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The most important aspect of programming

Recently, I had my 500th call with a CrossFit Affiliate Owner (yup, I’m that OCD I keep track of such stats.) Interestingly enough this call was almost NO different than any other call I’ve had. Things like: “I want to make sure everyone is getting the desired stimulus of the training” “My athletes want to look and feel better”  “How

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What is your coaching energy like?

Have you ever noticed that some days there is a different energy or vibe to your classes? You may have one class, in particular, that is “low-energy” in comparison to your other classes. What about your early morning class? Obviously, folks that have just gotten out of bed to get to your class aren’t going to be as alert as

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Strength, power, and size: can you have it all?

Often times I get asked about being able to excel in Olympic lifting and CrossFit while still making improvements in body composition.  The short answer is yes, it can be done and obviously is being done as we speak, but I think it’s important as a coach to understand the differences and similarities between the 3 Resistance sports of Powerlifting,

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Sharing programming amongst coaches

Are you and your coaches sharing programming and simply “filling in the blanks?” Or do you find your programming off of the internet the night or even the week before your classes because you saw a workout that you had to try? There are inherent risks to programming this way and although plugging workouts into your clients’ schedules may seem simple,

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What’s missing in your programming

All too often we see coaches prescribe too much volume, too much intensity, too many times a week. At the end of the day, 99.9% of people who show up at a CrossFit box do NOT want to increase their snatch or compete at the CrossFit games. Most simply want to have more energy and look better in a bathing

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Cycles: stop wasting your clients time

I still don’t understand why coaches that program for CrossFit boxes subscribe to a linear model of programming. And I’m not sure how linear based cycles and CrossFit became connected because the two could NOT be any more unfit to be married. In group programming, we have many limitations, many of which can not be overcome simply by guessing or

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Make recovery great again

In this article, I hope to expound upon the often forgotten aspect of development: recovery. In this day and age, people are pressed for time and chronically stressed out; not to mention most don’t have great sleeping or eating habits, which can completely negate the effect of even the best program. One of the most significant aspects of training is

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Trim the fat from your coaching cues

When I first started coaching CrossFit classes I was like a young kid with ADHD; I wanted to give my clients every.single.cue in hopes they’d transform into Rich Froning from my magical coaching! Of course, this did not happen. My wife would often look at me like I had 9 heads when we were taking athletes through on-ramp. “Dude you

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Trying to please all of your clients

Trying to please all of your clients with CrossFit box programming is a near impossible task. There will ALWAYS be things that your folks want more or less of – this is inevitable.  At Box Programming we believe in prioritizing the needs of the many over the needs of the few where our programming is based on satisfying the goals

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Design a kick-ass PT session

Over the years, we’ve seen more and more gyms start to increase their revenue by way of personal training. Not only is this is a great idea, but it allows us to open up our doors to segments of the population that might not want to do CrossFit. The perception of the general public is that personal training and CrossFit

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