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Playing it safe

Talking to a couple of our newest members recently, and the same phrase came up with them…. It was along the lines of, ‘this is actually nothing like what I thought it was going to be!!’ Which was to say, not as scary, not as extreme, not as DANGEROUS as they thought, or had heard […]

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No fun

It’s kind of weird when you think about what exercise actually is. In order for our bodies to stay healthy, we need to PRETEND to hunt animals, gather berries, lift wood and carry water. Despite it being the 21st Century, they’re unfortunately still wired to do all that caveman stuff, so as nice as it […]

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Weak ‘whys’ wont work

It was an amazing experience to be behind the scenes at The CrossFit Games, working alongside elite athletes and other coaches. Watching the excitement of Day 1, slowly morph into the determined grind of Day 3 and 4 was interesting. What drives these people to push so hard?  To sacrifice so much? The winners check […]

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No train(ing history), no gain

If there’s one thing I like better than writing blog posts…. it’s when our members write blog posts! Always good to get some perspective from the community, and today Blair Smith is talking to you about our workout tracking system, and that old chestnut, “knowledge is power” YOU GOT TO BELIEVE TO ACHIEVE. Wodify, it […]

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Work WITH your horse

We took a horse back tour on our trip to Menorca. Krista has 12 years of experience in the saddle. I, despite growing up a farm and being around horses daily, have exactly ZERO. So obviously, our approaches were dramatically different. She had a more spirited horse, whereas I was given what in industry terms […]

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Jack out…

The Fitbit, one of last years most popular Christmas gifts. Track your daily activity, your exercise, and your sleep! It can actually be really interesting to do this.  I have been doing a couple of months of step tracking after realising that my day outside of exercise had gotten a little bit lifeless…. I did […]

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Mobility mornings

Back when I first started down the physical fitness road that eventually led me to opening CrossFit NZ, I was living in Canada, working as a hardwood floor layer from 7am-7pm.  I also had a 30min cycle commute to start off the day (in the snow, uphill, both ways of course…. :), so it meant […]

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On being average

Becoming elite in anything is an incredible achievement. Becoming average is potentially an even bigger deal! That may not make sense but bear with me. An average athlete might claim similar stats to these (give or take) Overhead Squat 3/4 x bodyweight Deadlift 2 x body weight. 5/2 strict pull-ups. 800m run <3:30min 2km row […]

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If fitness was like iceskating.

One of the things I love about the way we coach and train, is how objective it is. We have movement standards, range of motion demands, and work output measurements with everything we do. If you didn’t squat low enough, the rep doesn’t count. If you didn’t hit the wall above the height line, the […]

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A cushy little number…

Life that is. Our society doesn’t have much in the way of discomfort anymore. Our advanced intellect and mastery of technology has allowed us to create so many labour saving devices, incredible feats of engineering and medical marvels that the most uncomfortable situations we encounter these days would have our grandparents ROTFLOL at us. Functional […]

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“there was a little girl…”

The classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. There was a little girl, And she had a little curl Right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good She was very, very good,          And when she was bad she was horrid.  Reminds me of training to a certain degree. At […]

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Better than yesterday

On the plane back from Regionals, I watched a little Louis C.K. During one of his stand up comedy scenes he said, “My days start poorly because of the shape I’m in, because now, also, I’m 42, so I’m getting – I’m really on the decline. There’s never going to be another year of my […]

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Go hard/Go home – is that your choice?

Intensity and hard work are a necessary part of any effective training methodology, and none more so than ours.  But without the word ‘relative’ in front of them, there is a danger of misunderstanding what hard work and intensity look like. By relative, we mean your effort is in relative to your fitness level and […]

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Wishing vs wanting

I wish that I could teleport. As someone who loves to travel, the thought of being able to jump to another location or entire country in the blink of an eye is incredible. Luckily I don’t waste too much of day wishing this were true, because I know it’s impossible. Wishing for silly things doesn’t […]

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That second marshmallow

I’ve talked before about an experiment that took place in the sixties involving willpower, where a scientist used his four year old son and his classmates as subjects. Each subject was seated in a room with a desk and a marshmallow.  The researcher’s instructions to the child were “I’m going to leave the room for […]

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Battle Royale 9

We turned nine years old in February! Hard to believe…. CrossFit NZ was the very first affiliate born in New Zealand, now 1 of 140 odd, spanning the country, from the obvious big centres of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, to little towns such as Gore, Kaitaia, Mosgiel, and even my hometown of Te Awamutu. We’ve always […]

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The goal before the goal….

What’s your goal? Often a tough question, even if you think you have a fairly decent handle on your training aspirations. If you DO have a goal that is at least halfway thought through, it probably looks like; – I want to lose 10kg – I want to snatch 100kg – I want to compete […]

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Get fitter in just one day…

Yep, that was a deliberate click bait kind of blog title….. But unlike so many of those diet pill and celebrity fitness gurus out there pushing their rubbish, I can actually back up this statement. Big call? Not really. It’s a simple solution.  Work your weaknesses. If you have a 100kg snatch, that’s amazing.  But […]

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Athlete Recognition – Warren K.

This months Athlete Recognition goes to Warren Kelly!! “It’s been beyond awesome to be back at CFNZ. The programming, coaching and attention to detail is as good as ever, if not way better! It was PR city the other week for what felt like the first time in a long time! So many light bulb […]

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Going deep

There is a growing interest these days, in high level performance, and how it is achieved, whether that be in sport, in fitness, in cognitive function or in business. Everyone is looking for the best ways to study, train, invest and think, and of course, the most obvious place people start is with the aforementioned […]

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