Yoga for Athletes, Saturday 1-2pm
You’ve made it through the 12 days, nice one team! Make sure you give your body and mind a chance to recover properly now. Before you know it it’ll be time to start thinking about The CrossFit Open!
To really recover means more than having an Epsom salt bath, taking a few days off and waiting for the DOMS to subside. Your nervous system plays a key role in recovery, however this aspect is still often overlooked.
The human body is pretty damn clever. Our autonomic (i.e., we cannot consciously control it) nervous system is made up of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).
The SNS mobilises the body’s resources in a fight or flight situation, whereas the PNS regulates the bodily functions needed to repair and recover. The body is designed to spend the majority of its time directed by the PNS, with the SNS response only triggering in case of a life-threatening emergency. However, the body interprets all stress, be it mental or physical, as a reason to activate the SNS.
Physical exercise is a stressor on the system.
What does this mean for your training, especially after a killer 2 weeks of back-to-back benchmark workouts?
The key to improving your recovery is to activate the PNS, which is exactly what we are doing through the practice of yoga. Linking movement with breath through a series of postures (asanas) as well as practising breathing techniques (pranayama) to calm down the system.
Following on from last week, we’ll be taking it nice and easy this Saturday, take this opportunity to reboot after the 12 days of CrossFit, ready for what’s to come in the week leading up to Christmas.
Christmas Party – Tonight
After the last barbell has been dropped, it’s time for our Christmas Party!
We will be hanging out at the gym after class to eat, drink and be merry.
This year we are having a fun Christmas 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.
Not interested in the Bake-Off? That’s cool, but still feel free to bring a long a tasty treat to share with your fellow classmates.
See you all tonight!
Workout of the Day
Day 12 – Chosen by our male Fish Game Winner, Head Coach Milo
“Team Power Linda”
10-1 reps, for time:
Deadlift @ 1.5 BW
Bench @ 1.0 BW
Power clean 0.75 @ BW