The Carrot

The Carrot

18

Aug

2014

I was talking with a student the other day that was coming across a common experience in GPP training. It's that moment after all the early success is behind you. It's often after you experience that mind shift from "I want hard workouts" to learning to want and care about things you didn't know you wanted like skill, spec ...
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Waking Up with DEUCE Gym

Waking Up with DEUCE Gym

15

Aug

2014

I haven't necessarily received an "A for effort" in the leisure category lately. Though I don't want any sympathy here, the point I'm trying to make is I've been feeling a bit beat down as of late. As they say, "All work and no play...," right?Yesterday morning, I woke up as if my night of sleep was a cat nap. That early mo ...
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Two Birds, One Stone

Two Birds, One Stone

14

Aug

2014

Let me ask you a question. What does someone that can run a twenty minute 5K look like? Better yet, what does someone with a twenty minute 5K and a double body weight back squat look like? Scratch that. What does someone with a twenty minute 5K, a double double weight back squat, and a freestanding handstand look like?It's ...
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Is This a Blip on Your Radar Screen?

Is This a Blip on Your Radar Screen?

13

Aug

2014

A few weeks back I posted an intriguing question to Facebook, mostly to spark some thinking. It worked. The question was:"Is eating well and exercising for two years only to stop and return to a sedentary life better than not doing it at all?"As you can imagine, the question sparked quite an interesting debate. Some viewed ...
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Fitness Evil & Diffusing Responsibility

Fitness Evil & Diffusing Responsibility

12

Aug

2014

Training with intensity can ruffle feathers. Barbells, though legal, are often positioned as paraphernalia. Key terms like "CrossFit" and "high rep Olympic lifts" continue to trend as problematic sources of "fitness evil."There's a long list of people that can't wait to say "I told you so" if something happens to someone tr ...
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Light is Poisoning Your Sleep

Light is Poisoning Your Sleep

11

Aug

2014

The short story is that we've got this amazing hormone called cortisol. It's often referred in slang as "the stress hormone," as it's the fuel inside us to tell us, "Hey, it's daytime! You should go get food and have sex. Also, if you need to run from a tiger, we're ready to roll!"Our beautiful bodies as so complex and powe ...
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[VIDEO] Press, Push Press, Push Jerk

8

Aug

2014

The above video is old school as it gets in the CrossFit world. It's from a Level 1 seminar in the early days of CrossFit well over a decade ago. It's a brilliant display of the same task (shoulder to overhead) in three different ways progressing in  skill from the shoulder (strict) press to the push press to the push jerk ...
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Surrounded for Better or Worse

Surrounded for Better or Worse

7

Aug

2014

An observation that comes up a lot for me is the glimpse we, as coaches, get into the lives of our students. Since what we do is so comprehensive, it's quite easy to have an idea of what life looks like for our students outside the gym, too. We get to know our students. They have interesting careers and hobbies. They excel ...
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Make your Bed 2!

Make your Bed 2!

6

Aug

2014

I didn’t grow up in a house where I was made to tidy my room every day before I went to school. I, for the longest time, considered myself lucky for this fact. I mean, who needs to make their bed when they are just going to get right back into it and mess it up as soon as the next night comes. It wasn’t until recently d ...
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The Body Awareness Feedback Loop

The Body Awareness Feedback Loop

5

Aug

2014

If information is power, it seems that leaving the "body awareness button" turned on during workouts is advantageous. Surely, this attention to what you are doing and how it feels is happening during drills and practice time, but what about when "3, 2, 1, GO!" happens? Are you aware then?When it's time to perform, one can f ...
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