4 Ways to Save Your Joints

When you are dedicated to your training and putting in the hours to achieve your goals then there is nothing more frustrating than joint pain and inflammation. It almost feels like your body is punishing you for working hard. No fair, right!

Rather than make excuses about your pain or backing off on your training you may want to consider some new techniques to mitigate the damage from these patterns of overuse.

1. Focus on form
2. Make intensity your new volume
3. Recover Harder
4. Hit the Supplements Aisle

1.Focus on form
If you are training often and hard then even the slightest inefficiencies in your movement can turn into nagging injuries over time. Before you put in all that hard work, you owe it to yourself to work with an experienced coach to refine your movement. You will make progress faster and stay healthy in the process. Slow down, not every day is a competition.  Your training vs. testing ratio should be 70% training, 20% practice, and only 10% testing.

2. Make intensity your new volume
Sometimes the body simply needs a break from volume. All athletes in any sport go through periods of alternating intensity and volume throughout the year. They have different rhythms and protocols for preseason, in-season, post-season, and off-season training. Try backing off on the volume of your training and focusing on higher intensity pieces instead. For lifters, this could mean performing fewer sets or reps and using a lighter load, shorter rest times, or a faster tempo. Runners might try lower mileage with weeks and adding a sprint workout 1-2 times per week instead.  CrossFit Athletes might take a “recovery week’ about once per month and perform all light weights and work on speed and movement patterns.

3. Recover Harder
Training hard without the proper recovery techniques is bound to beat you up and becomes unsustainable long term. Make time for massage, foam rolling, stretching, yoga or mobility sessions, sleep, and any other recovery methods that can improve your performance. Sometimes the most beneficial thing you can do is stimulate your parasympathetic nervous with these recovery techniques to let your body’s natural healing mechanisms kick in.  At CFK, we recommend at least one day of ‘active Recovery’ per week.

4. Give your body what it needs to repair itself
There are tons of great supplements that can help with joint health. Fish oil and omega 3’s provide a healthy inflammatory response in the body amongst many other health benefits. Glucosamine and Chondroitin provide the building blocks for joint repair. Tart Cherry Juice extract has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after a workout. Give those a try to start!

Don’t let joint pain stop you from moving and doing the things you love!  See a coach if you have any questions.  If you’re not a CFK athlete, feel free to email us or call with any questions.

 

#OpenUp

“Each year of the Open is filled with memorable moments. Stories of first muscle-ups, personal breakthroughs, and the beginning of lasting friendships are often sparked during the five weeks of competition in the Open.” -CrossFit.com

 

The CrossFit Open is celebrating its 10th season! It gets better every year, and while there have been many changes to its format over the years, it remains the single greatest test of pure fitness we have. Whether this year’s open will be your first, or your tenth, you’re bound to push to new heights and discover previously unknown capabilities during the Open!

 

“But I don’t like to compete, I just want to get fit and have fun.”

 

Great! That’s what the Open is all about. You don’t have to compete with anybody if you don’t wish to, but just by participating and committing to 100% effort for 5 weeks, you’ll:

 

  1. Push yourself harder than you have all year, likely setting a PR or doing a movement you’ve never been able to before. Each year, at least a handful of CFK’ers get their first pull-up, toes-to-bar, muscle-up, or set a weightlifting PR.
  2. Learn to go to places of discomfort that you weren’t sure of before, thus setting you up for a more successful year of training in 2020 and gaining you the much coveted mental toughness to overcome other obstacles.
  3. Have an absolute blast tuning in and hanging out each week with all of your CFK buddies, cheering each other on, high fiving, chest-bumping, and ringing PR bells.

 

Regardless of if you compete with yourself or anyone else, the Open workouts are still just workouts and will be normal training days for those not testing.  All our workouts are as difficult as you want them to be and these will be nothing different from that standpoint and should not be skipped.


HOW TO REGISTER

  1. Sign-up for the CrossFit Open HERE.
  2. More information HERE

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Thursday, October 10: 20.1 (First Open WOD) released online here

Friday, October 11 – Friday, November 10: Workouts 20.1 – 20.5

Friday: CrossFit Classes – all classes, all day, each Friday will perform the Open WOD (One heat each class, no judges)

Saturday: CrossFit L2 @10: 15 am, both locations: Open WOD (with judges)

**If you intend to register as an athlete at CrossFit.com and will require a certified judge, you must also register as a judge and pass the judges course here so that you can also judge for someone else on Saturday!

Friday, November 8: Workout 20.5 – Friday Night Lights / “FRANsgiving” Potluck!

The final Open WOD, crossed with our Thanksgiving celebration! Don’t worry, we won’t be doing “FRAN”… unless that’s what 20.5 turns out to be!

Location: CFK West

Time: 4pm – 8pm


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q: I’m not sure if I should do the Open, should I?

A: Yes. Regardless of age, training history, current abilities, physical limitations, or any other potential excuse, EVERYONE will benefit by participating in the Open. There is a scaled division, and at CFK we will have a beginner version of the workout each week.

 

Q: Should I register online?

A: We STRONGLY recommend it. The online leaderboard is very cool, and has improved over the past 2 years with the ability to create custom leaderboards for individual gyms (CFK will have one), as well as optional filters for age, occupation, experience level, and many other options. You can see your performances year-over-year, providing a yearly benchmark to track progress. Plus, it’s an added layer of ACCOUNTABILITY!

NOTE: It’s not required to register online, and CFK makes no money on your registration. All registration fees go to CrossFit HQ.

 

Q: I’m new to CrossFit

or

I haven’t been consistent lately, do I really need to be testing?

A: No, not at all.  But… you should still do the Open workouts because they are great training days just like all CrossFit workouts! Work within your means and follow the principles of MCI (Mechanics, Consistency, THEN Intensity). The Open will give you a weekly focus/event to anticipate, keep you consistent during a time where distractions are everywhere, and you’ll have a great time cheering your friends on and talking/tweeting/hashtagging within the community each week.

 

Q: Which division should I compete in?

A: You don’t need to designate it right this moment. See what the first workout is, view the scaling options, and then decide. You can take it week-by-week, or determine it now and stick with your division the whole time, regardless of the workout. You can’t mess it up!

*We do recommend staying in the same division throughout the open, regardless of the workouts.  It’s good to see your weaknesses and if you switch back and forth you can miss out on valuable lessons.

Q: When will we be doing the workouts?

A: Two Options – Friday during classes, or Saturday during the L2 workout at 10:15 am.

NOTE: Those who register online as an athlete must be judged by a certified judge and also become a certified judge to score someone else. Saturday will be the only scheduled option with judges, so if you’re registering online you’ll need to come on Saturday!

**EVERYONE who registers as an athlete online is asked to also register as a judge and pass the online judges course which can be found hereThis ensures that we have enough judges on Saturdays!

 

Q: What if I can’t make Saturdays for the Open throwdowns?

A: If you are registered online and can’t make Saturdays, then you’ll need to find a buddy who’s passed the judges course to judge you during off-class hours, or in the auxiliary room, if available.  We will be very accommodating but cannot interrupt other’s workouts or disrespect their time.

 

Q: What is the deadline for submitting scores?

A: For the CrossFit Open (online), you’ll need to submit prior to Monday at 8 p.m. EST. each week.

 

Q: How do I submit my scores?

A: For the online competition, submit at https://games.crossfit.com/

 

Q: What exactly is the CrossFit Open?

A: Besides being the biggest single fitness event in the world, it’s the first way for professional athletes to qualify for the CrossFit Games, as each national champion from every nation with a CrossFit affiliate worldwide will receive an invite. For most of us, it’s 5 weeks of tough workouts, PR’s and high fives. Plus, what’s cooler than seeing your name on the same leaderboard as the greatest athletes in the world?

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.  

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 – Prioritizing Fitness

Hot Topics is a weekly series where our coaches dive deep into the things their passionate about. From building strength and mobility, to giving you practical steps to take towards mastering your nutrition.

 

We all have priorities in life, from family to work, to everything in between. Here’s how Coach Johnny and Coach Scott are prioritizing fitness in their lives right now. Check it out!

Supporting CFK Runners!

Ever wanted to run a half or full marathon? No? What about showing your support to hundreds of East Tennesseeans, including our own CFK Endurance team? The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is Sunday, April 2 and we’d love for you to be a part of our official Sequoyah Hills support crew. Last year we went “rogue” and made our own little cheering squad along the route. But we were such a hit, the neighborhood association invited us to be a part of this year’s official group. Sequoyah Hills is one of the toughest but coolest parts of the race and runners will love all the extra TLC coming from our big green tent.

Make signs. Make mimosas. It’s nothing formal but it IS a lot of fun. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details as they come your way.