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Training-related ideas and information


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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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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.


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CrossFit for Fitness Versus as a Sport

CrossFit Games season is upon us. Regionals were last weekend and will run for the next two weeks as well. For most, it’s the definition of competing CrossFit as a sport.   While I have personally competed in CrossFit as a sport, and enjoy training for it, CrossFit as a sport […]


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Back Injuries and CrossFit

There seems to be a misconception that CrossFit causes back injuries. That CrossFit is the cause of a myriad of injuries, and that you cannot come into our gym if you have even a little bit of pain in your joints.   Working in the same building as a chiropractor, […]