Stop Stretching and Start Mobilizing

  Written by Hannah Dykstra        We’re often instructed to “stretch and mobilize,” but what does this actually mean? Not only for athletes, but for any human function, maintaining mobility is important to human performance and health. For the highest level of competing athletes, this may mean optimizing a competitive edge or for a […]

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Practice Posture: A Gateway to Improved Awareness and Performance

Written by Sarah Loogman         The first world is one of luxury and convenience. The way we live our lives is so intimately woven with the desire for ease and efficiency that aspects of our lost humanity have gone unnoticed, or in the very least the root cause unidentified. Although the conveniences of […]

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Fear Deadlifts? Fix Your Set-Up

Written by Nash Woods           It is not uncommon for CrossFitters to be relatively weak in the deadlift. Many write it off as a dangerous movement and opt out of the risk involved in lifting heavy weight against the perceived rewards. Although the thought is correct that you do not need to be […]

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Building Core Strength

Written by Hannah Dykstra        CrossFit puts a high value on functional movements that use the body as a whole versus segmenting body parts into isolation training, the classic “body building” routine. This emphasis trains greater measures of athleticism by applying exercise to movement in ways that may mimic patterns of everyday life. The body […]

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Hamstring Mobility in the Kettlebell Swing

 Written by Sarah Loogman        Although much of the fitness world has conceded that the kettlebell swing is a low back and shoulder exercise, proper understanding of the mechanics involved in swinging a kettlebell demonstrate that it should, in fact, be an exercise for the glutes and hamstrings while teaching rapid, athletic hip […]

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What is Adrenal Fatigue?

 Written by Hannah Dykstra         Adrenal fatigue is a general idea for a collection of signs and symptoms that results when the adrenal glands are at dysfunctional operating levels. Most commonly identified through prolonged periods of high stress, physical fatigue, or feelings of depression, this syndrome is often hard to identify as […]

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17.1 Tips & Strategy

Written by Sarah Loogman  Just like that, the CrossFit Open is upon us once again with a brutal couplet to start off 2017. With an ascending ladder of dumbbell snatches mixed in with burpees over the box, this is a mental mastermind’s dream and the hyper strategists nightmare. 17.1 is simple – just go.    Mentality […]

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Top 6 Supplements for CrossFit

Written by Sarah Loogman         When it comes to the world of supplements, there is an overwhelming stack of pills and powders lining the shelves that advertise great promise of weight loss, muscle gain and more. The newly inspired fitness activist or big dream athlete often get lost or misguided in how […]

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Run Better, Run Faster: The Pose Method

Written by Hannah Dykstra        If you thought running is a technique-free exercise, think again. Although putting your foot in front of the other may seem dummy-proof and straightforward, there are techniques and styles to running just as there are with any other exercise to optimize efficiency and reduce risk of injury.   […]

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Eliminate Wrist and Elbow Pain with Extensor Training

Written by Nash Woods         Fixing imbalances is crucial to developing athletic performance while avoiding injury. Imbalances of the physical body will tend to occur anytime that one system is used more frequently than its antagonistic system. Just about every sport, hobby or lifestyle, has a quality of biased movement that over the course of months […]

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