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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!

FIRE IT UP!

The last week has been awesome! Friday kicked it off with 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open 14.1. CFB has more than 50 athletes participating in the Open. The energy was awesome. Carla B leads all CFB members with a score of 362 and currently sits 24th in the NorthEast Region. The top 45 females in the region will qualify to Regionals at Reebok’s Headquarters in Canton, MA. Dave Young is leading the men with a score of 347 and sits 384th in the NorthEast Region. Hats off to them both for their efforts!

Kari T attacking 14.1 on Sunday. She improved her score by more than 10 reps.

Kari T attacking 14.1 on Sunday. She improved her score by more than 10 reps.

THE OPEN

In case you missed the previous communications, we will be running the Open WOD in class each Friday. If you cannot make it into the gym on Friday, then you may come in on Saturday or Sunday but you will need to have someone accompanying you to judge your performance. There will be a group that will retest on Monday as well. Again, you will need to schedule someone to judge you in advance to ensure that there will be someone available for you.

RING THE BELL BABY!

On Wednesday morning all 7 participants in the 7am class banged out Personal Bests! The bell was working on overtime and it was fun to witness. Audrey, JPerlo, Linh, Vijay, Patrick M, Matt, and Kapil all were machines in the back squat. I like programming the straight sets at higher intensity (5×2 – work up to a challenging 2 and hold it for all sets) for the barbell lifts. It removes any ceilings and encourages you to train based off how you are feeling instead of a fixed percentage. It’s not always going to be a PR day but when it is…RING THE BELL BABY!

audrey back squat vijayback

WHAT’S ON TAP

Friday 3/7

2014 Reebok CF Games 14.2
TBD

Saturday 3/8

1. AMRAP 5
15 Back Squats, 135/95
10 Pull ups

rest 5 minutes

2. AMRAP 5
30 Ball Slams
10 Burpees

3. Midline Work – 100 reps between Toe 2 Bar, GHD sit ups, Back Extensions (NOT HIP)

Notes:
1. Bar must be cleaned from the ground and then placed over head onto the shoulders for the back squat.

2. Weight of the Ball slams doesn’t really matter

3. Alternate T2B/Back ext/GHD sit ups

Sunday 3/9

“Filthy Fifty”

50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders

notes:
Scale as needed to:

40 reps
30 reps
25 reps

Monday 3/10

1. 21-15-9
Pullups
Deadlift, 225/155

2a. Pistols – Accumulate as many quality reps in 10 minutes
2b. Ring Dips – 4×3 AHAP

Note:
2a/2b – perform 5-10 reps of pistols then immediately perform 1 set of Ring dips

Tuesday 3/11

1. AMRAP 10
3 Push Press, 135/95
6 Toe 2 Bar
9 OH swings, 32kg/24kg

2. L-Sit holds – 6 x max hold

Note:
rest as needed between l-sit holds

Wednesday 3/12

1. Shoulder Press – 7×2

2. EMOM 10
8 Chest to Bar Pull ups

notes:
1. work up to a challenging weight and then hold for 6 more sets

2. Scale by reducing volume first before reverting to chin over the bar. If athlete cannot perform CTB they perform chin over the bar

Thursday 3/13

1. 30 Unbroken Wallball shots

2. AMRAP 4
10 Burpees
10 DB squat cleans, 40/20

If 60 reps (3 rounds) are completed in under 4 minutes, time extends to 8 minutes.
If 120 reps (6 rounds) are completed in under 8 minutes, time extends to 12 minutes.
If 180 reps (9 rounds) are completed in under 12 minutes, time extends to 16 minutes.

Friday 3/14

Reebok CrossFit Games Open 14.2
TBD

 

It’s finally here. The 2014 sporting season has officially began and…14.1 is a repeat of 11.1, which we just performed as a gym not more than 21 days ago. Familiarity breeds success they say and Many in the gym performed very well in this workout. It will be fun to see how it is attacked seeing this time around.

Happy Birthday Mickey! Mickey likes WODS that have familiarity!

Happy Birthday Mickey! Mickey likes WODS that have familiarity!

Reebok CrossFit Games Open 14.1 – Logistics and more

AMRAP 10
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatch, 75/55

We will be performing The Opens each and every Friday in classes. You may “redo” the WOD over the course of the weekend, YOU WILL NEED TO ORGANIZE A PARTNER TO JUDGE AND SCORE YOU. All scores must be submitted so that I can validate them by Monday 8pm EST. If you think you have a chance to qualify for regionals, your judge must have passed the CrossFit Online Judges Course AND you MUST videotape your efforts. 

Good Luck!!!

I am a fan of James Fitzgerald, OPT, and believe he has a lot of great information on proper training for CrossFit both as a fitness program and a sport. Last year I began taking the OPT courses and read his blog almost daily. In the article below, OPT Coach and on-site athlete Robin Lyons shares her thoughts on mentally preparing for competition. I share it because I think it has value beyond the Open.

Get Mental for the Opens Part 1

In slow motion my eyes close and then re-open back onto the barbell. There are 60sec left in the 12 min workout; I’m breathing rapidly, my thighs are burning and something inside is telling me to slow down….“rest, you can’t go yet”…. and in that split second I have a choice to either give in to that voice or trust my training. Without hesitation I notice the mental breakdown and fight back with positive self-talk and cues that laser me back into the zone:  “let’s go”, “you train to be in this moment”  “you can do it”. I grab the barbell, chalk and sweat fall below me and I finish knowing I gave it everything I had. This fight is what I love in our sport, and over the years as a competitive athlete I have come to understand the important role of mental preparation in my success and failures. In high-level performance sports our ability to focus rules for better or worse.

Continue Reading…

What’s On Tap

Saturday 3/1

1. EMOM 15 – 2 touch and go squat clean

2. Jerk – 5×1

3. Tabata Squats

notes:
1. build up to as heavy as can be (may ascend)
2. From the racks

Sunday 3/2

PARTNER WOD
“Angie”

Complete with a partner for time

100 pull ups
100 push ups
100 sit ups
100 squats

The workload must be shared equally and alternate every 10 reps.

then

Partner 3k row – Alternate every minute.

Time separately for both “Partner Angie” and 3k row.

Monday 3/3

1. EMOM 14
Odd – 2-4 Handstand push ups
Even – 10 Box Jumps, 24″/20″

2. AMRAP4 – Burpees to a 45# plate

note:
1. HSPU are strict/box jumps games standard

Tuesday 3/4

1. For time
Run 1500m
30 Power Snatches, 95/65
20 Overhead squats, 95/65
10 GHD Sit ups
Run 500m

2. Accumulate 5 minutes of L-sit hold

Wednesday 3/5

1. Back Squat – 5×2 - work up to a challenging double and then hold for 4 more sets.

2. Pull up Ladder
3 3 rounds of following cycle:

7 pull ups
6
5
4
3
2
1

Rotate with a partner or a few to allow rest between sets

Thursday 3/6

Row 1k
rest 5 minutes
Accumulate 15 minutes in an unsupported handstand hold
rest 5 minutes
Row 1k

Score time for each 1k row

Friday 3/7

2014 CrossFit Games Open 14.2 – TBA

 

2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open

The 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is less than 1 WEEK away. This is an exciting part of the year because it challenges everyone to compete and competition makes everyone better. It just does. We push harder. We perform in ways we didn’t think we could. We learn so much about our abilities and areas that we still need to improve. It’s the ultimate test over the course of 5 weeks. 

For me as an affiliate owner, it serves two purposes: community building and feedback on the programming being done for the gym.

Lets start with the latter. CrossFit is defined as functional movements, constantly varied, performed at high intensity. That allows a broad interpretation of program design that can be considered CrossFit. How do I ensure that what I am programming is working to make you, the members, more fit? Thankfully Coach Glassman went on to define fitness further as improving work capacity across broad time and modal domains.  Meaning, the ability to perform more work (force X distance ./. time) across very short workouts to much longer workouts with the numerous functional movements CrossFit employs. He even went further and defined fitness 3-dimensionally by including age. Are we increasing work capacity across broad time and modal domains as we continue to get older?

The Open is a test of this exactly. It is free of any biases I may have and we can and do repeat it throughout the year.

Community, each year The Open brings members closer together as we all share this common experience. I equate it to 4th of July “Murph” every Friday of the week. Everyone has the opportunity to meet new faces and cheer each other on. The energy is electric and the effort is “All In”. At the end of the night there is usually a group hanging around and sharing their perspectives of what happened, how to improve, where to go eat after. It’s always fun to see.

This year we will be running The Open WOD every Friday. If you are registered you will be judged and given a score sheet each week. If you are hopeful you may qualify for Regionals your workout needs to be videotaped and your judge must have passed the CrossFit Judges course. Get ready and FIRE IT UP!!!

I love this pic! Krista always comes in with a great attitude, trains really hard, and is seeing great progress!  Keep it up Krista!

I love this pic! Krista always comes in with a great attitude, trains really hard, and is seeing great progress! Keep it up Krista!

What’s On Tap

The programming for the next five weeks will continue to be a high intensity followed with skill work. Be sure to continue hitting your L-sit holds on your own in addition to plank holds and hollow rocks.

Saturday 2/22

3 Rounds for time

50 Double unders
10 Back squats, 135/100
10 Deadlift, 135/100
10 Bar facing burpees

notes:
bar must start from the floor for the back squats. overhead and on the shoulders in any fashion without assistance from a rack

Sunday 2/23

PARTNER WOD

Complete for time reps of 21-15-9
Deadlift, 225/155
Run 500m
Hand release Push ups

This workout is to be performed like a relay event. First person completes 21 reps of the deadlift and then the second person immediately begins his/her reps. When both are finished with 21 deadlift, the first athlete takes off on the 500m run. Athlete 2 takes off when Athlete 1 is finished. When both are finished with the run, Athlete 1 begins his/her push ups, then athlete 2. Continue the above for 15 reps and then again for 9 reps.

Monday 2/24

1. EMOM 12 – 2 Power snatch + 2 Overhead squat

2. Ring dips – 3 x max reps; rest 2:00

3. Double unders – 3 x max reps; rest 2:00

notes:
1. keep the weight moderate to light focusing on speed and efficient bar path
2. Intermediate and beginners may use bands for assistance on static or box dips but NO kipping

Tuesday 2/25

1. Front Squat – 7×2

2. Row as far as you can in 12 minutes

notes:
1. Work up to a challenging weight and then perform 7 sets of 2 reps at that weight.
2. Aim to maintain a +4 seconds of your 2k pace or faster.

Wednesday 2/26

1. AMRAP 10
15 Burpees
10 Power clean, 115/75
5 Chest to bar pull ups

2. Toe 2 Bar – 3 x max reps, rest 2:00

3. Thruster – 3 x 25 unbroken, 75/55; rest 2:00

notes:
1. Burpees games standard. Power clean from the floor.
2. If scaled then perform 3 x 10 at best progression able
3. Scale the load if necessary to perform the 25 reps unbroken

Thursday 2/27

1. Shoulder press – 5 x 3

2. Box jumps – 3×20 unbroken, 24/20; 2:00 rest

3. Deadlift – 3×15 touch and go, 135/95; 2:00 rest

notes:
1. Work up to a challenging weight. Then perform 5 sets of 3 reps at that weight.
2. Games standard (stand up in full extension on the top of the box)

Friday 2/28

2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 14.1

TBA

Some housekeeping items first: Don’t forget that tomorrow is the retesting of the 2014 Transformation Challenge. Heats begin at 9:30AM and will run every 30 minutes finishing at 12pm. There will not be any regularly scheduled classes. The gym will still be open for those not participating to make up a missed workout or hit some strength work.

FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

Great week of training everyone! Randy came to visit us and Vijay “Beefcake” Thomas claimed the second best score for the gym.  If you missed the Facebook post…

Beefcake conquering "Randy"

Beefcake conquering “Randy”

Dennis The and Omri Levi also put their names on the leader board as well for the men and Shannon “She-ra” Flahive is now the leader for the females!  Don’t worry picture coming soon. :-)  “Malleolo” also graced us with its presence for the first time this week. What a tough WOD.  Adam “Captain America” Voci was the only person attempting to complete it Rx and he could not finish under the 15:00 time cap.  This will become a regular gym benchmark so y’all will have the chance at redemption!

2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open

There are only 13 days until the first WOD is released.  Have you signed up? Why not? Listen, for the majority of us participating it has nothing to do with qualifying for Regionals. It is about challenging yourself under a competitive environment at a level a little higher than what occurs in day to day classes.  You can learn so much about yourself with a little bit of competition.

What’s On Tap

Saturday – 2/15

Row 2000m

The workout begins with 20 thrusters of a 45# barbell. Every 500m the athlete must perform another 20 thrusters. The clock stops at the end of 2000m.

2014 T-Challenge

20 thrusters
500m row
20 thrusters
500m row
20 thrusters
500m row
20 thrusters
500m row

Sunday – 2/16

1. Deadlift – 5 x 2

2a. Handstand Holds – accumulate 5 minutes in a hold
2b. Toe 2 bar – unbroken sets

(Accumulate 5 minutes in a handstand. Each time you come down from the handstand position, perform an unbroken set of toe 2 bar. Post your best and worst linked sets to comments.)

Monday – 2/17

1. AMRAP 12

10 Pull ups
8 Overhead squats, 95/65
6 Over the bar burpees

2. L-sit holds – 8 x max holds (don’t hold more than 20 seconds)

Tuesday – 2/18

1. AMRAP 7
80 Double unders
50 Calorie row
30 Overhead swings, 24kg/16kg
20 Pull ups

2. Accumulate 15 minutes of muscle up practice

Wednesday – 2/19

1. 10 Rounds for time
10 Deadlift, 135/95
8 Hang power clean (from knees), 135/95
6 Shoulder to overhead, 135/95

2. Accumulate 200′ of Overhead walking lunges – 115/75

Thursday – 2/20

1. Back Squat – 7 x 1 (straight sets)

2. 15 rope climbs

Friday – 2/21

1. “Fran” 21-15-9
Thruster, 95/65
Pull ups

2a. Box jumps – 4 x 10 unbroken (game standards)
2b. Toe 2 bar – 4 x max unbroken

FIRE IT UP!  FIRE IT UP!

What an awesome week of training.  The PR Bell has been ringing like a boss!  If you haven’t had a chance to make it over to the CrossFit Boston Facebook page you want to. We have been posting up a ton of pictures from the WOD’s for you to share with friends and family.  As one member put it, “Now my Mom will be able to see that I am ok.”  Go on over and feel free to Tag yourself.

Do you see a core to extremity violation??

Do you see a core to extremity violation??

A New Face?

Next week you will see a new face coaching you in the classes.  Coach Tina will be leading the charge along with Pat, G2, Adam V, and myself.  She has been doing such a great job with the CrossFit Boston Kids program and I know that she will bring the same dedication to you all as well.  Be sure to give her a warm welcome.

What’s On Tap

The intensification of programming will be continuing as we draw closer to the beginning of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open Season.  Outside of class time spend more time working on skills and less volume of training.  Your goal is to be as an efficient mover as possible while still ramping up your fitness through the daily WOD’s.  Strength will be a secondary goal gained through repetition of movement and exposure to time under tension in the WOD’s and the weekly dedicated strength WOD.  

When the WOD is a strength day, it should be as intense as the rest of the week.  I am not prescribing loads.  It is implied that you will work up to a very challenging weight for the rep scheme (2 reps/3 reps) and attempt to perform all of the sets (5) at this weight.  It should leave you exhausted!

There is more midline work programmed this week.  Really focus on engaging your abs.  This will help you carry it over to all of our WOD’s. Midline stabilization is a huge part of being successful in sport and movement.  

Saturday – 2/8

Complete for time

30 Thrusters, 95/65
30 Pull ups
30 Hang squat cleans, 95/65
30 Push ups
30 Deadlift, 95/65
30 Knee to elbows

Post WOD – Skin the cats

Sunday – 2/9

1. Deadlift – 5 x 2 (straight sets)

2. For time with a Partner (volume shared equally alternating every 10 reps)
100 Double unders
100 DB Shoulder to overhead, 55#/35#
100 Pistols
100 DB Snatch, 55#/35#
100 Box jumps

Monday – 2/10

AMRAP 15

30 Power Clean and Jerk, 75/55
2 Muscle ups
25 Power Clean and Jerk, 105/75
4 Muscle ups
20 Power Clean and Jerk, 135/95
8 Muscle ups
15 Power Clean and Jerk, 165/115
16 Muscle ups
10 Power Clean and Jerk, 205/135
32 Muscle ups

Tuesday – 2/11

1. 3 rounds each for time

Row 500m
rest 1:00 between each round

2. 5 rounds for time
10 Box jumps, 20″
10 Pull ups

Wednesday 2/12

1. “Randy”
Complete 75 reps for time

Power Snatch, 75/55

2. Bench Press – 5×3 (straight sets)

Thursday – 2/13

1. “Malle0lo”
15-12-9
Squat clean, 185/125
Push jerk, 185/125

2. Tabata L-sits

Friday – 2/14

1. Reps of 21-15-9 for time

Sumo deadlift high pull, 95/65
Burpees to a 45# plate
Handstand walk (20-14-10)

2a. Strict pull ups – 3×5 AHAP
2b. Strict dips – 3×5 AHAP

31 Jan 2014

Fire It Up! Jan 31, 2014

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One month already in the books!  Freakin’ unbelievable how fast time goes.  I can remember as a child where time felt like was in slow motion.  Now at the end of every single day I look back and try to figure out how it went by so fast.  

Those of you participating in the Transformation Challenge, how is it going?  What has been the greatest obstacle?  How are you dealing with it?  What has become the easiest part?  Share your experience in comments so that the rest of the community may learn and benefit from it.

FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

This week has brought a TON of PR’s in the classes.  On Wednesday night, more than 50% of the gym hit a new personal best for a One rep max thruster.  Monday produced very similar results with the Push Press as well.  Great work!  Keep working on the basics.  Relentless pursuit of doing the common, uncommonly well will lead you down a path far greater than trying to be sexy.  What PR did you get?

Krista pushing out her thruster for a new PR!

Krista pushing out her thruster for a new PR!

Thursday demonstrated that we still have opportunity in both knees to elbows and dips.  We will continue to stress the ongoing development of these movements.

WHAT’S ON TAP

There are 27 days left until the 14.1 will be announced for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open.  We are going to continue each week focus on 1-2 skills that are most regularly programmed in the Open.  This week it was the pistol.  Next week it will be wall balls and double unders.  Be sure to bring layers and even gloves for the wall balls.  The weather is forecasted to be in the 30′s but for the most part dry.  If there is precipitation then we will not be outside.

Saturday 2/1
BOS Creek WOD 2

Sunday 2/2
1. Complete 30 reps for time

Squat clean to a thruster, (95/65)

2. Bench Press – 15 minutes to work up to a max triple

Monday 2/3
1a. 3 x 20 Unbroken Wallball, 20/14
1b. 3 x 20 Unbroken Double Unders

2. AMRAP 15
10 Power Snatch, 95/65
10 Burpees
10 Knee to elbows

Tuesday 2/4
1. Back Squat – 6×2 @ 90%

2. Complete 5 rounds for time
9 CTB Pull ups
6 Handstand Push ups
3 Deadlift, 315/215

Wednesday 2/5
1. AMRAP 6 x 2 (rest 12 minutes between AMRAPs)
20 Overhead walking lunges, 45/25
15 Hand release push ups
10 Box jumps, 24″/20″

2. 100 Double unders for time

Thursday 2/6
1. EMOM 20

1 Power Clean + 2 Push Jerk – AHAP

2. Row 2k

Friday 2/7
Reebok CrossFit Games 11.1

AMRAP 10
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatch, (75/35)

23 Jan 2014

FIRE IT UP! January 24, 2014

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Fire It Up!  Fire It Up!

Do you realize that there are only 34 days until the first WOD is announced for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open?  Insane! As you know we are choosing one movement each week to highlight for skill development.  The movements have been chosen based on what has been most common in previous years selections and those that we feel may show up in the future.  Two weeks ago we focused on the thruster.  This week we focused on Toe 2 bars and knee to elbows.  Next week…the pistol!  Get ready to see some real improvement if you are struggling with the basics of the movement and some loading if you can perform this movement well.

Tuesday was a special day in the gym.  The WOD was very similar to Open WODS completed in the past two years consisting of snatches and Burpees.  The time was programmed to be a shorter AMRAP to ensure intensity was HIGH.  There was even a discussion prior to class explaining the expectations.  Perform as though your head was on fire.  You all did not disappoint!  I was impressed in the efforts I saw all around.  I believe, everyone properly scaled the load for the snatch and turned his or her motor on full go!  Keep it up, the programming is going to ask that you find that dark place again and again.

Beyond the obvious of work capacity, your mental capacity will determine just how well you perform in the Open workouts.  Start preparing now!

Renegade Rowing League

The second 2k Test for the RRL is this upcoming Saturday at 11AM.  There will not be an 11am class.  We will still be holding the regular 9 & 10 AM classes.

What’s on Tap

Saturday 1/25

AMRAP 8
10 Pull ups
15 Toe 2 Bar
25 Burpees

Sunday 1/26

AMRAP 6
10 Pistols (5 each leg)
10 Alternating KB Snatch, 32kg/24kg
10 Box Jumps, 24″/20″

REST 12 MINUTES

AMRAP 6
10 Back squat, 135#/95#
10 Power Snatch, 135#/95#
10 Box Jumps, 24″/20″

Monday 1/27

1. Push Press – 12 minutes max for the day

2. 10 Minute “Cindy”
5 Pull ups
10 Push ups
15 Squats

Tuesday 1/28

1. Practice Pistols

2. For time
100 double unders

3. 5 rounds for time
10 Burpees
10 DB Shoulder to overhead, 55#/35#
20 Alternating DB Snatch, 55#/35#

Wednesday 1/29

1. “Diane”

Reps of 21-15-9 for time
Deadlift, 225/155
Handstand push ups

2. Barbell Thruster – Max for the day 15 minutes

Thursday 1/30

1. AMRAP 10
Row 20 calories
20 Knee to elbows
20 Ring dips

2. EMOM 15
2 Hang squat snatch – ascend to AHAP

Friday 1/31

1. 4 rounds for time
10 Bar facing burpees
15 Deadlift, 155#/105#
10 Pistols (5 each leg)

2. Overhead Squat – Max for the day 12 minutes


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