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We’re back to a new cycle for 5/3/1. Still sticking with front squats on Mondays and strict presses on Friday it’s time to apply your new estimated 1RM to your percentages. Remember that you should apply your training max (90% of actual 1RM) to the daily percentages to stay successful, and without overthinking.

For this holiday week we’re going to start the workout with an echo of last Friday’s “ANNIE” movement-wise, but rather than descending volume sets we’re going to give you bulk numbers of 300/200/100 and your goal is to chip away until it’s time to move onto the next skill. Remember: it’s probably a good idea to have your own jump rope. Don’t start with one of the expensive ones (the RPM community ropes at the gym are about $80/each)- you don’t need the tech which drives up that price.

On Wednesday, our Olympic weightlifting day, we’re working cleans and figuring out how to use our hips to get under and use our legs to drive the bar up. The conditioning piece introduces a new movement- don’t fret though, it’s easy to figure out. The challenge lies in your ability to adapt! Pair that with your pullups. Grips help for all hanging exercises. Bookmark that and add it to your wish list if you don’t have them.

We will be open this weekend as well! On Thanksgiving you’ll have a grand ol’ time with some brutal piece to keep your metabolism in check. On Native American Heritage Day we’ll race a 5k followed by some more Olympic weightlifting skill work. Saturday will be a barbell chipper in contrast to last Saturday’s body weight chipper.

We have one more month in the books for the remainder of this programming block, but also for 2022!

(See last week’s programming post here)

It’s the final progression of our 5/3/1 programming (work sets are 75/5, 85/3, 95/1+) for our Monday squats and Friday presses. Eat, sleep, and make sure you’re energetic for good results!

The conditioning to start the week isn’t for time or reps, but rather some proper interval training with barbells and box jumps. Can you stay consistent and find a level (loading, height) that is still challenging for you?

Wednesday sees us snatching and overhead squatting in our strength/skill portion before doing squats and snatches in our conditioning (;

Friday features a CLASSIC CrossFit Benchmark workout. Bring your ropes!

On the weekend we’ll be doing a bodyweight chipper with some decent volume. Then it demands high skill the further in you get. How fun.

I asked in classes and you gave feedback! I’ll be posting every Sunday to explain what you’re getting into with our regular “Strength & Conditioning” classes to shed some light on the intended goals and stimuli.


MONDAY we’ll begin the week with our 5/3/1 Program and we’re doing the 3s! Then a fun 3-round metcon involving double unders, air squats, and pogo burpees! 20-minute time domain.

READ: 5/3/1: How to Build Pure Strength – T-Nation

WEDNESDAY is olympic weightlifting day and we’ll be working on cleans before doing a rowing/burpee/wall walk triplet. More burpees, but not the same type as Monday. Let’s test how your shoulder stamina holds up.

FRIDAY we have a decreasing ladder of toes-to-bar (or hanging leg raises) where you’ll do some walking overhead lunges between sets. You’ll use a single dumbbell overhead to challenge stability and midline control- your choice on how to break up loading per side. This is all after your 2nd week of strict pressing as our strength/skill component.

SATURDAY sees the return of THE BOAT workout where your team’s communication is paramount to being successful. The weird one/two/all working per element makes for a fun time if the work is divided up properly.

WORKOUT for Working Womxn’s Wednesday 10/27/2021

every :30 for 8:00 do 1 clean & jerk (north of 70%) then

as many reps as possible in 12 minutes:
5 push press (with a 5sec overhead hold each rep)
10 Pendlay rows

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WATCH: This week’s programming agenda

It’s really a deload week focused on your other abilities to finish workouts: strategy, movement efficiency, rep/set breakdown, and seeing if you possess the ability to recover between multiple workouts. You’ll also be learning a handful of new movements we’ll be playing with in the next couple of months.

Then a tease about something coming at the end!

WORKOUT for Wednesday 10/13/2021

front squat 6×3 (50/5, 70/3, 80/3, 90/3, 90/3, 90/3+)

4 rounds for time:
20 pushups on barbell
20 pistols
20 strict press, 20/30kg

Post times to whiteboard!

WATCH: Here’s a little bit of insight the coaching team gets in programming- we have a more detailed lesson plan written out for each individual day too.

Want to see this more often? Should we cut the video for each specific day? Should I record with you in mind?

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With the 2020 CrossFit Games Open right around the corner we thought it be great to integrate some structured strength work in the classes. We’ll go with back squats, strict presses, deadlifts, and bench presses using the 5/3/1 Method. We’ll cycle through all four lifts every week and the order won’t change, but the days will.

(Also don’t get too comfortable with these Weekly posts again because it’s not going to the regular thing.)

CrossFit WOD for Monday 9/9

back squat 50/5, 65/5, 75/5, 85/5+ (Last set at 85% is for 5 or more reps.)

3 rounds for time:
30 burpee box jump, 24/20″
30 dumbbell step up, 50/35lbs to 24/20″

Post time to whiteboard!

CrossFit WOD for Tuesday 9/10

AMRAP in 13:00
45 double unders
35 wall ball, 20/14lbs
25 toes-to-bar
15 burpee muscle-ups

Then find a 1RM snatch in 7:00

Score = total reps x kilograms snatched. Post score to whiteboard!

CrossFit WOD for Wednesday 9/11

press 50/5, 65/5, 75/5, 85/5+ (Last set at 85 is for 5 or more reps.)

5 rounds for time:
35 double unders
200m run

Post time to whiteboard.

CrossFit WOD for Thursday 9/12

deadlift 50/5, 65/5, 75/5, 85/5+ (Last set at 85 is for 5 or more reps.)

for time:
30 step-ups, 32/24kg to 24/20″
400m medicine ball run, 14/8lbs
50 box jump overs, 24/20″
60 kettlebell sumo deadlift high pull, 32/24kg
70 wall ball push press, 14/8lbs to 10/9′
800m medicine ball run, 14/8lbs

Post time to whiteboard.

CrossFit WOD for Friday 9/13

On a 12:00 clock

21-15-9 rounds for time:
thruster, 43/29kg

in the remaining time find a 1RM clean & jerk

Post time and weight to whiteboard!

CrossFit WOD for Saturday 9/14

As a two-person team

42-30-18 reps for time:
cluster, 52/43kg
synchronized double-pushup burpee

CrossFit WOD for Sunday 9/15

4 rounds for time:
400m run
30/25 calorie row
20 burpees over the rower

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WATCH: A Band-Assisted Kipping Muscle-Up Progression – The Foundation CrossFit YouTube channel

When December rolls around we’ll see the return of FCF Bingo!


Cyber Monday 11/26

WODAPALOOZA Online Qualifier 18.4
AMRAP in 16 minutes:
devil press
alternating dumbbell step-up

Rx = 2×50/35lbs, 24/20″
Scaled = 1×30/20lbs, 20/12″

Post score to whiteboard.

Taco Tuesday 11/27

starting with an empty barbell every :90 perform a SNATCH for as long as possible adding 2-5kg every time. when you can no longer snatch you will CLEAN & JERK for as long as possible, still adding weight every successful lift. when you can no longer clean & jerk you will DEADLIFT for as long as possible.

Post heaviest load for each lift to the whiteboard.

Working Womxn’s Wednesday 11/28


3 rounds for time:
75 air squats
25 pullups
15 handstand pushups


3 rounds for time:
75 air squats
25 jumping chest-to-bar pullups
15 perfect pushups


3 rounds for time:
50 pistols, alternating
25 chest-to-bar pullups
15 strict handstand pushups

Post time to whiteboard.

Thursday 11/29

10 rounds for time:
12 medicine ball cleans, 20/14lbs
6 ring dips
3 bar muscle-ups
1 rope climb

Post times to whiteboard.

Benchmark Friday 11/30


6 rounds, each for max reps:
1:00 calorie row
1:00 burpees
1:00 double unders
1:00 rest

Try for as many reps as possible of EACH exercise, not just total score.

Post separate totals of calories rowed, burpee reps and double under reps completed to whiteboard.

Team Saturday 12/1

in teams of two or three, for time:
90 jerks, 85/61kg
80 ab-mat situps
70 dips
60 kettlebell swings, 32/24kg
50 front squats, 85/61kg
40 burpee over bar
30 sumo deadlifts, 85/61kg
20 rope climbs

Post teams and times to whiteboard.

 Sunday 12/2

back squat 7×4
push press 6×4
power clean 5×4

Post attendance to whiteboard.


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It’s Thanksgiving Week! We will be OPEN through the weekend with limited schedules. All days marked with an * mean that we’ll be running 9am, 10am, and 11am classes only. That means we won’t have any specialty classes such as CompEx, Mobility, or HIIT during those times too.

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Monday 11/19

CGO 16.3

AMRAP in 7:00
10 power snatches, 35/25kg
3 bar muscle-ups (scaled does 5 c2b pullups)


12×2 back squats

Post score to whiteboard.

Tuesday 11/20

establish a heavy jerk double in 20 minutes, then

50-40-30-20-10 reps for time:
calorie row

Performance does these tasks in reverse order, and pushups will be hand-release.

Post time to whiteboard.

Wednesday 11/21

3 rounds for time:
21 pullups
15 hspu
9 thrusters, 61/43kg

Thursday 11/22* (9am, 10am, 11am CrossFit classes only)

in cumulative song format, for time:
100m med ball carry, 20/14lbs
2 muscle-up
3 toes-to-bar
4 kettlebell wall ball substitute, 32/24kg
5 ring rows
6 archer pushup
7 kettlebell SDHP, 32/24kg
8 wall ball, 20/14#
9 icky shuffles
10 jumping lunges
11 broad jumps

This means that Round 1 = 100m mbc, Round 2 = 2 muscle-ups then 100m mbc, Round 3 = 3 t2b + 2mu + 100m mbc, Round 4 = 4 kbwbs + 3 t2b + 2mu + 100m mbc, etc…

Post time to whiteboard!

Friday 11/23* (9am, 10am, 11am CrossFit classes only)

50-40-30-20-10 reps for time:
wall ball, 20/14# to 10/9′
box jumps, 24/20″
perfectly vertical kbs, 24/16kg

10am: DONNY
21-15-9-9-15-21 reps for time:
deadlift, 102/70kg

11am: 343
for time:
100 deadlifts, 61/43kg
100 power cleans, 43/29kg
100 ground-to-overhead, 30/20kg
43 burpees

Saturday 11/24* (9am, 10am, 11am CrossFit classes only)


partner AMRAP in 40 minutes:
50 burpees
400m run
50 kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
400m run
50 pullups
400m run
50 pushups
400m run

Split work however you see fit. Run together. Post teams and times to whiteboard.

Sunday 11/25* (9am, 10am, 11am CrossFit classes only; 11am CompEx starts with CrossFit class and then gets an extra hour with Coach Dave!)

AMRAP in 40 minutes:
400m run
60 double unders
400m run
500m row

Post score to whiteboard!


Foundation Barbell is done for the year. We’ll see you in January!


Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 will be our annual FCF Post-Holidays Party again at the Echo Room. Click here for the facebook event and updates!


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Hope everyone had a great weekend- the weather was nice and mild during the days! Evenings are a different beast though.


Monday 11/12 – Veteran’s Day (normal class schedule)


6 rounds for time:
60 double unders
30 perfectly-vertical kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
15 burpees

This is a HERO workout for a Boston Firefighter and CrossFit coach who gave his life in the line of duty. Cap is 25:00. Post time to whiteboard.

Tuesday 11/13

AMRAP in 9:00:
9 toes-to-bar
9 handstand pushups


E2MOM for 20:00
clean + front squat + 2 jerks

Post AMRAP score and complex load to whiteboard.

Wednesday 11/14

Complete two rounds for max total reps

:30 on, :30 off of
kettlebell jerk, 24/16kg (L)
chest-to-bar pullups
kettlebell jerk, 24/16kg (R)
kettlebell sumo deadlift high pull, 24/16kg
box jump overs, 24/20″
kettlebell sumo deadlift high pull, 24/16kg
step-ups, 24/20″

Post total reps to whiteboard.

Thursday 11/15


50-40-30-20-10 reps for time:
double unders

then “KAREN”

150 wall ball shots (20/14lbs to 10/9′) for time

On a running clock “ANNIE” will go from 0:00 to 9:00. There will be a controlled rest of 2:00, then when the clock reads 11:00 begin “KAREN”. You may work until 21:00. Post times to whiteboard.

Friday 11/16


for time:
50 burpees
400m run
100 pushups
400m run
150 walking lunges
400m run
200 squats
400m run
150 walking lunges
400m run
100 pushups
400m run
50 burpees

Cardio and muscular stamina. Scale the exercises numbers down if you need to, but the goal is to run all of the 400s! Cap is 45:00.

Saturday 11/17


6 rounds total, YGIG, for time:
500m row

Partner holds a pair of 24/16kg in a standing rack position while other partner rows. Post pairs and times to whiteboard!

Sunday 11/18

bench press 10 sets of 3, ascending in weight, then

AMRAP in 9:00
20 dumbbell push press, 2×50/35lbs
200m run


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Ah, daylight savings is here to screw with your internal clocks. Hope you made the best of your weekend!


Monday 11/5

establish a weighted pullup 1RM

– then –

21-15-9 reps for time:
thruster, 43/29kg
bar-facing burpees

Tuesday 11/6

2 rounds for time:
1500m row
30 wall ball, 20/14# to 10/9′
20 ring dips

This workout is about improving your dips. Modify to 1200m run, 1500m ski, or 2mi air bike if you please.

Wednesday 11/7

establish a deadlift 1RM

– then –

1-to-12 for time
medicine ball clean
slam ball

Thursday 11/8

50-40-30-20-10 reps for time:
double unders
kettlebell swings, 24/16kg
kettlebell rack lunges

Skills and stabilization! The weight on the front rack should be light enough to move but enough to fire off stabilizer muscles so you don’t fall over.

Friday 11/9


6 rounds for time:
30 air squats
19 power cleans, 61/43kg
7 strict pullups
400m run

Compare times here. Read more here.

Saturday 11/10

in teams of two for time:
400m run with 1 teammate carrying object, then

1 working/1 holding object overhead
200 ring row
200 jumping jacks
200 mountain climber
200 box step-ups, 24/20″

then 400m run with 1 teammate carrying object

Sunday 11/11

Foundation Barbell Programming: It’s the last cycle of the year!

Olympic Weightlifting Week 3
Powerlifting Week 3


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