Training on the Nerve

It’s almost go time… maybe it’s a 1 rep max attempt, or maybe you’re about to tackle the next Open WOD. You’ve got your favorite pump up song blasting in your headphones, you’re waiting for your pre-workout to kick in, and you’re thinking of everything that pisses you...

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Beat Your Goat!

By Erik Castiglione Open WOD 17.3 has just closed, which means we are 60% done with the Open. Given the variety of movements that we’ve seen, chances are you’ve had some good WODs, and maybe a couple bad ones. If this was the case for you, take a minute and think...

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Beat Your Goat!

By Erik Castiglione Open WOD 17.3 has just closed, which means we are 60% done with the Open. Given the variety of movements that we’ve seen, chances are you’ve had some good WODs, and maybe a couple bad ones. If this was the case for you, take a minute and think...

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Hand Care

by Erik Castiglione Well, 17.2 has come and gone, and it’s likely taken some skin from your hands in the process. If the Open were predictable, I would have published this last week, but such is life. Before we get in to how to take care of your hands after they’ve...

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All About Kipping

by Erik Castiglione NOTE: This article is longer than 500 words, so for those interested to learn all about kipping, please read beyond the key points. For those who aren’t, here is what you need to know: Kipping is a controlled opening and closing of the shoulders...

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Should You Compete?

  YES! You should compete! Alright, now that we know the answer (did you have any doubt?), here are several reasons why you should compete: First, if you have an upcoming competition, it focuses your training. EVERYONE has days where they don’t feel like...

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Movement Quality: Why We Care

by Erik Castiglione Greetings Relentless Family! In last week’s post, we distinguished between movement quality and movement standards in competition. While it was a fun exercise to show the difference, many of you may be wondering, who really cares? If a workout is...

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Movement Quality vs. Movement Standards

by Erik Castiglione As the CrossFit Games Open looms on the horizon once again, it’s an important time to focus on the difference between movement quality vs. movement standards. Simply put, when we talk about movement quality, we’re referring to mastery of technique...

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Improve Your Upper Body Calisthenics!

by Erik Castiglione Good evening Relentless Family! How many of your SMART Goals were to improve your upper body calisthenics? Maybe your goal is to get your first push-up, pull-up, handstand push-up, or ring dip. Or maybe it's to increase the number of these...

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What’s Your Why?

by Erik Castiglione In last week’s article, we talked about setting SMART goals and exercising (ha!) some control over your fitness journey. While this may seem straightforward for some people, others don’t know how or where to start. What should my goal be? How do I...

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Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution; Set a SMART Goal

by Erik Castiglione Once again, New Year’s Day has come and gone.  New Year’s, that most wonderful time of year when we can reminisce on the year gone past, and make sweeping declarations about how the upcoming year is going to be different. When I was younger, my...

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How to have a Healthy Relationship with Food

How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food I think it’s a fair assumption that most of us here at CrossFit Relentless are fairly health conscious. We are, after all, members of a CrossFit gym. As health conscious people, we’re also aware that nutrition and eating...

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Nutrition 101

The point of last week’s article was that what you do outside the gym is even more important than what you do inside. This includes nutrition and recovery. Nutrition is a HUGE topic, and a small series of blog posts could never cover everything. There are general...

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Programming: Strength Bias

Programming Part 2: Strength Bias In last week’s article, we talked about the basic structure of the programming. If you look at the 6 day microcycle rotation, you’ll notice that we spend 4 out of 6 days working on our lifts. On one of the remaining days, we work on...

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Programming: Basic Structure

Programming Part 1: Programming Basic Structure This is the first in a series of articles about the CrossFit Relentless programming. I could probably talk for days on the subject, so I’m going to break it down into a series of (hopefully coherent and cohesive)...

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Create a Pre-lift Routine

Create a Pre-lift Routine Greetings Relentless Family! In last week’s article, I talked about taking Yoda’s advice and changing your mindset. The end goal is to stop “trying” and to commit to getting something done. In particular, I talked about applying this to...

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July Programming Update: Posterior Chain

July Programming Focus: Posterior Chain & Form Greetings Relentless Family! I have a few things to cover in today’s blog post article. First, this week’s training article will be published tomorrow since it requires some video that I still need to film. Stay tuned...

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Yoda Is Right

Spoiler alert: This post is riddled with Empire references and Yoda quotes. In this iconic clip from The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is filled with self-doubt when Yoda tells him to use The Force to lift his X-Wing out of the swamp. Believing it to be impossible, he...

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CrossFit Relentless Programming Update

Greetings Relentless family! Today's blog post is to notify everyone about the changes coming to the CrossFit Relentless programming.  We have been following CrossFit New England's programming for the last several months (I think it started in October, before I moved...

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