CFSV January/February Newsletter Part 1: Current Events

JT Scott | 01/22/2015 |



Holiday Schedule

CrossFit Somerville will be closed on Monday, February 16 for President’s Day.  Stay tuned to the website and Facebook for any further adjustments or open gym times on those days.

Craicfest 5k Team

The Craicfest 5k is a local road/trail hybrid race through the Northpoint park, just a few miles down the road from CFSV! Niki Brown is putting together a CFSV team to run the Craicfest 5k on Sunday, March 15 (  To register: click here, search for CrossFit Somerville in teams, and click join. The password is ‘chickens’.

Independence Day Open House – January 24

On January 9, JT’s partner Chandra gave birth to their first child, Independence Snow. (The childbirth was totally paleo.) Both Indy and Chandra are healthy and happy, and JT is hosting an Open House at his home on January 24 to celebrate from noon to 4pm. It may be crowded, but you’re all welcome to stop by and say hi to our new daughter!

Upcoming Union Square Redevelopment Planning Meetings

You’ve probably noticed the lot across Prospect Street being leveled to make room for our new Green Line T Stop. The process of seizing property and changing the entire fabric of Union Square has begun, and the planning is under way.  Whether you just want to know what’s going on, or have ideas about what you want our neighborhood to look like as it rapidly changes in the next 3 years, the public meetings are open to all to attend and have your voice heard.

  • January 31, 9 am walking tour of Union Square followed by Visioning Meeting (all start at the Old Post Office)
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25: Development Input Workshops. (All at 6:30pm, all at the Old Post Office)

You can find more details about the process, and these meetings, at Somerville By Design’s web page hosted by the City’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, or the Master Developer’s web site. These meetings are an important part of Union Square’s future, and all of us who live in the area are invited. You’ll see JT at most (if not all) of these meetings!


Lifestyle and Nutrition Challenge

Are you interested in making a change in your life to achieve some of those goals we were just talking about? Join the CFSV Lifestyle and Nutrition Challenge, starting Monday, January 26, for forty days of extra support and motivation – and if you rock it, maybe even a sweet grand prize.

The majority of folks will be following something like the Whole 30 but you can use the food log and program to help you follow any lifestyle program that suits your current health and goals. Want to eat by macros, or Whole 30 excluding some fruits and adding some rice? Cool, just document the individualized plan you want to follow in your application.

We will have “rules” (that you can modify as needed), a food log with point tracking, and the CFSV Food & Profanities FB Group to provide you with ideas and support. You can do anything for forty days – why not try eating to fuel your best self?

2015 CrossFit Open

The CrossFit Open is once again upon us, with a new set of workouts to test ourselves.  For those of you who do not know what the Open is, the road to the CrossFit Games starts with a worldwide online competition, open to absolutely everybody.  A set of five workouts are completed by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, who then submit their scores online, and the fittest amongst us are invited to the next level of competition, the Regionals.

A very (very very very very) small number of people make it to Regionals, so that is not ultimately the reason that so many people participate.  The CrossFit Open gives athletes a way to challenge themselves, compete against friends, and if for nothing else, participating in the Open is a fun way to throwdown in some workouts with your fellow athletes from CrossFit Somerville.

The general format of the CrossFit Open is as follows: One workout is released each week on Thursday, starting February 26 and finishing on March 26.  From that point, each athlete has 4 days to complete the workout and submit their score online, on the following Monday.  For the first time this year, there will be scaled options released for each workout, making The Open even more accessible for anyone who wants to participate!  For more details, see The CrossFit Games Website.

To register for the open, go to The CrossFit Games Website and click ‘Login Here’ to create a new account or log in with your previous account.  Once you have an account, register for the Open and select CrossFit Somerville as your affiliate and team.

A big part of the CrossFit Open for CFSV has been the weekend throwdowns that we hold on Saturday mornings to complete the workouts as a group.  We will be doing a similar thing this year, giving athletes an opportunity to compete against each other in a fun, supportive environment.  We encourage people to bring friends and family as well to add to the atmosphere of cheering and encouragement.  If you can’t make it to a throwdown, you can complete the workout at another time at your own convenience, as long as it is submitted on time.

If you have any questions or are not sure if the CrossFit Open is appropriate for you, take a few minutes to ask your coaches or any of the athletes at CFSV who have participated in previous years.  I’m sure you will find a lot of people who have nothing but positive things to say about the experience.

Your Input: Community Involvement

As you can probably tell, we do a lot! As the spring starts up, there will be even more opportunities for us to get involved in friendly competitions and other community events.

CrossFit Somerville is a place where community members come together to do some pretty awesome things. Do you have ideas for ways that CrossFit Somerville can improve? Are there specific programs or seminars that you would like us to offer? Do you have ideas for volunteering opportunities, projects, group trips, or social events?

If you are passionate about making something happen, we will work with you to find the resources to make it a reality.  Contact to start making the most of your CFSV experience!


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