In my first year in the Netherlands, about 8 years ago, when I was having a hard time acclimatising to this foreign country, a friend from Bulgaria told me this story: A man dies, and at the gates of heaven St Peter asks him if he’d like to go to heaven or hell. The man says, let me try both and see. They go to hell, and see the place up in flames, terrible things, you know – hell. They go to heaven, and everyone’s happy, smiling and living the good after-life. The man asks St Peter to place him in heaven. When they re-enter heaven, the man sees it’s actually pretty bad: it’s going up in flames; people suffering and complaining, etc. The man asks St Peter what the hell happened, and St Peter replies: “you see, that’s the difference between being a tourist and being an immigrant”.
Athletes tend to train for all kinds of reasons, such as pleasure and relaxation, competition, to socialize, and for improvement of fitness and health. Besides improving quality of life enjoyment and satisfaction, participation in sports reduces the risk of premature mortality in general, and of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, obesity, and diabetes mellitus, etcetera.
Ripping your hands are unfortunately a common occurrence in any gym with a lot of barbell- and gymnastics-work being done. Everyone who's ever accidentally put shampoo on their fresh rips while washing their hair can attest to the fact that ripping your hands is no fun at all. Since rips can also seriously interfere with training I thought I'd give some tips on how to prevent rips and how to take care of them if you do get them.
Imagine you love weightlifting, which probably isn’t very difficult since you’re reading this blog. The feeling of the barbell in your dry chalked hands. The knurling rubbing against the thumb under your fingers. A calm focus in your mind when you set up for the lift. Slowly you tense your entire body. You feel the slack leaving the barbell - though it doesn’t leave the ground just yet. One second passes. Then two. On three you breathe in fiercely followed by a violent full body extension. In the blink of an eye, the bar has travelled from under your knees to over your head. You stand up straight and show control. You can’t suppress a slight smile. No one could at this moment. You just snatched your all-time best.
We've seen a lot of people confused about the different types of Eleiko barbells we have in UnScared and the rules of etiquette that surround them, so here's a post to remedy that! In this quick article, we'll discuss the different types of barbells for different lifts. If you're training at UnScared, just remember to be respectful of the equipment, use clips and ask your coach if you're unsure about anything!
CrossFit is presented as a 'complete' sport, but whether this is true in practice depends on the programming of your box. What are things that are important for injury prevention, performance and physical resilience in daily life that are less prevalent in typical CrossFit workouts?
Running is one of the most common endurance modalities used in CrossFit. When programmed in a WOD running distance is mostly short, usually around 400 meters, combined with other movements and performed under fatigue for several rounds. The main difference between running and other CrossFit movements is the amount of repetitions. If we consider every step as a repetition, running just 400 meters can easily meaning doing more than 300 repetitions of the same movement of constantly braking and accelerating.
"Constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity," is the long-standing creed of CrossFit. The key to the success in CrossFit is intensity. When the intensity is too high or is applied in the wrong way, it often and unfortunately also means injury. In this article, I attempt to provide a solution for the issue of intensity in CrossFit and use an important concept from the StrongFit training philosophy to help provide a guideline for every coach, which they can use to apply 100% intensity safely even to the most inexperienced athletes, without worrying about the risk of injury.