FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!
This is the final week of the 2104 CrossFit Games Open 14.5. What a great workout to finish it off with. Two low skill movements that just require you to have an engine! I love it! I mean I hate it because I am 6’3″ 240 pounds and that is A LOT of mass to move up and down for 84 reps, but hey it is what it is!
Here is some tips and strategy from Barbell Shrugged:
2014 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES REGIONALS
It’s still a little early but our very own Carla B is sitting nicely in 34th for the Northeast Region. She has been busting her butt all year and it is paying off for her. This workout plays to her strengths as she can go and go and go! If you see her in the gym today or over the weekend let her know that you are rooting for her to kill it!
We will be setting up a tent at Regionals for members that wish to head down and cheer. We will keep you posted as the date draws near.
This Saturday, tomorrow, beginning at 6pm is our Spring Fling at Daedalus in Harvard Square. The 2014 Transformation Challenge winner will be announced and it will be an opportunity to kick back, celebrate the end of the Open season, and welcome Spring into Boston. Be sure to come on by!
Strength work continues in our programming along with a continued emphasis on strengthening the midline as well. You will notice in this weeks programming there is AB work to be completed on your own outside of the class. Don’t skip it. It is important and it will help you in the WOD and the rest of your training.
PR Friday is back! Each Friday there will either be a benchmark WOD or we will attempt to PR a lift. Get excited and set your hair on fire!
Saturday – 3/29
1. Run 400m x 5
rest 2:00 between efforts
2. 15-12-9 reps for time
Front squat, 185/125
3. Abs – Post class – 3 x 1 minute plank holds with a load on the back
Sunday – 3/30
1. Partner WOD
10 Handstand push ups
20 Pull ups
60 Double Unders
Both Partners must complete the workout in its entirety. Only one person working at a time and you may alternate in any fashion you wish. Neither partner can move on the next movement until both have completed the preceding movement.
2. Post Class ABS – 20 Ball ups (STRICT)
Monday – 3/31
1. Heaving Snatch Balance – work up to a heavy single, then drop to 90% of that weight and perform 6 more sets at that weight.
2. EMOM 12
1 Snatch, 165#/115#
3. POST CLASS ABS – 15 STRICT BACK EXTENSIONS (3-1-3) TEMPO
Tuesday – 4/1
1. Shoulder Press – 3 x 3 – work up to a heavy 3 and perform a total of 3 sets at this weight. Do not drop
2. AMRAP 15
Row 30 calories
20 Push Press, 75/55
20 OH swings, 32kg/24kg
20 Box Jumps, 24″/20″
3. POST CLASS ABS – 3X10 GHD SIT UPS
Wednesday – 4/2
1. “FRAN” – TEST DAY
21-15-9 reps for time of
2a. 100 Hollow Rocks
2b. Dip supports (top & bottom)
Thursday – 4/3
1. Clean – work up to a max double for the day (18 minutes)
2. Handbalancing – 5 minutes to practice walking on your hands
3. 30-20-10 reps for time
Knee to elbows
PR Friday – 4/4
1. Back Squat – 4 x 2, work up to a heavy double (attempt a PR if you have it) and then drop down to 90% of that weight and perform 4 sets of 2 reps at that weight.
2. For time
100 Alternating DB Snatch, 60/40
50 Mountain Climbers
25 AbMat sit ups
24 Mar 2014
“Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our PASSION here at CrossFit Boston is to change the lives of our members in a holistic way. Its more than just a WOD. Its a lifestyle. Its a way of thinking and approaching each and every decision. Taking what you learn in the one hour you spend in the gym and applying it to the other 23 hours outside of the gym.
We believe the physical enables the mental, which enables the emotional, which ultimately enables the spiritual. I am not referring to religion when I refer to spiritual but more so of how one perceives his/her ability’s when they physically train his/herself to the margins.
Knocking down barriers.
Kicking in doors.
Refusing to settle for mediocrity.
One of us has the opportunity to truly follow HER PASSION. Coach Tina will be moving on at the end of this month to train with kids full time. She has the opportunity of her dreams to work with disenfranchised youths within the City of Boston and cannot say no.
If you have spent any time with Coach Tina, it is obvious how much she enjoys training young adults and children. She is great at it and she will do a knockout job in becoming a catalyst of change in the physical culture of our younger generation.
We wish her nothing but the best! Be sure to give her a hug this week while you are in the gym. She will always be a part of CrossFit Boston and welcome to visit as often as her schedule permits.
19 Mar 2014
On Tuesday night I had the privilege of watching Neal speak to a group of athletes and coaches at Community Rowing Inc.’s monthly Coaching Colloquium. The topic was Cross Training and he was on fire. Seeing the way he gets himself and the whole room fired up about the possibilities of constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity is inspiring. Every time I see Neal tell his story and share his passion with others it reminds me of why I do what I do. Who is on your team and who inspires you?
Who’s on your team?
Every day you go to work there is a team of people you work with. Every day you go to the gym there is a team of people holding you accountable and pushing you. Every day you go home there is a team there to support you and love you. Recognize your team. Support them by working as hard as you can every single second of the day and you’ll make them better.
Inspire Someone Today!
Whether it’s your training partner, friend, family, or complete stranger, find a way to inspire them and fight for their goals. Help drive their passion and pursuit of a better self. Show them what you take pride in and how hard you work for what you believe in. Find a way to motivate them and do what needs to be done.
If you’re looking for a chance to have some fun with your fellow class mates, meet some new members, and learn something new – sign up for the Partner Mobility Seminar at CrossFit Boston March 29th!
Spring is here, set a new goal, attack it, have some fun.
Reebok CrossFit Games Open 14.3
Alright! Many of you have already completed this WOD. Let me start off this tip with the following: UNLESS YOU ARE CLOSE TO QUALIFYING FOR REGIONALS AND YOU ROYALLY MESSED UP THE APPLICATION OF YOUR STRATEGY, DO NOT REPEAT THIS WOD. There is great potential to really injury yourself. The low back is going to be sore and fatigued even if you were able to maintain midline stabilization for every single rep. My glutes and hamstrings are ridiculously on fire today, this is a good thing, but it would mean that they would not be ready to attack this WOD again soon and it would push the stress to the back.
If you have not yet completed the WOD, here are some quick tips:
1. Don’t go out too fast. Find a good rhythm that allows you to go from bar to box and box to bar with no rest. The rest is built in with you loading the plates as the load increases.
2. If you need to drop to fast singles b/c the weight is too heavy to link touch and go reps, then you need to stay right over your bar take one quick breath and get back into position and lift.
3. As you are warming up, determine which provides greater economy: step ups or box jumps. I am a believer that step ups are going to allow a faster/more consistent pace for the LONG TERM of this WOD. There are some exceptions like Dave Young. A 24″ box jump is a large step up for him and he is a good box jumper.
4. BRACE, BRACE, BRACE – If you cannot do this well, your back will not like you for the rest of the weekend.
That’s it! Good luck and push onward!
1. Recovery WOD complete for time
Run 1 mile
5 rounds of:
20 Push ups
20 OH Walking Lunges, 45/25
Run 1 mile
rest 10-20 minutes (mobilize)
2. Back Squat – 6×2 (work up to a challenging 2 and then hold for a total of 6 sets)
1. AMRAP 4
5 STO, 115/75
5 Knee to elbows
5 Thruster, 95/65
rest 8 minutes
5 STO, 115/75
rest 8 minutes
5 Thruster, 95/65
Monday 3/17 (WEAR GREEN)
1. Max Pull ups
2. Max Push ups
3. 1:00 Sit ups
4. Tabata Squats
Skill: Grease the muscle up groove
1. Front Squat – 6×2 (work up to a challenging double and complete a total of 6 sets at that weight)
–Dips perform sets of 3-5 reps (AHAP) between each set of front squat
Be sure to give yourself adequate rest after the dips before your next set of front squat.
1. Row 500m (max effort)
rest the amount of time it took to complete 500m
2. Row 1000m (max effort)
rest the amount of time it took to complete 1000m
3. Row 1500m (max effort)
rest the amount of time it took to complete 1500m
4. Run 1500m (max effort)
Skill: Grease the muscle up groove
1. EMOM 10 – Snatch 1-2 reps (work up to AHAP)
2. AMRAP 12
5 DB Shoulder Press, 40/20
10 AbMat sit ups
15 Double unders
14 Mar 2014
I want to officially welcome longtime member Mickey Grouse to the TEAM! Mickey has been training with us for over 4 years, has competed in some local and regional events, volunteered his talents as a DJ for parties, etc. Now he will be apprenticing to be apart of our Coaching TEAM.
Mickey is an all around good dude and cares a ton about the CrossFit Boston Community. He received his CrossFit L1 Certificate back in 2011. You will see him primarily shadowing me in both group classes and private sessions. He will soon be leading portions of the class and ultimately entire classes.
Give him a big fist bump and a FIRE IT UP!!
CrossFit Games 14.3
CrossFit Games Open 14.3 (AMRAP – Reps)
10 Deadlifts, 135# / 95#
15 Box Jumps, 24″ / 20″
15 Deadlifts, 185# / 135#
15 Box Jumps, 24″ / 20″
20 Deadlifts, 225# / 155#
15 Box Jumps, 24″ / 20″
25 Deadlifts, 275# / 185#
15 Box Jumps, 24″ / 20″
30 Deadlifts, 315# / 205#
15 Box Jumps, 24″ / 20″
35 Deadlifts, 365# / 225#
15 Box Jumps, 24″ / 20″
Deadlift and box jumps! Alright, we finally have a little weight now in the open. The ascending volume AND weight for the deadlift will make it challenging to maintain midline stabilization and not blow out the low back. Everyone will need to focus on bracing really tight while pushing the ground away through the heels rather than pulling the bar off the floor. Establish a pace that will be just below your threshold and allow you to keep moving steady. This is very similar to the pacing needs of Wednesday’s Row/Thruster WOD.
If 225 is heavy, be prepared to start breaking up into sets of 5 so that you can move faster. Try to avoid singles until you absolutely have to. If you are lucky enough to get into the heavier weights you need to game plan the number of reps/sets for completion. Think similarly to last week’s CTB pull ups, except you will have a much higher muscle economy.
Step ups or box jumps are permitted with the requirement of both feet on the floor at full standing and both feet on the box at full standing. The kicker is the height of the box. For the men, if you are shorter, a 24″ box may be too much to expect a good pace with step ups. Ladies you should be fine with 20″. We have been training the Games Standard for box jumps the last couple of weeks so you should know how to pace this already. 15 reps is manageable, just be sure to breathe and maintain control of your body.
Good Luck to everyone today!
What’s On Tap!
Keep your eyes open for another post today with next week’s programming!
I don’t know about you guys, but my shoulders have been feeling it this week after attacking “14.2″. Congrats to everyone that gave it a go. I saw many retests and PR’s earlier this week and it was a blast seeing everyone break through their previous scores. I hope you’ve taken some extra time to smash and mobilize as we get ready for “14.3″.
If you’re looking for some extra tips on mobilizing those shoulders consider signing up for our Partner Mobility Seminar on Saturday, March 29th!
It will also be a good opportunity to get to know some of our new members. Here are pictures of a few members that crushed “Fight Gone Bad” and graduated to group classes over the past week. Give them a shout if you see them in class!
Have a great weekend and get after “14.3″!
Who are you and what are you about?
My name is John Woodson and I am from Lawton, Oklahoma. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and love my Oklahoma Sooners and OKC Thunder. I am a pretty big sports fan and I grew up playing baseball and basketball. I moved to Boston in 2012 for grad school and have accepted a job up here once I finish up in May. I have been married to my wife, Whitney, for 3 years this May and we are both super excited to be staying up here in Boston.
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
Like I said earlier, I grew up playing team sports and was always used to working out with my team. But when I went to college and my sports career tapered off, I couldn’t seem to get into a good individual routine. I would always try to start some new workout regimen, but after 2 weeks would just get bored doing the same things all the time by myself. I lived in Houston before coming to Boston, and one of my buddies down there started describing crossfit to me and it sounded like just the thing I needed. But I didn’t take any actions about it. When I moved up to Boston I focused on grad school for a year, but earlier this January looked in the mirror and realized I was about 30 pounds overweight and needed to do something before it got too late. So I called Crossfit Boston and started the 10 session training program.
What are you getting out of the Private Training?
A ton. The private training helps on so many levels. After 8 years without consistent exercise, I struggle through a lot of what we do and have to scale several of the exercises. But having Pat there as my instructor helps me make sure I’m keeping proper form to avoid injury, and he acts as a great coach and motivator. I am able to do more in these sessions than I would have imagined, and I keep improving all the time.
What are some of your goals for this year?
When I started a month ago, I weighed in at 214 pounds and was close to 30% body fat. I now weigh in at 204 and am closer to 26% body fat. I am hoping to get down below 20% and closer to 15% at least by the end of this year.
I used to be able to do 10 pullups no problem back in high school. I can’t do a single one now. Eventually, I would like to be able to hit 10 again.
Overall I just want to feel better. My weight and fitness issues have been an emotional as well as physical drain on me. I want be able to play basketball without needing to take breaks every 5 minutes on the floor. I want to be able to go out and enjoy a nice run in this beautiful city I now call home. Most of all, I want to make habits and build skills that will set me up to stay fit for the rest of my life.
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
Working out with a group again. Having people there so we can all push and encourage each other and getting to know more people at the gym.
Just seeing continued progress on top of the foundation I am building through the private trainings.
It’s finally here. The 2014 sporting season has officially began and…14.1 is a repeat of 11.1, which we just performed as a gym not more than 21 days ago. Familiarity breeds success they say and Many in the gym performed very well in this workout. It will be fun to see how it is attacked seeing this time around.
Reebok CrossFit Games Open 14.1 – Logistics and more…
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatch, 75/55
We will be performing The Opens each and every Friday in classes. You may “redo” the WOD over the course of the weekend, YOU WILL NEED TO ORGANIZE A PARTNER TO JUDGE AND SCORE YOU. All scores must be submitted so that I can validate them by Monday 8pm EST. If you think you have a chance to qualify for regionals, your judge must have passed the CrossFit Online Judges Course AND you MUST videotape your efforts.
I am a fan of James Fitzgerald, OPT, and believe he has a lot of great information on proper training for CrossFit both as a fitness program and a sport. Last year I began taking the OPT courses and read his blog almost daily. In the article below, OPT Coach and on-site athlete Robin Lyons shares her thoughts on mentally preparing for competition. I share it because I think it has value beyond the Open.
Get Mental for the Opens Part 1
In slow motion my eyes close and then re-open back onto the barbell. There are 60sec left in the 12 min workout; I’m breathing rapidly, my thighs are burning and something inside is telling me to slow down….“rest, you can’t go yet”…. and in that split second I have a choice to either give in to that voice or trust my training. Without hesitation I notice the mental breakdown and fight back with positive self-talk and cues that laser me back into the zone: “let’s go”, “you train to be in this moment” “you can do it”. I grab the barbell, chalk and sweat fall below me and I finish knowing I gave it everything I had. This fight is what I love in our sport, and over the years as a competitive athlete I have come to understand the important role of mental preparation in my success and failures. In high-level performance sports our ability to focus rules for better or worse.
What’s On Tap
1. EMOM 15 – 2 touch and go squat clean
2. Jerk – 5×1
3. Tabata Squats
1. build up to as heavy as can be (may ascend)
2. From the racks
Complete with a partner for time
100 pull ups
100 push ups
100 sit ups
The workload must be shared equally and alternate every 10 reps.
Partner 3k row – Alternate every minute.
Time separately for both “Partner Angie” and 3k row.
1. EMOM 14
Odd – 2-4 Handstand push ups
Even – 10 Box Jumps, 24″/20″
2. AMRAP4 – Burpees to a 45# plate
1. HSPU are strict/box jumps games standard
1. For time
30 Power Snatches, 95/65
20 Overhead squats, 95/65
10 GHD Sit ups
2. Accumulate 5 minutes of L-sit hold
1. Back Squat – 5×2 - work up to a challenging double and then hold for 4 more sets.
2. Pull up Ladder
3 3 rounds of following cycle:
7 pull ups
Rotate with a partner or a few to allow rest between sets
rest 5 minutes
Accumulate 15 minutes in an unsupported handstand hold
rest 5 minutes
Score time for each 1k row
2014 CrossFit Games Open 14.2 – TBA
26 Feb 2014
How’s it going CFB?
I hope you’ve all had a solid week of training and you’re prepared to take on the first workout of the CrossFit Games Open tomorrow. We will be performing “14.1″, which gets released tonight at 5pm PST. If you haven’t gotten around to registering yet, be sure to register by tomorrow! Here is how to register …
1. Visit the website games.crossfit.com
2. On the Games site, click on the “register here” button. It costs US$20 for athletes from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe, or US$10 for athletes from the rest of the world to register as an individual. Fill out the required information, agree to the terms and policies and enter your payment information. The information you provide will determine your region for the ENTIRE competitive season (Open, Regionals and Games). Once you complete registration you will be taken to your Competition Page where you can select an affiliate, create a team or join a team. Our Team for the gym is CrossFit Boston.
I hope to see everyone crush it tomorrow! Eat well, stay hydrated, get a good sleep, and come ready to throwdown!
21 Feb 2014
2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open
The 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is less than 1 WEEK away. This is an exciting part of the year because it challenges everyone to compete and competition makes everyone better. It just does. We push harder. We perform in ways we didn’t think we could. We learn so much about our abilities and areas that we still need to improve. It’s the ultimate test over the course of 5 weeks.
For me as an affiliate owner, it serves two purposes: community building and feedback on the programming being done for the gym.
Lets start with the latter. CrossFit is defined as functional movements, constantly varied, performed at high intensity. That allows a broad interpretation of program design that can be considered CrossFit. How do I ensure that what I am programming is working to make you, the members, more fit? Thankfully Coach Glassman went on to define fitness further as improving work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Meaning, the ability to perform more work (force X distance ./. time) across very short workouts to much longer workouts with the numerous functional movements CrossFit employs. He even went further and defined fitness 3-dimensionally by including age. Are we increasing work capacity across broad time and modal domains as we continue to get older?
The Open is a test of this exactly. It is free of any biases I may have and we can and do repeat it throughout the year.
Community, each year The Open brings members closer together as we all share this common experience. I equate it to 4th of July “Murph” every Friday of the week. Everyone has the opportunity to meet new faces and cheer each other on. The energy is electric and the effort is “All In”. At the end of the night there is usually a group hanging around and sharing their perspectives of what happened, how to improve, where to go eat after. It’s always fun to see.
This year we will be running The Open WOD every Friday. If you are registered you will be judged and given a score sheet each week. If you are hopeful you may qualify for Regionals your workout needs to be videotaped and your judge must have passed the CrossFit Judges course. Get ready and FIRE IT UP!!!
What’s On Tap
The programming for the next five weeks will continue to be a high intensity followed with skill work. Be sure to continue hitting your L-sit holds on your own in addition to plank holds and hollow rocks.
3 Rounds for time
50 Double unders
10 Back squats, 135/100
10 Deadlift, 135/100
10 Bar facing burpees
bar must start from the floor for the back squats. overhead and on the shoulders in any fashion without assistance from a rack
Complete for time reps of 21-15-9
Hand release Push ups
This workout is to be performed like a relay event. First person completes 21 reps of the deadlift and then the second person immediately begins his/her reps. When both are finished with 21 deadlift, the first athlete takes off on the 500m run. Athlete 2 takes off when Athlete 1 is finished. When both are finished with the run, Athlete 1 begins his/her push ups, then athlete 2. Continue the above for 15 reps and then again for 9 reps.
1. EMOM 12 – 2 Power snatch + 2 Overhead squat
2. Ring dips – 3 x max reps; rest 2:00
3. Double unders – 3 x max reps; rest 2:00
1. keep the weight moderate to light focusing on speed and efficient bar path
2. Intermediate and beginners may use bands for assistance on static or box dips but NO kipping
1. Front Squat – 7×2
2. Row as far as you can in 12 minutes
1. Work up to a challenging weight and then perform 7 sets of 2 reps at that weight.
2. Aim to maintain a +4 seconds of your 2k pace or faster.
1. AMRAP 10
10 Power clean, 115/75
5 Chest to bar pull ups
2. Toe 2 Bar – 3 x max reps, rest 2:00
3. Thruster – 3 x 25 unbroken, 75/55; rest 2:00
1. Burpees games standard. Power clean from the floor.
2. If scaled then perform 3 x 10 at best progression able
3. Scale the load if necessary to perform the 25 reps unbroken
1. Shoulder press – 5 x 3
2. Box jumps – 3×20 unbroken, 24/20; 2:00 rest
3. Deadlift – 3×15 touch and go, 135/95; 2:00 rest
1. Work up to a challenging weight. Then perform 5 sets of 3 reps at that weight.
2. Games standard (stand up in full extension on the top of the box)
2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 14.1