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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

How was your training this week? What did you pin your ears back and attack like Meatball with a new rubber toy and what left you sitting back and just trying to get through?

For me the 50 unbroken thrusters was crippling. I really wanted 40# but I could never get my mind past the burn of lactic acid in all of my muscles. I had to finally settle for 30# after failing twice in the 20′s. I wasn’t the only one that struggled with that one. I witnessed Audrey looking perfectly content on hers until rep 39 and then it was as if a sniper shot her in the A$$ and she stopped cold. Crazy!

Shawn and John getting in an aerobic warm up before mobilizing.

Shawn and John getting in an aerobic warm up before mobilizing.

MEMORIAL DAY MURPH

On Monday we will be completing Memorial Day Murph. The class will be at 9am. The WOD will begin by 9:15 SHARP. Afterwards, all are welcome to Hoyt Field in Cambridge, near Whole Foods on River St, for some softball. It is sure to be a good time.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 5/24

For time/weight/reps

Max Double Unders for 2 minutes
Ten STRICT handstand push-ups
Max Double Unders for 2 minutes

Clean high pull @ no less than for 1/2 your body weight for 12-10-8-6 and 4 reps. Use same load for each set.

Max Double Unders for 2 minutes
50 Dips, as many sets as required. If able use rings.
Max Double Unders for 2 minutes.

Post your total time to complete the WOD, the amount of DU’s for each interval, weight used for clean high pull, and number of sets to finish 50 dips to comments. Can you beat 20 minutes?

Sunday 5/25

AMRAP 30

2 Rope Climb
25 Wall-ball, 20#/14# 10′/9′ target
15 Muscle Snatch, catch overhead at full hip extension, not in squat, @ 1/2 body weight
Box Jump, 20 reps 20” box

Monday Memorial Day Murph

Run 1 mile
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
Run 1 mile

Wear a 20# vest if you have it

Tuesday 5/27

Complete the following circuit 5 times for reps. The clock is running continuously and the only rest time is the transition between the movements.

1:00 Wall-Ball, 20#/14# to a 10′/9′ target
Rest :30
1:00 Pull-ups
Rest :30

rest 10 minutes

Complete the following circuit 5 times for reps. The clock is running continuously and the only rest time is the transition between the movements.

1:00 Burpees
Rest :30
1:00 Thruster, 45#/35#

Wednesday 5/28

1. For time

Row 1,000 meters
Hollow Rock 90 seconds

Three sets of…
20 Dumbell thruster to a 10″ box, 40#/25#
3 rope climbs

Hollow Rock 90 seconds
Row 1,000 meters

2. Overhead squat
3-3-3

Quickly work up to a heavy weight and perform 3 sets of 3 reps at the same weight.

Thursday 5/29

1. For time
Row 1k
Run 800m

rest 10 minutes

2. For time

Tabata Squats (no less than 15 squats per interval)
50 Sit-ups
10 Muscle ups
50 Sit-ups
Tabata Squats (no less than 15 squats per interval)

Friday 5/30 (Day 1 of Regionals)

1. Clean and Jerk
1-1-1-1-1-1-1

2. AMRAP 15

Lunge with 1/4 your body weight in dumbbells, 20 steps, alternating legs.
20 Push-ups, as few sets as possible.
20 Pull-ups, as few sets as possible.
20 V-ups

Saturday 5/31 (Day 2 of Regionals)

For Time:

Row 500 meters (max effort after warm-up).
Hang from bar and slowly bring knees to elbows 15 reps (no kipping).
Powerclean 15 reps (max load).
Hang from bar and slowly bring knees to elbows 15 reps (again, controlled).
Row 500 meters (all out!).
Powerclean 15 reps (same load as before)

Sunday 6/1 (Day 3 of Regionals)

Partner “FRELEN” for time

Run 400m
21 Thruster, 95#/65#
21 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
21 Pull-ups
Run 400m
15 Thruster, 95#/65#
15 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
15 Pull-ups
Run 400m
9 Thruster, 95#/65#
9 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
9 Pull-ups

16 May 2014

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY! 5/16/14

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Boom! It’s another PR Friday and it is time to FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

Get after the deadlift today and rip that sh*t off of the floor. BEAST MODE. WARRIOR MODEBe sure to post your results to comments here. This blog is going to become the de facto whiteboard for everyone so you can see each other results. 

What Are You Training For?

Speaking of posting results…If you have not been getting into Pocket Coach and tracking your daily training then you are not really training. You’re just working out. That is ok if you have nothing to train for but if you are here for one of the following: improve performance, lose weight, gain muscle and strength, or for any other purpose beyond get a sweat; then you have no idea how to follow what is going on if you are not journaling the process on Pocket Coach. Get in there, play around with it and become comfortable with it. Don’t use excuses, hold yourself accountable. Your coach will then check in periodically to provide feedback and guidance.

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What’s On Tap

Saturday 5/17

1. Dumbbell Thrusters from 10″ box
15 – 12 – 9 reps AHAP

2. AMRAP 10
Push-ups 25
Pull-ups 7
Glute-ham raise 7

Sunday 5/18

1. Back Squat – 6, 4, 2

2. “Tailpipe”
With a partner perform three rounds each for time

250m Row
Front Rack Hold, 140#/95#

Monday 5/19

1. For time.
Row 1000 meters @ a 2:00(2:20)/500 meter pace or greater
Sumo deadlift/high pull @ 1/2 body weight X 21 reps
Row 500 meters @ a 1:45(2:05)/500 meter pace or greater
Powerclean (from ground) @1/2 body weight X 21 reps
Row 250 meters @ a 1:30(1:50)/500 meter pace or greater
Front Squat, 1/2 body weight X 21 reps

Tuesday 5/20

1. Run 6 minutes out/6 minutes back @ your chosen pace (no measure)

2. 3 RFT
Dips, max reps
Lunge 20 Steps
Push-press max reps @ 1/3 bodyweight
Lunge 20 Steps
HS Push-ups max reps
Lunge 20 Steps

Score is time and post reps for dips/PP/hspu to comments.

Wednesday 5/21

1. Run 1 mile

2. Perform 5 rounds, rest as little as possible.

15 Back extensions
15 Knee to elbows

3. For time as heavy as possible:

50 Unbroken Thrusters from 10″ box with dumbbells.
Don’t stop or pause; pump them out.

Thursday 5/22

1. Snatch – 6, 4, 2, 2

2. For time (rest only during transition for the weights, have all weights out already)

15 Squat clean and jerk @ 50% BW
Deadlift @ BW, max reps
15 Squat clean and jerk @ 50% BW
Back squat @ BW max reps
15 Squat clean and jerk @ 50% BW

Friday 5/23

1. Bench press – 5, 3, 1

perform 30 band pull aparts in between each round.

2. Lunge 50 alternating steps with DB’s @ 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2 bodyweight and no stopping.

3. Push Press – 5,3, 1

perform 30 band pull aparts in between each round.

4. Glute Ham raise – 15, 12, 9

09 May 2014

FIRE IT UP! PR FRIDAY

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Yeah! It’s Friday baby and that means it’s time to FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP! The week has been fun and different. All week has been training for todays testing day. Yesterday was a bit of a sampler with the 1k row and many crushed it! I have enjoyed seeing you all respond to the slightly different programming and being open to going after it. 

What has been your favorite part of the week? What did you enjoy the least? Please give your feedback in comments. In fact, as a challenge, I would appreciate if you began commenting daily on your results in the comments section of the blog. We will be looking each day for your results and feedback on the WOD. Your participation will provide great insight.

ODDS & ENDS

  1. No 8am Track Practice this week – Coach Voci is away this weekend and there is quite a bit going on inside the gym. It will resume next weekend weather permitting.

  2. The Strength Challenge begins and Hydrostatic Weighing is this weekend. The CrossFit Total is being programmed for the entire gym whether you are participating in the challenge or not. Expect to be in the gym for 1.25 to 1.5 hours as the Total always is a bit longer. Classes will start on the hour. The back squat and press will be completed within the hour and then members will move to the platforms to complete the deadlift.
  3. CustomFit Meals – I would like some feedback from those that have ordered. Either drop me a line or just post to comments.
  4. If you signed up for the Challenge or for Hydrostatic Weighing. You will receive and email to remind you of your scheduled time. Please be on time.

WHAT’S ON TAP

This week we are continuing with classic CrossFit programming. Monday and Tuesday are particularly challenging in that they are back to back. Be sure that you are doing what is necessary to recover from Monday to Tuesday if you are training back to back days. 

Sunday 5/11

1. Pull-ups – 5 x max. Strict-Kipping-Strict-Kipping-Strict.

2. Complete the following circuit 5 times. It contains three elements and is a powerful whole body workout. Each element is 45 seconds with a 15 second rotation (not one second more or you start over).

Wall Ball, 20#/14# to a 10′/9′ target (reps)
Hollow Rock (reps)
Sumo Deadlift High Pull, 75#/55# (reps)

Monday 5/12

1. Powerclean 10-10-10

Rest 5-10 minutes

2. AMRAP 20
Rope climb
15 Sit-ups
10 Thrusters off 10″ box with dumbbells totaling 30% of your weight
15 Back extensions

Tuesday 5/13

1. Wall-Ball – 20#/14# to a 10′/9′ target
30 seconds – max reps
Rest 30 seconds
60 seconds – max reps
Rest 60 seconds
90 seconds – max reps
Rest 90 seconds
120 seconds – max reps
Rest 120 seconds

Beat 15 throws in 30s, 30 in 60s, 40 in 90s, and 50 in 120s Total exercise 8 minutes.
Submit total throws for all efforts and bodyweight.

2. AMRAP 20
15 Pull-ups
Lunge ten steps each leg, alternating
Clean & Jerk, 50% bodyweight X 10 reps

Wednesday 5/14

1. Bike/Row – 3 x 2 minute max effort (calories)
Rest 5 minutes between efforts.

2. 4 rounds for time of:

15 GHD sit ups
5 Handstand push-ups
10 Back Squats @ 2/3 of bodyweight

Bar for Back squats must be taken from the ground each rep.

Thursday 5/15

1. Push Press – 8-6-4

2. AMRAP 15
3 L-sit pull-ups
1 minute max double unders

Post rounds completed and total double unders completed.

Friday 5/16

1. Deadlift 3-2-1-2-3

2. 3 Rounds for time
400m Run
15 Toe2Bar (strict and slow)
20 Med ball cleans, 20#/14#

Fire it Up Baby! This has been a tough week of training. The tempo squats were brutal and fun at the same time. Only a CrossFitter would combine “brutal” and “fun” in the same sentence. This upcoming week is promising to be just as challenging in a totally different way. More on that later…Shirtless Bob was so fired up he sent me this pic from the CrossFit in Rome!

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STRENGTH CHALLENGE AND HYDROSTATIC WEIGHING

This upcoming weekend is the Hydrostatic Weighing with Fitness Wave. As of now there are many spots still available. Friday is almost filled up but Saturday is pretty wide open. Here is the link so you can sign up. Be sure to mark whether you are participating in the challenge or would just prefer the hydrostatic weighing.

POCKET COACH

So, WODIFY is out and Pocket Coach is in!

MemberGuideToPocketCoach This is the link to download a PDF explaining how to use Pocket Coach. Of course the coaches are also available to help you!

PROGRAMMING

This upcoming week’s programming: I have been testing out the next week’s programming for the last few weeks. I did this regularly when I first started out but it has been some time since I had done as frequently as I have been. I started doing this again so that I can better communicate to my coaches and interns what it felt like and the flow of the class should be, etc. This will allow them to better communicate to you as a member what to expect, how to scale, where to push and where to back off. Let me know what you think.

Saturday 5/3

For TOTAL weight:
Deadlift 5-4-3-2-1 reps

Rest 5 minutes

For time:
Box jump (20″ box) 50 reps (step downs only)

Rest 5 minutes

For time:
Run 800m

Sunday 5/4

AMRAP 20

Run 800m
2 rope climbs
**Overhead Lockout with a plate – 45#/25#

This is done with a partner. Partner 1 performs the 800m run and rope climbs while partner 2 completes the OH lockout with a plate. When each person completes the run and 2 rope climbs, you have completed 1 round.

Rest 5-10 minutes

Bench Press – work up to a 10RM

Monday 5/5

1. Back extension 15-15-15 slow and pretty. Snake or wave up.

2. Dumbbell Thruster from 10″ box – 20-15-10 max weight each set.
No “rocking up” or “plunking down”.

3. 5 minutes Max double unders

Tuesday 5/6

1. Muscle snatch – 15-12-9 reps with same load and 1 minute between sets.

2. Five supersets of back extension and sit-ups. Make each exercise slow and tough.

3. Muscle snatch – 15-12-9 reps with same load and 1 minute between sets.

Wednesday 5/7

1. Time five muscle-ups and 50 box jumps on 20″ plyo box.

Stretch/rest 20 minutes.

2. Time five muscle-ups and 50 box jumps on 20″ plyo box.

We’re interested in both times and decay rate from first to second effort.

If you can’t do muscle-ups, substitute fifteen pull-ups and twenty dips for each muscle-up. Must step down from the box.

Thursday 5/8

Warm-up with about ten minutes of EASY rowing. Then…
1. Row a 1K for time. Submit time.

2. Squat (10″ box squat) – 5-3-1 reps
Submit total weight for all three sets.

Friday 5/9

1. Dips 5 x max dips.
Total the five sets. Note assistance if needed.

2. “Julie G” – 3 rounds for time of:

Snatch 1/2 body weight, 10 reps
Powerclean 1/2 body weight, 10 reps
20″ box jump, 15 reps (step down from box)

Saturday 5/10 – CrossFit Total

Back Squat – 1RM
Shoulder Press – 1RM
Deadlift – 1RM

FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

Awesome week by everyone! Monday was a bruiser with Manion. I was truly impressed with those that gutted it out. Tuesday brought some reverse lunges out of the racks. Deadlifts anyone? There were quite a few of you pulling weight very close to your previous 1RM! It was AWESOME!

I was asked in one of the classes why we were performing lunges as a strength movement. Great question!

We mostly always train bilateral movements, meaning we squat with both legs, press overhead with both arms, two arm snatch, etc. No matter how long or short you have been training the body is great at compensating for imbalances. You may be favoring one side, usually your dominant, without even knowing it. Mixing up the training with a uni-lateral lift every so often is a great way to identify these imbalances and begin working to correct them.

So, if you noticed one leg was much easier than the other, begin adding one day a week after class to perform a quick 3×5 set. Progress the weight in a linear fashion that challenges you but it does not need to be a maximum load.

CROSSFIT BOSTON SPRING INTO SUMMER STRENGTH CHALLENGE (The skinny details)

May 9-10 kicks off the next Challenge here at CrossFit Boston. Keith from Fitness Wave will be here again beginning Friday afternoon through Saturday to perform hydrostatic weighing. If you participated in the Transformation Challenge at the beginning of this year then this will be a great time to check in and see if you are maintaining the progress you worked so hard for. If you missed it the first time around, this is your chance to get dunked and have your body composition analyzed in the most accurate fashion available.

The Challenge

It’s no secret that the greater strength capacity an athlete holds, the better able they will be able to move large loads across long distances. Thus, improving one’s fitness! What will we be testing? THE CROSSFIT TOTAL.

CrossFit Total
Back Squat, 1RM
Shoulder Press, 1RM
Deadlift, 1RM

In one session you will establish the baseline for each lift. This will require a great deal of intensity. From the baseline, participants will be given a program to follow for the next 12 weeks to help improve their numbers. This program will be intended to be performed in addition to the regular classes and it will be explained in further detail in another post.

How Does The Body Composition Factor In?

We are CrossFitters. We need to continue to get stronger to continue progressing as athletes. What we don’t want to see are huge gains in body fat while our strength numbers increase. The program will emphasize growth in lean body mass with minimal, if any, gain in body fat. You may even lose body fat, but we really want to focus on increasing lean body mass. This will improve our strength to body weight ratio and improve our fitness.

Fine Details

Check back in over the weekend for the details as far as cost, what is included in the cost, etc. In the meantime we don’t want to delay your ability to sign up and reserve your spot for the hydrostatic weighing. Click on the link below. It is a live document where you can put your First and Last Name.

REGISTER HERE

PROGRAMMING

Here is this upcoming week’s programming:

Saturday 4/26

1. Tabata
Back Squat, 45#/35#
Pull-ups
Shoulder Press, 45#/35#
Toe 2 Bar

2. Heaving Snatch Balance – work up to a heavy triple

Sunday 4/27

AMRAP 8
Max reps Thruster, 95#/65#
20 OH Walking Lunge, 95#/65#

Partner 1 performs max rep thruster while Partner 2 performs 20 overhead walking lunges. Continue switching back and forth until 8 minutes elapses. Score is Thruster reps.

Rest 16 minutes

AMRAP 8
Max calories Row
15 Deadlift, 225#/155#

Same scheme as AMRAP 1. Score is calories rowed.

Monday 4/28

1. For time

200m run
21 Pull ups
21 Push Jerks, 95/65
200m run
15 Pull ups
15 Push Jerks, 95/65
200m run
9 Pull ups
9 Push Jerks, 95/65
200m run

2A. Strict Pull ups – 3×5-8 AHAP
2B. Pistols – 3×5-10 each leg

Tuesday 4/29

1. Back Squat – 3 x 6-8 reps (TEMPO 3-2-x-2)
a. Dips – 3 x max reps

2. AMRAP 12
10 Front Squat, 155#/105#
10 Knee to elbow

Wednesday 4/30

1. Run 500m x 4

2. Shoulder press – work up to a 2RM

Thursday 5/1

1. EMOM 15 – 2 Squat Clean – Touch and Go AHAP

2. “Erin”
5 rounds for time

40/25 pound Dumbbell Split Cleans, 15 reps
21 Pull-ups

Friday 5/2

1. Row 5k

2. Muscle up Practice

SCHEDULE

This weekend the gym will be closed while we host the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Seminar.  There will still be a track workout with Coach Voci so be sure to head over to the Harvard Track. 

On Marathon Monday, Patriot Day, we will be running one WOD at 10am. It will be the Hero WOD Travis Manion:

7 Rounds for time
400m Run
29 Back Squat, 135/95

We wish the best of luck to CFB’ers Cissy Young and Zack McWade as they participate in the marathon. Look out for them if you are heading to the course to cheer on the race!

PROGRAMMING

Everyone has been doing a great job of attacking the strength workouts the last couple of weeks. Many PR’s have been set.  Keep it up, and stay focused. The increase in the strength will continue to help you in the WOD. The greater capacity you have to large loads, the greater your capacity will become to perform work.

Here is the upcoming week’s programming:

Saturday 4/19 – CLOSED FOR LEVEL 1 (Meet at Harvard Track for 9AM WOD)

Sunday 4/20 – CLOSED FOR LEVEL 1 (Meet at Harvard Track for 9AM WOD)

Monday 4/21 – PATRIOTS DAY 10AM WOD ONLY

Travis Manion Memorial WOD

7 Rounds for time

400m run
29 Back Squat, 135/95

Tuesday 4/22

1. Back rack reverse lunges 5×5 (each leg)

2. For time
500m row
21 push ups
21 power cleans, 95/65
500m row
15 push ups
15 power cleans, 135/95
500m row
9 push ups
9 power cleans, 185/125

1. Build up to a challenging weight and perform 5×5 at that weight

Wednesday 4/23

1. EMOM 10
5 pullups
8 burpees

2a. Farmer Carry 50′, 3 x AHAP
2b. 200m Run

Thursday 4/24

1. Deadlift – work up to a 3RM

2. AMRAP 15
21 OH Swings, 24/16kg
9 Handstand push ups

Friday 4/25

1. “Chelsea”
Complete every minute on the minute for 30 minutes

5 Pull ups
10 Push ups
15 Squats

Scaling option
3 Pull ups
6 Push ups
9 Squats

2a. Front Rack Walking Lunges – 3×50′ AHAP
2b. Toe 2 Bar – 3 x max reps

04 Apr 2014

FIRE IT UP! April 4, 2014

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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

The Open is complete! Everyone gave great efforts and as coaches we saw some significant improvements across the board. Congrats to everyone that participated.

Carla B has qualified, still awaiting the official announcement, for the NorthEast Regionals as an individual competitor. She finished 32nd in the Region. Get ready to head down to Canton, MA on May 30-June 1 at the Reebok World Headquarters to cheer her on!

Carla rocking out 14.5.

Carla rocking out 14.5.

HONORING BFD

Beginning this weekend we will have a collection jar for donations for the family of recently fallen Lt. Ed Walsh of the BFD. Lt. Walsh left behind a wife with 3 children under the age of 10 when he and FF Kennedy perished in the 9 Alarm Fire in Back Bay last week.

Tomorrow’s 11am class will perform the Hero WOD Mike “Dork” Kennedy:

For time
33 Back Squat, 225/155
15 Burpees
33 Deadlift, 225/155
15 Burpees
33 OH Swings, 32kg/24kg
15 Burpees

FF Kennedy was a member of the CrossFit community and had trained/coached at CrossFit Craic, CrossFit Together, and CrossFit Florian.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday 4/11 – Town Hall Meeting – 6:30pm at the GYM

Sat/Sun 4/19-4/20 – CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Gym Closed (Meet at Harvard Track)

Monday – 4/21 Patriots Day – Marathon Monday (1 WOD at the gym and then Potluck after)

Saturday 4/26 – Hydrostatic Weighing with Metro Fitness Wave

TOWN HALL MEETING
Join us at the gym next Friday at 6:30pm. The staff and I will be on hand to breakdown the some of the changes that have occurred within the gym and the continued improvements and how exactly they will benefit you all as current members. It will be exciting to discuss so try to make it!

CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION
On Saturday 4/19 & Sunday 4/20 we are hosting a CrossFit Level 1 Cert. The gym will be closed so members should meet each morning over at the Harvard University Track for an outdoor workout. It will be FUN.

PATRIOT DAY – MARATHON MONDAY
Join us at the gym for 1 WOD at 10am and a potluck after. Food, drink, and good conversations. We will stream the marathon on the TV screens. Bring your favorite foods to share!

HYDROSTATIC WEIGHING
Keith from Metro Fitness Wave will be back here at CFB on Saturday 4/26 to perform hydrostatic measurements. If you missed out on the last round or you wish to retest, this will be your chance. Monday of next week we will have a link on the website to register, schedule, and pay for your spot. You can learn more about the service here.

PROGRAMMING

Saturday 4/5

1. Bench Press – work up to a 5RM for the day

2. 21-15-9 for time
Front Rack Lunges, 135/95
Ring Dips

11am ONLY – Hero WOD Mike “Dork” Kennedy:

For time
33 Back Squat, 225/155
15 Burpees
33 Deadlift, 225/155
15 Burpees
33 OH Swings, 32kg/24kg
15 Burpees

Sunday 4/6

1. Row 1k – TEST

2. With a Partner Complete AMRAP 20
5 Pull ups
10 Burpees
15 Deadlift, 225/155

Only one person working on the AMRAP at a time. The second person will be rowing for max distance on the rower. The partners switch when a full round is complete.

Score rounds + reps and total combined distance rowed by the team.

Monday 4/7

1. Push Press – work up to a 3RM for the day

2. 4 x 200m repeats
rest 2x the time it took to complete the sprint

3. Abs – Accumulate 100 total reps from the following movements: GHD sit ups, T2B, KTE, strict back extensions

Tuesday 4/8

1. “Zimmerman”
AMRAP 25
11 CTB Pull ups
2 Deadlift, 315/220
10 HSPU

2. 10 x 30 sec L-sit holds

Wednesday 4/9

1. Front Squat – work up to a 2RM

2. For time
75 Wallball shots
25 Double unders
50 Wallball shots
50 Double Unders
25 Wallball shots
75 Double Unders

3. Grip work

Thursday 4/10

1. EMOM 15 – 2 Power Snatch AHAP + 1 MU

2. AMRAP 5
15 OH Swings, 32kg/24kg
15 Burpees

rest 5 minutes

AMRAP 5
15 Burpees
15 Step ups, 20″

Friday 4/11

1. TEST 1 mile run

2. “Angie”
100 Pull ups
100 Push ups
100 Sit ups
100 Air squats

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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.

SPRING FLING

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!

PROGRAMMING

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
Push ups

3. Abs – Post class – 3 x 1 minute plank holds with a load on the back

Sunday – 3/30

1. Partner WOD
For time
2000m
10 Handstand push ups
20 Pull ups
40 Squats
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
5 Burpees
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
Thruster, 95/65
Pull ups

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
Double unders
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
12 Burpees

FIRE IT UP with CUSTOM FIT MEALS!

There is a ton of great things happening right now. Allow me to start with announcing we have partnered up with Custom Fit Meals. Here is their pledge:

CFM prepares and delivers fresh, delicious meals made from only the highest quality ingredients.  We specialize in producing Paleo, Primal and clean meals that fit our Nutritional Philosophy.

We use only USDA-certified All Natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats.  Our beef is grass-fed Angus, our poultry is cage-free, our pork is pastured, and our produce is sourced locally and organic as often as possible.  We only partner with ranchers that treat their animals humanely and feed them correctly.

Our unmatched variety of meal selections allows you to personalize your menu to fit your lifestyle.  This gives you the convenience you want, the portion control you need, and the quality of ingredients you deserve – all at an affordable price.

CFM GUARANTEE = Quality, Variety & Service + Prices you can Afford

The relationship between CFB and CFM does require a minimum commitment of 10 members. I have tried a couple of the meals and it was very good. The food had a ton of flavor and the portion was very satisfying. If you are someone that has a very busy schedule or if you find it difficult to make the correct choices, Custom Fit Meals will be perfect for you!

Here is how it works.

CrossFit Games Open 14.4 – The Chipper

Week 4 of the Open is here. The muscle up has finally made it appearance. More appropriately for the majority of CFB members, so has Toe 2 Bars. Dave Castro threw us a curveball with adding the rower to the Open for the very first time in history. I LOVE IT!

As has been the case with every Open workout, pacing will play a critical role. How you feel coming off the rower is going to be more important for those that are still struggling with T2B. Most of you will be able to complete 60 calories within 3 minutes and be ok going into the T2B. Today while warming up be sure to feel the pace of the rower and work on transitioning over to the pull up rig. For the T2B really try to focus on that hollow body position and sub maximal efforts. The more you work towards an effort that results in slipping off the bar, the harder it will be to recover the grip strength.

Moving on to the wall ball, attempt to complete the 40 reps in 1-3 sets. Pacing so you can breathe is critical. Your grip will get a much needed break from the first two movements but your legs are going to be tired. Be sure to be accurate and not miss reps b/c you were too fast and out of control.

Cleans for 30 reps. This is it for the majority of you reading this. Set your back, drive through your heels and try to minimize the rest time between reps. If you still have the energy to perform touch and go reps, you will fare better than if you have to perform a quick rep and drop the bar. The fewer sets the better. To hook grip or not to hook grip? I think this will depend on how efficient you are with the clean. If you are a repeat offender of using your arms, then try to use a hook grip to allow a loose but secure grip. If 135 is not a heavy weight and you can keep a loose grip and not pull with the arms on the clean, then give it a go without the hook grip.

Muscle Ups. If you are lucky enough to get this far and you have the ability to perform muscle ups, be sure to have that kip swing dialed in so the arms have as little action in the movement. Return back to the bottom of the dip and “fall” back into the kip swing to load the hip.

GOOD LUCK!!

Programming

With the exception of Carla B (GO CARLA GO!!) the rest of us understand the CrossFit Games season will end for us with 14.5. Because of this, the programming is going to begin our strength phase of training.

There will be a renewed focus on improving strength across the board for all members while still focusing on skill development in areas still lacking across the gym. There will still be a heavy emphasis on met cons as that is the base of what is CrossFit but you will begin seeing shorter and heavier WODS programmed in addition to the classic style of programming that has been emphasized the last couple of months.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 3/22

1. Push Press – 7×2
Work up to a heavy set of 2 then back off to 90% of that weight and perform 6 more sets.

2. AMRAP 8
10 OH swings, 32kg/24kg
10 Pull ups
5 Front squat, 185/125

Sunday 3/23

1. Run 1 mile (Test)

rest 10 minutes

2. 3 rounds for time
20 DB Split Cleans, 55/35
15 Knee to elbows
10 HR push ups

Monday 3/24

1. Back Squat – 5×3
work up to a heavy set of three and then back off to 90% of that and perform 4 more sets of 3

2. 21-15-9
Calories on the rower
Power Snatch, 135/95

Tuesday 3/25

1. 400m Medball Run – TEST

2. Hand balancing & Hollow body- spend 10 minutes practicing hand balancing and accumulate 100 Hollow rocks

3. AMRAP 5
10 Burpee Box Jumps, 24″/20″
10 Push Jerks, 155/110

rest 3 minutes

AMRAP 5
10 Power Clean, 155/110
10 CTB Pull ups

Wednesday 3/26

1. Bench Press – work up to a heavy set of 5 (not a max)

2. 5 rounds for time
15 OH squats, 115/75
15 Toe 2 bar

Thursday 3/27

1. Deadlift – 3 x 5 work up to a heavy set of 5. Drop down to 90% of that weight and then perform 3 more sets at that weight.

2. “1/2 Mary” – AMRAP10
5 Handstand push ups
10 Pistols (alternating legs each rep)
15 Pull ups

Hey Mickey!

Welcome to the TEAM Mickey!

Welcome to the TEAM Mickey!

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)
8-Minute AMRAP:
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!


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