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CFSR 3.11.18

Metcon – we have all heard the term…

But, what is it?

Metabolic Conditioning (metcon for short) is a style of CrossFit training with short sessions of higher-intensity training designed to increase metabolic demand and energy usage.  It is added to a training plan to take you to your training threshold, with short rest times to improve metabolic pathways.  Metcon is typically used as a workout “finisher”.

The goal of a metcon session should be to complete and sustain a high effort output over a short period of time, with as little rest as possible between workouts to make your body more energy-efficient.

How does it work?

Metcon follows either a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout with short periods of intense exercise followed by similar length at a lower intensity, or circuit training with various exercises performed back to back.

How will it help with fat loss?

Many studies have shown that metcon is great for fat loss because of increased fat oxidation, reductions in appetite, and the increase in muscular adaptations and the subsequent increase in lean body mass.

Short version: adding metcon to your program can intensify your fat loss efforts.

Some downsides to metcon is that it can often be misused.

Overall, metcon is a great way to work on areas you didn’t include in your main workout such as squats, pushing or pulling.

Add metcon to your training and challenge yourself by starting the workout below:

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CFSR 3.10.18

And just like that, we’re in the third week of the 2018 CrossFit Open!

In case you missed the CrossFit Open 2018 18.2, below is a recap of the live announcement and the matchup between CrossFit R.A.W. stars Bob Anthony and Lauren Black, followed by a showdown between CrossFit Games athletes Noah Ohlsen and Patrick Vellner:



CFSR 3.09.18

Foundational Movements of CrossFit continued…

The Deadlift targets the gluteus maximus which is the biggest muscle in the body and of the three powerlifting movements.  Nothing targets the butt as hard as the deadlift! Strong glutes transfer to better endurance, power, and pain prevention.

The Sumo Deadlift High Pull primarily strengthens the hamstrings, glutes, lower back and upper traps.

The Medicine-Ball Clean targets the muscles of the arms, shoulders, and even the abdominal muscles. It’s excellent for engaging the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, calves, lower back, upper traps, biceps and forearms.  The medicine ball clean is an exercise that is extremely effective for building size and strength and it’s a very popular movement to add to any WOD.


CFSR 3.08.18

Foundational Movements of CrossFit continued…

The Shoulder Press targets the deltoids, trapezius, triceps, serratus anterior and the upper portion of the pecs.  The most important benefit of this movement is that it will increase your bone strength and improve stability which decreases the risk for osteoporosis.

The Push Press targets the calves, quads, core, deltoids, and triceps.  Push pressing forces you to produce maximal force in minimal time.

The Push Jerk involves explosive power coming from a strong posterior chain and explosive hips.  It is a variation of an Olympic lift that develops full-body power.

To be continued…

CFSR 3.07.18

Foundational Movements of CrossFit

Learning the foundation movements with perfect form is an integral part of CrossFit that will help set you up for success.  If performed properly, the moves will help build overall strength, balance, power, agility, flexibility, endurance, and avoid injury.

Below are a a few videos that will show you how to perfect your form:

Air Squats tighten your lower body such as your quads, hamstrings and glutes.

Try this for a challenge: do 20 seconds of air squats, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for eight rounds and you will definitely feel the burn.

The Front Squat targets the quadriceps because the barbell is in front of you rather than behind.  It has less spinal compression, flexion, less torque on the lower back and works your entire core.

The Overhead Squat is a great tool for training the strength and stability of your shoulders and core.  The overhead squat can help your body learn how to extend if performed properly.

To be continued…

CFSR 3.04.18

Box Jumps

Jumping increases your strength and muscle tone, and builds both upper body and lower body strength. Box jumps force you to jump high enough that you’re forced to use every single muscle in your legs (as well as your arms) to propel you up on the box and improve your balance.

When you jump, your body burns 800 to 1,000 calories an hour (compare that to 200 to 300 calories burned per hour while walking).

Box jumps will improve your vertical jump, speed, and endurance, as well as increase your coordination.

To perform it correctly you should select a box height that challenges your jumping ability, but is not so high that it is your hip flexibility, rather than your muscular power that is allowing you to successfully complete the jump.

Check out the tutorial below from CrossFit.com:

CFSR 3.03.18

GHD Hip & Back Extension

The best thing about CrossFit is that it is a strength and conditioning program that creates a wide variety of functional exercises.  The back extension strengthens the posterior chain muscles including the glutes, hamstrings and lower back.  The hip extension builds the basic muscular control strength needed to making a neutral-spine position while the hip is in motion.

If you do not have a Roman chair or a back extension machine, Good Mornings and Supermans are appropriate substitutions according to CrossFit.com.

Good Mornings Tutorial: 

Superman Tutorial:

In a Back extension, only the back is extending, the hips are trapped and neutral.

In a Hip extension, the back stays rigid and flat while just the hips rotate.

There is also something called a Hip/Back Extension that is a combination of both.

Check out the videos below to learn the proper forms for both exercises: