Coaching Uncommon Movements and Special Situations
Written by Tino Marini

“Do as I say not as I do.”

That’s me above. In that photo I am deadlifting 250 kgs, and yet my elbow still won’t reach full extension. If you have ever seen me move in a workout, you will understand why I tell our athletes to do as I say, not as I do.

Most of you have completed the CrossFit Games Online judges course and will have came across the uncommon movement section. Thats pretty much how it would look if you were to judge me.

Great Success for Invictus Athletes at WODapalooza 2016
Written by Tino Marini

We thought Miami would be a good place to go during the winter to catch some sunshine, but we were wrong! The forecast was for torrential rain, and mother nature even threw in some gale force winds to add to the party. It made for a truly memorable weekend which saw Invictus Athletes excel in all divisions. The weather added an extra challenge to the already tough workouts, but our athletes stood strong with some fantastic performances.

One of the highlights of the weekend was watching our Elite Female Team athletes battle all weekend.

Muscle-Up Fault: Losing Wrist Control
Written by Hunter Britt

Establishing control over the bar or the rings is important during the muscle-up. You can establish that control on the initial grip on the swinging/pulling phase of the muscle-up or the catch, as both matter when it comes to mastering an efficient muscle-up.  

A lot of people talk about how to grip both the bar and the rings when learning the movements. The three options are to just grab onto the rings, establish a pseudo false grip (over the top grip), or to get into a full false grip.

Muscle-Up Fault: Losing Wrist Control
Written by Hunter Britt

Establishing control over the bar or the rings is important during the muscle-up. You can establish that control on the initial grip on the swinging/pulling phase of the muscle-up or the catch, as both matter when it comes to mastering an efficient muscle-up.  

A lot of people talk about how to grip both the bar and the rings when learning the movements. The three options are to just grab onto the rings, establish a pseudo false grip (over the top grip), or to get into a full false grip.

Walk Before You Can Run
Written by Bryan Miller

If you walk before you run, then it makes sense to stand up before you can walk, right? If that is the case, then why do people try to walk on their hands before they can hold a freestanding handstand?

Oddly enough, in my experience, walking on your hands, for most people, is easier than holding a freestanding handstand and I believe there is a huge value to be gained by mastering the freestanding handstand first. I am no gymnast,

The Trifecta of Stink
Written by Zach Erick

The beauty of human movement can sometimes be the best part of being a CrossFit Coach. As I look around the gym, kettlebells are swinging, runners are running, thrusters are…thrusting? While I walk through the rows of athletes repping out any given movement as fast as possible, it hits me. Almost as if Hades, the God of the Underworld and the Dead, opened his gym locker and an unholy stench pours out.

The foul stench I’m talking about is very distinct.

 

Top 7 Supplements for Athletes
Written by Michele Vieux

There is so much marketing and research out there on supplements – what to take, how much, who needs what – that it can be confusing to sift through and narrow down. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple months doing research on the web, through interviews and even by using myself as a test subject to try to figure it all out. The information I’ve compiled below should help you get a better understanding what you should be taking that you aren’t,

Coping with Injury: The Psychology of Being Sidelined
Guest Post Written by Dr. Allison Belger, founder of PsychologyWOD

(Editor’s Note – Allison is not only a psychologist and co-owner of TJ’s Gyms in Northern California, but is also a good friend and great resource to the entire CrossFit community. Please bookmark her website, which provides weekly articles addressing the non-physical aspects of training that we can all improve upon.)

I love to run.  Running offers me an adrenaline rush second to no other form of workout,


Join Michele and Tony in their Fight!
Written by Michele Vieux

I remember seeing a poster on the Underground I was riding in London, claiming a sneeze can travel the length of the car I was in and just then, a man in front of me sneezed without covering his mouth and nose, spraying the entire car in front (and possibly behind) him. In his defense, we were tearing through the tunnels beneath the city and he was holding onto the ceiling strap for dear life with one hand and his briefcase in the other which brings me to another point.


The Pursuit of Perfection, Joyous Work and a Little Luck
Written by Nik Hawks, Co-Founder of Paleo Treats

I’ve had a couple people ask me for business advice lately, and I was taken aback by how little I know about business as I tried to come up with an answer.

It didn’t jibe with how successful Paleo Treats has been; you’d think I’d know more.  In 3 and half years we’ve grown from making batches in our kitchen and selling them at the 2009 CrossFit Games to being one of the bigger Paleo food companies in the business and selling not just throughout the U.S.,


Mental Toughness
Written by Sage Burgener (and her brother, Casey)

I’m not going to say much in this post, I’m going to let my brother’s letter do all the talking (he doesn’t know I’m posting this. He’ll probably be upset. I’m ok with that).

But I will say that last year when I was training for the CrossFit Games I was struggling with feeling like I was mentally weak. I saw all these amazing athletes around me that, during the hardest of workouts, never had one look of pain or struggle across their face.