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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

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


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

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

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

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

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


The Renegade Rowing ClubFirst things First!  Congratulations to all competitors at the 2014 CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships last Sunday.  CrossFit Boston and Renegade Rowing had a total of seven athletes compete for their personal best performance over 2,000m on the Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine.  All of our athletes either met or achieved a new Personal Record (PR).  I got a chance to cox many of them, basically sit behind them and motivate them to push harder, and everyone executed their race plan just as we had practiced all winter long.  Overall the experience of racing hundreds of the best rowers from around the world was awesome.  I’d say they definitely  achieved 7 or 8 minutes of Glory!


Here are the results:

David Porter 7:35.6

1797406_586393424770135_310530241_nThor Helgason 7:18

Jodie O’Malley 8:29.3

Terese Holm 8:14.1

Bob Ezzell 7:50.4

Nick Anderson 6:35.8

Andrew Morrissey 7:03.3


Have you ever used a Partner for Mobility?

The CrossFit Boston Renegades will be hosting a Partner Mobility Seminar run by our very own Kapil Khimdas at the end of March!

Here are the Details:

Saturday, March 29th,

11:15am – 12:00pm Partner Mobility Seminar

12:00pm – 12:45pm Paleo Potluck

 If you would like to join in the fun,

sign up here: CFB Renegades March Event


Who want's some partner mobility?

Who want’s some partner mobility?

Have you ever dreamed of Running Up Mt. Washington?

Well now you can!  A group of runners from CrossFit Boston will be teaming up to conquer Mt. Washington this Spring.  If you decide to register and join them, sign up under the team name “CFB United”.  Sign up at –

Comment with what you plan on doing!

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

RRC CRASH-B PrepWe have six members of Renegade Rowing and CrossFit Boston competing at CRASH-B’s, The World Indoor Rowing Championships, this Sunday.  If you’ve never seen an indoor rowing event it’s pretty epic.  Come check it out and cheer on our athletes.  The competition is held at the Boston University Agganis Arena throughout the day.  Below is a list of our competitors and the times they’re racing.  I’ll be on the floor helping push them to new PR’s.  Bring a friend and cheer them on!


Bob Ezzell 9:50am

Thor Helgason 10:05am

David Porter 2:45pm

Terese Holm 3:00pm

Nick Anderson 3:15pm

Andrew Morrissey 3:15pm


Good Luck All!  Have Fun!

-Coach Pat

09 Feb 2014

Monday Motivation

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt


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


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”
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.


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.


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

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

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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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.  


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

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)

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

rest 20 minutes

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

rest 5 minutes

Thruster, 95#/65#

rest 5 minutes

Power Snatch, 95#/65#