October 25, 2014
4:07 Gold has been changing up his programming and using heavier loads lately, and he spoke about the positive effects it’s had. He explained why he felt the need to change things up, and he described how he’s also implemented a monthly seminar for his athletes. Like many other gym owners, Gold said he stresses proper technique at his box in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he explained why he no longer puts the workout of the day on his website.
16:01 Life has changed dramatically for Brasovan since he found CrossFit. He started at CrossFit Chicago and met his wife there, and he now owns an affiliate. He explained how his coach became his mentor and helped him start CrossFit Naptown in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Brasovan described the culture and community at his gym. His team placed 31st at the CrossFit Games last summer, and he spoke about how he and his partner balanced getting the team ready with providing a great CrossFit experience for athletes training only for general physical preparedness.
Athletes look past a monster truck full of rottweilers to find a coach who’s 100 percent invested in his athletes.
Almost 100 people sent us stories of virtuosity in the week after we asked for submissions, and each was inspiring in its own way.
We heard about trainers who have changed lives, athletes who have overcome huge obstacles to find fitness, and communities that exhibit strength measured in something other than pounds… Continue Reading
October 22, 2014
Style advice for the athletic man.
Stylist Catherine Bachelier Smith has a message for men over 35: Your clothes are too big.
“Most men over 35 wear their clothes a size or two too big,” she said. “Fitted clothes make you look thinner and younger.”
Even the young and perfectly sculpted walk around in ill-fitting clothes because most off-the-rack garments are not designed to fit the traps, lats, quads and glutes of CrossFit athletes.
“Good style… Continue Reading
Old City CrossFit in Washington, D.C., is located near Gallaudet University, a federally chartered private university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing.
“We knew there was a chance that we’d get some deaf members,” says Old City coach Erin Losie. “We had some ideas as to what we would do.”
Shortly after opening, Old City indeed became home to many deaf members. Coaches began to learn sign language, and a community… Continue Reading
CrossFit HQ’s Russell Berger and Pat Sherwood dissect a common problem: athletes who fall backward when learning the air squat.
Longtime CrossFit trainers have seen it more times than they can count: an athlete falls on his butt at the bottom of the air squat.
The hips go back and down, but then the chest falls. When he tries to regain a neutral midline, it’s time for someone to yell “timber!”
But why… Continue Reading
October 18, 2014
On Episode 351 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins talked to Shawn Connors, as well as Rob Miller, a CrossFit Seminar Staff member and owner of CrossFit Delaware Valley. This episode was webcast on Oct. 15, 2014.
3:36 Shawn Connors, a wrestling coach in Ohio, reached out to Judkins to find out how he uses CrossFit to improve his wrestling team’s fitness. Both coaches discussed how to get the best results from their… Continue Reading
October 17, 2014
A look inside the juice-cleanse trend.
Teresa Godfrey (not her real name) wanted a break.
She’d spent the last few months eating too much and drinking more than usual, and she was feeling the effects of that excess. And she really wanted to lose 5 lb.
To jumpstart her healthy habits and drop some pounds, Godfrey decided to do something drastic. Each day for three days, she would drink six brightly colored… Continue Reading
Casey Parlett’s goal in life is to be the best coach in the world, and the 29-year-old has dedicated himself to changing the lives of others at CrossFit 760 in San Diego, California.
“To make that difference in one person’s life you get addicted to that,” Parlett says. “Every day that I walk in the door, I strive to be better than I was the day before, and I strive to be the best . I want to be known as somebody that… Continue Reading
How much focus should affiliates place on CrossFit as a sport vs. CrossFit as a training method? Several box owners explain their approaches.
Consider this: The CrossFit methodology existed for 33 years before the inaugural CrossFit Games.
Yet, Ben Bergeron has noticed a trend of late.
“A majority of the affiliates are programming for their athletes like they’re going to compete in the sport. They haven’t recognized the difference between the sport of CrossFit and… Continue Reading
In this video filmed in June, members of CrossFit’s Seminar Staff are delivering the second of two Level 1 Certificate Courses in Shanghai, China—the first Level 1s offered in the most world’s most populous country. About half the seminar’s 20 participants speak English, while the other half speak Mandarin, so all content is translated.
“Language barrier is always something that has to be negotiated,” says staff member Brett Fforde.
“First time… Continue Reading
October 10, 2014
Creative affiliate owners with time and space seek new ways to support their members and generate revenue.
Running a CrossFit affiliate involves using the methodology to help people increase their fitness and improve their lives. That’s black and white. Gym owners enter a slightly gray area when they start to talk about what else to offer clients, be it services, products, additional programs and so on.
In the 2012 CrossFit Journal article… Continue Reading
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October 08, 2014
In January 2014, CrossFit hosted its first Level 1 Seminar in Israel. Seminar Staff member Russell Berger took the opportunity to spend an extra week traveling the country, visiting its affiliates and experiencing the culture. In this six-part series, explore the Holy Land with Berger and the local community.
In Part 6, Berger is at Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River, and he’s about to take part in a spiritual experience.
“(The baptism) is something I… Continue Reading
If your pre-workout prep consists of a cup of coffee and a few squats, Bill Starr has some advice for you.
As every Olympic lifter fully understands, doing full snatches and clean and jerks requires a high degree of flexibility in every part of the body. All the major muscle groups and corresponding attachments are involved in the two competitive lifts: shoulder girdle, back, and hips and legs. A lack of… Continue Reading
K.C. Stallsmith is the owner of CrossFit AllStar in Waimea, Hawaii. When she first opened the affiliate, she was eager to share CrossFit with her community.
“I felt like I had an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to introduce it to our community in an important way,” she says, “and that was to allow everyone accessibility to the methodology because truly I think that’s what (Greg) Glassman had in mind. ”
To put her beliefs into practice… Continue Reading
Maureen O’Hagan examines the dearth of females in the upper ranks of CrossFit coaches.
Pop quiz: Name three people who coach CrossFit Games athletes.
If you follow the Sport of Fitness at all, you’ll have no trouble. Bergeron. Martin. Chapman. Hyland. And so on.
Now for Part 2: Name three top female coaches—that is, women who coach Games athletes.
We posed this question to nearly a dozen longtime CrossFitters, and here’s what they came up with:
Eva Claire Synkowski, said… Continue Reading
September 30, 2014
The individual PDF articles published in September 2014 are collected here in a single download.
The video and audio posts are not contained in the PDF.
The articles included here are:
“Playing With Intervals” - Martin
“Desert Ninjas” - Cooper
“Fitness Through Sports?” - Cooper
“Make Your Own Luck” - Achauer
“Virtuosity: A Call for Submissions” - Warkentin
“Injury and Opportunity” - Starr
“Attention to Retention” - Beers
“The Optimal Shoulder” - Long and Casto
“CrossFit Kids Classics: Rock-Paper-Scissors Tag” - Patenaude
September 29, 2014
Alison Patenaude presents a CrossFit Kids game based on an old favorite.
Rock beats scissors.
Scissors beat paper.
Paper beats rock.
Kids beat obesity.
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September 26, 2014
In 2014, CrossFit hosted its first Level 1 Seminar in Israel. Seminar Staff member Russell Berger took the opportunity to spend an extra week traveling the country, visiting its affiliates and experiencing the culture. In this six-part series, explore the Holy Land with Berger and the local community.
In Part 5, Berger visits the Dead Sea, one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. The salinity creates a harsh environment in which marine… Continue Reading
Strong shoulders are the key to performance overhead, and four simple movements can help you improve mobility and stability.
A look back at the workouts from CrossFit.com for the 2013 year reveals that over 80 percent of them involved at least one exercise that had a transfer of force through the shoulder girdle.
Therefore, proper function of the shoulder is critical for both optimal performance and injury prevention. An… Continue Reading
Wilna Appel is the owner of CrossFit Power Beyond Measure (PBM) in Pretoria, South Africa.
Appel and her brother, Gerhard van der Merwe, are former professional athletes and now full-time trainers.
“We both love new stuff, and CrossFit was the thing for, I think, both of us . There’s always new things to learn,” Appel says.
For the brother-sister duo, the focus is community and personal relationships.
“It’s not about the numbers for us… Continue Reading
September 21, 2014
Affiliate owners share their strategies for keeping members happy and coming back for more.
In The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman suggests people express and experience love in different ways, meaning individuals give, receive and perceive love differently. And according to Chapman, one of the keys for a healthy relationship is for individuals to get to know how their partner experiences love.
“People will quit a workout program, but they won’t quit on a… Continue Reading