The Shoulder Girdle–Part 2

By Britt Birchall Last week we started a new series called, “That Shoulder Girdle – Part 1″ where we talked about taking some accountability for ourselves when it comes to posture, protracted shoulders, and the consequences which result in injury when doing anything CrossFit. In this series today, we are going to take a deeper look into the importance of maintaining posture …

C&Js

 

Plans and Punches

There is a well-known jujutsu teacher in San Francisco that likes to say, “Hit a black belt and he becomes a brown belt, hit a brown belt and he becomes a purple belt, hit a purple belt and he becomes a blue belt.” A lot of skill and ability goes out the window when you are being hit and hurt. …

Kaitie and Andrea

A big congratulations to Kaitie and Andrea on their 8th place finish at the last weekend’s Moxie Madness in San Jose, one of the Bay Area’s largest CrossFit style comps. Great work!

Happy Birthday!

Happy 19th Birthday, Carlos! I’ve known this guy for some four or five years now and I’ve watched him kick ass at everything he puts his mind to. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next five years for him, and the next five after that. Happy Birthday, my friend.

That Shoulder Girdle – Part 1

By Britt Birchall   While we clearly know the body is a complex system…what we may or may not realize is that our own head and shoulder posture is affecting our scapular mechanics and muscle activity in overhead tasks, causing pain and increasing rates of injury.  In order to avoid and decrease the number of incidences of shoulder pain, we …

Soviet Weightlifting Video

I recently came across this great video of some of the Soviet Union’s top weightlifters in the 1970s–in other words, some of the best weightlifters ever. It features former world record holder David Rigert, who is also the current Russian team’s coach, but has cameos by a host of other world record holders, Olympic and World Champions, including Alekseev and …

Cookie Cheater

Yep, I cheated. It feels better to admit it, even though I’ll be doing burpees all day tomorrow. One of my closest friends is out of town and his mother is watching his puppy, or maybe I should just call it a wriggly little bundle of non-stop energy. My friend’s mother asked me to take the furry little monster for …

MLK Day

Reminder: due to Martin Luther King Day, the only evening class on Monday is the 5:30 class. The morning classes will be as usual.

The Open

It’s time to register for the 2015 CrossFit Open! Clicking here will take you to the registration page and you just fill everything out from there. If you registered last year, you can use the same user name and password. Just find CrossFit West and you are good to go! The Open has some exciting new changes in store for 2015 …

End-of-the-Sugar Detox Potluck

Congratulations!! You made it through the sugar detox!! Oh wait…you missed that train? Fear not…for you are still invited and encouraged to attend/participate in our “End-of-the-Sugar-Detox-Potluck”! What to bring: Paleo friendly dishes. (FAQ: Are girl scout cookies paleo(puh-lay-oh)? No.) Where: CrossFit West. When: Friday, January 30th @6:30pm (after endurance). Why: Because we are social creatures and we enjoy eating and speaking of …

Happy Birthday Connie!

Sending out a huge Happy Birthday to CrossFit Watsonville coach Connie Keathley. Happy Birthday Connie! Thank you for all you do.

Modulation

Some days you hit the gym full of fire and verve. Other days you might feel like you need to drag yourself to the gym for class. Both times are good. It is natural that we might feel physically and mentally up somedays and down others. CrossFit is built on scalability. Modulating your intensity and your output is just another …

Remote Survival

Over the past year, if any of you were wondering “Where has our fearless co-owner Cliff Hodges been?” , well, you were on to something.  Throughout 2014, Cliff was in the field with National Geographic filming a new survival reality show.  Remote Survival premieres this Sunday at 10pm on NatGeo.  The show will air 4 new episodes each Sunday at 10 for the next 4 weeks. Make …

Who’s Fit?

One of CrossFit’s early moments of genius is its definitions of fitness, the most famous of which is the 10 Attributes of Fitness–strength, power, speed, endurance, stamina, coordination, agility, balance, flexibility, accuracy. CrossFit probably tests these attributes more thoroughly than any other competition, but many other sports also require a lot, if not all of the attributes. In my mind, …