Assessing Values and Goals, Part II: Finding your “Whys”

Ryan ODonnellUncategorizedLeave a Comment

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The following is a 3 part series dealing with assessing or reassessing your gym values and goals and how to then apply your training to those goals. In a more basic sense, I want you to find your reasons WHY you come to the gym and then help you figure out HOW to apply your training to those reasons. This is part two: Finding your “whys” Evaluating the reasons you exercise sounds easy, yet it’s anything but. Since I was a teenager I fluctuated in and out of being fit and being unfit with regularity. Looking back, the reason is obvious, I was never truly committed. I wasn’t committed because the reasons I trained weren’t deep enough to inspire me to stick with it. In high school it was to get in shape for lacrosse season and after high school it was typically to lose weight. However, right after lacrosse season ended or right after I met my target weight I slowly drifted out of the gym and back onto the couch. In the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Pirsig there’s a passage where the main character talks about going to climb a mountain in … Read More

Assessing Values and Goals, Part I: Why I Train

Ryan ODonnellUncategorizedLeave a Comment

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The following is a 3 part series dealing with assessing  values and goals. I want to help you find your reasons WHY you come to the gym and then help you figure out HOW to train appropriately. This is part one: Why I train.  “Why do you work out?” I’m sure you’ve faced this question. My friends who don’t regularly regularly exercise often ask me why I spend so much time working out. This isn’t an easy question to answer. Personally, it took me a long time to finally figure it out. The cliché answers are mostly the same, “to lose weight,” “to look better” or “to be in better shape.”  These answers are fine as a starting point. However, I feel that a deeper connection to exercise is needed before you can truly begin to experience all the positive effects that fitness can bring to your life. Furthermore, the deeper your connection the more motivated you to train. Which makes it more likely fitness becomes a lifelong passion. Over the last year, I’ve realized what’s really important to me. This realization carried over into my training, helping me realize I was working out for the wrong reasons. The training … Read More

Mastering the Journey: Learning to love the plateau

Joey ScafidiCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

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

How to Use Open Gym Time Effectively

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There are Open gym slots available at most CrossFit gyms. Open gym means that members can do anything they like and this time is not lead by a coach. We have Open gym two times per week at CrossFit Committed, Fridays 10-12 and Saturdays 12-14. It might be surprising, but Open gym is not very popular among our members and I think that it is partly because majority of them do not exactly know how to use this time. Therefore, I decided to write a list of sources of quality trainings that you can do during Open gym if you decide not to do one of the trainings from group classes that you missed during the week. You can also use Open gym for doing things you like or exercises that are important for upcoming summer season (bench press, bicep curls, dips,.. :)) Accessory work Last year I wrote an article about accessory exercises that are important for your progress. Open gym is an ideal time to focus on these exercises and to add them to your training. Work on your weaknesses! It is also good to focus on your weaknesses or things that you are not good at during Open gym. … Read More

Warm-up: The why and the how!

Joey ScafidiinstructionLeave a Comment

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When it comes to warming up, people are full of excuses:  Me especially;  in fact, I’m probably one of the worst! “I don’t need to warm up.” “I’m already warm.” “Caffeine is all I need. Caffeinate and dominate!” “It doesn’t simulate real life. If someone needs help moving a couch, you don’t ask to warm-up with the lighter couch…” “I only have 45 minutes, so I have to start the workout right away…” Truth is, most people just don’t take warming up seriously. And I get it. It can be tedious and boring, and time consuming, too. And it’s definitely not as glamorous as throwing big plates on the bar or kicking upside down into a handstand. But what if I told you this: Properly warming up will help you do four things you probably are very interested in achieving: 1. Stay injury-free 2. Move more efficiently 3. Perform better 4. Recover better Injuries One reason injuries happen—both acute and overuse—comes down to being in the wrong position. Properly prepping your muscles and joints during warm-up—from your shoulders to your ankles—will allow you to get into better, safer positions, and ultimately avoid injuries! Efficiency Being efficient also largely comes down to … 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

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

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

Eat healthy and save time!

Ryan ODonnellhealth, nutritionLeave a Comment

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Many of you have probably already heard that Joey and I are currently working on our Precision Nutrition certification and I can say so far I have learned a lot. The guys behind the Precision Nutrition program have a lot of free information available online as well, it’s all very informative. I shared this infographic (http://www.precisionnutrition.com/workout-nutrition-infographic) a while ago in the members facebook group, It helps making your eating choices very easy. I try to base my diet (most of the time) on this infographic and it works great. Check it out before you continue reading this post. OK. We know what to eat and when to eat it. Now comes the hard part, actually doing it. Let’s face it, if we really want to eat clean, more than likely we have to cook for ourselves. There’s not exactly a large number of restaurants out there offering a wide selection of balanced and healthy meals. The problem with cooking is that it’s time consuming, and finding the time to prepare food for yourself can be difficult. I’m here to offer some hacks that I use to help me eat healthy and save myself some time. Number one: Stock up on some … Read More

Movement Mastery

Zuzka Zavodnahealth, instructionLeave a Comment

In CrossFit, we specialize in not specializing. That’s something every member of the gym learns at their first introductory class. We strive to balance the 10 general physical skills: cardiovascular / respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Coach Glassman, the founder of the CrossFit methodology, said in his article “What is fitness?”, that we should “practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.” (This article is considered as the foundation of CrossFit, if you haven’t read it, you definitely should.) With CrossFit, we have a very powerful tool in our hands, with a lot of movements ranging from the most basic to extremely difficult. And just like with any other activity, we want to get to those fancy movements as fast as we can. Who likes doing air … Read More