Trainers & Coaches
5 Ways Coaches Can Make Our World Better
If we want a guidepost for the often turbulent world of sports, we can go to some of the greatest coaches of modern society. Here are five of their lessons.
How Did the DC Brawlers Dominate Grid?
Everyone in Grid made a lot of mistakes early on. Except Justin Cotler, coach of the DC Brawlers.
Build Competitive Teamwork, Not Just Competition
The social psychologist in me always wants to point out that context is really what makes people work as a team versus stab each other in the back.
5 Pieces of CrossFit Gym Etiquette You Need to Know
I once heard a comedian say, “There is a weirdo on every city bus…and if there isn’t, you’re it.”
On Not Giving a S%&# About BJJ: Don’t Judge
I have allowed BJJ to influence my choices throughout my life. So nobody found it more unexpected than I when I spent the final months of 2013 not giving a flying f*ck about it.
Forging Teamwork: What I Learned From the Navy and the World's Slowest Swimmer
I'm going to share a story (and a workout) from my days in Navy dive school, and tell you how I personally got schooled on the true meaning of teamwork.
How Our Teammates Can Mirror Our Abilities: Athletic Wisdom from an N’SYNC Alum
I like Justin Timberlake. You do too. Admit it. While listening to his newest song, I’ve been thinking about mirrors, both actual ones and how people can be mirrors for us, in training and in life.
The Secret Pact of the BJJ Fistbump
To me the fistbump or handslap that begins a sparring session in BJJ means more than just, "I'm ready to begin." It signifies a pact between two teammates for a bigger goal.
More Is More: What If We Believe There’s Enough to Go Around?
It's easy to feel like when others get ahead in training or competition that it means you're behind. But what if there's plenty for everybody? What if the success of others is proof you can do it too?
How to Spot a Toxic Martial Arts Club Environment
People new to martial arts might not realize how a healthy school should operate and might accidentally wind up at a toxic club with negative, even dangerous behavior. Here's how to assess your club.
Why We Prefer Individual Sports Over Team Sports
Many of us grew up in team sports, but we didn't stick to them and chose an individual sport instead. Why do some of us prefer individual sports, and what are the pros and cons of this?
Why Weightlifting Training Is Best Done in a Group
Weightlifting might be an individual sport, but it is best trained for in a group setting. Here are the reasons I believe the most successful lifters came from a real team setting.
I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane, or a Train, or a Boat: 3 Benefits of Traveling for Sports
Many of us travel for competition, as athletes and/or spectators. Have you ever thought about why it's good to do this? I have and I came up with 3 important reasons to travel to sports competitions.
Having a Workout Partner Can Double Performance
Researchers used some tricky methods to determine how much motivation working with a partner - especially a partner who's always better than you - can provide in your aerobic workouts.
What Coaches Need to Know about Group Dynamics and the Hidden Curriculum
Hidden curriculum refers to the lessons, habits of mind, and accepted behaviors members of a group pick up by observation. Learn how to discover and guide these behaviors as a coach.
The Peripheral Teammate
You don't actually have to be a competitor to be a true teammate. I have found strength in being the "peripheral teammate" and I know what I do makes a difference for my team at CrossFit LA.
What the 2012 CrossFit Open Workouts Have Meant to the Everyday Athlete
What has the CrossFit Games Open meant to the rest of us? The non-elite? What about someone like me whose history of Rx’ing workouts is not long and still inconsistent?
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