Sauna, why not!

Vasek MalecekCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, health0 Comments

Im going to build on my previous posts about after-training regeneration (Foamrolling and Rest Day) by focusing on another passive regeneration that is perfect for days like we have now, days when staying bundled up in bed sounds better than hitting the cold gym, sauna. Visiting a sauna brings much more that the well known positives for our organisms, such as relaxing our minds and helping our immune systems. For sports people like us, sauna has an interesting impact on recovery and preps us for another training session. When to implement it Should you go to the sauna before you train, after or on your rest day? The answer is not a simple one. You need to realise what you expect from the visit in the first place. If you aim to recover, you should visit the sauna at a certain time after you train or on your rest day. If you want to work on your endurance, go to there immediately after you work out. If you work on your lifting and want to increase in your strength you should stop by before you train. “When you are recovering from a work out, your heartbeat should go back to normal. … Read More

CrossFit nothing new…

tobicrossfit tips, programming0 Comments

While the trademark CrossFit is considerably new (registered in 2000) it’s methods and concepts reach even further back than the first Olympic games in Greece in 776 B.C. At that time fancy machines were not around and people prepared their bodies with non-specific training, lifting stones and animals, running, jumping and throwing. This to me sounds very like the methodology of CF in which we incorporate high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometric, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman training, and other exercises. The difference of then and now is that people were differently preconditioned. Manual labour was more common and people were not sitting the majority of the day behind a desk and instead of cars, horses were used. Running barefoot or in sandals and moving more provided for stronger feet and core. Nutrition was by definition non refined and organic. People of that area are still considered as the most tough and durable of all time. So why not mirroring what worked best for them. To that I say yes, but slowly and progressively as for the reasons I wrote above (we evolved according to our surroundings ie. padded shoes etc.). I’d like to use the Analogy of Milo of Croton. … Read More

10 excuses not to train and how to avoid them

Zuzka ZavodnaCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, Uncategorized0 Comments

I am a big coach Ben Bergeron fan, he is the owner of CrossFit New England and coaches Katrin Davidsdottir or Matt Fraser. His opinions and training methods should be an example for all of us. He recently published a book called “Chasing Excellence” and in it writes that our DNA in hope for survival makes us remember negative information over positive. Therefore we often need to relearn the positive approach, for most of us this is a conscious decision for how we approach life. Which is why Ben has these three rules at his gym: NEVER WHINE. NEVER COMPLAIN. NEVER MAKE EXCUSES. Easy to claim, hard to do. I myself  often complain and look for excuses. So I chose  Top 10 excuses I hear around the gym and looked for tips to get over them. Excuse #1: It is dark/cold/raining/snowing … etc. Sadly this is simply the case with winter. Summer brings on the heat, spring blooming flowers and in the fall we slip on fallen leaves. Wherever you go you won’t escape the weather. I agree, winter makes it way harder to get up in the morning, to start moving, but that is NOT a reason for you … Read More

Assessing Values and Goals, Part III: Application to Training

Ryan ODonnellUncategorized0 Comments

The following is a 3 part series dealing with assessing or reassessing your gym values and goals and how to then apply your training to those goals. In a more basic sense, I want you to find your reasons WHY you come to the gym and then help you figure out HOW to apply your training to those reasons. This is part 3: Application to Training For 99% of the population, I think that the standard 3-5 times a week CrossFit routine with a decent diet will get you and keep you as fit as you need to be. This post is aimed mainly at those who strive to do more. Many of the more experienced athletes at the gym may have noticed me asking them a lot of questions about their extra training: “Why are you doing barbell club and a class WOD in the same day?” “Why are you working on your butterfly/muscle up/HSPU/etc. so often?” “Why are you doing some extra weightlifting/cardio/etc. today?” The typical answers I get to these questions sound like this: “Because my lifting sucks.” “Because I need to get better at muscle ups.” “Because I need to improve my cardio.” “Because I have … Read More

Assessing Values and Goals, Part II: Finding your "Whys"

Ryan ODonnellUncategorized0 Comments

The following is a 3 part series dealing with assessing or reassessing your gym values and goals and how to then apply your training to those goals. In a more basic sense, I want you to find your reasons WHY you come to the gym and then help you figure out HOW to apply your training to those reasons. This is part two: Finding your “whys” Evaluating the reasons you exercise sounds easy, yet it’s anything but. Since I was a teenager I fluctuated in and out of being fit and being unfit with regularity. Looking back, the reason is obvious, I was never truly committed. I wasn’t committed because the reasons I trained weren’t deep enough to inspire me to stick with it. In high school it was to get in shape for lacrosse season and after high school it was typically to lose weight. However, right after lacrosse season ended or right after I met my target weight I slowly drifted out of the gym and back onto the couch. In the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Pirsig there’s a passage where the main character talks about going to climb a mountain in … Read More

Assessing Values and Goals, Part I: Why I Train

Ryan ODonnellUncategorized0 Comments

The following is a 3 part series dealing with assessing  values and goals. I want to help you find your reasons WHY you come to the gym and then help you figure out HOW to train appropriately. This is part one: Why I train.  “Why do you work out?” I’m sure you’ve faced this question. My friends who don’t regularly regularly exercise often ask me why I spend so much time working out. This isn’t an easy question to answer. Personally, it took me a long time to finally figure it out. The cliché answers are mostly the same, “to lose weight,” “to look better” or “to be in better shape.”  These answers are fine as a starting point. However, I feel that a deeper connection to exercise is needed before you can truly begin to experience all the positive effects that fitness can bring to your life. Furthermore, the deeper your connection the more motivated you to train. Which makes it more likely fitness becomes a lifelong passion. Over the last year, I’ve realized what’s really important to me. This realization carried over into my training, helping me realize I was working out for the wrong reasons. The training … Read More

CrossFit Committed's 4th Annual Throwdown!

Joey Scafidicompetition, Crossfit Committed, health, news, Uncategorized0 Comments

As I write this, our 4th annual CrossFit Committed Throwdown has just ended and I wanted to write a few thoughts from the day while it’s still fresh in my mind.   Nearly 70 of our amazing members came out and competed in our one day event that had everyone complete 4 workouts before we cut the field for the final workout.   Every year we have to poke, prod, bribe, force, and beg our members to sign up and that’s always because we’re trying to get our members that have never competed before to do so and, understandably, they’re always very nervous. However, we as coaches know what’s in store for them if we do get them to put themselves out there and register! So often it happens that our members get their first pull up, muscle up, rope climb, break weightlifting PRs, and just generally accomplish awesome things that they haven’t done in the past!     When there’s no option to scale (as we always give and encourage during our daily training) and when there’s a crowd of people yelling in your face – it’s make it or break it time. Sometimes you make it and it’s the … Read More

Training in autumn and winter

tobiCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, instruction0 Comments

For many people this time of the year around might be the most challenging when it comes to training and getting motivated. Suddenly the snooze button on your phone in the dark mornings and the couch in front of your TV after work seem to be the better alternative.    This might be in part due to the lack of sunlight and its energy to keep our body warm. Without our daily portion of Vitamin D we are less energized, motivated and surprisingly, even our aerobic performance might go down. (Sunlight triggers the release of nitric oxide which boosts aerobic performance). But ‘believe you me’ ☺ the reward when getting out of your comfort zone and ‘Just GO’ is much bigger. We are approaching flu season and the best medicine is prevention. How do we build up our immune system by CF you might wonder and in fact the answer is similar to classic/alternative medication. It depends…on frequency, quality and the type of activity. In CF we do it with high intensity. HIT improves lung capacity (improved lung capacity = prevents tract infections, i.e. a sore throat, a cold or a sinus infection) and builds stronger hearts which in turn … Read More

Do you want to be better at CrossFit? Choose the right approach.

Dora StenclovaCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, instruction0 Comments

Whenever you come to CrossFit Committed there’s always a WOD waiting for you. Maybe you don’t think about how you are going to break the sets and just start your work out. There is nothing wrong with that. But if you want to get better and feel good when you work out, it is good to think about the WOD you are about to do and how you are going to approach it. Let’s take a look at the criteria that will help you choose the right tactic. You already know this WOD If this is the case look into Sugar WOD to see your notes: what weight you chose and how you felt. Which is why it is important to take notes after each work out (I usually add how I broke down the sets as well). Chances are you also remember this WOD. So based on your experience or notes it should be easy for you to know if you are going to do smaller or bigger sets or go unbroken with short breaks. A great example is the intro work out we all did when we first stepped into CFC. I have a number of clients who … Read More