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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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Tinkering Trainers

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

March 15, 2015

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CrossFit coaches detail their successful and unsuccessful programming experiments in the search for measurable, observable and repeatable results.

CrossFit athletes are a skeptical bunch. They like to experiment and tinker and tweak. For Kurtis Bowler that meant messing around with strength-biased programming for his affiliate, Rainier CrossFit.

“Every year or year-and-a-half, there’s an influx of newer people,” said the owner of the 10-year-old gym in… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

March 10, 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 2, we learn where Burgener’s coaching career took him after he met and married his wife.

“I was invited to… Continue Reading

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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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