Week In Preview, August 18th, 2019


“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times, and challenging adversity”

–Barbara De Angelis

 

Supplement Spotlight

Transparent Labs Turmeric

Turn To Turmeric

Your body’s ability to recover from training is one of the most important factors to consider when trying to reach your fitness goals. As crossfitters, we often experience the repercussions of our training through inflammation and the dreaded post workout delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Our body instinctively translates workout stress into inflammation. The active ingredient in Turmeric called Curcumin has extremely potent anti-inflammatory properties which can aid our recovery from tough workouts. Some research suggests that all natural Turmeric might be as effective in reducing inflammation as ibuprofen! Turmeric’s health benefits include reducing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, and even depression! It’s no secret why it has been used as a staple supplement in India and China for thousands of years. Transparent Labs has created an excellent combination of Turmeric and Bioprene that allows nutrients to be absorbed to their full potential. Say bye to those cranky knees with Turmeric!

RawSeries Turmeric 95% Curcuminoids

Upcoming Events

CrossFit Level 1 Course @ West

We’re hosting a Level 1 Certificate Course on September 14-15 at West! We’re excited about this opportunity to host some of the best coaches around, as well as aspiring coaches from all over the country. If you’ve ever been interested in earning your Level 1 certificate, there’s no better time than now. You can get more details on the course here!

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*Due to the nature of the course, all classes at West will be cancelled on Saturday, September 14.

Wodapalooza Online Qualifier

If you have been itching to test your skills prior to the Crossfit Open a great opportunity has come! The creators of Wodapalooza are releasing workouts for the next 3 weeks. If you have never attempted any of these great workouts it’s an overall great opportunity to see where you are at in your fitness journey. For details on due dates and submissions please click here!

Rhema Rumble

The 2019 Rhema Rumble is almost underway. Our fellow Knoxville crossfit gym is holding a competitive crossfit competition on Saturday, August 24th.  Teams of two in RX and Scaled divisions will battle it out for spots on the podium. For more information and how you can register click here!

Weekly WODs

Monday – Tour De CFK

We are ramping it up on the assault bike as we head into the week! Turn your frown upside down! We will begin the day with a heavy set of 3 on the push jerk for our strength portion. Our conditioning piece will tax the shoulders with push jerks, and assault bike sprints for calories.

 

Tuesday – Double “Barfight” and Open Prep

If you like rowing fast today is your day! The second training day of the week is going to test our skills with some unfamiliar movements that we are likely to see in the open. We have single dumbbell overhead lunges, single dumbbell burpees, and double-unders.  However, we begin the workout with a 1000m buy in on the rower! Be fast and furious!

 

Wednesday – Recover from Squats with More Squats

We retested last week for the new cycle, and have made it to the first week of 5×5 squats. We will be dropping the weights down this week in order to focus on technique, and establishing great positions! We will finish the day off with a squat filled WOD that incorporates sprint intervals, hang cleans, and front squats.

 

Thursday – WODability

We are getting a nice recovery workout near the middle of the week because we need it! We will spend some time getting our heart rates elevated, and going through full-range of motion on non-complex movements. We will be recovering through perfect squats, slam-balls, and lunges.

 

Friday – TBD Wodapalooza Online Qualifier

Prepare yourself for the unknown each Friday for the next 3 weeks! We won’t know what to expect until Wednesday when the workout is released!

 

Saturday – Level 2  “Straight 100”

We end the week with a benchmark workout that includes 100 reps of wall balls, 100 calories on the rower, and 100 box jumps. The key to this workout is big sets on the wall balls while maintaining a lower heart rate.

 

Saturday – Community WOD “Farmer Fran”

Bring your friends to our free weekly 9am class. We have a partner workout in which each partner will spend time blasting through calories while the other partner does pec pumping push-ups. We will also be testing our grip strength with a heavy 400m partner farmer’s carry!

 

 

Week In Preview, August 11th, 2019


“Winning means your willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else”

-Vince Lombardi

Supplement Spotlight

Don’t Race Towards Rickets!

Some people believe that by consuming large amounts of calcium in their diet  that it allows them to have strong bones, but this is only a half truth. Calcium absorption is solely dependent on the amount of vitamin D contained in the cells throughout the body.  Without sufficient levels of Vitamin D, Calcium cannot be absorbed through the intestines. Sufficient Vitamin D levels are critical to maintenance of bone, and overall critical to the crossfit athlete. Crossfit athletes often put their bones under extraordinary stress from heavy weight training. These situations cause bone to degenerate and regenerate. We need Vitamin D to facilitate this regeneration of bone, and to help increase bone density.

Puori D3

Upcoming Events:

Strength and Powerlifting Seminar at CFK North

Want to meet one of the best in the biz? 60 dollars might be your ticket to the 1,000 pound club! Jeremy Augusta, the creator of the Swing Block Method will assisting CFK athletes with technique perfection on the big three( bench press, squat, and deadlift) lifts. The training will last all-day at our North location on Saturday, September 7th. Need more info? Check out the event on Facebook, and sign-up!

Weightlifting-vs-powerlifting

Weekly WODs:

Monday – Squat Day 5RM Retest

Hopefully by Monday you have shaken off the lingering effects of “California Love”! We will be performing a retest for the new squat cycle, and will follow it up with descending rep ladder of hip flexion and extension movements. Be prepared to go unbroken on  higher rep burpees and kettlebell swings!

Tuesday – Demystify the Muscle Up

The philosophy at CFK is to “get better, not done”. On day 2 we take our time in a skill work session that will open our eyes to the finer points of the ring muscle up. We will follow it up with a conditioning workout that includes ring muscle ups, calories on the rower, and wall balls.

Wednesday – Old School

We have an old school warm-up planned for your third training day of the week! It’s weightlifting Wednesday so we will be cycling the barbell and  practicing our positional awareness during deadlifts, hang cleans, push jerks, and split jerks. Yes, you read correctly! We are doing split jerks!

Thursday – Dottir for a Day

Have you ever wondered how to build a cardiovascular engine like every athlete with the last name “Dottir”? EMOM training can provide you the stimulus necessary to get you to that next level. However, its up to you to put the pedal to the metal! We have rowing, kickback box-jumps,  farmer’s carries, situps and if the GHD is open you can give it a go!

Friday – Pick Six

We have another weightlifting day towards the end of our week! We will begin with a strength and technique session that is every 2 minutes on the minute of hang squat snatches and overhead squats. We have those movements again in the conditioning portion, and will add some double unders to the mix!

Saturday – Community WOD

Bring your friends and come push yourselves….Literally…. at our 9am community WOD.  We will be performing push-ups, kickbacks, dumbbell renegade rows, and suitcase deadlifts. Our workout is sure to smoke your upper and lower body for 15 minutes.

Saturday – Level 2

Bring your running shoes to class this week! We will be putting in a fair amount of distance on our feet! Our workout also includes toes to bar and walking lunges!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week In Preview July 28th, 2019


“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”

— Ariana Huffington

Supplement Spotlight:

Transparent Labs PRE-ORDER!

Due 12pm Monday!

-Attention all TPL lovers-

TPL offers a clean variety of products with clinically effective doses of ingredients. They’re gluten free, nonGMO, and are free from artificial sweeteners, dyes, and harmful additives. They even have vegan friendly options for all of you plant based athletes. Check out their products here for options and tasty flavors. Sign up at the gym or email Coach Kenzi with your order.

Upcoming Events:

Bring – A – Friend Friday

Grab a buddy and bring them to the gym this Friday! We’ve got an awesome “Chipper” style AMRAP for everyone to tackle. Plenty of sweat to go around! Please shoot this waiver over to your friends so they can fill out prior to the workout.

Back-to-School Promo – 2-for-1 Bootcamp!

We’re running this the entire month of August! Two 5-week Bootcamps for the price of 1. To qualify, two friends (or family members, battle buddies, etc.) must sign-up and each will pay 1/2 of a 5-week bootcamp ($99.50/each). Since it’s BAFF this Friday, let your friends know to get a friend of their own and bring the whole crew! Let’s spread the love as we approach the end of Summer!

Weekly WODS:

Monday – Ricky Bobby

If you ain’t first, you’re last! Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Engines! We have a descending ladder of Deadlifts, Push Press, and Box Jumps.

Tuesday – Back Attack

We have an exciting AMRAP planned for Day 2. We will be combining rope climbs, hand-release pushups, and calories on the rower for a back blasting workout. Don’t worry! We have scaling options!

Wednesday – Squat Day (Week 7)

We have arrived at our last building week! You can already hear Coach Derrick screaming “Let’s be great Today”! We should be adding the last few pounds to our squats in preparation for test week. Our strength workout will end with “Speed Demon” which includes high rep kickbacks and dumbbell front squats.

Thursday –  Dub like Demarcus

Some of you that knew coach Demarcus know that he loved double-unders! Today we practice what we learned from him! We have a long row, some plate ground to overheads, and max double-unders! Make Demarcus proud!

Friday – Grip Gauntlet

Training day 5 will tax our grip to the max! We will be performing dumbbell  deadlifts, hang squat cleans, and Kettle-bell farmer’s carries.

Saturday – Community WOD

We have a “Sweet 16” minute EMOM coming up on Saturday! Bring your friends to a party that celebrates bent-over rows, calories on the rower, box step-overs, and push presses every minute on the minute!

 Saturday – Level 2

Don’t be a buster! Come and get some hang clean thrusters! We will kick off Saturday with a heavy 3 rep hang clean thruster.  Our conditioning piece allows you to pick your favorite static holds! We will combine these static hold choices with timed efforts on the bike, step-ups, and Russian swings.

CFK Supplements – Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, Inflammation and more


Consume Quality Proteins, Veggies, and Fats in proportions that support activity levels but not excess bodyfat!

What’s up CFK?

Let’s talk supplementation with a purpose vs. trying to supplement our way around eating correctly. CFK is a “WHOLE FOODS FIRST” gym and supplements are meant to “supplement” or compliment our current strategy, not “replace” real food or fix bad habits.  
  
Transparent Labs, Black Market, and Puori have proven themselves to meet our standards. Here’s a break down of my recommendations as well as an outline of my personal supplement regimen.  
 
Side note: Inflammation and lack of sleep is a real struggle for some folks. Supplementing things like Turmeric, Magnesium, Glutamine, and Post Workout Protein can speed recovery, reduce inflammation, and improve sleep and digestive function. Turmeric, o3, m3, and d3 are recommended for all athletes! 
 
Adult Male over 30, fairly lean: (This would be me so I’ll start here)  
Goal: Preserve and/or build muscle mass, reduce overall inflammation, and keep Testosterone levels up in an aging body. 
 
AM: Black Market d-aspartic acid (natural Testosterone booster), creatine (builds muscle), l- citrulline (heart, immune, muscle pump)
 
Post Workout: 3/4 scoop Mass Gainer, 3/4 scoop 100% Whey or Organic Vegan, Glutamine. (all recovery.  Recover faster, workout more, quicker/better results)
*Eat a full meal about an hour later 
PM: O3 (3/day, 2 grams)*, M3 (3/day for Sleep/Recovery), D3 (3-4/day for various reasons but mainly proper hormone function), ZMO (Natural Testosterone Booster)
 
*Turmeric mid day with food to reduce Inflammation
 
Adult Male, not lean:   
Goal: Reduce belly fat as it’s dangerous long term. We do so by resetting hormones, building muscle, and reducing junk calories.  
 
Same prescription as lean male except post workout we’d do 1-1/2 scoops of 100% Whey or Organic Vegan, drop the Mass Gainer, and increase the amount of Omega 3 to 4 grams/day instead of 2 grams (3 capsules am with food, 3 capsules pm with food)
 
Adult Female, fairly lean:   
Goal: Preserve or build muscle, keep hormones in check, reduce inflammation.  
 
O3 (3/day), M3 (3/day before bed), D3 (3/day), 1/2 scoop of Mass Gainer, 3/4 to full scoop of 100% or Organic Vegan.  l-citrulline and creatine could be good if building muscle and gaining strength is appealing to you! (creatine can make you retain water, be aware)
 
Adult Female, not lean:  
Goal: Reduce belly fat as it’s dangerous long term. We do so by resetting hormones, building muscle, and reducing junk calories.  
 
Increase O3 from 2 to 4 grams per day (3 capsules in Am with food, 3 capsules Pm with food), M3 (3/day at bedtime), D3 (3/day), full to 1-1/2 scoop of 100% or Vegan, l-citrulline
 
Full Transparency: As a Coach and business owner my mission for our supplement program is two fold:
  • Provide a service for our Athletes by: 
    • Reducing confusion: Limiting products to essential and useful
    • Creating convenience: Have quality products on hand and extra flavors and special items available via pre-order
    • Provide only quality products by doing the research for our athletes (This is why you have seen brands change.  If a new brand is better/cleaner we make the change)
    • Find the highest Value (not cheapest or most expensive) in each category
  • “Supplement” our income (Pun intended)
Johnny
*I’m sure there are others but one exception to the replacement rule being Omega 3.  O3 is basically missing from the SAD ( Standard American Diet) and there’s an abundance of Omega 6. Balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 is critical for decreased inflammation and increased fat loss. I highly recommend sourcing a quality fish oil for omega 3 supplementation.  Puori, Nordic Naturals, SFH, etc…  Do not trust cheap o3.  It’s expensive to source quality o3 and if you see it cheap it will be just that.
 
**If you are using a different source that Puori, Black Market, or Transparent Labs and would like my help simply email me a picture of the label and we can compare the dosages.  

Week In Preview July 21st, 2019


“Don’t let anyone feel like they can beat you.”

-Michelle Letendre

Supplement Spotlight:

Blackmarket Raw Glutamine

Glutamine is the king of supplements when it comes to reducing muscle soreness. It is the most common amino acid found in the muscles, and plays a major role in protein synthesis to repair broken down muscle fibers. Glutamine is also a neurotransmitter found in the brain that increases memory and focus. If you find yourself getting super sore from tough WODs and wanting to hold back on the gym, you may consider adding raw glutamine to your routine.

Weekly WODS:

Monday – Trap City

The first training day of the week will allow us to knock the rust off of the sumo deadlift high pull.  You should also prepare for longer interval running and high repetitions of  push press! Our optional finisher will be gut buster that incorporates challenging core stability movements.

Tuesday – Have it Your Way it’s Pull Day

We have done a lot of EMOM training lately, and many of you have probably seen the results! You might have even FELT them! Our workout today consists of an alternating EMOM that includes calories on the rower,  a double kettle-bell front-rack hold, and your very own choice of a gymnastics pulling movement.

Wednesday – Squat Day (Week 6)

We have made it to week six of our current squat cycle! We will add a small amount of weight this week! Our focus is to own positioning in preparation for the upcoming test week! The second portion of class will allow us to cook up a spicy AMRAP of overhead squats and bar-facing burpees. You should find a comfortable pace on the burpees, and weight you can go unbroken with for the squats.

Thursday –  Beach Body Abs

Isometric holds are one of the best ways to build core strength.  Day 4’s workout will tax your midline, and build those washboard abs! Our workout includes exercises that require midline stability! However, we will challenge our stability by getting our heart rate elevated! Get ready for some intense bouts of rowing, box jumps, ring dips, and toes to bar.

Friday – “The Cali Bear”

Weightlifting requires superior mechanics, strength, and endurance. Our workout is a weightlifter’s dream! We will have many heavy clean and jerks within a small twenty minute window.  Bring your lifters, and bring your muscle to “Cali Bear”.

Saturday – Community WOD

 How fast can you and your buddy perform medicine ball cleans,  mountain climbers, and intervals on the rower?  If you come to our free community workout you’ll find out!

Saturday – Level 2

Bring your best buddy from CFK to our 10:15am workout on Saturday! We have two separate AMRAPs that include interval buddy runs, and another which includes pushups, kettle-bell swings, and double unders!

Hot Topics – Fit3d


 

We’re over a quarter of the way through 2019 already, and now is probably the time that many of you are questioning the goals you set for the year. Maybe you’re starting to feel like you’re not making the progress you thought you could, or maybe you feel like because you’ve made some good progress that you can take your foot off the gas pedal a little bit. Either way, there’s a lot more that goes into goal setting than just how you’re feeling.

 

One of the best tools we have to measure progress throughout the year is our Fit3d machine. This is an excellent resource that takes a 3D image of your body and helps you see how you’re doing with your body fat, gains in size through your arms, legs, or chest, or how many inches you’ve lost off of your waist. Using the Fit3d throughout the year helps us keep an accurate, measured record of how we’re all progressing, instead of just going off of the scale at your house or how you think you look in the mirror.

 

Ask one of your coaches about getting a scan set up today!

Hot Topics – Plateaus


 

Are you feeling like your progress has stopped? If you’ve noticed that your metcon times haven’t gotten faster, or your strength numbers haven’t gotten bigger, you might be reaching a point in the CrossFit athletes life cycle where you start to plateau.

 

 

Plateauing is a natural part of everyone’s fitness journey where they have progressed far enough that the rapid growth fades, and the slow gains over time are harder to see. Check out what Coach Johnny and Coach Scott have to say about what causes this plateau effect, and how to fight through it and keep on climbing.