09 Jan 2015
Today marks the first full week of being in the new space. It’s definitely coming together as we make adjustments to what works best in the configuration. I appreciate everyone’s patience as it is a work in progress. We have some great plans for some adjustments that will take the space to the next level!
FIRE IT UP!
It is Fire It Up Friday! It’s 2015! What are you working on this year? Where can you dial in to get a little bit better? Coach Divine of Unbeatable Mind has a saying that, “Everyday give 100% to becoming 1% better.” Think about that. If you got 1% better each day, what would that look like in three months? A year? Two years?
That being said, Jason “Sager Juice” has rocked out two huge PR’s this week and has been ringing the PR Bell like a boss! Who else has been able to rock the Bell? Post it up to comments.
LIVE LIKE THAT
I would like to highly recommend Live Like That by Lisbeth Darsh. I have Lisbeth since 2006 when she first got into CrossFit and became an affiliate owner in Watertown, CT. Her professional career was first as a writer, which shined through in her many blog posts, Words With Lisbeth. Lisbeth soon moved on from being a gym owner and relocated to Santa Cruz, CA working for CrossFit HQ until last fall.
She next began compiling all of essays and was seeking funding. I am proud to say that, through Kickstarter, I was one of those contributors that helped her publish her first book. I received my copies yesterday in the mail and I have had difficulty putting it down. Allow me to share this one essay with you. It happens to be the very first one from the book.
The Light Up Ahead
I am never convinced that anything I write is more helpful or useful or beautiful than Bruce Springsteen’s simple, “Hold on brother, there’s a light up ahead.”
That’s what we want, isn’t it? Someone to tell us to hang on, to endure, to persevere. That there is a relief coming from whatever battle we have suddenly found ourselves in the midst of, or a break from whatever sadness has wrapped its cloak around us. That somewhere, somehow, life is going to improve in the future.
Or maybe it’s just me. But I want it.
And I think you do too. That’s why you’re reading right now. And that’s why I write it: I need to hear it, again and again and again. It seems every single one of my notebooks over the years has this entry in it: “Hold On.”
Life gets dark sometimes. We lose jobs, we lose friends, we lose loved ones forever. We come in last place, again and again. It’s easy to get angry, sad, to get bitter. Go ahead, get mad…for a little while.
But then, if we are smart, we pick ourselves up and we get better. Because it’s just life, after all — the grand mark that’s been going on since humans first started walking the Earth.
You aren’t the first one ever to lose. And you won’t be the last.
The good news? Hold on brother, there’s a light up ahead.
“If we live long enough in this world, we will have our hearts broken. Do they heal? Well, maybe not fully, completely, ever. But in the cracked and broken pieces, that’s where the light shines through. We walk in the world forever after with more depth, more sensitivity, more compassion. Our love affair with the world begins with a broken heart.” Marilyn Sewell
When I first read this essay, I was floored with how powerful it is. It is remarkable. Read it again. Pass it along to a friend. Who knows when he or she will really need it and it will help them get to the light up ahead.
06 Jan 2015
I am excited to announce that I will be providing Weekend Workshops, starting this Feb! Date, time, and cost will be posted soon! A quick description: it will be 3 – 4 hours depending on the head count. We will be practicing techniques, forms, and balance/stability on many exercises, including Olympic lifting, Gymnastics, and endurance. We will be performing drills for the movement, as well as mobility poses for every exercise. You absolutely WILL be doing a couple WODs during this workshop, come on now, its Coach Jen…don’t forget there will always be a surprise, well maybe……
Lets start this year off being MINDFUL, aware of your body, your mind, and soul.
This is not easy to do, but it can absolutely be DONE! Practice brings perfection, and the greatest part of Mobility isn’t just physical awareness. Connecting with you body in a positive way will give you time, and experience to enjoy life in a different light. So, start this year with an effort of forcing yourself to commit to Mobility.
Challenge yourself to plan your week and attend as many classes as possible, and go to every mobility workshop. What I want EVERYONE to do is be truly willing to do this challenge. Write down what you feel within your body and mind the first class that you take. Then a month later, write down how you feel, where you feel differences, and what you need to continue working on. IF you are doing the Whole Life Challenge, combine it with the Mobility. Write down what you feel at the start of the Whole Life Challenge, about food intake, works outs, and mobility.
IF you have ANY questions PLEASE email me: [email protected]
Obstacles and trials are not a reason to give up, but challenge to improve ourselves. Our pain is not an excuse to back out, but an inspiration to move on.
“If you persistently seek validation from others, you will inadvertently invalidate your own self-worth.” -Dodinsky
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
Love, Peace, Happiness –
It’s that time of year CFB! The Holidays are upon us, the renegade rowing league is this Saturday, and it’s starting to look like snow. Are you prepared? Did you get your shopping in early and get the gifts you want to give? Did you register and train for the Renegade Rowing League? Do you have the tools necessary to deal with all of the snow this year? If you answered yes to these questions you’re prepared and ready to have some fun. It’s a good feeling that instills confidence and excitement rather than doubt and worry.
Now, how do you want to feel after next week? Do you want to have doubts and feel worried? At that point you’ll be looking at the New Year and deciding on what Resolution to make and work toward. Setting a goal for yourself and trying to be a better person is not easy. You have to make changes and improve your habits and have a team to support you. We all want to improve and be the person we see inside of our heads. If you’re not prepared to start making those changes it will be a lot harder to accomplish. Luckily you have a great community and team of coaches ready to help you.
In order to be prepared for the New Year and start living the life you want to live, I’d like you to sign up for the Whole Life Challenge with me. I’ll be participating and challenging myself to live a better life and I’d like you to support me, just as I’ll be supporting you. Let’s do it together and Get Awesome! All you have to do is be prepared and sign up now!
Starting on January 17 and ending on March 14, we’ll work to better our health together.
The Whole Life Challenge is simply an opportunity to “try on” a better version of your health and fitness. As a team, we can earn points and lose points (hopefully we’ll earn more than we lose). And the prize is … Well, it’s who you are on March 14. Get prepared now and sign up so that you will be mentally ready to commit wholeheartedly when Jan 17 rolls around.
I want you on the CrossFit Boston team. I want to bring our power in numbers. Together, I want to make all our possibilities real. Register early for the CFB team HERE to take advantage of the special rates and to lock in your commitment to your future healthier, stronger self.
If you’ve never participated in the WLC, check out this VIDEO.
Please reach out to me or your coach if you have any questions! I hope you will join us on January 17th!
Other Important Info!!!
The Renegade Rowing League (think awesome indoor rowing race with fun people, mobility tools to demo, and a holiday potluck afterwards) is this Saturday at 8am! Please sign-up here if you plan on having fun and throwing down with us!
Gym Hours for Next Week:
Monday, 12/22 – Regular Hours
Tuesday, 12/23 – Regular Hours
Wednesday, 12/24 – Closed
Thursday, 12/25 – Closed
Friday, 12/26 – 5pm Class Only
Saturday, 12/27 – Regular Hours
Sunday, 12/28 – Regular Hours
Awesome work attacking the training this week. It was great seeing everyone at the Holiday Party and then getting after it again on Monday. I love our community and I love seeing all the hard work. Keep getting after it. We’re going to ring in the New Year Strong!
Speaking of the Holidays, I wanted to thank everyone for donating a toy to the Operation Homefront Toy Drive Box at the entrance to the gym. There were 5 toys in there by the end of classes on Saturday and I enjoyed every single one of the 50 burpees that I did. The best part is that we now have over 10 toys in the box ready to go to Military Families in the Boston Area. Keep them coming! We have until the end of the weekend to fill the box and show our support for the hard working families of our Armed Forces!
Renegade Rowing League 2!
Saturday, December 20th @8am
2,000m Race – Head to Head- aka: 7min of Glory!
That’s right, if you’re looking for some fun competition and you want to find some glory then sign up for the second race of this Winter’s Renegade Rowing League. We’ll have athletes from other gyms and schools coming by the gym to throw down and fight for Personal Records at the 2,000m distance. It’ll be the perfect lead into the Holiday week. Have some fun working hard with the Renegades!
If you have any questions just ask one of the Renegade Rowing Club members at the gym. They will tell you all about it!
Have a great weekend CFB!
Hey CFB! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and you’re fired up for getting strong this month! In the spirit of getting stronger individually and as a community, this month I’m hosting a Toy Drive! What better way to improve ourselves and our community than to show our support for others, especially those serving our country. Checkout the details below and show your support by donating a toy at class this Saturday or at the CFB Holiday Party Saturday night!
For every unwrapped toy that gets donated and placed in our toy drive box at the front of the gym by the end of classes on Saturday (11:59am), I will do 10 Burpees. 10 Toys = 100 Burpees. 20 Toys = 200 Burpees. I made you guys do a lot of burpees in the programming last month, so here is your chance to return the favor and show our support!
If you can’t donate your toy by Saturday at 11:59am, no worries. Please bring your toys to the Holiday Party at Daedalus in Harvard Square from 6pm – 9pm and I’ll bring them back to the gym for you.
Benefitting: Operation Homefront
Powered by: CrossFit Boston and Team Dangerous
Team Dangerous (“TD”) is proud to organize the second annual Toy Drive providing toys to the children of military families during the holiday season. TD is partnering with Operation Homefront to help distribute these toys. Operation Homefront is a charitable organization who provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families and wounded warriors. The toy drive gives the fitness community the opportunity to show the world the true meaning of the word community by coming together as one and provide support to the true unsung heroes of this great nation, our military families.
The 2014 Toy Drive dates will run from approximately November 23rd through December 14th when the toys will be distributed to all the well deserving military families.
Goals for 2014:
06 Nov 2014
If you were to leave this world today, what would you like your epitaph to read? What would have been your purpose? Think about that for a second. Now, what have you done today to move towards that purpose? Or, did you get caught up in the agenda of others?
The Guy In The Glass
by Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
For he’s with you, clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
Above is a picture of my private client Elon. This picture was taken on Wednesday. I had Elon work up to a 6RM in the deadlift. The most weight I had programmed for him was 83 pounds within a Met-Con. On Wednesday he performed 6 reps with 160 pounds! After I told him how much was on the bar he was shocked! His form was still dead on and the speed of the bar was great so I know he has more in him but I decided to end the session at that weight for the day. Elon is 68 years old and before starting with me 1 year ago, he had never participated in a weight training program. He had run but that was about it.
I am sharing this because we all are capable of far more than we think we are. More on that next week.
Congratulations to Ashley S. for taking first in the 18th Annual RPS Power Challenge: Boston last weekend! Here is a video of her crushing her opening Deadlift at 330 lbs. She went 6 for 9 on all of her lifts with a total of 775. In the Back Squat she hit 275 and in the Bench she hit 170. After this weekends competition she is now in the top ten lifters on the RPS Leader Board. Well done committing to your training Ashley and keep up the awesome work! If you guys see her in the gym give her a pound!
For more information and results on the meet checkout revolutionpowerlifting.com
Renegade Rowing Breakfast – Sunday @10:30am!
If you’re interested in joining the Renegade Rowing Club this year we will be starting in a couple of weeks. Come by the gym this Sunday (10/19/14) at 10:30am to enjoy some coffee, bagels, and stories of years past. We will be getting everyone fired up about the upcoming Renegade Rowing League and training for the best 2,000m race of your life at the CRASH-B Indoor Rowing World Championship in February! Please send me an email – [email protected] – if you’re planning on stopping by or if you’d like to join us this year. After breakfast and the info session we will all be heading over to the Charles River to cheer on the crews racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta!
Hope to see you all Sunday!
30 Jun 2014
“It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”— William J. Clinton
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.
23 Jun 2014
“Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.”
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.
16 Jun 2014
“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