Wir haben Alastair Vella Stiles, den Coach und Mentor von Kris und Laura Horvath getroffen und mit ihm über seine Trainingsphilosophie, die Open und das kommende Trainingscamp in Hamburg gesprochen.
Hi to you WOD-Team and thank you for this interview, it is always nice to chat about our great sport of CrossFit and hopefully inspire others to try the Functional Way of getting Fit.
YOU’RE THE COACH OF EUROPE’S HOTTEST CROSSFIT PROSPECTS: 20 Y/O LAURA HORVATH AND HER BROTHER KRISTOF. SINCE WHEN ARE YOU COACHING AND WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?
I come from an Athletics background and was approached by the Horvaths back in 2014 to help them improve their “engine” aka Aerobic Capacity. As I started working together with the Horvaths, naturally I got more involved in CrossFit myself, understanding better the demands the sport makes of the human body. This together with my past experience at prepping individuals reach the peak of their athletic career, made it the natural step for me to get more involved in the Horvaths‘ training and the beginning of 2016 was the start of our full-time journey together.
SO THE OPEN ARE OVER – WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE WORKOUTS?
As always I think Dave Castro reminded everyone how creative he is and how much fun whilst painful CrossFit can be. I personally liked the introduction of Dumbbells in the Open, hopefully acting as a wake up call to many that unilateral strength is an important part of all-round fitness.
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME?
To be totally honest I am torn between two sides here. On the one side, there is testament of the great improvement Kris & Laura have done in the past year – not only in Europe but also when one looks at their ranking worldwide, and for that I am eternally proud and grateful for all the efforts and sacrifices they have both made. Unfortunately, on the down side, only Laura made it to Regionals, and although Kris missed out by a minimal point gap, this was still a big heartbreak, but one that makes us train wiser and come back stronger next year!
YOU ARE COMING TO GERMANY TO HOST A TRAINING CAMP FOR ATHLETES. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
Yes we are coming to Germany – Laura & Kristof will also join me. We will tackle what in my opinion are the essential components of CrossFit. Unfortunately, even after CrossFit has developed so much, many still think that being a good CrossFitter is all about being strong with some Gymnastic capability, but the reality is far from this. Being a competitive CrossFit athlete requires, Strength, Aerobic Capacity, Speed & Strength Endurance, and we will touch on these during our camp.
Attendees should expect a weekend of fun and diverse workouts, but they should be prepared for a hard day’s work.
CrossFit is for everyone, and we will stick to that concept during this camp, so be it a top-level competitor, someone who is just venturing into the competition world or someone who aspires to compete, this camp will send you back home with a wider view of how Elite athletes prepare themselves and how you can improve yourself further.
SO IT’S THREE DAYS OF TRAINING?
Pretty much, we will have an Intro on Friday evening with an initial Test and then train all day Saturday and Sunday – except for Lunchtime (laughs). You can expect the whole nine – we will work on Barbell Conditioning, Gymnastics and of course there will be lifting involved. In addition, we will be doing a Session at the track, because I believe that Aerobic Capacity is a big factor in being a good CrossFit athlete. The track helps us to focus on just that, eliminating all other factors and takes us back to our core.
SOUNDS PRETTY AWESOME, DO YOU THINK PARTICIPANTS CAN BENEFIT FROM LAURA AND KRIS BEING PRESENT?
Definitely! Whether you’re a competitive or recreational athlete, training with elite level athletes is always a great experience. Watching these guys perform with different approaches/styles, responding to coaching cues is quite interesting. You’d be surprised about the personal growth people take home from these sessions.
Also, participants always have questions for the athlete, how do you feel? how do you cope with certain situations, etc.. and who better to answer such than the athlete him/herself?
Lastly, we all want to have fun, and what’s more fun than woding with such great athletes, right?
CrossFit is all about Community, and we try to stick together if circumstances allow.
WHAT DOES A NORMAL DAY AT THE BOX LOOK LIKE?
A rollercoaster of emotions – and that’s exactly how it should be if you are truly passionate about what you do.
We meet at 0900 and we get right down to joking around, laughs flying high and some teasing too as Kris keeps losing in SpikeBall (one of our warm-up games) – then we go over the morning session (this is when the faces start getting serious especially when the eyes don’t want to believe what’s on the board) – some explanation and the foam-rolling, stretching and mobility follows (this is where some laughs start cracking again). From this point onwards, it’s all about focus and execution (sometimes frustration as well, i.e. when things don’t come together as you wish them to), and oh yes, occasionally you can hear the usual “oh no, not again” from me or Laura when Kris puts on his jam. Session is over, we cool down, make sure to stretch at length and then it’s time for lunch and some rest. At 1500 we meet again, and follow the routine all over again.
Like any routine, this sounds repetitive, but repetitive with the right people for the right thing is a lot of fun.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, THE LAST WORDS ARE ALL YOURS…
Being successful is not just about working hard, but more importantly working smartly. We will share a thing or two about this during our camp, come join us – Thank you WOD-Team!
Photocredit Featured Image @Marco Prüfer