How to be better at CrossFit – right mindset and mental toughness

Dora Stenclovacrossfit tips, health, instructionLeave a Comment

In CrossFit we mostly measure athletic performance by how much one can lift or how fast one can do a workout. But there is not only hard training that can make you better at weightlifting or CrossFit. Your mind is a very powerful tool as well. In this article I’m going to cover how to get the best of yourselves by using your mind. The importance of having the right mindset Having the right mindset can help you at many aspects of life and it goes way beyond your performance at the gym. Every success starts with having the right mindset. I personally believe that anybody can have the right mindset. Often times I see people standing in front of a barbell and telling me that they can’t do it. And my reply is always the same – “if you tell yourself that you can’t get it, then you simply won’t get it”. It might seem harsh, but it’s, in most cases, true. If you want to finish a lift successfully, you must believe you can do it. Another thing that can help you is to try to visualize in your head how you perform the lift. Last action that is essential is to … Read More

Inspiration all around us! Spotlight on our member transformations.

Jaime FreemanCrossfit Committed, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

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We see each other in the gym every day (or almost every day) and sometimes it’s hard to recognize how much a fellow member has changed in their time with us.  We know that everyone comes to CFC with a different goal, for some it’s weight loss, for some it’s increasing muscle mass and strength, for some it’s competition or elite level fitness, and for others it’s just the desire to be motivated by a strong community to stay fit and active.  I have decided to dedicate my next couple of articles to some members who have “transformed” themselves.  It is a topic near and dear to my heart, and I’ll share why after I introduce you to some seriously inspiring people. First of all we have Petr Sebera, known to most of us as “Sebi”.  He has been a member at CFC since September of 2014 when he joined a foundations class taught by Dora.  Sebi’s goals for himself when he first joined were based mostly in a desire to lose weight and be healthier overall.  In typical Sebi fashion he gave me one or two word answers to most of my questions, he’s the strong, silent type (expect … Read More

“All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.” Dr. Kelly Starrett

Joey Scafidicrossfit tips, healthLeave a Comment

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So, Bara and I are back from the mobility course in Nuremberg and we’re ready to turn you all into supple leopards! We’ve done some mobility in the past but it has always been too infrequent to really make any change.  The first rule that we learned when programming mobility is that it needs to be done, EVERY DAY!  Yep.  Every day. A concept that was talked about that hit home for me, was the concept of Play and Work. We were asked what we considered to be play during a normal CrossFit session.  There was a lot of silence.  The correct answer is the workout itself.  What?  That’s play?  We CrossFitters have a sick sense of what is fun.  Well, if the workout is play then what is work?  Work is the warmup, mobility, technique work, skill work….All of those things that most people would rather not do. What’s the old saying?  “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” or something like that.  Well, all play and no work might make Jack a pretty fun boy he’ll also be pretty poor. If we work to make money and when we play we spend money then never … Read More

Hardcoreness

Joey Scafidihealth, newsLeave a Comment

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A guest-post today, from our friend Nate at n8trainingsystems.com. Most people don’t like to work out. People like to say they work out. They like to talk to their friends about working out, they like to wear work out clothes, shirts that say “Just do it” and “Pain is weakness leaving the body”. But when it comes time to get sweaty and start the recommended set of squats ending with a heavy triple, people are tired. They had a long day at work, their manager was riding their ass, and their kid just spilled chocolate milk all over the backseat of the Volvo. Or, they’re sore from the deadlifts they did 2 days ago, they’ve been sitting in meetings, and oh goodness, they’re just getting over a cold.   “It’s been a long day” “I’m tired” “I didn’t get very much sleep” “Traffic was terrible” “My quad is hurting” “I’m stiff” “I’m just not there today”   Fuck.   You.   When these kinds of people show up at my gym and use my squat rack, I hope their knees explode out the back of their legs.   Take this quick quiz to see if you’re ready to workout today!   … Read More

Step away from the scale!

Joey ScafidihealthLeave a Comment

Throughout the last seven weeks of our Paleo Challenge, and in general, people are obsessed with the number on the scale. And I have to admit that at times I’ve been guilty of the same thing.  It’s gratifying to step on the scale and watch the number go down, week after week.  You assume that you’re getting fitter, leaner and more healthy but any number of things could be responsible for weight loss/gain. When a new person joins the gym with the hope of losing weight, oftentimes it can be discouraging to actually see the number stay the same or even go up, in the beginning! For untrained people, adding muscle is easy and in the beginning of starting a new program that’s exactly what will happen. And since muscle is more dense and heavier than fat, you could actually gain weight in the beginning. Gaining muscle and losing fat can make it seem as if you’re not making any progress, if all you do is go by the number on the scale. So, instead of stressing out over stepping onto the scale, day after day; focus on other, more meaningful, measures of progress. How do you feel? How do … Read More