Category: crossfit-games

Training Alone

Oct 12

"If you’re an athlete who competes in an individual sport and you can’t train alone or struggle to train alone, you need to stop trying to compete. " A bold, powerful statement made by Coach Sam Smith after working with hundreds of competitive athletes. Check out his reflections on training for an individual sport and how understand if it's really what you want.

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The importance of “rate” in the sport of CrossFit

Sep 02

Ten repetitions of rope climbs vs ten repetitions of pull ups is vastly different when it comes to total time. Determining your rate of reps during any given workout can be extremely complex and strategic if you look closely. Dive into the breakdown of comparisons with Coach Sam Smith as he lays out his thoughts of determining how to be successful by mastering your rate of movements in the sport of CrossFit.

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Off Season w/ Coach Henry Torano

Apr 19

As the 2021 CrossFit Open and subsequent Quarterfinals come to an end, only a very select few of the world’s top athletes advance to the next Semi Finals stage. This also marks the end of the season for everyone else. For this majority of athletes, the Monday following Quarterfinals is day 1 of preparation for the 2022 season. But what exactly does this mean?

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2021 CrossFit OPEN Strategy Guide 21.3 & 21.4

Mar 25

The excitement of the early release is setting the stage for a crazy finish! As many predicted, we have a two part workout with 21.3 and 21.4 giving double the opportunity to earn some points. Check out what our Big Dawgs Coaches have to say about this one...

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2021 CrossFit OPEN Strategy Guide 21.2

Mar 19

Round two of strategy talk with Big Dawgs Coaches! If you missed this bad boy in 2017 you're in for a treat. If you didn't miss it...well there's not much to say except make sure you only have to do it once. Good luck athletes!

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2021 CrossFit OPEN Strategy Guide 21.1

Mar 12

Take a dive into strategy tips from our Big Dawgs Coaches on how you can approach the first workout of the 2021 CrossFit Open. They review the workout, warm up suggestions, setup considerations and fueling advice.

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The CrossFit Open season is on our doorstep. ARE YOU READY?

Feb 17

If you plan on doing the 2021 CrossFit Open, we recommend first you define WHY you are doing the Open? For fun? Peer pressure? For the community aspect? To push your limits? To qualify for the Quar...

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How strong do you need to be in CrossFit?

Feb 15

Strength Metrics and CrossFit If there’s one topic that drives up quite a bit of conversation in the competitive Crossfit world it’s strength metrics. This discussion usually moves in the direction...

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What Big Dawgs Athlete Colleen Fotsch Eats on a Rest Day

Jun 25

Colleen Fotsch is a multi-year CrossFit Games athlete having competed at the Games on both a Team and as an Individual. She was a collegiate swimmer for Cal and is currently studying for a masters ...

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Big Dawgs Stands Against Racism within the CrossFit® Community

Jun 09

The recent communication from Greg Glassman is unfortunate and Big Dawgs does not condone it in any way. We’ve never been affiliated with them as a business, but we have a big place in our hearts f...

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Coaches Chats - Whitney Reese Discusses The CrossFit Games Going Back to Aromas, California

Jun 02

Whitney Reese competed at the CrossFit Games in Carson, California in 2010, but she was training at a high level prior to that when the Games were in Aromas, California. Fast forwarding to today, w...

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2019 - 2020 Wodapalooza Team Qualifier Strategy Guide

Dec 09

Big Dawgs coaches, Carl Hardwick and Sam Smith give you their 2019 Wodapalooza Team Qualifier notes.

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CrossFit Open 20.5 Workout Predictions And Commentary

Nov 04

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. This is the last week of guesses. Enjoy!

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Open Strategy Guide 20.4

Nov 01

Big Dawgs Coaches Sam Smith and Brian Foley walk you through everything you'll need to be successful in the Open Workout 20.4

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CrossFit Open 20.4 Workout Predictions And Commentary

Oct 29

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. This is week 4 of 5's guesses. Enjoy! CEO, Jim Crowell, recaps the 2020 CrossFit Open so far going into some detail on CrossFit Open Workout 20.3 top scores, BD athlete's performances and gives a nod to Coach Mizar guessing correctly. Then he shares Big Dawgs coaches' predictions for 20.4, most of which predict some kind of muscle up, wall-ball or heavy clean.

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CrossFit Open Strategy Guide 20.1

Oct 11

Big Dawgs Coaches Sam Smith and Brian Foley walk you through everything you'll need to be successful in the 2020 CrossFit Open. In this article, Sam and Brian walk through CrossFit Open 20.2 which is a 10 rounds for time - 8 Ground to Overhead - 95#/65# 10 Bar Facing Burpees Enjoy!

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CrossFit Open 20.1 Workout Prediction And Commentary

Oct 07

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. This is week 1 of 5's predictions. Enjoy!

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Planning a Competitive CrossFit Season With the Open In October

Sep 10

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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5 Tips for Succeeding in the Open

Aug 27

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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What Does Good Mean In CrossFit? Brian Foley And Jim Crowell Discuss

Aug 24

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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Coaches Chat - Sam Smith And Henry Torano Talk Athletes And The 2019 CrossFit Games

Aug 21

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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Will Trujillo Talks Tommy V, Invictus, And The 2019 CrossFit Games

Aug 21

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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Coach 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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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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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 - 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 - 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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Open Strategy Guide: 19.5

Mar 22

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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