How Do You See Yourself?

📷: Brian Yano of @allkinecrossfit, @uplif73d

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

How you see yourself has a large impact on what you’ll achieve, although admittedly it’s not the only factor. Talent, ability, and work ethic impact all our endeavors. A pet peeve of mine is when someone shrugs off every failed attempt as “it’s all mental”, but attitude and self image are strong forces in your success, or lack thereof.
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Coach’s Corner: Staying Mentally & Physically Healthy While Fitnessing

📷: Justin of CrossFit Dutch Kills

We’ve all seen the attention grabbing headlines. The ones that your friends, coworkers, and family will cite, mouth agape, when you tell them you’ve been doing CrossFit. At first they’re interested. “You look great! What have you been doing?” Then come the looks of concern. “That crazy stuff on the TV? I read on newyorktimeshufflepozfeedebel that you’re 100% likely to lose an arm and get Back Cancer if you do that stuff!”
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Coach’s Corner: Using Your Words as a CrossFit Coach

📷: @CrossFitLumos

CrossFit coaches talk… a lot. While our job involves wearing a bunch of different hats (greeter, comedian, programmer, observer, referee, and on and on), but the thing that weaves all of those together is language. We talk from the moment class starts pretty much until it ends, so it’s useful to consider how our language (and the language we hear from our athletes) is best deployed and when it is and isn’t appropriate.
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Introducing, Macros.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you our next big feature release, Macros.

Macros is a nutrition tracking system with a special focus on macronutrient tracking. Our goal was to give you all the premium features of other macro tracking platforms combined with our best-in-class CrossFit® workout tracking.

Feature Highlights

Limitless Meal Creations

Make any combination of meals that you wish. You can categorize your meals for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, Pre/Post-Workout, or create a custom name for your meal. You can even attach notes or include a photo of your tantalizing food.
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Staying Current & Grounded with Fitness Level

📷:CrossFit Games

A world-record mile. A half court shot to win a million bucks. A hit single that rules the airwaves for a month or two. Society has become more and more obsessed with the rare and extraordinary, celebrating and venerating the “once-in-a-lifetime” moment over the slow and steady grind of dogged hard work and incremental progress. Seen through this lens, greatness becomes a montage of single-frame snapshots instead of long form cinema verite.
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Coach’s Corner: Elements of a Group Class Warmup

📷:Thomasville CrossFit

Now that I’m a card carrying member of the “can’t roll out of bed and Fran” crowd (also known as the Master’s division), I have begun to value warmups more and more. While there’s definitely days when a few swings of the arms and legs will do it, warmups can be a valuable time for athletes to prep, learn & practice new skills, and receive coaching before the bar is heavy and/or the clock is ticking. Here are some elements I utilize, or at least consider, in every warmup.
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When’s The Last Time You 10RM’d?

📷:CrossFit – Sam Dancer at the 2016 CrossFit Games

Pop quiz, hotshot- what’s your Deadlift 10RM? Do you know it without looking at your CrossFit btwb app or notebook? Before you check, what’s your Deadlift 1RM? I bet good money you know that one. Maybe you even have it tattooed on your chest, Memento style. If you are a CrossFit btwb member, that info is super simple to find and here’s why it’s important to check.
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Coach’s Corner: Taking Classes At Your Affiliate

📷: Uri Gonzalez of CrossFit Sant Martí

Most CrossFit coaches and gym owners began their CrossFit “life” as a member at a gym, taking group classes while slowly learning and realizing their passion for fitness and helping people. As many coaches grow in experience, their understanding, ability to program for themselves, and fitness goals tend to grow as well. Often this can lead to a coach or owner stepping away from group class to work on their own goals, take advantage of the free reign they have at the gym, or to seek outside help from a group or individual who does custom programming.

Sadly, this very understandable desire can sometimes take away from the culture and connection at a coach or owner’s gym. With some exceptions (notable regional level+ athletes, recovering from injury, etc.), I’d advise coaches and definitely owners to try their hardest to take group classes at their affiliate- even if it’s just a few a week. Here’s why:
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