18 Nov 2014
Complimentary bubbles, desserts, and your favorite CFB members, all dolled up. What more can you ask for? There are rumors of a pre-party at either Shake Shack or Tasty Burger in Harvard Square and an after-party at the Hong Kong.
CFB Holiday Party
Saturday, December 6th 2014
Daedalus • 6 – 9 PM
45.5 Mount Auburn Street
Peace and bacon grease,
11 Nov 2014
Hey Party People!
For the first time at CFB, we’ve got a t-shirt design contest and we want YOUR submissions! There are posts all over the gym with specific details, but in a nutshell, the designs must:
1. Feature CFB, CFBOS, CFB05, or CrossFit Boston
2. Be creative yet appropriate for public consumption
3. Be awesome!
The winning design will net the designer a free t-shirt AND a pair of tickets to KISS 108’s Jingle Ball, featuring lots of awesome bands, including 5 Seconds of Summer, OneRepublic, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, Magic!, Meghan Trainor, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Rixton, Kiesza, and Shawn Mendes!
This is going to be one bad-ass concert, so enter the contest!
That is all this week. I’ll likely be bad next week with some musings about politics, religion, and abortion…
Peace and bacon grease,
04 Nov 2014
Hey Everyone! How about that SNOW? How about them PATS? This weekend was so much fun! On Friday, we had our first gym Halloween party in what seems like forever and it was a fun time. We had some awesome costumes, including the above picture, featuring two blind mice and a blind lumberjack stripper mouse. Some of the other unforgettable costumes included belly-dancers, peanut-butter and jelly, an Arabian prince, and so much more! There was also some pretty awesome dancing, including the inimitable Tolly Taylor busting some choice moves to Thriller (which has been posted to the CFB BS Board, your very own super-secret Facebook page where we share awesome stuff to our community that we don’t want shared anywhere else! Need to be added? Ask a coach and we’ll hook you up!) and Kathy M. leading the troops in a spirited Electric Slide!
Saturday marked the beginning of Programming by Pat™ and team “3’s Company” crushed the stadium run in 17 minutes! Sunday featured two four-person teams, one named “Condom-Free Since ’93” and the other named “The Right Side of Fertility”! It was reproductively EPIC!
After class on Sunday, a small group of us braved the elements to get some hot shabu shabu in our systems. DELISH! Next Sunday, we will be heading up to Udupi Bhavan for some vegetarian Indian food that is the only Indian restaurant that member Vijay will eat at in the area. We will be departing from the gym at 11 AM so let me know whether you’re planning on joining us by emailing me at [email protected]
Shortly after shabu, Keith, Angry Beaver, Omri, SL Bob, and I tackled the Linda WOD. It was 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of: 1.5x bodyweight deadlifts, 1.0x bodyweight bench press, and 0.75x bodyweight squat clean. It’s a good thing that so many of us lost so much weight recently!
Finally, we are pushing back the date of our move until the weekend of November 22nd — thanks to all of you who volunteered to help move next weekend. There are a few glitches that need to be worked out and once that happens, we’re good to go! In the meantime and between-time, please let me know if there are any happenings that you’d like highlighted.
Peace and bacon grease,
28 Oct 2014
Who’s ready for a little Halloween fun? This Friday, we’ll have a little Halloween Party at 7:30 PM. Food and refreshments will be BYO (although there will likely be a group ordering BBQ from SoulFire) and costumes are mandatory!
Also, Joe Mathias will be performing with the Boston Philharmonic at Symphony Hall on Sunday, November 9th at 2 PM. The guest soloist will be Natalia Gutman, who I’ve actually seen play and she’s incredible! Click here for concert details. Here is a note from Joe!
Hello all,I would like to invite you to attend a spectacular concert that I will be playing in with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. We will be playing in Symphony Hall on November 9th in the afternoon. It is one of the best youth orchestras in the world and the show will surely be a wonderful experience. I hope that you can make it, you will see me with a large clarinet in the middle of the orchestra.I have included the link to the concert here: http://www.bostonphil.org/concerts/november-0and if you would like to learn more about the orchestra here is another link: http://www.bostonphil.org/bpyo/about-bpyoThanks!Joe
Peace and bacon grease,
21 Oct 2014
I’d like to invite everyone to Afternoon Tea at 4 PM on Sunday, November 2nd, when we’ll be taking on Linda, aka “Three Bars of Death.
“Linda” aka “Three bars of Death”
Deadlift: 1 1/2 body weight
Bench press: body weight
Clean: 3/4 body weight
Set up three bars & storm through for time!
Think you’re so good at double-unders that you don’t need to go to the jumpNrope Double Under Seminar that’s being held at the box this Friday, October 17th from 5:30-7:30 PM? Well, here’s one of the WODs (or similar) that will be featured in our next Team Throwdown on Saturday, January 31st 2015:
Isn’t This Really a Triplet?!
Buy-In: Unbroken double-unders each partner 30 Rx/5 scaled
Burpee-box jumps 20″ Rx/step-ups permitted scaled
1. Only one athlete may work at a time
2. Both athletes must complete their double-unders UNBROKEN before moving on to burpee-box-jumps
3. Score will be number of burpee-box jumps performed
As promised, unbroken double-unders are REQUIRED, even in the scaled division, so definitely sign up for the double-under seminar! You’ve got more than three months to get and perfect double-unders! Missed the registration link for the throwdown? HERE IT IS!
Peace and Taiwanese bacon grease,
07 Oct 2014
In lieu of my regularly-scheduled blog programming, I would like to direct your attention our our new events section. You can find it by navigating to: http://crossfitboston.com/events/
There, you will discover a whole bunch of fun, informative, and intoxicating events that will help you make your time at CrossFit Boston more productive and stumble-y.
Want to know how best to fuel for your CrossFit WODs? Go to http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and check out Coach Alex’s nutrition seminar.
Want to learn how to double-under with the pros? Go to: http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and check out the jump rope workshop.
Want to find out the dress code is for our Halloween party that is happening on Friday, October 31st? Go to http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and check out the details for our ultra-spooky shindig!
Want to know when we’re scheduled to move? Go to http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and see our anticipated move date!
Want to know when you’ll get a chance to see the ladies and gentlemen of CFB all fancied up? Yup: http://crossfitboston.com/events/
Want to know when our next THROWDOWN will be? You’ll probably find the answer at: http://crossfitboston.com/events/
Want to know how you can hear a billion erg flywheels all spinning at once? Hmm… Maybe here? http://crossfitboston.com/events/
Want to buy an awesome cast-iron skillet at an awesome price? RIGHT HERE.
Get the point? If you’re in the market for some extracurricular actives at CFB, your first thought should be our new events page! Finally, if you have any events that you would like us to publicize, please feel free to email me (mickeyg@crossfitboston) a quick blurb about the event and an amusing photo that I can include in the event listing, and I’ll do it to the extreme.
Peace and bacon grease,
P.S. If you participated in the throwdown and would like a panda-themed temporary tattoo, hunt me down the next time you see me in the gym.
30 Sep 2014
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|
|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,
27 Sep 2014
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 A1. 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 B1. 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.
1st place = 100 points2nd place = 90 points3rd place = 84 points4th place = 78 points5th place = 72 points6th place = 66 points7th place = 60 points8th place = 54 points9th place = 4810th place = 4211th place = 3612th place =3013th place = 2414th place =1815th place = 1216th place = 6