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I get it. You have friends at the gym and you want to throw down with them against other teams, who are also probably friends. The last throwdown was a stunning success, matched only by the successes of those who have participated in Coach Mike’s strength program. We’re having our next throwdown on Saturday, January 31st from 10-1. We will have two-person male-female teams and will have both scaled and Rx divisions. We may have prizes, we may not, but THERE WILL BE BRAGGING RIGHTS! Last time, I did my best to break up marriages and have people partner with some new faces. There was much belly-aching and crying and in the end, Carolyn B. ended up winning all the marbles because she was flexible enough to take on the various randos who ended up being her partner for any given WOD. But yes, this time around you get to choose your own damned partner. Make it so and SIGN UP HERE. The goal is to get twenty teams this time around, so get cracking!

 

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

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What a weekend! First of all, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to Tasty Burger, Daedalus, and the Hong Kong on a fairly gross Saturday night. It was really great to see all of you in your street clothes and even greater having a little extracurricular fun with you. An even BIGGER thanks goes out to to Neal, without whom the night would have been impossible. It’s truly been an honor to work with such a great team and membership at CFB. Rather than talk at length about our upcoming move (there’s some blah blah blah paperwork that has been completed and some other blah blah blah paperwork that is hasn’t been completed), and talk about our next Team Throwdown (save the date: Saturday, January 31st!), I’d like to share with you a little piece I would like to call:

CFB Holiday Party by the numbers:

Number of burgers consumed at Tasty Burger pre-party: 6

Number of attendees: 50-ish at Daedalus

Number of backless dresses: 2

Number of first-time stiletto wearers: 1+?

Number of bottles of bubbly consumed: 16

Number of Old Fashions fashioned: 30+

Number of cherries in Coach Mike’s drinks: 9

Number of dessert plates devoured: 16

Number of toasts given: 0

Number of times Jobert filled my bubbly glass: probably 9

Number of people who made the trek to the Hong Kong: 20-ish

Number of pupu platters demolished: 2 (plus 1/2, if you include the leftovers that Natalie scored from some new friends)

Number of scorpion bowls sucked down: 6, though I’m a little fuzzy on this one…

Number of minutes we waited until the third floor opened: about 40

Number of coats we fit on one hook on the coat rack on the second floor: 12

Number of randos that wanted to join our crew: at least one

Number of times we dropped it to the floor: 21

Number of times we turned down for what: 15

Number of times we put our hands up for Detroit: 9

Number of panda dogs in attendance: 1

Number of members I went home with: 1

Number of members who showed up on Sunday morning: 15

Number of members who showed up to Afternoon Tea on Sunday afternoon: 5

Number of ciders consumed post-Afternoon Tea: 2

Number of beautiful CFB ladies in the house: too many to count

Number of people who I should credit for photos used in this post: At least two (Judith and Shannon), but I think one more — sorry for forgetting!

 

 

That is all. Thugs and kisses. Peace and bacon grease!

Mickey

Hey guys! Our annual holiday party is happening this Saturday at 6 PM at Daedalus (45.5 Mount Auburn Street, just outside of Harvard Square). It looks like we’re going to have about fifty people so it’s bound to be a great time. I’ve been getting lots of questions/hearing lots of chatter about what people will be wearing and guidance is “smart casual” and dressier. NB: I *did* hear a rumor that Coach Jen may be going backless that night…

There will be a pre-party at Tasty Burger (40 JFK Street, Harvard Square) at 5 PM. The plan is to pop in, grab a quick bite and then head on over to Daedalus by 6 PM. After enjoying some bubbles and sweets at Daedalus, the plan is to head to the Hong Kong, where the floors will be sticky and dancing will be dirty. Need I say more? Oh, please do declare your intentions HERE. In addition to the folks on the FB event, we’re expecting:

Pencilneck +1

Santa Claus

FB-official couples

Thor+1

Audrey +1

FB-unofficial couples

Natalie

Chau’s +1

Meatball +1

Linh

Paul Walker

 

Finally, we’re doing afternoon tea again on Sunday, December 7th at 4 PM. Last time we did Linda and this time, who knows? Maybe if we play our cards right, we’ll get some female representation… #TheBestThingsInLifeAreTea

 

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

25 Nov 2014

Turkey TWOD this Friday at 10 AM!

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Hmm, “Turkey TWOD” may be redundant, but in this season of excess, I’m sticking with it! Here is the TWOD for Friday:

 

1. “Hulk Salad” (modified)

8 minutes to establish max weight without removing hands from the bar:

2 Cleans (first from ground, second from hang; can be squat cleans, but they don’t count toward front squats)

2 Front Squats

2 Shoulder to Overhead

 

Rest 8 minutes, score is pounds successfully complexed.

 

2. “Super 88″ 

8 Rounds for Time (14 minute cap)

8 calorie row

8 Burpee box-jumps

 

Rest 8 minutes, score is reps completed plus 5 reps for every FULL minute under the cap.

 

3. “TB12″

AMRAP 12

1 HSPU or accumulate 15s in handstand hold

5 pull-ups

8 ball slams

3 push-ups

 

Score is total reps.

 

PHEW!

 

Peace and bacon grease!

Mickey

 

P.S. I can’t remember who I had this discussion with, but in 2013, Maroon 5 “became the third most-played artist on Top 40 Mainstream radio,” based on Clear Channel owned Mediabase, becoming one of the most successful acts of Interscope Records.[114]

18 Nov 2014

CFB Holiday Party

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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

Cambridge, MA

RSVP HERE or by emailing me at [email protected]

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

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11 Nov 2014

Baby Otters are Adorbs

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11 Nov 2014

CFB T-Shirt Design Contest!

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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,

Mickey

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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!

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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!

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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]

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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!

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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,

Mickey

 

P.S. VOTE!

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28 Oct 2014

Halloween @ CFB and Big Clarinets

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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!

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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-0  
 
and if you would like to learn more about the orchestra here is another link: http://www.bostonphil.org/bpyo/about-bpyo
 
Thanks!
Joe

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

anyone-bueller

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”

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of the triplet:
Deadlift: 1 1/2 body weight
Bench press: body weight
Clean: 3/4 body weight

Set up three bars & storm through for time!

 
Who’s in?
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

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