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BFR Training: Using Lighter Loads to Increase Strength

CrossFit has many acronyms associated with the sport: wod, metcon, amrap, emom, and the list goes on. But one acronym that you might not be as familiar with is BFR, which stands for blood-flow restriction. This is a method of training that involves wrapping a device – such as a pressure cuff, KAATSU device, knee …
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CrossFit and the Plant-Based Diet: Two Peas in a Pod?

Vegans, or individuals who eat a plant-based diet, often catch a lot of flak because they don’t eat meat. A common misconception about these individuals is that they are very lean with little muscle. This common stereotype often leads athletes to avoid this method of eating because they are concerned that they won’t be able …
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Orthorexia: An Eating Disorder that Plagues CrossFit Athletes?

Elite CrossFit athletes are known for their incredible strength, their unmatched stamina and capacity, and their ability to accomplish some of the most difficult physical tasks ever created. In addition to their many feats of fitness, many CrossFit athletes are known for their dedication to a strict diet plan, such as counting macros, following a …
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Kipping it Real with Kara!

Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words. October’s Athlete of the Month is Kara Schweigel. Kara was chosen because every day she shows a willingness to do whatever it takes to improve her technique (she asks the coaches questions …
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Do You Squat Crooked? 2 Drills to Help Fix Your Hip Shift

Has anyone ever told you that you squat crooked? Have you ever taken a video of yourself squatting and noticed that you tend to shift to one side as you stand up? This is called a hip shift and can occur for several different reasons, such as mobility imbalances, strength deficiencies, and motor control issues. …
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Fixing Your Squat: The Knee Cave

How many times have you heard a coach yell, “Knees out!” while you are on your last rep of a heavy set of back squats? Or, have you ever glanced over at your buddy as he’s standing up a heavy clean and cringed because his knee caps are almost touching? If you’re a competitive athlete, …
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