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Coaching Psychology

Many of us have been in the situation of coaching a client when the thought crosses our minds as to whether or not the coaching cues we are using to improve the quality of someone’s movement are going to be perceived negatively. Let me explain: We use the Dynamic Effort Method in a group setting regularly. The reasons are threefold:

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The benefits of outsourcing your programming

As a former gym owner, I know how hard it is to devote time to areas that are invariably going to influence the success of your business. If you’re a gym owner you’ve probably thought things like, “I’m already pressed for time and simply don’t have the time needed to devote to programming.” Or “programming takes up a LOT of

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Accessory Work for CrossFitters

In CrossFit, performing a single-joint movement like a DB Bicep Curl used to be frowned upon. More recently, we’ve started to see more CrossFitters use single-joint movements to become more balanced and target individual limiting factors. It’s funny that’s it’s taken this long for many to realize that accessory work is just as vital to an athlete’s success and health,

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Mistakes I Have Made Running My Gym

Owning a CrossFit Affiliate is a job like no other. The lines are definitely blurred between business and community. Clients come to your facility day in and day out and reveal their most vulnerable sides. Making decisions under these circumstances is hard because there is so much emotion involved. With that said, often times clients don’t realize that your business

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Random programming

Random program design leads to random results. It’s really that simple. When program design is not structured and there is not a template in place, it’s nearly impossible to figure out what is working for your clients. This is one of the drawbacks of many group programs. There is no long-term plan that factors in volume or intensity, nor are

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Scaling CrossFit workouts: one size fits no one

In CrossFit, we often like to put people into a “bubble” in terms of their ability. Back in ’06 when I started posting on dot com people would write what scaling options they used or simply “Rx.” Years later when we opened our Box, my wife and I came up with multiple levels for each workout that would sometimes include

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The value of aerobic fitness for group programming

In the strength and conditioning world, strength is often prioritized and conditioning is somewhat of an after-thought. To give you an example, take the typical college football program (I’m going to use mine as an example of one I’ve had first-hand experience with.) Between your main lifting sessions, you’ll see things such as field drills, agility drills, speed-ladder, and suicides.

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Don’t overthink your warm-up

I often see coaches and box owners overthinking their warm-ups. The goal of your warm-up should be the obvious: preparing the central nervous system and primary movers, as well as increasing core temperature. There are a variety of ways we can accomplish the objective of preparing for our training session while not sacrificing precious time in our classes or our

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Outsourcing to an outsider

A common misconception among gym owners is thinking that their community is different from any other gym. Most gym owners think that only they know exactly what their athletes need. In the context of group programming, this simply is NOT the case. People are people Of course, we know that no two people are created the same, but we really

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Help your clients understand your programming

The common misconception in the fitness world is that more is more. If you’ve been training any length of time, you know this is not the case and that there’s actual empirical evidence to back up this claim. If you haven’t read this article from Joel Jamieson who is widely considered the foremost expert on all things conditioning and recovery,

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