25 Feb / 2014
As the open approaches, many of us are entering competitor mode. I’m sure Neal and the other coaches will be telling us lots about mobility and recovery, so I’m just going to talk about food. How you eat can seriously impact how you perform. Read on for a few nutrition tips to help you perform your best during the Open.
Before The WODs
Before a workout, your body should have a topped off fuel tank. This means you should have enough glycogen (the body’s stored form of carbohydrate) stored as well as some more readily available from food. In general, pre workout meals or snacks should be:
- Enough energy to prepare you for the workout without leaving you hungry or with undigested food in your stomach
- Low in fiber and fat
- Higher in carbohydrates
- Moderate in protein
Meals low in fat and fiber will allow your stomach to empty in time so you can avoid stomach discomfort. The carbohydrates will top off glycogen stores (which is important, since the body relies on glycogen rather than fat stores for energy during shorter CrossFit WODs), maintain blood sugar levels, and provide energy. Protein will help you avoid hunger. In addition, it is important to be hydrated before exercise. The recommendation is that athletes drink 2-3 milliliters of water per pound of body weight at least 4 hours before working out to hydrate and get rid of any excess fluid (Rodriguez et al 2009).
After The WODs
Post Workout/Recovery is the most important time, as it is the time when your body reaps the benefits of all the hard work you’ve done. During the workout your body burns through your stored glycogen, you lose fluid to sweating, and muscle tissue is broken down. Recovery is when you can replenish your stored glycogen, replace lost fluid, and rebuild damaged muscles.
We used to think the precise timing of recovery was very important, advising that within one hour of a workout you had to have 30-60 grams of carbohydrate and15-20 grams of protein because this was during the time your metabolism was most active. The consensus was that eating right after the workout improved muscle strength and hypertrophy. However now we know that eating within this window is less important than previously thought (Schoenfeld et al). So, as long as you eat a good, nutrient rich (read: lots of vegetables and fruits) meal with protein and carbohydrates, and maintain an adequate calorie intake throughout the day, you will continue to build strength and fitness.
What To Eat
Try to eat something that not only provides these nutrients but also provides vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that chocolate milk may be a good recovery option because the milk provides calcium and magnesium, two minerals important in muscle contractions, and potassium, which is an important electrolyte lost in sweat. Other good options include a veggie omelet with fried plantain, sweet potato, or wheat toast and grilled steak with roasted vegetables.
What’s your favorite post workout meal?
25 Feb / 2014
I know, Monday was yesterday. Better late than never. In case you have never read the CF Journal, it is packed with a ton of great information and resources. Better yet, IT’S FREE NOW!
This video came up last fall and it is a great motivational piece. Take a moment and watch the video (W&F safe). You won’t be disappointed. I love the dedication to virtuosity. She can’t “see” how the movement looks but she can feel it and know exactly how to correct herself and others. It’s a process and it can transform you.
Bettina Dolinsek was born blind, but she never asked to be treated differently. That same attitude carries over into her CrossFit training, and she doesn’t shy away from movements—even box jumps.
Watch the video here.
Tomrrow’s WOD features: burpees, power cleans, and chest to bar pull ups. The first two we practice and train so frequently that it is not necessary to say much about them. The chest to bar pull up on the other hand…
Go and get ‘em!
21 Feb / 2014
2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open
The 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is less than 1 WEEK away. This is an exciting part of the year because it challenges everyone to compete and competition makes everyone better. It just does. We push harder. We perform in ways we didn’t think we could. We learn so much about our abilities and areas that we still need to improve. It’s the ultimate test over the course of 5 weeks.
For me as an affiliate owner, it serves two purposes: community building and feedback on the programming being done for the gym.
Lets start with the latter. CrossFit is defined as functional movements, constantly varied, performed at high intensity. That allows a broad interpretation of program design that can be considered CrossFit. How do I ensure that what I am programming is working to make you, the members, more fit? Thankfully Coach Glassman went on to define fitness further as improving work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Meaning, the ability to perform more work (force X distance ./. time) across very short workouts to much longer workouts with the numerous functional movements CrossFit employs. He even went further and defined fitness 3-dimensionally by including age. Are we increasing work capacity across broad time and modal domains as we continue to get older?
The Open is a test of this exactly. It is free of any biases I may have and we can and do repeat it throughout the year.
Community, each year The Open brings members closer together as we all share this common experience. I equate it to 4th of July “Murph” every Friday of the week. Everyone has the opportunity to meet new faces and cheer each other on. The energy is electric and the effort is “All In”. At the end of the night there is usually a group hanging around and sharing their perspectives of what happened, how to improve, where to go eat after. It’s always fun to see.
This year we will be running The Open WOD every Friday. If you are registered you will be judged and given a score sheet each week. If you are hopeful you may qualify for Regionals your workout needs to be videotaped and your judge must have passed the CrossFit Judges course. Get ready and FIRE IT UP!!!
What’s On Tap
The programming for the next five weeks will continue to be a high intensity followed with skill work. Be sure to continue hitting your L-sit holds on your own in addition to plank holds and hollow rocks.
3 Rounds for time
50 Double unders
10 Back squats, 135/100
10 Deadlift, 135/100
10 Bar facing burpees
bar must start from the floor for the back squats. overhead and on the shoulders in any fashion without assistance from a rack
Complete for time reps of 21-15-9
Hand release Push ups
This workout is to be performed like a relay event. First person completes 21 reps of the deadlift and then the second person immediately begins his/her reps. When both are finished with 21 deadlift, the first athlete takes off on the 500m run. Athlete 2 takes off when Athlete 1 is finished. When both are finished with the run, Athlete 1 begins his/her push ups, then athlete 2. Continue the above for 15 reps and then again for 9 reps.
1. EMOM 12 – 2 Power snatch + 2 Overhead squat
2. Ring dips – 3 x max reps; rest 2:00
3. Double unders – 3 x max reps; rest 2:00
1. keep the weight moderate to light focusing on speed and efficient bar path
2. Intermediate and beginners may use bands for assistance on static or box dips but NO kipping
1. Front Squat – 7×2
2. Row as far as you can in 12 minutes
1. Work up to a challenging weight and then perform 7 sets of 2 reps at that weight.
2. Aim to maintain a +4 seconds of your 2k pace or faster.
1. AMRAP 10
10 Power clean, 115/75
5 Chest to bar pull ups
2. Toe 2 Bar – 3 x max reps, rest 2:00
3. Thruster – 3 x 25 unbroken, 75/55; rest 2:00
1. Burpees games standard. Power clean from the floor.
2. If scaled then perform 3 x 10 at best progression able
3. Scale the load if necessary to perform the 25 reps unbroken
1. Shoulder press – 5 x 3
2. Box jumps – 3×20 unbroken, 24/20; 2:00 rest
3. Deadlift – 3×15 touch and go, 135/95; 2:00 rest
1. Work up to a challenging weight. Then perform 5 sets of 3 reps at that weight.
2. Games standard (stand up in full extension on the top of the box)
2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 14.1
First things First! Congratulations to all competitors at the 2014 CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships last Sunday. CrossFit Boston and Renegade Rowing had a total of seven athletes compete for their personal best performance over 2,000m on the Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine. All of our athletes either met or achieved a new Personal Record (PR). I got a chance to cox many of them, basically sit behind them and motivate them to push harder, and everyone executed their race plan just as we had practiced all winter long. Overall the experience of racing hundreds of the best rowers from around the world was awesome. I’d say they definitely achieved 7 or 8 minutes of Glory!
Here are the results:
David Porter 7:35.6
Jodie O’Malley 8:29.3
Terese Holm 8:14.1
Bob Ezzell 7:50.4
Nick Anderson 6:35.8
Andrew Morrissey 7:03.3
Have you ever used a Partner for Mobility?
The CrossFit Boston Renegades will be hosting a Partner Mobility Seminar run by our very own Kapil Khimdas at the end of March!
Here are the Details:
Saturday, March 29th,
11:15am – 12:00pm Partner Mobility Seminar
12:00pm – 12:45pm Paleo Potluck
If you would like to join in the fun,
sign up here: CFB Renegades March Event
Have you ever dreamed of Running Up Mt. Washington?
Well now you can! A group of runners from CrossFit Boston will be teaming up to conquer Mt. Washington this Spring. If you decide to register and join them, sign up under the team name ”CFB United”. Sign up at - mountwashingtonroadrace.com
Comment with what you plan on doing!
18 Feb / 2014
In response to our collective interest in eating healthier, food companies have started trying to make healthier products. Well, sort of. They are trying to make products that LOOK and FEEL healthier, though they may not be. Hence the emergence of things like veggie chips and other “natural products”. (As a side note, my biggest pet peeve these days is a bag of veggie chips proudly bragging “1 serving of vegetables in each portion”. Um, NO because fried potato and corn with some salt is not a serving of vegetables! But I digress).
What does the natural label mean?
Nothing. Squat. The “All Natural” and “Natural” labels on food are not regulated by the FDA or any other organization. Which means unlike labels like Organic and Low Fat, a food sporting Natural claim doesn’t have to meet any type of requirements. If not for worry of public backlash (or lawsuit), M&Ms and Coca Cola could use a Natural label on their soda and candy, too. The good news is, people are starting to recognize this (or at least lawyers are). Last year Naked Juice lost a class action lawsuit claiming that their use of the Natural and All Natural claims, despite the juices containing non-natural things like GMO soy.
How do you know what’s really natural?
Look at the ingredients label. If it contains something that don’t sound like they occur immediately in nature (like soy lecithin, GMO products, corn starch, etc), avoid it. And of course, use common sense. Something can claim it’s natural, and contain all ingredients that are, but that doesn’t make it natural. Just like frying some potatoes does not a vegetable serving make (although I can’t make the same argument for home made kale chips).
18 Feb / 2014
Coach Julie Is OUT tonight. Please follow the instructions below for an open Olympic Lifting session.
As always help each other out and be careful and respectful of each other. Warm up joints well and 3×3 with bar.
I will be present 10am-12 this Saturday
Snatch 60% 3×3 70% 3×2 75% x3 80% 3×1
Clean and jerk 70%3×2 75% 3×2
Back Squat 70%x 3 75x 5×3
16 Feb / 2014
President’s Day Schedule – No 7:30pm class
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Saturday was a blast watching you perform the retest for the 2014 Transformation Challenge. The effort being given was nothing short of inspiring. The results were hard earned. It is days such as yesterday that truly make what we do as trainers/coaches rewarding. Many of you shattered your previous times for the WOD. I don’t think we came across a single person that was not elated with his/her hydrostatic weigh in. It was a great day indeed.
Now what? There still is one final WOD this upcoming Saturday, BosCreek WOD #3, but the challenge has come to a close. What’s next? Well, it depends on you. Did you embrace the true spirit of this challenge? Have you laid the foundation for continued and greater success?
Congrats on all of your success! It truly is amazing. Keith mentioned to me in private on Saturday that our results have been one of the most impressive as a whole for a gym that he has experienced.
Guess what. You cannot quit now. Re-read the quote from Confucius above. DO NOT STOP. You owe to yourself. You owe to someone close to you that can learn from your experience and begin his/her path to a better version of his/herself.
Your continued transformation probably will not be as dramatic as they were these last 6 months. That’s okay. Just re-read the quote again:
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
14 Feb / 2014
Some housekeeping items first: Don’t forget that tomorrow is the retesting of the 2014 Transformation Challenge. Heats begin at 9:30AM and will run every 30 minutes finishing at 12pm. There will not be any regularly scheduled classes. The gym will still be open for those not participating to make up a missed workout or hit some strength work.
FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!
Great week of training everyone! Randy came to visit us and Vijay “Beefcake” Thomas claimed the second best score for the gym. If you missed the Facebook post…
Dennis The and Omri Levi also put their names on the leader board as well for the men and Shannon “She-ra” Flahive is now the leader for the females! Don’t worry picture coming soon. ”Malleolo” also graced us with its presence for the first time this week. What a tough WOD. Adam “Captain America” Voci was the only person attempting to complete it Rx and he could not finish under the 15:00 time cap. This will become a regular gym benchmark so y’all will have the chance at redemption!
2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open
There are only 13 days until the first WOD is released. Have you signed up? Why not? Listen, for the majority of us participating it has nothing to do with qualifying for Regionals. It is about challenging yourself under a competitive environment at a level a little higher than what occurs in day to day classes. You can learn so much about yourself with a little bit of competition.
What’s On Tap
Saturday – 2/15
The workout begins with 20 thrusters of a 45# barbell. Every 500m the athlete must perform another 20 thrusters. The clock stops at the end of 2000m.
Sunday – 2/16
1. Deadlift – 5 x 2
2a. Handstand Holds – accumulate 5 minutes in a hold
2b. Toe 2 bar – unbroken sets
(Accumulate 5 minutes in a handstand. Each time you come down from the handstand position, perform an unbroken set of toe 2 bar. Post your best and worst linked sets to comments.)
Monday – 2/17
1. AMRAP 12
10 Pull ups
8 Overhead squats, 95/65
6 Over the bar burpees
2. L-sit holds – 8 x max holds (don’t hold more than 20 seconds)
Tuesday – 2/18
1. AMRAP 7
80 Double unders
50 Calorie row
30 Overhead swings, 24kg/16kg
20 Pull ups
2. Accumulate 15 minutes of muscle up practice
Wednesday – 2/19
1. 10 Rounds for time
10 Deadlift, 135/95
8 Hang power clean (from knees), 135/95
6 Shoulder to overhead, 135/95
2. Accumulate 200′ of Overhead walking lunges – 115/75
Thursday – 2/20
1. Back Squat – 7 x 1 (straight sets)
2. 15 rope climbs
Friday – 2/21
1. “Fran” 21-15-9
2a. Box jumps – 4 x 10 unbroken (game standards)
2b. Toe 2 bar – 4 x max unbroken
12 Feb / 2014
We have six members of Renegade Rowing and CrossFit Boston competing at CRASH-B’s, The World Indoor Rowing Championships, this Sunday. If you’ve never seen an indoor rowing event it’s pretty epic. Come check it out and cheer on our athletes. The competition is held at the Boston University Agganis Arena throughout the day. Below is a list of our competitors and the times they’re racing. I’ll be on the floor helping push them to new PR’s. Bring a friend and cheer them on!
Bob Ezzell 9:50am
Thor Helgason 10:05am
David Porter 2:45pm
Terese Holm 3:00pm
Nick Anderson 3:15pm
Andrew Morrissey 3:15pm
Good Luck All! Have Fun!
As many of you have noticed (and lamented), sleep is a big part of the Transformation Challenge. But sleep doesn’t just impact how hard it is to get out of bed or how much coffee you need to survive the day, it can also affect your food choices, sports performance, and long term health.
Sleep occurs in two parts, non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. NREM sleep makes up about 75% of sleep time and consists of four stages. Stages 1 and 2 are the beginnings of sleep, when your start breathing more irregularly and begin to disengage from your surroundings. Stages 3 and 4 are the parts of the sleep cycle where the most recovery occurs, as breathing slows, tissues are repaired, energy is restored, and important hormones are released. REM sleep makes up the other 25% of sleep time, usually happening 90 minutes after you fall asleep and recurring every 90 minutes. During REM sleep, energy is provided to the brain and body, the brain is active – this is the part of sleep where dreaming happens – while the body becomes immobile as muscles are turned off.