THE ACTUAL WODLAND WORKOUTS WILL BE REVEALED ON THE WEEKEND OF THE COMPETITION. BUT TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT WE WILL BE SHARING SOME TRAINING WORKOUTS HERE.
Keep an eye on our social media platforms for our practise workouts and training ideas. We know how keen you all are to get practising, so these guides will help to prepare you for what WODland has to offer, and make sure your team is WODland ready.
Here at WODland HQ we want to see your team training—so be sure to tag @WODlandUK in all your photos, videos and social media posts.
In the meantime, head to the bottom of the page for some practise workouts to give you some idea of what WODLand is all about. We’ll be updating these regularly in the run up to the competition, so remember to keep checking in on this page to see what we’ve got to offer.
Minimum requirements for competing at WODland:
Basic barbell movements (i.e. Olympic lifting)
Basic functional fitness movements
Medium distance running
Running is a basic skill and a key component of functional fitness; the WODLand competition programming will be based on the assumption that all WODLand athletes will be able to run 5k. So if you hate running, now’s the time to start practising.
The same goes (hint, hint…) with bike riding; it’s a basic skill that neatly combines several elements of functional fitness, including balance, co-ordination, and spatial awareness. So if you’re not comfortable on a bike*, you’ve plenty of time to practise.
* If you’re really not comfortable with cycling, please let us know in plenty of time before the competition so that we can see what we can do to help and arrange alternatives if necessary.
That being said, here at WODland we don’t expect you to all be like mountain goats or downhill masters — or, for that matter, to be at an elite level. All our workouts are scalable so individual ability isn’t everything here, and a basic level of fitness and skill will still work massively in your team’s favour.
Nevertheless, at least one team member should ideally be able to:
Climb a rope
Perform a basic gymnastic bar movement (i.e. toes to bar)
HINTS & TIPS
The entire WODLand competition will take place outdoors in a unique forested arena, so in your practise remember to get yourself outdoors and get used to whatever the British weather can throw at you. Hot or cold, windy or wet — just embrace it.
WODland is a team competition, and a lot of our team workouts (below) will involve team members working together. So in your practise, pay particular attention to movements that can be performed synchro — like squats, lunges and burpees. The WODLand judges will have keen eyes, and if they don’t see you in perfect sync in the workout that rep won’t count.
With that in mind, focus on teamwork and work on your team’s communication skills, especially under fatigue. Working together as a well-oiled machine could be the key to success in many of our rounds, and could make all the difference in making it to the winners’ podium.
You might have varied strengths and skill levels within your team, but be sure to push all of your teammates to their limits, even in your practise. Take on some tough workouts in your preparation to find out where your teammates’ breaking points lie. Learn to spot their warnings signs and signs of fatigue, and find ways to push them through it.
WODland is in a woodland — and we’ll be carrying that theme through to some of our workouts. So we might have nice evenly-weighted barbells and kettlebells for you to throw around, but then again — well, we might not. Remember, functional fitness is all about moving everyday objects, so the more you practise with uneven or awkward weights, the more prepared you might be for what we’re going throw at you.
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK: PRACTISE WORKOUTS
The WODland workouts are all team-based and scalable, so there will be ample opportunities on the day to make sure everyone on your team works their hardest to get you to the finish line. But to give you an idea of what WODLand might ask of you, here are some sample workouts.
We’ll be updating this list a lot in the months to come, so be sure to check back regularly for more training ideas.