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A Recipe for Safe Crossfit

They say that successful businesses fill a gap that was missing at the time of opening.  When I opened Industrial Athletics in 2013, I was trying to fill the gap of a safe CrossFit in the city of Pittsburgh.  I wanted to show the Pittsburgh community, and the CrossFit Pittsburgh community, that there was a smart and safe way to do CrossFit that would actually make you stronger and able to handle harder challenges for a longer period of time.  Through Industrial Athletics, I was able to carry out the purpose of trying to make better Pittsburghers. At the time I opened, there was a gap in the rest of the CrossFit Pittsburgh community following the proper progression to teach CrossFit to the general public.  It was frustrating for me because when one attends the basic CrossFit Trainer course, CrossFit actually teaches you the proper progression. It’s like coaches came back from the Level 1 Seminar, forgot what they were taught, and throw new members into CrossFit classes without bothering to teach anything from a basic air squat to a complex clean and jerk.

So, when I opened, I set a rule that no one was allowed to enter one of our CrossFit classes until he or she completed a proper CrossFit introduction course.   We call ours the Fundamentals Program. In that Program, we follow the proper progression of Mechanics, Consistency, Intensity. To do CrossFit safely for a long time, you have to be taught the proper way to do the movement (mechanics); you have to be able to reproduce proper movement multiple times (consistency); and only then can you add weight, speed, time, etc. (Intensity).

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CrossFit Pittsburgh

Proper mechanics are exactly what they sound like, the proper way to do something like an air squat.  Getting your feet in the correct position, shifting your weight to the correct area of your feet, driving back first with your hips, squatting to below parallel (or your end range), and standing to full extension.  Even a basic air squat can become detrimental to your joints if it is done improperly. We start you with basic movements that almost anyone can do (without physical limitations). We require proficiency with those basic movements before moving onto more complex movements.

Proficiency may come in the form of Consistency.  Consistency is the name of the game in just about anything you do.  It isn’t helpful to get something right once. You have to be able to get it right over and over and over again.  In CrossFit, we do a lot of different kinds of workouts. Once workout might require you to do a lot of repetitions of one movement.  You need to be able to move the same on rep one as you do on rep twenty-one. After we teach you do the movement properly, we have to see you do it a few times to make sure it looks great every time.  We even come back to review all of the movements multiple times in the Fundamentals Program.

Once you are able to perform a movement with consistent good mechanics, only then should you start to add intensity.  Intensity is the secret sauce to CrossFit and comes in many different forms. You might start to speed up your pushups to do more in a shorter period of time.  You may add reps to go for a longer period of time. You may even add weight to some of your lifts, like a deadlift. Good CrossFit Pittsburgh gyms will monitor athletes at all times to make sure that intensity doesn’t kill those consistent mechanics.  We often stop our athletes and remind them how to move properly. We start this in the controlled Fundamentals Program environment and continue it into our regular CrossFit class. Those who get hurt in CrossFit, and give us a bad name, try to add this element of intensity before worrying about consistent proper movement.

When you are looking for a CrossFit Pittsburgh gym, be sure to ask them about teaching you the proper mechanics first, how that gym will make sure you are consistent, and when it is appropriate for you to add intensity.  That is the recipe that makes CrossFit safe.

 

Source By:- https://www.industrial-athletics.com/a-recipe-for-safe-crossfit/

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How to Burn Fat Quick

Most people come and see us because they want to lose weight, and they want to lose it fast. If it was easy, they would of already had done it. However, it is hard. Here are three things we have seen to speed that process up.

STEP 1: WATCH WHAT YOU ARE EATING.

We all know at this point that we need to eat better, but are we? First step is to watch what we eat. Write it down, record it in the app My Fitness Pal and calculate how many calories you are eating a day. If crossfit pasadena can know how much you are eating then we can help you understand how much exercise you need to support your new diet.

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crossfit pasadena

STEP 2: FIND OUT WHAT YOUR LBM AND FAT MASS IS AT.

We all know the scale, but that is just the start. There are better metrics out there known as Lean Body Mass (LBM) and Fat Mass and tell us a more complete story about your body. If we know those two areas then we can help calculate a macro prescription to help you increase your Lean Body Mass (aka Muscles) and help drop your fat mass. The more fat mass we drop the more weight we will lose and get us to our desired results.

STEP 3: DO AN EXTRA WORKOUT 3X A WEEK.

Yes, we want to watch what you eat, however you want to speed up this process. If you are serious about your results you will need a “two-a-day” 3x a week. On those second workout days they need to be “Long Slow Distance” aka LSD. These low intensity workouts are great for building aerobic capacity and burning calories. These are best done either first thing in the morning before you eat (fasted cardio) or after your heaviest meal of the day so you can help your body digest the food more efficiently. You want to think about these workouts as a long walk or a light jog think 12 min mile pace and should be about 30 – 45 min.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Check back weekly for new tips on how to lose weight by crossfit pasadena ca.

Source: https://crossfitpendulum.com/how-to-burn-fat-quick/

How to Get the Most Out of Your Training

I’ve worked in the fitness industry for a long time and if there is one thing I know to be one hundred percent true, it’s this; the fitness industry is filled with thousands of people, wasting millions of dollars who will never achieve their goals. Why? What quality is it that determines the success of a client?

Pretend for a moment you’re a football coach. What determines whether an athlete makes your team or gets cut? The superstar athlete with the most talent is not going to be the only one to make the team. There are going to be many other players that are successful at making the roster. How is the selection going to be made, and what qualities as a coach would you look for? I’m guessing you’d probably look for the athlete that is coachable and gives 110% percent all the time.

Now let me ask you the most important two question anyone has probably ever asked you as a training client:

#1. Is there any reason you would select a player to be a part of your team who isn’t coachable or willing to put in the work?

#2. How much time and effort would you be willing to devote to that athlete?

Successful athletes know exactly what is required of them and they would never dream of telling their coach no or get caught dead not putting in the work, knowing they otherwise wouldn’t make the team. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in the fitness industry because, in the complex client/coach relationship, the “athlete” pays the coaches salary.

I’ll be entirely honest with you, the fitness industry is extremely difficult to be successful working in. So much so, that the average career life of a personal trainer Scottsdale is less than a year. Most trainers struggle to make enough money to be considered above the poverty line. Let me tell you something; trainers quickly become experts at assessing a client’s coachability and willingness to put in the work. If you show your trainer that you’re going to be an un-coachable athlete, unwilling to put in the work it takes to be successful; they will gladly take your money in exchange for chatting with you for an hour and making you feel a little bit better about yourself because you regularly go to the gym to “workout” with your trainer.

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Those clients usually don’t last long. They don’t see any actual results and question why they are spending thousands of dollars on something that isn’t working. They then move on to try Pilates, or barre, or spin, or some other group fitness fad. They stick with it for a brief time, don’t see results, and continue the cycle. DON’T BE THIS CLIENT!!!

The purpose of this article isn’t to tell you how rough trainers have it. Rather, to reveal to you how to get the most out of your training. Let me say, I’ve never met a trainer who wasn’t a former athlete of some kind. We understand what it takes to make the team and the same drive that was in our coaches is in us. It’s a rarity when God reaches down, and hand delivers a personal trainer a coachable client with the same willingness to succeed as an athlete desperate to make the team. After thanking their lucky stars, they take all our effort and pour it into that client. That client is the reason trainers become trainers. It’s fun and comes naturally for trainers to push that individual to be successful. I’ve seen those clients be successful working with great coaches and with coaches who have hardly any idea what they’re doing.

If your struggling to see results, before blaming your trainer, ask yourself how much effort you’re putting in. If you were an athlete wanting to make the cut; would you? Are you showing your coach your willing to do what it takes? Trainers don’t sign up expecting every client to be a superstar athlete. Your abilities have absolutely no impact on the effort your coach is willing to put into you. If your mind went straight to that excuse, then that’s a problem and you’re probably the un-coachable, unwilling to work client I’m talking about.

If you want to get the most out of your training, tell your coach. Start by having a conversation with the coach, letting them know you’re willing to put in the effort it takes to achieve your goals. Tell your coach you want to be pushed and that even when you don’t want to do something if they ask, you will. More importantly, show them! You’ll immediately notice a difference in the training you receive, the level of engagement, the positive energy, results will soon follow. If you don’t want to get the most out of your training, trust me, they’ll gladly take your money as long as you’re willing to give it to them.

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