Tournament Preparation Pays Off (Athlete Journal 29)
Thirteen weeks of traveling, rolling, drilling, dieting, and killing my strength and conditioning program all came together this week at the New York Open.

Thirteen weeks of traveling, rolling, drilling, dieting, and killing my strength and conditioning program all came together on Saturday. I went 3-0 and won the New York Summer Open Masters Purple Belt, Heavyweight division. I also went 1-1 in the Absolute division and earned silver. 

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My Case for Women Only Beginner BJJ Classes
I don’t like man bashing, especially since my teammates at my gym are so awesome. But the fact is some guys are dicks.

Personally, I can’t say that if I could go back in time, I would choose to start BJJ in a women-only beginner class over a co-ed class, but I think I would strongly lean towards it. I had some shitty experiences as a brand-new white belt training with brand-new male white belts.

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CrossFit Games 2014 Workout Analysis: Masters Workouts
We are analyzing the WODs and looking for ways to adapt them so that we can all join in this annual celebration of the power of CrossFit.

The 2014 CrossFit Games began yesterday and we’re keeping a close eye on the competition - including our own Patrick McCarty. Patrick is competing in the Games as a masters athlete for the third time.

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Some Pre-CrossFit Games Reflections From Carson
This is my third trip to the CrossFit Games. As such, I am in the experienced old-timer camp rather than the overly anxious first-time athlete category.

This is my third trip to the CrossFit Games - 2011, 2013, and 2014. As such, I am in that “experienced old-timer” camp rather than the “overly anxious first-time athlete” category. I smile ever so slightly at first-time Games athletes in the masters category because I have been where they are and, through sheer repetition, there is no more anxiousness.

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4 Lessons Everyday Athletes Can Learn From Professional Athletes
Professional athletes have long known that the only “secrets” to success are to bust your ass daily and do it for years.

On the continuum between couch potato and professional athlete there are many different options. It’s always great to see someone make the decision to get up from the couch and try to become healthier. But what often happens is that they become Born Again Exercisers.

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Multilevel Marketing Supplements and CrossFit
CrossFit affiliates are a multilevel marketing (MLM) dream come true. But MLM is not something that will benefit most affiliates or most people.

CrossFit affiliates are a multilevel marketing (MLM) dream come true. They already own a business, they have a ready supply of potential customers, and a preexisting revenue stream. The opposite is not true, however; MLM is not something that will benefit most affiliates. It’s not something that will benefit most people, in general.

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High-Protein Diet Better for Body Fat and Blood Sugar
Is more protein always better? Does working out make a difference? A unique new study explored these questions.

The results of many recent studies continue to mount in favor of high-protein diets and supplemental protein, both for health and athletics. A recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology was no exception.

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If You Want to Win, Face Your Fears (Athlete Journal 23)
Two weekends ago I traded my barbell for a pair of heels. It was a last-minute decision, but a good one.

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.

Full effort is full victory.” - Gandhi

 

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How to Eat Healthy and Train Hard on the Road
Being on the road can be stressful, especially if it is because you are moving. Here are a few tips to keep your diet and fitness on track.

Recently, I had the opportunity (I say that loosely) to travel from North Carolina to Nevada. This was not my first cross-country trip. I have driven from Florida to Washington state and then Washington state to North Carolina before. And like many of you, I try to stay fit and eat healthy even when I’m on an adventure.

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Training, Recovery, and Nutrition for the 40+ Runner
It’s been said many times by many coaches, that the wisest runners are those who train smarter, not harder
As a runner in my mid-forties, I’m beginning to notice a slight decline in my recovery ability and a more pronounced awareness of general muscle and joint pain. This time last year I felt as good as I did in my thirties (or at least I think I did), but now I feel that more visits to my massage therapist are in order.
 

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