There is no denying that CrossFit has changed the world of fitness. At the start of the CrossFit Boom there was an abundance of ridicule over the weekend seminar leading to poor coaching, poor movement, and the high risk of injury. Flash forward a few years and now CrossFit HQ offers over 20 seminars to increase the knowledge of CrossFit coaches.
With more and more people coming into CrossFit, we've noticed the influx of people shopping around so to speak. However, if you've never done something before, how do you know what to look for besides price? We recently had a member explain their CrossFit story to us and we felt it was a great explanation to show how not all CrossFit gyms are the same.
You show up 5 days a week a hit your workout super hard. However after a few weeks you start feeling super beat up and want to take some time off. During this time your brain is still in it's daily routine and needs the gym. It wants the daily stress release, to stay in it's daily groove, to come in the gym and sweat off those cookies. However, every few weeks your body needs a deload week.
There are a few others but you get the point. Surprisingly enough almost all the questions break down to two movements. Ring Rows and Push Ups. All of your gymnastics need to start with a strong foundation. If you watch someone do a ring row you can start to see why or where there faults are in their pull ups. This transfers over to all their other pulling movements and only intensifies with kipping because momentum is added. The same can be said for push ups as it will transfer to dips, handstand push ups, etc.
The open is you’re one yearly test where you can compete against yourself every year, or just see what you have against a bigger pool of people around your skill level. It’s a community building event when everybody can come in on Friday night to do the workouts together and cheer each other on. Lastly it builds a huge amount of camaraderie as you do workouts with everybody in the gym at once. People from the afternoon meet people in the morning and vice versa. Then afterwards sit back, drink an adult beverage and watch Shane crush every workout.
Just as CrossFit WOD’s can be short and intense or long “chippers”, swimming workouts can also promote anaerobic and aerobic fitness. A sprint workout with short intervals and short recovery challenges anaerobic capacity. Longer intervals at a moderate pace coupled with moderate rest intervals builds aerobic capacity. Workouts can also be designed to function at lactic acid threshold or VO2 max.
Here it is, 4 days away from January 1st and back to the same old stuff. Facebook posts about setting the new year off right, people asking what your news year’s resolutions are, or perhaps you’ve given up on the whole thing all together. While I’m not a huge believer in New Year’s Resolutions, I am a big fan of goals, milestones, or something to simply strive for in the new year.
At the beginning of the year, coach Alan and member Kelsey Albers will be running a 60 day eating clean challenge. This will be an opportunity to work on your nutrition with the help of knowledgeable coaches in a close knit group to reach your personal goals, and kick off 2016 in the right direction.
Millions of people partake in some type of fitness activity daily. And of these millions of people, are a million different reasons why they are trying to get fit. Everyone has a reason: health, looks, an event, to compete, etc. Sometimes people workout because it is what they truly enjoy. This is especially important for us here at 557 as we have just recently wrapped up the end of our performance week. With the transition and start to our brand new cycle, we want all of our athletes to strive to be the best version of you. We need to look at what’s important in how we get to that next step. How do we reach our goals? Where do we start?
With the warm summer months behind us, we are now faced with the cold days of winter. We no longer carry around cool drinks with us to stay hydrated. Ever wonder if hydration needs change during the winter months?
When you first start CrossFit, chances are you went through a foundations program and then a month later got your first crack at classes. The typical path is that you struggled a little with everything but slowly started to figure it out. Next thing you know you were moving through classes like you’d been doing it for years and hitting PR’s almost every time you show up. Then out of nowhere it seems like your last PR was weeks, maybe even months ago. You start self-doubting, wondering if all the work you’re putting in is really worth it.
The holidays: the time of year where you have an event what seems like almost every weekend and there’s an abundance of food that’s calling your name with a nice pairing of alcohol to complement it. They’re commonly known for being everyone’s favorite time of the year, but our bodies absolute least favorite. It’s hard to stay on track, to continuously avoid certain foods that may be around only during this time of year, and to feel like you’re missing out on something just because you want to watch your nutrition.
You get to the gym, warm up, do your mobility, grab your lifters, grab your belt, and start preparing for your lift for the day. But the next time you tighten your belt ask yourself, “Why do I wear a belt? Will it help me to lift heavier? Does it make me feel more stable? Is it preventing an injury? Do I wear it because everyone “good” wears one? Should I always wear one or just sometime?”
This past weekend, my affiliate took place in a Hero Workout — “Bradley” — named after Bradley R. Smith of Troy, Illinois. The workout was 10 rounds of a 100-meter run, 10 pull-ups, 100-meter run, 10 burpees, with a 30-second rest after each round. On Saturday, along with CrossFit 557, we did this workout as a partner competition in which each person would complete a round and then rest while their partner completed one. The Rx version of the competition would then require the pairs to complete 20 total rounds. The workout was a real grinder; my partner and I finished it just past the 40-minute mark.