How Crossfit Could Be The World's Safest Sport

Crossfit could become the world’s safest sport.  Safer than jogging or rollerblading or croquet.  It’s entirely doable. First, let me clearly state that I don’t know if crossfit athletes are more or less prone to injury than any other sport.  While every serious crossfitter I know has…

The Two Sentence Diet

Being Annoying Fitness Guy, people routinely ask me for diet advice to lose weight and feel better. I used to give long-winded explanations of the science of Zone, Paleo, Keto, etc. or say “Here, go read all of these books like I did.” That’s great if someone wants to…

Age and CrossFit Performance

[Note: This is one of a series of posts on the 2013 CrossFit Games Open. For more details on the project, check out this post here. I previously wrote on height and CrossFit here.] I’ve arrived at many a “functional fitness” (code for not trademarked Crossfit) competition to discover…

How to Avoid Athletic Injury

In spending much of my free time around the gym, I’ve seen lots and I try to pay attention.  The things I’ve noticed is that injury correlates strongly to inflexibility.  In other words, the people with the broadest range of motion become injured the least often. It happened…

What is the Best Height for CrossFit Men?

Note: This is one of many questions I’m attempting to answer by analyzing the 2013 CrossFit Games Open.  For more details on the project, check out this post here.  This is the first (of hopefully) many posts on this topic. Imagine you’re building a super-star team of men…

Statistical Analysis of the Crossfit Games Open

My personal complaint with most athletic training programs is how little they’re based on real science.  We have tons of anecdotal information but not enough real studies to say for a fact what training program will or won’t work. With over 200k participants, the 2013 CrossFit Games Open…

The Marathon Approach

Say we line up for a 26.2 mile marathon. You decide you’re going to get ahead by all-out sprinting from the start. What happens? You break down, get injured, or just burn out. The folks who paced the race for the long term, they eventually pass you. Many…

Beauty in Failing

We are all often apprehensive to attempt new things like a handstand, a cartwheel, moving up from the level 1/2 classes or trying their first class. There’s no good reason to be scared. In fact, the best thing for you is to be happy to try and fail.…

The Laboratory

As a coach, I’m often asked “Should I do xyz?” Or, “Will abc stretch help?” A good percentage of the time, I answer, “I don’t know. Why don’t you try it and see if it makes a difference?  Experiment with it.” So, that’s the simple idea…

New Year's Resolutions

I hate New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t do them and I usually have to hold my tongue when I hear them.  External influences make us feel badly about a month of holiday gluttony. So, we resolve to hit it hard. For a few days, weeks or months it…