The question has surfaced in conversations for years now, both within the CrossFit world and among its critics: What if the one of the fittest athletes from a major pro sports league like the NFL entered the CrossFit Games? He’d obviously mop the floor with everybody else, right?
Do your friends and family think you are a little crazy for doing CrossFit? At the very least I think that the majority of CrossFitters are viewed as a group highly devoted to elite fitness, conscious of their bodies and diets, and perhaps "taking it all a bit too far."
New to CrossFit and not sure where to begin? If so, then welcome. This series will address the primary concerns and focal points for a starting CrossFit athlete, orienting your use of resources throughout the entire CrossFit.com universe.
Dr. Andrew Hatchett is asked to teach a weight-training course at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He introduces his students to CrossFit in hopes of producing and new and better breed of fitness professional.
It is very impressive that there are more and more people who are becoming health-conscious. In fact, there are many men and women from all over the world looking for the edge when it comes to fitness.
Your body is tired – of your routine! Sticking to one type of exercise or sport can inhibit you from achieving your ultimate workout goals. Typically, people use exercise and sports to become stronger, build endurance and avoid injuries.
The health and fitness universe has had a number of new trends booming virtually overnight. Extremely mind numbing diets and fad-like workout programs made a huge splash only to fall flat on their faces once the next big thing comes around.
If you’re on the road, chances are, you may have a hard time getting motivated to work out. A reason may stem from the unknown equipment available to you at the hotel fitness center, thus skipping out on your daily dose of fitness.
When I hosted my reader survey awhile back, the results on CrossFit were a total cluster: roughly 25% of y’all said that it was your favorite thing to read about on my blog while 25% of you also said it was your least favorite. What’s a girl to do with that?!
Traditional athletic shoes are made with a bunch of high-tech padding and foam intended to absorb the shock of feet repeatedly pounding the ground. But it turns out that the very padding that’s intended to protect can actually hurt.
“Cinderella, dressed in yella, went downstairs to kiss a fella. …” You may not have jumped to a rhyme in more than a decade (if ever), but surely by now you understand the benefits (cardiovascular endurance, coordination, fat burning, calf burning) of jumping rope. Choose one of these ropes to get skipping.
I’m a sucker for a good T-shirt. When I find a T-shirt I love, I purchase it. No matter if it’s $5 or $75, I will walk out of the store with that shirt. I’ve been known to spend way more on T-shirts than acceptable.
It's something we are hearing more and more these days -- schools are eliminating gym classes to make more time for academics. Or perhaps it's budgetary constraints that lead schools to phase out physical education.
As a parent it can be daunting to select activities in which to enroll your child. Sports, dance, or martial arts? What about school? Kids have a lot going on these days and they also have their own opinions about things.
The definition of a community can be summarized as a group of people who share common values and interests that live in the same area. Within the community everyone has a role that helps the community work properly.
CrossFit Kids creates a safe learning environment for all CrossFitters. Having a safe learning environment helps children of all ages try new experiences, which enhances their knowledge, learning, and success.
CrossFit Striking is a new specialty course offered through CrossFit.com. This course has been developed by Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame inductee and LAPD SWAT Team member George Ryan to incorporate striking movements into CrossFit workouts.
CrossFit's mission is to fuel a revolution in fitness based on the pursuit of function, not form -- on measurements of performance, not anatomy. We want rings and bumper plates in our gyms, not machines.
The CrossFit Training Guide is a collection of CrossFit Journal Articles written over the last 10 years primarily by Coach Greg Glassman on the foundational movements and concepts that comprise the CrossFit methodology.
Athletes of every age and ability are getting fit for life by embracing CrossFit training methods. Starting as a single gym in 1995, CrossFit now has approximately 4500 affiliated gyms and 500,000 members worldwide.
The CrossFit dietary prescription is as follows:
Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.
Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycemic and account for about 40% of your total caloric load.
The paleo diet essentially allows lean meats, fish, veggies, some fruit, tree nuts (not peanuts) and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. This excludes… grains, legumes, white potatoes, dairy, and corn.
Ketogenic Diet is a very low carbohydrate, high fat, “adequate protein” diet. Ketogenic diets have proven helpful to people with uncontrolled epilepsy and may be of benefit to epileptics in general, to victims of stroke and other forms of brain injury and possibly cancer. It has become somewhat popular among CrossFit-ters and followers of the paleo diet.
I finally had a chance to put together another home CrossFit workout. If you missed the last one, you can find it here. This workout is all about speed and going through the movements as fast as you can, while still keeping good form.
Happy Hump Day! I’m glad to get back to my usual What I Ate Wednesday posts, thanks to the lovely Jenn for always hosting! It’s a great link up to see what everyone else is eating around the blog world and gain lots of ideas!
First off, look where “Peanut” was this morning! Don’t you just love the wine selection? You can’t go wrong with a little Charles Shaw (I WISH I could have some!). The first thing Keenan said when he saw her was “Silly Peanut, she shouldn’t drink wine!”
From the late seventies to the early nineties, Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School, a private academy for precocious skiers, was a veritable farm club for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, placing a total of 44 students on the squad.
With the open just around the corner, you should have a good sense of how you will do before the first event is released. The work that you have put in since the last Crossfit Games with either be enough or it won’t.
I found this article on the CFO facebook page. I thought it showed a great representation and perpective of how some of the popular health myths about cardiovascular disease came to be. If you attended the SMC Colloquium, this topic was brought up several times.
Specialization in sports is a topic I’ve been very familiar with since working at Velocity Sports Performance. These days it’s very common to see 12 year old kids (or younger) that train and compete year-round for just one sport.
“So it might be pretty obvious that CrossFit is all about (the) musculoskeletal system, cardiorespiratory system, but what isn’t as obvious is the effect of exercise on the brain,” says Dr. Jon Gary, a member of CrossFit Kids.
The 2014 CrossFit Open continues with workout 14.2, a combo of overhead squats and chest-to-bar pullups. Just like last week for 14.1, we bring together an all-star panel of some of the best coaches in the world of CrossFit to give you their thoughts on the workout and how they would counsel athletes to tackle it with tips & advice from their extensive coaching experience.
I saw a picture on Facebook the other day of two possible responses a woman has to a violent attack. In one, the woman is cowering in terror, arms above her head in an attempt to shield herself in what we can only guess will be a losing battle.I saw a picture on Facebook the other day of two possible responses a woman has to a violent attack. In one, the woman is cowering in terror, arms above her head in an attempt to shield herself in what we can only guess will be a losing battle.
In this series, get a sneak peak at Tony Blauer’s Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar hosted by San Francisco CrossFit. Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, provides seminars to CrossFitters to teach the basics of self-defense and how to implement them through CrossFit.
You know that CrossFit as a sport is growing extremely fast (see “How Fast Is CrossFit Growing? The Chart Tells The Story” to see for yourself), and you know the CrossFit Games are growing fast. But did you realize how fast?
Joseph Cofrancesco, front, and others lift weights while being observed by judges at CrossFit Balance in Washington, D.C.; the CrossFit Games, which are televised by ESPN in the summer, have attracted about 200,000 competitors this year.
CrossFit incorporates high-intensity interval training, power lifting, and Olympic weight lifting—but the popular workout's creators aren't taking any cues from the International Olympic Committee when it comes to allowing trans women to compete.
Coach Ken (CJ) Crowder of CrossFit 77 in North Carolina previously laid out his thoughts on the 7 most overrated CrossFit exercises. Now he is back with his thoughts on the 7 most underrated CrossFit exercises/movements.
The story is classic: Gabe Subry and Vince Carter were training out of a traditional gym, and when their clientele grew and the space wasn’t able to accommodate CrossFit training, the pair opened CrossFit 209 Sport, the first box in Stockton, Calif. Now they’ve got all the toys they need.
I have little use for the gear debate about which shoes are better for which workout, whether tights help anything at all, which speed rope is best, what wicking system will keep my crotch drier, or whether I’ll produce 2 percent more power lifting off plywood instead of stall mats.
According to Dave Castro, HQ Director of Training, he is not an expert on the Rogue yoke but “a casual observer and a casual user.” Learn how he incorporates this piece of strongman equipment into his training repertoire.
CrossFit for beginners: A guide to all things CrossFit. If you’re a CrossFit beginner, or have been thinking about joining the CrossFit craze, here is some information, resources, and beginner CrossFit workouts to get you started!
You might have heard the buzz about CrossFit, but like any new workout plan, it sounds a little intimidating. After all, the idea of super-high-intensity lifting, running, jumping, lunging, and squatting is enough to get your heart racing just thinking about it.
So you’ve got a buddy at work who began doing some crazy fitness fad called “Crossfit” last year, and now, it’s all he can talk about. He keeps encouraging you to give it a try and swears you’ll enjoy it. “You’ll be hooked after a week,” he claims.
In celebration of our opening, the second of our free, all-comers workshop focuses on what can be an intimidating piece of equipment, which ironically is one of the most used in CrossFit: the gym rings.
The long run is the cornerstone of marathon training, yet it trips up many runners. You may be one of them: Once you start amping up the volume, your body starts shutting down. Another 26.2 dream dashed.
Think like a parent. What could you instill in your child that would have a greater impact than those lessons learned from good ol’-fashioned hard work? Think about these lessons for a moment. Like any good lesson, they don’t seem to lose their luster, do they?
My son, Eric, started CrossFit at CrossFit Pacific Beach in 2010, and he immediately began using a variety of tactics—including begging, shaming and demanding—to get me and my husband, Tim, to try it out. Eric was convinced we’d love it.
Ever wonder how the best CrossFit athletes get competition-ready? Here are the go-to exercises of the top 2013 CrossFit Games competitors, including the reining champs, Rich Froning and Samantha Briggs.