17 Apr 2015
FIRE IT UP
Great week of training everyone! Tuesday produced a great amount of PR Bell moments with the Push Press, it even generated a PR Train/Congo Line at the 5:3o pm class! I even got Keith C to participate. Boom! Fire It Up! Fire It Up!
Omri returned from Israel last evening and proceeded to TRIPLE PR in some lifts. He was satisfied and went home to bask in all of his glory.
Let’s keep the PR’s coming today with the front squat. See you in the gym.
Monday is Patriots Day and Marathon Monday. It is a wonderful day and logistically it can be a nightmare to navigate around Boston.
This year we will be open for the morning classes: 6 & 7 AM and then closing for the middle of the day. We will reopen for ONE class in the evenings 5:30pm.
Please mark your calendars.
Conditioning: Team Relay Event
Reps of 9-6-3 for time
Strict handstand push ups
Hang power clean, 160/110
ABS: 200 reps
Strength: Back Squat
4×8 Straight Sets
ABS: 100 reps All hanging
Conditioning: Complete for time
Conditioning: 3 rounds for time
15 Front rack lunges, 115/75
A. Ring Dips – 3 x max reps
B. Flex Arm Hang – 3 x max time, rest as needed
A. Bench Press – 4×8 Straight sets
B. Band Pull Aparts – 4×24 reps
Conditioning: 600m Sandbag repeats
3 rounds with 2 minutes rest between
Strength: Clean 2RM
Conditioning: Reps of 21-15-9 of
Hang squat clean, 95/65
When’s the last time you went for a row on the water or in the gym? When’s the last time you warmed up for rowing? When’s the last time you used Rowing as a warmup for something else? For many of you rowing is either your main sport or a foundational training tool that you use to get in wicked good shape. Regardless, anytime you pick up that handle you should be rowing with purpose and taking deliberate strokes. So how do we develop purpose and deliberate practice? A good place to start is the Reverse Pic Drill.
Every time I prescribe a rowing warmup I usually kick things off with the Reverse Pic Drill. It’s a drill that includes 4 progressions:
Reverse Pic Drill:
1. Half Legs – Taking short strokes at the front end using the first 3 inches of the leg drive.
2. Full Legs – Slightly longer strokes pushing the legs all the way down.
3. Legs and Bodies – Longer strokes adding in the swing of the body.
4. Full Strokes – Full length strokes with the arms finishing the stroke.
When done well and with awareness this drill allows us to focus on three important skills with regards to rowing:
1. Posture – The Torso should be stacked and strong in a neutral and braced position at all points in time during the stroke.
2. Control – As the seat slides forward toward the catch it maintains a constant speed and does not accelerate into the catch. With good control you should be able to stop at any point in time during the stroke and be in a strong position.
3. Connection – The hips and the hands move together into and out of the catch as if connected by a cable. If the hips move, the hands should move the same distance, no more no less. If you are connected you can also focus on your shoulders. The hips, hands, and shoulders all move together in the first three inches of the drive.
I believe that if you can learn to do the Reverse Pic Drill correctly in your warm up, you can and will become a better rower. The key is how you execute each progression and what you focus on. Above is a video review of an elite rower I’m working with. This is what the Reverse Pic Drill looks like in a single on the water. Check out what he’s doing well and what you can start to focus on every time you row.
If you’re interested in getting on the water, I will be organizing a sculling group to row out of Community Rowing Inc. in Brighton every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:30pm – 8pm. If you can fit that into your schedule I’d love to get you on the water. We will be starting in May. Shoot me an email ([email protected]) now and let me know if you’re interested. I’ll keep you updated and get you setup to join us.
Let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comments!
10 Apr 2015
Another week has come to an end and the weather continues to merge into Spring and that my friends is AWESOME! It has been great seeing you all get after the WODS and really embracing the bodyweight strength progressions. Take your time with it and it will pay off. I promise!
Spring Fling & Team WOD
For those that may have missed it, or don’t have Facebook, we are going to be celebrating Spring at the Havana Club in Cambridge on April 25th. Get your dancing shoes out and let loose! This is definitely an opportunity for us as a community to do something different. Oh, and guys, remember part of what we do is train to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. More details will be released as the date draws near.
The Team In-House Competition is that Saturday morning. There will not be regular classes. If you are interested be sure to reach out to Mickey to register a team.
We are going to be having a limited schedule for Marathon Monday “Patriots Day” on April 20. The 6am and 7am classes are as normal. The gym will then shut down and reopen in the evening for the 5:30pm class. The doors will open at 5pm and remain open until 7pm.
Strength: Deadlift 5×3
Conditioning: Reps of 30-23-18-15 for time
Wallball Shots, 20#/14#
Kettlebell Swings, 32kg/24kg
Complete for time
21 Box Jumps
9 OH Squats, 115/75
15 Box Jumps
15 OH Squats, 115/75
9 Box Jumps
21 OH Squats, 115/75
Strength: Push Press
Conditioning: Reps of 21-15-9 for time
Power Clean, 135/95
1A. Turkish Get ups – 3 each side x 6 sets
1B. Push-ups – submax effort x 6 sets @ tempo of 2121
Strength Endurance: EMOM 10
2 Squat Snatch add weight as you are able
Conditioning: AMRAP 20
10 Alternating DB Snatch, 55/35
10 Alternating Pistols
Strength: Front Squat
Conditioning: 3 rounds for time
15 Front Squats, 155/100
Conditioning: For time
Row 5000m – every 1000 m get off the rower and perform 3 rope climb
Today we’re taking a look at some of our athletes from the noon class at Our Crew Fitness. This is a video review that I put together to help them and you develop your stroke and find new areas to improve upon. I’ll be posting regular video reviews about once a week, usually on Thursdays. If you’d like feedback on your stroke or would like to see me talk about a certain area of the stroke, please let me know in the comments. If you’d like to be featured in the weekly Video Review please send me a 5 stroke video via email to pat@.
Today’s topic relates to how you sit on the erg and how your feet are connected to the erg. Are you balanced on your sit bones or falling off them? How does your point of contact with the seat affect your posture and positioning throughout the stroke? Are your feet connected to the footboards at all times? What part of your foot? These are things to think about and an area where you can make a quick change to see big gains. Let us know what you think and if you have any questions.
Also, if you’d like to join in the fun in person, Renegade Rowing Classes are held throughout the week. Checkout the schedule and pricing here. When you’re ready to get after it and have some fun, sign up for a free consultation with Coach Pat here.
02 Apr 2015
I hope you had a good April 1st yesterday and you’re ready for the warmer months to start taking hold. This month we’ll be working on a few different gymnastic skills. When practicing gymnastic skills it helps to know what your current ability is and how you’re going to progress to a higher skill movement. The video above contains all of the different progressions I have used to improve my Pistol. Take a look and get excited to master a pistol in addition to other gymnastic movements this month. If you have any questions or need any help let me know or grab me next time you’re in.
Also, pistols are a good skill to learn if you’d like to scull (aka – row) on the water with me this Summer. As the weather gets nicer I will be hosting a couple of learn to scull seminars for anyone that’s interested in trying out for the Renegade Rowing Team. If you’re interested in learning to scull let me know in the comments or send me an email. I will be sure to keep you in the loop.
30 Mar 2015
Are You Training OR Are You Just Working Out?
This is much debated on internet forums and in gyms everywhere. I believe that you need to be tracking your workouts (not all of them, I will explain later) or you are just working out and not doing everything you can to create the change you are seeking.
When you wake up and read the WOD posted for that day, 99% of the time you should know exactly what you are going to go for that day, what you did last time, how you are going to improve this time, etc.
There are many ways that you can track your workouts. There are many apps available on smartphones, an old composition book, OR you can use our ZenPlanner Workout Tracker. Lets look at a few of those options.
Apps like SugarWOD and Beyond the Whiteboard are great in that you can upload your workouts into them (customizing as needed) and track your training. The big downside with these is that there is no comparison to our community and our gym’s programming will not already be uploaded.
This old school method is a great way to keep track of everything that you are doing. The downside is the labor required to transfer your personal records from journal to journal each time you fill the journal. I used to use this method extensively, I still have some journals from when I was in high school and college. With books you still have the issue of not having a gym leaderboard and community.
ZenPlanner Performance Tracking
With our ZenPlanner Performance Tracking (ZP PT) the daily programming is already uploaded for you and there is a “Daily” leaderboard and “All-Time” Leaderboard as well. The ZP PT is mobile friendly. The first time that you open this link on your smartphone it will ask you to save it to your Home Screen. Go ahead and do this and now you can: reserve and log in for classes, view the class calendar, enter your results, and view and manage your profile.
If you don’t have a smartphone, you may use the tablets we have at the gym to log in as well or just click on your icon where you signed in for class and record your results there. If you prefer to head home and do it there, then you can of course just follow the link on your laptop or desktop.
What Should You Be Tracking?
This depends on what you are looking to accomplish. I like to track the following: weight, strength and conditioning benchmarks, food when eating something out of the norm, and the daily WODS. I could track rest and mobility as well but I choose not to as it doesn’t really vary for me. I know my routines and only when completely out of them do I write it down.
I track my weight because it is a goal of mine to lean out and achieve a certain weight, therefore I do this every day. If you are working towards something very specific, you need to track it daily. Not to the point of obsessive but just to be aware of it.
The benchmarks are obviously how I know if my fitness is progressing, maintaining, or slipping. Benchmarks are ESSENTIAL to be tracked. You need to know either your 1,3, or 5 rep maxes in all of the lifts and you should know your personal bests in the girl/hero WODS.
I like to record my daily results whether a benchmark or not because it keeps me in the habit of recording and I will put more comments in regarding my strategy or areas that struggled with so I know what to do if something similar pops up.
As a minimum, you should be tracking your benchmarks. This will make things easier and keep your head in the game. For some, this will be enough. Those that struggle with eating well, daily journaling of what you eat, when you eat it, how you feel after eating it will go a long way to correcting poor eating habits. I use this quite extensively with my clients. Then there are those like myself that need to track something daily to stay in the habit of doing so.
When’s the last time you performed a Deadlift? When’s the last time you picked something up off the floor? Yesterday we got a chance to do Deadlifts and Rowing. I wanted to use my post today to highlight some of the similarities between the two and what I think about when performing both movements.
First things first, anytime you pick something up you should be deadlifting, because that’s what a deadlift is. It’s the strongest, most efficient, most powerful way to pick something up off the floor.
I believe that if you can learn to hip hinge and deadlift correctly you can and will become a better rower. The key is how you deadlift and what you focus on.
Take a look at my hip hinge and deadlift above. What parts of the deadlift can we tie to the rowing stroke? I always teach the skills of 1. Posture, 2. Control, and 3. Connection whether it’s rowing or weightlifting.
1. Posture – How am I doing at maintaining a solid brace through my torso? Is there any movement within the vertebrae of the spine?
2. Control – Is the bar traveling in a straight line over the middle of my foot? Am I in control of my body and the bar? Can I stop at any point in time and be in a strong position?
3. Connection – How am I connected to the bar? How am I connected to the floor? Are my hips, hands, and shoulders connected when the bar is below the knee?
After taking a look and answering some of these questions, think about your own rowing stroke. In the front end of your stroke, from 1/2 slide up to the catch and back, how do your joints move in relation to one another and what does your body angle look like? Does it stay the same? When does your body start to swing open? Do you feel or see any similarities when you deadlift and row back to back? Can perfecting one movement help improve the other?
Please share your thoughts to comments and checkout RenegadeRowing.com for more content on rowing and lifting.
20 Mar 2015
It has been a great week of training in the gym. Nice to see some faces that have been away this winter getting after it. Mother Nature is still playing some games with us with the weather variability. She’ll settle down soon. I hope.
Fire It Up! Fire It Up!
The PR Bell was ringing this week. Nothing gets me more pumped than when I have an entire class hitting new lifetime personal bests in a lift. It is truly electric. Each person just starts feeding off of the other’s previous attempt and by the end of the session, everyone is moving weight that they never thought they would be able to move.
Meet Justine A!
Please welcome Justine to Our Crew! Justine is in the picture above on the far left. She has been training with me privately since December and just recently began training in our group sessions. She is awesome!
When Justine is not training with us here, she is a Wushu practitioner. Wushu is a form of Kung fu that has developed into a sport and is regulated by the International Wushu Federation. There are two disciplines: forms and sparring. Justine participates in forms. Think rhythmic gymnastics with Kung Fu Panda kicks and swords. AWESOME RIGHT! Justine is training with us to continue advancing in her sport.
Justine is also a Foodie. Audrey, you and her need to get together. You will usually see Justine in our 5:30pm class and be sure to introduce yourself to her and welcome her to Our Crew.
St. Patrick’s Day
Thanks to those that rocked out in great spirit for St. Paddy’s Day on Tuesday. The winner of the $15 Starbucks card is…Audrey H! Audrey was decked out head to toe in green with shamrock headband. Congratulations Audrey! (Her pic can be found on Instagram, I have yet to figure out how to save an image from there!)
SFH – This Saturday Get Some Deals and Save Some $$$$
Will from Stronger Faster Healthier is going to be visiting with us again on Saturday from 9-12. He is going to have a table set up for all to sample products. If you have never used any of SFH’s protein or fish oil, this will be your chance to try before making any purchases.
I personally LOVE the FUEL. FUEL is their anytime, everyday protein and I mix it with some frozen berries, greek yogurt, chia seeds in my blender to make a delicious smoothie.
Any purchases or orders placed this Saturday ONLY, you will receive 10% off your purchase.
Here is this upcoming week’s programming:
21 Handstand push-ups
500 meter Row
21 Weighted pull-ups
15 Handstand push-ups
500 meter Row
15 Weighted Pull-ups
9 Handstand Push-ups
500 meter Row
9 Weighted Pull-ups
In teams of two, complete as many rounds as possible in thirty minutes of:
Average body weight back squat, 15 reps
One partner working at a time.
15 Power Snatch
Shoulder press 1-1-1-1-1 reps
Push press 3-3-3-3-3 reps
Push Jerk 5-5-5-5-5 reps
15 calorie row
15 deadlifts 135/95
15 wall balls
Complete as many rounds as possible 20 minutes of:
15 GHD Sit-ups
15 Back extensions
Post rounds completed to comments.
21-15-9 reps for time:
Deadlift 225 lbs
Handstand push- ups
13 Mar 2015
St. Patrick’s Day is next Tuesday and we are going to have a little fun with it. Let’s get in the spirit of the holiday that this city so enjoys! We are running two different mini contests. One of which is very simple and every one can easily participate. The second…requires a bit more on your part and the reward, in my humble opinion, is far more valuable.
Here are the details:
Contest #1: Wear your favorite green workout outfit during your WOD on Tuesday. Make sure that your Coach takes a picture with you (in the group) and posts it to our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the #whatsunderthekilt.
Each participant will be entered to win a $15 Starbucks Coffee Card. BONUS: If you wear a green VINTAGE CrossFit Boston T-shirt, your name will entered twice to win the $15 Starbucks Coffee Card and double your chances of being chosen.
Contest #2: Wear a Kilt OR any Tartan/Plaid design (SHORTS/SKIRTS/PANTS/KILTS ONLY – SOCKS DON’T COUNT) during your WOD on Tuesday. Make sure that your Coach takes a picture with you (individually) and posts it to our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You then need to share it with your friends and family along with the #whatsunderthekilt. Tweet and post to @crossfitboston along with the #whatsunderthekilt.
The person with the greatest amount of likes/shares/retweets will win – 3 Personal Training Sessions with yours truly.
So, lets have some fun with this and I will have some Guiness on sight to enjoy post WOD.
Five rounds for time of:
115/75 pound Push-jerk, 15 reps
15 L pull-ups
Teams of two, one partner working at a time. Partition work as needed.
“Partner Eva in a Boat”
Five rounds for time of:
Row 1000 meters
2/1.5 pood Kettlebell swing, 30 reps
Three rounds, 9-15- and 21 reps, for time of:
95/65 pound Thruster
9-15-21 reps of:
Clean 135/95 pounds
1. Deadlift 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps
2. AMRAP 8
8 total pistols
8 deadlifts at 50% of day’s heaviest
5 DB Cleans, AHAP
10 DB Push Press
15 DB Squats
12 Mar 2015
I believe that life is motion and learning. To live and survive, we must be able to move from place to place and interact with the world around us. In this movement and interaction lies an important opportunity, the opportunity to learn through experience. As a coach, teacher, and lifelong learner, I hope to guide people’s movements and interactions so that they may learn by experience and develop into contributing members of teams, communities, and society. This idea of life and learning through experience is the foundation of my ever-evolving coaching beliefs and the Journey that we take together.
Life is a journey, and the time we spend together in our gym is a way for our crew to experience the journey. Our mission is to develop a healthy community of firsthand athletes using general physical preparedness as a guide while allowing for specialization in things like rowing, weightlifting, strength club, obstacle course racing, mobility, or racing up Mt. Washington. As a member of our crew and our community, you get to build general physical preparedness and have fun playing and doing whatever it is that makes you feel alive. Life is more fun when you can continually improve and challenge both yourself and others. If there is anything that I or our crew of coaches can help you with please let us know. We’re here for you and we want nothing but the best for our crew.
Last but definitely not least, congratulations to all of our athletes that trained hard this winter and executed an amazing race at CRASH-B 2015, the World Indoor Rowing Championship. I had a blast coaching you and I can’t wait for next year! Here are some pics of our crew post race.