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And just like that, we’re out of the gates with the 2020 - in 2019 which still weirds me out a little bit haha. We saw that CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 was: For Time: 8 Ground To Overhead - snatc...

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Big Dawgs Coaches Sam Smith and Brian Foley walk you through everything you'll need to be successful in the 2020 CrossFit Open.

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So many people ask us “how do I get better for a competition,” so I decided to ask coach Sam Smith to help me better understand how athletes can spend a year building the important movements for a competition. More specifically, I asked him how to improve from one year’s CrossFit Open to next year’s CrossFit Open.

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We have been discussing the CrossFit Open with everybody inside of Big Dawgs, so I decided to ask coach Sam Smith to help me better understand how athletes can view the Open for themselves to get their best performance inside of it. Something important to note, though, is that this isn’t an article about how to train for a year - or 5 years - to peak physically for it. No, this article and video are about how to take wherever you sit, right now, and put your best result forward.

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We always enjoy tossing around some ideas about what we anticipate from the CrossFit Open every year. So, we've decided to put out some legitimate and some not so legitimate guesses each week of the 2020 CrossFit Open. Enjoy!

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These are a list of habits and points that we try to emphasize every day to our athletes. If we try and focus and develop these this will lead to a significant improvement in energy, digestion an...

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Whitney Reese sat down again to discuss more on the subject of quality movement in fitness. Last time we talked about what good movement is, how people can recognize how well or poorly they’re movi...

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Colleen Fotsch and Coach Sam Smith Sept. 24, 2019 Behind The Scene Training On this episode of Behind the Scenes Training, Coach Brian Foley dives into the why behind Colleen Fotsch's programmin...

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In the video, we hit on these big topics: What is a ring muscle up? - a definition and explanation to give context to the conversation Why are muscle ups challenging for people? - be it technique, strength, or muscle endurance, there are some barriers that people need to overcome. What technique and drills help improve the skill of the ring muscle up? What type of training or programming helps to improve your max muscle ups set? What helps you improve muscle ups in workouts when you're tired?

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We had a great conversation about organizing somebody’s season in the best way for them to succeed in their competitions while continuing to improve throughout the year.  Throughout this conversation, Henry and I discussed: -What to do with athletes with the shortened March 2019 CrossFit Open vs the October 2019 and 2020 Opens -How has the 2019 CrossFit Games season been different -How are you laying out competitive seasons for your athletes now

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Whitney Reese sat down with me today to break down movement. Movement is near and dear to all fitness athletes because they want to move faster, for longer, with less chance of risk - injury.  Move...

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Athletics, winning titles, and D1 sports were the first half of my life up until 25 years of age. I tell you all this not to boast, but so you can hear I came out on the other side & this is ...

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So your training has started for the Open. Whether you’re working with a coach who is individually programming your training sessions or following a blog, there’s no such thing as being “too prepared”. Big Dawgs coaches give you 5 tips for success during the CrossFit Open: 1. Lifestyle, 2. Prepare appropriately, 3. Follow the open prep guide, 4. Mindset, 5. Allow your body to recover

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Functional volume is the requisite amount of repetitions an athlete in the sport of fitness needs to build towards within their training design to match the relatively consistent amount of repetitions required to complete in online qualifiers, Sanctional events, and other various competitions.

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The 5 Stages to Fitness Training Mastery is a model in which the five predominate stages of physical development are broken down. It is designed to allow you to find your starting point and then em...

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Jim Crowell and Brian Foley sat down to discuss what GOOD means in CrossFit. So many people say that a CrossFitter is "good" but there aren't any qualifiers to that term. Jim asked Brian to qualify what Good means, so Brian discussed data - specific numbers good CrossFitters need to hit, mindset, history, and what good CrossFitters do outside of the gym! Enjoy!

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In this blog, Jim Crowell spoke to both Big Dawgs Coaches, Henry Torano and Sam Smith. They discussed the 4 athletes they had compete in the 2019 CrossFit Games, Colleen Fotsch, Nick Bloch, Yuyi Aldano, and Corrin Lemieux. The 3 of them discussed their take on the CrossFit Games format in 2019, what went well and what went poorly for their athletes, and what they will focus hard with all of their athletes on for the upcoming 2020 CrossFit Games and Sanctional Season. Enjoy!

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Jim Crowell and Will Trujillo suited up to discuss the 2019 CrossFit Games. Will had his athlete, Tommy Vinas, competing with Invictus' Team. They ended up taking 3rd place after a resilient and hard fought weekend in Madison. Will discussed what training and mental work helped Tommy step up and "race" all weekend to help Invictus make the podium, and then Will discussed what he'll do with all of his athletes to get them prepped for the 2019/2020 CrossFit and Sanctionals season. Enjoy!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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