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Lindsey training in her wetsuit for the “Worlds Toughest Mudder”

I’m sure everyone’s heard of the tough mudder; a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British special forces designed to test your physical and mental ability. The tough mudder is run all over the world. The object is to complete the course, either individually or in a group as fast as you can while still having fun! Once done, you submit your time to the tough mudder people and they review it for accuracy. Then, if you finish in the top 5% of all tough mudder finishers, you get this wonderful email telling you that you’ve qualified for thr worlds toughest mudder; the culmination of all tough mudders. It’s a 24 hour obstacle course designed to be tougher than any regular tough mudder where you run around the 10 mile loop over and over for 24 hours. Last year, 155,000 people competed in a tough mudder somewhere and 7000 people qualified. Of those 7000, only 1000 felt tough enough to enter the WTM. After 24 hours, there were only 100 people on the course (only 2 females!). So, when I got the beautiful email, without thinking I signed up. I decided that I needed to do it to prove to myself that I can push myself past my limits and presevere. I read an article where one of thr Olympic gymnasts stated that after she broke her ankle everyone said she wouldn’t compete again and she almost believed them. Then one day she decided to prove everyone, including herself wrong and she ended up becoming a member on the past Olympic team. So here I am, ONE days away from a 24 hour tough mudder, preparing myself for a grueling physical and mental challenge. I will do this for everyone who ever thought they couldn’t do something so they didn’t try, for everyone who feared, for everyone who said “I can’t” without trying, and for everyone who spends day in and day out living through things worse than any tough mudder.  Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “you must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Here goes nothing! Lindsey

Congratulations Lindsey for not only qualifying for this event but for also continuing to train as hard as you do – coming into the gym at 7pm just to get another wod in.  We are so proud of you!  You are truly an inspiration for us all at Southington Crossfit.  May the force be with you, we will be thinking of you all weekend!  Make sure you send us your bib number so we can all follow you online.


ook at this great picture – Dan you look awesome, but who’s that mug in the back and what IS he doing?  First person to comment gets a free t-shirt!

Pucks Pork

I’m typing this up while eating two fried eggs on a couple slices of roast beef wrapped in lettuce leaves. It’s messy but good. Yolk may or may not be on the keyboard.  Have you ever picked something up that you were confident was food you just dropped, and tossed it in your mouth only to find it was not food at all?

I’m typing this up while eating two fried eggs on a couple slices of roast beef wrapped in lettuce leaves, with a side of large fuzz ball that resembles roast beef when you’re not paying attention because you’re trying to multitask.

Anyway…This is an adaptation of a recipe Wolfgang Puck made. He rocks the kitchen. Also his name is super cool, imagine if the shortened version of your name was “wolf”. I want to be named Wolfgang. I’m not a huge pork fan but even I went back for seconds with this baby.

Pork loin roast…think mine weighed in at a hefty 4lbs
1 C Dried fruit (no sugar added) chopped. Dates, apricots, prunes, cranberries, your choice. Go crazy with it.
Rosemary (with the herbs you’ll need a couple tablespoons if you use fresh, if you use dried you’ll need much less)
1/4 cup Coconut oil give or take
Cinnamon stick
1 C apple cider vinegar
1 Onion chopped
2 tablespoons Ginger chopped
Wolf used star anise also…I didn’t have any.
Original recipe called for 1/2 cup maple syrup. I didn’t add it but you certainly could if you want.
Cooking twine

1) Preheat your oven to 350
2) Dust your pork roast all over with salt, pepper, and half of your rosemary, and sage.
3) Butterfly your roast. See note for an explanation of this.
4) Dust the inside of your pork loin with the other half of your seasonings.
5) Put your fruit of choice in your wide open pork loin and wrap it up.                                          6) Now truss that loin shut! I had to Google the proper way to do this…if you’re not an experienced “meat trusser” I suggest you do the same.
7) Heat enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of a heavy pan or Dutch oven when oil is hot but not smoking brown your pork on all sides. About 3 min per side did it for me.
Remove roast and set aside.
8) Turn the heat down a little and add your chopped onions and two more tbls coconut oil to your pan, stir to prevent burning. Add your ginger, cinnamon, star anise. Cook until onions and ginger are fragrant and soft. Add your vinegar and deglaze the pan. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half.                                                                                                                                                9) Put your roast in whatever you’re roasting it in and spoon your onion liquid mixture over it. Cook until internal temp is 150. Then Let it rest covered for ten minutes…the temp should climb another 10 degrees during this time bringing it to a perfect 160. For my 4lb roast it took 1hour 15min to reach 150. Don’t be hasty now, let your roast rest 10min before you cut it….it’s been through a lot….plus you want it to reach 160 for safe consumption and you want the meat to stay moist. Ugh. I hate that word “moist”.

Slice it up, pour the heavenly juices from the pan over it and chow down.
1. Stop imagining your roast doing butterfly pull-ups. That’s not what this means.

2. Begin at one end of the roast. About an inch from the cutting board, cut a horizontal incision, about an inch deep. As you cut from one end of the loin to the other, pull back the meat. Roll meat back as you go…cutting a little at a time until your roast is open but not cut completely in two.

Bobby getting acupuncture

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Thanks, Traver 

Maggie and Gabby from the 9am class – great job today ladies! Gabby we love the shades – you go girl!

Look at that face, great work!

Dont Forget we started this week having regular crossfit classes – Monday and Tuesday at  6:30pm

Dr. Hawley’s Corner
Have you ever felt pain in the back of your shoulders?  Is this more common when performing overhead activities?  If so continue reading.

Sore shoulders are a very common.  If you take a quick look at the exercises strongly associated with CrossFit you will soon realize that many of those motions involve overhead activities.  If your shoulders are lacking range of motion you are going to find these exercises challenging.  Here is a quick test to check your range of motion.  Find a friend and have them stand off to side while you raise your straight arms (keep the arms as straight as possible) forward and as far high and back and they can go (thumbs pointing backwards).  Your partner should be able to see your ear.  If they cannot your range of motion is lacking.  Taking a quick look at the shoulder anatomy will help you understand why.

Your shoulder is made up of a combination of ligaments, muscles and tendons – all of which need to work properly to allow for proper range of motion.  If one of these structures becomes overused or “strained” your body accommodates by laying down scar tissue which then limits your strength and range of motion.  This is very common when performing snatches, overhead squats and muscle-ups.  Correcting these structures will allow for proper range of motion and pain free overhead activities.

Here are few simple mobility exercises that everyone should be doing on a daily basis for shoulder maintenance.

  • Properly warm-up (ie. PVC pipe pass throughs and figure eights) – done before every workout that involves an overhead lift
  • Lacrosse ball on posterior shoulder capsule – lie on you back with a lacrosse ball placed on the back of your shoulder.  Start with your shoulder perpendicular to your body with your elbow bent (fingers pointed to the ceiling).  From here rotate your arm backwards and forward.
  • Lacrosse ball on infraspinatus (check your anatomy book for the exact location!) – same as the above exercise but the lacrosse ball moves just a little towards the center of the body on the shoulder blade.

Use the above exercises as a maintenance program to help prevent future injuries, should you be suffering form shoulder impingement find your local sports medicine doctor to have this treated.


It wasn’t until this week that I really grasped what I’ve said to the 5 and 6am class over and over. That is, half of their workout is just getting up at that time to go workout. Why did it take me this long to actually believe what I was saying?  Because this week I’ve had to cover every morning class while Shannon sipped on umbrella drinks in St Lucia waiting for her wedding day.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE COACHING so once I was up and saw the first signs of life walk through the door, I realized I was witnessing the best part of my day before it really even started. Ok, back to what I learned this week… It takes an awful lot of will power to roll out of bed, drive to the gym, and get your heart rate up to 150bpm before I even finish saying 3,2,1… GO!  And what’s even more impressive is that they do it day in and day out week after week. Their finishing with the workout before most people are even finished with their REM sleep cycle. Nothing against anyone else that comes later in the day but you’ve got to admit they are a tough, dedicated bunch of individuals. 

Some other things you probably don’t know about the morning classes:
10)  There is a high school student (Jen) that comes every morning and has been given numerous detentions because she’s slightly late for home room. Give her a break people, she’s doing things her classmates are still dreaming about…literally. 
9)  Writing those workouts on the white board takes longer than you think. To top it off, now we have to write it on two white boards thanks to Bobby
8)  We like to think we’re setting the bar for the rest of the classes
7)  We like to rock out to Jock Jams
6)  Jess B, after all these months, still thinks there is a 5 and 6am class on Thursday
5)  We get to be the first ones to use the bathroom after they’ve been cleaned 
4)  Lazy men across the street like to yell at us and call the cops… How bout joining us now that you’re up?
3)  It’s -27 deg in SCF at 4:30am!!!
2)  We can’t see the trail markers at these hours
1)  We realize our attendance depends on whether or not the alarm clock was set properly, how much fun you had the night before or if you have the day off from work. But we won’t hold that against you
Coach Mike 

Emily is heading back to NJ, she was here because of the “Sandy”, she is from Mount Arlington, NJ and we have enjoyed having her here at the gym at the 12:30 class.  Make sure you come back to visit real soon!

Look at those smiles after a long Filthy Fifty!  Good Work Guys and Gals.


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