Forging Elite Fitness

Reebok CrossFit Back Bay
09 Mar
by: Published in Apres Crossfit, WODs

Hey Athletes from all over….

This Saturday March 14, 2015 at 209 Columbus Avenue from 3:30 to 5:30pm, RCFBB is proud to have as one of it sponsors, I Am Adaptive which is a not for profit Organization founded by Adaptive Athletes striving to build a strong global community and raise awareness for the adaptive movement.   This is a letter I received from an adaptive athlete as soon as it became public knowledge that I Am Adaptive was going to be one of our sponsors…..

USMC Lcpl Wounded Veteran Evan Reichenthal and I would love to join you on Saturday March 14th. We are both wounded veterans who volunteer for the non-profit, Operation Enduring Warrior.

Evan lost his right leg below the knee and has very limited usage of his right arm from stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan back in 2011. I have included him in this email.

I lost my left leg through the knee from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan back in 2008 while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

There will be a group of us in Boston that weekend, and most of us are crossfitters but not adaptive athletes. Would there be a drop in rate for all to participate or is this strictly an adaptive athlete event?

Look forward to meeting you and the rest of CF Back Bay next month.

Earl Granville
Operation Enduring Warrior
Wounded Veteran Liaison/MAT Member

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One of our longtime members, Nate Gagnon is an Adaptive Athlete and this is letter he wrote me a year ago….

I have never had a fully functioning right arm. When I was born a month early, I couldn’t move my right arm at all. Eventually, I was able to move my arm, but have never had full extension. I am right handed. I have played sports my whole life. As you can imagine, not having full functionality out of your dominant hand creates some challenges, but I always just found a way to make it work. When I first started CrossFit, it was the first athletic endeavor I have undertaken where I thought I just wouldn’t be able to do it. It seemed like there was just too many things that required full extension. But, with some great encouragement of the coaching staff at RCFBB, I stuck with it. At first I did a lot of work with dumbbells and kettlebells. Eventually, I got “comfortable” with the barbell and have tried to progress to where I am doing the closest thing I can to the prescribed workout as possible. I still have work to do, but I’m getting there.

 
Let me just say this, it sucks. Snatches suck, overhead squats suck, handstand pushups suck…anything overhead sucks. All those things are difficult if you have two fully functioning arms. With one impaired arm, everything is harder. But I don’t let that stop me. I don’t let the suck win out and just do something else. I’m good at plenty of other things, but I want to beat this challenge. I’ve had people say “Maybe you just shouldn’t do overhead squats.” “Maybe it doesn’t make sense for you to snatch.” Maybe they’re right. But if I lived my life like that, I wouldn’t have done a lot of the things I’ve done. I have a choice, I can use my arm as an excuse to not do things or I can choose to do them anyway knowing that it’s just going to be more difficult, suck a little more, and I’m going to have to try harder. I choose to try.”
– Bern K. Prince
09 Mar
by: Published in Uncategorized

The Paleo Challenge Rules (please read it all)

The Paleo Challenge sign-up sheet (put your scores in!!!)

Coach Gino’s PreWOD: EMOTM for 8 minutes:

Odd minutes: 20 second Ring Support Hold and 2 Reverse Wall Climbs
Even minutes: 20 second Ring Support Hold and 10 Push Ups

WOD: 21-15-9 reps for time of:

Front Squats (95/65)
Kettlebell Swings (24/16)
Toes to Bar (scale to HKR)

Coach Gino’s Post WOD: 3 x 3 minute rounds of:

ME HS Hold up to 1:30 into ME Ring Dips up to 15 (or 1:30)

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About three weeks in…

How’s the Paleo Challenge going?!  I see almost everyone is scoring and you guys are also doing really well!  Please keep up the work and hold yourselves accountable.  Some of you out there have certainly raise a lot of money while some of you are still holding strong!!!

Keep it up,

CG

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08 Mar
by: Published in Uncategorized

The Paleo Challenge Rules (please read it all)

The Paleo Challenge sign-up sheet (put your scores in!!!)

Pre WOD: 20 mins to complete:

1-1-1-1-1 reps of: Push Press

WOD:  9 min AMRAP of:

3 Push Press (at 65% of Pre WOD)
3 Cal Row
6 Push Press (at 65% of Pre WOD)
6 Cal Row

Continue pattern until time expires

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I know I say this a lot…

But please believe me when I say that a really cool event will be coming your way in April.  When…not sure yet.  Where…TBD.  But please start getting pumped now as this even should be huge!

All aboard the hype train,

CG

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