The sport of CrossFit or training with CrossFit.

All right boys and girls it’s here…1800 tonight, that’s 6pm for those that don’t do 24hr time. They, HQ, well that smarmy bastage Dave Castro, what will his hair look like this year?  Will be announcing OPEN WOD 15.1. We of course will be having a party then trying it on for size to see if we can think afterwards. Don and Miki have their guesses in on face book, should we do some sort of Fit Aid raffle for closest guesses? The 5:30 PM WOD will be morphed into doing the Open and Helena Bar bell will be delayed till we’re done playing. Fun for this starts after the 4:30 ends, 5:30 pm… Bring your own dish for food stuffs or don’t, pot-luck-ish we’ll have 3 grinder birds (rotisserie chickens) some canned beer and the place to play, rest is up to you.

Next Thursdays party will also be a party to celebrate JK’s going away, wait that didn’t come out quite right, save the day and come give the kid a hard time before he heads home to get smarter and learn more stuffs. Same start time, after the 4:30 ends (about 5:30 + ish), just more junk food and greater merriment. We’re going to miss this kid around the box, come kick him in the ass and give him a good send off :)

We’ve been threatening for a month or so now… here it is…. with out further adieu…the one….. the only…. SAVE THE TENS video  All rights and happy happy joy joy stuffs to who ever wrote this.

http://www.wodtalk.com/video/crossfit-save-the-tens-video.html

4th annual Spring Fling May 30th….. There’ll be a list out for who wants to help with what… THANK YOU.

Some things we need to thank Genevieve for, our mail box is awesome and just needs a little writing on the mounting box so the post guy/gal knows it’s ours. Once you see it you’ll get what I mean by awesome. The Impact Montana’s Phones for soldier drop off box being pained by Ariel Lewis a Junior at CHS who has signed up to join the Army when she beats HS. As soon as we get it we’ll hang it up and start collecting your old phones in earnest for any MT soldiers/ vets who may need them. As always taking clothing/ other household items for the MT NG Thrift store Ft Harrison.

We stole the title of this blog from an article of the CF journal, are you training to be a competitor, have more fun in life,  a little of each?

http://journal.crossfit.com/2014/10/competitive-conundrum.tpl#featureArticleTitle

This one shared with us from Angie G, it is VERY timely as this is the first of the Open WODs….. I’f you liked the save the 10’s, this is equally good if not WAY better as it may save a few of us some pain. That and Mark of Marks Daily apple lays things down in a manor that even simpletons as myself may understand the complexities of why rice may or may not be “for me” nutritionally speaking. Read this article, check out his blog, it won’t hurt, but you may get addicted, we have in linked in on the CFH site, over to the right side.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-your-workout-worth-the-risk/#more-54285

This Saturday 11AM HBBC clinic, PERFECT for getting better, pack a lunch and your this doesn’t hurt face.

This clinic is right for you if:

· You’re interested in performing the Olympic lifts safely and efficiently in CrossFit workouts

· You feel like you have an understanding of the lifts, but may have some technique issues you have questions about
· You want to start working regularly with Helena Barbell but haven’t started YET.

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“You must do the very thing you think you can not do” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Party week…..

Lots of great activities this week, all of them fun. We’re still looking for someone who likes to plan things out, a party planner if you will. The Party Planner would be organizing others to get the work done before and after “gigs”, making a sign up list of who’s bringing what and who is helping clean, cook, transport etc? Telling us what is needed from the box to make it happen and of course enjoying this whole process. Let us know if you are interested, we already have a few lovely assistants for you.

This isn’t the actual picture, but this week marked the first box jump for Craig, he also said he can go down stairs without his knees hurting…. HUGE GAINS my friend, huge.

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THIS Wed, February 25 at 5PM Scenic Brew Coffee,  Sanders and Custer. The 4th times a charm, CFH Spring Fling planning meeting. We’ll be there from 5 till our adrenals are burnt out. Our plan is to come up with what needs to happen and who wants to do what and when. If it’s to short of notice and you’d like to help but can’t make it, just put your name and e-mail down, or e-mail us and we’ll send you the notes and thoughts from the evenings fun….

Thursday Feb 26 the first of the Open WODs is announced. We will be having an announcement Party and then running 15:1 for those that want to give it a go. We will be taking over the 5:30PM WODs and Starting the HbbC late on Thursdays for the next 5 weeks. Have you signed up?

Saturday February 28 11AM Helena Barbell Club get to know your movements better clinic. IF one has interest in gaining a better understanding of Olympic lifts and how to do them, do them better, this is for you. What are Olympic lifts you ask? They generally involve, that long heavy pipe with black leaden things attached to the ends getting thrown around. No muss no fuss just great instruction and people wanting to help you get better, while the focus is for those with limited experience… anyone can gain something from this, please sign up so we know how many coaches can come play. Pack a lunch this thing is going to run about 4 hours and there will be time to fuel up and get some weights moved around.

This clinic is right for you if:

· You’re interested in performing the Olympic lifts safely and efficiently in CrossFit workouts

· You feel like you have an understanding of the lifts, but may have some technique issues you have questions about
· You want to start working regularly with Helena Barbell but haven’t started YET.

Saturday  March 7th, Law Dogs Elliston, MT.

Feeding starts at 4PM and there will be live music/ dancing at 7PM…

Silent and live Auctions, gun raffles and road trip with friends for a good cause how much better can it get?  We can Carpool form the box or caravan from wherever.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1547628298844952/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

 

CFH Open WOD times starting March 9th. Monday and Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM

We are working on a few times to have the place available for people that just wanna work on a few things with out those damn people getting their WODS on in the way. The”I really liked the look of yesterdays WOD” people, Muscle up Babes drills, Mobility for hours, Oly on the side, economizing Games movements whatever…. We have and IDEA of what may work but think a survey of hours will be helpful. We have many times “no one using the place” tell us when and bring us a consistent 6 people we’ll run it. A list of “want times for open gym” will get started this week.

 

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It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company

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How limbo are you ?

Alright we usually give you all the facts and not much meat right up front, but I have to say generally I’m the one that comes up with the silly functional movements, this one was all Mark :).

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Those of you that made it to yesterdays Bech Press (de-load week) also got to play with the limbo….

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The open starts up this week, are you signed up? I just did it last night, $20 and team “CrossFit Helena”, each of us will see these WODs Fridays anyhow, may as well play along. It was tons of fun last year, believe everyone who played enjoyed themselves and pushed just a little harder than they otherwise would of. There will be a gathering and open WOD announcement each Thursday night 6:00… we’ll do our best to get the WOD moving as soon as we get the athletes all lined out… perhaps a 6:30 start time most weeks Feb 26- Mar 26. Pair up with a judge and get crack’N.

Saturday February 28 11AM Helena Barbell Club get to know your movements better clinic. IF one has interest in gaining a better understanding of Olympic lifts and how to do them, do them better, this is for you. What are Olympic lifts you ask? They generally involve, that long heavy pipe with black leaden things attached to the ends getting thrown around. No muss no fuss just great instruction and people wanting to help you get better, while the focus is for those with limited experience… anyone can gain something from this, please sign up so we know how many coaches can come play. Pack a lunch this thing is going to run about 4 hours and there will be time to fuel up and get some weights moved around.

This clinic is right for you if:

· You’re interested in performing the Olympic lifts safely and efficiently in CrossFit workouts

· You feel like you have an understanding of the lifts, but may have some technique issues you have questions about
· You want to start working regularly with Helena Barbell but haven’t started YET.

 

Saturday night, March 7th, Law Dogs Elliston, MT. Feeding starts at 4PM live music/ dancing at 7….. Auctions, gun raffles and road trip with friends for a good cause how much better can it get?  We can Carpool form the box or caravan from wherever.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1547628298844952/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Spring Fling Planning meeting this week, stay tuned for actual time and date.

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Remember when cleaning out your closets that we’ll be giving all the lost and found items to the Mt National Guard Thrift store, Ft Harrison. This goes for old phones too. So bring us your unwanted items CLEAN and we’ll collect them up and make a run when the bin is full each week/ month, phones will go into our communities military population to provide cells for those that do not have them, through Impact Montana.   https://www.facebook.com/MTGUARDOFFICIAL?fref=nf

 

Spartan Race May……..

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

 

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4 Day work week…. ?

Are you doing the full five or did you have yesterday as a play day? Play time is the nectar of life, drink up kiddies.

Even with the occasional flurry we had no snow accumulation yesterday, but the pass looks to have gotten some. Great Divide should be hopping this weekend and it looks like Disco still has snow of course Jackson Hole has the most snow in the nation. Liz sent us some pictures from Big mnt ( I think ?) looked like enough snow there also, then there’s Hill living in Boston with 6+ feet, Hey Hillary :)

Remember the Gala this Friday, 6-11PM, Montana Military Appreciation Gala at the Helena Civic Center.

http://impactmontana.org/events/gala-2015/

This Saturday is the last day to dig through the lost and found stuffs… After that It’ll go to the Montana National Guard Ft Harrison Thrift Store (MNGTS) or mark will be wearing it.

We’ll also collect any of your old cell phones taking up space to give to the Guard and those serving that may need one.

Helena Barbell Club will have a clinic Saturday February 28th, starting at 11AM running till your thumbs fall off, HOOK GRIP, or about 4 hours. Lots of individual training, pack a lunch as there will be a time for fueling up in the middle somewhere. ” there’s no since working on the engine if you’re pissing in the gas tank”

This clinic is right for you if:
· You are interested in performing the Olympic lifts safely and efficiently in CrossFit workouts
· You feel like you have an understanding of the lifts, but may have some technique issues you have questions about
· You want to start working regularly with Helena Barbell but haven’t started YET.

There is a fund raiser for Becky Beaners husband Dave, march 7th at LawDogs in Elliston, road trip!!! Silent auction, live auction, gun raffle food, drink and dancing. If you have something to donate or know someone who may this would a great event to help out with.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1547628298844952/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Don’t forget about the babes…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/866228323416637/886631438042992/?comment_id=886801361359333&notif_t=group_comment_reply

The “open” starts Feb 26th you are signed up, right?

 

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Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.  Don’t save it for a special occasion; today is special.

Some of you had better not be wearing lingerie…. DOUG. :)

 

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Ice skating, this Saturday?

OK, if you didn’t make this past Saturdays Birthday celebration/ Game night plan on making next months B-day celebration Saturday March 7th. There were perhaps 25-30 of us laughing our asses off, starting with food/ beer, though there were many more desserts available than actual food items. Moved into X-box dance off  (thank you Nadene and Wadds), some Cards against humanity and Taboo. Keep in mind these were not fixed groups, I think most every one did each game for a bit.

Erica is Moving to Phoenix for a little sunshine and life experiences, after the games were winding down a wee bit all took a brake for MORE deserts and to give Erica some send off gifts and laughs, I got out of there around 11, as the game “Dirty Minds” was just getting started. THANK YOU one and all for playing on our first b-day/ game night, more to come. Thank you to Lori for cleaning up after us and Dan + for helping put the place back into order Sun.

This Saturday (the 14, Halmark Holliday, um I mean St Valentines day…. ) we are going Ice Skating… Well not CFH as it it were, but “we” as in any that want to go to the Ice Rink 11:30 to 12:40 and fall down a bunch are going Ice Skating. A few have stated they’ve never been on ice skates before, this will be another chance :) . With any luck there may even be a lunch date afterwards?

Have you signed up for the open yet??? We did this last year and had 25 or so playing along, I’d be willing to bet if one were to ask any of those that played last year IF they’d do it again, not only would they say yes, they would also say they are doing it again this year. Get to it only 3 weeks till it starts up.

Spring Fling Planning Board- thats right the 4th annual spring fling, looking at June 6th or the 13th. Still have some deconflicting with local events but we’ve had the last three in June and we’ll try for this one too. We’ll start a list in the office for those that want to plan this thing and start dividing up duties.

Who feels like Julie McCoy? Wait I need to go back, who knows WHO Julie McCoy is? For those of you that never saw the love boat this reference will really suck. What we need is a cruise director, someone who can plan our parties/ fun times. Someone who will tell us what we need to make it better and plan the good times we all enjoy. Please let one of us know IF being Julie McCoy is something you are interested in. ( no trips to trinidad needed)

muscle up babes have you seen this one ?

http://www.boxrox.com/how-to-scale-a-muscle-up-6-videos-from-gymnastics-experts/

 

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Tough times never last, tough people do.

 

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Looking for a hot game night? Have some time and wondering what to do Saturday evening about 6PM? Boy oh boy do we have a plan for you! We are having a come say good bye to Erica/ game night at the box: Cards against humanity, Taboo, connect-4 dance off video thingy and a few other games we don’t even know about yet. This is pot-luck style and BYOB, beer too. Saturday at 6 PM.

We’re still having a B-day WOD day Friday to celebrate January and February Birthdays, IF you know there will be or has been someones “big day” Jan/ Feb, drop a dime on them by putting their name down on the list, top of the FitAid refrigerator. We’ll be sticking around for a little while after the 5:30 PM ends to eat some cake and have a few drinks.

RhinoFit sign, we are going to ask that everyone sign in please. Not just those on punch cards, EVERYONE please. By tracking some numbers we can better see where we have full WODs and should add more times or where we may be able to squeeze in an “open” time for peeps to work on their own stuffs. Long and Short PLEASE make a habit of signing in when you get to the box, it can be done from smarty pant phones/ Tablets or even as you leave from home/ work/ school/ daycare PC. This way our coaches don’t have to pretend like they’re being dicks in reminding everyone all the time.

The box is in the ever changing mode, if the cubby you’re moving into has a white labels, pleaseput your name on it and leave your stuff with us. IF the tape is red we are trying to keep one level of day-use-only cubbies so please clean out the red taped cubbies daily, thank you. Thank you to those that were able to make this past Saturday, place is only getting better.

“The CrossFit Games Open” Have you signed up? Why not, it isn’t like any of the rest of us are “Rich Froning or Iceland Annie” sign up, get tracking and see how much better one can do from WOD to WOD, we see these very same WODs a few times each year anyhow, YOU CAN DO IT, Perhaps Jay will put a link on the site for us…..

Lastly our odds and ends from cleaning out the cubbies, IF the “lost and found” stuffs, in the office, isn’t claimed by the 21st we’ll take it to the Montana National Guard Thrift Store (MNGTS), ALONG WITH ANY OTHER ITEMS PEEPS WANT TO BRING IN. So IF you have a closet full of clothes you do not use and want to go away, wash them. Then bring them in to us well collect it up and bring it out to the boys and Girls at the fort. We will also be a collection spot for old cell phones/ chargers to go to the troops, Genevieve has a newly recruited MTNG soldier / one of her current art students painting it, it’ll be up soon. For now bring the phones in with any other items one may wish to give to the MTNGTS.

 

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“The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you are not willing to stay where you are at”

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Drive a convertible…. We need the snow.

Sure it’s been kinda fun having spring in January. 63F last Sunday and getting to mid 50’s each day this week. While it’s nice, in a sad way to see all the unfinished projects being exposed from under the snow we HAD, it’s doing nothing good for the slopes. Much like washing ones car to call for rain, I believe removing tops from convertibles causes snow. Man up, take one for the team, it’s winter for peats sake,  take those tops off and let it snow.

The Muscle up Babes challenge is still collecting “goals”. Come up with your’s and put it on the board. Last week Dougish also got his Muscle Ups on. He’s all vampire now, went over to the dark side, but we sill see his soul in daylight from time to time, his was “mostly strict” thats some huge progress. What is your goal, get it down and set to working on it.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/866228323416637/

This weekend get your stuffs out of all the cubbies and off coat hooks. Anything left will be placed in our lost and found tub. We will be cleaning and placing tape for names on all the cubbies and reorganizing a few things. IF you feel like helping out, there really isn’t that much for a mass of peeps, but could be a fun social time if you have no other plans. We’ll get it kicked off at 11AM Saturday, come fueled up there won’t be much provided… perhaps the Kerig turned on and some do not’s. CLEAN OUT YOUR CUBBIES, or we will…..

Next Friday, 6 February we are having B-day WOD’s and party after the 5:30. If your birthday was in January or February next Friday is our celebration for you, the First Friday of each month we will be having a B-day party to celebrate that months getting older peeps, Beer, food and games. So Friday night there will be cake and ice cream after getting your buts kicked, in the friendliest way of course.
Saturday night Game night at the box… Erica is leaving us, moving off to AZ saying something about less cold and wanting more warm. Pot-luck style we’ll provide some libations, the original cards against humanity, feel free to bring the updated versions with the better cards, we don’t have but someone might bring balderdash, Nadene and Wods will provide the connect dance game, I think ;) ? we have carpet.

CrossFit Games “the open” is open for registration…. One does not have to be all that and a bag of chips to play, we’ll be running their WODs as our WODs once a week anyhow. so join in and see where you rock and where you could improve.

Helena Bar Bell Club will soon be a sanctioned USAW club. We have some really great things going on, go check them out. Tue, Thur and Sat. The coaches are awesome and have a few different ways to get you doing your oly lifts better, put the time in you’ll see the difference.

FRAN vs. Everyone !!!

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Don’t ever worry about things that don’t worry about you.

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