Where is your rest muscle and how do you train it? Most of the time people think that working out in the gym every day is the best thing they can do for their health, is this right, is it wrong, does it really make a difference? Well yes, it does! When you look at CrossFit or any sport/training program you can break it down into a triangle and each side of this triangle is very important for our performance in and out of the gym.
TRX suspension training was developed by a Navy Seal named, Randy Hetrick, with the question of, “How can we stay mission-fit while on deployment.” This type of training was used as a portable tool that uses your bodyweight plus gravity to achieve a total body workout. The straps used during suspension training are not only portable, but also extremely durable. They are made from a high quality nylon and have the ability to hold up to 1400 lbs! TRX training is an extremely efficient way of building balance, strength, and core stability all at the same time.
I get a lot of questions about what gear CrossFitters should use. Belts, shoes, wrist wraps, knee sleeves, thumb nubs, headbands, chestee-dos, sling shots, voodoo dolls, nanos, hipster socks you name it, Crossfitters buy it. And let’s be honest it’s FUN to accessorize. But before you got goat taping yourself to a wall let’s talk some useful tips for the common items in a gear bag.
I am originally from San Antonio, TX. When I was younger I played baseball, soccer, and basketball, but I pretty much hated all three. The one sport I actually wanted to play was football, but my parents didn't want me to play for fear of me getting injured. After I asked over and over again with the answer being “no” every time I just forged my mom's signature and joined the team at school. So in 7th grade I finally got to play football and lacrosse and at that point my love for fitness began!
Having balance in life sounds great and is arguably a healthy concept; physiologically, mentally, relationally, athletically, achieving balance seems to be how we achieve the state of “optimal” in life. When we find balance we find the best in ourselves, in our performance and relationships.
This sounds great on paper.
The only problem is that I have only met one perfectly symmetrical person in my entire life; that was Steve Pool the weather man. And we all know that people THAT perfect are just annoying.
We move all day (well maybe lack there of when we’re sitting in our cars, at work, at home…), especially in CrossFit. We know its important for us to do, that in fact we’re meant to move but lack knowledge about the vehicle we use to do this, our bodies. As we learn more about the complexity and connectedness of our integrated system we gain more power to affect it in a positive way.
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Fascia! Also known as or interchangeable with the terms connective tissue and collagen… connecting the dots yet? ;)
Dear Strong Family - I want to share with you all some exciting, but bittersweet news; I’ve been offered the opportunity to relocate to Colorado for work, and I’ll be moving at the end of the month. This decision came up pretty suddenly, and I don’t have much time to spend with you all before I leave, but I hope to say goodbye to as many of you as I can! Words can’t express how much I’ve enjoyed being a member of Strong for the past 4 years, and I’ve been humbled to be your Endurance coach for the last year.
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?