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

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


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
16 Jul

Coach Chat - Will Trujillo Explains The Full Fitness Athlete Continuum


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
12 Jul

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


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?
10 Jul

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


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
08 Jul

Successful Fitness Athletes Have Self-Belief and Self-Reliance


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
28 Jun

OVERHEARD: When Templates Go Wrong


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
24 Jun

Avoiding Movement Roadblocks


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?
10 Jun

Can You Balance Training and Work?


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
24 May

Fasted Aerobic Work


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?
14 May

How Do You Prepare Your Mindset for Training?


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?
07 May

Who Should Be Taking Supplements?


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
29 Apr

Goal Setting and Execution


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
22 Apr

Triangle of Success


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
14 Apr

Keep Inflammation at Bay


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
08 Apr

10 Shades of Fruits and Vegetables Per Day


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
29 Mar

Consistency is the Key to Success


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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Get Better Sleep
25 Mar

Get Better Sleep


What is the most powerful performance enhancer that’s also free? Sleep. Paraphrasing a section from Matthew Walker’s book entitled “Why We Sleep” will give some perspective: “Obtain anything less t...

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Open Strategy Guide: 19.5
22 Mar

Open Strategy Guide: 19.5


Download: Open Strategy Guide 19.5  Many of us predicted based on past CrossFit Open seasons that the last workout of 2019 would be a variation of thrusters and pull ups. That being said, 19.5 is....

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Keys To Longevity in Training
18 Mar

Keys To Longevity in Training


“You miss the trees in the woods if you try to build Rome in a day”. That nonsensical made up quote really reminds me of the point I’m trying to get across today. ‘Longevity’.  We are all on this ...

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Open Strategy Guide: 19.4
15 Mar

Open Strategy Guide: 19.4


Download the Open Strategy Guide: 19.4 In the fourth week of the CrossFit Open, Dave Castro gives us burpees... and snatches... and bar muscle ups. Our coaches have broken down the workout, equipme...

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Open Strategy Guide: 19.3
08 Mar

Open Strategy Guide: 19.3


Download the Open Strategy Guide: 19.3 Week 3 of the CrossFit Open brings us some new movements. The real work starts at the strict handstand pushups, sHSPU, and inside the guide we go over how to...

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Why CrossFit Athletes Need Carbs
05 Mar

Why CrossFit Athletes Need Carbs


The athlete and the goal will always dictate the training and nutritional program. Each athlete is unique, and so should their program reflect that. For the sake of our discussion, we are going to ...

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Why Athletes Need Fats
05 Mar

Why Athletes Need Fats


But I thought fat makes you fat? Eh, there’s a bit more to it than that. In this post, we are going to discuss why we need fat and why it’s an important tool in an athlete’s diet. The points we wil...

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Open Strategy Guide: 19.2
01 Mar

Open Strategy Guide: 19.2


Week 2 of the CrossFit Open brings a repeat workout from 2016. However, there is one key factor that changed; there is an 8 minute clock to start the workout rather than consistent 4 minute clocks....

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Should I Get A Coach During The Open?
25 Feb

Should I Get A Coach During The Open?


Athletes are focused people. They work hard, they want to learn about their sport, and they crave progress. They’re willing to put it all on the line to succeed. In their pursuit of success they a...

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Open Strategy Guide: 19.1
22 Feb

Open Strategy Guide: 19.1


By now we have all learned what the CrossFit Open Workout 19.1 is: Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of: 19 wall-ball shots19-cal. row Women: 14lb WB to 9’ Men: 20lb WB to 10’...

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Why Should We Mix Up Our Proteins?
18 Feb

Why Should We Mix Up Our Proteins?


Proteins are one of three macronutrients we consume in our food. Arguably the most important as they are the building blocks for the body. One aspect regarding protein consumption that often gets n...

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Getting Unplugged
11 Feb

Getting Unplugged


When was the last time you went a full day without your phone, computer, TV, iPad? Probably can’t remember. Disconnecting from the “system” is something we ALL need to partake in more often. We are...

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Warm ups: Why are they important?
04 Feb

Warm ups: Why are they important?


Here are a few pieces to think about: Preparing aerobic system (pulmonary, cardiovascular, and muscular systems) for work ahead Getting the mind prepared and centered on the tasks ahead Getting th...

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Understand Your Poop
28 Jan

Understand Your Poop


Poop. We all do it. Excreting out waste we don’t need. While it may be a “faux paw” to talk about poop, there’s a ton of value we can extract from our poop. In this post, we are going to talk about...

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