Top 11 Tips for a CrossFit Athlete

1. Breakfast is everything. If I can convince you to eat meat and eggs for breakfast, the other meals are usually OK. If you negotiate with me about having probiotic yogurt instead of meat and eggs, we’re in trouble.

2. I can get someone 70% of the way there in the Olympic lifts in about 3 hours. At that point, the limiting factor for men is usually shoulder and hip mobility. For women, its front squat and overhead squat strength out of the bottom.

3. If you aren’t a total idiot with what you eat, you should set a PR pretty much every time you step in the gym for the first 2 years.

4. The shorter the workout, the longer the warmup should be. You need to warmup for 35 minutes for Fran. You need to warmup for 5 minutes for Murph.

5. Unweighed unmeasured Paleo eating works best if you’ve done “The Zone” first. Your Zone experience will give you a ballpark idea of how much you should be eating. If you don’t come from a “Zone” background, you’ll likely do things like sit down and eat 85 Macadamia nuts and wonder why you aren’t losing any weight.

6. As you get better, you need to take a back off week about every fourth week (not because of injury). You can still come in and workout, but take some more rest days and just chill out.

7. You don’t need to learn to butterfly kip. Seriously, stop it. You are going to hurt yourself and you’d be much better off working toward a bodyweight press.

8. Dumbbells are the most under appreciated piece of equipment in the gym.

9. Prior runners do not need supplementary running to improve their run times. People without a running background do. I think this mostly has to do with learning to pace correctly.

10. You can’t just train weaknesses. It’s too depressing. Every now and then, pick something you are amazing at and crush it.

11. You can get away with a lot of inefficiencies if you’ve got a strong grip. Do more farmers’ carries.

Courtesy of Jon at Barbells and Bacon

And if your low back is smoked from all the box jumps on Friday and Monday, here is the one and only Kelly Starret, mobility guru, giving you good tips to relieve back tightness and restore your Zen face.

A wild day yesterday.  The neighbors, who are usually absent and therefore don’t mind the CrossFit noise, were filming.  We had to turn the music down, but that’s okay because let’s face it, during a workout, you really only hear the sound of your heavy breathing.


Rope climbing technique

Air Squat (Elements)

Workout of the Day (WOD):

Task Priority Fight Gone Bad

3 rounds for time of:

20 wall ball shots (20#/14# for women)

20 sumo deadlift high-pulls (75#/53# for women)

20 box jumps (20″)

20 push presses (75#/53# for women)

20 calories on the rower

Rest 1 minute between rounds

Elements WOD:

4 rounds for time of:

Run to the far corner

50 air squats

Post times to comments.

Row 20 calories, 3 times in a WOD.  Very cruel.

“It’s a strange feeling, my mind wanting to run but my body can’t because I just did 50 squats.”  Said Shantanu after the 7:30 Elements class.

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