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Do you get better when you stop caring?


I recently stumbled upon this interesting blog about sports psychology and mental training:

Here’s a bit of the article that caught my attention:

After all, for most of us, it’s no mystery how to lose a few pounds or run a faster mile at the track. It’s no mystery how to go from lifting 150 pounds off the floor to 175 pounds over the course of several months with regular, guided training sessions.  It’s not rocket science to follow a thoughtful mobility or yoga program and improve flexibility. And yet, so many of us set goals like these and fail to reach them. Until that magic moment when we decide to stop caring.

Link to the full article:

Check out the rest (and more interesting stuff here):


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CrossFitters at the European Championship in Weightlifting


Today, Sarah Krarup (DK) and Anna Hulda Olafsdottir (ISL) lifted at the European Championships in weightlifting (in the same group!). They are both very capable CrossFitters and it is impressive to see them master 2 sports so well!

Anna lifted 164 kg (70+94) and Sarah lifted 158 (70+88). Good job by both girls!

Follow a live update of the scoreboards here:

What a great inspiration! – Ditte


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The Scientific Method of Programming: A Case Study


Opens 2014 is over, which means for most that it’s time to get back to normal programming.

Here’s a great case study by Evan Peikon – “The Scientific Method of Programming”

With the level of competition in the sport of fitness growing each year the demands placed on both coaches and athletes are growing exponentially.
The days when we could follow “Crossfit Strength Biased” programs or run a “Black-Box” style program in which we combined a tried and true strength program, like Westside, with metcons are over.

So…. where does that leave us?
The answer isn’t black or white and will depend on a myriad of factors. But, in general it means that an Athlete should be following a well periodized strength & conditioning program that is tailored to their goals AND that factors in their individual makeup (I feel like i’m beating a dead horse by even having to mention this again….).

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The National Pro Fitness League


Head-to-Head Team Fitness Events

The National Pro Fitness League is introducing the world’s first professional spectator sport with co-ed teams competing in human performance races. This is a mainstream sporting event that is fan, TV, and sponsor friendly. Picture two 8-person teams (4 men, 4 women, with one of each being over 40 years old) going head to head in matches throughout a season that is not unlike an abbreviated NFL season. Two-hour matches with fixed but flexible rules that are designed to force teams to strategize. The competitions will be easy to follow, and a very smart team that executes flawlessly could outwit a fitter team in any given match. There will be consistent structure for every match, all events known ahead of time, and substitutions on the fly.

Overview of the League Part 1
Overview of the League Part 2
Explanation of Sample Races 3+4

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Self-management and the power of placebo


This is a very interesting article essentially about the power of community, and how cultural signals influence the way we act, think and evolve. It is definitely not a piece that you browse through quickly, but it is worth a read!


 “If placebo medicine can induce people to release hidden healing resources, are there other ways in which the cultural environment can “give permission” to people to come out of their shells and to do things they wouldn’t have done in the past? Can cultural signals encourage people to reveal sides of their personality or faculties that they wouldn’t have dared to reveal in the past? Or for that matter can culture block them? There’s good reason to think this is in fact our history.”

Check it out here: The Evolved Self-Management System by Nicholas Humphrey 


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