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Three Ways To Get The Most From Your WOD

The single biggest element in your success in CrossFit, or in anything, is simply showing up every day and putting in the work. If your only strategy to improve your health and fitness is to get to the gym every single day and do what your coaches tell you to do, then you’ll do just…

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Bang for your Buck

CrossFit is all about the idea of getting the most “bang for your buck” out of the time you spend in the gym. We use compound movements in Foundation work to build strength and coordination throughout your whole body, as opposed to using isolation exercises to strengthen one muscle group at a time. We use high-intensity (and…

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Think You Can’t? Think Again.

People sometimes think of CrossFit as an intimidating thing. They envision CrossFit gyms as boxes full of ultra-fit, cyborg-like supermen and superwomen. They think that if they go to a CrossFit class, they’ll be the only person there who can’t squat 500 pounds or who doesn’t know what a “high hang squat clean” is. This…

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A Lesson in Physics

Everything we do in the gym is simply an application of basic physics. Proper deadlift technique is designed to allow you to pick up the most weight possible with the least likelihood of injury. Proper snatch technique is designed to help you get that bar overhead with maximum efficiency and minimum mussing about. Your body is basically…

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The Whiteboard Is a Liar

Reminder: Tonight is our super-special Friday Funday at Darwin Brewing Company. Come join us for good company and tasty local beer, starting at 7:30. Click here for more info. The whiteboard is an important piece of equipment in our gym. We use it to record your daily performance so we can track trends, see progress, and…

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Everything You Know Is Wrong

We welcome all comers at CrossFit Manatee. Some new members come to us with an extensive background in exercise and athletics, while others come to us after having spent decades doing nothing but sitting on their rear ends. Many new members come to CrossFit Manatee with a number of misconceptions, regardless of their previous level…

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09.10.14 – Wednesday – Wednesdays Are Not Rest Days

When CrossFit Manatee first opened, we had classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We were closed on Wednesday and Sunday. We did this for a couple of different reasons. On the fitness side, I wanted to structure our programming in a way that encouraged giving it your all on “work” days, and then giving…

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09.08.14 – Monday – We Are Elitists

In today’s political and social atmosphere, there’s a strong current against “elitism.” Politicians who use too many big words, colleges that only admit students with impeccable grades and test scores, and companies that make their money by catering to the pickiest of customers, are all criticized for pandering to the elite few. The implication of this outrage is that it is more important to…

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