Daily WOD

Thursday, June 11th 2015



We are thrilled to announce that Pete’s wife delivered a beautiful and healthy baby boy on Sunday! Ashton William Staples is here!  With Ashton’s arrival we have a new member of the Cove family (and our median age just dropped significantly).  We’ll be planning baby WODs for him before you know it. Pete is currently doing his own version of CrossFit:  swaddling AMRAPs and EMOM diaper changes.  CONGRATULATIONS PETE!!


pete babybaby2

For the rest of us, its a GIRL!!  Tomorrow we will be doing “Nancy”. Some of the toughest CrossFit WODs are simple couplets (two movements) of a loaded and unloaded movement. ‘Nancy’ is a perfect blend of a loaded movement and running, but this CrossFit benchmark workout adds a bit of complexity with the overhead squats. Even though the weight is somewhat light for an advanced CrossFit athlete, it becomes daunting as the rounds progress and could put strain on your shoulders if you aren’t in a proper overhead position.   Speaking from personal experience, do NOT push outside your limits.  I did my first Nancy and went for RX and walked away with a shoulder impingement that last for weeks. If it’s your first time trying this WOD, we HIGHLY recommend scaling the weight down, or even just using a PVC pipe (Yes, really. Just the PVC!). Or if you just can’t get into a safe position, we scale to a different movement with the same overall benefit.




Take 12 minutes to find a heavy load in this complex
1 Power Snatch + 1 Hanging Power Snatch + 1 OHS




15 OHS
400 M Run
5 Rounds
Fitness 75/55
RX and RX+ 95/65
25 min Cap
Here’s our new Dad Pete sneaking out for a quick sweat… and with very little sleep under his belt, he CRUSHED IT!

Wednesday, June 10th 2015




Just a reminder that our FAMILY WOD is this Saturday at 10am! This means our regular WODs will be at 8a, 9a and 11a (with sitter coverage at the 9am class). Come on in with the kiddos and experience a workout TOGETHER.  It is best for kids 4/5+ but if you can wrangle your little one, feel free to give it a try.  Our goal is to demonstrate that fitness should be FUN and teach lifelong habits of good health by being a role model for your children.  Feel free to bring friends if you think they would enjoy it too!

In other fun news, we have new T-shirts (men’s and women’s) and tanks (women’s) that arrived today.  New colors, new styles… oh, and more protein powder and fish oil too!



OTMEM for 4 minutes
4 Strict HSPU
OTMEM for 4 minutes
4 Kipping HSPU
-No Score, just for Skill-



6 Shoulder to Overhead
9 Burpees (over the rower)
12 Calories 
4 Rounds
Fitness 95/65
RX 135/95
RX+ 155/105


Andrew looking strong overhead…


Tuesday, June 9th 2015

Each month we will feature an athlete that embraces the difficult feat of changing their lives for the better.  We all come with our own set of challenges — whether it is work, family, or just a seemingly endless ‘to do’ list.  Getting fit, making yourself a priority and finding that balance is hard work.  Relying on a great support system outside the gym is important, but having that same support system with you INSIDE the gym is quite another.  Chris Block and Katie Ramsey have been with us from the beginning and the progress they’ve made is exceptional.  And we are inspired by how they have done this all TOGETHER as a couple.  We wanted to hear more about what drives them, how CrossFit at the Cove has changed their perspective on fitness, self image and impacted them as a couple. We are proud to announce them as our JUNE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH.  Here’s the ‘he said/she said’ story:




IMG_0321Tell us a little bit about yourself… 


KATIE: I was born and raised in Southern Arizona and found my way to Maryland by way of Texas, Pensacola, and Iraq thanks to the USAF. I was introduced to lifting by a friend when I was in Iraq, but I never really got comfortable with it. I was afraid to go heavy, and the idea of attempting complex movements like cleans, jerks, and thrusters were out of the question. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to really commit to a healthy lifestyle. I would work out regularly for a few weeks, then something would come up and I wouldn’t see the inside of a gym for weeks or months. This went on for years. I knew it wasn’t best approach to fitness. Then, last September, my dad had a heart attack and passed away unexpectedly. He was an amazing man, the kind of person who took care of everyone, but he didn’t take the time to take care of himself. Knowing that the loss of my hero could have been prevented if he had only taken his health seriously made me realize that I need to take this last lesson to heart. CrossFit has not only been an outlet for my grief, but it has also given me the structure and community I needed to make a real commitment to my health.


IMG_0298CHRIS: Typical diary of a former fat kid story. All the stereotypical highlights are there:

1) Got fat, 280lbs 2) Joined the army 3) Lost the weight 4) Gets out of the army

I really really didn’t want to become the standard ex-military civilian who balloons up after his contract. The only problem is I hate exercise. Like I would rather abstain from everything other than tuna and apples then run a downhill mile.  I’m a giant turd deep down, I can go weeks at a time without so much as raising my heartbeat. But Crossfit came along as was like “Hey guy, lets lift stuff and it’ll be fun. Every day is a new and interesting workout, with great people.” And since someone is telling me what to do that day, I won’t just wander into the gym do a set of curls and a set on the bench then meander out, with a strut as if I ran some great marathon.

How has CrossFit affected life outside of the gym?

IMG_0440KATIE: Since starting CrossFit my energy levels have been through the roof and I just feel stronger. There is something about being physically strong that bolsters your confidence in every arena. I am less timid in meetings and feel more comfortable in my own skin. 

CHRIS: Real talk, Every time I use a urinal I have an irrational fear that someone will sneak up behind me and use my moment of weakness to burgle me. But after doing CrossFit I feel confident that I could use my clean and jerk training to deliver a devastating uppercut elbow.


What changes have you notices since starting CrossFit?

IMG_1434KATIE: Crossfit has helped stabilize my moods. I firmly believe that stressing your body with exercise in a controlled environment like CrossFit teaches you how to deal with the other stressors life throws at you. The endorphins also help by giving you a boost when you need it the most.

CHRIS: My triceps, I’ve never been able to get “the horseshoe”……right now I’m sneaking up on it slowly but surely.



How has CrossFit affected your relationship?

: It has giving us a common goal to work toward. We talk about the workouts ahead of time, plan our meals around our time at the Cove and our diets have definitely improved. It’s also nice to be able to really relate to and understand the victories we are always achieving in the box. I can tell Chris “congrats on beating that boss” in whatever video game, but I know it just doesn’t carry the same weight since I don’t play.

IMG_0305CHRIS: It’s cool to have something to do together every day, besides the usual “What do you wanna watch tonight?”. It’s kind of like every day we are that couple from the movies where they get trapped on a broken elevator, a cabin that an avalanche buried, or in some other terrible situation and they come out of it madly in love. Only through our suffering can we get closer.

 What do you love most about working out together? 

IMG_2646KATIE: You know the saying “You’re your own biggest critic”? This certainly applies to me. I have days at the box when I don’t lift as much as I’d like to, or I don’t move as fast as I think I should be able to. It’s really nice on days like this to have my biggest fan by my side to help keep me balance.

IMG_2473CHRIS: Definitely knowing that there is always back up. The worst part about working out is those days when you just have nothing in the motivation tank and would rather be lazy and call it in. Having someone to share the pain before, during, and after keeps you honest.


On days when you work out separately, do you talk about it?

IMG_1562KATIE: YES! If Chris does a WOD before me I am always pumping him for details so I can try to prepare myself for what is to come. Or, if I go on a day that he takes off, I can’t wait to get home and tell him about how I did. I love sharing my successes and failures with him!

CHRIS: Totes

What do you enjoy about The Cove?


IMG_3344 KATIE: I feel like I could write a novel about the people at the Cove. The community and the coaches are wonderful. As soon as you walk in you are welcomed and part of the family. It is such a diverse group of people, but we all share the goal of self-improvement. There is nothing more motivating than hearing a buddy cheer you on when you want to quit and nothing more valuable than that coaching tip given at exactly the right moment.

Outside of the people of the Cove, I have to say that I love overcoming self-doubt. Seeing a WOD, a lift, or a movement and thinking “There is no possible way!”, then getting down to business and getting it done! I am constantly challenging myself and seeing growth.

IMG_2476CHRIS: Goodness gracious, everything just everything. But if I had to pick just one thing. I love the coaches, like if Brian/Eric/Chris/Luke ever need a kidney or something I’m all over it, Marina you get my heart 😉 It takes a special kind of amazing to get me to look forward to doing anything other than laying on the coach with my dog. And the coaches somehow do it day after day.

Any advice for people who are just getting started with CrossFit?

IMG_0288KATIE: Embrace the culture of CrossFit and believe in yourself. You don’t have to be the best in the box, you just need to give it your all! Everyone is incredibly supportive, and as you start to hit those PRs you will see that they are almost as excited for you as you are!

CHRIS: Buckle up, you are gonna be twenty kinds of sore that first week.





2 Back Squats OTMEM for 8 minutes
(These are speed squats and should be at about 50% of your 1 RM)



9 Front Squats
12 Sit ups
200 M Run
6 Rounds
Fitness 75/55
RX 115/75
RX+ 135/05

Monday, June 8th 2015



As most of you know, this is Coach Luke’s last week before he moves to Georgia. We are so happy for him and the next chapter of his journey, but obviously so sad to see him go! We want to thank Luke for his commitment to the Cove and all to of our athletes – his ability to break apart movements and perfect the nuances of key exercises in unmatched. And his love of CrossFit is palpable. Monday will be his last day coaching and we thought it would only be fitting to do a WOD in his honor. This workout is one of Luke’s favorites and chock full of movements that he loves. He will be taking the 5:30 class and coaching the 6:30p and 7:30p classes so please come on in, have a great workout and wish him luck with the big move!



Cleans: 2/2/2/2/2/2

(same weight across)



60 Calorie Row

50 Toes to Bar

40 Wall Balls

30 Cleans

20 Muscle Ups  

14 Min AMRAP

Score = Total Reps

Fitness 95/65 (50 t2b= 75 sit ups)

RX 135/95 (pull ups for MUs)

RX+ 135/95 (muscle ups)

So thankful to have had Coach Luke at the Cove… he will be missed!


Sunday, June 6th 2015



Lots of great things happen when you put the time in on a movement or skill.  In the last two days Martine got her first full rope climb ever and Stephanie and Simone rocked their first kipping pull ups.  So come on in and work on that weakness and turn it into a strength!
In other exciting gym news, Char Daé and Jason are getting married this weekend!  When you see them give them a huge congrats… and expect a change on the Whiteboard as her new last name will be Love-Jones!


Here’s the bride cheering on her now husband during 15.5!

Saturday, June 6th , 2015

Today we will doing a version of the hero workout “Randy”.  Randy Simmons was a 27-year LAPD veteran and SWAT team member that was killed in the line of duty.  His workout was featured this year at CrossFit Regionals.
Here’s a video of some of the athletes doing Randy in the South Regional. The good news for us is we don’t have a 50 meter and the bad news is we added some air squats to keep it spicy!


Power Snatch 5/4/3/2/2/2


“Squatting Randy”
75 Snatches
At the bottom of every minute do 10 Air Squats
(including the first minute)
Fitness 45/35
RX and RX+ 75/55
Reminder that our Family WOD is next Saturday at 10am!  These two will be there!

Friday, June 5th, 2015


OTMEM for 12 minutes

Odd min 30 second plank
Even min 8 pull ups
(one partner starts on the opposite movement then switch)

Score: Total Pull Ups



1 Cove Suicide

10 Push Press
12 KB Swings
14 min AMRAP

Fitness 75/55
RX 95/65
RX+ 115/75

Partner A starts with the run, Partner B does the push press, Partner A does the Swings, Partner B does the run, Partner A does the push press….follow that pattern
Score = Total Rounds (must communicate to keep track of rounds)

Thursday, June 4th 2015


As we all continue our journey to better health, it is important to listen to your bodies, know when you are pushing outside of your limits and recognize when you need rest.  THEN YOU MUST ACT ON THAT.  We all get excited for new PRs, want to crush our times on Murph and Fran, but there are consequences that come with doing that when our bodies tell us “no”. 


One of the biggest watch outs for competitive athletes (in ANY sport, not just CrossFit) is overtraining that leads to Rhabdomyolysis.  It is a serious syndrome due to a direct or indirect muscle injury. It results from the breakdown of muscle tissue and fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. This can lead to complications with your kidneys and occurs when they cannot remove waste and concentrated urine.  However, prompt treatment often brings a good outcome.

Unfortunately one of our athletes, Spencer, is currently dealing with the effects of Rhabdo.  And I’m sure he will tell you — it is NOT something you ever want to have happen to you.  Self admittedly he pushed too hard during Murph, started to experience muscle pain and fatigue and saw some swelling in his abdomen in the days following.  These symptoms do not always mean Rhabdo, but in his case it was.  He will be out for a few weeks and once back, I’m sure would be willing to share his experience and learning with you.  Needless to say, we are all thinking of him and hoping for a speedy recovery!  Hang in there Spencer!  

Here’s what YOU need to know about rhabdomyolysis:

Rhabdomyolysis Signs and Symptoms

There are signs and symptoms of Rhabdo, but the most reliable is a blood test for creatine kinase, a product of muscle breakdown or urine tests for myoglobin (a relative of hemoglobin that is released from damaged muscles).  But here are some of the more common physiological symptoms:

  • Muscle pain, especially in the shoulders, thighs or lower back
  • Symptoms may occur in one area of the body or affect the whole body
  • Muscle weakness or trouble moving arms or legs
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever, rapid heart rate
  • Confusion, dehydration fever, or lack of consciousness
  • Dark red or brown urine; reduced or no urine output
  • A previous history of rhabdomyolysis also increases the risk of having it once again

We pride ourselves on taking precautions with all our athletes based on fitness level (or injuries) by scaling movements, times and even forcing rest.  But no one knows your body and how you are feeling like YOU do.  Please listen to it.  Respect it.  And don’t be afraid to scale, modify or even bow out of a WOD if something just doesn’t feel quite right.  We cherish each and everyone one of you and your health and well being is what we care about most!




Clean 3/3/3/3/3
(Add 5-10 lbs from last week)




3 Power Cleans
3 Front Squat
12 Box Jumps 
10 Min AMRAP
Score = Total reps on barbell 
Fitness 115/75
RX 155/105
RX+ 185/125


Spencer is living proof that we all need to be careful… as injury can happen to anyone
(I mean, he’s even smiling finishing Murph)!

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015


Today we will be incorporating Rope Climbs into the first part of the workout with an EMOM (every minute on the minute). So please wear/bring something that will help avoid friction around your ankles and calves. We can scale in a variety of ways, but lets try to have some fun with it!  Although we’ve worked on the ropes several times, here’s a good review video of the various foot clamps and thinking around “lift with your legs” instead of pulling with your arms.  



 We also may see some rain tomorrow so you may want to bring a towel. Nothing better than running in the rain. As always we having scaling options for all of tomorrow’s movements.


OTMEM for 10 Minutes
Odd 1 Rope Climb
Even 15 Sit ups




Row 600 m
Run 400 m
21 KB Swings
3 rounds
22 Min Cap
Fitness 35/26
RX 53/35
RX+ 70/53


Simone showing great tenacity finishing her last set of double-unders with the support of this amazing community…

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015


Things have been busy at the Cove but it is time to re-ignite our CrossFit Family classes!  These are classes where you and your child will do a workout together. The focus of these classes is to teach children fundamental movements, learn about the joys of exercise, bond as a family and just have fun.  We will be running them at the 10 AM classes on June 13th, 20, and 27th.  They are FREE to all members but feel free to bring friends with kids who you think would enjoy it.  It is all part of our free week trial we continue to offer.


When you get a group of CrossFitters together, one of questions that usually comes up is “what’s your Fran time?”.  Fran is probably THE quintessential “Girl” workout and we’re psyched to be doing it for the first time at the Cove on Tuesday.  It’s a common CF rep scheme of 21-15-9 (with Thrusters and Pull Ups) and few things will fill you with such dread and excitement as Fran! For you CrossFit nerds out there, here’s the full story of how she came to be:

Take 15 minutes to find a heavy 3 rep thruster (bar starts on the ground)




Pull ups
Fitness 75/55
RX and RX+ 95/65


The noon class working on deadlifts last week…