Category: training

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Keys To Longevity in Training

Mar 18

“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

Mar 15

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

Mar 08

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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Open Strategy Guide: 19.2

Mar 01

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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Warm ups: Why are they important?

Feb 04

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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Cool Down and Post Workout Fueling

Dec 10

The main takeaways: 1) The recovery process starts once your session has finished 2) Easy blood flow and mindful stretching post training are great tools to start the recovery process 3) Diaphragmatic breathing is a great tool to help transition the body from a sympathetically driven state to a parasympathetic state 4) Ensure your body has cooled down before consuming food or shakes post workout 5) Prioritize food hygiene (great chewing, sitting down, relaxing) when consuming food post workout 6) Post Workout macronutrient prescriptions and the food choices within it are highly individualized

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The Best Time to Train

Nov 26

What if I told you there were optimal times to train in the day? That’s probably something you’d be interested in hearing. The truth is, there are times throughout the day that are more optimal tha...

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Proper Preparation for Specific Training Sessions: Strength Training

Nov 08

The main takeaways: 1) Identify the key point of the session; if its strength based, think nervous system preparation 2) Great blood flow and movement specific work on the front end 3) Prepare the pattern with lighter/faster variations 4) Allow for an adequate build up to tough sets to prepare the brain for the voluntary contraction required The main phase: “Prepare with purpose”

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