08 Oct 2014
Hey CFB! Great work on those rowing intervals on Tuesday. Everyone really got after it and the form is definitely coming along. Keep it up! Speaking of rowing…
Life get’s crazy, especially this time of year as we gear up for fall parties and the holidays – CFB Halloween Party Anyone? In the Rowing World, the Head of the Charles is known to rowers as Rowing Christmas. Every year on the third weekend of October, rowers past and present gather to remember the good old days and push themselves to the limit against the best in the world. If you can get outside today, go for a walk along the Charles River. You will more than likely see other random people both tall and small looking at the bridges and turns scouting their line for race day. Keep an eye out for coaching launches filled with coxswains doing the same thing from the water. The biggest regatta in the world is just over a week away. Time to get excited!
If you’re interested in checking out the Head of the Charles next weekend, October 18-19, I’ll be cheering on our very own Bob E. around 9am on Saturday morning from the Western Ave. Bridge. He’ll be racing in a single for the first time and I can’t wait to see him get after it. On sunday you can also check out the Boston College Men’s Crew Team who I’ve been training with Renegade Rowing. Either way it should be an amazing weekend with lots of fun activities, so get outside and drink it in! Here’s a spectator’s guide if you’d like more info.
Never seen the Head of the Charles Regatta before? Try the following today! Take 15 minutes today to stop. Breathe. And go for a walk. Watch some rowing. How does the boat move in relation to the body? What part of the stroke does the boat move the fastest? How’s the form look compared to your erging on Tuesday?
If you’re lucky enough to do this please share your thoughts, where you were, and what you saw!
03 Oct 2014
FIRE IT UP!
It’s the first Friday of the month. Wednesday was a parade of bells ringing! Some great improvements in Tabata Squats. Even after hitting back squats prior. This is a pure increase in work capacity. Think about it, if last time you hit 8 reps across all eight intervals, you completed 64 reps. Up that mark to 12 reps each round, you have now completed 96 reps! A 50% improvement. This is exactly what Yeshil did! Great work! Gabby went from 16 reps in June to 18 reps on Wednesday. Thats 144 reps from 128 reps, a 12.5% improvement. Though this may seem small, it is really difficult to make double digit improvements once you are completing 15+ reps on Tabata squats. Pretty awesome.
BEAT THE STREETS
Just a reminder that tomorrow we are running the qualifying WODs for the Beat The Streets fundraiser with 3Point Foundation and Tina Ramos.
9am will be WOD #1
10am will be WOD #2
11am will be WOD #3
You can read more about the event here.
COACH TOMMY T!
If you have been attending my 5:30pm classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays you already know that Tom T has been assisting and leading portions of the training. Tom joined us from Trident CrossFit (awesome community/coaches/etc) where he assisted in coaching duties for a year there. After settling into Boston, he is now excited to get back in the mix and helping others reach their goals!
Here’s Tom’s bio:
I found Crossfit in the fall of 2011 at Crossfit Dewitt, in Syracuse, NY. I was looking to increase my overall fitness and wanted to drop some weight after jockeying a desk for a few years post college. My butt was immediately kicked and I was hooked. In 2012, I took a new job and moved to Alexandria, VA and was lucky enough to find Trident Crossfit. I was blown away at the coaches, community and the facilities there and as my fitness improved, I wanted to know more about Crossfit and fitness so I took my Level 1 at Trident. Chriss and Andrea Smith, the co-owners of Trident, approached me and asked if I was interested in interning at the gym. I never considered myself a coach, but accepted their offer to learn from the best coaches and most fun people I knew.
PROGRAMMING – WHAT’S ON TAP
Complete with a partner for time, work can be split however the team prefers:
50 Back squats, 45/35
50 STO, 45/35
300 Double Unders
50 GH Sit-ups
then both team members must run another 800m.
5 reps @ 65%, rest 1:00
Ring Dips (AHAP), 4-8, rest 1:00
5 reps @ 75%, rest 1:00
Ring Dips (AHAP), 4-8, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 85%, rest 1:00
Ring Dips (AHAP), 4-8
2. 3 Rounds for time
20 OH walking lunges, 45/25
15 OH Squats, 135/95
20 Unbroken Double Unders
Warm-up: 2k row
1. Row – 10 x 200m @ 85%, rest 1:00 between
2. AMRAP 8
15 Front Squat, 95/65
1. Snatch – work up to a max single (17 minutes)
2. Complete for time
30 Snatches @ 50% of above
20 Push Jerk (same weight)
15 Burpee box jumps
20 Push Jerk
1. Push Press
5 reps @ 65%
Bent over barbell rows (strict – no momentum), 8-10 reps, rest 2:00
5 reps @ 75%
Bent over barbell rows (strict – no momentum), 8-10 reps, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 85%
Bent over barbell rows (strict – no momentum), 8-10 reps
2. Every 2 minutes for 16 minutes perform (8 rounds)
3 Split Jerks @ 60% of best clean and jerk
1a. 5 Skin the cats x 3 sets
1b. 3 rope climbs x 3 sets, rest 2:00
2. Complete 6 rounds for time
1. Back squat – 3 x 10 reps @ 72%
2. AMRAP 15
100m Farmer Carry, 55/35 each hand
100m Front Rack carry, 55/35 each hand
100m Overhead carry, 55/35 each hand
20 Sep 2014
Beat The Streets Fundraiser
From Tina Ramos – Founder of CrossFit Kids Boston
When I started my CrossFit journey five years ago I knew this was a training method I wanted to use to help kids and teens. I have been fortunate to be able to use this type of training to help kids while I was at CrossFit Boston. Since June I have been out pursuing the other half of my dream~ making CrossFit accessible to the most needy kids in the City of Boston. I’ve been doing this in partnership with Neil Jacobs, the founder of The 3PointFoundation.
The core mission of The 3PointFoundation is to help inner city kids prepare and go to college. The teachers who work in the program do this by taking the kids out of the city and to a summer camp over a 4-week period—an academic camp. For 8 hours a day these kids must be in the classroom studying the basics of math, writing and reading. It’s a rigorous program for most 5th grade students and on top of the high academic expectation is a curriculum that the boys must live everyday—high character expectations. The boys are held to high standards of behavior and the curriculum makes character a part of the daily requirements.
During the school year the academic preparation continues at the Reggie Lewis Center every week.
The hook is basketball. Thus, the 3Points ~ academics, character and basketball. This year we are adding a new hook, CrossFit! I am writing to you the CrossFit Boston community to get involved and help support us as we branch out. You love CrossFit and you know these boys and girls will! What does your support go towards? Great question!
We are first trying to build awareness amongst many leading CrossFit communities in and around Boston. We are letting you know we will be launching our program at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. We are raising funds to help pay for equipment and eventually send CrossFit coaches to Kid certification courses. We have a plan to make this program a part of the bigger Steve’s Club National Program for at-risk youth. With your support we can make this one of the strongest programs in the nation. The goal is to have a CrossFit program for inner city youth at the Reggie Lewis Center and to help these kids continue to pursue excellence in school so that someday they can go to college.
Who knows, one day these 5th grade kids may become a member of the CFB community but it all starts on Saturday, October 4th.
We are having BEAT The Streets Throw Down at CFB during the morning hours. Get your team ready ~ One Male and One Female per team. Scaled and Rx Divisions! Sign up on the white board with your partner.
What you donate is up to you. We are so happy to have you join our BEAT The Streets Team!
When: Saturday, October 4th
Time: WOD 1 takes off at 9 a.m. with Scaled Division; followed right after by the Rx Division
WOD 2 starts at 10 a.m. with Scaled Division; followed by Rx Division
WOD 3 starts at 11 a.m. with Scaled Division; followed by Rx Division
It’s a morning of competition and celebration. We are celebrating building a wider community for the most needy of our kids in the City of Boston.
And if that wasn’t enough we are continuing the fun at UMass Boston on Sunday, October 12th. The top 3 teams in the Rx and Scaled division will make the finals at UMass Boston and go against the top teams from the other participating affiliates:
Reebok CrossFit Back Bay
CrossFit New England
So get your game face on and get ready to help a kid here in Boston! Your participation is necessary to make this dream a reality. If you can’t compete either day consider volunteering your time.
If you need more details please let me know. You can email me at: [email protected]
03 Sep 2014
Coach Pat’s Pistol Program!
That’s right CFB! It’s September! One of my favorite months of the year. Students are back in town and everyone at the gym is looking forward to crushing some goats this fall. At least I hope you are!
Every Thursday this month I’ll be posting some extra programming for you to do before or after class to improve your pistol. As the weeks go by you’ll be able to progress through the program based on your ability in the pistol. Today’s programming is below. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.
Set a clock for 20 minutes and work through all letters. After progressing through all letters, perform a pistol Test. How many pistols can you do? If you can do more than one, repeat all letters with more weight and a lower target. If you still can’t do a pistol, repeat all of the letters at level I. Continue this process until 20 minutes is up.
A. Over Head Squat w/ dowel or bar 3×5
B. Good Morning w/ Dowel 3×15
C. Hollow Body 3×10 3″ Hold
D. Seated Pistol on Bench 3×5
Next week I’ll reveal level two, so get after it today and be ready to work for Level 2 next week.
Post how many pistols you get today or where you’re at in regards to your pistol!
23 Jul 2014
Hey CFB! Hope you’re all getting pumped for the Throwdown tomorrow night. It’s been a solid week of training and it’ll be fun to see where everyone stands. Also, props to those who gave CrossFit Dodgeball a go on Monday. That was a lot of fun to coach. If you’d be interested in a CFB Dodgeball Tourney let me know. Just saying, could be epic! Hit us up with your thoughts in the comments or on FB.
This week it’s my pleasure to introduce you to one of our newest members, Lindsay! When you meet her for the first time be sure to introduce yourself and throw up a high five! Here’s a little bit about her to get the conversations started…
Who are you and what are you about?
Hi! I’m Lindsay. I am an ordained clergy in the christian tradition and an interfaith chaplain in higher education. I am passionate about interfaith dialogue, human rights, learning, and most importantly drinking red wine with girlfriends. I am married to an awesome man and have two very lively kiddos (ages 1 and 4) who have taught me more about myself and life than I’ve ever learned in a classroom.
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
A girlfriend of mine who is in her forties and is in incredible shape challenged me to give CrossFit a try. She said after 3 months of CrossFit, I would never go back to a conventional gym. The future has yet to be told, but at this point, CrossFit has been a refreshing change!
What are some of your goals for this year?
I haven’t been consistently active for the past 5 years, so my primary goal is to be active! And my ultimate goal is to have sustained energy with my kiddos on the playground. Ironically, some days after training I have a hard time even picking up my kiddos! But overall, I can already feel a very positive difference.
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
I’m terrified to join group classes! There are some crazy good athletes doing crazy amounts of pull ups in there. But in spite of that fear – I am most looking forward to the team atmosphere in the group classes. Not to mention that whoever picks the music at our gym actually did an entire class to musical theater… Love it! Who wouldn’t want to work out to that?!
The CrossFit Boston In-House Throwdown will be next Friday, July 25th at 6:30pm with food and beverages to follow. So the question is…. Are you ready to compete? Against yourself? Against others? Below are a couple of my thoughts on what it means to be an athlete, and even better, a firsthand athlete. Read through, reflect on your training and experience in the gym, and share what you think it means to be an athlete.
The Firsthand Athlete
A firsthand athlete has the competence and confidence to rely on personal experiences to prepare for, execute, and learn from a performance both as an individual and as part of a team. The in-house throwdown at CrossFit Boston is a unique opportunity to test your athleticism because there is no coach calling plays, talking you through the pre-comp warm-up, or cueing you on that one technical or tactical fix during the wod.
If you can’t make the throwdown because of vacation, you will still need to know what to do to keep up with your training. When an athlete is away on vacation there is no coach to walk them through a workout. When an athlete enters the arena on game-day or goes home for vacation it’s up to them to know what to do, what to think about, what to fix, and what to focus on. The firsthand athlete actively communicates with their body, teammates, and coaches to continually learn and work towards their goals.
The CrossFit Boston Athlete
One of my main goals as a coach at CrossFit Boston is to develop Firsthand Athletes. With a class full of Firsthand Athletes, who can work hard together and stay focused on what they must do as individuals to make the rest of the group better, the possibilities are endless.
Have a great Thursday, work hard this week, and see you at the Throwdown next week!
Hope you had an awesome 4th of July Weekend! Above is a video that got posted on the CrossFit Main Site just over two years ago when I first became one of your coaches. I’m getting pumped because it’s that time of year again. Time for the Renegade Rowing Team to get on the water, learn to row, and come together as a team to hold each other accountable. Next Thursday we will be holding tryouts at Community Rowing in Brighton. If you’d like to learn how to row and do it with a bunch of badass CFB members then the time is now. If you are reading this and you happen to be a CrossFitter from another box, you are welcome to join us, we’d be glad to have you! Please sign up below.
Renegade Rowing Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI
Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following… RRT KSA’s
If you are interested, want to know more about the KSA’s, or have a few questions please let me know ASAP so I can get you fired up to get on the water. I’m working with a couple of people early next week to review basic technique and drills. Hit me up at [email protected] if you’d like to join in.
08 Jul 2014
I would like to introduce Jen Burtt to our coaching ranks. Jen is a new Apprentice Coach here at CrossFit Boston. She has a ton of experience in coaching as she has been in the field for some time now. She holds a CF-L1 certificate as well as specialty certificates in CrossFit Mobility and CrossFit Endurance/Running. In 2011 she graduated from the National Personal Training Institute.
Here is Jen’s Story.
Athletics has played a significant role throughout my life. As a 3-sport Varsity athlete, I was able to demonstrate leadership ability as Captain of my high school field hockey, basketball and softball teams. I received the “Contributed Most to Athletics Award” my senior year, 2004. I played ASA softball for 7 consecutive seasons and as Captain my team qualified and competed in National Championship tournaments in Atlanta, GA (1999) and Midland, TX (2002).
I thrive on pushing myself to achieve my personal best, which is what I encourage those around me to do every day. I’ve competed in two CrossFit competitions: the first was in June 2011 in the scaled division, placing 20th out of 59 women; the second was in September, 2012, where I placed 36th out of 100 in the RX women division in The Garage Games at CFNE. I plan to continue competing.
Prior to joining the CrossFit family, I worked in the cosmetology profession for 5 years as a Board Certified Hair Stylist and Nail Technician in the State of MA. In July of 2010, I experienced a life-changing event. I was a passenger in a multi-rollover auto accident in which I sustained life-threatening injuries. Through the grace of God, I survived. My faith and willingness to overcome the mental and physical obstacles that I suffered gave me the drive and determination I needed to recover. After months of rehabilitation and physical therapy, I joined CrossFit. It is through CrossFit that I was able to regain my core and full-body strength as well as my athleticism.
When asked about the accident I always have to pause so that those asking will understand my response. To make a long story short, I am blessed. I was saved by God and by all of the wonderful people who kept me alive in my most delicate hours. I was told so many times by my family, friends and doctor the details surrounding my accident and recovery; yet, I have no actual memory of any of it. All I have are the scars on my body and the ever-lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury. It’s strange because I don’t feel like it even happened to me but the evidence is there. That’s how I know I was blessed, because now I am physically, mentally and spiritually stronger than before. I took every opportunity I had to gain the strength I needed to become who I am today and what I am meant to be. My mother and father could tell stories of my recovery – how from the moment I was awake and aware of my situation that I was driven more than ever to recover, how I listened to my doctors’ advice but listened to my body more.
While in the midst of my recovery I decided I no longer wanted to be a hairstylist. I always had a passion for physical fitness so naturally it seemed to be the best path to follow. I became re-energized about my future and made the decision to become a personal trainer. I have more passion for this career because I feel like my personal experience inspires others to be better, to be healthier and to appreciate life.
After a whirlwind of battles, I’m on the journey to travel again, to pick my spirit back up, to work hard every day and to not worry about tomorrow. I’m seeking positive thoughts, positive people and a place to go that I can call home, the CrossFit community. I love what I do so for all the love that I have I give all that I can and then some.
I am where I am today because I knew that the only way I could take back my life was to focus on improving the quality of my life. After being in a wheelchair, not being able to walk, I made the decision to get up and put my feet on the floor. I made myself walk, run, sprint harder and further. Now I am stronger and wiser than I ever was before. This accident was life changing, because if not for it I would not have had the courage to follow my heart. I can tell you this: it was not easy and it was heart breaking at some points but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
I can honestly say now that not working or training consistently in a CrossFit gym recently has changed the quality of my life. With that being said, I am very happy with the steps I have taken to be where I am right now. I know that getting my feet back into the CrossFit community will help my overall happiness and sanity. It balances my inner strength mentally, soulfully and physically. I do live my life through my heart and soul. I live for the best for all, for everyone, not just myself. It makes me happy to give the joy that I have and feel everyday. I give my entire heart to what I really want. Whether it is a competitive time for Fran, or building strength for a Clean & Jerk or a Power Snatch; whatever it is my heart thrives for, I just give it all I have and I will achieve it. It might not happen tomorrow, next week or maybe next month but it will happen. What you give is what you get.
That is how I live and that is what I give. I believe within and know that this community will never leave us stranded. It is a strong, powerful, and passionate family.
I never want to be satisfied with my achievements. I never want my family, friends or the CrossFit community to be satisfied either.
30 Jun 2014
“It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”— William J. Clinton
Ricky “501” never quit this morning while attacking 80# DB snatches and 30″ box jumps
LAST CALL FOR SHORTS!
Tomorrow morning I am submitting the Pre-Order for CFB board shorts from Via Privé/VPX. If you want to try on a pair at the front desk you may do so, be sure to put your size on the sheet with the shorts.