Happy 10th Birthday, CrossFit London!

31 May

In 2015 CrossFit London celebrates its 10th birthday. Yes – tenth!

CrossFit gyms are opening up all the time. But we were first – and still the best – by a long chalk bucket!

Here’s a bit of CrossFit London history for you: In the summer of 2005, Andrew Stemler jetted off to Santa Cruz to complete his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification. It was delivered by the legendary Coach Greg Glassman. During that cert, Greg agreed that Andrew could take on the first CrossFit affiliate in the UK (and indeed Europe). CrossFit London would become the only affiliate outside the American continent at that time. The 20th affiliate ever.

Back in London, Andrew began running seminars, doing PT’s and small group classes at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool St. At this time he started the famous learn-CrossFit-in-a-day workshop, the iCourse. WODs took place outside in Mile End Park, and in the cul-de-sac behind his house in Stratford E15.

Before our current fabulous website, was this vintage blogspot

And then Stemlerfit.com was set up. There is some great chat between the original athletes, and old pictures, on the blog here.

In 2008, while Lehman Brothers crashed and the world slid into recession, CrossFit London picked up the keys to it’s first home. Together with co-director Steven Shrago, they opened the first full-time CrossFit London gym in Gales Gardens, E2. In 2010, Malcom Place was acquired. In Vauxhall 2012, CrossFit SE11 opened its doors. In 2013 we got our hands on 10 Malcom Place. Four spaces for CrossFit.

 

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The first CrossFit London event in 2005. An Olympic lifting masterclass with Andrew Stemler, Lauren Hannon, Davie Easton, Karl Steadman, Julian Thorogood, Intrepid Steve and Chris Kemp.

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Ten years of top quality coaching. Ten years of sweat, hard work, skills, drills and gainz. Ten years of transforming lives. Ten years of laughs.

2015 was already going to be an incredible year, as it it marks many anniversaries in British history as well as those of great international events. CrossFit London is proud to celebrate its first major landmark alongside:

Magna Carta (800 years),
Agincourt (600)
The Battle of Waterloo (200)
VE Day (70),
Battle of Britain (75)
Nelson Mandela’s freedom (25),

So make sure to train with the first, best, most experienced Crossfitters and coaches around.

So keep Saturday 27 June 2015 free for some epic birthday celebrations!

 

For more 2015 anniversaries go here, and here and here

 Images sourced with grateful thanks to Wikimedia Commons

WOD 31 May 2015

31 May

IMG_3160All Levels

Muscle ups – technique work

“Randy”
Complete for time:
75 power snatches (35/25kg)

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

WOD 30 May 2015

30 May

IMG_3161All Levels

Overhead squat 5-5-5 (with 3 second pause at bottom)

Every minute on the minute for 15 minutes:
3 ground-to-overhead (60/42.5kg)
7 push ups

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

WOD 29 May 2015

29 May

IMG_3159All Levels

3 pos snatch (high hang, hang, floor) 5 x 3 (70%)

“Mary”
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes:
5 handstand push up
10 pistols
15 pull ups

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

WOD 28 May 2015

28 May

IMG_3163All Levels

Ring dips – 5 x 5-3

Complete 3 rounds for time:
30 wall balls (9/6kg)
90 double-unders

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

WOD 27 May 2015

27 May

IMG_3166All Levels

Power clean + squat clean 5 x (1+2) (65-70%)

In partners complete as many rounds as possible in 25 minutes, whilst one partner runs 400m the other partner completes:
30 Russian kettlebell swings (32/24kg)
20 box jump overs (24/20″)

When the partner returns from the run, swap roles.

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

WOD 26 May 2015

26 May

IMG_3155All Levels

Bench press 5-5-5-5-5

As many rounds as possible in 15 minutes:
30 overhead plate lunges (20/15-10kg)
25 deadlift (85/60kg)
20 toes-to-bar

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

CrossFit London’s 10th Birthday party: info dump

25 May

We’ve created a class for you to book into: this pays for gym use, BBQ food, beer, cake and medals etc. You’ll find it under the classes on Saturday 27 June 2015 at 1pm. Please book yourself and your +1 in here.

Competing isn’t mandatory! But we want as many people as possible to go home with a medal earned – so take a look at the events below. Pick a maximum of 3 events you’d like to compete in, even if it’s just for fun:

Olympic lifting comps (as % of BW)
clean,
c&j,
snatch

Powerlifting comps: (as % of BW)
deadlift,
bench,
back squat
Thruster

Gymnastic comps:
L-sit,
flag,
lever,
handstand/walk,
pullups,
pushups,

Metcon
Row
Run
burpees.

So an athlete may decide to compete in the clean, strict pullups and burpees comps, or bench and L-sit, or handstand walk, pushup and snatch. Any combo is fine, you decide.

We’re trying to make it inclusive so relative newbies can compete too. There may be other events we’ve overlooked so please mention. People are of course free to not enter at all!
We will run the heavy events  in 10MP with 4 lifters at a time, and BW ones in 9MP concurrently. With enough heats there’ll be time for competitors to get from one to another.

In the meantime, here’s some vintage pix for you to marvel over. Before our luxurious railway arches, CrossFit London’s first gym was a pagoda in Andrew’s back garden. We trained there in all weathers: freezing Winter or glorious Summer. Tell that to the kids today…

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See you there!

 

WOD 25 May 2015

25 May

IMG_3154All Levels

A) Against a continuously running clock complete as many reps as possible, whilst one partner rests the other completes their set:
Max effort 0verhead squat (42.5/30kg) in 2 minutes
Rest 2 minutes
Max effort front squat (42.5/30kg) in 2 minutes
Rest 2 minutes
Max effort back squat (42.5/30kg) in 2 minutes

B) Immediately after complete an 800m run for time each.

Rest 10 minutes

C) Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes, with one partner working at a time:
5 pull ups (or 8 ring rows)
10 box jumps (24/20″)
15 sit ups

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

WOD 24 May 2015

24 May

IMG_7005All Levels

Snatch – heavy single

Every minute on the minute for 21 minutes complete:
1st minute: 21 Russian kettlebell swings (32/24kg)
2nd minute: 15 push press (42.5/30kg)
3rd minute: 30-50 double-unders
Repeat

Looking to start with CrossFit SE11 in Vauxhall?

Read this first for some insight in to London’s finest. Find out more about our beginners programme here, you can book online here and check this out tooAnd this too.

If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

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