Over the years I have gotten this question a lot. What sets your gyms apart from other CrossFit gyms? It is a question that I have always struggled with. Obviously I am a strong believer in our coaches, in our program, and in what we have built. But I have never wanted to compare our gyms to others by criticizing them or trying to build us up by tearing them down. I can only speak for what we do and what we stand for. I can't speak for anyone else. That is why we came up with a simple phrase that describes what we do and I want to break that down for you. At our gyms we get people in the best shape of their lives, at their own pace, in a supportive community. So what exactly does that mean?
We are in the thick of the Open right now and with it comes the weekly decision. Should I repeat the workout? In this article I want to explore what you are giving up if you do decide to repeat the workout each week. What are you gaining and what are you losing? Is it worth it? With all of the changes to the CrossFit Games season it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the majority of people to do the workouts more than once. Not only does it not make sense but it is actually setting you back. Let me tell you why.
If you have been around CrossFit very much then you have probably heard that it is constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity. You get that it is constantly varied. You do something different every day. Anyone who has been to CrossFit more than a few times knows this. You probably also get the functional movement part. We do movements that the body was meant to perform. They mirror movements outside the gym. What has gotten gotten confused a lot is the high intensity piece. What exactly does this mean and how can you apply it to your training?
One of the most common questions that I get is "What should I eat?" There is so much information out there these days that it can be very confusing. Should I be eating keto? Paleo? High protein diet? Low carb diet? Low fat diet? Meat only diet? McDonald's only? I want to use this article to simplify your diet a little bit and to give you an example of what a healthy day of eating might look like. When it comes to diet I like to keep it as simple as possible and I want to give you some basic principles that apply to your diet and show you how to apply them.
The 2019 CrossFit Open starts tonight (well the first 2019 Open). There have been a ton of changes this year and everyone is wondering what it means for the sport. I want to address some of the questions that I have been getting and tell you about how we are approaching the Open as an organization, as well as how I personally will be approaching it.
So you have a goal. A big, hairy, scary goal. When you think about it you get a little nervous. Maybe even scared. It paralyzes you to even think about accomplishing it. So what do you do? I want to give you some practical application on how to break a goal down into manageable chunks so that you can achieve it. I want to teach you how to reverse engineer your goals.
I want to talk about a very powerful tool that has helped me out that I call visual motivation. This tool is something that has kept me moving towards my goals every single day, whether I feel like it or not. In this article I want to tell you what it is and give you some examples of how it can help you in your life.
I want to tell you about something that has had a big impact in my life, which is adding a morning routine. Every person's routine looks different but a morning routine sets the tone for the day. It lets you head out the door feeling in control of the day, instead of the other way around. You can leave the house with some momentum that will continue to roll through the rest of the day. I want to tell you about my routine, what it has done for me, and how you can figure yours out. I hope that you can apply this to your life and possibly see as many benefit as I have.
What does it take to succeed in the gym? What does it take to reach your fitness and performance goals? Why do some people succeed and some people have trouble? I believe that there are 3 pillars to success in fitness. If you have one of these pillars in place then you probably won't make much progress. If you have two of these in place then you might make progress or you might not. If you have all three in place then I can guarantee you that you will make progress and have success.
"Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters."-Nathaniel Emmons
2019 is upon us and with it comes the New Years Resolutions. Every year people try to start the New Year off with resolutions to change their life, but by February most people have abandoned them. This year I want to challenge you to do something different. If you are a person who struggles to keep your resolution then I would say you need to become the person who does what you tell yourself you will do. How do you do this? By making the actions a habit and building trust in yourself. This year I want to challenge you to make habits, not resolutions.