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Rowing with Jon Stimpson

It's not often that we get Olympic level athletes walk through the door at CrossFit GVA. It has, however, happened on a couple of occasions and one of those occasions was last week when Jon Stimpson came into use our facilities while he was in Geneva. Jon is a member of the Great Britain start rowing programme. This is a programme which identifies potential rowing talent from around the country

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CrossFit GVA State of the Union 2017

On Friday July 1st 2011, CrossFit GVA opened its doors for the first time. Like many of our original members, I have very clear memories of those early days. We had a tiny space with no toilets or changing facilities, a tiled floor which was not at all suitable for lifting weights and some basic equipment like barbells, kettlebells and a small rig. Before CrossFit GVA I had a very well paid, sou

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CrossFit GVA Partnership with Geneva Servette Hockey Club

We are very happy to announce that CrossFit GVA 1227 is going to become the official strength and training facility for the Geneva Servette Hockey Club (GSHC). We are delighted that they have chosen to use our facilities for their strength and conditioning needs. The first team will be using CrossFit GVA 1227 2-3 times per week. If you train in the mornings and you are a hockey fan, chances

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Easter Opening Hours

CrossFit GVA will be open over the Easter weekend for open gym access. The hours will be as follows: Friday 14th April 10-14H Saturday 15th April – regular opening hours Sunday 16th April – 10-14H Monday 17th April – 10-14H We will be publishing WODs on those days for those who would like to come in and follow our program.

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CrossFit GVA Upcoming Competitions

The CrossFit Open may be over but the CrossFit competition season is in full swing. The focus now switches to team competitions at CrossFit GVA. The Swiss Team Challenge will take place on Saturday the 24th June. This is the annual competition that takes place between all of the CrossFit affiliates in Switzerland. The Swiss Team Challenge is open to all levels with firebreather and standard cate

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Weightlifting Seminar with Chris Codemo

After a successful Open, our athlete Christian Codemo is now preparing for the upcoming competition season. He is qualified for the Roma Throwdown as well as the Battle of Prague, and in order to fund the costs that these competitions involve, Chris is hosting a small seminar in a training format. The theme of the seminar will be weightlifting oriented (snatch and clean and jerk), alongside

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New classes at CrossFit GVA 1227

We are adding classes to the schedule at CrossFit GVA 1227. From the 1st of May we will have classes at 7:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. With summer fast approaching, a 7:00AM class is a great way to get your morning started!

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CrossFit GVA Leaderboarding

The 2017 CrossFit Open is officially over. Once again we would like to congratulate everyone who took part. We had a total of 127 athletes sign up for the CrossFit Open, including lots of people competing for the first time. As always, there were some notable performances which deserve a shoutout. Eddy and Myriam were our most senior competitors in the 55-59 age group category. Not only that but

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Get your own personal mobility coach!

Our resident mobility guru Ian is now available to hire for small group mobility sessions. If mobility restrictions are holding you back from hitting depth in the squat, holding a solid position overhead with a barbell or in a handstand or just generally making you feel 100 years old after a workout, you need to fix it! Remember that improved mobility does not just mean feeling better, it means

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Manipulating nutrition for body composition

Changing body composition is one of the primary reasons why most people take up some kind of fitness program. Whether you want to gain muscle, lose fat or do both, many people are looking to make some kind of change in body composition. There are many approaches you can take towards body composition goals. There are hundreds of diet plans around which offer different solutions. In the world of Cr

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Introducing the TRP Project

TRP “Transition/Restriction Project” The “Transition/Restriction Project” or TRP, is a new class we are offering for members who may not be able/want to attend our regular classes because of the following types of restriction: * injury * existing medical condition (e.g. post-operative, chronic debility, postpartum, pre-natal) * weight-induced cardio insufficiency * weight-induced mo

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17.2 Thoughts and Musings

17.2 is done and dusted and it looks like bar muscle ups and toes to bar are now behind us. However, CrossFit HQ continues to keep us all on our toes with dumbbells used in the workout for a second time in a row. Can we expect dumbbell thrusters in 17.3? At 22.5 and 15kgs respectively, that would make for a very interesting and no doubt unpleasant experience! I watched a lot of people take on 17.

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CrossFit GVA 17.1 Results

17.1 is in the bag and most of us have the flayed skin on our thumbs and low back pain to prove it! Congratulations to all those who took on this workout. For those of you who have never done the Open, get used to that feeling of nervousness and butterflies before the workout. It probably won’t change no matter how many times you compete! The general consensus was that 17.1 was one of the harde

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Individual Training at CrossFit GVA

We have always had a policy of supporting individual training at CrossFit GVA. We understand that many people want to do additional work outside of the regular classes in order to work on different areas of fitness. We encourage and support everyone to spend extra time working on mobility, pull ups, double unders, muscle ups, handstand push ups or whatever it is you that you want to focus on. We

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Seminar Mindset and Strategy 1st March

The CrossFit Open is a fantastic test of fitness. It is your chance to find out if your training is going in the right direction and you are making progress. However, like any sport, the competitive CrossFit is about more than just your ability to push yourself physically push yourself. Mindset and strategy are absolutely crucial. We all know that feeling that we get before a hard workout. Those

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The CrossFit Open at CrossFit GVA and CrossFit GVA 1227

For those who are already registered, please note that we are planning to run the vast majority of our Open sessions at CrossFit GVA 1227. We are planning to have official slots on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Sunday morning and Monday evening. The reason for this is we can drop bars, play loud music and generally behave obnoxiously without neighbours calling the police! Sign up for th

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(Français) Retour sur les Brixia Throwdown

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2017 CrossFit Open Preparation

The 2017 CrossFit Open is just around the corner. For those of you that have already participated in the Open, that means that now is the time to start gearing your training towards the Open. For those of you that have never participated and want to find out more, check out our article here. Our programming has already taken a turn towards the Open. Check out our last blog post for more informati

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Road to the Open – Programming

The CrossFit Open is just around the corner. The official dates have not yet been announced but traditionally the Open starts in the final week of February and lasts for 5 weeks. For those of you that have competed in the Open before, 2017 is a chance to see if you have made progress from last year. For those of you that have never done the Open, it is a great chance for you to test your fitness.

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Project Bra WOD – Saturday 10th December

On Saturday 10th December we are joining other CrossFit gyms around the world for a special WOD dedicated to survivors of sexual violence. This day marks the end of 16 Days of Activism (25 Nov - 10 Dec), a time to raise awareness & eliminate gender-based violence. The WOD is part of Project Bra, organised by ex-CrossFit GVA member Claire McFarlane. Claire is currently attempting to run

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Christmas Competition 17th December

We are going to run a competition prior to the Christmas party on Saturday 17th December at CrossFit GVA 1227. The format for this competition will be mixed teams of 4 athletes. We have space for 20 teams in total. There will be a CHF 100 per team inscription fee. 100% of this fee will go to the UNHCR refugee program. Please feel free to donate more if you wish! The deadline for registering

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CrossFit GVA Family Day

Join us for our first ever Family Day as we celebrate the winter holidays! We love spending time with our CrossFit GVA and 1227 family, and now we'd like to meet yours. On December 11th the box's doors will be open to a day of family fun where we will spend the afternoon playing winter themed games that you and your children can enjoy together (while getting a good sweat on while you're at it). Br

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The weightlifting belt – do you need one?

A weightlifting belt can be an excellent addition to your training arsenal. It might not be something that you use all the time, but it can really help you with your lifting under certain circumstances. The importance of bracing Bracing your midsection is essential when you lift heavy. Heavy by definition means any lift which you can complete for sets of 5 reps or less; think a heavy squat or

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Test Day

Test day is upon us again and this week we are revisiting the past with a classic CrossFit Open workout. In 2012 week 3 of the Open was the following WOD: As many rounds as possible in 18 minutes of: 15 box jumps 50/40cm 12 push press 50/35kgs 9 toes to bar Scoring In 2012, the top score in the Open for women was by Kirsten Clever who hit 540 reps (15 rounds), while in the men’s competi

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Fat Loss Challenge

The latest CrossFit GVA Fat Loss Challenge is now set to start on Monday 26th September. We are excited to launch our latest edition of the challenge. The challenge has evolved over the past 5 editions, but this latest version will see our biggest changes yet. The goal of our fat loss challenge remains the same and is based on two principles. The first is that we want to teach the participants t

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Benchmark Wednesday

Hopefully you have all noticed by now that we have been programming benchmark workouts every Wednesday over the past 4 weeks. A benchmark workout is a workout which should be regularly repeated in order to test progress. Some classic CrossFit benchmark workouts are Fran, Cindy and Annie (click here for a full list). These benchmarks are a great way to assess and compare your current fitness level

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CrossFit GVA April Athlete of the Month

It is time again to reward our athlete of the month. It can be very hard to choose to pick one winner each month, but this month we had a unanimous decision on who to reward. Aurelie has been training at CrossFit GVA for 1 year. Despite having a limited background in fitness and struggling with a couple of injuries, Aurelie has exemplified everything we look for in our athletes. Attentive, dili

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Thank God the Open is Over – Part 2

4. Don't be afraid to fail, and to change the plans along the way Not everything will go as planned. And you know what? That's perfectly fine. If they did, it would be too easy and it would eventually get boring. Failing and having to find other solutions to a problem is part of the process and it allows you to know yourself as a person and an athlete much better. As the year goes by and yo

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Thank God the Open is over… now what?

First things first, congratulations on completing your first (or not) Open! It's not easy putting your fitness to the test and laying it all out there. So congratulations! After 5 weeks of waking up every Friday morning and either checking Facebook or going to the Games website to check the Open WOD, the stress is finally over. You have been through overhead lunges, chest to bar pull-ups, heavy

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The 2016 CrossFit Open – What have we learned?

The 2016 CrossFit Open is in the books. We have done the standard congratulations for everyone who participated (fully deserved of course!) but what have we learned from the experience? Let’s start out with some numbers. Shout out to our top performers who put together some impressive performances. Unsurprisingly Sophie was top of the female category in 305th place and our best overall athlet

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CrossFit GVA Updated Programming

With the Open over, it is time to change gears and look on how to prepare for the Open next year. At CrossFit GVA, our training during the Open has been lighter with less intensity in order to prepare the body as best possible for the Open showdowns during the weekend. This week from the 28th of March to the 3rd of April will mark a transition week towards our new cycle that will go from th

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CrossFit GVA February Athlete of the Month

Our criteria for Athlete of the Month is pretty simple. We like to reward members who display the following traits: They come and train regularly They listen and take on board the advice of our coaches They make measurable progress in their training (no matter the starting point of fitness) They take their training seriously but don’t take themselves too seriously They contribute to our c

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The importance of failure in CrossFit

By Daniel Alba We have all been there. Looking at the barbell before a lift or feeling nervous before a workout. Why do we have these kind of feelings? Because we care. We care about what we're about to do and all the work we've put to get to this point. But more on this later on, let's go back to when we started our CrossFit journey... Remember your first CrossFit class? Unless you are sup

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CrossFit Open – Week 2

It is week 2 of the CrossFit Open.  We had an outstanding first week of the competition at CrossFit GVA. 112 athletes signed up and a fantastic atmosphere at each session. Congratulations for those of you who did your first ever CrossFit Open workout. Hopefully this experience will make 16.2 a little easier, although no matter how many times you compete, you will always be nervous going into eac

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The CrossFit Open

Sophie Menghetti What is it? The Open is a five week/five workout online competition. It will be held at our gym and it is accessible to all the athletes who want to challenge themselves. There will be five workouts released every Thursday night, they will be released an RX and a scaled version so everyone can participate and have fun. It starts on the 25th February. How does it work

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How often should you train?

One of the typical questions that we receive when people start CrossFit is “how often should I train?”. It’s a great question and one that is relevant for not only those who are just starting, but those who have been doing CrossFit for any length of time. The problem, however, is that it’s almost impossible to answer. There is no one size fits all solution and there are a myriad of factor

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The Hook Grip

The Hook Grip By Lynda Piper-Roche “I hate the hook grip“ “My hands are too small” “It hurts my thumbs” The hook grip in weightlifting is the way in which an athlete grips the barbell, which is first gripped with the thumb, and then the remaining fingers grip both the thumb and the barbell. It is used in Olympic weightlifting movements (e.g. The Snatch and the Clean). The

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CrossFit GVA Athlete of the Month January

It can be dangerous to generalise, but as a coach you do tend to see certain types of people come through the door. The majority (coaches included) all very much into the average athlete category. They love to train and work hard. They also tend to make progress, but will never be considered top performers. From time to time we see people come in who are very talented. They are naturally strong

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Why you will never be “ready” for the Open

I have had a lot of conversations recently at the gym that go something like this. Me: Have you signed up for the Open yet? Athlete: Are you kidding? I can only do 1 pull up and I suck at thrusters. I have used pull ups and thrusters here, but you can exchange them for overhead squats, muscle ups, snatch row etc etc (you get the idea). If I don’t get the exercise comment, I usually get o

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5 things I have learned about fat loss

If there is one area where I have extensively experimented it is with fat loss. In the last 15 years my weight has fluctuated between 85 - 105kgs, sometimes intentionally, often times not. I tend to be a classic ectomorph, somebody who tends to be overweight if I don’t take care of what I eat. I love food and I will eat all day if I could. But I have never been the lean type and despite many

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CrossFit GVA 2016 Fat Loss Challenge

After the huge success of our first two Fat Loss Challenges last year, (see comments below), we will run a new one starting on Monday 1st February. The main goal of this challenge is to help you learn how to burn fat efficiently and to start you on a new way of thinking about food and nutrition in general. We know that many people struggle when trying to lose fat. Just look around you at all th

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Should you compete in the CrossFit Open?

It is that time of year again. The CrossFit Open is nearly upon us. Those of you who competed last year are probably starting to get a bit nervous, those of you who put it off last year are asking yourselves whether you are ready this year and the rest of you are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. For the uninitiated, the CrossFit Open is the first step of competition towards the

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CrossFit GVA Athlete of the Month

One of the great pleasures of being a coach is watching your clients make progress. Over the past 4 years we have seen the continual evolution of both our gym but also our athletes. We want to highlight some of that progress so we are introducing the CrossFit GVA Athlete of the Month. The athlete of the month does not have to be a firebreathing, top of the whiteboard finisher. What we are intere

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5 things I have learned as a coach

Last weekend I had to refresh my CrossFit Level 1 certificate. It was a great opportunity to be exposed to the very polished CrossFit seminar staff and also gave me the the chance to reflect on my time in CrossFit since I first attended the seminar. It is fair to say that a lot has changed since I first discovered CrossFit back in 2006. There was no CrossFit Games, no Reebok, no Rich Froning an

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Programming update

Another 4 weeks has gone and we are into a new strength cycle at CrossFit GVA. A lot of thought goes into how we program our workouts at CrossFit GVA. Our number one priority is to help you, our members, measurably improve your fitness levels. But at the same time we want to make the workouts challenging and fun as well as keeping everyone safe and injury free. And last but not least, we hav

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The Chin-Up/Pull-Up Question

You may have noticed that we have been doing lots of strict pull ups recently in our programming. This is going to continue for the foreseeable future as we continue in our quest to get all our members knocking out strict pull ups for reps. One of the most common questions we get is, should I do chin ups or pull ups? Just to clarify, chin ups are performed with a supinated grip (i.e. palms faci

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CrossFit GVA Fat Loss Challenge

CrossFit GVA Fat Loss Challenge Summer is on the way and we are launching our new fat loss challenge for everyone looking to shift a few kilos going into swimsuit season. We know that many people struggle when trying to lose fat. Just look around you at all the various products, diets and other aids commercially available to help you. The funny thing is that fat loss is not particularly c

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Swiss Drug Free Powerlifting Federation 2015 National Championships.

Swiss Drug Free Powerlifting Federation 2015 National Championships. By Ewen Roth At CrossFit GVA, we squat and deadlift on a regular basis. But as Sophie, Olivier, Kyuta and Will found out last Saturday, there’s a difference between squatting in training with your friends and squatting in a powerlifting competition in front of an audience and, above all, three judges watching every detail o

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CrossFit GVA is Expanding!

As some of you may know we have been working hard on expansion plans and are thrilled to officially announce that in April the gym will be getting a makeover. We are expanding to include a second space at CrossFit GVA which will give us an extra 200m2 to play with.

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Programming Update and Tweaks

Programming Update and Tweaks We are 1 week into our preparation for the CrossFit Open and would like to give everyone some tips as to how to get the most out of the programming. Strength Work We are still incorporating strength work into the program, but at lower intensities. The goal for the next few weeks is to maintain strength levels, not try to improve them. There is no need to san

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CrossFit GVA Nutrition Program

For those of you who missed our announcement just before the holidays, we are launching a nutrition program next week, starting on Monday 12th January. We have had lots of enquiries about the course, so here are some more details. This course will be run entirely online, so there is no need to attend meetings at particular times. All you need to have are an email address and Facebook accou

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CrossFit GVA Programming Update

Those of you that have already done a class today will have noticed that we had a slightly different structure to normal. The reason for this is that we are changing up the focus of our programming in preparation for the CrossFit Open. Our normal programming is designed to enhance general physical preparation. That means that we want to improve our competencies in the 10 elements of fitness def

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CrossFit GVA Nutrition Course

CrossFit GVA Nutrition Course It has been an amazing year for us at CrossFit GVA. We moved to a brand new gym in February and our community has grown almost twofold in less than a year. We are very proud of what we have achieved, but we spend a lot of time here thinking about what we can do better. How can we improve the way we teach, program and most importantly of all, keep our members ge

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Daniel’s Story – Part 2

Establishing and evaluating the way you eat is an eye-opener. It is definitely not easy, because you are rethinking years and years of eating habits. I come from a family that loves to eat, a culture that gathers around dinners, brunches and parties to celebrate different events. Food is deeply anchored in my traditions, coming from South America. Changing those habits proved to be extremely

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Assessment Day

As everyone hopefully will have noticed, today’s program is slightly different to normal. Today is an athlete assessment day. We will be throwing these in every 4-6 weeks to give everyone the opportunity to objectively assess fitness in different areas. Every assessment is assigned a level from 1 to 4. Level 1 is a well rounded beginner. This does not mean you started training last week. It m

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CrossFit – The Keys to Progress

This whole CrossFit deal can be very frustrating at times. Most of us make a lot of progress in the first few months of training. PRs are easy to come by and numbers continue to increase from week to week. But after that more gains become harder and harder to come by. Numbers stagnate and frustration sets in. In fact “beginners gains” is a very well know phenomenon. Most people begin a fitn

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New Strength Cycle

Our new strength cycle begins this week at CrossFit GVA. Here are the movements that we are going to be working on for the next month. Monday - Back squat. There is no better way to start the week than with some heavy squats. We always start the week with a squat vacation and this cycle is no different. Please note that we will be doing sets across for this cycle, i.e. the same weight for each

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Daniel’s Story

If you have trained at CrossFit GVA then no doubt you have either trained with or had the privilege of being trained by Daniel. Most of you know him as a coach and one of the strongest, fittest guys at the gym, but he started out as a regular member just like anyone else. I distinctly remember when he first came in to train with us. He had decent mobility, conditioning and strength but nothing

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Barbell Etiquette

Maybe it is the British in me but I am a stickler for etiquette and politeness. I know how to queue properly (if only everyone else did..) and I like to hold doors open for people. If I bump into a stranger I automatically apologise, even if it is the other person’s fault. I also know my gym etiquette. You don’t curl in the squat rack and never walk in front of people when they are about to

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The CrossFit Total

We have the CrossFit total coming up this weekend at the gym. For those who have never done it before, the CrossFit Total is a test of absolute strength. You have 3 attempts to lift a max repetition in following lifts (and in the following order): Back Squat Strict Press Deadlift The score is the total number of all 3 lifts combined, so a 100kg back squat, 60kg press and 120kg deadlift

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Weekend Testing

We are very excited to have our first proper weekend of testing at CrossFit GVA. We will announce the tests themselves tomorrow at the gym, but here is a heads up of the movements that we will be doing. Front squat Clean Burpees Pull ups Burpees Handstand Classic benchmark metcon Please note that these classes will run slightly longer than normal, but we hope to get everything done in 75

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