9 tips for a better good night sleep

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Sleep is one of our basic needs. When we sleep our whole organism gets to restart. We already talked about how important sleep is in a post not too long ago. Today I will share a few tips on what to avoid, if you have trouble sleeping and how to get the best out of it.   1. Limit you caffein intake If you have trouble falling asleep try to watch your caffein intake. A couple of early morning and morning coffees won’t affect your sleep, however afternoon or even evening coffee is a different story. Watch out for after-wod drinks too, some contain up to 200mg of coffee which is 2-3 shots of espresso. 2. Try to train earlier Moving and tiring your body out is good for your sleep. However, if there are only 2 to 3 hours in-between the end of the work out and your bed time, the physical activity can do more damage than good. Especially after short intense workout, our bodies are over-energised and you find your self starring at the ceiling instead of sleeping.   3. Don’t over-booze it  It may seem that alcohol helps you fall asleep faster, but the quality is … Read More

Sauna, why not!

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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…

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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

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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

Training in autumn and winter

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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.

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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

Squeeze in your core!

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Squeeze in your core! You hear this a lot, especially in classes where we play with heavy weights. Upon hearing “squeeze in your core” most of you tighten up your back muscles so much that your torso bends back. This happens because you don’t engage all of the muscles in your torso. Simply said your back is tight but your belly is not. Can we safely lift heavy weights when our bodies are in this position? Nope. So let’s take a look how to tighten our core right so that we can lift our next PR soon.   Loading our spine with a heavy barbell, or any heavy object, puts it into flexion. Bent back under a heavy load is not ideal, better case scenario is pain and a couple of days of rest, In worse case scenarios we need to see a specialist (doctor, physio, …).  The worst are outstretched muscles, pinched nerves, dislocated discs, etc. Spinal erectors are not strong enough for this kind of work out. To make sure our spine is safe we need to help them out by engaging other core muscles and breathing right. How: Flex your glutes Suck in your stomach – think … Read More

How can CrossFit help you train for a Spartan Race?

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Races, such as the Spartan Race, have become very popular in the past four years. They are so popular that you can visit specialised gyms or programs that will help you prepare for them. If you do CrossFit on the regular, you already know that our WODs are very versatile and will prepare you for anything. Even the “Spartan”.  The biggest advantage of CrossFit is training in high intensity, switching between aerobic and anaerobic workouts or working out in various energy systems (ATP-CP, lactate, oxidative). “Spartan” is not just about running and overcoming obstacles, it’s also about slowing down, sprinting uphill and going all out on those obstacles. What obstacles will you most likely have to conquer at a Spartan Race? I bet you already met some of them at our gym. 1. Stone carry / bucket of sand carry  This obstacle is very similar to sandbag carry, which is so widely popular now. How you pick up and hold the stone/bucket requires a slightly different technique but you use the same muscles, so training with sandbag will only help. 2. Tire pull You LOVE pulling or pushing sleds. And you already know that your head is your biggest enemy. … Read More

How to use and wear grips

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Lately I’ve heard a lot of you complain that gymnastics movements on the rig/rings make your hands hurt or tear them up. There are many reasons why this happens. One can be bad technique, second not enough palm protection. I will not dive into bad technique, that’s a topic for another post, I will talk about option two: not enough protection, choosing wrong or not wearing gloves/grips/tape/you-name-it properly. Gloves If you wear gloves for kipping (or butterfly) movements on the rig or the rings you must love pain. Leave them in your backpack and only take them out for rope climbs, sandbag cleans, sled pushes, etc. when, unlike with gymnastics, they can actually help you. Grips These are your best accessory and companions for gymnastic movements. They are super simple and made of two pieces of leather with holes for your fingers and a band that wraps them around your wrist. The easiness of putting them on however does not reflect on how easy they are to use. I see many of you buy and wear them wrong, which is why you still leave with torn hands after workouts like CINDY or FRAN. How to wear grips? Most of you … Read More

Building mental fortitude to reach new heights

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mental toughness

Better safe than sorry Before I go into the topic of mental toughness I want to emphasise what many couches mentioned before and is part of our introduction to CrossFit. Safety, technique, consistency and then intensity are important to us. This is especially true in the beginning of your CrossFit journey. Notice the word journey – it is not a sprint. Make sure to stay within your physical capacity to not get injured. As soon as technique breaks, in any movement, scale it! ☺ In your first 3 months to one year you will most likely make leaps and bounds of improvements. This however is not only due to increased metabolic capacity and strength but more likely due to technique which makes it possible to ‘catch’ the new PRs. So always remember, if you were not exposed to this kind of weight training before (especially with repetitive movements), your muscles might be able to lift the weight however, your joints, ligaments and bones take longer to adapt to the new challenge. Mental toughness This does not mean that you cannot work on your mental toughness from the very get go of your journey. Mental toughness is individual resilience and confidence … Read More