Things run a little differently at the affiliate of reigning CrossFit Games champion Annie Thorisdottir.
There is a warm-up area where coaches walk clients through the movements, then technique time is followed by a workout every 10 minutes or so.
“So you can kind of show up at your own time,” Thorisdottir says of how things work at CrossFit Reykjavik in her native Iceland.
“In this set-up, I can pretty much help everybody at what they need,” she explains.
Plus, the structure emphasizes technique, which Thorisdottir says is important.
“I’m pretty relaxed. I get really excited for people, though, when they’re trying to get something for the first time,” she says. “I kind of don’t want them to stop until they get it.”
Performing a movement correctly the first time is better than simply trying to do it haphazardly and only getting 1 rep, Thorisdottir says.
“I put a lot of energy into trying to get people to do it in as good (a) way as possible,” she says.
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Additional reading: CrossFit Radio Episode 189 by Justin Judkins, published Sept. 14, 2011.