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vijaybackHowdy CFB!  How’s your training going?  When’s the last time you mastered a skill?  Have you done a strict Handstand Push Up or Double Under yet?  Have you dreamed of doing Pistols?  Well this September it’s time to make those dreams a reality!  You’re coaches will be rolling out extra skill programming to be done before and/or after classes.  In order to improve and continually progress we must challenge ourselves, and that means working on our goats on a consistent basis.

I’ll be helping everyone master Pistols!

Before we get going I’d like you all to read an article on why your squat may be different then someone else’s.  This way we’re on the same page and can begin working on why you don’t have a pistol yet.  We need to figure out your optimal stance for the squat and then consider how this might affect your setup for the pistol and what you need to improve.  As you read this article you’ll discover why some people can squat narrow and some people have to squat wide.  Should everyone strive to squat with their butt to their heels?  You shall find out.

The Best Kept Secret Why People Have to Squat Differently! (from themovementfix.com)

After checking out this article and video, comment here with your ideal squat stance and why you think that is.

18 Jul 2014

071814 – Fire It Up Friday!

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It’s a great morning here in Ol’ Latrobe while getting away with the family for a few days. We have been spending time relaxing, hitting the parks for the kids, and reuniting with family that we haven’t seen for some time. Getting away is good for recharging the batteries so we can hit it hard again once we are back in town. I am looking forward to hitting some heavy iron!

It’s about time for me to FIRE IT UP and here is what I am going to be doing for my workout today:

AMRAP 12
2 suicide sprints on the basketball court
5 Burpees
10 Push ups
15 Sit-ups
20 Squats

IN-HOUSE THROWDOWN

Next Friday is our In-House Throwdown beginning at 6:00pm. The heats will go off every 30 minutes with 8 athletes at a time. Right now the plan is for 5 Heats finishing the final heat at 8:30pm. Afterwards we will be ordering in delivery from Soul Fire BBQ or you can bring something from home. Bring your favorite summer beverage and kick back with some friends. 

Sign up for your Heat HERE.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 8/19

1. EMOM 12 – women 4 snatch/men 2 Snatch @ 75%

2. Row :30/:30 – 20 rounds
:30 @ 90% take 7-10 seconds off your 500m pace
:30 rest

Hold the pace for all 20 rounds

Sunday 8/20

“Grace + Helen”

With a partner perform the following:

60 Clean and Jerks, 135/95

Then

6 rounds of

400m run
21 KB Swings, 24kg/16kg
12 Pull-ups

For the clean and jerks the partners must alternate every 10 reps until all 60 reps are completed. Then the partners will alternate every round until both complete 3 rounds each of the workout. The total time to complete the entire workout is the score.

Monday 8/21

Perform three rounds of this couplet for time.

Three muscle-ups
50 sit-ups

Notes:

1) Perform any sit-up you want.

2) If you still can’t perform the muscle up. Give us 15 strict pull-ups and 15 strict dips per round.

3)Typically, you’ll have the strength for a muscle-up when you can do 15 pull-ups and dips without a pause.

Tuesday 8/22

1a. Front squat – 4 sets x women 8-12 reps/men 5 reps @ 70%; 21×1, rest 2 mins between sets

1b. Dips – 4 x Amrap (-4), stop 4 reps shy of failure

2. 10 sets x :10 L-sit hold, rest :30 between sets

3. 21-15-9 for time
Goblet squat
KTE

Wednesday 8/23

Tabata Squats
Rest 4 minutes
Tabata Thruster, 45/35
Rest 4 minutes
Tabata Clean, 95/65

Notes:

1) The Tabata Interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times.

2) Add the three scores from each effort for a total score for the workout.

Thursday 8/24

1. Power Clean – 4 sets x 1.1.1.1 @ 70%, rest 3 minutes between sets

2a. Deadlift – 8, 8, 6, 6 – touch and go, rest 1:30
2b. Handstand push-up cluster – 3.3.3 x 4 sets, rest 1:30

3. Row as far as possible in 7 minutes.

Friday 8/25

1. High Bar Back Squat – 5 reps x 3 sets @ 70%; 22×2

2. “Bell”
3 rounds for time

15 Deadlift, 185/125
15 Pull ups
15 Front Squat, 185/125

FRIDAY 7/25 – IN-HOUSE THROWDOWN

1. 3 attempts (10 min) to establish a 2RM Front Squat

1 minute rest then

2. AMRAP 8
Row 16 calories
8 Burpees

 

The CrossFit Boston In-House Throwdown will be next Friday, July 25th at 6:30pm with food and beverages to follow.  So the question is…. Are you ready to compete?  Against yourself?  Against others?  Below are a couple of my thoughts on what it means to be an athlete, and even better, a firsthand athlete.  Read through, reflect on your training and experience in the gym, and share what you think it means to be an athlete.

Stan perfecting the TGU

Stan perfecting the TGU

The Firsthand Athlete

A firsthand athlete has the competence and confidence to rely on personal experiences to prepare for, execute, and learn from a performance both as an individual and as part of a team.  The in-house throwdown at CrossFit Boston is a unique opportunity to test your athleticism because there is no coach calling plays, talking you through the pre-comp warm-up, or cueing you on that one technical or tactical fix during the wod.  

If you can’t make the throwdown because of vacation, you will still need to know what to do to keep up with your training.  When an athlete is away on vacation there is no coach to walk them through a workout.  When an athlete enters the arena on game-day or goes home for vacation it’s up to them to know what to do, what to think about, what to fix, and what to focus on.  The firsthand athlete actively communicates with their body, teammates, and coaches to continually learn and work towards their goals.

Chau crushed a personal record in her triathlon last weekend! Congrats Chau!

Chau crushed a personal record in her triathlon last weekend! Congrats Chau!

The CrossFit Boston Athlete 

One of my main goals as a coach at CrossFit Boston is to develop Firsthand Athletes.  With a class full of Firsthand Athletes, who can work hard together and stay focused on what they must do as individuals to make the rest of the group better, the possibilities are endless.

Have a great Thursday, work hard this week, and see you at the Throwdown next week!

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11 Jul 2014

FIRE IT UP! Friday 7/10/14

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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

Hey, the Baystate Games are this coming weekend and there are quite a few of your fellow members competing. So, get out and show your support. The event is held at UMass Boston. The ladies kick off the morning and the men mid morning to afternoon. Here is a list of those competing:

Women Competition Begins @ 9AM:
Sharon Leary
Sophie Hu

Lightweight men Competition Begins @ 12pm:
Sean Theriault
Joe Mathias

Heavyweight men Competition Begins @ 3pm:
“Mobility” Martin Breu
Eric Jonas

I know from experience that this day is always better when there are some others around to support you. If you have some free time on Sunday, get down there and cheer them on!

REBOOT TIME

I am going to be taking some days off with my family to head down to Old Latrobe where my Mother and Sisters reside. My family has yet to meet Zoë and are eager to do so. I am looking forward to taking some time to reboot and recharge the batteries for when we get back. So, if you don’t see me for a few days, don’t freak out. :-)

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 7/12

1. 2 rounds for quality
15 Back extension
15 Dips

2. AMRAP 8
15 Russian Swings, 32kg/24kg
15 Burpee to a 25# plate

Sunday 7/13

1. EMOM 15
3 CTB Pull-ups
5 Thruster, 95#/65#

2. Partner AMRAP 15
200m run
max pistols alternating each rep
400m run
max box jumps, 24″/20″ (step down)
800m run
max wallball shots, 20#/15#
1600m run
max push-ups

Both complete the entire work. 1 begins with the run while the other starts with pistols then switch. Keep alternating until 15 minutes are up. If both complete the 1600m run, then start again at the beginning.

Monday 7/14

1. Deadlift – 3 x 5 reps @ 80%, tempo 21×2

2. For time
21 Squat Clean, 50% of BW
21 Push-ups
15 Squat Clean
15 Push-ups
9 Squat Clean
9 Push-ups

Tuesday 7/15

1a. Bench Press – 3 sets x 5 reps @ 80%; tempo 21×2
1b. Ring Rows (strict) – 3 x 8-12 reps; tempo 3133

2. 2 x 1500m, rest 4 mins between sets

Wednesday 7/16

Complete 5 rounds for time

1000m row
15 Thrusters, 75/55
15 Burpees

Thursday 7/17

1. Perform three rounds of this couplet for time.

Deadlift body weight 15 reps
Run 250 meters

2a. Seated DB Press, 3 sets x 8-10 reps moderate weight; 21×1
2b. Weighted Pull-up cluster, 3 sets x 1.1.1.1, 21×1

The pull-ups are strict. Perform one rep drop off for a one count then repeat 3 more times.

Friday 7/18

Tier 1 Fitness Rating Test

400m med ball run
Max Pull-ups
Max Push-ups
Max Sit-ups (1 minute)
Tabata Squats

Saturday 7/19

1. EMOM 12 – women 4 snatch/men 2 Snatch @ 75%

2. Row :30/:30 – 20 rounds
:30 @ 90% take 7-10 seconds off your 500m pace
:30 rest

Hold the pace for all 20 rounds

 

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RRT launchingHello CFB!

Hope you had an awesome 4th of July Weekend!  Above is a video that got posted on the CrossFit Main Site just over two years ago when I first became one of your coaches.  I’m getting pumped because it’s that time of year again.  Time for the Renegade Rowing Team to get on the water, learn to row, and come together as a team to hold each other accountable.  Next Thursday we will be holding tryouts at Community Rowing in Brighton.  If you’d like to learn how to row and do it with a bunch of badass CFB members then the time is now.  If you are reading this and you happen to be a CrossFitter from another box, you are welcome to join us, we’d be glad to have you!  Please sign up below.

 

Renegade Rowing Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI

 

Sign Up Here

 

Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following… RRT KSA’s

 

If you are interested, want to know more about the KSA’s, or have a few questions please let me know ASAP so I can get you fired up to get on the water.  I’m working with a couple of people early next week to review basic technique and drills.  Hit me up at [email protected] if you’d like to join in.

 

RRT launchingTryout for the Renegade Rowing Team (RRT)

 

I’m reposting the link for tryouts just in case anyone missed last weeks announcement.  The RRT is a 6 week term, rowing in 8’s on the water at CRI every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30am starting Tuesday, July 22nd.  If you’d like to join the team tryouts will be Thursday, July 17th at 5:30am @CRI.  Please sign up below.

 

Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI

 

Sign Up Here

 

Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following… RRT KSA’s

If you’d like to setup a  free consultation with me to go over the KSA’s at CRI please shoot me an email at [email protected]

 

Have you met Dock?

 

Dock is a new member that just graduated with Fight Gone Bad!  Keep an eye out for him and be sure to welcome him to the crew!

 

Who are you and what are you about?
 
I’m Dock, originally from Cape Cod, I’m currently a struggling illustrator and a part time Grocery Clerk. I’m all about exceeding my own expectations and challenging my potential. Ever since conquering obesity and losing over 120 lbs through my own hard work, I carry the mentality of “Anything’s possible, and if it’s not I’ll give it a run for it’s money.” I apply that in everything I do.
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
 
I joined Crossfit Boston after seeing a bunch of video’s online of crossfit and it seemed to encompass everything that I need to consistently push my physical potential in an encouraging environment of people with a similar attitude. I did research and after being a bit iffy of the credentials of other nearby crossfit gyms I found Crossfit Boston had their act together and after the initial evaluation I knew I made a good choice.
 
What are some of your goals for this year?
 
My goals are constantly in a flux and I never have anything particularly in mind. As far as fitness is concerned I generally just want to surprise myself. I want to be able to reflect back to the time I was overweight and say “How the hell did I get to the point where I can do something like this, that’s incredible!” If I can say that to myself at least 3 times this year, I will be happy.
 
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
 
I’m looking forward to just being in a group environment of awesome people. As much as I accomplished working out alone, it kind of sucks and I never really Identify with other folks at normal gyms. I want to be around people who want to move around a lot as opposed to being around people doing slow and concentrated lifts for an hour, I don’t have the attention span for that!
24 Jun 2014

Feeling Beat-up?

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There are many things throughout the day that cause us stress; work, family, traffic (especially this!), the foods we eat, exercise. And all of these stressors contribute to inflammation. Many of us may not realize that we are inflamed, but it manifests itself in such things as stiff muscles and joints, knots and swollen muscles, skin rashes, colds and other things you may not think of of as “inflammation.” Here’s a link to a good article written by Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple called “What is Inflammation?” Take note where he mentions that inflammation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s our body’s natural response to injury, pain, illness or stress. 

 

While I could spend a lot of time discussing inflammation, I think Mark might be a little more qualified to talk about it more than I am. So, I’m going to use this opportunity instead to talk about a great way that I’ve personally used to reduce my inflammation. Most of my inflammation is the result of my training here at CFB. I eat a fairly clean diet (at least now I do), I have few external stressors in my life (did I get enough sleep last night before I had to wake up at O dark hundred to be in to coach?), and I have no major injuries (for now… thankfully). So my training leaves me pretty beat up. I am consistent with getting mobility work in every day, mostly because I know that it will make me feel better for my next workout. When I start getting to the point where I am spending almost an hour on mobility to get ready for a workout, I know that something has to give.

 

Luckily my training has some built in back-off weeks where I still do some work, but the volume is much lighter and it affords me the opportunity to focus on my recovery. During this time, I go in for a 60-90 minute massage (every month). This always gets me ready to do some solid work in the coming weeks, plus I always feel like a million bucks after I leave. I also increase my protein intake a bit for muscle recovery; eat a lot more fruits and veggies for their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; and double my fish oil intake.  See I know that the reason my muscles are tight and screaming at me every day is because they are inflamed from the work I am making them do for me day-in and day-out. Fish oil makes me physically feel better. My muscles become less swollen and my joints seem to lose their snap, crackle, and pop. Not to mention the other health benefits I reap from the increase in fish oil consumption. 

 

When I went to Regionals to cheer on Carla, I did a little bit of booth hopping checking out all CrossFit products. I came across the Pure Pharma booth. I know them for their high quality fish oil, Vitamin D and Magnesium supplements. After a short conversation, I was asked if CrossFit Boston would like to carry their products to offer our members the benefits of their products. I brought this idea to Neal, and he said he wasn’t interested in carrying the products himself, but I could if I thought we had a need for it at the gym. And I did just that. I am now carrying Pure Pharma products at CFB. I believe we have some of the best protein we can get at CFB, and I wanted to carry something that we can all get benefits from. See I think (unfortunately) that a lot of members see taking a post-workout shake as something for a “competitive” CrossFitter. I don’t agree, but I think that we can all agree that EVERYBODY can reap the benefits of Fish Oil. That is why I decided to carry Pure Pharma. They are the best in the business, and it is in everyone’s interest to get the best stuff available to them. 

 

I am carrying the entire Pure Pharma line.  You can check it out here, and if you have questions, would like more information, or are interested in starting to see the benefits of these great products, you know where to find me. 

 

 

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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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

It was another kick a$$ week of training. Throwback Thursday brought with it a ton of personal bests on the jerk. Zack hit 225 in the afternoon. Big Daddy Lapidus 195 in the morning. Rockstar Jen B leading the ladies with 160. It’s great to see improvement all across the board. On Tuesday night Johnny B(ryson) snatched a 20# personal best in his snatch. Great work everyone!

The PR Train is not gone from CFB. Today we are going to take all those repetitions and work up to a One Rep Max on the power clean.

Be aggressive. Start with a solid set up: feet under the hips, low back arched and the trunk braced. Drive through your heels. Be patient in keeping your shoulders over the bar until it travels above the knees. Start accelerating once you are above the knees and then jump and shrug yourself under the bar to meet it.

After that is finished we are hitting “The Bear”. An old CF benchmark. Watch a video of it being completed way back at the original CrossFit Santa Cruz.

 

CROSSFIT BOSTON BRANDED BOARD SHORTS

Don’t forget we have sizing samples available at the front desk for those that wish to pre-order their CrossFit Boston shorts. I will be placing the order by the end of next week.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Sunday 6/22

Reps of 21-15-9-15-21 for time:

95#/65# Barbell Thruster

This is to be completed with a partner. Partner 1 will perform 21 Thrusters, while partner 2 will hang from the bar and then switch.

For the round of 15 thrusters the “resting partner” will hold a handstand against the wall.

For the round of 9 thrusters the “resting partner” will hold a “flexed arm hang” (chin over the bar of a pull-up).

Repeat the sequence as you move back up the ladder.

Then…

2000m relay run (each partner must run 500m twice alternating with his teammate)

The partner completing work must stop if the “resting partner” has to come off the wall, drop off the bar.

Monday 6/23

3 circuits with a 7 min cap for each round
15 Power Clean, 75% of BW
Tabata Airdyne/Row, total calories
rest 3 minutes

score is total calories for each circuit
post time for each circuit to comments.

Tuesday 6/24

1. Death by Pull-ups madness
ADVANCED – Death by Muscle-up madness

2. Hang powersnatch/OH squat 21
Double Under, 2 minutes
Hang powersnatch/OH squat 15
Double Under, 2 minutes
Hang powersnatch/OH squat 9
Double Under, 2 minutes

Wednesday 6/25

Run 800 meters

Deadlift 15-12-9-6-3-1 reps, max load @ each set

Run 800 meters

Note:

1) Rest only one minute between first 800 meters and Deadlift.

2) Rest one minute between sets.

3) Start second 800 meters one minute after last Deadlift set.

4) Max efforts on runs and lifts!

5) Submit run times, lift loads, and body weight.

Thursday 6/26

Row 500 meters
Dumbbell walking lunge, 30 steps
Row 1000 meters
Dumbbell walking lunge, 30 steps
Row 2000 meters
Dumbbell walking lunge, 30 steps

Friday 6/27

1. Snatch – 1RM (20 minutes)

2. EMOM 15
2 Power Snatch @ 75% of 1RM

Saturday 6/28

1. Shoulder Press – 31×1, 3 x 5 reps @ 80%, rest 1:00 between sets

2. Clean & Jerk (50,75, or 100% BW) 15 reps
Row 500 meters
Rest two minutes

Clean & Jerk, same load, 15 reps
Row 500 meters
Rest two minutes

Clean & Jerk, same load 15 reps
Row 500 meters

Time each interval and post to comments, along with load for the clean and jerk.

RRT Boat PressTryout for the Renegade Rowing Team (RRT)

 

(RRT = 6 week term rowing in 8’s on the water at CRI every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30am starting Tuesday, July 22nd)

 

Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI

 

Sign Up Here

 

Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following…

 

If you would like to learn these KSA’s and prepare for Tryouts please setup a 20min session with Coach Pat to review what you need to know and work on.  Your first 20min session is free and will be on the Dock Box at CRI.  Just email Coach Pat to setup a time – [email protected]

 

Renegade Rowing Team Required KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills, and Ability):

 

Equipment:

 

  1. How to carry and setup equipment.
  2. Port, Starboard, Bow, Stern
  3. Port Oar
  4. Starboard Oar
  5. Oarlock
  6. Oar Collar

 

Skills:

 

  1. Posture
  2. Control/Ratio
  3. Connection
  4. Teamwork, Following, Rhythm

 

Stroke Cycle Positions:

 

  1. Catch
  2. Finish
  3. Arms Away
  4. Bodies Over
  5. 1/2 Slide
  6. 3/4 Slide

 

Drills:

 

  1. Feeling Drill
  2. Chop Drill
  3. Release/Catch Placement Drill
  4. Pause Drill (Single, Double, Tripple Pause)
  5. Reverse Pic Drill (Focused on Connection)
  6. Pic Drill (Focused on Swing and Body Preparation)

 

Bladework:

 

  1. Feathered
  2. Squared
  3. Squared and Buried
  4. Check it Hard and Hold Water
  5. 1/2 Square @ 1/2 Slide
  6. Full Square @ 3/4 Slide

Who’s game?


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