Responsibility

Listen up, this post is probably going to be offensive to some people, I am sure.  I have something to say and its a hard thing to say nicely or prettily.  If you get offended easily, just stop reading now. My cat is recovering from surgery to both eyes.  He has a cone and stitches and he looks like Frankenkitty. …

Greg’s Florida Globo Adventure part 3

Here is the last installment of CF Los Gatos’ trainer Greg L’s globogym adventure.  His first two posts can be found here and here. He raises some interesting points about information dissemination and the magic of actual, rather than virtual, instruction.  Enjoy. Chronicles of a Traveling Lifter—The Final Saga If you’ve endured my ramblings from the last few posts in this …

Ask Leah

In this edition of Ask Leah, Leah addresses the transformation of her mindset about her approach towards fitness and CrossFit since she first started.  Leah also got her first kipping pull up on Saturday.  Congrats! Q-Leah, can you talk a little about the transformation of your mindset towards CrossFit since you started?  For example, when you first started, was it …

Bad Days

Bad training days.  You are going to have them.  A lot of them actually.  In fact, the longer you train, the more those not-so-great training days will happen.  That’s ok.  Sure, its a bummer, but it is totally natural. Is every meal you make awesome?  Does every photo you take have perfect focus and lighting? Is every post you write …

Passion

I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. … We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial — I believe we are lost. From Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western …

Benny!

Congratulations to Beto and Nadia on the birth of their son Benicio.  I think he looks just like Beto (without the tan). Everyone is home and healthy, and Beto has even been into the box to train, albeit a little distracted.  And understandably so. From everyone at CF West, congratulations and we are so happy for you all. Workout: Tabata …

Staying Motivated

By Jocelyn Most people who start CrossFit get off to a great start.  The feeling of being able to move your body freely and see it translate into the real world is exhilirating.  The comeraderie and encouragment from trainers and other members is inspiring.  The incredible strength gains and increased cardiovascular capacity,  weight loss, muscle gain,  seem to be all you will …

CF West Squats

  Workout: Press 5×5 5 Rounds 7 Deadlifts (275/185) 21 Vertical Jumps (1 ft target from reach) 100m Farmers Carry w/plates (35/25)

Greg’s Florida Globo Adventure Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of Greg’s Florida globo gym adventure. Chronicles of a Traveling Lifter: Day 2 Returning to the scene of my first adventure, I thought I knew what to expect. No lifting shoes, no knee sleeves, no timers, no bumper plates, and everyone would have their shirts on. I get it, I’m not in Kansas anymore (actually, …

Free

From the confines of machinery.  From the vanity of globo culture.  From the monotony of treadmills and elliptical machines.  From diets and routines that fail.  From trainers who sit with clipboards.  We are free.  CrossFit. Workout: Snatch Balance (60%) Every 30 sec for 10 min AMRAP 15 min 12 BB Lunges(115/75) 10 Ball Slams 7 HSPU

Greg’s Florida Globo Adventure Part 1

CrossFit Los Gatos ace trainer Greg L is currently in Florida visiting his father and training at a local globo gym.  Greg is a CrossFit beast–2:22 Fran, 515 deadlift– but this is his first experience at a globo gym (he was a D1 soccer player at Irvine and a longtime CF Marina stalwart before making the move to LG), and …

The New Level 1 Test

On Sunday I tackled the new CrossFit Level 1 Trainer test.  New for this year, the Level 1 test is the first time a test has been mandatory to be a Level 1 trainer.  It is a 50 question written test given at the end of the Level 1 certification.  The test is part of an accreditation process that CrossFit …

Warming Up

Workout: OH Squat Heavy Single AMRAP 10 Min 5 Snatch Balance (105/75) 7 Pull Ups 9 Box Jumps

Injured?

Are you injured?  Then get to the box and train. Every CrossFit box has injured members.  CF West does.  Liz with a broken and dislocated kneecap from work, Kirsten with her messed up knee from beach volleyball, Matt with his back from chainsawing, for example.  Yet, the key is that each of these people still come like clockwork to the …

The Compromise

Any WOD done right always becomes a compromise between technique and intensity.  It has to be, it must be.  Without attention to technique, the WOD is slop, an injury sure to happen. Without intensity, the WOD is rote, a stairmaster without the the machine.  The WOD must be balanced between the two. Where is your compromise?  What is your balance? …

The Value of Strength

Every great while comes a person who absolutely transcends the boundaries of their sport.  Through their skill, personality, ability, success, innovation, and absolute dominance of their sport, these athletes bear the unmistakable mark of immortality. Pele, Magic, Karelin, DiMaggio.  Each of these names forced their sport, their very galaxy, to revolve around them, and years later, decades even, these names …

Sumo

The sumo deadlift is not as popular or as practiced as its conventional cousin, but it offers many benefits. The weak point for most trainees in the conventional deadlift is the power bridge between the prime movers of the glutes and legs and the bar–the back.  The sumo deadlift reduces the dependency upon the back as an isometric power bridge …

Coordination and Agility

Agility and coordination training is not one of CrossFit’s strongest aspects.  Sure, if you are really deconditioned then CrossFit training will help you get more agile and coordinated, but for the most part the attributes are not given much focus. There are a few reason for this. A lot of CrossFit trainers just simply don’t have the knowledge to really …