Crossfit

  1. Compex Meets… Brooke Wells

     

    Brooke picked up CrossFit after her twin sister did to help with her conditioning for track and field. Ironically, it would be Brooke who ultimately turned down a scholarship to the University of Arkansas for track and field to continue to pursue her passion for CrossFit. Brooke emerged onto the CrossFit scene in 2015 with a 16th place finish at the games and then returning in 2016 to place 6th.

    Compex: How do you use your Compex device?

    Brooke: I typically use COMPEX at night in order to recover for my training the next day. And if I wake up pretty sore, I will get those muscles loose before working out! Also started adding in the strength setting once a week!

    Compex: What is your favourite program?

    Brooke: I use Competition Recovery the most!

    Compex: How has Compex helped your training?

    Brooke: I think it’s best for recovery - whether that’s getting me ready for the day or recovering at night from a gruelling day.

  2. Compex Meets… Sara Sigmundsdottir

    Sara Sigmundsdottir

    Sara is unique as she does not come from a strong athletic foundation like most of her fellow CrossFit competitors. She tried different sports while growing up, but will tell you she was a bit overweight and nothing seemed to stick.

    In 2012, Sara took a boot camp class where she discovered her natural strengths. She then participated in a local CrossFit competition (without knowing what it was) and placed second. It was at that moment that she decided this was the sport for her.

     

    Sara Sigmundsdottir

     

    Compex: How do you use your Compex device?

    Sara: I use the device for warm up, recovery, and also when I travel to keep blood flowing after a long flight. I use it every two or three days, but if I am preparing for competition I use it at least once a day.

    Compex: What is your favorite program?

    Sara: Training Recovery.

    Compex: How has Compex helped your training?

    Sara: Compex has helped me so much with recovery. I also use it to turn on muscle groups before a workout.

  3. Compex Meets... Mat Fraser

     

    Mat was a US Olympic weightlifting team hopeful until suffering a back injury. Despite doctors telling him he would never lift again, Mat was persistent in his recovery and returned to compete for Team USA.

    After retiring from weightlifting Mat found CrossFit to start casually lifting again. CrossFit became much more to Mat as he earned back to back second place finishes in the 2014 and 2015 CrossFit Games. Mat claimed the ultimate title as Fittest Man on the Earth in 2016 and 2017.

     

    Mat Fraser

    Compex: Hey Mat, please tell us a bit about how do you use your Compex device?

    Mat: I use the strength cycles on it quite a bit, especially on my quads. I have been using it on the muscles around my ankle pre and post workout. Using the warm up program helps loosen up the muscles while the recovery programs help me get through my long training days.

    Compex: Sounds like you’re getting great use out of it! How has your Compex device helped your training?

    Mat: It's supplemented and added to my training. Like I said I use it for recovery, activation and strength. So it has been very helpful all around.

    Compex: Why do you love it?

    Mat: I just really like how it is one tool for activation, recovery and strength. It's really easy to use and it works. It's a big part of my training.

    Compex: What is your favourite program on the device?

    Mat: I love any of the strength cycles. It's crazy to me how much I feel like I worked out after doing one. They are awesome to get some more work in.

    Compex: Awesome, thanks for sitting down with us, Mat!

  4. Compex Meets... Anna Fragkou

    Just before she went off to the 2019 CrossFit Games, achieving an amazing Top-10 finish, we sat down with Anna Fragkou.

    Anna Fragkou

    Compex: Hey Anna, great to sit down with you - please tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

    Anna: Hello, my name is Anna Fragkou and I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. I am a professional CrossFit athlete and a 4x Regional competitor in Europe. I am a member of the Compex Greece team.

    Compex: How did you get into CrossFit?

    Anna: I have been doing many different sports from a young age. I was a track and field athlete during high school. I found out CrossFit in 2010, a friend told me about it and that I would really like it. So I gave it try and I am still competing after 8 amazing years!

    Anna Fragkou

     

    Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Anna: The Compex gadget is very easy to travel with, I make sure I have it with me when finishing long and tough training sessions or after a day of competition. After using Compex, I find my muscles more relaxed and recovered. Definitely not as stiff as I was feeling them before. I am so looking forward to every 20 minutes Compex session everytime!

    Compex: Which program/s do you use?

    Anna: I use mostly the Training Recovery program or the Reduce Muscle Soreness one. I feel like these 2 programs help my body most, especially after all the training sessions after a hard week , and the amount of intensity I have put.

    Compex: Great to know Anna, thanks for sitting down with us!

     

  5. Compex Meets... Kostas Papadapoulos

     

    Compex: Hi Kostas, lovely to meet you! Please could you begin by giving us a little profile of you?

    Kostas: Hey Compex! Sure, I am from Greece, based in Athens. I train at the Athens Lions Box and I am affiliated to Compex Greece Team. I have been competing in CrossFit for about 5 years, after having a long career in national level Weightlifting. I am also a Weightlifting Coach.

    Compex: What sport do you do and how did you get into it?

    Kostas: I have been an active Weightlifting athlete from 1993 till 2013, plus a member of the Greek National Weightlifting Team from 1996 till 2013. Having more than 50 official participations in Weightlifting Events with the National Team, and numerous personal records during my career. I would highlight the following achievements:

    - 2nd place in the World Weightlifting Championship on 2001 ( Greece )
    - 3rd place in the Mediterranean Weightlifting Championship ( Tunisia )
    - 3rd place in the World Weightlifting Championship on 2002 ( Czech republic )
    - 2nd place European Weightlifting Championship on 2002 ( Italy )
    - 1st place European Weightlifting Cup on 2004, plus Best athlete of the event ( Strasburg )

    Five years ago I decided to start doing CrossFit. Since then I have been totally focusing on that and managed to reach to new podium places in European and Greek Games. My experience in Weightlifting, hard work in all levels, along with my coach Dimitris Kavalarakis, made CrossFit an extraordinary and unique life experience for me.

    Hard work pays off, so on 2018 I was the 1st Greek athlete ( 7th non-American athlete to compete) to be qualified to the Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison USA ( Masters Category / age 35-39).

     

    Kostas Papadapoulos

     

    Compex: That's quite a list! How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Kostas: Compex Muscle Stim is literally 24/7 with me. I use it for instant recovery between my workouts through the day, and of course at the end of the day focusing on certain pain or muscles soreness. Regarding my training, it is also a part of it. My coach is adding Compex sessions for strengthening and explosion every week. In this way I am having better results in less time.

    Compex: Which program/s do you use?

    Kostas: For Recovery I use mostly ‘Competition Recovery’ or ‘Training Recovery’ in-between the workouts. After trainings I use ‘Reduce Muscle Soreness’ and certain programmes from the PAIN MANAGEMENT menu. Mostly ‘Pain Management TENS’, which has really helped me to get over various pain situations, and never skip my training. ‘Reviving & Relaxing Massage’ are the best moment in the end of the day. For training I use ‘Strength’ , ‘Explosive Strength’ and ‘Capillarisation’. Warming Up with ‘Overcompensation’ is vital.

    Compex: Do you use other Compex products?

    Kostas: Yes I use the 5MM CAMO KNEE SLEEVES, as they give me the support I need during my workouts. Also mainly when I go for running sessions I wear the TRIZONE CALF support.

    Compex: Thanks so much Kostas!

  6. Compex Meets... Lefteris Theofanidis

     

    Compex: Hi there, Lefteris! Great to meet up with you - could you start by telling our audience a little bit about yourself?

    Lefteris: Hi Compex! My name is Lefteris Theofanidis. I am 29 years old,  born in Athens, and I am working for the Hellenic Air Force.
    Since I was young, I have been a track running athlete and since 2011 I have been competing in Crossfit which is definitely my greatest passion.

    Compex: What sport do you do and how did you get into it?

    Lefteris: In 2011 Crossfit came into my life and since then I am an active individual athlete. I train at Athens Lions Box, coached by Dimitris Kavalarakis. "Competition" and "challenge" have been always my favourite words, so CrossFit became the ideal sport for me right away.

    My main achievements from 2015 till today are:

    - 2019 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015 – Fittest Man in Greece (official Crossfit Games Competition)
    - 2019, 4th place worldwide in the Open of the official Crossfit Games (elite, individual men)
    - 2019, 1st place in Greece and the 2nd Greek athlete ever competing at Crossfit Games
    - 2019, 3rd place in CrossFit Athens throwdown (Elite Division, Team Men)
    - 2018, 2nd place in Fall series Throwdown in Monza, Italy (Elite Division, individual men)
    - 2017, 2nd place in CrossFit Battle of Stars in Salerno, Italy (Elite Divison, individual men)
    - 2016, 3rd place in CrossFit Cyprus Throwdown (Elite Division, individual men)
    - 2016, 1st place in CrossFit Battle of Stars in Salerno, Italy (Elite Division, individual men)
    - 2015, 2nd place in CrossFit Greek Throwdown (Elite Division, individual men)

     

    Lefteris Theofanidis

     

    Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Lefteris: My demanding training sessions made Compex Muscle Stim vital. Recovery is a major factor for me, and literally Compex saves my day. Every day. In terms of training, my coach adds sessions of conditioning, focusing on my weaknesses.

    Which program/s do you use?

    Lefteris: In between workouts, I use ‘Competition Recovery’ and ‘Reduce Muscle Soreness’. On a daily basis I use the ‘Pain Management TENS’ for my shoulders, to relieve me from intense pain, and prepare me for the next day. ‘Capillarisation’ is also important to me, and for the best warming up I use ‘Overcompensation’.

    Compex: Do you use other Compex products?

    Lefteris: I use the 5MM CAMO KNEE SLEEVES, they give me great support when lifting.

    Compex: Thanks so much for sitting down with us Lefteris!

  7. Compex Meets... Nicole Warburg MacKenzie

    Nicole Warburg MacKenzie

    Compex: Hey Nicole, it's great to see you! Please could you tell the Compex audience a bit about yourself? What's your background?

    Nicole: I was born in KwaZulu-Natal and my love for sport started from a young age. I have been very active all my life and always loved new challenges and competing. I enjoy seeing what my body is capable of doing when I put my mind to something and give it my 100% focus. I have an Honors Degree in Biokinetics. I am a Wife, mom of 2 and a trainer at the Constantia Virgin Active in Cape Town.

    Compex: That's great - tell us how you got into sport?

    Nicole: I have been involved in a number of sporting codes. I was a gymnast from the age of 4 till about 13. This is where my love for sport and movement of the human body started. This lay a phenomenal foundation for all I have done since then. At school I was a SA schools Hockey player. In varsity I started competing in IFBB, Fitness Division and went to Worlds and the Amateur Olympia. I decided to try powerlifting and I got a South African record in powerlifting and last year I competed at the Reebok Crossfit Games in Madison which really was a phenomenal experience!

    Compex: Wow, it sounds like an amazing experience! You are obviously an amazing athlete. How did you come across Compex and how does it benefit you?

    Nicole: Compex really is the absolute secret to my recovery... I borrowed one from a friend when I was training for the CrossFit Regional's last year and I honestly couldn’t believe the benefit I got from it!

    Nicole Warburg MacKenzie

     

    Compex: Good to hear! Which programme/s do you use?

    Nicole: Depending on how my body is feeling, I generally make use of the recovery and strength programmes.

    Compex: Any last words you would like the audience to know?

    Nicole: I am always looking for ways to help me get the most out of my training and maximise my recovery as my time is very limited. Like many people out there, I believe the only way to achieve your goals is through hard work and dedication! I was very sceptical when I came across the Compex and had my doubts, but the results have been overwhelming!
    I recover faster, I am able to train harder and more often, and I have never felt better. It's an absolute must have for anyone wanting to improve their overall health and physical well-being as well as those wanting to improve their performance. I find it very easy to use and extremely convenient as I can put it on when it suits me.

    Compex: That's awesome. Thanks so much, Nicole! We wish you everything of the best and hope to chat again soon.

    Nicole: Pleasure! Thanks guys.

    Photo Credit: Daniel Stevenson (@daniels_imagerie)

     

  8. Compex Meets... Will Kane

    Will Kane

     

    Compex: Hey Will! Great to see you as always, let the Compex audience know a bit about you. What's your background?

    Will: Hey guys, so I am based in Cheltenham but own a gym in Worcester. I train at CrossFit Cheltenham and Bullpen Fitness. I've been competing in CrossFit for about 6/7 years now and became affiliated with the Compex UK team, previously I played national level rugby. 

    Compex: Thanks! Tell us more about your sporting career and your highlights...

    Will: I compete in CrossFit. I suppose a few highlights are: finishing twice top 10 in the European Regionals, winning a regional workout, winning an open workout (in my region) and winning various high level competitions throughout Europe.

    Compex: That's a great level to have reached and we've loved being a part of your journey. How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Will: For me, every time I squat I use my Compex SP8.0 WOD Edition afterwards. Ideally I'll use it within 3 hours just to get some blood flow through my legs and speed up the recovery process. I have had tendon problems in my knees in the past because of tight quads so the Compex definitely helps to relieve this tightness.

     

    Will Kane

     

    Compex: Which programme/s do you use?

    Will: Mainly training or competition recovery after workouts and events.

    Compex: (If applicable) do you use other Compex products?   

    Will: Knee sleeves to provide support when I'm lifting - I can recommend those for sure!

    Compex: Tell us about your team training, if you can send a logo too and if you want any offers putting out.

    Will: So Team Training is an online programming company. We initially started writing CrossFit/functional fitness style programmes, but are now beginning to expand. We initially offered strength, conditioning and non bias programmes designed to cater for different athletes. These are priced at £10 per month. We now offer a 3-per-week program, a pure strength programme and a 16 week pull up programe=me. The strength and the pull programs can be purchased in blocks so you will start at the beginning of the cycle. All of our other programmes allow people to simply jump straight in. The strength and pull blocks are priced at £30.

    Check our website for more details: www.teamtrainingprogramming.co.uk

    Compex: Sounds great and really enterprising Will. Best of luck with it and any upcoming events and we hope to see you again soon!

  9. Compex Meets... Lucy Majury

    Lucy Majury

     

    Compex: Hey Lucy, great to sit down with you - please could you tell our audience your name and where you're from?

    Hi, my name is Lucy Majury and I'm from Farnborough in the UK - not far from London.

    Compex: And what sport do you perform in and how did you get into it? Biggest achievements so far?

    I have competed in Powerlifting and got 4 World Records I am also a Competitive CrossFit athlete. My biggest achievement is competing at CrossFit Europe Regionals 3 x. Making it once is amazing but to be able to do it multiple times was even better.

    Compex: Wow, those are some pretty impressive achievements. How have you found Compex Muscle Stim helps you to find a competitive edge?

    Compex helps me have a competitive edge as it speeds up and improves my training recovery. When you train multiple times a day or with high volume this is key.

     

    Lucy Majury (1)

     

    Compex: Which programme/s do you use on your Compex device?

    I really like using the training recovery and relaxing programmes - they are for sure my favorite. I also sometimes use the strength cycles as an addition to my training. I also use Compex knee wraps.

    Compex: Amazing, it sounds like your getting great use out of it. We've heard whispers that you've launched a new company? Tell us a bit about that project.

    Alongside competing in CrossFit I have my own nutrition, PT and clothing businesses. My partner (Mike) and I started the clothing brand, VITA, most recently and it is a project we are both so proud of. We sell clothes which can be worn to workout in and also outside of the gym. The clothes have all been designed by athletes who know exactly what is needed from workout clothing. Our biggest aim was to produce affordable, good quality clothes.

    You can find our clothing at www.vita-active.com.
    You can also use code COMPEX10 for 10% discount.

    Compex: That's incredible, you must be very busy. I'm sure our audience will be really interested to check out your website to gear up for their training sessions. Thanks so much for sitting down with us Lucy and best of luck in all your pursuits!

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