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BCF Nutrition Challenge 2014

In the 2014 BCF Nutrition Challenge 2014 there will be 2 winners: 1 male and 1 female.

How does one win?

1. Bodyfat % Decrease
2. Improvement on Provided WOD

These markers will be used to determine the winner. Don’t worry, your weight and body fat % won’t be published for the world to see. It will be for my and/or Mary’s eyes only. Your weight will be used as a tie breaker only and should not be the point of focus.

What does one win?

1. The Prestigious BCF Nutrition Challenge Winner 2014 Plaque to be displayed and marveled at by all until the end of time

What are the rules?

We are following the Whole30 (Whole21 in our case) program. I’ve provided a link to their Rules. The summarization is to eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats.
Do not consume any kind of added sugar, real or artificial. Do not consume alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, and anything you can’t pronounce.

What happens if you break the rules?

I know we all have complex, busy, pressed-for-time lives but for 21 days we are asking that you not slip. If you do, we’ll ask that you forfeit your chances of winning. We, of course, still encourage you to continue but in order to win you must make it through all 21 days. It won’t be easy, but we’re talking about the f*cking plaque that will last till the end of time here. While it isn’t dependent on you winning, we ask that you track your meals in the provided google excel spreadsheet.

Food preparation will be key to your success. Links will be provided to assist!

http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/
https://docs.google.com/a/bladium.com/spreadsheets/d/1F7EtZrTVZQXVEN-W_CwDA2Xtq343EU3CZW7rbidF3wQ/edit#gid=0

Final Thoughts:

We used weight loss, bodyfat %, and improvement on a WOD because they’re measurable markers of your health. The benefits of this lifestyle however, reach beyond your physical health. Your goals should include understanding the relationship between the foods you eat and how you feel. I hope much of what you realize during this challenge is how food impacts your energy levels, your mood, your sleep, and in turn your life.

Good luck.

BCF or DIE

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Tuesday, September 16th 2014

TUESDAY
Mobility: Shoulders
Skill: Handstand Holds and/or HSPU Progression – Superset with 30-60 second bar hanging
Challenge: n/a
Fitness - Against a 5 minute clock for 4 Rd’s:
Row 500M or Run 400M (2 of each ideally) 10 shoulder to overhead (95/65) and 5 strict ring rows or strict banded pull ups
Sport - Against a 5 minute clock for 4 Rd’s:
Row 500M or Run 400M (2 of each ideally) 10 shoulder to overhead (135/95) and 6 strict pull ups or 3 Bar MU’s
COMP Team: Invictus

Coaches “Plan of Attack” - We saw a few “aha” moments last week after breaking down the handstand push up as well as handstand. We’ll go over some similar progressions and see if we can get some things to click for you guys. The goal for the workout is to allow you at least :90 between rounds. We want you going as fast as you can and then catching your breath during the rest. Keep your intensity up. Don’t try and pace the rounds to be one continuous WOD. I want you thinking of it as 4 separate WOD’s!

Alllllright Crew, 

Couple upcoming events that I wanted to let you guys know about!

1. Coach Mary, Dawn, Craig, and I (Coach B) are competing this weekend in the Caffeine and Kilo’s Invitational at the Sacramento McClellan Conference Center. We’ve been working our asses these last 5 months and are eager to see what kind of noise we can make!

Sacramento is far, we know. If you’re available though we would love to see some familiar faces! The spectator fee is $5 and in addition to watching the CrossFit competition you get access to the weightlifting meet being held in the same event center that will be featuring some of America’s best weightlifters.

2. Saturday, September 27th, Advanced CrossFit class will be held at Crown Beach! Class will start at 10:00 am instead of 9:30 to allow people time for parking, finding us, ect. Don’t worry, you won’t be open water swimming! More details to follow!

 

Photo: Alllllright Crew, </p><p>Couple upcoming events that I wanted to let you guys know about!</p><p>1. Coach Mary, Dawn, Craig, and I (Coach B) are competing this weekend in the Caffeine and Kilo's Invitational at the Sacramento McClellan Conference Center. We've been working our asses these last 5 months and are eager to see what kind of noise we can make!</p><p>Sacramento is far, we know. If you're available though we would love to see some familiar faces! The spectator fee is $5 and in addition to watching the CrossFit competition you get access to the weightlifting meet being held in the same event center that will be featuring some of America's best weightlifters.</p><p>2. Saturday, September 27th, Advanced CrossFit class will be held at Crown Beach! Class will start at 10:00 am instead of 9:30 to allow people time for parking, finding us, ect. Don't worry, you won't be open water swimming! More details to follow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Monday and Weekly Preview

9/15/2014
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
MOBILITY: Hips Shoulders Glute Activation Wrists Hips
SKILL OR STRENGTH: Find a new 3RM Front Squat Handstand Holds and/or HSPU Progression – Superset with 30-60 second bar hanging Fitness: Find a heavy set of 5 Hang Power Cleans Sport: Find a 5RM Touch and Go Power Clean Fitness – 1 hang power snatch + 2 Overhead Squats. Sport – 1 squat snatch + 2 OHS. Find a heavy single or stay light and work technique – depends on how you feel Find your max 100 M Farmers Carry
CHALLENGE: PR! n/a n/a n/a #200 for men, #150 women (total)
FITNESS: For time: Against a 5 minute clock for 4 Rd’s: 21-15-9 3 Rd’s Not for time: Partner Relay
100 Wall Balls and EMOTM 6 Burpee Hanging Knee Tucks Row 500M or Run 400M (2 of each ideally) 10 shoulder to overhead (95/65) and 5 strict ring rows or strict banded pull ups Russian KB Swings, Box Step Ups, Slam Ball Chops 10 OHS + 20 MB Ab-Rotations + 200 M run Partner 1 – row 500M, Partner 2 – Row 500, P1 – 20 Thrusters (95/65), P2 – 20 Thrusters, Both partners building Lap with KB’s (1 person carry at a time), P1 – 10 Thrusters, P2 – 10 Thrusters
SPORT: For time: Against a 5 minute clock for 4 Rd’s: 21-15-9 3 Rd’s Not for time: Partner Relay
100 Wall Balls and EMOTM 6 Burpee toes to bar Row 500M or Run 400M (2 of each ideally) 10 shoulder to overhead (135/95) and 6 strict pull ups or 2 Bar MU’s Power Cleans (95/65), Back Rack Lunges, Box Jumps 10 OHS + 20 MB Ab-Rotations + 200 M run Partner 1 – row 500M, Partner 2 – Row 500, P1 – 20 Thrusters (115/75), P2 – 20 Thrusters, Both partners building Lap with KB’s (1 person carry at a time), P1 – 10 Thrusters, P2 – 10 Thrusters
COMPETITORS: Invictus Invictus Invictus Invictus Invictus

Coaches “Plan of Attack” - The Burpee T2B/Knee Tucks don’t start until minute 1 so I recommend starting off with a big set in that first minute. Then give yourself 15-10 seconds rest before minute 1 so you can immediately hop into the movement. Don’t get behind on the EMOTM, it’ll be too hard to make up ground. Jump into the kip to make things a bit easier on yourself.

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How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher

How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, September 13th 2014

WOD:

In Teams of 4 Complete the following

2 minutes max effort meters (run)

Rest :30

2 minutes max effort handstand push ups (mod push ups)

Rest :30

2 minutes max effort toes to bar (mod hanging knee tucks)

Rest :30

2 minutes max effort ground to overhead (95/65)

Rest :30

2 minutes max effort box jumps

Rest :30

2 minutes max effort wall balls

Rest :30

2 minutes max effort shoulder to overhead (95/65)

Score = TOTAL REPS!


Friday, September 12th 2014

FRIDAY
Hips
Find your 1K Row Time
Men – Sub 3:20 Women – Sub 3:50
Parnter Relay
Move Objects from Point A to Point B. 50 Back Squats (135/95). Move Objects from Point B to Point A.
Parnter Relay
Move Objects from Point A to Point B. 50 Back Squats (165/115). Move Objects from Point B to Point A.
Invictus

Coaches “Plan of Attack” - Start your back squats with one big set then hold yourself to 10 reps/person after that. Ideally, the 50 would be broken up 15/15/10/10. If 10 is a big set for you then 10/10/10/10/5/5.

Objects: 2 KB’s, 2 Slam Balls, 2 Med Balls, 2 SUPER HEAVY dumbbells, 1 weighted barbell (same one to be used for squats).

One of the most inspiring performances at BCF yet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday , September 11th 2014

Hero WOD “343″ in honor of the 343 firefighters lost on 9/11/01

100 Hang Power Cleans (95/65)

100 Med Ball Slams with the new Slam Balls (choose your weight)

100 Ab-Mat Sit Ups

43 Calorie Row

Coaches “Plan of Attack” - Remember why you’re doing this WOD. Make them proud.

I asked our resident firefighter, Steve Lucero, to write something for today’s post. Here it is:

Fellow BCF’ers,

Tomorrow (Patriot Day) marks the 13th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/01. This historic event claimed the lives of 2,977 people including 343 FDNY firefighters,  23 NYPD officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers. The members of the FDNY were tasked with climbing up 110 stories in full turnouts, tools and hose packs to complete search and rescue and fire attack. With their efforts, they helped evacuate almost 50,000 civilians between two towers. As an Alameda Firefighter, we as a department have paid tribute to these men who made the ultimate sacrifice and vowed to never forget. To pay tribute we have raised money every year with the “fill the boot” fundraisers and participating in stair climbs. Please join me tomorrow in our 9/11 hero WOD to “Never Forget” the ultimate sacrifice made by those public servants that day.”

Great write up, Steve. Thank you making sure we never forget. 

Finally, today is Rich Kubiszewski’s birthday. He is a humble guy and doesn’t love the attention a birthday brings so I’ll keep it short. He represents the everyday CrossFitter. The person who uses it to stay in shape mentally and physically. When wondering how the community would feel or respond to certain changes we’re making I often think of Rich and what his thoughts would be. That always leads to us making better decisions. He’s a true OG BCF’er, been with us for more than 3 years. Couldn’t ask for more in return from a member than what Rich brings. Tons of love and respect. HBD Rich – Your BCF Fam

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Wednesday, September 10th 2014

WEDNESDAY
Mobility: Glute Activation
Strength: Take 25 Minutes to find a new 3RM Deadlift
Challenge: PR!
Fitness – For time:
15-10-5 KB Box Step Ups, 21-15-9 burpee hanging knee tucks
Sport – For time:
15-10-5 weight box step ups (115/75), 21-15-9 burpee toes to bar
COMP Team: Invictus

Coaches “Plan of Attack” – We have a couplet here crew but the 2nd movement its a deadly combo. Burpee + core burner. Be smart on those step ups, you can’t afford to get out of position with this movement even when its unloaded! We’ve been doing more lunges and step ups lately because of their pure functionality. It’s basically like hiking, and if you’re doing them loaded its like hiking with a backpack. GoRuck crew you guys should be eating these up! They’re also a great unilateral glute strength developer. They’re not going anywhere so learn to love them!

This article should be on a quarterly repeat. Please take the time to read! Thanks!

Be a Good Gym Member: Safety, Respect and Taking Care of Equipment


Greg Everett  |  Editorial  |  February 17 2014

Be a Good Gym Member: Safety, Respect and Taking Care of Equipment, Greg Everett,
The way you treat the equipment in your gym says a lot about you, not just as an athlete, but as a person. Whether or not you know it, you’re being judged, and if it’s by me, it’s probably harshly. For those of you with good hearts, but not enough experience to know proper facility etiquette yet, here is a handy list of rules to help you take care of the gym you train in, show the people around you that you care, and be safe.

Back Away from the Squat Rack
If you’re doing an exercise using a squat rack, whether it’s squatting, jerking, or anything else, take more than half a step back from the squat rack. It’s not a lot of effort, and if you miss a lift, you won’t drop the bar on the base of the rack. When bumper plates land on racks, it will often chip pieces of the rubber away and the rack can be dented or certain plastic parts broken completely (for some perspective, the Werksan bumper plates we use at Catalyst Athletics range in price from $210/pair for 10kg to $410/pair for 25kg and Werksan squat racks are $565 each). You also won’t have a near-death experience getting yourself tangled up with the bar and rack.

If You’re Sketchy, Use Collars
We weightlifters often train without collars on our bars. That’s because we lift them straight up and put them straight down, so there’s no sliding of plates on the bar. If you’re new, unsure, or otherwise sketchy when you lift, use collars. Weights sliding on your bar can be disastrous—the shift in weight magnifies whatever imbalance caused it, and your attempts to correct are usually too little, too much, or too late. Spare us all the fear of seeing you die and protect the rest of us and the equipment by keeping your weights secured safely on your bar with collars. If you don’t know whether or not you’re a sketchy lifter, you’re a sketchy lifter.

Contain Yourself in Your Lifting Area
This is usually a platform, but it may also just be a designated space on rubber flooring. If you’re fighting a bad lift, and the only way you think you can save it is to chase the bar off your platform or outside of your lifting area, it’s already over—drop the bar (under your control) inside your lifting area. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, but you’re putting the people around you in danger, and that’s not cool. If you want to do irresponsible things that risk injury to your person that don’t threaten the safety of others, knock yourself out. Do not do those things in a public place where you’re around people who don’t share your lack of regard for personal physical wellbeing. If you’re not sure you can contain yourself in your designated lifting area, you shouldn’t be doing whatever you’re doing. Just because someone or something wasn’t somewhere before your lift went sideways doesn’t mean that remains true afterward—someone may have wandered into the space you think is clear, and may very well not be paying attention to you, operating under the assumption that you know what you’re doing and you’re not going to be running around the gym throwing barbells.

Keep Your Lifting Area Clear
Whatever your lifting area is, whether a platform or a nice cozy spot of floor, keep it clear. Don’t leave change plates, collars, bumper plates, clothing, training journals, or ANYTHING on the floor in that lifting area. Hard, solid objects are things that a dropped bar can bounce unpredictably off of, causing a loaded bar to collide with you or someone near, or go crashing into other equipment. Soft items (clothing, towels, journals) are trip hazards, whether during a lift or not.

Don’t Use Nice Bars in the Rack
Quality weightlifting barbells are expensive. The Werksan barbells our weightlifting team trains on are $900 each. These bars need to perform very well and safely, and in order to do that, they need to be taken care of (like everything else, but especially these). Using barbells in squat or power racks, even when lifters are careful, over time results in the knurling being worn down where the bar rests in the rack. This means less secure grips on the bar during any exercise with a snatch-width grip, and this is not a problem that can be fixed. Use less expensive bars when doing rack work—especially squats.

Don’t Spin or Slide Bars in Racks
Related to the previous rule, when using a bar in a rack—whether it’s the best or worst bar in the gym—don’t spin it or slide it side to side in the cradles. If the bar is off center in the rack, it’s your own fault for putting it back that way after your last set (see the next rule). If you got it in there that way, you can get it out from the same place—there’s no way the bar is so off-center that you can’t possibly lift it out of the rack. And I promise that the entire circumference of the barbell is the same—don’t spin it looking for some magical alignment of the surface with your hand. If you spin the bar in the rack when setting your rack position for jerks or pressing exercises, stop. Get your grip set loosely and let your hands spin around the bar as needed to get into position. You don’t need to be choking the bar to death before you’re even in position to lift it out of the rack. This sliding and spinning wears down the knurling and ruins the barbell, and adding insult to injury, is completely unnecessary.

Set Your Bar Down in the Rack
When using a barbell from a squat rack, replace it under control when you’re finished with your set. Don’t throw the bar back into the rack, or slam it down into the cradles. This is either a sign of laziness, a lack of respect for the gym, or attention-seeking. If your set was so incredibly difficult that you can’t possibly set the barbell down into the rack the way you should, you shouldn’t be putting it into the rack—drop it on the platform like you would a snatch or clean & jerk. Even after the most difficult set of squats, it’s not hard to lower a bar a few inches down into a rack until you feel it supported and can move out from under it. Aside from taking care of the equipment (both the bar and the rack), this is also an issue of safety. When dropping or throwing a bar into a rack, it’s easy to miss the cradles, especially on one side only, resulting in a potentially injurious explosion of bar, rack and plates. (As an extension of this, move out from under the bar cautiously at first until you’re sure it’s actually in the rack completely.)

Don’t Drop Empty Bars on the Floor
I know you see all the cool European lifter on the IronMind training hall videos dropping their empty barbells right onto the platform after doing some warm-up exercises, but you’re not those guys and their gym, coach, federation or competition host isn’t paying for the bar you’re dropping. Bars are meant to be dropped on the floor when loaded with bumper plates—dropping an empty bar directly onto a platform is unnecessary stress on an expensive piece of equipment that already has to survive a great deal of stress day to day. If you’re not strong enough to set an empty bar down when you’re done with it, you’re not a weightlifter and you have zero chance of ever becoming one.

Don’t Put More Than 10 kg of Change on One Side of a Bar
If you have more than 10 kg of metal plates on one side of a barbell outside the bumper plates, you need to put another or a heavier bumper plate on instead. This is especially true when there is only a single bumper plate on each side, and even more especially when that single bumper plate is a light one, like a 10 kg plate. Dropping a bar loaded this way puts undue stress on the bumper plate: first, it’s absorbing more force than it’s meant to, but more importantly, it likely will not land perfectly evenly between the two sides, which means the bumpers are hitting at an angle and being torqued sideways by the additional weight. This can cause plates to crack and/or bend, and the hubs to deform so they don’t fit onto the barbell as well. Suck it up and throw the right bumpers on the bar (and don’t load heavier plates outside lighter plates in most cases).

Reset Squat Racks
If you adjust the uprights of a squat rack to be narrower or wider, return them to the position they’re supposed to be in before you put the rack away. If you don’t know how to do this or where they’re supposed to be set, you shouldn’t be adjusting them in the first place. You more than likely never need to adjust a rack this way. The only time the width of squat racks at Catalyst Athletics need to be adjusted is to use them as dip bars. If you’re not using the rack for such a purpose, leave it alone. Don’t be the guy who narrows the rack so you can grip the bar directly for your overhead squat (outside the uprights)—do what you should and adjust your hands wider after you take the bar out of the rack on your back. It’s unnecessary, and it’s dangerous to load and unload a barbell with such a narrow base of support (See the loading/unloading rule below).

Keep Chalk Where it Belongs
You’re not flocking Christmas trees—you’re lifting weights. Chalk all over the floor and elsewhere in the gym is not helping you hold onto your bar. Stick your hands in the chalk bucket and keep them in there while you rub the chalk in. Don’t grab a handful of powder or a chunk and then proceed to rub it in outside the bucket, and don’t slap your freshly-chalked hands together like an emotional slow-motion montage in a Lifetime original gymnastics movie. Yes, some chalk is going to end up on the floor in lifting areas—let it get there in unavoidable manners—don’t be lame and lazy and spread it around. Not only is it a pain in the ass to clean up, it clogs HVAC filters and forces more frequent replacement, and it’s a slipping hazard for lifters on the platform.

Don’t Mix Bumper Plates
Use matching bumper plates on each side of the bar. Different brands and models (and even the same model manufactured in different time periods) can be different widths, different diameters, and different durometers (hardness). This means that when dropped, the two sides of the bar bounce differently and different points of the bar receive the impact, and the bumper plates are torqued sideways. This can mean anything from a dangerously unpredictable bounce of the bar into you or a neighboring lifter, to damage to the barbell and the bumpers from hitting at odd angles.

Control Your Bar When You Drop It
After a snatch, clean or jerk, return the bar under control to the platform. This doesn’t mean you can’t drop it—it means keep your hands connected to it until it’s fairly close to the floor, and pay attention to it until it’s done moving. Don’t be the moron who lets go of the bar from overhead and walks away, letting it bounce across the platform into another lifter, off of something back into your own legs, or into other equipment. This is just common sense and a low threshold of respect and awareness.

Don’t Stand on Bumper Plates
I realize you think bumper plates are indestructible because you drop them when you lift, but they’re meant to be durable for exactly one thing—being dropped on an evenly loaded barbell on a proper lifting surface. Many times a bumper will be lying partially on top of something (a change plate, another bumper plate, or the edge of a platform, for example), and by standing on it, you’re stressing the plate in a way it’s not meant to be stressed—like being folded in half. Which leads us nicely into the next rule:

Lay Bumpers Flat on the Floor or Stand Them Up
If you need to lay a bumper plate on the floor, lay it flat so it’s evenly supported by the floor in case someone isn’t paying attention and breaks the previous rule or drops more weights on top of it. You can also lean them up against something if they’re close enough to vertical to not be stepped on or end up on the bottom of a stack. Otherwise, put them away where they belong.

Don’t Step on Barbells
Yes, they’re strong, and yes, I get it, they’re surprisingly springy and this entertains you, but barbells are not meant to be stood on. If you’re curious about how elastic the bar is, load some weight on it and lift it. Don’t put your foot on the middle of the bar and step on it to see how much it gives. Don’t slam your foot down on it to spin it before you lift, don’t kick it after you miss that lift, and don’t sit on it between lifts. Want to know if the bar spins? Do it with your hand. Want to express your rage after proving to the world you suck at lifting? Buy a punching bag. Want to sit down and rest? Find a bench or a chair or a box or anything else that’s build to keep your big butt from hitting the floor.

Load/Unload One Plate Per Side at a Time
When you’re loading or unloading a barbell in a rack, do it one plate on one side, then one plate on the other side, and alternate in this way until all of the plates are on or off. Don’t take multiple plates off the same side first, as this leaves the bar unbalanced and creates the potential for tipping out of the rack. Even if you’re a world class physicist and are convinced that the relative weights and the positions of the rack supporting the bar prohibit such tipping, it’s still possible when, for example, you bump the unloaded or less-loaded end with your shoulder or a plate, and suddenly your safely balanced system is flying through the air. The whipping end of a 6-7-foot long barbell will do very serious damage to whatever it comes into contact with, especially human tissue. I’ve seen someone nearly lose an eye from this—instead he got lucky with just a lot stitches to seal up a 2-inch wide gash just below his eye. Don’t make yourself a one-eyed asshole, and don’t be the asshole who made someone else one-eyed.

Don’t Throw Plates into Plate Racks
Set your plates into the racks they belong in—don’t throw them or drop them. Even if those racks are made of metal and you think they’re the toughest things on Earth, it’s just being lazy and will likely bounce the rack around on the floor, shifting it from where it’s supposed to be and pissing off the person who put it where it belongs and has to continue putting it back there. If you’re a weak little baby who can’t lower a plate to the ground, roll it in from the side, or don’t lift it in the first place.

Don’t Drop Bars into Vertical Racks
If your gym stores barbells in vertical storage racks, slide them in gently. Don’t stick the end of the bar into the top of the hole and then drop it—slamming a bar on its end damages the snap rings, the bearings, and the end cap. How hard is it to hold onto the bar and lower it under your control until it’s all the way down into the rack? I promise it’s a lot easier than whatever you were doing with the barbell before, so don’t make excuses.

Don’t Throw Your Stuff Against Walls
Unless you train in an unpainted, cement-walled shithole (especially one that you own yourself), use some common sense and don’t slam heavy, hard items like bumper plates or squat racks into sheetrock walls. Set them down where they belong like someone who cares about the place he/she trains in.

Don’t Drop Dumbbells
Rubber hex head dumbbells are great, but they’re not indestructible, and every time you throw or drop them because you don’t have enough energy to lean down and set them on the floor (but you somehow still have enough energy to start doing burpees immediately), you’re bringing that dumbbell one step closer to breaking. The heads of these dumbbells will eventually shake loose on the handles with enough trauma. If you can’t be bothered to concern yourself with taking care of the equipment in the gym, then consider the safety of yourself and those around you—these things will bounce unpredictably and people can get injured, whether from the actual collision, by suddenly encountering a trip hazard, or through the course of their trying to avoid a collision or tripping.

Clean up Your Blood
Sharing can be great, but not when it comes to blood borne pathogens. If you bleed on a bar from a torn callus, accidentally hooking your shin, or in any other way get your disgusting internal fluids on any other public surface, clean it up properly, such as with Clorox, Lysol or a similar cleaning agent. If it’s a bar or another metal surface, dry it off immediately after using any cleaning solution and put some chalk on the cleaned area to help prevent it from oxidizing.

Clean up Your Spills
Accidentally kicked your water or coffee or favorite pre-workout muscle-swelling beverage? Clean it up—this isn’t astrophysics. If you don’t know how to clean it up or what to clean it up with, find a responsible adult and ask. Don’t pretend it didn’t happen and leave it for that responsible adult to find later when it’s sticky, nasty and staining.

Put Away Whatever You Use
You went over this in kindergarten—put your shit away. You got it from somewhere. If the person who used it before you was not a slob, that place was where it belongs, and that’s exactly—I mean EXACTLY—where and how you should be returning it when you’re finished. It doesn’t mean nearby, it doesn’t mean in a different way, and it certainly doesn’t mean you choose a new place to store it that you like better for some reason. If you want to decide where things go, you can build your own gym and go wild. If the person before you didn’t put it away where it belongs, be the better person and do it right because it’s the right thing to do, then tell the offender to do it right next time when you get the chance.

Every single time you do something in the gym, you’re a model for other members. Set a good example and help others follow it. Be a contributor, not a drain; be safe and respectful and courteous. Take a moment and think about what your actions tell everyone around you, and if you like your gym and respect its owners, staff and members, prove it with the way you treat the facility.

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Tuesday, September 10th 2014

TUESDAY
Mobility: Shoulders
Skill: Handstand Holds and/or HSPU Progression – Superset with 30-60 second bar hanging
2 Challenges: 2 minute handstand hold and/or 2 minute bar hang
Fitness – 3 Rd’s for time:
10 Push Ups, 15 Kipping Pull Ups or Ring Rows, 10 Push Presses (95/65)
Sport – 3 Rd’s for time:
10 HSPU’s, 15 C2B Pull Ups, 10 Push Presses (115/75)
COMP Team: Invictus

Coaches “Plan of Attack” – You are reading correctly, two pressing movements and one pulling movement. You can handle it! Choose a weight that is light enough that will allow you to go unbroken or max two sets, preferably unbroken. For the pull ups, I’ve been seeing a lot of  “chicken-necking” aka breaking neck and spinal alignment by throwing your chin over the bar instead of pulling the bar below your chin. Knock that bullish off. If mid way through the workout you need to scale to ring rows, then step up and do just that. No reps will be handed out for chicken necking!

No big deal. Just Coach Mary being coached by the 2014 CrossFit Games winner, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.

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Monday and Weekly Preview

9/8/2014
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
MOBILITY: Hips Shoulders Glute Activation Wrists Hips
SKILL OR STRENGTH: Front Squat – work up to your previous 3RM – don’t attempt a new 3 RM yet! After working up reduce the weight by 10-15% and do 3X3. Handstand Holds and/or HSPU Progression Take 25 Minutes to find a new 3RM Deadlift Fitness – 1 hang power snatch + 2 Overhead Squats. Sport – 1 squat snatch + 2 OHS. Find a heavy single or stay light and work technique – depends on how you feel Find your 1K Row Time
CHALLENGE: n/a n/a PR! n/a Men – Sub 3:20 Women – Sub 3:50
FITNESS: EMOTM for 21 Min’s 3 Rd’s for time: For time: 4Rd’s Not for time: Parnter Relay
Minute 1 – 10 Wall Balls, Minute 2 – 15 RKBS, Minute 3 – 10 Burpee Box Step Ups 10 Push Ups, 15 Kipping Pull Ups or Ring Rows, 10 Push Presses (95/65) 15-10-5 KB Box Step Ups, 21-15-9 burpee hanging knee tucks 10 OHS + 20 MB Ab-Rotations + 200 M run Move Objects from Point A to Point B. 50 Back Squats (135/95). Move Objects from Point B to Point A.
SPORT: EMOTM for 21 Min’s 3 Rd’s for time: For time: 4Rd’s Not for time: Parnter Relay
Minute 1 – 15 Wall Balls, Minute 2 – 15 RKBS, Minute 3 – 10 Burpee Box Jump Overs 10 HSPU’s, 15 C2B Pull Ups, 10 Push Presses (115/75) 15-10-5 weight box step ups (115/75), 21-15-9 burpee toes to bar 10 OHS + 20 MB Ab-Rotations + 200 M run Move Objects from Point A to Point B. 50 Back Squats (165/115). Move Objects from Point B to Point A.
COMPETITORS: Invictus Invictus Invictus Invictus Invictus

Coaches “Plan of Attack” - Grind through the wall balls and immediately transition to the kettlebell swings. That will be your 1 opportunity to catch your breath. Don’t give up, you’re stronger than you think.

Coach Mary and CrossFit Games Athlete, Chyna Cho, going head to head! Castro in the forefront.

 

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Saturday, September 6th 2014

SKILL:

Review of the Split Jerk

PARTNER WOD:

15 minutes to establish a 1RM Split Jerk – Score = combo of each partners 1RM

Once the clock hits 15 minutes complete the following for time:

Dumbbell/KB Farmers Carry Building Lap (go heavy, as in really heavy. I would like to see some 70-100 lb dumbbells be put to use. One partner carries at a time.)

40 Dumbbell/KB Snatches

40 Burpees over partner

40 Dumbbell/KB Squat Cleans

Dumbbell/KB Farmers Carry Building Lap

 


Friday, August 5th 2014

FRIDAY
Mobility: Hips
Skill: Row Technique – 2 500 M Sprints, rest as needed
Challenge: Men: Sub 1:35 Women: Sub 1:50
Fitness - “Jackie”
1000 M row, 50 Bar Thrusters, 30 Pull Ups
Sport - “Jackie”
1000 M row, 50 Bar Thrusters, 30 Pull Ups
COMP Team: Invictus

Coaches “Plan of Attack”- You can’t win the this workout on the row so don’t try to. In other words, don’t go so hard that you can’t immediately transition into the Thrusters. Would love to see a few of you go unbroken on those thrusters!

*If you are participating in the Nutrition Challenge, “Jackie” is our repeat workout. For those of you who cannot do the 30 pull ups and will be doing ring rows, we have 2 allowed standards: 1. Position yourself directly in between the rings at waist height, 2. Position yourself an extended arms distance from the strap the of the rings, with the rings at waist height.

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If you didn’t see the update, the nutrition challenge is starting Monday, not tomorrow! Couldn’t hurt to get a jump on the competition and start your challenge early though! Also remember to test your bodyfat %!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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