Affiliate owners work to please every client, but when an athlete is clearly unsuited to a gym, it’s time to take action.
Doug Chapman has seen it all: stalking, rudeness, willful ignorance.
There are many reasons he’s asked clients to leave his affiliate, CrossFit Ann Arbor in Michigan. And since opening the gym in 2005, he’s come to recognize the red flags early.
“When they’re noncompliant for instruction to a class,” Chapman said… Continue Reading
Zachary Long details three tests that will help you determine whether mobility or motor control is derailing your squat.
The squat is an essential movement pattern, but many lose the ability to perform a proper squat over time, and the movement must be retrained to allow them to perform daily activities such as standing from a seated position.
In the world of athletic development, the squat is the most important exercise for developing… Continue Reading
Jeremy Gordon shares scaling strategies to help coaches ensure their athletes are getting exactly what they need from each session.
“Ahead of efficacy is safety.” —Greg Glassman, CrossFit Inc. Founder and CEO
Safely scaling workouts for a wide range of athletes without sacrificing attention to non-scaled athletes—it’s an essential CrossFit coaching skill. Effective scaling at an affiliate demands an understanding of CrossFit programming theory, awareness of your athletes’ capabilities and limitations… Continue Reading
After stumbling across an ad on craigslist, CrossFit Salem owner Andy Bolliger succeeded in developing a fitness program designed to help seniors improve quality of life.
Square dancing was their favorite. But as Bonnie Johnson aged, her balance became unreliable. She began using a walker. Square dancing with her husband, Norman, was no longer possible. In summer 2014, the couple moved in to Hidden Lakes, a senior-living community in Salem, Oregon. Both… Continue Reading
Arguing about technique variations is pointless without clear definitions and data.
Good exercise technique versus bad exercise technique: Everyone seems to have an opinion about what makes a movement acceptable and what makes it unacceptable.
The mantra of every book, article and blog post on exercise injury or gym safety is “bad technique causes injury.” But in the fitness industry, no one agrees on the exact elements of good technique… Continue Reading
Relatively cheap and easily available, sleds are a versatile option for CrossFit gyms.
Pulling or pushing a sled is like getting smacked with a baseball bat through a phone book: It hurts like hell but doesn’t leave much of a mark.
Long preferred by powerlifters and others for their ability to ramp up workload without creating excessive soreness, sleds might have been considered premium items in the early days of CrossFit, when it was far… Continue Reading
August 09, 2015
Researcher Gabriele Wulf and CrossFit trainers explain how external cues can help athletes move better.
He was tired of watching Jim round his back during a deadlift. He had tried every cue in the book to fix the problem.
But Pat Barber found his client was stubborn and always seemed to oppose his coach’s requests. This time, Barber—a long-time member of CrossFit Inc.’s Seminar Staff—tried a different approach: He facetiously told his… Continue Reading
CrossFit athletes sometimes look to squat programs to increase strength—but are they effectively targeting weaknesses or merely feeding the ego and sacrificing general physical preparedness?
The first squat program Aaron Straker tried was the three-week Smolov Jr. cycle in March 2014. His goal was to build strength after an Achilles rupture. The cycle was so successful Straker decided to try the full 13-week Smolov cycle later that same year.
“It just buried me,” said… Continue Reading