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This past Saturday, the 5K run was programmed. For those of you who don’t know, we get our workouts through CrossFit’s main site with some exceptions here and there. The 5K run is the MOST heavily programmed workout in the history of the main site. There have been workouts there every day, three days on…

What are Functional Movements?

I remember back in about 2007-ish when functional movements were starting to become all the rage in the fitness industry. The crazy thing was NO ONE stopped to ask, “What exactly is a functional movement?” The thought seemed to basically see it as doing something in the gym that just wasn’t a traditional gym movement….

Why the Snatch?

I’ve heard over and over from folks in the community who ask why do we have to snatch? We all know there’s never going to be a moment in real life where I’m going to have to take an object from the floor and get it overhead in one swift motion. It’s rarely, if ever,…

Nature Makes No Distinction

Coach Glassman had a number of really great quotes over the years, but one of my favorites that I’ve never discussed is about the dominant philosophy of strength and conditioning at the university level. This philosophy has also permeated high school strength and conditioning and created the periodization training we know today. High school and…

The Standard is the Standard

I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost 15 years. I’ve been coaching it for just over 10. I remember in my early days of coaching the culture of coaching was more bootcamp instructor-ish. It was very “you have to do it this way.” People were routinely made to do burpees if they were late to a…

What Gets Measured Gets Managed

“That which gets measured gets managed.” This is a very famous quote by business and management expert, Peter Drucker. The quote has always been attributed to business success and ensuring things are getting done correctly and according to the process. However, when CrossFit came around, this quote started getting thrown around quite a bit more…

Long Live the Handstand

A hallmark of CrossFit is variance as you all know. Variance in terms of everything: how long the workout is, how much weight is used in the workout, the time of day you complete the workout, and of course, the movements. We constantly want to be changing the type of movements we see in workouts….