Coach’s Blog


January 31, 2018

By Coach Debbie Leonti   "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." --Andrew Carnegie NECF is not your typical gym.  We don't walk in, wander aimlessly, keep our headphones on, and avoid people at all

Extreme Weight Loss: Strongman Edition

January 24, 2018

By Coach Kenny Olmeda   This past weekend I competed in my sixth amateur strongman competition, NY-Strongest 5. After months of lifting things up and putting them down during training, it was time to prove my mettle in front of an audience. The only problem was I sabotaged any chance I had at performing well in the final ten days leading up to the competition.   In strongman,

Cheaters Anonymous

January 17, 2018

By Coach Manny Alayon   Every CrossFit gym's "elephant in the room". Cheating on a workout is something that happens at nearly every CrossFit gym. It is something that as coach's we see way more than we want to. We choose not to talk about it very much, as it takes away time from what we should be doing (coaching). But I do believe that it is something that has to be talked about it, si

Pep Talks

January 10, 2018

By Coach Cameron Hudson Last month I was having a conversation with a member about their own CrossFit journey. This particular member told me that his goal was to attend classes three times per week for six weeks. At the six week mark, he would up to four classes per week. As he is telling me about some health issues from the past and all the shenanigans life can hurl your way, I was thinking

The Importance of Hydration

January 3, 2018

By Coach Debbie Leonti Ever wonder why you are feeling more sore than normal?  Or maybe feeling a bit more fatigued than usual?  There are many reasons as to why we may be feeling this way, but when clients come to me and I hear these symptoms, I will immediately ask, "Are you drinking enough water?"  Some answer immediately with an easy "yes", but as we dig a bit deeper, they are no whe

How To Prepare For The 2018 CrossFit Open

December 20, 2017

  By Coach Manny Alayon   It is that time of year again! The 2018 CrossFit open registration is on January 11th and the mass hysteria begins. The best piece of advice I can give is to spend the majority of your preparation on what we know will be tested and to not worry about the “what if” scenarios. We cannot be ignorant to the fact that the CrossFit Open has been the same

My CrossFit Journey

December 13, 2017

By Coach Cameron Hudson   We all have a story of how we ended up where we are, so today I wanted to write about how I first found Crossfit and some things I have learned along the way.   I have always been a very active person, but my athletic background consists mostly of playing water polo and swimming. I was fortunate enough to play collegiate water polo and swim. I always

Track Your Progress

December 6, 2017

Track Your Progress By Coach Debbie Leonti Most of us are coming in to train at least 3 times per week. Our head coach and main programmer, Manny Alayon, spends ample time programming our fitness and sport workouts. These training sessions are not just your daily "I just feel like doing this today" type of workout. The programming has a purpose. These workouts are meant to improve our overall fi

We Are Here To Motivate, Not Be Your Motivation

November 29, 2017

We Are Here To Motivate, Not Be Your Motivation By Coach Manny Alayon As coaches we are here to motivate, not to be your motivation. We are here to get you prepared, excited and to guide you through your journey. A good coach can help motivate, but should not be the reason for your motivation. Relying on something external (extrinsic) for motivation can work well in the short term, but will fizzl

Finding Your Why

November 22, 2017

Finding Your Why By Coach Cameron Hudson Fitness is hard. Just when you think you have it all figured out, coach makes you go a little heavier or introduces a new skill. So, why do we do it day in and day out? Are you training for an upcoming spartan race? Getting ready for the Open? Or just exercising so you can post videos of you lifting in a crop top? Whatever the reason is, only you can answe

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