No doubt over recent weeks you may have seen the number of young gym goers we have been working with at The Athlete Centre, some in our Athletes Academy others National Level competitors and some looking to improve general well roundedness. I wanted to share with you what it is we are doing and why.
I have read a couple of interesting articles this week which talk openly about the highs and lows of CrossFit, the positives and negatives and the most interesting was about how the top level CrossFitters will train in the future...
So 2015 has arrived….I hope all of you have had a Blessed Christmas period and have enjoyed having family and friends around you sharing this special time of year together. New Year’s resolutions are abounding all over social media along with recaps of the highs and lows of 2014.
I am sure that by now you are all back into full swing with training and are ready for yet another year of hard training at The Athlete Centre. On Monday January 12 we will be commencing a two week period of testing ahead of the new program launch on January 26th.
For months we deliberated over the core beliefs of what The Athlete Centre will do, how it will be delivered and what sort of people will come.
The vision was simple, create the best gym in the world….
Firstly, the obvious: if you don’t have any goals, you cannot achieve them. But how do you go about setting goals, and how is it that some people always seem to achieve their goals, while others don’t?
With winter fast approaching and the fading summer days upon us I thought it best to address a few points in relation to you, our members and the journey you have taken up at The Athlete Centre. I am immensely proud to be associated with each and every one of you and have enjoyed spending time coaching you all in classes and on a personal basis.
The sport of CrossFit has rapidly became one of the fastest growing sports on the planet with the fitness industry taken by storm and the champions of today now well known athletes. The top Games competitors are not only well known amongst the CrossFit community but around the world and are widely considered amongst the world’s best athletes.
The squat is a movement we all have an obligation to master and perform flawlessly. Think about all of your daily activities that require in most part the ability to pick something up, to carry your suitcase, take a flight of stairs or pick up your children.
Two boats are vying for first position in a mammoth row across the Pacific Ocean, at time of writing. The teams – Uniting Nations and Battleborn – both have a four-man international crew – the latter includes Oxfordshire’s own Darren ‘Billy’ Taylor, sponsored by Oxford gym The Athlete Centre.
Pilates for Lifting. It sounds like a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it?!
I have worked with power-lifters and sporting populations, often lifting well in excess of their own body weight and I have never stopped believing that some of the core principles of Pilates can massively benefit them. In fact, I grow more passionate about it.
Competition can come in many forms, and whilst not everyone who comes through our doors is looking to compete at the highest level, I believe it’s important to find some level of competition for everyone, be it immediate or something to aspire towards.
RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) is a standard treatment protocol for acute sports injuries. But, for ligaments and tendons, RICE can actually hinder the healing process. Muscles have very good blood supply while tendons and ligaments have very poor blood supply.
The Oxbridge Throwdown sees teams from Oxford and Cambridge square off in a winner takes all fitness throwdown. This year it took place on Saturday 5th April, the day before the Boat race, and in attendance were teams from CrossFit Cambridgeshire and CrossFit Oxford Originals descend on Oxonia CrossFit in a bid to steal the title back to their respective Box’s.
On numerous occasions I have started to write and abandoned articles around this subject. The battle between “is it too random” and “is it hurting people by subjecting them to loads they are simply not conditioned for”, against, “it’s getting people on mass exercising, with weights, learning techniques for movements largely unseen in commercial gyms”.
Traditionally endurance athletes and triathletes in particular tend to steer clear of the gym and strength training citing a fear of bulking up, lack of time and a need to be spending those precious hours swim, bike or running instead of in the gym.
As owner of a strength and conditioning gym I have had a lot of exposure to goal setting and the way people change their lifestyle in order to get there. Many athletes, amateur sportsmen and women and average Joes set goals and often with varying degrees of success.
Over the past few years the fitness industry has made some radical changes and new research into what training methods work is starting to re-shape many of the gyms we use. Some facilities have embraced the changes and some have stuck to their guns, sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly.
It's time to take your training to the next level.