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Open 18.3, Yoga for Athletes & Weightlifting Club

The third Open workout is almost here! We look forward to seeing you at the gym on Friday to crush it!

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.


Yoga for Athletes

This week will see us complete our first 8 week cycle, which means it’s time for another restorative class. We’ll flow through a short sequence of yoga asana (yoga postures) to stretch out those sore muscles post 18.3, following which your teacher Christine will introduce you to the practice of yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep.

It’s a powerful and deeply relaxing type of guided meditation. Yoga nidra can be described as the state of consciousness that lies between wakefulness and sleeping. The practice usually begins with a body scan and specific breathing in order to trigger the body’s relaxation response, which is key for optimum recovery. Yoga nidra also includes imagery and/or visualisation to tap into the feeling state of the mind. As you drop more and more deeply into a state of ‘lucid sleeping’, your brainwaves begin to change. For more information on brain activity and stages of relaxation during yoga nidra, please click here.

Temperatures are on the rise, but please do bring adequate layers, or a thin blanket even, to make sure you stay nice and warm.


Workout of the Day – Friday

CROSSFIT OPEN 18.3

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 18.3 involves.

Workout of the Day – Sunday, Weightlifting Club

A) Cleans: 4 x 2 @ 80%

B) Front squats: 4 x 2 @ 80-85%

C) Push press: 3 x 5 @ 75-80%

D) Pull ups (weighted if necessary): 3 x 5

Workout of the day for Tues 6th March – Gymnastics Skill Work & Conditioning


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Every minute for 8 minutes:
2-5 x Muscle-ups + 2 Ring dips, based on ability

B) 12 AMRAP @ 100% effort
15 Thrusters 42.2/30kg
15 Calorie row
12 Thrusters 42.2/30kg
12 Calorie row
9 Thrusters 42.2/30kg
9 Calorie row

Workout of the Day – MetCon Class

A) For time:
100 Air squats
100 Pull ups
200 Push ups
300 Sit ups
100 Air squats

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 for Mon 29th Jan – Interval Weight Training


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Interval Weight Training

A1) 3 Rounds, with a 2 minute rest between rounds:
10 Thrusters 40/30kg
2 minutes ALL OUT max distance row

– 5 Minute Rest –

A2) 3 Rounds, with a 2 minute rest between rounds:
10 Front squat 40/30kg
1 minute pull-ups
1 minute burpees over the bar

B) 5 minutes of skill work under fatigue.
Choose something comlex for you and practice whilst tired (HSPU, Muscle Ups, Barbell cycling etc)

Upcoming Events & Fridays Workout – AMRAP Fun!

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 13:45) 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!

The Throwdown runs from 9am to 12pm, with food and drinks afterwards!


*A reminder this gym is closed this weekend for a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar, we apologise for how annoying this is! However, this is the last Seminar we are hosting until July!*


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

AMRAP Funzzies

A) 10 Minute AMRAP:
200m Row
15 Unbroken wall balls 9/6kg
10 Pull-ups

– Rest for 3 Minutes –

B) 8 Minute AMRAP:
100m Sprint
15 Unbroken Kettlebell swings 24/16kg
10 Pull-ups

– Rest for 3 minutes –

C) 6 Minute AMRAP:
15 Burpees
30 Double unders

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

Last Workout Before Christmas – Murph!

Join Coach Alice at 10am on Sunday 24th December for a special Christmas Eve Murph!

This is your last chance to earn that Christmas Dinner!…


Workout of the Day – CrossFit

Murph
For time:
1 mile run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Air squats
1 mile run

*If you have a 20lb weight vest, wear it.
*Start and end with a 1 mile run, partition the pull-ups, push-us and air squats as desired.

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

On the ninth day of CrossFit, my coaches gave to me…

Conor ‘Captain Levers’ Ryan chose today’s workout, enjoy it gang!


More Sports Massage Services


We would like to welcome Sue Spelling to Thames!

Sue will be offering her services (alongside Hester and Emerson) to members of the gym. Let’s find our a little more about Sue…

I have been in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 15 years, starting out as a Spinning Instructor, then PT and now CrossFit Coach, CrossFit Kids Coach. Together with my hubby, Paul we have owned various health clubs and are now proud owners of our own CrossFit Box.

I started practicing Reiki (healing) and Indian Head Massage over 15 years ago and more recently Sports Massage. I treat a range of people from Triathletes, Ironmen, office workers and of course CrossFitters! As a Coach and a Crossfitter I have a knack for finding all those niggly problems you may be putting up with. My style is very ‘hands-on/old school’. I believe in treating the cause of the problem, to try to prevent reoccurrence.

On a personal note I am mum to 3 crazy kids-2 girls ages 21 & 18 and our son aged 7 –plus mum to all our members at our box!! We also have 3 nutty Jug dogs, 2 of which are puppies aged 5 months and 6 months named Princess Leia, Chewie and Luke.

I believe life is short and we should squeeze it to death every day!! I look forward to meeting you all soon either for a treatment, a consultation or a coffee, did I mention I was also a trained chef?

Check out my Instagram @suescave, you can contact through the Thames members only Facebook Group or through my email.

Contact info for the Thames Specialists:
– Emerson Fernandez (Physiotherapist): fernandez.emerson@gmail.com
– Hester McDonald Thomas (Sports Massage): hmtsportsmassage@gmail.com
– Sue Spelling (Sports Massage): susanspelling@hotmail.co.uk


Workout of the Day

Day 9 – Chosen by Conor

“Heavy Mini Badger”

3 Rounds for time:
15 Squat cleans 60/40kg
15 Pull ups
400m Run