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10 Ways to Build an Unstoppable Engine for Competitive CrossFit

By Todd Nief | Wed, Jun 28

This is installment 3 of a 4-part series on off-season training for competitive CrossFit. Today we we be diving into what you need to do to build unstoppable repeatability.


To succeed in CrossFit, you need the ability to repeat near maximum efforts with as little rest as possible.

It’s not enough to simply have a high one rep max or a large unbroken set of muscle-ups. How many reps at 90% of your max power clean can you do in 8 minutes?

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How to Plan Volume and Intensity for Varied Training Adaptations

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Jun 26

The governing rule for all strength and conditioning or general performance training programs is the S.A.I.D. principle. 

The S.A.I.D. principle stands for Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands.  

Essentially, what this tells us is that the body will adapt and respond based on the specific physical demands we place upon it. Simply put, tell the body what outcome you want, and it will make the physical adaptations.

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Long-Term Athletic Development - Part 3: Mobility, Stability, Nutrition, and Recovery

By Alex Rosencutter | Fri, Jun 23

A three-part series dedicated to the discussion of long-term athletic development for athletes and coaches. Athletes and new lifters are often beingpushed too hard, too fast. What actually goes into training, coaching, and developing an athlete or lifter from young/novice trainee to a superstar? 

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6 Tips For Training Female Athletes

By Tim Crowley | Thu, Jun 22

Developing strong, powerful, fast, and athletic female athletes can open many doors when it comes to recruiting and collegiate athletics.

Here are some of the things I have learned from coaching hundreds of female athletes on a weekly basis. I have made many mistakes, but the following tips can help you create a culture that allows female athletes to thrive.

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Train Fast, Be Fast: Tips For Building Faster Athletes

By Dr. Chris Holder | Fri, Jun 16

If you are spending all your time training straight line speed, you aren’t trying to get fast...

...unless of course, you are a track athlete. Then, by all means, continue.

But, if you are in every other sport where running speed is a major component of your competition, you need to reconsider your approach.

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Why Sport-Specific Training Is A Bad Idea [Coaches Round Table]

By Joseph Aratari | Mon, Jun 12

All strength coaches, whether in the private sector, high school, college, or professional level, have been asked the following question at some point…

“Do you do sport-specific training?”

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5 Tips For Running A Better Summer Conditioning Program

By Dave Reynolds | Fri, Jun 9

Summer conditioning for football and other fall sports (especially down south where the weather forecast is usually the same day in and day out—hazy, humid, and 90+ degrees) can be a strength and conditioning coach’s worst nightmare.

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7 Tips For Writing Better Strength Programs

By Ryan Leibreich | Fri, Jun 2

Paralysis by analysis is the root of all confusion. What exercises should I use: templates, models, block training, conjugate method, should I add in olympic weightlifting?

It happens to the best of us. We want things to be perfect and agonize over every detail. Then, before we know it, 3 hours have passed and we are more confused and somehow magically have less done than we started with.

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4 Tips For Training The Multi-Sport Athlete

By Tim Crowley | Fri, May 26

There's a huge need for educated strength and conditioning professionals more now than ever. In the last decade we’ve seen more young athletes dedicate themselves to one sport year round, and with year round competition comes increased injury risk.

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Want More Engaged Athletes? Take This Free 5-Day Course

By Ben Crookston | Mon, May 22

6 years ago I was a teacher and a coach on the Southside of Chicago at one of the worst schools in Illinois.

We were in the last 1% in nearly every statistical category. Our facilities were haggard, the neighborhood was riddled with gang violence, and “hope” was more a fleeting abstraction than tangible reality.

The experience changed my life. In those roles and environments, I learned an abundance about human behavior, social structures, and skill acquisition.

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