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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

March 03, 2015

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In this three-part series, get to know Coach Mike Burgener, who runs the CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer Course and coached the American Women’s Junior National Team for about a decade beginning in the mid-’90s. He’s also the man behind Mike’s Gym, a two-car garage in Bonsall, California, that serves as a USA Weightlifting Regional Training Center.

In Episode 1, we sit down with Coach B. in his home garage as he reflects on… Continue Reading

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Know Your Numbers

By Emily Beers

In Coaching

February 23, 2015

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“My Fran time? I know it was under 12 minutes with somewhere between 45 and 95 lb. Does that help?”

It’s next to impossible to find a CrossFit coach who hasn’t encountered this problem: the client who can’t supply a coach with a single number.

He can’t tell the coach how much he can deadlift or squat. He can’t recall his Helen time or any of his 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open scores. He can’t… Continue Reading

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Eschewing the Fat

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching, Nutrition

February 03, 2015

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Many trainers avoid addressing the topic of nutrition with clients. Top CrossFit coaches think that’s a mistake and explain how and why they broach the subject with athletes.

Alyssa Guenther thought her coach was crazy. A vegetarian of four years at the time, Guenther often felt sick—upset stomach, headaches, general lethargy. Still, when CrossFit Roots owner Nicole Christensen asked Guenther about her diet and suggested she consider adding meat—specifically via a Paleo… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Exercises

January 26, 2015

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Expert Dave Newman dissects the double-under and offers tips that transfer over to triple-unders.

On the surface, the double-under is simple. Grab a jump rope and let it pass under your feet twice each time you jump.

When double-unders go well, they are a thing of beauty. The rope is a blur as the athlete bounds up and down, relaxed and composed, the calm in the eye of a storm.

When double-unders fall apart, it’s painful to… Continue Reading

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Seasons in the Abyss?

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, Nutrition

December 14, 2014

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Every year, people gorge themselves over the holidays and derail their diets. Does it have to be this way?

Three-time CrossFit Games athlete Ben Stoneberg is a cheater—a cheater on his diet during the holidays.

In fact, the athlete—whose fans call him “Stone Cold” Stoneberg—allows himself a couple of cheat days each week in the year, making the Christmas season an extreme version of standard operating procedures.

“I love food so I take full advantage when it is… Continue Reading

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Coach, Counselor or Both?

By Brittney Saline

In Coaching

December 02, 2014

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CrossFit trainers find they’re building athletes and relationships at the same time.

It was a rare warm November evening in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when Maureen Randall quit the workout.

Beats were dropping from the speakers at CrossFit Praus, but for once, the self-described class jokester wasn’t dancing. The date marked 22 years since the night she was raped. She had been just 14 years old. Usually, she spent the anniversary locked indoors… Continue Reading

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Level Up!

By Chad Vaughn

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

November 30, 2014

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Chad Vaughn explains what lifters and coaches will learn at the CrossFit Weightlifting Advanced Trainer Course.

Weightlifting is described as ballet with a barbell, poetry in motion and a beautiful work of art. As the best weightlifters in the world train to put the greatest weight overhead, they also develop athletic attributes such as strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. These attributes are… Continue Reading

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The Need for Speed

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

November 02, 2014

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CrossFit Games athlete Valerie Voboril and powerlifter Laura Phelps Sweatt explain how they use intensity to limit their time in the gym.

On a Friday afternoon in early October, Valerie Voboril—a five-time CrossFit Games competitor with four top-five finishes—worked out with the sounds of “Dora the Explorer” drifting into her backyard gym from the living room.

Her 3-year-old daughter, Vin, repeated Spanish words to the TV while Voboril and her… Continue Reading

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