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Coach, Counselor or Both?

By Brittney Saline

In Coaching

December 02, 2014

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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

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Level Up!

By Chad Vaughn

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

November 30, 2014

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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

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The Need for Speed

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

November 02, 2014

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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

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In Affiliation, Coaching

October 24, 2014

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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

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Squat Fix: Falling Backward

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching, Exercises

October 19, 2014

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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

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The Year of the Thruster

By Ian Wittenber

In Coaching, HD Videos, Level 1 Seminar Staff

October 12, 2014

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In this video filmed in June, members of CrossFit’s Seminar Staff are delivering the second of two Level 1 Certificate Courses in Shanghai, China—the first Level 1s offered in the most world’s most populous country. About half the seminar’s 20 participants speak English, while the other half speak Mandarin, so all content is translated.

“Language barrier is always something that has to be negotiated,” says staff member Brett Fforde.

“First… Continue Reading

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By Maureen O’Hagan

In Coaching, CrossFit Games

October 01, 2014

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Maureen O’Hagan examines the dearth of females in the upper ranks of CrossFit coaches.

Pop quiz: Name three people who coach CrossFit Games athletes.

If you follow the Sport of Fitness at all, you’ll have no trouble. Bergeron. Martin. Chapman. Hyland. And so on.

Now for Part 2: Name three top female coaches—that is, women who coach Games athletes.

We posed this question to nearly a dozen longtime CrossFitters, and here’s what they came up with:

Eva Claire Synkowski, said… Continue Reading

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Fitness Through Sports?

By Chris Cooper

In Coaching, Kids, Sports Applications

September 12, 2014

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Parents who want their kids to be active sign them up for sports, but early specialization and pressure to perform often take young athletes out of the game for life.

Are athletes made by playing or training?

At the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, Sam Bennett couldn’t do a pull-up. The 17-year-old faced criticism from various media outlets, but none were able to say why he should be able to do a pull-up. Without an objectively… Continue Reading

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