Categories
Blog

5 Reasons Why CrossFit is Great for Busy People!

One of the most common excuses for putting off exercise is “I don’t have the time!” However CrossFit for fitness can actually have positive impacts on all areas of your life – whether it’s your business, work or family. Here are some of the ways our CrossFit classes in Essex can help you with more than just your squatting technique.

  1. It’s quick

Here at CrossFit Blackwater, we understand how busy our members are and appreciated that time can be a limiting factor. With CrossFit workout programs, all of our classes are based on high-intensity training for short periods. Instead of doing low to moderate activity for a long period of time, such as at your normal gym, you can opt for an intense CrossFit training session and save yourself a lot of time.

  1. There’s no planning involved

Busy people with jam-packed schedules constantly have to plan ahead and manage their time effectively. However at CrossFit Blackwater, all you have to do is show up! The WOD is posted and all the details are planned out for you. Any weights you use are selected based on your own physical ability – one size most certainly doesn’t fit all! What’s more, when you’re doing an intense CrossFit workout routine, you won’t be able to think about much else – giving your brain a well needed break from work.

  1. You’ll make friends outside of work

When you’re spending around 40 hours at work every week, it’s not surprising if the majority of your friends are colleagues. Of course it’s great to form connections with your fellow workers, but it’s also important to have friends totally unrelated to your workplace. Here at CrossFit Blackwater, we know everyone by name and love welcoming new members into our CrossFit community.

  1. It’s okay to fail

Most of us only want to try things that we’re confident we can do. In our CrossFit gym in Witham, we don’t expect any of our new members to be experts straight away! Our CrossFit trainers will guide you through all of the steps and help you to adapt your techniques. You’ll feel a great sense of achievement when you learn new movements and reach your fitness goals!

  1. You can measure your success

It’s common to analyse stats during the working day, such as returns on an investment or customer reviews. CrossFit is just the same in terms of getting measurable results. Maybe you’ll finish a WOD in 4:30 when you start out, but then a couple of months later you will do this same workout in 4:15. The growth in your physical ability is a great motivator and can be translated to everyday life.

Finding a hobby where you can test yourself outside of your working life is a great way to interact and grow. When you have a lot of responsibilities in your everyday life, it’s important to find outlets where you can de-stress. Why not give CrossFit a go and see for yourself the improvements you can make to your life?

Get in touch to book yourself onto one of our free taster classes and break out of your “too busy for exercise” habits! We look forward to seeing you.

Categories
Blog

CrossFit Classes Can Work for Everyone and Here’s Why

When you tell someone that you’re thinking of taking up CrossFit, their immediate reaction may be “CrossFit looks too intense” or “too hard”, however many people have misconceptions about how the programme actually works. Here are some reasons why CrossFit can be for anyone, even people who have previously been exercise shy or have no prior experience.

One of the most important aspects of taking up CrossFit is the idea of “functional movement”, which means an exercise or movement that can be directly translated to real life. This includes picking up something off the ground, running, squatting or jumping onto or over something. From shopping, to picking up kids or even gardening; these are everyday movements that everybody needs to be able to do. So if you feel you’re beginning to struggle with your strength and tire easily when doing these everyday movements, maybe it’s time to improve?

This doesn’t mean you have to be insanely strong or super fast, but your mobility and movement should be at a good standard to avoid harming yourself.

The great thing about our CrossFit classes in Essex, is that you can start with very basic movements and progress in complexity and load as your fitness inevitably increases. If you can squat your body weight to begin with, in a week you could be squatting a barbell and in a year you could be squatting far more!

One common misconception is that if you join a CrossFit gym, you’ll immediately be expected to do complex movements and life heavy loads. However, the reality is, we begin with the basics with one of our experienced coaches who will support you and answer any questions you may have about your CrossFit training.

The bottom line is that CrossFit is all about starting with the very basics and scaling up in intensity, complexity and load until your fitness increases. It’s relevant to everyday life and is therefore applicable to everyone. What’s more, is that you can improve your health and your quality of life as a whole. So what are you waiting for? Book yourself onto one of our free, no contract, taster classes today and start your journey on becoming a better you. You may see results a lot quicker than you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories
Blog WOD

Top Tips: CrossFit For Beginners

We are welcoming our new members at CrossFit Blackwater every day and want to make you feel comfortable, encouraged and at home in Witham’s premier strength and conditioning gym. Here are a few top tips to get the best out of your initial sessions.

  1. Compete against yourself

When you first join our CrossFit classes in Essex, it’s important to focus primarily on movement and learning the correct technique, rather than trying to lift as much as the person next to you. Although they might be squatting double their body weight, they only got to that stage because they focused on their technique and worked hard to get there. Building the foundations of strength and flexibility in the correct places takes time, but once you get there you’ll be reaping the benefits.

  1. Diet is VERY important

No matter how much exercise you do, if you’re eating junk food it’s going to have bad impacts on your health and will stop you from making any significant improvements. Your nutrition affects energy levels, speed of recovery and your overall health. The key is just to eat clean and you’ll be amazed at how great you feel!

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask a coach

Everyone has to start somewhere and each one of us was a newbie at one point or another. If you don’t understand something, just ask one of our coaches or have a chat with us after a class. We will be more than happy to help you and make sure you get the best out of the workouts. Being a CrossFit beginner is made a lot easier by the fact that you have the support in a class from coaches and other members to reach your own personal targets; that beats even the best gym membership!

  1. It doesn’t get easier, you just get better!

As you do more CrossFit sessions, you’ll notice a considerable increase in strength, stamina, coordination and all the other foundations of fitness. As you build up all of these areas, you’ll be able to push yourself even harder. You’ll also find that you recover a lot quicker than you did in your earlier workouts!

  1. You won’t get a PB every day

Some days you may not be feeling your best; however doing a little is far better than doing nothing at all. Come in and give it your best shot – try to avoid skipping sessions. You’ll feel much better for it in the end.

  1. Don’t worry about looking silly

Once you stop worrying about not knowing everything and being afraid to look a bit unsteady to begin with, you’ll realise you know far more than you think, and the things you don’t know yet will come a lot easier to you.

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t joined us already, get in touch and book yourself onto one of our FREE CrossFit taster classes – you won’t regret it.

 

heat 1 barbell 3

Back to the bars on the New Years Day chipper

Strength

Front Squats – 10-10-10-10 ascending weight

Conditioning

6 x 2 mins on 2 mins off:

8 Front Squats 60/40k
12 Push ups
16 Toes to bar
20 Abmat Sit ups

Start each 2 minutes back at the beginning.

Finisher

Max balance test

Categories
Blog WOD

Tracking Your Progress At Our CrossFit Gym In Essex

There are a variety of reasons why CrossFit has proved to be such a successful strength and conditioning programme. From workout intensity to training with professional coaches and the group class setting, these are just a few of the reasons why we see such fantastic progress in our box every day.

In order for you to improve you have to be aware of how well you’re progressing, so it is important to keep track of your workouts one way or another. This may mean simply writing down workout plans in a notebook but keeping track of any personal bests is a sure fire way to see whether your fitness levels are rising.

Flipping back a few pages to see how much you’ve advanced is quite a confidence booster and we guarantee you’ll start seeing results quicker than you would at any other local gym or fitness club.

One item everyone takes everywhere with them these days is their mobile phone. If you feel a pen and paper might be too fiddly or may get lost during CrossFit training, there are also lots of great apps where you are able to build workouts, calendar logs, use timers and see comprehensive overviews of your fitness, with charts on your strengths and weaknesses. These apps are often more efficient and are a really simple way of tracking your progress and highlighting areas you could improve upon.

Our coach Scott has logged every single workout since he started training for CrossFit in 2008 on the CrossFit message board, his thread is titled, “A Bear’s Tale”. His posts now exceed 16,500!

Our CrossFit trainers are always on hand to help during training sessions, they’ll be able to tell you what you’re doing well and what could use a little improvement. They know your individual goals and are committed to helping you achieve them.

All of us have a competitive side that pushes us to lift that little bit more and train that little bit harder. Our CrossFit classes in Essex offer the perfect environment to do this under the supervision of professionals enabling you to become the best version of you!

If you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for? Come and try Witham’s premier CrossFit gym for yourself!

Strength

Deadlifts – 5-5-5-5-5 linear progresssion

Conditioning

EMOM 8:

Odd: Run 200m
Even: 5 C2B Pull ups, 7 Push ups, 9 Box Jumps

rest 2 mins

EMOM 8:

Odd: Run 200m
Even: 5 C2B Pull ups, 7 Push ups, 9 Box Jumps

Finisher

Tabata Plank – If you are able do the whole 4 minutes