By Viking Athletics
Skol SessionsNov 27, 2021
Skol Sessions - Episode 17: Body Dysmorphia
In this month's episode, Coach Erik talks with member and psychologist Michael Shelby about body dysmorphia: what it is, where it comes from (historical variations and pop culture today), our own history with it, and how to combat it. Enjoy! Chapters:
00:50 Michael Shelby - Background
04:00 Dysmorphia Defined
06:00 Origins of Body Dysmorphia for Men
11:00 Leanness vs. Health/Sustainability
13:58 Male Movie Superhero Physique
18:00 Female Beauty Standard
20:00 Strong is Healthy Movement
25:17 Muscularity Outside the US
27:56 Form Following Function
30:00 Erik's Training/Dysmorphia History
32:50 Circling Back to History and Current Trends
37:45 How to Move Beyond It
Skol Sessions - Episode 16: Training vs. Testing
Are you pushing at 100% intensity every time you set foot in the gym? Maxing out your lifts daily and going full send on your metcons? Do you avoid repeating WODs? If so, you're spending all your time testing your fitness, rather than building it. Most of what we do in the gym should be training, with the occasional test to gauge progress. That's this month's topic. Enjoy!
00:42 Calculation Beer Calories
01:30 CrossFit Games Events Were "Tests"
02:21 Constant Testing Outside the Gym Example
04:49 Constant Testing Inside the Gym Examples
07:31 Training vs. Testing Examples in the Gym
11:00 Mixed Modality Training / CrossFit
14:01 Soreness Is a Poor Metric
16:24 Progressing in Mixed Modality Training
19:57 Competitions and Workout Previews
22:59 "Fran" Preparation Case Study
33:24 CrossFit Benchmarks as Tests
34:20 Needs of Competitive Athletes
Skol Sessions - Episode 15: Education in Fitness
In this episode Coach Erik dives into what kind of education is necessary to be a coach. Do degrees matter? What about certifications? And how much does practical experience count for? All this and more. Enjoy!
Skol Sessions - Episode 14: Hero WODs
In this episode of Skol Sessions, Coaches Erik and Nivi discuss Hero WODs. Why we do them, where they come from, and how they fit in with our local community, and the CrossFit community at large.
Skol Sessions - Episode 13: Youth Training
In this episode, we discuss the importance of exercise for our nation's youth, which has been on the decline for a couple of reasons. We talk about what led to it, and how we, at Viking Athletics, can help plug that gap. Interested in learning more about our youth program? Please email Coach Monique Mount at email@example.com.
Skol Sessions - Episode 12: Post 2023 CF Open
In this month's episode, Coach Erik is once again joined by Coach Nivi. They break down each of the 2023 CF Open WODs, discuss what was being tested, how the Open went overall, and the direction of the CF Games.
Skol Sessions - Episode 11: The 2023 CrossFit Games Open
In this episode, Coach Erik is once again joined by Coach Nivi to discuss the 2023 CF Games Open. In it, they cover:
- How the Intramural Open will be run at Viking Athletics this year
- Why you should participate
- The changes we expect to see now that there is a new CF Games Director.
Skol Sessions - Episode 10: Mindset and Mentality with Coach Nivi
In this episode, Coach Nivi Carbonell joins Coach Erik to talk about mindset and mentality. Specifically, what's the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? How do we change our thought process to go from one to another? And how can we adjust our expectations and strategies to achieve our goals? We hope you enjoy the discussion!
Skol Sessions - Episode 9: Dr. Charlie Cavo and Pounds Transformation Center
In this episode Coach Erik interviews Dr. Charlie Cavo, the Chief Medical Officer of Pounds Transformation Medical Weight Loss. He and his team have 3 locations across Connecticut. He and Erik discuss Pounds target demographic, their approach to nutrition, and the interplay between MD's and nutritionists and how it has evolved in the last several years. Enjoy!
Skol Sessions - Episode 8: Is It CrossFit?
Numerous former CrossFit athletes are establishing their own brands and bashing CrossFit as a way to promote their "new" methods. And, in the early days of the CrossFit Games, it was a running joke that the best CrossFit athletes "didn't actually do CrossFit." In this month's episode, we explore these ideas and discuss what makes CrossFit, CrossFit.
Skol Sessions - Episode 7: Cardio vs Conditioning
Why do people joke that anything over 5 reps is cardio? What is cardio, how is it different from conditioning, and how do they feed off one another? If you want to understand how to train properly to achieve your goals, it's important to know the difference between 5+ reps of lifting, cardio, and conditioning - they're not the same. In this month's episode, we pop the hood and look at what happens to you physically in each case. Enjoy!
Skol Sessions - Episode 6: What Does it Take to Be A Coach?
CrossFit HQ recently released a video in which many high level trainers maintain that all you need to be a coach is your CrossFit Level 1. BUT then they all qualify this statement by charging L1 trainers to keep learning, and to keep developing. In other words, the L1 is just a starting point. In this episode, Coach Erik shares his thoughts on the subject, reviews many of the certifications he's taken over the years, and explains the process to become a coach at Viking Athletics. Enjoy!
Skol Sessions - Episode 5: Murph
In this episode, Coach Erik discusses "Murph." It's more than just a CrossFIt hero WOD. We delve into the history of the workout, why it's so important in the CrossFit world, and how/why we prepare for it at Viking Athletics. Enjoy!
Skol Sessions - Episode 4: The CrossFit Relentless Intramural Open
In this episode Coach Erik describes the CrossFit Relentless Intramural Open. To do it justice, he covers the history of the CrossFit Open, which involves a history of the Games, and CrossFit in general. And of course, some speculation on CFHQ's decision to part ways with Dave Castro.
Skol Sessions - Episode 3: The Coach/Athlete Relationship
In this episode, Coach Erik dives into the Coach/Athlete relationship. How does this relationship evolve from your time as a youth athlete to where you are now? What is the difference between a coach vs. a trainer? What are the responsibilities of the coach, and what are your responsibilities as a paying athlete? We unpack all this and more!
Skol Sessions - Episode 2: Strength Training As Injury Prevention for Other Sports
In episode 2, Coach Erik chats with former NBA player and Viking Athletics member Donyell Marshall about strength training as injury prevention for other sports. They cover Donyell's experiences both as a player, and as a coach.
Skol Sessions - Episode 1: Why We Care About Programming
In our inaugural Viking Athletics podcast, we're discussing why we're launching a podcast, and the intended format. Then, we delve into a common question that Coach Erik gets: "Is [insert program here] a good program?" What makes a good program, and why does Viking Athletics harp on programming so much? Take a listen and find out!