STOP cheating on your Workout!

I would say that atleast 90% of people cheat on their first couple CrossFit workouts.

Sometimes they don’t want to feel exposed as “unfit”, sometimes they’re afraid to die (fair enough) and most of the time they just don’t understand how to perform the workout/movement properly yet.

Everything for that one rep....really?
Everything for that one rep….really?

However, after a few weeks or months, people get the hang of it. They also comprehend that if they want to get fit, they can’t half ass their workout. Not for any reason other than an injury or lack of mobility.

They are aware of the fact that they are doing this for themselves and nobody else.

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How to prevent shoulder injury in CrossFit

A lot of CrossFitters have shoulder problems. The reason for this is usually a prior imbalance (due to activities of daily life) coupled with poor form in workouts and neglect of substitutional isolated exercises.

Even top athletes like Kristan Clever are not safe from shoulder injuries
Even top athletes like Kristan Clever are not safe from shoulder injuries

Some may argue, that isolated training exercises aren’t “CrossFit”, but neither is Yoga. We still do it, because it helps us stay flexible for CrossFit. Isolated movements can help us train weak muscle groups, that can then contribute to the functional movement.

While an imbalance in the shoulder position won’t necessarily bother a person that doesn’t work out, it will surely show up once some load is added in form of training over a period of time.

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How To Improve On Your Pull Ups

Pull ups are a basic movement in CrossFit. But in terms of gymnastics they are fairly intermediate. Most people who start with CrossFit can hardly pull their own bodyweight up.

When we think of CrossFit pull ups, we think of kipping or butterfly pull ups, right?

But doing a kip before you master the strict version (at least 5 reps) can reck havoc on your shoulder because you simply lack the stability to perform a safe kipping pull up. Point blank.

Elli Hachmann doing pull ups during this year´s Cry Me A River challenge
Elli Hachmann doing pull ups during this year´s Cry Me A River challenge

There are many ways how to get your chin over the bar but not all of them are getting you stronger.

Here are 3 things you can do which are worth your time:

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2 Key Exercises To Improve Your Snatch Performance

When you first started CrossFit or weighlifting, you were getting stronger almost every day.

This stagnates tremendously after training for a few years. Bummer! Sometimes it takes months and months just to put another pound on the bar. It can be so frustrating!

Suprfit-Athlete Maurice during his snatching routine
Suprfit-Athlete Maurice during his snatching routine

You may also have noticed, that snatching more often hasn’t really helped you either.

But why is that?

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Athlete´s Interview: Hilary Riordan

Now that the dust from the Regionals has settled, we met up with Suprfit-Athlete Hilary Riordan to speak with her about her achievements in 2015 so far and the goals for the rest of the year.

Read here who the likeable athlete from Clonakilty (IRE) sees her own progress and what advice she has for abitious young Crossfit athletes!

Suprfit Athlete Hilary Riordan during this year´s Crossfit Meridian Regionals in Copenhagen
Suprfit Athlete Hilary Riordan during this year´s Crossfit Meridian Regionals in Copenhagen

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Suprfit-Athlete Elli Hachmann

Stress and how it can affect your performance in CrossFit

We know today that we must take care of the body for it to be healthy. No one would ever question whether it’s necessary to brush our teeth every day.We just do it on a daily basis, because we don’t want our teeth to get sick.

Same with our overall health. We don’t just wait to get sick, we proactively cultivate health by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet and working out regularly.

Physical health seems like something we have down (for the most part).

Where most of us are having trouble, however, is with our emotional and mental health. We underestimate to which degree our mental health directly affects our physical health. Tight muscles, headaches, backpain, high blood pressure and diarrhea are just the tip of the iceberg.

And in sports we often forget how our mental stability affects our physical performance….

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Train like a CrossFit Hero

From the beginning, the aim of CrossFit has been to forge a broad, general, and inclusive fitness and to prepare for the unknown and unknowable. Our sport prescribes “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements” for our workouts. This type of programming is present in the training plans of elite, podium athletes, but also of mortals just like us. If you’ve ever wondered what I week of programming and training for life looks like, look no further. As a follow-up of last week’s guest blog by Rob Ottesen, we introduce to you his weekly training plan. Enjoy!

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The Hottest CrossFit Women

You’ve seen articles like this one many times before. “Top 10 CrossFit Hotties”, “Top 5 Women that Lift More Than You and Still Look Perfect Doing So”. And every time in those articles you stumble upon the same old names – Annie Thorisdottir, Julie Founcher, Andrea Ager, Christmas Abbott, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and so on and so on… (more…)

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