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Why 6 week challenges SUCK.

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With summer just around the corner, our social feeds are about to be inundated with posts about why you need to join “gym abc” for a LIFE CHANGING 6 week challenge. 


While it sounds like a great idea to ‘join now and get into the best shape of your life’, we don’t run these kind of challenges here at Contessa and wanted to let you know why.. 

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What is CrossFit?

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What is CrossFit?   CrossFit can’t be pigeon-holed into one simple definition. Developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades, this fitness regimen is designed to be:   Functional – Movements in CrossFit are designed to mimic natural body patterns and everyday activities, meaning your ability to live a healthy, independent life is increased. Constantly varied – CrossFit workouts involve constantly varied movements performed at relatively high intensity force your body to adapt in different ways. Measurable – By increasing work capacity across broad time and modal domains, improvements are visible and able to be measured. CrossFit is more than...

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Why movement standards are IMPORTANT

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Why movement standards are IMPORTANT! By Candice Lamb Movement Standards  A common thing we often get asked by people who are new to CrossFit, is why we have movement standards (it’s asked more like ‘but WHY does my chest need to touch the ground during a burpee’ or something similar. Often people who have trained before (PTs, other group training, or battling the gym on their own) struggle to wrap their heads around why we uphold such high standards for all of our movements.   1. Because…real life! We want to make sure your body is as functional as possible out...

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How to NOT f*&# up in 2019

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Ok, ya ready? “HOW TO NOT FUCK UP 2019.” • Stop blaming other people or external factors for your misfortunes. I mean, you totally can if you want. But if you keep making excuses as to why you’re shit at life you’ll never get better. • Stop ‘unfollowing’ people that make you feel bad about yourself. If someone else “makes” you feel bad, you probably need to address the reason why you pull up feeling that way. You’re probably not doing great in an area they excell. That’s cool, it’s never too late to draw inspiration from others! (Let’s be...

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