It is always better to learn something correctly (and more slowly) the first time than to try and correct bad habits later.
In many ways, the mind and the body are at odds.
The mind makes us crave foods when we are stressed, even when we are stressed about losing weight.
The body will keep doing things ‘the old way’ even when our mind knows it isn’t correct and can even be dangerous.
Every time you repeat a movement or habit, your biology will create a stronger neural pathway. It will…
“It’s all just random right?”
I could talk for HOURS about metcon creation. But the short answer is that, yes there are very deliberate methods to the madness.
- First and foremost, I'll schedule certain 'benchmark' workouts 4-6 months in advance and make sure they jive with the strength lifting and skill progressions (and the Open of course). I'll make sure that the programming leading up to those workouts and the Open sets people up for success when test day comes.
- Second, I'll acknowledge what week w…
CrossFit Open 21.3 & 4 Breakdown and tips
What a finish to the 2021 Open!
Great combo of movements. Two scoring opportunities. Safety built in. I think it is great!
The video is long (you can always watch it at 1.25 or 1.5 speed), but I tried to keep it to things that you won’t see on other breakdowns.
I talk about why the 8’ rule, how front squats can make your grip tired, what to do during the rests, what shoes to wear, pointing toes, riding one wheels, how to get your first toes to bar or chest to bar, the secret to bar muscle u…
6 Strategies to Avoid Injury in Metcons
Why are you working out?
Is it to look better? Feel better? Have more energy? Be better at some task or sport?
Maybe it is to help you stay sane?
(or is it ‘all of the above)?
One of the most important things to remember when we embark on any sort of challenging physical endeavor is: Getting injured should be avoided as much as possible.
This seems like common sense. Of course, we don’t want to intentionally hurt ourselves!
But… and this is a big BUT…
We don’t always have a lot of ‘common…
3 Things to Get Off the Pain Train
Dear 3+ year CrossFitters (and especially 6+ years and beyond),
After the ‘newness’ of all the fun workouts and experiences starts to wear off, there comes a time in all CrossFitter’s lives where doing a WOD, even just lifting, seems like an insurmountable task.
“I’m just not feeling it today.”
“I’ll go tomorrow.”
“I am too busy right now.”
Having these thoughts occasionally is normal. Ideally, you’ll be able to see through your own bullshit and determine if you are just making excuses or i…
One of the things that make CrossFit training different than everything that came before it is a deliberate effort to make us focus on what we aren’t good at.
You can’t avoid these things in a good CF program.
You are constantly reminded and frustrated, by them.
It takes an enormous amount of character to face your least favorite things, your worst things, and do them routinely, with the intent of getting better.
To be honest with yourself.
To recognize there is a problem. And fix it.
5 Things to Avoid When Getting Back into the Gym After a Hiatus
You’ve been out of the gym for a while.
Maybe it has been a few weeks. Maybe it has been a few months.
Maybe… it has been years or a decade since you have trained or exercised consistently.
When starting back up after an extended break, there are some things to keep in mind to make the transition the most successful. Here are 5 things you should avoid (and what to do instead) when getting back to the gym
- Expecting it to feel the same as when you left
- Changing your diet dr…
The DontWeaken Challenge from BTWB
The folks at Beyond the Whiteboard have come up with an awesome solution to working out by your lonesome more fun and engaging.
They are calling it the #DontWeaken Challenge
Here is the gist:
- Workout at home (do any workout you want, one of ours, a made up one, etc.)
- Log your results on BTWB
- Use the hashtag #DontWeaken in the workout notes
- Use a team hashtag to add points to a team (you can make your own teams)! Gyms are automatically tracked.
They have a sweet free trial if you wan…
Online Coaching and Customizing Existing Programming Comprehensive Guide
Below is a series of courses we developed for Thrivestry subscribers.
It was created a year-or-so back to be implemented with gyms that were in full operation.
In lieu of recent events, we have decided to release it free for everyone! (There was no way to buy it before).
Some of the content will not pertain to working with people remotely on short notice, but I do recommend you go through everything so you don’t miss any ‘gems’ that might help.
I also did not take a lot of time to thoroughly…
Top 5 Cheapest and Fastest Home Gym Equipment to Not Get Bored
Let’s say there is some hypothetical kind of emergency, like a pandemic or something…
You have 1 hour to get all the supplies you’ll need to keep your training effective and interesting for the next 8 weeks (without leaving your house).
Or maybe you are really tight on funds because your job just put you on forced leave for an undefined amount of time and you want to save money.
Or MAYBE, stay with me on this one, you are traveling to Mars at 1 G acceleration and you can only bring a backpack…