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Workout of the day for Thurs 15th March

Is it really active recovery if the airdyne is involved?!….

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

Recovery Day

A) Every minute for 20 minutes alternate between:
Minute 1: 40 second row
Minute 2: Skill work of choice
Minute 3: 40 second airdyne / double unders
Minute 4: Skill work of choice

B) Skill work

C) Mobility Work

MetCon Class

A) Row

5 x 1k
*1:1 work to rest ratio

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


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 Thurs 8th March – We know what 18.3 is!

This was posted by Dave Castro as his hint for 18.3. Being as smart as we are we think we have cracked it.

Two daisies that look exactly the same, a repeat workout perhaps? With gymnastics being relatively limited in the first two workouts, it’s about time we saw some more high skill movements.

Our guess…18.3 is going to be 15.3.

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 14 minutes of:
7 Muscle-ups
50 Wall ball 9/6kg
100 Double unders

What are you thoughts?

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

As with all Thursday’s during the Open today is a easy recovery ready so you can go into tomorrow feeling fresh and ready to crush Open 18.3

A) Recovery
Alternating EMOM for 20 minutes:
Minute 1: Row 45 seconds
Minute 2: Aidyne 10/8 Calories
Minute 3: Run 200m
Minute 4: Skill movement of choice

B) Skill work and mobility drills

Workout of the Day – MetCon

A) Choose to Airdyne or Row
40-30-20-10-20-30-40 Calories, as fast as possible
*60 seconds rest between each

B) 5x Max distance handstand walk, rest as needed

CrossFit Open 18.2, Weekend Workouts & Upcoming Events

CrossFit Open Workout 18.2 & Coach Alice’s Smoothie Bar

After last weeks griptastic lung buster, what will Dave Castro have for us this week?!

Bench press and pistols, it just has to be?!

Workout 18.3 – March 8-12
Workout date: Friday 9th March (all classes)
Theme of the workout: Total Blackout – Interpret this as you will

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.

There is still time to register for the CrossFit Open just head over the CrossFit Games website.

Yoga for Athletes, Saturday 12:30 to 13:30

We’re fast approaching the end of our first 8 week cycle. This Saturday will mark the second to last week of the current programme, which means it’s time for another midline sesh.

Expect all sorts of plank variations plus a pranayama and more postures to get those deep core muscles such as the transverse abdominis to work. Yay!

Click here to learn more about the role of the diaphragm in regards to your core strength.

Workout of the Day – Friday


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 18.2 involves.

Workout of the Day – Sunday, Weightlifting Club

A) Snatch + Overhead squat: 8 x 1+1 @ 75-80%

B) Back squat: 5 x 1 @ 80%

C) Reverse grip bent over row: 3 x 8 @ by feel

D) Plank holds front + sides: 3 x 20 secs per side w/20 sec rest in between

Workout of the day for Thurs 7th Feb

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Barbell Cycling – Power Snatch

21-18-15-12-9-6-3, reps

B) Midline and Stability Work

3 – 5 Rounds
20/20 Side plank with kettlebell
20/20 Star plank
60 Second weighted plank
5-10 Strict toes to bar/rings

Workout of the Day – MetCon Class

15-12-9-12-15 reps for time:
Dumbbell floor press
6 Sandbag cleans between sets

Workout of the day for Tues 6th Feb – Interval Weight Training

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Interval Weight Training (IWT)

*This is your last IWT before the CrossFit Open begins, give it your all!

A1) 3 Rounds, with a 2 minute between rounds:
8-12 Dumbbell thruster
2 minutes ALL OUT max distance row

– 5 Minute Rest –

A2) 3 Rounds, with a 2 minute between rounds:
12 Dumbbell push press
1 minute for max burpees over the rower
1 minute row for max distance

B) Skill Work Under fatigue

Workout of the Day – Metcon Class

For time:
8 Rope climb
20 Push ups
30 Goblet squat 24/16kg
600m Kettlebell carry (switch hands at 300m) 24/16kg
30 Goblet squat 24/16kg
20 Push Ups
8 Rope climb

Workout of the day for Weds 31st Jan – Gymnastics Skills

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

Part of today’s gymnastics skill work is handstand walking.

Many of us struggle to walk in a straight line (especially after a long week) nevermind walking on our hands, so what options do we have if we are still working on our handstand walking skills?…

Check out these progressions and try them in today’s session!…

A) Gymnastic Skills

A1) Every minute for 12 minutes, alternate between:
Minute 1: 4 Muscle-ups + 2 Strict ring dips
Minute 2: 20 Hollow rocks

A2) Every minute for 12 minutes, alternate between:
Minute 1: 3-5 Bar muscle-ups
Minute 2: 10 Toes to bar

A3) Every minute for 12 minutes, alternate between:
Minute 1: 1 Length handstand walk
Minute 2: 2 Lengths heavy farmers carry

Workout of the Day – Weightlifting Club

A) Clean doubles: 6 x 1+1 @ 80-85%
B) Strict press: 3 x 3 @ 80-85%
C) Push press: 3 x 2 @ 80-85%
D) RDL’s: 4 x 6 @ by feel

Are you tracking your progress? – Jonny Landels, Nutrition Coach

Progress Tracking

The metric that most people forget about when embarking on their journey to lose weight, get stronger, gain muscle, and improve their health.

However, it is by far the most important.

If you’re not tracking your progress, then how do you know if you’re improving or regressing?

Most people’s attempt at tracking is poor, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Some will start a ‘diet’ or exercise routine, and weigh themselves just a few days later, see no difference, and decide to do something else as it’s clearly ‘not working’.

Others will stick with it for a while, but will use the scale only to track, and after one bad weigh in on a random day decide to pack it all in or make some dramatic change.

It’s inconsistent tracking and unreliable data that causes us to make rash decisions when attempting to improve our physique or health in anyway.

If this sounds like you, this article is for you.

Here are the measures I use when tracking my client’s progress:


Unavoidably, weight on the scale is a metric we need to track when trying to lose/gain weight.

I sometimes wish it could be done without it as people can be very emotionally attached with this number, however, when combined with the other data, it can be a good indicator of fat loss/muscle gain.

But not always.

Weight gain doesn’t necessarily mean that fat has been gained, and a lack of change doesn’t always mean that fat hasn’t been lost.

Weight fluctuates on a daily basis due to water levels, muscle glycogen levels, and gut residue.

So I get my clients to weigh themselves every day and record the weekly average.

It sounds like overkill, but this will allow you to see past the day-day fluctuations, and notice actual weight change week to week, and month to month.

Do this first thing in the morning, naked, and after your morning trip to the bathroom.

Body Circumference Measurements

For accuracy, I love the 9 site measurement data that Andy Morgan from rippedbody.jp suggests on his article on tracking progress.

These 9 sites are:

– Chest
– Right arm
– Left arm
– 2″ above navel
– Navel
– 2″ below navel
– Hips (widest point)
– Right thigh
– Left thigh

Of course this takes time, so if you’re rushed, neck, waist, and hips will do.

These can be hard to do by yourself so I recommend buying an Orbitape measure so that you can comfortably get it done without relying on anyone else.

Do these once a week and note to the nearest 0.1cm for accuracy.

A guide to using this tape measure can be found here.

These body circumference sites when used in correlation to the scale weight will show you if body fat is being lost or muscle being gained.

Subjective measures

Everything affects everything…

I get my clients to record how they’re sleeping, what their stress levels are like, how their appetite is, and how they’re feeling during their workouts.

All of these measures will affect each other as well as your training and weight progress.

So if you feel your progress in the gym or on your diet is poor, think whether you have the above dialled in or not.

Progress Photos

I get my clients to take progress photos from the front and side every 4 weeks.

There is no need for them to be more frequent than this, and these can be just for you to notice differences in physical appearance.

These can be great to keep you motivated and accountable to the process.

Dietary adherence, Training adherence, and Progression
For my clients I also ask them to rate their adherence to their nutrition and training plans, as well as notes about their progression in performance.

This can be useful for you to note also before you make drastic changes.

If the scale weight and measurements didn’t change but you’ve not been to the gym and you had more treats than you would’ve liked then that’s probably the cause of the issue rather than the exercise or diet not working.

Take a training log of your exercise so you can see your frequency and performance levels, and be honest about whether you’re following your nutrition habits as well as you should be.

The training log will help you see if you’re progressing with your weights or not, and also what weights you should be using session to session.

If you find you aren’t recovering or progressing, and your subjective measures are bang on, this will show that a change to your dietary intake could help.

Staying objective about your data

All of the data together will help provide you a picture of progress when trying to lose weight, gain muscle, get stronger, or just improve your health.

If your weight increases but your stomach measurements decrease, this indicates fat loss and muscle gain at the same time.

Muscle growth can hide fat loss so don’t just rely on the scale.

If your weight suddenly increases (which it will sometimes) then don’t get disheartened, this won’t mean fat gain. Check your stomach measurements for change, if there isn’t any, then you’re fine.

This weight increase will be down to an increase in glycogen, maybe from extra carbohydrate or some salty food.

For women, your weight will fluctuate with your menstrual cycle due to water retention, so make sure you’re comparing data at the same time in your cycle not to be discouraged.

I see weight fluctuations much more in women, so measuring the body and progress photos become even more important.

In terms of gym performance, a strength increase is always a good way to measure progress – are you lifting more than the week prior.

However, if you are losing weight, then maintaining strength levels is also a great sign of progress. This shows that your fat loss isn’t affecting your muscle strength as you’re moving more load in comparison to your new bodyweight.

I hope this article helps you stay objective with your progress when trying to make a change, as always, questions welcome in comments or on the Thames Facebook Group.

To find out more about nutrition programming with Jonny, check out this post!

Workout of the Day – CrossFit

A) Barbell Cycling – Snatch


Increase weight from week 1 and start over.

B) Midline and Stability Work

3-5 Rounds:
5/5 Banded cycles
10 Hollow rocks
30 Second hollow hold
15/15 Flutter kicks

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

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