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400 lb tire flip

Discovering the Olympic and Crossfit Edge in Strongman

In the summer of 2013, I competed in my first local Strongman Competition. I trained the specific movements necessary for weeks ahead of time. They included a 400 lb tire flip, a heavy rope pull, a heavy sled pull, an Atlas lift (lifting heavy logs over a pole), and maximum effort deadlifts in 1 minute...

My First Crossfit Workout

So you’ve taken the first steps and made the appointment at the box – and you’ve started calling it a box and not a gym. Your shoes are on. You’ve tried on four different outfits – wanting to make sure your butt and stomach are covered, that nothing is going to ride up and make...

Has Your Athletic Performance Leveled Off?

Do you find yourself doing the same ‘ole same ‘ole workout? Or worse yet, are you even unaware of how you are doing, good or bad, or if you are making the progress toward your personal goals? Maybe you are working-out on a consistent basis, but you’re simply going through the motions instead of training...

Massage Therapy – A Useful Tool for You

While many of you are aware of the benefits of massage therapy, there are still even more who haven’t yet discovered just how much benefit they can derive from regular treatment from a qualified therapist. So for my first Friday Thought, I am going to present what in effect is the ‘dummies guide’ to …

Strength-to-Endurance Balance: Evaluating Your Needs

It’s the box version of the chicken-versus-egg question… Which is more important to a CrossFitter: strength or endurance? The trainer’s response is that they’re both integral to your success, but you need to find a good balance between the two or you’ll never kick butt during the WODs or progress like you could …

Change, good or bad?

We don’t like change. It is implanted in our beings. If we have to go do something different, we shy away from it or worse yet, we speak out against it. We feel empowered when we voice our opinions and we do it everywhere. It is especially powerful because of social media and the power...

Competition Pressure And How To Neutralize It

Do you perform remarkable athletic techniques in practicing, only to struggle when the game is on the line? Even if this happens rarely to you, don’t worry…you’re not alone. Many athletes struggle performing up to their capabilities during competition, when it matters most. In this post we will look at the …

Be the Whiteboard

You do it. Your friends do it. i do it……we all do it. No one is safe from the hypnotic pull of the “all powerful whiteboard”. It has the ability to consume our thoughts and emotions – fill us with elation or anger, even control our own self image. Give it enough attention and that...
Archer push ups on gymnastic rings during a recent bodyweight seminar

The Push Up – A magnifying glass for a range of movements

While sitting in airport departure lounges and on trains in the past few weeks I was thinking about which exercises provide a clear picture of an individuals fitness, but also provide a broader picture of their strength and weaknesses. The first of these that came to mind was the push up. As a coach I will use...

What I’ve Learned Through CrossFit

My clean and jerk max is 175 lbs. My snatch max is 150. My dead lift max is 350. My back squat max is 315. My best Fran time is 7:15. None of these figures actually matter. They’re not all that impressive compared to Olympic lifters and CrossFitters. I’m not getting paid to improve my...

Controlling Performance Pressure

Developing the mental strength in athletic performance can sometimes seem like a daunting task. After all as a mental strength strategies athlete all you want to do is train and compete right? In earlier posts we overviewed some of the differences between the external environment, your own internal environment (mindset) …
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