Crossfit and the Need For Training Variety – An Interview With London Head Coach Andrew Stemler

Like a trainer, I have always believed that variety within any training programme is essential to obtaining optimum results. The athlete who encompasses a variety of training methods into his / her routine will undoubtedly have an advantage over one who sticks rigidly to a single form to train, due largely to the human body’s ability to modify which therefore instigates the ‘problem’ of habituation. This kind of basically means the body commences to develop a patience to a certain sort of exercise and therefore advancements in strength and health and fitness performance tend to halt down. It is also really hard to produce a ‘complete’ athlete utilizing a solitary training method. Horaires RER

Unfortunately the narrow-minded approach of one method training regimes still prevails in many gymnasiums and sporting domains, but a shift in mentality is beginning to come in the UK, and more athletes in lots of fields are incorporating increased variety into their training timetables. 

With these thoughts at center, I went along to Crossfit London’s i-course, added by one of Britain’s very few Level 2 Crossfit instructors, Andrew Stemler, to discover more about the Crossfit philosophy and how they put it on to day-to-day training.

Course participants were expertly coached through a whole host of numerous exercise modalities and progressions, including barbell overhead squats, snatches, deadlifts, kettlebells, pull ups, muscle ups, handstand press ups, parallel bar work and more besides.

We caught up with Tim following the workshop to learn more about the man, the course, and the Crossfit philosophy;

CO Hi Claire, thanks for agreeing to engage in this interview. Can I actually start with asking a little about you and exactly how you arrived to pursue a profession in fitness?

AS Sure, in short ,, I took a legislation degree at university, would banking for four years, then went onto property and hated that, but stuck with it until 2002, and just when I turned 37, which was about a decade back, I got sick of being unfit, and started out carrying out a lot of martial arts. I had an entire lot of fights and did my last one out of 2005, when my coach referred me personally to one of the Crossfit sites. I seemed at it and thought, ‘that’s ridiculous. ‘ and then I went again and looked over it again and thought, ‘that’s f**king ridiculous! ‘ But then I thought, ‘well ALRIGHT I’d like to have a go at that. ‘ so I just booked myself on a flight and went over to California to find out how to do it.

COMPANY And what really will the Crossfit philosophy entail? How can it differ from other methods to train?
AS Very well, on one level it shouldn’t differ at all, because it’s really just what sports science instructs you to do; but basically it concentrates on a general all round fitness. A lot of people tend to establish fitness to be very specific on one thing, so you conclusion up with strong people who can’t run, and sportsmen who can not be strong; what we’re really saying is that be a good human being you need to concentrate on everything, and that includes training all energy systems to become a good aerobic sportsperson, a good anaerobic sportsperson, and a good brief sprinter. We believe you need to train all three systems. Obviously if you wish to go off and become a marathon athlete you have to that specific training, but people shouldn’t confuse specific activities training with getting generally fit.

CO Ok, so it’s kind of an one size fits all approach? How exactly does Crossfit accommodate for the needs of a variety of different goals?

AS Well actually you set the same workout for everyone, but because you allow individuals to change their own associate systems and the dumbbells they use, what you will find is that individuals are having significantly different workouts. Thus for example, in the session we did on the i-course here, if you say to people, ‘do ten overhead squats’, some may decide to use a 10kg club, some a 20kg one, and some might wish to use a broomstick. Individuals who are extremely strong may undertake it very fast, some could have to obtain in reps of 3. So if most likely very strong, that work out becomes quite easy; for others who are not so strong that could be their maximum workout, in phrases of strength.

CO Sure. So what would you tell people who look at the Crossfit idea, see people doing muscle ups and advanced motions and just feel that would be too hard for them?

? NTERNET SITE think a lot of men and women speak themselves out to do products before they even try, but it’s good to have some different targets. Sometimes my main grievance about fitness, and it goes right back to my very first fitness course, where I was taught to treat everyone as though they were a cardiac rehabilitation patient, (so never to risk getting people to put their hands over their brain, not do overhead presses), which long listing of bad injuries that could probably happen. And i believe that consequently of that, as a trainer I was unfit and the people I trained were unsuitable as well. And so i believe having difficult targets is exactly what we want. We all set themselves difficult targets, like looking to have a house, to try and marry someone who’s not a total bitch: ) and when you consider it like that, trying to execute a muscle up pales into insignificance in comparison. So then it’s not so hard as you first thought, particularly if you work through the exercises progressively. Discover nothing that can’t be done. The drills we choose are incredibly basic in conditions of the sport that we actually do, as an example the average six year old gymnast can do a muscle up fairly easily, but you only have to keep on working at it.