Recovery Tips for Getting Gainz

Do you find yourself struggling to make the gainz that you want even though you’re training your butt off?! I have one question for you- how well are you recovering?

If you are not taking the right steps to recover from your awesome workouts then you will find it extremely difficult to make the gainz that you want to see.

Our bodies take a beating when we workout so we have to turn around and treat them well! Here are a few ways you can accomplish this:

1. Rest Days

Sometimes the last thing we want to do is take a day off of working out, especially when we feel great. A rest day lets your body recover from all the hard work you put in at the gym. It allows you to mentally and physically recover. So, once a week take a day and chill!

2. Drink Water

Ideally we would all drink at minimum half our bodyweight in ounces of water daily! And even more ideally we’d drink a bit more than that daily. As humans we need water to live but we also need it to recover and get gainz! Buy yourself a big water bottle (I like my 64oz bottle) and make it your goal to finish it before bed everyday.

3. Sleep

Speaking of going to bed, how much sleep do you get a night? Sleep is the time our muscles use to heal and grow stronger. Without enough sleep we cannot function mentally and physically to the level that we need to make gainz. Try getting an extra hour or even 30 minutes of sleep every night for a week and see what a difference sleep can make.

P.S.- If you struggle staying asleep try taking some magnesium before bed!

 

So give these tips a try and see if you can hop back on the gainz train!!

 

Cheers,

Coach Alex

 

 

Coach Alex’s Goals Challenge

Do you want your first pull up?

Do you want a muscle up or handstand skills??

Do you want to improve skills you already have??

Then I have just the thing for you:

Coach Alex’s Goals Challenge

Ever pick a goal at the beginning of the year and the next thing you know it’s Christmas and you still haven’t put in the work to get that goal?! Well that’s why I’m here, to help you not lose sight of your goal and to give you a roadmap to your destination! It’s easy to pick a goal but how do you get there? I will give you personalized mile markers to guide you on your journey and weekly check ins to make sure everything is running smoothly! Reach your goals with only 5-10 minutes of extra work daily!

Your mile markers will be personalized accessory work that you will chip away at to get yourself closer and closer to your goal until you accomplish it!!

Who? You!! Burn athlete, CrossFit athlete, anyone and everyone!

When? Jan 4, 2021- Feb 13, 2021

And every 6 weeks following for the rest of the year!

How much? $100/6 weeks

*And if you want a little bit more focused attention you can sign up for personal training with Coach Alex! 1 hour of focused, constructive work aimed at reaching your goals and furthering your abilities. $40/30 minute session $60/hour

What do you get? 

  • Initial 1-on-1 Goals meeting w/ Coach Alex
  • Personalized mile markers to help you reach your goal!
  • Weekly accountability check-in’s
  • Prizes for crushing it!

How to sign up? 

There will be sign up sheets by the computer at both locations!

Potential Prizes:

-FitAid apparel

-FitAid/O2 drinks

-½ off month membership 

-FREE personal training session

-CFK Swag

-Gift card to local shops/restaurants

-AND MANY MORE!!!

How to earn prizes: Prizes will be done with a drawing- earn names in the drawing by completing a mile marker, reaching your goal, posting about your hard work on social media and tagging CFK, and many more!

Click here for a testimonial about working with Coach Alex

 

Cheers,

Coach Alex

 

Habits Over Goals

“A goal is just an awesome way to force growth on yourself.”

– Deena Kastor

If you find yourself setting a goal then you’re off to a great start! Having a goal that you write down even further increases the likelihood that you’ll achieve it. And beyond that telling someone else your goal so that they can help keep you accountable.

However, we can become so focused on our end goal that we get frustrated or skip steps along the way all the while feeling like we’re never going to achieve what we set out to.

So, I want to challenge you to stop setting goals and start building habits!

Let’s say your goal is to get a muscle up; awesome! But you don’t have a strict pull up yet, how are you going to get there?? By creating habits you will find yourself inching closer to that goal without even realizing it.

Say your first habit is to go to the gym 5 days a week – check!

Next you start building those strict pulls by doing either a couple of reps or a couple of strength drills every time you go to the gym – check!

Then you start working on that kip a little bit more – check!

And before you know it you’ve put in all the work and you accomplish that end goal- the muscle up!

Sometimes we have to step back from what our end goal may be, whether that’s a muscle up, losing weight, or getting gainz and start by simple making small habits a part of our daily routine. Now this can be a bit easier if you work with a nutrition coach, a personal trainer, or find you a great community like a CrossFit gym because support and accountability can go a long way in helping set/keep those habits.

So what are the differences between goals and habits?

Goals
Merriam-Webster defines a goal as “the end toward which effort is directed.”

Habits
A habit can be defined as “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary, customary practice or use.”

You’re probably already thinking about areas in your own life where you’ve focused on one particular goal. Maybe you achieved it or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you’re still pursuing it.

Think about how you could develop habits that improve your health! What are daily actions you can take that will move you forward no matter what?

Not sure how to get started or need that accountability click the image below to schedule your FREE intro session with us and we will help get you moving toward your goals!

Cheers,

Coach Alex

Slay the Day

If you’re training a lot, chances are life feels a bit chaotic. You may feel like you don’t have enough time for most things in life. While you’re definitely busy getting better at the gym or on the field or court, you may be missing out on some key routines that could help you SLAY THE DAY!

“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.” -Henry Ward Beecher

Healthy Breakfast 

Having a routine to start your morning is just like having a pregame ritual before you attempt an olympic lift. Starting your morning off with consistency will help you stay more focused throughout the day and improve your mental attitude which is important for athletic performance.

A Few Healthy Breakfast Ideas:

-black coffee

-hot water with lemon

-eggs however you like to cook them!

-oats: plain, with fruit, with greek yogurt

-omelette filled with veggies

Stretching or Movement Practice

Getting blood flow allows for a smooth transition into your morning. Bringing awareness to your body will allow you to address any issues that may be surfacing before you get to the weight room. 

A Few Apps to Get Some Movement In:

-GOWOD mobility (free and premium version)

-ROMWOD (membership required)

-Yoga (several options on YouTube)

-CrossFit early morning class!

Review your goals and visualize your ultimate success

You’re training for something right?! Visualizing yourself every morning accomplishing your goal is one of the most powerful things you can do for your training. You create important neural connections allowing your mind and body to become aligned to opportunities that will encourage the realization of your goals.

Take a look at your schedule and be one step ahead of it

Being late to train or practice is never a good feeling. Missing appointments and meetings at work or home can cause undue stress to your situation too. By confronting your schedule head-on in the morning, you’re committing to integrity which translates directly to your training habits.

So wake up and SLAY THE DAY!!

 

Coach Alex

Who should try Olympic Weightlifting and Why

CFK PERFORMANCE powered by TRISTAR WEIGHTLIFTING

Why Weightlifting?

Weightlifting is not just for weightlifters – it is one of the most transferable training systems around! You will see benefits in your daily life, such as increased joint and bone strength, improved balance and stability, and mental confidence, among others.

 

Lifting objects from the floor and putting them over your head is a very basic and required skill for everyday life.  Having a strong core, back, and legs will not only benefit you in everyday life but make you stronger and healthier so you can enjoy your life more.

 

Here’s a quick List of Benefits but there are many more:

  • Injury prevention and overall fitness
  • Increased Core Strength = less back pain
  • Increased CardioVascular health! (your heart rate still gets up and you will gain muscular endurance and a decent level of conditioning.
  • Lifting weight can be a challenging but fun alternative to conventional gym workouts
  • It’s a great way to burn fat because you are building muscle and increasing your metabolism
  • It’s an awesome community since you have lots of time to socialize with those around, and your not constantly out of breath!
  • It’s a little less fast paced than say our CrossFit classes so it’s a fun alternative to those days when just don’t feel like breathing hard!

How does that apply to me?  

Most people know that Olympic weightlifting is an amazing Sports and athletic performance program.  As a sport it’s contested both on a local, national, and international level (think Olympics).  What a lot of people don’t know is that from a training perspective, the lifts, or versions of (power clean, push press, front squats, etc…) provide amazing benefits to any training or fitness program.

 

Implementing the lifts in your training program can be both intimidating and risky if you aren’t doing them correctly.  Our team of coaches are very educated and well trained on a National level and have experience working with both high level competitors and people who have never lifted a barbell. Through proper skill development and progressions, they’ll teach you how to safely reap the many benefits of Olympic Weightlifting.

So how can try it out to see if it’s for me?  

Drop in and try a class!  Click HERE, pick your location, and book your free session. Beginners are welcome!
Session Times:
Tuesdays (West Location): 5:30pm & 7pm
Thursdays (North Location): 5:30pm & 7pm
Saturdays (Both Locations): 9am

CFK Performance Memberships are divided into three tracks:

Tri-Star Weightlifting – ($99/month)

 

Tri-Star Compete – ($129/Month)

Weightlifting is an Olympic sport – yes those Olympics – and has the opportunity for sponsorship and competition at the international level. We facilitate a respectful, team environment for those interested in training for Weightlifting competition. As coaches, we continue to broaden our knowledge of the sport and help devise the best individual approach to training for our competitors – from exercise selection, volume, and training frequency, to nutrition, sleep, and recovery.

We have competition experience ourselves, have trained in, and coached Weightlifting for years.  We continuously seek the expertise of advanced coaches beyond our level, and have taken our own lifters to National level competitions. Let us help you today, and watch the kilos pile on the bar!

Athletes will receive 5 days/week programming, get access to CFK’s Tri-Star Weightlifting classes (3x/week), Open Gym hours, and meet coaching.

Programming is event focused and the goal is 1 rep max Snatch and  Clean and Jerk as that’s what’s tested at competitions.  Workouts will include lots of classic lifts plus squatting, pulling, and plenty of accessory work to create balance and longevity in the athlete.

 

Sports Performance – ($129/Month)

The focus of Tri-Star sports performance is increasing general athletic ability and improving performance on the field of play. Athletes receive access to Tri-Star Weightlifting classes (3x/week), as well as unlimited access to CFK Burn classes.

CFK Burn classes: Programming will include high-intensity conditioning training to supplement weightlifting classes. We use simple but effective movements with moderate weight loading to maximize power output and increase general athleticism.

 

CrossFit Track – (All Programs are included in CFK Membership)

Weightlifting is a third of the system we follow.  In CrossFit we want to be incrementally better over time and Life is the contest, not the gym.  We use the lifts because of the general preparedness they bring to the challenges we may see in an emergency situation.  Body awareness, moving loads efficiently, core stability, mobility, and general coordination are all valuable skills for life that are learned and improved through weightlifting. The workouts will be similar to the Competitive Program but much more technique focussed.  No Squatting or heavy pulling, but plenty of skill and assistance work for injury prevention.

 

 

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.