Posts tagged with ‘knowledge’

  • Knowledge Blog

    Building Foundations

    - by Sean Thompson

    I often use the analogy of a poorly set foundation and the effects it has on the built levels above it when the foundation is flawed. When I look at the year ahead with regard to training, I like to imagine we the coaches as your contractors, the programming as your materials and method of building and the house as your GPP (General Physical Preparedness).


    At CrossFit Jozi our goal is to have your GPP as high as possible, ensuring that no matter what life throws at you physically or mentally you can handle it. The methodology we use to do this is CrossFit, an integral part of CrossFit are the “10 General Physical Skills” (the words written at the top of the box walls) you can follow this link to view them Which according to CrossFit, to be considered an athlete, you must be competent in all 10 skills. In order to help you become competent in all 10 skills, we have to cause adaptions to the body with regard to a physical skill which leads to adaption and brings about improvement/change. We, therefore, train in blocks to ensure we can focus on all 10 General Physical Skills and not just our favourites (my metcon junkies). So although a certain block might not seem as exciting or fun as one previously programmed or coming up, it is for a reason and apart of a larger goal, so stay calm and trust us! We have your best interests in mind.


    The current block which started last week Monday will be focusing on our STRENGTH and AEROBIC capacity. A very important block as this will lay the foundation for the year ahead, so slack off in this current block and you will feel the effects throughout the year. In the current block, we can expect the following.

    • Single limb strength work – this will assist in ironing out any imbalances we have.
    • Strict Gymnastics – As we have seen from the Open this is a big focus of HQ at the moment, and you know what they say, go with the flow.
    • Gymnastic Progressions – We are going to focus on improving our overall gymnastic ability.
    • Loaded Carry work and Functional Bodybuilding – Two of the best methodologies for building a strong and healthy base.
    • Long grinding metcons – WE WILL NOT STOP DOING METCONS, we never have. The metcon will just not always be the main focus of the session.


    The block will run for 12 weeks and will be broken into a reset week, baseline test week, 9 weeks of training focus, re-test week. We are starting with the baseline test this week so be sure to come in and get testing. Remember that although a test week, your safety is still our main priority, never shoot for a PB if it means sacrificing goods positions or putting yourself in an unsafe zone.


    I hope the above shines some light on the upcoming training block and provides a brief insight into our “Why”. Remember we will never steer you wrong, your health and fitness remain our concern and we will always get you there through “Constantly Varied, High-Intensity Functional Movements”

    Time to get started on our Strength and Aerobic foundations, see you in the box.


  • WOD Blog | Workout of the day

    SATURDAY 29-09-2018

    - by Admin




    Establish a 2RM hang snatch in 15 minutes


    1 hang clean + 2 jerk
    Establish a max in 20 minutes



    5 rounds for time of:
    400m run
    30 box jumps, 24″
    30 wall balls, 20/14lbs

  • Knowledge Blog


    - by Imtiaz

    One of the reasons sports became such spectacles is the apparently unpredictable nature of the event. The bounce of the ball could go any way, the environment has an effect on the outcome, and each athlete experiences unexpected rises and troughs. Perhaps this is why so many analogies are drawn between sports and life. When you really look at it, though, sports are in fact very predictable.

    You know how long and how far it will go, the rules are defined, and there are even particular seasons for each sport. Whereas life is truly unpredictable. There are arguably only two aspects of life that you know are going to happen; change and death. And you don’t even know when that will happen!

    You’re not participating in a sport in your training sessions. If you’re competing or working towards competing at Regional or Games level, it sure is your sport. But what you’re doing in your training sessions is a health and fitness program. Health and fitness for life, and life has no off-season.

    Yes, the Open is over and many of you participated in it. Yes it’s the Easter holiday season. And yes, we are doing fitness testing. We’re in this for the long haul, and life goes on! We do keep you updated on the program, though, so you knew we were at the tail of this training block 😉

    On that note, the training blocks aren’t designed to be aligned with the Open. We’re always working on your endurance a.k.a cardio, regardless of the time of year. Each block simply has a few particular foci to ensure we’re covering all your bases. Safeguarding your health and fitness through aging is the overarching goal. Sacrificing your endurance to be stronger from April to October would be opposing that goal. Side note, more Regional aspiring athletes should probably spend the Games off-season working on their endurance instead of starting strength programs…..

    You also have to deal with whatever life brings you, and that often means doing the stuff you don’t like so much. If all you ever did in training was what you liked, wanted and assumed was good for you, you wouldn’t achieve much, and that’s why you come to facilities like these 😉

    — Imtiaz

  • Knowledge Blog


    - by Imtiaz

    With the Open coming up and thanks to the billion local competitions happening, a question often asked in class is “what’s the standard for this movement?” In events, like the Open, movement standards are used to define the prescribed task and to standardise the tasks to ensure that all participants are subject to the same requirements. All sports have standards; out of bounds lines, scoring positions, infringements, etc. And it’s all for the same purpose–to create a level playing field.

    What we do in class, however, is not a sport. It’s training. One of the reasons you participate in a sport, like the Open, is to test the fitness you’ve developed in training. Therefore, there are no standards in training.

    Before you take that and run (a bigger) riot in class, that does not mean you’re free to do whatever floats your boat in training. We teach you particular positions in training because they are the safest positions that will also yield the best results quickly. We spend most of our time in those fundamental positions, such as feet shoulder width in the squat, and when we’ve developed consistently good mechanics with intensity we freestyle it by playing with positions to suit the workout while increasing our skill level. We also drill good range of motion (RoM) in training because it pertains to improving your fitness.

    So if we had to use phrases to define the difference, there are competition standards versus movement in training. What you should recognise is that consistently good movement in training naturally gives you high competition standards.

    To go back to what we do in training, testing forms a part of evaluating training progress. When we do fitness testing in sessions, we do use some standards to ensure that you have a consistent and measurable baseline to track changes against.

    In training, focus on consistently good positions. If you enter a competition, adhere to the movement standards to avoid no-reps. In training, there are no no-reps (unless we’re testing fitness ;-)).


  • Knowledge Blog


    - by Imtiaz

    We’ve all had nights where we just can’t seem to fall asleep. You didn’t have caffeine, it was a busy day, you don’t have much on your mind at all, and you are ready to sleep. Yet you just can’t doze off. What do you do to help you fall asleep? In general, you try several things.

    You might read, count your breaths, try to control your breathing or count sheep. Perhaps you have a glass of warm milk and some baked treats in the hope of inducing a carb coma. Or maybe you go looking for earplugs and eye patches? Whatever the approach/es, you tried hard but to no avail.

    It was just sleep. Why are given so many approaches to make such a natural habit ‘work’?

    It’s a common trait, though. You’ve got to work hard to get stuff done, yeah? Nah, not always.

    Until you’ve acquired mastery, performing a movement requires a conscious effort. But more often than not, you try too hard to learn or improve a movement. You become so focused on getting it right that you almost freeze up. I call it paralysis by analysis. Your CNS either becomes so lit up that you become to rigid to move, or there are too many messages coming from the brain for the body to make sense and nothing happens when you try to.

    That’s what happens in the moment. What follows is lots of ‘work’ to make you better. Learn more progressions, do more reps, watch more videos. You keep trying harder. Do you remember what eventually got you to sleep? Unlikely. What probably happened is that you gave up trying, and then fell asleep.

    Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t try. In movement if you don’t try you won’t know. What I’m saying is that you should try differently. Think about it before you move, and when you do move, just move. Think about one to two things only. Ride the good and bad days. Accept the process for what it is–a process. Do less, it’s more. Chill out, the world will keep turning!