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Hey CFB!  I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and you’re fired up for getting strong this month!  In the spirit of getting stronger individually and as a community, this month I’m hosting a Toy Drive!  What better way to improve ourselves and our community than to show our support for others, especially those serving our country.  Checkout the details below and show your support by donating a toy at class this Saturday or at the CFB Holiday Party Saturday night!

For every unwrapped toy that gets donated and placed in our toy drive box at the front of the gym by the end of classes on Saturday (11:59am), I will do 10 Burpees.  10 Toys = 100 Burpees.  20 Toys = 200 Burpees.  I made you guys do a lot of burpees in the programming last month, so here is your chance to return the favor and show our support!

If you can’t donate your toy by Saturday at 11:59am, no worries.  Please bring your toys to the Holiday Party at Daedalus in Harvard Square from 6pm – 9pm and I’ll bring them back to the gym for you.

Overview:

Benefitting: Operation Homefront
Powered by: CrossFit Boston and Team Dangerous

Team Dangerous (“TD”) is proud to organize the second annual Toy Drive providing toys to the children of military families during the holiday season. TD is partnering with Operation Homefront to help distribute these toys. Operation Homefront is a charitable organization who provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families and wounded warriors. The toy drive gives the fitness community the opportunity to show the world the true meaning of the word community by coming together as one and provide support to the true unsung heroes of this great nation, our military families.

The 2014 Toy Drive dates will run from approximately November 23rd through December 14th when the toys will be distributed to all the well deserving military families.

Goals for 2014:

    • Donation box placement in 35+ locations

    • Locations: Miami, NYC, Long Island NY, CT, NJ, Boston

    • Donations of 900+ Toys

    • Direct reach to 8,500 individuals

Operation Homefront

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I feel like the question “why do we need to put a label on it?” is the purview of commitment phobic men in romantic comedies or friends in a sitcom storyline who’ve wound up in the sack together a few times. But I’m starting to feel that way these days – about food. Enough people ask “hey are you still Paleo” or wonder if I’ve gone vegetarian because I’ve opted for the quinoa black bean salad instead of the steak and potatoes. Or maybe if you’ve lost a lot of weight recently, and everyone wants to know what “diet” you were on. 

Here’s the thing though: why are we labeling it? Why do we need to be “paleo” or “vegan”. Because, want to know what my diet is? I’ll tell you: 

  • I eat oatmeal for breakfast. But sometimes I also eat bacon egg and cheese sandwiches from home, or the deli in my office, who makes the best ones around.
  • I try to mostly eat vegetables, grass-fed or humanely raised meat, and avoid additives I’m not familiar with. I definitely eat organic meat and dairy, but draw the line at produce because shits expensive yo.
  • I avoid grains, because diabetes is hard and I’ve found that’s the easiest way to control my weight. But sometimes I eat sushi and I have a soft sport for a good cheeseburger and fries.
  • I love beer but I try to keep it to Saturdays (but sometimes it gets into Fridays or Tuesdays, too. Hey, happy hour with girlfriends happens).

So, how do you classify that diet? Am I 80/20 paleo? Am I flexitarian? Honestly, I don’t even know. What I know is, i have energy. I feel good when I stick to this basic template (and go easy on the cheeseburgers and beer). I’m happy with my weight. I don’t need to count calories. So why label it? I’m happy. 

PS I think it’s the same with exercise. I wouldn’t say I’m a runner, or a CrossFitter. I’m certainly not a pole vaulter anymore (very sad sad face for that fact). I play tennis and golf occasionally, but I’m not a golfer or tennis player. What am I? Maybe I’m just active?

So what do you all think? Am I being the nutrition version of Barney Stinson, or do  I have a point going here? 

 

Photo c/o Bryan Kennedy 

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02 Dec / 2014

CFB Holiday Party is This Saturday!

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Hey guys! Our annual holiday party is happening this Saturday at 6 PM at Daedalus (45.5 Mount Auburn Street, just outside of Harvard Square). It looks like we’re going to have about fifty people so it’s bound to be a great time. I’ve been getting lots of questions/hearing lots of chatter about what people will be wearing and guidance is “smart casual” and dressier. NB: I *did* hear a rumor that Coach Jen may be going backless that night…

There will be a pre-party at Tasty Burger (40 JFK Street, Harvard Square) at 5 PM. The plan is to pop in, grab a quick bite and then head on over to Daedalus by 6 PM. After enjoying some bubbles and sweets at Daedalus, the plan is to head to the Hong Kong, where the floors will be sticky and dancing will be dirty. Need I say more? Oh, please do declare your intentions HERE. In addition to the folks on the FB event, we’re expecting:

Pencilneck +1

Santa Claus

FB-official couples

Thor+1

Audrey +1

FB-unofficial couples

Natalie

Chau’s +1

Meatball +1

Linh

Paul Walker

 

Finally, we’re doing afternoon tea again on Sunday, December 7th at 4 PM. Last time we did Linda and this time, who knows? Maybe if we play our cards right, we’ll get some female representation… #TheBestThingsInLifeAreTea

 

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

01 Dec / 2014

Mobility

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Hey Ya’ll! 

Happy Monday!

Back to the grind, working hard, and giving your body some peaceful attention! That means MOBILITY, NOT “STRETCHING”! So, here is our direction this coming week, we are on for Wed. and Sat. YOU are going to pay attention to your entire body. I want everyone to shoot me an email, and let me know by Tuesday night, where you need to give your body some extra LOVE! The more I know the more you will seek happiness! 

 

“Our mind is our instrument. Learn to be its master and NOT its slave. It may be hard before it is easy but with an open mind, you will capture the feelings in knowing life is endless.” – J. 

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01 Dec / 2014

The Week In Training

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Welcome back from the long weekend of food indulgence! Here is what we have going on this week. There is an emphasis on time under tension and tempo squats in addition to short, high power conditioning. Be sure to choose your weights correctly so that you can complete the conditioning in the correct time, heavier may not be better.

Monday 12/1

1a. Back Squat – with a 21×2 tempo, women 5×8 @ 85%/men 5×5 @ 85%, rest 1:00
1b. Dips – with a 21×2 tempo, 4×5, rest 2:00

2. Complete reps of 21-15-9 for time (8 minute cap)
Front squat, 155/105
Burpees

Tuesday 12/2

1a. Strict Handstand Push-ups – 3×3.3.3
1b. Toe 2 Bar – 3 x max unbroken reps, rest 1:00

2. Aerobic Power
Row 1000m

rest 10 minutes

Row 1000m

PR Wednesday 12/3

1a. Bench Press – with a 21×2 tempo, women 5×8 @ 70%/men 5×5 @ 70%
1b. GHD Sit-ups – 4×10, rest 2:00

2. “Annie” (10 minute cap)
Complete reps of 50-40-30-20-10 of:
Double Unders
AbMat Sit ups

Thursday 12/4

1a. 5 x Max pull-ups
1b. 5 x max reps thruster, 95/65

2. EMOM 12 

4 Power Clean (not touch and go)
1-4 60%
5-8 65%
9-12 70%

Friday 12/5

1a. Deadlift – with a tempo 21×2, women 5×8 @ 70%/men 5×5 @ 70%, rest 1:00
1b. Ring Rows – with a tempo 21×2, 4×8, rest 1:00

2. AMRAP 10

15 KB swings, 24kg/16kg
15 Burpee

Saturday 12/6

1a. Push Press – 3×5
1b. Pistols – 4×3 each leg

2. 3 rounds for time
8 Shoulder to overhead, 115/75
16 Knee to elbow
24 Air Squats

So I know I’m not the one who normally talks about food, but I was browsing the interwebs and stumbled upon this article. It’s a pretty short and interesting read. I think we sometimes reject others’ perspective because of our preferences and preconceived biases. I challenge you to read this with an open mind, regardless of whether you adhere to the paleo diet/lifestyle or the “see-food” diet (like myself as of recently). I know that food is a pretty sensitive topic for most people, but we must realize that science is constantly changing our working knowledge of what, when and how we should eat for both general health & fitness and performance. Does this stir-up any visceral emotion/reaction in you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/palaeolithic-diet-and-unprovable-links-our-past

Yesterday my Abigail’s, my 4.5 year old daughter, school performed their Thanksgiving Celebration in grand style with a performance that played out the First Thanksgiving. It was wonderful to see the hard work she had put in by practicing to and from school every day now the last 4+ weeks pay off. She was having a blast up there and she and her classmates did an excellent job.

I mention this not to brag about my daughter, though I am happy to do so, but rather it led me to think about what I am most thankful for. It’s sad that this is probably the single time where many actually express their gratitude out loud. Here goes:

  1. I am thankful for each you as members of our community. You trust the Staff and I in leading you to a lifelong pursuit of health and fitness. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously. We have the ability to change lives and that is what we try to do each day while being the best part of your day. No small task. Thank you for the challenge and continuing support!
  2. I am thankful for my Staff. I appreciate your efforts to give more to each member of our community. Your professionalism is inspiring. Your efforts to improve your skills is enduring and I wish you all continued success!
  3. I am thankful for my family. My two girls for keeping me grounded and reminding me that when I walk through the doors at home, they are my priority. My wife for being such a rock and weathering the good and not so good. You all are my continued drive to create something even greater than I can imagine.

I hope that each of you enjoy the next couple of days and that you have the opportunity to express your thanks and gratitude to those dearest to you. 

Best,
Neal

25 Nov / 2014

Turkey TWOD this Friday at 10 AM!

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Hmm, “Turkey TWOD” may be redundant, but in this season of excess, I’m sticking with it! Here is the TWOD for Friday:

 

1. “Hulk Salad” (modified)

8 minutes to establish max weight without removing hands from the bar:

2 Cleans (first from ground, second from hang; can be squat cleans, but they don’t count toward front squats)

2 Front Squats

2 Shoulder to Overhead

 

Rest 8 minutes, score is pounds successfully complexed.

 

2. “Super 88″ 

8 Rounds for Time (14 minute cap)

8 calorie row

8 Burpee box-jumps

 

Rest 8 minutes, score is reps completed plus 5 reps for every FULL minute under the cap.

 

3. “TB12″

AMRAP 12

1 HSPU or accumulate 15s in handstand hold

5 pull-ups

8 ball slams

3 push-ups

 

Score is total reps.

 

PHEW!

 

Peace and bacon grease!

Mickey

 

P.S. I can’t remember who I had this discussion with, but in 2013, Maroon 5 “became the third most-played artist on Top 40 Mainstream radio,” based on Clear Channel owned Mediabase, becoming one of the most successful acts of Interscope Records.[114]

Hey CFB!  Who’s ready for Turkey?

Epic Wednesday Night at CFB!

Epic Wednesday Night at CFB!

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year and I can’t wait for next week.  Be sure to check below for the holiday schedule!  Congrats to all of those athletes who PR’ed this week.  I hope you all enjoyed attacking your 1RM Power Clean, 1RM Shoulder Press, “Cindy” and “Mary”.  We’ve had some epic days in the gym with classes packed and everyone throwing down.  The Olympic Lifting, Strength, and Rowing Programs have been blowing up and it’s awesome to see everyone working so hard to reach their goals.  Bring your “A” game for this weekend and next week leading up to Thanksgiving.  I’ve got some fun in store!

Mobility Awesomeness w/ Coach Jen!

Don’t forget to drop in and get your stretch on with Coach Jen every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm and Saturday morning at 8:00am!  If you are tight, run down from a solid week of training, or in need of some good breathing, get there!  Do it. Do it.

Renegade Rowing League 1 – Saturday at 8am!

If you’d like to retest your 2k and race head to head with members of the Renegade Rowing Club and other gyms in the area, sign up on the whiteboard and come ready to race!  Here is some more info on the event.

Holiday Party – December 6th from 6pm to 9pm at Daedalus in Harvard Square

Bring a friend and have some fun!  We’ll all be there!  Get pumped!

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CFB Thanksgiving Schedule:

Thanksgiving is next week and it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend with your friends and families. The staff here at CFB is going to take a couple of days off as well.
 
The schedule changes are as follows:
  1. No 8AM Master’s Classes next week
  2. Wednesday 11/26 
    1. 6am7am12pm classes (NO OPEN GYM BETWEEN MORNING AND NOON CLASS)
    2. No evening classes
  3. Thursday 11/27 – CLOSED
  4. Friday 11/28 – TurkeyWOD 10am – 12pm
  5. Saturday – 10am ONLY
  6. Sunday – 9:30am

Here is the programming for the week!  Have fun and go hard!

11/22

Complete For Time …

250m Row

25 KB Goblet Squats (1.5/1)

500m Row

50 KB Swings

750m Row

75 Double Unders

500m Row

50 KB Swings

250m Row

25 KB Goblet Squats

 

11/23

Teams of 2

One person working at a time.

Complete For Time …

30 Clean and Jerks (135/95)

60 KB Swings (1.5/1)

90 Wall Balls (20/15)

120 Double Unders

1mile Run

 

11/24

1a. Fish Game x2

1b. 20 Reverse Lunges x2

1c. 10 Push Ups x2

 2. 4RFT

250m Row

10 Bench Press @65%

5 Pistols Each Leg

 3. Gymnastic Skills:

10min Handstand Practice Balancing Without Wall/Assistance

 

11/25

1. Back Squat

5 reps @ 75%

Kipping pull-ups 10.10.10, rest 3 minutes

3 reps @ 85%

Kipping pull-ups, 10.10.10, rest 3 minutes

1+ reps @ 95%

Kipping pull-ups 10.10.10

 2. AMRAP6 (For Reps)

9 Air Squats

6 Push Press (85/55)

Max Free Handstand Hold*

*Every second spent in a free handstand or handstand off the wall counts as one rep

 

11/26

PR Wednesday

1. Deadlift

3×10 @50%

Touch and Go

Bar Speed on Drive

2. “Helen”

For time:


3 Rounds

400m Run

21 KB Swings

12 Pull Ups

 

11/27

Home WOD

Compete For Time w/ Family and Friends…

“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

 

11/28

Home WOD

1. Run 1 Mile

 2. EMOM10

5 Push Ups

5 Jump Squats

5 V-Ups

Hopefully you have been practicing the breathing technique I outlined a few weeks ago. In the beginning it may seem odd or ineffective but if you stick with it daily, you will begin to notice some differences. One of the differences is the ability to tap into your Alpha Mind.

What is the Alpha Mind?

Alpha brain waves occur between 7 and 14 cycles per second – which is between sleeping and wakefulness. While functioning at this level, apart from the usual left brain activity, our right brain also gets activated. This makes a person’s thinking very powerful, very intuitive and very creative . This level connects us with our subconscious and helps us to access the amazing powers lying dormant there.

right-brain-left-brain

Imagine the kind of creativity you can tap into when your entire brain is available. This allows you to achieve things that you never dreamed possible, tapping into dormant brain powers that lie within each of us but few ever recognize. Practice of breathing and meditation for 15 minutes everyday improves memory and sharpens the mind.

How To Reach Your Alpha Mind

To tap into the hidden powers of your mind, you must learn the basics of meditation. To reach a state of alpha consciousness, you must first achieve a level of deep relaxation, completely removed from your worries and stressors. Your mind will wander to this and that. Training your mind to release these things requires tremendous willpower and regular practice. 

Sit with your eyes closed and make sure you have at least 15 uninterrupted minutes to practice your breathing. First exhale your breath through your nose so that your lungs are completely deflated to a count of 5. Then hold that for a count of 5. Next inhale through your nose for a count of 5 and then hold for another count of 5. Repeat this cycle until the 15 minutes is up.

If you notice your mind becoming distracted just refocus on your breathing. This act alone will bring you back to the task.

This doesn’t happen overnight. That’s why it’s so important to set aside a solid 15 minutes each day to focus on your breathing and meditations. This time will be used to focus your energies, clear your mind of the day’s thoughts and inch closer to a state of alpha consciousness.

Why Should YOU Try This?

Here is what I have noticed while I have been practicing my breathing and meditation daily for the last 4 weeks. I have noticed considerable improvement in my daily focus and productivity. I have been studying a lot for the business and I am beginning to formulate plans for its future to make it even better for you as our community and for the staff.

I have been sleeping more soundly and feeling more rested each day. On most days I am getting between 7.5-9 hours of high quality of sleep where previously I was only sleeping 5-6 hours per night. Dan G remarked the other morning that I appear to be the least stressed of any time that the gym was in the process of relocating. My training has improved and I have achieved positive changes in body composition. 

My relationships have improved because I am more patient with them. This makes me a better husband, father, boss, son, brother, and Coach. Generally, I am more fun to be around! HA!

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t allow your preconceived notions to allow you to miss out on something very powerful.

3, 2, 1…GO!

 

 


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