02 Apr 2014
How’s the week going? Excited to be over the hump?
I hope you all enjoyed that last wod of the Open. I usually look forward to burpees, but I can’t say I ever want to do burpees and thrusters ever again. Congrats to Carla for crushing “14.5” and showing us all the Geriatric Burpee. If you want to learn, just challenge her to some burpees! She’s going to need all of our support in preparation for Regionals! Let’s keep hitting it hard and push each other to get better.
Speaking of making yourself better… the CrossFit Boston Renegades hosted a Mobility Session with HBS Member Kapil Khimdas on Saturday. We had a blast learning about the proper way to use mobility in relation to every day class as well as using a partner to inflict the right amount of pain. Here’s a quick recap of what we learned:
1. Test and Retest – Use a friend to test the range of motion at a joint or try a couple of squats, deadlifts, or presses. How tight are you? Is there any pinching? Does the movement feel junky or smooth? Was there an improvement?
2. Range of Motion Mobility – We worked on the posterior chain floss and it was epic. Use range of motion work before class to prep for the movements we’ll be using. Keep it dynamic and work the contract/relax cycle of the stretch.
3. Foam Rolling – Can be used during class to help with tweaks, but post class it’s the best to make a change permanent and help with recovery. If it’s not painful you’re not smashing hard enough according to Kapil.
4. Tack and Floss – Pin a knotted muscle and then work through flexion and extension or side to side to improve function of the muscle and range of motion. Doing this post class will help with recovery and improving flexibility long term.
Mobility Wednesdays at CFB!
Kapil and the CFB Renegades will be hosting Mobility Wednesdays from now on at CFB. Every Wednesday night at 6:30pm we’ll be helping each other smash, stretch, and improve. It started last night and If you’d like to join in, just show up and get after it. Kapil and I will be helping you guys run through a mobility routine and we’ll work on a different area of the body each week. Drinks are welcome!
Shoot me an email if you have any questions! – [email protected]
02 Apr 2014
As many of you have seen, the Custom Fit Meals cooler has made its way to CrossFit Boston! Through this service, we now have access to fresh, never frozen meals made from quality ingredients.
Here is what you need to know:
Order at CustomFitMeals.com by the midnight Tuesday deadline for meal pick-ups the following week. There are two pick-ups per week – Mondays during normal business hours and Thursdays during normal business hours.
About Custom Fit Meals:
All meals are prepared in a fully licensed, USDA-certified commercial kitchen by a team of culinary chefs, delivered safely to CrossFit Boston via refrigerated vehicle, and stored on-site in the Custom Fit Meals cooler.
There are no contracts or commitments. All orders are placed week to week.
All meals are made from FRESH, unprocessed ingredients. Gluten-Free, Primal, and Paleo meals are available.
There are 14-15 menu items offered each week and their menus constantly rotate. Meals are currently sold in increments of 5.
The service is based on Custom Fit Meals’ founder Mike Clay’s personal weight-loss journey. He lost 100 pounds using this service and a link to his story is shown below:
For anyone interested in trying out this service, enter the coupon code boston when placing your order to receive a 10% discount.
Custom Fit Meals’ nutritional philosophy is based on eating real food – fresh, natural food like lean meats, vegetables and fruit. Their meals are comprised of foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, as opposed to processed foods that have more calories but less nutrition.
Food quality is important to them, as well. They maintain the highest standard in selecting the foods that go into their meals. They use only USDA-certified All Natural chicken, grass-fed beef and bison, all natural turkey, and pastured pork. They source the majority of these proteins and as much of their fresh produce as possible from local sources.
The CFM program is not a “diet”. It’s a lifestyle, based on well-balanced nutrition that gives you what you need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. Each meal they serve contains a lean source of protein, a generous helping of nutrient-dense vegetables and/or fruit, natural sources of quality carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Their meals are designed to help you establish and maintain a healthy metabolism, and allow you to improve your body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. They also help to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune disorders.
All of their meals are “clean”, relying on a foundation of fresh, natural ingredients. All of their meals are gluten-free, and many of them do not contain other potentially inflammatory ingredients like dairy and legumes. Best of all, while their meals are extremely healthy, they also taste great. This is due to the high-quality ingredients they use, along with the expertise of their chefs in combining flavors and advanced cooking techniques to create meals with a wide variety of unique flavors and textures.
A large number of their menu items take the next major step, from a nutritional standpoint, and fall into the “paleo” category. They believe (and we agree) that paleo is the healthiest, cleanest way we can eat. While eating paleo might not be for everyone, the folks at Custom Fit Meals feel it is an excellent starting point that allows you to truly determine what foods are best suited to you. By eliminating as many potential inflammatory foods from your diet as possible and seeing the effect this has on your body and wellness, then slowly adding them back in under a controlled setting, the CFM program can help you determine which specific types of food truly are good for you.
We’re excited to offer this service and look forward to helping you meet your nutrition goals.
31 Mar 2014
“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenges designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative obstacles and over one million participants globally to date, Tough Mudder is the premier obstacle course series in the world.”
CrossFit Boston has a TEAM registered for the Tough Mudder Race on Sunday, June 1 at Mount Snow in Vermont. Nigel has created the TEAM under CrossFit Boston and there is NO password. This event is about having fun with a group of people you enjoy hanging around with.
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.