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30 Jan / 2015

013015 – Fire It Up Friday!

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The end of the month is already upon us and its time to move forward into February. January’s programming was put together by Coach G2. We have received a good amount of feedback and we appreciate it. Part of what we need from you is to be tracking your progress and letting us know how you are feeling or responding to the workouts. Coach Jen has programmed for this next month and it looks like it will be another fun month. 

We appreciate everyone’s patience with getting everything set up within the gym. Our top priorities are the pull-up rig, fans, rings and climbing ropes. We have been in communication with a few persons to get it done. It needs to be done correctly and we hope to have it completed by the end of next week.

Tomorrow is our in-house throwdown. There will not be any regular classes and open gym will not be available. That being said, I WILL be in the gym by 6:30AM for some private sessions. Open gym will be available from then until 9am, with a hard stop at 9am. The platforms will be available for the weightlifting class only as usual on Saturdays.

See y’all in the gym!

~Neal

Hey CFB!

I hope everyone stayed warm in the Blizzard and got strong shoveling snow.  I just wanted to shout out to all of those athletes that participated in the Renegade Rowing League last weekend.  Congratulations on an awesome race and I hope to see you guys at CRASH-B’s March 1st.  For those that missed it, above is a video review I did of Mark racing at the RRL.  If you would like to improve your rowing, running, endurance, and overall performance we will be doing the Renegade Rowing League again next Winter.

In the mean time, if you are like me and looking for something to take your game to the next level, come checkout what the Renegades will be up to in March after CRASH-B’s.  We will be picking a competition every month to train for and compete at as a community, whether it’s a 5k, obstacle course race, trail race, rowing race, in house throw down, or any fun competition we come up with.  The Renegade Training Program will involve running, rowing on the water, rowing indoors, stadiums, lifting, throwing, jumping, climbing, and all of the fun stuff you love to do while getting fitter, faster, and stronger.

Our first community meeting to review the Renegade Training Program and pick our first activity post CRASH-B’s will be held on Wednesday, February 11 @7pm in the gym lounge.  I will have paleo pulled pork and collard greens for everyone.  If you’re interested in coming please send me an email, [email protected], and let me know what races/competitions you would like to train for this year.

Have fun at the Team Throwdown this weekend!

 

If you can think of a better blizzard food than chili, I’ll be surprised. And with a few months left of winter to go, there’s bound to be a few more snowed-in days like yesterday. Everyone seems to have their own chili recipe, perfected over many tries and prepared when the weather starts getting chilly and football games begin to dominate Sundays (or Saturdays, if you’re one of the rare college football fans in the Northeast). Below is my (OK, Pat’s) go-to Chili recipe and as a bonus, a few paleo game day snacks. Share your favorite chili recipe in the comments OR your favorite Super Bowl snack (preferably that is Whole Life Challenge Compliant). 

PAT’S PALEO CHILI 

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds of lean ground beef (90-10)
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 orange peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cubanelle peppers
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 8 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 16 oz jar of chunky salsa
  • 2 tsp each of: hot Hungarian paprika, cumin, cayenne, ground coriander
  • 1 TB each of: garlic powder, onion powder
  • 3 TB chili powder

Chop bell peppers and onions. Finely chop cubanelle and poblano peppers and set aside in a large bowl. 

Cook bacon in bottom of a large pot until browned to your liking. Remove, chop, and set aside. While the bacon is cooking, brown meat in a separate pan, drain, and set aside. Add onions and peppers to bacon grease and saute until soft, stirring frequently.

When veggies are cooked, mix in ground beef, bacon, and spices until well blended.

Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and salsa. Cover and simmer 2-3 hours. Enjoy!

GAME DAY FAVORITES

Bacon and Guacamole Sammies from Nom Nom Paleo (just be careful to make them right before game time, or you’ll be battling enzymatic processes all afternoon). http://nomnompaleo.com/post/2538959456/bacon-guacamole-sammies-dont-these-bacon-and

If you’re eating dairy… goat cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapeños http://brittanyangell.com/bacon-wrapped-goat-cheese-jalapeno-poppers-glutengrainegg-free/

Other easy ideas include veggies with guacamole and deviled eggs. I don’t have a great deviled egg recipe, so someone please share theirs!

Feature image c/o Karen Eckberg

27 Jan / 2015

Storm Aftermath

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We will reopen tomorrow with the gym resuming classes at noon and evening. 

26 Jan / 2015

Are You Ready to Throw Down?

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I hope you are all well and prepared for Snowpocalypse 2015! Our Choose Your Own Damned Partner Throwdown is on for this Saturday morning! Athletes should arrive by 9:30 to get warmed up on their own and briefed at 9:45. I’ve set the first challenge for our competitors to find judges for Saturday, but I’m also asking you all to volunteer your time for a fun time! Just email me at mickeyg@crossfitboston if you can donate your time. Judges are requested for 9:30 AM to roughly 12 PM. The goal is to start the first WOD at 10 AM and fly through the rest of them quickly. More details later in the week!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

24 Jan / 2015

Snow Day Make Up

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Tomorrow we will remain open after the 9:30AM class until 12pm. If you missed your workout tomorrow you can come on in and use the facility. The only class will be the 9:30AM but Open Gym will be available.

 

Hey CFB!

Please stay home, stay warm, and stay safe today.  The Gym is closed due to this snow storm.  I’m at the gym now (6am) and already the roads are covered and slippery.  Things look to only get worse as it changes to freezing rain and sleet plus more snow.  We will re-open tomorrow morning at the usual time.

If you’re looking for a good workout, try this on for size and post your results to comments:

Complete For Time (12min Cap)

1:00 Plank Hold **(Do 2 Burpees if you break)

20 Burpees

15 Air Squats

10 Hollow Rocks

30 Burpees

10 Hollow Rocks

15 Air Squats

20 Burpees

1:00 Plank Hold**(Do 2 Burpees if you break)

 

Get after it and have fun! Let us know how you do!

 

Do

23 Jan / 2015

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY – 012315

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Fire It Up! Fire It Up!

First congratulations to Kathryn and Matt on their new marriage! We are happy for the two of you and may you have many years of bliss! An additional congratulations to CrossFit Southie owners Chris and Amy with the birth of their baby boy Bradley.

How are you feeling this week? Strong? Sore? What has been your favorite workout this week? This month?

As was discussed in the Town Hall Meeting, we are continually working out the kinks and getting the gym to where we want it to be. The leaderboards are up along with the New Athlete Level Skills. Look for a blog post next week on how to use those.

This weekend we have the Renegade Rowing Cup race at 8am. All are welcome to participate. Contact Coach Pat for details.

Workout Tracking

All of the workouts are updated in our ZenPlanner workout tracking. You can download the app on your smartphone by uploading crossfitboston.sites.zenplanner.com to your web browser. It will then ask you to if you want to add the app to your home screen. From there, your log in is your email that you use with us and if you don’t know your password you can request a new one.

This app will also allow you to update contact information, handle payments, etc. So, get back to tracking all of your workouts. If you are not journaling you are not training.

~Neal

Deliberate practice makes perfect, but sometimes you need to get out of your garage or out of your box to gain more knowledge and improve your skills.  This is one of many posts I’ll be offering up to the world that will highlight amazing opportunities to get out of your normal routine, learn something new, and have some fun.

On January 31st at 1pm, Mt. Strength CrossFit in Winchester, MA will be hosting a two-hour Renegade Rowing Workshop.  Head Coach Patrick Larcom will be at Mt. Strength CrossFit to give everyone the knowledge they need to improve their rowing and performance in competition.

Checkout some highlights of what you’ll be learning above and don’t forget to register below!

Register Here!

I know a bunch of people in the gym are either doing the Whole Life Challenge or a variation of cleaner eating to kick off the new year. While this is all good news, it can also lead to some pitfalls. One of these, as I’ve mentioned in Paleo posts before, is carb intake and bonking. What is bonking? It’s basically hitting the wall in a workout. It’s not fun.

Why Do We Bonk?

Bonking generally results from not having enough energy to finish your workout (or feeling that way). When you are eating your “standard” non-challenge diet, you’re likely eating some grains, potatoes, etc. Your carb intake is definitely higher than it is when you’re in challenge mode unless you eat a lot of bananas and sweet potatoes. Your body is used to working out at that higher carb intake, and can take a while to adjust. And when you start a paleo or clean eating challenge, your diet usually ends up being low carb (at least at first) even if you don’t mean it to be. The change can be especially drastic coming off of holiday food and cookies. Your body will adapt to the lower carb intake over the next few weeks as the sugar withdrawals subside and blood sugar levels normalize. But still, keeping up a consistent carbohydrate intake is important if you want to get the most out of your workouts. I’m not saying you need to eat 60% of your calories in carbs, I”m just saying you need to get enough for YOU to feel good during workouts and have energy throughout the day. 

Tips To Avoid It

  • Make sure you’re getting enough carbohydrates throughout the day. Unless you’re into doing ketosis, you need roughly 130-150 grams of carbohydrates a day for basic brain function. Obviously you need more than that if you’re coming into the gym regularly. 
  • Time carbs to the workouts, and bring backup. While your body adapts, it helps to consume more carbohydrates around your workouts. If say, you have a banana for breakfast and still feel like you hit the wall, bring some juice (I would imagine 100% juice with no sugar added in very small amounts is OK, but I have not double checked the rules), coconut water, or dried fruit to nibble on between the strength and WOD part of the workout. You could also eat a Fuel For Fire (again, if compliant). A little bit of glucose here will go a long way. 
  • Get a good night’s sleep. I’ve already said a lot about sleep during the last challenge so I won’t bore you further.

How’s The Whole Life Coming?

Sometimes eating clean with no cheats for a long period can get rough. Here are a few recipes I like, as well as where to get a good lunch in downtown Boston.

Paleo Lunches in Boston

Pulled Pork, Sweet Potato, and Pear Stew. A friend made this but added cumin, which sounds awesome.

Fig and Apple Butter. Modified from Pale-OMG (I used no sugar in mine). Great for a pre/mid workout boost.

Grain Free Spaghetti With Bison Meat Sauce . Adapted from my granddad’s meat sauce. 

Any favorite recipes to share? 

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