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Wednesday 22nd November – Workout of the day

Box Notices

– Next week is testing week! Time to see the progress from the strength cycle

– The gym is closed this weekend for a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar, but on Saturday we are going to Flip Out Trampoline! Contact james@crossfitthames.com for more info.

– A reminder that if didn’t fetch your shoes from the shoe rack they are in the cubby hole bag storage. They will remain there for the rest of this week. On Friday the 24th they will be shipped off and donated to a new home!

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

Muscle-Up Skill Development

A) Every minute for 12 minutes, alternate between:
Minute 1: 45 seconds Row / Assault bike (15 Seconds Hard effort , 30 Seconds steady effort)
Minute 2: 5 Muscle up transitions to catch + ring dip
Minute 3: Skill of choice

B) Every minute for 12 minutes, alternate between:
Minute 1: 45 seconds Row / Assault bike (15 Seconds Hard effort , 30 Seconds steady effort)
Minute 2: 3-5 Russian dips
Minute 3: Skill of choice

C) 30 Muscle Ups for time

Choose a scale from above if you are working towards full muscle-ups

Workout of the Day – Weightlifting Club

Testing day – Snatch

A) Build up to a heavy single for the day.

B) Snatch pulls: 5 x 2 @ 100%

C) Back squat: 4 x 2 @ 80-85%

Thursday 16th November – Workout of the Day


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Back squat: 3 x 5, across
*Aim to add 2-5kg from your last squat session

B) Bench Press: 40 reps for time
*Add weight from first time

C) 5 Rounds
5/5 Dumbbell push press
Max rep ring dip / push-up
*When you break on the dips/push-ups head back to the dummbell

Workout of the Day – Structural Strength

A) 4 Supersets of:
10/10 Single arm dumbbell press
30 seconds rest
10/10 Single arm dumbbell rows
30 seconds rest
20 Bent-over dumbbell raises
*60 seconds between rounds

B) 2 sets of:
20 Barbell Bulgarian split squats @ 2010
*Barbell in back rack position with rear foot raised and then
*Perform 20 reps at the tempo – don’t pause at the top or bottom, just constant movement
Rest 60 seconds, then switch legs

C) 8 minute sandbag carry (bear-hug hold) for max distance

Workout of the Day – MetCon

5 Rounds for time of:
800m Run
20 Walking lunge
15 Push ups
*Wear a weight vest if you are feeling like a ninja

Monday 13th November – Workout of the Day

It’s nearly time to re-test our lifts. Hopefully you have been following the prescription and are starting to feel the benefits. By this stage the barbell work will be feeling heavy, but keep on grinding for a litttttllle longer. Nearly there gang!


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Back squat: 3 x 5, accross
*Aim to increase load 2-5kg from your last squat session.

Nearly time to re-test those lifts!

B) Seated dumbbell press: 3 x 3-4
*Aim for same weight as the 2 last week

C) 6 Rounds of:
15 Russian kettlebell swings 32/24kg
30 Double unders
*Hit this hard! This should be short and sharp

Sun Salutation!

The sun salutation (surya namaskar) is a set sequence of about a dozen asanas (yoga postures), performed in the same order and usually at the beginning of a yoga practice. There are different variations, e.g. the classical sun salutation, surya namaskar A & B – you’ll be coming across them all in my classes. Now, let’s look at why you should integrate them into your training regime to complement your programming.

1. It’s super versatile
The sun salutation involves approximately 140 muscles in the body, using nothing but your own bodyweight. How’s that for a well-rounded workout? It makes for a great warm-up, cool-down or a full-on workout in its own right. It all depends on how you pace it, how long you hold the postures for, and how many rounds you complete.

2. It mobilises the spine
The practice of yoga asana aims to move the spine in all directions by means of forward folds, backbends and twists. The sun salutation incorporates a number of poses that repeatedly flex and extend the spine, particularly the lumbar. This promotes spinal disc health as the biochemical process controlling disc hydration is stimulated through on and off pressure. The spinal discs already have very poor blood supply – now add to that gravity from walking upright, lack of movement due to a sedentary lifestyle, natural degeneration through ageing, as well as compression under load from weightlifting and you have…less than ideal conditions for your discs to stay happy and healthy!

3. It keeps your hammies happy
Struggling to keep a neutral spine when deadlifting? Tight hamstrings are a common plight, and not only among athletes. As they attach to the sitbones and the back of the thigh, tightness in these muscles may manifest as a tilt in the pelvis. This, in return, may compromise the integrity of the spine in CrossFit movements such as the deadlift. The standing forward fold (uttanasana) is an effective way to lengthen the hamstrings, particularly since is repeated several times throughout each round.

4. It requires no equipment
The sun salutation is a type of bodyweight exercise you can do anywhere, and with minimal space requirements. Get to it!

This class is also open to non-members of Thames, visitors are welcome to drop in at a cost of £10.


Upcoming Events

November Challenge

After the months and months of our Monthly Challenges we have tested strength, power, speed, endurance…but for a true test of all round fitness we have missed the BEST test.

Get your pre-wod ready…

Bring your knee sleeves, belts and best lifters….

It’s time to take on…THE FISH GAME!

This game is found of the Concept 2 Rower and the the object of this game is to rack up as many points as possible by eating the tasty fish while avoiding the large, toothy beasts that will send your score plummeting!

On the rower monitor, you’re the fish facing the onslaught of fellow ocean-dwellers, both good and not-so-good. Alter your intensity to move your fish up and down the left-hand side of the screen. When an edible “good” fish comes your way, try and gobble it up to get points and avoid the large predators, as they’ll take points off your score.

Each game lasts four minutes, with a play again option at the end.

Whilst this is a game, there is a point to this fishy madness. The Fish Game teaches you how to modulate intensity and it records all your workout information (time, distance, pace per 500 metres, and so on).

Time to go fishin’

Flip Out Trampoline – Saturday 25th November @ 10:00am

It’s like a playground for adults!…

We have organised a 2 hour session at Flip Out Trampoline where there is a ton of fun to be had. Trampolines, climbing, 100M caving experience, 30ft Drop Slide (Slide O’ death), Laser maze and more.

The cost is £15 per person for 2 hours, email james@crossfitthames.com to register your interest. Let’s get bouncy!

We have a CrossFit Level 1 on this weekend, so the gym will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

12 Days of CrossFit & Christmas Bake-Off

Our annual Christmas WODGANZA is nearly here!

We challenge you to complete 12 days of CrossFit Benchmark workouts, back to back. Day 1 begins on Monday 4th December through to Day 12 Friday 15th December.

The last day is our grand finale and to celebrate in style we are having our Christmas Party with a CrossFit Bake-Off.. Bake your best Christmas goodies and bring it along to our Christmas Party. As members sample the delights they cast their vote for the favourite dish before our Bake of Champion is crowned.

The winner will receive a place on a Cookery and Baking Class at Little Portland Street Cookery School to further hone their skills


Workout of the Day – Friday

A) Back squat: 3 x 5, across
*Aim to add 2.5 to 5kg from the last session

B) Seated DB Press: 3 x 2

C) Cycle through for 10 minutes,for quality:
3 High box jumps
10/10 Bulgarian split squats
200m Run

Workout of the Day – Saturday

Odd object WOD

In a pair, complete for time:
40 Sandbag Clean and Jerks (Heavy!)
1 Mile run (together)
20 Rope climbs
1 Mile run
800m Farmers Carry

Tuesday 7th November – Workout of the day

What the hell is a Zercher Squat?

This odd looking squat variation is named after a Mr Ed Zercher, a All-Around Weightlifter in the 1930’s, best known for this style of squatting.

Ow yeah, he also had a reported deadlift of 3.45x bodyweight. Yes thats 243kg / 536lbs at a bodyweight of 79kg / 156lb!

The Zercher squat’s bar placement (held in the crook of the elbows, see picture above) offers considerable benefits over a front squat or back squat, mainly in the development of upper back and spinal erector strength.

Those who struggle during deadlifts and back/front squats due to spinal and/or upper back rounding can greatly benefit from this exercise.

Whilst a barbell is one tool of choice, odd objects like sandbags (used today) can make this movement even more of a challenge and punishing on the midline.

Remember…Strong People Are Harder To Kill.


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Back Squat: 3 x 5, across

B) Bench Press: 3 x 3, build to a heavy 3

C) 10 down to 1 reps of:
Sandbag zercher squat or double kettlebell front rack squat
Between each set 10 Russian kettlebell swings 32/24kg

Workout of the Day – Structural Strength

2 Supersets
A1) Incline dumbbell flys x 10-15 reps
A2) Bent over dumbbell raise x 10-15 reps

2 Supersets
B1) Weighted ring dips x 10-12
B2) Bent over barbell rows x 10-12

2 Supersets
C1) Front squat x 8-12
C2) Sumo-deadlift x 8-12

*Rest 30 seconds between movements, and 2 minutes between sets
*All movements to be performed with the tempo 31X1 (3 seconds eccentric, 1 second pause, fast concentric, 1 second pause)

D) Midline
3-5 sets, rest as needed
Side plank with rotations x 10 per side
Single arm overhead carry, 50m per side

Workout of the Day – MetCon

For time:
800m Run
15 Sandbag to shoulder
800m Run
15 Sandbag shoulder to overhead
800m Run
15 Sandbag clean & jerks

Monday 6th November – Workout of the day


“Not only are squats not bad for the knees, every legitimate research study on this subject has shown that squats improve knee stability and therefore help reduce the risk of injuries.” – Charles Poliquin

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Deadlift: 3 x 5, across
Superset with 3x max effort pull-up*

*If you are working on your first pull-ups you are doing the same progression as week 1 but aim to go heavier, for 3 rounds:
8/8 Dumbbell row
Max Chin over the bar hold
*No rest between movements, go as heavy as you can on the dumbbell row

B) 5 rounds of :
10 Dumbbell hang power cleans 22/16kg
2 Wall walks

Workout of the day – Thursday 2nd Nov


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Back squat: 3×5, across
*Add 2.5 to 5kg based on your last squat session

B) Seated dumbbell press 3×6-7
*Use the same weight as last week and aim to increase reps

C) For time:
30 Sandbag thrusters – Choose load
90 Calorie row / airdyne

Workout of the Day – Structural Strength

A) Lower Body Accessory

3 Supersets
A1) Front rack reverse lunge: 12 reps per side – Perform all on one side, then all on the other
A2) Cossack squats with goblet hold: 10 reps per side
A3) GHD hip extension (or good mornings): 20 reps
*Rest 30 seconds between B1, B2 and B3, and 2 minutes between rounds

B) Upper Body Accessory

3 Supersets
B1) Half kneeling dumbbell press: 10 reps per side
B2) Single arm ring row: 10 reps per side
B3) Single arm upright row: 10 reps per side
*Rest 30 seconds between B1, B2 and B3, and 2 minutes between rounds

C) Finisher – Bench press burner!
– Start with an empty bar and perform 7 bench press
– Immediately add 10kg (males) or 5kg (females) and perform 7 more reps,
– Immediately add 10kg (males) or 5kg (females) and perform 7 more reps,
– Repeat until you reach a hard but manageable 7 reps (do not go to failure)
– Immediately remove 10kg (males) or 5kg (females) and perform 7 more reps,
– Work back down to an empty barbell

Workout of the Day – MetCon Class

A) 400m Sandbag carry (bearhug hold)

B) CrossFit Open 12.1
7 Minutes to complete as many reps as possible of burpees to a target

C) 200m Sandbag Carry (Same weight as A, no breaking!)

A big thank you to this ‘cool as ice’ coach…

We want to take a moment to thank Dan.

Apart from being one of the coolest mofo’s out there (he really needs to be a model for aviators), Dan is a top notch Gent and a valuable member of our team.

Dan has an amazingly calm and optimistic attitude which he applies to everything he does. He has a relentless drive to improve himself, be that training, or helping people, or studying movement and nutrition. He seems to be constantly at work, which is infectious to the people around him and makes him a rockstar of a colleague to work with.

Dan works a lot with our beginners in the No Excuses Challenge and a large part of them making the transition from CrossFit newbies to regular class participants, who immediately integrate themselves into the community, is down to this man. We get regular feedback than Dan is doing a stellar job, always going the extra mile to make sure people are having fun and learn as much as they can.

Dan has also done a lot of work representing the gym at competitions such as Rainhill Trials and Tribal Clash. He has become known for being the calming influence on those around him and someone to rely on to keep you motivated!

So, we want to give a massive THANK YOU to Mr Fitness being a bloody great guy!

We would be remiss for also not offering a even bigger CONGRATULATIONS to Dan and Jorge for tying the knot this weekend!

Box Brief

  • 8am Classes – We are trialling some 8am CrossFit class times on Tuesday’s (31st Oct, 7th Nov, 14th Nov) and Friday’s for the next 3 weeks (3nd Nov, 10th Nov, 17th Nov)

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Back Squat: 3 x 5, across
Add 2.5 to 5kg from your last squat session

B) Bench Press: 3 x 3

C) In 10 minute complete as many rounds and reps as possible of:
20 *Wall Balls 9/6kg
100m SPRINT!
*Must be performed unbroken
*If you drop or rest then the set starts from 0 reps

Events & Weekend Workouts

It’s nearly the weekend…

Happiest of Birthday’s to Coach Markus!


October Challenge

Just a few days left to try and get on the leaderboard for this months challenge!…

Halloween Party – Friday 27th October @ 18:00

It’s time for all the ghouls and monsters to get themselves to the gym to look good for their special time of year!

The evening will consist of a partner workout, some fun Halloween games and also prizes for the best costumes.

We’ll get the beers in but bring your favourite halloween treats for our spooky buffet! Join our Facebook Event page for the event!

Flip Out Trampoline – Saturday 25th November @ 10:00am

It’s like a playground for adults!…

We have organised a 2 hour session at Flip Out Trampoline where there is a ton of fun to be had. Trampolines, climbing, 100M caving experience, 30ft Drop Slide (Slide O’ death), Laser maze and more.

The cost is £15 per person for 2 hours, email james@crossfitthames.com to register your interest


Workout of the Day for Friday – CrossFit

A) Back Squat: 3×5, across
*Aim to add 2.5 to 5kg from your last squat session

B) Bench Press: 50 reps for time
Use the same weight as last weeks 40 reps for time

C) 4 Rounds of:
7/7 Dynamic push-ups
15/15 Dynamic step-ups
5 High box jumps

Workout of the Day for Saturday – CrossFit

A) Complete 12-9-6 reps for time of:
Deadlift 125kg/100kg
Muscle-up (Bar or Ring)

Workout of the Day for Sunday – Weightlifting Club

Week 4 – DeLoad

A) Snatch + Snatch balance: 6 x 1+1 @ 75-80%

B) Snatch pulls: 5 x 2 @ 95-100%

C) Back squat: 5 x 2 @ 75-82.5%

D) Bent over rows: 3 x 8 @ by feel

Workout of the Day – Tuesday 24th October

People who do not know how to squat do not have normal hip function, don’t have normal leg functional. They can’t jump, run, throw or punch correctly.” – Greg Glassman


Box Brief

  • Remember we have our Halloween Party on Friday from 18:00. Get dressed up and come on down for a workout and some Halloween games
  • Have you tried out our new Yoga for Athletes Class? Saturdays 1pm to 2pm!

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Back Squat: 3×5, across
*Aim to add 2.5 to 5kg from your last back squat session

B) Seated dumbbell press: 3 x 5

C) 5 Rounds of:
8 Dumbbell push press
10-12 Nordic hamstring curls (6- 8 Full GHR)

Workout of the Day – MetCon Class

A) For time
400m Run or row
15 Dumbbell hang squat clean 22/16kg
400m Run or row
15 Dumbbell shoulder to overhead 22/16kg
400m Run or row
15 Dumbbell hang squat clean 22/16kg
400m Run or row
15 15 Dumbbell hang squat clean and press 22/16kg

B) 8 x 15 seconds on : 15 seconds rest
Max calories on airdyne

Workout of the Day – Structural Strength

A) Lower Body Accessory

3 Supersets
A1) Romanian deadlift: 10 reps with a 4 second lower on each rep
A2) Skater squats: 10 per side
A3) Banded good mornings: 20 reps
*Rest 30 seconds between B1, B2 and B3, and 2 minutes between rounds

B) Upper Body Accessory

3 Supersets
B1) Single arm dumbbell bench press: 10 per side, ‘resting’ arm holds lockout position
B2) Single arm dumbbell row: 10 per side, ‘resting’ arm holds top of row position
B3) Reverse snow angle: 20 reps
*B1 and B2 have a 3 second eccentric on each rep
*Rest 30 seconds between B1, B2 and B3, and 2 minutes between rounds

C) Finisher

Every 30 seconds, for 8 minutes, alternate between
10 Push-ups (load as needed)
&
5 Strict pull-ups (load as needed)