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.
25 Jun 2014
I’m reposting the link for tryouts just in case anyone missed last weeks announcement. The RRT is a 6 week term, rowing in 8’s on the water at CRI every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30am starting Tuesday, July 22nd. If you’d like to join the team tryouts will be Thursday, July 17th at 5:30am @CRI. Please sign up below.
Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI
Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following… RRT KSA’s
If you’d like to setup a free consultation with me to go over the KSA’s at CRI please shoot me an email at [email protected]
Have you met Dock?
Dock is a new member that just graduated with Fight Gone Bad! Keep an eye out for him and be sure to welcome him to the crew!
(RRT = 6 week term rowing in 8’s on the water at CRI every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30am starting Tuesday, July 22nd)
Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI
Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following…
If you would like to learn these KSA’s and prepare for Tryouts please setup a 20min session with Coach Pat to review what you need to know and work on. Your first 20min session is free and will be on the Dock Box at CRI. Just email Coach Pat to setup a time – [email protected]
Renegade Rowing Team Required KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills, and Ability):
- How to carry and setup equipment.
- Port, Starboard, Bow, Stern
- Port Oar
- Starboard Oar
- Oar Collar
- Teamwork, Following, Rhythm
Stroke Cycle Positions:
- Arms Away
- Bodies Over
- 1/2 Slide
- 3/4 Slide
- Feeling Drill
- Chop Drill
- Release/Catch Placement Drill
- Pause Drill (Single, Double, Tripple Pause)
- Reverse Pic Drill (Focused on Connection)
- Pic Drill (Focused on Swing and Body Preparation)
- Squared and Buried
- Check it Hard and Hold Water
- 1/2 Square @ 1/2 Slide
- Full Square @ 3/4 Slide
11 Jun 2014
Here’s the RRT on Monday finding some rhythm in the Quad…
Do you have what it takes to Race?
Have you ever seen an eight racing at top speed? Are you interested in experiencing that for yourself? Can you follow? Can you push yourself? Can you push others? Do you have discipline? Will you work hard and find a way to push on even when pain and that little voice inside your head tells you to stop?
Then you should tryout for the Renegade Rowing Team.
We’ll be training twice a week starting mid July and racing in September. More details are on their way.
Comment if you’re ready! Tryouts in July!
04 Jun 2014
As new members join the gym I will be throwing out a bit of info on them. Be sure to welcome them and challenge them to burpees or something fun like that! Last week Brianna graduated from private training by crushing Fight Gone Bad. She’s excited to throw down with you guys, so keep an eye out for her!
14 May 2014
Way to attack every WOD this week. Everyone has been pushing hard to make themselves better before, during, and after class. It’s amazing to watch. Keep it up!
Here is another opportunity to make yourself better. The CFB Yoga Class will help you recover from this hard week of training and prepare you for next week. It will take place on Sunday morning at 8:30am. Please arrive a little early to be ready to start right at 8:30am. In order to participate, all you have to do is sign up below. Right now we have two people signed up and we need at least six people to make it a go, so please sign up as soon as you can. If you have any questions please shoot me an email – [email protected]
That’s right, it’s finally warm and nice outside and we’re doing an all out 1k row in the gym! So, what are you going to do in preparation and during the 1k to get through it and back outside? Here is a solid warmup and 3 skills to get you ready and give you something to focus on when that voice inside your head tries to tell you to stop.
Renegade Rowing Club Warmup:
1min – 1/2 Legs Only
1min – Full Legs Only
1min – Legs and Body Only
1min – Full Strokes
1min – Pause @1/2 Slide Every Stroke
5min – 10 Strokes On/ 10 Strokes Off, 15 On/15 Off, 20 On/20 Off
Performing an appropriate warmup for the workout that is set out each day can make or break a performance. Above is the warmup we use fairly consistently in classes at CrossFit Boston and at the Renegade Rowing Club. It’s a good 10min warmup to focus on posture, control, and connection. Checkout how slow the Renegade Rowing Club approaches the catch in the beginning. Executing this drill with control will allow you to really focus on putting technique changes into effect and hitting that catch with good timing and connection.
Please share what you do for a warmup when rowing is involved in the workout. What is your focus?
Posture, Control, Connection … Get Some!
- Posture – When dealing with posture we’re looking for the torso to be stacked and strong at all times, whether you’re in the lay back or swinging forward to prepare for the next catch.
- Control – When talking about control we are looking at the smoothness of the recovery and how the seat moves toward the catch. Does it rush forward for the next stroke? Is there control in the last few inches of the slide to change direction without pushing the boat backwards? I like to think of control as an ability to stop at any point in time and be in a strong position.
- Connection – Last and most important, connection! Is the seat and handle connected and moving together into and out of the catch as if connected by a strap? If you can focus on keeping your hips and hands connected as you apply pressure to the footboards you’ll be able to find suspension and become weightless on your seat. If you want to save some energy and be more efficient during your rowing wods, connection is where it’s at.
If you have any questions or are looking for some more tips checkout renegaderowing.com.
Also, be sure to sign up for the CFB Yoga Launch on Sunday, May 18th at 8:30am! – Sign Up Here (link to CFB Google Form)
30 Apr 2014
Hey CFB, here’s a little TBT for you! Thanks for all of the responses and feedback last week. We hear you and we’re making it happen!
CFB Yoga is a Go!
Our very own Terese Holm, who has been certified to teach Yoga through Prana in Winchester, MA, will be leading us through an hour of awesomeness. In order for this to be a regular thing we need at least six people to sign up, but based on responses from last weeks post we should have plenty of people in here breathing, stretching, and posing. Here are the details and sign up links. If you have any questions please let me know. Checkout Terese’s description of the class and sign up below!
CFB Yoga – Launch Session!
Sunday, May 18th, 8:30am – 9:30am
Sign Up Here (link to CFB Google Form)
CFB Yoga – June
4 Sessions – Sundays in June as follows
6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29 — 8:30am – 9:30am
Cost: $52 (for all 4 sessions)
Sign Up Here (link to separate CFB Google Form)
I have been practicing yoga for seven years. Yoga has helped me in all of my physical endeavors. I have a strong belief that yoga is beneficial to all walks of life. Yoga can be used to lengthen and strengthen the muscles of the body, as well as create a mindfulness of how the body moves. Through the yoga class we will focus on ways to maximize the body’s performance during a WOD, and speed recovery after a WOD. It is through an organized series of poses we will work to recover from the previous week’s workouts, while also preparing the body for the week to come. Through a focus of movement and breath we will work to become more conscious of the body’s abilities, which in turn will take full advantage of all our bodies have to offer when working with the movements we see every day at CrossFit Boston.