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
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
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
December 02, 2014
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
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
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
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
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