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I often use the analogy of a poorly set foundation and the effects it has on the built levels above it when the foundation is flawed. When I look at the year ahead with regard to training, I like to imagine we the coaches as your contractors, the programming as your materials and method of building and the house as your GPP (General Physical Preparedness).

At CrossFit Jozi our goal is to have your GPP as high as possible, ensuring that no matter what life throws at you physically or mentally you can handle it. The methodology we use to do this is CrossFit, an integral part of CrossFit are the “10 General Physical Skills” (the words written at the top of the box walls). Which according to CrossFit, to be considered an athlete, you must be competent in all 10 skills. In order to help you become competent in all 10 skills, we have to cause adaptions to the body with regard to a physical skill which leads to adaption and brings about improvement/change. We, therefore, train in blocks to ensure we can focus on all 10 General Physical Skills and not just our favourites (my metcon junkies). So although a certain block might not seem as exciting or fun as one previously programmed or coming up, it is for a reason and apart of a larger goal, so stay calm and trust us! We have your best interests in mind.

The current block which started last week Monday will be focusing on our STRENGTH and AEROBIC capacity. A very important block as this will lay the foundation for the year ahead, so slack off in this current block and you will feel the effects throughout the year. In the current block, we can expect the following.

Single limb strength work – this will assist in ironing out any imbalances we have.

Strict Gymnastics – As we have seen from the Open this is a big focus of HQ at the moment, and you know what they say, go with the flow.

Gymnastic Progressions – We are going to focus on improving our overall gymnastic ability.

Loaded Carry work and Functional Bodybuilding – Two of the best methodologies for building a strong and healthy base.

Long grinding metcons – WE WILL NOT STOP DOING METCONS, we never have. The metcon will just not always be the main focus of the session.

The block will run for 12 weeks and will be broken into a reset week, baseline test week, 9 weeks of training focus, re-test week. We are starting with the baseline test this week so be sure to come in and get testing. Remember that although a test week, your safety is still our main priority, never shoot for a PB if it means sacrificing goods positions or putting yourself in an unsafe zone.

I hope the above shines some light on the upcoming training block and provides a brief insight into our “Why”. Remember we will never steer you wrong, your health and fitness remain our concern and we will always get you there through “Constantly Varied, High-Intensity Functional Movements”.

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