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Gym Bethnal green E2 - CrossFit London

Why you need to get an assessment?

As you guys and girls may or may not know I’ll be running assessments for the people who want them. But this raises a very pertinent question:

Why should you want an assessment?

Which is perfectly valid. You should really question everything and know why you’re doing stuff. What will the assessment tell you that is worth knowing? The easy answer is it tells you your strengths and weaknesses. At least relative to yourself if not in absolute terms.

Alas, easy answers are, as per usual, not good enough.

Knowing your why your goal is your goal and Key Performance Indicators

To get to understanding the reason to get an assessment we need to start with or figure out your “why” (not really related to Simon Sinek but also if you haven’t read “Start with why” you really should).

Why are you at CFLDN? What are you trying to get from your membership?
This can be anything, it’s your prerogative. Anything from just wanting to enjoy the community to competing at the games is a legit goal but have wildly different applications in terms of assessment. If you already know why you’re here congratulations for being ahead of the curve. If not, take a couple of days to have a proper think about it.

A goal comes with Key Performance Indicators (KPI), those things that are crucial to achieving the desired outcome. Then we have Secondary Performance Indicators (2KPI), those things central to the KPI’s. Tertiary Performance Indicators (3KPI), at which point you understand the concept.

This is where we come to the need, or not, of an assessment once you have unearthed what your goal is. Is your goal at all performance related? I’d define pretty much anything that includes the term “improve” as performance:

  • Improving body composition (losing fat and retaining/building muscle)
  • Improving Fran times
  • Improving strength
  • Improving mobility
  • etc. it’s not an exhaustive list.

If your goals are ANYTHING like this then you need to get an assessment to find out where you are. When you know where you are you then can see what KPI, 2KPI, and 3 KPI’s  you’re weak in and therefore where your training and programming needs to be focussed.

What the assessment involves:

This is what the assessment process will test so you can see that once that’s done we have a VERY complete picture of where you are.

Energy Systems: The ways in which the body produces the energy to work.
Aerobic System: The recovery system for higher output work. Also used for lower output and longer duration work. Primarily fat and oxygen as fuel source.

Glycolytic System: The short-term energy that’s used to fuel near maximal intensity work for upto 3 minutes-ish. Sugar is it’s primary fuel source but it’s also worth noting when Hydrogren + ions are produced as a by-product it inhibits muscle activity. So too much time in this energy system range and without a sufficient aerobic capacity to clear the H+ results in a very quick and significant decrease in performance

Phosphor-Creatine System: The MAX energy system. When your body needs to produce the highest output possible it needs the the potential energy that comes from the PCr uncoupling to provide immediate fuel. The reformation of PCr needs energy produced by the aerobic system. This means that if you want to consistently produce maximal effort outputs you need both a highly developed PCr system AND and highly developed Aerobic System

Strength:
Strength Endurance: A muscle or group of muscles ability to repeatedly produce non-maximal force

Maximal Strength: A muscle or group of muscles ability to produce the most force

Power: The ability to produce high force rapidly
Movement:

Low Threshold Non-Fatigued: Unloaded, slow, low skill movements without fatigue

Low Threshold Fatigued: The same movements under a state of fatigue

High Threshold: Movement which is fast, heavy, complex or a combination of any 2 or all.

(Potentially) Mobility/Stability/Flexibility:
Joint-by-Joint
Muscles
Static Posture

Tying it all together

This is the important part. Once the assessment is done we can create a visual representation of where your strengths and weakness are, we can compare that to your KPI stream and then build an individual program for you that’ll address the KPI’s and build where needs it. Which brings us back round to the programming 101 and how to write programming by adaptation.

If you want to come book in for your assessment all you need to do is email me ( alex@crossfitlondonuk.com )

Member of the Week: 20 May 2018

This week’s  Crossfit London Member of the Week goes to:

Iringo Demeter.

Iringo is a relatively new joiner who has discovered a love/hate relationship with CrossFit. I’ve had numerous conversations with Iringo during her lunchtime sessions and her evolution is heart warming to say the least. Iringo started from zero and when I say zero, I mean zero! Going from no exercise to speak of to high intensity CrossFit workouts is daunting to say the least. However, we always scaled workouts and intensity to her level and Iringo instantly fell in love with that post workout feeling. An enduring memory of mine from a few weeks back was when she exclaimed after a workout: “THAT WAS TERRIBLE BUT IT WAS FU£!&*~ AMAZING!!”. Iringo’s lifting, movement, and base conditioning have improved exponentially over the past few months and although we have only started this journey, I’m excited to see where it leads.
Well done Iringo!

 

Looking to start with CrossFit London UK in Bethnal Green, London E2?
Check out our fundamentals process. The ideal way for a beginner to start.
If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

Programming overview w/c 29 January 2018

WEEK 5/16
Programming for Crossfit London in Bethnal Green, E2 w/c 29th January 2018
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Registration for the 2018 CrossFit Open is LIVE! More information coming soon.
 
NEW CLASSES & SCHEDULE CHANGES
 
N/A.
 
CROSSFIT WOD
 
Programming photo attached.
 
OLYMPIC LIFTING
 
Monday:
Snatch.
 
Wednesday:
Clean.
 
Sunday:
Jerk.
 
POWERLIFTING
 
Monday:
Deadlift.
 
Wednesday:
Bench.
 
Sunday:
Squat.
 
COMPETITION
 
Tuesday:
TBD.
 
Thursday:
TBD.
 
Saturday:
TBD.
 
HEAVY METAL CLUB
 
Monday:
Clean & Jerk and squat.
 
Friday:
Snatch and squat.
 
CROSSFIT GYMNASTICS
 
Thursday:
Ring MU, TTB, push-up.
 
Saturday:
Pullups, bar MU, midline.
 
BARBELL STRENGTH
 
Saturday:
Deadlift & bench.
 
FLEXIBILITY
 
Monday:
Shoulders/bridge/glutes.
 
Wednesday:
Front & side splits.
 
Saturday:
Chest/bridge/hip flexors.
 
ADULT GYMNASTICS STRENGTH
 
Monday:
Level 1 – midline, inversions.
Level 2 – handstand hold/press, levers.
 
Wednesday:
Level 1 – midline, handstands, pullups.
Level 2 – handstand hold/press, flag.