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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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A Deft Dose of Volume

By James Hobart

In Coaching, Competition

March 18, 2016

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More isn’t always better: James Hobart explains how certain experienced athletes can add training volume to increase work capacity.

CrossFit programming thrives upon intensity, not volume.

This focus on intensity is a cornerstone of the CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 curricula, and it is also one of the reasons many like CrossFit: fitness in an hour or less. Intensity is also a foundational piece of CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman’s “World… Continue Reading

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When the Skip Hits the Fan

By Mike Warkentin

In Coaching, Columns

March 09, 2016

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Try changing your perspective to connect with athletes who are struggling with a movement.

“Do something different. Take off one shoe. Try chewing gum. Maybe lose your underwear for the next set. Or put on a second pair. Just do something different. Anything.”

Coaching can be exasperating at times, and tough situations sometimes push trainers to their wit’s end and beyond.

For every athlete who learns the false grip and starts crushing… Continue Reading

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New Year’s Newbies

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Coaching

February 22, 2016

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Affiliate owners offer advice on how to handle the rush when January and February bring prospective clients with fitness goals for 2016.

New year, new you—now at a discounted rate!

It’s a phrase globo gyms around the world know well as they seek to draw New Year’s resolutioners who have pledged to get in shape.

Many CrossFit affiliates, however, take a different approach.

“I learned from experience I cannot lower the price … because it… Continue Reading

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Squat Better Today

By Mike Warkentin

In Coaching, Exercises

February 03, 2016

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Your ego has cursed you. Break the spell in three steps.

“There is a compelling tendency among novices … to quickly move past the fundamentals.” —Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO

Read that quote twice. Maybe three times.

Now admit that you—yes, you—are afflicted by the novice’s curse.

Far more powerful than the Madden Curse combined with the Curse of the Hope Diamond, the novice’s curse is utterly indiscriminate: It affects 99 percent… Continue Reading

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