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02 Mar 2015

March Programming

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Hey guys! Just wanted to provide a little insight into my thinking behind the programming in March. As I had alluded to in an earlier post, this month’s programming is nostalgic for me in that it reflects the mystery that was CrossFit back when I joined in the Fall of 2009. I remember reading the main site and thinking, “What the heck is all of this? What does it mean?” In any case, as I’ve discussed with many of you, I begged, borrowed, and stole much of this programming from the main site and I’m pretty pleased with the results. What it is is a lot of classic CrossFit: Couplets, triplets, chippers, and a couple of devilish pieces inserted to spice up life.

What happened to all of the strength programming? That is an excellent question. It’s there, but there’s much less of it. If you want to get super-strong, there’s always Coach Mike Gillette’s “Strength Challenge” programing, which a number of you have joined and enjoyed enormously.

In other news, congratulations to everyone who took on the CRASH-Bs this weekend. I heard some pretty epic stories of erg domination! I had a great time up in Maine with some awesome CFB folks and got to see a city that was not, ironically enough, blanketed in five feet of snow.

By the way, a big THANK you is in store for CFB member, Nigel C., who was kind enough to buy a new PA/speaker system for the gym. He did stipulate a condition of its use though, and that was that he is allowed to b**** and moan about whatever music the coaches play through the system. If you see him, give him a good slap on the butt and a word of thanks. He’s also accepting donations to help him defray his costs.

In any case, I’m glad February is over and I’m looking forward to killing it in the gym in March. By the time you read this, I will have finished 15.1!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

15 Feb 2015

Hours: 2/16/15

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Hello Everyone! 

Here are the HRs for tomorrow, Monday, 16th:

7am – 7:30pm

Classes:

12:00, 4:30, 5:30, & 6:30

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We’re going to have to cancel that 3 PM class after all. The back lot is impassable without an SUV/4WD vehicle and the Jump On In/dance studio/boxing gym is totally unplowed so we can’t even park there. We will re-open tomorrow morning.

 

Looks like things have cleared up. We should be go for a 3:00 PM class, with open gym availability until 5:30 PM. In the event that the back alley is not passable, I’ll let you know here.

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Whoa. Just went out there and it’s a bit crazy! I guess this storm is legit and definitely did not miss us. I’m sure we’ll open at some point today, just not for the 9:30 class. Check back around 1 PM for more news.

Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

14 Feb 2015

Plans for Sunday

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Hey guys, I’ll be posting about the 9:30 class/gym opening time at around 7 AM tomorrow morning. Based on what I’m reading, the 9:30 class is unlikely. However, it’s looking like things should be getting better in the afternoon. If I were a betting man I’d bet that we’ll be able to be open in the afternoon. If we’re going to open in the afternoon, that news will come around 1 PM, and we’ll be open for 2.5 hours from the announced open time, probably from 3:30-6 or so. I know this is less than ideal, but it’s Mother Nature. When I find a way to control the weather, I promise to use my powers for good, not evil.

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I normally like to write my own blog posts, but I saw this post by Eat This, Not That, and it was so damn perfect I had to just re-share it here. The article highlights six foods we normally think are “healthy” (OK, maybe four, because I know you guys knew all about the Egg Beaters and grains), and what we should eat instead.

In the article, ETNT targets:

  1. Dried fruit
  2. Low fat PB
  3. “Made with” whole grains
  4. Ett Beaters
  5. Skim milk
  6. “Protein packed” foods (ok, you should know about the one too, because I already wrote about it)

Read the full article. Anything missing from the list?

Image c/o Battlecat 

 ***We will resume our normal class schedule tomorrow.***

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Who’s ready for spring? I am! I can’t wait to see little baby rabbits like this in the gym!

This weekend, I attended my Level 2 certification course and it was great. As I look back on the last five years of CrossFit Boston, I’ve gotten a little nostalgic about my early days of CrossFit. Since Coach Neal is giving me the opportunity to program for the month of March, I’m going to let that nostalgia creep into the programming for the month. My goal is to do a whole lot less but hopefully do it a whole lot better. Think simple couplets and triplets, heavy days, and SMMFs.

Tomorrow, a bunch of us guys are going to get our meditation on at the 6 PM beginner meditation class at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (331 Broadway Cambridge, MA). I’m planning on getting there at 5:45 to get prepared for some serious zen! So far, we’ve got Crosby, Erik, and potentially Josh accompanying me.

What else do we have to share? Send me updates at [email protected]!

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

 

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Congratulations to all of the first-time competitors at Saturday’s throwdown. You guys showed real heart and perseverance! Also, congrats to Evan and Brian, our big winners! Most importantly, THANK YOU to all of our awesome judges. Saturday would not have been possible without you!

Here’s a graphic of the final standings:Choose Your Own Damned Partner 2015

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The next throwdown will be on Saturday, April 25th from 10 AM to 1 PM, and the spring fling will be that same night. While I suggested that it might be an individual throwdown, enough people have expressed a preference for a team throwdown that I’ve decided it will be another team one.

Here are some other features:

• In order to qualify to win, teams must be male/female

• It will be fast-paced like this past one, with *maybe* an extra 20-25 minutes of rest built in, so be prepared!

• It will feature a max lift, one teamified classic CrossFit WOD, and an EMOM elimination round

• The WOD standards and rules will be published at least a week before the throwdown and athletes will be responsible for knowing them before they arrive

• In order to participate, teams will be required to register with a judge

• Athletes will be required to claim and set up their own equipment — Equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and lack of required equipment will result in disqualification from the Rx division

• There will be a twelve (12) team limit and four alternate team slots in the event that any team(s) drop out, first-come first-served

Registration is open and will close on April 18th at 7:59 PM

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It’s going to be awesome. Register here!

 

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

01 Feb 2015

Today’s Afternoon Tea Cancelled

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Hey guys,

I can’t make Afternoon Tea today and am tentatively rescheduling to 2/15. Many apologies.

Mickey


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