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25 Jul / 2014

072514 – FIRE IT UP FRIDAY!

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Here we are everyone! It’s another Friday and tonight is the In-House Throwdown! So Fire It Up! I am looking forward to seeing everyone since I have been away for the last week. Remember that afterwards we will order in some Soul Fire BBQ and bring whatever you would like to drink.

This time away didn’t permit me to train as much as I would have liked and it wasn’t very active at all. It was a painful reminder of how much our bodies just want and need to move on a daily basis. I am not speaking about getting into the gym and hitting the WOD but just moving. Go for a walk, hike, swim, whatever! Being sedentary is not good for ya! I have been able to train the last 3 days and I feel significantly better because of it. Keep moving!

HYDROSTATIC WEIGHING

Keith from Metrowave Fitness will be with us again next weekend. He will be able to begin weighing on Friday PM and then Saturday AM. If you registered for the first round then you are set for this time as well. There will be a sheet at the front desk this week to sign up for a time slot. 

If you have not previously signed up but would like to participate this time then you can email Neal and sign up on the sheet as well. The cost is $75 for a one time dunk test. $125 if you want to pay for two dunk tests (Keith will return again in the fall at a date TBD).

Why should you participate? Hydrostatic weighing is the 98.5% accurate in determining your body composition. Favorable body composition is one health marker we use in the sick to super fit continuum.  The scale is not a good indicator of fitness as it does not differentiate between muscle and fat. Further, those participating in the dunking receive a handout outlining recommended macronutrient consumption to improve one’s body composition. 

WHAT’S ON TAP

Here is this upcoming week’s programming:

Saturday 7/26

1. Snatch – 1.1.1.1 x 3 sets @ 73%; rest 3:00 between sets

2a. HSPU Cluster 3.3.3.3 x 3 sets, rest 1:00 between sets
2b. Palms facing you Pull-up cluster 3.3.3.3 x 3 sets AHAP, rest 1:00 between sets

3. 12-9-6 for time
CTB Pull-ups
Box Jumps, 30″/24″

Sunday 7/27

With a partner complete for time (relay style)

21-15-9 reps of

Hang Squat Clean, 95/65
Handstand Push-ups

Then both run 1500m at the same time (both must finish for final time).

Monday 7/28

1. Power Clean – 1.1.1.1 x 3 sets @ 73%, rest 3 min between sets

2a. Ring Dips 8-12 reps x 3 sets, rest 1:00 between sets
2b. Glute Ham Raises (only to parallel) 8-15 reps x 3 sets, rest 1:00 between sets

3. AMRAP 6
15 Russian Swings, 32kg/24kg
10 Toe 2 Bar

Tuesday 7/29

AMRAP 20

10 Pull-ups
20 Push-ups
30 Deadlifts, 135/95

Wednesday 7/30

1. High Bar Back Squat @ 20×1, 7-9 reps women/70% x 3 reps for men x 5 sets, rest 2:00 between sets

2. “Nancy”

Complete 5 rounds for time
Run 400m
15 Overhead Squats, 95/65

Thursday 7/31

Row 5 min for max calories

rest 4 minutes

Run 5 min for max distance (500m loops)

rest 5 minutes

Row 5 min for max calories

Friday 8/1

1. Shoulder Press – 2RM

2. EMOM 15
5 Over the bar burpees
1 Snatch, 185/125

Hey CFB!  Hope you’re all getting pumped for the Throwdown tomorrow night.  It’s been a solid week of training and it’ll be fun to see where everyone stands.  Also, props to those who gave CrossFit Dodgeball a go on Monday.  That was a lot of fun to coach.  If you’d be interested in a CFB Dodgeball Tourney let me know.  Just saying, could be epic!  Hit us up with your thoughts in the comments or on FB.

This week it’s my pleasure to introduce you to one of our newest members, Lindsay!  When you meet her for the first time be sure to introduce yourself and throw up a high five!  Here’s a little bit about her to get the conversations started…

Who are you and what are you about?

Hi!  I’m Lindsay.  I am an ordained clergy in the christian tradition and an interfaith chaplain in higher education.  I am passionate about interfaith dialogue, human rights, learning, and most importantly drinking red wine with girlfriends.  I am married to an awesome man and have two very lively kiddos (ages 1 and 4) who have taught me more about myself and life than I’ve ever learned in a classroom.

Why did you join CrossFit Boston?

A girlfriend of mine who is in her forties and is in incredible shape challenged me to give CrossFit a try.  She said after 3 months of CrossFit, I would never go back to a conventional gym.  The future has yet to be told, but at this point, CrossFit has been a refreshing change!

What are some of your goals for this year?

I haven’t been consistently active for the past 5 years, so my primary goal is to be active!  And my ultimate goal is to have sustained energy with my kiddos on the playground.  Ironically, some days after training I have a hard time even picking up my kiddos!  But overall, I can already feel a very positive difference.

What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?

I’m terrified to join group classes!  There are some crazy good athletes doing crazy amounts of pull ups in there.  But in spite of that fear – I am most looking forward to the team atmosphere in the group classes. Not to mention that whoever picks the music at our gym actually did an entire class to musical theater… Love it!   Who wouldn’t want to work out to that?!

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 8.20.34 AMRaise your hand if you haven’t heard at some point in your life that you need 3 servings of dairy (or low fat dairy) to maintain strong bones. Let me guess, no hands.

Now, milk is a pretty decent food. It has calcium and is fortified with vitamin D, both of which are good for your bones. As a bonus, (low fat) dairy consumption has also been associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and is associated with lower blood pressure. In addition, milk contains a mix of protein and carbohydrates that make it a good post workout recovery beverage (or part of one that includes added protein). 

But do you need to drink 3 cups (8 oz glasses) of it per day? No, you don’t. So where did that recommendation come from?

A Brief History of Milk In The US

Back in the 1940′s and 1950′s, everyone drank whole milk. It went in cereal and accompanied dinner. But somewhere around the 1950′s and early 1960′s, people started hearing that whole milk was bad for your health. That it could increase your risk of heart disease. So people stopped drinking it. In the meantime, the Dairy Industry kept on producing at high numbers, creating a surplus. This lead to the formation of the Dairy Checkoff Program, which according to Dairy Management Inc. works in the following way”

Dairy farmers pay 15 cents and dairy importers pay 7.5 cents for every hundred pounds of milk (or the equivalent thereof) they sell or import into a generic dairy product promotion fund – familiarly called the “dairy checkoff” – that DMI manages along with state and regional promotion groups. That money – with USDA oversight – is used to fund programs aimed at promoting dairy consumption and protecting the good image of dairy farmers, dairy products and the dairy industry.”

So basically, the dairies pay the USDA, and the USDA promotes milk products for them. Totally legit, right? Now to be fair, it is recommended adults consume 1,000 mg of calcium per day, and a cup of milk has 305 mg. So while the 3 cups per day DOES meet those calcium needs, I think framing this in consumption of dairy alone (without more focus on other calcium containing foods) is underhanded. 

Now as educated adults, we might be able to figure this out and recognize that while dairy isn’t bad for us, we also don’t need to consume a gallon of milk a week per person, either. But not everyone knows this information. In addition, according to a new report called Whitewashed: How Industry And Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods:

  • About half of all milk is consumed either as flavored milk, with cereal, or in a drink;
  • Nearly half of the milk supply goes to make about 9 billion pounds of cheese and 1.5 billion gallons of frozen desserts–two-thirds of which is ice cream;
  • 11 percent of all sugar goes into the production of dairy products.

For more see Eat Drink Politics.

So, the government is promoting all this dairy, and much of it is in the form of things like sugary Boston Cream Pie flavored yogurt, strawberry milk, and to accompany fruit loops. 

What Can We Do

My recommendation is to consume dairy as it fits into your life. I eat Nutty Nuggets cereal every morning, and on alternating weeks enjoy it with 2% milk or almond milk. I eat yogurt and cheese every now and again. But I don’t enjoy drinking milk, and I don’t add cheese or milk to most foods. I do, however, use Greek yogurt as a sub for mayonnaise in chicken or tuna salad. However, I know some people (ahem, Martin) drink a lot of milk regularly. And that’s fine too.

Here are my basic tips for dairy:

  • Choose milk that is grass-fed and from humanely raised cows.
  • Choose Whole or 2% milk or plain Greek yogurt. It’s actually pretty hard to have too much on a regular basis if you’re eating rich, plain dairy (at least I find).
  • Avoid ice cream, processed cheese, etc as primary sources of calcium.  The benefit of calcium from a box of Kraft Mac ‘N Cheese is not worth the cost of what else is in the food.
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18 Jul / 2014

071814 – Fire It Up Friday!

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It’s a great morning here in Ol’ Latrobe while getting away with the family for a few days. We have been spending time relaxing, hitting the parks for the kids, and reuniting with family that we haven’t seen for some time. Getting away is good for recharging the batteries so we can hit it hard again once we are back in town. I am looking forward to hitting some heavy iron!

It’s about time for me to FIRE IT UP and here is what I am going to be doing for my workout today:

AMRAP 12
2 suicide sprints on the basketball court
5 Burpees
10 Push ups
15 Sit-ups
20 Squats

IN-HOUSE THROWDOWN

Next Friday is our In-House Throwdown beginning at 6:00pm. The heats will go off every 30 minutes with 8 athletes at a time. Right now the plan is for 5 Heats finishing the final heat at 8:30pm. Afterwards we will be ordering in delivery from Soul Fire BBQ or you can bring something from home. Bring your favorite summer beverage and kick back with some friends. 

Sign up for your Heat HERE.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 8/19

1. EMOM 12 – women 4 snatch/men 2 Snatch @ 75%

2. Row :30/:30 – 20 rounds
:30 @ 90% take 7-10 seconds off your 500m pace
:30 rest

Hold the pace for all 20 rounds

Sunday 8/20

“Grace + Helen”

With a partner perform the following:

60 Clean and Jerks, 135/95

Then

6 rounds of

400m run
21 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
12 Pull-ups

For the clean and jerks the partners must alternate every 10 reps until all 60 reps are completed. Then the partners will alternate every round until both complete 3 rounds each of the workout. The total time to complete the entire workout is the score.

Monday 8/21

Perform three rounds of this couplet for time.

Three muscle-ups
50 sit-ups

Notes:

1) Perform any sit-up you want.

2) If you still can’t perform the muscle up. Give us 15 strict pull-ups and 15 strict dips per round.

3)Typically, you’ll have the strength for a muscle-up when you can do 15 pull-ups and dips without a pause.

Tuesday 8/22

1a. Front squat – 4 sets x women 8-12 reps/men 5 reps @ 70%; 21×1, rest 2 mins between sets

1b. Dips – 4 x Amrap (-4), stop 4 reps shy of failure

2. 10 sets x :10 L-sit hold, rest :30 between sets

3. 21-15-9 for time
Goblet squat
KTE

Wednesday 8/23

Tabata Squats
Rest 4 minutes
Tabata Thruster, 45/35
Rest 4 minutes
Tabata Clean, 95/65

Notes:

1) The Tabata Interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times.

2) Add the three scores from each effort for a total score for the workout.

Thursday 8/24

1. Power Clean – 4 sets x 1.1.1.1 @ 70%, rest 3 minutes between sets

2a. Deadlift – 8, 8, 6, 6 – touch and go, rest 1:30
2b. Handstand push-up cluster – 3.3.3 x 4 sets, rest 1:30

3. Row as far as possible in 7 minutes.

Friday 8/25

1. High Bar Back Squat – 5 reps x 3 sets @ 70%; 22×2

2. “Bell”
3 rounds for time

15 Deadlift, 185/125
15 Pull ups
15 Front Squat, 185/125

FRIDAY 7/25 – IN-HOUSE THROWDOWN

1. 3 attempts (10 min) to establish a 2RM Front Squat

1 minute rest then

2. AMRAP 8
Row 16 calories
8 Burpees

 

17 Jul / 2014

Bay States Summer Games Recap

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First and foremost I am very proud of all my lifters. Everyone trained hard, showed up Sunday and gave 110%.

  • Sharon walked away from the platform elated having not only achieving meet PR’s but lifetime PR’s on both lifts. She also went 6 for 6 successful lifts. Overall she increased her total by 6kg. Sharon got a silver 2nd Place Medal.

 

  • Sophie competed in her first weightlifting meet and posted some very impressive numbers also going 6 for 6 successful lifts. She ended her total with her Clean and Jerk 1 kg from lifetime PR and matched her Snatch PR. Let me say these PRs were established 1 week from competition. Having gone 6 for 6 and hitting these numbers is mind blowing. It proves that the determination and hard work invested paid off. Sophie tied first place; however due to the other competitor weighing less, she medaled 2nd Place Silver.

 

  • Sean has improved his form remarkably in the last year on both lifts, especially in a meet setting where you are attempting much higher weights than practice with 100 people watching. Sean Snatched higher than he did in his last meet but had some trouble with the clean and jerk. Next meet I am sure he will make these attempts he was aiming for.

 

  • Joe was a last minute competitor having been accepted on the waitlist 2 weeks out. This was also Joe’s first weightlifting meet and he ended his snatch 1kg from his PR and hit a clean and jerk 1 kg more than his lifetime max. I think he performed remarkable when looking back on how little preparation he had as far as practicing the lifts consistently. I feel he is a natural lifter who has the ability to be great if he decides it is something he wants to pursue.

 

  • Martin I know we all like to pick on Martin and he deserves most of it, but Martin showed up at my doorstep at 6:50am Sunday when he did not lift until 3-4 that afternoon. He helped me keep track of the warm up platform and the competition platform for 4 lifters. There was more than one instance that I had a lifter on each Platform and I would not have been able to manage this as effectively without Martin helping me with the early lifters and Sharon helping with the heavyweights. I know Martin stretches more than any human being needs, but he has also been a competitive athlete most of his life and it showed when he stepped on the platform. Martin hit 3 beautiful snatches obtaining a lifetime 5kg PR. He opened the clean and jerk with his last meet PR, and then hit a 5kg PR on his next lift. On the third lift he hit 100kg which is a 10kg lifetime PR and was so excited he dropped and celebrated before the judges told him “down” and he received a no lift. So on the books a 5kg PR but as far as I am concerned he nailed 100kg. We had a very frustrating week leading up in practice so I am very proud of the turnaround.

 

  • Eric was also competing in his first meet. He has been training for months diligently. He needed a 205 total to qualify for National Masters so wanted to start somewhat conservative to ensure he made the minimum total. He very easily made the total and hitting 4 of 6 lifts but the misses were big jumps on the third lift of both snatch and clean and jerk but both went overhead easily just very minor mistakes that red flagged him. He is a very hard worker and has the ambition. No doubt he will succeed as far he wants to go with his endeavors.

~ Coach Julie G.

The CrossFit Boston In-House Throwdown will be next Friday, July 25th at 6:30pm with food and beverages to follow.  So the question is…. Are you ready to compete?  Against yourself?  Against others?  Below are a couple of my thoughts on what it means to be an athlete, and even better, a firsthand athlete.  Read through, reflect on your training and experience in the gym, and share what you think it means to be an athlete.

Stan perfecting the TGU

Stan perfecting the TGU

The Firsthand Athlete

A firsthand athlete has the competence and confidence to rely on personal experiences to prepare for, execute, and learn from a performance both as an individual and as part of a team.  The in-house throwdown at CrossFit Boston is a unique opportunity to test your athleticism because there is no coach calling plays, talking you through the pre-comp warm-up, or cueing you on that one technical or tactical fix during the wod.  

If you can’t make the throwdown because of vacation, you will still need to know what to do to keep up with your training.  When an athlete is away on vacation there is no coach to walk them through a workout.  When an athlete enters the arena on game-day or goes home for vacation it’s up to them to know what to do, what to think about, what to fix, and what to focus on.  The firsthand athlete actively communicates with their body, teammates, and coaches to continually learn and work towards their goals.

Chau crushed a personal record in her triathlon last weekend! Congrats Chau!

Chau crushed a personal record in her triathlon last weekend! Congrats Chau!

The CrossFit Boston Athlete 

One of my main goals as a coach at CrossFit Boston is to develop Firsthand Athletes.  With a class full of Firsthand Athletes, who can work hard together and stay focused on what they must do as individuals to make the rest of the group better, the possibilities are endless.

Have a great Thursday, work hard this week, and see you at the Throwdown next week!

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16 Jul / 2014

Eat This, Not That – BBQ Edition

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Summer in New England always feels to me like trying to pack a year’s worth of outdoor fun into 90 days. It seems like there’s a BBQ, happy hour, sporting event, or party every weekend to tempt me with beer, chips, and all sorts of less than healthy fun. And while having a “cheat day” isn’t the worst thing in the world, having them three times a week all summer can add up.  And since the BBQ is the most ubiquitous summer activity, here is a little advice on making at least some of those BBQ’s a little bit healthier. 

Be Prepared

  • Don’t show up hungry – snacks at BBQs plentiful in calorie and fat content (think chips, boxed cookies, etc), with scarce vegetable offerings. Have a salad or some fruit before you go so you’re not starving.
  •  BYO… If you want to be sure there’s something healthy there (like delicious kebabs, see below) or grass-fed, humanely raised hamburgers (instead of Bubba Burgers) then the safest bet is to bring it yourself.
  • Stay hydrated. Alcohol and heat can combine to cause dehydration. Water will also make you a little less hungry. Try to drink a glass every hour, or alternate a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage.

Grill Swap

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15 Jul / 2014

Tuesday Tip – 071514

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Hello Folks! I am going to start posting blogs of Yoga/Mobility warm ups and cool downs! I will give y’all some knowledge to give your body some love after kicking your own ass in class! Love/Hate relationship. :) 

 
Todays work out: 
 
1a. Bench Press – 3 sets x 5 reps @ 80%; tempo 21×2
1b. Ring Rows (strict) – 3 x 8-12 reps; tempo 3133
 
2. 2 x 1500m, rest 4 mins between sets
 
Before Class:
 
10- Downword Dog Poses, glide down into a Strict Plank, lower slowly to the floor and press up to an Up-dog. 
Tips: In the Down-dog, Hands and feet are in the distance of your plank. Press back, meaning push your butt to the ceiling, core engaged and shoulders are open.(don’t squeeze scapulas together) – Plank, very simple. Lower down like a strict push up. – Up-dog, to press up you need to engage your legs. To do so, Your laces are pressing against the floor, which will pull your knees, thighs and hips off of the floor. Your core is tight and your head in neutral to your spine. The only parts of you body that should be touching the floor in a Up-dog are your hands and the tops of your feet. (laces)
 
5 each arm, 4 way band stretches. You all have done this before in classes. 
- Band Bully
- Lateral Opener
- Bully Extension Bias
- Banded Overhead Distraction 
 
Now, before class all of these can be performed at a quicker pace. Still take your time but you do not need to spend a couple mins on each pose. 
 
AFTER class, do all of theses poses 2-3 minutes on each side. ALL of them! Even the Down-dog, Up-dog flow. Each 30 seconds take a DEEP breath and on the exhale get deeper into every single one of these mobility poses. 
 
Give your body some LOVE! 
 
-Coach Jen aka “Mighty Mouse”
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11 Jul / 2014

FIRE IT UP! Friday 7/10/14

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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

Hey, the Baystate Games are this coming weekend and there are quite a few of your fellow members competing. So, get out and show your support. The event is held at UMass Boston. The ladies kick off the morning and the men mid morning to afternoon. Here is a list of those competing:

Women Competition Begins @ 9AM:
Sharon Leary
Sophie Hu

Lightweight men Competition Begins @ 12pm:
Sean Theriault
Joe Mathias

Heavyweight men Competition Begins @ 3pm:
“Mobility” Martin Breu
Eric Jonas

I know from experience that this day is always better when there are some others around to support you. If you have some free time on Sunday, get down there and cheer them on!

REBOOT TIME

I am going to be taking some days off with my family to head down to Old Latrobe where my Mother and Sisters reside. My family has yet to meet Zoë and are eager to do so. I am looking forward to taking some time to reboot and recharge the batteries for when we get back. So, if you don’t see me for a few days, don’t freak out. :-)

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 7/12

1. 2 rounds for quality
15 Back extension
15 Dips

2. AMRAP 8
15 Russian Swings, 32kg/24kg
15 Burpee to a 25# plate

Sunday 7/13

1. EMOM 15
3 CTB Pull-ups
5 Thruster, 95#/65#

2. Partner AMRAP 15
200m run
max pistols alternating each rep
400m run
max box jumps, 24″/20″ (step down)
800m run
max wallball shots, 20#/15#
1600m run
max push-ups

Both complete the entire work. 1 begins with the run while the other starts with pistols then switch. Keep alternating until 15 minutes are up. If both complete the 1600m run, then start again at the beginning.

Monday 7/14

1. Deadlift – 3 x 5 reps @ 80%, tempo 21×2

2. For time
21 Squat Clean, 50% of BW
21 Push-ups
15 Squat Clean
15 Push-ups
9 Squat Clean
9 Push-ups

Tuesday 7/15

1a. Bench Press – 3 sets x 5 reps @ 80%; tempo 21×2
1b. Ring Rows (strict) – 3 x 8-12 reps; tempo 3133

2. 2 x 1500m, rest 4 mins between sets

Wednesday 7/16

Complete 5 rounds for time

1000m row
15 Thrusters, 75/55
15 Burpees

Thursday 7/17

1. Perform three rounds of this couplet for time.

Deadlift body weight 15 reps
Run 250 meters

2a. Seated DB Press, 3 sets x 8-10 reps moderate weight; 21×1
2b. Weighted Pull-up cluster, 3 sets x 1.1.1.1, 21×1

The pull-ups are strict. Perform one rep drop off for a one count then repeat 3 more times.

Friday 7/18

Tier 1 Fitness Rating Test

400m med ball run
Max Pull-ups
Max Push-ups
Max Sit-ups (1 minute)
Tabata Squats

Saturday 7/19

1. EMOM 12 – women 4 snatch/men 2 Snatch @ 75%

2. Row :30/:30 – 20 rounds
:30 @ 90% take 7-10 seconds off your 500m pace
:30 rest

Hold the pace for all 20 rounds

 

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RRT launchingHello CFB!

Hope you had an awesome 4th of July Weekend!  Above is a video that got posted on the CrossFit Main Site just over two years ago when I first became one of your coaches.  I’m getting pumped because it’s that time of year again.  Time for the Renegade Rowing Team to get on the water, learn to row, and come together as a team to hold each other accountable.  Next Thursday we will be holding tryouts at Community Rowing in Brighton.  If you’d like to learn how to row and do it with a bunch of badass CFB members then the time is now.  If you are reading this and you happen to be a CrossFitter from another box, you are welcome to join us, we’d be glad to have you!  Please sign up below.

 

Renegade Rowing Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI

 

Sign Up Here

 

Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following… RRT KSA’s

 

If you are interested, want to know more about the KSA’s, or have a few questions please let me know ASAP so I can get you fired up to get on the water.  I’m working with a couple of people early next week to review basic technique and drills.  Hit me up at [email protected] if you’d like to join in.

 


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