Crossfit/Fitness

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 nagging injuries, so does every serious runner I know.  Undoubtedly, crossfit as a health and wellness program is getting a bad reputation.  I have friends who tell me it’s too dangerous and that sentiment is regularly all over various…

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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 be a super-optimizer with their diet — or if you’re selling books or seminars. But, most people don’t want to make their life all about their diet and exercise. They want to look and feel better while still enjoying…

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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 that all the other entrants are in their early twenties. What’s an old guy to do? As part of this look into the results of the 2013 Crossfit Games Open, I wanted to examine the effect of age on…

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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 to me: I have very flexible shoulders and my upper body is never injured — and I put them through a lot.  My worst joint is my right ankle.  Wonder which knee gives me problems?  Yup, the right one.  I see…

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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 for CrossFit.  How tall should your candidates be?  Or, more specifically, is there a height range that you should immediately rule out? Answers Shoot for 5’8″ to 5’11” tall for the “super-team.”  If you have to choose between…

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