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QUARANTEAM: The Results!

QUARANTEAM is a wrap! When we began the challenge eight weeks ago, on 1 April, we really had no idea how long it would continue, although we didn't anticipate that we'd be QUARANTEAMING for 56 days!

We launched the challenge in the belief that the best chance for us all to remain happy, fit and healthy through an extended and indeterminate period of confinement would be by helping and supporting each other and getting through it together. It's been fantastic to see so many of you getting involved on a daily basis and using activities such as our Zoom classes, Friday Night Lights Quiz and Smoothie Saturday/Cook Along With Tom to remain engaged and keep in touch with us and with each other. We hope that participating in the challenge has helped you during this unprecedented interruption of our daily lives and we'd like to thank each of you for getting involved and making it such a rewarding challenge.
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It was never in doubt, Niall Sheehy is our QUARANTEAM champ! Niall has undoubtedly been our most active member during this period taking part in literally everything from Friday Night Quizzes, Zoom classes, Smoothie Saturdays, Hero WODs and all our daily and weekly nutrition, social and fitness challenges.

Niall has won the following fantastic prizes:

  • Free month's membership
  • Whey’d prize package
  • 5 days delivered Fresh Fitness Food
  • Sleven Snapback and T-shirt
  • Case of Nocco & box of Barebells bars
Andy Ward deserves a special mention and kept his place in second throughout the course of the challenge. A chef at Harrods, Andy wowed us with his beautiful renditions of our recipes but was also incredibly adherent to our weekly challenges. 
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Niall in his own Words


We’re all individual in our approach to both keeping fit and, even more so, dealing with this lockdown. For me, the QUARANTEAM challenge was a God-send.

Having daily tasks to focus on and accomplish was such a great motivator. The WFH/Successory WODs were, and continue to be, brilliant for not letting boredom or routine set in. Not only that, having cookery tasks as well as reading/learning/self-improvement challenges on top of all of that, kept a real variety to the days.

What really made the QUARANTEAM initiative a success, however, was the sense of community and camaraderie, which in my short time as a Sleven member has really shone through in every way. The Zoom classes have been so much fun while also kicking my ass. I’ve been spurred on by the coaches and members to improve my skill set, and also had loads of laughs, especially during the weekly quiz nights. I’ve been isolating alone for this entire period, and it genuinely hasn’t felt like that, thanks to the QUARANTEAM challenge and my new Sleven friends.

I mean, it also doesn’t hurt that there was a points system attached, and I’m a deeply, DEEPLY competitive person...because if you offer me 5 points to wash your car, I’ll check your oil, pump your tyres and have it glistening like back in the showroom in no time!!

Regardless of winning or losing, I’ve had so much fun pushing myself over the past few weeks and I’m genuinely sad that it’s over...although I’m nearly out of clean t-shirts, so it has turned out to be perfect timing!!

Thanks to Nick, Tim, Loz, Jamie & Emma for a brilliant programme, and to everyone else for making it such a fun experience.

Here’s wishing an end to this lockdown as soon as possible, and re-connecting with one another back at Sleven!
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New Zoom Classes

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We are still hoping for a July re-opening according the government guidance which means we are going to start ramping things up in June! While most gyms started with Zoom classes from the get-go, at Sleven, we wanted to provide a programme that was accessible to anyone and everyone regardless of your lockdown situation and preferred work-out time. TWENTY FOUR SLEVEN has been a massive success providing you with a comprehensive mobility, strength and conditioning programme at your convenience.

We expect many of you to start returning to work in June as life edges back to normality.  We will be complementing this with FREE daily coached TWENTY FOUR SLEVEN classes on Zoom starting next week on 1 June. We invite anyone and everyone to start getting involved again whether you've done nothing for two months or you've been as active as QUARANTEAM winner Niall! Each session will start with a warm-up, SUCCESSORIES and the WFH and last around an hour. Initially, we're starting with one class a day to assess demand and we'll take it from there.
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To access the class, we have changed the classes on Wodify to reflect the above schedule and you will be able to book in as you would normally. If your membership is on hold, you will need to sign-up for TWENTY FOUR SLEVEN so that you can access and book in for the sessions.

All TWENTY FOUR SLEVEN Zoom classes will be run off the same Meeting ID and Password and START ON MONDAY JUNE 1st.
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We recognise that many of you will find it difficult to attend our Zoom classes due to time or location constraints and we want to reassure you that our daily Instagram posts with movement demos will not be stopping anytime soon! As you may imagine, we have developed quite a bank of movement videos which we have diligently uploaded to YouTube for your convenience.

Instagram has a limit of 10 pictures/videos we can upload per post so sometimes we can't upload all the movements we'd like. If you do ever find yourself needing to refresh your memory about how a movement is performed, just click on the link below! There is also a link to our YouTube channel in our linktree in bio on Instagram.

DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL!

Check out the SLEVEN YouTube Channel

SLEVEN STRAVA Club

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Some more good news!! We’ve got another little something to help you out with your Lockdown training. We’ve noticed a few of you have taken up running to supplement your TWENTY FOUR SLEVEN training. Now, there’s nothing more miserable than running alone, no matter how lovely the weather is, so in order to keep you motivated and to give purpose to your running sessions, we have established the Sleven Strava running group. In this group you will be able to see your fellow Sleveners' running efforts and even give them a virtual hi-5. You’ll also be able to see their running routes if you are in need of some inspiration or a change of scenery. All you need to do is download the Strava app and search for Sleven CrossFit in the Clubs tab.

In addition to this, Coach Chris will be posting 2 suggested running workouts each week on our Facebook page to help you out. These will be aimed at helping you to improve your 5km time. We’ll be kicking things off this Friday with a test of your 5km time in TWENTY FOUR SLEVEN. The workouts will be based off the pace you set during this run. If it sounds complicated - don’t worry, we’ll break it all down for you to help you through!

SLEVEN STRAVA Running Club
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Just a reminder that partner WOD Saturday is now EARLIER at 10:00. This gives you the opportunity to get your WOD in before the Cook Along with Tom. Also, there is no need to partner up with someone beforehand, we will do that for you!

We're going Asian this week with a simple, yet delicious stir-fry! Jamie's Quick Steak Stir Fry is high in protein and low in carbs so if you're following up your training session with this meal we recommend you add a carb source such as rice or noodles. If you're not into red meat, you can always sub it out with chicken or if you're a veggie, tofu!

Directions: Serves Two

  1. Peel and finely slice the garlic and ginger.
  2. Place into a cold frying pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil at a medium heat.
  3. Once crisp and lightly golden, scoop out and place to the side.
  4. Trim the asparagus spears and add to the hot pan (with the nice garlicky oil!).
  5. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and add with the asparagus.
  6. Turn the heat up to high and cook for around 3 minutes, turning everything regularly.
  7. Toss in the black bean sauce and cook for a further 1 minute. This will give you medium rare steaks.
  8. Slice up the steaks, dish up and scatter over the crispy garlic and ginger!
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Cook Along with Tom on Saturday

11:00 30th May on Zoom

Meeting ID: 150 324 316
Password: 711711
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Dedicated to Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27 years old, who was fatally shot while responding to a family disturbance call on Saturday, October 8, 2016. She had been with the Palm Springs (California, USA) Police Department for 18 months.

Zerebny is survived by her husband, a Riverside County (CA) Sheriff's deputy, and her 4-month-old baby daughter.

Coach Jamie will be hosting a Zoom session at 11:00 on Sunday 31 May with an appropriate warm-up, scaling options and strategies. We'll be posting demo videos on Saturday night too!

Hero WOD Sunday with Coach Jamie
Sunday 31 May at 11:00

You can participate for FREE on Zoom

Meeting ID: 889 5308 1416

Password: 711711
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MetCon Outdoors

The decision by the Government not to allow gyms and leisure centres to open on 4 July was pretty disappointing. But we’re not going to let that get us down! We’ll be introducing some outdoor MetCon classes for you from Monday 29 June. These classes will be available only to paying members on monthly memberships. Due to limited capacity, we will not be allowing new members to join at this time.

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Supplements 101

In this week’s video, Coaches Jamie & Tom discuss the role of supplements as part of a nutrition and training programme, including the benefits of various supplements and when they should be used.

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When will SLEVEN Reopen?

A number of members have been asking this question, especially as some gyms have begun to announce their planned reopening dates. We wish that we had some concrete news for you, with a date for opening our doors again. We’re hoping that it will be in July but, frustratingly, the Government has given no further indication nor any information on the restrictions, if any, on how we’ll be operating when that happens.

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Nutrition Priorities

Coaches Loz & Tom discuss sorting your priorities when it comes to nutrition and making sure you put an emphasis on the important things, so you aren’t wasting our precious time and energy on things that aren’t going to give you results!

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Welcome to SLEVEN Fitness

It’s been a rollercoaster week to say the least! We announced on Monday that we were to disaffiliate from CrossFit and we remain steadfast in this decision.

Last night, CrossFit HQ announced that Greg Glassman Retired and that Dave Castro is to assume the role of CEO of the company. CrossFit HQ also published a long letter explaining why they didn’t just say something. Nick, Tim & Loz have been involved in CrossFit for a minimum of 9 years each and not only was it our passion, but also a livelihood, so it’s sad to sever our links in this way.

We are not ones to dwell on the past and the future for us is not CrossFit, it’s SLEVEN!

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Nutrition for Running

In this video, Tom discusses nutrition for running. With our running club in full swing, Tom covers pre-workout fuel, post workout fuel, hydration, intra-workout nutrition and when to run!

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