It all started from a friend, a colleague, a peer . . .
From being bored with the same routine, from plateauing time and time again . . .
I wanted to get healthy, I wanted people around me who cared . . .

They called it constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity . . .

It's about taking the first step -

It's called CrossFit and I friggin' love it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

One Minute

One minute always seems like such a short period of time, heck sometimes 20 secs sounds like a short amount of time, but so much can happen in just a few seconds.

So whether it's 60 secs or 20 secs, it's all out, max effort, don't hold back, stay consistent music.  Many have been humbled by the max effort workouts, the one's that have rest in between specifically.  They have this tendency to humble even the strongest of people.  Gaming really doesn't work too well.  "Fight Gone Bad" is the quintessential workout that everyone uses as their gauge.  But when you start changing up the movements, what may have once been in your wheelhouse, for lack of a better term, is gone.  Last night, we hit up a couple movements that not everyone has had the ability to perform on a regular basis - Ski Erg:

I like to refer to this video because a number of Coaches went up to Concept2 in Vermont to learn about the Ski Erg and how to Coach it, this video does a good job of demonstrating the technique. . . who better to learn from then the guy who created it?

Ski Erg Competition

Notice the first guy has one foot in front of the other and the second guy keeps his feet together.  Just a matter of preference.

The second movement we had was Double Unders, now it's quite possibly the most frustrating movement for a lot of people that I have witnessed. 

I prefer to become comfortable with regular jump rope and then adopt Buddy Lee's style of teaching. 

You can fast forward to around 1:30 in the following video, but Buddy Lee does have an impressive show before it:

Buddy Lee teaching the Double Under

Part of what we do as Coaches is to point individuals in the right direction.  We also provide guidance and constructive criticism in regards to form of movements, with the caveat that some research can be done by the individual.

There are a 100 different ways to teach something, you just need to find out what works for you.

So back to the one minute, even though you want to be intense for one minute doesn't mean you sacrifice form when training.  Doing work efficiently and effectively will pay untold dividends in the long run.

-Coach Tony

"Patience and fortitude conquer all things"
                              - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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