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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

Why You Should NOT Recycle Your Programming

I’m sure at one time or another, you’ve thought about recycling programming that you’ve already used. Maybe it was from last year, or a few months ago, but there is a long list of reasons why you should NOT consider re-using the same material. Of course, retesting benchmark pieces is important, and we aren’t urging … Read more

How to Implement the Reverse Hyper

The Reverse hyper is a piece of equipment like no other. This open-chain exercise provides the unique benefits of traction and strengthening and can be used to facilitate recovery. You’ll want to make sure you use this piece of equipment correctly, as many times athletes use the Reverse Hyper incorrectly with excessive “swinging”. With that … Read more

Maximize your results and recovery

Indeed there is a delicate balance between programming for performance and for aesthetics, and as Charles Poliquin says, “it’s like trying to ride a horse with two asses when you can’t focus on one goal.” There is definitely some truth to that, but what some coaches forget about is the inter-relationship between all qualities of … Read more

Three methods to use with the Assault Bike

The Assault Bike, or Air Bike, has gained quite a bit of popularity over the last few years. Anyone who has used the air bike knows that this piece of equipment can be particularly painful when used for high-threshold work, but the air bike can provide additional benefits, other than just smoking your clients. By using the … Read more

Warm-ups as an Educational Tool

Continuing your education, regardless of what your profession is, is important. A lot of times, the less technical aspects of a job can get neglected or simply brushed over because they may not appear to be as important as other components, and coaching group classes are no different. We want to make sure we understand how … Read more