The off-season is where your competition season begins.
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In every sport a strong core is needed to be succesful. Especially with CrossFit or The sport of functional Fitness core is essential. Olympic lifts and gymnastics require a great degree of core strength. Even in light weight wods with high repetitions having a strong core that also has a high degree of muscular endurance is needed to insure proper position throughout the reps.
One primary weapon to achieve this is the GHD. What a magical invention. As an athlete this should be on the top of your list of equipment purchases. This essential piece is nothing short of amazing when it comes to building core strength and muscular endurance.
Most of our Madathletes warm up with
Several times a week. If you are new to this start with 30 reps.
Get some core strength, level up and watch up the pr’s roll in.
For many athletes off season is the toughest time of the year to maintain focus on those long term fitness goals. For those who compete in Crossfit and did not make the games this year, it can seem like the dead zone. Many athletes get those summertime blues. We all there there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues right? Or is there?
Off season is important in any sport. Everyone needs that time to reset their mind, reset their body and in effect “sharpen the saw”. You have to get back to that reason why you do this. Why you compete, why you lift, why you CrossFit. A few methods that some of our madathletes use.
1. Do something different
Mud run, 5k, Oly meet, kayak race or whatever. Try something different for the hell of it. Coach Glassman said it best “regularly take up and play new sports”. Time to sign up for that zoomba contest and get the funk out! So remember that it’s ok for you to try something new.
2. Go back to the beginning
Get back in class with some people who are just starting out. Have fun and just do the wods. Put no pressure on yourself about PR’s or anything like that. Remember what it was like when you first started this beautiful journey. Get in your community and sweat and laugh with and at each other.
3. Take a short vaca! Take a few days and get to the beach for some fun in the sun. Read a book and have a drink. Have a Mai Tai and watch the Crossfit Games.
If you don’t know, A Mai Tai is a tropical drink that can totally reset your mind if you let it.
Mai Tai:Mix Ingredients
1 ¼ oz. Light Rum
½ oz. Orgeat Syrup
½ oz. Orange Curacao
2 oz. Lemon Juice
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Dark Rum Float
So work those mixology skills and reset your mind and come back rejuvenated. You will not lose your gains in a few days. You will come back refreshed and ready to go.
After you reset yourself you can come back and get your off season plan together. Then start working muscle ups and snatch. Remember, where focus goes energy flows. For now it may be time to chill out for a few days.
Today- MADathletes get some meathead strength and then a beautiful 20 minute amrap with C2B pull ups db snatches and db squat cleans. This little off season strength cycle is already paying some huge dividends. Build a bigger motor…that’s the current goal for this cycle. Plus, sometimes they get a pump and that’s always fun. Of course, all athletes get that individual adjustment that is tailored just for them.
Some questions you should ask yourself…
Where are you at in your training cycle?
What are your goals for the cycle you are in?
What are your goals for the off season?
What are your goals for the season (whatever your sport)?
Strength, Skill, Speed,
The MAD Coaches work with our Athletes to help meet their fitness goals. Many of those goals are to do well at the CrossFit Open – even if they are not going to Regionals.
The picture above shows just a few of our athlete’s improvement from the 2014 CrossFit Open to 2015 CrossFit Open.
The numbers speak for themselves.
Athletes are made in the off-season. Are you ready to start your off-season now?
The 2015 Reebok Crossfit Open is just about finished. So many Madathletes leveled up this year. I am super proud of all of the madathletes that put in so much work to improve skills strength speed and mentality.
The super secret technique to the 2016 reebok open is this….
The key to a great season is a great off season.
This trumps all the little magical technique suggestions and ideas. If your off season didn’t prepare you for all levels of CrossFit, then even the best technique video will not help.
For some of you the season is just beginning…
You have regionals upcoming and the games locked in your sights.
For others this journey has brought you to your off season and the time for evaluation and assessing goals has come. It’s time to make that plan and start working on improving those skills and of course building a bigger motor.
If you don’t have your complete plan put together… you don’t have your coach (everyone needs a coach, even Rich Fronning has a coach), if you don’t have your nutrition plan set, if you don’t have your gymnastic skills, Oly skills, endurance and mobility plans set. It is time to decide and take action.
Change only comes from taking action.
Hire a coach
Level up Your fitness
Look at the MADATHLETES Remote coaching program. We have amazing coaches who have coached athletes to the highest level of fitness and coaches who have competed at the highest levels of fitness.
We have been programming for strength and condition in various sports for 20 years.
We also program for boxes and customize these plans for the specific needs of your box.
Decide – Act – Improve
Get your head start on 2016 now.
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A few of the CrossFit Cedar Park MADathletes taking on 15.1 and 15.1A.
The open is fast upon us and mad athletes from around the world are taking it on and leveling up each week. As soon as the CrossFit Games website allows for custom leaderboards we will make on for all of the MADathletes competing in the open.
Check out madathlete Andre pulling that big deadlift PR. 550lbs. Just imagine what he’ll do when we hit that strength cycle…
MAD Athletes and coaches getting some junk yard dog warm up before the smash.
They method you use to warm up is extremely important. Too many athletes gloss over the warm up and this will most likely put them at greater risk for injury. I have heard athletes say “a lion never warms up going for the kill”. Yep, this is true, but a lion never did a max snatch or “Fran”.
With the proper warm up / dynamic movement prep (DMP), you are preparing your central nervous system for explosiveness, your joints for smooth movement, your muscles for maximum contraction and your mind for the event. That mental portion can prove valuable when you are competing. The sheer routine of your warm up can get your mind set for that event and dial in your focus to laser sharp levels. Now since most of you are not in the gym doing solely slow movements and you get your body to explode quite a bit this DMP is very important.
You are also giving yourself a layer of protection against injury. There are no guarantees when it comes to injury prevention but as an athlete you should be doing what you can to stay durable and ready to wod again.
Finally think about this, your movement prep can vary depending on the type of wod you will be doing. You may need to get that heart rate up quite a bit and recover before the wod or you may not. Keep that in mind also.
Now. Go hit it.
MAD Athletes are everywhere! Our MAD Remote coaching program has proven successful in countries around the world. From all over The United States, to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Italy, and Kuwait, to name a few. All starting at little CrossFit Cedar Park. We are proud that this method of training is proven to assist athletes of all levels to make advances in CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Strongman, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, and track.
Our goal is to provide the best in innovative training techniques to help these athletes to achieve their fitness goals. Thanks for being a part of it!
Now, get on those skills and level up!