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02 Mar 2015

030215 – Monday Motivation

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Yes, there was more snow today! Yes, winter sucks! Yes, WE ARE OPEN!

To say that this has been a trying beginning to the new year is and understatement. I understand how hard it has been to get around. To keep your schedule. It can feel at times as though it is spiraling out of control. 

The sun was awesomely warm this past Saturday. Some of the mountains of snow have begun to melt down. It is getting brighter, earlier and darker, later. Now is the time to blast through the winter doldrums. Get in and train!

Some food for thought.

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it master you.” – Brian Tracy

Today’s Workout

Five rounds for time of:
115/75 pound Snatch, 3 reps
115/75 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps
Row 500 meters

Fire It Up! Fire It Up! This week felt as though I was in the gym for the first time in quite awhile. With Abigail first getting pneumonia and then the 3 consecutive weeks of storms and no school, Jess and I had to really juggle our schedules. For those of you that have missed me, I am happy to let you know that I am back and will be on the coaching schedule more frequently. 

Beginning today here are the classes that I will be instructing:

Tuesdays – 5:30pm
Wednesdays – 6am & 7am
Thursdays – 5:30pm
Fridays – 6am & 7am

 An Open Letter to the Gym

Dear “Regular” CFB Member,

We are sorry.  

We are sorry that for the next 5 weeks when a large number of people at the gym are going to be obsessing over this thing called the “CrossFit Open”.

For the uninitiated, ‘The Open’ is an annual event where people sign up to see how they rank against thousands of their peers.  To level the playing field as much as possible nobody knows what the workouts are ahead of time and  everyone’s reps are judged and counted using very specific standards.  

The workouts are announced on Thursday nights, and scores must be submitted online by Monday afternoon.  As a gym, we will be posting the workout as the gym’s 6:30PM WOD on Fridays.  But this minor change isn’t the main reason why we are apologizing.

For most who do the Open, it is a chance to set a baseline performance or to compare your progress from year to year.  It is also a great way dip your toe in the water from a competition standpoint. 

Doing the Open at your ‘home’ gym surrounded by supportive friends and coaches is a fun and instructive way to expose yourself to this side of CrossFit. Some people run 5ks or do bike races, for many people at our gym, this will be their ‘challenge of the year’.  

For some people at the gym, this is one of the most hectic times of the year… and that is who We are apologizing for.  For those who take competing very seriously, there is very little in life that duplicates the stress of the 5 week Open.  Nervously awaiting the announcement. Reading countless articles on how to attack the workout.  Doing the workout.  Checking the leaderboard 3-4 times a day (or hour!) to see how your score is moving around as other people enter theirs.  Repeating it when you are disappointed with your performance or if the team needs it. Etc.

Naturally this level of stress tends to make people a bit “crazy”.  Crazier than usual anyway.  You will notice people walking around with papers, some asking “Will you judge me?” or “Will you video me?” 

You will see groups of people doing the same workout all over the gym.  Sometimes they will be in an inconvenient place, asking for equipment, setting up cameras, or making too much noise during a class.  People will be hovering around the computers so they can ‘log their scores’ and ‘check the leaderboard’.

While it is inconvenient to those of you who aren’t doing the Open, keep in mind that for many people who have decided to participate in it this year, it is an extremely taxing and stressful time.  Let’s celebrate their decision to ‘step into the arena’… “whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…”.  Let’s support them by cheering them on, giving them space, letting them act out their quirky preparation routines, and understanding when they drop a few choice words if they fail to hit their mark after a second time through a particularly terrible workout.  These are your friends and classmates.  They are your tribe.  Let’s support them like you would your favorite sports team!

In return, we ask athletes doing the Open to promise to stay out of the way as much as possible and stick to the aforementioned schedule.  To understand that not everyone is doing the Open – and that is okay!  To understand that many people have no desire to do the Open again, or at all, and our gym is ultimately about leading better lives (not just about doing great in the Open).

So everyone (competitors and non competitors alike) need to get physically, mentally and emotionally ready for the Open.  It is going to be crazy in here for the next month or so, but for all of the weird stuff going on there is also a lot of great stuff too.  

The Open isn’t just a time for people to test and challenge themselves. It is a time to rally around our friends, training partners, and coaches.  A time to build a stronger community, and share in more than the sweat and effort we do every day. To share our collective ‘experience’.  To feel the highs, and lows, that come from doing something epic.

Get ready, because it is going to be a bumpy (and fun) ride!

March 1st Week of Programming

SUNDAY 3/1/15
In teams of two, complete four rounds, each for time of:
1000 meter row
Every minute on the minute, both partners must perform 5 burpees. Partition work as needed between efforts.

MONDAY 3/2/15
Five rounds for time of:
115/75 pound Snatch, 3 reps
115/75 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps
Row 500 meters

TUESDAY 3/3/15
AMRAP 5
20 Double-unders
10 Sit-Ups

Rest 5 min

AMRAP 5
5 Wall Climbs
5 Burpees

WEDNESDAY 3/4/15
1. Accumulate
a. 50-100 perfect push-ups
b. 25-50 shoulder pass-throughs and/or kip swings
c. 5-10 wall climbs

2. Pull-Up Madness. With a continuously running clock do one pull-up the first minute, two pull-ups the second minute, three pull-ups the third minute… continuing as long as you are able.

Use as many sets each minute as needed.

THURSDAY 3/5/15
1. 1RM Clean
2. 3×3-5 at 60-75% of your max effort with flawless technique

FRIDAY 3/6/15

1. Push Press-Work up to a heavy triple
2. Half-12.3

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
15 Box jumps, 24/20″ box
115/75 pound Push press, 12 reps
9 Toes-to-bar

SATURDAY 3/7/15
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
75/55 pound Power snatch, 12 reps
10 Push-ups

Hey CFB!

Ever wonder what 7 ergs in a Subaru looks like?

Ever wonder what 7 ergs in a Subaru looks like?

I hope everyone is staying warm and finding some place to put all of this snow!  I just wanted to shout out to all of those athletes that participated in the Renegade Rowing 2015 Improvement Survey this past week.  Thank you for sharing your feedback and interests with me.  I will do my best to continue to offer my best coaching and feedback and run programs that you’re passionate about.

If you missed the survey, here’s what it’s all about and I would still love your feedback.  I’m constantly trying to learn more and improve myself as well as Renegade Rowing.  I would like to offer the best program and training I can and to do that I need your help.
 
If you could take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the survey below, it would mean the world to me.  I will leave the survey up for one more week.
 
Renegade Rowing(it’s not just rowing 😉 2015 Improvement Survey:
 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Aj3RjFFOnl6d2iIkBRhKcDAP6Zsl_0pNY2tfMzV5gZw/viewform?usp=send_form

 
Keep an eye out on renegaderowing.com and future posts for changes and improvements to the Renegade Rowing Program!
 
Any feedback helps!  Thank you for being awesome!
 
Above is a Video Review of Fernanda from last weeks Renegade Rowing Club practice.  Take a look and see if this is an area of your stroke that you can work on.  Let us know your thought in the comments section!
09 Feb 2015

020915 – No PM Classes

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Due to the almost 24″ of snow we will not be opening today for evening classes. Stay safe and warm.

With another 16″-24″ of snow being dumped on Boston and the heaviest occurring overnight into tomorrow morning we are canceling the AM classes and Noon class. We will reassess in the morning and update if we will resume classes in the afternoon.

06 Feb 2015

020614 – Fire It Up Friday!

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If you didn’t make it into the gym yesterday, you have missed some of the cool changes! For starters, the pull-up rig has finally been moved to the wall. It is partially mounted and will be completed this  morning. 

Watch the video here to see some of the changes.

Tomorrow after the 7am class finishes we will close down until 4pm. This will allow the electrician to hang the fans as well as the rings and ropes. There will not be a 12pm class today. 

Help Out a Kid!

One of our very own, Ms. Natalie Kallwass, is trying to help her students help others. Her students are working with the St. Bernard Project and heading to New Orleans to help build homes for those in need.

Here are their words:

We are a group of ten students from the Mary Lyon Pilot High School – a Boston Public School. We are taking a trip to New Orleans from May 16th – 23rd. Our mission is to rebuild homes for the people who lost their homes in the tragic hurricane Katrina. Even though it’s been 9 years, many people are still homeless to this day. We will work with the St. Bernard Project to rebuild new houses with our own hands. 

We want to go to New Orleans because…

” I want to give them back what  they loved and was close to their hearts.” – Sube

” I want to help them because I don’t want them to feel alone and I want them to feel that there are so many people that care about them.” – Fatima

“This country gave me a home, and the best way to show that I am thankful is to help give others a home.”
-Gustavo

“I want to give people back a home where they can create memories with their families.” – Jose

“I want to see a big smile on their faces!” – Ashley

  As a group we are working hard to reach our fundraising goal. In order to make it, we need your help and support to change lives.

HELP HERE.

Next Week’s Programming

Monday 9TH

Warm-up: 
EMOM 15 min
1 min: Strict Pull ups or Ring Rows
2 min: Handstand Hold
3 min: 50m Bear crawl

A1. 4x 8/12
DB seated strict press (HEAVY)

1 min rest

A2. 4x 8/12
Shoulder Flys 
(Horizontal/Vertical Flys– Side/front to OH- reverse same way to starting position)

2 min rest

Three Rounds 
Min MAX efforts:
1min Burpees
30 sec rest
1 min Sit ups
30 sec rest
1 min KB swings

1 min rest in-between rounds

Tuesday 10th
Skills: (15 min)
Muscle Ups / progressions

1: Strict Pull ups use assistance if needed. Ring Dips, assistance if needed. MAX effort for both. 

2: Seated MU w/ rings being the height of hips, with band. OR, muscle up progression rings w/belt

3: High Rings, use a band like you would with the bar “Catcher” Foot in bar, practice false grip. 

WODs

7 rds for time:
10 Burpees
10 NARROW squats
20m Bear Crawl

3-5min rest

7rds for time:
10 Burpees
10 NARROW squats 
20m Crab Walk

3-5 min rest

7 rds for time:
10 Burpees
10 Narrow Squats
20m Gorilla Walk

Wednesday 11th 

Warm-up:AMRAP 10 MIN w/ bar ½ way ADD 20/30lbs to bar

5 Dead lifts
5 Muscle Cleans
5 Strict Press

WOD: 

1 RM Split Jerk from rack (20 min)

*Mobility in between reps*

EMOM: 20 min
1 min: MAX wall balls
2min: 100m sprint or 200m row

Thursday 12th

Warm –up: (5-10 min) Row or Bike or BOTH 

Skill: Snatch/Technique/Drills (15 min)

Moderate weight.

2 – Shrug pull from Floor
2 – Hang High Pulls
1 – Hang Power Snatch
1 – OHS

5 min Mobility / Rest

AMRAP 16 min 
OHS: RX 135/95, Scaled 95/65, 65/45
10 – OHS
8 – Ring Dips
6 –GHD sit ups or K2E
5 min Mobility / Rest

Friday 13th

Warm – up 2x 400m run/jog

Mobility, Dynamic, ROLL OUT, quads, hamstrings, calves, and FEET

Test: (15/20 min)

1 mile Run

5 min rest after LAST person is done.

HERO WOD: 

“Ricky”
AMRAP 20 min
10 Pull ups
5 DB Deadlifts
8 Push Press 95/75 (from ground)

Hey CFB!

I hope everyone is staying warm and had a blast watching the Super Bowl on Sunday!  Now if only we could take care of this snow, right?  I just wanted to shout out to all of those athletes that participated in the Team Throwdown last weekend.  Well done pushing hard for each other and getting after it.  I was cheering you guys on as I took apart the ergs.

IMG_3541Last weekend I had the privilege to coach 13 athletes at Mt. Strength CF in Winchester as part of my Renegade Rowing Workshop.  The video review seen above was taken there and we all had a blast.  I love seeing people learn and improve.  If there is any way I can help you get better at something please let me know.

I’m constantly trying to learn more and improve myself as well as Renegade Rowing.  I would like to offer the best program and training I can and to do that I need your help.
 
If you could take a few minutes out of your day to fill out this survey, it would mean the world to me.
 
Renegade Rowing(it’s not just rowing 😉 2015 Improvement Survey:
 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Aj3RjFFOnl6d2iIkBRhKcDAP6Zsl_0pNY2tfMzV5gZw/viewform?usp=send_form

 
To show my thanks for filling out the above survey, I would like to invite you to a Homemade BBQ dinner at the gym on Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm in the lounge.  I will have BBQ Pulled Pork and Collard Greens for everyone.  I will outline my intentions for the future and what I can offer.
 
Everyone who fills out the survey will be entered into a Door Prize Drawing at the BBQ Dinner, so tell your friends and spread the word!
 
Any feedback helps!  Thank you for being awesome!
01 Feb 2015

Snow Day Part II

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I have been tracking the weather all night to see how this is going to play out. It appears that there will be 3-5 inches falling tonight beginning around 1am and then an additional 5-6 inches tomorrow morning during the commuting hours through mid day. Some of tomorrow is supposed to be a wintry  mix as well making roads unsafe.

Because of this, we will be closed tomorrow and reopening for Tuesday AM classes.

Be safe and warm!

~Neal

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!

 


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