Mindset is Everything

Picture this, 12 months from now, sitting exactly where you are now, looking exactly the same as you do now, hanging out with exactly the same people, doing exactly the same things that you do now... I'll tell you what that picture is called, a waste of a year.


I listen to people... A lot, and 90% of the time all I hear is a sheer lack of self commitment, excuses and disbelief. I got out of bed this morning, did I want to? No, did I feel like it? No, did I have to? No, I didn't start work for another four hours, why did I get up? Because my alarm went off. It's that simple, I made a conscious decision to get up and go and do what I want to do, give myself some "me" time before going and sitting in work for the rest of the damn day. There is no way I'm letting a half asleep grumpy Tom keep me from doing something. Yeah you get days that you don't feel motivated, there's times you just can't be assed, you've no energy, didn't sleep, didn't eat enough, you feel weak, but what are you going to do about it? Reach for the snooze button? Or are you going trail your own lazy ass out of bed to do what you told yourself you were going to do, because you know you owe it to yourself, because you know that you deserve more and you know that you can do better.

I say it time and time again, your body is dumb. It doesn't have a plan or schedule it just does what you tell it to. Mindset is everything if you sit down lots your body will get better at sitting down, if you move more and put your body through movement complexity and stress it will adapt and become stronger, faster, it will give you more energy to do more because it is being worked and will reward you.

You can't sit around all day and wait for someone to hand you a cheap gym membership, give you a full proof six week program that'll get you shredded with a toned bum and tum - you have to make the time for yourself. When you make the time for yourself you'll find that you have more time for yourself because you have given yourself that gift, that thought pattern of "Hey, I am worth the effort".

You can't get motivated? Fine, spend your life doing everything for other people and nothing for yourself. Motivation in itself I find is an excuse, why do you need motivated to do something? Do you not want to do it? Or is it because it's hard... Why is it so easy to dedicate yourself to going to a job forty hours a week to make money so you can have nice things but the very thought of training one hour five days a week to enhance your physical well being is preposterous? (I know parents and single parents that would put young, free and single twenty year olds to shame. No, just because you have kids doesn't mean your life stops).

When you inevitably start to make progress and start having your goals in sight there will be people that don't understand it that will mock you and try to bring you down for being different - ignore them all! It is easier to bring someone down than to acknowledge their hard work and pat them on the back. Always be stubborn, don't let anyone, especially yourself get in the way of your goals! When your tired, get up, when you're sore, get moving, when you're feeling weak, go to the gym. Yes there is always someone stronger than you but on the other side of that coin there is people that are not and the only way to stay ahead of the game is to bend every barbell in your path and destroy every damn combination of reps, every run, every row, every lift, every pull up, every handstand, every program! KILL THEM ALL! Become the person you want to be by being the person you aspire to be now!

Sign up for our Onramp Crossfit Beginners course here!


September Onramp!

Heard about CrossFit? Interested in trying it? Looking for more than just a gym or just a class? At CrossFit Varangian you will learn about a healthy and holistic approach to your lifestyle, nutrition and fitness, learn proper technique, meet awesome people, get trained by experienced coaches. If you are tired of fitness buzz words and gimmicks sign up to our September Onramp beginners course and start the road to becoming the best version of yourself!

Starting Tuesday the 1st of September, first two weeks Onramp only (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 8.00-9.00pm) then you will be upgraded for the remainder of the month to an unlimited membership to try any amount of classes you can fit in!

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Crossfit Varangian Onramp

Open WOD & a new Onramp!

Open WOD

We are holding an Open WOD on Sunday the 31st of May at 11.00am running on till 12.00pm! Free to anyone that wants to come along and see what CrossFit Varangian is all about! A great taster session if you are thinking of signing up for our June Onramp Program that begins on Monday the 1st! Suitable to every level of fitness, there will be two workouts mainly consisting of bodyweight movements. Contact us if you have any questions or want to book a space! Members are encouraged to bring a friend too!  CAN'T WAIT!!

Varangian Open Wod & Onramp

On Ramp

Our June Onramp Beginners Program is now available for purchase online! This time it will be running for two weeks from the 1st of June, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.00-9.00pm last one being the 11th of June so that's 3 sessions a week for the first two weeks then after that you will be upgraded to the unlimited package for the rest of the month so you can try as many classes as possible to see what times best suit you!

The cost is £50.00 and as always if the Onramp times do not suit you just get in touch to let us know and we can fit you in during RAW strength or Open Gym times! Any questions you can check out our Getting Started and our FAQ pages, or just shoot us a message and we'll get back to you ASAP!

Book into the course here! Get in touch if you have any problems.

What is CrossFit?

"What is CrossFit?" This is a question that comes up quite often & you usually get the "constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity" speech & that it consists of full-body workouts that combine elements of cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics, core training and is to prepare the body for the unexpected..... BORING!!

Actually CrossFit is a wee bit more than that, it's not just a gym, it's not just a class, when you sign up to a CrossFit box you're signing up for a lifestyle change, you're gonna get stronger, you're gonna make new friends, learn new skills, laugh, cry, find out how far you can physically push yourself, you're going to have coaches that look after you, a whole new family you never knew existed & you're gonna get damn sexy!

You'll probably have noticed that people that do CrossFit never shut the hell up about CrossFit! But the truth is once you become part of that family & realise how big it actually is you'll know that anywhere in the world you are you can go into a CrossFit box, you'll know the lingo, have stuff in common & instantly be welcomed by yet another group of the nicest people you'll ever meet, a lot of members sometimes just come down to hang out even when they are on a rest day because it's their happy place & something to look forward to after a bad day at work or for any other reason, a sanctuary for all fit peoples!

CrossFit coaches from day 1 are encouraged to keep learning & attend as many seminars, training days & certifications as possible to always evolve, keep improving their skills & teaching ability, it's like personal training but doing it with your best friends in a group, your coach will know your name, know your limits, know when to push you & how to scale movements to your skill level, they know what you need to work on, help you chase your weaknesses but never neglect your strengths.

CrossFit is designed to suit everyone, from a complete beginner to the fittest athlete, you'll be working out side by side doing the exact same WOD (workout of the day) it will just be scaled to whatever your particular level is at that moment in time & you will both still be lying in a heap afterwards!! You're not going to be expected to compete unless that is a direction you want to go with your training.

Programming is done for all classes in advance, you'll notice that no two sessions are the same and it always depends on the goals of that week/months training, your coach will be thinking about each individual member when programming & if you'll need an alternative exercise, need to work on a certain movement in a separate session or even in skill work. There is no hiding from pushing yourself & all you are asked to do is turn up, give 100% at every session & be honest with yourself, if you're having a bad day you won't be shouted at or told you suck! You'll be encouraged more & your friends will help you through it, that is the beauty of doing the same workout together & THAT my friends is what gets results!

Strength, skill, community, coffee & giggles, forging elite fitness together.