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Training for Week 1 of the Cycle!

Here we are team! Testing is over and now it’s time to start putting in the hard work for all the gains. Just a heads up regarding the blog posts, we’re going to be shifting around the format a bit to make sure you can get a focussed view of the week ahead around the current cycle.

Sundays – Classic Crossfit classes for the week & Topic of the week
Tuesdays – Some bonus Content 🙂 and Olympic Lifting Programming
Fridays – Events and Announcements

Although they’re not mentioned you should assume both MetCon and Yoga will be on as scheduled unless it’s been specifically announced as cancelled through the blog, Pike13, or social media channels.

Week 3, 21st – 27th May

Monday

A) Deadlift
5 @ 55%
5 @ 65%
5+ @ 75%
AMRAP @ 55%

Superset with: 10 Hamstring Curls

B) 7 Rounds of:
2 min Window:
12/10 Cal Row
5 Burpee over the rower
AMRAP HSPU
*60 sec rest*

Tuesday

A) Overhead Squat
5@55%
5@65%
5+@75%
AMRAP @55%
*2 min rest*
Superset with: 5 Weighted Pull Ups

B) 5 Rounds:
15 Thrusters 40/30kg
15 T2B

Wednesday

A) Build to a heavy single Yoke Carry

B) Descending Reps
10-1
Bent over BB Row
DB Floor Press
20-11
Calorie Row/ Airdyne

Thursday

A) Shoulder Press
5@55%
5@65%
5+@75%
AMRAP @ 55%
Superset with: Strict Ring Dips – 3 x 12 (Weighted if possible)

B) 4 Sprint Sets:
400m Run
20 Hang Power Cleans 60/40kg
*90 sec. rest between sets*

Friday

A) Back Squat
5@55%
5@65%
5+@75%
AMRAP @ 55%

B) L-Sits
3 x Max Effort
*60 sec. rest*

C) 6 Rounds:
20m Front Rack Walking Lunge 24/16kg
2 Rope Climbs
10 Pull ups (Strict if wanted)

Saturday

A)Couplets
21-15-9
Burpee
Pull Up

*rest 10 Minutes*

21-15-9
Calorie Row
Shoulder to overhead 60/40kg

B) Core Finisher
5 sets of:
30 Seconds Hollow Rocks
30 Seconds Rest

All about yokes!


The use of yokes as a training tool is often associated with Strongmen like Eddie Hall and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, it’s not too often the everyday fitness enthusiast gets to play “Strongman”, however we see these as invaluable training tools.

If you are unfamiliar with a yoke it is a large metal frame with a adjustable crossbar. Each of the four corners of the frame can be loaded with weight, often with several times your own bodyweight.

The most common way to use a yoke is to pick it up and carry it, however it can pushed and pulled and held too (depending on the make you have).

The great thing about using yokes is it allows you to move weights that would be impossible if loaded onto a barbell for a squat or deadlift. For example….

…Yes, that is a little excessive for us mere mortals, sure is impressive though!

Benefits of yoke carries (and pushes and pulls)

There are many full body weighted movements (squats, presses, deadlifts to name a few), however none of these compare to the head to toe muscle recruitment found when carrying a yoke. This is simply through the fact that you’re putting your body under a much heavier load than it is used to. Everything from your upper back, posterior chain, trunk/core, hips and legs will benefit from yoke training.

For lifters with minimal strongman and/or athletic movement background, strongman training like the use of yokes may help to increase neural drive, increase motor neuron recruitment, and develop a well-rounded strength and power athlete.

…basically it will make you more balanced, stronger and generally more awesome.

How to carry a yoke

Brace (stay ‘tight’): Now that you have that tension, it’s your main job to keep it. Do not underestimate the importance of this, both for safety and effectiveness.

Play around with yoke height: Having the cross bar set a little higher can be useful for that little extra ground clearance. However with the weight sitting little higher you may find the yoke swings more. Find what works for you.

Stance: This should be around shoulder to hip width

Take small, fast steps: This will help you with the previous two points. Large, slow (or stop, start) steps not only make hip/midline stabilisation harder but also introduced more momentum to the yoke causing it to pendulum back and forth.

Create a platform: Find a hand position on the yoke that allows you to create a shelf for the crossbar to sit on.

“Bend: the bar: Not literally, but create tension by trying to wrap the bar around your back and keep it there securely.

Focus on a spot: Keep your eyes ahead (not down to the floor or skywards) and focus on your target.

You don’t have to be a Strongman to use a yoke, but if you want to get strong it’s one of the best tools to have in your toolbox!

Take it for a ride in today’s workout!

Workout of the day for Thurs 8th March – We know what 18.3 is!

This was posted by Dave Castro as his hint for 18.3. Being as smart as we are we think we have cracked it.

Two daisies that look exactly the same, a repeat workout perhaps? With gymnastics being relatively limited in the first two workouts, it’s about time we saw some more high skill movements.

Our guess…18.3 is going to be 15.3.

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 14 minutes of:
7 Muscle-ups
50 Wall ball 9/6kg
100 Double unders

What are you thoughts?


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

As with all Thursday’s during the Open today is a easy recovery ready so you can go into tomorrow feeling fresh and ready to crush Open 18.3

A) Recovery
Alternating EMOM for 20 minutes:
Minute 1: Row 45 seconds
Minute 2: Aidyne 10/8 Calories
Minute 3: Run 200m
Minute 4: Skill movement of choice

B) Skill work and mobility drills

Workout of the Day – MetCon

A) Choose to Airdyne or Row
40-30-20-10-20-30-40 Calories, as fast as possible
*60 seconds rest between each

B) 5x Max distance handstand walk, rest as needed

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

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

Workout of the day for Thurs 7th Feb


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Barbell Cycling – Power Snatch

21-18-15-12-9-6-3, reps

B) Midline and Stability Work

3 – 5 Rounds
20/20 Side plank with kettlebell
20/20 Star plank
60 Second weighted plank
5-10 Strict toes to bar/rings

Workout of the Day – MetCon Class

15-12-9-12-15 reps for time:
Dumbbell floor press
6 Sandbag cleans between sets

Workout of the day for Weds 7th Feb – Strongman & Weightlifting Club


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

Strong Man day

A) Build to a heavy single length yoke carry

B) 10 Rounds For time:
5 Deadlifts (heavy, but unbroken)
100m Sandbag carry

Workout of the Day – Weightlifting Club

De-load week

A) Snatch pull + snatch: 6 x 1+1 @ 75%

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

C) Front squat: 3 x 2 @ 75-80%

D) Bent over row: 3 x 6 @ by feel

Are you tracking your progress? – Jonny Landels, Nutrition Coach

Progress Tracking

The metric that most people forget about when embarking on their journey to lose weight, get stronger, gain muscle, and improve their health.

However, it is by far the most important.

If you’re not tracking your progress, then how do you know if you’re improving or regressing?

Most people’s attempt at tracking is poor, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Some will start a ‘diet’ or exercise routine, and weigh themselves just a few days later, see no difference, and decide to do something else as it’s clearly ‘not working’.

Others will stick with it for a while, but will use the scale only to track, and after one bad weigh in on a random day decide to pack it all in or make some dramatic change.

It’s inconsistent tracking and unreliable data that causes us to make rash decisions when attempting to improve our physique or health in anyway.

If this sounds like you, this article is for you.

Here are the measures I use when tracking my client’s progress:

Weight

Unavoidably, weight on the scale is a metric we need to track when trying to lose/gain weight.

I sometimes wish it could be done without it as people can be very emotionally attached with this number, however, when combined with the other data, it can be a good indicator of fat loss/muscle gain.

But not always.

Weight gain doesn’t necessarily mean that fat has been gained, and a lack of change doesn’t always mean that fat hasn’t been lost.

Weight fluctuates on a daily basis due to water levels, muscle glycogen levels, and gut residue.

So I get my clients to weigh themselves every day and record the weekly average.

It sounds like overkill, but this will allow you to see past the day-day fluctuations, and notice actual weight change week to week, and month to month.

Do this first thing in the morning, naked, and after your morning trip to the bathroom.

Body Circumference Measurements

For accuracy, I love the 9 site measurement data that Andy Morgan from rippedbody.jp suggests on his article on tracking progress.

These 9 sites are:

– Chest
– Right arm
– Left arm
– 2″ above navel
– Navel
– 2″ below navel
– Hips (widest point)
– Right thigh
– Left thigh

Of course this takes time, so if you’re rushed, neck, waist, and hips will do.

These can be hard to do by yourself so I recommend buying an Orbitape measure so that you can comfortably get it done without relying on anyone else.

Do these once a week and note to the nearest 0.1cm for accuracy.

A guide to using this tape measure can be found here.

These body circumference sites when used in correlation to the scale weight will show you if body fat is being lost or muscle being gained.

Subjective measures

Everything affects everything…

I get my clients to record how they’re sleeping, what their stress levels are like, how their appetite is, and how they’re feeling during their workouts.

All of these measures will affect each other as well as your training and weight progress.

So if you feel your progress in the gym or on your diet is poor, think whether you have the above dialled in or not.

Progress Photos

I get my clients to take progress photos from the front and side every 4 weeks.

There is no need for them to be more frequent than this, and these can be just for you to notice differences in physical appearance.

These can be great to keep you motivated and accountable to the process.

Dietary adherence, Training adherence, and Progression
For my clients I also ask them to rate their adherence to their nutrition and training plans, as well as notes about their progression in performance.

This can be useful for you to note also before you make drastic changes.

If the scale weight and measurements didn’t change but you’ve not been to the gym and you had more treats than you would’ve liked then that’s probably the cause of the issue rather than the exercise or diet not working.

Take a training log of your exercise so you can see your frequency and performance levels, and be honest about whether you’re following your nutrition habits as well as you should be.

The training log will help you see if you’re progressing with your weights or not, and also what weights you should be using session to session.

If you find you aren’t recovering or progressing, and your subjective measures are bang on, this will show that a change to your dietary intake could help.

Staying objective about your data

All of the data together will help provide you a picture of progress when trying to lose weight, gain muscle, get stronger, or just improve your health.

If your weight increases but your stomach measurements decrease, this indicates fat loss and muscle gain at the same time.

Muscle growth can hide fat loss so don’t just rely on the scale.

If your weight suddenly increases (which it will sometimes) then don’t get disheartened, this won’t mean fat gain. Check your stomach measurements for change, if there isn’t any, then you’re fine.

This weight increase will be down to an increase in glycogen, maybe from extra carbohydrate or some salty food.

For women, your weight will fluctuate with your menstrual cycle due to water retention, so make sure you’re comparing data at the same time in your cycle not to be discouraged.

I see weight fluctuations much more in women, so measuring the body and progress photos become even more important.

In terms of gym performance, a strength increase is always a good way to measure progress – are you lifting more than the week prior.

However, if you are losing weight, then maintaining strength levels is also a great sign of progress. This shows that your fat loss isn’t affecting your muscle strength as you’re moving more load in comparison to your new bodyweight.

I hope this article helps you stay objective with your progress when trying to make a change, as always, questions welcome in comments or on the Thames Facebook Group.

To find out more about nutrition programming with Jonny, check out this post!


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Barbell Cycling – Snatch

21-15-12-9-6-3

Increase weight from week 1 and start over.

B) Midline and Stability Work

3-5 Rounds:
5/5 Banded cycles
10 Hollow rocks
30 Second hollow hold
15/15 Flutter kicks