CrossFit Chester – CrossFit vs CrossFit as a Sport

CrossFit vs CrossFit as a Sport,

I recently read this blog by Chris Spealler, arguably one of the best “CrossFiters” ever.

It coincides with my recent dilemma and what I want to achieve in CrossFit, whilst being realistic in my goals taking account of my personal life, work and CrossFit Career.  I felt out of love with just doing specific programmes on the side of the CrossFit Box, whilst everyone else was joining in the session, and have loads of fun.  Although I was making huge gains personally, I wasn’t enjoining it as much as I did in my first year of pure CrossFit classes.

I am not going to just copy and paste it, I think people should just read his article.

I think my friend Pat Sherwood says it perfectly. “The goal is just to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam.” So remember that. RELAX. HAVE FUN. WORKOUT. – Chris Spealler

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CrossFit Chester – Re branding


From the beginning, when we were exploring the branding of CrossFit Chester, we had a few ideas for the Logo and we were torn between two. We obviously went for the one you guys know, however it was a close call with another one. We always thought we could revisit it at another point when we wanted to re brand.

Now due to various factors, we have decided to carry out the Re-Brand before we officially open.

We are delighted with the new logo which has been updated on Facebook and Twitter, and will be changed on the Website in due course.

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CrossFit Chester – Mobility

Mobility is extremely important in life let alone CrossFit.

Including mobility into your programme is extremely important but not enough of us do it.  By improving mobility and flexibility it will help resolve pain, prevent injury, and optimise athletic performance.  If you move more efficiently when working out, you will not expend as much energy!

For those of you interested, the best way to learn more on this area is by following Kelly Starrett.  He is like the King of Mobility! Check out his videos on: 

Or just type him in on you tube and there are hundreds of videos.

Happy stretching.

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CrossFit Chester – Home WOD

Another home wod this week.

Bit of a mental battle this one:

10 min plank

Every time you stop complete 8 burpees

Your score is the total amount of burpess, Zero being the best score.

Good Luck!

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CrossFit Chester – CrossFit Invitational

On Sat 26th October, Team World will take on Team USA at the CrossFit Invitational, presented by Reebok.

Any fan with an Internet connection will be able to watch the 75-minute competition on or

Eurosport will televise the Invitational Rory McKernan and Annie Thorisdottir will host the event. All of these versions will be available online on Eurosport’s The Box.

CrossFit will simultaneously run the same competition feed with our own commentary. The Update Show’s Sean Woodland and 2011 CrossFit Games competitor Cherie Chan will call all the action. No geoblocking will be in effect, so anyone can watch the online coverage.

Team World, led by 2013 Fittest Woman on Earth Samantha Briggs, and Team USA, led by three-time Fittest Man on Earth Rich Froning Jr., will compete in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,300 fans at the Tempelhoff Airport in Berlin.

Tune in at 6pm UK Time on Eurosport to see some awesome throwdowns.

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CrossFit Chester Taster No 6

We are holding our 6th Taster Session on Saturday 26th October, 11am @ Cheshire County Sports Hall (CH2 1PR), for only £1.

Please feel free to bring a friend or two.  If you could let us know via facebook or email that would be great

We have a different skill part of the session planned which will prepare you greatly for when we open.

See you there

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Taster 2 Group Photo

CrossFit Chester – Another home WOD

Until we are open we are posting WOD for you to try at home.

This week the WOD is:

For time complete:
21 reps – 15 reps – 9 reps of:
– Burpees
– Diamond Sit ups
– Squats

So this means:
21 Burpees into > 21 sit ups into > 21 squats into
15 Burpees > 15 sit ups > 15 squats
9 Burpees > 9 sit ups > 9 Squats > TIME!

Good Luck and let us know how you get on.

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CrossFit Chester visits CrossFit Warrington

CrossFit Warrington kindly hosted us as we are only training in sports hall until CrossFit Chester is open!

We had an amazing time at and was great for the people who were able to make it, to experience a CrossFit “Box”. Great atmosphere and Great hosts. Imagine training like that all the time… soon you will be able to when we are open!

CrossFit Chester day out in CrossFit Warrington
CrossFit Chester day out in CrossFit Warrington

The WOD that CrossFit Warrington put us through was:…

12 min AMRAP:
– 6 burpees
– 12 toes to bar (or scaled… knees to chest/elbows)
– 18 Overhead lunges (5kg plate / 10 kg plate)

Thanks CFW.  feel free to visit any time.


CrossFit Chester – Nutrition

Nutrition is the foundation for Performance…. not to mention health and wellbeing.

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” (CrossFit Journal, September 2002, “The Garage Gym”)

The food we eat has a direct and immediate effect on how we perform, whether it be our workout or any other task we face on a daily basis. Eat foods that “support exercise not body fat”. The idea is to eat foods that were intended for our bodies and avoid as much as possible foods that weren’t. Foods that are high-glycymic (a food’s propensity to elevate or spike insulin levels) should be generally avoided.

In CrossFit we teach 2 different nutritional approaches. The first is the Zone Diet, and the second is the Paleo or Caveman Diet.

Here is a simplified version of the Zone Diet that was published in the CrossFit Journal that you can download as a PDF article. The Zone Diet is a diet that focuses on balancing hormones in our bodies that are released by the food we eat. It uses a 40% Carbs, 30% Protein, 30% Fat model and helps to balance the macro-nutrients that we consume.

Zone Diet

The Paleo Diet, or Caveman Diet, requires that we eat lean meats, nuts and seeds, vegetables and some fruit, little starch, and NO sugar. While the Zone Diet requires accurate weighing and measuring of food, the Paleo Diet does not require WAM(weighing and measuring). The idea is to eat plenty of the above mentioned food throughout the day. We have seen similar results from people who have used both diets. They lose body fat, get stronger and faster, and feel better throughout the day.

For most people, the battle to eat healthy foods and avoid harmful ones is on-going and never-ending. The need to educate yourself and those around you about how to eat healthy is vital.  I personally think that these are great principles to base your nutrition on, especially having tried and tested them both.  It did increase my performance, I did lose body fat and I felt much better in general.  I do however, understand that personal lifestyles/environments can restrict flexibility in Nutrition which can make it hard to follow these principles 100% – but I do believe that people can make the best out of a bad situation and help themselves as much as possible.

If you have any questions about the above please do contact.

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