Power Athlete Nation, it is that time of year again!
THE OPEN IS UPON US
Last year @mcquilkin’s CrossFit Open Warm Ups garnered 1,000’s of hits after each Open WOD announcement. Anyone who subscribes to the Power Athlete forums, or keeps up with our blogs, knows Tex is the MAN when it comes to athlete preparation.
Regardless of your skill level, or competitive domain, the mental and physical approach to game day will make or break your performance. That’s why the correct warm up is absolutely essential to empower your performance.
As is tradition at Power Athlete HQ, we will be leveling up for the 2016 CrossFit Open Warm ups. Tex will be standing by for every CrossFit Open WOD announcement to analyze the workouts. Here’s what he’s putting together for each Open workout:
- A Crack of the Whip
Tex will get your mind right with a motivational preamble
- Pre Warm up Warm up
Directed cyclical movements to stoke the coals and get the warm up started; raise core temperature, stimulate CNS, and elevate heart rate
- Iso Stability Work
Your ability to match isometric tension to the task ahead is the foundation of movement efficiency
- Movement Prep
After Tex identifies primary, secondary, and tertiary movement patterns of the WOD, he’ll map those to our warm up protocols for maximal motor recruitment prep
- Lactate Buffering
When it comes to The Open, “Energy systems” are a small piece of the pie; lactate buffering is ESSENTIAL to continue pushing through the workout as acidosis increases from the stress of the WOD
Everything will be hosted on TrainHeroic accompanied with detailed explanations and movement demos. The Open WODs will also be programmed, so you can enter your scores and see how you stack up against others following the 2016 CrossFit Games Open Warm up protocols.
Better yet, use the activity feed to tap directly into Power Athlete coaches.
The catch? It’s gonna cost you $10 bucks. That’s $2 per warm up assuming there’s only 5 Open WODs. For all we know, there might be 7. That’s the beauty of the open, we don’t really know what we are in for, do we?
Here’s what we do know; you need to go into your workouts with a fighters mindset. If you go into the ring cold, you’ll come out cold… knocked out cold! That in itself is worth the $2.
Ditch the bullshit neck roll, arm circle, air squat warm up. Take a calculated approach to your warm up so you can smash your WOD.
MS, CSCS, SCCC, CHES
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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.
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