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What Can You Accomplish in 30 Minutes?

What can you do in 30 minutes?   You could watch the latest episode of your favorite show on TV. Or you could run 3 miles. Or you could even take a (short) nap.   Let’s stay within the context of fitness for a moment. In 30 minutes could you […]


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Why You Should Compete

If you’ve been doing CrossFit for any amount of time, I would highly encourage you to compete. You don’t have to compete in a CrossFit competition, it can be anything. Whether it’s weightlifting, an obstacle course race, a 5k, or any number of sports, take your fitness outside of the […]


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Individualized Programming: a Case Study

One of the hallmarks of CrossFit training is that you have to be kind of good at everything. In order to be competitive, we have to be able to lift heavy, run fast, and endure through multiple events in a single day.   Eric and I spoke in March about […]


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Intent

Let’s take walk through a sample workout. Imagine the workout for the day is 8 x 100m run with a 90 second rest in between each 100 meters.   Athlete 1 sprints the 100’s in about 12 seconds each round.   Athlete 2 jogs the 100’s in 30 seconds per round.   Each […]


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Hand Care for the CrossFitter

I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media highlighting ripped hands. Some may say that it’s an initiation to CrossFit, however I beg to differ.   We use our hands in nearly every exercise that we do at the gym. Whether it’s squats, deadlifts, presses, or pull ups, you […]


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Searching for Perfection

Are you searching for perfection? You won’t find it inside our gym. Not a single one of us is perfect. We’d be doing you all a disservice if we claimed to be. Whether it’s adherence to a diet plan, consistency coming to the gym, or technique on the Olympic lifts, it is […]


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3 Tips to Make CrossFit Safer

CrossFit. It’s the buzzword on the internet these days. If you want to get your article clicked or read (at least partially), put CrossFit in the title and you’re guaranteed some traffic.   Most articles center around whether or not CrossFit is dangerous. Let’s talk about this for a moment. […]


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Improving Your Pull Up Part 2

So we’ve taken the bands away on the pull ups, now it’s time to get strong! But where do we start?   Let’s break the pull up down into it’s component parts. What does the body do when we pull up?   First we must adduct the arms. For those […]


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Improving Your Pull Up Part 1- Stop Using Bands

Mastering the pull up is a major milestone in many people’s CrossFit journey. It’s also a movement that is many people don’t progress into properly, and end up stagnating on improvement.

Stop using bands to modify pull ups. They are ineffective at helping people build optimal strength through a compete range of motion. While they may help you get your chin over the bar, they are unlikely to help you build the strength required to do an unassisted pull up.