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Fire It Up! Fire It Up! This week felt as though I was in the gym for the first time in quite awhile. With Abigail first getting pneumonia and then the 3 consecutive weeks of storms and no school, Jess and I had to really juggle our schedules. For those of you that have missed me, I am happy to let you know that I am back and will be on the coaching schedule more frequently. 

Beginning today here are the classes that I will be instructing:

Tuesdays – 5:30pm
Wednesdays – 6am & 7am
Thursdays – 5:30pm
Fridays – 6am & 7am

 An Open Letter to the Gym

Dear “Regular” CFB Member,

We are sorry.  

We are sorry that for the next 5 weeks when a large number of people at the gym are going to be obsessing over this thing called the “CrossFit Open”.

For the uninitiated, ‘The Open’ is an annual event where people sign up to see how they rank against thousands of their peers.  To level the playing field as much as possible nobody knows what the workouts are ahead of time and  everyone’s reps are judged and counted using very specific standards.  

The workouts are announced on Thursday nights, and scores must be submitted online by Monday afternoon.  As a gym, we will be posting the workout as the gym’s 6:30PM WOD on Fridays.  But this minor change isn’t the main reason why we are apologizing.

For most who do the Open, it is a chance to set a baseline performance or to compare your progress from year to year.  It is also a great way dip your toe in the water from a competition standpoint. 

Doing the Open at your ‘home’ gym surrounded by supportive friends and coaches is a fun and instructive way to expose yourself to this side of CrossFit. Some people run 5ks or do bike races, for many people at our gym, this will be their ‘challenge of the year’.  

For some people at the gym, this is one of the most hectic times of the year… and that is who We are apologizing for.  For those who take competing very seriously, there is very little in life that duplicates the stress of the 5 week Open.  Nervously awaiting the announcement. Reading countless articles on how to attack the workout.  Doing the workout.  Checking the leaderboard 3-4 times a day (or hour!) to see how your score is moving around as other people enter theirs.  Repeating it when you are disappointed with your performance or if the team needs it. Etc.

Naturally this level of stress tends to make people a bit “crazy”.  Crazier than usual anyway.  You will notice people walking around with papers, some asking “Will you judge me?” or “Will you video me?” 

You will see groups of people doing the same workout all over the gym.  Sometimes they will be in an inconvenient place, asking for equipment, setting up cameras, or making too much noise during a class.  People will be hovering around the computers so they can ‘log their scores’ and ‘check the leaderboard’.

While it is inconvenient to those of you who aren’t doing the Open, keep in mind that for many people who have decided to participate in it this year, it is an extremely taxing and stressful time.  Let’s celebrate their decision to ‘step into the arena’… “whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…”.  Let’s support them by cheering them on, giving them space, letting them act out their quirky preparation routines, and understanding when they drop a few choice words if they fail to hit their mark after a second time through a particularly terrible workout.  These are your friends and classmates.  They are your tribe.  Let’s support them like you would your favorite sports team!

In return, we ask athletes doing the Open to promise to stay out of the way as much as possible and stick to the aforementioned schedule.  To understand that not everyone is doing the Open – and that is okay!  To understand that many people have no desire to do the Open again, or at all, and our gym is ultimately about leading better lives (not just about doing great in the Open).

So everyone (competitors and non competitors alike) need to get physically, mentally and emotionally ready for the Open.  It is going to be crazy in here for the next month or so, but for all of the weird stuff going on there is also a lot of great stuff too.  

The Open isn’t just a time for people to test and challenge themselves. It is a time to rally around our friends, training partners, and coaches.  A time to build a stronger community, and share in more than the sweat and effort we do every day. To share our collective ‘experience’.  To feel the highs, and lows, that come from doing something epic.

Get ready, because it is going to be a bumpy (and fun) ride!

March 1st Week of Programming

SUNDAY 3/1/15
In teams of two, complete four rounds, each for time of:
1000 meter row
Every minute on the minute, both partners must perform 5 burpees. Partition work as needed between efforts.

MONDAY 3/2/15
Five rounds for time of:
115/75 pound Snatch, 3 reps
115/75 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps
Row 500 meters

TUESDAY 3/3/15
AMRAP 5
20 Double-unders
10 Sit-Ups

Rest 5 min

AMRAP 5
5 Wall Climbs
5 Burpees

WEDNESDAY 3/4/15
1. Accumulate
a. 50-100 perfect push-ups
b. 25-50 shoulder pass-throughs and/or kip swings
c. 5-10 wall climbs

2. Pull-Up Madness. With a continuously running clock do one pull-up the first minute, two pull-ups the second minute, three pull-ups the third minute… continuing as long as you are able.

Use as many sets each minute as needed.

THURSDAY 3/5/15
1. 1RM Clean
2. 3×3-5 at 60-75% of your max effort with flawless technique

FRIDAY 3/6/15

1. Push Press-Work up to a heavy triple
2. Half-12.3

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
15 Box jumps, 24/20″ box
115/75 pound Push press, 12 reps
9 Toes-to-bar

SATURDAY 3/7/15
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
75/55 pound Power snatch, 12 reps
10 Push-ups

20 Feb 2015

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Fire It Up! We just got back from Florida with the family. It was great to take some time away and recharge the batteries. I can say that I didn’t miss the snow. Not one bit.

We did come home to a bit of water damage from all of the snow and ice on the roof. It would have been even worse had we not had it cleared before leaving. Today is going to be spent getting the newly accumulated ice dams off the roof to prevent further damage.

I hope that you all had a great week of training despite the arctic cold. I will see y’all in the gym this week.

~Neal

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Abby tried to bring the warmer weather back to Boston with her.

 

12 Feb 2015

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It’s Friday baby! It’s time to Fire It Up! With the unprecedented snowfall that has hit Boston, I have made shoveling my second job. It’s CRAZY! The forecast are calling for another 12-18″ on Saturday night into Sunday.

Be sure to catch the blog to look for updates on any changes to the class schedule. Coach Mickey will get the word out to everyone. It will be on the BLOG AND CFB FB page.

The Whole Life Challenge has been great for Jess and I. She has been consistent in her training and really reclaimed her physical self. The WLC coupled with Renegade Rowing and she has found an excellent combination. I have benefitted also, 12 pounds lighter and two belt notches smaller. I can say that I am pleased. There has been a great deal more cooking at home with greater variety as well. 

I am away this week for February Vacation, so you won’t see me in the gym but I am going to be looking at the Instagram account to catch up with some ass kicking! Get Some!

09 Feb 2015

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Due to the almost 24″ of snow we will not be opening today for evening classes. Stay safe and warm.

With another 16″-24″ of snow being dumped on Boston and the heaviest occurring overnight into tomorrow morning we are canceling the AM classes and Noon class. We will reassess in the morning and update if we will resume classes in the afternoon.

06 Feb 2015

020614 – Fire It Up Friday!

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If you didn’t make it into the gym yesterday, you have missed some of the cool changes! For starters, the pull-up rig has finally been moved to the wall. It is partially mounted and will be completed this  morning. 

Watch the video here to see some of the changes.

Tomorrow after the 7am class finishes we will close down until 4pm. This will allow the electrician to hang the fans as well as the rings and ropes. There will not be a 12pm class today. 

Help Out a Kid!

One of our very own, Ms. Natalie Kallwass, is trying to help her students help others. Her students are working with the St. Bernard Project and heading to New Orleans to help build homes for those in need.

Here are their words:

We are a group of ten students from the Mary Lyon Pilot High School – a Boston Public School. We are taking a trip to New Orleans from May 16th – 23rd. Our mission is to rebuild homes for the people who lost their homes in the tragic hurricane Katrina. Even though it’s been 9 years, many people are still homeless to this day. We will work with the St. Bernard Project to rebuild new houses with our own hands. 

We want to go to New Orleans because…

” I want to give them back what  they loved and was close to their hearts.” – Sube

” I want to help them because I don’t want them to feel alone and I want them to feel that there are so many people that care about them.” – Fatima

“This country gave me a home, and the best way to show that I am thankful is to help give others a home.”
-Gustavo

“I want to give people back a home where they can create memories with their families.” – Jose

“I want to see a big smile on their faces!” – Ashley

  As a group we are working hard to reach our fundraising goal. In order to make it, we need your help and support to change lives.

HELP HERE.

Next Week’s Programming

Monday 9TH

Warm-up: 
EMOM 15 min
1 min: Strict Pull ups or Ring Rows
2 min: Handstand Hold
3 min: 50m Bear crawl

A1. 4x 8/12
DB seated strict press (HEAVY)

1 min rest

A2. 4x 8/12
Shoulder Flys 
(Horizontal/Vertical Flys– Side/front to OH- reverse same way to starting position)

2 min rest

Three Rounds 
Min MAX efforts:
1min Burpees
30 sec rest
1 min Sit ups
30 sec rest
1 min KB swings

1 min rest in-between rounds

Tuesday 10th
Skills: (15 min)
Muscle Ups / progressions

1: Strict Pull ups use assistance if needed. Ring Dips, assistance if needed. MAX effort for both. 

2: Seated MU w/ rings being the height of hips, with band. OR, muscle up progression rings w/belt

3: High Rings, use a band like you would with the bar “Catcher” Foot in bar, practice false grip. 

WODs

7 rds for time:
10 Burpees
10 NARROW squats
20m Bear Crawl

3-5min rest

7rds for time:
10 Burpees
10 NARROW squats 
20m Crab Walk

3-5 min rest

7 rds for time:
10 Burpees
10 Narrow Squats
20m Gorilla Walk

Wednesday 11th 

Warm-up:AMRAP 10 MIN w/ bar ½ way ADD 20/30lbs to bar

5 Dead lifts
5 Muscle Cleans
5 Strict Press

WOD: 

1 RM Split Jerk from rack (20 min)

*Mobility in between reps*

EMOM: 20 min
1 min: MAX wall balls
2min: 100m sprint or 200m row

Thursday 12th

Warm –up: (5-10 min) Row or Bike or BOTH 

Skill: Snatch/Technique/Drills (15 min)

Moderate weight.

2 – Shrug pull from Floor
2 – Hang High Pulls
1 – Hang Power Snatch
1 – OHS

5 min Mobility / Rest

AMRAP 16 min 
OHS: RX 135/95, Scaled 95/65, 65/45
10 – OHS
8 – Ring Dips
6 –GHD sit ups or K2E
5 min Mobility / Rest

Friday 13th

Warm – up 2x 400m run/jog

Mobility, Dynamic, ROLL OUT, quads, hamstrings, calves, and FEET

Test: (15/20 min)

1 mile Run

5 min rest after LAST person is done.

HERO WOD: 

“Ricky”
AMRAP 20 min
10 Pull ups
5 DB Deadlifts
8 Push Press 95/75 (from ground)

02 Feb 2015

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Warm up: EMOM 10 min

1 min- Row – @ 60% effort for a steady minute.
2 min- 8 squats, 2 Wall Climbs

1. Back Squat
1 RM – RX (6+months of training)/ 3 RM – Scaled(less than 6 months of training) 

2. Strict Press
1 RM – RX/ 3 RM – Scaled 

3. AMRAP 10 min
12 Med Ball Cleans
6 HSPU
20 DUs

No Classes today due to Winter Storm Linus.

01 Feb 2015

Snow Day Part II

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I have been tracking the weather all night to see how this is going to play out. It appears that there will be 3-5 inches falling tonight beginning around 1am and then an additional 5-6 inches tomorrow morning during the commuting hours through mid day. Some of tomorrow is supposed to be a wintry  mix as well making roads unsafe.

Because of this, we will be closed tomorrow and reopening for Tuesday AM classes.

Be safe and warm!

~Neal

30 Jan 2015

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For Time:
1k Row
15 Hang P. Clean (115/75)
15 CTB Pullups
15 WB (20/14#)
750m Row
15 Hang P. Clean (115/75)
15 CTB Pullups
15 WB (20/14#)
500 Row
15 Hang P. Clean (115/75)
15 CTB Pullups
15 WB (20/14#)
250m Row
15 Hang P. Clean (115/75)
15 CTB Pullups
15 WB (20/14#)


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