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Joe Z. OHSHey CFB!  How was that snow yesterday?  Ridiculous!  Anyways, props to the morning crew who had to do burpees instead of running due to the flood on the street and winter conditions.

 

Who’s ready to setup a Free Private Training Session?  I’ve already heard from a few of you and I can’t wait to help everyone set some goals and start attacking them.  Remember, you can join any coaches team in the gym.  It’s up to you if you’d like more personalized feedback and help in reaching your goals.  All you have to do is schedule a one-on-one session with a coach and you are on his team.   Let me know how I can help you and let’s get after it! – email me at [email protected] to setup a session to join the CFB Renegades.

 

Speaking of Renegades!  Welcome Joe Z. to group classes!  Joe is completing his graduation WOD, Fight Gone Bad, this week and he can’t wait to mix it up with all of you.  Here’s a little bit about him and why he’s joining CFB!

 

Joe Z. Foam RollWho are you and what are you about? My name is Joe Zarrella, and I’m a senior at Harvard College. I was a Varsity Diver for 4 years until finishing up my career in March, but I have been a lifelong athlete. I’m studying Government, and I’m excited to be joining the Teach For America corps for the next two years in Denver, CO as an elementary school teacher.
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston? After I finished my final collegiate season in March, I immediately wanted to get back into the gym. I’m motivated by nature, but CrossFit’s philosophy was especially appealing to me. Not only do I want to work out, but I want to know how to work out most efficiently and effectively. I was looking for something that I can continue to do the rest of my life, and that’s why CrossFit Boston was a great fit for me.
 
What are you getting out of the Private Training? In Private Training, I have learned a number of movements that were completely new to me. But more importantly, I really was able to hone in on the movements I was familiar with but have to work on and improve. I’ve noticed that a lot of the movements I’ve learned apply to everyday activities outside the gym. The Private Training has really pushed me to find my limits, and I’m excited to graduate to group classes!
 
What are some of your goals for this year? Because I’m moving to Denver, my goals are to become acclimated to the Crossfit gym in Colorado. I want to attend workouts regularly and really start to build up my stamina and strength as an athlete. Another goal is to improve my nutrition and be more aware of what I’m putting into my body so that I can get the most out of my hard work.
 
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes? As a lifelong athlete, I love team environments. I’m really looking forward to being in the gym with a group of athletes all pushing each other and working towards the same universal goals of CrossFit!

or 5. Well actually only one of the faces is new but should be far less by now.

I am happy to introduce our new Interns/Coaches in learning. Most you will already know and some pretty well. Others this may be the first time you are meeting them and the first thing you will learn about them. Either way, take a moment to welcome them. You will be seeing them more frequently on the coaching floor; shadowing, assisting, leading portions of class, and eventually leading entire classes.

As a company, I have always believed in the idea of bringing a member up into coaching ranks as the first source of talent as opposed to hiring from outside of the organization. These individuals understand our culture and community. Know our members and usually have a smoother transition into the coaching ranks. There are exceptions to this rule and one of our new interns is such an exception.  

Each intern is going through and extensive learning process behind the scenes and is learning the craft of becoming an excellent coach. The maturation process doesn’t end.

Without further delay…

MICKEY GROUSE (aka Mike Tsung)

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I’ve been CrossFitting since November 2009. Earlier that year, I met former CrossFit Boston member, Josh Stahl, at a stair climb event and started up at CFB a few months later.

Early on, Helen was one of my favorite WODs. There is something about that triplet of running, pull-ups, and kettle bell swings that really appealed to me. I’m also a big fan of DT and Annie, two WODs that could not be more different! My least favorite WOD is 14.5. That was gross, but I’m already looking forward to tackling it again sometime after someone puts the fire out in my triceps.

When I’m not at the gym, I also get people moving on the dance floor as a DJ. After years of rocking house parties, weddings, and other special events, I was granted a weekly residency at a downtown bar this past fall. I’m an excellent driver and I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.

Why coach at CFB? The people, obviously! The community here is awesome and I’ve forged some elite friendships on the way to forging semi-elite fitness. I think one strength I have as a coach is the fact that I was never an athlete growing up and that many of these movements were (and continue to be) pretty foreign. In addition to receiving excellent coaching from the staff at CFB, I also have spent considerable time nerding out, reading as many articles as possible on form and technique of these various movements. I’m excited to be starting up at CFB — see you all in the gym!

ALEX BLACK – Wicked Good Nutrition

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I started CrossFit when I joined CFB in early 2011, but I did very similar training to CrossFit in college. We did a lot of functional movement, Oly lifts, and gymnastics, workouts were just called “power circuits” instead of “WODs”. 

Murph is definitely one of my favorites – I love how the community comes together for that one and I love chippers. Least favorite is Fran and anything with lots of rowing.

Running, playing tennis, skiing, shopping, and watching college football (go gators). Anything that gets me out of the house and doing something fun with other people. 

I became an RD because I want to help people achieve a healthy, active, and happy life, and my reasons for becoming a CrossFit coach are the same. I want to help people see themselves as strong, capable athletes — not just dieters and exercisers. I’m also excited about learning the ins and outs of good coaching from Neal and other experienced coaches. 

My nutrition and gymnastics background and an ability to connect with people and explain difficult concepts in a way that makes sense.

COUGER “CJ” JARAMILLO – “The Golden Archer”

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I started crossfit spring of 2013 at CFB and my favorite WOD is a toss-up between Diane and Annie. My least favorite is Angie (it’s just miserable the entire time).

When I’m not in the gym or class, I like going to movies with friends, playing pickup soccer, and reading (pretty much equal volumes of Russian literature and comic books). And whenever I’m in a city with an archery range, there’s a 10:1 chance you’ll find me there at any given time of day. 

I want to become a coach because CrossFit has become one of the best parts of my day and I want to take a more active role in making that true for everyone who walks into CFB. 

I’m currently studying physiology and biomechanics and am up to date on a lot of the recent literature -this gives me a unique perspective on CrossFit. Also, as a person who learned most of the CrossFit movements only recently, it’s very easy for me to relate to newcomers to the sport and the problems they may have early on.

MARTIN BREU – Mobility King

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I started CrossFit about 4 years ago when in college. I was looking for something to do after retiring from ski racing, and a friend of mine introduced me to CF

My favorite wow is an EMOM with anything heavy. My least favorite is anything with muscle ups or other stuff that I can’t do. Goats, I gotta work on those goats!

If I’m not in the gym, I am most likely at the office working on some sweet spreadsheets. I do enjoy cooking when I get the time.

I have always wanted to be a coach and to pass on my (limited) knowledge and experiences. This community has given me so much help, I want to be a part of that for the next person.
 
What I bring to CrossFit Boston that’s unique is my vast knowledge of mobility because of a MAN-crush I have on Kelly Starrett. Also, I have been training and programming for training for years in multiple sports.

ZACK MCWADE – THE Gentle Giant

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I’ve been doing CrossFit for 2.5 years now. John Zimmer introduced me to it while working at Gentle Giant. I am not sure if mentioning John Z brings me legitimacy or if it immediately discredits me.

My favorite WOD is the Filthy Fifty, my least favorite is Fran.

In my free time I enjoy live music, movies, comic books, and I am a huge Patriots fan. I also play flag football and softball.

I wanted to be a coach because CrossFit has changed my life for the better and I wanted to share that with others. I’ve coached youth sports in the past and I love to teach. Becoming a CrossFit coach is something I’ve wanted for a while now.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was more if a couch potato. I had played sports before in high school, but I was far from an active lifestyle. Now after a few years of CrossFit I can’t imagine my life without it. I know that many people out there are afraid of CrossFit and are hesitant to try it because they think its too hard or they need to be in shape before starting. I think, using my own experiences, I can help people who are new to fitness find that same motivation and interest that has made me a lifer.

 

Kapil demoing Test/Retest

Kapil demoing Test/Retest

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:

 

Chris hitting a Posterior Chain Floss

Chris hitting a Posterior Chain Floss

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.

 

Nigel smashing my quad!

Nigel smashing my quad!

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]

 

Bob and Coach Pat at CRASH-B 2014This month I’m celebrating my third year as a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer.  It’s been a solid three years of learning, growing, and experiencing all that this wonderful world of fitness has to offer.  Recently I’ve been bringing a good friend Bob through our Private Training Foundations Course and it’s been awesome watching his hard work, focus, and determination to learn things the right way and his fight for perfect technique.  Bob’s graduating with “Fight Gone Bad” this week and he’s going to be joining the morning crew on his days off from rowing at CRI.  While Bob may not be one of our youngest members he is young at heart and reminds me of how awesome it is to learn and challenge yourself every single day.  I have fun learning new things and I hope you do to.  Looking forward to another great year as a coach at CFB!

 

Here’s what Bob is all about!

 

Who are you and what are you about?

 

I became interested in “serious” fitness in 2011 when I began to row at Community Rowing. This is where I met Pat. He was coaching the recreational sweeps program as part of the Institute for Rowing Leadership program he was enrolled in.

 

Why did you join CrossFit Boston?

 

I recognized that only rowing (on water and on the erg) was not providing me a whole body workout focused on strength and conditioning.  At CrossFit Boston I like the energy level and attention to proper technique.

 

What are you getting out of the Private Training?

 

The private training is teaching me CrossFit fundamentals and the different types of WODs at a pace that I can better comprehend. Since I have mobility issues and my level of fitness is lacking, this is helping me prepare for group classes.

 

What are some of your goals for this year?

 

To increase strength and mobility.

 

What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?

 

To (hopefully) keep up with the class and have CrossFit Boston complement my rowing.

Neal doing his thing!

Neal doing his thing!

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.

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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.

Kevin P. on Wall Balls for FGB!

Kevin P. on Wall Balls for FGB!

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!

 

Sign Up for the Partner Mobility Seminar Here!

 

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″!

 

John W. post FGB!

John W. post FGB!

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.

 

Mike H. on SDHP for FGB!

Mike H. on SDHP for FGB!

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.

"FGB" Polaroids … Recognize anyone?

“FGB” Polaroids … Recognize anyone?

It’s been another solid week of training here at CFB and I’ve had a blast watching everyone attack “14.1″ and get those double unders!
 
You may have noticed a few new people joining classes with you.  Have you introduced yourself?  Do they know your name?  Katie Jacobs and Inna Khidekel are two new members who just graduated our private training foundations course by conquering “Fight Gone Bad”.  Katie had her first class with the 6am crew on Wednesday morning and Inna is looking forward to the noon class on Friday.  Be sure to say hi and checkout all of our new members who’ve graduated with “Fight Gone Bad” on the wall above the sign in computer.
 
If you’re looking for some tips on partner mobility and some new paleo recipes, sign up for the CrossFit Boston Renegade March Event!
 
It will be Saturday, March 29th and you can sign up here!
 
Below is a little background on our new members.  Give them a shout next time you see them in the gym! 
 
Katie Jacobs hitting the Push Press!

Katie J. hitting the Push Press!

Who are you and what are you about? 
 
I am from Holden, ma and have been in Boston for the past 6 years. I am a social worker at vinfen, and I hate the winter weather. I love finding groups of people motivated to be healthy and have fun doing it. 
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?  
 
I joined CF Boston because I heard great things about their Coaching and sense of community. 
 
What are you getting out of the Private Training?
 
The private training was a great way for me to get oriented to crossfit moves and get motivated for the classes. Having the one-on-one helped me think about the little things I need to focus on as I continue on. 
 
What are some of your goals for this year?
 
My goals for this year are to run as many half marathons as possible and get better times each time, as well as to be able to perfect my squat.
 
What are you looking forward to as you graduate to group classes?
 
I am most looking forward to joining the group classes so I can meet more people at CrossFit Boston and have fun with more people than just me during the work out.
 
 
Inna K. post "FGB"

Inna K. post “FGB”

Who are you and what are you about? 
 
I am a 2nd year MBA student at Harvard Business School who loves adventure, travel and challenge. I was born in Russia and grew up outside of San Francisco, but spent the last five years living in London. I love meeting new people from all walks of life. My mantra is all about enjoying and living life to the fullest, in every possible way. 
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston? 
 
As the President of the HBS Wine & Cuisine Society, I realized I can’t just wine and dine, I should probably move my butt too! Seriously, I had heard amazing things about CrossFit from friends who are devotees and who have achieved tremendous results. It’s an efficient workout that gets at the core of why we exercise, and the communal atmosphere is a lot of fun. 
 
What are you getting out of the Private Training?
 
I have gotten a lot out of private training, namely an understanding of the key CrossFit exercises and the importance of mobility, posture and correct form. I also know that I will be supported when I start group classes, and that the instructors will know which pitfalls in my form to watch out for. I have a newfound appreciation for the cross-functional strength emphasis of CrossFit and have realized I am not even close to nearly as fit as I thought I was! Pat has been an incredibly patient and educational instructor and wonderful to train with.
 
What are some of your goals for this year?
 
I would like to do the 400m medicine ball run in under 2 minutes, learn how to do a handstand and master a pull-up. I would also like to lose weight, tone up and get into the best shape of my life. I would also like to win at Paleo Golf.
 
What are you looking forward to as you graduate to group classes?
 
I am excited for the dynamism and energy of group classes. I look forward to pushing myself and achieving results alongside other motivated, athletic people. 

Carla dialing in her transitions!  Bring on the Open!

Carla dialing in her transitions! Bring on the Open!

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! 

The Renegade Rowing ClubFirst things First!  Congratulations to all competitors at the 2014 CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships last Sunday.  CrossFit Boston and Renegade Rowing had a total of seven athletes compete for their personal best performance over 2,000m on the Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine.  All of our athletes either met or achieved a new Personal Record (PR).  I got a chance to cox many of them, basically sit behind them and motivate them to push harder, and everyone executed their race plan just as we had practiced all winter long.  Overall the experience of racing hundreds of the best rowers from around the world was awesome.  I’d say they definitely  achieved 7 or 8 minutes of Glory!

 

Here are the results:

David Porter 7:35.6

1797406_586393424770135_310530241_nThor Helgason 7:18

Jodie O’Malley 8:29.3

Terese Holm 8:14.1

Bob Ezzell 7:50.4

Nick Anderson 6:35.8

Andrew Morrissey 7:03.3

 

Have you ever used a Partner for Mobility?

The CrossFit Boston Renegades will be hosting a Partner Mobility Seminar run by our very own Kapil Khimdas at the end of March!

Here are the Details:

Saturday, March 29th,

11:15am – 12:00pm Partner Mobility Seminar

12:00pm – 12:45pm Paleo Potluck

 If you would like to join in the fun,

sign up here: CFB Renegades March Event

 

Who want's some partner mobility?

Who want’s some partner mobility?

Have you ever dreamed of Running Up Mt. Washington?

Well now you can!  A group of runners from CrossFit Boston will be teaming up to conquer Mt. Washington this Spring.  If you decide to register and join them, sign up under the team name ”CFB United”.  Sign up at - mountwashingtonroadrace.com

Comment with what you plan on doing!

RRC CRASH-B PrepWe have six members of Renegade Rowing and CrossFit Boston competing at CRASH-B’s, The World Indoor Rowing Championships, this Sunday.  If you’ve never seen an indoor rowing event it’s pretty epic.  Come check it out and cheer on our athletes.  The competition is held at the Boston University Agganis Arena throughout the day.  Below is a list of our competitors and the times they’re racing.  I’ll be on the floor helping push them to new PR’s.  Bring a friend and cheer them on!

 

Bob Ezzell 9:50am

Thor Helgason 10:05am

David Porter 2:45pm

Terese Holm 3:00pm

Nick Anderson 3:15pm

Andrew Morrissey 3:15pm

 

Good Luck All!  Have Fun!

-Coach Pat


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