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In Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

June 11, 2015

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Exercise-science students and professors say learning how to become a coach happens in the gym—not in a lecture hall.

A dentist, an orthopedic surgeon and a personal trainer—you would expect formal education to teach them how to fill a molar, repair a ruptured tendon and teach a squat. But when it comes to personal trainers and coaches, college graduates with degrees in exercise science say the opposite is true.

Jack Langley is one of these graduates. During… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity 8: Satisfaction

By Ubaid Naseem

In Athletes, Coaching

June 05, 2015

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With the CrossFit Games season ramping up, the focus is on the competition to find the Fittest on Earth. While the numbers on the leaderboard or the whiteboard certainly drive us to improve, many CrossFit athletes have learned they’re ultimately in competition only with themselves.

Ubaid Naseem, a business coach, found bitter disappointment after failing to complete a workout, but his CrossFit trainer reminded him complete effort is all that’s… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling

June 02, 2015

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Learning gymnastics skills can be frustrating, but Dave Durante explains why the return is well worth the investment.

Be patient and limit frustration.

These are the first two points on a list I share whenever I’m speaking about gymnastics to a new group of CrossFit athletes.

The reality of the situation is that if your goal is true mastery of gymnastics skills, the timelines are not measured in hours, days or weeks. They are… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

May 26, 2015

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Bill Starr describes additional drills to help you finish the pull and clean big weight.

Editor’s note: Bill Starr completed this article before he passed away April 7, 2015, in Maryland.

In September 2009, the CrossFit Journal published my article “More Pop at the Top,” which described how to do high pulls, shrugs, isometric contractions and throws to improve the numbers on any type of… Continue Reading

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No Rest for the Foolish

By Bill Starr

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

May 13, 2015

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Bill Starr addresses an element of strength training that’s too often disregarded by hard-charging athletes.

Editor’s note: Bill Starr completed this article before he passed away April 7, 2015, in Maryland.

There are three sides to the strength pyramid: training, nutrition and rest.

It takes time to learn how to do various exercises using proper technique, what exercises to do on which training days, what sets and… Continue Reading

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Fear Factor

By Hilary Achauer

In Coaching, CrossFit Defense

April 24, 2015

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Kevin Ogar, Tony Blauer and others explain how to overcome trepidation to find success in the gym and in life.

It was July 2010, my first week of CrossFit. The affiliate had opened a month prior, and I was the only person in the noon class. After I warmed up, the coach brought out a 20-inch wooden box and told me to jump up on it.

I looked at the rough edges, eyeing the sharp corners, the… Continue Reading

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Learning for Life

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

April 09, 2015

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The secret to becoming an expert is always behaving like a student.

John Broz questions himself all the time. Although Broz has been involved in the sport of Olympic weightlifting for 36 years, he sometimes doesn’t feel as qualified as he’d like.

“I never stop learning,” Broz said.

Nicole Carroll is CrossFit Inc.’s Director of Certification and Co-Director of Training, and it goes without saying that Carroll expects CrossFit coaches to constantly seek new knowledge… Continue Reading

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Master of the Many

By Emily Beers

In Coaching

April 05, 2015

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It takes great skill to manage a large group of athletes. Affiliate owners share how they learned to do it and how they’re teaching others to be leaders.

Coaching a group class is a bit like being an offensive lineman on the football field: When you perform well, you’re not always rewarded, but it’s incredibly obvious when you mess up.

When you’re disorganized and don’t pay attention to the small details, your class can quickly spiral into… Continue Reading

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