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!

Weekly Training Layout- April 25-May 1st

Before we get in to the business of the week ahead. May is supposed to be a month dedicated to your nutrition. So it’s time to start thinking about the challenges that lie ahead. Personally, I do believe that eating strictly should not be an “All the time thing”. Having said that, I do believe that no matter how well you think you eat, there are things that you probably shouldn’t. That is why, over the calendar year, it’s nice to reset your habits, reset your body, and be nice to yourself. Our Nutrition calendar, looks at the following months to be strict, January, May, September. Not so say that you can’t do it any other time, but these months tend to lend itself well in the Whistler Calendar. 


That was a long way of saying we are doing another Opus Vita Challenge for the Month of May. A month where we are looking to eat well, train hard, and get results. After all, who doesn’t want to look good for beach season. 


Now to what lies ahead: When I look ahead to this coming week and beyond, it’s hard not to get excited to hit the gym. As a whole, I see so much of you guys getting stronger, getting fitter, and becoming more confident in yourselves. Lot’s of PR’s being had, and a lot on the horizon. The forgotten art of improvement is to try really really hard. Seriously, i somewhat say it jokingly. But think back to learning to ride a certain mountain bike trail, or ski run. You would have worked your tail off to master it, to say you can ride it. Probably fallen down a few times in the process. Those were the days where you'd say that you’ve improved your riding skills. Hop on your bike, or skis, and get into cruise control, sure it’s fun. But, don’t think for a moment you are improving by showing up. 


Improvement doesn’t have to be about intensity. It could mean mastery. Meaning, it may not mean you are trying to PR your back squat. Not every day can you lift at a max, or should you. But, you sure can be trying to have the prettiest squat in the world. Not just go up and down. Or even in regards to a WOD, you may not strive to finish first, but you can do your best to make every movement as perfect as you can.


What stands out for me this week is……the continuation of that added strength volume of work. Those running WODs. Where running can be just a plot? Or starting to increase your running speed? Or better yet, running faster and the ability to recover faster from those runs? My personal favourite has to be Saturdays. I know most of you don’t have it as a staple of your training routine. But you should. Not only can you hit some specialty classes- Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics, Endurance, but, it’s a day, where this week is another example, or being able to use some strongman toys. 

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Enjoy the week,