Should You Take Dietary Supplements?

Should You Take Dietary Supplements? by Coach Erik The answer, as with most health and fitness related questions, is, “it depends.” As the name should imply, supplements are design to FILL GAPS in your diet; they are not meant to replace it. So, what are your gaps?...

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Should You Take Dietary Supplements?

Should You Take Dietary Supplements? by Coach Erik The answer, as with most health and fitness related questions, is, “it depends.” As the name should imply, supplements are design to FILL GAPS in your diet; they are not meant to replace it. So, what are your gaps?...

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Treat, Don’t Cheat

Treat, Don't Cheat By Erik Castiglione Greetings Relentless Family! Last week we analyzed a number of different nutritional plans to show you what’s out there. We also determined that the best plan in the one that you’ll actually follow. This week, I’m going to talk...

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The 3 Common Pieces of Weightlifting Gear

The 3 Common Pieces of Weightlifting Gear By Derek McDermott With the newly formed Viking Barbell Club (yes, that’s us!), our weightlifting team is getting ready for another sanctioned meet on June 11th in Wilton, CT. Like many sports, weightlifting has its own...

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Which Nutrition Plan is Best for You?

Greetings Relentless Family! For the month of June, we’ll be talking about nutrition. As you are all CrossFitters, you have no doubt heard terms like “Paleo” and “Zone” or “Macros” thrown around. It’s hard to know where to start with so many different options. Today,...

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How to Mobilize – Part II

Greetings Relentless Family! It’s good to be stateside once again. In last week’s article, we talked about how to do some pre-WOD mobility to prep you for the day’s workout. Today’s article is “How to Mobilize – Part II.” Today, we’re going to talk about post WOD...

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How to Mobilize – Part I

Greetings Relentless Family! Apologies for the lateness of this week’s post, I’ve been busy journeying into the land of the midnight sun. Despite this, I’ve managed to keep up with my mobility work. Have you? In the last two weeks we discussed the “What” and “Why” of...

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Six Reasons to Do Mobility Work

Welcome to week 2 of our mobility series! Last week, we defined mobility to help you understand what it actual is. This week, we discuss why it’s important. Below are six reasons to do mobility work: Safety – By improving your mobility, you can make sure that you are...

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Mobility: What is it?

As members of our Relentless Family, I’m sure by now you’ve heard the word “mobility” thrown around pretty frequently. If not, you need to pay more attention in class! Many of you have a vague idea of what mobility is, but this month I want to give it a lot more...

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How to Fix Your Rowing Technique

Do you hate rowing? Does it seem to take you forever to get through the rowing portion of your WOD? If so, it could be that your technique is off. The Concept 2 Rowing Ergometer is a machine that favors efficiency of movement. (That and taller, heavier athletes. If...

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It’s Not Your Fault

Ever have a bad day at the gym? One of those days where the weights feel heavy, you can’t seem to move fast, and no matter what you try, your body just doesn’t respond? Ever have that turn into a week or two? I’m here to tell you that it’s not your fault. via GIPHY...

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Working Out on Vacation

It’s been a pretty light week attendance-wise here at CrossFit Relentless as many of you are on vacation. Fear not! Your time away will not disrupt your fitness journey. When it comes to working out on vacation, you have a number of options available to you. Option 1:...

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How We Adapt to Training

There is a common thought among many CrossFitters that if some is good, more must be better. This is not necessarily true, and is often dangerous. More often than not, athletes pick bits and pieces from different programs, trying to mix and match haphazardly....

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Keep Things in Perspective

Another Open Season has come and gone, and now it’s time for some self-reflection. Did you do as well as you hoped? Was there a particular WOD or two that didn’t go so well for you? Did you finish lower than expected in the gym, or in the region? As with any...

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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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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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