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Here is a thought, a quote, and a piece of training to consider this weekend. TQT Thought Effort isn’t a choice.  Effort is downstream from the level of importance you’ve given the task before yo...

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Here is a thought, a quote, and a piece of training to consider this weekend. TQT Thought If you need to ask your coach, “How are my scores? Am I doing well?” You have a long ways to go.  As you de...

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Here is a thought, a quote, and a piece of training to consider this weekend. TQT Thought Do you want to appear to be somebody, or do you want to do something?  Do you want to be strong, or do y...

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Here is a thought, a quote, and a piece of training to consider this weekend. Thought The immediacy of competition ignites motivation. Which warrants a moment of reflection to acknowledge: What si...

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TQT [I’ve got a new format for this newsletter that I believe you will all find interesting. A “thought” from me, a “quote”, and a piece of “training” with a short excerpt discussing its value and...

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How can we review the past year to better inform ourselves as we start the next one? This seems to be the question on everyone’s mind this time of year. “What can I take away from this past year?...

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Today’s topic of discussion: The Backbone of Progress But before we get to it, if you haven’t already: Click here and register for the free webinar I’m hosting on December 28. The topic is Prepare...

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Today’s topic of discussion: Getting Better I spoke about this idea a few months back where I talked about progress and small improvements. Today I want to expand upon this idea from another angle...

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Failure

Dec 16

Today’s topic of discussion: Failure Have you given yourself permission to fail? It’s ok to fail, to fall short. And you have to give yourself permission to do that.  This doesn’t mean you will ...

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Today’s topic of discussion: The Crafted Competitor I posted about this idea on my instagram a few weeks back.  I’ve been spending a good amount of time thinking about where we (Crafted Coaching)...

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Today’s topic of discussion: Outcome vs. Process Oriented When your expectation of the outcome outweighs the value inherent in the task, you will always set yourself up for disappointment. When t...

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TODAY'S TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: Progress. The quicker you expect progress, the longer it will take you.  The longer you expect it, the quicker you will get it. We all want progress, and we all want...

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Crafting Fitness: Lessons from Michelangelo’s David

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Crafted Coaching is delighted to announce that Sam Smith, a long-term member of our coaching team, has purchased an ownership stake in the remote coaching company.

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Written by Coach Sam Smith  Minimums: What are they? Why are they the key to success? How to raise them? In part one, we discussed what are maximums, the foundations for maximums, what it means t...

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Written by Coach Sam Smith When I think about my pillars for training, there’s one that stands out above the rest: focus on minimums to raise maximums. Getting my clients to understand how focusing...

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Workout For time (12:00 Time Cap) 21 Pull-Ups 42 Double Unders 21 Thrusters 95/65 18 Chest to Bar Pull-Ups 36 Double Unders 18 Thrusters, 115/75 15 Bar Muscle-Ups 30 Double Unders 15 Thrusters, 135...

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Workout For time 10:00 Time Cap 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 DL (225/155) Bar Facing Burpees Top Scores Female Horvath 9:30 Holte 9:09 Male Medeiros 7:53 Panchik 8:22 Equipment/Set-Up Con...

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Now that we know what the structural imbalances are, it is important to understand how to train to fully maximize your time at the gym and on the mats.

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Workout Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of: 3 wall walks12 dumbbell snatches15 box jump-overs50/35-lb dumbbell, 24/20-in box Top Scores Female 332 reps Male330 reps Equipment/Set-...

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This TWO part blog series, we’ll break down how strength training can be a great complement to any martial artist along their journey.

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This case study was written by Sam Smith to provide insight into the process of coaching his client Nelli to compete in the CrossFit Semifinals.

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Written by Coach Sam Smith Despite what you might believe, hitting a new max in your lifts isn’t the only measure of progress. When I think about the Sport of Fitness, there are multiple measures o...

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Written by Coach Sam Smith When did you first become fascinated with reading? When I was young, I was drawn to reading due to my grandmother being an avid reader. I wanted to connect with her and b...

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Written by Coach Sam Smith This case study was written by Sam Smith to provide insight into the process of coaching his client David to compete in the CrossFit Open with the goal of qualifying for...

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This case study was written by Sam Smith to provide insight into the process of coaching his client Tim Perez to compete in the Hyrox World Championship.

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The Intangibles of Competing - Become mindful of the intangible aspects of competing will equip you with the tools you need in order to continually grow and develop not only as an athlete, but also as a human. The list below comes from Sam's personal experience in high level sport, along with his experience coaching others.

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Fitness is a dynamic, evolving, journey that should lead to growth for every individual. We face challenges, we overcome them, and we adapt. As the individuals who make up our community have grown,...

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"If you’re an athlete who competes in an individual sport and you can’t train alone or struggle to train alone, you need to stop trying to compete. " A bold, powerful statement made by Coach Sam Smith after working with hundreds of competitive athletes. Check out his reflections on training for an individual sport and how understand if it's really what you want.

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As a coach, it’s imperative to have metrics that allow you to track progress across a multitude of areas, otherwise what are you really doing? In my opinion, the key to progress in any program is a comprehensive selection of lead metrics. If we pigeonhole ourselves to just 1 or 2 metrics that could negatively impact our understanding of growth along with our athlete’s mindset around their own growth.

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