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06 Jan / 2015

Pre-Warmup Warmups?

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Hey Guys! Welcome to January, aka, Mike Gillette’s HOUSE OF PAIN! I kid, but as you may have noticed over the last few days, there is A LOT to cover in each of Coach Mike’s programmed classes. One thing we discussed was asking members to hop on a bike or a rower for four minutes as a pre-warmup warmup, which would allow us a little more time to cover the intended programming. What do we think about this? Let’s discuss!

Also. Sign up for the throwdown or I will maul you in mid-air like this lioness hunting an antelope:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcEFTGb_ZR0

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

FYI: While our address is technically 100 Holton Street, our doors are actually located on a side street that is accessible from Everett Street. Check out the above picture for details!

01 Jan / 2015

Happy New Year!

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It is 2015 Baby! This is going to be an epic year as it is our 10th Year Anniversary. Hard to believe that it has been that long and yesterday we completed our 4th relocation of our gym. If you have not yet seen the space here is a video of the 95% completed project.

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A HUGE Thanks to all that were able to help out the last few days. It would have been impossible to get it done as quickly as we did without you all. To the STAFF, thanks for putting in the extra time and pushing forward to get it all done. They were long days but you all just kept plugging away and it looks great!

With this year being our 10th Anniversary, we are going to have lots of fun events and activities to enjoy in. Beginning on the 17th with the Whole Life Challenge and MetroWave Fitness for hydrostatic measurements for body composition testing. Then we have the “Pick Your Own Damned Partner” Throwdown at the end of the month. Come February we are going to have a “Couples” co-ed Throwdown so be on the look out for that one as well. These are just the tip of things to come.

FRIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE

Friday we will be holding 2 Classes to launch the new space:

10AM 

&

5:30PM

Saturday we will be back to regular schedule with classes at 8, 9, 10, and 11.

For those that have yet to make it in and see the new space, the address is:

100 Holton Street
Rear Unit (behind Dance In Motion)
Boston, MA 02135

 

I don’t know when the tradition started, but every year around this time everyone is either sharing their resolutions or asking yours for the new year. Resolutions tend to be big, sweeping statements like “I’m going to go to the gym” or “I’m going to eat better” or “I’m going to get better at saving money”. Now, I know we have a lot of smart people in this gym who will immediately predict where I’m going with this whole “resolution” thing. If you’re one of those people, feel free to skip to the end to share your New Year’s Goals!

For those of you who didn’t predict my post, or wanted to read my wisdom anyway, here is the problem: big sweeping statements often never get accomplished. They’re a good generalization, but you need to have a plan. HOW are you going to save more money? What outcome do you want from going to the gym more, and how are you actually going to do it? What does “eating better” mean? So, instead of setting a New Year’s Resolution, I challenge you to set a New Year’s SMART Goal. For a review, SMART goals are:

Specific – clearly define what you want to do

Measurable – how else will you know if you’re succeeding?

Attainable – something you can reasonably accomplish in the given time

Results Focused – measure outcomes, not activities (so just “going to the gym” doesn’t count!)

Timely – give yourself a target date 

It’s also important as you form these goals to think about what challenges you might face, and how you’d overcome them. Planning is key, or you’ll just end up failing come February or March. 

I’ll give an example using my own New Year’s Resolution SMART Goal:

Resolution: to get better at mobility and improve core strength 

SMART goal 1: To improve my hamstring mobility as evidenced by…. (still looking for an outcome measure and open to suggestions)

SMART goal 2: To be able to hold a plank for 3 minutes by September 

Plan: Attend Jen’s mobility class or drop into a yoga studio for class 3-4 times per month, and add plank holds to my workout once a week.

Challenges: Making the time to attend yoga or mobility, getting my butt out of bed on a Saturday morning in the winter, motivating myself to do plank work after I’m tired from the WOD. 

Plan to overcome those challenges: Go to bed early on Friday night and make plans with someone else going to mobility so they’ll hold me accountable, find a yoga studio I like and find a friend to go with me (anyone? Bueller?), add plank work to workouts where I’m not rushed – i.e. not the 7 am when I have to be at work by 9.

Alright CFB, what are your New Year’s SMART Goals? 

Photo c/o Adriana 

27 Dec / 2014

Sunday Schedule

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We are on for our normally scheduled Sunday class at 9:30am tomorrow with Coach Mickey! See y’all there.

On Monday, we will have the 6am and 7am classes then the move will begin. Any help is appreciated. The move is scheduled for the next few days to get the new space all organized and then we will reopen on 1/2 for the following classes:

6am
7am
5pm
6pm

We are stoked that the day is finally here to move into the new space. It is an awesome space and it will serve our purposes for a very long time.

~Neal

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23 Dec / 2014

Change In The Moving Schedule

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Hey All!

After some more thought, we are going to delay the moving into 100 Holton Street until beginning next Monday 12/29 in the morning. Sequentially, I want to get all of the flooring over to the space prior to any of the equipment being moved over. Then we will begin moving the rig. Finally, the rest of the equipment will be moved in.

I expect this to take up the majority of the days Monday-Wednesday and therefore there will not be any classes scheduled. You are more than welcome to come and help on the days you are available.

This is the finished product before moving in the equipment.

This is the finished product before moving in the equipment.

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THE SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, AND SATURDAY

Since some of you are still going to be around and craving for something to do, Coach Kari is going to be opening the gym on Wednesday and Thursday morning at 9:30AM. The WOD will begin at 10AM. The doors will be closed as soon as the WOD is completed. Showers will not be available.

On Friday & Saturday, I will have the doors open at 9:15 for a 9:30AM WOD. The doors will be closed by 11AM on both mornings.

In the next day or so, I will post the schedule for next week for the move.

~Neal

19 Dec / 2014

12/19/14 Fire It Up Friday!

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Hey! I’m a little late today but I think you will be pleased to hear what I have to say. At 1:30pm today we were issued our Certificate of Occupancy for the new space at 100 Holton Street! FINALLY!

There are some details that need to be ironed out regarding the move in date and I will be working on those the next couple of days. Monday I will receive the keys and the process will begin. That being said, the class schedule may be changed to accommodate the move.

Many of you have already departed for the holidays and I wish you all the best. This upcoming year will be our 10th in existence and I am proud to see how far we’ve come and where we are going. Next week there will not be a Fire It Up Friday post so this is my last of 2014. Here is a thought for you:

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”

~ Jim Rohn

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 12/20
1a. Push Press – 3×3, rest 30 seconds
1b. Chin-ups – 3×4.4.4, rest 2 minutes

2. AMRAP 10
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

Sunday 12/21
1. Free Handstand hold – 3×10-30 seconds
2a. Pistols – 5×3 each leg
2b. Gluteham developer sit-ups – 5×10 each leg

3. Groups of 3 – divide the work as see fit (all may run together but only 1 person at a time on the WB/DU’s)
Run 1500m with a sandbag
75 Wallball shots, 30/20
150 Double under
Run 1200m with a sandbag
50 Wallball shots
100 Double under
Run 600m with a sandbag
25 Wallball shots
50 Double under

Monday 12/22
1a. Deadlift with a 21×2 tempo @ 75%, women 5×8/men 5×5, rest 1 minute
1b. Strict HSPU – 4×2.2.2, rest 2 minutes

2. “Nigel”
30 Bear Complexes for time

Tuesday 12/23
1. EMOM 12 – 3 Power Snatches
1-4 @ 65%
5-8 @ 70%
9-12 @ 75%

2a. Shoulder Press with a 22X2 tempo @ 73%, women 5×8/men 5×5
2b. Bent over BB row (no momentum) – 4×8-10, rest 2:00

Wednesday 12/24 CLOSED

Thursday 12/25 CLOSED

Friday 12/26 – TBD

Saturday 12/27 – TBD

Sunday 12/28 – TBD

It’s that time of year CFB!  The Holidays are upon us, the renegade rowing league is this Saturday, and it’s starting to look like snow.  Are you prepared?  Did you get your shopping in early and get the gifts you want to give?  Did you register and train for the Renegade Rowing League?  Do you have the tools necessary to deal with all of the snow this year?  If you answered yes to these questions you’re prepared and ready to have some fun.  It’s a good feeling that instills confidence and excitement rather than doubt and worry.

Now, how do you want to feel after next week?  Do you want to have doubts and feel worried?  At that point you’ll be looking at the New Year and deciding on what Resolution to make and work toward.  Setting a goal for yourself and trying to be a better person is not easy.  You have to make changes and improve your habits and have a team to support you.  We all want to improve and be the person we see inside of our heads.  If you’re not prepared to start making those changes it will be a lot harder to accomplish.  Luckily you have a great community and team of coaches ready to help you.

In order to be prepared for the New Year and start living the life you want to live, I’d like you to sign up for the Whole Life Challenge with me.  I’ll be participating and challenging myself to live a better life and I’d like you to support me, just as I’ll be supporting you.  Let’s do it together and Get Awesome!  All you have to do is be prepared and sign up now!

Starting on January 17 and ending on March 14, we’ll work to better our health together.

The Whole Life Challenge is simply an opportunity to “try on” a better version of your health and fitness. As a team, we can earn points and lose points (hopefully we’ll earn more than we lose). And the prize is … Well, it’s who you are on March 14.  Get prepared now and sign up so that  you will be mentally ready to commit wholeheartedly when Jan 17 rolls around. 

I want you on the CrossFit Boston team. I want to bring our power in numbers. Together, I want to make all our possibilities real. Register early for the CFB team HERE to take advantage of the special rates and to lock in your commitment to your future healthier, stronger self.

If you’ve never participated in the WLC, check out this VIDEO.

Please reach out  to me or your coach if you have any questions! I hope you will join us on January 17th!

The Ladies throwing down at the First RRL in November!

The Ladies throwing down at the First RRL in November!

Other Important Info!!!

The Renegade Rowing League (think awesome indoor rowing race with fun people, mobility tools to demo, and a holiday potluck afterwards) is this Saturday at 8am!  Please sign-up here if you plan on having fun and throwing down with us!

Gym Hours for Next Week:

Monday, 12/22 – Regular Hours

Tuesday, 12/23 – Regular Hours

Wednesday, 12/24 – Closed

Thursday, 12/25 – Closed

Friday, 12/26 – 5pm Class Only

Saturday, 12/27 – Regular Hours

Sunday, 12/28 – Regular Hours

 

Or a better question: is it even worth it? This past Sunday I woke up feeling like crap – nausea, fever, chills, body ache (although I am not sure how much of that “ache” was symptoms versus doing Friday’s WOD followed by Oly Saturday morning) and spent most of the day in bed (like I left my bed at 5 pm). Monday was better, but I still had trouble eating and had no energy (maybe eating only 200 calories the day before wasn’t so helpful). Since it sounds like a few other people in the gym caught a similar bug, I figured nutrition during a bout of cold/flu was a timely discussion.

My diet those two days consisted of water, Gatorade, toast, saltines, a few bites of soup, a few bites of Mexican plate with chicken and rice, and in a last ditch effort to get calories in, a vanilla milkshake. Basically, as far from a paleo, whole foods diet as you could possibly get. But I really couldn’t care less. I don’t know what I would have eaten were I trying to be strict paleo. I’m sure I would have figured it out – maybe some broth, potentially a banana or some applesauce. But at that point I was more concerned about getting nutrients in without feeling worse, and worrying about a healthy diet when I was well. However, if you keep a pretty dedicated paleo diet and have a strategy for managing sick days, please share! 

As for non paleo, the best foods to overcome an upset stomach (symptom numero uno of this little bug) are the BRAT diet: 

  • Banana
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Toast 

These foods are good because they are binding (make poop firmer) and bland, helping to ease the stomach back into normal eating. The bananas also contain potassium, which can replace nutrients lost from vomiting or diarrhea, or just give you nutrients you’re not getting because you’re not eating very much. BRAT food work best when you are done with your symptoms, though – if you are still experiencing vomiting or diarrhea stick to liquids like water or Gatorade until you can keep solid food down. You can learn more about the BRAT diet from FamilyDoctor.org

So Basically….

  • Stay hydrated – water, electrolyte beverages, and EmergenC all work great. 
  • If your stomach is upset, stick to bland foods like this on the BRAT diet until you recover.

Photo c/o Jes (Mugley)

I get it. You have friends at the gym and you want to throw down with them against other teams, who are also probably friends. The last throwdown was a stunning success, matched only by the successes of those who have participated in Coach Mike’s strength program. We’re having our next throwdown on Saturday, January 31st from 10-1. We will have two-person male-female teams and will have both scaled and Rx divisions. We may have prizes, we may not, but THERE WILL BE BRAGGING RIGHTS! Last time, I did my best to break up marriages and have people partner with some new faces. There was much belly-aching and crying and in the end, Carolyn B. ended up winning all the marbles because she was flexible enough to take on the various randos who ended up being her partner for any given WOD. But yes, this time around you get to choose your own damned partner. Make it so and SIGN UP HERE. The goal is to get twenty teams this time around, so get cracking!

 

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey


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