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Happy Halloween!  I hope you’re planning on dressing up to WOD today!  I’ll be dressing up to coach!

 

Announcing the 2013 Renegade Rowing Club!

 

It’s that time of year again.  The weather has gotten cold and no one wants to row in the cold.  Now is the time to get pumped for training in the gym and crushing your 2k on the erg!  The 2013 Renegade Rowing Club will be held at 5:30pm on Monday nights at CrossFit Boston.  Practices will start the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd.  The cost for the Renegade Rowing Club will be $47 per month or $94 for the whole winter.  We will be training for the Renegade Rowing League, which will be held in December and January, leading up to CRASH-B’s.  Who’s game?  Email me if you plan on joining the Renegade Rowing Club, [email protected]  There are only 16 spots available in the club, so let me know sooner rather than later!

 

Above is a video of the Wayland Weston Men’s Crew Team that I’ve been coaching this Fall.  I wanted to give you all a view of the sport of rowing from the water.  This was their last practice before the Head of the Fish Regatta, which is where that Fish Head came from that I hung on the gym wall earlier this week.  If you’d like to learn to row on the water and get your own fish head someday, it starts in the gym this winter with the Renegade Rowing Club.  Who’s game?

 

Approaching Western Ave. Bridge at HOCR!

The Head of the Charles took place last weekend in Boston.  A lot of rowers used the Head to get motivated by setting goals to place in the top 20, top 10, or top 3.  If you got a chance to check it out please share your thoughts and pictures.  Did witnessing one of the most awesome rowing events in the world get you motivated to commit to your own goals or an upcoming event?

 

I’m looking forward to getting the Renegade Rowing Club up and running for the winter and training for CRASH-B’s.  More details on the Renegade Rowing Club and the Renegade Rowing League will be out next Thursday, so keep a look out!

Below is an excerpt from a great blog on motivation by Alex Black of Wicked Good Nutrition.  Check it out and tell us how you’re getting motivated this Winter!

 

The Land of Motivation

 

Motivation can be tough. It can be hard to find your way to Motivation-land, and once you get there, it can be even harder to stay. It takes at least a month to turn a behavior into a habit, and that month will typically be rife with challenges. Because, you know, the minute you decide to give up sugar or beer the next three social outings your friends plan are a baking pot luck and outing to your favorite craft beer bar…

 

On top of that, some research suggests it can take up to 3 years to reset your body’s homeostasis (sense of balance) at a new weight. What this means is, if you lose 20 pounds, it can take 3 years before you body recognizes this as its new and healthy weight.

 

But all that aside, there are a few tricks you can use to help you get motivated and stay motivated. These include:

 

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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

This is one of the biggest weekends of the year here in the Boston area as The Head of the Charles is taking place.  It is the most revered regatta in the world!  One of our own, Coach Pat aka “Coach Sunshine” is racing in a scull this Sunday at 8am!  A group of us will be meeting to cheer him on at the Western Ave bridge before the Sunday class.  Try and join us!

How did your week of training go?  Did you hit any new PR’s?  I witnessed a few bell rings during the classes.  Speak up and share it with the group!

How about any breakthroughs?  We worked on skin the cats this week.  They are a great movement to develop shoulder strength and develop some greater awareness of your body when its upside down and not on the ground.  It’s no secret that with all of the overhead movements with CrossFit: presses, jerks, snatches, pull-ups, etc. That the shoulder can take a pounding IF you are not  proactive.  So, don’t stop incorporating this movement into your warm-up and mobility.

Re-Organization

As you are aware, we are re-organizing the gym.  Along with adding some shelves, creating space, etc, we are also putting some fresh paint on the walls.  Our goal is to make CrossFit Boston Iron & Grit a place that you want as members enjoying being.  More than just during your one hour workout but to hang out after and sit with friends while drinking your favorite protein shake or vita coco or an adult beverage at the end of the day.

Why is this important to us?  Well, its not a secret that the more frequently you are here with us, the more what we do will become a fully integrated piece of your life.  Our goal is to help lead you down the path of being “Wicked Fit For Life”.  Not just for today or the next day.  Not even for the next year, but for life.  

 

What’s On Tap

This week’s programming is going to have an emphasis on interval training in the MetCon.  Both Tuesday and Thursday will feature this.  The movements are low skill and the objective is to work at a really high intensity and then recover in between before repeating.  Monday and Wednesday will be classic CrossFit MetCons.  

There will NOT be any squat days programmed in strength during the week so it will be ESSENTIAL that you get 1-2 heavy squat days in on your own either before or after class.  On Saturday 10/26 the CrossFit Total is programmed so we will be testing the 1RM in the back squat, press, and deadlift.  

There is no programmed skill focus.  Instead we will spend a week hammering the midline assistance work.

Sunday – 10/20
1. Complete as a TEAM of 2 (1 M, 1 F)
10 minutes to find 2 rep max – Front Squat 

score is sum of lifts

2. Team Chipper (Same TEAM)
For time (14 minute cap)
30 gh sit ups
30 deadlift 225/155
30 double unders
30 overhead squats 95/65
30 pull ups

Men start first, then women. Athletes can’t advance stations until station in front is clear.

Monday – 10/21
1. 4 rounds for time
9 handstand push ups
12 power cleans 155/105
15 box jumps, 24″,20″

2. Snatch – 5×2

3. Midline assistance

Tuesday – 10/22
1. 5xAMRAP 3 minutes
10 Burpees
10 Overhead Swings, 24kg/16kg

rest 1:00, add :15 to rest each round

2. Push press – 3×5

Wednesday – 10/23
1. For time
30 OH walking lunges, 45/25
30 Push ups
30 Pull ups
Run 1 mile
30 Pull ups
30 Push ups
30 OH walking lunges, 45/25

2. Midline assistance work

Thursday – 10/24
1. 5xAMRAP 4minutes
10 Knee to elbows
10 Thruster, 75/55

rest 1:00 between rounds

2. 2 Hang power snatch + 2 Tall squat snatch – 7 sets

Friday – 10/25
1. Overhead Squat – 5×5

2. TEST – 1000m row

3. Midline assistance work

Saturday – 10/26
1. CrossFit Total
Back Squat – 1RM
Shoulder Press – 1RM
Deadlift – 1RM

15 minutes to find 1RM of each lift

BC Men's Crew prepping for Head of the Charles

BC Men’s Crew prepping for Head of the Charles

It’s been said that Rowing Is Passion!  Rowing as a sport has been exploding over the last couple of years.  You’ve seen it here in our very own gym.  Do you know any other CrossFit gym that has 16 ergs at its disposal?  I’ve been in touch with many followers of the Renegade Rowing WOD as well as athletes and gym owners who have started their own rowing clubs.  They all have found passion in the hard work, power, and grace that it takes to row.  Have you thought about joining the Renegade Rowing Club?  We will be starting it up again this November and training for CRASH-B’s – The Indoor Rowing World Championships held here in Boston every February.

 

How do you incorporate rowing into your everyday training and what makes you passionate about this amazing sport?

 

Renegade Rowing was lucky enough to be interviewed by Alexa Pozniak of Boston.com for a video and article on why rowing can be such a great fitness tool and how local rowers are training for the Head of the Charles.  Having the opportunity to spread my knowledge and passion for the sport with the athletes of Wayland-Weston Crew, Boston College Men’s Crew, CrossFit Boston, and followers of Renegade Rowing is what I live for.  Seeing all of you improve and find passion in rowing is what it’s all about.  Please checkout and share this video and article with your friends and get in touch with me, [email protected], if you’re interested in the Renegade Rowing Club.

CrossFit Boston’s very own Renegade Rowing Team has been working hard for eight week now to learn to row together in an eight person crew shell in hopes of crushing the competition at this years Rumble on the River.  Come cheer them on and check out the river!

Get outside, enjoy a walk, and even get some beer!  Check out what’s in store for the Renegade Rowing Team this weekend!

Rumble on the River 2013

Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) is set to host the fourth annual Rumble on the River, a free outdoor music and rowing festival scheduled for Sunday, September 15 from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Harry Parker Boathouse, 20 Nonantum Rd. in Brighton.

The Renegade Rowing Team will be racing and there are many other activities to check out including live music and a VIP Beer Garden.  Register for access to the Beer Garden here … Rumble on the River VIP Beer Garden Experience!

Hope to see you there!

-Coach Pat

BC Men's Crew doing Cindy with Coach Pat and Renegade Rowing

BC Men’s Crew doing Cindy with Coach Pat and Renegade Rowing

What are you doing to improve your Mobility?

In rowing the longer your stroke the further you can move the boat and ultimately the faster you can go.  Same thing applies indoors, rowing on the erg.  The only problem with that equation is your positioning.  Are you in a strong position at the catch and finish?  Today is a day to work on mobility and improve that positioning.  Take at least 15 minutes, ideally longer, to work on your tight spots.  What limits you?  Ankle flexion at the catch?  Shoulder mobility at the finish?

Share where you tend to be tight during a row as well as your problem areas for WODs. What are you doing daily to work them out?

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Here’s a glimpse of practice this week for the Renegade Rowing Team!  They race at the Rumble on the River, September 15th at Community Rowing Inc.  Come cheer them on!

How was that Rowing WOD on Tuesday?RRT launching

Just wanted to shout out to everyone that attacked it.  Nice work!

On Saturday, September 14th the Renegade Rowing Team will be competing in the Rumble on the River at CRI.  They will race about 3km in a time trial style head race and then dual another boat in a 500m sprint if they make the finals.  If you’re thinking about trying Renegade Rowing and getting on the water, the Rumble on the River would be a great opportunity to see what we’re all about.  There will be live music, food, and rowing!  Come cheer on the Renegade Rowing Team!

Here are some pictures from practice this week to give you an idea of what your fellow class mates have been up to.  Ask them what they’ve been learning when you see them in class!

RRT Full MoonRRT Pic Drill

 

 

Who watched the team competition at the CrossFit Games last weekend?  Did you see the Partner Overhead Squats and the Worm (Log) Lift?  Ever wonder what it would be like to have to execute good form in a functional movement and do it at the same time as someone else?

Well now you can!  Above is a video of the Renegade Rowing team performing their warm up before getting in the boat.  In order to row well everyone in the boat must be moving together and doing the exact same thing at the exact same time.

The Renegade Rowing Membership at CrossFit Boston

As a Renegade Rowing Member at CrossFit Boston you’ll enjoy unlimited group classes like a normal membership.  In addition you’ll also commit to improving your training through Renegade Rowing Classes, One-on-One sessions with Coach Pat, and Individualized Assessment, Goal Setting, and Feedback.  Coach Pat will sit down with you every two months to review your progress, provide feedback, adjust your goals, and give you extra work to keep improving.

Renegade Rowing Classes in September!

One of the best parts of being a Renegade Rowing Member is that everyone will learn to row both in the gym and on the water!

Coach Pat will begin offering regular Renegade Rowing classes the week of September 16th.  Classes will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 6:30pm.  Additional days and times will be added based on demand.  So, if you are interested, sign up now and get Coach Pat to add a class that works for you!  Classes will be held at CrossFit Boston, Community Rowing, the track, and the stadium.  Occasionally we’ll even do a Row-WOD-Row where we row from CRI to CrossFit Boston, do a workout, and then row back to CRI.  Renegades can expect to get teamed up with a training parter for accountability.  Renegades can also expect to see Partner WODs and Team WODs pop up regularly.  It’s going to be Epic!

How do you become a Renegade Rowing Member?

Schedule a free consultation with Coach Pat.  He’ll explain the Renegade Rowing methodology, discuss your goals, and assess your fitness.

Thor showing the team what's up!

Thor showing the team what’s up!

Top CrossFit Athletes from around the world kicked off the second workout of the CrossFit Games yesterday by rowing a half-marathon.  That’s 21,097 meters for time!  But it wasn’t just a Half-Marathon, they had to decide if they wanted to row an all out 2k in the beginning, which counted as another workout for the standings.  It took many athletes around an hour and a half to get through it with the top finishers coming in at 1:18 for the men and 1:27 for the women.

CrossFit Boston has a solid group of athletes beginning their rowing career and perhaps one day they’ll tackle a half-marathon themselves.  Tuesday and Wednesday the Renegade Rowing Team had its first practice of the season at Community Rowing Inc. on the Charles River.  They learned how to carry a boat, setup the oars, and row in a barge.  They also tackled a couple of solid workouts including tabata squats and a metcon involving a 400m run, air squats, and push ups.  If you see a Renegade Rower in your class ask them about their experience and what they would hold for a Half-Marthon.

What 500m Split would you hold for 21,097 meters in a row? 1:50, 1:55, 2:05, 2:10?

Hit us back with your thoughts in comments and like this post if you want to try a Renegade Rowing Class!

RR HOCR UVM Men Alumni

My thoughts on what it means to compete are at the bottom of this post.  Please share your own thoughts to comments and Facebook.  Before you get there, checkout an opportunity to compete with a team from the gym.

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The Renegade Rowing Team is an opportunity to take your training to the next level and have some fun with other members outside of the gym.  The Renegade Rowing Team will Rumble-Renegade Rowers Startpractice for eight weeks from 6:30 − 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Community Rowing.  The program will run from July 23rd to September 15th.  Our goal is to learn to row in eights on the water and become competitive enough to race.  Each member of the Renegade Rowing Team will be expected to set goals both as individuals and as a team.  Joining the Renegade Rowing Team is an opportunity to improve your training as well as everyone else’s.  Learn to row, race with your fellow crew-mates, and Compete!

Tryouts and an Info Session will be held July 19th at 6:30pm at CrossFit Boston.  Compete in our weekly throwdown series and see if you have what it takes to be on the Renegade Rowing Team.  Click here to Sign Up!

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Competition is the basis for all sport.  People play sports because they’re fun.  Sports are fun because every participant is given a chance to compete.  It’s not the outcome or the opponent that matters.  People enjoy competing because they’re given an opportunity to test themselves and their abilities in order to experience the thrill of an improvement toward a goal.  Competition can be both individual and team oriented.   By incorporating competition into everyday practice, Renegade Rowing allows us to track progress toward our goals, but more importantly to have fun and experience the journey.

Pat UVM CrewIn order to compete, athletes must develop mental toughness.  Firsthand athletes are developed through competition when they harness the power of the mind.  Our thoughts affect our feelings and our feelings affect our actions.  Anyone can develop an ability to do work with regards to fitness and rowing, but when work capacity is combined with mental toughness, athletes can control their actions and reach their goals.  Mental toughness is an athlete’s ability to commit to competition with a belief in oneself, to have a positive focus on the things they can control, and to embrace challenge as an opportunity for learning and self-improvement.

While the thrill of intrinsic motivation should be what drives us, we should not forget about the power of the opponent or the teammate in competition.  We can push ourselves as CFRowing Trainer Courseindividuals, but the opportunity to push ourselves against others will only make us better.  I’m a competitive guy and I like being pushed and challenged and testing my abilities against others.  There’s honesty in giving it all you have against others, especially knowing they’re doing the same.

Rowing is an Olympic Sport that elite athletes train for year round.  Some athletes may only compete 5 to 6 times per year and of those competitions they might only peak for one race.  Most other sports have seasons filled with games allowing for learning and development during competition.  Renegade Rowing incorporates daily competition so that athletes have the same opportunities that other sports have.  Renegade athletes will have the confidence needed to perform on race day.  By providing many opportunities to experience race day competition in practice, athletes will have a wealth of experiences to draw from when race day arrives.

In your own words, what does it mean to compete?  Please share…


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