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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.

How do you Master Skills?

 

Jodie from 7am challenges the BC Men's Crew Team on Wednesday!

Jodie from 7am challenges the BC Men’s Crew Team on Wednesday!

As Winter starts to set in and you start working toward your goals, be aware of how you recover and master skills.  One goal you’ll probably set for the Winter is to master a new skill, like double unders, hand stand push-ups, or muscle ups.  I want to draw your attention to how you attack these skills and actually master them.

 

To master a skill is to know and have full control over every piece of a skill, both physically and mentally, when your fresh and your fatigued.  Lately we’ve been pushing the intensity in the gym and many people have found themselves sore and out of it for a few days.  One example would be Coach Tito and Carla of CrossFit Boston competing at the Southie Throwdown this past weekend.  They literally were crushed from back to back competition days.  What would you do on the Monday following a weekend like that?  

 

The days following a hard training day are perfect for mastering a new skill through active recovery.  Rather than going back for a second or third hard training day and not performing at full intensity, commit to an active recovery day focused on mastery of the skills you’d like to develop.  Carla did just that on Monday.  

 

Coxswains pushing hard right alongside their rowers!

Rather than join in on the 7am class at CFB, she took 1 hour out of her day to actively recover, instead of sitting around and feeling sore.  She set the erg for 2,000m of work and 10min of rest.  She rowed an easy 2k and then spent 10 minutes working on her goats, handstand push ups, pull ups, and Toes to Bar.  Three sets of this active recovery interval scheme gave her confidence with her skills and prepared her for a hard training day on Tuesday.

 

The erg is a great tool to use as active recovery.  A few hard training days back to back will leave your body depleted and full of metabolic waste.  In order to replenish your energy and clear out the metabolic waste it helps to eat well, move, and keep the blood flowing.  The erg provides a stable platform and is low impact,  perfect for recovery at a sub-maximal effort.  Next time you’re feeling sore or a workout absolutely crushes you, go sit down on the erg and row for 10 minutes.  It doesn’t have to be hard.  Enjoy it!  Row at about 40% effort, just hard enough to breath a little bit.  You should be able to maintain sentences and tell your training partner what you’ll be doing to master your next skill!

 

If you have any fun methods to master skills please share in the comments!

Good Morning CrossFit Boston! 

 

Just wanted to give a shout out to the 6am and 7am classes!  Well done keeping your brace and not letting those backs round out.  A good cue we used this morning that helped people focus on keeping everything locked in was “Push the Floor Away!”  Rather than imagining you’re pulling a bar off the floor, think of it as pushing the Earth down through your heels. Today’s WOD is all about pushing!

 

Last but not least I’d like to call out Elizabeth from the 6am class.  She crushed it today.  In the beginning rounds she was only able to link together 5 unbroken double unders.  In workouts like this you have an opportunity to get lots of quality reps in and commit to learning double unders.  Elizabeth flipped the switch.  Rather than sticking with single, double, single for the whole workout, she committed to linking doubles together.  By the end of the WOD she hit 14 doubles unbroken, a personal record.   Today is your day for double unders.  Commit to linking them and finding them mid-WOD  under fatigue.  Get ‘em!

Have a great day CFB!