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The month is already half way complete and it is great to see the whiteboards being re-written. Nothing is more gratifying for us than seeing the smile of a new Personal Record. NOTHING! Ali rocked out as the first female to complete “Nate” as Rx’d and there were 5 in the 5:30pm class last night that hit a 2RM at more weight than his/her previous 1RM!

WushuFoodie, Zack, Cissy, Evan, Shannon, and Courtney rocked the 5:30pm class.

WushuFoodie, Zack, Cissy, Evan, Shannon, and Courtney rocked the 5:30pm class.

Memorial Day Murph is fast approaching. We need a head count of those that will be attending the workout. (5/25 10AM) and how many plan to stick around for some food afterwards. Bring some side dishes to compliment the meat on the grill.

PROGRAMMING

Saturday 5/16
Complete 3 rounds each for time in teams of 3
Run 400m
15 Ground to overhead, 135/95
12 Pull-ups

Performed Relay style with one person working at a time. While one person is working, the other two teammates are holding a 45# plate against their chest.

Sunday 5/17
Strength/Skill: Heaving Snatch Balance – work up to a max single

Conditioning: Complete 5 rounds for max reps
1:00 – Airdyne Calories
1:00 – Wallball shots, 30/20
1:00 – Kettlebell swings, 32/24
rest 1:00

Monday 5/18
Strength/Skill: Push Press 5×3

Conditioning: Reps of 21-15-9 for time
Push Press
Pull-ups

Tuesday 5/19
Strength/Skill: Dips 5×5 AHAP compare to 5/7

Conditioning: AMRAP 15
Row 500m
20 Push-ups

Wednesday 5/20
Strength/Skill: Power Clean 3RM

Conditioning: 3 rounds for time
40# DB Split Clean, 15 reps
15 Strict Pull-ups

Thursday 5/21
Strength/Skill: Front Rack Reverse Lunges – 5×5 each leg

Conditioning: EMOM 16
Odd – 3 Pistols each leg
Even – 7 Burpees

Friday 5/22
Conditioning: 6 rounds for time
Run 200m (Everett Street & Back)
10 Deadlift, 225/155

Skill/Strength: Handbalancing – 6 x hold for max time
Handwalking – 6 x max distance

Today is, apparently according to the Today Show, National Eat Whatever You Want Day. My first reaction was, well…

But then I realized I basically eat what I want most days. Maybe not whatEVER I want, but for the most part I don’t dread lunch, I don’t hate breakfast, and my dinner isn’t boring. I like what I eat, and it’s not like I’d actually enjoy eating a cheeseburger everyday. There is a way to eat healthy AND like what you’re eating. I think that’s actually something the Paleo community has done better than any other diet – instead of trying to make some sort of frankenfood no carb no calorie bread or tortilla, they just said F the grains, let’s use delicious herbs and spices to make meat and vegetables taste amazing. Or, let’s repurpose vegetables into old favorite (e.g. Cauliflower rice or “mashed potatoes”). For many, that focus on good food is what makes Paleo sustainable – if your Paleo diet is grilled chicken and broccoli most of the time, you’re either one of those weird people who don’t much care what they eat, or you’re going to run into trouble.

There’s a quote I remember hearing (I don’t remember who said it) that went something like:

“Happiness isn’t having everything you want. It’s wanting everything you have.”

I think that’s a relevant message when it comes to diet. It’s not about being able to eat the things you love when your habits aren’t ideal and achieve your goals, it’s about wanting the foods that are healthy. About choosing baked sweet potato wedges over Ore Ida fries, or choosing cage free eggs and fruit over a waffle. About wanting a healthy, home cooked meal more than you want Shake Shack.  And LIKING that choice.

Photo c/o TMAB2003

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If you’ve read my blog long enough, you know my skepticism of the US food system is pretty healthy. Just this weekend I was shopping for chicken, and stumbled upon the lovely scene above. In just this frame alone the word “natural” is used over 5 times. And that’s only part of the chicken section! I’ve written before about how “natural” basically means nothing, but it is nonetheless confusing. I am always telling people to eat foods closest to their natural form, meaning cheese versus Cheez-Its (although eating them a few times a year at the beach isn’t going to kill you) or roasted potatoes versus potato chips. Generally the “closer to earth” (I will avoid using the word natural because like I said, it means squat) variations of a food are less calorically dense and contain more nutritional value (and nutritional bang for your calorie). So the question is: how do you choose the right meat when everything is labeled natural?

The Best

The best way to get humanely raised, non CAFO beef, chicken, eggs, and pork is to buy it from your local farmer. Visit the farm or farmer’s market and buy it on the spot, or join a meat CSA. Take a look at how the farmer does things – how much time to cows hang out outside. Do chickens get to eat bugs? Look at the egg yolk – it should be more orange than yellow. And make sure the cows have plenty of room to rut around and get muddy. That’s natural for them. Side note: there’s a lot of irony in the fact that this “all vegetarian fed chicken” is promoted as “natural”. In nature (or on the farm), chickens eat bugs. They’re not vegetarians, and it’s not good for them, and may explain higher rates of illness and tendency to turn on each other among industrially raised chickens. This Chicago Tribune article sheds more light and is highly recommended. Seriously, READ THIS. Mainly because I feel strongly and want you to, too.

Back to our topic. As is usual, the right way is also the most expensive option. Patrick and I are currently trying to buy better meats, and this summer our goal is to get all our meat from a local farmer. Hopefully we can also make rent :)

If the above option is too many dinero, then…

The Next Best Thing

After getting it right from Old McDonald, the next best option is buying organic. I’m not super familiar with all of the ins and outs of organic regulations, and I’ve heard buzz recently about organic foods still containing some chemicals and maybe not being as rigorous as we thought.  I haven’t done enough digging to decide if this is a Food Babe rumor or a real concern, but it doesn’t change the fact that organically raised meat is still better than conventional farming right now when it comes to meat. So if you can’t get it form your local farmer, get it from a grocery store that buys from an organic farmer somewhere.

If all organic all the time doesn’t fit,

Buy Organic As Much As Possible

Figure out what works for your budget, and buy organic when you can, conventional the rest of the time. I would start with organic dairy and butter, as those won’t add too much to the grocery bill. Move onto eggs next. Then go to meats, as those are probably going to be the biggest increase.

Tonight’s 6:30 class is canceled. Mobility class is also cancelled tomorrow (Saturday) morning, May 2nd. Coach Mickey will open the gym at 7:45 for open gym and the Whole Life Challenge.

29 Apr 2015

Last Call for Whole Life Challenge

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From Coach Kari:

I’m so excited you have all signed up for the next WLC. As you know it starts this Saturday May 2nd. If you know anyone else interested in joining our team have them sign up! Nicolette and Micky have agreed to help with the first WOD and measurements this weekend.

You have two choices:
-Saturday at 8:00 am
-Sunday at 9:30 class

If you can’t do either let me know and we can make other arrangements.

The team page is up for comments already and hopefully we can plan some potlucks without snow interference!

See you all soon!

Kari

27 Apr 2015

Weekend Recap

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What a weekend! This is the sign that greeted our intrepid athletes as they entered the gym on Saturday morning. Coach Pat doesn’t mess around! We had a slightly smaller throwdown crew, but it was a lot of fun!

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Our first workout of the throwdown was “Kelly, Meet Eva,” a devilish combination of two deadly girl WODs. It was pretty awful, but tons of fun.

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The second and third throwdown WODs were a 1/2-Bear Complex ladder (clean, front squat, shoulder-to-overhead), with barbells weighing 55, 75, 95, 115, 135, 155, 185, 205, 225, and 245 pounds. The maximum weight lifted for the day was Coach Mike with a day’s best 235 pounds. Next was an elimination round featuring two minutes of work followed by 30 seconds of rest/score reporting. Our burpee-filled first round had a tie, so we tacked on one extra round.

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In the end, “I’m Dying 2″ won the throwdown with “Franks & Beans” coming in a close second. Rumor has it that if I had been faster by five seconds in the first workout, there would have been a tie. That tie would have been decided by either rope climbs, or, if Angry Beaver had his way, fireman’s carries. In any case, the throwdown was tons of fun and was expertly run by Coach Pat. Thanks, Sunshine!

After the throwdown, a bunch of us went over to S&S for some awesome company and brunch (eventually). Once the brunch crew dissipated, a smaller group decided to stuff ourselves just a little more with ice cream from Christina’s. It was magically delicious!

And because we are just so bad-ass, our day was not yet over, as we still had our spring celebration to go to. We decided to test our fitness with a little salsa dancing, though we realized that salsa dancing is much more funner the more drunker you are. Accordingly, we met up at the Tavern in the Square for some food and drink. Here is a lovely picture of some lovely human females:

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Look how lovely they all look together! I like how Shannon’s pants match Halfpenny’s shirt and the fractals in Cori’s skirt match the flowers… Anyway…

After some awesome salsa-ing, during which our intrepid leader, Neal, hurt his hip, we decided to go check out one of my favorite DJs ever, DJ Kon, and Middlesex. Tolly, Courtney, Linh, Halfpenny, and I ended up dancing our tired legs off until about 1 AM, when we all collapsed outside on the sidewalk. We even ran into Melissa J. there. It was epic. In any case, it was a fun night, even though we were all exhausted.

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And as if the weekend couldn’t get better, we had a surprise drop-in, Dennis, who flew in all the way from Louisiana. He joined us for a fun little WOD, which included weighted pull-ups. Compare and contrast Mark and Josh’s faces with everyone else’s. BLUE STEEL.

In any case, I’ve been exhausted since and it was worth every sore muscle and bruised toe. Our next throwdown will be at the end of July, so get yourself ready!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

24 Apr 2015

Throwdown!

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Please remember to arrive no later than 9:15 with your judge. Here are the WODs:
10 AM “Kelly, Meet Eva”
3 rounds for time (22 minute cap)
Run 400 meters with a 20# medicine ball, partners must run together
30 box jumps, 24 inches
30 wall ball shots, 20 lb
30 Kettlebell swings, 2 pd
30 pull-ups
10:50 AM Max Lift (14 minute cap)
Bear Complex Ladder
Clean, front squat, STO (squat clean does not count as a front squat)
11:20 AM
Top ten teams advance, in the event that fewer than 10 teams participate, we will eliminate rounds from the top.
AMRAP Every2Minutes Onthe2ndMinute Elimination Round, lowest reps is eliminated.
1. Burpees
2. 135/95 deadlifts
3. Double-unders
4. 135/95 snatch
5. Wall climbs
6. 135/95 OHS
7. Rope climbs
8. Fireman’s carry out and back (each 200m) (no cap, winner takes all the marbles)

Since we have a throw down coming up this weekend – and presumably a few more this summer – I thought this old post on what to eat when you’re competing would come in handy. I believe this was posted around the Open last year. Share your competition fueling plan in the comments!

Before The WODs

Before a workout, your body should have a topped off fuel tank. This means you should have enough glycogen (the body’s stored form of carbohydrate) stored as well as some more readily available from food. In general, pre workout meals or snacks should be:

  • Enough energy to prepare you for the workout without leaving you hungry or with undigested food in your stomach
  • Low in fiber and fat
  • Higher in carbohydrates
  • Moderate in protein

Meals low in fat and fiber will allow your stomach to empty in time so you can avoid stomach discomfort. The carbohydrates will top off glycogen stores (which is important, since the body relies on glycogen rather than fat stores for energy during shorter CrossFit WODs), maintain blood sugar levels, and provide energy.  Protein will help you avoid hunger. In addition, it is important to be hydrated before exercise. The recommendation is that athletes drink 2-3 milliliters of water per pound of body weight at least 4 hours before working out to hydrate and get rid of any excess fluid (Rodriguez et al 2009).

After The WODs

Post Workout/Recovery is the most important time, as it is the time when your body reaps the benefits of all the hard work you’ve done. During the workout your body burns through your stored glycogen, you lose fluid to sweating, and muscle tissue is broken down. Recovery is when you can replenish your stored glycogen, replace lost fluid, and rebuild damaged muscles.

We used to think the precise timing of recovery was very important, advising that within one hour of a workout you had to have 30-60 grams of carbohydrate and15-20 grams of protein because this was during the time your metabolism was most active. The consensus was that eating right after the workout improved muscle strength and hypertrophy. However now we know that eating within this window is less important than previously thought (Schoenfeld et al). So, as long as you eat a good, nutrient rich (read: lots of vegetables and fruits) meal with protein and carbohydrates, and maintain an adequate calorie intake throughout the day, you will continue to build strength and fitness.

What To Eat

Try to eat something that not only provides these nutrients but also provides vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that chocolate milk may be a good recovery option because the milk provides calcium and magnesium, two minerals important in muscle contractions, and potassium, which is an important electrolyte lost in sweat. Other good options include a veggie omelet with fried plantain, sweet potato, or wheat toast and grilled steak with roasted vegetables.

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Hey guys,

It’s just a few short days until our next throwdown! Please arrive with your judge no later than 9:15 Saturday morning so everything can move smoothly. So I have the following people listed as teams:

Evan S. & Brian L.
Tolly T. & Cissy Y.
Natalie K. & Nigel C.
Omri L. & Linh N.
Brian W. & Matt E.
Shannon F. & Courtney S.

I know there are two or three more teams that have signed up verbally, but I forget who they are. Just email me at mickeygrrrouse at gmail dot com with who your team mate is and I’ll get it set up. Remember, people who have participated in the past get first priority before the at-large gym community. If you want to participate but need a partner, email me saying you need a partner and we’ll set it up.

Please remember that every team needs to provide its own judge, so if you haven’t done so already, secure that person and reply to this email to let me know who it is. Teams will not be allowed to participate without a judge.

You will be responsible for setting up your station, educating your judge on movement standards, and warming yourself up, so please make sure you (and your judge) arrive no later than 9:15 to get all of this stuff done. We will begin promptly at 10 AM and hope to be done by 12:15 or 12:30. There will be no score updates between rounds, just at the end.

Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

Hey guys, after a short hiatus, we’re back on for Afternoon Tea this Sunday at 4 PM. Brian “Angry Beaver” W. will be in charge of programming the session, but we talked about doing a longer WOD like EC followed by a shorter WOD like Grace. Currently, there is only one entry on the EC board, so we’ve all got a chance to get on the board!

Here is another one of the 4/25 throwdown WODs:

Bear Complex Ladder
Clean, front squat, shoulder-to-overhead, (squat clean for first rep does not count as a front squat)
Attempts must be made with the same or increasing weight. No going down in weight.
Score is combined pounds per team
Also, remember that 4/25 is our SPRING FLING. Details are still being worked out (will it be bowling or drinks/dessert again — who knows?), but it will be a fun time!
Real talk time: Who would REALLY buy a CareBear CrossFit t-shirt? Would you want the CareBear to be a nice bear or a mean bear?
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Finally, in celebration of all of our members of Asian descent, we are planning an Asian Invasion WOK WOD followed by dim sum in Chinatown. It will likely be the 9:30 AM class on Sunday, May 3rd and no, you don’t have to Asian to participate. Wear your Jeremy Lin or Yao Ming jersey for bonus points!
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

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