[/caption] We are near the end of 60 Days of Might, and our programming is going to shift slightly. During the last two months, you’ve been exposed regularly to the main barbell lifts—squat, press and deadlift—and their variations, including front and overhead squats, push presses, jerks, snatch deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, and more. We’ve also hit you with lots of accessory work to bring up the muscles that might be holding you back. You will get a chance to test out your new capacity on Nov. 1, when we will run a Functional Fitness Total—1 rep maxes of squat, press and deadlift. More details on that will be released in a few days. Following the Functional Fitness Total, and a few days of fun, we’re going to hit the next stage of training: Power to the People. For about six weeks, we’re going to spend more time using your new strength to move weight quickly, with a focus on the Olympic lifts. The Olympic lifts are the most technical movements we do, so we’ll be teaching you new drills and movements that will help you improve your lifting. There will be an extreme emphasis on technique and form, and only when that improves will you chase PRs. Remember: no one fixes anything at max weight. You improve your technique with lighter loads and lots of repetition. Strength is also a big part of the Olympic lifts, so you can consider Power to the People a hangover after 60 Days of Might. During this time, we’ll also be reintroducing a few more conditioning workouts, and during the later part of the period those who plan to compete in FrostFit will get some extra work assigned. Most of this will be additional technique work rather than extra volume in the form of “double days.” Double days are seldom needed by most athletes. You can read our opinion on competition training here: Competition Season: More Is not Always Better. The important thing to remember is that our group training is based around the Functional Fitness competition season—whether you plan on competing or not—so you’ll be more than ready for upcoming events, including FrostFit and the 2013 Functional Fitness Games Open. And if you have no competition goals, you’re going to be just as fit as those who do. That’s the beauty of the program. [caption id="attachment_1507" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Definitely a top 10 photo from 2011."][/caption] But competition doesn’t start until the New Year. Power to the People starts Nov. 5. And make sure you have a cool Halloween costume for the Oct. 31 skills challenge.
We’re learning about a new sport: biathlon. This one is challenging, but we’re having a lot of fun with the great winter activity in Kenora.