what is crossfit

Ever gotten a little dramatic or over-emotional over a workout? I know I have, and it can take me into a spiral of self-doubt and wondering why I bother exercising in the first place. “Why do I have to do this to myself?”, I think, as I angrily throw a barbell to the floor.

These lapses in motivation are nothing compared to what some people face – yet they still fight hard to train. They’ve overcome adversity like few of us have known and never use it as an excuse.

In this post I’ve compiled five of the videos that have really changed my perspective on working out. Yes, sometimes things are tough and workouts can hurt – but some people would kill for the opportunity to move their bodies in the way that I can, and these videos help remind me of this.

As you watch these videos, remember this – you don’t have to do it. You get to do it.

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what is crossfit

You’ve seen it on Instagram and heard that your friend from work likes to go every night, but you might still be a little confused as to what CrossFit actually is. 

CrossFit has been around as an exercise programme since 2000, but with the wellness boom of recent years it’s been growing in popularity more than ever. Here, I detail what exactly CrossFit is, along with common questions like how much it costs, what the abbreviations mean, and how to start CrossFit.

I hope this post answers your questions, but if there’s anything I don’t cover, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer for you.

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Underground beneath a busy Covent Garden street, the ultimate fantasy land for anyone into functional fitness is hidden away. Power racks lined up with bumper plates neatly stacked, the créme de la créme of gym toys with all premium names like Wattbike and Keiser, along with some other fancy-looking equipment that even I don’t know what it is – but I’m about to find out!

I was invited along to Performance Ground London to try out their performance assessment service – being someone who likes to seek out their weaknesses to work on them I jumped at the chance to go along. I was in London for work anyway, however this ‘work’ thing was a rather boozy event the night before my assessment, so I probably wasn’t quite as switched on for the assessment as I should’ve been.

Adding in my sprained ankle I felt like a withered version of myself – nevertheless I gave the assessment a good go in order to review it for you, dear reader! Read on to find out what happens in the assessment, how it’s applied to programming, and also how you can get yourself a place on an upcoming Performance Ground workshop.

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I was invited to do the Performance Ground assessment for free, and I also receive a small percentage of any workshop purchases made via the link. My opinion will never be bought and I only work with brands I believe in.

breaking plateaus

The newbie gains come thick and fast when you first start CrossFit, but unfortunately they don’t last forever…

A year down the line things start to plateau and PBs are fewer and farther between. When I watch CrossFitters walking on their hands and repping out muscle-ups (heck, even repping out pull-ups) I still feel very new to the sport – despite having been doing it over two years now – although something that does remind me that I’m not so green anymore is my lack of newbie gains: that is, every time I go into the box I’m not hitting new PBs like you do in those golden first months of CrossFit. Even though we’re all supposed to be doing this sport for fun, it can get you down and you may not be that happy-go-lucky CrossFitter you were when you were PBing every week!

I’ve switched up my training strategy of late and last week I finally added 5kg onto my split jerk after being stuck on a plateau for a year. Hooray! That doesn’t mean the spell is broken and the hard work is over – I’m consistently working on a few different strategies to ensure I continue to progress in CrossFit. Read on to find out what I’ve been trying to finally smash through my plateau now my newbie gains are well and truly over.

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training camino santiago

Training for a walk like the Camino de Santiago is very different to the challenges I’m used to, like recruiting my fast twitch muscle fibres and creatine energy system for a 1RM snatch or high box jump, say, or working the anaerobic system to get a fast mile time. The challenge of a long hike is the fatigue – both mental and physical – and keeping your muscles working together for the entire walk.

It’s less heavy squats and fast burpees, and more spending time on your feet and ensuring those small stabiliser muscles are being used optimally. Of course, it’s a given you need to do some longer weekend walks to prepare yourself, but there are other aspects you may not have thought of. Read on to hear about how I’ve been training over the past few weeks, and how you can apply the principles to a trekking challenge like the Camino.

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I'm hiking the Camino de Santiago with G Adventures - click here to WIN the very same trip! This post is in partnership with G Adventures, although my opinion is genuine and I will only collaborate with brands I truly believe in.

things i wish i knew about crossfit

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? And so is learning from others’ mistakes – or at least it would be, if we actually did. We humans are far too egotistical, always thinking we know best and that the mistake won’t happen to us. Maybe that’s just me, but I’d be surprised if it was.

I still think I’m very new to CrossFit, but I’ve been doing the sport for nearly two years now, and yep, I’ve made mistakes – despite coaches and peers warning me. I’ll probably make a lot more mistakes, too, but hopefully not the very same ones again.

I’m going to drop some knowledge bombs from my two years here: if you’re anything like me, you’ll read and ignore, choosing to do your own thing. But maybe you’re a newbie CrossFitter who’d really like to do things right the first time, in which case this advice might just benefit you – but either way, read on to hear about my mistakes at least!

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2017 crossfit open

The CrossFit Games Open is the yearly competition which leads elite athletes into Regionals, with around half a million athletes worldwide signing up to join in. This includes teens, masters, teams, newbie CrossFitters, and those who have been doing it since day one. But they’re not all going to Regionals – there are only 50 spots per division. So why do we do it?

This was my second CrossFit Open, and I do it for the camaraderie with my fellow CrossFitters, but also to benchmark my progress. Last year I set the bar, and I was really keen to prove my progress over the last year during the workouts. Read on to hear about my five reflections on the past five weeks and how they compare to my 2016 attempt.

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