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?”

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”

Preparing for a CrossFit Competition

The most important thing you can do to prepare for an upcoming competition is to train hard every week in the many months prior to the competition. Sorry, there is no magic pill, and your performance at a competition is determined by the cumulative discipline and effort of the many months prior. At two weeksContinue reading “Preparing for a CrossFit Competition”

CrossFit on the Road

if (top.location != self.location) top.location.replace(self.location); In the modern world in which we live, many of us are required to travel for our jobs, and we often travel for personal vacation.  We have probably all experienced, first-hand, the problem of finding a way to continue this crazy thing we have grown to love called CrossFit withoutContinue reading “CrossFit on the Road”