CHIEF

G$, the chief

THE CHIEF is a fun interval test to see how much work you can maximize per round, but repeat for multiple times. What is your drop off like, if any? Could you add another round in to each of your cycles? Which of the three exercises hold you back? Which of the three exercises lend to your strengths? Did you time the work properly to maximize the allotted time? So many factors, but a focus on one or more could lead you to better results.


ARTICLES

+ Exposing the Importance of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) – Breaking Muscle


CrossFit WOD for Skills Friday 1/6

“THE CHIEF”

max rounds in 3 minutes:
3 power cleans, 61/43kg
6 pushups
9 squats

Rest 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 5 cycles.

Compare to 2016 1014. Post all five scores to whiteboard.


Olympic Weightlifting WOD – w2d3

overhead squat, snatch, clean + push press + jerk

Are you honest and consistent?

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Honesty & Consistency

Personally these two topics are the most important parts about any type of training, whether it be for weightlifting, kettlebell, mobility, or CrossFit. You first and foremost have to understand that to reap the benefits of any programming, you have to be both consistent and honest with all the factors that go into your training. Those factors include (but are not limited to): preparation, attitude, knowing your numbers and abilities, focus, effort, recovery, attendance, reflection and taking notes.

Preparation: It’s not just about showing up physically. Will you show up ready to put in work for the goals that you’ve set out for yourself? If not, how will you get yourself into that headspace ready to train? If you know you can’t then why show up and waste time?  Build that champion mindset. Are you spending your extra time before class to do the mobilizing/stretching you know you need? Did you eat a snack beforehand so that you have enough energy? Are you staying positive and aggressive about the workout for the day, or did you put yourself in a bad headspace because you tend to be pessimistic about your own performance/abilities? Are you carrying the correct gear with you?

Attitude: After coming up with your plan for your workout, what are you doing to prepare for what’s in store? Yeah, your day before the gym was crap, but this session is for you to forget everything else, do something for yourself, and spend time with really good people. Get your mind right. Read. Meditate. Do what’s necessary to bring your best game available.

Knowing Your Numbers and Abilities: Do you track all of your max numbers in your notebook and are they recent? When prescribed to work with certain percentages are you using the proper numbers? Or have you moved it up simply because it’s what your partner already has on the bar? Are you adding weight that you just WANT versus the weight that you NEED? You should be exact with your numbers (rounding up/down to nearest whole number) to ensure you’re able to do the necessary work the way it needs to be done.

Focus: When you’re up for your lift, are you thinking about how you need to move to accomplish the lift? Are you trying to feel the things coaches are referring to in cues they give you? When you attempt the next set/rep, are you focused on trying to make the rep better than the last? Or are you simply just moving and hoping that you do it they way it should be done? Are you paying attention and being present, or thinking about work? Get your head in the game.

Effort: Effort is the direct product of focus. If you want something and have focused on what needs to be done, then the next thing you need is to make sure you do everything in your power to complete the work. Are you making an effort to understand how your body needs to set up, where/when you should be feeling things, listening to the cues to make the next rep better, and pushing yourself to hit each rep?

Recovery: It’s one of the most neglected factors when it comes to training. Are you getting enough sleep at night? Are you feeding your body with a proper nutrition before/during/after working out? Are you mobilizing, rolling out, etc before and after training sessions? On your off days are you getting treated by bodywork professionals (massage, chiro, PT, Leslie, etc), taking epsom salt/ice baths to help make your body feel better? Taking the correct supplements if any.

Attendance: If you’re not showing up and putting in the work you won’t get the goals. Be here, and know there will good and bad days.

Notes/Reflection: This can be anything from cues that work/didn’t work (tell us if a cue doesn’t work for you or you don’t understand it), what you felt/didn’t feel during a lift, the exact cue provided by the coach, an observation from a lifting partner, motivational quotes, etc. Andrew is a fan of recording the working weight lifts on the phone for reference later. Paper, video, etc. are whatever you need to understand why things went right and why things went wrong. These help make cues become habits. They help you become conscious of what you’re doing physically and mentally.

To help with your consistency and honesty, Andrew and I have worked together to move over to in-house programming that we will put together. It is timed specifically to peak at the time of weightlifting meets, whether you compete in them or not, meaning that the cycles will consistently be longer- five or weeks long (instead of four). The way the days are set up is to ensure growth in all the major lifts along with supplemental exercises during the length of the program. We’ve also made it easier for everyone to get the work they need for their specific goals (technique vs strength vs competition) with the following template below.

+ If you attend Olympic Weightlifting Class 1x/wk, you will do DAY 3’s workout, which includes both snatch and clean and jerk.

+ If you attend 2x/wk, you will do DAY 1 your first day that week & DAY 2 the second time you attend (not whichever one you want to do on a given day).

+ If you attend all 3 classes in the week, then you’ll do DAY 1, 2, 3 in that order.

Lastly, we’ll be keeping track of your attendance in classes to make sure you’re the right workouts. This is especially important if you miss a week and hadn’t worked with the lifts at the percentages from the week prior, creating a deficit in your training. Instead of just pushing you along to the higher percentages every week, you will have to earn them. If we get to test out week and you’ve only finished up to 85%, guess what?! You will just have to settle with where you get to with weight when we test out with everyone.

There will be absolutely no room to complain about why numbers aren’t going up- we will all be honest about our consistency, and it will be proven when we lift.

AT coaching AB through a weightlifting meet

As usual if you have any questions email us at barbell@foundationcrossfit.com or speak to me or Andrew directly at the gym. Our hope is to build our USA Weightlifting club (#FoundationBarbell) to a solid level with a potential for much more.

HOLLYWOOD

Gus (via TomBoyX)

So proud of this dude. Read the interview with Gus about his CrossFit journey in the article below.

ARTICLES

An Athletic Journey: Gus Lanza – Tom Boy X

ANNOUNCEMENTS

– This Saturday 1/7 – Community Class at 12PM, all members, friends, first-timers, and visitors welcome!
– Saturday, 1/21 is our Annual Winter Party at Optimism Brewery (6-8pm reservation then free-for-all!)

CrossFit WOD for Skills Thursday 1/5

establish a 2RM push press in 12 minutes, then

“Hollywood”

for time:
2k run
22 wall-balls, 20/14#
22 bar muscle-ups
22 wall-balls, 20/14#
22 power cleans, 61/43kg
22 wall-balls, 20/14#
2k run

30 minute time limit. Post time to whiteboard.

HellaFit WOD

PARTNER RELAY

30-min AMRAP

Relay 1
– 200m run
– goblet squat

Relay 2
– 50 KBS
– v-up

Relay 3
– 500m row
– push press

Relay 4
– 50 push-ups
– pullups/ring or hinge row/bent over row

At An Angle

ARTICLES

+ The 3 Building Blocks to Performing a Proper Dip – Breaking Muscle

CrossFit WOD for Skills Wednesday 1/4

front squats 3x5x70, then

CINDY AT AN ANGLE

AMRAP in 20 minutes:
5 ring rows
10 ring Dips
15 perfectly-vertical kettlebell swings, 24/16kg

Olympic Weightlifting WOD

Day 2: front squat, 3-position clean, BtN jerk, GHD work. Day 1 if this is your first workout.

Kettlebell WOD

GFE

Planks/Halos warmup

TGU work 15 minutes

Single Arm Strength Day 2
6/6 reps emom 12 minutes

New Year, New You

…And new us! Welcome to the new Foundation CrossFit website and blog. Really weird how the old one crashed a couple of days before we planned to roll this version out. Oh well, screw 2016…2017 in the house!

Hope you guys had a fantastic time celebrating the new year. Here’s to many goals crushed and dreams realized.

Time to get back at it!

ARTICLES

+ The Power of Setting Absolutely Huge Goals – Bicycling.com

CrossFit WOD for Skills Monday 1/2

bench press 5x8x65% + ab work, then

50-40-30-20-10 for time:
double unders
push ups

Post time to whiteboard!

Olympic Weightlifting WOD

back squat, 3-position snatch, snatch-grip RDL, russian twists, hanging leg lifts

no Kettlebell WOD today

(we’ll be back Wednesday)

 

Long Live the Chief

Flashback Friday featuring Foundation CrossFit 3.0:

(3.0 is located next door to where we currently are, now home to PLAY Doggie Daycare)


CrossFit WOD for Friday 10/14

THE CHIEF

AMRAP in 3 minutes:
3 power cleans, 61/43kg
6 push-ups
9 squats

Rest 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 5 cycles. Post rounds completed for each of the 5 cycles.


Barbell Club WOD – Week 4, Day 3: MOCK MEET!

3 attempts at a max snatch

3 attempts at a max clean & jerk


ANNOUNCEMENT!

Tomorrow we will have a contingent of athletes participating in the FESTIVUS GAMES down in Lacey, WA:

The 2016 Intramural Open at FCF


CGO 15.4 at FCF

The CrossFit Open is a worldwide online CrossFit competition and we’ve done it every year as a gym since its inception in 2011. This year we’re copying a fantastic idea from Catalyst Fitness’ Intramural Open idea… and I’m going to plagiarize the hell out of it! IT’S THAT GOOD OF AN IDEA.

CGO 15.3 at CFSLU

(Actually I’ll just their entire post and change the details as I see fit)

Our goals at Foundation: to educate and inspire. Competition helps with the ‘inspire’ part: the pressure to perform pushes you to train harder; the social boost of dozens of your best friends cheering for you will help you reach a higher plane. Heck, watching your teammates GO is inspiring!

Can we bring that worldwide thrill home? Can we deliver all the fun of competition without causing any anxiety attacks? We think so.

I’ve chosen four people to be Team Captains (who also chose another four to be Co-Captains). We will have a private draft and you’ll be put onto a team. These Teams will go through the Open which will ultimately lead us to our intergym throwdown VERSUS 8. Who will win the Golden Hammer?

CGO 14.4 at CFSLU

REGISTRATION

Registration for the Open can be done until 5pm on Monday 2/29 at games.crossfit.com, Choose Foundation CrossFit as your Affiliate.

CGO 14.3 at FCF

DRAFT

Coaches and the rest of the registered FCF fam will be ‘drafted’ onto an Intramural team. They won’t lose their spot on our Regional team, and their points will still count toward our Affiliate score worldwide, but we want to ensure even distribution of our most competitive athletes.

Once drafted onto a team you’ll be entered onto the public Team Rosters.

If you’re reading this and you haven’t registered for the CGO you’ll probably be courted by one of our Team Captains to join their team – probably more than one. Pick the most fun team!

POINTS

+1 Point – Attendance: every member of a team that completes an Open workout at Foundation each week earns one point. Maximum one point per athlete per workout. This goes for Rx AND Scaled competitors!

+1 Point – Podium: Top 3 males AND Top 3 female athletes on the leaderboard at Foundation for each workout (Rx Division only) gets an extra point for their team.

+1 Point – Pride: Wear any of our FCF/CFSLU gear during the Open Events on Saturdays and earn another point for your team!

+3 Points – Skills: If you perform your first-ever skill when grinding in a workout, your team will be awarded three extra points! Think chest-to-bar pullups, a new max snatch/CJ, handstand pushups, the elusive muscle-up, etc.

+3 Point – Personal Records: Been in the Open before and this week it’s a repeat of a past event? Set a PR and earn a 3-pointer for your team!

+5 Points (team) – Spirit: Who stands out and represents the spirit of Foundation CrossFi? The team with the most encouragement, noise, pride, and PRESENCE each week will receive 5 points per standout action.

+5 Points – Bonus: Who goes above and beyond, representing not just your team, but the community of Foundation CrossFit and the CrossFit philosophy? Earn 5 points for standing out to FCF HQ.

It’s possible to earn more points as we (FCF HQ) determine what things we want to see. This list is secret from all athletes and captains. Essentially this is like when the Hogwarts professors award (and take away) points to the houses.

Points will be awarded by FCF HQ after every event.

CGO 13.5 at CFSLU

WORKOUTS

Athletes competing in the Open will have only four days to complete each workout. We haven’t yet set our schedule for competition. The Open will have five workouts over five weeks, with the fifth week including VERSUS 8, where your team points entering the event may sway some things. Think about it this way: the Open is a sport season and VERSUS are the playoffs (and championship).

As usual, you can be tested at any CrossFit class on the predetermined CGO days, which are all day Friday, and the special 11am’s on Saturday. Make-ups are to be done on Sundays during our business hours. You’ll need to check in with the trainers on duty and have a certified judge with you to watch your work.

2012 at FCF

PRIZES

We’ll have some random draws each week for prizes, including gear, socks, water bottles, supplements like Vaper, clothing, training packages, and more! The top team will also earn a GRAND prize. Details released later!

2011 at FCF 3.0

Our focus is on FUN. We want participation because it will make you more fit, and it will get you high-fives and you’ll be happy and love life more and glow and glisten and stuff.

Register online at the CrossFit Games site, and let’s start this party!