Why is intensity more important than volume?

Dora StenclovaCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, programming, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

It is quite possible that there was a time (or two) when you have wondered whether or not you do enough for your witness in order to move forward when you train CrossFit for an hour a day or several times a week. The top. Regionals or Games athletes seem to undergo bigger training loads. But there is a huge difference when you spend 6-8 hours a day training and doing CrossFit mostly to just be fit. Which is why this post will take a look at why the intensity of your training is much more important than the volume and how to get the best out of the hour you spend at the gym. The original CrossFit methodology CrossFit by definition is is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.  But it is important to realize that this definition doesn’t mean you WOD every day at 100% and I’m not saying that it is good to do that either. Just by taking look at SugarWOD you see that some days we want you to give your 90-100% but then there are days dedicated to recovery when you should go at 60% (read more about intensity here). The biggest … Read More

What to add into your training mix?

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My private session students often ask me about supplements, if they should get proteins? It doesn’t really matter if they want to lose or gain weight or get stronger, they often believe that the magic powder in the box will help them achieve their goals. When I challenge them and ask why do they think that they even need to add proteins into their diet and what do they eat during the day, they often don’t even know. So if you are one of them, remember, these all are just SUPPLEMENTS. The key here is to have your regular diet under control and then you can start to add. Another thing to consider is if your body and work out load really requires this dietary addition. If you train 3 times a week, you will probably be fine without them. If you hit they gym every day and you train elsewhere as well or more than once a day, it would be hard for you to get your energy back even if you eat well. In that case supplements are something to consider. So lets take a look at the two most common supplements. Protein concentrate Protein is the basic … Read More

What to do after the CrossFit Open?

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The CrossFit Open is now done and done and I’m not afraid to say that it would be very hard to find someone who has not met their limitations. For most of us it has not been just one thing but several. So it is highly possible that you might now have 10 movements you need to improve and this post will give you tips to make the best of the CrossFit Open and who you how and what to work on so that next year you see how you’ve improved. 1. Make a list To start things off you should go through this years Open workouts and make a list of the things you need to improve. Those don’t necessarily have to be movements, it could also be a more effective flow of the WOD for example with toes to bar, or just pacing during short intense WODs. Maybe you think you are no good, but that’s not true. Make sure you write down what was easy and what surprised you as well. 2. Set your priorities Take a look at your list and try to pin down the movement that will help you the most in general. Make … Read More

3 very good reasons not to skip cool down

Zuzka Zavodnacrossfit tips, health, instruction, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Do you ever wonder why your coach tells you to take 2-3 minutes after the WOD to go for a short run or to row and then stretch in the back for 5? It is because cool down should be an integral part of your training. Cool down aka getting your body to the state it was in pre-WOD. Cooling down is just as important as warming up, strength, working on your technique, or the WOD itself, you should never skip it. Sometimes we manage to get it into our 60minute class, other times your coach just gives you instructions and you are on your own. Here are three reasons why cooling down is so important: 1. It helps remove accumulated “waste” and reduces the chance of blood clots An intense WOD causes our bodies to create metabolic waste: lactic acid and hydroxyproline (amino acid). It is ideal to get rid of those before you rest to prevent muscle pain and to fasten regeneration. Additionally, during an intense work out, our blood vessels expand so that our muscles can properly wok. If we suddenly stop working out, our blood can clot in our legs and cause dizziness or weakness. 2. It … Read More

The Problem with Numbers

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Heavier, faster and more reps! These are typically the three factors that many Crossfitters use to gauge their progress and overall fitness. However, using numbers as the only barometer to asses ourselves presents a host of problems. Are numbers helpful? Absolutely, but here are a few reasons why focusing strictly on numbers can inhibit you from becoming the most fit person you can be. Numbers don’t judge technique We’ve all been there before. We hit a new one rep max on our clean and it looks UGLY. Does it “count”? sure, but is that really how we want to be moving on a consistent basis? Definitely not. For most of the Crossfitters I know, fitness and overall health is the main goal. Moving well is going to help us get there quicker than moving faster or moving more weight. If we’re talking about a competition, then it’s absolutely OK to sacrifice technique. No one cares who’s reps looked the cleanest in the Crossfit Games, they only care who scored the best. When you’re training in your box, moving correctly and safely should be your biggest concern. If you really want to keep track of your progress regularly take videos of … Read More

Keep the recommended intensity

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At the beginning of almost every class your coach tells you at what intensity you should perform during the WOD. Longer work outs usually require 70%, shorter interval work outs (shorter work out time with breaks in between rounds or sets) require 80-90%. But what is the purpose? Why is it better to listen to your coach instead of going all out at all times? It is actually a quite simple work out principle. In this case we are talking about a whole programming which includes hard and light days as well as regeneration days (for example right after the Open WODs). Why? Imagine that you work out every day with us at CrossFit Committed. The programming we follow is build like this. If you go all out every day your body won’t eventually be able to keep up and regenerate. In your best case scenario it will stagnate, in the worst case you will get hurt. Either way your fitness won’t go up and you won’t get all that you can from the training plan. And every plan in any sport is built on the same principle: Load – Compensation. „Load – Compensation“ Training helps your fitness to get better … Read More

Perform and look great. At the same time!

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Great performance and athletic body, isn’t that what we all dream to have? The good news is, you can achieve it simply. Get on track and stick to it!  CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. But if I had to choose one part of the definition that is not really it, it would be high intensity. The more experience we get the more we know about how to pace, i.e. saving energy, breaking up the movements, planning your rest. When is the last time you went all out without a strategy and almost passed out? If it was last week, wonderful. If you can’t remember then you should change the way you train. Hight intensity is the key to increasing your performance and starting up the hormonal changes that help us form our bodies. In an article in 2007 coach Greg Glassman wrote: “Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise.” Favorable adaptation includes forming your body and improving your health. “Be impressed by intensity, not volume,” he adds. Which means, do more work at less time. not more work over a longer period (i.e. training twice a day). Instensity is something we … Read More

How to get ready for the CrossFit Open?

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February is almost here and so is the CrossFit Open that starts on Feb 22! The CrossFit Open serves as a qualification for the CrossFit Regionals and consists of 5 different work out in the span of 5 weeks. Despite the fact that only 20-30 athletes from each region make it to the CrossFit Regionals ten-thousands of people sign up every year. Their reasons vary – from seeing progress to competing at your own gym or trying to see where you stand compared to the CrossFit athletes. Last year over 150 members from our gym signed up. We split them into teams and then held special events every week. What a blas! If you participated last year or sometime before you surely remember that there were areas you wanted to work on until the next Open. There is always something to work on in CrossFit so it is likely that you didn’t succeed on improving that one skill. This post will take a look at all the different movements we can expect during the CrossFit Open so that you can do your best and prepare during the next month.   Rx movements during the CrossFit Open (2011 – 2017) Snatch – 7x Toes to … Read More

Oh my shoulders

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Experience shoulder pain is a bit of a never ending story for CrossFitters. Sooner or later everyone feels that their shoulders are tired, hurt before the warm up or just constantly in various positions of the joint. But this problem is not limited only to CrossFitters. Thanks to my swimming experience I am surprised to say that having shoulder pain is natural for swimmers too. They even have a name for it: “Swimmer’s shoulder”.  Whether you are a swimmer or you do Crossfit the signs and reasons for pain are the same. In my last post I talked about different injuries of the shoulder joint. Today I want to take a look at avoiding the injury. What we should do in order not to hurt ourselves. Stance Maybe its not a bad idea to start with something as easy as the way you hold yourselves. We do it all day every day and we do it wrong. Just think about the way you hold yourself when you wait for the bus or sit at work. Your back is bent, shoulders swung down and forward. We often look at our phones so our heads are also facing the ground. Try to … Read More

Are your shoulders opened?

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As kids we loved to play on the playground. We would hang on the bar, do somersaults, think of ways to conquer the rig without touching the ground. All these natural movements would help us have strong, mobile and stable shoulders. But as we got older the movement of our shoulders got worse and if you now have a job where you sit all day you probably can move your shoulders only barely. And then one day you show up at CrossFit and start to do hand stands, lift heavy objects above your head and return to the rig. Ever wonder how do your shoulders must feel?  Test them out! Try to find our if your shoulders are opened. What does that mean? That they are fully mobile and you can lift your arms above your head without your spine compensating the movement. This is very important for any vertical movement. Step 1: Lay on the ground, feet together, point your toes, lower your pelvis, suck in your stomach and make sure your lower back is glued to the floor. Now try to touch the ground above your head with your arms stretched out, don’t bend the elbows. Stop reading … Read More