On Superman, CrossFit, and the Dreaded Fitness Plateau

Superman working out, alongside person struggling to stretch

Decisions. They’re the spice of life. As humans, we get to make a bunch of them every day.

Everything from the clothes we put on in the morning, whether or not we say hi to that stranger on the street, and what we eat for dinner. Many of the decisions we make are seemingly trivial. Some could even have an impact on our day (hopefully, for the better :-).

This post is about some of the more important decisions we make as humans; an ever-changing set of choices that governs our lives. This post is about priorities.

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16.3: Welcome to the Muscle Up Club

CrossFit Open 16.3

Every year in the CrossFit Open, Dave Castro likes to weed out the great athletes, only leaving room for the exceptional. He’ll program a workout that contains an advanced skill, a heavy weight or some ridiculous combination of the two, such that only the elite will prevail.

With the 2nd new movement this year in the CrossFit Open, the bar muscle-up was this year’s separator.

For the everyday athlete in gyms all over the world, however, it was more of a motivator—just what people needed to get their first bar muscle-up… or die trying.

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Retesting Workouts in the CrossFit Open

Before CrossFit, I was an avid runner—10ks, marathons, ultras, and even a few triathlons. Upon finishing almost every race, the inevitable question is, “What’s next?”

“Are you going to do another one?” “Have you signed up for XYZ yet?”

Retesting Open workouts happens in much the same way.

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CrossFit Addict’s Journey to 16.1… And Beyond

So much to talk about, I’m not sure where to start.

This year marks my third consecutive CrossFit Open since starting at CrossFit Addict back in December 2013.

In 2014,

I had no idea what to expect. It was all new to me, but it became quite apparent that something special was happening during those 5 weeks. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

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Pick a Rabbit, Push a Rabbit

Matt McCloud @ SuperFit East Coast Championship

In case you’re not familiar with the term “rabbit” as it applies to competitive sport, let’s get that out of the way now.

The term “rabbit” is used to describe an athlete who is better than you, but only by a small margin. By chasing this rabbit, you push your limits and continue to get better.

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Moonlight Yoga on the Beach

Moonlight Yoga on the Beach

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m not a beach guy. At all. I don’t like the sand, the non-stop sun that you can never get away from, carrying chairs/coolers/etc. back and forth every day, the mysterious sea creatures… And while a pescatarian might have a field day down …

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Vegan Protein Recovery Shake

I’ve had a few people ask me what I put into the recovery shake that I take post-workout. Especially since I’m vegan, the whole “where do you get your protein?” question is brought up frequently. And when talking about a protein recovery shake… it’s kind of an important question to …

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My 6-month Adventure in Fitness

Dave Warfel - CrossFit Addict - Front Squat at Battle of the Boxes 2014

I did my first bar muscle-up tonight. It was my first attempt at one. I also hit the 100 double-under mark. Unbroken. I also keep feeling like I’m injured, or at the very least, banged up. There are knots in my muscles, aches & pains in my joints, and little …

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My Drug Is My Love

Ke$ha almost had it right. —– Shannon asked me tonight, “What did you eat before you came in tonight?” A seemingly normal question under most circumstances. However, she asked me this because I was bouncing, jumping, bobbing and weaving all over the place during our warm-up. This is a fairly …

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