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 – 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- 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

Major Benefits of Lunges

Lunges, split squats, and other unilateral leg movements are tremendous tools for building a strong, functional, and balanced body. Yet they tend to take a backseat to the sexier exercises like squats and deadlifts. Let’s look at the benefits of lunges, common faults, and some popular variations to help you get those gains!

Lunges are a fundamental human movement pattern and take many different forms. As a result, lunges require and therefore help us improve leg strength, core strength, balance, and coordination. Choose to perform lunges as a bodyweight movement, with weight, or explosively by including a jump. So, no matter your goals training lunges is very beneficial.

Balance and Coordination

To improve balance and coordination you can train lunges with weight which increases the demand for midline stability. Do lunges with a barbell overhead or a single dumbbell/kettlebell loading one side of the body. Thus, due to the stabilization and core strength required to do weighted lunges there is a huge transfer to sports and life. However, ensure that the load demands don’t force you into a compromised position and that you have the necessary mobility to handle the movement and weight. As always ask a Coach if you’re unsure!

Strength and Muscle Growth

Looking to gain strength and increase muscle growth?! Do lunges that allow you to add weight! A reverse lunge works well because it allows the weight to remain in the lead leg ensuring proper form. Do reverse lunges with dumbbells held at waist level or a barbell on your back to go hard and heavy. A good rule of thumb is to keep the majority of the load in the front leg as you perform the movement. Select a load that allows for a controlled descent to the floor allowing the knee to kiss the ground.

Preventing Injuries

Looking to prevent injuries, increase range of motion, and correct imbalances the Bulgarian split squat might just be the choice for you! This exercise is performed with one foot elevated off the floor. So, with the foot elevated this movement optimizes the hinge position of the hips and is greater for activating the glutes, #bootygainz! This variation can be completed with or without weight depending on your goals! Take care to stabilize the lead leg and focus on balance to reap the benefits of this killer lunge variation.

If you want to learn more about the best training movements be sure to discuss your goals with one of our coaches!

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Cheers,

Coach Alex

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.

 

CFK TRAVEL WOD’S

 

Hey CFK Athletes and Random Visitors!

Many of you have asked me about travel workouts that can be completed on the road or when you just can’t seem to get to the gym. Here is a list of 60 workouts that I tap into when I need to squeeze in a quick sweat when I don’t have time to get to a class. Little to no equipment will be required, you’ll only need a stopwatch and smart phones have amazing timer apps you can download.

 

Pick a workout and hit it hard, or choose a couple that make sense and knock them both out but be sure to scale to your fitness and abilities!  As always, focus on mechanics and range of motion first! #GETBETTERNOTDONE

 

Here are some general scaling guidelines:

 

New Athletes – start at half-reps (or even 25%) and/or add rest periods

Inconsistent Athletes – that’s what this list is for, stop being inconsistent! Start at half and see how you feel. Don’t punish yourself, but instead do something that will allow you to train again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day…

Consistent, well trained Athletes – Kill it!

 

Most importantly, remember to warm-up and cool down!

 

Warm-up – jog a quarter mile and do a few rounds of the “World’s Greatest Stretch”, and you should be good to go with most of these. If it’s a sprinting workout, then I always add in some side lunges and dynamic exercises – high knees, leg swings, accelerations, prone starts, etc)

Cool-down – jog/walk a quarter mile and spend a couple minutes on each side in the following stretches

Couch stretch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaeAvGh6gkg

Quadratus Lumbourm – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NlugMEihG8

Door Jam Pec Stretch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhgSXbRcucc

Enjoy!

  1. 100 air squats for time
  2. 100 burpees for time
  3. Sprint 100m, walk 100m, 10 rounds
  4. 10 push-ups, 10 air squats, 10 rounds
  5. Run 400m, 50 air squats, 4 Rounds
  6. 100 jumping jacks, 75 air squats, 50 push-ups, 25 burpees
  7. Handstand 5×30 seconds, then 2x800m run (Rest 1:1)
  8. Tabata air squats (20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, 8 rounds)
  9. 5 push-ups, 5 squats, 5 sit-ups, 20 rounds
  10. 10x50m sprint (make sure to warm up before sprinting!)
  11. Run 800m, 50 air squats, 3 rounds
  12. 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 air squats, 10 rounds
  13. 200 air squats for time
  14. Run 200m, 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 5 rounds
  15. Sprint 200m, 25 push-ups, 3 rounds (Rest 1:1)
  16. 10 handstand push-ups, sprint 200m, 3 rounds (Rest 1:1)
  17. Tabata air squats and Tabata push-ups (8 rounds of each)
  18. Sit-ups 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 with 100m runs in between
  19. 21-15-9 air squats and push-ups
  20. Accumulate a total of 5:00 in a handstand
  21. 10 push-ups, 10 air squats, 10 sit-ups, 6 rounds
  22. Do 1 air squat, then take 1 breath, then 2 air squats and 2 breaths, etc… up to 10 air squats and 10 breaths, then come back down to 1 (breathe all you want during the squats)
  23. 3 vertical jumps, 3 squats, 3 long jumps, 5 rounds
  24. Handstand 30 seconds and 10 air squats, 8 rounds
  25. 10 push-ups, 100m sprint, 10 rounds (rest 1:1)
  26. 5x400m sprints (rest 2:1)
  27. 10x100m sprints (rest 2:1)
  28. Run 1 mile lunging 10 steps every minute
  29. Handstand 30 seconds, 20 air squats, 5 rounds
  30. 4×25 jump squats, rest 1:1
  31. 10 vertical jumps, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 4 rounds
  32. Run 1 mile, do 10 air squats on every minute
  33. Run 30 minutes, do 3-5 push-ups on every minute
  34. Handstand 30 seconds, hold bottom of a squat 30 seconds, 8 rounds
  35. 100 push-ups for time
  36. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 burpees and sit-ups
  37. 50 sit-ups, 400m run, 3 rounds
  38. 10 lunges, 10 push-ups, 10 rounds
  39. 50 jumping lunges for time
  40. 10 burpees, 100m sprint, 10 rounds (Rest 2:1)
  41. Run 1 mile with 100 air squats at midpoint
  42. 7 air squats, 7 burpees, 7 rounds
  43. Burpee to push-up position, do 5 push-ups, burpee out, 10 rounds
  44. 5 push-ups, 30 second top of push-up hold, 10 rounds
  45. 50 air squats, 5 rounds (Rest 1:1)
  46. Run 100m, 30 air squats, 8 rounds
  47. 30 push-ups, 30 second handstand or plank, 3 rounds
  48. 250 jumping jacks for time
  49. Run 1 minute, Air squat 1 minute, 5 rounds
  50. Bottom-to-Bottom Tabata air squats (this means 10 second rest period is in bottom of squat)
  51. 20 tuck jumps, 30 second handstand hold, 3 rounds
  52. 20 jumping jacks, 20 burpees, 20 air squats, 10 rounds
  53. Run 100m, 20 air squats, 10 rounds
  54. 100 air squats, rest 3:00, 100 air squats
  55. 50 burpees for time
  56. Run 1 minute, air squat 1 minute, push-up 1 minute, rest 1 minute, 4 rounds
  57. Run 1 mile for time
  58. Minute 1 – 1 burpee, Minute 2 – 2 burpees, etc.. until failure
  59. Run 400m as fast as possible immediately into max effort plank hold, 4 rounds (Rest 2:1)
  60. Bear crawl 40’, 10 push-ups, bear crawl 40’, 10 sit-ups, 8 rounds

 

 

*Don’t forget the classic workout of running a 5k!  We don’t get to test it often at CFK, but we’ll have some opportunities coming up!

Week In Preview June 23, 2019

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

— John Wooden

Supplement Spotlight:

Puori SB3

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Upcoming Events:

Yogability Saturday, 8am @ North

Free 45 minute flow class this Saturday, $15 drop-in for nonmembers. Come love on your body and clear your mind to start the weekend off right. Your hips will thank you.

July 4th

There will be one workout at both locations, 9am on Independence Day. Come prioritize yourself and start the holiday off right with a little sweat and burn. Remember, you GET to be here.

Camping Trip July 12-14

Nature is calling! Join your CFK fitness family at the Bandy Creek Campground in the Big South Fork Recreational Area July12-14 (Fri, Sat night). We have rented a pavilion and a loop of group camping sites to play – so much room for activities! If you can’t make it up for the whole weekend, join us Saturday morning for yoga, group hiking, or a bike ride. Come one, come all! Please RSVP here.

Weekly WODS:

Monday – Skill & Jerk

Do you have muscle ups? If not come get some quality and skill work on the low rings and get to dominating the false grip! We’ll finish off with a burner of push-jerks, muscle ups, and calories.

Tuesday – Rannie

Remember your old pal Annie? She’s back and she’s still on the run. We’ll get the ropes turning, abs firing, and the heart rate bumping with a 400m run in between each set.

Wednesday – Fran

This not the day to miss because we’ve got a Fran-tastic day planned out! We will be taking the first part of class to work on some squat cleans so that you can dominate the first thruster each round as we test this classic CrossFit benchmark wod.

Thursday – Partner WOD

All workhorse kind of day.  Lots of Bike/ Row Cals and a long 600m Farmer’s Carry with HEAVY KB’s. Naturally, we will finish the day off with some Beach Body Abs. Don’t leave your gym buddy hanging! Come and get a sweat on and loosen up a bit after a tough week.

Friday – Squat Day

Today is the day we reset for this new cycle. Weight should be light making it a perfect day to work on technique and practice tempo. We’ll finish off with another CrossFit Games Open repeat! Get ready to move for 15 minutes between light deadlift, push-ups, and box jumps to crush 11.2.

Saturday – Community WOD

Bring your friends, brothers, aunts, and everyone you know! Nothing builds community better than a sweat session with a partner. We’ve got a 16 minute AMRAP with ring rows, goblet squats, box jumps and max sit-ups to start your weekend off right.

Saturday – CFL2

We’ve got a sweet snatch complex coming at you with some moderate weight. It’s all about practice, not a PR. We’ll finish the day with “Triple 7s”. A wonderful metcon including everyones favorites! Get ready for some 800m runs and max sets of wallballs and toes to bar. Who’s excited?

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.