Day 3 of Visitor’s days at Reebok CrossFit Thames! It’s been a pleasure to meet everyone’s friends and family. We’ve got a spicy one for you today!
By: Nick Rouse
I’ve been involved in numerous competitive sports my whole life, including Rugby, Australian Rules Football, and Athletics. In early 2011, I came across CrossFit, while browsing YouTube. I was based in the UK and hadn’t been competing for 3 years. I was dying to get back to competing and CrossFit looked like a perfect challenge for me. With little hesitation, I enrolled in the CrossFit Open, having only one month of training.
During the Open, I experienced many “firsts,” including double-unders, box-jumps, and muscle-ups. However, I qualified for the Regionals and despite having a torn bicep, teaching myself everything, and making many mistakes, I finished 8th overall. Finishing so close to the top three, who would compete in America, made me hungrier than ever.
After the games, I continued to self-train. However, I soon realized that I was lacking in many areas, if I wanted to be the best I could be. I gave into my stubbornness, and asked CrossFit Thames for help. I couldn’t have asked for better mentors than Jami, Jay and the rest of the trainers. They were quick to help me with all my weaknesses, (which were many!) Since joining Thames, my mobility, technique (in everything), rest, and self-belief have sky rocketed.
I used to rely on strength to get through a workout. But if you want to be as efficient as possible and use less energy, you need to have good mobility. Having good mobility means you’ll have an easier time getting better positioned and recruiting the correct muscles that will work most efficiently. Additionally, if your technique is rock solid, all movements will require less energy.
I had a tough time learning how to rest. Rest requires not training for a day and also decreasing my training sessions. If you train too long and don’t get sufficient rest, your body will never adapt to the stimulus of training.This was hard for me to accept, but I learned the hard way, that it was true.
Lastly, the most important element of competition is self-belief. If you don’t think you can do something, you’re right, you won’t. The way you build belief is by having confidence in your training leading up to the competition, (months before the competition actually happens). After the 2012 Games, Julie Foucher said: “What you don’t see during that single week in July are all of the moments during the other 51 weeks of the year that make that performance possible.” She’s right. If you know you’ve done everything correctly leading up to the event, you will have enough self-belief to win.
I’ve been at Reebok CrossFit Thames for a year. I’m working with Jami and following his Training Plan for advanced athletes. Despite CrossFit growing and every competition getting harder, I have the belief that I have what it takes to win, thanks to the training I’ve received and to my support circle at CrossFit Thames.
Workout of the Day:
90 secs on / 90 secs off:
In remaining time, max rep Clusters 60/40kg
-Goal is to get as many Clusters as possible and match that every round.
-Beginners/intermediate/visitors will scale burpees to 7/5 and clusters to hang power cleans for kb deadlift.