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18.1 and Why the Leaderboard Doesn’t Matter

  20 minutes is a long time. Did anyone else feel like 18.1 would never end?! With the CrossFit Games Open season officially underway this weekend, I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s why: -Community – spending time with athletes and sharing the experience each week is special. To be able to get to do that twice every week (Fridays at Brickhouse and Saturdays at Unify) is truly magical. -New Athletes – seeing athletes that I’ve just recently taken through…

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How to Crush (Survive) the Open

  February and March, every year. In the space of CrossFit, THIS is our holiday season. We get to celebrate the start of the CrossFit Games season and participate in the largest sporting event in the world. With over 300,000 total participants from over 170 countries, this time of year is electric for us Crossfitters. But what is it truly about? Not many of us are going to suit up for the CrossFit games this Summer. So why do…

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The Two Things You HAVE to Know About Your Food

  In my last blog, we talked about the equation to get results. Results in terms of performance, aesthetics, or overall health and lifestyle. This equation involves three pieces: training, sleep and nutrition. One without the other two does not get you the results you desire. Today let’s assume training and sleep are on the right track so we can solely focus on the nutrition piece. Nutrition SHOULD be your priority, but it is often overlooked or brushed aside….

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Why You’re Not Seeing Results

  The term “results” can mean a lot of different things to different people when it comes to the gym and fitness. Common examples of results desired from a training program include: Weight/body fat loss Muscle gain Look better naked Improved lifts such as squat, deadlift, etc… Clothes fit better Improved biomarkers like blood pressure Enhanced energy and mood Improved cardiovascular endurance You get the idea. Everyone has their own “why” and that’s awesome! Is everyone seeing the results…

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Habits and Why You Need More of Them

  hab·it noun plural noun: habits a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. ______________________________________ As I think about IMPACT and different ways to create value for our athletes, members and clients, I find myself asking ‘Why?’ quite often. Why do some people join the gym and then leave a few months later? Why do others stay at the gym for years and come 5 days per week? Why do some people go…

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Weight Loss and Why Your Workouts Aren’t Helping

Before we begin, I want to lay out the “triangle of awareness” when it comes to our focus in the gym. Some athletes have performance goals – they want to get better at their sport, PR their deadlift, run a 10k, etc…. Other athletes come to us with aesthetic goals – they want to lose weight, cut body fat, look a certain way, or fit into different clothes sizes. Thirdly, some athletes simply have lifestyle goals – they want…

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How To Be Successful – At Anything!

Typing that title just put a lot of pressure on me to deliver something amazing to you, didn’t it? Whew, okay here we go. First off, what does it even mean to be successful? Are we talking money, a big job with fancy benefits, an impressive resume, a cute family, nice house…what does the term “successful” actually entail? In my mind, we all define our OWN success. Not letting others or society in general define you as successful or…

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Opening Up about the Old RVCF: How me giving into hate injured the BHC culture

“Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.” – Richard Nixon At the pinnacle of personal demise and public humiliation, Nixon drops a knowledge bomb for eternity. In it he sums up what happened to himself in one brief sentence. It’s a lesson I’ve learned personally, and hope to carry with me for the rest of my life. This is a quick story of how…

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The Next CrossFit Cycle: All The Exercising!

The #asscycle has been a huge success. People have made massive #gainz on their squat without even realizing it, all while having fun and feeling the burn. Just for reference, most started out doing 20 rep backsquats around 65% of their 1RM. Over the course of 4 weeks weight was added landing people anywhere from 70% to 95% of their 1RM. Generally speaking, those athletes that have an older training age (say 8+ years of weightlifting) and are therefore…

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Touch and Go Olympic Lifting: The How and the Why

Scrolling through Instagram on a rainy afternoon I see my favorite Olympic Weightlifter hitting “Isabel”. Rob Blackwell has been a lifter and coach at California Strength for as long as I’ve been following them. His speed under the bar, machine like precision and consistency, as well as his jovial attitude (along with everyone at Cal Strength) make him my favorite. I love watching humans move, it’s an obsession. Rob Blackwell is one of the most efficient movers I’ve ever…

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