The Numbers Behind the CrossFit Games

This past July we had a special opportunity. The 88 fittest men and women in the world competed against each other at the 2010 CrossFit Games and were ranked from first to last. Furthermore, they spilled their guts about their benchmarks and PRs, self-reporting everything from Fran times to 1RM deadlifts. Wondering if we couldContinue reading “The Numbers Behind the CrossFit Games”

A Year of Learning

I started experimenting with CrossFit about four years ago. Since that time I have learned much as I continue to discover CrossFit. However, in the past year I’ve had the opportunity to train, communicate, and coach with more CrossFit athletes than I once thought existed. This has exposed me to more information than ever, andContinue reading “A Year of Learning”

Primal Blueprint Fitness Review

Mark Sisson is the creator of Mark’s Daily Apple, a website devoted to teaching people how to “live primally.”  He uses evolutionary biology and scientific evidence to formulate a lifestyle that results in optimal health and fitness for the human body. In my humble opinion, Mark’s ideas are pretty sound, especially his dietary advice, whichContinue reading “Primal Blueprint Fitness Review”

Lies, Damned Lies, and Muscle Tone

The idea of “toning your muscles” is one of the biggest lies to become firmly cemented in conventional wisdom. There is no such thing as “toning your muscles.” Sorry, it doesn’t exist. The concept that conventional wisdom calls “toning” is a combination of two very real things: gaining muscle mass and reducing excess body fat.Continue reading “Lies, Damned Lies, and Muscle Tone”

Gloves and Tape for CrossFit?

You are welcome to wear gloves or gratuitously tape your hands while working out in our box. But as a general rule, I strongly recommend against both. Here’s why. In many of our days gone by at the Globo-Gym, gloves were as integral to the experience as bench press on Mondays and the yes/no machineContinue reading “Gloves and Tape for CrossFit?”

The Tank Model of Fitness

// CrossFit’s definition of fitness is as measurable, observable, and repeatable as any you will find. Eschewing the typical vagaries and silly bullshit of the fitness industry, CrossFit does not seek to hide behind words that have little meaning. Rather, CrossFit rigidly defines and captures the concepts that matter most to the science ofContinue reading “The Tank Model of Fitness”

Top Ten CrossFit Aha! Moments

Have you ever struggled with an idea or physical maneuver and then suddenly had a moment of clarity where it all makes sense? That’s what some call an Aha! moment. What follows is a list of ten Aha! moments from my short history with CrossFit. They range from the narrowly specific to the widely general.Continue reading “Top Ten CrossFit Aha! Moments”