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Hey! Something that’s been on my mind for some time is best practices for success in your fitness. I have been meaning to put paper to pen but…Here are my TOP 5 best practices to be successful in your fitness. Keep in mind this is not absolute and I make no claims to be a demigod with devout clarity. I am just an aging CrossFit gym owner that loves to sweat and get others in the best shape of their lives.

Is prayer required to be fit?

Is prayer required to be fit?

5. Warm-Up PRE-Mobility – Get the blood flowing before stretching or rolling. This can be a short run/row/bike/jump rope. Mix it up and vary the duration from as little as 5 minutes to as long as 15 minutes depending on what you need for that day. I have gone as far as 20 minutes at really easy pace before mobilizing and hitting a WOD. Of course this will require you to have the ability to show up 10-20 minutes before class. The benefits ARE worth it!

4. Aerobic Base v. Strength Base – If you come from an endurance background or have participated in sports with an endurance base, then you need to prioritize your strength building. For example, someone that played soccer or ran cross country already has a solid CV/CR endurance base and will see the greatest improvement in CrossFit performance by prioritizing strength work.

Just the opposite is true for someone that has a power sport background. Football players, wrestlers, power lifters and weightlifters need to develop a better aerobic base. That means hitting some Long Slow distance work at an easy pace. This is exactly where I fall and I have been spending more and more time on it with great results.

O'Neill row test

O’Neill row test

3. Cut the Sugar – I am referring to any added sugar to food products or cooking that you consume on a daily basis. You will be totally surprised at how much sugar is added to make processed food palatable. I am sure Coach Alex can really go deeper on this topic and outline why it is your best interest to limit/avoid sugar consumption.

2. Sleep, Mobility, Stretch – You spend anywhere from 4 to 12 hours a week in the gym. That leaves at a minimum 156 hours where you are not in the gym training. What you do with this time is just as important if not more so than what you do inside. Sleep is crucial and there is research suggesting timing your sleep to follow the (REM/NREM) stages that last approximately 90 minutes each cycle. This research says that the total duration is not as important as being in alignment with the cycle. So if you tend to sleep less, try to get 3/4.5/6 hours of sleep to ensure you wake up feeling refreshed. Try it and see how it works for you.

The human body is meant to move. Our society has become one that is less and less active. This is not good. When you are not training or not sleeping you need to make sure that you incorporate frequent and brief sessions of movement that include some stretching or mobility. Get up from your desk, hit some upward and downward dogs. Stand instead of sitting while you work. Take the stairs. You will feel better and have more energy.

1. Cook for Yourself or Get Custom Fit Meals – You need to know what you are putting into your body. See #3. From watching the Food Network, it is astonishing to me how many recipes call for SUGAR and other ingredients that are not best for you. The only way to control this is to prepare your own foods or order prepared foods from a company such as Custom Fit Meals.

WHAT’S ON TAP/PROGRAMMING

These next two weeks we are going to be working up to 2RM’s in some of the lifts. The next couple cycles of programming is going to have a lot of percentage work based on these numbers. You will need the following: Back squat (8/18), bench press (8/20), deadlift (8/22), shoulder press (8/1), push press (8/9), power clean (8/25), and front squat (7/25). If you didn’t complete the lifts on the prior dates then you may use a recent (1-3 months) 1-3 Rep Max for any of the lifts.

We need everyone to get numbers for these lifts to allow class to move smoothly. The percentage work will begin on 9/3.

Saturday 8/16

1. Complete reps of 15-12-9 for time of

135/95 Squat Snatch
Dips

2. Handwalking practice. If you cannot walk on your hands, then practice balancing just off a wall.

Sunday 8/17

Run a Partner 5k (Both run/finish together) (Row is 6k)

then AMRAP 12

5 Deadlift, 205/145
10 Pull-ups
15 KTE’s

Monday 8/18

1. Back Squat – 2RM

2. Complete 3 rounds for time
21 Front Squats @ 45% of 2RM
15 Pull-ups
3 Wall-climbs

Tuesday 8/19

1. EMOM 12 – 2 Snatch TNGo
1-4 – 70%
5-8 – 75%
9-12 – 80%

2. AMRAP 8
15 Box Jumps
15 Swings

Wednesday 8/20

1. Bench Press – 2RM

2. “Cindy”
AMRAP 20
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

Thursday 8/21

1. EMOM 20
Odd: 5 Push Press
Even: 10 Burpees

2. Complete for time
Row 1k
30 KTE’s

Friday 8/22

1. Deadlift – 2RM

2. 30-24-18-12-6
Deadlift @ 60% of 2RM
Double unders

Saturday 8/23

1. Power Clean – 2RM

2. 5 rounds for time
15 Squat clean @ 50% of 2RM
20 Sit-ups
20 Calories on the A/D (12 calories on the rower)

 

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07 Aug 2014

080814 – FIRE IT UP!

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It’s another Friday and I am reaching out to you from the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Tomorrow the Thompson Clan has an epic day planned at Santa’s Village. I will be sure to add a picture of the view in the morning for all to see. Don’t worry, I have a great WOD planned for the AM before everyone is up and the adventure begins. It’s gonna be an AMRAP 10 of:

200m hill sprint
10 push ups
10 lunges each leg
10 V-ups
10 Squats

with 5 burpees every minute on the minute

Looking forward to rocking that one out for sure.

August, and the summer for the matter, is usually a great time for members to get away for a bit. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up your fitness. It’s easy to get in some quick WOD’s and you are only limited by your own creativity. Another tip, try to stay at places that have a kitchen. We have a full kitchen and this allows us to control what goes into our mouths. HUGE!

NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAMMING

We are going to be testing quite a bit this week. Get ready to go and work hard!

Saturday 8/9

1. Push Press – 3RM

2. 5 rounds for time
10 CTB Pull ups
10 STO 135/95
10 FR Walking Lunges each leg 135/95

Sunday 8/10

Complete for time

With a Partner, lift 3 ton (6000 pounds) from ground to overhead in the following manners:

Snatch
Clean and overhead in any variation

THEN

The team must Row 3k while one partner is holding the barbell, loaded the same as it was for part 1, in a front rack position. Partners may switch as frequently as desired but MUST switch if the barbell is removed from the front rack position.

Monday 8/11

1. Front Squat @ 30×2, 7-9 reps women/73% x 3 reps for men x 5 sets, rest 2:00 between sets

2. “Fran”
21-15-9
Thruster, 95/65
Pull-ups 

Tuesday 8/12

1a. Strict Ring Dips, 8-12 reps x 3 sets, rest 1:00 between sets
1b. Strict Toe 2 Bar, 8-12 reps x 3 sets, rest 1:00 between sets

2. EMOM 12
1 clean and jerk @ 80%

3. O’Neill – 4 minute max distance test on Rower

Wednesday 8/13

1. AMRAP 7 – Burpees

2a. Deadlift 6,6,4,4 reps are touch and go and heavier than 7/24, rest 1:00 between sets
2b. 2 TGU each side with KB’s, moderate weight, rest 1:00 between sets

3. Double Unders 100 reps x 3 sets

Thursday 8/14

Complete for time

Run 1000m

then 10 rounds of the following circuit

10 Ring Rows (feet on a box)
20 Push-ups
30 V-ups

then

Run 1000m

Friday 8/15

1. Overhead squat – 15RM

2. For time (20 minute cap)
1 rope climb
21 ground to overhead, 115/75
2 rope climb
18 ground to overhead
3 rope climb
15 ground to overhead
4 rope climb
12 ground to overhead
5 rope climb
9 ground to overhead
6 rope climb
6 ground to overhead
7 rope climb
3 ground to overhead

 

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31 Jul 2014

080114 – FIRE IT UP!

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Hey, this is the beginning of the final month for the summer. Crazy as that sounds it’s true. As a parent all I can think about is that school is starting again soon and normalcy shall return to the land. Sounds a bit dramatic doesn’t it?

The strength challenge is wrapping up this weekend with the CrossFit Total and Hydrostatic Weighing operated by Keith of MetroWave Fitness. The Saturday classes will be conducting the CFT as well. If you did the test back in May but didn’t participate in the challenge, come in and retest so that we can compare.

CODE

There is a code from CrossFit that was hammered in me when I first started training in its methodologies. It is “MCI” or “Mechanics, Consistency, Intensity”. This is important, you see. Training at high intensities with large volume and high skilled movements, that you see in a program such as CrossFit, can be dangerous and cause injury if you are not intelligent about how you go about things.

Mechanics – First learn the movements correctly. Seek a higher understanding as to why we perform the movements we do and how they benefit you outside of the gym. Practice proper progressions before jumping ahead to more advanced movements. Though you may have the ability to do some of these movements you may not have necessarily laid the foundation to handle the physical stress they bring about.

Meet regularly with your Coach to review mechanics and seek performance improvements. Develop together a plan to attack weaknesses and turn them into strengths. This is a lifelong pursuit of a higher level of fitness so enjoy the ride!

Consistency – Consistently train, week in/week out. If you are training 3-4 times per week you will establish a great level of fitness that will allow you function in almost all activities you wish to. Be consistent in your recovery; be it mobility work, yoga, meditation (very under appreciated by the way), or just taking more naps. Eat quality food and eat consistently enough to support your training. Avoid excess and don’t be a fool and under eat. You are really only hurting yourself and you will miss your goals.

If you are traveling that doesn’t mean your fitness needs to end. Email your Coach and ask him or her to put together a plan for you while you are away. If you are planning to visit a CF Affiliate, contact them ahead of time to make sure that they permit drop ins.

Intensity – Ah, the mecca of fitness! It is not a secret that being able to train with intensity is where the magic is attaining the results for which we are seeking. Intensity = Power = work/time = (force x distance)/time. Lift more and do it faster, longer, and further. Why? Because it creates a hormonal response releasing testosterone and growth hormone into the body. EVERYONE including the ladies wants this as it increases your energy levels, slows the aging process, improves vitality, and improves libido! Yes, you read that last part correctly.

Intensity is what many newcomers try to put first. This is a great error. You must set the foundation or you risk plateaus or worse injuries and burnout. Keep it in check and commit to a lifetime of PR’s and great health! 

FIRE IT UP!

WHAT’S ON TAP – PROGRAMMING

Saturday 8/2

CrossFit Total

1RM Back Squat
1RM Press
1RM Deadlift

3 attempts at each lift

Sunday 8/3

1a. Back Rack forward lunges @ 20×2, 10 x 3 sets (10 each leg), super strict, rest 1:00
1b. Ring Dips – 8-12 reps x 3 sets, rest 1:00 (if you cannot perform 8 unbroken reps then perform clusters of 3.3.3.3 x 3)

2. 3 rounds for time
20 Pull-ups
15 BB Thrusters, 95/65

Monday 8/4

1. Squat Snatch @ 78%, 1.1.1 x 3 sets, rest 3 minutes between sets

2. AMRAP 15
10 Power Snatch, 75/55
15 Toe 2 Bar
10 Box Jumps, 24/20 (step down only) 

Tuesday 8/5

1. 200m repeats x 7, rest 1:30 between efforts

2a. Strict HSPU cluster, 3.3.3. x 3 sets, rest 1:00 between
2b. GHD Back Extensions, 10-15 reps x 3 sets, rest 1:00 between

3. Complete for time
100 double unders
50 wall ball shots

Wednesday 8/6

1. AMRAP 8
10 Pistols (5 each leg)
20 Pull-ups
40 AbMat Sit ups

rest 5 minutes

2. AMRAP 12
50 Squats
25 Push ups (chest to deck)
12 Power Clean, 135/95

Thursday 8/7

1. Deadlift – 4, 4, 2, 2, rest 1:00 between sets, heavier than 7/24

2. Row 10 minutes at Zone 1 (nice and light)
+
15 rounds
Run :30
Walk :30
+
Row 10 minutes at Zone 1 (nice and light)

Friday 8/8

AMRAP 10
Run 200m
7 HPC 95/65
5 Burpees

rest 5 minutes

AMRAP 10
Row 300m
5 Deadlift, 135/95
5 Burpees

rest 5 minutes

AMRAP 10
15 Wall ball shots, 20/14
10 Box Jumps
15 Row Calories

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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

 

05 Jul 2014

4th of July WOD on 5th of July

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Just a reminder to be at the gym today at 9am to kick off mobility and warm up for the WOD. We are going to kick off at 9:30AM SHARP!

We are performing Hero WOD “Roy” today. A little about the soldier behind the WOD:

Michael C. Roy enlisted in the Marines just two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, hoping he could stop al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden.

“He wanted to protect his country and wanted his children to grow up without war,” said Julie England, a longtime neighbor whose children befriended Roy.

Roy, 25, of North Fort Myers, Fla., was killed by a sniper in Nimroz province, Afghanistan. He graduated from Academy High School in 2001 and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“You couldn’t ask for a better leader as your sergeant,” said Cpl. John Wood, 23, a Marine stationed in Parris Island, S.C., who served under Roy for his first two tours in Iraq. “You couldn’t ask for a better person. If there was anything you needed, he would take care of you.”

Roy’s father, Sgt. Michael Roy of Punta Gorda, Fla., said his son knew from an early age he wanted to serve in the military.

“It was a privilege to serve with him because of his dedication and the way he treated his Marines,” Wood said. “It didn’t matter that he was the same age as us, he was our leader.”

Roy is survived by his wife, Amy, and three young children: Olivia, Mikey and Landon.

source – AP (projects.militarytimes.com)

courtesy: crossfit.com

courtesy: crossfit.com

Roy

Five rounds for time of:
225 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
20 Box jumps, 24 inch box
25 Pull-ups

WHAT’S ON TAP

Sunday 7/6

1. Weighted Pull-ups – Work up to AHAP for a single

2. AMRAP 10
10 Burpees
15 Front Squats, 155/105

Monday 7/7

Row 500m
50 Wall Ball Shots
Row 500m

rest 3 minutes

50 Wall Ball Shots
Row 500m
50 Wall Ball Shots

Compare times of circuit 2 to circuit 1. Which was faster?

Tuesday 7/8

1. Barbell Forward Lunge 3RM; taken from the rack in the front rack, perform 3 lunges each leg

2. 50 Hollow Rocks

3. 3 rounds for time
Run 200m
20 OH Walking lunges, 45#/25#
12 Toe 2 Bar

Wednesday 7/9

1. 2 rounds for quality
30 Strict Push-ups
10-15 Glute ham raises

2. 2 Rounds for time
Row 500m
15 Sumo deadlift high pull, 50% of BW
Row 500m
15 Barbell thruster, 50% of BW

Aim for 1:40/2:10 pace on the 500m

Thursday 7/10

Tabata Pull-ups
Tabata Dips
Tabata Pull-ups
Tabata Dips

Notes:

1) Reminder: The Tabata Interval is 20 secs on/ 10 secs off repeated 8 times.
2) Rest 2 minutes between each Tabata Interval.
3) On the first of the pull-up and first of the dip efforts don’t dismount the bar(s) for the duration of each 20 second interval.
4) On the second pull-up and second dip efforts it is OK to dismount the bar(s) before the interval concludes (ahead of the 10 second rest).
5) Add up total for each interval

Friday 7/11

Clean and Jerk 21-15-12-9-6-3 and 1 reps.

Notes:

1) Add weight to each set. Rest two minutes between sets.
2) Total loads for all 7 sets.
3) No rest on ground during sets. Touch and go at ground. 

27 Jun 2014

FIRE IT UP! JUNE 27, 2014

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Fire It Up! Fire It Up!

It’s the last Fire It Up Friday of June and it was a HOT week. Training was great! Effort was awesome! Keep that energy high. You probably don’t realize it but you all motivate and inspire me and the staff on a daily basis.

Death by pull-ups! Joe set himself up for second place by completing 18 rounds. Alon just missed equaling the effort. Daddy Lapidus nailed 16 after getting 40 consecutive pull-ups last week. #DADSTRONG

I love it! Alex represented the ladies very well with 16 rounds herself. All the years of pole vaulting has served her well in the pull-ups of CrossFit!

I am eager to see how you all do today for the max snatch. Get after it and nail it. FIRE IT UP!

4th of JULY SCHEDULE & July Class Schedule

Thursday, July 3 – Gym closes at 7:30pm

Friday, July 4 – Closed

Saturday, July 5 – 4th of July HERO WOD, 9:30AM

PLEASE ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 9AM TO MOBILIZE AND WARM UP.

Afterwards, plan to head over to Breakfast Club for a brunch.

We have added Tuesday and Thursday classes at 7:30pm beginning July 8 for those whose schedules do not permit them to train earlier in the day. We have been running the class as a test for the last few weeks and we are now ready to make it live.

There will not be a 7:30pm class on Thursday, July 3.

In House Throwdown – Friday, July 25

On Friday, July 25 we will be hosting the CFB in-house Throwdown. Details and registration page will be released soon. Be ready to hang out after and watch the CrossFit Games streaming live from Carson City, CA. Mark your calendars and be sure to be here!

MASTER’S FUNCTIONAL FITNESS LEAGUE

I have registered to compete in the first World Masters Team Championships. Age requirements are 35+ and the WOD’s will conducted here at CFB August 7-10.

Here is some more detail:

The MFFL will hold the 1ST WORLD MASTERS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP on August 7-10, 2014.

This is an online competition that will crown the Fittest Masters (35+) Region in the World.  Competitors will sign up as individuals and compete at their home box with points accumulated by all age groups and divisions within their REGION.  Workouts will be adjusted for age, gender and experience level so beginners through beasts can accumulate points for their region.  Masters who are injured can participate in partial WODS as allowed by their physician, spouse or their own good sense.

All Regions in the World are urged to compete.  Regions with fewer participants may be combined (ie. Asia with Australia, Latin America with US South Central,  Africa with Europe). Scores must be validated by a local certified judge. We may request video from the top 10 places in each WOD- these need be only cell phone videos- no special equipment is required.

If you are interested in participating, you can register here.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday – 6/28

1. Shoulder Press – 31×1, 3 x 5 reps @ 80%, rest 1:00 between sets
What does 31×1 mean? You can read up here!

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.

Sunday – 6/29

Thruster Ladder

Each Partner must perform 3 reps within the minute before moving on the next weight. There will be 30 seconds of rest between each weight.

1 – 75/55
2 – 95/65
3 – 115/75
4 – 135/95
5 – 155/105
6 – 165/110
7 – 175/115
8 – 185/125
9 – 205/135

Rest 12 minutes

400m/200m MedBall Relay

Complete for time

Partner 1 runs 400m with a MedBall (20/15). Switch out and partner 2 goes. Then immediately run 200m with the MedBall.

Monday – 6/30

1. Run 800m x 3; rest 1:00 between efforts

2. Perform three rounds of this circuit:

Dumbbell one-armed snatches (AHAP), alternate three left, three right for total of twelve reps.
Box Jump 25 Jumps, 30/24″

Rest 1 minute

Tuesday – 7/1

Row 500 meters
Dumbbell “Thruster” 20 reps
Pull-ups 20 reps

Rest as needed

Row 500 meters
Dumbbell “Thruster” 10 reps
Pull-ups 20 reps

Rest as needed

Row 500 meters
Dumbbell “Thruster” 5 reps
Pull-ups 20

1) Challenge – row 1:30, 1:35, then 1:40 500′s and “Thruster” with 45, 60, then 90 pounds, while getting 20 reps each pull-up set?

Wednesday – 7/2

After a good warm up on the rower, complete max effort for time:

1000m row

then

3 rounds for time

12 Deadlift, 135/95
9 Hang Power Clean, 135/95
6 Shoulder to overhead, 135/95

Thursday – 7/3

Complete for time

30 Barbell Thruster, 95#/65#
500m row

rest 10 minutes then

Perform 30 Handstand push-ups (15 min cap)

Friday – 4th of July CLOSED

Saturday – July 5 (ONE CLASS 9AM)

“Roy”
Five rounds for time of:
225 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
20 Box jumps, 24 inch box
25 Pull-ups

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.

 

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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.

FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

This week has been a test in and of itself. If you were in more than 3 times during the week, your body is probably feeling tired. You know, in that good way when you know you have physically put yourself through some tough sh*t and will become better because of it. 

Yesterday was a plethora of new personal bests in max pull-ups. It was great to see as I know many of you had been working so hard to improve them for quite some time. Congratulations to those that made the leader board: Rachael (we will miss you), Stacey E (look how far you have come – Ray for the orange and the blue!), Alex B (awesome Coach to Be), Russ (VPX), Nigel (Pencilnecks UNITE), and Lapidus (#dadstrong). You all have raised the bar for others to strive for. Great work!

FLAG DAY BBQ 

When: Saturday at 5pm

Where: Mark and Kari’s – 20 Taylor Rd, Belmont

What: Food & Drink – $10 to cover cost of food and drink. You can bring a dish two if you like.

RSVP: [email protected]

CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 SEMINAR 

The gym is closed this weekend while we host the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. Meet Saturday at the Harvard Track (9am) to complete a WOD on your own with the membership (no coach will be present). Meet Sunday (9am) at the Harvard Stadium, again, this will not be instructor led.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 6/14 – Harvard Track

1. 8x100m sprints with 45 sec rest between efforts

2. 4 rounds for time
400m run
50 Air Squats

Sunday 6/15 – Harvard Stadium

Run as many stadium sections as you can in 20 minutes.

Monday 6/16

For time:

2000m row or 1600m run
21 Deadlift, 145/100
21 Ring dips
2000m row or 1600m run
15 Deadlift, 145/100
15 Ring dips
2000m row or 1600m run
9 Deadlift, 145/100
9 Ring Dips

Tuesday 6/17

1. Dumbell “Tabata” Thrusters (front squat/push-press, interval: 20 sec’s on/10 sec’s off X 8) Use 10″ box.

challenge is 10 reps while holding at least 50% of your BW in DB’s.

rest 8 minutes

2. 3 rounds for time
15 over the box jumps
15 power cleans, 115/75

Wednesday 6/18

1. Back Squat – 8RM (20 minutes)

2. 3 rounds for time
15 knee to elbow
5 muscle ups
15 knee to elbow
rest 2 minutes

If you can’t muscle-up substitute 25 pull-ups and 25 dips at each round,and…. get the muscle-up soon. Power through this workout.

Thursday 6/19

1. Jerk from behind the neck – 1RM (20 min)

2. Complete 3 circuits:
Box Jump twenty-five jumps in sixty seconds, then immediately
Powerclean 15 reps.
Rest sixty seconds.

No rest during jumps or powercleans. Each round is about three minutes including rests.

Intermediate: 20″ box and 50% bodyweight powerclean
Advanced: 26″; box and 75% bodyweight powerclean
Elite: 32″ box and 100% bodyweight powerclean

Friday 6/20

1. Power Clean – 1RM

2. “The Bear”
Without stopping or dropping the bar, complete the following sequence, seven times:

Power Clean
Front Squat
Push Press (have bar land behind head, in rear-rack position)
Back Squat
Push-Press (have bar land on chest, in front-rack position)

Once you’ve completed the sequence seven times consecutively without stopping, drop the bar. Add weight, attempt another sequence of 7. Repeat for a total of five rounds.

NOTES:

1. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THE DEMO VIDEO http://youtu.be/0WOP9J7QPwI. It will help clarify things immensely.
2. There is no time limit for this progression. Athletes may take as much time or as little time as needed between rounds.
3. Once a sequence of seven has been started it can’t be stopped. If you need to rest, you must do so with the bar on your back or on your chest – it may not rest on the ground.
4. Athletes are to START LIGHT, and add weight after each completed sequence of seven.

Saturday 6/21

“Kelly”

5 rounds for time
400m run
30 Box Jumps
30 Wallball shots

06 Jun 2014

060614 – FIRE IT UP FRIDAY!

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I was lucky enough to take a couple of days off this week and head down to Newport, RI with my family. Jessica had a conference during the days so I was able to spend some Daddy time with my girls. A good vacation is when you can get some great rest and be in bed by 9pm. It is rare that I am able to get the same type of rest when I am home.

As athletes, we often overlook the importance of nutrition and sleep for performance. Too often we focus solely on the time we spend while in the gym. Pushing our bodies farther than before to squeeze out every last drop of energy. Now that we have Alex on board, weekly blogging about nutrition, and have held multiple nutrition challenges, everyone understands that you CAN’T OUTWORK A SH*TTY DIET.

So, that leaves us with sleep. How many hours a night do you routinely sleep? There is a ton of research out there suggesting 7-10 hours is the optimal range. The number does truly vary by many factors: age, gender, region to name a few. What is most important is the hours required routinely and any accumulated sleep debt.

For example, lets say I normally sleep for 7 hours but there is this deadline at work and I pull a couple of nights with only 3 hours of sleep. I have accumulated 8 hours of sleep debt and it will have an impact on my functions. The body is going to yearn to get back to homeostasis and your performance will suffer until it does.

Beyond just day to day performance, habitual sleep deprivation can contribute to the following:

  • increased risk of obesity
  • increased risk of heart problems and diabetes
  • increased risk for depression and substance abuse
  • decreased mental acuity

Make sleep a priority just the same as you make your training a priority. Schedule it in and don’t allow it to simply be a go to task after everything else is complete. Stop whatever you are doing and get to bed!

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 6/7

For Time

Row 250m
21 Push Press, 95#/65#
Row 500m
15 PP
Row 750m
9 PP

then

Deadlift – 3RM (20 min)
Work up to a max set of 3 for the day

Sunday 6/8

Teams of 2 (same gender) Relay Style

For Time:
Row 500m
21 Pull-ups
15 Overhead swings, 24kg/16kg
Run 400m
21 Dips
15 Power Snatch, 75#/55#
30 Burpees
21 Squats, 95#/65#
Row 500m

Monday 6/9

This is the CrossFit Challenge done as a circuit rather than prioritized. We refer to this as the “Vertical Tabata Challenge.”

Perform each of the following for only twenty seconds. Rest for ten seconds while quickly transitioning to next movement.

Rest for 1 minute after each round and repeat seven times for a total of eight rounds. Total your weakest output from each exercise from all eight rounds. This time your rowing score is in calories.

Row
Squat
Pull-up
Push-up
Sit-up

Tuesday 6/10

1. Front Squat – 3RM

2. Perform 2 rounds of this circuit:

Box Jumps, 20″ in 2 minutes
Lunge 2 minutes, record steps
Row 2 minutes for distance
Squat 2 minutes, record reps

Rest 5 minutes between circuits

Wednesday 6/11

For time & load:

Run 400m
15 Back squat, 15 rep max weight
10 Handstand Push Ups
10 Back squat, 10 rep max weight
8 Handstand Push ups
5 Back squat, 5 rep max weight
6 Handstand Push ups
Run 400m

Thursday 6/12

1. Max Pull-ups – TEST

2. Power Clean max weight for 15 reps
Tabata Squats, total reps as your score
Power Clean max weight for 15 reps
Tabata Squat, total reps 

Friday 6/13

1. Max Dips – TEST

2. AMRAP 20
Run 400m
Max reps L Pull-ups

Saturday 6/14

Gym Closed for CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. Meet at Harvard Track at 9AM.

Sunday 6/15

Gym Closed for CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. Meet at Harvard Stadium at 9AM.

Carla is about to raise the fire today in Canton, MA. In our conversations this week, she feels as though she is poised to provide her best performances this weekend. This is a victory already in and of itself. In these competitions the only part that can be controlled is your own performance. Give it all! Leave it on the floor. Each and every time.

Give ‘em Hell Carla! We are all proud of you.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

We will be running normal classes this weekend. There will NOT be any open gym after the 11AM class ends at 12. The doors will close immediately so that I can head down to Canton. Please plan accordingly, showers will not be available.

PROGRAMMING

As you may have noticed the programming has veered slightly from the normal continual effort of just 21-15-9 for time or AMRAP 15. There has been more High Intensity Intervals programmed and some strict movements as well. Why? 

Intervals are one of the most effective ways of increasing work capacity. The magic of CrossFit occurs when you are training at your margins. This is 90-95% of your max effort. This is HARD to do and near impossible to put forth in an extended effort. As time increases, intensity drops. These short repeated efforts with rest between are going to allow some recovery and a sustained high effort.

The strict movements are to strengthen certain muscle groups so they can last longer in the traditional WOD’s. Stay true to them. The boxes/med balls are being used as targets to hammer in consistency of range of motion. These next few weeks will get back to squatting 2x per week and an upper body strength lift in addition to the met cons.

WHATS ON TAP

Sunday 6/1

1. Squat snatch – 1RM (20 minutes)

2. Run as far as possible in 8 minutes with a partner. Alternate every 500m.

While one person is running the other is performing squats while holding a 45#/25# plate against their chest.

Score distance and total combined reps as a team.

Monday 6/2

1. Squat Clean 2RM (20 minutes)
2-2-2-2-2

2. 50 Sit-ups.
2 minute sprint on airdyne/rower (calories)
Push-press, 1/3 body weight 21 reps.
2 minute sprint on airdyne/rower (calories)
Push-press, 1/3 body weight 15 reps.
2 minute sprint on airdyne/rower (calories)
Push-press, 1/3 body weight 9 reps.
50 Sit-ups.

Tuesday 6/3

Knee to elbows, 15-12 and 9 reps.
20 Dips
Run 400 meters, max effort.

With no rest between deadlift and pull-ups with only 60 seconds rest between superset:
Deadlift 15 reps (body weight)/Pull-ups 15 reps
Deadlift 12 reps (body weight)/Pull-ups 12 reps
Deadlift 9 reps (body weight)/Pull-ups 9 reps

Run 400 meters, max effort.
20 Dips
Hang form bar and touch knees to elbows, 15-12 and 9 reps. 

Wednesday 6/4

Row 500 meters
Clean and Jerk 15 reps (Choose a weight that is at least 60% of your bodyweight)

Rest 3 minutes

Row 500 meters
Clean and Jerk 15 reps

Rest 3 minutes

Row 500 meters
Clean and Jerk 15 reps

Time each couplet and total time to complete all 3 circuits including 6 minutes of rest.

Thursday 6/5

1. Back Squat 5RM (20 minutes)

2. Repeat this circuit three times with a 60 second break between rounds.

Max reps double unders for two minutes
Max reps Pull-ups
Max reps Floor-press, body weight

Friday 6/6

1. Shoulder Press 2RM (20 minutes)
2-2-2-2-2

2. 3 rounds for time
Sit-ups, 25
Thrusters (off 10″ box), 25 reps (~25 RM load)
Rope Climb X 5

 


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