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Julia Hammond – New Coach of 2020

Before delving into Julia’s experience of learning how to be coach, it needs to be said that Julia is one of the kindest, most earnest individuals I’ve ever met. She’s extremely hard working. Totally sincere, and overall and wonderful human being. As a result, I think she makes an excellent coach. Given the ongoing success of her ‘Easy Monday’s’ Class which allows our lovely lady’s to train together, both old and young, she’s proving to be leader, and well worth the title ‘Coach at CrossFit Chichester’. 

Without further ado, over to Julia. – Archie Cunningham 

Hi guys, just a quick update on what I’ve been doing along side Archie and Lydia the past few months, and what I’ll be doing in the gym in 2020!

I completed my CrossFit kids trainer course, back in October, which was a brilliant learning experience and has inspired me further to getting more kids into the classes we currently run.

We are hoping to be able to offer an after school session every weekday, as the benefits of exercise for children’s learning are huge.

[Julia has also come along to one of our Corporate workshops we run as part of wellness coaching to improve companies cultures, and make them more health conscious and improve staff team work]. You can see a video of her coaching here.

CrossFit is a workout format that incorporates children’s natural playfulness and energy. It lends itself to quick workouts that are full of variety that keeps kids intrigued and moving. No, I’m not suggesting loading your child up with a kettlebell for 30 reps of deadlifts. But what’s wrong with some crab walks followed by skipping or jumping ?
As mums and dad we constantly think about how I can keep our children healthy and happy.
We want them to have access to any and every program that will foster the value of exercise throughout the rest of their lives.
In this day and age, kids don’t have to be limited to the basic after school activities of past generations: basketball, football, track. Your kids can go to skateboard clinics, yoga seminars? The sky is truly the limit!

CrossFit can have the same benefits for children as it does for adults. It makes you stronger and improves your cardiovascular health, will improve performance in sports. Classes are also a great way to make new friends with a common interest.

Most importantly, CrossFit for kids encourages a lifetime of exercise, and a disciplined attitude towards health. In a world filled with video games and iPads, I’d say this is huge.

We’re really excited to see how Julia’s career as a coach progresses with us, and as a regular slot, if you’d like to experience her coaching come to our Tuesday at 6.45pm class, or book an initial assessment here (for new members) and request Julia!

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Low Hanging Fruit

Consistency wins

We’ve had some big wins recently. The most impressive has been so many of our members putting in the time, to eat properly, train hard, and enjoy the process. Like I say all the time, there is no magic bullet, or perfect program. What matters is that you show up consistently, move well, and give your best effort every single day.
Congratulations to Edith, and Beky for getting their first pull-ups. That puts them in the top 5% of women in the world who can pull their body weight up above a bar. I’m so proud of them both because it’s a testament to amount of work and effort and time, and frustrations, and feeling like their progress is so slow, to then all of a sudden do a pull-up. Just like in martial arts, once you get your Dan belt, the journey is just beginning, like getting a pull-up for these two, the fun is just beginning.

As with some of our sessions, the often uncover weaknesses. Max (and myself) realised that pressing alternate 22.5kg dumb bells over head was a lot tougher than it looked and completely flattened us, while Rich Fenech hammered through and finish 3-4 minutes ahead of both us coaches with the same weight. It goes to show that sometimes raw strength is what you need, and that no body can win every workout. It takes humility to come in these doors because there are going to be some movements which you simply cannot do while others can. Egos, can be left on the door mat.
January was a great month for a few members getting some excellent personal bests. @jezdoe and @jezzaf (Jeremy Doe and Jeremy Fowke) in particular realised some decent improvements.
Definitely we are all looking forward to @crossfitgames Open competition coming up, and very much look forward to seeing all our members give those workouts hell! #lifelongawesome #crossfitopen #crossfitgames #firstpullup #crossfit

Kids get the best benefit from weightlifting

Weightlifting club

These girls can 🏋️‍♀️

Posted by BBC Look North (Yorkshire) on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Gary gets his muscle up

Gary (@gazgreene ) broke his muscle up cherry today. He has worked at this for nearly 12 months. His goal was to get it by the end of the year. I’m so proud of him for working this hard at getting it. Well done mate, you definitely deserved this more than anyone (cough sorry Chris!). #firstmuscleup #lifelongawesome #crossfitchichester #hardworkpaysoff #chichester #fitnessinchichester

Posted by CrossFit Chichester on Monday, December 18, 2017

 

Gary (@gazgreene ) broke his muscle up cherry today. He has worked at this for nearly 12 months. His goal was to get it by the end of the year. I’m so proud of him for working this hard at getting it. Well done mate, you definitely deserved this more than anyone (cough sorry Chris!). #firstmuscleup #lifelongawesome #crossfitchichester #hardworkpaysoff#chichester #fitnessinchichester

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Limiting Holiday diet damage

Damage Control: how to keep that fat burning over Christmas.

1) Get a good breakfast with lots of protein in, and zero sugar.
2) Before the big meal, have some grapefruit juice.
3) Chop up a lemon and put it in the water during the meal.
4) Green Tea helps the food pass through your gut undigested.
5) 1 min of air squats, 1 min of wall presses or push-up variation just prior to the meal. Read up of GLUT-4 response for more info!
6) Add cinnamon to everything (or just your morning coffee )

Merry Christmas!

Damage Control: how to keep that fat burning over Christmas. 1) Get a good breakfast with lots of protein in, and zero sugar. 2) Before the big meal, have some grapefruit juice. 3) Chop up a lemon and put it in the water during the meal. 4) Green Tea helps the food pass through your gut undigested.5) 1 min of air squats, 1 min of wall presses or push-up variation just prior to the meal. Read up of GLUT-4 response for more info!6) Add cinnamon to everything (or just your morning coffee :)) Merry Christmas!

Posted by CrossFit Chichester on Monday, December 18, 2017

Tom Graduates

@tomyelf graduated fundamentals tonight. What an effort! He then decided to do the class afterwards!!

Being @njyelf ‘s other half it was a matter of time before he joined. It’s always good to have couples training together. It’s a shared experience of training and keeps both of you naturally motivated to keep going when it gets tough. Well done Tom! We’ll see you soon. #lifelongawesome

 

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Recognition

Super impressed with you members. Here’s all the people who deserve some recognition 🙂

Posted by CrossFit Chichester on Friday, December 8, 2017

Super impressed with you members. Here’s all the people who deserve some recognition

 

#lifelongawesome

We’re going to be doing a teens program. Starting January 6th.

Times:
Tuesday 5.30pm
Saturday at 11.00am
each session will last one hour.

£40 for four weeks training or £10 a drop in. Maximum of 12 to a class. Reserve you slot by messaging us directly via either Instagram or Facebook. #lifelongawesome

We’re going to be doing a teens program. Starting January 6th. Times:Tuesday 5.30pmSaturday at 11.10am each session will last one hour. £40 for four weeks training or £10 a drop in. Maximum of 12 to a class. Reserve you slot by messaging us directly via either Instagram or Facebook. #lifelongawesome

Posted by CrossFit Chichester on Monday, December 4, 2017

 

End of Week Props