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The Conjugate Method for Body Composition

The Conjugate System, made popular by Louie Simmons, is one of the most versatile training systems for a number of reasons. The system features a balance of training modalities on a weekly basis, meaning you’re not just lifting maximally or in a linear fashion; there...

Good Coach vs. Great Coach

Hiring new coaches is a challenge most affiliate owners face. Sure, there are lots of people out there that have their L1, but what really distinguishes a good coach from a great coach? The list I'm going to share with you goes outside of what is taught at an L1 and...

The “Why” Behind Your Programming Part 2

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in programming workouts that look cool on paper. This isn't always a bad idea either as it keeps things fresh and exciting, but having an understanding of where pieces to your puzzle fit is important for a number of reasons. Being...

High Skill Gymnastics: How & Why?

About 4 years ago I started to make connections between my lack of neck health with handstand push-ups. Every time there was a workout that called for handstand push-ups I would have a headache for days afterwards. If I felt this way and have been doing this stuff for...

A Programming Guide For Your Athletes

We've all done it before: you tailor the programming to please a group of people that wants "more". Usually these situations people are asking for more benchmarks, more hero workouts, more volume or more beatdowns! We know that the common misconception is that more is...

The Most Important Five Minutes of your Day

By Coach Taylor Poulin The 5 minutes after the warm up and before the strength work of the day can arguably be the most crucial of your lesson plan.  Box Programming offers guidelines and focal points on tissue work, dynamic activation, and prepatory movements that a...

Training While Owning a Gym

When you own a gym getting in great training sessions is much more difficult. The common misconception is that owning gym = get to workout all the time, but more times than not there will be distractions when trying to get "you time" in your place of business. This is...

Rotating Training Template Debate

Training Templates  If I had a nickel for the amount of times I've been asked "what about my clients that only train 2x a week?" I'd have a lot of nickels =) There are a lot of things to consider when writing a template for group programming, but one of them shouldn't...

The Conditioning vs. Strength Debate

Programming for group classes is challenging for a number of reasons. We don't have the luxury of being able to tailor a program to one individual's needs and goals. We also only have our athletes for a limited amount of time each week. The question becomes what are...

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...

Scaling, Substitutions, and Repeating Open Workouts

The blessing and curse of CrossFit is that it's competitive. A lot of former athletes gravitate to CrossFit as a method of staying competitive after their athletic careers are over. This is one of the major reasons I fell in love with CrossFit. There are so many ways...

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...

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