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Coaches Chat - Brian Foley and Jim Crowell Discuss The 2019 CrossFit Games

Aug 12

Jim Crowell and Brian Foley discussed some of the broad things that Brian enjoyed, noticed, and was surprised by in the 2019 CrossFit Games. Brian discussed what Mat Fraser has that other athletes do not. Brian also spoke about how athletes can take what they've learned and organize their training to create a successful upcoming season.

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Day 1 of the 2019 CrossFit Games

Aug 02

Each event is quite literally, survival of the fitness. Day 1 of the 2019 CrossFit Games started with the Opening Ceremonies. The variety and sheer amount of flags waving while athletes walked onto...

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From Cocaine to the CrossFit Open: Dominic Scalzo

Jul 29

Dominic Scalzo, has overcome some major triumphs in his life - drugs, overdoses and rehab. Now he is taking on the October 2019 CrossFit Open with his sights set on the 2020 CrossFit Games after a 66th finish world wide in the 2019 CrossFit Open back in March.

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The 5 Stages Of Fitness Training Mastery

Jul 26

Brian Foley wrote a great piece about what he's finding with his athletes and their ongoing growth in fitness, and then he spoke to Jim Crowell about his findings. He's identified a great foundation of stages that fitness athletes go through on the way to their ultimate precipice. There is a lot to learn about yourself as an athlete and as a person as you move through these stages, but just being aware of where you are can be a positive and eye opening experience.

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Coach Chat - Mike McElroy Discusses Building Confidence In Fitness And Life

Jul 26

Jim Crowell and Mike McElroy dug into how athletes can build stronger confidence in themselves at all levels of their fitness. From a young kid through his years playing golf, to his time on the floor as a multi-year CrossFit Games Regional Athlete, to now moving into the triathlon world, Mike has learned what he and his athletes need in order to progress through the numerous ups and downs that life throws at them. Enjoy!

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Answers to the #1 Big Question of the 2019 CrossFit Games

Jul 26

Big Dawgs Coaches Answer the Question that everyone is asking about the new layout of the 2019 CrossFit Games.

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What I did after I lost my spot at the CrossFit Games: Kristine Best

Jul 25

Kristine Best talks about losing what could have been a qualifying spot leading into the 2019 CrossFit Games and what her game plan is to ensure the success of her future competitive season during her second attempt to qualify for the 2020 Season through the 2019 CrossFit Open.

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Coach Chat - Henry Torano Discusses The Need For Truth And Discipline In Fitness

Jul 25

Henry Torano is a man of his word. When Henry tells you something, you can trust it because he's a straight shooter. He takes that disciplined truth into all aspects of his life. From a high-level football player to CrossFitter to Triathlete, Henry has felt all of the same things that his clients and athletes feel in their training, so he's able to communicate with them honestly so that they have the best foundation with which to progress from. Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Sean McGovern Discusses How Genetics, Environment, and Psychology Lead To Fitness Success

Jul 24

Jim Crowell and Sean McGovern discuss how Sean helps his clients build the right environmental support systems, psychology, and consistency in order to optimize their human performance in and out of the gym. We delve into what lead Sean to being fascinated by the other 14 hours outside of sleeping and training and why he focuses so much on that time along with training with his clients.

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What Is Remote Coaching?

Jul 24

This article digs deeply into what remote coaching is. Along the way, we discuss the other forms of online fitness training and coaching that exist, but we then narrow in to Individual Design Remote Coaching as the article's focus. We discuss which clients and athletes remote coaching is good for, and we discuss which clients and athletes remote coaching is bad for. And then, we discuss what quality remote coaching should look like for you from your coach. Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Mizar Fuentes Ortega Discusses How Mindset Controls Your Fitness

Jul 24

Jim Crowell and Mizar Fuentes Ortega discuss so much about how mindset ultimately leads athletes to either reaching or failing to reach their fitness goals. Mizar discusses how his athletes effectively align their lifestyle to their training so that they give themselves the best opportunities to succeed in their own fitness. We also discuss Mizar's background with high level gymnastics, CrossFit, and then Jiu Jitsu and how each of those experiences have lead him to an even stronger conviction that what happens between the ears is what makes or breaks his athletes. Enjoy!

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The First National Champion of the Dominican Republic: Yuyi Aldaño

Jul 23

Big Dawgs Athlete, Yuyi Aldaño, qualified for his first CrossFit Games through the Open. A highly recognizable figure in the fitness scene in the Dominican Republic, Yuyi Aldaño has been working w...

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Coach Chat - Whitney Reese Discusses Winning For The Long-Run

Jul 18

Whitney Reese and Jim Crowell discuss how her long history in numerous sports, soccer being the leader, her storied academic and Physical Therapy career, her CrossFit Games experience, and her exploration into her own priorities have lead her to her coaching style that is built off of individual support for all of her clients. In this article, you'll really get a great insight into what drives Whitney and how smart she really is. Thankfully, she slowed things down to keep Jim on board! Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Michael Bann Discusses How To Build Human Resiliency

Jul 18

Jim Crowell spent a quick 20 minutes with Big Dawgs Coach Michael Bann going down the rabbit hole in a plethora of different topics surrounding physiology, resiliency, and training/mentoring tactical athletes. Throughout the show, they discuss how Michael differentiates how he helps his clients versus other online coaches' styles via his in-depth assessment of physiology and movement. He details what his definition of "resiliency" is and how he aims to increase this in his clients.

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Coach Chat - Sam Smith Discusses How To Help CrossFit Games Athletes Win

Jul 16

Jim Crowell and Sam Smith talk about what Sam is doing with his 3 CrossFit Games athletes leading into the Games, and we dig into the habits that every athlete can put into place in order to make yours of progress to reach their fitness and competitive goals. From there, we discuss how Sam's high-level golf career helped him develop many of his lifestyle and coaching cues for his athletes. We then discussed how Sam helps his athletes focus on what they can control as opposed to worrying about what the rest of the field is doing. Sam finishes out the conversation by discussing his interest in continuing to explore the limits of human potential within multiple buckets of fitness. Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Will Trujillo Explains The Full Fitness Athlete Continuum

Jul 16

Big Dawgs Coach, Will Trujillo, discusses how he helps his fitness athletes improve throughout their entire fitness lifecycle whether they are just beginning a 10 year progression or whether they are finishes their fitness career in favor of their next goals in life. They discuss how Will's background in football, high level CrossFit Games competition, physical therapy, and coaching athletes such as Tommy Vinas - Tommy V - have helped him progress all of his clients and athletes forward more successfully.

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Coach Chat - Brian Foley Discusses How To Approach The Games With An Elimination Event 1

Jul 12

Jim Crowell and Brian Foley discuss how Brian helps his athletes make perpetual progress while always enjoying their fitness experience, and they also discuss how Brian would help his athletes approach the CrossFit Games knowing that they be eliminated after event 1 for the first time in the Games' history.

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How Do You Overcome Pain In A Fitness Competition or Training Workout?

Jul 10

The article discusses how athletes can practice to improve their ability to overcome tiring or burning out in a fitness workout or fitness competition. We discuss how they can improve their results in both training and competitions by implementing physical and mental preparation and practice in training as well as physical and mental tactics during a competition

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Successful Fitness Athletes Have Self-Belief and Self-Reliance

Jul 08

Great athletes in all sports, especially fitness athletes, have self belief in themselves as well as self reliance. The more you make that a part of what you're training every day, the better you will be on the competition floor. In this article, we discuss some great ways to improve your self-reliance and self-belief so that you can continue to move forward on and off of the gym floor.

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OVERHEARD: When Templates Go Wrong

Jun 28

Ideally a linear type of progression works. Such as the example below: WEEK 1: 3 reps x 5 sets @ 87% WEEK 2: 3 reps x 5 sets @ 89% WEEK 3: 3 reps x 5 sets @ 91% But what happens when you completel...

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Avoiding Movement Roadblocks

Jun 24

A lot of us can relate to that one workout up on the board that we all dread. We probably all have that goat of a movement that really can throw a wrench in our plans for a solid fitness session. W...

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Can You Balance Training and Work?

Jun 10

If you hold your personal development (physical and performance-based) to a high level, something you’ll no doubtably experience is the predicament of trying to find some level of balance between y...

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Fasted Aerobic Work

May 24

Fasted aerobic work (FAW), a term that I would categorize as a “hot topic.” A tool the social media world sees as the holy grail for the body of their dreams. Let’s not forget FAW is just a tool. A...

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How Do You Prepare Your Mindset for Training?

May 14

How do you prepare your mindset for training? While this might seem like a trivial question to ponder, there’s actually a lot in it. Before we dive into that, let’s create context around what I mea...

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Who Should Be Taking Supplements?

May 07

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me about supplements, I’d have a lot of dollars. The market utilizes our culture’s “quick fix” mentality to sell supplements aimed at mitigating all t...

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Goal Setting and Execution

Apr 29

Goal Setting and Execution   How do you set a goal? Simple, you pick something you want to attain and start working towards it. If it were that easy everyone would have everything they’ve ever wan...

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Triangle of Success

Apr 22

What breeds success in competitive fitness? While that can be a broad question, let’s pull it apart. First, we need to define success. We have to remember whenever we think of success we filter tha...

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Keep Inflammation at Bay

Apr 14

What is inflammation? By definition, inflammation is the “reaction of a tissue to injury or infection, characterized by heat, redness, swelling and pain”. This reaction is a necessary process for o...

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10 Shades of Fruits and Vegetables Per Day

Apr 08

When it comes to nourishment, one prescription we give out to all our clients is a bountiful assortment of colors in their diet each day from fruits and vegetables. In this blog post we are going t...

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Consistency is the Key to Success

Mar 29

What can I learn from Mat Fraser and other elite athletes to better my performance? One word. Consistency. One principle that transcends all elite performers is consistency over time. Before we div...

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