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Joe Laviano, King of the Hill for July, 2017

Meet the King of the Hill for July 2017!

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Sound the horns! Ladies and gents, we’re pleased to announce to you the King of the Hill for July – 2017, Joe Laviano!

Making Joe the King is long overdue. Joe began his Crossfit journey with us a few years ago with his girlfriend — another beloved lady workhorse of our community — Emily. Ever since then, his hard work and commitment to learning has paid off as he’s made significant strides at COTH. Joe is one of the few people we know that can inhale a chipotle burrito for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and still stay fit!

Keep reading to learn more about the new King!


What drew you to CrossFit?
I’ve always wanted to try Crossfit, but was super skeptical and never pulled the trigger. My girlfriend (and former COTH queen) Emily brought me to the COTH Christmas party in 2015; I was instantly hooked, she got me a trial membership as a gift, and I’ve been stuck here ever since!

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
For starters, I’m insanely competitive and love beating my old times (and Josh) day after day. The progress I’ve made in a year alone has allowed me to #BeBetter and always come back for more. Above all that, though, COTH has some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life. Everyone’s energy fuels me to push through every workout and have a ton of fun along the way. I’ll even have the pleasure of moving in with two fellow COTHletes in September!

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
I’m a big fan of the more technical movements, so that’s where I think I’ve seen most of my improvement. My clean and snatch have both DOUBLED since I’ve started here, and I’m always working on new skills (double unders, handstand walks, muscle-ups) and getting better every day.

I’ll keep my struggles to three words: WALLBALLS, WALLBALLS, WALLBALLS.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
My favorite workouts are either short & heavy barbell movements or longer bodyweight AMRAPs. My wildest dreams revolve around a 20 minute HSPU/Bar Muscle Up/Burpee workout, but also wouldn’t mind a barbell complex or something similar.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I force all my partners on Saturday workouts to go by “Burpees and Burritos” on the board, even though they both apply to just me. I’m always in the market for a new nickname, though, so I’m up for any suggestions.

Meet the Queen of the Hill for June 2017!

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Two queens in a row? We just had to! Welcome us in graciously proclaiming our new Queen of the Hill for June – 2017: Colleen McDonald!

If you’ve come across Colleen, you’ll easily see why she was chosen as QOTH. Colleen has an addicting, positive attitude and constantly shows up ready to put in hard work! She’s come a long way since joining our community a year ago.

Aside from being the Queen, Colleen is also a RN at Boston Children’s Hospital, so you can say she’s a bit of a superhero as well!

Keep reading to learn more about the Queen!


What drew you to CrossFit?
Growing up, I was apart of many soccer teams and track teams. I was so used to the team atmosphere that going to the gym and working out on my own was boring. After graduating nursing school and starting a new career, I felt like something was missing. I had always been interested in the idea of CrossFit but I never had the nerve to actually try it. Carmen and another one of our nursing friends convinced me to go to a Saturday partner WOD and I have been hooked ever since.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?
I know everyone says this but it is the community that keeps me coming back. The coaches and members bring out the best in everyone that steps inside that box. The encouragement, motivation, and friendships are unlike any gym I have ever been to.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest improvement also happens to be my biggest struggle – pull ups. I’m pretty sure when I first started I was using every single colored band at once just to do a pull up. It took about 8 months until I was able to finally get my first strict pull up. They are still a work in progress but they’ve come a long way since I first started.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
Wallballs, DUs, box jumps, maybe some running

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I don’t actually have a meat head nickname. My family and friends call me leeny so sometimes you will hear Joel call me “Leenz”, “Leen cuisine”, “Leen meat”, or “Torta-Leeny”.

Meet the Queen of the Hill for May 2017!

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We are jazzed to announce our Queen of the Hill for May 2017:  Alex Kilgore!  This month marks a year that Alex has been training at CrossFit on the Hill (Happy Fitnessversary!), and we are so lucky to call her ours.  Just last month, Alex competed in her first ever Powerlifting Competition.  Our gal PR’d her squat (297#!) and deadlift (375#!).  These incredibly accomplishments reflect the hard work she puts in, day in and day out.  She never cherry picks her workouts, is receptive to suggestions and feedback, and always supports her fellow athletes.  Alex is lovely – inside and out – and is so very deserving of the throne.  

Keep reading to learn more about the Queen!


What brought you to Boston?

I moved to Boston in August of 2014 for a job at Northeastern.

What drew you to CrossFit?

After collegiate rowing, I really missed the team aspect of working out. Lifting alone at lunch was getting pretty boring! I turned to CrossFit because I love the variety and intensity of the workouts, and the fact that I get to do them with a group of awesome people cheering one another on!

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

The people! I love the COTH community so much. Everyone is so friendly, encouraging, and just downright awesome. It’s a group I’m proud to be a part of.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

I’ve added a ton of strength and become a much more well-rounded athlete since joining COTH. I think my biggest struggle now is mastering how to breath correctly and keeping my form tight during metcons.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Rowing, heavy deadlifts, and maybe some dumbbell snatches for fun.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Well, an old rowing buddy called me “Killer Kilgore” on my most recent CrossFit Instagram post, so I’m gonna go with that!

 

Meet the King of the Hill for April 2017!

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We are so thrilled to announce Nick Preiss as our King of the Hill for April!  We are fortunate to be such an integral part of Nick’s life in Boston.  When he isn’t studying (our boy is wicked smaht!),  Nick can often be found at the box, usually doing something ferocious and superhero-like with his partner-in-crime (and competitions!), Derek.  And, in between rounds and reps, if the tunes are right, you’ll see Nick bust out some of his sick dance moves!  We are so lucky to be able to call Nick family, and so happy to honor him this month!

Keep reading to learn more about Nick!


What brought you to Boston?

I came to Boston in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies at Northeastern University.

What drew you to CrossFit?

I started doing some CrossFit style workouts during track in high school to help develop explosiveness. Once I got to college CrossFit gradually became my staple competitive outlet.

What keeps you coming back to COTH?

Joel’s sexy face;)

In all seriousness, it’s a real pleasure to combine athletic and social endeavors daily. The environment at COTH provides an incredible catalyst for forging new friendships and promoting physical improvement. There is no shortage of advice, motivation or camaraderie, and you will always be held accountable to your potential both on and off the floor.

When I started at COTH my middler year at Northeastern (yeah we are weird and do five years of undergrad) I hadn’t really settled into Boston. The community at COTH helped immensely with helping me settle in. I can honestly say that when I leave Boston COTH will be one of the things I miss most, if not THE most.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

Gymnastic movements have always been my Achilles heel.  I still struggle a lot with ring muscle-ups and HSPU- and who uses a single leg to do squats? We have two legs for a reason. I have been incorporating these movements into my training two or three times a week each and am seeing improvement as of late.

I think my olympic lifts have improved most. A year ago I did a competition and I couldn’t hit a 135# snatch during the workout, that situation has since been remedied.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

Running, rowing, powercleans, KB swings (american).

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

Guns Thunderbuns- It’s not my nickname, I just want it to be a thing. I don’t care if we give it to someone else but I think someone should get it.

 

Fresh Face on the Hill: Arnee Martin

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This month, we are excited to feature Arnee Martin as our Fresh Face on the Hill.  Arnee has been sweatin’ it out with us for three months, and we love seeing her tackle each workout with determination and intensity.  In addition to puttin’ in work at the gym, she is also participating in our current nutrition challenge!  We love that she has embraced all aspects of our community!

Keep reading to learn more about our new athlete!


Where do you work/go to school?

I work at Ivy Street School in Brookline and go to school at Lesley University for a MEd in Teacher of Visual Arts, PreK-8th.

What brought you to COTH?

I was looking for a new gym to join and my friend suggested that I join her at Crossfit. I’ve always been interested in weightlifting, but never had the opportunity to join a program or class I felt comfortable to continue participating. I think diversity in communities is really important and I saw that at COTH.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement and why?

HAHA! Wallballs, they’re just fun. IDK why. I feel accomplished when I’m able to continuously get the ball high.

Any other fun fact you want to share? (favorite sports team, food, hobby, etc)

I love yoga too!!! Favorite foods are southern or Asian. Hobbies are photography and teaching myself Spanish.


Be sure to give Arnee a “Hi!” and a high-five when you see her around!

 

Fresh Face on the Hill: Cameron Fear

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This month, we are honored to feature Cameron Fear as our Fresh Face on the Hill.  Cam has been a COTHlete for just 4 months, but has already become a staple of our community.  Additionally, he is fully embracing the current nutrition challenge – with all of its good feels and obstacles (What up, team “Beets Don’t Kale My Vibes!?”).  Cam is humble, hard-working, supportive, and a loyal member of the BeyHive.  We are so happy he has joined our community!

Keep reading to learn more about our new athlete!


Where do you work/go to school?

I work at with an organization called Scholar Athletes at Madison Park High School.

What brought you to COTH?

I had been wanting to try CrossFit for awhile and finally worked up the nerve to try the first class once I moved to Roxbury. Everyone has been really humble and welcoming and that’s what keeps me coming back, especially my faves in the 6AM class.

What is your favorite Crossfit movement and why?

My favorite Crossfit movement is one I can’t do yet – double unders, but I’m determined to master them soon.

Any other fun fact you want to share? (favorite sports team, food, hobby, etc)

I played rugby in college and am currently a women’s rugby coach at Brandeis University.


Be sure to give Cam a “Hi!” and a high-five when you see him around!

Meet the Queen of the Hill for February 2017!

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We are excited to announce that Amanda Weinberger is our Queen of the Hill for February!  Amanda has been a member of our community for over two years.  When she isn’t crushing WODs at COTH, she is juggling (and meeting!) the demands of a student-athlete at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  We’ve been fortunate to be part of Amanda’s fitness journey during her off-seasons, and are so pumped every time she returns to us.  Amanda shows up everyday ready to work and eager to learn.  She faces her weaknesses head on, and continues to improve upon her strengths.  If you’ve taken class with Amanda recently, then you’ve probably seen her latest challenge:  max effort pull-ups following every MetCon.  That’s right, regardless of how physically (or emotionally) taxing the WOD may be, Amanda will hop on the rig and challenge herself to perform more pull-ups than she did the day before.  Her drive and hunger are awesome to watch and infectious when you’re nearby.  We are so lucky to have her as part of our family!

Keep reading to learn more about Amanda!


What brought you to Boston?
Wentworth brought me to Boston, it has my major and I was able to play soccer for a few more years.
 
What drew you to CrossFit?
I started CrossFit because it seemed like the obvious next step for me. I have always worked out, lifting in gyms and doing stuff for soccer. But I needed something to keep me going during the winter when I have zero motivation to workout because of the cold. A few people had recommended CrossFit to me and we didn’t have it in my hometown so I thought Boston would be a good place to try it.
 
What keeps you coming back to COTH?
I keep coming back to COTH because it is close and convenient, I love CrossFit, and its like a little family. It doesn’t matter how long I leave for, whenever I come back everyone welcomes me like I haven’t left.
 
Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
My biggest improvements have definitely been my flexibility. When I first started coming 4 years ago I could not squat properly because of the lack of flexibility in my hips and ankles. I still struggle with a lot of movements overhead and that is my biggest pain point, but overall I have improved so much and for that I am so thankful.
 
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
WOD: Amanda 2.0 (since Amanda is already one of the nasty girls)
AMRAP 20 mins
20 box jumps
10 front squats
10 strict pull ups
5 hand stand push ups
 
Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I think my meathead nickname would be A-train. I was on a volleyball team out in Cali and they came up with that when I was hitting killer serves. Idk if thats meathead enough but thats all I got.

Fresh Face on the Hill: Zoe Estabrooks

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This month, we are super excited to feature Zoe Estabrooks as our Fresh Face on the Hill.  Zoe has been with us for 3 months and, as a coaching staff, we could not be more impressed with her progress.  When she encounters a new or difficult movement, the challenge fuels her to work even harder.  Her drive and determination are inspiring, and we are so happy she joined our community!

Keep reading to learn more about our new athlete!


Where do you work/go to school?

I work at a small contract research organization, where I specialize in cell culture based biological assays.

What brought you to COTH?

When I was younger I defined myself by my athletic ability; I spent all my free time improving my kickboxing and no-gi jiu jitsu. However, when I was about 20 my neurological health began to decline and so I started decreasing my training load. Eventually I lost all feeling in my hands and feet, and became pretty much sedentary. In May 2015 I had surgery to alleviate the problem, and while I regained almost all my neurological function, I was strongly encouraged not to return to contact sports. I made some half-hearted efforts at working out on my own, however I missed having a gym community to help motivate me. Thankfully I eventually found Crossfit and COTH, and am finally starting to get moving again!

What is your favorite CrossFit movement and why?

At this point I don’t think I can truthfully say I have a favorite movement. I find wall balls the most challenging, so I appreciate them in a sick sense.

Any other fun fact you want to share?

I am an obsessive planner. I keep a bullet journal, and I design my own meal planning and wod tracking notebooks in PhotoShop!


Be sure to give Zoe a “Hi!” and a high-five when you see her around!

COTH Fat-Loss Challenge, 2017

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Hello, wonderful Workhorses! I’m proud to announce the next big thing at our box: the Crossfit on the Hill Fat-Loss Challenge!

With the new year and old man winter upon us, let’s all use this time to prepare for the upcoming CrossFit Open and, of course, beach season (yes, we’re thinking that far ahead!).  No better way to start than to supplement the hard work you all put in at the box with customized meal plans to help meet your activity and schedule.

While we can’t emphasize enough the value of coming in and working hard at the gym throughout the week, we also can’t ignore what may be the most valuable aspect of attaining our physical goals: eating the right meals at the right times.

Why should you consider this?

Our nutrition plays a vital part in how we perform (at work and at the gym), and how we recover from those exhausting daily WODs. We’ve designed a macronutrient valued template, which will calculate your macro intakes based off your body composition. You’ll weigh in, take your measurements, follow the template and consult with your coach along the 12-week journey.

Our methods come from proven nutritional dieting programs (specifically, “The Renaissance Diet” by Renaissance Periodization), which fuels Crossfitters, Powerlifters, Olympic weightlifters, and other kinds of competitive athletes. Not sold on the methods? Their work speaks for themselves!

Well that’s great but what the heck is a Macro?

Macro’s, short for macronutrients, are a collection of nutritional components, mainly protein, fats, and carbohydrates consumed in our daily diets. In order for us to best achieve our goals of fat loss or muscle gain, macronutrients and the times consumed must be adjusted and accounted for throughout the entirety of our diet.

The key here is calorie balance and where we retrieve those calories (what food sources) and at what times. Burning more of what you put in = fat loss. More information on this will be included in our nutritional seminar which will be held before we begin.

Have we piqued your interest?  Keep reading…

Our Fat-Loss challenge will last 12-weeks and will break down into 4-phases (Base, Cut 1, Cut 2, Cut 3). Each member that participates will be included on a team which will be lead by a coach. Every week you’ll be required take measurements/weigh in with your coach, so we can better track your results and cater the plan to fit your goals.

A meal tracking/scoring template will be provided to each athlete and shared amongst you and your teammates. Scores will be added up at the end of the week to track team progress and at the end of the challenge to determine the winning team. Also, if you wish to participate in the individual challenge, you can submit weekly pictures, displaying your results and at the end of the challenge, prizes will be awarded to the individual with the biggest turn around!

Additionally, a private Facebook group page will be created to encourage participants, share recipes and display physical results (pictures are optional).

What can I eat? Is this some crazy caveman nonsense?

No. This is not a caveman/cavewomen diet, although you can stick to eating paleo if that’s your schtick. Our macronutrient values come from all types of food (rice, beans, meat, veggies and even…sugar!). Like everything in life, too much of one thing is bad for you, which is why our plan is to incorporate a little bit of everything in moderation and at the right times. A list of recommended foods will be provided to all athletes and more information will be provided during our introduction seminar.

What’s the cost?

$50 per athlete. $20 of your entry fee will be applied to a collective prize pot. Upon completing our challenge, we’ll issue prizes for two categories – Best looking results and Highest collective team score.

Additionally, if you sign up before February 6th, use the coupon code LESSFATMOREMUSCLE to save $10 dollars!

How about some prize info?

Ok, so you need a little more motivation? Here’s what we’ve got in store for our winners:

Individual prizes:
1st place – 60% of the collective prize cash pool, a complimentary 1 hour massage from Boston Massage Associates, an additional month pass, and a 2 week pass for a friend/family member.

2nd place – 30% of the collective prize cash pool, a complimentary 30 min massage from Boston Massage Associates and a 2 week pass for a friend/family member.

3rd place – 10% of the collective prize cash pool and a 2 week pass for a friend/family member.

Team Prize:
1st place
– $100 towards a group lunch. Let’s feast!

What everyone wins:
New found confidence, higher energy outputs and a new looking you heading into the spring! You’ll also be registered into our upcoming spring partner challenges!

When do we begin?

Enrollment is now open and can be purchased here: https://coth.frontdeskhq.com/events/2324454.

The challenge is set to begin February 10th and last until May 5th. That’s a Friday start/end date. Trust me, it’ll be worth it to end on a Friday and celebrate your success that following weekend.

A nutrition seminar will be held Saturday, February 4th at Crossfit on the Hill. The challenge will be covered in full detail and questions, comments, and concerns will be addressed.

Interested in learning more? Feel free to reach out to a coach or you can send along any questions/inquires to joel@crossfitonthehill.com.

Meet the King of the Hill for January 2017!

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We are stoked to announce that Sam Langrock is our King of the Hill for January!  Sam has been a dedicated COTHlete for a year now (happy anniversary!), and we are so excited to honor such a hard working athlete.  You’ll often see Sam working on skills, specifically double-unders, before and/or after the evening class.  While they continue to frustrate him (read more about that below), Sam doesn’t shy away from the challenge; instead, he consistently works to improve.  Moreover, Sam remained a COTH fixture while rehabbing a sports-related hip injury.  Rather than shy away from physical activity, Sam communicated with the coaches and found smart and effective ways to scale and alter WODs.  Now, Sam is healthy and pretty much unstoppable!  We are so lucky to have him as part of our family (even if he doesn’t share all those beers he strolls in with ;))!

Keep reading to learn more about Sam!


What brought you to Boston?
I’m a senior at Northeastern University.
 
What drew you to CrossFit?
I played hockey, soccer, and baseball at a high level through high school so while I still play ice hockey for the Northeastern Club team I needed something else to fulfill the competitive drive. I was sick of going to the gym and doing the same thing every week. About a year and a half ago I took a co-op at Reebok where I worked in product management on the CrossFit apparel (including all the gear you see in the Games). There I fell in love with CrossFit while working out at Reebok CrossFit One, and have never looked back.
 
What keeps you coming back to COTH?
Ever since I began at COTH last January I’ve always felt embraced as a member of the community. To feel so comfortable coming to each class makes it exciting to go to the gym everyday. In short the coaches are awesome, the people are great, and it’s a convenient walk from my apartment to the box.
 
Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
Biggest improvements are definitely with my gymnastic skills and kettlebell work. Struggles are double unders, wall balls, and rowing. A year and half of doing CrossFit and I still struggle with stringing together Double Unders. Unfortunately, I think I’m going to continue to struggle with Wall Balls until I grow a couple more inches, or the target gets lowered.
 
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
Definitely something with push-ups burpees, and pull-ups.
 
Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
I don’t know that it counts as a meat head nickname, but most of my friends call me Langer. Typically hockey players end up with a nickname thats some version of their last name with -er or -y attached to the end.