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vijaybackHowdy CFB!  How’s your training going?  When’s the last time you mastered a skill?  Have you done a strict Handstand Push Up or Double Under yet?  Have you dreamed of doing Pistols?  Well this September it’s time to make those dreams a reality!  You’re coaches will be rolling out extra skill programming to be done before and/or after classes.  In order to improve and continually progress we must challenge ourselves, and that means working on our goats on a consistent basis.

I’ll be helping everyone master Pistols!

Before we get going I’d like you all to read an article on why your squat may be different then someone else’s.  This way we’re on the same page and can begin working on why you don’t have a pistol yet.  We need to figure out your optimal stance for the squat and then consider how this might affect your setup for the pistol and what you need to improve.  As you read this article you’ll discover why some people can squat narrow and some people have to squat wide.  Should everyone strive to squat with their butt to their heels?  You shall find out.

The Best Kept Secret Why People Have to Squat Differently! (from themovementfix.com)

After checking out this article and video, comment here with your ideal squat stance and why you think that is.

The school year is right around the corner and there are new faces graduating from private training with Fight Gone Bad every week.  Who have you met lately?  Be sure to make them feel welcome, challenge them, and have some fun.  This week I had the privilege to coach Lauryn Z. through Fight Gone Bad and graduate her into our group classes.  Watch out 6am crew because she’s coming for you!  Keep an eye out for her tomorrow morning!
 
Lauryn Z. Get Up!Who are you and what are you about?
I am a mom to two kids, ages 3 and 1, and an assistant professor at a local graduate school.  I teach and do research focused on language and cognition in people who have sustained brain injuries.  I have been a distance runner since I was a teenager, and enjoy other endurance sports and pretty much anything that gets me outdoors.
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
Two words: my husband.  He joined over a year ago and has loved it, and gotten in the best shape he’s been in in years.  With two kids plus working outside the home, it’s hard to find the time and willpower to work out.  Crossfit sounded really motivating, and some of the activities, like rope climbing and rowing, sounded fun.  I wasn’t that excited about weight lifting, but I’ve learned to appreciate the importance of technique and that makes it more interesting.  Finally, I realized that running alone is not enough to maintain well-rounded fitness as I get older.
 
What are some of your goals for this year?
My main goal is pretty simple: stay committed to going to CrossFit at least twice a week, plus running regularly.  I’m sure once I’m in group classes I’ll come up with some more specific targets for particular workouts or skills.
 
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
I’m looking forward to getting to know other people who regularly attend classes.  It seems like a fun bunch of people.  Most of all, I’m looking forward to occasionally finding someone to watch the kids so my husband and I can go to class together!

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Congrats to all the people that performed the CrossFit Total last week and hit some new PR’s!  Lot’s of hard work paying off and it’s awesome to see.  Keep up the hard work and let’s keep crushing it as we head into the Fall.

As a coach I hope to continually teach you new things and give you tools to improve yourselves.  Over the past week if you’ve been taking the noon class with me you may have experienced a new warmup that improves your mobility and gets you ready to move with the barbell.  That warmup is a variation on the morning warmup I learned from The Movement Fix.  I’ve been giving it to a number of my private training clients as well and it seems like it really helps everyone loosen up and move a lot smoother.  

If you workout in the morning or don’t want to sit around all day getting tight before the evening classes, then you should give the warmup in the video above a try, every morning for the next week.  Let me know how it goes.  If you’re unclear about some of the movements let me know and I’ll get you fixed up.

If you’d like to see the improvement this makes be sure to test and re-test with a couple of air squats before and after.

Here’s the routine:

upper
10 shoulder rotations
10 prayer stretches
10 crab walk rocks

lower
10 ankle moves
10 hip rotations
10 straight leg raises
10 hip extensions
repeat on other leg

spine 10 cat camels (don’t push the ranges of motion)

The video above is from a leader in backs and biomechanics, Dr. Stuart M. McGill.  I first read about Dr. McGill’s work a few years ago and was awakened to it again last month at a movement seminar called The Movement Fix.  Are sit-ups or any movement that put’s your lower back through repeated repetitions of extension and flexion really necessary?

Are Sit Ups Bad For Your Back?

Yes, Sit Ups are bad for your back.  What?  Yes, think of your back, especially your lumbar spine (low back), as a credit card.  You can only bend that credit card forward and backward so many times before eventually it snaps.  Sit Ups put excessive compressive loading on your spinal discs and can easily lead to disc bulge and disc herniation.

Rowers with no posture or core support end up bending from their lower back rather than pivoting from the hips, which leads to all the horror stories of slipped discs in rowing.  This also shows up during any movement that involves a deadlift when athletes aren’t focused on maintaining good posture.  In rowing, different coaches may or may not have you reach from the thoracic spine, but a common theme that any coach will agree with is keeping the lumbar region stiff, supported, and protected.  The muscles that surround and support the spine are made to brace and resist motion, not create it.

Core Stability!

Without core stability it is impossible to transfer the force from your legs to the oar/barbell and move the boat/load at any type of speed.  This idea of core stability and the ability to connect your feet to your hands through the core is a skill needed in life and fitness as well.  There is no way to do an Olympic Lift like the Clean without having a solid core to work from.

After reflecting on this topic for a couple of years, I’ve decided to eliminate sit ups and other similar movements from my training.  Sure I will compete and perform sit ups, but I don’t need them to train day in and day out.  I like my back to much. Instead I’ve been playing around with paleo crawls, planks, bird dogs, and curl ups on a regular basis.

If you’d like to chat about this topic or would like to know what I’ve been doing for core stability let me know.  I hope this sparks some thought and further questions.  Have an awesome end of the week CFB

 

 

 

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Hey CFB!  Hope you’re all getting pumped for the Throwdown tomorrow night.  It’s been a solid week of training and it’ll be fun to see where everyone stands.  Also, props to those who gave CrossFit Dodgeball a go on Monday.  That was a lot of fun to coach.  If you’d be interested in a CFB Dodgeball Tourney let me know.  Just saying, could be epic!  Hit us up with your thoughts in the comments or on FB.

This week it’s my pleasure to introduce you to one of our newest members, Lindsay!  When you meet her for the first time be sure to introduce yourself and throw up a high five!  Here’s a little bit about her to get the conversations started…

Who are you and what are you about?

Hi!  I’m Lindsay.  I am an ordained clergy in the christian tradition and an interfaith chaplain in higher education.  I am passionate about interfaith dialogue, human rights, learning, and most importantly drinking red wine with girlfriends.  I am married to an awesome man and have two very lively kiddos (ages 1 and 4) who have taught me more about myself and life than I’ve ever learned in a classroom.

Why did you join CrossFit Boston?

A girlfriend of mine who is in her forties and is in incredible shape challenged me to give CrossFit a try.  She said after 3 months of CrossFit, I would never go back to a conventional gym.  The future has yet to be told, but at this point, CrossFit has been a refreshing change!

What are some of your goals for this year?

I haven’t been consistently active for the past 5 years, so my primary goal is to be active!  And my ultimate goal is to have sustained energy with my kiddos on the playground.  Ironically, some days after training I have a hard time even picking up my kiddos!  But overall, I can already feel a very positive difference.

What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?

I’m terrified to join group classes!  There are some crazy good athletes doing crazy amounts of pull ups in there.  But in spite of that fear – I am most looking forward to the team atmosphere in the group classes. Not to mention that whoever picks the music at our gym actually did an entire class to musical theater… Love it!   Who wouldn’t want to work out to that?!

The CrossFit Boston In-House Throwdown will be next Friday, July 25th at 6:30pm with food and beverages to follow.  So the question is…. Are you ready to compete?  Against yourself?  Against others?  Below are a couple of my thoughts on what it means to be an athlete, and even better, a firsthand athlete.  Read through, reflect on your training and experience in the gym, and share what you think it means to be an athlete.

Stan perfecting the TGU

Stan perfecting the TGU

The Firsthand Athlete

A firsthand athlete has the competence and confidence to rely on personal experiences to prepare for, execute, and learn from a performance both as an individual and as part of a team.  The in-house throwdown at CrossFit Boston is a unique opportunity to test your athleticism because there is no coach calling plays, talking you through the pre-comp warm-up, or cueing you on that one technical or tactical fix during the wod.  

If you can’t make the throwdown because of vacation, you will still need to know what to do to keep up with your training.  When an athlete is away on vacation there is no coach to walk them through a workout.  When an athlete enters the arena on game-day or goes home for vacation it’s up to them to know what to do, what to think about, what to fix, and what to focus on.  The firsthand athlete actively communicates with their body, teammates, and coaches to continually learn and work towards their goals.

Chau crushed a personal record in her triathlon last weekend! Congrats Chau!

Chau crushed a personal record in her triathlon last weekend! Congrats Chau!

The CrossFit Boston Athlete 

One of my main goals as a coach at CrossFit Boston is to develop Firsthand Athletes.  With a class full of Firsthand Athletes, who can work hard together and stay focused on what they must do as individuals to make the rest of the group better, the possibilities are endless.

Have a great Thursday, work hard this week, and see you at the Throwdown next week!

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RRT launchingHello CFB!

Hope you had an awesome 4th of July Weekend!  Above is a video that got posted on the CrossFit Main Site just over two years ago when I first became one of your coaches.  I’m getting pumped because it’s that time of year again.  Time for the Renegade Rowing Team to get on the water, learn to row, and come together as a team to hold each other accountable.  Next Thursday we will be holding tryouts at Community Rowing in Brighton.  If you’d like to learn how to row and do it with a bunch of badass CFB members then the time is now.  If you are reading this and you happen to be a CrossFitter from another box, you are welcome to join us, we’d be glad to have you!  Please sign up below.

 

Renegade Rowing Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI

 

Sign Up Here

 

Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following… RRT KSA’s

 

If you are interested, want to know more about the KSA’s, or have a few questions please let me know ASAP so I can get you fired up to get on the water.  I’m working with a couple of people early next week to review basic technique and drills.  Hit me up at [email protected] if you’d like to join in.

 

RRT launchingTryout for the Renegade Rowing Team (RRT)

 

I’m reposting the link for tryouts just in case anyone missed last weeks announcement.  The RRT is a 6 week term, rowing in 8′s on the water at CRI every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30am starting Tuesday, July 22nd.  If you’d like to join the team tryouts will be Thursday, July 17th at 5:30am @CRI.  Please sign up below.

 

Tryouts: Thursday, July 17th @5:30am @CRI

 

Sign Up Here

 

Tryouts Based on your Knowledge of the Following… RRT KSA’s

If you’d like to setup a  free consultation with me to go over the KSA’s at CRI please shoot me an email at [email protected]

 

Have you met Dock?

 

Dock is a new member that just graduated with Fight Gone Bad!  Keep an eye out for him and be sure to welcome him to the crew!

 

Who are you and what are you about?
 
I’m Dock, originally from Cape Cod, I’m currently a struggling illustrator and a part time Grocery Clerk. I’m all about exceeding my own expectations and challenging my potential. Ever since conquering obesity and losing over 120 lbs through my own hard work, I carry the mentality of “Anything’s possible, and if it’s not I’ll give it a run for it’s money.” I apply that in everything I do.
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
 
I joined Crossfit Boston after seeing a bunch of video’s online of crossfit and it seemed to encompass everything that I need to consistently push my physical potential in an encouraging environment of people with a similar attitude. I did research and after being a bit iffy of the credentials of other nearby crossfit gyms I found Crossfit Boston had their act together and after the initial evaluation I knew I made a good choice.
 
What are some of your goals for this year?
 
My goals are constantly in a flux and I never have anything particularly in mind. As far as fitness is concerned I generally just want to surprise myself. I want to be able to reflect back to the time I was overweight and say “How the hell did I get to the point where I can do something like this, that’s incredible!” If I can say that to myself at least 3 times this year, I will be happy.
 
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
 
I’m looking forward to just being in a group environment of awesome people. As much as I accomplished working out alone, it kind of sucks and I never really Identify with other folks at normal gyms. I want to be around people who want to move around a lot as opposed to being around people doing slow and concentrated lifts for an hour, I don’t have the attention span for that!

Carla Event 6Hey CFB!  I hope you all had fun cheering on Carla at Regionals last weekend.  It was a blast watching her crush the rowing in event six!  Carla you are Awesome!

 

As new members join the gym I will be throwing out a bit of info on them.  Be sure to welcome them and challenge them to burpees or something fun like that!  Last week Brianna graduated from private training by crushing Fight Gone Bad.  She’s excited to throw down with you guys, so keep an eye out for her!

 

 

Who are you and what are you about?
I’m Brianna, I also go by Bre. I am from Jersey and moved to Boston to complete my MSN. I am currently a psych nurse and finishing classes. I am new to CrossFit and over the last month have become obsessed with it.
 
Why did you join CrossFit Boston?
 
I joined CrossFit because I want to get stronger and get in shape. I wanted an all encompassing workout and CrossFit was exactly what I was looking for.
 
BriannaWhat are some of your goals for this year?
 
In September I am participating in a Mudderella, it is a smaller version of Tough Mudder, and I would like to be able to finish that race without stopping. I am still trying to figure out a good time to shoot for. My general goals for class is to work on my form and really improve throughout the summer.
 
What are you looking forward to once you graduate to group classes?
 
I am looking forward to group classes and becoming part of the CrossFit Boston family. I am excited to see how much I can improve and learn from everyone in classes.
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Want to be your best?
 
If you want to be your best you’ll need others to push you and help you be your best in training.  Competitors and Teammates alike motivate us to raise our game and be the best versions of ourselves.  Surround yourself with good people and the possibilities are endless.
 
Who wants to join Chau in a Sprint Tri?

Who wants to join Chau in a Sprint Tri?

Have you met Chau?
 
Hi CrossFit Boston folks!  
 
I’m doing the Dam sprint triathlon on Saturday July 12 in Amesbury.  I’m looking for a buddy to do this race with me because it’s more fun that way.  
 
 
Thanks!
Chau
 
The DAM Triathlon in its 4th year in existence is a sprint distance triathlon to be held on Saturday July 12, 2014 at Lake Gardner in Amesbury, MA.  This sprint distance tri, just 45 minutes North of Boston is the perfect race for any triathlete, beginner to elite alike. This 1/2 mile lake swim is very newbie friendly with a lot of support out there including paddle boarders, kayakers, and lifeguards. After the swim leg is complete, athletes will transition to a 13 mile scenic rolling bike course that travels through some beautiful New England farm country in Amesbury and crossed into Newton New Hampshire. The 3.1 mile run is a quick with a turn around at Woodsom Farm, the course will lead you right back into Lake Gardner where you will cross the finish line.  Cost: $65/person $185/relay team
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