FRIDAY IS "OPEN DAY" ALL DAY! The Open workout is the workout of the day. The 6am and 12pm are normal coached sessions. There are no afternoon group sessions. Instead, we will start running heats of the Open workout from 4:30 until 7:30. The gym will be open at 4pm for people to start warming up. Come in and cheer people on! It's going to be a blast.
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It looks like some sort of cool ass Ninja weapon, but actually this is the Leopard Claw from MWOD. This nifty tool can help in your recovery from all the physical trauma you are about to subject your body to in the next 5 weeks. It's also a cool little tool to have in your bag and use regularly after your workout session at CrossFit of Fremont.
"The Leopard Claw is made with a medical grade stainless steel. Its features include raised leopard spots to help provide a good grip in the treatment hand while scraping. The tool was designed to be used on all edges. First the scanning edge -the convex edge is used to scan over the tissues and used to detect abnormalities in the tissue. Once they are discovered, increase the frequency of the scraping above and below the point of restriction to desensitize the tissues. More pressure can then be used to affect the deeper layers of tissue. The concave side of the tool can be used to increase surface area of the tissues being treated. The end on both sides of the claw are used for scraping smaller areas but also to use with scraping across the muscle fibers or against the grain. The length of the tool makes it easy to grip in both hands when scraping larger muscle groups."
Ok....that's a pretty good description. My buddy is the maker of the the Leopard Claw, so I asked him for a little more in-depth account of how this thing works:
"The Leoprd Claw is used for "Scraping", Gua Sha, or IASTM (yes, it is a mouthful, but know what it is. - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). This technique started hundreds of years ago by the Chinese (You can call it Graston but you'd be wrong). They discovered that scraping the tissues increased blood flow and created a reaction from the body to promote healing. They even used the technique to help heal or recover from other ailments like the common cold. Today in Western Medicine, we use it to break up the adhesions formed between the sliding surfaces of our tissues. Back in the day, they used anything from coins, horns, bones, or even a soup spoon. In addition, the technique helps break up scar tissues formed in the deeper tissues and particularly in the muscle. When dealing with deeper tissues or post surgical conditions always consult your physician or therapist.
It is recommended to use a foam based emollient on the skin to provide a smooth glide of the tool across the skin ("Field Foam" which is also available on the website). Field Foam utilizes a water soluble product that helps neutralize your skin's pH by preventing bacterial growth. This helps promote healthy skin and has been shown to help prevent muscle soreness. There is no clean up when you are done scraping compared to oil based products. It's also a great conductor of electricity for use with your Marc Pro (or other EMS) to clear the waste when you are done scraping. Double whammy recovery and maintenance!
The goal of having your own scraping tool is to have more frequent sessions of maintenance. It's pretty common that some practitioners over apply IASTM to their patients. It is recommend that as soon as you cause the little red spots (called petechiae) to erupt that you discontinue scraping that area. There is no need to cause visual bruising because that will require the body to clear the damaged tissue -like what is caused with over cupping."
The 2017 CrossFit Games Open Qualifier is a worldwide online competition. There is one Open workout a week for 5 weeks. The workouts are announced live (with top CrossFit Games athletes performing the workout) every Thursday night at 5pm on games.crossfit.com. The workouts for each week must be completed and posted on your athlete profile by 5pm the following Monday. You can perform the Open workouts as RX'd or Scaled (even mixing scaled and RX'd week to week). There are also teenage divisions and masters aged divisions (masters starts at 35 years old for the first time).
On Fridays for the next 5 weeks, the programming for the day will be the Open workout for that week. 6:00am and 12pm sessions will be as scheduled, but all the afternoon sessions are cancelled. Instead, there will be Open gym from 4:30 to 7:30. When you arrive to the gym, you will be assigned a judge and we will run continuous heats. Once you finish, please make sure that you take a turn judging someone else.
Please register for the Open, so we can create a custom leaderboard for our gym. It's only $20 to register. When you register you get to see how you stack up against your CFoF Family, other athletes across the world, and top CrossFit Games athletes. Plus, you get to put your own little piece of artwork on the whiteboard with all the rest of us who are going to suffer with you.
Obviously, Chyna and I have quite a collection of QALO rings......
At the time of this posting, it's still Valentine's Day and love is in the air! For those of you living an active lifestyle, have you checked out QALO rings yet? Silicone rings made for the active. Chyna and I don't even have metal rings. We exchanged white QALO rings at our wedding. You can even order custom stamped rings.
I was surfing the internet looking for something to post tonight when I just happened to notice the picture that is the cover photo for the CFoF Family Facebook page. This picture was made the cover photo for the page on March 15th, 2015. Some of the people in this picture don't train at CFOF, but they are definitely family. All the people with red dots on their faces were all people that worked out religiously at CrossFit of Fremont (and we love you ALL). CrossFit of Fremont was in their blood and an integral part of their life. Less than one year later....they are gone. Why? LIFE. People move. People get new jobs. People have kids. Some people just realize that CrossFit is not their gig. WE GET IT! Life throws curveballs. It's all good. In eleven years of owning a CrossFit gym, I could put a red dot on hundreds of faces who quit just for the fact that they don't like to work hard.
Kudos to all of you who come in day in and day out no matter what life throws at you. For those that had life throw too much shit at them or those of you who were just in need of a hiatus, we understand. Just know you are always welcome if you ever decide to come back!
Chyna and I with the Original Misfits,Drew Crandall and Seth Page.
Chyna and I were very fortunate to have spent the weekend in Somerset, New Jersey at KLEW CrossFit for the Misfit Athletics Open Prep Training Camp. I was scared shitless to attend this camp because I don't follow the Misfit programming. I definitely got my ass handed to me, but it ended up being a TOTAL blast! Check out the full review of the camp on my Instagram account (freddycamacho65).