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Workout for Thurs 25th Jan – Interval Weight Training

Don’t forget that tomorrow we have our super duper ‘Beyond the Workout‘ session, you can read all about it here.

Tomorrow you will get chance to work on any skill (or all three if you want) from rope climbs, pistols and inversions (headstands, handstands etc).

Following our epic skills session we will have a team workout chased down with pizza and beer while listening to a short talk from Coach Hannah on how she prepares herself for competitions both physically and mentally. Whether your want to be more competitive in your chosen sport outside of the box or just trying to beat your super beast friend at this years Open, this is chance to get some knowledge bombs.

It’s going to be great fun!

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Interval Weight Training (IWT)

A1) 3 Rounds, with a 2 minute rest between rounds
6-10 Squat snatch @ 50-60% of 1RM
2 minutes ALL OUT max distance row

– 5 Minute Rest –

A2) 3 Rounds, with a 2 minute rest between rounds
10 Push press @ same weight as above
2 minutes max burpee pull ups

B) 5 Minutes of skill work under fatigue
Choose something complex for you and practice whilst tired. HSPU , Muscle Ups, Barbell cycling (Keep it light etc)

Workout of the Day – MetCon Class

For time:
1km Row
50 Dumbbell hang power cleans 22/16kg
30 Box jumps 30/24″
10 Handstand Push Ups

Workout of the day for Tuesday 9th January – Interval Weight Training

Interval Weight Training (IWT) was developed by Pat O’Shea in 1969 and has been made popular by Gym Jones.

A IWT workout is a very intense type of interval work utilising a combination of athletic lifts and free aerobic exercise.

The cross training of athletic type lifting for full range strength and free exercise for anaerobic power, has a major impact on developing explosive power endurance (and can also be great for torching some unwanted body fat!). This type of work utilises a greater percentage of the body’s muscle mass, both slow and fast twitch fibres.

With IWT’s we can manipulate the rep ranges, loads and length of the free aerobic exercise depending on what stimulus we are aiming to achieve.

To get the most out of these kinds of workouts requires you to give you max effort on each and every round. When you hop on the rower (or bike) be prepared to push yourself. These workouts are tough (what workouts are easy?!) but the rewards for your efforts are tremendous.

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Interval Weight Training (IWT)

A1) 3 rounds, with a 2 minute between each:
10 Power cleans 40/30kg
2 minutes ALL OUT max distance row

– 5 Minute Rest –

A2) 3 rounds, with a 2 minute between each:
10 Hang power cleans 40/30kg
1 minute for max burpees
1 minute for max calorie Airdyne/Row

B) 5 Minutes of skill work under fatigue.
Choose something complex for you and practice whilst tired. HSPU , Muscle Ups, Barbell cycling (Keep it light etc)

Workout of the Day – MetCon Class

A) Burpee Sandbag Grace

For time:
30 Burpees
30 Sandbag cleans and presses
30 Burpees

Member Appreciation Week – Day 4

Ok, it’s not the Wheel of Misfortune again, it’s a little kinder than that. Today you get to choose your own workout!

Each class will vote on one of the three workouts below, the one with the most votes is the one your class will do!

We are have included three of the most popular workouts we have programmed in the past, so hopefully there is something in there you like the look of.

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

Each class will vote for one of the three workout options below

A) “Angie”
100 Pull-ups
100 Push-ups
100 Sit-ups
100 Air squats

B) “DT”
12 Deadlifts 70/50kg
9 Hang cleans 70/50kg
6 Push jerks 70/50kg

C) Partner Double Glen
60 Clean and jerks 60/40kg
1 Mile run (togerther)
20 Rope climbs
1 Mile run (together)
200 Burpees
*Complete the mile runs together
*Split the other reps between the pair as needed with only one person working at a time

Workout of the Day – MetCon

5 Rounds, rest 60 seconds between rounds:
30 Double unders
5 Sandbag squats (heavy)
20 Wall ball sit-ups
5 Sandbag squats (heavy)
10 Burpee

Testing Week!

Hey Crew !

I for one am super excited for testing week on Monday! You have all put in the work and its time to reap the rewards of all that work. Some of you have started seeing PB’s rain already with more to come on the horizon! If you haven’t hit any PB’s yet then you should be feeling more solid in your squat and deadlift with the numbers you are currently hitting.

We will have Friday off the heavy squats this week. We will bench for those that missed it with the focus on the squats and just for the weekend gainz. Rest up as much as possible and ease off the shady food choices so come Monday you are feeling good and ready to get your prize on the Squats.

Going forward we have the 12 days of CrossFit which you can read more about here with Coach Phil’s Blog. Then we have a normal class programming to keep you ticking over for the X-mas period with a mix of strength and classic CF programming. Come the new year we have a cycle on Power Endurance and Strength Endurance to get you ready for the open and to start applying your new found strength. There will be more info on the new cycle soon. For now , pump yourselves up , cheer each other on and smash those PBs!

Testing week itself will be as follows:
*PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!* – Make sure you log your scores on Beyond the whiteboard and or the PB board so I can track how you have all done and where I might need to make adjustments to the programming going forward. The more info I have the better job I can do and then the better you will perform!


A) 5 Rep Max Back Squat
B) Max Rep toes to bar
C) Max Rep Double Unders

Woohoo! Gain day for the squats where we can really take our time with the squats and ride the wave from the all the work you’ve put in.
The max rep toes to bar will be a test for the next cycle so even if you scale ensure you keep a record of the number of reps completed.
For the double unders just go for max rep and see where the faults start appearing , is it fatigue or are your arms flailing about uncontrollably ? IF you havent got double unders then START practicing now and NOT 1 day before the open !


CrossFit Open 15.5
Row for calories

Ok, I get it no one wants to do this WOD. However it IS a great test and perfect for our next cycle. Even if you don’t PB from the last time you did it then don’t worry. You are coming off a strength cycle but it will give you some targets for the next cycle. Suck it up and come in even if you dont want to.


Recovery day or make up session if you miss a lift.
Exactly what it says on the tin crew. If you missed a day or will miss Thursday/ Friday and want to get it in here then do so.


A) 5 Rep Max Deadlift
B) Max Rep Strict Pull Up/ Chin Up
C) Max Rep Kipping Pull up / Chin Up
Deadlifting gain train! Get fired up , grab a buddy to lift with and pick up the heavy thing!
Max Rep Strict Pull up is a re-test from the last cycle. We have done a ton of work on the Pull up and accessory work around it so lets see how you’ve progressed.
Max rep kipping is a test for the next cycle.Again make a note of any scales and take note of where the breakdown starts happening. Is it a skill element with the kip or is it a strength/Fatigue issue.


A) 3 Rep Max Power Clean
B) 30 Second Airdyne output test
Power Cleans heavy 3 ! Focus on the catch position and get to lifting !
30 Second test isnt pretty we all know that but its only 30 seconds …. how bad can it be ? 🙂


My Favourite Open WOD of all time : 14.4
14 Minute AMRAP

60 Calorie Row
50 Toes To Bar
40 Wall Balls 9/6kg
30 Cleans 60/40kg
20 Muscle Ups

This is the most “Open” open WOD if that makes sense haha. Everything you could possibly see in a Open WOD is pretty much here. Its a perfect test of speed, skill and strength. Strap up and hit it hard.

See you in PB city!
– Coach Milo

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 for – CrossFit

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

B) Performed “Fight Gone Bad” style
3 Rounds, 1 minute per movement, for max reps:
Dumbbell hang power clean 22/16kg
Wall ball sit-ups
Jumping split squats
Assault bike / Row for calories

Workout of the Day for – Structural Strength

If you completed this two weeks ago, aim to add load

2 Supersets
A1) Dumbbell hex press x 10-15 reps
A2) Single arm dumbbell row x 10-15 reps

2 Supersets
B1) Single leg deadlift with kettlebells x 10-12
B2) x 10-12

2 Supersets
C1) Dumbbell hammer curls x 12-15
C2) Tate press x 12-15

2 Supersets
D1) Single arm dumbbell high pull: 10-15 per side
D2) Front rack box step-up: 8-12 per side

*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)

Workout of the Day for – MetCon

4 x 250m row
1 minute rest between efforts
4 x 400m run
2 minute rest between efforts

Monday 20th November – Workout of the day

This is the last week before testing week, hang tough team!

Workout of the Day for – Monday

A) Hang power clean: 5 x 3, across

B) 12 Minute to complete as many rounds and reps as possible:
5 Strict HSPU
10 Deficit push ups
10/10 Split squats

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)

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

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 – 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
KB Snatch 24kg (each)
Goblet squats 24kg
Buy out: 750m Row

News & Announcements

The Crossfit Open is nearly upon us, have you registered yet?

The first stage of the Crossfit Games, the Open, is ‘open’ to any and all regardless of age, ability. We encourage all our members to sign up to see how you compare to the rest of the world!

Congratulations to our latest Foundations graduates, Eric, Alex, Saghir, Lesley, Antonio and Brian. Be sure to make them feel welcome if you see them in the class sessions! Our next foundations course begins on Monday the 6th of Feb and is all full. There are still places available on the Foundations Course beginning 23rd Feb so get your friends to get in touch.

We need your feedback!

As you will be aware our programming has changed in the past 2 weeks with a view to getting you all ready for the Crossfit Open. We would like to know your thoughts! Is it too hard? Too much in one session? Are feeling more beat down or suffered any injuries? Please post your thoughts to the comments section or give us an email at info@thamescrossfit.com. Thanks,
The TCF Team.

Workout of the day

A: Clean
– 6 to 9 sets of 2 reps
– Use 80-90% 1RM

B: 4 Rounds for time:
8 Hang power clean 60/40kg
Run 160m
12 Wall ball 9/6kg

Day 8

Day 8 brings us ‘DT’ and lots of heavy lifting…don’t blame us, you voted for it!

Holiday schedule
Here is a reminder of the schedule throughout the holiday period
Friday 23rd December until (and including) Tuesday 27th December – Gym closed for Christmas!
Wednesday 28th December until (and including) Friday 30th December – Classes at 7am and 6pm only (Saturday 31st December remains as 10am only)
From the 2nd January onwards classes resume normal schedule.

We have also decided to cancel the class on Saturday the 10th December. Following the 12 Days (and the Christmas party on the 9th Dec!) everyone will be well in need of a weekend of recovery. So take the time to eat well, sleep lots and get ready to go on the Monday!

Christmas Party

Incase you somehow forgot our Christmas Party is this Friday 9th December after the 19:00 class. We are asking for a £5 donation from all who wish to attend to go towards beer/wine/spirits so we can drink away the pain of the previous 12 days, there is a donation box at the gym. Also, if you wish to bring some paleo (or non-paleo!) party treats I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated by all!!

Its not all pain and suffering….

It may have been a tough time so far, but its all smiles at the end of the day



Workout of the day


Five rounds for time of:
12 Deadlifts 70kg
9 Hang power clean 70kg
6 Push jerk 70kg