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

 

 

The Killer P’s – Patience

Patience:

This is a key ingredient. Patience in seeing progress. Patience in the addition of weight or difficulty. Patience with a compound movement so that accurate timing is maintained. Patience with the athlete and/or coach when faced with adversity. This is probably one of the most important things to remember but it is also the last thing that most people want to hear.

Everything takes time!

Just like we cannot rush to do workouts RX or lift heavier weights we also cannot rush our progress. Our health is a marathon not just a few sprints. We have to commit to the long haul to get where we want to go.

This is why at CFK we pride ourselves on checking in with our members frequently, especially when we notice an athlete who hasn’t been in the gym for a minute. We want to make staying motivated for the entire marathon as easy as possible. Our coaches not only have the knowledge to keep you safe and move efficiently but they also know how to have fun and make your class the best hour of your day!

Let us show you how easy it can be to be patient! Click the image below to sign up for a FREE 1 week trial of our Burn classes!

Cheers,

Coach Alex

 

 

The Killer P’s-Progress

Progress:

Progress or gainz is what we expect and can guarantee if an athlete consistently follows the Killer P’s i.e. the process. Just as the image on the right shows each little piece adds up to the bigger picture which for us is gainz!

Step 1:

Walking into the gym and committing to showing up, we suggest, 20 times a month to work hard and put in your best effort all while following the Killer P’s is step one. Plus it’s always better getting through a tough workout with other people right by your side also going through the same workout!

Step 2:

Nutrition! So you started showing up, consistently attending 20+ classes a month and now you feel like your gainz have slowed down or maybe even come to a halt; now it’s time to dial in your nutrition. Now a lot of people see this and they get nervous or think that they have to go on some crazy diet- here’s the secret:

  • Prioritize protein intake (chicken, beef, turkey, eggs, cheese, etc.)
    • Have some with every meal!
  • Make it your goal to eat 800g of fruits/veggies daily
    • Any fruits or veggies count, yes, even potatoes!
  • Drink a minimum of 100oz of water daily
  • Limit your intake of sugary drinks and yes, this includes alcohol!
  • Prioritize real, non-processed foods

Step 3:

Sleep!!! This is so crucial to making the progress you want to make! Sleep allows your body to reset, recover, and heal. Sleep is one of the first things to go out the window when we feel like we don’t have enough time to do things but, if you get that sleep you’ll perform so much better!

 

So what are you waiting for?! Getting moving toward your goals and see all the progress you can make just by following these 3 steps and the Killer P’s!

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Cheers,

Coach Alex

 

The Killer P’s – Parameters

Parameters:

These dictate how the movement should look and feel. Parameters help us make decisions for scaling, speed, and weight,  based on our ability to maintain positions or stimulus for the work out. Parameters nicely brings together the three previous Killer P’s:  patterns, progressions, and positions.

The parameters of the workout/movement are outlined by the coach before the workout begins. This allows athletes to have a good idea moving forward what the workout should feel like but also how they may need to pick weights/scaling options. Parameters also allow the coach to more easily push athletes to move faster/heavier or slow down/scale weights or movements. They use the parameters as a measuring stick of sorts to say, “Hey, we’re not meeting the parameters of this workout let’s adjust so that we do” or ” Hey that looks great you’re exceeding the parameters let’s dial it up a bit.”

Having a coach clearly state parameters for the class as a whole allows athletes to feel confident in what they must uphold to get the most they possibly can out of a workout. Expectations are clear and that allows everyone to have a good time because no one should be wondering if they’re meeting expectations.

Parameters set expectations so there are no surprises and all athletes can succeed and have a successful workout!

 

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Cheers,

Coach Alex

The Killer P’s-Positions

Positions:

All movements have certain positions that must be hit in order for the movement to be performed properly. Think about the starting position and finishing position of each movement. Hitting all the positions of a movement ensures that we get full range of motion and are not cheating ourselves out of gains!

This is what makes our coaches here at CFK so wonderful- they are there to explain each position for each movement and ensure that each athlete is held to those positions through the entire workout!

From the second the class begins to the very end of class our coaches are focused on guiding the athletes through all the necessary positions to ensure that everyone gets a great workout in and doesn’t hurt themselves.

Each class warm up will consist of generalized movements designed to get your muscles ready to be put to work and increase your heart rate. There is also a specific movement warm up where the coach will break down each movement in the workout for the day. The coach will typically have everyone hyper focus on one specific position in a movement, i.e. in the deadlift it may be flat back. The coach’s goal during this specific movement warmup is to assess where athletes may be having a breakdown in their position so that those breakdowns can be addressed directly to that specific athlete.

Even after “3,2,1, GO!” the coach is constantly assessing each athlete’s positions and offering encouragement as well as correction when needed!

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Cheers,

Coach Alex

 

The Killer P’s- Progressions

Progressions:

All movement patterns can be broken into progressions and regressions depending on the athlete’s abilities. Progression is more challenging whereas regression is less challenging i.e. scaling. We use progressions so that we can maintain the proper movement patterns for any given movement.

How to Determine When to Progress:

Our coaches here at CrossFit Knoxville help our athletes implement our level system. This system ensures that everyone, beginners and seasoned veterans alike all get a great workout.

Here is how the level system works:

Level 1:

This is where all new athletes as well as those athletes returning from injury or long break from working out should start out. For these athletes we want to make sure that they get a good workout in but we don’t want them hitting a workout too hard then being too sore to come in the next day. To help we use the rule of 10 to make sure that these athletes are smart with their training.

*Rule of 10*

If you are returning from an injury or a long break from working out you should be sure to complete 10 workouts at the level below where you were when you left off. This will help your body adjust back to working out without overdoing it.

Work at this level until you can complete all movements at a smooth steady pace and you can go unbroken on all movements. Once you can do that add some speed and if you can maintain form and unbroken sets consistently it’s time to level up!

Level 2:

At this level we will often begin to increase the weights used in the workout as well as start to progress to more difficult variations of movements. 

As with Level 1 once you can complete WODs at this level consistently with speed and unbroken sets it’s time to start tackling the WODs RX! 

Level 3 (RX)

Here we will tackle the heavier weights and more advanced skills and most importantly continue to have fun!

While progressions often find us in the realm of scaling movement down we can also scale movements up to make a workout more challenging for an athlete. Sometimes this will be listed as an advanced or RX+ option below the workout of the day.

What the Levels Look Like In Our System:

Below is a depiction of a Burn workout (the first image) and a CrossFit workout (second image). The first version of the workout listed is the Level 3 or RX version and then below that on each workout you will find the scaling options for Levels 2 and 1. The coach leading the class will always go over all versions of the workout so that you can pick the best version for you that day.

 

As always you can always ask the coach if you are unsure of which level to work at for the day! Each coach makes it a priority to check in with athletes before/at the beginning of class to see if they need any guidance for the day.

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Cheers,

Coach Alex

The Killer P’s- Patterns

Patterns:

All of our movements fall into one of the following categories pull, push, squat, hinge, lunge, rotation, or gait. Every movement done both inside and outside the gym will fall into one of these categories, often times movements will fall into multiple categories. So we have to make sure that each movement is performed in the correct pattern so that we may improve and build.

Squat Pattern

Ever wonder why we train the squat pattern (other than for awesome PRs and Instagram videos)?? Well, you squat every time you sit down on the toilet, on the couch, on a chair, etc. If we train the squat pattern in the gym then when we go home we can begin to sit and stand with ease. Maybe every time you get up from the couch you need a little push off with your hands or need to use a hand rail when you sit to the toilet, well if we train the squat pattern over time you will find yourself needing less and less assistance when sitting/standing!

Push/Pull Pattern

Have you laid down on the floor and found it difficult to get up or maybe found it challenging to put something up on a tall shelf? Perhaps you have struggled pulling yourself up and over something like a rock on a hike or pulling yourself up from the ground. Those actions fall into the push/pull pattern category. In the gym this can look like a lot of different movements burpees, push ups, presses, pull ups, etc. By training these two movement patterns we can avoid becoming a life alert commercial by being able to fall down and push or pull ourselves back up!

Hinge

Have you ever dropped something on the floor and had an issue picking it back up or struggle to lift a child up? Training the hinge pattern will eliminate your need for worry when you do drop something on the floor or a child wants to be picked up because you will have no problem scooping them up. The most popular hinge movement in the gym is the deadlift which we can train in a variety of ways: sumo, conventional, barbell, dumbbells, kettlebells, you name it! Training the hinge pattern is also a great way to help eliminate low back pain!!

Lunge

Have you knelt down to floor and struggled to stand back up or maybe struggle going up/down a lot of stairs? If you train the lunge pattern then all of those troubles will go right out the door! The most popular lunge pattern movement is right there in the name, lunges! These are great for building that single leg strength and stability. But we can also train this pattern with step ups, split squats, and all the variations these movements offer. So fear not the mountain of stairs or needing help up from a kneeling position- train your lunge pattern and start to dominate those everyday movements!

 

 

 

Rotation

Begin able to rotate through our midsection as well as our joints is probably a skill that most of us take for granted. Don’t you rotate to look behind you when you back up in your car? Again another everyday action broken down into a pattern that we can train in the gym through a lot of the skills already listed but also through practicing mobility. Working on making sure our joints move/rotate with ease and without pain as well as making sure our muscles have the strength and ability to stretch to enable us to rotate our limbs. So the next time you want to skip mobility think about how you could improve in/out of the gym if you spent an extra 5 minutes mobilizing.

Gait

Gait is another movement pattern that most of us likely take for granted- walking, running, skipping. Are you able to walk around a theme park without pain or chase your kids outside? We can train this pattern by simply starting with walking which will eventually lead to running. This practice paired with all of these other movement patterns will set you on a path to lead a life with less pain and more fun!

 

All that being said if you ever thought CrossFit was just about hitting PRs and posting cool videos on social media I hope this has showed you it’s more about training so that we can live everyday life a whole lot better!

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Cheers,

Coach Alex

Start 2021 On the Right Foot!

Are you looking to feel better in 2021?!

Do you want to get fun new skills?!

Or maybe looking to make some changes?!

If you said, yes to any of these let me tell you about how CrossFit Knoxville may be right for you!

 

We have multiple programs so there is an option for EVERYONE!

-CFK Burn

This program is designed to be fast, functional fitness! These classes are only 30 minutes so if you’re short on time this is the program for you! Utilizing bodyweight movements, cardio, dumbbells, and kettlebells you’re guaranteed to get your sweat on and feel great after class!

Still not sold?! Head to our website to sign up for a FREE trial week! No experience required! So, what are you  waiting for?! Click the image below to get set up!

-CFK CrossFit

Our 60-minute CrossFit classes offer the opportunity to gain exposure to the widest degree of complexity, loading, and variance.

In CrossFit, all movements, loads, and time domains are fair game. Workouts can last anywhere from less than 10 minutes to 30+ minutes, but most will last anywhere from 10-25 minutes.

Workouts are highly varied in duration, format, and type. Each session will be different, and you need to be ready for anything!

Our Classes are beginner-friendly and welcoming to all skill levels.

To give you the most effective training session possible each workout can be scaled to your fitness level. Beginners start with a 4-session Foundations course that teaches basic movement patterns, and introduces our training and nutrition principles.

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-CFK Go

Designed for those of you who find yourselves working out at home or on the road! We took everything we love from different disciplines and brought them together in one simple, effective program!

We get after it every workout, every day, with a training program built around dumbbell-focused, time priority, high-power output workouts.

Specifically, CFK Go combines the power of functional movements with the regime of traditional strength and conditioning.

Each week of training consists of Full-Body and Push x Pull days, with special weekend focuses of Saturday Squats and Sunday Sweat.

All for $29/month. Click the image below for a FREE 1 week trial!!

-Personal Training

Not looking to do group classes but still want to get in the gym?! All of our coaches also offer personal training!

We can work with your schedule and get you in for a 30 min or 60 min session!!

Prices vary based on coach!

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CrossFit Knoxville has an option for everyone! So, what are you waiting for?! Let’s all start 2021 off on the right foot!!

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

 

Bodyweight Movements to Improve Your Game

This year has showed us that we can’t take going into the gym for granted anymore and we should have some movements in out back pocket we can whip out when there is no equipment in sight. This can be especially frustrating when you love to lift all the heavy weights. But what if I told you these seemingly simple bodyweight movements could help you lift even heavier weights.

“Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are.”
-Teddy Roosevelt

These bodyweight movements can help you to strengthen your joints, build up core strength, and address imbalances/weaknesses that may have been holding you back. And all of this will translate you your weighted lifts! By stripping down weights and focusing on body positioning and movement you’d be surprised how drastically that can improve everything else! 

1.Candlestick

Roll out the yoga mat or head out into the backyard. The candlestick is a fun exercise that has tremendous benefits.  This is perhaps the best demonstration of real world functional movement. The ability to move your body from the ground to standing is a great indicator of fitness (burpees anyone?!). You will also learn coordination, balance, and build your core strength as you strive to maintain a hollow body position. 

Check out a great video on the candlestick here:

2. Wall Walks

Think of these as planks taken to a whole new level. The key here is to maintain your position and not let your low back arch. If you are nervous to go all the way upside down or have trouble getting your nose all the way to the wall don’t worry. Just go as far as you safely and comfortably can – there are still so many benefits to doing this exercise!

Focus on moving slowly as you work on these and challenge yourself to spend more time under tension rather than completing the wall walk up as quickly as possible. Play around with different variations and mix in elements like shifting your weight from one hand to the other – this will have tremendous carryover to skills like handstand walking!

Here’s a great demo video:

3. Pull Ups

Pull ups can’t be beat when it comes to upper body strength training. Build up your lats, arms, and core strength by adding these in daily. Pull ups respond well to training frequency so try to do more small sets throughout the day to build up your strength. Try doing sets that are 50% of your max number of pullups to ensure you are always able to rep them out (if 8 pullups is your max always do sets of 4 with plenty of rest in between). If doing your first pullup is the goal then focus on doing just the lowering phase of the movement. Step up so your chin starts over the bar and control your lowering at a steady rate of speed so that it takes at 4-5 seconds to get your arms fully extended at the bottom of the movement.

If you don’t have access to a pull up bar you can always grab a backpack, some dumbbells, or kettlebells and do some bent over rows!

4. Pistol Squats

Pistol squats or single leg squats are a great way to maintain leg strength without any external load. They also improve your squat mechanics and mobility if you are disciplined with your form and really focus on movement quality. Make sure you are mobilizing your ankles and properly warming up before diving into pistol squats. 

Below is a great progression you can use to warm up and train this beneficial movement!

5. Glute Bridge

The movement we all know and love and probably don’t do often enough. If you are working from home right now (or spending more time on the couch than usual) then set an alarm on your phone to drop and perform some glute bridges every hour. Your low back will thank you and so will your Levi’s!

There are a ton of variations of the glute bridge that you can train. Performing these as often as possible with your bodyweight will pay huge dividends. It can help alleviate back and sciatic pain and will also improve your squat and deadlift. Checking out this video is a great place to start!

 

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
-Vince Lombardi

Fitness is a mindset. Not an activity that you go to the gym to perform for an hour 4-5 times a week. Our gym and community is here to facilitate your fitness journey. Let us know if you need guidance, motivation, or just someone to sweat with!

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Cheers!

Coach Alex