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We’re going to have to cancel that 3 PM class after all. The back lot is impassable without an SUV/4WD vehicle and the Jump On In/dance studio/boxing gym is totally unplowed so we can’t even park there. We will re-open tomorrow morning.

 

Looks like things have cleared up. We should be go for a 3:00 PM class, with open gym availability until 5:30 PM. In the event that the back alley is not passable, I’ll let you know here.

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Whoa. Just went out there and it’s a bit crazy! I guess this storm is legit and definitely did not miss us. I’m sure we’ll open at some point today, just not for the 9:30 class. Check back around 1 PM for more news.

Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

14 Feb 2015

Plans for Sunday

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Hey guys, I’ll be posting about the 9:30 class/gym opening time at around 7 AM tomorrow morning. Based on what I’m reading, the 9:30 class is unlikely. However, it’s looking like things should be getting better in the afternoon. If I were a betting man I’d bet that we’ll be able to be open in the afternoon. If we’re going to open in the afternoon, that news will come around 1 PM, and we’ll be open for 2.5 hours from the announced open time, probably from 3:30-6 or so. I know this is less than ideal, but it’s Mother Nature. When I find a way to control the weather, I promise to use my powers for good, not evil.

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 ***We will resume our normal class schedule tomorrow.***

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Who’s ready for spring? I am! I can’t wait to see little baby rabbits like this in the gym!

This weekend, I attended my Level 2 certification course and it was great. As I look back on the last five years of CrossFit Boston, I’ve gotten a little nostalgic about my early days of CrossFit. Since Coach Neal is giving me the opportunity to program for the month of March, I’m going to let that nostalgia creep into the programming for the month. My goal is to do a whole lot less but hopefully do it a whole lot better. Think simple couplets and triplets, heavy days, and SMMFs.

Tomorrow, a bunch of us guys are going to get our meditation on at the 6 PM beginner meditation class at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (331 Broadway Cambridge, MA). I’m planning on getting there at 5:45 to get prepared for some serious zen! So far, we’ve got Crosby, Erik, and potentially Josh accompanying me.

What else do we have to share? Send me updates at [email protected]!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

 

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Congratulations to all of the first-time competitors at Saturday’s throwdown. You guys showed real heart and perseverance! Also, congrats to Evan and Brian, our big winners! Most importantly, THANK YOU to all of our awesome judges. Saturday would not have been possible without you!

Here’s a graphic of the final standings:Choose Your Own Damned Partner 2015

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The next throwdown will be on Saturday, April 25th from 10 AM to 1 PM, and the spring fling will be that same night. While I suggested that it might be an individual throwdown, enough people have expressed a preference for a team throwdown that I’ve decided it will be another team one.

Here are some other features:

• In order to qualify to win, teams must be male/female

• It will be fast-paced like this past one, with *maybe* an extra 20-25 minutes of rest built in, so be prepared!

• It will feature a max lift, one teamified classic CrossFit WOD, and an EMOM elimination round

• The WOD standards and rules will be published at least a week before the throwdown and athletes will be responsible for knowing them before they arrive

• In order to participate, teams will be required to register with a judge

• Athletes will be required to claim and set up their own equipment — Equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and lack of required equipment will result in disqualification from the Rx division

• There will be a twelve (12) team limit and four alternate team slots in the event that any team(s) drop out, first-come first-served

Registration is open and will close on April 18th at 7:59 PM

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It’s going to be awesome. Register here!

 

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

01 Feb 2015

Today’s Afternoon Tea Cancelled

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Hey guys,

I can’t make Afternoon Tea today and am tentatively rescheduling to 2/15. Many apologies.

Mickey

26 Jan 2015

Are You Ready to Throw Down?

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I hope you are all well and prepared for Snowpocalypse 2015! Our Choose Your Own Damned Partner Throwdown is on for this Saturday morning! Athletes should arrive by 9:30 to get warmed up on their own and briefed at 9:45. I’ve set the first challenge for our competitors to find judges for Saturday, but I’m also asking you all to volunteer your time for a fun time! Just email me at mickeyg@crossfitboston if you can donate your time. Judges are requested for 9:30 AM to roughly 12 PM. The goal is to start the first WOD at 10 AM and fly through the rest of them quickly. More details later in the week!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

You can still volunteer to help set up, judge, and clean up, though! Do so HERE. Thanks!

Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

19 Jan 2015

Focus and Throwdown WODs

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One of our members, Ollie C. (aka Pencilneck Jr.) was recently featured in the Globe! Read the article about how he approaches diving and then watch his focus as he prepares for and executes a beautiful dive.

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Next, watch this 14-minute video on why it exercise may be harder for some than for others:

https://www.ted.com/talks/emily_balcetis_why_some_people_find_exercise_harder_than_others#t-503722

If you skipped ahead without watching the video, one of the speaker’s central points is that focusing on the exercise at hand makes it easier to accomplish more in less time. On the days that your mind is wandering at the gym, doesn’t it always feel as though the weights are heavier and it’s harder to maintain proper form? On the days that you’re dialed in, doesn’t it always feel as though the weights are a little lighter and it’s easier to keep the midline tight? For the rest of the month, I’d like everyone to focus on the work at hand for the hour that you are in the gym. Let’s see if Dr. Balcetis is right or wrong!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

P.S. Afternoon Tea will be next held on Sunday, February 1st at 3 PM. This earlier time is sponsored by SuperBowl XLIX.

P.P.S. Here are the two of the WODs that we will be doing at the throwdown on January 31st from 10AM-1PM:

 
WOD #1: But I Haven’t Been Practicing My Double-Unders!

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Buy-In: Unbroken double-unders each partner 30 Rx/5 scaled

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Burpee-box jumps 20″ Rx/step-ups permitted scaled

 

1. Athletes may work at the same time on the double-unders but may not progress on to the burpee-box jumps until both partners have completed their double-unders

2. Double-unders nested within single-unders ARE permitted

3. Both athletes must complete their double-unders UNBROKEN (for scaled, if rope stops, rep is broken) before moving on to burpee-box-jumps

4. One athlete works at a time

5. Score will be number of burpee-box jumps performed

 

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AMRAP 20

Partition reps as desired, one partner works at a time.

5 Power cleans (145lbs / 100lbs) (89 lbs / 55 lbs)
10 Toes to bar
15 Wall balls (20lbs to 10’ target / 15 lbs to a 9’ target) 


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