The Problem with Numbers

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Heavier, faster and more reps! These are typically the three factors that many Crossfitters use to gauge their progress and overall fitness. However, using numbers as the only barometer to asses ourselves presents a host of problems. Are numbers helpful? Absolutely, but here are a few reasons why focusing strictly on numbers can inhibit you from becoming the most fit person you can be. Numbers don’t judge technique We’ve all been there before. We hit a new one rep max on our clean and it looks UGLY. Does it “count”? sure, but is that really how we want to be moving on a consistent basis? Definitely not. For most of the Crossfitters I know, fitness and overall health is the main goal. Moving well is going to help us get there quicker than moving faster or moving more weight. If we’re talking about a competition, then it’s absolutely OK to sacrifice technique. No one cares who’s reps looked the cleanest in the Crossfit Games, they only care who scored the best. When you’re training in your box, moving correctly and safely should be your biggest concern. If you really want to keep track of your progress regularly take videos of … Read More

Keep the recommended intensity

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At the beginning of almost every class your coach tells you at what intensity you should perform during the WOD. Longer work outs usually require 70%, shorter interval work outs (shorter work out time with breaks in between rounds or sets) require 80-90%. But what is the purpose? Why is it better to listen to your coach instead of going all out at all times? It is actually a quite simple work out principle. In this case we are talking about a whole programming which includes hard and light days as well as regeneration days (for example right after the Open WODs). Why? Imagine that you work out every day with us at CrossFit Committed. The programming we follow is build like this. If you go all out every day your body won’t eventually be able to keep up and regenerate. In your best case scenario it will stagnate, in the worst case you will get hurt. Either way your fitness won’t go up and you won’t get all that you can from the training plan. And every plan in any sport is built on the same principle: Load – Compensation. „Load – Compensation“ Training helps your fitness to get better … Read More

Perform and look great. At the same time!

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Great performance and athletic body, isn’t that what we all dream to have? The good news is, you can achieve it simply. Get on track and stick to it!  CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. But if I had to choose one part of the definition that is not really it, it would be high intensity. The more experience we get the more we know about how to pace, i.e. saving energy, breaking up the movements, planning your rest. When is the last time you went all out without a strategy and almost passed out? If it was last week, wonderful. If you can’t remember then you should change the way you train. Hight intensity is the key to increasing your performance and starting up the hormonal changes that help us form our bodies. In an article in 2007 coach Greg Glassman wrote: “Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise.” Favorable adaptation includes forming your body and improving your health. “Be impressed by intensity, not volume,” he adds. Which means, do more work at less time. not more work over a longer period (i.e. training twice a day). Instensity is something we … Read More

Why I love sleds and what we can do with them

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A few posts ago I wrote a post about my love of sandbags and some ways they can be used in order to help you get fitter. This week I’m going to talk about the other tool I use during the bulk of my training that, like the sandbag, I feel is underused in most Crossfit gyms, the sled. So…why do I love it? It’s brainless Teaching someone even a simple movement, such as the deadlift, requires time and patience. The time it takes to be proficient enough in the movement to the point where you can perform at a high intensity takes even longer. However, it only takes a few seconds to teach someone how to push a sled. Which makes it a great tool for people who are total fitness beginners. It’s safe and won’t lead to pain Injuries are a part of all sports and training regimens, including CrossFit. If you think about the types of injuries we’ve seen in our gym most of them include jumping (i.e. box jumps) or falls (i.e. off the pull up bar or rope). Furthermore, many of the nagging injuries we see around the gym involve load-bearing movements. Think of sore … Read More

Building mental fortitude to reach new heights

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mental toughness

Better safe than sorry Before I go into the topic of mental toughness I want to emphasise what many couches mentioned before and is part of our introduction to CrossFit. Safety, technique, consistency and then intensity are important to us. This is especially true in the beginning of your CrossFit journey. Notice the word journey – it is not a sprint. Make sure to stay within your physical capacity to not get injured. As soon as technique breaks, in any movement, scale it! ☺ In your first 3 months to one year you will most likely make leaps and bounds of improvements. This however is not only due to increased metabolic capacity and strength but more likely due to technique which makes it possible to ‘catch’ the new PRs. So always remember, if you were not exposed to this kind of weight training before (especially with repetitive movements), your muscles might be able to lift the weight however, your joints, ligaments and bones take longer to adapt to the new challenge. Mental toughness This does not mean that you cannot work on your mental toughness from the very get go of your journey. Mental toughness is individual resilience and confidence … Read More

What Are Hero Workouts?

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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

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

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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