Hope everyone had an awesome weekend enjoying some of the best rowing in the world at the 50th Anniversary of the Head of the Charles Regatta! Drew is a rower from Community Rowing who has been working with Renegade Rowing to get stronger and faster without overtraining. He raced in the Men’s Masters Single Event last weekend and took home some hardware while rowing less than 50k a week. He will be joining the Renegade Rowing Club this winter to help push everyone to improve their 2k and get pumped for CRASH-B’s – The World Indoor Rowing Championship.
The Renegade Rowing Club will hold coached practices on Tuesday mornings at 6am starting November 4th. There will also be practices on Wednesday nights at 6pm where I will participate and throw down with all of you. Get excited and let me know if you’re going to join us. Send me an email and signup in the gym!
Congratulations to Ashley S. for taking first in the 18th Annual RPS Power Challenge: Boston last weekend! Here is a video of her crushing her opening Deadlift at 330 lbs. She went 6 for 9 on all of her lifts with a total of 775. In the Back Squat she hit 275 and in the Bench she hit 170. After this weekends competition she is now in the top ten lifters on the RPS Leader Board. Well done committing to your training Ashley and keep up the awesome work! If you guys see her in the gym give her a pound!
For more information and results on the meet checkout revolutionpowerlifting.com
Renegade Rowing Breakfast – Sunday @10:30am!
If you’re interested in joining the Renegade Rowing Club this year we will be starting in a couple of weeks. Come by the gym this Sunday (10/19/14) at 10:30am to enjoy some coffee, bagels, and stories of years past. We will be getting everyone fired up about the upcoming Renegade Rowing League and training for the best 2,000m race of your life at the CRASH-B Indoor Rowing World Championship in February! Please send me an email – [email protected] – if you’re planning on stopping by or if you’d like to join us this year. After breakfast and the info session we will all be heading over to the Charles River to cheer on the crews racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta!
Hope to see you all Sunday!
17 Sep 2014
Hope you’re having an awesome week of training! Here’s my second video blog on the Level II Pistol Programming. If you have any questions please post to comments or catch me in the gym.
Be sure to scale appropriately for your ability and master whatever level of the program you are on. If you don’t know you’re ability or what it means to master each movement, come find me and I’ll help you out.
Have a great end of the week!
11 Sep 2014
Hope you’re pumped up for Friday and the weekend! Here is a little video blog I put together to explain the Level I Programming for the Pistol Work you should be doing on Thursdays after class. If you have any questions or would like some help figuring out the program please get in touch and we’ll get you set up.
Have a great weekend!
11 Sep 2014
How’s the skill work going? Hope you’re pumped for some more work on Pistols! Keep an eye out on Friday for a video blog showing the movements for level one from last week. Here’s Level II. Be sure you can complete everything in Level I with good form before stepping up to Level II. Check the skill board for level I progressions and how to execute the program. Let me know if you have any questions!
Level II Pistol Programming
A.) Pistols on Box 3×5
B.) Good Morning w/ Band 3×15
C.) Kip Swing 3×10
D.) Seated Pistol on 45# Plate 3×5
Level II Standards: Seated Pistol on 45# Plate – 1 Pistol Each Leg
20 Aug 2014
Howdy 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.
13 Aug 2014
06 Aug 2014
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:
10 shoulder rotations
10 prayer stretches
10 crab walk rocks
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)
30 Jul 2014
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.
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