STRENGTH

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Strength and functional fitness is at the cornerstone of everything I do. Learn more about strength training, weight lifting technique, and the benefits of being strong in these articles. #SquatbotStrength

Swimming For CrossFit Athletes | The Benefits + How To Begin

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With a new year comes new challenges – and mine is to learn to swim properly! Not just for Tribal Clash, but being able to hit the pool every week to do effortless lengths is amazing to me. I started my lessons last night and will be learning every Tuesday for the next 13 weeks, so I’m sure I’ll let you know how I get on.

I’m very lucky that one of my coaches (and friends!) Emma is a mega swimmer, who has won international medals in swimming – with thanks especially going to her CrossFit training. She very kindly agreed to write a post about the benefits of swimming in relation to CrossFit, and she should know, having coached former Fittest Woman Sam Briggs, Games athlete Sara Sigmundsdottir, and Meridian Regionals athlete Emma McQuaid.

Read on to find out Emma’s tips and how you can start to add this awesome activity into your training – at any age!

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Pool photos by Neil Shearer Photography for Kitbox

9 Reasons You Should Enter A CrossFit Competition… At LEAST Once

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Entering a CrossFit competition can seem like a pretty big deal – all those people, gymnastics, and weights! But it’s something I believe every CrossFitter should try out, at least once.

If you’re sitting on the fence about entering then read on. This should convince you to enter faster than a judge can yell NO REP!

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Photos by Liam PDB Walsh

The 9 Best (Swing-Free!) Kettlebell Workout Moves

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The swing is an amazing workout, targeting the glutes, hamstrings and back, plus the cardiovascular system – but if that’s all you’ve been doing with a kettlebell, you’re missing out!

From building functional strength to working on endurance and even mobility, the humble kettlebell has a lot to offer. You could start with these 9 movements, then as you get more confident start to sub them in for barbells to work on unilateral strength, or even create your own movements to target your needs and weaknesses.

Read on to hear my 9 best kettlebell workout movements and watch a video of how to do them!

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The 5 Best Fitness Motivation Videos | Stories of Strength + Overcoming Adversity

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Ever gotten a little dramatic or over-emotional over a workout? I know I have, and it can take me into a spiral of self-doubt and wondering why I bother exercising in the first place. “Why do I have to do this to myself?”, I think, as I angrily throw a barbell to the floor.

These lapses in motivation are nothing compared to what some people face – yet they still fight hard to train. They’ve overcome adversity like few of us have known and never use it as an excuse.

In this post I’ve compiled five of the videos that have really changed my perspective on working out. Yes, sometimes things are tough and workouts can hurt – but some people would kill for the opportunity to move their bodies in the way that I can, and these videos help remind me of this.

As you watch these videos, remember this – you don’t have to do it. You get to do it.

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What Is CrossFit? How Do I Start + How Much Does It Cost?

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You’ve seen it on Instagram and heard that your friend from work likes to go every night, but you might still be a little confused as to what CrossFit actually is. 

CrossFit has been around as an exercise programme since 2000, but with the wellness boom of recent years it’s been growing in popularity more than ever. Here, I detail what exactly CrossFit is, along with common questions like how much it costs, what the abbreviations mean, and how to start CrossFit.

I hope this post answers your questions, but if there’s anything I don’t cover, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer for you.

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No More Newbie Gains? Here’s How To Break Through A Plateau + Be A Happier CrossFitter

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The newbie gains come thick and fast when you first start CrossFit, but unfortunately they don’t last forever…

A year down the line things start to plateau and PBs are fewer and farther between. When I watch CrossFitters walking on their hands and repping out muscle-ups (heck, even repping out pull-ups) I still feel very new to the sport – despite having been doing it over two years now – although something that does remind me that I’m not so green anymore is my lack of newbie gains: that is, every time I go into the box I’m not hitting new PBs like you do in those golden first months of CrossFit. Even though we’re all supposed to be doing this sport for fun, it can get you down and you may not be that happy-go-lucky CrossFitter you were when you were PBing every week!

I’ve switched up my training strategy of late and last week I finally added 5kg onto my split jerk after being stuck on a plateau for a year. Hooray! That doesn’t mean the spell is broken and the hard work is over – I’m consistently working on a few different strategies to ensure I continue to progress in CrossFit. Read on to find out what I’ve been trying to finally smash through my plateau now my newbie gains are well and truly over.

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What I Wish I Knew When I Was A CrossFit Newbie

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Hindsight is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? And so is learning from others’ mistakes – or at least it would be, if we actually did. We humans are far too egotistical, always thinking we know best and that the mistake won’t happen to us. Maybe that’s just me, but I’d be surprised if it was.

I still think I’m very new to CrossFit, but I’ve been doing the sport for nearly two years now, and yep, I’ve made mistakes – despite coaches and peers warning me. I’ll probably make a lot more mistakes, too, but hopefully not the very same ones again.

I’m going to drop some knowledge bombs from my two years here: if you’re anything like me, you’ll read and ignore, choosing to do your own thing. But maybe you’re a newbie CrossFitter who’d really like to do things right the first time, in which case this advice might just benefit you – but either way, read on to hear about my mistakes at least!

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