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Thumbs up or down?

The workout of the day has a movement that will require hanging from the bar and you start to think about putting gymnastics grips on, how you will break up the reps or how to scale them to make for a better workout. We run these things through our head because we’ve experienced something in the past that makes us consider them. Do you ever stop to think about the way you’ll grab the bar though? Will your thumb be over the bar or will it wrap under the bar? Most people don’t think about this and it’s usually because they haven’t been told that there’s a difference between the two. 

The Open: A Learning Tool

The 2017 CrossFit Games Open came and went.  For many of us, the open is the last stop in the CrossFit Games season because only an elite few qualify for regionals. The open is definitely a means to find a select few to advance to the next step but it can also be used as a learning tool. You performed some tough workouts for 5 weeks in a row, why not learn from them?



New year, new you. We've heard it all before and will probably hear it again next year. The new year is a great time to make changes or improve your life and from experience I know that it can be tough. I've been around the fitness industry for a large part of my adult life and have experienced the buzz of excitement that sorrounds the beginning of the year many times. I have also seen that period of excitement gradually die down as time passes. I'm sure many of you guys have seen or experience the same thing and I am here to tell you that it does not have to be that way.

To Scale, Or Not To Scale


Scaling is one of the reasons CrossFit has become so popular. The universal scalability of CrossFit workouts makes CrossFit something that anyone can do. This creates more possibilities for beginners, children, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities or injuries and even CrossFit Games athletes. So why does scaling have a negative connotation? It’s simple. Scaling is misunderstood.


Does Coach Hate Me?

If you know a little about me, you may recall my first experience with CrossFit. It was here at CrossFit Strong and it was definitely interesting. It not only became the reason I love CrossFit but also began my love and understanding of coaching CrossFit.

The workout that day was Fran and although I had done thrusters and pull-ups at 24, I definitely did not know what to expect. As soon as the workout began, I was immediately getting cues from a coach named Gale.

Is your equipment holding you back?

We show up to the gym and take five minutes before the class starts to slip on our gloves/gymnast straps, knee sleeves, lifting shoes and wrist wraps. Then we warm up and workout. Sound familiar? As competitive beings we are all guilty of loading up on whatever equipment we believe will improve our workout times and provide any aid during a tough workout. Countless dollars are spent on equipment that is designed to help us out, but could this equipment actually be holding us back?


Here are some types of equipment that may be doing more bad than good:


Why I CrossFit

“CrossFit sucks. Don’t try it. You’ll get hurt.” Those are the kinds of things you usually hear about it before you even get a chance to see what it is for yourself. I listened to those rumors for a while but eventually decided to see what it was all about. I figured, I was in shape and would probably just cruise through their workouts either way. I was in for a treat.

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