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Special Team Cup 16.1 Announcement: Arrive at 5.30 if you are able

akatebecky Due to logistical concerns with 16.1 we will be making a few last minute changes to the start times and heat registration process. We are cancelling the regular 5:30 class.

We will begin warmup and running heats earlier! So come if you can! If you cannot, don't worry at all. This party is going to go until everyone gets a chance to lunge their way to success!

Also, please rememeber to register on Zenplanner (here) so we can have a head count for who is coming. Each heat will be a large group that we need to assemble, so we will not be offering heat registration for 16.1.

Stay tuned for updates tomorrow. Thank you!


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Chloie Jonsson

Recently a transgendered woman named Chloie Jonsson filed a lawsuit against CrossFit, Inc., because CrossFit HQ wouldn't allow her to register as a female athlete in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open. Jonsson completed her sex-reassignment in 2006, has continued hormone treatment until the present day, and is legally recognized as a woman by the State of California. We believe that CrossFit HQ's refusal to allow her to compete against cisgendered women is based on specious reasoning and a faulty understanding of endocrinology. There was a precedent that could and should have influenced their decision the other way; both the IOC and the NCAA have modified their rules to allow transgendered athletes to participate.

As an affiliate, we at PVCF have no direct influence over the decisions made by HQ. We are an independent gym that pays a licensing fee for the use of the name "CrossFit", and that is the extent of our business dealings.

But we love CrossFit and are proud to be part of the CrossFit community. That's why we're asking CFHQ to reconsider their decision and allow Chloie to compete in the Open in the category of her choice. Science is on Chloie's side, and history will be, too. CFHQ should take a stand for inclusion, acceptance, and the most profound liberty--the freedom to embody our truest self. Let Chloie into the Open!

Special Classes Offered This Month!

Mobility Class- Starts Sunday, February 16th in NorthamptonSundays at PVCF West in Northampton, 11:00am-11:45am. Join Eric Horne to learn mobilizations and other techniques that will rehab injuries, prevent new ones, and increase performance!

Nutrition Class- Starts Monday, February 17th, offered in Northampton and Hadley Mondays at 6:45pm at PVCF West in Northampton, and Wednesdays at 7:20pm in Hadley. You know that proper nutrition is crucial to success in the gym. But sorting out all the different options available to you can be crazy-making...let Ryan Katz provide you with the info you need to make decisions about what's right for you while also learning proper habits aimed at healthy progression. Each class will focus on a different aspect of nutrition, along with tips for integrating sound nutritional practices with your busy lifestyle. Led by Ryan Katz, there will be one weekly topic offered both Monday and Wednesday so that all members will get the opportunity to attend.

Oly Lifting Class- Starts Wednesday, February 19th in Northampton Wednesdays and Fridays in the PVCF West Oly Room, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Want to improve your weightlifting? Perrin Hendrick will lead this class for those interested in more in-depth lifting practice.

These classes are available for all unlimited members, so don't miss these special opportunities to go deeper with your training! For questions, email

Thursday Weather Alerts

BLIZZARD OF '14 ALERT! Apparently we're really in for it this time. So, to be safe, we're canceling classes after the 3:50 in Hadley and the 4:15 in Northampton. NO FURTHER EVENING CLASSES. Check back tonight for updates re: the Friday morning schedule. Stay warm and safe!

Friday, December 27th: "The Silent Queen" and "Rasputin's Revenge"

Be sure to do your ten minutes of pre-class dynamic flexibility work. 1. Warm-up A: 100 double-unders

2. Competitors and CrossFitters do warm-up F: Four rounds w/ empty barbell of 3 deadlifts, 3 power (or muscle) cleans, 3 front squats, 3 press, 3 push press, 3 push jerks. (5 min)

Novices and CrossFitters who want to brush up will review technique for the press, push press, and push jerk.

3. “The Silent Queen” Competitors: EMOM 10 minutes, 1 push press, 1 push jerk, 1 split jerk CrossFitters: EMOM 10 minutes, 1 push press, 2 push jerks Novices: EMOM 10 minutes, 3 push press

Note: CrossFitters who lack the overhead position to properly push jerk will do three push presses. Some novice athletes who lack the necessary shoulder flexibility for ballistic movements will be instructed to do 3 strict dumbbell presses (2 dumbbells).

4. "Rasputin's Revenge" AMRAP in 90 seconds of Russian-style kettlebell swings AMRAP in 90 second of double-unders AMRAP in 75 seconds of Russian-style kettlebell swings AMRAP in 75 second of double-unders AMRAP in 60 seconds of Russian-style kettlebell swings AMRAP in 60 second of double-unders AMRAP in 45 seconds of Russian-style kettlebell swings AMRAP in 45 second of double-unders AMRAP in 30 seconds of Russian-style kettlebell swings AMRAP in 30 second of double-unders

Competitors: 88/70lbs CrossFitters: 70/55lbs or scaled as appropriate Novices: 10-8-6-4-2 kettlebell swings w/ one minute double-under practice between sets.

Score is total kb swings/total double-unders.

Have fun!

Happy Holidays from PVCF!

PVCF Hadley and PVCF Northampton are closed on Wednesday, December 25th. Normal schedule resumes Thursday, December 26th. Don't drink too much egg nog!

Policy Notice

Please remember that PVCF policy requires a 30 day written notice to put your membership on hold or to cancel membership. Students, I'm looking at you! If you're going home for the semester break and wish to put your membership on hold, email post haste!

Pioneer Valley Weightlifting Club - New Hours!

Interested in improving you Olympic-style weightlifting? Train with the PIONEER VALLEY WEIGHTLIFTING CLUB! Brett and Mina Joy Vallego will be coaching lifters MWF from 4-7pm in the weightlifting room at Pioneer Valley CrossFit West (Northampton). All PVCF members interested in learning more about the snatch and the clean & jerk are welcome to come train. Take advantage of this great resource!

For more information, email

Updated Schedules


Next week we’re switching over to our summer schedule. It starts on Monday, July 15th, and it looks like this:

PVCF (Hadley):

M-Tu-W-Th-F: WODs at 6am, 7am, 9am, Noon, 4pm, 530pm, and 7pm. (No 7pm Friday). Sat: WOD at 10am, Open gym from 11am to 1pm. Free intro class at noon. Sun: Closed.

PVCF West (Northampton):

M-Tu-W-Th-F: WODs at 630am, 8am, 930am, Noon, 430pm, and 6pm. Sat: Closed. Sun: WOD at 10am, Open gym from 11am to 1pm. Free intro class at noon.

PVCF members may take classes at either gym. Our current schedule is in effect until this Sunday the 14th. PVCF West opens Monday, July 15th. See you soon!

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