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Strategies for Competitive CrossFitters

The average competitive CrossFitter these days has impressive stats. Being able to run a sub-6-minute mile and deadlift 500 lbs isn’t a huge deal anymore. In the strength and conditioning world, you would seldom hear of athletes that possess both explosive and enduring qualities. When I was an intern at a Strength & Conditioning facility in my area back in

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The Value of Practical Knowledge

“If you won’t do your own program, then it probably sucks.” – Anonymous In this day and age, entering the fitness industry is relatively easy. Within a few weeks time, you can be training other people, if you so choose. In a few months time, you can essentially open your own CrossFit box, assuming you have the cash needed to get

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Group programming: how our system works

Over the past decade, group fitness has grown drastically. To give you some background history, I started out as a Strength and Conditioning coach back in 2004, got involved with CrossFit in 2006, and opened my box in 2011. Before CrossFit, I began learning and practicing Louie Simmons’ Conjugate Method at a facility I had interned at, while also reading

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Fast Twitch vs. Slow Twitch: Are You Fated For Gains? 

Guest Post by Coach Cassio Oliveria of Mainline CrossFit With all other training factors being equal, there will always be those lucky individuals who seem to have a natural advantage over their peers when it comes to hoisting massive weights, building freaky dense muscle, or excelling in competition. Despite diligently and intelligently planning your training, nutrition, and supplementation, and doing

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Improve your conditioning with these 3 methods

Conditioning work does not have to be boring nor does it have to beat you up. Developing your General Physical Preparedness (GPP) can add value to your training sessions and as well as break up the monotony. One of the mistakes I see athletes make with their conditioning is not having enough variance in terms of energy systems development. The emphasis more times

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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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Improve your clients pull-ups

The age-old question posed to CrossFit coaches from clients is “how do I get better at pull-ups?” In CrossFit, the infamous pull-ups get a lot of attention. Skill work to improve the gymnastics kip is usually at the forefront of improving clients’ pull-ups. However, there are some consequences to learning how to kip too early. In fact, most of your clients that

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Which squats to use with your clients

As a society with information at our fingertips at any given point in the day, you can follow just about any of your favorite strength coaches and trainers on social media and get bombarded by knowledge bombs every minute, on the minute, if you please. This can be a blessing and a curse, though, as the inexperienced athlete/coach can easily

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Program for the rest, scale for the best

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the logic “program for the best, scale for the rest,” and I think I understand it but also think there is a better solution. If more than 98% of our clients are “the rest” then shouldn’t their goals take precedence? You know things like looking better, reduce stress, and boost confidence?

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