MAD Athletes ready for The Reebok CrossFit Open

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MAD Athletes from every region and of every level are preparing for the upcoming season of competitive CrossFit. From Canada to Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas and even Italy are all utilizing MAD Athletes programming to take them to the next level.

They are hitting skills, strengths and wods of every variation and type. Leveling up through nutrition, mobility and skill.

MAD coaches are super pumped for all of these athletes and we will do our best to keep everyone informed of all the amazing accomplishments these athletes achieve.

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Tempo for strength

Tempo

 

Research has shown (and we have seen it here live), that eccentric loading increases your strength.  It is definitely a top 3 in the secrets to getting stronger.   So, when we are on a strength bias we implement a good deal of tempo movements in our lifts.  Here is a quick little video of Nikki doing a 103×1 (which is my current favorite tempo) followed by a lighter afap set.  We like to incorporate the pause because as two time Olympian Chad Vaughn teaches you have to be comfortable in that “rock bottom” squat position.

 

Mike Cerbus has taken his tempo lifts to some new levels and it is paying great dividends! Check this tempo he’s working with…

 

Tempo lifts should definitely be a part of your strength program.

 

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MADCAMP II. Making Freaks

 

MADCAMP II was so awesome I can barely put into words!  Our goal was for everyone to leave with so much information overload that their heads were spinning, and maybe a few PRs.  These amazing athletes of all levels from a newbie CrossFitter to a CrossFit Games athlete all leveled up their fitness.  We brought in the experts…

Dr. Mike Tillman who emphasized that “tightness inhibits strength” as he showed us individual mobility patterns needed for each athlete.

 

Coach Nikki Isbell, CrossFit games athlete and competitive nutrition guru broke down the pre contest wod meal, post wod meal and every meal for every other day to a scientific calculation.  She even told us when the evil dreaded sugar could turn athletes into super athletes.

 

Coach Wladi and Sammye Montoya dished out some super swim techniques and a great swim wod.  The even gave a few newbies some much needed swim lessons and when they were done everyone swam in their swim wod.  Smooth like a baby dolphin!

Newly added and newly voted “Best Run Coach in Austin” Valerie Hunt brought her Master Pose techniques and great enthusiasm to the camp.  She put the video screen on every single athlete and every single athlete improved in their run technique.  Yes, even the fastest ones!

 

Chad and Jodi Vaughn broke down the technical aspects of each Olympic lift and skill transfer exercises.  They applied the movements to a lighter weight metcon as well as that 1 rep max.  It was truly awesome.

I went over the programming and how to incorporate that strength into year round work as well as a few “secrets” to improving your core and overall strength.  Plus I got to inflict some much needed pain on a few willing athletes.  All in all we had a blast and everyone leveled up and learned a ton.  Just in time for the CrossFit Season.  Next MADCAMP will be in June.  Keep checking in here and Facebook for tips and strategies on how to level up your fitness.  Keep an eye on some of our MAD ATHLETES in the region also.

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