How to train in the heat Part 2

Zuzka Zavodnahealth, nutrition, Uncategorized0 Comments

Tomáš wrote about how to train in extreme heat last week. This articles continues to share specific tips on what to do differently in these hot summer temperatures. There is no reason to stop training, but you need to adjust how you train. Particularly strength, which requires consistency. You skip one training and it will be easier to skip another. Hydration We all know that staying hydrated is key for our bodies. But how much water is enough? Robert Voy, the former head of the US Olympic Training Center, says that for every 20 minutes of training we should drink at least 200 ml of water. Losing just 1% of water in your body can limit your performance. Avoid sweet drinks – sugar slows your metabolism and regeneration down. Caffeine is diuretic and it drains you. If you’re used to drinking coffee as a kicker before you train, try avoiding it when its really hot outside. Supplements The most important dietary supplements are vitamins and minerals that our bodies lose when we sweat. The warning signs our bodies send us when minerals are missing are: cramps, muscle tremors, weariness, and extreme fatigue. Ideally take soluble supplements before, during and after you train. Especially if … Read More

The unsung heroes! Our members are the best!

Joey ScafidiUncategorized0 Comments

So, the first ever Battle of Prague is behind us and I must say that it was a huge success! The event itself was a huge undertaking. 180 athletes from all over Europe came to Prague to compete in a 2 day event. The support staff required to power an event like this was massive! Luckily, at CrossFit Committed, we’ve got a huge number of members that were willing to come together to make it all happen! Here’s a list of all of the positions that our members filled to make the event happen. Key positions: Virtually every aspect of the event was powered by members of CrossFit Committed (and some awesome folks from abroad and out of town as well!) Besides those critical positions, the help that was needed to get the venue ready on Friday and to break it down afterwards on Sunday evening was monumental! 100s of meters of flooring needed to be moved from CrossFit Committed and CrossFit Committed South to the venue at Vystaviste and back again! Approximately 6 tons of sandbags had to be loaded and unloaded. Multiple trips were made to and from the gym to bring equipment and things that were forgotten. … Read More

GPP the important but not as sexy part of your training

Zuzka Zavodnahealth, instruction, Uncategorized0 Comments

GPP, an abbreviation for General Physical Preparedness, ie general physical readiness. It is the less sexy part of our training sessions that does not include heavy squats or technically challenging movements. At our gym, we usually see GPP days on Tuesday and Thursdays, the two not so favorite days. The trainings are usually longer but less technically demanding. Sure, everyone would rather work on their clean & jerk than row or walk around with a kettlebell. But, GPP will always be an important part of CrossFit and here is why: 1.GPP as the basis for technique Without exceptions – from the absolute beginners to the CrossFit Games athletes – we all need days when we don’t perform any technically challenging movements and risk injury. GPP helps build the foundation of our fitness. Because it moves in the aerobic range around 60-70% of the maximum heart rate, it gives our body a different impulse than high intensity training. 2. GPP to build your strength If you think GPP won’t help you reach your new max squat or press goal you are wrong again. You don’t have to squat three times a week to improve. CrossFit builds on developing all 10 aspects of physical … Read More

Why I Love Sandbags and What We Can Do with Them

Ryan ODonnellUncategorized0 Comments

I’m going to open this post by saying that this is not a knock on barbells. I like barbells. They are a great tool for building strength. However, I love sandbags. A lot of you have probably noticed me in the hallway squatting, pressing, tossing or carrying sandbags around for the past few months. The aim of this post is to shed some light on why. I can pinpoint the moment my affection for sandbags started to the weekend I attended the Strongfit seminar in January. The founder of Strongfit, Julien Pineau, emphasizes the use of sandbags with his clients, and his enthusiasm for them rubbed off on me. Why do I love sandbags? Two reasons, functionality and simplicity. Throughout this post I’ll go over some of the basic movements we can do with the sandbag and relate them back to these two principles. Sandbag Deadlift Take a look at the picture below and ask yourself which object looks more like something that you would have to lift in real life? Whether it be a piece of furniture, a piece of luggage or maybe your child? The obvious answer is the object on the bottom.   One of the principles of CrossFit … Read More

What Are Hero Workouts?

Dora StenclovaCrossfit Committed, Uncategorized0 Comments

Last week on Monday we did a hero workout called Murph at CrossFit Committed. Murph is often done on Memorial Day that is a US federal holiday taking place on the last Monday of May. It is remembering people who died serving the country in its armed forces. CrossFit remembers fallen heroes as well in so called Hero workouts. How should you approach hero workouts? Hero workouts always carry a name or a nickname of a fallen hero. They are supposed to be performed with intense effort and you should always give it your all in honor of fallen heroes. These are also some of the most intense workouts you can experience. To showcase this, let’s have a look at previously mentioned Murph. For those of you who don’t know Murph is: *Partition the pull-ups, push-ups and squats as needed. If you have a 10kg vest or body armor, wear it. In memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, New York, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it Body Armor. From here on it will be referred to as Murph in honor of the focused … Read More

Battle of Prague: the biggest CrossFit competition in CZ

Zuzka ZavodnaCrossfit Committed, news, Portfolio, Uncategorized0 Comments

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

What Are The Advantages Of Dynamic Stretching?

Tomas HorakCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, health, instruction, Uncategorized0 Comments

Sometimes I hear from some of our members that they have pulled a muscle or that her or his knee, wrist or back hurts. I used to have the same issues and I was often thinking about what I could change to avoid injuries and restrictions like these mentioned above. I figured out that my problem might be my warm up that has not changed ever since I used to play hockey or go to a normal globo gym. Therefore, I decided to start warming up in a different way. Instead of starting with static stretching that all of you probably know, I started doing dynamic exercises and stretches. I tried to move continually and therefore better warm up and mobilize different parts of my body. The pain I was often suffering from has significantly decreased or has disappeared completely. Our members might have noticed that we have been doing more dynamic warm ups lately in our group classes and it is for a reason. So what is dynamic stretching? Dynamic stretching is using movement to stretch and warm up certain muscles or muscle groups. Dynamic stretching uses movements like squats, lunges, different types of rotations,.. and transforms them into stretches. Advantages … Read More

Mastering the Journey: Learning to love the plateau

Joey ScafidiCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, Uncategorized0 Comments

General Physical Preparedness (GPP) fitness can be frustrating: The more you improve at something, the more you want to improve at something else, and when you do make gains at one skill, you still suck at 10 other movements. Factor in the inevitable weeks, months and even years where you feel like you’re plateau-ing and sometimes it feels like the easy thing to do is to give up and find another hobby. Although it’s a cliche, one of our goals, at CrossFit Committed, for all our clients is to help you realize that fitness is a lifelong endeavour that must be approached with diligence and patience. We want you all to embrace the long-term journey in all its ups and downs (most particularly the downs). One book that has proven incredibly helpful for many to learn to love the process is a book by George Leonard called “Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment.” You can read the full book here for free, but here’s a Cliff’s Notes of some important takeaways that can truly help you be more successful not just at the gym, but in all areas of your life.  Leonard explains that whenever a person seeks to … Read More

My 3 Biggest Mistakes in Crossfit and What I Learned From Them

Ryan ODonnellCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, Uncategorized0 Comments

There’s an old saying, “in order to succeed you must first experience failure.” My work in fitness both as an instructor and an athlete is a constant work in progress. I credit a lot of the success I’ve had to the failures I’ve experienced. I’m sharing the three biggest I made mistakes and what I learned from them with the hope that it will help some of you to not make these same mistakes or perhaps realize that you are making them at the moment. Focusing too much on the “what” and not the “how” The author of the programming I follow constantly reminds us, “it’s not what we do it’s how we do it.” Early on I was obsessed with where my name was in the whiteboard and whether or not I got to have that “RX” next to my name. I was too competitive and my technique suffered. I cared more about WHAT my score was and not HOW flat my back was during a deadlift or HOW nice my form looked on a power snatch. I’ve experienced chronic shoulder pain the last two years and I owe this exclusively to my awful shoulder positioning during overhead squats. Currently, … Read More

Pain or injuries – should you continue coming to the gym?

Dora Stenclovacrossfit tips, health, Uncategorized0 Comments

Most of you have probably had an injury or some kind of tendon, joint or muscle pain before. We do our best at CrossFit Committed to make you move as safely as possible and to prepare you for any challenge outside of the gym. However, injuries still happen even though they are in most of the cases not related to CrossFit. When you get some sort of pain or injury, it is always unpleasant and I know that one of your first thoughts might be “I won’t be able to come to the gym”. In this article I am going to show you that you can still come to the gym and how you should do it. Scaling Scalability of CrossFit is in my opinion one of its best aspects. A 90-year old lady can do the same workout as a 15-year old girl if the workout is scaled properly. It of course really depends on a character of the injury, but in most cases with some scaling and adjustments, you will be able to come to the gym. We are not doctors by any means, so we need to know from your doctor about what you can and cannot … Read More