WOD & Blog
“…I really can’t say enough good things about CrossFit. I have been an athlete and into fitness for pretty much my entire life. I rowed crew competitively and after crew, I essentially became a gym rat and treadmill junkie. I followed a lifting routine 4-5 days a week, ran many miles, and logged many hours in spin classes. I first learned about CrossFit through some of the trainers at the gym I went to in Boston. I would see them doing these crazy, fun looking workouts that were so different from anything anyone else was doing in the gym. When they told me they were CrossFit workouts I started researching it online. The boxes in Boston were $150+, which was an immediate turn off for me, and I never joined.
I kept up my gym routine when I moved to New York City and joined the posh New York Health and Racquet Club. A few months after living there, I continued to be curious about CrossFit and started researching boxes in New York. I realized there was a box a few blocks from my apartment, CrossFit Gotham. I decided to try it out, I figured I would just go for one day and if I didn’t like it, then no harm no foul – I left the high-end gym with its spin classes, pool, steam room, sauna and scented towels and headed into a below ground basketball court with a huge pull up rig assembled in the middle and shirtless, sweaty athletes doing heavy Olympic lifts I had never seen done in a regular gym before, and working harder than I had ever seen anyone in a gym work. I literally have not been to a regular gym since I walked into my first box.
I considered myself to be in very good shape when I first started (I had a sub 19 minute 5k!). However, I quickly learned there were many things I could not do (pull ups, handstands, technical Olympic lifts, rope climbs – the list goes on). I have loved learning new things through CrossFit and am still constantly being challenged to this day.
After 6 months at the box in New York, I relocated to New Hampshire for personal reasons. I transplanted to CFNH and despite being from out of town I immediately felt welcomed by the crew of Crossfitters there. I count the people in the CFNH community among the best people I have met since I moved to the area. Samy is an extremely knowledgeable coach – his knowledge of the “why” is very valuable to me. He doesn’t just tell you to move a certain way or eat something instead of something else – he tells you exactly why you should do that from a physiological and long-term training standpoint. He is obviously extremely well read on all things related to training and nutrition and it brings a lot to the table with his coaching. Not to mention the fact that he seems to have no pain threshold and has the ability to push people’s bodies past the limits their minds would normally allow.
Looking back, I wish I had gotten into CrossFit when I first learned about it. The fee, which seems high compared to “regular gyms” is completely worth it in light of what you get out of CrossFit. You get personal training with coaches and the benefit of the CrossFit community constantly pushing you and challenging you do things you never thought you could do before. It is really an invaluable part of my life now.”Read More
I. Run 800m
II. 2 Rounds of
20ft Duck Walk
20ft Crab Walk
20ft Bear Crawl
20ft Leg Kicks
20ft Lateral Lunges
20ft Inchworms/Hollow Support
Impact/Focus: Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3RM
Warm-up as needed (3 sets of 3-5 reps, each progressively heavier) before working up to a new 3-Rep maximum personal record Back Squat.
Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3
Notes: Efforts from a coaching/teaching standpoint today will revolve around using the Perform Better bands and barefoot squatting during warm-up sets to help athletes establish or advance their kinesthetic awareness of body mechanics and the motor unit recruitment patterns/pathways critical to developing a true proficiency across all of the squat movements we incorporate in training.
“Don’t Be A Blue Falcon”
In Teams of 2 Athletes assault the following 5 Challenges for total time:
I. Complete 75kcal Rowing: Athletes may alternate positions as often as needed. Rowing is only permitted while partner maintains handstand hold against the wall.
II. Complete 25 x Wallball Tosses over pull-up Bars (partner catches and rebounds) per athlete. Between throwing the Wallball and the partners return the athlete will perform 1 x Burpee. Communication and teamwork are critical to not eating a 20lb Dynamax off the face…
III. Complete 25 x Jumping Slamball per Athlete… Partner must catch the slamball on it’s first bounce and return to partner via the same slam/catch sequence. Reps not caught on the first bounce do not count towards the total required.
IV. Leapfrog Flight Simulator: Athletes alternate unbroken sets of Double-unders (scaled to Double-under attempts, hit or miss) throughout the following workload: 5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-45-40-35-30-25-20-15-10-5.
Example: Athlete 1 does 5 reps, Athlete 2 does 10 reps, Athlete 1 does 15 reps, etc…
V. Athlete 1 completes 12 x HSPU’s before athlete 2 is permitted to complete 1 x Turkish Get-up with Overhead Carry. Teamates switch and Athlete 2 completes 12 x HSPU’s before athlete 1 completes the TGU + OH Carry. Repeat with 9 x HSPU reps and 1 x TGU + OH Carry, then again with 6 reps and 1 x TGU + OH Carry.
Post team scores in total time to comments.
Attempt to go fetal within 5m of partner and begin spinning horror stories to post with your scores.
“…I struggle to put into words what CrossFit New Hampshire means to me. How can I possibly convey what it means to have been pulled from the brink and saved from myself? I can barely articulate what it is that has saved me, let alone tell you about the journey.
It’s this community.
It’s people who taught me to believe in myself and realize who I could become. It’s being coached in the box in a way that translates to the rest of life.
How is it that one extra burpee, or one last rep of a lift makes me a better person every day? How does the short, skinny guy suddenly realize that he is fast, and agile, and isn’t just getting stronger, but has become someone that IS strong? Certainly I’m fitter. But it’s not just that…
It’s Me 2.0. It’s purpose. And determination. And perseverance.
Sure my body is more durable and capable, I can see and feel muscle tone where I once clearly could not. But how do I tell you what has happened with my mind? It’s the knowledge that now is the time to get busy living.
My life has changed because these people have helped me realize I had the potential to become something better than I was; and that potential had been there the entire time. How could I have no idea of the something, someone I could become should the desire be there. It is. And for me, the change has been profound, and [even though I am trying here] indescribable.
Yet, everyday there is a warrior next to me on the pull-up bar, or on a run, or putting up weights, who is going through the same profound changes. I know it. They know it. We celebrate it. Every day this community grows within itself. We’re all on this journey together and it’s impossible to imagine not being a part of something this amazing, to do it alone would pale as an experience by comparison. In some ways it might seem easier to keep for ourselves, to hide our daily strife and triumphs so that only we can see our success or failures. But we don’t. We invite others into the fold with us, because the more of us that sweat, and toil, exhaust ourselves, and slug forward through whatever WOD awaits…
… We know it will all amount to an ever greater victory. Sharing this with this community of people who have unconditionally shown me their strengths and weaknesses is what keeps my focus on that which truly matters; not pride, or shame, or any kind of image to uphold among peers. Just pure, real, unyielding effort to better oneself.
Now the focus I had placed on my life, my improvement, my fitness gains, isn’t actually about me anymore.
It’s about us, this family we train among, all of our lives, and fighting to better every aspect of them side by side.
That’s the power I see in CrossFit; it defines our community at CFNH.”
I. Row 750m
II. 2 Rounds for Quality of
10 x KB Suitcase Deadlift (24/16kg)
7 x KB Deadlift High-Pull 24/16kg)
7 x KB Goblet Squat (24/16kg)
10 x KB Push Press (24/16kg)
Impact/Focus: Pull-up, Chin-up, Rope Climb & Muscle-up Benchmarks
Establish individual baseline scores from the following Pull-up, Chin-up, Rope Climb, and Muscle-up benchmark testing options.
Weighted Pull-up/Chin-up Tests
I. Weighted Pull-up (Overhand)
II. Weighted Chin-up (Underhand)
Pull-up/Chin-up Max Rep Tests
I. Max Reps L-sit Pull-ups/Chin-ups
I. Max Reps Deadhang Pull-ups/Chin-ups
II. Max Reps C2B Freestyle
III. Max Reps Band Assisted Pull-ups/Chin-ups
IV. Max Reps Body Row w/ Hip Assist (Bar Set-up) x 2:00
Rope Climb Tests
I. Max L-sit Rope Climbs without resting on the deck
II. Max Rope Climb Ascents Legs Free x 3:00
III. Max Rope Climb Ascents w/ Legs x 3:00
IV. Max Reps Rope Climb Prone to Standing Scaled Version x 3:00
V. 1RM Weighted Rope Climb
Notes: Newer athletes will be focusing on establishing scaled movement standards/understanding of progressions to strive for regarding training the above skill sets.
Post scores to comments.
“Sand(y) Chafes Ze Crotch”
Complete as many Rounds/Reps as possible in 12:00 of
6 x Sandbag Ground-to-Shoulder + Lateral Burpee
12 x Weighted Pistols (R+L=1 Rep)
15 x KB Swings (24/16kg)
Post scores to comments.Read More
Warm up Drills
I. Row 3 minutes
II. 2 Rounds of
20ft Duck Walk
20ft Crab Walk
20ft Bear Crawl
20ft Leg Kicks
20ft Lateral Lunges
20ft Inchworms/Hollow Support
7 rounds for time of
7 x Handstand Push-ups
10 x Squat Cleans (70%1RM)
Notes: Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette posthumously received the Navy Cross on Nov. 10 for displaying exceptional valor in combat by leading his Marines in a gun battle in Afghanistan, even after suffering a mortal wound.
Ouellette’s family accepted the award on his behalf from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a ceremony at the Marine Reserve Support Center in Londonderry, N.H.
Ouellette, 28, was a squad leader in 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, from Camp Lejeune, N.C. On March 22, 2009, his unit was in its fifth month on the ground in the Now Zad district in northern Helmand province.
Almost two hours into a foot patrol, which began in the morning at Forward Operating Base A.P. Hill, Ouellette was wounded by the blast of an improvised explosive device that detonated under his feet.
As the dust settled, the gunfire began from enemy positions a few meters away, and Ouellette lay bleeding in a crater.
Gaining their bearings, the Marines of 1st Platoon scrambled to lay down suppressing fire and Cpl. Jesse Raper, a squad automatic machine gunner, pulled Ouellete, who was conscious and breathing, out of the crater. Together they began to apply tourniquets and Ouellette stayed in charge, said Hospitalman 3rd Class Matthew Nolan, who ran to Ouellette’s side within moments.
With the lower half of his left leg gone and his right upper thigh and groin area ripped through with shrapnel, Ouellette knew there was no time to waste. He calmly took charge of his squad’s response to the enemy ambush.
“When I get there, he’s still calling out orders, he’s still telling the radio operator what to call in for helos, what to call in for mortars, calling his evac nine-line in and making sure that his assistant team leader, Lance Cpl. Rupert, has everything under control,” Noland said.
But Ouellette’s time was slipping away. As a quick-reaction force sped toward the ambush site, having been hampered by additional IEDs along the route, he was taken by ground ambulance to a casualty evacuation landing zone about two kilometers away. And, according to Nolan, Oullete was still breathing and conscious when the bird took off.
“I’m proud of my Marines,” were the last words Nolan heard Ouellete say as he waited for that bird.
The Navy Cross is the highest medal for valor awarded by the Navy and is second only to the Medal of Honor.
Including Ouellette’s, 26 Navy Crosses have been awarded to Marines for heroism in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.
-By Gina Cavallaro Staff writer via MilitartTimes.com
Abmat Sit-ups (Anchored): 8 Rounds of :20 on x :10 rest
L-sit (Cumulative): 8 Rounds of :10 on x :20 rest
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