Christian Harris from the DC Brawlers shares with us his athletic past, his ambitions with his companies he co-owns, and how to burpee ring touch like a boss.
Lindy Barber and Whitney Gelin of the Boston Iron (1-1) join us to talk about their recovery from the CrossFit Games and how their bodies are feeling on gameday for the Boston Iron matchup against the NY Rhinos.
Lindy Barber talks about her best recovery from the games was REST. For 3 years her body has taken huge hits trying to make it to the CrossFit games and she can tell her body is just exhausted. For two entire days after the games she basically had Danny’s average Sunday and ate and slept all day long. She would sleep for 3 hours, wake up and eat and go back to sleep for another 3 hours. She AMRAP’d that sucker for 48 hours! Whitney Gelin talks about her mental aspect of getting ready for competition once one is completed. She and Lindy were both collegiate athletes and are used to recovering for another competition in a short time period. Whitney was also in the Southern Amateur Grid League, so she understands what is demanded from her body.
So check out what these ladies went through for recovery. This was shot the morning before their very first victory for the Boston Iron. You could already tell Boston was hungry for that win at 9 am, 8 hours before game time.
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Throughout the history of sports, different training techniques have been used to apply certain lessons for athletes. I remember in the 1990’s it was comical to learn about wide receivers and linemen in football taking ballet classes to be more nimble on their feet. Culturally we have watched epic movies of athletes doing strange things like Rocky punching frozen meat in a butcher shop to sharpen boxing skills. Recently I spoke to a hockey coach who has his players box jump from a seated position to improve their skate strengths. This enables them to jump over fallen players on the ice and to develop explosive legs to overpower others to get to a loose hockey puck that results in break-aways. But what do you do for a fitness competition where the movements performed on the GRID are the very same movements you “practice” every day when you train?
Let’s take a look at the GRID race as a whole. Races are often won by fractions of a second. All of the men are expected to snatch 300 pounds and clean and jerk 365+. Even the bodyweight guys need to be strong as hell. So, what makes one team better than any other team? We often talk about strong females, which is true, but Boston, while they have strong females, don’t put up the kind of numbers than the New York women can put up historically… but yet again… they did this past weekend and then some on the ladder. But why?Continue Reading …
After waking up somewhere in Palo Alto on the day of the first match, the GridCast crew and I took our morning drive to San Jose. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, it wasn’t too hot, nor too cold, and even though we had jet lag, we were too excited to feel its effects. We walked into the convention center and moseyed our way through the maze of booths hawking nutrition products packed with loads of protein and passed many-a-man who had skipped leg day a few too many times to finally come to the far end of the arena.Continue Reading …
The GridMaster has spoken from high atop his/her perch… but I hear but a whisper. Why? Because the GridCast is ready to throw their hats in the season predicting ring. Let me tell you guys something, you can’t go by just “data” to figure things out. Why? Because teamwork, communication, and “sense of family” plays a big part in this as well. Also, not everyone can be first. I like all the teams, all of the players, and I get along with all of the coaches. But I can’t come out here and say everyone gets first. That’s boring. So here are my bold predictions. Prove me wrong! With all that said, here’s how I see 2015 going down.
Bringing up the rear, we have to hold our hands over our hearts and give a solute to last place Baltimore Anthem. Why? Well, it’s all about gelling as a team. Being the new kids on the block, it’s going to be hard for them to catch up to the experience the other teams already have earned. Does everyone remember the first couple of matches for every team last year? It was a disaster for many of the teams. I totally understand Baltimore is star studded with an A-Roll cast, but getting them to communicate and gel as a team this quickly is going to be a real tough battle and mountain to climb. Sorry Garrett, I hope you prove me wrong.
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We speak to the commissioner about the 2015 NPGL draft. We also interview coaches from the Miami Surge, the NY Rhinos, and the defending champs, the DC Brawlers to see how they felt and their thought processes behind their draft selections. DC Brawlers announce the retirement of Lindsay Menerey.