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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The concept of low-carb is also terribly outdated, and was silly when it was first spawned.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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PS If you like reading about a common sense approach to health and would like to read about it more often than my once weekly blog, use the link above to follow him on LinkedIn.

Nigel Battling Dave

Hey guys! How was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was awesome. I got a chance to relax, see Tiff, DJ a former member‘s wedding, and witness a full house at CFB tackle Fight Gone Bad! Talk about inspiring!

In any case, this coming Sunday, we will be taking on the Filthy Fifty in honor of Nigel C.’s and Dave L.’s birthdays. I’ll be spinning some awesome WOD jams and there will be food/drink/merriment afterwards. There may even be some panda dogs running about, but I’ll make no promises! If you’re interested in taking a plate of Soul Fire BBQ to the face, please email me at [email protected] Food will be a mere five bucks ($5) per plate.

Also, I’d like to provide an update on the in-house throwdown that we’re having on Saturday, September 27th. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the events section of the white board. So far, we have twenty-four slots filled so it means we only have six slots remaining! Again, this throwdown is meant to be a fun event rather than a super-competitive event, so definitely sign up if you’re on the fence. We’ve got a couple of sponsors lined up (including RacePak, Via Privé, and Progenex), so the winning team will get some neat prizes!

Here is 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 movements must be completed in listed order
3. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement
5. These conditions may change after loop-holes are discovered.
 
Who will take the remaining spots in the throwdown and more importantly, WHO WILL TAKE HOME THE CROWNS*?
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey
 
 
* Most likely paper crowns from Burger King.
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01 Sep / 2014

First Mobility Class

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Mobility is FINALLY here! Every Wed. @ 7:30pm is YOUR new Mobility class! Class will be an hour long, BUT if anyone wants to stay after class for a little while and continue working on some movements, that is fine with me! Just please let me know ahead of time, so I can plan on staying. 

Now, the first class, I will be communicating on the reasons in why I am bringing Mobility to CFB, and I want to know what everyone needs to pay attention to with your own body. In my experience of working with clients in mobility, hands on, assisting and cueing, I am used to working with different injuries, ages, and body types. So, trust me, YOU are in good hands! You will absolutely be doing mobility but you will be doing movements where I can read everyone’s bodies, being aware of limitations and alignments. Everyone will obviously be different, but I am sure there will be MANY of you having common difficulties or annoyances.   

Equipment: (IF it has a * it is required)

- Lacrosse Ball*

- Mat

- Strap*

- Blocks 

I hope everyone who said they will be coming, ACTUALLY comes! For those who decide to commit to Mobility, YOU are going to have a lot fun and be excited about what I have in store for you! We will talk about it more in class, but I will be having everyone who COMMITS to mobility, video tape yourself in performing a FULL Snatch or a lift you are able to perform. You will start off knowing where your body is tight, disconnected, and needs a little LOVE. A few months down the road, I will have you be doing this again. So you can SEE what I am talking about every time I speak of mobility and you will also SEE what has helped you, and will CONTINUE helping you reaching every goal you are working towards! 

I am BEYOND excited and full of joy to give you all the feeling of my passion, in the reasons why I do, what I do! Mark my words, you WILL thank me. You DO NOT have to say it, but I know you will feel thankful! 

29 Aug / 2014

082914 – FIRE IT UP!

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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP! 

It’s the last Friday of Summer! Labor Day is Monday and the kids start school the day after, if they didn’t already. It’s a great time to recommit to your fitness and goals. We have a lot of programs coming up to help you do just that. Strength Challenge 2.0 is on the horizon, Mobility class, and the Co-Ed Throwdown. I know the list definitely has gotten larger the last few days of those participating in the Throwdown. It’s going to be a ton of fun for everyone.

LABOR DAY CLASS SCHEDULE

We will be running one class this Monday at 9am. It’s none other than “Fight Gone Bad”. Put in the work to recognize all the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

PROGRAMMING FOR NEXT WEEK

The last two weeks have been spent finding 3RM’s in many lifts. Beginning this upcoming week the strength lifts will be based on percentages of those lifts. You need to compute the Estimated 1RM for each of the lifts to ensure you get the most out of the training. Here’s how:

1 Rep Max = wt lifted x 3 reps x .0333 + wt lifted

Lets assume you hit 300 on the back squat for 3 reps. Punch that into the formula and it looks like this:

1RM = (300 x 3) x .0333 + 300
1RM = (900 x .0333) + 300
1RM = 30 + 300 = 330

From here you will take your percentages as written for the day.

Saturday 8/30

CF Warm up

1. Back Squat – 10-1-10-1-10

2. 3 rounds for time
400m run
21 Front Squats, 115/75
15 Pull-ups

Sunday 8/31

With a partner complete for time
200m Medball run, 20#/15#
Max Burpees
400m Medball run, 20#/15#
Max Power Clean, 95/65
800m Medball run, 20#/15#
Max Back Squats, 95/65

While 1st partner completes the medball run, partner 2 performs max burpees. They switch partner 2 runs while partner 1 performs max burpees. Continue until both have completed the 800m run. Score is both time in seconds + reps completed.

Monday 9/1 – Labor Day 9am WOD ONLY

“Fight Gone Bad”

3 rounds of:
Wall-ball shots, 20-lb. ball, 10-ft. target (reps)
Sumo deadlift high-pull, 75 lb. (reps)
Box jump, 20-inch (reps)
Push press, 75 lb. (reps)
Row (calories)

In this workout you move from each of five stations after a minute. The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. This is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. On call of “rotate,” the athletes must move to next station immediately for best score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.

Tuesday 9/2

1. Heaving Snatch Balance – 3 x 5 keep it light and focus on technique

2. Complete reps of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Squat snatch, 135/95
Push-ups (double the reps)

PR Wednesday 9/3

1. Back squat
5 @ 60%
max dips BW – rest 2:00
5 @ 70%
8-12 dips BW+ (AHAP) – rest 2:00
5+ @ 80%
8-12 dips BW+ (AHAP)

2. “Grace”

30 Clean and jerks for time (should be no longer than 6 minutes)

135/95

Thursday 9/4

1. Run 3 x 500 @ 80% rest 2:00 between efforts

2. AMRAP 15
21 Russian Swings, 32kg/24kg
14 Goblet Squats, 32kg/24kg
7 Pull-ups

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY-GRINDER 9/5

Complete 2 rounds for time

25 Deadlift, 275/175
25 Box Jumps, 24/20
25 Wallball shots, 20/15
25 Power clean, 185/125
25 Wallball shots, 20/15
25 Box Jumps, 24/20
25 Push press, 135/85

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

Alex and Big Papi

Alex and Big Papi

Hey CFB!  Well done attacking training this week.  It has been a solid Summer and I’m pumped for the Fall.  Every time Labor Day rolls around I like to reflect on the fun times of Summer and set a couple of goals for the Fall.  This year we saw some sick numbers in the Strength Challenge.  Alex and I got to watch some ball at Fenway.  CFB had the most fun out of all teams in the BSSC Softball League.  People hit the beach with some muscles!  And we saw a moose hiking.  A MOOSE!

Last week I mentioned we’ll be breaking out a new focus on skill work outside of class in September.  What skill will you fight to improve next week?  That’s right, September is here!!!  My goal in addition to getting 10 strict pull ups is to get a strict handstand push up.  Not easy for a tall guy like me, but I’m game for some hard work.  I mean what’s the point of doing something if it’s easy right?

Falling Waters Trail!

Falling Waters Trail!

What did you enjoy this Summer and what challenges are you looking to attack this Fall?

Moose!

Moose!

Sunset

Sunset in Newport

Vermont_cowWell, that is, if you are drinking milk. A while back I wrote a post on organic produce, the point of which was essentially “Meh, nutritionally organic and conventional produce are very similar”. But that’s not gong to be the point of this article. The point of this article is that if you put dairy products into your body, they better damn well be organic 99% of the time. 

How Milk Is Made

Conventional dairy farming can be a nasty business. Cows live in close quarters, are fed corn/grains (not the natural diet of a pastured animal) and receive antibiotics (scary fact: somewhere around 80% of antibiotics produced in the US are given to animals). None of these things is particularly healthy for the cow. And I haven’t even gotten into the pooping – how much, where it goes, and what that does to the environment. I’m not going to either, there’s enough on that circulating the web. (Or, if you’re interested in a comprehensive book on industrial dairy and meat production in the US, check out Animal Factory). 

In contrast, the standards for organic livestock include:

  • Organic feed
  • Access to outdoors
  • Ruminants must have access to pasture during growing season (at least 120 days)
  • Preventive healthcare plan
  • Prohibited use of antibiotics, growth hormones, genetic engineering, or cloning

Source – Extension 

Why It Matters

849495f62ae31738eeeb06ec3e3a6c85The biggest reason organic dairy matters is the antibiotics. Hold on, I”m putting on my public health hat for a minute.

OK there we go. Antibiotic resistance and superbugs are a HUGE HUGE HUGE problem that is continuing to grow. The more antibiotics are used when they shouldn’t be (like for prevention in all of our livestock, or when you have a virus like cold or flu), the more opportunity bacteria have to build resistance. And bacteria we can’t kill leads to disease and death. Can you imagine dying because you cut your foot at work? Before antibiotics, it happened. If you want to read something terrifying about antibiotic resistance, read this article on a post antibiotic era.  

Another benefit of organic dairy is the actual nutrition, and there’s some evidence to back it up.

As far as dairy is concerned, several studies demonstrated the superiority of organic dairy compared to conventional. A review conducted in Germany added data from the last three years to an existing pool of data and found that organic dairy products are higher in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and have a higher omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid ratio than conventional products. Typically, the Western diet is high in omega 6 fats and low in omega 3 fats, but a higher omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is thought to reduce inflammation and risk of heart disease. The authors suspect that these results are due to the differences in the way organic and conventional dairy cows are fed. (Palupi E, Jayanegara A, Ploeger A, Kahl J. Comparison of nutritional quality between conventional and organic dairy products: a meta-analysis. J Sci Food Agric. 2012 Mar 19. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.5639. [Epub ahead of print])

Another study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture looked at the fatty acid and antioxidant profiles of various input levels of conventional and organic milk found that “highest concentrations of nutritionally beneficial compounds were found in the low-input organic system. Adapted grass-based feeding strategies including pasture offer the potential to produce a distinguishable organic milk product quality.” (Kusche D1, Kuhnt K, Ruebesam K, Rohrer C, Nierop AF, Jahreis G, Baars T. Fatty acid profiles and antioxidants of organic and conventional milk from low- and high-input systems during outdoor period. J Sci Food Agric. 2014 Jun 5. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.6768. [Epub ahead of print]).

How To Choose The Right Dairy

3417003146_cffee297fa_zLook for the organic label. Bonus points for grass-fed. And to avoid sugar, stick to plain dairy – no Strawberry milk, fruit on the bottom yogurt, etc. Also remember to look for organic when you are buying cream for coffee, too.

 

 

 

 

Photo c/o http://www.pinterest.com/hamcohealth/infographics-posters-memes/

Photo 2 c/o Mica Monkey 

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Hey Everyone! Just thought I’d provide an update on some events you may be interested in checking out:

 

1. Friday, August 30th at 6 PM – Our very own Joe Mathias will be presenting a clarinet recital in the Marshall Room of the Boston University Campus (855 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor).

2. Monday, September 1st – There will be one class at 9 AM.

3. Sunday, September 7th – On this glorious day in place of (and extending beyond) the 9:30 class, we shall celebrate the ascension of two of our more venerable members into their golden years! Both Nigel Costolloe and Dave Lapidus will be kicking off their 50th year with a very special edition of the Filthy Fifty WOD. The programming for the day will be the Filthy Fifty, there will be food from Soul Fire BBQ available for purchase ($5 cash per plate), music by me, and there are rumors that there will be additional beverages provided. Drop me at line at [email protected] if you are interested in a plate of BBQ.

4. Saturday, September 13th – At 4 PM, our very own Candy Saunders will be roller derbying her butt off in Wilmington. I’ve seen a couple of bouts and it’s awesome! https://www.facebook.com/events/877739245588591/

5. Saturday, September 27th – Are you ready for our in-house throwdown? Over the last week, I’ve been letting folks in classes know that the event is going to be a 2-person TEAM throwdown. So far, we have about a dozen people signed up to participate and my goal is to have fifteen teams. In terms team formation, we would like to mix things up as much as possible. We’d like to pair Rx athletes with scaled athletes, newer members with “older” members, morning class attendees with evening class attendees, etc. What will the WODs, you may be asking? Excellent question! Here’s the first one:

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 can perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. When 1000m row is completed, only one partner can work at a time

It’s sure to be a great time, so sign up with the link below!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

 

Click Here to Register to Compete or Volunteer/Judge!

Athletic Mobility Yoga:

 

I’m starting a class that will allow you to feel your body out a lot more than you did when you walked through the door at CFB. That might sound harsh but I mean it in a peaceful manner. Give it a chance, breathe and give your body some love.

 

Be present in every movement your body makes. Trust your breath to lead you toward depth, feeling open, and proper positioning through your entire body.

 

All of us can say that we are athletes, Crossfitters, Olympic lifters, and very fit individuals. We are all strong in our own ways and we all know the methodology of CrossFit, trial & error, input & output, measurable, repeatable, and observable. We truly understand the results of the methodology. “The Code”, Constantly Varied, Functional Movements, High Intensity. Lets not forget about Olympic lifting. The flexibility, the control, and the power/speed you need to perform a lift. Through every movement your body makes with these functional movements or Oly lifts that you are performing your technique will never be perfect but it can always get closer and closer. You are able to feel every inch of each move your body makes. Being able to have the mind-set to do that is to actually be able to control your mind in a calm sense. To have strength mentally and actually go through a functional movement at a slower pace, to hold, to breath, and to control every move you make.

 

With all of that said, ask yourself this, how does you body feel? We ALL work pretty damn hard on our bodies but do we ever actually give our bodies some love?

 

There is mobility at the beginning of class, there is some stretching going on and of course “rolling out” before and after every class. That is legit, seriously that is awesome but it is not enough. Think of what you do to your body weekly, literally, you work your ass off. For as often as you work out hard do you do anything to love your body? I don’t mean get a message every week; I mean what kind of exercises besides “rolling out” do you actually do?

 

You NEED to do more. You need to do more mobility than just before and after classes. Give me two months, once a week for my Mobility Yoga class and you will understand everything that I am saying.

 

GPP: General Physical Preparedness. Making YOU better at life. Hands down CrossFit will be a huge provider of that but so will Mobility Yoga.

 

10 General Physical Skills:

 

-       Cardio Vascular/ Cardio Respiratory Endurance

-       Stamina

-       Flexibility

-       Strength

-       Coordination

-       Balance

-       Agility

-       Accuracy

-       Speed

-       Power

 

As you read this list, in the back of your mind you ask, “strength or weakness?” Every single one of us asks, even if we have already read it a MILLION times. Keep working hard and do NOT give up on any weakness or injury. I promise you that in addition to the work you put your body through and the strength that you gain, you also need to exercise your MIND in a powerful way, without weights. Learning to work with this kind of power will help prevent injuries. You will understand what “balance” means and how you can gain a lot more power to what your strengths are and your weaknesses will NO longer be weak.

 

Mobility is very important. Dr. Kelley Starrett knows his stuff, that’s a no brainer. But, he is opening a lot of people’s eyes to see that Mobility Yoga is necessary. You should ALWAYS do Mobility before and after classes. Additionally you should do Mobility yoga once or twice a week.

 

 Classes will start on Sept 3rd. as of the time, I will post, write it on white board and print outs ALL over the gym :)

 

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21 Aug / 2014

To Belt or To Not To Belt

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HOLY PR’S BATMAN!

Do you follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/crossfitboston)? Twitter (@crossfitboston)? If so you will see the pics of members hitting new personal bests during class. Cindy was lights out with 4 of you (Nigel “Pencil Neck”, Isle, Paul, and Shirtless Bob) all completing more than 20 rounds. Great work! Beyond that accomplishment there were many that completed the WOD as Rx for the first time and Audrey hit all of her pull-ups unbroken for the first time. Wicked cool!

TO BELT OR NOT TO BELT…

That is the question. Some CrossFit purists would argue wearing a belt is cheating or blasphemy. The belief is that the amount of lifting performed in CrossFit training develops our midline and that a belt is doing for us what our own body should be doing. Is this thought process correct? What exactly does a belt do? 

Erik B chooses no belt BUT he loves lime green!

Erik B chooses no belt BUT he loves lime green!

Nick Horton from Breakingmuscle.com wrote an excellent piece outlining the pros and cons of a lifting belt and Mike Robertson wrote a piece for T-Nation. Read more about them here and here  then post your thoughts to comments.

I have been barbell training for 26 years and I have always worn a belt for anything over 70% of my maximal lifts. Should you? That is for you to decide.

PROGRAMMING

We are continuing finding the 3RM this upcoming week for some strength lifts. Be sure to upload your results to Pocket Coach. The revamped version is due to launch this fall. You will want to have your information up to date so that you can get the most out of your training.

Saturday 8/23

1. Power Clean – 2RM

2. 21-18-15-12-9-6-3
Squat clean @ 50% of 2RM
Sit-ups
20 Calories on the A/D (12 calories on the rower)

Sunday 8/24

With a partner each perform the following 3 rounds for time in Relay style alternating each round

Run 400m
21 Kettlebell Swings, 24kg/16kg
12 Pull-ups
15 Power Snatches, 135/95

Monday 8/25

1. Front Squat – 3RM

2. AMRAP 4
Run 200m
5 Pull-ups

rest 5 minutes

AMRAP 4
Run 200m
5 Hang Power Clean, 95/65
5 Burpees

Tuesday 8/26

1a. Handstand Push-ups cluster 2,2,2 x 3; rest 1:00 between sets
1b. Pistols cluster 4,4,4 each leg x 3; rest 1:00 between sets

2. Complete this couplet for time (alternate movements)
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Thrusters, 95/65
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Chest to bar pull-ups

Wednesday 8/27

“Hockey Night”

10 rounds of
30 seconds of wall balls, 20/15
30 seconds ball slams, 20/15
2 minutes rest

Thursday 8/28

1. AMRAP 4
Deadlift, 275

rest 8 minutes

2. AMRAP 4
Double Unders

rest 8 minutes

3. AMRAP 4
Pull-ups

Friday 8/29

1. Jerk from the rack – work up to a heavy single

2. EMOM Row 15/12 calories on the rower.

How long can you continue? 10 rounds? 15 rounds? 20?

vijaybackHowdy CFB!  How’s your training going?  When’s the last time you mastered a skill?  Have you done a strict Handstand Push Up or Double Under yet?  Have you dreamed of doing Pistols?  Well this September it’s time to make those dreams a reality!  You’re coaches will be rolling out extra skill programming to be done before and/or after classes.  In order to improve and continually progress we must challenge ourselves, and that means working on our goats on a consistent basis.

I’ll be helping everyone master Pistols!

Before we get going I’d like you all to read an article on why your squat may be different then someone else’s.  This way we’re on the same page and can begin working on why you don’t have a pistol yet.  We need to figure out your optimal stance for the squat and then consider how this might affect your setup for the pistol and what you need to improve.  As you read this article you’ll discover why some people can squat narrow and some people have to squat wide.  Should everyone strive to squat with their butt to their heels?  You shall find out.

The Best Kept Secret Why People Have to Squat Differently! (from themovementfix.com)

After checking out this article and video, comment here with your ideal squat stance and why you think that is.


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