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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.”
 
 Ricky501

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.

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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?

Post to comments.

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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.

Want to be your best?
 
If you want to be your best you’ll need others to push you and help you be your best in training.  Competitors and Teammates alike motivate us to raise our game and be the best versions of ourselves.  Surround yourself with good people and the possibilities are endless.
 
Who wants to join Chau in a Sprint Tri?

Who wants to join Chau in a Sprint Tri?

Have you met Chau?
 
Hi CrossFit Boston folks!  
 
I’m doing the Dam sprint triathlon on Saturday July 12 in Amesbury.  I’m looking for a buddy to do this race with me because it’s more fun that way.  
 
 
Thanks!
Chau
 
The DAM Triathlon in its 4th year in existence is a sprint distance triathlon to be held on Saturday July 12, 2014 at Lake Gardner in Amesbury, MA.  This sprint distance tri, just 45 minutes North of Boston is the perfect race for any triathlete, beginner to elite alike. This 1/2 mile lake swim is very newbie friendly with a lot of support out there including paddle boarders, kayakers, and lifeguards. After the swim leg is complete, athletes will transition to a 13 mile scenic rolling bike course that travels through some beautiful New England farm country in Amesbury and crossed into Newton New Hampshire. The 3.1 mile run is a quick with a turn around at Woodsom Farm, the course will lead you right back into Lake Gardner where you will cross the finish line.  Cost: $65/person $185/relay team
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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!

500m Row … that’s not that far…or is it?

 

Stan SnatchWell done on that rowing wod earlier this week.  With a ton of push ups and power cleans thrown in it’s amazing how challenging even 500m on the erg can get.  Everyone hit it hard and that solid work will definitely pay off.

 

I’ve been talking with a member who has been finishing up her yoga certification and we’d like to know if there is any interest in taking a yoga class either pre or post wod once a week.  Thoughts?

 

I personally love yoga for it’s focus on breathing and stretching while holding strong poses.  If you’d like to get in on some yoga with me once a week please shoot me an email or comment below with your interest.  If we can get enough interest to make it a weekly or monthly session then we’ll get it going. – [email protected]

 

Also, Welcome Stan!  Stan is graduating with Fight Gone Bad this week and will be joining you in group classes next week.  He’s a solid guy from Florida – Go Gators! – who is excited to throw down with you guys.  Be sure to give him a high five next time you see him.

 

Who are you and what are you about?Stan TGU1
 
My name is Stanley Ng, and I’m a South Florida native now in graduate school at BU for mechanical engineering. One of my passions lies in science and cosmology, and I hope to have a hand in answering the many questions of the Universe in my career. I’m also a violinist, so music has been a huge part of my life since I was young. Unfortunately, I was never very active as a kid or as a teenager. It wasn’t until my first year as an undergraduate that I began to consider being physically active. That was short-lived, and my four undergraduate years were spent pulling all-nighters and eating fast food, or whatever food was available. I knew nothing about nutrition. Fast forward to the start of graduate school, and I refused to let myself remain what I was: a skinny-fat 150-lb. guy in his early twenties with zero physical ability. I began weightlifting two years ago in February of 2012, and have been able to gain about 25 pounds. Now, I love being in the gym and being active, pushing myself, and discovering every day what I’m made of.
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
 
Recently, I started to feel “stuck” in my fitness, and I felt I needed something different. I was getting bored with my routines, and I felt that I was unbalanced in many ways and needed some solid direction. That’s when I considered, and thereafter joined, CrossFit Boston. I also don’t have much of a fitness community that I can share this lifestyle with, so it’s my hope that CrossFit Boston can provide that.
 
What are you getting out of the Private Training?Stan TGU2
 
Private training has been able to isolate my instabilities and weaknesses and is teaching me how to address them. I’ve also been getting excellent training on the olympic lifts, which I’ve been interested in learning for some time. Finally, I’ve been taught valuable mobility techniques, as well as proper form on these major lifts. Pat has been an excellent trainer, and I appreciate his patience and his obvious dedication to every one of his clients.
 
What are some of your goals for this year?
 
I’d like to become well-versed in the olympic lifts and the many exercises of CrossFit. I’d also like to increase my endurance and work capacity and just be better every single day. I’m looking forward to making small day-to-day improvements, and learning from the many CrossFitters I hope to meet.
 
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
 
I’m looking forward to the environment, people, and the many things I’ll come to learn. As others motivate me, I hope I can become motivation for others as well. I can’t wait to be around a group of people I can share this lifestyle with.
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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

Tonight at 6:30PM is the Town Hall Meeting for all of our members. We will not be having a 6:30PM class. The meeting will be no longer than an hour and there will be refreshments provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

“You cannot drive your car looking at the rear view mirror. Focus on going forward.”

- Steve Harvey

I like this quote. It is important to learn from the past but it is not productive to obsess over it. Focus on how to make improvements. Apply this to your training. Your nutrition. Your life in general. It’s not easy but the faster you can move forward the sooner you will arrive where it is you want to go.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 4/12

8am – Track WOD meet at Harvard Track and be ready to START at 8:00AM

1. Deadlift – work up to a 5RM

2. AMRAP10
10 Deadlift @ 60% of 5RM
10 One Arm DB Push Press, 65#/45#

3. 3 x 10-15 GHD sit ups

Sunday 4/13

TEAM WOD – Relay Race

For Time
500m run
25 CTB Pull ups
20 Pistols (10 each leg)
15 Power Cleans, 185#/125#
10 Burpee Box Jumps, 24″/20″
5 Strict Handstand Push ups (wall climbs scaled version)

TEAMS of 3. First person completes the 500m while other 2 rest. Once the CTB pull ups are started then person 2 can begin the 500m run. 2nd person cannot begin CTB pull ups until person one finishes, etc. 3rd person begins 500m run when the 2nd person finishes but cannot begin CTB pull ups until 2nd person is finished.

Monday 4/14

1. Clean and Jerk – work up to a 2RM

2. AMRAP 6
6 Strict Dips
6 Strict Pull ups

rest 2 minutes

AMRAP 6
Row 10 Calories
10 Push ups

rest 2 minutes

3. For time
75 Wallball shots, 20#/14#

Tuesday 4/15

1. 3 x 500m row with 1 minute rest

2. EMOM 12 – 1 Power Clean + 4 Front Squats (AHAP)

3. Back Work – Good Mornings 3 x 8-10

Wednesday 4/16

1. Bench Press – work up to 3RM

2. 3 rounds for time
Run 400m
10 Deadlift at 60% of your 1RM
10 KTE

3. Glute Ham raises – 3 x 8-15

Thursday 4/17

1. Back Squat – work up to a 5RM

2. Complete for time
75 Power Snatches, 115#/75#

Friday 4/18

1. Baseline – For time
Row 500m
40 Squats
30 Sit ups
20 Push ups
10 Pull ups

2a. Practice hand balancing and hand walking for 20 minutes
2b. Abs – Accumulate 100 hollow rocks

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