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Feb 2015


Functional Movement Screenings!

One of the many reasons CrossFit is a great tool for staying in shape and becoming a better you, is that everything about it is quantifiable. Faster WOD times, heavier loads lifted, lightened body weight while performing similar weights beforehand, etc. The one item of CrossFit that hasn’t followed suit with the rest is that…

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Strict Muscle-Up Progression

Muscle-ups are one of the most sought-after skills in CrossFit. It looks really freaking cool when you see somebody throw themselves up over those rings, and many CrossFitters eagerly push themselves towards getting that first muscle-up. You’ll often see people swinging around on the rings, trying to use a humongous kip to get their first-ever muscle-up….

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CrossFit Is Like Gardening

Despite hardcore shirts that claim otherwise, CrossFit is nothing like war. It’s not an extreme cult of badass super-people. Doing CrossFit is not like military training, or martial arts. CrossFit is like gardening. A gardener cultivates his or her plants. He waters and fertilizes them. She puts them in the right kind of soil and in the right kind of…

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There Is No Magic Pill

Diets promise quick and tasty meals that will get you down to a size 2 in six weeks or less. Exercise equipment is sold on the basis that it will get you six-pack abs in three minutes a day, without breaking a sweat. Internet ads promise to eliminate your belly with one secret trick. These are all…

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Exercise makes you weaker and slower. It is the recovery process that your body goes through after exercise that makes you stronger, faster, and healthier. So what is recovery, and how do you help your body make the most of it? I’m glad you asked. WHAT IS RECOVERY? The simplest way to understand recovery is…

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Do The Things You Suck At

I know it’s tempting to skip a workout that looks scary. But that’s, generally speaking, a bad idea. Here are a few good reasons to do the workouts that you dread: 1. You get better by doing the things you suck at Usually, the dread of a workout has something to do with the fact that you think you’ll…

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New Stuff: WOD Levels!

Starting today, we’re introducing suggested scalings for our WODs. Every WOD will have three levels: Prescribed (rx), scaled (sc), and beginner (be). We’re doing this for a few reasons: To encourage appropriate scaling To provide a quick reference for ways to scale To develop a better understanding of scaling in general When we write a WOD…

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Thrusters Suck

Thrusters hurt. They hurt because you have to move the bar a long distance (from the bottom of the squat to the top of a press), you can do it with a pretty decent amount of weight, and you have to do it quickly. Wait a minute… Long distance… Large load… Short time… That sounds…

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New Year, New Plans

As we wrap up 2014, it’s time to think about how we’re going to make 2015 an even better year for the gym and all Manatees. We’re going to be doing a number of cool things this year, some of which are still in the works (so stay tuned!), and some of which we’re ready…

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