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

Dora Stenclovacrossfit tips, health, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

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

CrossFit as a sport vs. CrossFit as a training program

Zuzka Zavodnacrossfit tips, health, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

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“Does anybody in our gym have a chance to qualify for the Regionals?”, was a question I heard many times during the CrossFit Open. I think that there might be a chance, but more of a question is if there is anybody who is willing to dedicate all his/her time to training CrossFit and sacrifice everything: injuries, pain, food, sleep, free time, parties, family, friends, hobbies and work? Being a top level CrossFit athlete is a full time job nowadays and you cannot just do it as a hobby. CrossFit training methodology had originated 35 years before the first CrossFit Games took place. Greg Glassman started CrossFit with a goal to bring real athletic training to everyone and not just professional athletes. CrossFit brings great results and when it is done right it promotes health and longevity. Nowadays we hear about CrossFit from media especially thanks to the CrossFit Games and we can see top athletes like Mat Fraser or Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (yes, it is the blond girl from Nano 7 poster:)). How has CrossFit changed over the years? And what is the difference between CrossFit Games athletes and average members of our gym? “Our needs vary by the degree of intensity of the … Read More

What should be your next steps after the Open?

Dora StenclovaCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, instructionLeave a Comment

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The CrossFit Open is a great test of fitness and for most of our members it is the only competition besides from our annual CFC Throwdown that they participate in. Therefore, everybody wants to perform the best they can. Unlike in our regular group classes, you cannot just simply avoid certain movement or scale anything down in the Open. If you are registered for the Open your only choice is between the Rx and scaled category. Therefore, your weaknesses can get easily exposed, especially if a movement you have been trying to avoid or a movement that you are not able to do shows up. 17.2 was a great workout that exposed different weaknesses. For some of you it was all about heavy dumbbells in Rx category, for others it was more about gymnastics movements like toes to bar, pull ups or bar muscle ups. There was a different challenge for everybody. via @crossfitcommitted ?? ・・・ “This is what the Open is all about!??? Congratulations, @terkazlamalova !! Hard work pays off!” #CrossFitOpen #OpenMagic #Fitness #CrossFitGames #CrossFit @nicole.carroll A post shared by The CrossFit Games (@crossfitgames) on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:07am PST We got to see many firsts. Our very own Terka Eriksdottir got her first bar muscle … Read More

It’s Open Time Again! Are You In?

Jaime FreemanCrossfit Committed, newsLeave a Comment

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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

Dropping in to a CrossFit gym – 8 steps

Joey ScafidiCrossfit Committed, crossfit tipsLeave a Comment

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Summer is winding down but many of you are still travelling, seeing the world and visiting CrossFit gyms! Awesome! Last I checked there were more than 13,000 CrossFit gyms worldwide so, you’ve got many to choose from. If you’re like me, the first thing that I do when travelling to a new city is to check out the local CrossFit gyms in the area. As an owner I love visiting other gyms and seeing how they do things. Usually I’ll steal some cool coaching cues, a great warmup (our short shitty warmup) or just get a feel for things that I like or don’t like. As members visiting other gyms maybe you’ll get a new cue that gets you your first muscle up or just improves something that hasn’t been improved upon in a while. Hearing things said in a different way from another coach can sometimes be just the thing that you need to switch the light on between your ears and drive improvement. So, please, by all means, once you’ve finished your private training, fundamentals, on-ramp or whatever your gym calls it, get out there and visit as many gyms as you can! But…before you do here are … Read More

A new strength program

Joey ScafidiCrossfit Committed, newsLeave a Comment

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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