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19 Dec 2014

12/19/14 Fire It Up Friday!

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Hey! I’m a little late today but I think you will be pleased to hear what I have to say. At 1:30pm today we were issued our Certificate of Occupancy for the new space at 100 Holton Street! FINALLY!

There are some details that need to be ironed out regarding the move in date and I will be working on those the next couple of days. Monday I will receive the keys and the process will begin. That being said, the class schedule may be changed to accommodate the move.

Many of you have already departed for the holidays and I wish you all the best. This upcoming year will be our 10th in existence and I am proud to see how far we’ve come and where we are going. Next week there will not be a Fire It Up Friday post so this is my last of 2014. Here is a thought for you:

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”

~ Jim Rohn

WHAT’S ON TAP

Saturday 12/20
1a. Push Press – 3×3, rest 30 seconds
1b. Chin-ups – 3×4.4.4, rest 2 minutes

2. AMRAP 10
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

Sunday 12/21
1. Free Handstand hold – 3×10-30 seconds
2a. Pistols – 5×3 each leg
2b. Gluteham developer sit-ups – 5×10 each leg

3. Groups of 3 – divide the work as see fit (all may run together but only 1 person at a time on the WB/DU’s)
Run 1500m with a sandbag
75 Wallball shots, 30/20
150 Double under
Run 1200m with a sandbag
50 Wallball shots
100 Double under
Run 600m with a sandbag
25 Wallball shots
50 Double under

Monday 12/22
1a. Deadlift with a 21×2 tempo @ 75%, women 5×8/men 5×5, rest 1 minute
1b. Strict HSPU – 4×2.2.2, rest 2 minutes

2. “Nigel”
30 Bear Complexes for time

Tuesday 12/23
1. EMOM 12 – 3 Power Snatches
1-4 @ 65%
5-8 @ 70%
9-12 @ 75%

2a. Shoulder Press with a 22X2 tempo @ 73%, women 5×8/men 5×5
2b. Bent over BB row (no momentum) – 4×8-10, rest 2:00

Wednesday 12/24 CLOSED

Thursday 12/25 CLOSED

Friday 12/26 – TBD

Saturday 12/27 – TBD

Sunday 12/28 – TBD

12 Dec 2014

121214 – Fire It Up Friday!

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BE PRESENT

Last night I was at home instead of at the gym because I had this terrible headache all day that just wouldn’t go away. I tried drinking more water, sitting in a dark room, etcetera until finally, the tylenol took effect. This unexpected time home for me gave Jessica and Abigail the chance to go on a Mother/Daughter adventure. She loves them. By “She” I mean BOTH Jessica and Abigail.

I had the chance to be alone with Zoë, which has been remarkably rare in her 11 months of existence. I got her fed and changed into her pajamas then we started the bedtime routine. I like to sit in a chair and rock her while telling her the stories of “Abigail and Zoë Amazing Adventures”. I cannot tell if she likes them or not because she usually falls asleep within the first 5 minutes of my starting.

Why am I telling you all this? Because it was one of the rare times where I could be 100% present for Zoë. As she fell asleep in my arms I had such great satisfaction knowing that I gave her all of my attention. What a novel concept these days, to give ONE person/thing 100% of your attention? 

We live in times where we are pulled in every direction. Work, family, kids, friends, etc. At times it seems we are the beck and call of every other person out there and that nothing receives our undivided attention. 

Here is my challenge to you: BE PRESENT. Whatever it is you are doing, be present in that task. Whoever you are speaking to, be present in that conversation. Whenever you are in the gym, be present in your training.

It’s not easy, but it will be DAMN rewarding when you achieve it.

With Love,
Neal

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • Sunday 12/14
    1. Accumulate 15 TGU each arm
    2. Wall handstand hold – 3×30-60 seconds
    3. 2 Kettlebell Clean + Jerk, 20-50 reps, w-12kg/m-16kg

    4. 4 rounds for time with a partner
    12 Deadlift (alternate every 3 reps), 275/185
    2 x 60’ fireman carry

  • Monday 12/15
    1a. Back Squat with a tempo 22×2 (touch a box or ball) @ 75%, women 5×8/men 5×5
    1b. Strict Pull-ups – 4×2.2.2.2, rest 3:00

    2. AMRAP 6
    10 Unbroken wallball shots, 20/15
    20 Double Unders

    rest 6 minutes

    AMRAP 6
    20 Double Unders
    10 Unbroken wallball shots, 20/15

  • Tuesday 12/16
    1a. Ring Support Hold – 6×60 seconds, rest :30
    1b. Flex Arm Hang – 6×30 seconds, rest 1:00

    2. For time
    30 Power snatch, 75/55
    10 Overhead squat
    20 Power snatch
    20 Overhead squat
    10 Power Snatch
    30 Overhead squat

  • Wednesday 12/17
    1. Test – 3000m row

    2a. Bench press with a 22×2 tempo @ 73%, women 5×8/men 5×5
    2b. Band pull apart – 4 x 3times your BP reps

  • Thursday 12/18
    1. Clean and Jerk – 10×1
    2. Clean pull through ankle extension @ 110% of heaviest CJ – 3×5

    3. Complete 60 burpees for time

  • Friday 12/19
    1. Accumulate 6 minutes in an L-sit. Each time you break perform 5 weighted step-ups to a 12” box each leg with a 65/45 barbell.

    2. 4 rounds for time
    5 DB snatch left arm, 55/35
    10 Split squat jumps
    5 DB snatch right arm
    10 Toe 2 Bar

  • Saturday 12/20
    1a. Push Press – 3×3, rest 30 seconds
    1b. Chin-ups – 3×4.4.4, rest 2 minutes

    2. AMRAP 10
    5 Pull-ups
    10 Push-ups
    15 Squats

05 Dec 2014

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The first week of training is in the books. CrosbyStills&Nash cracked the top 5 leaderboard on “Annie” with a blazing time of 6:01. Great work brother!

Photo Caption Contest! What is Crosby thinking? Best caption wins $15 Starbucks gift card. Post caption to comments.

Photo Caption Contest! What is Crosby thinking? Best caption wins a $15 Starbucks gift card. Post caption to comments.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

Now is the time to begin thinking about what you would like to get from your training with the New Year quickly coming upon us. When you are setting a goal remember to make it S.M.A.R.T.

S-pecific – What do you want to accomplish? Why? Don’t overlook the importance of WHY. For example, “I want to lose 10 pounds so my pants fit better and I can be more active with my children” is a specific with a very powerful WHY.

M-easurable – It must be quantifiable otherwise there is no way to know when you it is completed. “I want to get in shape” is not measurable. What does that mean?

A-chievable – Your goal must be attainable. It can and should be a challenge but it cannot be extreme. For example, if I were to say that I want to be 200 pounds that would not be attainable unless I am willing to remove one of my appendages.

R-ealistic – If I were to say that I want to run a marathon in 2 hours and 5 minutes, you would look at me and say, “Awesome Neal, you f*@#ing NUT”. However, If I say I want to run a marathon in 4 hours, now I am being realistic and a training plan can be laid out to complete it. The last two parts, achievable and realistic, allow you to start answering the question HOW to get it done.

T-ime bound – The last part is you need to put a time frame as to when you would like to reach your goal. Lets go back to my first example, “I want to lose 10 pounds so I can be more active with my kids”. By when? Next year? Tomorrow? If this step is skipped it is too easy for it to get lost in the day-to-day demands that arise.

If I rephrase my goal as, “I want to lose 10 pounds in 35 days so that I can be more active with my kids and lead a more fulfilling family life” then it meets all the requirements of a S.M.A.R.T. goal. It has a “WHY” and I can come up with a plan on “HOW” to get it done.

Once you have decided WHAT you want to achieve this year, reach out to your Coach and we can help you put together the plan. Failing to Plan, is Planning to Fail!

WHAT’S ON TAP!

  • Saturday 12/6
    1a. Push Press – 3×5
    1b. Pistols – 4 x 6

    2. 3 rounds for time
    8 STO, 115/75
    16 KTE
    24 A. Sqts

  • Sunday 12/7
    1a. Front Squat with a 21X2 tempo @ 70%, women 3×8/men 3×5
    1b. Rope climb – 2 ascents and descents, rest 2:00

    2. Partner 5k row
    Alternate every 50 calories

  • Monday 12/8
    1a. Strict Pull-ups – 3×4.4.4
    1b. Back Extensions – 3×10, rest 1:00

    2. 10-8-6-4-2
    Snatch, 115/75
    Ring Dips

  • Tuesday 12/9
    1a. Shoulder press with a 22×2 tempo @ 70%, women 5×8/men 5×5
    1b. Heavy DB row (no torque) – 4×6-8 reps, rest 2-3 minutes

    2. Run 4 x 400m
    rest 3:00 between rounds

  • Wednesday 12/10
    1. Accumulate 100 Hollow Rocks – every time you stop, perform 10 unbroken double unders

    2. “DT”
    5 rounds for time
    12 Deadlift, 155/105
    9 Hang Power Clean
    6 STO

  • Thursday 12/11
    1. Clean 7×2

    2. AMRAP 3
    6 Box Jump, 24/20
    6 cal row

    rest 9 minutes

    AMRAP 3
    6 Box Jump, 24/20
    6 cal row

    rest 9 minutes

    AMRAP 3
    6 Box Jump, 24/20
    6 cal row

  • Friday 12/12
    1. Overhead Squat – Max reps @ bodyweight
    scales – 3/4 bodyweight, 1/2 bodyweight

    2. AMRAP 20
    2 Thruster, 95/65
    2 Pull-ups
    4 Thruster
    4 Pull-ups
    6 Thruster
    6 Pull-ups
    …+2

  • Saturday 12/13
    1a. Ring Push-ups – 3×3.3.3, 21X2 tempo
    1b. Strict KTE – 3×6-10 reps

    2. For Time
    Run 700m
    20 Lunges with DB (FR), 35/20
    20 DB Split Clean
    Run 1200m
    20 Push Press, 35/20
    20 Lunges with DB (FR)
    Run 700m

01 Dec 2014

The Week In Training

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Welcome back from the long weekend of food indulgence! Here is what we have going on this week. There is an emphasis on time under tension and tempo squats in addition to short, high power conditioning. Be sure to choose your weights correctly so that you can complete the conditioning in the correct time, heavier may not be better.

Monday 12/1

1a. Back Squat – with a 21×2 tempo, women 5×8 @ 85%/men 5×5 @ 85%, rest 1:00
1b. Dips – with a 21×2 tempo, 4×5, rest 2:00

2. Complete reps of 21-15-9 for time (8 minute cap)
Front squat, 155/105
Burpees

Tuesday 12/2

1a. Strict Handstand Push-ups – 3×3.3.3
1b. Toe 2 Bar – 3 x max unbroken reps, rest 1:00

2. Aerobic Power
Row 1000m

rest 10 minutes

Row 1000m

PR Wednesday 12/3

1a. Bench Press – with a 21×2 tempo, women 5×8 @ 70%/men 5×5 @ 70%
1b. GHD Sit-ups – 4×10, rest 2:00

2. “Annie” (10 minute cap)
Complete reps of 50-40-30-20-10 of:
Double Unders
AbMat Sit ups

Thursday 12/4

1a. 5 x Max pull-ups
1b. 5 x max reps thruster, 95/65

2. EMOM 12 

4 Power Clean (not touch and go)
1-4 60%
5-8 65%
9-12 70%

Friday 12/5

1a. Deadlift – with a tempo 21×2, women 5×8 @ 70%/men 5×5 @ 70%, rest 1:00
1b. Ring Rows – with a tempo 21×2, 4×8, rest 1:00

2. AMRAP 10

15 KB swings, 24kg/16kg
15 Burpee

Saturday 12/6

1a. Push Press – 3×5
1b. Pistols – 4×3 each leg

2. 3 rounds for time
8 Shoulder to overhead, 115/75
16 Knee to elbow
24 Air Squats

24 Oct 2014

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ARE YOU UNBEATABLE?

Some of you may be aware that I belong to the Unbeatable Mind Academy powered by SEALFit. Coach Divine stresses how breathing is central to better function. Our life is simply stress after stress; work, family, friends, CrossFit, etc. These all are stressors. How your body responds to each factors determines the impact it has on you. Learning to breathe properly can help you deal with stress in a more positive way.

Box Breathing

Start with the simple, yet powerful method of box breathing. Begin by exhaling out all of the air in your lungs to a count of 5. Then remain deflated for 5 seconds. Next inhale to a count of 5. Hold this breath for a count of 5.

Inhale – 5 count
Hold – 5 count
Exhale – 5 count
Hold – 5 count

Repeat this cycle for a minimum of 5 cycles. You can also add positive thoughts to this breathing such as “I am getting stronger and I can do this”. Seems odd at first but don’t discredit is powerfulness. Over time you will see that you can better control how you are feeling and handling stress using this simple method. It will help you in the middle of a WOD when you feel like your heart is about to explode and you may begin to fall off. There are many more positive benefits to be gained from box breathing. If you are interested in taking the mental journey that is the Unbeatable Mind Academy, you can learn more here.

GYM CLOSED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Just a reminder that the gym will be closed this Saturday and Sunday while we are hosting the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. If you are interested in a bodyweight WOD that can be completed outdoors with no need of equipment, post “Hell Yes, Please!” to comments.

PROGRAMMING THRU 10/31

Monday 10/27

1. Back Squat
3 reps @ 70%
5-10 ring dips, AHAP, rest 1:00
3 reps @ 80%
5-10 ring dips, AHAP, rest 1:00
3+ reps @ 90%
5-10 ring dips, AHAP

2. EMOM 10
1 High Hang Clean + 1 Hang Clean + 1 Clean
1-3 @ 60%
4-6 @ 70%
7-10 @ 80%

Tuesday 10/28

1. Complete reps of 50-40-30-20-10 for time
OH Swings, 24/16kg
Double Unders

2a. Dip Support Hold 30 seconds x 6 sets, rest 30 seconds
2b. Bar Hang 30 seconds x 6 sets, rest 30 seconds

PR Wednesday 10/29

“Eva”

Five rounds for time of:
Run 800 meters
2 pood Kettlebell swing, 30 reps
30 Pull-ups

Thursday 10/30

1. Push Press
3 reps @ 70%
10 ring rows, BW+15, rest 2:00
3 reps @ 80%
10 ring rows, BW+15, rest 2:00
3+ reps @ 90%
10 ring rows, BW+15

2. Complete 3 rounds, each for time
Row 500m
rest 1:00

Friday 10/31

Three rounds for time of:

95 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps
15 L Pull-ups
95 pound Split-jerk, 15 reps
15 Knees to elbows
95 pound Hang clean, 15 reps
15 Back extensions, with 25 pounds

Hold 25 pound plate or dumbbell to chest for back extensions.

17 Oct 2014

101714 – FIRE IT UP FRIDAY!

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Greetings all! I am writing to you today from Vancouver, BC. I am away this weekend meeting with other MadLab Gym owners as we work together in sharing ideas on how to continue to improve your experience as a member of the CrossFit Boston community. I enjoy theses weekends because it always opens my mind to some aspect that I may have overlooked, something simple that can be applied immediately.

How about the week of training? PR Wednesday was awesome to see the 400m run leaderboard undergo so much shuffling! The new leaders are Avik C with a blistering pace of 1:07 for the men and for the ladies Lauryn Z smoked it with a time of 1:16 to take over the top spot. The remaining top 5 for the day were:

Men 400m
1. Avik C 1:07
2. Christopher V 1:10
3. Pat F 1:11
4. Mike L 1:12
5. Terrence K/John R 1:15

Women 400m
1. Lauryn Z 1:16
2. Ellen G 1:17
3. Lisa D 1:18
4. Gabby R 1:21
5. Linh N/Elizabeth T 1:24

These 4 ladies produced the top 5 times in the 400m run. From L-R: Sleepy Liz, Warrior Linh, Elle G, Lauryn Z! Thor couldn't resist being surrounded by that many beautiful women.

These 4 ladies produced the top 5 times in the 400m run. From L-R: Sleepy Liz, Warrior Linh, Elle G, Lauryn Z! Thor couldn’t resist being surrounded by that many beautiful women.

L-R: Lisa D, John R, Mike L. Each earning a spot in the top 5 fastest times in the 400m.

L-R: Lisa D, John R, Mike L.
Each earning a spot in the top 5 fastest times in the 400m.

The remaining speedsters. L-R: Gabby R, Chris V, Pat F, Eli C., Anja D.

The remaining speedsters. L-R: Gabby R, Chris V, Pat F, Eli C., Anja D.

JUMPNRope Seminar Cancelled

In case you have not yet heard, the seminar scheduled for today with the JumpNRope has been cancelled due to lack of sign ups. If you had signed up you may attend one of the other 4 that are being conducted in the area this weekend or you can request a full refund.

Contact Katie here.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Here is the next week of programming:

Saturday 10/18

1. Upside Down FRAN

Reps of 9-15-21 for time
Thruster, 95/65
Pull-ups

2a. L-Sit Holds – 6 x 10 seconds, 1:00
2b. Dip hold (bottom position) – 6 x 15 seconds, 1:00

3. 30 Strict Toe 2 Bar

Sunday 10/19

Partner Fight Gone Bad!

5 rounds of:
Wall-ball shots, 20-lb. ball, 10-ft. target (reps)
Sumo deadlift high-pull, 75 lb. (reps)
Box jump, 20-inch (reps)
Push press, 75 lb. (reps)
Row (calories)

In this workout you and your partner move from each of five stations after a minute while alternating who is doing the work.. The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. This is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. On call of “rotate,” the athletes must move to next station immediately for best score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.

Monday 10/20

1. AMRAP 20
15 Overhead Squats, 95/65
10 Pull-ups
Run 200m

2a. Glute ham raise, 6-10 reps x 3 sets
2b. 5 TGU’s each arm x 3 sets

Tuesday 10/21

1. Power Clean
Work up to a 3RM (not touch and go, 2-3 seconds between to reset)

2. Complete for time
Row 1k
50 squats
Row 1k
50 Push-ups
Row 1k
50 Sit-ups

PR Wednesday 10/22

1. Overhead Squat – 10RM
Find your 10RM

2. 3 Rounds for time
315/215 pound deadlift, 10 reps
10 Burpees

Thursday 10/23

1. E2M420M (10 rounds)
Row 250m
5 Alternating Pistols each leg

2a. Skin the cats 2.2.2.2 x 2 sets
2b. Single Leg Deadlift 5 each leg x 2 sets

Friday 10/24

1. Bench Press
3 reps @ 70%
Kipping Pull-ups 8.8.8, rest 2:30
3 reps @ 80%
Kipping Pull-ups 8.8.8, rest 2:30
3+ reps @ 90%
Kipping Pull-ups 8.8.8

2. Complete 3 rounds each for time
Run 1000m
rest 2:00 between rounds

Saturday 10/25 & Sunday 10/26

GYM CLOSED while we host the CF-L1 Seminar

 

10 Oct 2014

FRIDAY 101014 – FIRE IT UP!

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Yet another week is in the books! It’s great to see so many performance PR’s. On Wednesday we maxed out the snatch and there were more than a few big Personal Records. Warrior Linh, Nina, Joe M, Jason W, and Alex C all hit new records in the snatch. Joe and Jason both achieved a body weight snatch. That is a HUGE achievement and a great platform to push off from as they continue to improve.

Here are a few pics from Wednesday:

WarriorLinhSnatch NinaNoonSnatch jasonWPR 

 

JUSTIN

I would like to introduce Justin. I have been working with Justin just the last couple of months as he has been going through our Foundations Program. Justin played scholastic tennis at a very high level and has begun Obstacle Course Racing to keep his competitive juices flowing. Despite his athletic background, Justin never had the opportunity to partake in a strength and conditioning program. This week he back squatted his bodyweight for a triple and did so easily. 

We worked up to a 3RM for the day. Each attempt was a PR for him because he had never done it before. It was exciting to see the legit surprise and pride as he had success on each successive lift. Justin will be joining Group Classes soon. If you see him with me or in the gym be sure to say hello!

Justin rang the PR bell with a body weight back squat for a triple. This was the first time he had ever back squatted for any sort of load!

Justin rang the PR bell with a body weight back squat for a triple. This was the first time he had ever back squatted for any sort of load!

JUMPNROPE SEMINAR

Friday 10/17 – 5:30pm-7:30pm: JumpNRope Seminar (some spots still available) NO CLASSES or OPEN GYM

There is less than one week left to secure your spot for Molly Metz’s and her Team’s JumpNRope seminar. It will help you improve your skill. It is NOT just for the beginners. This is great for anyone in the gym to help you improve.

Register HERE.

PROGRAMMING – WHAT’S ON TAP

Here is this week’s upcoming programming.

Sunday 10/12

Complete with a partner for total calories

Row 20 minutes alternating every 2 minutes. While one is rowing, the other is holding a weighted Push-up/Plank with 45/25 pound plate on his/her back. Add a 10 burpee penalty each time the plank is compromised.

Monday 10/13

Gymnastic strength work – for quality and 20 minute cap
1a. 20 Squats x 2 sets
1b. Strict Pull-ups, 3.3.3 x 2 sets
1c. Ring Dips, 5.5.5 x 2 sets
1d. Strict Toe2Bar, 5.5.5 x 2 sets
1e. 10 lunges each leg x 2 sets
1f. 10 Ring Rows (feet on box) x 2 sets
1g. 12 Push-ups x 2 sets
1h. 10 Back extension x 2 sets

2. Reps of 21-15-9 for time (10 minute cap)
Deadlift, 225
Pull-ups

Tuesday 10/14

1. Front Squat
5 reps @ 65%
Max reps strict HSPU, rest 2:00
5 reps @ 75%
Max strict HSPU, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 85%
Max strict HSPU

2. AMRAP 8
Row 15 calories
15 Push-ups

PR Wednesday 10/15

1. TEST – 400m run

2. TEST – 75 Wallball shots

3a. Back extension – 3 x 10-15 reps
3b. Strict Toe2Bar – 3 x 8-15 reps

Thursday 10/16

1. Accumulate 8 minutes in a Handstand (scale against a wall if necessary)

2. Complete 5 rounds for time
10 Front Squat, 155/105
8 Power Clean, 155/105
6 Push Jerk, 155/105

Friday 10/17 (NO 5:30 or 6:30 classes)

1. Shoulder Press
3 reps @ 70%
Strict pull-ups 3.3.3, rest 1:00
3 reps @ 80%
Strict pull-ups 3.3.3, rest 1:00
3 reps @ 90%
Strict pull-ups 3.3.3

2. EMOM 12
Odd – 30 Unbroken double unders
Even – 5 Touch-n-Go Snatch @ 50% of 1RM

Saturday 10/18

1. Upside Down FRAN

Reps of 9-15-21 for time
Thruster, 95/65
Pull-ups

2a. L-Sit Holds – 6 x 10 seconds
2b. Dip hold (bottom position) – 6 x 15 seconds

3. 30 Strict Toe 2 Bar

03 Oct 2014

100314 – Fire It Up Friday!

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FIRE IT UP! 

It’s the first Friday of the month. Wednesday was a parade of bells ringing! Some great improvements in Tabata Squats. Even after hitting back squats prior. This is a pure increase in work capacity. Think about it, if last time you hit 8 reps across all eight intervals, you completed 64 reps. Up that mark to 12 reps each round, you have now completed 96 reps! A 50% improvement. This is exactly what Yeshil did! Great work! Gabby went from 16 reps in June to 18 reps on Wednesday. Thats 144 reps from 128 reps, a 12.5% improvement. Though this may seem small, it is really difficult to make double digit improvements once you are completing 15+ reps on Tabata squats. Pretty awesome.

Gabby blasting out some thrusters post tabata squats.

Gabby blasting out some thrusters post tabata squats.

BEAT THE STREETS

Just a reminder that tomorrow we are running the qualifying WODs for the Beat The Streets fundraiser with 3Point Foundation and Tina Ramos. 

9am will be WOD #1
10am will be WOD #2
11am will be WOD #3

You can read more about the event here.

COACH TOMMY T!

If you have been attending my 5:30pm classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays you already know that Tom T has been assisting and leading portions of the training. Tom joined us from Trident CrossFit (awesome community/coaches/etc) where he assisted in coaching duties for a year there. After settling into Boston, he is now excited to get back in the mix and helping others reach their goals!

Here’s Tom’s bio:

Great extension on the snatch!

Great extension on the snatch!

I found Crossfit in the fall of 2011 at Crossfit Dewitt, in Syracuse, NY. I was looking to increase my overall fitness and wanted to drop some weight after jockeying a desk for a few years post college. My butt was immediately kicked and I was hooked. In 2012, I took a new job and moved to Alexandria, VA and was lucky enough to find Trident Crossfit. I was blown away at the coaches, community and the facilities there and as my fitness improved, I wanted to know more about Crossfit and fitness so I took my Level 1 at Trident. Chriss and Andrea Smith, the co-owners of Trident, approached me and asked if I was interested in interning at the gym. I never considered myself a coach, but accepted their offer to learn from the best coaches and most fun people I knew. 

The reason I keep Crossfitting is because I am a weekend warrior. I’ve been a lifelong athlete and like to dip my toe into a bunch of different sports – skiing, swimming, windsurfing, lacrosse and running. Crossfit keeps me fit, fast and strong and allows me to meet and hang out with great people. 

PROGRAMMING – WHAT’S ON TAP

Sunday 10/5

Complete with a partner for time, work can be split however the team prefers:

 

800m run
50 Back squats, 45/35
1000m row
50 STO, 45/35
300 Double Unders
50 Pull-ups
50 Burpees
50 GH Sit-ups

 

then both team members must run another 800m.

 

Monday 10/6

1. Deadlift
5 reps @ 65%, rest 1:00
Ring Dips (AHAP), 4-8, rest 1:00
5 reps @ 75%, rest 1:00
Ring Dips (AHAP), 4-8, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 85%, rest 1:00
Ring Dips (AHAP), 4-8

2. 3 Rounds for time
20 OH walking lunges, 45/25
15 OH Squats, 135/95
20 Unbroken Double Unders

Tuesday 10/7

Warm-up: 2k row

1. Row – 10 x 200m @ 85%, rest 1:00 between

2. AMRAP 8
15 KTE
15 Front Squat, 95/65

Wednesday 10/8

1. Snatch – work up to a max single (17 minutes)

2. Complete for time
30 Snatches @ 50% of above
20 Push Jerk (same weight)
15 Burpee box jumps
20 Push Jerk
30 Snatches

Thursday 10/9

1. Push Press
5 reps @ 65%
Bent over barbell rows (strict – no momentum), 8-10 reps, rest 2:00
5 reps @ 75%
Bent over barbell rows (strict – no momentum), 8-10 reps, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 85%
Bent over barbell rows (strict – no momentum), 8-10 reps

2. Every 2 minutes for 16 minutes perform (8 rounds)
10 Burpees
3 Split Jerks @ 60% of best clean and jerk

Friday 10/10

1a. 5 Skin the cats x 3 sets
1b. 3 rope climbs x 3 sets, rest 2:00

2. Complete 6 rounds for time
12 Pull-ups
200m run

Saturday 10/11

1. Back squat – 3 x 10 reps @ 72%

2. AMRAP 15
100m Farmer Carry, 55/35 each hand
100m Front Rack carry, 55/35 each hand
100m Overhead carry, 55/35 each hand

26 Sep 2014

092614 – FIRE IT UP FRIDAY!

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Fire It Up people! It’s the end of a great week and the eve of our In-House throw down. On “PR” Wednesday we tested double unders with 300 reps for time. Jason Wong killed it with a time of 2:52 and hitting his first 222 reps unbroken! Awesome work Jason! There were many more just over 4 minutes. I am looking forward to the next time this comes around and seeing more people below the 4 minute marker.

Last night in the gym as I was coaching the 5:30 class, we all heard this shrill something similar to what you would see in the films of when young ladies would first meet The Beatles back in the 60’s. I mean a high pitch scream with so much energy that you had to stop immediately to see what was happening.
 
Well, it was Shadi! She performed her first strict pull-up ever and she was ecstatic! This is what its about. Getting better. More physically, emotionally, mentally fit. Thanks Shadi for rocking out.
 
This picture doesn't capture HALF of the emotion she was showing. Congrats!

This picture doesn’t capture HALF of the emotion she was showing. Congrats!

 

IN HOUSE THROWDOWN

Tomorrow will be a great time as we have 15+ coed teams participating. In case you have not yet seen the WODS, they are:

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time
4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement
5. A special buy-in may be assessed on teams with two Rx athletes

  
WOD #3: Partner Cindy
 
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats
 
1. Only one partner may work at the same time
2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy
 
ADDITIONS & SUBTRACTIONS
 
Master’s Program
 
Please welcome Coach Kari T to the team here at CrossFit Boston! Kari has been a member for a number of years now and she has been working with me to develop a Master’s Program. She will spearhead this program and has already begun training new recruits through our Foundations Program. The program will launch a couple group classes during the week beginning in November. One of the primary objectives of the program is to bring functional fitness to a population that needs it more and yet may be turned off by what they perceive CrossFit is or is not.
 
If you know of anyone that is 40+ years old and has stated that he or she wishes to improve their fitness but has been intimidated of CrossFit or tried many programs without success, introduce them to Kari. Here is her email.
 
Coach KariT

Coach Kari T.

Kids Program

Our Kids program has also launched with Coach Jen working with new recruits individually. Group classes are targeted to begin in November as well. There are 3 defined age groups currently being enrolled: Pre-Kids 3-6 yrs old, Kids 6-12, Teen 13+. Each child enrolled will be working with Coach Jen individually to learn the movements, skill progressions, and body maintenance. 

If you have a child and are interested in learning more, please email Jen for details.

Retail Manager

It’s no secret that our offerings are not always up to snuff. Solution? Welcome Lauren C. as our Retail Manager here at CFB. You probably have already met Lauren and Ricky. They moved here from LA where they trained at CFLA under Andy Petranek, 8th Affiliate in the world. Besides being generally AWESOME, Lauren handled the retail program at CFLA.

Lauren and Ricky

Lauren and Ricky

Lauren will be working to bring to you all the Gear you need to perform your best in your WODS and refresh our Brand Apparel so that you look awesome while doing so! She will be working with the membership to create some new ideas so please be ready to offer your opinions when asked.

7:30PM Class

The 7:30pm class on Tuesdays and Thursdays has been canceled due to lack of attendance. This time is available to book Private training sessions and for open gym use. We will remain open on Tuesdays until 8:30pm until Coach Julie’s  Weightlifting class finishes and 8pm on Thursdays as the gym is reorganized after the days classes. Please adjust your schedules accordingly.

PROGRAMMING

Here are the upcoming WOD’s for next week:

Sunday 9/28

1. Partner Row 5k

2. Handstand balancing + midline (ABS)
6 x :20-:30 hold HS
Planks x 6 sets
front – 20 sec
side – 20 sec each

Monday 9/29

Warm up and gymnastic strength work – for quality and 20 minute cap
1a. 20 Squats x 2 sets
1b. Strict Pull-ups, 3.3.3 x 2 sets
1c. Ring Dips, 5.5.5 x 2 sets
1d. Strict Toe2Bar, 5.5.5 x 2 sets
1e. 10 lunges each leg x 2 sets
1f. 10 Ring Rows (feet on box) x 2 sets
1g. 12 Push-ups x 2 sets
1h. 10 Back extension x 2 sets

then…

2. EMOM 15
Snatch 1.1.1 @ 72%

Tuesday 9/30

Warm-up: 1 mile run

1. 6 x 200m (down to 400m turnaround and then jog back) @ 85% effort

2a. Front Rack Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats – 8 each leg x 3 sets
2b. 30 Ball Slams x 3 sets
rest 2:00

PR Wednesday 10/1

1. 1. Back squat
5 @ 65%
Ring push-ups x 8-10 – rest 2:00
5 @ 75%
Ring push-ups x 8-10 – rest 2:00
5+ @ 85%
Ring push-ups x 8-10

2. Tabata Squats (TEST)

3. 21-15-9 for time
Thruster, 95/65
Burpees

Thursday 10/2

1. Deadlift – 10 reps x 3 sets (touch and go) Can you hit more than 70% of your 1RM?

2. AMRAP 12
20 Russian Swings, 24kg/16kg
15 Push-ups
10 Pull-ups

Grinder Friday 10/3

“Paul”

5 rounds for time
50 Double Unders
35 KTE’s
185# OH carry 20 yards

19 Sep 2014

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY! 091914

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FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!

Congrats to Mike Lee, Megan Larcom, Lauren Casady, Kathryn Levasseur, and Alex Black on shuffling the 500m row leader board on Wednesday. It was truly a great effort as we had quite a few sub 1:30’s for the men and sub 1:50’s for the ladies. After getting some needed rest, y’all attacked a new benchmark named “Plaza of Death”. It is a great bodyweight WOD and feedback I received from many of you is that you enjoyed it. Top 5 scores for the day were: 1.) Vijay 16:39/Sophie 20:18; 2.) Mike L 16:51/Jodie O 20:42; 3.) Brian 17:22/Alex B 22:20; 4.) Ricky 18:22/Linh 22:33; 5.) Filipe 18:23/Lauren 23:30 CONGRATS!

500m row results and "Plaza of Death"

500m row results and “Plaza of Death”

MID-MORNING WOD?

I am researching if there is any interest in scheduling a mid-morning WOD. We have some members whose jobs operate on shifts and our current times are not the most advantageous. What interest is there in producing a 9:30AM or 10AM class on a trial basis a couple days a week?

Shoot me an email.

WHAT’S ON TAP – PROGRAMMING

Saturday 092014

1. Work up to a 5 rep touch and go max for the clean

2. Run 2 x 800m with 5 minutes of rest between efforts

Sunday 092114

Complete Unbroken for time

10 Double Unders
10 Front Squat, 115/75
20 Double Unders
20 Front Squat, 115/75
30 Double Unders
30 Front Squat, 115/75
20 Double Unders
20 Front Squat, 115/75
10 Double Unders
10 Front Squat, 115/75

Each partner must complete the entire piece of work while alternating and with only one person working at a time. For the FS to be unbroken, the bar must remain in the front rack position. Rest at the top of the FS is permitted.

Monday 092214

1. Back Squat – 3 sets x 10 reps @ 20×0
work up to as heavy as you can while performing unbroken

2. Complete for time
21 Ring Dips
21 T2B
15 Ring Dips
15 T2B
9 Ring Dips
9 T2B

Tuesday 092314

1. Power Clean
5 reps @ 60%, rest 2:00
5 reps @ 70%, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 80%

2. AMRAP 15
5 KB Snatches 24kg/16kg , left arm
5 KB Snatches 24kg/16kg, right arm
5 KB Thruster 24kg/16kg, left arm
5 KB Thruster 24/16kg, right arm
10 Pull-ups

PR Wednesday 092414

1a. Front Rack Forward Lunges – 3 x 10 (each leg), rest 1:00
1b. Skin the cat – 3 x 5-10 reps, rest 1:00

2. Test – 300 Double Unders

Thursday 092514

Complete 5 cycles of the following complex AFAP
5 DB Deadlift
5 DB Power Clean
5 DB Front Squats
5 DB Push Press
rest 2:00 (add 15 sec rest each round)

Increase the weight used in the complex for each cycle.

ABS
3 cycles of the following complex
front plank x 20 sec
right side plank x 20 sec
left side plank x 20
rest 1:00 between complexes

Friday 092614

1. Shoulder Press
5 reps @ 60%, rest 1:00
Ring rows (feet elevated), max reps, rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%, rest 1:00
Ring rows (feet elevated), max reps, rest 1:00
5+ reps @ 80%, rest 1:00
Ring rows (feet elevated), max reps

2. For time
Row 500m
Run 400m

Saturday 092714 -IN HOUSE THROWDOWN

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time
4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

 

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:

60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)

1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement

 

WOD #3: Partner Cindy
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:

5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

1. Only one partner may work at the same time
2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy


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