Sleep...we're not kidding

One of the simplest and most effective strategies for improving health and fitness is improving the quality of your sleep. We say it all the time. But have you truly paid attention to how long and how well you sleep? 

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Healthy friendships = healthy you

Training with people that you like, care about and enjoy being around not only makes your work out more fun it may also make you healthier.

Recent studies have found that loneliness can increase your risk of early death as much as smoking or alcoholism.

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Are they finally getting it?

I recently received a text from my sister saying that her doctor recommended she try switching to a Paleo type diet and pick up a beginning level CrossFit style workout. She thought maybe I had some sort of unseen influence on her physician. 

While I'd like to take credit for her doc's advice, I would even more like to believe that the medical community is finally embracing the ideas that CrossFit has championed from day one (see "Elite Fitness in 100 words" above). CrossFit started out as the outlier...the underground workout that spread by word of mouth. Now it has become mainstream. Although Coach Gassman still relishes the role of outsider looking to change the world of fitness.  

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Volume vs. Intensity

There seems to be a trend with CrossFit lately, most likely fueled by the superhuman performances of Games athletes and their legendary training load, that more, longer, harder is better.

The truth is, for the vast majority of CrossFit athletes who are training for health, fitness and longevity, this mindset is unnecessary at best and detrimental to those goals at worst.

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