Team Blackwater met LiftOff CrossFit in our lifting league match yesterday. LiftOff made us very welcome at their box in Bishops Stortford and we had a fun afternoon of lifting. Thank you LiftOff for hosting!
There was good, solid lifting all round and Blackwater took the win 3-1. Congratulations to all our lifters yesterday – Jed, John, Aaron and Steve. Many hours of hard work and practice paid off on the platform.
I admit it – this post will probably not apply to all our Blackwater members. However, it is very important for 50% of us so if you’re a boy you’ll just have to scroll on down to the WOD!
1) Why do I need a sports bra?
For comfort. CrossFit often involves high impact movements – running, box jumping, skipping… None of these are going to feel comfortable with your girls jiggling around like crazy – constant movement and trauma can cause pain in the breast itself and can also end up giving you back and neck pain too.
For long term aesthetics. The muscle tissue under the breasts does very little to support the breast itself which comprises mainly fatty tissue supported by thin bands running through the breast called Cooper’s ligaments. Repetitive jiggling and joggling can stretch these ligaments permanently resulting in droopy puppies.
To save your blushes. That plunge or balconette that is so good day to day may not quite cut the mustard in the gym. Does it do its job when you are upside down? Having a nipple pop out will not only put you off your training but will distract your coach from coaching you whilst he/she does everything possible to avoid looking at the offending bit of anatomy!
2) How do I find the perfect sports bra?
Get measured. If you can possibly get to a store and be properly fitted for a bra, do it! Lots of women are walking around wearing the wrong bra size – generally too big in the band and too small in the cup. The very first time I got measured I changed size from a 36C to a 30F – that’s a pretty big difference!
Bravissimo is my all time favourite place to be fitted. They cater for ladies D cup and upwards. They don’t use tape measures but fit you by eye and by testing different bras. You may find that you wear different sizes in different makes. The only downside is we don’t have a branch locally – if you are in Covent Garden, Oxford Circus or Cambridge they are well worth a visit.
On the high street Debenhams and John Lewis are generally pretty good. In my experience it’s better to give Marks a miss – especially if you wear a small back size. I’ve been sized totally wrong a couple of times there and found that they don’t carry much stock for small back sizes with larger cup sizes.
Think about what you will be doing in it. If your training is going to involve running and jumping you will need something supportive! If you are anything more than totally flat chested you will need a back and cup sized sports bra. I look in envy at the stylish crop tops on show at CrossFit events but these will not do the job if you have anything more than a small handful up top!
Get online. Once you’ve been fitted you’ll generally find a better choice and more competitive prices online.
Boobydoo.com carry an extensive range and are fast and efficient in my experience.
Bravissimo are also great for larger cup sizes. They aren’t the cheapest but you can often pick up last season’s colours in the sale section.
Wiggle carry a smaller range but you can often pick up good deals there.
Find the bra you like and then shop around to pick it up at the best price!
If you need one NOW – Debenhams in Chelmsford is probably your best bet. They carry a reasonable range and they can fit you, so you’ll find something there with the right support in the correct size – even if it isn’t in flouro pink with leopardskin trim!
3) My favourites!
Panache Underwired Sports Bra I love this one because it’s one of the only sports bras I’ve found that delivers on support but actually gives you a bit of shape rather than squashing your chest into a big long sweaty sausage. This is my go to benching and push-up bra – I reckon I get at least an extra inch in height with this one on!
Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra This is great if you want everything strapped up as tight as possible. It’s a little difficult to get into with a fiddly clip high up on the back but your girls won’t be going anywhere in this one. This is definitely one to try on in store first – the bands come up very small so you may need to size up if you want to be able to breathe.
Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports This is another of my all time favourites. Great support and it comes in some really nice colours and patterns. If you are brave enough it’s good enough to wear as a crop top on it’s own.
This isn’t an extensive list – these are just my personal favourites. Other brands you could check out are Enell, Berlei, Freya and Sportjock.
Clean Complex Clean grip deadlift+ 2 high hang cleans + hang clean
One of the most common problems I encounter is difficulty in taking on board sufficient protein to fuel training and recovery.
Depending on your goals and lifestyle you will probably need somewhere between 1 and 2 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight. If you are a CrossFitter trying to build strength and hitting intense wods several times a week you are likely to be at the top end of this range.
So here are a few suggestions to help you start hitting your protein targets.
Plan your eating around protein.
Every meal is an opportunity to get some protein inside of you! Don’t have bran flakes for breakfast, vegetable soup and a roll for lunch and leave yourself in the unenviable position of having to eat 3 chicken breasts, a tin of tuna and a protein shake for tea.
Eggs, cold meats, high protein yoghurt, leftovers from the previous evening are all great breakfast protein sources. Think outside the cereal box – breakfast doesn’t have to be conventional.
2. Ban ready meals.
They aren’t good for you in any respect. They are full of preservatives, flavour enhancers and other chemicals and you have no control over what they contain.
From a protein perspective, meat is the most expensive ingredient in ready meals and you can guarantee that they contain far less than you would serve yourself from a home cooked meal.
3. Keep away from the cookie jar.
Junk food just isn’t high in protein – period.
It’s generally an addictive and moreish combination of sugar and fats – one digestive soon becomes the packet and, before you know it, you’ve eaten enough calories to support the lifestyle and training regime of a world’s strongest man competitor – oh, except you still have 3 chicken breasts, a tin of tuna and a protein shake to cram in.
Do you want to eat them now you know that you’ve already overeaten? Can you face eating them now you are full of biscuits?
Try eating your chicken/fish/steak and vegetables first – and THEN make a decision on whether you still want the biscuits!
4. Have some handy protein hacks to get your through the tough bits.
Here are a couple of substitutes for when the ice-cream monster visits…
Fancy some: Ben and Jerry’s Phish food (1/2 tub – who eats only one scoop?)
580 calories 8g protein/74g carbs/28g fat
I scoop of Icon Evolution whey (molten chocolate) 32g
1 tbspn unsweetened cocoa powder (5g)
1/2 tsp baking powder
20g almond butter
2 tbspn milk (30ml)
3 tbspn egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients together, pour into a large mug and microwave for 45-60s.
During November we will be including some Hero workouts.
CrossFit has a longstanding association with the military and uniformed services – hero WODs honour some of those who gave their lives in the line of duty.
If you check out WODvember.com you will find a 30 day challenge comprising a hero WOD for every day throughout November. They raise money for Help for Heroes and some brave souls actually take on the challenge of a hero WOD every day for a month!
We won’t be doing that, but we will be including a few hero workouts during November. If you would like to support Help for Heroes you can buy the WODvember t-shirt or make a donation via the WODvember website.
Today we will be doing a British hero WOD that you won’t find on crossfit.com. If you are interested in looking at the British Hero WODs check out their Facebook page.
1) Clean and Jerk Programme
2) “OLAF ”
Dedicated to Ssgt Olaf Scmidt (30) 11 EORD, who died in an explosion in Afghanistan on 31/10/09. Also dedicated to Cpl Thomas Mason, Cpl James Oakland, Lcpl James Hill, Jamie Janes, and Marc Wojtak who died in the same month.
Congratulations to Steve and Aaron who both achieved personal bests during snatch test day on Tuesday. Both athletes are consistent and committed to their training and earned those lifts with dedication and hard work.
Test week continues tonight with the clean and jerk.
This was one of the first CrossFit videos I watched. This is also the original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz. Annie, Eva and Nicole all trained here together and regularly hit main site workouts that people would copy all around the world.
Back when this was filmed around 2008 if you were close enough to an affiliate to train there with other Crossfitters you were truly blessed. So what the rest of us did was follow crossfit.com. Every morning a workout would appear on main site then you would get yourself to your local globo gym and do it to the best of your ability and rush back and post your times on the main page comments -scrolling up and down seeing who you beat or who beat you. Just like at the gym now, I had my names to look out for, people I would do my best to beat every day. Nik ‘Alan’ Nichols from Texas and Richard Vanmeerbeek from Belgium were my main contenders and like me they posted a score every single day… apart from the rest days of course when we made our own workouts up.
Fast-forward six years from my good old days, and where
is CrossFit now? There are over 4,000 CrossFit gyms spread across the
entire world. There are now hundreds of thousands of
CrossFitters, and it seems like there are hundreds more
every single day.
I hope you enjoy the video… And yes the form’s not always great 😉
Hang Power Clean 3-3-3-3-3 – Build to a heavy 3 reps
50 Air Squats
7 Muscle Ups / 21 Ring Rows
10 Hang Power Cleans 60/40k
We are continuing to use the high hang clean in this cycle to drill a complete and explosive final pull and speed underneath the bar. Today the complex is a repeat of week 1 – check your training logs to see what you are aiming for in today’s session!
Clean deadlift + 2 high hang cleans 5x(2+1)
Clean pull 3×3
Back squat 5×5
For time 50-40-30-20-10
Really pleased to see the ‘Goals’ whiteboard almost full up. I have found whenever you set yourself a target your training immediately springs into life, you get that little bit of extra energy and motivation and suddenly that goal becomes very achievable. Also putting it up there in writing on the board means it’s real, you cannot just give up as there’s everyone else keeping you accountable with your goal along with there own.
It’s also very important to make your goal reachable. Someone who is yet to do 1 pull up shouldn’t make there goal 10 unbroken butterfly pull ups or jump from a 60-100k squat. Achievable goals work like a staircase, small steps regularly get you where you want to be.
Our next foundations course begins on September 29th, anyone who signs up a friend or family member wins an hours PT with me to work on anything they like, could be a big jump to achieving that goal on the board.
Deadlifts – 5-5-5-5-5 Linear progression
2-3 sets to warm up then 5×5 at the same weight across.