9.16.2014

Your September Member of the Month- Nick Yeaton!

Your MOTM smoking his 1 min row in the September Throwdown.

Congratulations to our September member of the month- Nick Yeaton! Nick's been killing it lately, his consistency has been through the roof, he's gotten his first muscle-up on the rings, and he crushed the September Throwdown and took second place in the Scaled Men's Division.

Be sure to congratulate Nick on being MOTM, his Throwdown finish, and having probably the best cheat meal choices out of any of our MOTMs ever.


Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit for and how did you hear about CrossFit? What was your initial reaction to it?

I've been doing CrossFit for roughly 6 months. My membership at my former gym was running out, and I was getting tired of my old routine of lifting weights on my own three to four times per week. My brother had mentioned to me previously that he was enjoying CrossFit, so I somewhat spontaneously decided to try the Intro Class at Rugged. I'd say I was hooked from day one.

Q: What was your biggest fear when you first started crossfitting?

Double Unders. I dreaded them in any WOD. How do they work? How can someone do that many in a row? How high am I supposed to jump? How fast am I supposed to swing the rope? Will I hit my head with the rope this next rep? They were definitely a weakness of mine at first. Practicing DU's before class and during Open Gym hours helped me reach a level of competence, so seeing them in a WOD is no longer a drag.

Q:  How has CrossFit impacted your life?

I ran track and cross country in high school, and lifted weights on my own for the better part of 10 years. That being said, I'm unquestionably in the best shape of my life thanks to CrossFit. In addition, thanks to the time we devote to mobility each class, my flexibility has improved dramatically since starting at Rugged. I've even begun to mobilize occasionally at work with a lacrosse ball if I'm feeling particularly sore.

Q:  What is a goal you have recently achieved and what is one that you're working on now?

Last month I hit a 135# Snatch, and recently I was able to Muscle-Up on the rings. Some current goals of mine are to Bench 250# and Back Squat 250#. A long term goal is to C&J 225#.

Q: What would you say to individuals hesitant to try CrossFit?

In my opinion, something lacking from many workout programs is intensity; jogging for 30 minutes will not give you the same results as a 10 minute AMRAP. If you truly want to improve your fitness level, a high level of intensity needs to be in your workout program, which is something that CrossFit emphasizes. If they are hesitant due to the movement standards in CrossFit, I would mention that scaling is one of the most important aspects of CrossFit, particularly at Rugged. If it was a question of motivation, I would say that the friendships you develop at the gym with other members and coaches go a long way towards waking up at the crack of dawn and dragging your ass to the gym (5:30AM represent!), or plowing through a mile of traffic and showing up after a long day of work.

Q: Is there a favorite cheat meal you have? A favorite paleo snack?

Two favorites: Chicken tikka masala with some garlic naan and veggie samosas, or a double bacon cheeseburger with fries.

As far as Paleo snacks...I eat a lot of almonds and bananas (are bananas Paleo? I don't know.)

Q: Is there anything you're looking forward to in the rest of the fall?

Looking forward to wearing hoodies, watching football, and making chili in my Crock-pot.


Strength:
EMOTM 8 Min-
3 Hang Power Cleans @ 60% of 1RM Clean

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3 Rounds As Fast As Possible:
75 Hollow Rocks
25 Wall Balls (20/14)
-Rest 1 Minute-



9.15.2014

New Friday/Saturday Schedule

 
Joohi and the other scaled women crush some G2OH action at the throwdown!

Hey Rugglets,

A few quick announcements for you:

-This week we'll be starting our new Friday/ Saturday schedule. Friday evening schedule will shift to 5:30/6:30/7:30pm classes, and Saturday's schedule will shift a half hour earlier- we'll have class at 8-9am, open gym 9-10am, and class at 10-11am (this will all be reflected in the online schedule soon).

-Former Rugglet Hillary is running a morning yoga dance party called Awake Boston this Thursday starting at 6am. You can find more info here and sign up for it here. She's graciously supplied us with some discount codes, the first 10 people that use the code RUGLETFREE will get in free, and everyone else can get $6 off with the code RUGLET. Hope to see you there!

-Jamie


Strength:
1RM Front Squat

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10 Minute AMRAP:
10 Push Jerks (95/65)
15 Burpees
50 Double Unders



9.14.2014

Congrats to Our Throwdown Winners!

Hudson power- Marisa cheers Evan on as he finishes 'Flying Spaghetti Monster.'

Rugglets,

Thank you all for an amazing Saturday! We saw some amazing performances, surprising PRs, and close competition and I can definitely say that I had a great time there and I hope that you did too! Here are your winners from our four divisions:


 
Scaled Women's Division Winners:
1st- Jessie W.
2nd- Kristin W.
3rd- Kaitlyn A.L.

 
Scaled Men's Divison Winners:
1st- Arif J.
2nd- Nick Y.
3rd- Kyle G.

 
RX Women's Division Winners:
1st- Heather Z.
2nd- Caroline W.
3rd- Andrea W.

 
Men's RX Division Winners:
1st- Gordo M.
2nd- Ben M.
3rd- Jay G.

Be sure to congratulate any of our competitors when you see them, everyone did an amazing job and many showed a lot of guts taking a big step outside their comfort zone. More pictures to come!

-Jamie


Strength:
7x3 Weighted Ring Dips

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For Time:
400m Run
50 Front Rack Lunges (75/50)
30 Strict Pull-Ups
400m Run

House of Brause @ 1:30pm
Press
Deadlift

Z-Press
Chin-Ups
GHR
Pallof Press



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