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Member of the Week: 18 February 2018

This week’s Member of the Week goes to

Sean Woodlock

You might have noticed Sean at the gym for his beautiful long hair that even a L’Oreal model would be proud of. However, I’d like you to take note of him because of his concerted efforts to improve himself. Sean has been training with us for a couple of years now but he has really made some big changes in the last few months in an effort to be the best he can be for The CrossFit Open. Sean gave up alcohol and as a result has lost a ton of weight. He’s the leanest I’ve ever seen him which will help him immensely with his goal to get a muscle-up. Currently PTing with Coach Joe, he’s diligently going through all the drills and working hard on his own on top of all the CrossFit and Olympic Lifting classes he’s attending. Sean is testament that consistency and dedication gets you results.

Well done Sean and get that muscle-up!

What if it’s not possible for you to get flexible?

 

What if it’s not possible for you to get flexible because of your bad genes?

This quick article is about how to beat the impossible.

Possibility is largely a mindset.

What happens in January in the gym world? Hundreds of people swarm into each gym for the first time, with the aim to change their health and fitness for good.

A week later, they quit.

Why?

Because they don’t believe it’s possible to change. Their thoughts are, I’m out of shape, I’ll never be fit, I’ll never lose this weight.

Guess what? They don’t. Because they don’t believe they ever will.

The first step in achieving anything is you have to BELIEVE it’s possible. When you do, you’ve won half the battle.

Then you have to get creative.

A wise man once said – whose name I forget –
“Those who are commmitted will find a way. Those who are not will find an excuse.”

If you look for a way, it will show itself.

Let’s take the straddle as an example:

Hips too tight so you can’t hold yourself upright?

Just by putting a block underneath you it raises your hips up to let gravity hold you forward. Thus making what might seem an impossible move, possible to work on.

There’s always a way to work around something if you look for one.

Try this process not just in your stretching, but all your training,  and you’ll be surprised how far it will take you.

– Felix Leech
Flexibility Coach, Crossfit London

Join a flexibility class to see how far you can go by finding a way.

Or if you want to get flexible even faster, avoid injuries or get less pain from your workouts, book a free 1-1 taster session with Felix here.

License to Watch TV Over Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!

This is going to be a short article to help you get the most out of your holidays.

By no means am I dampening anyone’s fun – as they say, train hard, party harder! This little tip will help make your Crossfit and gymnastics better while out of the gym, and set you up for an amazing month in January.

I’m telling you to watch TV.

Confused? OK I’ll explain. See, in the holidays you can take some time off from training and your strength and fitness will be fine for a week. Sadly not so for flexibility – even a few days off stretching can set you back a lot.

The fix? Get your stretching in while getting your fix of Xmas movies and TV catchups.

Choose a stretch you can do for a long period with your eyes on the box. I chose the straddle stretch as an example as it ticks all the boxes:

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1. Sit down on the floor
2. Have your legs out in front, knees locked
3. Open your legs as wide as they will go
4. Now kean forward while keeping your chest and head up
5. If it’s hard to balance like this you can sit on a small cushion to raise your hips
6. If you like you can also have a foot stool in front to hold and pull yourself gently forward – though make sure it doesn’t block your eyes from the screen!

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So that’s it! Eat, drink and be merry, AND catch up on the flexibility you know you need while catching up on Breaking Bad. And if anyone asks – you’re being productive!

Happy holidays!