Endurance

Weekly Words, May 14th

Let’s start by wishing all the Mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day.

 

We’ve go the Teams all set up for the OPUS THROWDOWN. We’ll post them up at the gym tomorrow. If you didn’t get a chance to do the Football Total on Saturday, feel free to come in during any open gym time to get a score in. Speaking of Saturday… some big lifts went down! Or shall I say up! Great work to all who came to lift some weights. 

 

Your goal for the week is to be here as much as you can to collect scores to count towards the team. We have some fun workouts, and very measurable too. We will also score workouts a little differently then just the result you get. In english, let’s take the total on Saturday, what if we divided your score by body weight, all of a sudden you might rank a lot higher then what the leaderboard says. So even if it’s a workout where you don’t feel that you will do well on, think again! 

 

So please do your best to be here this week for your team, regardless if you can make it to the gym this Saturday. You’ll be more help then you think. And if you miss a workout during the week, you can always make it up. Except for the upcoming Saturday WOD. That is a one time deal. Speaking of Saturday, the class schedule looks a little different. There are only 3 times to come in. 8am, 10am, and 5:30pm. All of the class times are scheduled for 2 hours. And have double the capacity. That means we’ll have a few heats per session. Let’s fill up those classes and throwdown. 

 

And last but not least, the evening schedule has shifted this week. it now looks as follows on Monday/Wednesday/Friday: CrossFit Classes are 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and Open Gym is at 7:30pm. Plus, don’t forget on those days there’s also a noon class.

 

The throwdown kicked off with a bang, now let’s keep it rolling!

 

Weekly Words

This weekend Squamish Barbell/CrossFit Squamish hosted the BC High SchoolI Championship and Novice Open this past Saturday. And I am no loss for words after this weekends weightlifters who competed; Ben, D’arcy, Marley and Austin. It was D’arcy and Ben’s first meet, and Marley and Austin’s second. And to put mildly, if you think it’s easy to get up on a platform, with everyone watching, along with 3 judges, your team of coaches, an audience, along with your peers, you are crazy. It’s nerve racking to say the least. Regardless of the results, huge props to these 4. That’s a big deal. And they all killed it!

 

Rewind a second, the results was nothing to glance lightly at. D’Arcy, Marley and Austin won their weight class. While Ben finished 3rd. And both Marley and Austin had the best sinclair total (Body weight coefficient), which is puts everyone’s lift and relates in to body weight. In english, they were pound for pound the best lifters of the day.

 

When events like these pop up close to home, I highly suggest you jump on board. Sometimes you might have to take a small step away from your usual training and specialize a bit to get ready. That’s not a negative. For most of us it would be a positive. You take some time to get really good at one part of your training. Once the event is over, you’ll not only reap the benefits of being better at one specific thing. But, you might also be jazzed to get back the normal routine. It can sure fuel the fire! So, along those lines, we have those already signed up for the Whistler Half marathon, Saturday June 3rd. (there’s 5 different distances, 5k, 10k, half, 30k and Litter rippers kids run). We have those looking in to Stones and Strength in Squamish, June 17th. It’s a pairs event, same gender, same weight class. Info is on Facebook or ask away. Plus many more. And if you want to do a running event, there are so many that pop up after June. 

 

And, I have been promising details of our own version of a Throwdown. Still working on dates and details. But, I will say that it will be Open-esque. Meaning, we’ll have some of the WODs occur as a class workout. So whether you are planning to throw down, you’ll be doing some of the workouts during a class session. But, we’ll also have a large portion of it event style. Where multiple events will happen on a single day. 

 

Lastly, schedules have started to morph. There’ll be 1 more tweak occur the following week. What you should notice is that we do have a noon class Mon/Wed/Fri. And, looks like we’ll shift classes in the evening the following week to 4:30/5:30/6:30 on Mon/Wed/Fri. 

 

Coach 

Weekly Blog April 24-30

I don’t want to do the math, but, I’ve written countless blogs since becoming a CrossFit Affiliate. Believe me when I say I am no writer, but… the one thing I never have trouble coming up with are things to write about. I am going to choose today’s topic, but, here are a few that I want to share coming. Let me know what you’d like me to rant about in the near future:

Supplements

Diet

Competing

Life balance and training

 

Today I want to discuss how important you are to each other. The concept of how without others doing what you do, there’s no way you’d be accomplishing what you are today. I’m going to take you on a trip in the way back machine. It was 2005, I was training at CrossFit North, CrossFit’s first affiliate. At the time I was there, they had actually been operating a few years already, so it wasn’t their first rodeo. They had this club called the sub 10 club. And if you completed certain benchmarks in under 10 minutes, you’d get a free T-shirt. It was super cool. At the time, to complete Helen for example, in under 10 minutes was no easy feet. So, aiming your sights to finish under that time got you in the club. Why 10 minutes? Well, at that time, it was hard to do. Is it easier now? The short answer is yes. And here’s why.

 

If you have never measured CrossFit before, and someone has you do Helen. You basically feel like you are going to die. So, for arguments sake, you finish in 12 minutes. So, 3 months later, 2 attempts later, you finish in just under 10 minutes. You’d be on cloud nine. Pushed even harder, probably still felt like you were going to die post WOD, but were ecstatic that you improved by 2 minutes. You probably say to yourself, I bet there isn’t that many people out there that could do Helen sub 10. But low and behold you go back home, and all friends have been doing CrossFit. And, little did you know, they all do Helen, and…. they all have better times. Some in under 8 minutes. Now, you know not all of them are fitter than you. So, next time you do Helen, just a week after you broke the 10 minute mark, you bust out a time in under 8 minutes. 

 

If you don’t think this scenario is plausible you are dead wrong. The power of belief can take you places you never thought possible. And, in this case, the fact that you know that Helen can be done by people you know in faster times than you’ve accomplished. Our minds always stop us before our bodies fail us. Yes, that time you thought you gave it all. Well, apart for maybe once or twice…. you actually had more. You just couldn’t access it.That belief will take your mind places your body originally didn’t want you to do. But it can, and it will. You just need to right circumstances, the right motivation.

 

Am I a competitive “Crossfitter”? The answer is not really. I am not sad, or have a sense of failure when someone does something better than me. (If I did, I’d be a pretty sad guy.) But, I do feel good when I do things well, and it fuels my fire to try and be on top. So, this is why it’s super important we measure what we do. So, there’s a relative measuring stick to the people I know. And, whenever possible, to train with those people that inspire me to do my best. And now, because we measure everything through the app, whether I train with you or not…. You help me believe that I can do more than I would if I were at this alone. 

 

Let’s be honest, we only improve because we try hard. Not because we are first. And, trying hard, and I mean really pushing, is only enriched by those around you. Sometimes that means those you do a workout with, or, it can expand to everyone who did that workout in the gym that day, or even to those who do CrossFit worldwide. I can’t go as far to explain the psychology behind this all. But, believe me, we all need each other to push the fitness boundaries. After updating the leaderboard last night, collectively you all are believing more than those that came before you. And that’s amazing. I see so many records falling this summer if all of you keep pushing each other. Keep making each other believe. 

 

So keep it rolling, the best is yet to come! 

Training Layout March 20-26

 

What I really want to talk about is this. The OPEN isn’t all about wins. In fact, it’s rather bitter sweet. Many of you, if not all have felt defeated at one point in time during the OPEN this year, and, every year you’ve participated. And, it’s the nature of what the workouts are supposed to do. They are meant to test every aspect of fitness (And last I checked we all have at least 1 weakness!). Not to mention, each workout is designed to break you. Upon completion of the workout, or even before it ends, you are either elated, or deflated. Those emotions are often tied in how fit you see yourself, and how you measure up against a specific field. And when you feel defeated, know that you are not alone. Ask any one of our coaches. We’ve been there, and we’ve been there hard! We know what it’s like to train your guts out, and have it feel like none of it had any impact on your results. Before I go in to how wrong that is, let me start with this. You will be defined by your losses, not your victories. How you deal with adversity is paramount to who you are as person. I’ve heard….”I will never let that happen to me again!”. Which couldn’t have been said more perfectly. No blaming, no excuses. Just a drive to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself. The truth is, that when I’ve witnessed each and every road block that has taken you on an emotional rollercoaster, I will tell what I really see. Individuals who are much fitter than they see themselves. Much fitter than they were not long ago. I could look back weeks, months, years, and all I see is progress. I see individuals that don’t like to fail, don’t like to feel defeated, and I like that quality. So if that’s been you, know that I’d love nothing more than to say you have not failed. You have a community of people that are here to support you, here to pick you up when you are down. But more importantly to remind you that you have the heart of the champion. And you have countless amounts of people that look up to you. What you’ve accomplished, and what you represent. No one loses in the OPEN! Everyone should finish feeling humbled, hungry, and motivated to be better then before. I hope that we all realize that we are in this together. How we interact can help push each other to be better. But be careful, if you are overly competitive with those around you it can have the opposite affect. It won’t allow you to see your successes if you are constantly measuring up to someone else. We are all different. We all have different skills, and we all progress at different rates. Remember, the open isn’t the only definition of fitness. I can post a better score on a workout then some of you, but I have no hope in hell in keeping up on a mountain bike, pair of skis, etc…. 

 

Somehow I went of course…. but, true to the heart.

 

For this week…. Phil is around on most classes during endurance days. If you don’t know Phil, he’s our rowing coach and has had such a strong influence on the gym’s overall fitness and our appreciation for rowing. So make sure you are here for Tuesday’s and Thursday’s endurance classes. Phil does his best to come to most classes over those days. You can always contact us to see what classes he’ll be at for certain.

 

And… as for the last week of the OPEN….. I have to keep it a secret. I gave away last week’s workout too early! But I will write down my prediction in the gym!

 

GO TEAM!

Training Layout Feb 13-19

I have some good news, and I have some bad news. It’s up to you to decide which one is which. The gym is closed on Monday. Dr. Phil is in town on Tuesday. You can see how beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

 

Having said that, with the gym closed on Monday, make your way to the gym on Tuesday. It promises to be awesome. Phil will have complete autonomy to do what he wants for half the class. And for the other half, let’s just say it’ll be a tough choice as to what one will be the easy one. I can’t wait!

 

The rest of the week is no slouch. We have many pieces that focus either on Open-esque WODs. Or perhaps Open-esque movements. It should be fun, challenging, and getting you geared up for the Open. 

 

Off topic, but for those that read for some inspiration, this ones for you. Yoko, who has basically been the face of CrossFit Whistler for the last 11 years quietly went about her business last weekend. Uncle Rob, AKA CrossFit Burnaby, hosted an Olympic Weightlifting Meet. And yes, Yoko represented. And yes, she won her weight class. And yes, she did it without your help. Wait what? Yes, your help. She was trying to recruit you to join her. Many of you declined… I can only power snatch! Or I am not ready yet :(. Well, this is the perfect meet for those that aren’t ready yet. It’s designed exactly for that demographic. Someone who is getting in to lifting, or someone doing it just for fun! So missing the first one isn’t the end of the world, it’s a 3 part series. Lucky for you. Next time Yoko knocks on your door, you better answer! Don’t miss out on the fun.

 

Enjoy the week. 

Training Layout Jan 30-Feb 5

WOW! What a weekend. How can I not try and recap the Okanagan Valley Throwdown. Congratulations to those that competed, and thanks for allowing us to follow along with all of the live videos. I was literally there! It was so exciting and so emotional to watch. Thanks for taking us there with you.

 

For a small recap, we had a Austin and Marley compete individual Rx’d. Co, Clo, Chris and Candice were team Rx’d. D’Arcy and Lula in individual Rec division, and Brew in Men’s Masters. You can see how this post can get out of hand quick. So before I go in to the results, I want to bring it back to this whole weekend, and not just at the comp, but at the gym as well. 

 

I am completely exhausted. On saturday I watched so many of you come in for the CrossFit Total. Work together, inspire each other, even scare yourself a little. Had a lot of highs, a few lows, but the feeling of pushing through limits, and achieving new heights is quite the emotional roller coaster. So many of us experienced that euphoria this weekend. From those that hit 4 PR’s on the total. Back Squat, Shoulder Press, DL, and the Total. Yep, it was 2 on my count. On Both Saturday and Sunday, was able to follow live the crew at the throwdown. As a spectator it was inspirational. I felt as though I was with you all following the leaderboard this sunday. For those that competed. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul in to what you do. Thank You for representing our gym, our community, it’s truly an honour to be a part of it. It’s not always about how you place. Of course, a promising finish never hurt the spirits. But who you are along the way. And you are all champs!

 

Speaking of Champs! Holy cow, some crazy results came through. 

Lula 2nd

Austin 5th (although technically 4th, which I am sure will be updated shortly)

Marley 6th

Brew 13th

D’Arcy 14th

Team Opus 21st

 

Those are some unbelievable results. I know just how hard you guys worked for them. The events at the throwdown, similar to the Total can be the ones you hope to test, while others, maybe the ones you’ve been dreading. Or in the case of Austin and Marley, changed in the last minute. 1 for the good, the other, not so good. The crew this weekend, just like you at the gym, showed some incredible wherewithal to persevere through thick and thin. All with a smile on your face. I know I had a blast coaching and watching. It was inspiring beyond words! I’m sure we’ll have a motivated crew this week, so go get’em! Unless you competed, in which case, take it easy!

Training Layout Jan 9-15

It’s been an amazing week at the gym. Why? YOU! You’re back! December is never a record breaking month, there’s no denying it. Even with a little lack of attendance, there’s an empty feeling that exists. And it all comes together as to what we’re missing after seeing the gym over the last 5 days… and it’s you. It’s your energy and enthusiasm that was lacking. It was an unbelievable vibe last week. Keep it up. Don’t let it slide. It was a product of all of you that made it that way. So don’t stop now!

 

Have you seen the 2017 goals board? Next time you walk in the gym, you won’t miss it. I’ve seen people nail some goals already, and we are only 1 week in. You’ll also find on the desk upstairs a goals guideline and paper to help you get them done. Maybe you don’t want them up on the whiteboard. You can write them down and give them to coach. If we know what you are striving for, we are going be able to guide you there much quicker. Motivation is really high right now, use it to your advantage and reach heights you never thought possible. 

 

Recruitment time! 

Some of you may have seen that we offered 1 week free  promotion on Facebook for anyone interested in training with us. Most of you know at least 1 person who’s a little bit curious about joining, but for whatever reason, haven’t quite made that plunge. Free is a great motivator. And that’s what we are offering. You and I both know they won’t regret it! Have them email the gym to set up an orientation, which is also free. Once they’ve done that, we can set that up with a free week of training, that will allow them to come to the open gym time slots to do their foundations course. It is too good to be true. So let them know!

 

And lastly, some of you brave souls have embarked on the Opus Vita Challenge. 30 days of clean eating (And drinking) to help reset the body and develop better eating and health habits. If you are interested in joining us, it’s never too late. Here’s our link on Facebook to the group. Please join:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1223537807662865/ It’s a great resource to share ideas, ask questions, and also to find out exactly what we are doing. For some it feels way too strict to do, or perhaps you aren’t quite ready yet. If so, don’t be shy to join us, but with only a few limitations to your diet. Like, 30 days no alcohol. Or 30 days no bread. No sweets, etc… We are surrounding by temptations that sabotage your ability to thrive and be healthy. Rules, although at first seem way too binding, are at times necessary to invoke the change we are desperately demanding. Remember, there’s a difference between a wish and a goal. If you truly wish to be healthier and look better, then be sure to do something about it, not just dream it. Diet is no doubt your key. As you can’t exercise your way out of a poor diet. 

 

Let’s keep rolling, make this week as awesome as last!

 

Coach,

Training Layout Nov 14-20

How time flies. It feels like every day is a Sunday. A chance to look ahead, and a chance to reflect on the weeks past. When it comes to training, it’s all about what’s in front of you. Sure, what you’ve done is critical to your success, but, your success only lies in your ability to move forward, and that is what you need to look ahead to. That is what you need to cherish, and what should spark your ability to want to thrive. When you oversee a training crew of over 100, there is always reason to celebrate, but there are always a few that are going through a road block, a tough time. And I’ve been there. I’ve had my highs, and had my lows, and truth be told, it’s the lows that define you. What you need to know is this. What makes us feel alive is sweating. Like it or not, exercise, sweat, endorphins, are all things that make us feel good. When you get out of your routine, you lose those endorphins, and the world closes in. Every week I see that some of you are struggling to make it here. And I wish you knew how much you are missed. There’s a whole team of people that depend on each other. To provide that spark to grind through those tough workouts. To leave the gym a better you. To leave that knowing you are stronger that you were yesterday. And if you have to scale workouts because theres an injury to work around, you are not losing out, you are the big winner. You may not think it to be so, but, I can assure, 10 years of training others, whether privately or in groups, it couldn't be more true.  Those that continue to work to improve, whether it’s on a limited basis or it's full steam ahead, are going to be miles ahead than those who stop altogether. Your mind and body need your sweat, need your endorphins. So be here with your Opus family, we are here for you, please be here for us!

 

As for the week ahead, Monday couldn’t be a more perfect CrossFit day. You’ll need mobility. You’ll need strength. Speed, Power, Skill to make the most of it. But, it will all be over pretty quick! We’ll keep the rest of the week rolling- pushing strength boundaries, endurance, mixed with some skills in there. And a great finish to the week. 

 

Before I sign off, there’s been many asking for Mobility class to go back on the schedule. And I do hear you. It should be there. We are going to start to squeeze it in the schedule here shortly, as well as look in to how we can improve our overall class layout. So, any input on things you’d like from us, now’s a great time to let us know. 

 

Enjoy the week. 

Training Layout Oct 10-16

If you are not thinking that winter is around the corner…. then buckle up! Quite the snow line up there, Thanksgiving has past us by, and not too long now before winter season is in full effect. In the meantime, the change of season means you have to keep a few things in mind when hitting the gym.

 

1. It’s colder. And you might need more time to warm-up! So walking through the doors when class starts means you are late. And I don’t say it because you are holding up the class and it’s a nuisance. I say it because you owe it to yourself to get in here a few minutes early and start moving your body. For many, there are movements that put a high demand on the body to accomplish. Think overhead squatting. If you need to get things moving to make those happen, please arrive with time to warmup, mobilize, and take part in the group warmup. 

2. This needs to be said, because I need to protect you from yourself. And, that’s a good thing. Because you are willing to push yourself, that is why you get results in everything you do. Not just fitness! But, you have to make smart decisions in the gym if you want to continue to get fitter and train. In short, when we prescribe things, like weights for example, just because you can do the weight, or have in the past, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for you at this very moment. If you know you can’t look good while doing a workout, then scale it down. You have my permission. You always do. For those new to the program, all the way to those that have been training CrossFit for over 10 years. I scale many things. And have zero shame in doing so. The one scenario might be if I trained for something specific, like a 1/2 marathon run. Or a CrossFit comp. Or mountain bike race. I would do absolutely everything in my power to compete at the level prescribed. But, coming to the gym isn’t a competition. It’s training. To quote 4x CrossFit Games Champ Rich Froning “In training I listen to my body, in competition I tell it to shut up!” 

3. Most everyone training with us has a greater passion than CrossFit. And that is more than OK. We love it! So, given the time of year, it means that most of you are hoping to be great shape for the upcoming winter season. Now’s the time of year to listen to your body. Those nagging bits that are bothering you, need to be addressed now! This week looks like the rain is coming, so, time to perhaps book that physio you’ve been avoiding. If you need some advice on who can help you deal with some of your misbehaving body parts, our coaches know more than a few practitioners who can help. Or even still, we know a thing or two about where to mobilize, as well as some pre-hab, re-hab exercises to make part of your daily routine.

 

If you’ve read this far, it was worth it. As this Saturday we do have a skills and drills session on the schedule. Its on Saturday, and is from 11-12:30. It is included for anyone with an unlimited membership. However, if you have a punch card, or are hoping to just drop in to the event, you will have to email to register. Cost is $30 including taxes. This session’s focus is on Push-ups and pull-ups. 

 

We’ve lost 1 day of training this week…. don’t miss out on what’s left!

 

coach

Training Layout Oct 3-9

Welcome to October! September is a fun month, as those that were away for the summer tend to make their way back. And…. it’s always fun to catch up! So, if you were waiting for summer to end to make your way back…… it’s time to get in here! 

 

We officially have 1 more week before we do our 3rd annual half marathon row on the Thanksgiving Monday. I’ve seen a few names up on the board. Big thumbs up! Please note, it’s expected that you do some rowing homework before next monday. As much as you are more than fit enough to row that distance. You should get your butt ready, get your mind ready, and…. have some goals to work towards. As nothing will sink your spirits more than sitting on the machine for 90+ minutes with no purpose to serve! I have last years times posted on instagram and Facebook. It can give you some guidance.

 

As for the week ahead. We are hitting the half way mark of our 12 week wave. Which, in of itself, isn’t indicative of any thing particular in this week of training. But more to the point we’ll start to see many of things we are looking to improve on start popping up over the next seven weeks. One thing we are introducing, is a strength layering in one of the endurance classes this week. It’s not as focused on lifting heavy weights, but using more unilateral movements. These movements can done with a lot of weight, however, our focus will tend to be addressing single leg imbalances, as well as transferring nicely in to SST (Sport Specific Training, ie. snow sports). 

 

Last but not least, some of you have seen the Nespresso Machine upstairs, and or seen me bouncing off the walls with caffeine in tow. In the next couple of days I should have a systematic approach on how to take advantage of it. In the meantime, you should know the following. We will be recycling and composting the Pods, as environmental impact is a concern. Believe me, it’s troubled me before knowing that the aluminum pods can recycled unlimited times, and the grounds can be composted. There is also a aerocinno machine, which froths milk. We will keep almond milk onsite to fancy up your coffee. Unfortunately, we will charge for this service. $1.50 for espresso, and $2.00 if you fancy it up with milk. For the short term, none of the systems are in place, so it’s all free for the time being. So enjoy!

 

Coach

Training Layout Sept 26-Oct 2

Let’s start by congratulating all the ladies who nailed the Brandywine Boogey this past Saturday! Thanks for representing. If this group doesn’t stir up the next wave of CrossFitters, I have no idea what will.

 

In looking at the week ahead…..it looks good! We’ve got a nice benchmark to start, and a nice one to finish. While we continue to plug away with our strength training, keeping me updating the leaderboard on a weekly basis! I’m lying, I actually can’t keep up.

 

Some noteworthy conversation… 

 

When out and about on the town, I often get asked how things are going at the gym. Whether small talk or not, this time of year people always feel that we get super busy as people are getting fit for ski season. And, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Are we busier in the fall, sort of, but it’s not indicative of ski season. I would say the average person makes it to the gym more in the fall than summer, so classes are busier. But for the most part, not a huge spike because ski season is around the corner. Should we change that? Anyone out there want to get fit only for ski season? Or are you happy getting fitter everyday, for anything and everything?

 

As members here, you are ambassadors of what we do. And, a big thank you is in order. We see so many new faces walk through the door because of you. What those new members, or new prospects need to understand is….. How hard you’ve worked to be where you are today. So many of our members have been training wth us for a very long time. If you are looking at someone who has been training here and say to yourself….. “they look good!” Or "wow, they are fit!”  I want to come to train with Opus and be like them. Well, you need to know, yes, it can be you. But only if you stick to your guns. I find myself saying, you either have a wish or a goal. It’s a goal if you are willing to work towards. It’s a wish if you want it to happen, but don’t do much to make change in your life or in what you do.

 

Enjoy the week!

Training Layout Aug 29- Sep 4

Welcome to….. no, not the Jungle…… to September! Yikes…… 

 

Some big news around the corner, and that is we are going to be changing our scheduling software starting September 1st! That is really soon. The main reason for the transition is for the ability to track our workouts. We’ve experimented with that feature before, and it was a great tool for those who used it. It went to the wayside due to price. Our new software will have it integrated, making it an easy choice for me to make. The other feature that has prompted the switch, is a better automation system that will keep me in touch with those who have fallen by the wayside. So, within the next few days you’ll be receiving an email prompting you to create a new profile on a new system. 

 

If you’ve read the last bit and thought…. fallen by the wayside…. that sounds like me! Well, this is step 1 to your wake up call. September is this week, and if you have been taking time off this summer, I hate to be the bearer of bad news…. But summer is over! Get your butt back in here. I’ve seen a few of those faces back already, which is a welcoming site. If you’ve had time off, remember, just because you’ve been active, it doesn’t make you ready for CrossFit. Full Range, Functional exercises will make you sore if you haven’t been practicing them. So, go 50% for the first week, if not, I promise you will be sore, and not in a good way!

 

There’s something else special about September, and that is one of our dietary months. This time around we are doing a new challenge. I will release the details shortly. It will be the zero sugar month. The premise will be, can you go 1 whole month without consuming sugar, or sugar like additives. I look forward to seeing your reaction to this one!

 

Oh, and if you are reading this in hopes to get a dial in to the programming side. I’m afraid all of my words have been eaten up by community information. But, the coles notes…. Last week was awesome. Some unbelievable efforts. More importantly, many of you really got a chance to test and learn a bit about yourselves. Some of whom were able to achieve some new PR’s and great results. Others who may not have had the PR moments all week long, but were really able to focus in on there path to success. Both scenarios are invaluable. I hope to get the long list of leaderboard updates for you guys shortly.

 

Oh, the week ahead. Tuesday we are doing HotShots 19, a Memorial WOD for the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighting team that tragically lost their lives in June of 2013 in Yarnell Arizona. That is during the endurance day, so don’t miss out! We’re testing a 1 rm front squat. So for those who hit a nice weight on Monday’s PL Total, keep those big weights rising on Monday. Wednesday we look to diversify the plains of which we strengthen and use our shoulders. While Friday and Saturday we continue plugging away at both trying to improve skill, yet increase our strength and work capacity. 

 

Enjoy the week, and get ready for some big things in September,

 

Coach

Training Layout Aug 1-7

It’s officially august. Scary! So all you summer heads, best take advantage of the next month. It also means it’s time to start looking at some fall running events, and get your training on. More on that in a bit.

 

Programming preview: We start the week off on a holiday, so that means a cheeky big WOD. We’re only open for 2 sessions. 10 and 11am. If you register, prepare to come in and get after it. For the rest of the week, we’ve got a few workouts that are just plain different than what we do on a regular basis. Look no further than wednesday’s CrossFit WOD, as it’s a nice twist on one of this years games WOD. As is Thursday’s endurance WOD, another games WOD revised from 14’. Both will be fun and challenging, but also appropriate for non-games athletes. We’ll finish the week off making sure we get all of our major lifts in this week, as we miss Monday’s strength session. Plus, Saturday will be another fun day of playing around with different toys.

 

Today Munny had us back getting our stoke for running back on. If you missed, you certainly did miss it. It was a fun one hour session out on the sea to sky trail that is mostly catered for those looking to do the brandywine boogy. Regardless of whether you have a specific run you are hoping to do, or, just want a group to fine tune your running skills with, make sure you join us every sunday at 9am. There’s a schedule up at the gym whiteboard upstairs. Plus our Opus Running Club Group on Facebook that will fill you in on the details every week. The sessions come with homework that you do on your own each week. Don’t miss out!

Training Layout June 6-12

Let’s start by talking about the Whistler Half Marathon. I was at the finish line to witness and to be a part of an unbelievable feeling. Trust me when I say everyone in the group of athletes that entered felt on top of the world. Nothing beats it! It’s way people do things that are hard, maybe a little outside their comfort zone. But trust me, I think that the most talked about topic at the finish line is what comes next! There’s always more, which we’ll take about shortly. 

 

Again, a huge congrats to those who ran on Saturday. Great Job by all! There were other photos, but not one photo captured everyone in the race. Another big thanks and shout out is to Coach Munny! He gave it his all in helping all of you. I know I don’t speak for myself that your help was invaluable. You’ve been a great addition to the team, and we don’t want the clinics to end! And they won’t……. He’s talked about Stand Up Paddle Board Clinics. Beginner Mountain Bike Clinics. Plus, there’s no need to stop running either. We’ll take some time this week to formulate scheduling and to keep the momentum rolling. 

 

As for running events that should be on your radar…. The red bull 400 Saturday july 30th, 2016. Copy and paste the link to see details:http://www.redbull.com/ca/en/stories/1331788312795/red-bull-400-returns-to-whistler-for-2016

The Salomon Valley to Peak Race, Sept 3rd 2016. http://store.whistlerblackcomb.com/Content/Commerce/Products/DisplayProducts.aspx?ProductGroupCode=2425&ProductCategoryCode=30417

The Whistler Ultra 50, Oct 15, 2016 http://www.bcathletics.org/Whistler50RelayUltra/

All 3 of the races have relay components, or can be done Solo. The great news is that they all leave a great amount of time to prepare. Both from a training perspective, and to organize teams. 

There are more out there, and not to mention there’s comfortably numb this weekend. It’s june 11th, meaning this saturday! Website here: http://www.comfortablynumb.ca/

 

As for the week that lies ahead. It’s hard to find a true highlight. Friday is a great little test. Wednesday will be too. And the strength layered in is again continuing to build. From the endurance side. Phil is here this week. So, in true form, we’ll use him to help with Tuesday’s class. It’s a classic rowing test. For those that have been running hard, your improved cardio should help squeeze out some extra seconds and finish faster. Also, more importantly, it’s a great idea for those new to the gym to come to Tuesday’s endurance class. Phil is a game changer when it comes to rowing. Not only will he help you improve on your results and technique. But his passion will translate down, and help you fall in love with the devilish machine. 

 

On the Lifting side. We will be doing EMOM’s and complexes during the week. Snatching on Tuesday, with Clean and Jerking on Thursday. While on Saturday we will be doing a bit of both.

 

Enjoy!

Momentum..... And somewhere down the line, our weekly training layout

Momentum is everything:

It’s 10 plus years I have been living in the strength and conditioning world. It’s hard to say whether that’s a short period of time, or a long one. In many ways it feels insignificant, as there’s no way in the world I am done learning. But, on the other hand, it’s over 25% off my life to date. 

I wanted to dedicated a little time to talk about a simple word. It’s momentum. Yes, we can all google it if we want the definition. But you know what it is. But, I don’t think you realize the significance. Just how important it is to your success in life. Oops, I mean your health. No, what I really mean is the gym. 

I get asked many questions about the gym. But this one comes up a lot. People want to know how many people who do foundations, continue to train at the gym? The people asking are the ones who are still here, so what they are politely referring to is. How come I am still here, and so many of the people that started around the time I am aren’t anymore?

Before I answer that question specifically, I want to say a thing or two about success. You hear things like success is contagious. Expressions that refer to being on a roll. Successful people talk about routine. They talk about discipline. I’ve come to realize that life doesn’t need to be all that complicated. Or rather, there’s no need to look to for outlandish explanations for things that can answered quite simply. 

The way to be successful in CrossFit is to have momentum on your side. That’s all you need. Nothing else. Those that continue to train and be successful, all have momentum on their side. Some have more than others. But, I can answer so many of questions by explaining the amount of momentum, someone had, or lack thereof. 

Let’s look at diet. Since so many of you are doing the Opus Vita 30 day challenge. First off, 30 days in there so that you can gain enough momentum so that when the 30 day is over, you keep up your good habits. Then there’s those who have done these diet challenges before. Most seem to say that it’s way easier getting into the routine. Why? They are doing it again because they know it works. They would like to maintain a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercising. But they lost momentum along they way, and just needed a kick start to get back on track.  

Did you once upon a time have the ability to eat really well? Be extremely discipline in the face of peer pressure? Or just simply be able to resist that nightly sweet tooth before bed. What you had was momentum on your side. It’s not as if you had discipline, lost it on the ferry back from Tofino, and are looking for it again. Discipline is either in you or not. But it was momentum that kept you on track. It was easier to keep going, then to stop your way of doing things. 

How about getting fitter? Meeting your training goals? Do you know what that the most successful clients/athletes we have in common? They are in the gym the most consistently. Not necessarily the most often. They are consistently able to keep their routine. They have momentum. By now you know I am referring to the definition.

Def: Momentum is generally used to mean increasing forward motion. A boulder rolling down a hill gains momentum. So does a great idea, a team on a winning streak, or the economy.

An object in motion, stays in motion. These people don’t stop. They continue to move forward. They gain “momentum”. Making it hard for them to stop. These clients, you know them by name. They are the ones you expect to see when you show up in class. Maybe you are new to the gym. Maybe you are hoping to be a fitter version of yourself. I am here to tell you that it’s up to you. You don’t have to be great to start, you have to start to be great. That means start with day 1. Show up to do an orientation. 2, get through your foundations if you haven’t already. 3. Set yourself a routine where you make it to the gym consistently. We suggest start with a minimum of 3 times per week. Sure, you’ll need discipline to stay on course. But trust me, once you are there, all you have to do is be that boulder rolling downhill. That is how it works! It’s how Yoko went from zero pushups, to idolized by all. How Brew continues to shed weight, lift more weight, and improve mobility. How Chris Munro just won the 15km distance on the Loop the Lakes event in Squamish. How Marley continues to climb the leaderboard on every workout we do. I can keep going, those are by no means the only ones. The improvements happen across the board more consistently by those who are here regularly. Those who can make it their routine a real routine have momentum on their side. Those with momentum, have a hard time slowing down, and they are the most successful. 

So, whether you are looking to get started. 6 months in. 1 week down on the 30 day challenge. Your goal is to keep moving. The more momentum you have, the harder it is to lose it. 

So the answer to the original question is, those who are here gained momentum. Those who are not, did not.

For those who are reading in hopes for a training layout. I suppose I will offer it too. With the weather about to turn, we are planning to avoid a lot of outdoor based WODs for the week. One of my favourite benchmarks this Monday. I know I say that a lot. But it’s true. It’s often people’s first Rx’d workout. I am really looking forward to Friday’s WOD. Perhaps my favourite Open WOD of the year, only this time it is a little nicer. Plus, I am loving how well you guys are doing with our strength training. So many of you are getting stronger, and doing it the sustainable way. Not by heavy volume cycles, not by overdoing the lifts. But through variance, practice, and good old fashioned hard work. 

Last but not least. This week Austin will be back coaching. Welcome back Duster!

Training Layout May 9-15

This weeks marks day 1 of our nutrition and health challenge. If you are participating, please let us know. We are using facebook to share information. It is a closed group, so you'll need to ask for permission to get inside. Our main focus is to create better habits, better lifestyle choices that can last. The result, a sustainable, fitter you! 

The week ahead looks good! I've casted one of my personal favourite benchmark workouts. Our continued strength remains, as we've seen some great strides. The main bonus this week is.... Phil. He hosted our rowing clinic on Saturday, and will do his best to lend a helping hand during this weeks rowing. If you have any rowing questions, or would like a helping hand, reach out here cause phil would love to help. 

If you are curious as to what's floating around the thoughts of coach.... It's trying to capture your thoughts and goals. Are you training for something in particular? Whistler 10k? Whistler half? Comfortably Numb? Redbull 400? Sharing that info is crucial, sometimes there's some specific programming we can offer. Other times, it's just a community of support. Some of the crew did the redbull 400 last year. Said it was awesome. If anyone is interested, we should put some teams in. 

So, what's on your list this summer? And how can we help?

Coach

Training Layout May 2-8th

I don’t know about you, but, I feel as though the balls been rolling at the gym. IMHO the programming has been working out how according to plan. Those that have been hitting the extra running with @munnymunny have been getting so much better at their craft. And if you look at the left hand side of the whiteboard, where we have a list of times/scores that belong on the leaderboard. Let’s just say that list is getting a little long.

 

Starting May 9th will be our Opus Vita May Challenge. It’s very simple. A 1 month challenge to create a healthier you. Yes, it’s all about getting through the month better looking at the other end. But, what it should be about creating better lifestyle habits so that you can just be awesome all the time! We have created a closed group on Facebook where I will share the document to help track your challenge. As well as a great place to ask questions and share ideas. If you are not part of that group, let one of the coaches know, and that can easily be arranged.

 

As for the specifics of this week. For the CrossFit Programming Look for a chance to test your back squat on Monday, and follow that up with a WOD that’s a personal favourite of mine. Simple, short, but really challenging! Wednesday’s a nice chipper, which is usually found on endurance days….. Friday we are doing a workout that is done in foundations, so it’ll be awesome to see how some people do that that have come through foundations in the last year. And saturday put those gymnastics skills to use.

 

Endurance… Coach phil will be in town for about two weeks, arriving later this week. We’ll look to get him in here when there’s rowing going on. And do our best to set up a rowing clinic, it looks like it’ll be Saturday the 7th. But we are working some details to set that up. We’ll keep you posted! Oh, and running WON’t be a focus this week in endurance. With potential of rain on the horizon, prepare to tackle the rowing and skipping a little this week. 

 

Enjoy :)

PROGRAMS-What we offer and How we offer it

If you look at the schedule, you'll see that there are offering more of our specialty classes. Endurance and Olympic Weightlifting classes are now offered 3 days/week. This, along with a slight twist to the general programming should make for a much improved product.

DID THINGS REALLY CHANGE

In many ways the answer to that question is no. In the past, CrossFit was the core of what we did 5 days per week, and specialty classes 1.5 days per week. However, within the CrossFit programming we would always program days where we specialized. Meaning, even though Thursday was the day to attend an Endurance class on the schedule. You could be sure to see a CrossFit class early in the week that had an Endurance focus. The only difference between the layout now, and before the change, is that everything is a little more transparent. It is clear as mud that on Tuesday, if you'd like to come get your sweat on, come to an Endurance class. 

Obviously this is different from how we've done things in the past. But, from a programming perspective, it's really not all that different. It does however change things from the client's perspective, and that is to allow you to get more of what you are looking from a class by choosing the right one. 

PROGRAM LAYOUT

CROSSFIT: M-W-F-Sa

If you are all about the CrossFit. Training for anything and everything. Love the idea of the unknown. And are looking to eliminate any weakness in your fitness game. Then you should be pumped! Yes, you did loose Tuesday as an unknown workout. But in exchange, here's what you gained.

  • More Skills: You can really get after your weaknesses on Tuesday and/or Thursday. If long workouts/cardio is not your forte, then get your butt in to the endurance sessions. And if you have cardio for days, but need to work on your barbell skills and strength, then come to the olympic weightlifting session. 
  • Better CrossFit Programming: Because we can offer our endurance classes on a regular basis, our CrossFit programming can be a little more "CrossFit". Higher skills and higher intensities. We can do this because we know, with 100% certainty, that those who are looking for the lighter side of CrossFit, the longer side of CrossFit, can get exactly what they are looking for 3 days/week. So if our CrossFit seems to be very strength and skilled focus, it's now not only the best way to up your CrossFit game, but, the perfect compliment for the endurance athlete. Win Win!

OLYMPIC LIFTING: Tu-Th-Sa

Our coaches are equally excited about this one. We now can get a true weightlifting program going, by having an opportunity to coach people specifically through 3 sessions per week. 

  • If you really want to focus more on your lifts, not only will practicing them more be of benefit. But, so will doing less conditioning. As much as gaining that extra day of lifting is a plus, taking away a day of unnecessary volume is equally as big. You need to be on your game when it comes to the precision on Olympic Lifting, and this will help!
  • We can also now take someone who is Weightlifting on their own and is looking for coaching, and offer them a program.

ENDURANCE: Tu-Th-Sa

Adding the 3rd day of endurance classes seems to be the biggest improvement to our clients needs than any of the above. As a client, you are inevitably classified in to 1 of 2 categories. None of which is better than the other, they are just different. We have those who come to the gym for a workout, and those that come to train. The Endurance classes really appeal to those coming for a workout. And the majority of our clients fall in to this category. The hour you dedicate to the gym, needs to provide you with instant gratification! You want to burn calories, you want to break a sweat, you want to earn it. CrossFit programming can provide you with this, just not all the time, not every day of the week. 

  • 3 days of dedicated Endurance programming will guarantee you 3 days of workouts where you know you are getting a butt kicking! 
  • You can also guarantee that there will be little emphasis on some of the more skilled barbell exercises that can get in the way of a good workout if you have not yet mastered those skills. Take barbell snatches. If a workout calls for 30 barbell snatches at a heavy weight. You can guarantee that someone comfortable with that skill will get an extremely challenging and complete workout. Someone who doesn't have that skill mastered might not get that same good workout with a PVC pipe of empty barbell. Endurance classes you can guarantee that won't happen with you
  • Steady state, longer duration! Yes it's true, CrossFit methodology often shies away from this type of work. And not because it isn't relevant part of training and results. But because it's very hard for this type of training to translate in to shorter duration high intensity training. But, the reverse is true. Hence the heavy emphasis on shorter duration and high intensity for CrossFit. Yet, as true as it is, if you live in a steady state world. You do need to train this way. I can list a ton of Whistler Activities where this is the case. Cycling, Cross Country Mountain Biking, Swimming, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Touring, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Running, etc... So, if you want to excel in this world, it's nice to train here too. Now, not all the time, as it has it's downfalls. 
  • Now, just because it's an endurance class, don't think that you won't do any sprint work. Look no further than the paragraph above. Sprint work, interval work, high intensity work not only will help train your anaerobic work capacity, but will translate out to your aerobic capacity.
  • Lastly, if you unfamiliar with CrossFit, or rather don't want to do CrossFit, this is the class for you! What you do get is coaches who know functional movements, that know technique, because in CrossFit it has to be applied at the highest of intensities. You will still get the skills, and the emphasis on proper techniques. We just apply them to a more accessible skill set. 

OPUS BARBELL CONDITIONING: M-W-F-Sa

If you want your gains, look no further. This is your conjugate system powerlifting program, with CrossFit flavour to it.

  • The beauty of this class is that it meant to get you strong. It is our powerlifting program as it is truly meant to be applied. Yes, we have a strength program in the CrossFit classes. But, we can't offer all of the variants we can here. Camber bar, Football bar, Safety Squat bar, Axel bar. Plus the accommodating resistant work; bands and chains. As well as all of the assistance work that goes along with it
  • Some of the biggest knocks to those looking to gain strength and do CrossFit is the volume. And not just the volume, but it's the bodyweight exercises. When conditioning does arrive in this program, it's shorter in duration, and has a heavy strength biased. Pun intended.
  • Olympic lifting is also a big part of this program. So you can expect to those skills to improve along with your strength.

 

Overall, I couldn't be more excited about what we are transitioning towards. I can't think of one individual who can't benefit from the changes in our programs. What we can start doing is catering to people who only want a specific program. Just Endurance, or just Olympic Weightlifting, etc..... Now it's time to start spreading the word. Opus Athletics, here we come!

 

Jordan