Workout of the Day:
Part 1: Split Clean, alt legs, one each side, unbroken.
Part 2: Split Jerk, alt legs, one each side, unbroken.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain




Workout of the Day:
Lumberjack 20
20 Deadlifts, 275#
Run 400m
20 Kettlebell swings, 70#
Run 400m
20 Overhead Squats, 115#
Run 400m
20 Burpees
Run 400m
20 Chest-To-Bar Pull-ups
Run 400m
20 Box Jumps, 24″
Run 400m
20 Dumbbell Squat Cleans, 45#
Run 400m
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart


Battles –

Lots happening around here!

Dennis’ Party: Dennis is having a party on Saturday the 22nd at 2 pm. He wants you to know that you’re invited. He lives somewhere in Epsom.

Jody’s Oly Meet: Saturday, 29 July, Coach Jody is competing in a local Olympic Weight Lifting meet in Franklin, Mass. Her goal? Take over the world. Or something. Anyways, she’s been training hard. Come support her: it’s kind of an “all day thing”: 8 am to 5 pm, during which time you’ll see her lift a few times.

Pilates: We’re offering a Pilates class at 10:00 am on 5 Sundays and a Saturday, starting 30 July and ending on 3 September (but not on 20 August: that week it’s on Saturday the 19th at 11:00 am). Sign up here.

Crush Shit II: Our “three gym” event a few weeks ago was a huge success! The three gyms are back at it again, this time on Sunday, 30 July. We’re at Derti Obstacle Course Racing at 8 am, at Battle at 11 am, and then up to an Obstacle Course in Franklin in the afternoon. It’s a hell of a day! Get outside your comfort zone and do all three, or just come to one or two parts. $10 at each place (Battle’s free for you). Event page here.

The 8 am class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays is sporadic based on Rae’s “Army Training”. Keep your eye on the Wodify calendar! It’s a sign up class, and she’s a stickler…so don’t forget or you might be doing burpees.

Get your run on! 19 & 20 Aug: Tough Mudder (Half) is in Loudon.  19 Aug: Barnstead Firefighter Association annual 5k at 9 am.

Individual Competition, Saturday August 26th at CrossFit Indestructible in Berwick, ME. “Swinger’s style:” each workout will be a partner workout with someone from the other gym. Cost will be $20 and it’s limited to 6 guys, 6 gals. A whole slew of short workouts in a few hours! 9 am to 2 pm. Sign up sheet upstairs.

Harvest Fit Fest: 603 Style: a 4 person team event in Hudson, NH, Saturday, September 30 8am—3 pm. Lots of interest! Find some Battles and get signed up, I’m sure it’ll fill up soon.



Workout of the Day:
As a team of 2 (for time):

60 GHD Sit-ups
120 Wall Balls (20/14)
180 cal Assault Bike

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan



Summer Series 2017: The Year in Review

The 2017 Summer Series Intramural competition was six weeks of tests of fitness to determine the fittest team of 2 men, 2 women at Battle. We had fourteen teams competing, to include a handful of masters and teens. The tests of fitness ranged from very short (max height box jump) to moderately long (2 or 3 workouts were twenty plus minutes) and included just about every implement that we see inside the walls of Battle. This is the third year of our competition; read the 2015 Series results here and the 2016 ones here.

Before we recap the whole competition, let’s dive into the results of the final week. Week 6 brought us a two part workout, both being completed against a 15 minute clock. The first was a couplet of Jumping Rope & Wall Balls; the second was the heaviest deadlift you could pull before time expired. There was, again, a catch: choosing to do the first part at Rx+ (double unders) would potentially improve your standing on the first part, though give you less time (or no time) to pull the deadlift. Choices choices choices.

Individual Ladies, Week 6: Jenny again proves her fitness by coming out on the top of this workout. Her dominance on the rope/wall ball is borderline incredible: she’s a full two minutes faster than anyone else in the competition. After her it’s Alexis, Kellin, Hannah, and Jody. On part 2, Alexis takes the top spot with a 310 deadlift, followed by Jenny, Angela, Crystal and Kellin rounding out the top 5.

Individual Men, Week 6: Ryan take the top spot on the jump rope/wall ball, followed by me, Shawn, and Matt Fenton rounding out the top of the leaderboard. On the deadlift, Shawn takes the #2 spot, with Dion and Josh taking a top 5 spot each.

Teams, Week 6: Teamwork makes the dream work: the Kettleballers (Shane, Matt C., Kellin, Tamy) have barely been mentioned in this entire competition (despite being on the podium two years ago), but put up good enough numbers to take the top spot in this week’s events. Guns & Roses (Jim Stevens, Shawn, Hannah, Danielle) are a close 2nd, and yours truly the Squatchers (me, Raj, Leah, Sharon) take a distant 3rd. Our top two teams in the competition up until now fail to make the top 3 spots…are we looking at a final week shake-up of the leaderboard? Will the Fire Breathers (Dave, Jay, Jenny, Kathi) be able to hold on to the top spot? Or have Racks and Sacks (Ryan, Josh, Crystal, Chrissy) done enough to take it from them?

Let’s take a break from the team stats to see how the individuals fared.

Individual Ladies, Overall: Jenny dominates dominantly. Interesting that Carissa, her main competition for the top spot, slipped only to 9th place by skipping the last 300 points worth of events. Alexis comes in 2nd, and then a distant third is Kellin, who edges out Leah in the final week to take the podium spot. After Leah, Katie T. shows off her engine to come in 5th. Jody, Danielle, Tamy, and Hannah round out our top 10.

Individual Men, Overall: When Moonshine quit, Ryan had an easy run to the top of the men’s podium. I edged out Shawn for the #2 spot. Matt F., Dave & Noah Cummings, Shane, and Jay all end in the top ten. Had Noah not skipped the last week, he would have likely came in the top 5. Until next year, Dave has bragging rights in the Cummings House.

Teams, Overall: Despite heroic performances to shake up the leaderboard, the Fire Breathers (Jay, Dave, Jenny, Kathi) take the top spot. Racks & Sacks (Ryan, Josh, Crystal, Chrissy) come in second, and Guns & Roses (Jim Stevens, Shawn, Hannah, Danielle) come in third.

Congratulations to all competitors!




Workout of the Day:
Part 1: Overhead Squat (2 rm)

Part 2:
Load a bar to 70% of your best Press.
8 rounds, of:
Max Reps Press + Max Reps Push Press + Max Reps Push Jerk.

Rest approximately one minute between sets. Record total Presses, total Push Presses, total Push Jerks.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky



Workout of the Day:
1: Max Muscle Ups, 3 minutes
2: Max Rope Climbs, 3 minutes
3: AMRAP(15):
5 Tire Flips
10 Sledge Hammers (Alt Arms)
15 Kettlebell Sumo Deadlift Highpulls (62/44)
“To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.”” – Edward Bulwer Lytton




Workout of the Day:
As a team of 2 complete 6 rounds:
(Alternate movements)

Row 500m
50 Double Unders
25 Box step overs w/ 2 Kettlebells (53/35)

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill




Workout of the Day:
The Chief
Max rounds in 3 minutes of:
3 Power Cleans, 135#
6 Push-ups
9 Squats
Rest 1-minute.
Repeat for a total of 5 cycles
“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”― William Makepeace Thackeray