Howdy CrossFit Boston!

 

Breakfast Cups with Sausage and Broccoli Slaw

Breakfast Cups with Sausage and Broccoli Slaw

How’s the transformation challenge going?  Have you been able to keep all of your nutrition points?  One thing that has helped me keep all of my points throughout the week has been prepping enough food and snacks for the whole week on Sunday afternoon.  Below are a few meal options I put together for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner this week.  I also make sure to have bananas, apples, cashews, figs, grapes, and plantain chips ready for when I need a little snack or pick me up in between meals and post training.  If you’d like step by step directions and pictures for these recipes I’ve passed them on to Alex Black of Wicked Good Nutrition to include in her recipe and nutrition plan package.  There’s lots of awesome stuff in there, so if you need some new ideas to keep things fresh be sure to check it out.  Just shoot her an email or drop in to her sessions on Saturdays at 12pm.

 

Three varieties of Chicken Salad loaded with veggies and pistachios.

Three varieties of Chicken Salad loaded with veggies and pistachios.

Looking forward to seeing how everyone has transformed in a few more weeks.

 

Keep up the great work!

 

-Coach Pat

Shredded Taco Chicken for Lettuce Wrap Tacos!

Shredded Taco Chicken for Lettuce Wrap Tacos!

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Hey Morning Crew!

Awesome work crushing those 8 minutes of glory this morning.  It’s cold.  It’s snowing.  Stay inside, stay warm, sleep in!

The 6am and 7am classes are canceled tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Tomorrow morning wakeup, do a calf stretch, do 30 air squats, and mobilize whatever you need to.

As of now we’re planning on having a noon class, but keep an eye on the blog and Facebook page for any updates.

-Coach Pat

CFB FlagIt’s Winter in Boston and a mess outside.  Without many opportunities to run, you’ve probably noticed that the amount of Rowing in your daily life has increased.  Lately you’ve seen rowing in your warmups, workouts, and especially in the Transformation Challenge WOD.  I wanted to take a moment to draw your attention to the Concept2 Ergometer and how you can make your time on the erg more enjoyable and more consistent.

 

1. Checkout the C2 description of the damper setting.

 

2. Checkout the C2 description of the drag factor.

 

3. Every time you row, check the drag factor.

 

4. If you have a solid rowing workout that you feel good about in terms of form, efficiency, power, and consistency, remember the drag factor you used and set the erg to that drag factor from now on.

 

5. Notice that when you set the drag factor on another erg the damper setting may be different.

 

6. Keep tabs on your drag factor and how you feel as you train during the next 5 weeks.  Find a drag factor that will get you the most bang for your buck come the end of the Transformation Challenge.

 

Have Fun and Keep Working Hard!

 

Renegade Rowing League is January 25th!  Who's In?

Renegade Rowing League is January 25th! Who’s In?

If you’re looking for a chance to compete over the next six weeks and gain those valuable 5 points for the transformation challenge, then look no further!  

 

The Renegade Rowing League will be held at CrossFit Boston on Saturday, January 25th starting at 11am!

 

Checkout the video above and see if you can pick out members of CrossFit Boston competing last December.  The RRL is a 2k race where everyone has their own virtual boat projected on the wall.  All you have to do to compete is register online by Wednesday, January 22nd.  Click here and register today!

Due to unforeseen circumstances the gym will be closed for the Noon class and will re-open for the afternoon classes.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  Have an awesome afternoon!

Renegade Rowing Decal for Competitors at the Renegade Rowing League this Saturday at 11am!

Renegade Rowing Decal for Competitors at the Renegade Rowing League this Saturday at 11am!

Performing an appropriate warmup for the workout that is set out each day can make or break a performance.  Below is the warmup we use fairly consistently in classes at CrossFit Boston and at the Renegade Rowing Club.  It’s a good 10min warmup to focus on control, connection, and recovering to strength.  Checkout how slow the Renegade Rowing Club approaches the catch in the beginning.  Executing this drill with control will allow you to really focus on putting technique changes into effect and hitting that catch with good timing and connection.

 

Please share what you do for a warmup when rowing is involved in the workout.  What is your focus?

 

Renegade Rowing Club Warmup:

1min – 1/2 Legs Only

1min – Full Legs Only

1min – Legs and Body Only

1min – Full Stroke

1min – Pause @1/2 Slide Every Stroke

5min – 10 Strokes On/ 10 Strokes Off, 15 On/15 Off, 20 On/20 Off

Video Review

Renegade Rowing Club warming up on Monday night!  Want a chance to compete against them? Renegade Rowing League Dec. 21st!  Register Here!

Renegade Rowing Club warming up on Monday night! Want a chance to compete against them? Renegade Rowing League Dec. 21st! Register Here!

 

From time to time it can be beneficial to look at yourself on camera.  No we don’t care about the aesthetics or the fashion.  We’re looking to gain feedback and a mental picture.  We’re looking for just one or two cues that might give us a smoother, more powerful stroke.  What’s going right?  What’s going wrong?  What can we do better?

 

You should be asking yourself, “What do I look like now?  How do I move now? What could use some extra focus and improvement next time?”  Don’t dwell on to many things at a time, just find one or two things that might make your life on the erg or in the boat a little better.  Go work on them.  Then reassess in a couple of weeks.

 

The Renegade Rowing Club has agreed to help everyone by taking a look at their strokes. If you’d like feedback similar to this, post a 20 second clip of you rowing to YouTube and share it with us in the comments of this post.  I’ll do my best to give you a couple of things to work on!

 

For each of the following videos I’ll be ranking each rower on their posture, control, and connection.  I’ll use a five point scale where 1 = poor and 5 = perfect.  When dealing with posture we’re looking for the torso to be stacked and strong at all times.  When talking about control we are looking at the smoothness of the recovery and how the seat moves toward the catch.  Does it rush forward for the next stroke?  Is there control in the last few inches of the slide to change direction without pushing the boat backwards?  Last and most important, connection, are the seat and handle connected and moving together into and out of the catch as if connected by a belt.

 

Take a look and share what you might focus on next time you row!

 

Posture: 3, Control: 3, Connection: 2 – video

 

Feedback: Nice job getting the body over.  Don’t let the seat stop at the catch.  Be ready to push with the legs the second you hit the catch and keep the seat and hands connected.

 

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Posture: 3, Control: 3, Connection: 4 – video

 

Feedback: Nice horizontal hands.  Don’t let the handle pause at the finish.  Focus on quicker hands away as if there were opposing magnets on the handle and your chest trying to push those hands away out of the finish.

 

 

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Posture: 4, Control: 3, Connection: 3 – video

 

Feedback: Great posture and nice job getting the body over.  Try not to be so rigid and don’t break the elbows as you initiate the drive.  Relax a little on the recovery and make everything smooth.

 

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Posture: 3, Control: 2, Connection: 3 – video

 

Feedback: Nice job getting the arms extended and ready for the catch.  Try to not be so robotic and rigid at the finish.  Focus on quick and smooth hands away.  The handle should always be moving.

 

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Posture: 4, Control: 3, Connection: 2 – video

 

Feedback: Good posture and nice horizontal hands.  Don’t let the shoulders and torso reach for more at the catch.  Focus on staying connected as you approach the catch.  See if you can get the body over and find that reach earlier in the recovery, before you get to half slide.

 

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Posture: 3, Control: 4, Connection: 2 – video

 

Feedback: Great work getting your body over on the recovery and getting prepared by half slide.  Don’t let your posture go as you approach the catch.  Focus on bringing the handle with you as you push the knees down.  The first inch or two of the drive you are shooting the slide, so keep a big chest and solid abs/back as you push.

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Posture: 3, Control: 3, Connection: 2 – video

 

Nice power and push on the drive.  Try to keep your hands on one level plain and don’t let them drop coming into the catch.  Focus on pointing the toes as you finish and then getting the proper sequence of arms away first, bodies over, and then knees come up during the recovery.  Everything blends, but that’s the order of firing in terms of sequence.

RR Snatch Setup

Olympic Lifting and Rowing?

What do you think about using Olympic Lifting in training to be a Rower or using Rowing to be a better Olympic Lifter?  Both require speed and power and incorporate similar movement patterns.  However, in rowing you sit down and are in contact with three surfaces.  In Olympic Lifting you are only in contact with two.  In Olympic lifting the goal is to transfer forces vertically and in rowing the goal is to transfer forces horizontally.  Where do you see the most benefit in training with both?  Are there downfalls?

 

One skill, concept, and idea that I keep coming back to is Connection.  Coaching people in the gym and on the water allows me to see many different movement patterns and levels of ability.  

Athletes that grasp this idea of connection from one joint to another and one external object to another are able to learn faster, create more power, and transfer skills to other movements.  Learning to connect the hips to the hands as you initiate a movement or connect your feet to your hands at the catch, both in rowing and snatching, is invaluable.  Once this skill is perfected the possibilities are endless.

 

Yesterday morning I introduced the snatch to the BC Men’s Crew Team.  While we only worked with PVC pipes to begin with and 45# bars in the workout, the importance of generating speed through the middle of the drive and being turned on at the catch became apparent.  Those that had explosive hip extension from rowing and knew how to create speed on the oar through the middle of the drive in the boat had a lot more success transferring that skill to the barbell.

 

Using the Clean and the Snatch to generate speed on the drive through good connection is a lot of fun.  Rowers become athletes and are empowered to push harder by learning new movements and finding power they never knew they had.  It’s also a lot of fun seeing olympic lifters and other athletes learn to row because it helps them to find more connection and speed in their lifts.

 

Post your thoughts to comments!  Any experience transferring skills from one sport to another?

“The Gobble Gauntlet”

800m Run

50 Sit Ups

800m Run

40 Air Squats

800m Run

30 Burpees

800m Run

20 Push Ups

800m Run

10 Split Squat Jumps

 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year.  It’s a day of hanging out with family and friends while enjoying good food and football.  Many people do Turkey Trots or get up and walk the beach together before digging into a bountiful feast.  Hopefully you’ve got something planned.  If you don’t … try the Gobble Gauntlet with your friends.  Get outside and be active before relaxing for the rest of the day.  

 

During the holidays you may be traveling or away from a gym, so be sure to stay active and get creative with your workouts.  Today is supposed to be a rest day, but this can count as active rest especially if you’re doing it for fun with friends and family.  Keep a consistent pace and keep pushing.  This is a good one to work on your endurance.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Checkout the post below from Alex Black of Wicked Good Nutrition for some good info and ideas on what to eat before a workout.

 

Get some ratio at the Renegade Rowing Club starting December 2nd!If you’re interested in joining the Renegade Rowing Club to train for the Renegade Rowing League and CRASH-B’s please register here.  The club starts training Monday, December 2nd at 6:30pm at CrossFit Boston.

What Should I Eat Before a Workout??

 

Deciding what to eat day-to-day can be challenging. Choosing the best thing to eat – a meal that will give you energy to perform without making you feel too full, sick, or hungry – can be even more challenging. Every workout is different, so how you fuel for each one will be different too. You probably wouldn’t eat the same breakfast before a 2K test as you would before a 10 mile run. Read on for some basic pre-workout meal guidelines and some ideas for before a workout.

 

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Then share your favorite pre-workout meal in the comments!