How to stay motivated

Ryan ODonnellcrossfit tips, healthLeave a Comment

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The New England Patriots quarterback and four-time world champion (American football) Tom Brady was once asked what his favorite championship ring was. His response? “The next one.” Keep in mind he’s a man who is married to one of the most famous super models in the world (Gisele Bunchen), makes $20 million a year and has accomplished more in the most popular sport in the country with the most rabid sports culture in the world than anyone else. Yet, he still gets out of bed every morning and goes to work because he’s still got that fire inside him. I should probably mention that on the day this post gets published he’ll be playing for his fifth championship ring. In other words, he’s done it all and he’s got it all, but he’s still trying to get better. Are the rest of us Tom Brady? Simple answer: No. We’re not even close, but staying motivated is maybe the most import thing about crossfit or any fitness program. Sure, the workouts are hard, but once you’re at the gym you’re going to do it. Sometimes simply convincing yourself to come every day is the hardest part. Here are some tricks I use … Read More

Why workout logs and benchmarks are important

Ryan ODonnellhealth, instructionLeave a Comment

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A lot of times in our strength or skill portions of the class you’ll be instructed to work up to a percentage of your one rep max on a certain lift. Last week on Tuesday for example we worked up to 80-90% of our one rep max for snatch. A troubling trend I’ve noticed in the last several months are more and more people explaining to me at the beginning of the class that they don’t know their one rep max. This is totally fine if you’re newer to the gym, but I hear this from a lot of people who I would consider experienced Crossfitters and have been with us for a year or more. Even worse, is when we retest a WOD (like Jackie a few weeks ago) and people say, “I didn’t put in my score last time we did it.” So today I’m going to talk about the importance of tracking your workouts, some good tips for how to track them and also a couple of useful benchmarks that I feel all Crossfitters should know. Let’s start with some reasons why it’s important to log your workouts. 1. It helps you track your progress. Quite simply, … Read More

5 Tips for Better Recovery

Dora Stenclovacrossfit tips, healthLeave a Comment

What you do for recovery is as important as what you do in your training. Everyone of us loves working out and we also like that feeling of soreness, BUT to some extend. Feeling your muscles ache is one thing, but not being able to come to the gym because you are too sore is another story. In this article I am going to cover ways how to improve your recovery and therefore perform better at the gym as well as outside the gym. 1. Cool Down & Stretch Many people finish the WOD, take a shower and they sit at work the entire day. Going from a high intensity workout, when your entire body is working into not moving at all for hours is going to make your muscles feel stiff and sore. I understand that, especially in the morning, you have to run to work to be there at certain time, but if you can take 15 minutes after your workout to cool down and stretch, it is going to make you feel much better. Cool down is an important post workout routine as it decreases lactic acid build up in your muscles and therefore decreases muscle fatigue … Read More

What is Tabata Training?

Vasek Malecekhealth, instructionLeave a Comment

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All of you that went through our private introduction lessons have already done Tabata before. When you heard “We’ll do Tabata today” at the 6th lesson, you probably still didn’t know what was going to happen. And when your coach explained to you that you will work only 20 seconds and then you’ll rest for 10 seconds, and this will happen only 8 times and you’ll be done in 4 minutes, you probably didn’t expect that it’s going to be that bad. In this article I’d like to focus on Tabata training more closely. This high intensity training method was developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata and his team of scientists at National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo in 1990. Doctor Tabata and his team divided athletes into two groups and each group was given a 6-week training plan. One group followed a typical endurance program (higher volume and low intensity training) 5x per week. Second group trained only 1 hour per week, but they were doing a high intensity training (later on named Tabata training after its author). After 6 weeks, control group trained 1.800 minutes in total and “Tabata group” trained only 360 minutes. Even though the “Tabata group” spent … Read More

5 tips for hand care or how not to have hands like a lumberjack

Zuzka Zavodnacrossfit tips, healthLeave a Comment

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“What do you do with your hands? Don’t they hurt when you do weightlifting or hang from a bar?”, that’s one of common questions I get from CrossFit newbies. My first reaction is usually a smile in an understanding way, because I exactly know how they’re feeling. We all have been through this and it wasn’t pain free. If you haven’t ripped your hands at least once, it’s like you haven’t been baptized in the church of CrossFit. The truth is that ripped hands AREN’T COOL. Nobody wants to skip a week of training just because of ripped hands or take showers in rubber gloves for a week. There are many tools that you can use to protect your hands like gloves, gymnastics grips or athletic tape. But this is not what this article is going to be about. If you try all of these you’ll eventually find out that the best thing for contact with the bar are BARE HANDS. Personally I don’t use any hand protection except for when I do bar muscle ups, when I use gymnastics grips. Your hands have to get used to it, your skin has to become harder and whatever you do, you’ll get calluses. Chalk in combination … Read More

CrossFit + Strongman = StrongFit!

Joey Scafidihealth, instructionLeave a Comment

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MY WEEKEND WITH JULIEN PINEAU AT THE STRONGFIT SEMINAR  Recently I had the pleasure of travelling to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hometown of Graz, Austria. It was there at CrossFit Graz that I would be attending a 2 day seminar given by Julien Pineau, the man in charge of keeping CrossFit Invictus’ athletes injury free and ready for game day. To be honest, I didn’t know a lot about the seminar or Julien, for that matter, before I went. Julien’s been around the CrossFit scene for just about as long as anyone but he really came to the community’s attention after a podcast he did last year with the guys at Barbell Shrugged. The seminar was so highly recommended to me that I only briefly researched it before registering to go. When they told me that they want to go and take it again, I took that as a pretty good sign! I won’t try and go into detail about everything that was covered in the seminar but I would like to go over some of the main themes and how we’ll be applying them to our program in the future. CREATING TORQUE THROUGH ROTATION Very often in the gym, while setting … Read More

What is IIFYM? Try tracking your macronutrients.

Dora Stenclovahealth, nutritionLeave a Comment

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CrossFit has become a lifestyle for many of us and it also makes us think more about what we eat. Many people connect CrossFit with Paleo or Zone diet, but we can see that there are also other diet approaches that are becoming popular. One of the most popular one among CrossFitters is If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) and I am going to discuss this approach further in this article. Many professional CrossFitters have recently changed their diets from “I can eat what I want” to tracking what they eat and logging everything into applications like My Fitness Pal. They are more concerned about eating clean, but even more than that they concentrate on reaching the right amount of macro and micronutrients that support their athletic performance and goals.   IIFYM is probably the most common approach that we can currently see in fitness world. It is pretty simple. You have a set amount of grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat that you should eat everyday. This amount can be changed depending on what your goals are. The main idea is that it is not important if your calories come from a bowl of oatmeal or a cheeseburger, but … Read More

Supplements: What do they do, and what should I take?

Ryan ODonnellhealth, nutritionLeave a Comment

I’m writing this post due to several questions that have been put to me personally over the past year or so from members who have approached me in the gym. I’ve heard some variation of the following three questions countless times, so I figured I’d just answer all three to the best of my ability in one spot. The questions are: “What does (x supplement) do?” “Should I be taking (x supplement)?” “Do you take any supplements? Why?” We’re going to focus on the supplements which I have been asked about the most around the gym and the ones that seem to be the most popular. Two more things before we dive in: 1. You could write (and people have written: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/protein-types-best-for-you.htm) a lengthy article about the different type of protein shakes you can take. Protein in your diet is probably the single most important thing you need to build and maintain muscle, so downing a protein shake post WOD is never a bad idea. Especially if you’re someone who has trouble eating in the aftermath of a devastating workout. 2. I don’t mess with any pre-workout stuff. I used to take NO-Explode when I was in college, but I … Read More

Safety First

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CrossFit can be a dangerous sport, that is a fact. We may be used to working out at high intensity and be comfortable with doing all sorts of movements, so we can forget about basic safety rules. I was recently reminded of this, when I was careless about my surroundings and tried to move too quickly, which resulted in an injury that will be painful and annoying for quite a while. This experience inspired me to write this article to remind me and other people about basic safety rules while working out. In CrossFit, we try to do work as fast as possible, we can easilly get caught up in the process and forget to pay attention to “what if” scenarios. Injuries can happen any time and it can just be a coincidence, but let’s talk about ways, how to minimize the risks. We talk about proper scaling a lot. It does not have to be with weights, but also with movements. We try to stress the proper form before loading weight on the bar. Safety, however, means little bit more than using moderate weights and avoiding ring muscle-ups when technique is sketchy. Sorroundings Paying attention to your surroundings is important everywhere, but at … Read More

Tim’s “Fit 4 Fifty” Challenge!

Joey ScafidiCrossfit Committed, health, nutritionLeave a Comment

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Last September I began a journey. This journey began following an experience I had on holiday with my family in August last year. I have two sons and at that time they were 11 and 15 years old and we went to spend an hour of fun together on a large multi activity inflatable anchored out in the bay about 50 meters. It was a pay at the beach for 1 hour and a swim out and back it had slides, rope swings, obstacle course etc. looked lots of fun. I really hadn’t realised or was in total denial how much I had let my physical condition go. Subsequently, I lasted 10 mins of the allocated hour and wasn’t even able to pull myself out of the water without embarrassing assistance from some other people or to carry on after I got back on as I was totally exhausted and had no strength left to do anymore. I was so annoyed and upset with myself I thought it was shameful at my age. The swim back to shore was long, slow and a real low point. That evening I reflected very heavily on my age, condition, future health and quality … Read More