Marlaena, my training partner Jordan and I attended an exercise science seminar this past weekend at CrossFit Vancouver
. The seminar was hosted by Tony Leyland
who is a senior lecturer for the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. It was a one day seminar that covered a variety of topics such as the different energy systems in the body, basic biomechanics, VO2 max, nutrition, work/recovery cycles and programming.
Most of the information that was covered throughout the day was stuff that I've already learned in previous courses but it was still a great refresher and I really enjoyed the way Tony presented the material. As a former competitive athlete and now an avid CrossFitter, he has a great understanding of the body and how it works because he not only teaches the info but also puts his knowledge to practical use!
Because the seminar was held at the school of fitness, we did a workout half way through the day to break things up a bit. It was a partner workout that was put together by one of the CrossFit Vancouver coaches. The workout consisted of 10 clean and jerks (95lbs/65lbs) and 10 pull-ups between you and your partner for as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes. I partnered up with a pretty fit guy named Mike and we managed to do just over 12 rounds in the 15 minutes. Marlaena and her partner Emily (who is one of the top female crossfitters in the world) were just a bit faster and were able to do 13 rounds. I was absolutely exhausted after the workout and pretty happy that all I had to do was chill out and listen to the second half of the lecture.
All and all it was a great day! Lot's of very useful information, met some new fitness friends and had a killer workout. Thank you CrossFit Vancouver for putting on this great seminar and thank you Tony for a very well informed, incredibly thorough presentation!