Mark of the Beast

by admin in WOD | 8 Comments

Speaking of beasts….Moosah R. Nuff said.

5 rounds

    • 6 front squats (185/135)
    • 6 muscle-ups (sub 1x pull-ups/ring dips – hardest scale possible!)
    • 6 wall walks

 

If you are doing your pull-ups unbroken with bands then you are scaling too much. Front squats should be heavy as well but are still coming from the floor.

 

Record metcon time to comments.

Proper Posture

by admin in Coach's Tips | 9 Comments

Below is information regarding proper posture and how it relates to progressing with your fitness. Please read this thoroughly and think about yourself in regards to the information provided below. Moving forward, proper posture during casual/rest time in the gym must be maintained. Poor posture will not be tolerated. Do NOT make me push and pull your body into position. :)

Why is proper posture important?

“The body functions best when it’s segments are in a balanced, neutral alignment. The nerves are unobstructed, the blood flows more efficiently, and the muscles work to their full potential. This position also relieves stress on joints and the skeletal structure. In contrast, poor posture is biomechanically inefficient and can contribute to poor performance, increasing fatigue and the potential for injury during activity.” (1)

Basically, proper posture can help keep you from avoidable pain or injuries. It will help you move better and keep you in efficient position for lifts and movements. This equates to less wasted energy and bigger, faster, more powerful movements and lifts.

 

What are the characteristics of neutral posture?

(12)

“When assessing an athlete’s alignment, there are a few key points to look for.

From the front:

    • The point between the eyes should line up vertically with the chin, breastbone, belly button, mid-pelvic area and midpoint between the knees and ankles.
    • The height of the eyes, ears, shoulders, hips and knees should be level.

From the side:

    • There should be three natural curves in the spine, slightly forward at the neck [cervical vertebrae] and lower back [lumbar vertebrae], and slightly backward at the upper back [thoracic vertebrae].
    • The ears should be aligned vertically over the shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.” (1)

 

What are some indicators of poor posture?

anterior head carriage (AHC)

(2)

    • Imagine a line drawn from the top of the head (along the side of the body) through the ear hole, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. AHC is diagnosed when the top of the head and ears are held in front of the shoulders and upper back. Holding the head (which weighs about the same as a bowling ball) outside the rest of the body is akin to passing the barbell away from the body during any power or Olympic lift. It is incredibly inefficient and uses excessive energy to hold it off center of gravity. In this case, the muscles in the upper back and neck are under constant tension and because of the change in positioning in front of the body’s center of gravity, the change in leverage increases the effective weight of the head. AHC is almost always associated with kyphosis as well.

kyphosis

(3)

    • Kyphosis is also known as a rounded upper back, hunchback, or slouching. It is characterized by over-curvature of the thoracic vertebrae. Forward shoulders and/or hollowed chest are indicative of some degree of kyphosis. This condition is likely due to over-developed or shortened pectoral and/or anterior deltoid muscles. This is one of the most common types of poor posture positions.

lordosis

(4)

    • Lordosis is also known as swayback or saddleback and is characterized by inward over-curvature of the lumbar or cervical vertebrae of the spine. Lordosis can be caused by tight lower back muscles, weak hamstrings or hip flexors, or excessive weight held in the abdomen either via visceral fat or pregnancy. This condition is often also associated with anterior pelvic tilt (protruding backside).

anterior and posterior pelvic tilt

(5)

    • Anterior pelvic tilt is due to shortened hip flexors pulling the front of the pelvis down and lengthened hip extensors (glutes and hamstrings). The backside typically sits high or juts out in this condition.
    • Posterior pelvic tilt is the opposite of anterior pelvic tilt and is characterized by sliding of the backside under the body. This could be indicative of tight hamstrings or glutes.

inward knee bend/dive

    • An inward knee bend or inward knee dive could be indicative of weak glutes or weak hip flexors. Despite these muscles being on opposite sides of the body, either one could contribute to the knees not staying out during walking, running, squatting, or jumping. Additionally, a long history of crossing your legs while sitting could contribute to shortening of the hip flexors.

 

What benefits can be achieved due to proper posture outside of the gym?

“Studies show that first impressions are formed within 30 seconds of acquaintance, with body language as a major determining factor.  Strong, neutral posture can contribute to:

    • Improved Appearance
    • Increased Confidence
    • Improved Social Skills

Alternately, a person with poor body posture can send a signal of weakness.” (1)

 

What can be done to correct poor posture?

Listen to your coach! Seriously though. Please do. Working hard to force yourself into proper positioning throughout every gymnastic/bodyweight movement, power lift, and Olympic lift no matter how uncomfortable it is is paramount. Gaining depth via a tall chest, tight back, and fully planted foot during a movement as “simple” as the air squat is crucial! Make it hard on yourself. Cutting corners will never get you anywhere.

Daily activities such as standing, walking, and sitting should be accompanied by the description of neutral posture above. For many of you this means drawing the shoulder blades down and back with the chest up and through the shoulders to fix AHC and kyphosis. There is no excuse for poor posture as an adult. And now that you are performing advanced movements, you should be doing whatever you can to facilitate the correction of your posture. If you know you have poor posture, do something about it. I will help you. Heck, I’ve probably already brought it up with you.

After reviewing the indicators of poor posture above, as simple as it sounds, do the opposite of what is causing it. If you have some level of kyphosis, you need to stretch out your pecs and anterior delts and stand tall. If you have some level of AHC, be aware that you are protruding your neck forward. Pull your head back throughout the day. Don’t look like a turtle. If your knees dive in during knee flexion (i.e. squatting, deadlifts, Olympic lifts, jumping/landing during box jumps, etc.) and especially if they make contact, be diligent to push them out!

Half the battle of improving your fitness is not only doing what you are told/expected of and challenging yourself but for you to learn more about your own body. Body awareness and control are key aspects which are learned by athletes as they progress through sports from childhood to adulthood. Often this is what has prevented many from becoming star athletes growing up. Where those who never excelled in sports may have said “I can’t do this” or “I am not good at this”, the athlete will have thought to themselves, “How do I get better at this?” or “What is limiting me from getting better?”.

 

Be the latter.

 

Resources:

(1) http://sportmedbc.com/article/posture-performance

(2) http://erikdalton.com/images/ForwardHdEv.jpg

(3) http://www.umm.edu/graphics/images/en/9499.jpg

(4) http://www.spinesurgeon.com.au/Neurological_Conditions/abnormal_spinal/lordosis.jpg

(5) http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/img/248Bfig1.PNG

(6) http://coachingbest.com/the-importance-of-posture-in-sports-performance/

(7) http://www.squidoo.com/improve-posture-for-sports-performance-part-2

(8) http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/back-pain-how-bad-posture-can-hinder-sports-performance-35886

(9) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyphosis

(10) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lordosis

(11) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelvic_tilt

(12) http://healthyspinehealthybody.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/postur1.gif

Go Tuck Yourself

by admin in WOD | 6 Comments

Johanna L. locking out over head

Sign up for our very first PALEO CHALLENGE. More info here.

Skill work:

30 HSPUs accumulated via as many max unbroken sets as necessary – hardest scale!

    • if you don’t have HSPUs yet, you will do the hardest scale of negatives

 

Conditioning:

4 rounds

    • 10 power snatches (95/65)
    • 20 tuck jumps
    • 30 double-unders

 

Post max unbroken set of HSPUs and metcon time to comments.

DSCF Inaugural Paleo Challenge

by admin in Announcement, Event | 9 Comments

Here it is….our very first PALEO CHALLENGE!

 

This paleo challenge is four weeks long, beginning on Monday, January 7th. We’ll kick off the challenge with strength and metcon tests as well as body measurements. We’ll be holding a paleo presentation and discussion before we dive into the paleo diet lifestyle to make sure we’re all following on the right path! Participants will be divided into teams to ensure accountability and assigned a coach to review daily food logs, recommend dietary adjustments, and provide support throughout the program.

 

The male, female, and team with the greatest strength, metcon, and body composition improvements will be crowned the paleo challenge winners and rewarded for their hard work!

 

Here is the schedule for the challenge:

Saturday, January 5:

11 am – strength tests

12:30 pm – paleo presentation and discussion (open to paleo challenge participants and non-participants)

Sunday, January 6:

11 am – body measurements and metcon test

Saturday, February 2:

11 am – strength test-out

Sunday, February 3:

11 am – body measurement and metcon test-out

*if you have a conflict with any of these dates but would like to be involved in the program, please post your conflicting dates to the comments so that I can coordinate make-up times!

 

Cost is only $80. So sign up now via MindBody as spots are limited!!!

 

(more details on strength tests, metcon, body measurements, and scoring criteria to follow)

Back in the Saddle Again

by admin in WOD | 5 Comments

Terra T. wrasslin the Bear (Complex) and putting up MAD numbers by the end of the day (85!)

1 RM low-bar back squat

 

12 min. AMRAP

    • 3 barbell rows (115/75)
    • 3 hang power cleans (115/75)
    • 3 push presses (115/75)
    • rest as long as it took you to complete round 1

 

Record your 1 RM back squat and metcon rounds to comments. Welcome back.

The Day After Yesterday

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We are closed today to allow you to recover from your holiday merriment. See you tomorrow when we get back to work (gym work, that is).

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas DSCF crew.

 

Eat well, drink well, and enjoy your time with loved ones.

Hammer Time

by admin in WOD | 1 Comment

Sam C., only a couple classes post-On-Ramp, getting after a heavy Bear Complex

It’s Christmas Eve and we’ve got a couple days off coming up so, hey, what the heck….

 

“Hammer”

5 rounds

    • 5 power cleans (135/95)
    • 10 front squats (135/95)
    • 5 jerks (135/95)
    • 20 pull-ups
    • rest 90 sec.

each round for time

 

Post round times to comments.

Power Time

by admin in WOD | 2 Comments

 A whole lotta holiday WOD action goin on here!

warm-up/technique development:

30 sec on/30 sec off for 5 minutes

    • empty barbell hang power clean AMRAP

30 sec on/30 sec off for 5 minutes

    • empty barbell hang power snatch AMRAP

 

conditioning:

15 min. AMRAP

    • 12 deadlifts (135/95)*
    • 12 box jumps (24/20)
    • 6 power cleans (135/95)*
    • 6 wall balls (24/20)
    • 30 sec rest

*same bar/weight

Go as fast as possible through the 36 reps. There is no pacing. You get 30 sec of rest.

 

Post AMRAP score to comments.

Gymnasty

by admin in WOD | 5 Comments

David H. getting ready to squat big

pistol practice

 

WOD:

1000m row in four minutes

then

200 air squats, 100 ab-mat sit-ups, 50 push-ups, 25 ring rows IN ORDER

with 5 burpees on the minute every minute

 

The row must be completed before beginning the EMOM. If it takes you longer than 4 minutes to row 1000m you have to catch up to the number burpees which have past already. Once you are caught up, you can beginning hacking away at the list in order while still getting in 5 burpees on the minute every minute.

 

Post time to comments.