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Attending the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) Course

I attended the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course (CF-L1) this past weekend and wanted to share my experience. I won’t know whether I passed the test when I post this [edit 8/27/2018–I passed]. I feel like I did, but regardless, I got so much out of this weekend. It was a weekend in Omaha, NB. (Warning: Hawkeye in Husker Nation…my God, it’s full of RED*…) The course trained me on performing and coaching Olympic lifts and functional movements and understanding CrossFit philosophy and programming. I love CrossFit even more. All three trainers were fantastic – Joe, Becky, and Spencer. I believe...

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Age Better With Power Exercise

As an older adult, you’ll see benefits from training for power more than strength. What is “power”? Power is explosive strength training; it’s when you move weight fast. Jumping, punching, or simply a fast bicep curl is training for power rather than strength. Power exercise develops strength but also functional movement and balance better than strength training. It uses your energy systems differently, as well, often making it seem easier, although a well-design power workout is anything but “easy”! Mostly, power training feels awesome! There is more variety among my older clients than among my younger clients. That happens due...

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Question – What would be a good superset with active rest workout for a sedentary man?

Answer – There are various ways to do supersets and differing opinions on what makes a good one. I have a Push-Pull routine I do with clients for a full body work out. The supersets work the same body part but from opposing muscle groups which keeps the blood there for a good pump. (Other ways to do supersets would be to do different body parts to allow complete rest of each part.) Since this is integrated intervals (alternating aerobic/strength) it’s appealing to those who like variety and want the higher heart rate than you normally get in strength training. And...

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Changing Habits For Your Kids

Do you play with your children, or is it too hard? I know what that’s like — wanting to run the playground, jump rope, play basketball, or swim with them…but I was deconditioned and fat. I sat and watched them instead. Don’t miss these years. Change your life and you change theirs. You’ll make memories and give them a role model for their own fitness. This was all the motivation I needed. But then I needed a plan. Changing habits takes time. But how do you best go about breaking old habits and creating new ones that will bring about...