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Workout of the day for Thursday 11th January – Barbell Cycling

Barbell cycling is found in CrossFit when we have to move barbells for multiple reps, in particular the snatch or clean & jerk.

It can be very tricky to learn, especially when you have so much other stuff to think about with the olympic lifts! The focus today is to practice bar control, positions and to build in mechanics and consistency when cycling through reps.

Here are some key tips…

On the ascent:
– Keep the bar close to the body
– Aggressive turn over to ensure a strong lock out overhead (punch the bar up!)
– Slight push-back of the hips to reach a quicker power position

On the descent:
– Shoot the hips back
– Get the elbows over the top of the barbell quickly and the keep the bar close to the body.
– Clear the knees, keeping almost vertical shins.
– Stay back on the heels, especially as fatigue begins to set in.

Touch Points on the descent

You will need to understand how many “touch points” the bar will have on the descent and also learn how different weights will influence this.

If you are comfortable going straight down while maintaining good positions and bar control (and having no contact with the bar at hip/thigh) then this is a faster way to cycle reps.

However as weight increases you may be required to have a touch point at the hips or thigh in order to help control the weight back to the floor without being pulled out of position.

Check out the video below of two CrossFit Games Champions going head to head on a 50 rep version of “Isabel“. In the video you will see Sam Briggs (in the black vest) touch the bar at the thighs during the decent, while Annie (in the red vest) went straight down with no touch point.


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Barbell Cycling

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of power snatch

*Start light and add load with each round. MUST BE UNBROKEN!
*Focus will be on cycling the movement well and building confidence moving the barbell with higher rep schemes.

B) Midline and stability work
3-5 rounds for quality:
45 seconds left side plank
45 seconds right side plank
10 Scap push-ups (use a band if needed)
2 Lengths bottom up kettlebell carry

Workout of the Day – MetCon

Every minute, until failure, alternate between:
1) 14/18 Calorie row
2) 1 Round of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air squats)
*40 minute cap

Upcoming Events & Weekend Workouts

Open Weekend – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st January

Are you friends always asking you about CrossFit but yet to try it? Or are you tired of being the only one in your group to talk about ‘the gains’ and take pride in barbell bruises?…Well now is your chance to get a friend involved.

On Saturday (08:30 and 13:30) and Sunday (13:30) we are holding some free taster sessions for those wanting to give CrossFit a shot.

You can register your friends here.

Docklands Throwdown – Saturday 3rd February

We are joining up with our neighbouring CrossFitter’s for a Throwdown.

The Throwdown is a same sex pairs event and athletes of all abilities are welcome, and there will be both RX and scaled divisions.

To sign-up just find a team-mate and add your name to the list on the whiteboard at gym!

Yoga for Athletes, Saturday 12.30-1.30pm

Please note the new start time for this class, it has now been brought forward from 1pm to 12:30

If you haven’t checked out the weekly yoga class we are now offering to round off your training at CrossFit Thames, perhaps now is the time! Not that you necessarily need to wait for a certain date in the calendar to form new habits, however psychologically it might help strengthen your resolve to stick with it if you set a specific start date.

So, if are making New Year’s resolutions, upping your mobility and general recovery game should definitely be on the list!

What does a yoga class at Thames look like?

Just like our CrossFit classes, the weekly yoga practice is one hour in length. You’ll spend the first few minutes tuning into your breath, practising pranayama (breathing exercises).

You’ll then be taken through a short warm-up, before moving through a series of sun salutation flows to mobilise the spine and wake up your joints. It’s a nice way to generate a little bit of heat in the body, especially at this time of the year!

The postures in the main part of the class will often focus on a particular muscle group or body part, for example shoulders, hip flexors or midline, with Christine making sure you understand the purpose of these exercises, and how they relate to your training in the gym.

The recovery element is a key principle of the class, so you’ll always find a few restorative poses towards the end of the practice in preparation for your final relaxation. Sometimes, this will even be its main focus, in which case you basically get to snooze for the best part of the class – and wake up feeling all nice and relaxed.

Christine deliberately refrains from playing music in her classes so as to minimise any external distractions. This allows you to really focus in on yourself, and your breath especially – you may be surprised by how quiet the gym can be without the hustle and bustle of the workouts going on, and it makes for a nice break from the general sensory overload of London life.

This class is open to non-members of Thames, so why not come down with a friend? Non-members are welcome to drop in at a cost of £10, to be paid on the day – as with our other classes, there is no need to sign up in advance, and all levels are welcome.


Box Notices

*Thursday 11th Jan – No Open Gym due to a photoshoot

*Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th Jan – Gym Closed for CrossFit Seminar (No more LV1 seminars until July!)

Workout of the Day – Friday

A) Find a Heavy single front Squat

B) 3 Rounds for time:
1 Length front rack walking lunge kb 24/20kg
15 Shoulder to overhead
10 Chest to bar pull ups

C) 3 rounds for quality:
45 second right side plank
45 second left side plank
10 Full GHD or Nordic curls
60 seconds rest

Workout of the Day – Saturday

A) “Angie”

For time:
100 Pull-ups
100 Push-ups
100 Sit-ups
100 Air squats

Member Appreciation Week – Day 5


Food, coffee…pizza! BOOM!

To end Member Appreciation Week we are providing some tasty treats for all the classes today.

The morning crew will be met with a breakfast snack of coffee and pastries, midday classes will have a refreshing smoothie to kick start their afternoons and the evening classes get a pizza feast!

Come on down and celebrate! You guys and gals are AWESOME! Thank for you a fantastic year, and bring on 2018!


Yoga for Athletes, Saturday 1-2pm

Christmas schedule info – this class is running on Saturday 23/12 and 30/12, come in for a bit of
downtime during the holidays!

This week we are going to focus on the shoulder, the most mobile joint in the body.

Overhead mobility is a limiting factor in CrossFit movements such as handstands, muscle-ups, overhead squats & snatches…most things really!

Restrictions can result from a number of factors including lifestyle and posture, as well as compensatory movement patterns due to injury, to name but a few.

We’re going to mobilise the shoulder joint with a view to lengthening and strengthening the surrounding soft tissues that give it stability – why not take some of these exercises and integrate them into your warm-up or cool-down at the gym?

A yoga practice should be well-rounded, as such we’ll be sure to also engage the usual major muscle groups, and move the spine in its various directions. Christmas jumpers optional.

See you there, and if I don’t – happy Christmas!


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) 8 minute EMOM
2 Push press + 1 Split jerk
*Warm-up to a challenging weight to use throughout the EMOM

B) 8 x 30 seconds on : 1 minute off
Row/Airdyne max effort
*Score is total calories over the 8 intervals

C) 3 rounds for quality:
10 Full GHD raises or Nordic curls
45 second plank
25 Ab-mat sit ups
45 second plank

Member Appreciation Week – Day 2


It’s Day 2 of Member Appreciation Week and today you get a chance to re-pay the coaches for the last year of training.

For every one of those assault bike calories, every rep of wall ball that hit you square in the face, for every time you were made to run in the rain or do another god damn burpee…It’s payback time!

If you come to class today you will be allowed to cast you vote for one of three workouts that the Coaching Team will have to complete.

…Did we mention how much we love you guys?


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Partner WOD, 4 Rounds for time!
400m Sandbag run (Share Sandbag)
20 Kettlebell swings 24/16 (each athlete)
20 Slam balls (each athlete)

B) Rope climbs
5 Minutes AMRAP
*This is practice, so focus on quality of movement

Workout of the Day – MetCon

A) 30 Kettlebell Turkish get ups, alternating arms 1.5/1 pood

B) 10 Rounds
10m Walking lunge (KB/DB in front rack)
60 Second plank
20 Mountain climbers

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