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30 Jun 2014

I Hear Voices…

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“It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” 
– William J. Clinton 
Whether it’s 3 x 800m repeats, Row 5k, or AMRAP 7  Burpees, we have all heard that voice in our head to quit. We have carried the thought of why should I work so hard. It’s easier to do less, stop pushing. You can add your own personal favorites to the list.
 
In the middle of a CrossFit WOD there is almost always a point in time where self doubt may trickle in. Where the pain seems it will never end. Everyone experiences it. Even the “elite” CrossFitters. This is when you build your character, learn to how to handle the valleys. Push through and get it done.
 
I am a big believer that what you do within these walls, carry over to outside of them. You begin developing a “Can do” attitude and it stays with you everywhere in your life. You learn to handle adversity in a more positive fashion and you become overall a more productive human being.
 
As Bill Clinton said above, “never quit, never quit, never quit.”
 
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Ricky “501″ never quit this morning while attacking 80# DB snatches and 30″ box jumps

 

 

 

LAST CALL FOR SHORTS!

Tomorrow morning I am submitting the Pre-Order for CFB board shorts from Via Privé/VPX. If you want to try on a pair at the front desk you may do so, be sure to put your size on the sheet with the shorts.

Via Privé - VPX Men's shorts

Via Privé – VPX Men’s shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 Jun 2014

Motivated Monday

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“Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.”

-Henry Drummond

We are ramping up into our last full week of June! It is amazing how fast each month goes by. As the temperature is finally getting warmer, its time to keep pushing your fitness. Get after your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Perform the common, uncommonly well.

As I was coaching this weekend, I began wondering if you all would be interested in an in-house throwdown. I think it would be a ton of run. Give everyone a chance to put their fitness to test in a slightly different environment. It would be free, include a few sponsors with take aways, and a chance to hang out with each other for an extended amount of time.

What do you think? Are you game?

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16 Jun 2014

Motivated Monday

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“To get to the next level your spirit has to be stretched. Don’t be discouraged by the growing pains. Promotion is a process.” 
 
– Thema Davis
 
Being fit. Truly fit. The best shape of your life fit is a journey. Not a destination. It doesn’t happen overnight and it is not entirely physical. It is mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. 
 
Training CrossFit pushes the individual to train beyond his perceived means. To not quit because there are 8-13 others training right beside you that want to quit, but they don’t so you cannot. The confidence gained from completing tasks you didn’t think you could accomplish, learning new movements, moving heavier weights, carries over into other aspects of life.
 
If you are reading this and thinking, “Whoa, Neal, its just working out,” then you are not paying attention. This is more than just a workout. This is a way of living. When you walk in the door and see a 5k row and some odd number of deadlifts and handstand pushups you get charged by the challenge and make the determination to give everything you have for that one hour into that training session. You will carry that same attitude and tenacity into the rest of your life; your job, your family.
 
The numbers at the end of it all don’t matter nearly as much as completion and effort of the task. There are going to be rough patches where progress will seemed to have stalled. Moments where you aren’t sure if you are still improving. Push on.
 
Victory is walking away knowing you gave it your all. 
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09 Jun 2014

Monday Motivation

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“Never be afraid to act. You never know how far away you are from your goal — sometimes just reaching out and putting in a little bit of effort can be enough. And, even if it’s not — you tried, and that’s far better than just sitting and waiting for a chance to present itself. If you want to achieve something you have to act, you have to take risks and you have to believe in yourself.”

- Author Unknown

That is such a powerful quote. There are millions of people that sit and do nothing each and every day. They dream about the life they want. The job they want. The house they want. Yet, they still never do anything to get there.

What are you looking to achieve? Do you want to get your first muscle up? Have you been researching online how to do so and then developing the skills and strength necessary to perform one? Daily? How bad do you want it?

Maybe there is a position open at work that will be promotion and opportunity to challenge yourself and bring in reward. Are you studying the craft necessary to win the job and be wildly successful at it? Why not?

Her first successful muscle up! The crowd of 4000+ was louder than at any other time. She didn't win the 2009 Games but she won the hearts of all because she put in so much effort.

Her first successful muscle up! The crowd of 4000+ was louder than at any other time. She didn’t win the 2009 Games but she won the hearts of all because she put in so much effort.

Annie Thorisdottir continuously failing her attempts to perform her first muscle up

Annie Thorisdottir continuously failing her attempts to perform her first muscle up

02 Jun 2014

ADAPTATION

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“The greatest adaptation in CrossFit is of the mind.” -Greg Glassman

CrossFit is so physical. We push our bodies to the limit. Everyday we ask more of ourselves. We hit the WOD, some strength before or after, practice some skills, then mobilize and feed our bodies so we can come back in and do it all over again. This is what CrossFit is between 3-6 days per week.

Read that quote again by CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman. How powerful and true it is. He first made that statement while he was still running the CrossFit Level 1 Seminars around 2004. He and Greg Amundson (CrossFit Amundson, CrossFit Goal Setting, and Santa Cruz Original Firebreather) were observing seminar participants attempt muscle ups. Two males went up for the first attempt ever. Male 1 nailed it. He came down and his buddies were all congratulating him. He responded with humility I knew that I could do it. Meanwhile, Male 2 failed and as his buddies came to offer condolences, he stated that it was ok and that he knew he wouldn’t do it.

You see, you will achieve what you believe. Of course you need to have the appropriate skills and strength. That being a given, your mind will determine the rest.

BELIEVE!

Carla B at Event 6 at Reebok CrossFit Games North East Regionals.

Carla B at Event 6 at Reebok CrossFit Games North East Regionals.

25 May 2014

Memorial Day Murph!

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Tomorrow at 9am we will participate in the Memorial Day “Murph”. While you are putting forth your best effort, remember his, this excerpt is from the website www.murphmovie.com:

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire.  This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy.  While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in.  Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight.  By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.  The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

The plan is to also screen Murph: The Protector on the TV while cranking out the WOD. See you all there!

20 Apr 2014

Light The Fire!

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“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” 
 
– Albert Schweitzer
 
I spent the weekend hosting and interning with the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. It was inspiring to see so many new people looking to increase their knowledge of CrossFit and fitness. I am grateful for opportunities to remember what it was the first time I attended a Level 1 Seminar way back in 2004. I am grateful to each of you that comes in and trains day in and day out to improve. It inspires me to get better. It’s thrilling!
 
Who has lit your flame lately? Have you thanked them?
 
Grant pulling under the bar

Grant pulling under the bar

24 Mar 2014

Follow Your Passion

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“Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our PASSION here at CrossFit Boston is to change the lives of our members in a holistic way. Its more than just a WOD. Its a lifestyle. Its a way of thinking and approaching each and every decision. Taking what you learn in the one hour you spend in the gym and applying it to the other 23 hours outside of the gym.

We believe the physical enables the mental, which enables the emotional, which ultimately enables the spiritual. I am not referring to religion when I refer to spiritual but more so of how one perceives his/her ability’s when they physically train his/herself to the margins.

Knocking down barriers.

Kicking in doors.

Refusing to settle for mediocrity.

One of us has the opportunity to truly follow HER PASSION. Coach Tina will be moving on at the end of this month to train with kids full time. She has the opportunity of her dreams to work with disenfranchised youths within the City of Boston and cannot say no. 

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If you have spent any time with Coach Tina, it is obvious how much she enjoys training young adults and children. She is great at it and she will do a knockout job in becoming a catalyst of change in the physical culture of our younger generation.

We wish her nothing but the best! Be sure to give her a hug this week while you are in the gym. She will always be a part of CrossFit Boston and welcome to visit as often as her schedule permits.

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I know, Monday was yesterday. Better late than never. In case you have never read the CF Journal, it is packed with a ton of great information and resources. Better yet, IT’S FREE NOW!

This video came up last fall and it is a great motivational piece. Take a moment and watch the video (W&F safe). You won’t be disappointed. I love the dedication to virtuosity. She can’t “see” how the movement looks but she can feel it and know exactly how to correct herself and others. It’s a process and it can transform you.

Bettina Dolinsek was born blind, but she never asked to be treated differently. That same attitude carries over into her CrossFit training, and she doesn’t shy away from movements—even box jumps.

Watch the video here

Tuesday Tips

Tomrrow’s WOD features: burpees, power cleans, and chest to bar pull ups. The first two we practice and train so frequently that it is not necessary to say much about them. The chest to bar pull up on the other hand…

 

Go and get ‘em!

16 Feb 2014

Motivated Monday

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President’s Day Schedule – No 7:30pm class

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 

― Confucius

Saturday was a blast watching you perform the retest for the 2014 Transformation Challenge. The effort being given was nothing short of inspiring. The results were hard earned. It is days such as yesterday that truly make what we do as trainers/coaches rewarding. Many of you shattered your previous times for the WOD. I don’t think we came across a single person that was not elated with his/her hydrostatic weigh in.  It was a great day indeed.

Now what? There still is one final WOD this upcoming Saturday, BosCreek WOD #3, but the challenge has come to a close. What’s next? Well, it depends on you.  Did you embrace the true spirit of this challenge? Have you laid the foundation for continued and greater success?

Congrats on all of your success! It truly is amazing. Keith mentioned to me in private on Saturday that our results have been one of the most impressive as a whole for a gym that he has experienced.

Guess what. You cannot quit now. Re-read the quote from Confucius above. DO NOT STOP. You owe to yourself. You owe to someone close to you that can learn from your experience and begin his/her path to a better version of his/herself.

Your continued transformation probably will not be as dramatic as they were these last 6 months. That’s okay. Just re-read the quote again:

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 

― Confucius

Shannon tackling the 2014 Transformation Challenge WOD

Shannon tackling the 2014 Transformation Challenge WOD


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