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Getting the most out of your CrossFit membership.

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I think one of the biggest pet peeves a coach can have is the “athlete” who doesn’t listen, argues, acts like the coach, disrupts class, and makes a general ass of themselves. This is sad, because not only does it make for a bad training environment; it might actually hurt other’s progress as well. If this is you, and you know it’s you, then please do yourself a favor and stop. If you’ve taken the plunge and decided you can get more benefit at an affiliate than in your own garage, then read on and please don’t become one of these folks. I hate to admit this, but surprise, surprise coaches aren’t perfect, they make mistakes on occasion and everyone, and I mean everyone is constantly learning. But here is the thing, they know more than you. You are paying for the use of the equipment and the trainers’ knowledge. So why not take advantage and get all you can out of your time there? Here are some tips to keep on track and help you from making an ass of yourself. 

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The best advertisement for your CrossFit affiliate is you.

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Before I get to the guts of this article I think you need to know a few things about me. I am opinionated; tend to talk when I should listen. Offer advice when none is asked for. Have made an ass of myself more times than not by opening my mouth when I shouldn’t. Have a tendency to rub people the wrong way, and butt in when I shouldn’t. But with all these faults, it still doesn’t make me wrong most of the time, it makes me a bad messenger. If you’re reading this, regardless of your opinion of me, I hope it will sink in and possibly help.

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Was the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer course worth the expense?

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If you read any of my past articles you know that I was on the fence for a while about taking the course. Dropping a grand for some might not be a big deal, but for us mere humans, it’s a big investment.Yesterday I finished the course and I’ve decided to write about my experience. I won’t bore you with a detailed hour by hour description of what the course entails, which seems to be all the rage on other blogs these days. Instead I hope to answer the question, 

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Five benefits of joining a CrossFit Affiliate.

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So you have some concerns about joining a CrossFit Affiliate. You’re either worried about the cost, or you’re worried about getting hurt, or both. These are both valid and understandable concerns. I bet you’ve already spent a small fortune on this fad diet, or that new exercise gizmo, and are a little apprehensive about spending even more money to get the same results as before (none).  Plus you figure, why spend more than it costs to join a local gym right? Or you’ve read about CrossFit, seen the results of people you know, but are worried about getting hurt. Heck, the thought of doing some of the stuff you see online is scary, I know. But if done correctly the exercises are very beneficial and the risk is minimal compared to the rewards.

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Why I signed up for the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.

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I finally took the plunge and spent the cash to get my CrossFit Level 1 Certification. I’ve been on the fence about the decision for a while, mainly because I had no idea as to what I would do with the certification once I got it.

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Sam Briggs Amazing Unofficial 13.3 YouTube Video

Unofficial Sam Briggs 13.3 Simply amazing! What more can I say. This was just added (update) and is the full video from Team Briggs, the video below this was the first "unofficial" video posted.

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Josh Golden speaks about his 2013 ReeBok CrossFit Games Open Individual Disqualification

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A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of traveling to the coast to interview Josh Golden of CrossFit Grover Beach. I had watched him compete at the FTF Affiliate Challenge, which he won. The interview was basically a get to know Josh session, which discussed his training etc…. (Read Article Here) Fast-forward to today, and his 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open Competition has come to a screeching halt when he received a disqualification notice from CrossFit HQ.

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Josh Golden 2013 An interview with a rising CrossFit Star

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If you’ve read my past articles about the FTF Challenge (and you should because they are fantastic), you will have read my mention of Josh Golden. Who is he, and why the mention? Well simply put, he is one of the top CrossFit athletes in the world and I had the unique opportunity to spend some time with him this past weekend, conduct a short interview, and watch him and some other top athletes destroy a ridiculously tough WOD. These may seem like a bold statements, but when you realize that he has only been doing CrossFit for three short years, and made Regionals his first year (Last Year), all while still learning the ropes, you’ll understand why.

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2013 FTF Affiliate Challenge Finals Video Clips and my thoughts on the event.

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I’ve had a couple weeks to reflect on the 2013 FTF Affiliate Challenge. The past couple of weeks have been hectic. Valentines day, a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate, and a subsequent family wide bout of the stomach flu (still in effect as I write this), have put me a bit behind schedule.

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The FTF Affiliate Challenge 4 - Day two in photos – The Competition

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As is usual with two young kids, we didn’t get much sleep the night before the competition. Between the barking dog next door (pet friendly hotel), the nervousness of the impending competition, and two tossing turning kids, lets just say it was a long night.

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