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15 Aug 2013

WOD {August 15, 2013}

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Continuous Pull-ups (AMRAP – Rounds and Reps)
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.
Those that fall off early, continue at the volume you were last successful at until the last person finishes.
Metcon (3 Rounds for reps)
Tabata intervals – average across the 8 intervals

Air dyne
Push ups
Air squats

When training with constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity the focus is to build general physical preparedness.  The pyramid model of training has a base made of nutrition that supports metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and a peak of sport.  So if the ultimate goal of our training is to compete in a sport and do so with super health and elite fitness, how do you work sport specific training into your daily/weekly routine?

This Fall a collegiate crew team, the renegade rowing team, and myself will be building their work capacity and general fitness on a regular basis throughout the week along with sport specific training.  In the sport of rowing it definitely helps to have as much water time as possible to become efficient at moving the boat.  One downfall of spending every hour in a boat can be a decrease in strength, power, and overall fitness.  How do we get enough time in the boat and still maintain our power and fitness?

This week I’ve combined the two – 1. Rowing on the Water with 2. Metabolic Conditioning and Strength Work in the gym.  I’m testing my new programming that we’ll be using this fall.  For a two-hour practice we’ll row for 15 minutes, run a mile to the gym, do a 45 minute session at CrossFit Boston, run a mile back to the boat, and then row back to the dock for another 15-20 minutes.

Having just experienced this, I’m very excited to bring this Renegade Rowing programming to more rowers.  It allows for a sport specific warmup and cool down while mixing in an endurance aspect with the running and overall amount of work done in a two-hour practice.  The workout in the gym allows us to focus on building strength and power.  The best part is that with the right focus this work can be used for skill transfer to rowing.  While it’s not sport specific work, there are aspects that can reinforce the sport specific skills needed when we get back in the boat at the end of practice.

The absolute best part though is the Fun!  A two-hour practice of competition and fun, both on the water and in the gym.  I Can’t wait to see the results at the Head of the Charles in October.

Please share your thoughts and methods for combining sport specific training with general physical preparedness.

If you’d like to join in and train Renegade Rowing style this fall, please get in touch with me … pat@reneg[email protected]

14 Aug 2013

WOD {August 14, 2013}

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    • Weightlifting
    • Snatch Balance (work up to a heavy single in 10 minutes, Weight)
    • Metcon
    • Randy (Time)

Ah, creatine. Some people love it. Some people think it’s steroids. There was a ton of research on creatine published in the 1990s – early 2000′s, and more has trickled in since then. Here I’ll give you an overview of creatine: what it is, what it does, how you take it, and the research on its effectiveness and safety.

What Is Creatine?

Creatine is a protein made up of 3 amino acids. It is found in meat and fish, and is also produced in the liver, kidneys, and pancreas and is stored in muscle cells.

What Does Creatine Do In the Body?

Creatine has a few important functions in the cell, including:

1. Provides readily available energy to skeletal muscles.

2. Helps reduce acid build up in muscles caused by lactate and Hydrogen during exercise.

3. Activates certain pathways that generate energy.

Creatine Dose

The recommended dose of creatine – the dose used in the majority of studies – is 20 grams per day (in 4 daily doses of 5 grams) for 5 days followed by 2-3 grams per day for up to 10 weeks. This is the dosage commonly tested in athletes, so it’s not known if the same dose is effective in non-athletes.

Effect of Creatine on Athletes 

Abundant evidence has found that creatine in the recommended dose increased the amount of creatine in the muscles by 20% on average, but responses ranged from 0-40% and were influenced by the amount of creatine already present in muscles. Creatine has also been found to

  • Increase body mass. Some research has attributed this to water weight, while other research has shown the gains were mostly in dry, fat free mass. Other research found that long term supplementation increases the diameter of muscle fibers without adding water. For the most part, research consensus suggest that the gains are mostly muscle mass.
  • Enhance muscular force and power. One study found that creatine users saw an increase in bench press repetitions and power during jump squats compared to non-users and another found that creatine users increased their bench press, squat, and power clean weight volumes.
  • Help maintain goal speed/work level on the last few repetitions or seconds of output.

Insulin (a hormone that helps the body use carbohydrates) is also thought to increase uptake of creatine, meaning that you may see increased benefits by eating carbohydrates (fruits, juices, and starches) along with a creatine supplement.

While the consensus is that creatine can increase body mass and enhance strength, endurance, and speed in power and strength athletes, little research supports its use among endurance athletes. Some research showed creatine use slowed runners in a 6 km run, most likely due to increased body mass, but another study suggested it could be useful in enhancing the short kick sprint at the end of a long distance run. For the most part, though, creatine is not associated with any performance benefits for longer duration endurance sports like distance running and soccer.

It’s also important to note that, while the research showing the benefits of creatine supplement for athletic performance, research with opposite findings are also prevalent. The thinking is that there is an upper limit to the amount of creatine the muscles can store, and evidence indicates that when high levels of creatine are ingested, the body responds by decreasing its production of creatine. So, a person with low natural levels of muscle creatine taking a supplement might see performance gains whereas a person with higher levels their muscles or who get a lot of creatine from food sources would see less or no improvement.

Is Creatine Safe?

There has been some speculation that creatine supplementation can cause kidney or liver damage. Several studies analyzing blood values indicative of liver health found no evidence that creatine could damage the liver. There has also been little evidence to suggest creatine causes kidney damage. Some adverse side effects including gastrointestinal upset. muscle cramps, and dizziness but these were mostly anecdotal, and no hard evidence suggests creatine was the culprit for these ailments. One case reported rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle breakdown), but this person was taking over 10 grams of creatine (a VERY high dose) for over 6 months before that occurred.

The other safety concern with creatine is based on food safety. While creatine is approved by the FDA, it is regulated as a vitamin or supplement  and not as a food, meaning it’s hardly regulated at all. Because of this, manufacturers can add any number of ingredients and make dubious health claims without proving safety and/or effectiveness. Some creatine supplements have been found contaminated in recent years. Since it is widely available online and at a number of retailers, it’s important to exercise caution and look for supplements that have undergone third party testing.

The Bottom Line

Creatine is a useful performance aid in short duration, quick burst athletic exertions like sprinting and power lifting, and users have a low chance of experiencing serious or even uncomfortable side effects. Creatine should, however, be used with caution and in moderation as research into the effect of supplementation over a number of years is still needed.

13 Aug 2013

WOD {August 13, 2013}

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  • Weightlifting
  • Thruster (50%/5, 60%/5, 70%/3, 80%/max reps then back down, Weight)
  • Metcon
  • Metcon (Time)
    Complete for time

    75 double unders

    7 rounds of…
    15 wall ball shots, 20#/14# (10′ target)
    15 pull-ups

    75 double unders
    buy in is 75 double unders then perform the 7 rounds of wallball and pull ups then a buy out with 75 double unders

12 Aug 2013

CCP Assessment and Weekend Allstars

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This past weekend we had members competing in two different locations in the area. We had the Crossfit Iron & Grit teens competing at CrossFit New England’s Teen Competition in Natick as well as others competing at CrossFit Avalon. I was only able to see the awesome work at the Avalon Throwdown, but from what I understand and what I saw, ALL competitors represented our gym well. Hannah Pelofsky received the “Sprit of the Games Award” at the teen competition! Congratulations Hannah! Another B.I.G. shout-out to Cori Bernardi and Katie “Labonte” Telepciak for their outstanding performance at Avalon. Unfortunately we don’t know how well they placed because of a last minute change in scoring, but I believe they scored 2nd and 3rdrespectively! Great job ladies!

 

There’s one more thing I’d like to talk about today. I have enrolled in a Coaches Certification Program with the first section focusing on Assessment of athletes. This will allow me to better understand how to work with athletes in order to get them to move better, faster. There are really two parts to the assessment. One is a caliper body fat assessment (but doesn’t give a %), and the other is a movement assessment. I will need to do this assessment on 20+ members. I am offering up an offer to do this assessment for free to the first 20 members who approach me with interest. All additional members that wish to go through the assessment will be charged $50 for the evaluation and any follow up evaluations. If you are interested or have any questions, feel free to ask me or send me your questions at [email protected]

12 Aug 2013

WOD {August 12, 2013}

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  • Assistance Strength

    1a. Handstand Push ups – 6×3 as deep as possible
    1b. Rope climb – 6×2 ascents/descents

  • Metcon
  • Metcon (Time)
    Complete reps of 21-15-9-15-21 of…

    Hang squat clean, 95#/65#
    Knee to elbows

11 Aug 2013

WOD {August 11, 2013}

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  • Metcon
  • 500m Row (Time)
    Max Effort 500m Row
  • Rest
    2 minutes
  • Metcon (Time)
    Row 1k @ 500m pace plus 10 seconds
  • Rest
    3 minutes
  • Metcon (Time)
    Row 2k @ 500m pace plus 20 seconds
10 Aug 2013

WOD {August 10, 2013}

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  • Metcon
  • Metcon (Weight)
    Complete every minute on the minute for 15 minutes…
    2 snatch @ 75%
  • Metcon
  • Isabel (Time)
    For Time: 30 Snatches, 135# / 95#
09 Aug 2013

Fire it up! – August 9

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All right!  It’s another Friday and its time to look back on the week.  The programming brought three heavy days of lifting and you all didn’t disappoint.  We performed maximum reps at 85% for the back squat, bench press, and deadlift and many of you established new estimated one rep maxes increasing your work capacity.  At these higher percentages it should be expected that you will be only able to achieve a few reps.  A good score will be in the 4-8 rep range.  Of course there will always be exceptions to this but if you are able to complete more than 10-12 reps, then your numbers are slightly off and need to be recalculated.

CrossFit Avalon Throwdown & CrossFit New England Teen Competition

This Saturday we have athletes competing at both CF Avalon and CF New England.  If you are in town, head out and show your support for fellow members.  It is always great to hear your name from the crowd while you are pushing through a tough workout.

The competition at Avalon (Charlestown, MA) begins at 11:30 and will end by 3:30pm.  The teens at CrossFit New England (Natick, MA) will begin at 9am and end around 3pm.  If you have never been to a throwdown, I highly recommend it as the energy is awesome!

What’s On Tap

Next week we are going to focus quite a bit on pushing our own body weight around.  Specifically, we are going to train handstand push ups and dips.  Be sure to mobilize the shoulder to keep it nice and healthy as we move on.  Here’s what’s in store:

Saturday August 10
Every minute on the minute for 10 minutes
2 Snatch @ 75%

“Isabel”
Complete 30 reps for time…
Snatch 135#/95#

Sunday August 11
Complete for time…
Max effort row 500m
rest 2 minutes
Row 1000m @ 500m pace +10 seconds
rest 4 minutes
Row 2k @ 500m pace +20 seconds

15 minutes of mobility work – target any “hot” areas

Monday August 12
1a. Handstand push-ups 6×3 (as deep as possible)
1b. Rope climbs 6×2 ascents/descents

2. Complete reps of 21-15-9-15-21 for time…
95#/65# Hang squat clean
Knee to elbows

Tuesday August 13
Thruster – 50%/5, 60%/5, 70%/3, 80%/max reps and then back down

Complete for time…
75 Double unders

7 rounds
15 Wallball shots, 20#/14#
15 Pull-ups

75 Double unders

Wednesday August 14
1. Snatch balance – work up to a heavy single in 10 minutes

2. “Randy”
Complete 75 reps for time…
Snatch 75#/55#

3a. Handstand push-ups-6×3 (deep as possible)
3b. Bent over row-6×6 (heavy as possible)

Thursday August 15
“Pull-up Madness” – with a continuous clock perform 1 pull-up on the first minute, two pull-ups on the second minute, three pull-ups on the third minute…continue as long as you can complete the corresponding number of pull-ups as the time

Tabata Intervals
Airdyne
Push-ups
Air squats

Friday August 16
Complete every minute on the minute for 20 minutes…
5 Burpees
1 Squat clean, 185#/125#

rest 10 minutes

Run 500m – max effort

Saturday August 17
1a. Dips 6×3 (as heavy as possible)
1b. L-sit holds 6 x max effort

2. Complete reps of 9-15-21 for time…
Push press 115#/75#
Swings 32kg/24kg
Air squats

Get after it! See you all in the gym and FIRE IT UP!


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