4 Rounds with Mary

Mary F. prepping for Mary the workout

Mary is a time priority workout, often programmed simultaneously with Cindy.  In these cases the athlete is generally allowed to choose the girl they’d rather take on.  Cindy is not the easy way out, she’s relentless, there’s no reason to stop moving, but she is the devil you know.  We want you to practice the more technical, less familiar movements associated with Mary, so Wednesday she’s programed as a task priority workout.  The floor will likely be littered with abmats, dumbbells, med balls, boxes, and bands, as many of you may need to scale, and that’s great.  We want you developing the skills so that next time you’ve got a choice between push-ups and handstand push-ups, or air squats and pistols, you can confidently choose the most challenging movement that best allows you to demonstrate your fitness.

August 10, 2011
Overhead Squat 3-3-3-3-3

4 Rounds of Mary:
5 Handstand Push-ups
10 Pistols
15 Pull-ups


CrossFit Fenway Endurance 2011:  Running is a skill.  Just as with any other movement in CrossFit, instruction and practice are necessary to improve.  The CrossFit Fenway Endurance program is a supplemental, 8 session course that will be held on Saturday mornings at 9 AM, beginning August 20th, and running through early October.  This course is for anyone who wants to work to improve their skill.  Over the 8 sessions we will cover Pose running technique, and supplementing your CrossFit training with endurance programming.  Space is limited, so contact Eric for more information and to reserve your spot.

FIGHT GONE BAD 6: Registration for Fight Gone Bad 6 is open.  This year the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Infant Swim Resource, and Camp Patriot are benefiting from the fundraising efforts.  We’ll be running heats at CrossFit Fenway on Saturday morning, September 17th in lieu of an invasion workout.  Athletes of all abilities are welcome, and encouraged to sign up, fundraise, and join in this great community event as a part of the CrossFit Fenway team.

Did the excitement of the CrossFit Games get your competitive juices flowing?  Well you’re in luck!  The North East Fire Breather Festival, the first event in the new North East Garage Games Series will be held at CrossFit New England on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday the 25th.  There will be 3 events on Saturday with RX and scaled divisions (men and women competing in the RX division must be able to clean 155# and 105# respectively, 115# and 80# in the scaled division). There will be 2 additional events on Sunday for those that qualify.  All abilities and ages are welcome.  Register here and let your coaches know if you’re interested in putting your training to the test.

16 thoughts on “4 Rounds with Mary”

    1. Tonight was my last class at CFF before leaving Boston to return to school full-time in Chicago. Looking back almost two years ago, my friend Anna tried turning me on to this thing called CrossFit. I checked out crossfit.com, and the workout that day happened to involve handstand push-ups. At the time, I thought to myself, “That’s ridiculous. I can’t do that!” and was totally closed off to the idea.

      Anna eventually convinced me to try a class at CFF. That was a year and a half ago. Tonight, my last workout at CFF fittingly included handstand push-ups:

      OHS: 75kg
      WOD: 6:26 Rx, HSPU to games standard (15kg plates + abmat)

      During my time at CFF, I have become stronger, faster, and better conditioned. Yet my most important development from CrossFit was not physical, rather it was the realization that nothing is impossible. If one can’t do something today, that “can’t do” becomes a challenge, that challenge becomes a goal, that goal becomes a plan, and little by little, day by day one makes progress until one day that challenge is overcome. This holds true both in CrossFit and in life.

      I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to grow over the past 18 months, not only as an athlete but also personally and professionally. Many of you in the CFF community have supported and inspired me in ways I never expected when I first joined. I am both surprised by and thankful for the depth of friendships and camaraderie I have found here. Although I am saddened to leave and will miss all of you, I will still consider myself a part of the CFF community no matter where my travels take me in life.

      I will definitely check in from time to time, but please do keep in touch. Facebook me, or come visit should you ever find yourself in the midwest.

      Warm regards,

  1. OHS: 55kg (60kg x 2, matches a PR)
    WOD: 12:37 (w/red band for pistols)
    On the downside: Disappointed with my second round of HSPU’s today. Spent about 2 minutes just trying to balance on the wall. After getting on the wall, the HSPU’s went well.

    On the upside: Signing up for the scaled division of the The North East Fire Breather Festival today. It’s on.

  2. OHS: 35kg PR (previously a 2 rep max)

    WOD: 13:59 with 1 ab mat for HSPU (thanks for the kipping help haley, that saved me!) and a 2.5kg plate under my heel for pistols

  3. Didn’t Rx ANY of the movements, but love this WOD nonetheless.
    HSPUs – 2 abmats
    Pistols – to a 20″ box
    Pull-ups – purple band
    Time: 12:06, and loved every minute of it.

    Lots of work to do.

  4. OHS: 65kg on 3rd set – Then Failed 70kg after 2, Then Failed 72kg after 2. My prior 1 rep max was 68kg.
    WOD: 6:07 Rx.

  5. OHS: 25kg (stuck on this…) working on form is beginning to get a little old.
    WOD: 10:40 with all sorts of tools to make these 3 MICD (movements I can’t do) a little more bearable!!

  6. OHS 70kg…. failed on 75 (which is below my PR..go figure)
    WOD 8:08 w/ plate and 1 abmat…next time no abmat for sure..Dan kills me on pistols… and Double Unders..

  7. Let’s see if I can get back in the swing of posting…

    15:50, Rx Pistols and Pull-Ups, wall climbs (3) for HSPU. One day…

    And 37 for OHS. I injured my hand a year ago, and it was about 6 months before I was OHS’ing again, but it’s coming back!

  8. OHS: 24kg PR Finally getting the hang of this movement.

    WOD: 12:47 with 20 1b shoulder presses (for HSPU), balancing with the pole for pistols, 1 red and 1 purple band for pull-ups.

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