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The “Skills” You Actually Need To Get Better

  “I need to work on my toes-to-bar.” “I need to practice my muscle-ups.” “I need to get better at my squat clean.” We hear the above and more at our gyms daily from athletes eager to improve and master all the “skills” that make up this wonderful world of CrossFit. While I always encourage getting better at certain movements and think it’s important to have goals in these areas, sometimes we lose focus on WHAT is actually going…

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Let’s Get That First Pull-Up

The vast majority of people starting CrossFit can’t do one pull-up. If you’re in that boat, don’t feel bad! We build this into our program and have seen countless people achieve this goal over the years. · The act of pulling your body weight up and above an object is empowering and signifies that you are able to overcome your body’s mass from a pulling standpoint. · The strict pull-up with pronated grip (hands facing away) requires and builds…

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The Open is Over. What Do We Do Now?

For a lot of us in the CrossFit space, the Open is the “holiday season” where these five weeks represent a special time for our community. We get together each weekend and tackle the week’s challenge – 18.1, 18.2, 18.3, 18.4, 18.5 – each time with the massive support and push from our friends and family! But now that the 5th week has come and gone, where do we go and what do we turn our attention to? The…

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Scaling Workouts Makes You Fitter

  In our increasingly competitive CrossFit communities, there can often be a negative connotation associated with scaling a workout – either reducing the load (weight of the barbell, kettlebell, dumbbell), range-of-motion (ROM) of the movement, or total volume (reps) of the workout. Athletes sometimes fall into the trap of thinking they are scaling simply because “I’m not strong enough,” “I’m not good enough to do this,” or “I can’t do the workout like everyone else.” These thoughts and reactions…

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Where Were You Six Months Ago?

  3 weeks down, 2 to go! How did 18.3 go for you? If you’re like most, you ran into a roadblock somewhere because the workout featured so many different elements. Double-unders, overhead squats, muscle-ups (pull-ups for the scaled division). The volume of double-unders was too much for some; the OHS too heavy for others. And then others spent the majority of their workout looking to achieve that elusive first muscle-up or pull-up. 18.3 allowed us to see some…

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You’re Free to be Different

  When I was younger, I used to fear being different. My mindset each day revolved around trying to fit in. How can I NOT be noticed? How can I NOT stand out or attract any attention? What can I do to be like others; to look like them, talk like them, enjoy what they enjoy, have the things they have? Where that led me was down a dark path of not understanding myself and delaying the growth of…

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18.2

  Well, he was right. @DaveCastro, Director of the @CrossFitGames, that is. Last Thursday when 18.2 was announced, he said, “18.2 is gonna burn.” Yep. Good call there Dave. The awkwardness of the dumbbells in the front rack. The effect of the squats on the legs. The bar-facing burpees and the new standard of jumping back/up. Yes it all combined for one short burn that left the lungs on fire and the legs like jello. How’d that clean feel…

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How To: Stay Motivated

  We’ve all been there. We start a new routine, a new diet or gym streak and we feel like we’re on top of the world. Our energy is up and we feel super accomplished. Our momentum is high and we’re on a roll. And then it crashes. A day off from the gym turns into five. A cheat meal turns into a cheat week. Before we know it, the momentum is gone and we feel like we’re right…

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Crush Your Days

  Do you feel stressed, depressed, anxious or just simply tired all the time? Likely at some point most of us have been there but some experience this more than others. In fact, some of us have felt this way for so long that feeling like sh*t has become the norm. • Let’s change that. • We can easily lose sight of what it’s like to truly feel GOOD: to have energy, sleep well, have a sex drive, heightened…

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Recover Hard

  Recovery is king (especially during these five weeks of the Open season!). How we recover from our training sessions dictates the results expressed in our health and fitness. Similarly, how we bounce back from the Open workouts each week sets us up for success (or failure) in the proceeding weeks. • Sounds simple enough, right? Train, recover, repeat. But are you truly recovering and maximizing this time like you do your training in the gym? • The problem…

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