Become an Invictus Athlete

Barbell Shrugged Podcast: Meet the Invictus Athletes – Episode 270
Originally Posted on the Barbell Shrugged Podcast Page

This week, we went over to CrossFit Invictus in downtown San Diego — where Mike did his Level 1 class in 2008 (memories!) — to meet up with some of the very best athletes in the world. This week’s six-for-one special includes insights from four Games competitors and two Invictus coaches about what it takes to go from great to the greatest.

Part I: Garret Fisher (Instagram: @garretmfisher) and Holden Rethwill (Instagram: @holdenrethwill)

Training for the Games is a tremendously long season,

Mount Up or Miss!
Written by Michele Vieux
(Originally Published September 11, 2014)

A weak bar mount – your approach and set-up when taking weight off the rack – will lead to missed lifts, especially when the weight starts getting heavy. You must respect the weight and approach the bar like you are serious about moving it. Commit from the beginning or miss the lift.

What constitutes a weak mount? Any of these faults will result in your rack position – and therefore your lift –

What 50 Pounds of Pottery Can Teach Us About Success
Written by Calvin Sun

There’s a great anecdote from the book, “Art and Fear“, that illustrates the importance of focusing on quantity. The premise of the story is that on the first day of class, a ceramics teacher divides his students into two groups.

All the students on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, and all those on the right solely on quality. The grading rubric was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in a scale and weigh the work of the “quantity”

Invictus is headed to the CrossFit Games for the 9th year in a row! We have launched limited edition 2017 Legacy T-shirts and Tank tops to celebrate the success. Get yours before they are gone, and be a part of the Invictus family no matter where you are watching the Games this year.

Open Letter to Regionals Athletes
Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer

Walking into the gym on a typical Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 5:30AM, I love that I can expect a few of the same things.

Battling Injury: Using Pain for Personal Growth and Development
by Sarah Loogman

“Pain is the great teacher of mankind. Beneath its breath souls develop.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Pain sucks. Injuries suck. If we let it, physical suffering can rob us of our own humanity – our identity in who we are. This is especially true of athletes but the scope of this concept extends far beyond just physical performance. Who we are and what we believe about ourselves is intricately connected to our physical being, regardless of the type of pain that we perceive.