Posts by tarynhaggerstone


Don’t Drop Your Squats

Squats: Using a Spotter vs Dropping the Bar When I first started lifting (and squatting) I didn’t really care whether I had a spot or not when I went for a heavy lift because I knew I could safely drop the bar if I got stuck at the bottom. Actually to be honest, I’m pretty sure I...
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Putting Performance First

“Do you really want to look like that?!” Two years ago, when I was first really got into Crossfit & Olympic weightlifting one of my friends asked if I “actually wanted to look like Annie Thorisdottir“ because, she was, you know “kinda grossly ripped”. At that point I didn’t …

When the Whiteboard gets in the way of Athletic Development

Testing Frequency & Athletic Development There are a lot of things I learned at University which I have long since forgotten; however one thing I do remember is talking about testing frequency and how it can impact an individual’s ability to pick up new skills and improve. Specifically,  we looked at …
How Do You Define Progress?

How Do You Define Progress?

Often progress happens in inches and centimeters, not necessarily in leaps and bounds. Taryn Haggerstone reflects on what progress looks like for her.
Constantly Varied, High Intensity, Functional Movements

Isolation Exercises…Not so Useless After All?

by TARYN HAGGERSTONE If you haven’t read them, check out Parts I and II of this 3-Part Series on ‘The Crossfit Exercise Prescription‘ Part I ‘Constantly Varied vs Random: Do You Know The Difference?” & Part II ‘High Intensity: Blurred Lines – Competing vs Training‘ …
The Importance of Losing

The Importance of Losing

Winning is fun, but the lessons that stay with us the longest often come from losing, when our weaknesses are revealed and we renew our resolve to improve.


by TARYN HAGGERSTONE I don’t normally think of drinking establishments as being the place to go for life advice but this bar, ‘Back Forty’, always seems to have really good sayings and this quote in particular is something I’ve always believed in – that our capacity to achieve is limitless. When it comes down …
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Athletes, Injuries and Loss of Identity

by TARYN HAGGERSTONE  “Who Am I?” Several months ago I was training a client who happened to be a psychologist, and during our sessions I feel as though what she told me challenged my brain as much as the exercises I gave her challenged her body. Even though I no longer work with that particular...

The 4 Pillars of Mental Toughness

by TARYN HAGGERSTONE  “The most important game you will ever play will happen on the 4 inch ‘field’ between your ears” That is something one of my all-time favourite coaches used to say back in Highschool, even though it is years since I have seen or spoken to him those words are have always stuck...

You Can Lift That Weight But Should You?

by Taryn Haggerstone All of us (ok many of us) want to get stronger and in order to do so its definitely important to lift heavy (that’s how we increase strength); however, as counterintuitive as it may seem in many cases we actually need to lift less (weight) in order to lift more. When we...
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Tuesday's Workout Strength: 10 min EMOM 3 Deadlift @ 70% of 3RM Conditioning: 12min EMOM 3 Power cleans 155/115 5 strict pull-ups Rest 2 min: 3 rounds of: 1 min elbow plank 45 sec max supermans 30 sec Russian twist with weight 20/15 * 30 sec rest between rounds*

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Tuesday 9/9/14 15 mins to work to heavy Snatch deadlift + snatch pull + snatch For time: 10 power cleans 185/125 20 burpee over bar 30 toe 2 bar 200ft farmers carry 55/35 30 toe 2 bar 20 burpee over bar 10 power cleans

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Tuesday's WOD

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6pm cleanin' and dubbin'!

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N'Sync! (See what I did there? Lol)

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There is still space left to register for the Carl Paoli seminar at CrossFit Ridge Ave on September 20th from 9am-5pm. The seminar is $295 with discounts offered for CF Level 1 Certified Trainers, Educators, Military/Fire/Police/Rescue and USA Gymnastics members!

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What an awesome start to our Let's Move class on Saturday September 6! Remember this class is free every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 bring your kids and their friends! We can't wait to see the turn out for this Saturday!

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George just PR'd his back squat by 50lbs! 365# like a champ!

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9/9/2014 WOD: Push Press 3-3-3-3-3 Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets. Then: 4 rounds for time of: Run, 200 m 10 Kettlebell Swings

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Tues Back Squat (3x4 @ 80%, then 1 set for max reps) 15 mins to complete Metcon (Time) 4 Rounds 200m Run 40 double unders 300m Row Rest 1 min 2 for 1 du subs

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Big 9 am class this morning!

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Great job to Alison and all of our new members this summer!

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Beginning this week, YOGA will be offered at 10:30am on Tuesdays at CFML and Thursdays at CFR5. Come join us!

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Welcome back to CFD athlete, and recent new MOM, Rachel Mason!

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We will have WODbody Sports Massage in house here at CrossFit RDU this coming Wednesday. Appointment slots will be available from 3pm-8pm in 30min sessions or more. There will be a sign up sheet on the whiteboard. Check them out and we may make it a permanent fixture! $35 - 30 minutes $45 - 40 minutes $55 - 50 minutes $65 - 60 minutes

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Achieving Excellence through competition helps us break through our own boundaries. From the coaches desk we are all proud of the athletes that came out, and more importantly for all of your help and support.

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