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Upcoming Events and Friday 24th November Workout of the Day

Upcoming Events

November Challenge

Just a few days left in November to get on the leaderboard for 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 little fish while avoiding the large, dark fish.

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


Box Notices

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.

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

– 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

A) Bench press: 50 reps for time
*Add weight from first time you did this

B) 5 sets of:
100m Carry (Sandbag, KB , Yoke, anything that is heavy and odd for you)
30/30 Side plank
Rest as needed to stay Unbroken

Weekend WOD’s, Yoga & Upcoming Events

Yoga for Athletes

This week we’re going to learn a new type of pranayama (control of breath).

Bhastrika (pronounced bha-STRI-kaah) is a type of abdominal breathing, drawing air in and out of the lungs through forceful movement of the abdominals and the diaphragm. It will set you up nicely for this week’s practice, which is going to involve…a fair amount of core work, plus the usual funsies – be prepared to work those abs crew!


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) Hang power clean: 5 x 3, scross
Superset with :
3 High box jumps! Landing in a power position not a squat.

B) 21-15-9
Thrusters 40/30kg
Calories of choice (Airdyne or Row)
Burpees

Workout of the Day – Saturday

A) For time
10 down to 1 reps of strict Pull Ups
Perform a 100m SPRINT between sets

Workout of the Day – Sunday – Weightlifting Club

Week 6
A) Clean & Jerk: 7 x 1 @ 85-90%

B) Clean pulls: 5 x 2 @ 105%

C)Front rack barbell holds: 3 x 10 secs

D) RDLs: 3 x 5 @ by feel

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

12 Days of CrossFit!

At CrossFit Thames, we have a special Christmas tradition called the The 12 Days of CrossFit.

At Christmas time we challenge you to 12 back-to-back days of CrossFit’s benchmark workouts with day 12 as the grand finale!

So what is the 12 Days of CrossFit about?

We challenge you to 12 back-to-back benchmark days of CrossFit from Monday 4th December to Friday 15th of December.

Not only is the great fun, but it’s also a chance to test yourself. If you are a a bit of a data geek, it’s also a awesome opportunity to fill our your Fitness Level on Beyond the Whiteboard!

How does it all work?

This challenge is open to absolutely everyone, all you need to do is turn up to a class and be ready to train! The coaches will get everyones name on the whiteboard to keep a log of the whole challenge.

Each day we tackle a different benchmark workout form the CrossFit Girl’s to the Hero workouts.

What if I can’t RX the WODs?

This challenge is about taking part, crushing some workouts and having a good time. As with all your training the coaches will provide substitutions and scaling where needed.

What if I can’t make it one day?

Don’t worry if work or family commitments gets in the way, that’s life! Just complete as many workouts as you can. We do not recommend double day WODs to make up for a missed day, this challenge is tough enough as it is!

What happens on the last day, day 12?

Day 12 is the grand finale, this means after the final workout we have a Christmas Party at the gym.

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.

Our master baker will win a place on a Cookery and Baking Class at Little Portland Street Cookery School to further hone their skills.

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.

What happens if I am not on a unlimited membership?

If you are on our 3x per week membership you can attend the extra classes. As with last year you will be charged £5 per additional class and the proceeds raised during the 12 days will be donated to SHP – The charity for homeless and vulnerable people in London.

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

Strong Man day!

A) Yoke carries – Grab a yoke and load it up. There are many different styles of yoke carries you can play with (front rack, back rack, Zercher, overhead!)

B) Offset Carries – 15-20 Minutes of quality work
100m Off set carry (Change at 50m)
20 Wall ball sit ups
100m Overhead carry KB/DB

Workout of the Day – Weightlifting Club

A) Snatch: 6 x 1 @ 85-90%

B) Snatch pulls: 5 x 2 @ 105%

C) Back squat: 6 x 1 @ 80-85%

D) Bent over rows: 3 x 5 @ by feel

Tuesday 14th November – Workout of the day

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Deadlifts: 3 x 5, across
*Add 2-5kg from your last deadlift session

B) 10 Rounds of:
10 Slam balls (catch on the bounce or no rep! )
10 Deficit push ups
5/5 Split squats 16/10kg

Workout of the Day – Structural Strength

Continuing with our Supersets. Today see’s you go for max reps in a given time period. Choose loads that allow you to move for the full work periods.

A) 10 x 40 seconds on : 20 seconds off, alternate between
Ring dips (or bench dips)
Chin-ups (or box assisted)

5 minutes rest

B) 10 x 40 seconds on : 20 seconds off, alternate between
Dumbbell bench press
T-bar rows

5 minutes rest

C) 10 x 40 seconds on : 20 seconds off, alternate between
20 Dumbbell walking lunges, immediately into
20 Dumbbell death march

5 minutes rest

D) 60 Strict knees to elbows
*Break as needed

Workout of the Day – MetCon

5 rounds for time:
12 Wall ball 9/6kg
5 Chest to bar pull-ups
50 Double unders

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

Next Level Chillin’, Events & Weekend Workouts

Progressive Muscle Relaxation – Next level chillin’

High intensity training regimes such as CrossFit are very taxing on the central nervous system, even more so if you do not allow your body (and therefore ultimately your mind) to recover sufficiently in between workouts. Remember how you felt after, or even part-way through the 12 days of CrossFit after grinding through some savage benchmarks back-to- back with zero rest days? Body =wrecked, brain = frazzled.

If you want to get max. gains out of the current programming cycle, you need to make adequate provisions for rest. Not that you don't know this already!

In Saturday’s Yoga Class, I'll be taking you through a restorative practice and we'll move through the postures a little more slowly than usual, before I introduce you to progressive muscle relaxation. Think of it as a guided body scan, whereby you'll be consciously contracting and releasing specific muscles or muscle groups. Not only is it super relaxing – and you may well drift in and out of sleep – it's also a nice way to improve your proprioception, i.e. the awareness of body positioning in space. You'll also practice sharpening your focus by drawing your attention to a specific body part for a brief moment in time, and linking that to your breath – sound familiar?

Proper breathing is an often under-estimated tool you can use to aid your performance in the gym. As with everything else, it's something that you improve through regular practice – all it takes is a little conscious effort and in due course you’ll learn a few techniques that may save you from breathing out of your arse by the end of a savage workout.

Mindful breath control is a fundamental part of the practice of yoga, and this week
we'll be drawing on this specifically to aid your recovery and general relaxation.

It's starting to get a bit chilly now, so please bring adequate clothing and layers to
make sure you stay nice and warm throughout. Take a pair of warm socks, perhaps
even a thin blanket and/or an eye mask, if you have one.

Remember, you can bring along your homies – perhaps you've got a friend who's not into CrossFit (who are they?!) but would settle on something a little more chill on a Saturday afternoon.

Non-members of Thames are welcome to drop-in at a cost of £10. See ya there!


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 futher hone their skills


Workout of the Day for Friday 3rd November – CrossFit

A) Deadlift: 3 x 5, across
Superset with 3x max rep chin-up*
(Weighted of any kind, if you are carrying around your protein shake in your pocket for after this absolute gainz WOD then that is weighted.)

*If you working towards chin-ups you are doing the following for 3 rounds:
6-8 Supinated-grip barbell row
12-15 Dumbbell bicep curls

B) 50-40-30-20-10
Ring rows
Double unders

Workout of the Day for Saturday 4th November – CrossFit

A) In a Team of 3, complete for time

3 mile run
3Km Row
300 Calories airdyne
*Split work as needed with one athlete working at a time

Workout of the Day for Sunday 5th November – Weightlifting Club

Week 5

A) Clean doubles: 5 x 2 @ 82.5-87.5%

B) Clean pulls: 5 x 2 @ 105%

C) Split jerk doubles: 5 x 2 @ 80-85%

D) RDL’s: 3 x 5 @ by feel

Workout of the Day – Tuesday 31st October


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 for – CrossFit

A) Power Clean: 5 x 2, across
*Focus on form and positions

B) For time, complete 5-4-3-2-1 reps each of:
Handstand Push Up (If needed, add a deficit to make these reps a challenge)
Hang Power Clean 70/50kg

*Handstand Push ups scale: Wall walks

Workout of the Day for – Structural Strength

A) Lower Body Accessory

3 Supersets
A1) Single leg Romainian deadlift with barbell: 8 per side with 4 second eccentric
A2) Weighted pistol off box: 6 per side with 4 second eccentric
A3) GHD hip extension (or good morning): 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) Pendlay row: 10 per side, with 3 second hold in the top position
B3) Single arm upright row: 10 reps per side
*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
400m Forearm med-ball carry 9/6kg

Workout of the Day for – MetCon

For time:
Buy In: 750m Row
21-15-9
KB Snatch 24kg (each)
Goblet squats 24kg
Buy out: 750m Row

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

Clusters + Burpees = happiness

CrossFit Games Open 2012 registration is only few weeks away. Are you ready?

We will get back to our regular schedule of mobility related posts on next Thursday. Plenty of new mobs coming out so stay tuned!

On the workout front:
Putting together two of the “most fun” exercises out there was bound to happen. Enjoy!


Workout of the Day
Alternating ladder of:
10 to 1 Burpees
1 to 10 DB Cluster (Squat clean + thruster) 45/35lbs