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Hey CFB!  I hope you’ve had an awesome start to the week and you’re ready to finish strong!

 

Today I wanted to take a second to introduce you to one of our new members who will be joining you in classes next week.    She’s been crushing it in private training with me for the last few weeks.  Her name is Linh.  Be sure to introduce yourself and say hi!

 

Who are you and what are you about?Linh Rowing

 

I’m passionate about higher education, fitness, and craft beer (in that order). I’m a former division III dual sport athlete now reliving the glory days through obstacle course racing. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and recently took a job opportunity which allowed me to relocate back to the city. I earned my B.S. in Psychology from Worcester State University and a M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. Yes, my credentials reflect my current profession as a university administrator and I love working with college students! Since being introduced to the Paleo diet, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for human evolution and modern technology.

 

Why did you join CrossFit Boston?Linh Clean

 

I joined CrossFit Boston to regain my strength and speed without sacrificing endurance. I recently relocated back into the city for a job and was running longer distances to improve my endurance. I knew I needed to get back into strength and conditioning if I was going to achieve my goal of becoming a Spartan Trifecta Tribe member this year. After reading about other locations, I decided on Crossfit Boston because of what they had to offer and it is close enough for me to run to when the weather is nicer. Crossfit Boston is preparing me for glory!

 

What are you getting out of the Private Training?

 

Other than spending quality one on one time with Pat Larcom, I definitely benefited from the personal training sessions! Becoming familiar with the Crossfit language and work out format helped me become accustom to functional fitness skills and techniques. With Pat’s help, I finally learned how to properly row and to rely on a different sense when lifting. Before Crossfit, I heavily relied on mirrors to make sure I was keeping proper form. Now, I know when I am maintaining good form because I can  “feel it” rather than needing to “see” it in the mirror.  The private training helped me assess what I need to work on, helped correct bad habits, and expanded on what I did well by learning new techniques, which helps me finish my workouts more efficiently.

        

What are some of your goals for this year?Linh Jump

 

My big goal for this year is to become a member of the 2014 Spartan Trifecta Tribe by completing all three (sprint-3.1mi, super-8-9mi, beast-10-14mi) races ranging in distance and number of obstacles in one calendar year. With each race my goal is to finish under my projected finish time and not to fail anymore than 3 obstacles. I know I will never fail the row at the Fenway Time Trial again next year!

 

My Crossfit goals are to meet all of the prescribed benchmarks weights and reps. I hope not to have to modify anything when doing a WOD with time and hard dedication. Thrusters, Push Ups, and Pull Ups will be a focus. Also, I will continue to work on my rowing technique, which will help me improve my average split time. I would like to get it (under 2:20) and participate in the Renegade Rowing League next year.

 

What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?

 

I am looking forward to seeing myself improve after each group class. I know I will enjoy the camaraderie Crossfit Boston offers with group sessions. I thrive off of a team atmosphere because it motivates me to push harder. Just the idea of having your butt handed to you over and over again and wanting to come back the next day excites me. But, knowing there will be others to endure the tough workouts with me makes doing Burpees a bit tolerable, ha!

 

Who’s going to give her some company on a Spartan Race this year?

 

Hit up the Comments!

Howdy CrossFit Boston!

 

Breakfast Cups with Sausage and Broccoli Slaw

Breakfast Cups with Sausage and Broccoli Slaw

How’s the transformation challenge going?  Have you been able to keep all of your nutrition points?  One thing that has helped me keep all of my points throughout the week has been prepping enough food and snacks for the whole week on Sunday afternoon.  Below are a few meal options I put together for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner this week.  I also make sure to have bananas, apples, cashews, figs, grapes, and plantain chips ready for when I need a little snack or pick me up in between meals and post training.  If you’d like step by step directions and pictures for these recipes I’ve passed them on to Alex Black of Wicked Good Nutrition to include in her recipe and nutrition plan package.  There’s lots of awesome stuff in there, so if you need some new ideas to keep things fresh be sure to check it out.  Just shoot her an email or drop in to her sessions on Saturdays at 12pm.

 

Three varieties of Chicken Salad loaded with veggies and pistachios.

Three varieties of Chicken Salad loaded with veggies and pistachios.

Looking forward to seeing how everyone has transformed in a few more weeks.

 

Keep up the great work!

 

-Coach Pat

Shredded Taco Chicken for Lettuce Wrap Tacos!

Shredded Taco Chicken for Lettuce Wrap Tacos!

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FIRE IT UP!

We are officially complete with our first FULL week in January.  The classes have been humming with people returning from holidays with family and friends.  You all have been motivated for sure.  The first week of the 2014 Transformation Challenge is complete as well and it has been obvious to all of the staff the commitment and dedication you all are showing towards it.  Hats off to you.  The entire purpose of this challenge is to help instill discipline and invoke habits that make your life better for the long term.  

2014 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES – OPEN SEASON 

Did you know that CF Games Open begins in 48 days?  Yup, it’s that time of year again.  As always, I encourage everyone to sign up for the Open.  Registration officially begins on Jan. 15.

Even if you have no intention of participating in CrossFit as a sport, it will be a great motivator to stay consistent with your training as it will provide something to train for beyond becoming more fit.  It will allow you to compare your level of fitness amongst hundreds and thousands of other participants.  

The programming at the gym will begin shifting in preparation for the Open.  You will notice an increased focus on certain movements that have been programmed often Opens of the years past.  Due to this concentration, the variety will not be as broad in movements and time domains.  Metcons will focus on the 3-15 minute range with the goal being efforts with much higher intensity.  Training loads will be lighter to ensure higher intensities.  Strength training volume will be lower with higher intensity as well.  Coaches will be cueing you to work on the psychological aspect of training and learning how to dig deeper into reserves and find dark places as you learn to cope with discomfort.  

It is sure to be fun!

Programming for Next Week

Saturday 1/11
1. AMRAP 5
10 Deadlift, 155#/105#
10 Push ups

rest 15 minutes

AMRAP 5
10 Deadlift, 155#/105#
10 Pull ups

Sunday 1/12
1. With a partner complete 3 rounds each for max reps
Row 250m
Max reps Push Press, 95#/65#

One person begins on the rower while partner 2 begins with the push press.  They switch when the first person completes the 250m.  The workout is complete when both partners have completed 3 rounds of 250m on the rower.

2. Individual Threshold test

Row 1k

rest 10 minutes

Row 1k

For both efforts the row should be just shy of max effort.  Increase intensity to max effort for the last 250m.  Go to a dark place. 

Monday 1/13
1. Front Squat – 6×2

2. AMRAP 12
7 Toe 2 Bar
10 OH Swings, 24kg/16kg
20 Mountain Climber (10 each leg)

3. Thrusters – 3 x max reps (rest as needed between sets)
75#/55#

Tuesday 1/14
1. AMRAP 7
100 Double unders
75 DB Thrusters, 25#/15#
25 CTB Pull ups

rest 20 minutes

AMRAP 7
100 Double unders
75 DB Thrusters, 25#/15#
25 CTB Pull ups

2a. Dips – 4×6 AHAP
2b. Bent over rows (BB) – 4×6 heavier than last week

Wednesday 1/15
1. EMOM 12
3 Snatch – ascending to AHAP

2. 4 rounds for time (15 min cap)
10 Deadlift, 185#/125#
10 Over the bar burpees

Thursday 1/16
1. Shoulder Press – 6×2 @ 90%

2. “Filthy Fifty”
For time:
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

Friday 1/17
1. EMOM 17 
2 Touch and Go Clean + 5 thruster (ascend to AHAP)

2. Split Jerk – 7×1

Saturday 1/18
1. AMRAP 3
Burpees

rest 5 minutes

AMRAP 3
Thruster, 95#/65#

rest 5 minutes

AMRAP 3
Power Snatch, 95#/65#

31 Dec 2013

Happy New Years

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Happy New Years to all members of the CrossFit Boston community from our Team.  We really appreciate everything everyone has done this year and your continued support and belief in our product we deliver day in and day out.  CrossFit is great, but the true magic is in the community and that is nothing without you.

Reflections and Resolutions

There was quite a lot that happened in 2013.  Some good.  Some bad. Some great!  

CrossFit Boston went through a philosophical shift in that we reintroduced a more stringent entry process for those interested in joining the gym with our Fundamentals Training Program.  After 5 months, though it is still a continual work in progress, it has been a great success.  Our new clients are joining the group classes with a better understanding of what CrossFit is, a better grasp of the movements, and achieving their goals faster than I have experienced in my 9+ years of coaching CrossFit.

The gym has received a facelift and we will continue to do so.  My commitment to you all is to begin replacing out bumpers that have seen better days, especially the 25# plates.  I am also planning to replace/add to the bars used in oly as well.

We have had more members participating in local competitions than any previous year and that is exciting to see.  As all of us coaches have written before, your training will become more focused and consistent when you have something to train for.  Get after it!

On a personal note, I am looking forward the transformation challenge to reorient myself and my training.  The last quarter of the year was not my best for many reasons but now is the time to shed new skin and hit the ground running.  My family is in our new home and we are awaiting the arrival of our new daughter this first month of 2014.  This year will be a great year!

What do you have planned for yourself this year?  Where do you see your greatest opportunities to improve your fitness?  What challenges do you still need to overcome?  Post your thoughts to comments.

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 Upcoming Schedule

We are closing today at 5:30pm  and will re open on Thursday morning for the 6am class.  Thursday and Friday are normal class schedules.  Saturday there are NO classes, only the HEATS for the Transformation Challenge.  There will still be Open Gym and Weightlifting.  Sunday is normal and Monday on we are regular again.

Recap:

Tuesday 12/31 – 6, 7, 12p, 4:30p 
Wednesday 1/1 – CLOSED
Thursday 1/2 – Normal Schedule
Friday 1/3 – Normal Schedule
Saturday 1/4 – NO CLASSES (Transformation Challenge HEATS only – SOLD OUT NO EXTRA SPACES AVAILABLE)
Sunday 1/5 – Normal Schedule

Programming

12/31
1. Back Squat 7×1

2. AMRAP 15
5 hspu
10 deadlift, 185/125
30 double unders

1/2
1. AMRAP 3 x 3
6 push press, 115/75
6 box jumps, 20″

2. 2 Position Snatch – (High hang & Mid hang) – 7×2

1/3
1. Deadlift – 7×2

2. “Nigel”
30 bear complexes for time, 95/65

1/4 – Transformation Challenge WOD
TBA

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“The Gobble Gauntlet”

800m Run

50 Sit Ups

800m Run

40 Air Squats

800m Run

30 Burpees

800m Run

20 Push Ups

800m Run

10 Split Squat Jumps

 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year.  It’s a day of hanging out with family and friends while enjoying good food and football.  Many people do Turkey Trots or get up and walk the beach together before digging into a bountiful feast.  Hopefully you’ve got something planned.  If you don’t … try the Gobble Gauntlet with your friends.  Get outside and be active before relaxing for the rest of the day.  

 

During the holidays you may be traveling or away from a gym, so be sure to stay active and get creative with your workouts.  Today is supposed to be a rest day, but this can count as active rest especially if you’re doing it for fun with friends and family.  Keep a consistent pace and keep pushing.  This is a good one to work on your endurance.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

14 Nov 2013

Suck it up Buttercup!

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I was reading an article online about the quality standards of CrossFit gyms. Luckily, I feel we at CFB fall into most, if not all, categories of what makes a good “box.” Anyway,  I read one portion in particular and it was almost as if I had written the article. Not only is it solid advice, but I think I may have said something like this a few times before. Anyway, here it is. Take it to heart. This doesn’t just apply to pull-ups btw…

 

“Quality of Movement Stressed Over Type of Movement


Do you get annoyed by your coach chattering on about technique? Do you zone them out when they suggest strict pull-ups with a band instead of kipping pull-ups? “By golly I’m not getting a band! I can kip the crap out of 2-3 pull-ups!” Face palm. Suck it up buttercup, no one cares if you need a band. We’ve all been there and the only person you’re holding back is yourself. If you have an annoying coach that chooses kinder words than mine to express the same idea, hug him or her the next time you see them. You are blessed.”

How do you Master Skills?

 

Jodie from 7am challenges the BC Men's Crew Team on Wednesday!

Jodie from 7am challenges the BC Men’s Crew Team on Wednesday!

As Winter starts to set in and you start working toward your goals, be aware of how you recover and master skills.  One goal you’ll probably set for the Winter is to master a new skill, like double unders, hand stand push-ups, or muscle ups.  I want to draw your attention to how you attack these skills and actually master them.

 

To master a skill is to know and have full control over every piece of a skill, both physically and mentally, when your fresh and your fatigued.  Lately we’ve been pushing the intensity in the gym and many people have found themselves sore and out of it for a few days.  One example would be Coach Tito and Carla of CrossFit Boston competing at the Southie Throwdown this past weekend.  They literally were crushed from back to back competition days.  What would you do on the Monday following a weekend like that?  

 

The days following a hard training day are perfect for mastering a new skill through active recovery.  Rather than going back for a second or third hard training day and not performing at full intensity, commit to an active recovery day focused on mastery of the skills you’d like to develop.  Carla did just that on Monday.  

 

Coxswains pushing hard right alongside their rowers!

Rather than join in on the 7am class at CFB, she took 1 hour out of her day to actively recover, instead of sitting around and feeling sore.  She set the erg for 2,000m of work and 10min of rest.  She rowed an easy 2k and then spent 10 minutes working on her goats, handstand push ups, pull ups, and Toes to Bar.  Three sets of this active recovery interval scheme gave her confidence with her skills and prepared her for a hard training day on Tuesday.

 

The erg is a great tool to use as active recovery.  A few hard training days back to back will leave your body depleted and full of metabolic waste.  In order to replenish your energy and clear out the metabolic waste it helps to eat well, move, and keep the blood flowing.  The erg provides a stable platform and is low impact,  perfect for recovery at a sub-maximal effort.  Next time you’re feeling sore or a workout absolutely crushes you, go sit down on the erg and row for 10 minutes.  It doesn’t have to be hard.  Enjoy it!  Row at about 40% effort, just hard enough to breath a little bit.  You should be able to maintain sentences and tell your training partner what you’ll be doing to master your next skill!

 

If you have any fun methods to master skills please share in the comments!

11 Nov 2013

Happy Veteran’s Day

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Happy Veteran’s Day to all of those that have served and those that continue to serve this wonderful country.  Your diligence permits us to enjoy the freedoms that many take for granted.  

Thank you from all of the CrossFit Boston Community.

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CrossFit Southie Showdown

This past weekend Coach Tito and Carla B participated in The Showdown and CrossFit Southie.  It was the first competition experience for Coach Tito and the first in the NorthEast for Carla.  Both learned a lot about where their opportunities lie to improve their fitness and athleticism.  I will leave a more thorough write up to them for this week.

Carla did really well finishing 5th out of 62 female competitors.

Great job guys!

08 Nov 2013

FIRE IT UP! November 8, 2013

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Holy sore BUM BATMAN!  I don’t know about you but my gluteus maximus was very sore after Wednesdays Lunges.  I am still slightly tender as I sit down to write this blog situated on an extra large seat cushion.  Sore in a good way of course.  I enjoyed this week’s programming in that it was very simple in its appearance but it sure did bring intensity.  

Now its Fire It Up Friday so…

This weekend is the CrossFit Southie competition and Coach Tito and Firebreather Carla are participating.  Try and get out to support the troops for what will be a great competition.  The weather is not supposed to get higher than 50 on Saturday and 55 on Sunday so be sure to take some layers with you. 

What’s On Tap

This week we are going to keep on with classic CrossFit programming focusing on power.  There is going to be one day of interval training thrown in because I know how much you love those.  Remember, Monday – Thursday is about training.  Work on improving technique, quality of movement, sequences, etc.  Choose one thing that you are going to get better at.  Friday is our Competition day.  Get after it and apply what you are learning in the previous 4 days.

Throughout the week we will be incorporating strict handstand push ups into the warm ups and post class.  Be sure to put in the time.  Get better!

Saturday – 11/9
1. 10 Minute  AFAP – Handstand walk for as far as possible

2. For Time
Row 1k
30 Power Snatch, 135/95
Row 1k

Sunday – 11/10
Partner WOD – 4 rounds for quality each (one person working at a time switching every 10 reps)
10 KB/DB Thruster, 55/35
20 Front rack walking lunges
20 Renegade rows

Monday – 11/11
1. Bench press – 3×8

2. For time 9-15-21
Burpees
Deadlift, 155/105

Tuesday – 11/12
1. EMOM 15
3 touch and go clean (AHAP)

2. AMRAP 15
10 Pull-ups
10 Shoulder to overhead, 95#/65#

Wednesday – 11/13
5 x 5:00 AMRAP
15 Cal row
10 Box Jump, 20″

rest 1:00 minute between each round

Thursday – 11/14
1. 5 rounds for time
Run 400m
25 Back squat, 135#/95#

2. Strict handstand push-ups – 6×3

Friday – 11/15
1. Snatch – 7×1

2. “Tillman”
7 rounds for time
7 Deadlift, 315/215
Run 200m
15 Pull-ups
Rest :45 between rounds

 


Renegade Rowing League is Back!
Announcing the Renegade Rowing League 2013/14

 

2k Row CRASH-B Style @CFB

 

December 21st and January 25th

 

 If you’re in the Boston Area on December 21st come to CrossFit Boston Iron and Grit at 114 Western Ave in Allston, MA at 11am to compete Head to Head CRASH-B Style.  There’s a $15 Entry Fee and prizes for winner’s of all age categories.  There will be holiday drinks and socializing afterwards with athletes from all over the area.

 

We’ll have 10 ergs hooked up to one another and displayed on the wall via a projector so that competitors and spectators can witness how fast each boat is going.  

Mike and Mike attacking the 2k at the RRL - Are you ready for the Renegade Rowing League?The 2k Row is a test of how much pain and glory athletes can endure over seven to eight minutes.  Grab some friends, come on down, and get after it.  This will be the first of two 2k competitions called the Renegade Rowing League, which is a good lead up to the CRASH-B Indoor Rowing World Championships in February.  Anyone is welcome to come test themselves to see how they stack up.

 

If you’re interested in competing and bringing your gym shoot me an email at [email protected]  I’ll have a registration link up soon.  All those that compete in the Renegade Rowing League have a shot at a prize if they win their race category.  The Renegade Rowing League will use the same event categories as CRASH-Bs.

 

Shout out if you’re training for the Renegade Rowing League and CRASH-B’s!