Battle of Prague: the biggest CrossFit competition in CZ

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10 – 11 June 2017 Prague, Výstaviště Holešovice, Malá sportovní hala   Battle of Prague has the ambition to become the biggest CrossFit competition in Central Europe. 600 m2 of competition floor in a covered arena, 200 athletes, 70 people on staff, 1000 spectators and 6600 euros of prize money for winners. There will be 8 workouts during Saturday and Sunday that will decide who are the top 3 men, women and teams. The organizer of this event is our gym, CrossFit Committed. To prepare this event we connected with CrossFit legend Chris Spealler (USA) who is also the man that programmed the workouts for our competition. Athletes who will compete in Battle of Prague will have a unique opportunity to do workouts prepared only for this event by 7 times CrossFit Games competitor. Spectators can also look forward to an interesting accompanying program and testing of the newest clothes and equipment.   Who is competing? The best athletes from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland or Italy will compete in The Battle of Prague. You will have a chance to see top CrossFit competitors like Ľudovít Czókoly, Ondrej Tencer, Wojciech Laszczak and Karin Freyová. There will be an exhibition by the best Czech … Read More

It's Open Time Again! Are You In?

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It is that time of year again.  I’m sure you are well aware of the “buzz” that is going around the gym right now.  It’s OPEN season!  The CrossFit Open brings CrossFitters from all over the world together to test themselves against one another in an effort to find the fittest among them.  With this kind of introduction, you might think that the Open is only for elite level CrossFit athletes.  This is NOT the case!  In the early days of the Open if you could not do a workout Rx then you just did not get to log a score.  This was very discouraging for a lot of athletes.  However, recently CrossFit HQ has made changes that make the Open manageable for everyone.  With the introduction of the “scaled” category last year as well as some changes to the age divisions (which makes me a Masters athlete this year, let’s not talk about it), suddenly you really have no excuse not to participate! Not only has CrossFit HQ done their work to make the Open more fun and accessible, we at CFC are really working hard to make it a special experience for all of our members.  If you … Read More

3rd Annual CFC Throwdown Recap!

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Last week the gym was the staging ground for our largest in-house competition ever.  More than 70 members competed in the 3rd annual CFC Throwdown and for about two-thirds of the group it was their first competition experience.  It was a spectacular day full of friendly rivalries, PR’s, sweat and probably even a few tears.  For most of us who participated whether as a competitor, judge or organizer the day seemed to go by in a blur, so here is a recap of the events and highlights so we can all relive some of the best moments! Athletes began to gather at the gym at 8am waiting for the briefing that would tell them their fate for the day.  Only event one had been published and the anticipation was high as they waited to see what else would be in store.  While many athletes were visibly nervous, everyone was full of smiles and hugs for fellow competitors, helping each other keep focused on the goal of the day which was to have fun and push their personal limits. The women’s scaled division started the competition off strong in Event 1. EVENT ONE 6 min AMRAP 4 hang power cleans (Scaled … Read More

Gym Happenings: Arrival of the AED

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I know a lot of you are thinking “AED? Oh great, yet another acronym in the gym that I have no idea what it means.”   This one is an important one, not so much that you remember the name, but that you know it’s in the gym!  AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator and it has saved lives in gyms all over the world.  In the next week or so we will be getting our very own AED at CFC and shortly after it’s arrival we will be holding a training on how to us it. (Offered by the Red Cross Czech Republic) We want as many people as possible to attend the training, the more of you that know how to use the machine the better! For those of you who are completely unfamiliar with the device I’ll give you a quick history.  The AED is an emergency life saving device that when available is a useful addition to the CPR process.  Studies show that persons who had some kind of heart-related event had much higher survival chances when an AED was used alongside traditional CPR techniques. The technology for the defibrillator has been around since the 1970’s … Read More

Snatch program

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Our new strength cycle is all about the snatch and just like the previous cycles the format will remain the same. It will be 15 sessions over 6 weeks.   Last Monday, all of you that came to the gym found your max snatch, whether it was a power snatch or a full squat snatch. For some of you newer guys maybe you were going from the hang position. All versions are ok! While the goal is to eventually gain the mobility and technique required to do a full squat snatch, for some people that might happen over the course of this upcoming cycle and it might not.   The picture below is the time table for our snatch cycle. If you’re serious about improving your technique don’t miss snatch days!   15 sessions over 6 weeks is a great dose of volume to see some significant improvements in your technique and strength.   Typically the first few weeks will start out light. We’re developing the technique to be able to lift the heavier weights. Don’t let your ego win and start adding more weight before you’re ready! I’ve been guilty of this as well. You know your technique wasn’t … Read More

The Myth of Bulk: Why Women Should do Crossfit

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There is a particularly popular YouTube video series that comes to mind when you hear some women speak about why they don’t do Crossfit or any type of heavy Olympic lifting. The series is aptly titled “Sh*t (insert some sport or activity or group here) Say.” Some of the Sh*t I hear anti-crossfit women, and even some pro-crossfit women, say goes as follows: “I don’t want to get bulky arms/legs/back/etc.” “I don’t want to get too BIG.” “I don’t want my thighs to get bigger.” “I don’t want to look like a body builder.” “Is that Jason Khalipa?!?” I think you’ll have noticed a theme by now. Without dancing around the issue let me make a proclamation: Doing Crossfit with [relatively] heavy weights will NOT make you look like a body builder.  Moreover, the advantages of doing crossfit-type training far outweigh any perceived disadvantages. Disclaimer I don’t really need to remind any readers of this blog that I’m not a doctor. However, I have researched the topic thoroughly and gotten feedback from an actual physician. The information is yours to absorb or not, hopefully (if nothing else) it inspires some enlightening debate in the gym. I realize that claiming you … Read More

Hardcoreness

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A guest-post today, from our friend Nate at n8trainingsystems.com. Most people don’t like to work out. People like to say they work out. They like to talk to their friends about working out, they like to wear work out clothes, shirts that say “Just do it” and “Pain is weakness leaving the body”. But when it comes time to get sweaty and start the recommended set of squats ending with a heavy triple, people are tired. They had a long day at work, their manager was riding their ass, and their kid just spilled chocolate milk all over the backseat of the Volvo. Or, they’re sore from the deadlifts they did 2 days ago, they’ve been sitting in meetings, and oh goodness, they’re just getting over a cold.   “It’s been a long day” “I’m tired” “I didn’t get very much sleep” “Traffic was terrible” “My quad is hurting” “I’m stiff” “I’m just not there today”   Fuck.   You.   When these kinds of people show up at my gym and use my squat rack, I hope their knees explode out the back of their legs.   Take this quick quiz to see if you’re ready to workout today!   … Read More

"The Beast"

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Today was the final hoorah for Petr “The Beast” Jindra.  He’ll be leaving us for the Army soon and he’ll be sorely missed. Petr’s been with us from the first day that we were in Letna and he has been a big help in getting the gym up and running.  From helping to move/install 4 tons of flooring to chipping off plaster, painting and installing our lighting, Petr has been there for it all. Always one to accept a larger than life challenge, joining the Army almost seemed predestined. We sent Petr off with a fun little couplet and a shot of hruskovice!  Compliments of Tomas Ladman:) “You’re always welcome at CrossFit Committed, Petr, and we hope to see you back here often!  Good luck and kick ass!”   Strength:  Wendler deadlift WOD:  5 rounds 10 power snatches 45/30 40 double unders  

CrossFit Open 2012

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So, the CrossFit Open is over and I wanted to congratulate everyone who competed!  For some of you this was your first competition, for others it was the first in a long while.  And some of you competed even though you thought you had no chance, whatsoever.  Whatever the case may be the important part is that you threw your hat in with the others and gave it all that you had. One of the great things (and not so great things) about the Open was that there was no scaling.  This pushed many of you to try things you normally wouldn’t have had the courage to try.  Which led to some of you achieving things that you didn’t think you were capable of. Burpees, box jumps, snatches, toes to bar, push presses, thrusters, chest to bar, wall balls, double unders and muscle ups! Many of you set new PR’s and pushed yourself harder than you thought you could, and for that you deserve a round of applause. It’s time to start training for next year!     Men * 328. Joey Scafidi – CrossFit Commited 842. Michael Burton – CrossFit Commited 985. Petr Jindra – CrossFit Commited 1261. Filip Belohuby – CrossFit Commited … Read More

A new strength program

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For awhile now, since we’ve been open actually, we’ve been following a very basic, pretty boring, linear strength program. It served its purpose for awhile – all of you got stronger!  But despite the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, I think we can do a lot better. There were a few problems with our old system of 5×5 one week, 5×3 the next week, wash, rinse, repeat. Five sets with one or two warm up sets before, tends to take a pretty long time to get through.  Especially when you’re working with a partner.  And considering that we’ve only got an hour to get through a warm up, strength session, and a WOD, that eats up a lot of time. Some of you underestimate just how badass you are and consistently load the bar with a lot less than you’re capable of. Setting new PRs didn’t come as often as hoped, I believe, because of the limiting nature of the set/rep scheme.  Do your last set of five and stop.(This was one of the biggest mistakes and one of the biggest changes with the new system.) Well, no more.  Say hello to Wendler 5-3-1. For … Read More