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Breathe Man, Breathe!

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Breathing is like walking, sitting, or sleeping.

We do it every day and never think about it.

And like walking, sitting, and sleeping, there is a lot more going on than we realize as we perform these unconscious tasks.

Fixing your gait can help you with that knee, ankle, or back pain, that seems to persist.

Fixing your sitting form and sitting less can help you lose weight, fix your posture, and make you feel better.

Fixing your sleep will make you a happier, leaner, more awesome, human.

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6 Strategies to Avoid Injury in Metcons

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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…

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3 Things to Get Off the Pain Train

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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…

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CrossFits Red Pill and Blue Pill

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Hey Everyone!

One of the best parts about CrossFit and trying to be good at everything:

We learn to appreciate everyone’s unique strengths and abilities.

“Sally may not be the leanest, but have you seen her deadlift?”

“Joe has trouble squatting, but he can do pull-ups like nobody’s business!”

“Did you hear about Katie’s 5k time? Unbelievable.”

“Steve is so jacked!”

“Melissa has such a crazy schedule; I don’t know how she finds the time to make it in!”

“Mike’s burpees are insane, I don’t …

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Attacking Weaknesses

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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.

It c…

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11 Habits of Highly Successful Gym Goers

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“Do I want to be better?”

It is a simple question.

But before you answer it you must think hard about what it really means.

A better question might be:

“Am I willing to put in the work, and the sacrifices, to be better?”

There is one thing across all people who are successful in our gym that seems to be consistent across all personalities, tastes, walks of life…

They answer YES to this question.

It is a unifying characteristic that allows the 80-year-old grandma to get respect from the 25…

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"Improving the Average" Method

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Hey Everyone!

You have heard the phrase “you are the average of the people closest to you”?

I propose that your awareness of your average execution over the last 4 days has is a more direct reflection over who you will be in 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, 10 years…

It is too easy to have one or two bad days dominate our thoughts and actions. To derail our progress. It is all too common to put off change because we haven’t been doing well lately (so we’ll start next week). Or shirk our responsibilit…

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Just This Once

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We’ve all said it...

I’ll have another piece of candy, just this once.

I’ll skip going to the gym, just this once.

I’ll watch another episode, just this once.

If it really were just this once it wouldn’t be an issue. The problem arises when all of the ‘onces’ start adding up and we become frustrated with our lack of progress or wonder why we can never seem to change.

A lot of this has to do with human psychology.

We are wired to dismiss or ignore small slips. We minimize the seemingly insi…

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Jesus, Webcam Girls, Gyms, and the Oil Embargo of 1973

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I assure you… the title is not clickbait. (Refill you coffee or adult beverage, this is a long one. It might be a good idea to bookmark it to review again in the future because understanding it can change your whole perspective on coaching and leadership… -jj)

There are some important lessons we can take from these things if we look at them through the lens of a single principle. A principle that most (if not all) successful coaches, gyms, mentors, and businesses follow (whether they know it…

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5 Things to Avoid When Getting Back into the Gym After a Hiatus

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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

TL;DR... Avoid:

  1. Expecting it to feel the same as when you left
  2. Changing your diet dr…

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