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Open 18.3, Yoga for Athletes & Weightlifting Club

The third Open workout is almost here! We look forward to seeing you at the gym on Friday to crush it!

Workout 18.4 – March 15-19
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Be your own Superhero – Dress as your favourite Hero!

Workout 18.5 – March 22-26
Workout date: Friday 21st March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: End of Open Party

Read more about the themes for each week here, or you can read our Open FAQ.


Yoga for Athletes

This week will see us complete our first 8 week cycle, which means it’s time for another restorative class. We’ll flow through a short sequence of yoga asana (yoga postures) to stretch out those sore muscles post 18.3, following which your teacher Christine will introduce you to the practice of yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep.

It’s a powerful and deeply relaxing type of guided meditation. Yoga nidra can be described as the state of consciousness that lies between wakefulness and sleeping. The practice usually begins with a body scan and specific breathing in order to trigger the body’s relaxation response, which is key for optimum recovery. Yoga nidra also includes imagery and/or visualisation to tap into the feeling state of the mind. As you drop more and more deeply into a state of ‘lucid sleeping’, your brainwaves begin to change. For more information on brain activity and stages of relaxation during yoga nidra, please click here.

Temperatures are on the rise, but please do bring adequate layers, or a thin blanket even, to make sure you stay nice and warm.


Workout of the Day – Friday

CROSSFIT OPEN 18.3

The workout is released by CrossFit HQ sometime in the middle of the night, so we will just have to wait until we wake up to find out what it is. You will be able to find the workout on the CrossFit Games website.

Workout of the Day – Saturday

TBC based on what Open 18.3 involves.

Workout of the Day – Sunday, Weightlifting Club

A) Cleans: 4 x 2 @ 80%

B) Front squats: 4 x 2 @ 80-85%

C) Push press: 3 x 5 @ 75-80%

D) Pull ups (weighted if necessary): 3 x 5

CrossFit Open 18.2, Weekend Workouts & Upcoming Events

CrossFit Open Workout 18.2 & Coach Alice’s Smoothie Bar

After last weeks griptastic lung buster, what will Dave Castro have for us this week?!

Bench press and pistols, it just has to be?!

Workout 18.3 – March 8-12
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Total Blackout – Interpret this as you will

Workout 18.4 – March 15-19
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Be your own Superhero – Dress as your favourite Hero!

Workout 18.5 – March 22-26
Workout date: Friday 21st March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: End of Open Party

Read more about the themes for each week here, or you can read our Open FAQ.

There is still time to register for the CrossFit Open just head over the CrossFit Games website.

Yoga for Athletes, Saturday 12:30 to 13:30

We’re fast approaching the end of our first 8 week cycle. This Saturday will mark the second to last week of the current programme, which means it’s time for another midline sesh.

Expect all sorts of plank variations plus a pranayama and more postures to get those deep core muscles such as the transverse abdominis to work. Yay!

Click here to learn more about the role of the diaphragm in regards to your core strength.


Workout of the Day – Friday

CROSSFIT OPEN 18.2

The workout is released by CrossFit HQ sometime in the middle of the night, so we will just have to wait until we wake up to find out what it is. You will be able to find the workout on the CrossFit Games website.

Workout of the Day – Saturday

TBC based on what Open 18.2 involves.

Workout of the Day – Sunday, Weightlifting Club

A) Snatch + Overhead squat: 8 x 1+1 @ 75-80%

B) Back squat: 5 x 1 @ 80%

C) Reverse grip bent over row: 3 x 8 @ by feel

D) Plank holds front + sides: 3 x 20 secs per side w/20 sec rest in between

Upcoming Events & Weekends Workouts – CrossFit Open 18.1

Hot damn! CrossFit Open 18.1 is nearly here!

During all classes tomorrow we will be taking on the first Open workout of the year.

Incase you forgot the plan for the next 5 weeks….

Workout 18.1 – Feb 22-26
Workout date: Friday 23rd Feb, (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Pretty in Pink

Workout 18.2 – March 1-5
Workout date: Friday 2nd March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Smoothie Bar

Workout 18.3 – March 8-12
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Total Blackout

Workout 18.4 – March 15-19
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Be your own Superhero

Workout 18.5 – March 22-26
Workout date: Friday 21st March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: End of Open Party

Read more about the themes for each week here, or you can read our Open FAQ.

There is still time to register for the CrossFit Open just head over the CrossFit Games website.


Workout of the Day – Friday

CROSSFIT OPEN 18.1

The workout is released by CrossFit HQ sometime in the middle of the night, so we will just have to wait until we wake up to find out what it is. You will be able to find the workout on the CrossFit Games website.

Remember the theme this week is ‘Pretty in Pink’, so done some pink attire and come and smash the workout.

Workout of the Day – Saturday

TBC upon the announcement of Open 18.1

Workout of the Day – Sunday, Weightlifting Club

A) Cleans – Build to a heavy single for the day.

B) Strict press- Build to a heavy single

C) RDL’s – 4 x 6@ by feel

Workout of the day for Mon 12th February – Testing Week Day 1


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

This is where all your hard work during the IWT days should pay off. You have put in the work now it’s time to reap the rewards.

A) CrossFit Open 15.5

27-21-15-9
Row for calories
Thrusters 42.5/30kg

Think about an appropriate pace for this workout. Setting off on the first 27 calories at your maximum pace is going to end badly.

Think back to your most recent IWT workout, what was the pace you were holding on the rower during the last 1-2 rounds? Use this pace from the very beginning of this workout, it may feel ‘slow’ or ‘easy’ in the beginning but chances are this is your max, sustainable pace.

Working at the highest level you can maintain will result in a faster time than if you go max effort at the beginning and die off.

Upcoming Events & Weekend Workouts

The CrossFit Open, Feb 22nd to Mar 26th

Yes, it’s nearly CrossFit Open time!

Unsure of what the Open is? Then check this out…

…and then read THIS BLOG POST.

The Open is for everyone and anyone and it’s some of the most fun you can have doing CrossFit!

We will be joining CrossFitter’s worldwide to complete 5 workouts over 5 weeks that we will perform during Friday’s classes at the gym. Each Friday we will have a theme to make the day even more enjoyable. The schedule for the 5 weeks is as follows:

Workout 18.1 – Feb 22-26
Workout date: Friday 23rd Feb (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Pretty in Pink

Workout 18.2 – March 1-5
Workout date: Friday 2nd March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Smoothie Bar

Workout 18.3 – March 8-12
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Total Blackout

Workout 18.4 – March 15-19
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Be your own Superhero

Workout 18.5 – March 22-26
Workout date: Friday 21st March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: End of Open Party

Read more about the themes for each week here.

T0 register for the CrossFit Open just head over the CrossFit Games website.



Yoga for Athletes, Saturday 12.30-1.30pm

We’re in week 4/8, so halfway through the current cycle, and therefore you get a well-deserved snooze this Saturday – in other words, it’s time for a progressive muscle relaxation after a short restorative practice. To find out more about this type of guided relaxation, please click here.

It’s bound to be chilly this weekend, and as you will be still for a good part of the class, please layer up appropriately – wooly socks, a big scarf, a hat…perhaps a blanket even. Bring whatever you need to stay nice and warm throughout, and treat yourself to a hot bevvie afterwards


Workout of the Day – Friday

A) Every 2 minutes, until failure:
9 Thrusters 40/30kg
15 Double unders
9 Chest to bar pull-ups
15 Double unders

Workout of the Day – Saturday

A) “Tailpipe”

3 Rounds each for time, of:
P1: 250m Row
P2: Double kettlebell front rack hold 24/16kg

B) With a partner I go you go for max team reps of each:
4x 30sec work/30sec rest: Dumbbell strict press
– Rest 2 minutes –
4x 30sec work/30sec rest: Dumbbell push press
– Rest 2 minutes –
4x 30sec work/30sec rest: Burpee
– Rest 2 minutes –
4x 30sec work/30sec rest: Push-up
– Rest 2 minutes –
4x 30sec work/30sec rest: Kettlebell swing

Workout of the Day – Sunday, Weightlifting Club

Deload Week

A) Clean + high hang clean: 6 x 1+1 @ 75-80%
B) Strict press: 3 x 3 @ 75-80%
C) Push press: 3 x 2 @ 80%
D) RDL’s: 4 x 6@ by feel

The CrossFit Open & Weekend Workouts

The CrossFit Open is upon us! Yipppiiieee!

If you are not sure what the CrossFit Open is, take 1 minute and 40 seconds and watch the video above!

…It’s ok, we can wait….

The CrossFit Open is for EVERYONE and with both RX’d and Scaled versions of the workouts even the newest of CrossFitter’s can get involved.

Here are just some reasons EVERYONE should do the CrossFit Open!

Reason #1 – CrossFit is for everyone!

If you are doing CrossFit then you know that absolutely anyone can do it. The Open workouts are programmed so that anyone can take them on regardless of their ability, and anyone will find them challenging, whether you’re fresh from Fundamentals or a seasoned Thames athlete.

CrossFit HQ also release scaled versions of the Open workouts to better suit the needs of the fresh faced CrossFitters out there.

So you can’t use the ‘I’m not ready‘ excuse, in all reality none of us are ever ready for the minds of Dave Castro and his workouts!

Reason #2 – It’s fun!

The Open always brings out the best of people, whether its during the workouts or when you are on the sidelines showing your support.

It doesn’t get much better than going head to head with your friends and blasting through a workout being cheered on by those around you. The energy at the gym often inspires people to get some big PB’s, get their first muscle-ups or finally manage some double unders, so what have you got to lose?

Reason #3 – You might meet some new cool people!

If you are tempted to skip the CrossFit Open workouts and stay at home, you aren’t likely to find any new cool friends. Nope, the cool kids are hanging out at the gym on a Friday night.

Reason #4 – It’s a chance to test yourself and your fitness!

The CrossFit Open workouts give everyone an extra push into the realms on intensity, and we often find we all have another level or two when it comes to pushing ourselves in a workout. Not only do you get to test yourself, but you can see how you stack up to CrossFitters around the world and who knows,you might surprise yourself.

Reason #5 – …because it’s THE CROSSFIT OPEN!

If you do CrossFit, then joining in the CrossFit Open is a rite of passage, this is the ultimate way to experience what the wonderful world of CrossFit is all about.

The Open at Reebok CrossFit Thames

We like to shake things up a little and this year we doing these a little differently.

For us, the Open is about getting together with you best training bud’s, crushing a workout and having a good time (whether you register for the Open or not!).

Each week we will have a theme which you can choose to get involved in and we will be holding a post-wod party after the morning, afternoon and evening classes.

So whether you train with your girl squad at 6am or enjoy a late evening bro-sesh everyone can get involved and enjoy the Open.

This year the Open kicks off on February 22nd with the following schedule:

Workout 18.1 – Feb 22-26

Workout date: Friday 23rd Feb (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Pretty in Pink

“Pink is not a colour, it’s a culture”…said somebody famous at some point in time.

Even better than that the colour pink plays a huge role in psychology. Pink is a sign of hope, it calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect. So if we see a sea of pink at the gym it can make us all feel a little more jolly.

Studies have also confirmed that exposure to large amounts of pink can have a calming effect on the nerves and create physical weakness in people…so if you want to beat your buddy in the Open workout distract them with all the pink you have!

Workout 18.2 – March 1-5

Workout date: Friday 2nd March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Smoothie Bar

Anyone who is evenly vaguely health conscious loves a Smoothie bar. So if you need a pre-wod energy boost or a post-wod protein refuel we have your back.

Smoothies are all the rage right now and there are loads of benefits to smashing a fruit and veg filled glass of good stuff.

Firstly they are a easy way to boost your fruit and vegetable intake and are great for getting a variety of produce into your diet. They are high in fiber and a smoothie can deliver an extra boost of vitamins, minerals and phyto-chemicals (if you includes the fruit skins and pith). Add some yogurt or milk and you can get a great calcium kick too!

Workout 18.3 – March 8-12

Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Total Blackout

Workout in the DARK!

Well that’s what we thought, but Coach Hannah’s idea had NOTHING to do with potentially causing a mass casualty incident with by trying to do thrusters and pull-ups in the pitch black.

It’s simple, the theme is black, do with it what you will.

Whilst we may not be working out in the dark…we may have some disco lights?!

Workout 18.4 – March 15-19

Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Be your own Superhero

We all have our heroes, whether it’s Thor, Superwomen, your favourite CrossFit Games athlete or the teacher from school who inspired you into the career you have right now. This week we want you to honor your Super-hero!

Workout 18.5 – March 22-26

Workout date: Friday 21st March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: End of Open Party

The last workout of the Open Season means it’s just a straight up party. Wack on the disco tunes (Taylor Swift, obvs), hit the final Open workout (full throttle, don’t hold back!) and then sit back with a beer or two and celebrate the end of Dave Castro’s 5 workouts from hell.

It’s going to be great 5 weeks, so head over to the CrossFit Games website to register for the 2018 CrossFit Open!


Yoga for Athletes, Saturday 12.30 – 1.30pm


We’re in week 3 of our current 8 week cycle, which means it’s time to get to work on that midline strength. When we talk about core strength, we don’t typically mention the diaphragm, the primary muscle of respiration – yet it is located right at the centre of the abdomen.

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped sheet of muscle and tendon and separates the chest (or thorax) from the belly. In very simple terms – the diaphragm contracts during inhalation, which causes air to be drawn into the lungs, and relaxes during the outbreath which forces the air back out again.

Now, what does the diaphragm have to do with core strength? For starters, it attaches to a number of stabilisers, such as the ribs, sternum and (lumbar) spine. In terms of surrounding muscles, imagine your abdomen like a pressurised container – with the pelvic floor being the bottom, the deep abdominals and back muscles forming the sides, and the diaphragm acting as the lid on top. If any of these components don’t work optimally, the container will start to lose pressure and weaken the base – your core.

The diaphragm also connects to the thoracic and lumbar erectors, the QL (the ‘back muscle’) as well as the psoas (main hip flexor) – all of these are involved in moving the spine, and giving it stability. Conversely, this means that impaired function of any of these muscles will lead to a knock-on effect. Our pranayama (control of breath) practice in this week’s class will be bhastrika, which strengthens the diaphragm through the forceful in- and exhalation through the nose. This will generate a little bit of heat in the body to prepare you for the main sequence, which as the theme suggests will feature
a bunch of postures working those abs.

For further information about yoga at CrossFit Thames please click here..


Workout of the Day for Friday – CrossFit

A) Bench Press
Build to a 10 rep max for the day

B) Tabata Fun
8 x 20 seconds on : 10 seconds off for each station, 1 minute rest between each one
Floor press KB/DB
Double unders
Seated Z press
Double unders

Workout of the Day for Saturday – CrossFit

In a pair complete:

10-1 Burpee pull-ups (Each, “I go, you go”), then

2km Row, then,
*partner holds kettlebells in front rack position 16/12kg

10-1 Kettlebell swing ladder 24/16kg
+ 5 Burpees for each rung of the ladder 🙂

Workout of the Day for Sunday – Weightlifting Club

A) Snatch
2 x 1 @ 80%
2 x 1 @ 82.5%
2 x 1 @ 85%

B) Overhead squat
3 x 2 @ 90% of snatch

C) Front squat
3 x 2 @ 80-85%

D) Bent over row
3 x 6 @ by feel

The CrossFit Open is coming & Workout of the day for Tues 30th Jan


The 2018 Reebok CrossFit Open is coming…


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Barbell Cycling – Power Snatch

27-21-15-12-9-6-3 reps

*Your starting weight for 27 reps should be the weight you did last week for 21 reps

B) Midline and Stability Work

Workout of the Day – MetCon

“Sandbag Cindy”
20 minute AMRAP:
5 Sandbag cleans – Pick a challenging load
10 Push-ups
15 Air squats

Tuesday 28th November – Testing Week, Day 2


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) CrossFit Open 15.5

27-21-15-9 reps, for time:
Row for calories
Thrusters 42.5/30kg

An amazing, albeit sucky, test of fitness. A great test for the upcoming training cycle in the New Year. Set yourself on fire and get it.” – Milo, Head Coach

Workout of the Day – Structural Strength

A) 20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 reps for time:
Dumbbell deadlift (Heavy load)
Dumbbell bench press (Moderate load)
Dumbbell hang squat clean (Light load)

Open workout 12.2 – Snatch-tastic

We started the Reebok Crossfit Games Open with a bang last week and everybody put the effort in we have come to expect. Team TCF is sitting just outside the qualification places (top 30 teams) in Europe at the moment, so lets take it up another notch this week and try and move ourselves up the table!

So after 7 minutes of burpees, what have we in store today? Take a look at the video below for an explanation of the workout and the standards involved.

Workout of the day

Crossfit Open workout 12.2

Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
30 Snatch (Male 75lbs / Female 45 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 135lbs / F 75 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 165lbs / F 100 lbs)
Max Rep Snatch (M 210lbs / F 120 lbs)

Movement standards
This workout begins from the standing position with the barbell loaded to the starting weight. In the Snatch, the barbell goes directly from the ground to overhead in one motion without stopping at the shoulders. This can be a muscle snatch, a power snatch, a squat snatch or a split snatch. A clean and jerk is not permitted.

Lets talk about chalk….

Chalk the trusty friend of every CrossFitter. Many hail it as the substance that gain you few more pull ups you need or to prevent that barbell slipping from your fingers during a set of deadlifts, but chalk can also become a crutch during the workouts when you reach your already white, chalk covered hands towards that bucket just to get few extra seconds of rest. No, you didn’t need that chalk, it was just your mind, trying to rationalise an unnecessary rest period. “If I reach for the chalk, everyone will think that I’m just getting ready for another set..”, we’re onto you!…..Not only that, but its making a big mess of the gym!
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Dont be that guy……

Examples of when your should NOT use chalk:
– When you come off the pull-up bar after a set of pull-ups. Dont kid yourself, its not because you dont have enough chalk on your hands.
– You dont need chalk for a 400m run (unless your running on your hands)
– You dont need chalk everytime you about to put your hands on an object. We know your hands are soft and delicate, but this is a gym, its not a place for manicures.

When and how you should (maybe!) use chalk:
– Firstly this is a little chalk, not so much that your hands would get lost in the snow!
– At the beginning of a workout that involves a lot of bar work.
– Dab the chalk on the part of the hands that grips and suffers the most friction (very top of the palms and fingers). Trust me, your forearms and face wont need any.
– When applying chalk keep your hands inside the bucket! Everytime I see somebody get a palmful of chalk dust and wander across the gym clapping their hands as if trying to create a sonic boom my soul dies a little inside.
– If your doing push-ups/burpees etc please try and keep to the same area, often the gym is left looking like a crime scene where we have been dusting for fingerprints.

*If you want to see how much chalk you should use (if its needed at all) check back on this past blog post

In all seriousness, please do not overuse the chalk, the floors are getting chalky enough without the abuse. Next time you reach for the chalk, look at your hands and ask yourself “Do I really need to chalk up or am I just looking for an excuse?”

Rant over…on to more important matters, The Crossfit Open! This week see’s the beginning of the 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games Open, if you have yet to register make sure you do!

There are 5 Open workouts, one released every Wednesday for the next 5 weeks. We will be altering our programming to accomodate the workouts (so you may as well sign up!). Every Thursday for the next 5 weeks will have the Crossfit Open workouts programmed for all classes that day to give everybody a chance to do them. Wednesdays will be a form of active recovery with emphasis on skill work, you never know what may turn up in the open workouts!

We encourage all those who have signed up to try and attend the evening sessions so we can get as many off you battling it out together as possible….get psyched!!!!


Workout of the day

A: Hang power snatch
– 5 sets of 3 reps
– Build to a 3RM
– Take 90 secs rest between sets

B: 8min As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP):
– 5 Hang power snatch 50/35kg
– 7 Pull-ups