S. are looking for people to run a Spartan Race with on Saturday, November 15th. If you sign up using the following link, Linh will get some kind of benefit, though it’s unclear exactly what that benefit is!

     http://fbuy.me/bd-Jm 

 Audrey H. would like to shout out Judith D., who was recently quoted by Hiawatha Bray, the Boston Globe’s tech guru. Audrey would also like to congratulate Judith on her new book, The Social Machine!

 
 Finally, after a successful outing to Lulu’s last Friday evening, an intrepid group of CFB members will be journeying to 6B Lounge in Beacon Hill this Friday night where yours truly will be filling in for the regular ’90s night DJ! Come dance your face off. Party kicks off at 10 PM, though if you get there by around 9:45, there’s no cover. I have a few slots open for my guest list, so if you’re down to boogie, email me at [email protected] and I’ll get you squared away.
 
Alright kids, that’s about it. Next week, I think we’ll talk about laundry. Oh, and the third and final WOD for our in-house throwdown (September 27th) will be partner Cindy. That’s right. Partner Cindy!
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey
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Nigel Battling Dave

Hey guys! How was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was awesome. I got a chance to relax, see Tiff, DJ a former member‘s wedding, and witness a full house at CFB tackle Fight Gone Bad! Talk about inspiring!

In any case, this coming Sunday, we will be taking on the Filthy Fifty in honor of Nigel C.’s and Dave L.’s birthdays. I’ll be spinning some awesome WOD jams and there will be food/drink/merriment afterwards. There may even be some panda dogs running about, but I’ll make no promises! If you’re interested in taking a plate of Soul Fire BBQ to the face, please email me at [email protected] Food will be a mere five bucks ($5) per plate.

Also, I’d like to provide an update on the in-house throwdown that we’re having on Saturday, September 27th. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the events section of the white board. So far, we have twenty-four slots filled so it means we only have six slots remaining! Again, this throwdown is meant to be a fun event rather than a super-competitive event, so definitely sign up if you’re on the fence. We’ve got a couple of sponsors lined up (including RacePak, Via Privé, and Progenex), so the winning team will get some neat prizes!

Here is WOD #2:
 
A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
 
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
 
45 Sit-Ups
 
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
 
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All movements must be completed in listed order
3. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement
5. These conditions may change after loop-holes are discovered.
 
Who will take the remaining spots in the throwdown and more importantly, WHO WILL TAKE HOME THE CROWNS*?
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey
 
 
* Most likely paper crowns from Burger King.
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Hey Everyone! Just thought I’d provide an update on some events you may be interested in checking out:

 

1. Friday, August 30th at 6 PM – Our very own Joe Mathias will be presenting a clarinet recital in the Marshall Room of the Boston University Campus (855 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor).

2. Monday, September 1st – There will be one class at 9 AM.

3. Sunday, September 7th – On this glorious day in place of (and extending beyond) the 9:30 class, we shall celebrate the ascension of two of our more venerable members into their golden years! Both Nigel Costolloe and Dave Lapidus will be kicking off their 50th year with a very special edition of the Filthy Fifty WOD. The programming for the day will be the Filthy Fifty, there will be food from Soul Fire BBQ available for purchase ($5 cash per plate), music by me, and there are rumors that there will be additional beverages provided. Drop me at line at [email protected] if you are interested in a plate of BBQ.

4. Saturday, September 13th – At 4 PM, our very own Candy Saunders will be roller derbying her butt off in Wilmington. I’ve seen a couple of bouts and it’s awesome! https://www.facebook.com/events/877739245588591/

5. Saturday, September 27th – Are you ready for our in-house throwdown? Over the last week, I’ve been letting folks in classes know that the event is going to be a 2-person TEAM throwdown. So far, we have about a dozen people signed up to participate and my goal is to have fifteen teams. In terms team formation, we would like to mix things up as much as possible. We’d like to pair Rx athletes with scaled athletes, newer members with “older” members, morning class attendees with evening class attendees, etc. What will the WODs, you may be asking? Excellent question! Here’s the first one:

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 can perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. When 1000m row is completed, only one partner can work at a time

It’s sure to be a great time, so sign up with the link below!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

 

Click Here to Register to Compete or Volunteer/Judge!

19 Aug 2014

Brrr! It’s Cold In Here!

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So, you’ve just destroyed the WOD and you’ve recovered enough to realize that your classmates are still plugging away at the WOD. What do you do first?

(A) Write my time on the board

(B) Clean up my gear

(C) Gossip with members of the next class

(D) Cheer on the members of my class

The correct answer is D! We cheer on our fellow compatriots until they are done with their WOD. That’s great, Mickey, but I wasn’t a cheerleader in high school or college so I don’t know how to cheer. Well, grasshopper, thank goodness I have some tips on cheering for you!

1. Be positive! Use positive language rather than negative language. In the Level 1 certs, they teach us that when we say “Don’t stop” all the athlete hear’s is “Stop.” So, rather than say “don’t stop,” we should cheer people on with “keep moving” and “you’re doing awesome.”

2. Help athletes remained uncapped mentally. There are studies that show that when marathon runners are told that they’re “almost done” they actually start slowing down in anticipation of being finished. The takeaway of the study was that the body goes where the mind leads and if the mind hears that it’s almost done, it will inform the body to slow down. In Crossfit, the end of WODs is often where we are pushing ourselves and improving our conditioning. The worst, of course, is being told that you’re almost done when you actually have another full round (or more!) to complete!

3. Do aerial tricks. It may be hard to believe, but in a double-blind controlled study performed by Leland Stanfurd Junior University researchers, it was proven beyond a doubt that Crossfitters finished 25% faster when their fellow classmates cheered them on with backflips, cartwheels, and other cheers that involved the cheerleaders leaving the ground. Why do this? SCIENCE!

In any case, you guys have been killing it in the gym this summer and I’m looking forward to seeing those backflips soon!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

http://running.about.com/od/halfmarathonsmarathons/tp/marathonspectatortips.htm

 

P.S. Who’s interested in heading out to the Tsongas Arena to check out the NPGL, where Crossfitters will get all sweaty and swole? Email me at [email protected] if you’re interested. I propose we leave CFB Sunday afternoon at 1 PM.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for our In-House Throwdown on Saturday, September 27th! We’ve already got a bunch of participants and so far, the women account for more than 70% of the field. GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES!

Click Here to Register to Compete or Volunteer/Judge

 

17 Aug 2014

Twenty Pull-Ups!

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Hey guys! As we work on our goats, I’m in charge of ensuring that our pull-ups are in a state of constant improvement. Beginning in September, you will have the option of working on pull-ups every Tuesday after (or before) class. Over the next few weeks, please determine how many strict pull-ups you can currently do to figure out which level you are in. Here are those levels:

Level 1: 0 strict
Level 2: 1-4 strict
Level 3: 5-19 strict
Level 4: 20+ strict
 
If you can already do 20+ strict pull-ups, you’re not off the hook! Pick a moderate weight dumb bell, strap it on, and figure out how many pull-ups you can do with that!
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

 

12 Aug 2014

In-House Throwdown!

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It’s that time of year again where we test our fitness against those that we WOD with every day… Our In-House Throwdown will take place on Saturday, September 27th, so clear those calendars! This is a great opportunity for some friendly competition and lots of fun. We’ll have both scaled and Rx divisions available, so whether you’re a seasoned competitor or a first-timer, this is a great event for everyone to participate in.

 

Our plan is to run heats of the competition from 9am to 1 or 2pm in the afternoon. The exact timeline may change depending on the number of competitors we get to sign up, but we expect to wrap the competition up early in the afternoon so we have time for some fun activities and a cookout afterwards. It is guaranteed to be a fun day, and we hope you all can join us!

 

Don’t want to compete but still want to be involved? Awesome, we need your help! We’ll need lots of judges and volunteers to help the day run smoothly. If you can lend a hand, we’d very much appreciate it.

 

As we get closer to the event, we will release more details and workouts. For now, take a look at the standards below, see which division you fall into, and get signed up! We’re very excited about getting as many people as possible involved this year. Get pumped!

 

 

Throwdown Divisions

Rx Division: Thrusters 95/65, Snatches 115/75, Toes to Bar, Double Unders, Unassisted Pull Ups, Wall Balls 20/14 to a 10′ target
Scaled Division: Thrusters 65/35, Snatches 75/45, AbMat Situps, Single Unders, Blue Band Pull Ups, Wall Balls 14/10 to 10′ target

What: CrossFit Boston In-House Throwdown
When: Saturday, September 27th
Where: Here! CrossFit Boston
Who: Everyone

Announcement of WOD #1

Click Here to Register to Compete or Volunteer/Judge

NB: Most of the content of this post was lovingly borrowed from our friends at CrossFit Southie.