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19 Sep / 2014

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY! 091914

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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

Congrats to Mike Lee, Megan Larcom, Lauren Casady, Kathryn Levasseur, and Alex Black on shuffling the 500m row leader board on Wednesday. It was truly a great effort as we had quite a few sub 1:30′s for the men and sub 1:50′s for the ladies. After getting some needed rest, y’all attacked a new benchmark named “Plaza of Death”. It is a great bodyweight WOD and feedback I received from many of you is that you enjoyed it. Top 5 scores for the day were: 1.) Vijay 16:39/Sophie 20:18; 2.) Mike L 16:51/Jodie O 20:42; 3.) Brian 17:22/Alex B 22:20; 4.) Ricky 18:22/Linh 22:33; 5.) Filipe 18:23/Lauren 23:30 CONGRATS!

500m row results and "Plaza of Death"

500m row results and “Plaza of Death”

MID-MORNING WOD?

I am researching if there is any interest in scheduling a mid-morning WOD. We have some members whose jobs operate on shifts and our current times are not the most advantageous. What interest is there in producing a 9:30AM or 10AM class on a trial basis a couple days a week?

Shoot me an email.

WHAT’S ON TAP – PROGRAMMING

Saturday 092014

1. Work up to a 5 rep touch and go max for the clean

2. Run 2 x 800m with 5 minutes of rest between efforts

Sunday 092114

Complete Unbroken for time

10 Double Unders
10 Front Squat, 115/75
20 Double Unders
20 Front Squat, 115/75
30 Double Unders
30 Front Squat, 115/75
20 Double Unders
20 Front Squat, 115/75
10 Double Unders
10 Front Squat, 115/75

Each partner must complete the entire piece of work while alternating and with only one person working at a time. For the FS to be unbroken, the bar must remain in the front rack position. Rest at the top of the FS is permitted.

Monday 092214

1. Back Squat – 3 sets x 10 reps @ 20×0
work up to as heavy as you can while performing unbroken

2. Complete for time
21 Ring Dips
21 T2B
15 Ring Dips
15 T2B
9 Ring Dips
9 T2B

Tuesday 092314

1. Power Clean
5 reps @ 60%, rest 2:00
5 reps @ 70%, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 80%

2. AMRAP 15
5 KB Snatches 24kg/16kg , left arm
5 KB Snatches 24kg/16kg, right arm
5 KB Thruster 24kg/16kg, left arm
5 KB Thruster 24/16kg, right arm
10 Pull-ups

PR Wednesday 092414

1a. Front Rack Forward Lunges – 3 x 10 (each leg), rest 1:00
1b. Skin the cat – 3 x 5-10 reps, rest 1:00

2. Test – 300 Double Unders

Thursday 092514

Complete 5 cycles of the following complex AFAP
5 DB Deadlift
5 DB Power Clean
5 DB Front Squats
5 DB Push Press
rest 2:00 (add 15 sec rest each round)

Increase the weight used in the complex for each cycle.

ABS
3 cycles of the following complex
front plank x 20 sec
right side plank x 20 sec
left side plank x 20
rest 1:00 between complexes

Friday 092614

1. Shoulder Press
5 reps @ 60%, rest 1:00
Ring rows (feet elevated), max reps, rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%, rest 1:00
Ring rows (feet elevated), max reps, rest 1:00
5+ reps @ 80%, rest 1:00
Ring rows (feet elevated), max reps

2. For time
Row 500m
Run 400m

Saturday 092714 -IN HOUSE THROWDOWN

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time
4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

 

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:

60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)

1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement

 

WOD #3: Partner Cindy
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:

5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

1. Only one partner may work at the same time
2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy

Hey CFB!

Hope you’re having an awesome week of training!  Here’s my second video blog on the Level II Pistol Programming.  If you have any questions please post to comments or catch me in the gym. 

Be sure to scale appropriately for your ability and master whatever level of the program you are on.  If you don’t know you’re ability or what it means to master each movement, come find me and I’ll help you out.

Have a great end of the week!

Coach Pat

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17 Sep / 2014

It’s Chili Time!

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IMG_0507I’m generally a little sad this time of year, as summer and warm weather turns to crisp mornings and changing leaves. But there are enough things about fall that I love to help me get by. Chili is one of those things. I love my mom’s chili as a kid, I loved when she made a whole batch, froze it, and drove it to Gainesville on track meet weekends to put in my freezer. And now I love having a meal that, while a bit laborious, gives me lunches and dinners for days. 

A few great thing about home-made chili:

  • All those vegetables! My pot of chili has 5 bell peppers of varying colors, 4 hot picstitchpeppers, 2 onions, as well as a bunch of tomatoes in different forms (sauce, salsa). 
  • Iron – chili is generally made with red meat (we made ours with grass-fed beef, but you can also use bison, humanely raised sausage, venison, etc). Most red meat has iron, a component of hemoglobin, which is responsible for transportation of oxygen throughout the body. 
  • It makes your house smell awesome – I don’t think I need to explain this.
  • It’s super adaptable – in its normal state, chili is basically paleo. But it’s easy to adapt for vegetarians, vegans, those avoiding red meat (just add turkey), etc.

How do you make your chili?

Patrick and I made chili last night, using his recipe, which I’ve posted on my Wicked Good Nutrition Blog. Lots of vegetable chopping but totally worth it!

How do you make your chili? Post your recipes!

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Domination

Hey Guys!
 
Who’s ready for our in-house throwdown on Saturday, September 27th?! I can’t wait! There will be NO CLASSES on the 23rd, so if you want in on some group exercise action at CrossFit Boston, you’ll have to sign up for the throwdown! The deadline for signups will be 11:59 PM Tuesday, September 23rd. In case you missed it, here are the throwdown WODs:
 

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time

4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement
 
 
WOD #3: Partner Cindy
 
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

1. Only one partner may work at the same time

2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy

 
 
#PostWOD Notes:
 
1. From Linh, re: Spartan Racing:
 
Mickey, 
 
I saw your post this morning and wanted to reply but my browser is having issues! Can you include this on your blog and help me build a critical mass of Spartans? 
 
Thanks!
 
Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.The Spartan Race at Fenway time trial is one of my favorite race venues! I’ll be running at 9AM (for time) and 11:30AM (for fun) and willing to run more if people are interested and can’t get in those heats (Season pass perks!). Think about the epic group photo we could get as a group in the ball park if we ran as a team! Use code: NJ20E when registering to get 20% off! I had to run 8.5mi up and down Mountain Creek in Vernon NJ last Sunday at the Tristate Super for this discount so please take advantage! Or, volunteer for half a day and run for FREE! Can’t make Fenway? If you’re interested in joining me in Killington, VT for the Beast, use code VT50 for 50% off SUNDAY’S Race. Oh, did I mention free craft beer, professional photos, and NBC Sports may be on site filming! Have kids? Bring them and sign them up for the Kids Race! 
Hope to see you all at the finish line! AROO!
\m/arrior Linh
 
2. Drinks at Lulu’s this Friday at 8 PM. There is talk about doing karaoke (Japanese for “drunken screaming” afterwards at Do Re Mi.
 
3. Thanks to Ricky, Lauren, Shannon, and Courtney for coming out to 6B Lounge on Friday. More to come soon!
 
4. Did you know that CFB has a book club? If you’re interested in an in-depth discussion of either (A) a book or (B) CFB gossip, then email me at [email protected] and I’ll set you up on the book club email list!
 
That is all. Peace and bacon grease,
 
Mickey
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12 Sep / 2014

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY! 091214

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Fire It Up! Fire It Up!

It’s Friday baby and it is time to get fired up for the weekend and the next week coming up! It was a great week of training. PR Wednesday saw “Tabata This” and though there were not any changes in the leader board for that workout, we did see some names take the leader board for “Glen”. 

Thank you to everyone who came in yesterday and gave his/her all. It means a lot. Courtney has taken the lead spot on the board with a time of 35:05 and Ali is #2 with a time of 37:27. They also were the only two women to finish the workout prescribed. Awesome! For the men, Evan smoked it with a time of 30:55, Mike Lee hit 34:10, Brian “Angry Beaver” finished 34:47, Denis T finished 37:13, and I completed it in 40:32. Again, great work to everyone.

What’s On Tap

Saturday 9/13

1. 10 minutes to work up to a Power Snatch double (heavy but not maximal)

2. EMOM 12
3 Burpees
1 Power Snatch (use the same weight you just worked up to for the double)

3. Abs
weighted plank holds 6 x 20 sec with 40 sec rest between efforts

Sunday 9/14

1. 3 x 400m with 2:00 rest

2. Partner WOD
AMRAP 12
10 Pull-ups
8 Ring Dips
6 Front squats, 155/105

Relay style alternating by rounds with 1 person working at a time.

Monday 9/15

1. Front Squat
5 reps @ 60%, rest 1:00
8-12 weighted push ups (AHAP), rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%, rest 1:00
8-12 weighted push-ups (AHAP), rest 1:00
5+ reps @ 80%, rest 1:00
8-12 weighted push-ups (AHAP)

2. Complete 3 of the following intervals
Row 500m
Max Pull-ups
rest 3:00

Score the average reps completed per round for the pull-ups. In comments break down each round individually.

Tuesday 9/16

1. Complete 3 rounds for time
Run 500m
10 Power Cleans, 135/95
5 Front Rack Lunges each leg

2. ABS
L-Sit holds 6 x 20 sec with 40 sec rest between

Wednesday 9/17

1. Test – Row 500m

rest 8 minutes

2. “Plaza of Death”

Complete for time
50 Squats
40 Sit-ups
30 push-ups
20 pull-ups
1-mile run
50 squats
40 sit-ups
30 push-ups
20 pull-ups

Thursday 9/18

1. Bench Press
5 reps @ 60%
Kipping Pull up cluster 7.7.7 rest 10 sec between cluster, rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%
Kipping Pull up cluster 7.7.7, rest 10 sec between cluster, rest 1:00
5+ reps @ 70%
Kipping Pull-up cluster 7.7.7

2. AMRAP 6
10 Burpee to a 45# plate
30 Unbroken Russian Swings, 24kg/16kg

Friday 9/19

“Nutts”
For time

10 handstand push-ups,
15 deadlifts (250lbs/165lbs),
25 box jumps (30in/24in),
50 pull-ups,
100 wall-ball (20lbs/14lbs),
200 double-unders,
Run 400 meters with a 45lb plate.

10 Sep / 2014

911 & Glen Doherty

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Today is the 13 year anniversary of one of the most horrific events to ever occur on US soil. The Twin Tower bombings in NYC on 9/11/01. It will be a date that forever stays in my memory. Fast forward to the day 11 years later and another horrible event  will forever be remembered. The tragedy that occurred in Benghazi, Libya at our US Embassy.

One of our very own, Glen Doherty, was stationed in Benghazi on security duty for Ambassador Stevens. There are many details out about the attack and I have no desire to go into specifics here. What I would rather do is write about one of the best people that I have had the pleasure of knowing.

Glen came to CFB while we were still in Roxbury. He worked for peace and security in the middle east after having exiting the SEALS in 2005 after a 10 year career. Glen was larger than life and always had a smile on his face, especially at the darkest point of any WOD. His energy and enthusiasm made everyone better and he treated everyone the same whether he was a newbie or a long time veteran of CFB.

Upon his last days at CFB he brought me a framed quote that I still have in my home office. It is of President Theodore Roosevelt and it reads:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Today we honor Glen and all of the 2,977 victims from 911. Please post your results to comments as tribute.

Godspeed 

10 Sep / 2014

Why Running Makes You Go

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277844911_92897c47b1_zSince half marathon/marathon/spartan race season is upon us, I thought a little post on running and GI issues was in order. I think many habitual, sometimes, and “only if a bear is chasing me” runners alike probably know the feeling of having a perfectly beautiful run (or 5K test, whatever), and then BAM you gotta go. I have even heard the joke that you’re not a real runner until you’ve gone to the bathroom in public. But why does this happen?

More often than not, the source of stomach pain and bathroom breaks on a run is because of food choices, and the biggest culprit is sugar. Many runners use sugary chews, goos, or snacks to stay fueled during the run. This is smart, obviously – readily available carbohydrates at periodic times during an endurance activity will help you maintain the activity longer. So what’s the problem?

IMG_3168Osmosis is the problem. Remember from biology class that osmosis is the movement of water molecules between a semi-permeable barrier to the side with higher solute concentration so as to equalize the concentration on both sides. Your body likes to maintain a particular balance – known as homeostasis – and osmosis helps it do this. So when that high carbohydrate, low everything else fuel item of choice is digested very quickly in the stomach, it moves to the intestine. Now the intestine has a high concentration of “solute” (the sugar. Osmosis kicks in, and water is drawn into the intestine, which makes stool (that’s health professional speak for poop) looser. And I think we all know where this is going.

How Can You Fix It?

There are a few ways you can try to fix this. Of course, everyone is different, so it will likely come down to some self experimentation. 

  • Avoid corn sugar. According to a blog post on constipation by Dr. Reddy, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, corn syrup – along with apple, pear, and prune juices – is not absorbed very well by the intestine, and have a stool loosening effect.
  • Space our your fuel – intend of eating a whole bag of chews (for some, up to 45 grams of sugar) all at once, eat 2-3 chews (or about 10-15 grams of carbs) every half hour. This will result in slower infusion of sugar to the intestine, which will avoid the large osmotic response. 
  • Don’t over hydrate – it’s good to drink water, of course. But water IN the intestine is kind of the problem. So having a lot of water at once, especially with your fuel, could cause the same issue. Try to sip water throughout the run/race, aiming for about 8 -16 ounce an hour. 

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08 Sep / 2014

Video!?

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Hey Friends! 

First thing, PLEASE send me your video! :) Thor was first..WHO is second!?

Before classes, go through a quick flow of what we did starting class. DD, plank, Updawg, leg raise and then to a lunge. Do both legs a few times! The “Vinyasa” is important so trust me when I say practice. 

 

Class this week will be upper body. Of course your entire body will be in action but your breath, your mind and you ability of awareness. Can’t wait to give you guys some more loving! 

 

VIDEO’S!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

05 Sep / 2014

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY! 9/5/14

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First week of September is in the books and this week some of CFB’s OG’s hit some great PR’s on “Grace” and reshuffled the leader board. Big congrats to Carolyn B, Jo B, Audrey, and Vijay for dominating the leader board! The key to their success has been consistency. Each trains 3+ times per week and have put in time for the last 6+ years. Great work!

The "Gingers" conquering Grace.

The “Gingers” conquering Grace.

Audrey and Vijay at 7am leaving their mark on Grace as well.

Audrey and Vijay at 7am leaving their mark on Grace as well.

WEEKLY PROGRAMMING

This upcoming week the strength days will fall on Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. If you don’t make it in on those days, it is important that you make up the strength workouts either before or after your training sessions on the days you do. The last set of the strength WODS is a max rep set. So if you see 5+ then you hit at least 5 and then all else is gravy. 

The new Pocket Coach is going to be launching soon so be sure to be logging your records so you have the data stored.

Saturday 9/6

1. Shoulder press
5 reps @ 60%
Max strict pull-ups BW, rest 2:00
5 reps @ 70%
8-10 strict pull-ups (AHAP) BW+, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 80%
8-10 strict pull-ups (AHAP) BW+, rest 2:00

2. Complete 3 rounds for time
Row 500m
35 Air Squats

Sunday 9/7

Nigel’s Filthy Fifty

For time:
50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders

Monday 9/8

AMRAP 15
24 Step ups, 20″
12 Power clean, 135/95
6 Push jerk, 135/95

Tuesday 9/9

1. Deadlift
5 reps @ 60%, rest 1:00
Handstand push-ups, 4-8, rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%, rest 1:00
Handstand push-ups, 4-8, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 80%, rest 1:00
Handstand push-ups, 4-8

2. Complete 5 rounds for time
Run 200m
12 Toe 2 Bar

Wedensday 9/10

“Tabata This!”

Tabata Row
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Squat
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Pull-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Push-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Sit-up

The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals.
Tabata score is the least number of reps performed in any of the eight intervals. Unit for the row is “calories”.

Thursday 9/11

“Glen”
For time
30 Clean and Jerks
1 mile run
10 rope climb
1 mile run
100 Burpees

Friday 9/12

1. Push Press
5 reps @ 60%
Bent over BB rows, 8-10 reps; rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%
Bent over BB rows, 8-10 reps; rest 1:00
5+ reps @ 80%
Bent over BB rows, 8-10 reps

2. AMRAP 4
10 Pistols
10 Burpees

rest 4:00

AMRAP 4
15 calorie row
10 Burpees

03 Sep / 2014

The Politics of Diet

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I’ve noticed that diet has become quite political these days. Many people feel very strongly about their chosen diet, and love to share news articles and studies supporting their particular view. And boy was everybody tweeting about that low carb v. low fat diet study yesterday. 

 

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I hadn’t had time to read the study, but I did get to read Dr. David Katz’s take on it (he’s the Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, so I guess he’s kind of smart) and I’m glad that was the first thing I read. It highlights how important it is for us (well, our journalists should be doing this but they sadly rarely bother) to read these studies. Nutrition science is still new and there are still a lot of challenges, but we don’t need to muck it up further by conducting and publishing truly crappy studies. 

Since Dr. Katz essentially wrote everything I would have – and likely better – I’m going to yield the floor to him now.  From Dr. Katz on LinkedIn:

 

Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age

You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question.

The current diet study making headlines purportedly asked, and answered this question: which is better for weight loss and improving cardiac risk, a low-fat or a low-carb diet? For starters, that is a truly lousy question, resurrected from something like the Stone Age. I doubt even the Paleo clan find the question attractive, since they like prehistoric food; not prehistoric research questions about food.

Why prehistoric? Because it is long known and well established that dietary fats run the gamut from good to bad to ugly. No good diet should willfully exclude the monounsaturated fats and omega-3s in nuts and seeds and avocados; I’m pretty sure everybody not stuck under a boulder knows that.

There is on-going debate today about specific effects of specific fats, but the wholesale cutting of dietary fat intake was pretty much yesterday’s news yesterday. The relevant concept today would be plant-based eating, which at the extreme of veganism, tends to be low in fat- but as an effect rather than an objective. This was not a study of a vegan diet.

The concept of low-carb is also terribly outdated, and was silly when it was first spawned. Everything from lentils to lollipops is carbohydrate; why on earth would anyone want to treat such a vast expanse of the food supply as if it were just one thing? Sillier still, all plant food is a carbohydrate source. A truly “low carb” diet is, of necessity, low in all plant foods- including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils along with whole grains. This is directly at odds with everything we know about diet and health across the lifespan.

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