Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

***Important Announcement***
Do you long for a Sunday workout (again)? Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Neither did we—until now. Join us this Sunday, February 14 from 9a until 12p for the MPH Valentine’s Day Massacre. This class is loaded in MINDBODY, and it is uncapped and open to every MPH athlete that wants to participate. However, so that we may plan appropriately and provide a comfortable and efficient experience for everyone, registration for this extended session will close at 5p today. The workout parameters are simple—we look forward to seeing you there!

  • One, two, possibly three short (note: did not say “easy”) workouts, loaded and scaled to accommodate athletes of all levels and experience.
  • Scoring will be based on a point system.
  • Here’s the kicker: Guys v. Gals. Boys v. Girls. Chicos v. Chicas. Gentlemen v. Ladies. Winner take all…

power snatch


  1. coach | February 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Guys (really, the boys),

    We’re back. The count for the Massacre is now 17 to 16 in our favor. A few last-minute additions have more than leveled the playing field. We can probably just call victory now and sleep in on Sunday instead. Let this be a lesson to you, Jess—you should have capitalized on my offer when you had the chance. Greatness, well, it’s not for everyone.

    As my great aunt Betsy used to say, “let’s do the damn thang.”


    • adam1181 | February 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm

      Looking forward to my first date with narF. Gentlemen- check out this video for some inspiration:


      • Mrs. Finkenstadt | February 12, 2010 at 8:21 am

        Gentlemen, Adam? I would posit that is universally inspiring.

        • mikeheartspullups | February 12, 2010 at 8:42 am

          Omigod, that’s just awesome. His ring/pullup thingy looks incredibly hard.

          …Like John always says, strength comes out of the middle of the body.

    • jwood30 | February 12, 2010 at 1:30 am

      Adam thank you. I may just call out you know who’s name tomorrow as a warm up. I’m just sayin’. JW

      • Jessica | February 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

        (Yawn.) Wake me up when BJ Penn signs up.

    • caitlin | February 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

      I like Great Aunt Betsy.

  2. IWant2GetStronger | February 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Now we’re talking. I’m just say’n “conceed” !!

  3. Jen M. | February 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    you guys will totally concede to my hot pink awesomeness…. just sayin’ MEEP!

    • Tank | February 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Oh wow, that…just…happened

      And yes, we are sitting in the same room posting on the site

      • mikeheartspullups | February 12, 2010 at 8:42 am

        You should ask John for some matches or a lighter. I think he keeps them handy. I’m just sayin’

  4. CookingandLifting | February 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Here you go ladies. Just a little something from the movie ‘300’ to chew on vis the Massacre on Sunday. I’ll be there with a smile on my face.

    Daxos: I saw those ships smashed on the rocks. How can this be?
    Stelios: We saw but a fraction of the monster that is Xerxes’ army.
    Daxos: There can be no victory here. Why do you smile?
    Stelios: Arcadian, I’ve fought countless times, yet I’ve never met an adversary who could offer me what we Spartans call “A Beautiful Death.” I can only hope, with all the world’s warriors gathered against us, there might be one down there who’s up to the task.

    • sblume | February 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

      With this shield, or on it, boys.

      • sblume | February 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

        I realize now perhaps this statement requires explanation. Sometimes I forget that Thucydides’s account of the Pelopenisian War is not really standard reading.

        When Spartan women sent their men off to war, they admonished them to return either “with this shield” (meaning victorious), “or on it” (meaning dead).

        I’m just sayin’…

  5. mchofia | February 12, 2010 at 9:13 am


    just sayin…

    • Rob | February 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

      I prefer the literal version.


      • snekulekul | February 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

        imo Jordin Sparks

  6. themunchkin25 | February 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

    The count is now 17 and 17, I just signed up.

    • caitlin | February 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

      Awww hell !! Watch out now.

    • coach | February 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm

      In the interest of accuracy, it’s 19-18 in favor of the ladies now. Since two more guys and two more gals registered this morning, that means one of the boys already ran scared.



      • Need A Bionic Back | February 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm

        I know I don’t get included in the official count, but I will be in attendance.

        BTW, love the smack talk from both sides.

        John S.

  7. coach | February 12, 2010 at 11:29 am

    David S.: 65-65-65-65-65-lbs.
    Marc B.: 85-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Kristie K.: 33-33-33-33-33-lbs.
    Kris C.: 55-55-55-55-55-lbs.
    Borja G.: 95-95-95-95-105-lbs.
    Ravi S.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Sakar P.: 75-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Guy F.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Jessica H.: 55-55-60-60-60-lbs.
    Mayra C.: 65-65-70-70-70x-lbs.
    Mike S.: 125-135-135-135x-130-lbs.
    Neil A.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    David O.: 105-115x-105-105-105-lbs.
    Jeremy N.: 135-135-140-145-145-lbs.
    Meghan M.: 103-113x-108-108-108-lbs.
    Rob K.: 125-130-130-130-130x-lbs.
    Christy P.: 103-108x-103-103-103-lbs.
    Spencer P.: 135-135-135-135-135-lbs.
    Jeff W.: 95-105x-100-100-100x-lbs.
    Jessy C.: 55x-45-50-50-50-lbs.
    Robbie S.: 95-95-85-90-90-lbs.
    Jonathan H.: 95-95-95-95x-95-lbs.
    Ivy F.: 90-95x-95-95-95x-lbs.
    Sidra C.: 70-75-70-70-70-lbs.
    Roselena R.: 65-75-80-75-65-lbs.
    Joe F.: 95-105-105-95-95-lbs.
    Lisa C.: 63-63-63-63-63-lbs.
    Joanna L.: 48-48-48-48-48-lbs.
    Dave R.: 135-135-140-140-140-lbs.
    Steve D.: 135-145-145-150-150-lbs.

  8. themunchkin25 | February 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I should add I was recruited by Jess this morning

    • meghanmcnally | February 12, 2010 at 11:43 am

      nice. any other ladies out there who haven’t signed up? and caitlin, will you be back in time?

      we need to make sure we keep our numbers up now that john is recruiting men outside of mph…

      • mikeheartspullups | February 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

        Funny that you ask whether Caitlin will be back in time, as we just had the following exchange via email:

        Caitlin: Btw what time is the vday thing? In the morning right? I’m bummed we’re missing it.

        Mike: i’m bummed too. we could skip the cape and stay — i mean, it’s just our wedding right? if you want, i challenge you to 150 burpees for time on sunday.

        Caitlin: Ooo bring it!!

        Mike: You’re going down. Will blog about this to see if we can be included in scoring as a tiebreaker.

        There you have it. Should the Massacre be close (and I’m hoping not), I will proudly take on the burpee queen of DC for the tiebreaker.

        • mikeheartspullups | February 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

          Oh, the lawyer in me realized that I was unclear. Caitlin is going down either way, whether the Massacre is close or not. The question is only whether our little duel will be included in the Massacre scoring.


          • meghanmcnally | February 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

            oh that’s right, i forgot that you guys will be out of town!
            caitlin, you know what to do 🙂

  9. TinkWants2GetStronger | February 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    uhmmm Mike, You know I love and respect you and Cait, but really, I mean..u’re challenging Cait to burpees for time? I mean really! 🙂 The boys want to win you know!

    I mean I even heard, I’m jusy say’n, that Austin might be on a flight from CA as we speak!

  10. Mrs. Finkenstadt | February 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Question about the Massacre: are you going to tape it?

    • coach | February 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Ivy,

      We’re going to try and get some of it on video, yes.


    • train2live | February 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      That depends, will there be sit ups involved?

      Dave O.

  11. ralswang | February 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you CrossFit MPH coach’s
    Just got of 12 hours flight feeling good and went to website for WOD.
    Amazing Gym at Doha Sheraton in Qatar.
    5k Run
    Power Snatch
    5x at 105lbs
    I Miss the 6am class.

  12. coach | February 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm


    The final count, assuming everyone makes it: 22 guys, 19 gals. Stunning comeback, gents.

    Boys 1, Girls 0.


    • Tank | February 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      Score! +1 for the good guys

    • coach | February 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

      We don’t need numbers. We only need winners, and everyone knows we are 100% winners.




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