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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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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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09.01.14 – Monday – Sumo Deadlift

Note: In celebration of Labor Day, the 9:00 a.m. class will be the only class offered today. All other class times are cancelled. Enjoy the holiday! We’ve done deadlifts. We’ve done sumo deadlift high pulls. But for many of you, this will be your first time doing sumo deadlifts. So let’s quickly go over what makes a…

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08.25.14 – Monday – Safety, Efficiency, and Intensity

There are three main things that your coaches care about during a WOD: Safety, efficiency, and intensity. Safety means that you are performing the movements in a way that minimizes the chance of acute or chronic injury, and that the logistics of your workout (how your equipment is set up and how much space you have…

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08.18.14 – Monday – 4 Nutrition Lessons That Can Benefit Anyone

When you come to a CFM class, we pack the hour full of movement learning and practice, strength work, conditioning, and mobility. There’s not a lot of time to spend talking about nutrition, though what you eat is as important to your health and fitness as what you do in the gym. But your coaches are…

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08.11.14 – Monday – Things I Wish I’d Known Before CrossFit

Today, we present an article that should be interesting for long-time CrossFitters and newbies alike: 9 things I wish I had known before starting CrossFit Foundation Part 1 Front Squat 15 min to find 1rm Part 2 15 min to complete: 2 x 10 weighted good morning 2 x 20 GHD situps WOD 5 Rounds for Time:…

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07.29.14 – Tuesday – The CrossFit Games

As most of you know, the CrossFit Games were this past weekend, and they were awesome. The events were crazy, the athletes were amazing, and the competition was intense. It’s inspiring to see these great competitors push their bodies and minds to their limits in pursuit of the title. Every year, the Games inevitably bring a…

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06.16.14 – Monday – Good Mornings, Explained

Today, we revisit our series explaining the what, how, and why behind some of the movements that we use in our workouts at CrossFit Manatee. This time, we’ll focus on that most congenially named of exercises: the good morning. What is a good morning? A good morning is simply flexion and extension at the hip, with no…

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05.08.14 – Thursday – 7 Habits of Highly Effective CrossFitters

Success is not determined by your smarts, or your looks, or your luck, or even how hard you work. Success is a result of the habits that you form — the little things that you do every day. This is true in life (brush your teeth, say “please” and “thank you”), in the office (show up…

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