01 Dec 2013
Let’s start with a regret. I wish I had gotten off my ass and joined CrossFit Boston a year ago.
Fitness-wise, it had been a rough year since I got out of the Marines and started at HBS (Harvard Business School). Not that I wasn’t working out at all, but what I was doing wasn’t much more effective then doing nothing. Going to the gym, throwing around some weights, going for a run every once in a while. I had a couple of friends who had joined CrossFit Boston, but I figured they were wasting their money. I thought I didn’t need a class to get in shape. I was a Marine, I could take care of myself.
Well I was completely wrong. I had put on weight, lost muscle, lost aerobic ability and my overall fitness was degraded. I did need CrossFit. The good news is that I finally got off my ass and joined. The instructors, the competitive team atmosphere and the CrossFit workouts have been completely worth it. It’s been 2 months since I’ve joined the gym. I’ve still got a long way to go till I get to where I want to be, but I’m already hitting PRs. Not 2 month PRs but liftime PRs in lifts that I’d been doing my whole life (even the bench press, which it’s not like I was ignoring before). And then there are all those things that I never had done before. I had no idea how to do a clean, snatch or overhead squat before I joined. I really didn’t even have the mobility to do the snatch or overhead squat. Not saying when I do them now they are always pretty, but I can get them done. And then of course there are all the other levels of fitness CrossFit throws at you.
Every day I both dread and can’t wait to get to CrossFit Boston to do the next WOD. I’m hooked.
24 Nov 2013
WE NEED 4 MEN TO COMPLETE 2 MORE TEAMS!
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: North Shore CrossFit @ 121 Liberty Street, Danvers MA
We have 6 teams so far! We are in need of 4 men who want to show of their incredible talents.
If you have not registered your team do it soon or it will close out. Each team needs a team leader to register them. Here are step by step instructions to make it easy!
1. Ask Coach G2 or Tina if you need a team.
2. If you have been designated a team then have your team leader register your team. Here is the link: Not Your Average Joes
3. Come up with a Team Name–It’s easy! I looked at Evan’s t-shirt and now we are the Biscuits & Gravy team!
4. When you have registered your team have your team leader email Tara from North Shore CrossFit with your team name, team mates names, and t shirt sizes. [email protected]
5. Split the cost! It’s $140 per team.
6. We will have a car pool list when the date gets closer!
Hope that helps!!
21 Nov 2013
At the heart of any community I believe is family. Here at CrossFit Boston family’s are celebrated and welcomed with open arms. I love when new babies are born and parents bring the bundle of joy into the gym for all to see and admire. In the past year I’ve been able to hold Sawyer while mom and dad hit the platforms for a quick squatting round. When we have our hero WODs parents such as Michelle and Ziyad bring their daughters and they recently met Jason Sagers daughters! Jay and his wife Germaine always bring Jackson Paul. They brought the little guy for a fundraiser we had for the 3Point Foundation, an awesome program for low income kids.
These are our future CrossFitters but also equally important to our community is that parents feel welcomed with their children.
I recently came across some good business advice from Ben Bergeron owner of CrossFit New England. It is no doubt that CFNE runs one of the most successful boxes in the world. I think what he has to say about building an Emotional Bank Account is extremely important in fostering community. This Video ~ Emotional Bank ~ explains in no fancy way why each member is important to the community. For me it resonates because the community aspect of CrossFit is what drew me to be a coach. If you go to any CFNE events Ben and his wife Heather always have their children with them. At the regionals this year between events I saw Heather chasing after her 1 year old son. It made me smile. She was in the top 10 competing for a spot to the Games but took time to play with her son. Her daughter Maya is always at the competitions and now competing in them as well.
Neal and his wife Jess are due in about 6 weeks. And soon after Adam and Kelly Voci’s baby–can’t wait to hold that bundle of joy. Our community is growing with lots of new members but also with little people who in two shakes of a lambs tail will be scampering about at Paleo brunches!
*Top Right Corner–Neal and Abigail at an Olympic lifting seminar at CrossFit Great Barrington
**Left–Ziyad and Michelle’s daughters, Nadia and Zayna
***Featured Top Image–Finn’s daughter June Mary
20 Nov 2013
Checkout the post below from Alex Black of Wicked Good Nutrition for some good info and ideas on what to eat before a workout.
What Should I Eat Before a Workout??
Deciding what to eat day-to-day can be challenging. Choosing the best thing to eat – a meal that will give you energy to perform without making you feel too full, sick, or hungry – can be even more challenging. Every workout is different, so how you fuel for each one will be different too. You probably wouldn’t eat the same breakfast before a 2K test as you would before a 10 mile run. Read on for some basic pre-workout meal guidelines and some ideas for before a workout.
Then share your favorite pre-workout meal in the comments!
13 Nov 2013
A lot of you have been asking about some of the competitions we have been talking about. The first one coming up is going to be held at CrossFit Lando in Woburn, MA on December 7th. This is the Battle of the Sexes and is an individual competition. This is a male and female all RX ONLY competition all athletes competing for the same prizes. Scaling will be done in the classic CrossFit style with a catch: Men and Women will be competing in one division for the same $600 purse.
So far we have Nigel, Carla and CJ interested in competing. To my knowledge, this is going to be CJ’s first competition. That first one is always nerve-wracking, but as we all know CJ is a great athlete and will do amazing things on that Saturday.
The other competition we are getting excited about is a team competition of 2 guys/2 girls for three events. This competition is the 3rd Annual “Not Your Average Joe’s” Team Competition hosted by our good friends North Shore CrossFit in Danvers, MA and will be held on January 18th.
This competition is a one day event and is a LOT of fun. It was the first competition I competed in two years ago. There has been a lot of talk in the gym about this competition, and it sounds like we’ve got about 12-15 people interested in doing this competition. If you’ve ever been interested in doing a competition, but have reservations, this is a perfect first time competition. This is a small local competition and HOPEFULLY, no big-time athletes will be competing (that would just be a cheap shot if you ask me).
If you are interested and don’t have a team yet or are in need of more people for your team, let any coach know and we will help you out or add you to the list of everyone else in the same shoes. We will begin to organize the teams over the weekend and begin to let you know what your team will be next week.
If you already have a team, let us know what your team is so we can take names off the list of those who are interested. You will need to have a Team name, all team members’ names, all t-shirt sizes (for both men and women’s shirts), the gym name you are competing for (CrossFit Boston… obviously, duh), and a gym logo. (I will provide the logo for all teams competing under CrossFit Boston).
Here is a link to register your team.
11 Nov 2013
CrossFit is a sport I believe everyone can participate in. I especially see this in the kid athletes of CrossFit Boston. Every new kid I have the opportunity to coach brings to our community a new perspective. Ashley is a young lady who at 10 years old is already competing in triathlons and is a competitive swimmer. My job is to help her learn the movements of the lifts and in the process love CrossFit. I consider my efforts a success when kids can’t wait for practice. Ashley is the athlete of the month because she is always an avid learner and excited to try every single movement I throw her way. Power cleans, heaving snatch balance and rope climbs are just the beginning! She also got on the board for the 7 AMRAP Burpee challenge…not easy for the most experienced CrossFit athlete. She didn’t stop once!
This is Ashley’s story….
This is my story and how I came to like CrossFit. Every year I spend my summer in Italy and when I came back to Boston this year in September 2013 my parents told me they met Tina, a great CrossFit coach and asked me if I was interested to meet her. I agreed and the next day I went to CrossFit Boston.
I see Tina twice a week and love doing the WODs she makes me do. When I learn new exercises, Tina calls me “Speedy Gonzalez” because I tend to speed ahead. She also teases me because she says my feet are wobbly (due to swimming) and I am learning to keep them rooted to the ground! Since I started in September, I have been working with Tina to become a better athlete and I feel I am on the right path. I run faster and I am learning to use weights. My favorite exercise is the rope climbing. I can get all the way up to the ceiling panels on the ropes. I love CrossFit, I think everyone should try it (my father first)!
07 Nov 2013
On Saturday we have two awesome athletes competing at the CrossFit Southie Showdown. Let’s all go and show our support!
Perhaps you don’t know Carla. She’s fairly new to the gym. I met her last year during the Open Games when she came in to get her WOD done and scored by Neal. She was in Boston on business. We were all amazed by her strength. She relocated in the early fall and joined CrossFit Boston. Her smile is beautiful and she is a wonderful person. You wouldn’t know she’s such an amazing athlete because she’s incredibly humble but every Saturday morning you can see her pushing the sled up and down the street. I think she has even talked CJ into joining her. One of the members has a muscle crush on her…he said her muscle swagger is amazing to watch! If you haven’t had a chance to WOD it out with Carla come cheer her on! We will make an announcement on Facebook about her heat times…stay tuned!
Carla recently turned in a Fran time of 3:42.
The next athlete needs little introduction. He’s our very own favorite Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet player…Coach Tito! He has been a long time member of the CrossFit Boston family. Since 2010 he has been learning under the tutelage of Neal. In the spring of 2012 he started coaching. He plays full time in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and loves to wear his bright orange NERD socks! He’s also a writer for the Boston Pops.
Clean & Jerk 215
Back Squat 300
Front Squat 265
All PRs he plans on breaking this year!
06 Nov 2013
2k Row CRASH-B Style @CFB
December 21st and January 25th
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.
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!
06 Nov 2013
Top 10 Reasons To Do A CrossFit Throwdown:
10. You’re a sadist and like to see people suffer in pain; except you will be suffering with them…which brings us to 9.
9. You’re a masochist and like to put yourself through pain; except it’s not the kind of pain that makes you antisocial. So we have to disregard 9 and 10. CrossFit is most definitely social and it’s a great place to meet some awesome people…sorry I gave away 8.
8. It’s an incredibly social event where you meet all kinds of people, from all walks of life.
7. You may even meet the person of your dreams—most likely not, I’m a romantic so I had to add it.
6. But you will make new friends. I met Liz Mellen the owner of CrossFit Medusa last year at CrossFit Southie. In the mile run I caught her and passed her only to have her catch me and pass me as we neared the finish. This got us talking afterwards and now I consider her to be a dear friend. Pretty damn awesome!
5. You will connect on a deeper level with the athletes from your box. As they cheer you on you will feel your community pride. It’s a great feeling and it’s what makes CrossFit so frickin great. Community!
4. You will test out new skills and conquer PRs that have been taunting you for some time.
3. You will fail a rep or a lift and find out that the world still goes round and round. Your community will still be standing cheering you on and backing you up. In other words, it’s ok to fail. In fact it’s what makes us better in the end.
2. You will do better then you think. Yes, you will. I go to competitions without knowing how I will do and I’m always amazed that I got through it, kept my cool under pressure and had a blast.
1. You will feel like a beastly person who can get through anything. Resiliency is a quality I believe CrossFit teaches. Bad things happen in life and bad people happen…you have to keep going. You have to know you have a community of people who back you. If you put in an honest days work great things will happen. There will be foolish people who creep in to your surrounding but because you have high standards of integrity and character you will be fine.
All that from one little competition! Who would have thought you could get so much? So, come on, try it. If I can do it, you can. Here are a few competitions to consider competing in or going to cheer on your fellow athletes:
CrossFit Southie Showdown
November 9th and 10th
It’s this weekend and we have Carla Bezold and Coach Tito competing. It’s a fun one to watch!
Go to the following site for more details: CrossFit Southie Showdown
CrossFit Lando –Battle of The Sexes
This is for the serious competitor! They have standards you have to meet in order to compete: Clean and Jerk (Grace weight), Toes to Bar, Handstand Pushups (Regionals “box” standard), Pullups, KB Swings 53/35, Double Unders, Squat Snatch (115/75, low reps)
We have a few CrossFit Boston athletes attending this one. So far we have Nigel and CJ signing up! If you think you can hang with this group then consider signing up.
Go to the following site to register and let Coach G2 know you are participating!
North Shore CrossFit ~ Not Your Average Joes Team Competition
This one is a must because North Shore CrossFit is a great place, with awesome people. We went out there this summer and had a great time.
Join North Shore CrossFit for our 3rd Annual “Not Your Average Joe’s” Team Competition! This is a FUN event that is strategically programmed, allowing most “average joe” crossfitters to participate! Bring your A-Game for this challenging competition!
Teams of 4: 2 Males/2 Females (team members must train at the same gym)
Three workouts! Basic standards to be announced, and WODs will be announced 24 hours prior to the event!
Registration link will be active this weekend!
PRIZES AWARDED TO THE TOP 3 TEAMS!!!
CrossFit Boston ~ In House Throwdown
December 14 ~ Saturday
This is our Holiday Throwdown. Instead of morning classes we will have heats that go off at 9 am. Scaled divisions first, followed by our Rx athletes. You can bring a friend from another box if you want to get a little more social.
CrossFit Boston ~ Renegade Rowing Crash Bs Testing!
This event will follow the regular scheduled classes for any one interested in testing their skills for the Crash B’s. Coach Pat will be running the show. Members from other boxes will be participating.
And did I mention yet that there is something BIG, very BIG coming to CrossFit Boston on January 4th. It will be announced in the next few weeks…stay tuned!
That’s all for now athletes. And remember your mobility everyday. It makes the difference, keeps away the injuries and helps restore your youthful muscles to a supple state!
30 Oct 2013
Happy Halloween! I hope you’re planning on dressing up to WOD today! I’ll be dressing up to coach!
Announcing the 2013 Renegade Rowing Club!
It’s that time of year again. The weather has gotten cold and no one wants to row in the cold. Now is the time to get pumped for training in the gym and crushing your 2k on the erg! The 2013 Renegade Rowing Club will be held at 5:30pm on Monday nights at CrossFit Boston. Practices will start the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd. The cost for the Renegade Rowing Club will be $47 per month or $94 for the whole winter. We will be training for the Renegade Rowing League, which will be held in December and January, leading up to CRASH-B’s. Who’s game? Email me if you plan on joining the Renegade Rowing Club, [email protected] There are only 16 spots available in the club, so let me know sooner rather than later!
Above is a video of the Wayland Weston Men’s Crew Team that I’ve been coaching this Fall. I wanted to give you all a view of the sport of rowing from the water. This was their last practice before the Head of the Fish Regatta, which is where that Fish Head came from that I hung on the gym wall earlier this week. If you’d like to learn to row on the water and get your own fish head someday, it starts in the gym this winter with the Renegade Rowing Club. Who’s game?