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Warm and Happy

By Brittney Saline

In Coaching

May 16, 2016

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CrossFit coaches share their favorite warm-up games to get athletes laughing and moving.

“High knees, lunges and PVC pass-throughs!”

While lunging her way across the room for what feels like the millionth time, an athlete steals a jealous glance at the wildly giggling CrossFit Kids who are playing a tic-tac-toe racing game in the next room.

At CrossFit Leverage, warm-up games aren’t just for kids.

“All of our members have got real jobs and… Continue Reading

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Chris Spealler, Eric O’Connor and Matt Chan are friends, former CrossFit Games athletes and members of CrossFit Inc.’s Seminar Staff. In this video, follow the trio as they teach the CrossFit Competitor’s Trainer Course at three locations in Europe.

The jet-lagged crew gets somewhat of a bumpy start in Geneva, Switzerland, as they try to traverse the revolving doors and parking-lot gates.

“I haven’t slept in at least 36 hours,” Chan says wearily.

Undaunted, they make their way to… Continue Reading

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Animal Plan It

By Mike Warkentin

In Coaching

May 09, 2016

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The mechanics-consistency-intensity progression works whether you’re training dogs or beasts of the barbell.

Everything changed when I put each lifter on the platform alone with the group watching.

In the final week of a two-month focus on the snatch and clean and jerk, I had athletes list three snatch attempts based on confidence and form: “What are you 90 percent certain you can lift well every single… Continue Reading

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Class Action

By Hilary Achauer

In Affiliation, Coaching

May 04, 2016

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Affiliate owners share the various ways they’ve tailored the group-class model to create strong businesses that produce fitter clients.

Johnny DiGregorio opened CrossFit Pasadena in 2008. What started as a small community grew into a group of more than 240 members training in a 5,600-square-foot gym. Membership fees were about US$175 a month. By 2013, most classes had more than 30 people.

DiGregorio staffed each session with three coaches, but he still… Continue Reading

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Eye for an Aye

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching

April 18, 2016

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Zach Forrest, others share strategies for identifying suboptimal movement and helping athletes make positive changes.

When seeing and correcting athletes’ movements, the most important thing to remember is to encourage, coaches said.

“We want to give them something to work towards—not something that they’re doing wrong. That helps us keep it positive. Because correcting by its very nature is critical. You’re telling someone they’re… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

April 06, 2016

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Mike Burgener offers quick tips to correct errors in the snatch and clean and jerk.

Most of us have seen the guy who can do a kettlebell swing with a 300-lb. barbell. The lift is called a clean, but it lacks the grace and speed evident when skilled lifters pulls their bodies around and under a perfectly placed bar with lizard-like speed.

While ugly, the swinging clean is impressive because the lift… Continue Reading

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Visiting Ours

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Coaching

March 30, 2016

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When drop-ins arrive at your gym, coaches recommend a friendly, inquisitive approach for best results.

Ask questions. Lots of questions. When it comes to coaching strangers, that’s the advice from affiliate owners in some of the country’s most visited spots.

Inquire about such things as medical conditions, how long the athlete has been doing CrossFit, his or her home gym, among other things, advised Charlotte Psaila, owner of CrossFit Kapaa on the Hawaiian… Continue Reading

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Strength and Conditions

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, CrossFit, Legal

March 23, 2016

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The NCAA says its regulation for strength coaches is aimed at benefiting and protecting athletes. Others say the motives aren’t so noble.

When the National Collegiate Athletic Association passed legislation in 2014 tightening requirements for Division 1 strength-and-conditioning coaches, it drew suspicion.

The regulation requires all Division 1 strength-and-conditioning coaches to hold a nationally accredited certification, with athlete safety and a desire to meet athletes’ performance needs… Continue Reading

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