Coach’s Blog

The Deeper Side of “Pukie”

March 27, 2019

By Coach Manny   “Pukie” the clown was an old unofficial CrossFit mascot. The image of a clown vomiting after a brutal workout was like a right of passage for the CrossFitter back in the day. Pushing yourself to the absolute limit and projectile vomiting, not from working out on a full belly, but from pure exhaustion was bragged about like it was a badge of honor. Overtime, however, w

Dis·ci·pline /ˈdisəplən/

March 20, 2019

By Kenny Olmeda   Discipline doesn’t come in a jar of pre-workout or a can of Bang Energy Drink. While caffeine can get you excited to workout, it’s not the reason you wake up at 4:30am to make it to express class at 5am. As a strongman, my body aches pretty much 7 days a week. Lifting and moving heavy things takes it toll. Sometimes I am not motivated to get up, get dressed and go li

Are You A Robot?

March 13, 2019

By Cameron Hudson   Do you remember when you were a kid and you had your favorite athlete? That one person who had the talent you wanted to have, the swagger, the on/off the field success? I had a bunch, but now I have began having that same admiration for coaches. It doesn’t matter what the sport or discipline, I love watching other coaches interact with their athletes and fellow coach

When Pushing to be Perfect is Not so Perfect

March 6, 2019

By Coach Debbie Olson I have been a fitness and health nut for as long as I can remember.  I have two brothers, one being only 18 months older than me.  You can bet that I was always playing some type of sport with him and his friends trying to keep up.  I would rather play with a basketball than with Barbie.  I remember my mom bribing me with money to wear a dress my grandfather bought for m

The Benefits of a Saturated Fitness Market

February 27, 2019

By Coach Manny Alayon My post today isn’t super related to fitness. But every now and then I like to share my “business thoughts” with the world. I am very transparent about how I run NorthEast CrossFit and I think it is an important part of my relationship with my members and staff. I hope this post helps or inspires others who own micro-gyms or any other type of businesses that can relate

Just Lace ‘Em Up

February 20, 2019

By Coach Mac Dompor   Believe it or not, not everybody wakes up every morning excited to workout. This is especially true now that we're still deep into the winter season. Getting home from work and then going to the gym as it's getting dark sucks. It feels better to stay tucked in our nice and warm homes/beds than to expose ourselves to the cruel, cold world. Just because I'm a coach that

Someone to Chase

February 13, 2019

By Cameron Hudson   There is a video of a speech Matthew McConaughey gave after receiving an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. The video is from 2014 and there are a few reasons I watch this speech close to once a month. No, it isn’t because he’s from Texas, nor his southern accent or his suaveness. I continually come back to this video because of how he breaks down what he ne

Internal Dialogue

February 6, 2019

By Coach Manny Alayon Everyone has experienced the little voices that keep echoing beyond our ears when things get tough. Sometimes they are good voices and sometimes they are bad. It is the classic struggle between good and evil. It is the difference between pushing through the discomfort or accepting defeat. Do we sprint when we see the finish line? Or do we just jog through it? These voices an

The Goal Is NOT Perfect Human Movement

January 30, 2019

By Coach Manny Alayon   Because it’s not unattainable for most of us. But that is not a reason to stop chasing (or dreaming). Sometimes as coaches and trainers we get wrapped into this “perfect movement” mentality. You know, it is when you don’t allow a person to progress without them showing flawless movement. We become “form Nazi’s” and think we are the best coaches in t

Lifting Weights Doesn’t Make You Bulky; Cupcakes Make You Bulky

January 23, 2019

By Christopher Shkreli   It’s a meme we have all seen at least once in the past few years and it might be the most truthful thing I have ever read on the internet.  There is a common misconception that lifting weights and lifting heavier weights will make you big, bulky and/or manly. On the contrary, lifting heavy weights burns fat and creates lean muscle mass. It is what you do out

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