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Joe Martin

CrossFit London & CrossFit SE11 Christmas Party 2017

This year we’re heading to a new venue for the CrossFit London and CrossFit SE11 Christmas Party. On Saturday 16th December we’ll be heading to Hay’s Galleria near London Bridge for this year’s festivities, with a glass of Prosecco on arrival before a sit-down 3-course meal.

XMAS BBWe have the venue from midday onwards, food served from 13:00. At 16:00 the venue will need the restaurant area back, but there is a terrace bar we can move to afterwards before you head off and out for additional festivities.

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday 16th December

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 (food at 1:00)

LocationHays Galleria, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HD

Price: £35


Menu Choices:

Please send your choices via email with the full title (not just numbers) to either Joe or Chris.


  1. Sweet potato, parsnip, carrot and coconut soup (V)
  2. Pork, apple and calvados pate
  3. Glenarm organic smoked salmon
  4. Curly kale, roast veg and goat’s cheese tart (V)


  1. Roast Turkey parcel wrapped in bacon
  2. Oven roasted trout
  3. Chargrilled sirloin steak*
  4. Roasted red pepper wrapped nut roast (V)

*Please specify how you would like your steak cooked. If not specified it will be cooked medium.

DessertXMAS pud

  1. Christmas pudding
  2. Salted caramel and chocolate tart
  3. Classic lemon meringue pie
  4. Cheese Selection

The full menu with descriptions can be found here.
Book here.

Olympic Lifting Competition & September Social

The good weather’s pretty much gone, the nights are drawing in and summer is all but over. But all is not lost, there’s still much to look forward to at CFL.
Put Saturday 30th September in your diary; CrossFit London is hosting it’s latest in-house competition followed by the September social.

The Olympic Lifting Competition

From 13:30 onwards on Sat 30th we will be holding an Olympic Lifting Competition in 9 Malcolm Place, open to all CFL members and all levels of ability. Whether you’re an Olympic Lifting or Heavy Metal Club mainstay, a Level 2 regular or CrossFit London newbie, get involved.
The competition will start at 12:30, when you will be weighed in (in private) and then asked for your opening lifts. The back room of 9MP will be your warm up area, with first lifts will be at 13:30. You will have 3 attempts at the Snatch then 3 attempts at Clean and Jerk taking your highest total out of the 3 of each and adding together to be given a ‘total’.
Snatch: 60/65/67x
Clean & Jerk: 85/95x/95
The best Snatch was 65kg and the best Clean & Jerk was 95kg after missing it once. Total: 160kg.
It will be scored on the Sinclair Coefficient, which is an equation taking bodyweight into account before giving you your final score. We will also adjust scores for Masters aged 35 and over (yep, sorry you’re a “master”).
Lifts will be judged to weightlifting standards, so no ‘CrossFit lifts’ (e.g. no press outs). However, power cleans and power snatches will be fine, so don’t worry if you struggle to hit that perfect squat snatch; catch it with straight arms and you’ll get 3 white lights.
Who can participate: any current CrossFit London or CrossFit SE11 members
Date: Saturday 30th September 2017
Time: Warm up from 12.30. First lift 13:30. Finish around 15:30
Place: 9 Malcolm place
Book in: You can book your spot just like a normal class on MBO.
Email joe@crossfitlondonuk.com if you have any further questions.
Anyone who wants to get involved, but doesn’t want to compete, I’ll need volunteers on the day to film lifts, take pictures and to load the bars. Let me know if you’d like to help out.

The Social

IMG_2598The social will officially start at the same time as the competition at 12:30; competing can be nerve-wracking so we want as many supportive faces and cheering squads as possible.
But if you can’t make it for lift-off at 13:30, come down at any time. Alcohol will be provided like last time (although you should probably bring your own).
I suspect, like last time, when the alcohol runs out we’ll find a suitable establishment to move on to.

Strongman Conditioning

CrossFit London has one of the longest running and best equipped Strongman classes in London. You’ll be hard pressed to find another facility that has atlas stones, sleds, prowlers, axle bars, logs, handles, kegs, T-bars and ropes all under one roof, and then add to that all the usual CrossFit equipment to boot.
The problem, however, is that we make you jump through a lot of hoops before you’re able to participate (8 Level 1s in total!). Eight hours is a lot of investment of your time and money to be able to attend our Strongman classes.
IMG_8244Strongman in simple and we’d like to keep it that way: awkward objects, over distance, quickly. So we’ve decided to simplify the process.
First, we’ve done away with the Level 1.8, and instead will be incorporating fundamentals teaching into the classes.
We’re also getting rid of the “Level 2” label, which means you don’t need to be a CrossFitter (or complete our Level 1 classes) to join in. Just like MetCon, anyone can drop in and you can bring your friends to try out a class.
Finally, the name and format. In the new “Strongman Conditioning” classes, expect all the same awkward, gassy workouts (those who have done the CrossFit and Strongman beginners, may be able to go a bit heavier) but you’ll all be doing the same workout. You won’t find Olympic Lifting, high-level gymnastics IMG_7662or things which take a lot of drills before you start; that means classes will run faster, with more hard work crammed in.
You can join in the classes with Carolyn on Tuesday at 18:30 or Saturday at 11:30 with Kat. Any questions, feel free to e-mail: support@crossfitlondonuk.com.

Member of the Week: 25 August 2017

This week’s Member of the Week goes to

Brice Hourdin


Brice has only been coming to CFL since March, but has since become a regular feature. Whether it’s Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics, Competition, or Level 2, you will have likely seen him around the gym in one of your classes.

I’ve never heard Brice complain or whinge (even curled up on the floor gasping for air); he always goes hard in workouts and doesn’t care if he comes first, last, or if he doesn’t finish at all. Nor does he care if he has to scale a movement or not go RX. His attitude towards his workouts is everything, and that’s why he’s this week’s Member of the Week.


StrongFest 2017 Roundup

StrongFest 2017 was just over a week ago, and hopefully you’ve all stopped aching by now. It was a fantastic day with phenomenal atmosphere, and that’s down to the attitude and efforts of the participants, so thank you to everyone who was involved. A personal highlight was seeing people get deadlift PBs on the axle bar, a feat I thought not just improbable, but impossible; shows what the pressure of competition can do.
I’d like to make a special mention to thank the volunteers who helped out on the day. Not just CFL coaches, but members who came to help out, and Krystal and Sylvia from Dawn and 1971 who offered a hand on the day too. I can plan and organise down to the finest detail, but without hands on deck these kind of events just couldn’t happen.
Final Scores
You only know how you did compared with the others in your group, and as a result a few people have asked for the individual scores and standings, so here they are.
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** Tiebreak WOD C total**
**Tiebreak WOD C total**
Moving Forward
StrongFest was designed to be a community event for the local Boxes, and a way for the East London Boxes to get to know each other a little better. I think we all came away from the day with a few extra Instagram friends, and a guaranteed familiar face if we want to go visit another gym. See you all again soon, hopefully, before next year’s event.

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Member of the Week: 30 June 2017

This week’s Member of the Week goes to

Sally Faulkner


Sally’s not been doing CrossFit for very long, but is a standout example of an athlete with the perfect attitude. She comes to classes knowing she probably won’t lift the heaviest or come first in the WOD (although she did on Friday, boom!); all she cares about is doing better than the last time she came in. She works hard. She’s always smiling. She knows that the ‘CrossFit thing’ is a journey, not a quick fix, and she’s putting in the hard graft. She’s a pleasure to have in a class and can’t wait to see how she progresses.