One track is a program that has been in the works for a long time at Oregon CrossFit. The program has been born out of necessity of us being around since 2009 and training thousands of clients since then. What happens as you train is your goals might change, your focus with your training might need to change related to lifestyle changes. When we program at Oregon CrossFit for our General Population classes the goal of the program is to increase our clients GP(General physical preparedness). GPP is our ability to do what we want to do when we want to do it - carry every single grocery bag from the car to the house in one trip (everyone's tried this right?) maybe our GPP goal...continue reading
After the excitement of competition those that competed are already in search of the next competition to train for and something to set their sights on. Those who watched the competition are motivated and inspired to start training harder. Which is natural and great! What we coach here at Oregon CrossFit is that you want to plan your competitions and compete about 3-4x a year. This schedule allows you to recover from previous competition or event, train hard for 2-3 months and then go and compete again.
Why do we recommend this?
Several reasons but some of the most important are below. A competition is a test - testing of your training, testing of your ability to complete the tasks that the competition set out. For...continue reading
Labor Day will kick off our Fall Schedule. - OC will have a GP Class at 9:30am! The 9am class will move to 9:30 to accommodate those who need to drop off kids at school.
August 29th is our last QuickFit workout at least for the Fall. We will be having a 4:30pm GP class and then 5:30pm Weightlifting, and a 6:30pm Endurance class. A lot of people had requested a General Population classes on Wednesday so this Fall we will be offering that. We always want to be moving forward and progressing - our current members are always our priority.
The last Burn class will happen on Thursday, August 30th. We will reevaluate in the future if there is a demand for the class in the Winter.
Finally - we...continue reading
Once again we are on the backside of another Best of the West event. We are lucky to have such great support from everyone in the Oregon CrossFit community and the greater CrossFit community. Thank you from all of us here at Oregon CrossFit for your support in running this event and thank you athletes for choosing to compete at Oregon CrossFit’s Best of the West 2018!
This year we had 320 athletes participate and over 600 people in attendance. Out of the 320 competitors, 29 were from Oregon CrossFit. To put on the event we had 75 people helping with set up/tear down, judging, volunteering, etc. Out of the 75 people helping in the event 50 of those are from Oregon CrossFit. People ask about our community...continue reading
How to use the OC Blog - Log Results - ETC
A huge key to making progress, or self-improvement is knowing where you started, or where you have been. Charting your progress, or achievements allows you to better track your improvements, or your path on your fitness journey. Clearly, a big part of CrossFit is measuring your progress (See the PR post) and we want to help you do this. So the question is how to best keep track of your “records” or “progress”? Well, you can do so the old school way with pen and paper (for those of you who know me well - I have workout journals back from 2009 until semi recently), you can download an expensive app where you have to populate the work into...continue reading
The Whiteboard and why PR’s matter
At Oregon CrossFit we have a huge whiteboard that says “PR Board” the board is placed in a prominent location where you are almost guaranteed to walk by it to change your shoes or use the bathroom. “PR” for those unaware stands for Personal Record or with weightlifters/track athletes and others it is seen as Personal Best or “PB”. On this whiteboard we write our name and something we have PR’d. In a typical week we have at least two opportunities to “PR” once on Monday during our Max effort lower body work and once on Friday on our Max effort Friday work. Also during the week anytime we do a “Benchmark” workout we have an...continue reading
In Body - Accurate Tracking of Body Composition
We will get to discussing the In Body tool, but first want to discuss a common situation at our gym and gyms like ours everywhere:
To better explain, let’s use a hypothetical client, Jane. Jane joins the gym and works out consistently for the first 30 days. Overall she feels better; she’s sleeping well, her clothes fit better, she is receiving compliments about how she looks, and Jane is just happier all around. Around day 40, Jane decides to step on the scale to check her weight and “progress”. Prior to starting her workouts, Jane weighed 140 pounds. She hops on the scale and despite her satisfaction with training to date, she looks down and much her to surprise and disappointment,...continue reading
How to make someone faster in a sprint?
Brayden Durfee -image courtesy of Shunk Photography
In our Sports Performance classes at Oregon CrossFit we have worked with high school sprinters on and off for a few years before having one to commit to allowing us to train him throughout his senior season - below are Brayden Durfee’s results and how training was organized. Brayden recently signed with Oregon State to play football - congratulations Brayden!
Brayden with OSU Head Football Jonathan Smith and Special Teams Coach Cookus after signing with Oregon State for Football 2018 - image courtesy of Brayden Durfee
We utilized the conjugate system; the training protocol was learned from reading multiple books on the system(listed at the end of the article), visiting Westside Barbell in Columbus,...continue reading
When training a Cross Country or high school distance athlete there are some common training practices and common thoughts about what’s best. The problem with the common or the standard training protocol is that it is going to produce common or average results that are largely based on the persons incoming ability level.
Instead of limiting our training to what is commonly accepted, we have focused on producing better than average results via two measurable approaches. One, is to have the runners gain absolute strength and two, decrease ground contact time when running. An example of someone that we have worked with is Cole Rene. He attends a local high school and had seen limited results year after year. This year before Cross Country started we had a discussion concerning...continue reading
Open Gym - Open Training Session
The idea of open gym-open training is so that those with training goals that are outside of the general population goals can have a time to train at Oregon CrossFit. The community/atmosphere/common goal feeling of OC is the most important aspect. Most people train here at OC to remain healthy/active/strong until the day they die. The classes are programmed with that thought in mind. For those who want other training opportunities OC provides that opportunity - but realize the class aspect always take priority. These rules are meant to keep everyone on the same page.
- No headphones in the gym. The community aspect must be maintained. Spotting people/walking by people/etc with headphones on is dangerous as they aren’t aware of their surroundings....continue reading