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.
Op wedstrijddagen, in het bijzonder met meerdere workouts op één dag, wordt je voedingsbehoefte voor optimale performance iets anders dan op een normale dag. Wat kun je nu het beste eten om je performance te optimaliseren wanneer het er echt toe doet?
In the previous two parts, we talked about coaching values and training philosophy. We will get more practical in this last part of the series, illustrating how your values and philosophy can take your coaching to the next level. You do not necessarily need to be a good athlete to be a great coach, but you do need to be a good educator, in terms that you need to be able to get your intentions and methods across to your athletes. Being a good educator is not just limited to didactic skills, it also includes your willingness to transfer knowledge; your willingness to put in the effort to make your athletes understand your motivations behind what you make them do on a weekly - or sometimes daily - basis. So, where do you start?
The second part of this three part series discusses the framework of - and need for - a training philosophy for a CrossFit box. In my previous blogpost in this series I described coaching values, their goals and practical application. I outlined how core values play an important role in how we act as coaches in relationship to our community and athletes. So, what's the difference between coaching values and a training philosophy?