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11 Mar

Hey Athletes,

On Saturday March 14th at 209 Columbus Ave from 330 to 530 one of our awesome sponsors will be NOBULL, an apparel company that believes in making no excuses (also i implore you to look at the site.  They just launched a cool commercial that I like alot).  Todd Meleney is head of their marketing department and also is a longtime member so he promised to bring a whole bunch of gear that day.  nobullswag


I usually don’t speak for the staff but this week I will….We ask you to come every Saturday to cheer us on and to support our sponsors and you do so on behalf of the staff, THANK YOU!!!!!!!  We notice you Daniel and Ariel hanging out, we see you 6pm ladies, Emily, Emily, and Pua.  Matt Jones…you might be the loudest member we have and it’s awesome.  Howlett family, Trav, Horigan, #BaconitPaleo, and so many more people that I can’t fill it in one one post so thank you.

– Bern K. Prince


This is a short film made by some friends of mine.  Family friendly video but warning it is emotionally heavy so if you are sensitive please do not watch.  You have been warned


10 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: EMOTM for 10 minutes:

2 Back Squats (each set should be heavier than the last)

WOD 1: 4 rounds for time of:

10 Medball Jumps (20/14)
15 Russian Kettlebell Swings (24/16)
25 Double Unders
15 Wall Balls (20/14)
10 Burpees

12 minute time limit

WOD 2: 5 rounds for time of:

10 Medball Jumps (20/14)
15 Russian Kettlebell Swings (24/16)
25 Double Unders
15 Wall Balls (20/14)
10 Burpees

12 minute time limit


Half way there…

Paleo Challenge is going well.  That awesome thing is about 99% done.  The Opens have had their repeat WOD already.  We are in a good place right now!  Time to wait it out one more day and we shall see what destiny has in store for us.

Hopefully it’s not Deadlifts and Box Jumps,




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


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
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