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Good Morning CrossFit Boston! 

 

Just wanted to give a shout out to the 6am and 7am classes!  Well done keeping your brace and not letting those backs round out.  A good cue we used this morning that helped people focus on keeping everything locked in was “Push the Floor Away!”  Rather than imagining you’re pulling a bar off the floor, think of it as pushing the Earth down through your heels. Today’s WOD is all about pushing!

 

Last but not least I’d like to call out Elizabeth from the 6am class.  She crushed it today.  In the beginning rounds she was only able to link together 5 unbroken double unders.  In workouts like this you have an opportunity to get lots of quality reps in and commit to learning double unders.  Elizabeth flipped the switch.  Rather than sticking with single, double, single for the whole workout, she committed to linking doubles together.  By the end of the WOD she hit 14 doubles unbroken, a personal record.   Today is your day for double unders.  Commit to linking them and finding them mid-WOD  under fatigue.  Get ‘em!

Have a great day CFB!

13 Oct / 2013

Fran Challenge

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to remind you that we have extended the Fran Challenge sign-up until tomorrow, Tuesday October 15th. The registration has been lowered to $45. Included in the $45 is a t-shirt and a pull-up seminar that will be held next weekend on Sunday. The seminar will be at 11:00 am and will teach you how to get better at pull-ups and what your appropriate scale is. If you would like to attend the seminar, but not participate in the Fran challenge, the cost will be $15 cash at the door (no exceptions). If you have any questions, please ask any of the coaches. Hope you have a week full of PR’s!

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Experience the Reebok Spartan Race in historic Fenway Park.  The Boston Red Sox are trying to complete a remarkable season in the MLB playoffs.  Now you can get the chance to create your own memories.  On Saturday 11/16 there is a Spartan Sprint. You can register by clicking on the image below.  You can apply the code FINISH10 and get 10% off your registration.

 

PROGENEX

We are taking Pre-Orders for PROGENEX.  If you want anything specific flavors or product shoot me an email: Neal.  Some popular items have been the Recovery Loco Mocha

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and the Cocoon Silk Chocolate

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I have been using both personally.  The recovery tastes great and the cocoon is helping me get some great sleep.  The order is going to be placed on Monday 10/14 so let me know if you want anything added to the order.

Extreme Endurance by Xendurance

One additional product we have begun carrying is Extreme Endurance by Xendurance.  I have been using it myself for two months now and have noticed improvement with my aerobic capacity and ability to fight off lactic acid build up during CrossFit WODs.  Here is a review posted by The Happy Athlete.

Extreme Endurance is now available in the retail section of our gym.

STOP!  Whatever you are doing, read this!

In today’s Power Snatch WOD we have been noticing the hands of athletes creeping in closer and closer.  At a minimum, the hands should be outside of the bands on the barbell.  Of course there will some exceptions to the rule but they are few and far between.  Take a look at the first photo below:

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The hands are too narrow for the snatch.  It increases the distance required to get the bar overhead and will most likely lead to a poor bar path and even the dreaded “PRESS OUT” snatch.

Here is a picture with the correct hand placement:

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Here you can see the hands are placed closer towards the collar of the barbell.  This will allow the athlete to finish his pull to the hips, a tighter bar path, and a beautiful snatch.

You are free to continue on with your day!

11 Oct / 2013

Fire It Up Friday! 10/11/13

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FIRE IT UP!

The first 1.5 weeks of October are under your belt.  Last week we spent time getting some volume under our belts in the pull up.  How many did you end up getting?  How many of your got your first pull up?

This week began the FRAN Challenge.  I witnessed more than a few gutsy performances during FRAN.  What do you feel is the most challenging piece of the WOD?  Post your experience to comments.

FRAN Challenge

We are performing a REBOOT for the challenge.  Here are the details:

Price – $45 (REDUCED)
Registration Closes – 10/15
Make up date – 10/13 during the 9:30am class or talk to one of the staff before or after a class!

Q: What Do I Get?
A: Each participant will receive a SPECIAL EDITION T-shirt that will never be available for sale.  One FRAN Clinic featuring tips on how to improve your FRAN score.

Q: Why should I do the challenge?
A: Because competition brings out the best in every one.  One month of  a laser focused goal will yield some impressive results AND because all the cool kids are doing it! :-)

Q: When does the challenge end?
A: Monday, November 4th.  The Evening classes will be canceled and there will be an EPIC THROWDOWN beginning at 5:45PM.  CFB OG Nigel C will be providing dancing entertainment for all members!!

Q: Do I have to watch Nigel dance?
A: No, but it will be fun to do so!

Q: Are there prizes?
A: 1st place Male Rx, 1st place Female Rx, and Most improved

 

What’s On Tap

This upcoming week of programming skill is focusing on skin the cats and back levers.  To get comfortable in these positions you must first be comfortable upside down on the rings.  Here is a video from Carl at GWOD:

 

Here is a video on how we will be teaching the progressions in class this week. Be sure to watch and be ready in class:

Here’s Next Weeks Programming:

Saturday – 10/12
1. 4 rounds for time
500m Row
50 Burpees

2. Weighted Pull-ups
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Sunday – 10/13
1. CF Games Regional 13.1 Team
For Time
Pair “Jackie”
Woman completes:
1000 meter Row
45 pound Thruster, 50 reps
30 Pull-ups
Then, man completes
1000 meter Row
45 pound Thruster, 50 reps
30 Pull-ups

2. Weighted Dips
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Monday – 10/14
1. 3 rounds for time
15 Hang squat cleans, 95#/65#
10 Muscle ups

2. Clean – 5×2 ascending weight

3A. Skin the cat – 3×5
3B. Back lever – 3×1

Tuesday – 10/15
1. EMOM 20
3 Deadlift, 255#/175#
20 Unbroken Double unders

2. Front Squat – 3×10 (compare to 9/24)

Wednesday – 10/16
1. AMRAP 15
Run 800m
Max pull-ups

2A. Skin the cat – 3×7
2B. Back lever – 5×1

Thursday – 10/17
1. 21-15-9 for time
Shoulder Press, 95#/65#
Sumo deadlift high pull, 95#/65#

2. EMOM 15
2 Clean + 1 Push Jerk

Friday – 10/18
1. Back Squat – 3×10 (compare to 10/4)

2. “Nancy”
5 rounds for time
Run 400m
15 Overhead squats, 95#/65#

Saturday – 10/19
1. AMRAP 20
20 Power snatch, 75#/55#
1 rope climb

add 1 rope climb each round

2A. Skin the cat – 3×10
2B. Back lever – 7×1

I recently spent 10 days in Europe (Germany and Italy), and while I was there I enjoyed observing and experiencing the differences between their food/food system and ours. I don’t think I need to tell anyone that the way things are done there versus here is very different. You may have heard of the “French paradox”, by which the French (and other Europeans) eat diets higher in saturated fat and grains, yet are healthier and leaner than Americans. Look at this infographic of obesity prevalence around the world to highlight that point.

 

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So, what’s the big difference? I don’t know 100%. But here are some things I observed while I was over there. Some of them are things I think might explain the paradox, and some just amused me. Keep in mind that I was there for 10 days, so I’m sure there are things I may have missed or misread.

 

1. Soda costs more than booze, almost everywhere. A 12-ounce can of soda was 2.50 Euro almost everywhere I went. In Germany, you could get a liter of beer for 3.50 Euro. This receipt shows Grappas (a type of Brandy) also costs less than cola. I think we might all agree that reduce the availability and low price point of soda could go a long way in reducing how much of it people drink.

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2. In Germany, sausage is a salad. Who needs vegetables when there’s meat? (That’s sarcasm, guys, vegetables are really important). 

 

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3. Meat is locally grown. Most of the vegetables are, too. And it’s so fresh! Doesn’t it look delicious? Pretty sure we can again all agree that grass fed, happy, locally grown animals produce better tasting and healthier meat than industrially produced animals. Studies have shown grass fed meat is slightly higher in omega-3 fats than grain fed, and my numerous n=1 experiments have shown that it tastes far better.

 

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4. Their large portion is our extra small. Or in Starbucks speak, “short”. Which I’ve noticed isn’t on the big menu and generally has to be asked for at many locations. Italians still drink lattes and macchiatos, but they don’t drink 30 ounces of them pumped full of pumpkin or caramel syrup.

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5. We say “soda”, they say “water”. Apparently, “water” in Germany means seltzer. If you want that liquid we think of as water, you ask for “still water”. And it’s kind of hard to find.

 

6. There is no such thing as a supermarket. In Florence, our host told us that a few blocks over we’d find a “large supermarket with everything you could want in there”. Turns out it was smaller than the Washington Street Whole Foods and the Central Square CVS. All of the cookies, chips, and snacks were in one small aisle and fresh food was abundant. It had everything I  could ever want, but I’m sure some Americans might disagree with me.

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A few non- food related things I noticed…

1. Many have active commutes. In Munich, the bike lane was part of the sidewalk and just as wide. In Florence, cars can only drive in the city with special permit, so biking and walking is a regular form of commuting.

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2. They get over 21 vacation days per year, NOT including holidays. One Swiss man I met at a beer hall told me he was mad that he only got 24 days instead of 27, and that he felt bad for my paltry 14 days. Hey, maybe those extra vacation days reduce stress and inflammation!

 

Have you observed anything interesting while living/traveling overseas?

06 Oct / 2013

FRAN CHALLENGE

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FRAN.  The simple name can invoke fear and trepidation in all CrossFit athletes.  You LOVE her AND you HATE her.  Here’s your chance to master her.

Beginning on Monday, October 7th, we will have an in-house FRAN Challenge for members.  FRAN will be programmed as the WOD for that day and the challenge will run for 4 weeks ending Monday, November 4th.  For those participating there will be extra skill work available to help you all improve your score.

The buy in will be $65 and will include a Special Edition T-shirt for the event and money going towards a cash pot. Sign up sheets will be posted in the gym shortly.  Divisions will be:

  • Men’s Rx – fastest time
  • Women’s Rx – fastest time
  • Most Improved

Athletes must perform the WOD with the same scaling both times.  We ran this challenge when we were back in Roxbury in 2010 and had more than 50 participants.  It was WILD.  I hope to see more of you participating this year!

Get in on it!  Sign up in the gym beginning this weekend.

Fire It Up!  Fire It Up!

We are in the final quarter of 2013 and it is PR/Fire It Up Friday!  Be sure to post up your results for this week.  Did you hit any new PR’s?  Todays test is “Diane”.  My very first CrossFit WOD way back in 2004.  I can still remember it clearly…20 minutes, two visits with Pukie, the realization that I had found exactly what I was missing since my days as a collegiate athlete.

What was your first CF WOD?  What do you remember about it?

Beat The Streets Partner WOD, Tonight! by Coach Tina

WHEN: Friday, October 4th

CHECK IN: 6:30

DONATE: $25

MAKE CHECKS TO: The 3Point Foundation (A Non-Profit Organization)

Or Go To: www.the3pointfoundation.org

**Wanna make a real impact? Ask your company if they match your donation or give to programs that promote wellness or kid’s programs in the City of Boston.

If you don’t have a partner, DON”T WORRY! We will get you all set up!

Here’s All You Have To Do:

1.     Let Tina know which time slot works for you. Email her at: [email protected] OR sign up at the gym (We have set up a table for your convenience. This is first come, first serve.)

2.     Check in is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4th

3.     The first heat goes off at 6:45; 7:10; 7:35; 8**We will add more heats if necessary but sign up early to get the time you want. Only 10 partners per heat.

4.     Invite some friends to join you! Bring a friend from another box, remember it’s about helping kids in our community and the more people who join the more we get to donate to them!

5.     DONATE! It’s only $25 and you are helping to change the life of a kid! You can write a check or go to the website:www.the3pointfoundation.org.

6.     Don’t forget to get your raffle ticket when you check in Friday night. We will be drawing for awesome prizes throughout the night.

7.     Bring some refreshments to share afterwards!

8.     SMILE! You just did something great for yourself and YOU helped a kid with financial need….YOU ARE AWESOME!

THE WOD!

15 AMRAP

10 Shoulder to Overhead 115/75#

25 Deadlift 115/75#

50 Box Jumps 24/20”

Each partner must complete 5 reps! No More/No Less! You cannot move on until all the reps are completed. There can only be one person working at a time. Teamwork and communication!

What is BEAT THE STREETS?

This is a yearly fundraiser for Steve’s Club, a CrossFit sanctioned program for at risk youth. The program was started by Steve in Camden NJ and has served boys and girls over the past 5 years. CrossFit KIDS Boston is applying to the program but until we are accepted I can’t accept donations. This is why I want to give this money raised to The 3Point Foundation. This is a program in our own City of Boston and in only one year making a huge impact in the lives of boys.  They will add a girls program in the next few years!!

Here’s more information about The 3Point Foundation and why I want to help raise donations for the program:

When I made the decision to start a CrossFit program for kids 4 years ago I believed in opening access to all kids and teens. I have been building the program over these years with that goal always in mind.

On October 4th we are hosting Beat The Streets fundraiser and we get an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness and some needed funds for an amazing program here in the City of Boston.

I have chosen The 3Point Foundation as the program to support here in Boston. The fitness activity is basketball but the academic and character component is exactly the kind of program I believe will make a difference in our City.

The 3Point Foundation is a mentoring program for urban boys. Only in it’s first year the program has already helped 20 boys in a program that has character building as the foundation of their teaching. They teach the boys the meaning of hard work, teamwork, honesty, respect, perseverance and what it means to live virtuosity–to do the common uncommonly well. 

They also have an academic component to the program that gives the boys an opportunity to challenge themselves intellectually. The program meets every week during the school year but the outstanding work extends into the summer.  At the Fessenden School the boys attend a 4-week summer program and are given academic opportunities they may not have elsewhere.  They are taught test preparation and intellectually challenged to reach beyond any barriers.

The range of boys is as varied as the communities of Boston. Some will go on to educational opportunities at independent schools. Those with special academic needs will continue to receive support through the program throughout their education and involvement with the program.

The HOOK—Basketball! The boys who are chosen for the program have demonstrated a commitment, discipline and enthusiasm in basketball programs throughout the various communities of Boston. The sport of basketball is used as a teaching method for life lessons. Some of the best college and high school coaches in the metropolitan Boston area work with the boys.

My dream is to build a CrossFit KIDS program that serves underprivileged youth. The 3Point Foundation has a similar mission. Let’s support this program as ours gets started. Together we can promote education, character and healthy living for boys and girls in our amazing City!

 Thank you for your support!

“FRAN” Challenge

FRAN.  The simple name can invoke fear and trepidation in all CrossFit athletes.  You LOVE her AND you HATE her.  Here’s your chance to master her.

Beginning on Monday, October 7th, we will have an in-house FRAN Challenge for members.  FRAN will be programmed as the WOD for that day and the challenge will run for 4 weeks ending Monday, November 4th.  For those participating there will be extra skill work available to help you all improve your score.

The buy in will be $65 and will include a Special Edition T-shirt for the event and money going towards a cash pot. Sign up sheets will be posted in the gym shortly.  Divisions will be:

  • Men’s Rx – fastest time
  • Women’s Rx – fastest time
  • Most Improved

Athletes must perform the WOD with the same scaling both times.  We ran this challenge when we were back in Roxbury in 2010 and had more than 50 participants.  It was WILD.  I hope to see more of you participating this year!

 Get in on it!  Sign up in the gym beginning this weekend. 

What’s On Tap

Saturday – 10/5
1. AMRAP 15
200m Run
15 Power Snatch, 115/75
15 Burpees

2. Push Press – 3×10 (straight sets)

Sunday – 10/6
1. NorthEast Regional Team WOD 11.4 (modified)
150 CTB pull-ups
150 OH swings, 24kg/16kg
150 Double unders
150 OH Squats, 95/65

Teams of 2.  Athletes will start on the ground below their pull-up bar. At Go, they will jump to their bar. Any jumping before the Go will result in a false start. This workout is a chipper. All pull-ups must be completed before the kettlebell swings, all the swings before the double-unders, and all the double-unders before the overhead squats. Only one athlete may be working at a time. The athletes may work in any order they choose. There is no minimum number of reps each athlete must complete. There is a 30min time cap. If a team cannot finish in the time cap, their result is the time cap plus a one second penalty for each rep not completed.

2. Low Box Jumps – 4×10 (Unbroken)

Monday – 10/7
1. “FRAN” Challenge
21-15-9
Thruster, 95/65
Pull-ups

2. Deadlift – 3×10 (straight sets) compare to 9/27

Tuesday – 10/8
1. Complete reps of 2-4-8-16-8-4-2 for time
*Front Squat, 225/155
Toe 2 Bar

*Athlete must clean the weight up to the front rack position

2. Snatch – 6×3 ascending weight

3. Low Box Jumps – 4×10 unbroken

Wednesday – 10/9
1. Complete for time
Run 1 mile

AMRAP 10
5 Handstand push ups
10 Pistols
15 Pull ups

Run 1 mile

2. Low Box Jumps – 4×15 unbroken

Thursday – 10/10
1. 3 rounds for time
21 OH swings, 24kg/16kg
21 Push-ups
21 Sit-ups (gh sit ups for advanced)

2. Thruster – 3×10 (straight sets)

3. Midline Work

Friday – 10/11
1. EMOM 12 – Power Snatch (moderate weight)

2. Jerk – 5×2 straight sets

3. Low Box Jumps – 4×20 unbroken

 

BC Men WU

Rhythm and Balance are two skills needed in the boat and in the gym.  One way to improve a skill is by deliberate practice on a regular basis and making every act an act of conditioning.  Showing your body and brain how to move properly over and over again in many different situations will force it to adapt and make a movement second nature.  The simple task of taking the blade out of the water and putting it in the water in time with the rest of your crew is one example.  Above is a video of the BC Men’s Crew Team practicing building 30′s and the chop spin.  How do you spin the boat?  Have you ever tried the chop spin?  Do you use spinning the boat as an opportunity to improve rhythm, balance, timing, and feel?

 

What do you do every day in the gym that can help improve a skill or a goat?  Picking up an empty barbell or plates from the floor?  Picking up the med ball to start your first wall ball?  Kicking up into a handstand from a standing position vs. the floor?  Every act is an act of conditioning.  If you’re focusing on a particular skill in the gym this month, look for little opportunities to keep improving and practicing proper movement patterns.  If you need help dreaming up creative ways to practice a skill outside of class come find me and we’ll figure it out!

30 Sep / 2013

The Kettlebell Snatch

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The kettlebell snatch is one of the movements most commonly performed incorrectly by the novice crossfitter. Often with good intentions an athlete will attempt to perform the kb snatch the same way they would perform a barbell or dumbell snatch. That is, by pulling the object in a straight line from the ground, keeping the bell close to the body and dropping under to receive. Anyone who has done this knows that the resulting outcome is that the bell snaps around and slaps the back of your wrist, which eventually becomes painful. Try out these suggestions to smooth out the kb snatch.

Hand Position:
The grip should be off set when snatching or performing the single arm swing. Overhand grip the bell on the floor with the thumb and forefinger all the way against one of the horns of the bell. This grip will allow for a shorter turnover at the top of the snatch reducing impact on the back of the arm.

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The Path of the Bell:

The path of the bell should be an arc.  Just like a single arm swing, the bell is propelled out away from the body and at the top of the arc there is a “punch”.  When punching through be sure to keep a straight wrist and allow the momentum of the swing to continue into the overhead position.

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Overhead Position:

The overhead position is a rest position.  The bell should be supported overhead through proper structural alignment, shoulder and elbow locked out with thumb facing the wall behind you.  To begin the next snatch allow the bell to fall forward while counter balancing the drop with your body.

 

Coach Jason Gee

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