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In Coaching, ExPhysiology

December 15, 2015

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Trainers are in the business of creating fitness. They apply exercises to their clients in order to induce adaptations in structure and function that lead to improved fitness. In order to do this effectively, reliably and safely, working trainers must understand the structures they are stressing with exercise to produce the functional change that is fitness. This is the primary reason we learn anatomy and physiology. We… Continue Reading

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Coach’s Orders

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching

December 09, 2015

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Affiliate owners and trainers weigh in on how and when they have their athletes do workouts as prescribed.

There’s the guy who went out on his third 800-m run never to return, another who insisted on doing 135-lb. push presses only to walk out forever, and, of course, the one who considered himself an elite-level athlete but took an hour to finish a workout on which his peers spent less than 15 minutes.

The three athletes were at… Continue Reading

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The CrossFit Kids Startup Curriculum

By Jon Gary and Todd Widman

In Coaching, Kids

November 25, 2015

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The “CrossFit Kids Startup Curriculum” is to be used in conjunction with the information provided at the CrossFit Kids Trainer Course. The document contains two months of programming for each age group. While the “Training Guide” directly supports the CrossFit Kids Trainer Course and program, the goal of the “CrossFit Kids Startup Curriculum” is to provide programming that allows trainers to more easily start a new program or… Continue Reading

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The High Road to Accreditation

By Nicole Carroll

In Coaching, CrossFit

November 09, 2015

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Nicole Carroll explains how ANSI accreditation reflects CrossFit Inc.’s dedication to the highest standards of excellence in the fitness industry.

Certification programs, such as the Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3) credential, are commonly used to evaluate and recognize the qualifications and competence of individuals. When a certification program is of high quality, it can be an effective way to distinguish those who are qualified from those who are not; however, not all certification… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Special Populations

October 29, 2015

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While physical capacity inevitably declines as athletes age, fitness has dramatic effects on health and quality of life.

“How much should I be lifting?”

It’s probable every coach or trainer has been asked this question, and the query is usually qualified with variables including age, body weight and so on.

We as trainees, and humans in general, really like to compare what we can do with what other people can do, so we create standards for… Continue Reading

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Culture Club

By Chris Cooper

In Affiliation, Coaching

October 27, 2015

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What does your CrossFit affiliate say to members without saying a thing?

Anthony’s truck sagged on the driver’s side as it approached my parking lot. The balding powerlifter had worn out its springs as surely as he’d worn out his welcome at every gym in town. And now it was my turn to send him away. I met him in the parking lot and placed my hand on his door before he could get out.

When I opened my second gym in 2008, my… Continue Reading

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Never Miss the Jerk

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Coaching

October 16, 2015

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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

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Dissecting the Squat

By Zachary Long

In Coaching, ExPhysiology, Exercises

October 13, 2015

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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

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