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A journey Back to me” Crossfit Athelete”

I recently did my first Crossfit games open , under one of the Masters division , and I can say folks it was an incredible experience in which left me, thirsting for more of these grueling , and punishing workouts , like wow man” what a journey them five weeks played on my psyche. I...

Keeping Calm The Night Before a Big Match

This is Part 11 in the series on Mental Strength and High Intensity Athletic Performance. Perhaps the most common mistake athletes make happens before the event, or starting a high intensity athletic performance. The night before the event or a CrossFit drill that they know will push their limits as they are lying there …

Church and CrossFit: The Strange Connection

Some combinations seem destined to go together: Peanut butter and jelly, kittens and social media, Miley Cyrus and bad choices. Yet other combos hardly seem like they fit, like CrossFit and churches. Somehow, the CrossFit culture has wormed its way into the heart of some organized religions to the point where there are now …

There’s More to a Full Recovery: A Case Study

After any injury, one’s goal is, of course, to make a full recovery. But think about that for a minute: a FULL recovery. There’s more to it than just healing what was broken or injured. So much more! What qualifies me to make that statement? Although I’m not a doctor or physical therapist, I am...

10 Completely Invalid Excuses to be on the Leaderboard

1) “I started the WOD at RX, but those cleans got heavy on the round of 15 so I dropped to 95 for the round of 9. But I did all the handstand push-ups! That counts, right?” 2) “I wasn’t counting my reps per say, but I was hanging with Tom the whole WOD, so...

4 Things Athletes Do That Drive Coaches Nuts

1) Talking/spacing out during whiteboard time Talking to your buddy about how you totally PR’d your front squat yesterday can wait until after the coaches are finished explaining the WOD. Not only does it distract newer members from listening to information they need, but it distracts the coaches as well. Sometimes …

7 Tips Every Young CrossFit Coach Should Know

Coaching comes naturally to some, and not so naturally to others. Some people are born “the Coach’s Eye,” and some need to work to develop it. If you’re in the 18-23 year old demographic, fresh off your Level One Certification course, and just starting out as a coach, chances are you’re going …

Everything I need to know I learned from Burpees

Back in early January, a challenge was posted on my box’s Facebook page: do burpees for 100 days, adding one more each day. So on day 1, you do 1, 2 on day 2 and so forth right up until day 100 you’re doing 100. I looked at it, thought it over for a bit,...

Stop Trying to Inspire

Coaches, athletes, owners, friends, coworkers, 2nd cousins, distant uncles and everyone else – Stop.Trying.To.Inspire. Try this instead: Be inspiring. As the wave of social media continues along its selfie-filtered path the amount of people that hypocritically come out of the wood work is multiplying. Daily inspirational …

CrossFit Open 2014 – What The Hell Was That?

Dave Castro tried to kill me. The weapon used? 14.3 with a 14.5 chaser. Part 1: 14.1 and 14.2 This year’s CrossFit Open was pretty crazy. Not because of the typical burning lungs, screaming quads or shredded hands. Those are everyday concerns in the world of “better today than yesterday”. No, my crazy …

Developing Composure in Clutch Situations

This is Part 10 in the series on Mental Strength and High Intensity Athletic Performance. In today’s piece, we are going to look over how you can manage mistakes and how those mistakes impact your performance on and off the field. To begin with, how are you handling pressure in an intense situation like a...

CrossFit As Part of a Green Lifestyle

Being “green” is important to many people, which is why millions of individuals have eagerly adopted environmentally friendly living methods, products and philosophies. So, what is the “green” person to do when it comes to joining a gym? Right off the bat, there are some big issues to overcome: Most Gyms Aren’t …

When your body speaks, listen!

I really have mixed feelings today and these mixed feelings made me think a little. You see, I went to gym and my workout was supposed to be deadlifts. Nice heavy ones for 5 reps and a couple of sets. Easy on paper, well yeah. Warm up went ok. Did kettlebell swings for 10 minutes...

My CrossFit Story…a look back.

The first time I tried CrossFit I hated it and swore I would never go back. I’m not talking about the love-hate relationship you have with CrossFit where you hate gutting out a tough workout but love the way you feel afterwards. I mean, quite simply, I hated it. I was out of shape, embarrassed...
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