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  • On the Off-Season

    Well the 2012 Games season is officially over, and as some of us head into the off-season this is a great time to get refreshed and find time to focus on a few other things.

    One important habit to start or maintain is to do little diagnostics checks regularly, because if you can't measure it, you can't improve it. In addition to physical training, an important part of athletic performance and fitness is attributed to the physiological state and response of your body. In the upcoming weeks, I'm going to show you behind the scenes of how I get a peek under the hood into my biometrics with help from my friends at from WellnessFX. We are about to geek out!

    Another thing to keep in mind is invest in the time to practice and learn new skills. Do something awkward, get uncomfortable, and make your body adapt. You will be amazed at how quickly you're able to pick up new skills and how quickly you will be come efficient the more you practice skill.

    On that note, here's a skill that we've had a ton of requests for - get this one under your belt for the 2013 Games!

    Thanks,
    Coach Carl

  • The Fittest on Earth!

    Hello crew, we're back after an epic week at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games! It's incredible to see how much the athletes have improved in their performance over the last year, and how much the Games has grown with the size and support of the community. Special thanks to the 2011/2012 champion Annie Thorisdottir and Coach Jami Tikkanen for the opportunity to allow me to be part of their amazing team. Congrats again to the athletes, judges, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, fans, and everyone who had a part in making this event possible. To everyone who came by and said Hi, it was great to meet you and thnks again for all your love and support!

    While we recover and plan our training for the 2013 season, let's go back and take a look at a basic training drill and look at it as an opportunity for skill transfer:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • It's Game Time!

    The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games is finally here and I am so stoked and looking forward to seeing a great weekend of competition! If you see me at the Home Depot Center, please come say Hi.

    Our next progression to help you practice your press out:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

     

     

     

  • GWOD has Olympic Fever!

    We've been hanging out all weekend at the 2012 USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials and the athletes are just incredible to watch. Cannot wait until the Olympics and we hope you all get a chance to catch it! We will do our best to help you follow the action, keep training and study up!

    This week we continue with more Press to Handstand work - a movement we've seen a lot this weekend at the Trials:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

     

  • Cloudy, with a chance of BURPEES!

    And the winner for a pair of new custom Nano 2.0 is... Hannah Pierce-Carlson!  Hannah submitted an amazing photo of her barefoot Burpee while braving some typhoon weather.  I want to thank all our fans and supporters for sending in their photos and love, and we'll try to contact each of you who made a submission soon to see if we can hook you up with some other goodies.

    This week's progression has been requested many times, and if you practiced the planche work over the past few weeks you should be strong and ready for this:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

     

  • Celebrate 10K Facebook Likes with the new Nano 2.0!

    So we're pretty excited right now since our GWOD Facebook page hit 10,000+ fans this week! Thank you so so much for your support and we can't wait to keep helping you learn, train, and perform better through this awesome community.

    To celebrate, our friends at Reebok CrossFit are throwing in a FREE pair of fresh new Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 shoes for one lucky GWOD fan - and you can customize every detail and color of these sick kicks! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself doing any one of our 4 favorite movements: either a Handstand Push Up, a Muscle Up, a Pistol, or a Burpee, and send the picture to us by posting it to our GWOD Facebook Page, tweeting it to @gymnasticswod, or emailing us at askcarl@gymnasticswod.com.  Be creative with your pic and rep your team, unit, gym, city, region, you name it!  All submissions must be in by this Saturday June 23, and we'll select one winner on Sunday. If Reebok can ship you these fresh shoes from their online store, you're eligible to enter the photo contest and win.

    This week we continue building up our Planche with more strength work:

    Update on the Progression DVDs coming soon!

    Thanks,
    Coach Carl

  • GWOD coming to DVD

    So after a quick poll on Facebook and Twitter and receiving an amazing show of support, we're all in on releasing all of our progressions on DVD format. You may be thinking - why are we doing DVDs, is it finally time to cash in on the content? Well no, it's much more than that:

    1. Our audiences are primarily gym owners, coaches and trainers. Our progressions are teaching tools, so having a DVD on hand to review with a client or a class is a far better resource than to point to a website or a Youtube (buffering...) video.
    2. The DVD content will be in HD, and you will be able to watch in slow motion, or even frame by frame, to analyze the movements. That's just not possible on the web right now (compared to the cost of DVD).
    3. A good portion of our audience is in the military and deployed in areas with spotty internet, and they've reached out to us for help to get more reliable access to our progressions. DVDs are reliable, and sharable, and we plan to ship to all deployed service men and women free to charge.

    So if there is any money left over after supporting our troops, we'll humbly accept your support. Our priority is to provide quality training to those who want and need it! Our media monkeys are hard at work right now re-encoding our entire archive of 200+ progressions to HD formats, so we expect this to hit the presses sometime in the next couple of weeks.

    This week we continue with our Planche progressions with more shoulder work:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • Feats of Strength!

    This week we're switching it with our progressions and going from a show of skill with all that trampoline work to some feats of strength! Lots of you have asked for ways to build up to a Planche, so let's go:

    Special thanks to the crews at CrossFit Manayunk in Philly and Arenal Fitness in Baltimore this weekend for hosting my seminars, we all had an amazing time and there were some superstars in the groups. I'll be out on the road again in two weeks at CrossFit Overdrive in Vancouver and Kitsap CrossFit in Seattle.  There's only a couple of spots left at each of those sessions so I'll see you around!

    Thanks,
    Coach Carl

  • Next Stop: Mid-Atlantic Seminars

    Hope everyone here in the U.S. is enjoying a safe Memorial Day long weekend while catching up on the last round of the CrossFit Games Regionals and getting through the tough Murph WOD. I'll be heading over to one of my favorite parts of the country next weekend - over to the Mid-Atlantic for seminars in Philadelphia and Baltimore. I'm also going up to the North West to Vancouver and Seattle for a couple more sessions, so I'm looking forward to meeting everyone before we head to the Games in July!

    This week we one final Front Tuck progression to round off our skill work before we start on some strength work again, check it out:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • REGIONALS!

    This weekend we had our CrossFit Games NorCal regionals here in San Jose and it was an epic performance by all of the athletes. This event just keeps rocking hard every year so I want to send a special thanks to the judges and competition crew too! It was great meeting some of you at the event too, thanks for saying hi and showing your support.  And just like last year, we decided to cover the event and took ton of pictures now up on Facebook, so if you have any favorites that you want original high-res copies of just send us an email and we'll get you hooked up.

    We're doing more skill work this week on the trampoline again - this time on the flat bed. So for all you backward bouncers, here's something that you can practice - be safe and take it slow!

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

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