Daily WOD

Saturday, October 3rd 2015

Even though several of the Cove staff and members will be at the Charm City Throwdown all day tomorrow we will still have a REGULAR SCHEDULE of 9a, 10a and 11a classes!
Back Squat 5/5/3/3/2/2


400 M Run
18 Pull ups
15 Box Jumps
3 Rounds
RX+ Chest to Bar
18 min time Cap

The 5:30am crew gets up with…what else? Turkish Get Ups!

get ups

Friday, October 2nd 2015

It is partner WOD day!  There’s nothing better to do on these dreary and rainy days than throwing down and making new friends!  Or feel free to bring a friend and show them what this CrossFit thing is all about.  Today’s WOD has less complex movements so it is great to drag in those people who have been afraid to try!
Speaking of convincing people to try, we are having another round of Foundations Classes NEXT WEEK on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30pm. As always, it is free and there’s no commitment required.
And lastly, Saturday is the Charm City Throwdown competition.  We have 10+ athletes competing in Scaled, RX and Team Divisions.  It will be all day at Outsiders CrossFit in Sparks MD.  Although the forecast looks terrible, we would love to have fan support.  Plus, we’re looking to rent one of these so we can hang out as a group out of the rain!  The Cove is gonna be kicking it old school frat boy tailgating style!!!!!!


(1 partner completes a full round while the other partner rests)
10 Wall Balls
5 Burpees
13 min AMRAP 
Rest 2 minutes
10 Sit ups
5 Power Cleans
13 min AMRAP
Fitness 95/65
RX 115/75
RX+ 135/95

Adi and Kevin rocking last week’s partner WOD…


Thursday, October 1st 2015

 Each month we 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. This month we focus on a man works hard every day. He shows up (often) and is focused, determined and eager to make himself better with each workout.  He works on his weaknesses and doesn’t shy away from a challenge. And he has FUN with it.  In fact, he calls the Cove his “Iron Playground” (we love that)! He’s a team player, seems to know everyone at the gym (even though he’s a regular in one of our smallest classes).  We are lucky to have him at the Cove and proud to present our athlete of the month, Josh Hippensteel!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…  IMG_4529

The Cove is the first place I’ve been involved with Crossfit and I’ve been here since May, I think.  Outside the box, I am a huge football fan, even though I don’t pull for one team specifically.  I am really into the Orioles and the Pittsburgh Penguins – the two teams I support the most.  I am originally from Gettysburg, PA – growing up alongside a brother (20) and my mom and dad.  Fun facts:  I eat way more peanut butter than you, petrified of birds, and I will listen to almost any genre of music (really hard to stump me on lyrics to anything).  In my career now, I travel across the country helping players with recruiting and on to college athletics.

I’ve been consumed by sports my entire life and it’s the one thing I’ve always had a passion for in the first 23 years of my life.  As a kid, I played everything under the sun, but as I started to get older, I kept the focus in baseball.  Throughout my high school career, I was always traveling around playing in tournaments, different showcases, or hitting in the cage with my dad in the backyard (which felt a IMG_3886lot like Cindy on some hot days with so many reps).  In high school, I HATED the weight room.  All I wanted to do was go turn double-plays and call it a day.  I’d throw up a couple reps on the bench and then just BS with my buddies/hide from the coaching staff until practice started.  Even though my work ethic with the weight room wasn’t the best, I still had the chance to play some college ball before transferring to another school.  At my second school, I played for a little while but eventually decided school was more important, along with 12oz curls.  I still played club ball but took a look at myself in the mirror after the first semester, and I just looked like hell.  To most, I didn’t look out of shape, but I knew how I felt wasn’t right and I had always been so used to looking athletic just from playing a sport.  From that point on, I’ve been obsessed with fitness and health over the past few years – probably reading more articles online than you can imagine.  I put a lot of focus on bodybuilding stuff before starting Crossfit, but I think it got me ready for what we all do and love at the Cove now.  It’s turned into a lifestyle for me I just don’t think I could live without now.


How has CrossFit affected life outside of the gym?

joshcleanIt has me always thinking about Crossfit haha.  Always ready for the next challenge.  As I said before, I feel healthy and strong as an ox, but not finished. 

It’s made me so passionate about the sport and wanting to learn more about movements and how to get the most out of your body.

What changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit?


The food and beer tastes better and I’m hearing “shut up” a lot more often from my friends and family because I don’t stop talking about it.  Crossfit makes you feel like you could go up and punch someone in the face and they’d say “it’s okay, I understand, you must have crushed that WOD or PR’d this joshrope2morning, I forgive you.”  A lot has changed since I started Crossfit.  My endurance through workouts is better (though I still have a ways to go), I feel healthier, and most importantly I feel stronger.  I had always neglected my legs but now realize how crucial those are in all lifts and for your daily life.  Plus, the lady likes a good pair of calves (wacko).  Since starting Crossfit, the focus is just always there, and when at a commercial gym for the past few years, the focus was hardly ever there.  Some days at a commercial gym you just wouldn’t feel like doing anything, so you just don’t.  Because no one is there to push you to do it, you are your own boss.  But with Crossfit, when you might be having a sluggish day, maybe Brian just shotgunned a Red Bull and is high on life.  He’s the instructor so you do what he says.  And every time, you’re glad you did.  Crossfit brings the best out of you that sometimes you think didn’t exist.

What do you enjoy most about The Cove?
IMG_5371There are so many to list.  First, the instructors.  It doesn’t matter who you’re taking a class with, they’re all fantastic.  I’ve never been to another Crossfit facility in this area, but from what I’ve been told, you can’t get a better facility than Brian and Marina’s.  And from what I’ve seen, that’s totally true.  The place is an iron playground.  The best part, no one cares when I yell during a metcon or PR days.  And I can’t help it, so I’m glad people get so fired up by it.  Even though 6:30am classes probably should be rated “R” sometimes.  But most of all, I like the people and the team atmosphere.  The one thing I’ve learned with Crossfit is that your box is your team.  Being a part of sports and teams my entire life, it feels good to have one again.  People try to talk me into trying other boxes but you feel an allegiance to your box, your instructors, and your team that you just don’t want to go anywhere else because you believe yours is the best.  Because ours is.  IMG_5093The community of people always trying to connect outside of the box is even cooler because I don’t think you get that intimacy at most gyms.  But for us, it’s so tightly knit and the box is still so young.  I can’t wait to see what Brian and Marina will cook up over the years.  It’s driven me so much to want to run a box someday.  That’s a long way off because I still have a lot to learn but that’s a big vision for me and has been for a while.  Brian and Marina just put the icing on the cake because they look like they are having so much fun every day.  I can imagine the grind they have behind the scenes (and I’m sure that’s an understatement), but the effort in the 4th or 5th month of me crossfitting still looks like day 1 from them when I came in for the first time.

Favorite movement and why?

IMG_4691I love oly lifts and anything heavy.  Barbell days = the best days.  Anything that makes me yell, slam weights, and makes twitch I’m feeling so insane.

Everything barbell that has a numbered result to it that I’ll never be fully happy with and always wanting to be better haha.  I’m not even in the same area code as a Froning or Khalipa, but that’s something to shoot for I guess!


Least favorite movement and why?IMG_4756 - Version 2

Anything I can’t do well because it annoys me when I’m not skilled at something.  These are works in-progress.  So let’s call this section the “okay, I’m just not good at these yet” section.  It looks like a grocery listt:  snatches, handstand push-ups, handstand walk, muscle-ups on the bar and rings, and the ability to string together T2B’s like rapid-fire.  Then again, sometimes when I’m rowing, I’m sure people think I’m getting electrocuted or something.

Any advice for people who are just getting started with CrossFit?
IMG_4960Whatever worry you have, throw it out the door.  First, the atmosphere is so welcoming that there’s really no need to be nervous or scared.  People tell me all the time “I can’t do it because I’m not really that strong.”  That really doesn’t matter.  The fact that you’re in there getting the work done and doing it at your own pace that challenges you…that’s good enough.  You don’t get stronger without practice, but sometimes it’s just tough to be patient with stuff like that.  If you are patient, it will pay off.  Second, the cost always concerns people.  The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.  If you change it into a lifestyle (and trust me, you’ll want to) it’s worth every penny.  But if you’re a fan of paying ajoshbucket trainer at a commercial gym $60/hr to get you “in shape” and “stronger” through their own personal training sessions, you could Crossfit for cheaper in a month’s time and look like a Michelangelo statue.  Lastly, just have fun with it.  Everything you see on TV with the Games is not what every box is all about in their goals for members.  The main focus is getting stronger, in-shape, and feeling good about yourself.  You don’t need to be the Hulk after day 1…it’s a process.  But I can assure you, nothing is better than a PR, a good sweat (one that literally drenches the hell out of your shirt), and having a community of people who are as passionate about it as you are.


Take 12 minutes to find a heavy load:
Power Snatch with a 5 second pause below the knee
(Pull the weight off the ground, pause below the knee for 5 seconds with perfect back position then snatch)


10 Power Snatch 
___ Double Unders
10 Min AMRAP
Fitness 75/55 (60 Singles)
RX 95/65 (20 Doubles)
RX+ 95/65 (40 Doubles)

Bonnie getting ready for a strong first pull on her Power Cleans…


Wednesday, September 30th 2015

Our next strength cycle will involve the Handstand Push Up.  It is a gymnastic movement that requires strength, skill, balance and coordination to master.  The HSPU is an interesting test of fitness.  It is not something you can “muscle through” and it puts your body in a position that most of us have not been in since we were 6 years old.  


We will be rolling through a series of progressions with this movement; and the important takeaway for you as an athlete is to know your limits and work on your weakness.  Knowing your limits is all about developing strength (and for most people flexibility) to be able to support yourself upside down without assistance.  Working your weakness is about spending time on what will benefit you the most, even if it is not the most “exciting” thing to do. 


Some scaling guides:


If you have trouble holding yourself up against the wall:
–Wall Climbs
–KB Overhead Walk


If you lack mobility to hold a neutral spine:
–Keg Drill
–Shoulder Distraction 
–Foam rolling the chest and upper back


If you lack the strength to perform a strict HSPU:
–Seated KB Strict Press
–Plate Presses
–Pike Push Ups



Fitness- Find a modification that you can measure.  
(Ex. 10 Wall climbs for time, 30 KB seated Presses, Hand Stand Holds, Max strict HSPU with ab mats, etc.  We will find something that works for you)
RX- 20 Kipping HSPU
(you should be able to do one strict and/or handstand hold for 30 seconds)
RX+ 20 Strict HSPU
8 Min Time Cap


50 Box Jumps
100 Walking Lunges
50 KB Swings
-For Time-
Fitness 35/26
RX 53/35
RX+ 70/53
(15 min Time Cap)

Chris and Kim show hard work pays off when it comes to overhead squats. Both of them set new PRs on Monday…


Tuesday, September 29th 2015

To say the re-test of the overhead squat was a success would be a tremendous understatement!  Not only was the Whiteboard littered with PR badges, but the jumps in weight were just astounding.  And besides the weight increases, the form improvements were phenomenal.  We know this was a tough cycle, but we hope you see the hard work paid off (and we promise you the techniques you learned for this lift will translate to not just other complex lifts, but to life performance in general!)


For 12 Minutes 
Event Min: 6 ring rows with a 3 second pause at the top of each rep
Odd Min: 30 seconds of Max DUs


600 M Row
40 Push ups
20 Hanging Power Cleans
2 Rounds
Fitness 95/65
RX 135/95
RX+ 155/105
15 min Time Cap

Alyissa shows focus and determination with her Clean and Jerks… and with everything else she does!

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Monday, September 28th 2015

It’s overhead squat re-test day!  We’re excited to see the progress you’ve all made; even if its not in weight increases. Things like increased stability overhead and greater depth all count as progress!

It was fun to see some of the Charm City athletes test the WODs on Sunday.  If the dry runs are any indication of performance on game-day, you guys are going to CRUSH IT!!!  We’ll be posting more this week about what to bring and how to prep as the big day approaches, but please do NOT come in to workout on Thursday or Friday (unless it is just for a light row or to roll out).  REST IS KEY!!! 




Find a new 1 Rep Max Overhead Squat



Every Three Minutes

200 M Run

12 Front Squats

Max Sit ups

Rest 1 Minutes

5 Rounds


Fitness: 95/65

RX: 115/75

RX+: 135/95


Allen looking STRONG on the deadlifts last week!


Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Great time to practice skills, work on your weaknesses, or make up a killer WOD you missed this week.
We also have a number of members looking to do “tester” runs of the Charm City Throwdown workouts at 10:00 PM… so come on in and shake those nerves!
PVC warmups for a LOT of cleans we did this past week! 

Saturday, September 26th 2015

We have heard through some credible sources that there are some spots opening up for the Charm City throw down!!  If you want to grab a last minute spot, give Outsiders a call (and WODs 1 and 2 are posted and you guys can totally handle them!) We are doing to do some trial runs of WOD 1 and/or WOD 2 on Sunday at Open Gym at 10am.  If you are competing and can be there, please please come!!!  And if you’r not competing, come on in and see how you’d fare!

Rikki and Jason have generously invited everyone to her home to celebrate Jason’s 40th and her boys’ 1st and 4th birthdays Superhero Style!  It would be between 3p and 6p (before we head off to Adventure Park on 10/10) so come load up on food and cake before we hit the courses. Please let her know you are coming (and with how many) so she can make sure there are enough capes for everyone. 



Take 8 minutes to see how far you can climb the ladder.  All doubles must be unbroken if you fail start were you left off.  Double the volume for singles (and work on doubles with time remaining).






Front Squats

Bar Facing Burpees


Fitness 115/75

RX 135/95

RX+ 165/110


18 Min Cap


**Front Squats should be heavy, but each set should be done in 2-3 sets at the most**


The “Lady OGs” of the Cove getting their lunge on!


Friday, September 25th 2015

A reminder if you haven’t signed up for the trip to Adventure Park:  We’ll need a final headcount by FRIDAY so if you need more information let us know… and if you haven’t signed up yet on the white board, please do!  It’s a great deal (50% off!!) and it should be an amazing time!!!

Rikki and Jason have generously invited everyone to her home to celebrate Jason’s 40th and her boys’ 1st and 4th birthdays Superhero Style!  It would be between 3p and 6p (before we head off to Adventure Park on 10/10) so come load up on food and cake before we hit the courses. Please let her know you are coming (and with how many) so she can make sure there are enough capes for everyone. 

And last but not least, we are doing to do some try runs of the Charm City Throwdown WOD 1 on Sunday at Open Gym at 10am.  If you are competing and can be there, please please come!!!



Take 12 minutes to work up to a heavy clean and jerk

(not a 1 RM, just get to something heavy! it will make the workout weight ‘feel light’)



Row 600 M / Run 600 M

(both partners working at the same time, one rowing, one running)

20 Clean and Jerks (one person works one person rests)

4 Rounds


Fitness 95/65

RX 135/95

RX+ 155/105


There’s nothing like partner encouragement to get you through Friday WODs!


Thursday, September 24th 2015

Big news!  Coach Chris is coming back today!  He won’t be back at his usual morning times quite yet (sleep after a baby is a VERY precious thing) so he’s back to coach the evening classes for tonight.  Come say congratulations and get your sweat on with Coach (and now Father) Chris!!!

A reminder if you haven’t signed up for the trip to Adventure Park.  We’ll need a final headcount by FRIDAY so if you need more information let us know… and if you haven’t signed up yet on the white board, please do!  It’s a great deal (50% off!!) and it should be an amazing time!!!

In cased you missed yesterday’s post, we created a private FB group for Cove members only.  In order to create the conversation and community going when we are OUTSIDE the box, we created a virtual place where you can feel like you are INSIDE the box.  This is meant for all kinds of exchanges RELATED TO THE GYM AND ITS MEMBERS.  It’s not where you post pictures of your kids or rant about politics (that’s for your OWN personal FB page), but if it’s about anything you think useful or informative for the gym and it’s members, please post away!  This could be anything from organizing social events to sale on Reebok Nanos you see at Dicks).

Click on the below link and request to join the group!


We are heading towards the end of overheat squat cycle and continue to see dramatic improvements on from and strength.  Push yourself today as we re-test on Monday!



Overhead Squats

3/3/3/3/3 (Same weight across)

We re-test our 1 RM on Monday so go heavy!



1 Min Burpees

1 Min KB Swings

1 Min Sit ups

1 Min Goblet Squats

1 Min Rest 

3 Rounds


Fitness 35/26

RX 53/35

RX+ 70/53

Nishant contemplates the rope…the goes for it… and gets it!  Wow!