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Jump Smarter. Live Better.

**Author’s note: I wrote this article earlier this week and had it in the hopper for a later date. Given Workout 13.2, it seems appropriate to post now.  Happy jumping, Everyone!*   LOOK BEFORE YOU...

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Peer Pressure and Homework: It’s Not Just for Kids!

Remember the peer-pressure lectures from parents and teachers back when you were in high school?  We were told to listen to our gut, have an escape plan, and otherwise be prepared for when we were...

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The Psychology of Muscle-Ups

My article below was first published in WODTalk Magazine a few months ago.  Given the announcement of the CrossFit Open workout for this week, I was asked by some readers to post it again here.  The...

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Had a Bad Day? Now What?

I’ve always marveled at Olympic athletes. Beyond the amazing talent, drive, discipline, and dedication that impress us all, what has always had me most mystified is the fact that many of them train...

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A Whole New Take on Sleep Training: Are you Consolidating in your Sleep?

It’s probably not news to you that sleep is good for us.  We’ve heard since we were kids that we need a good night’s sleep.  For those of us who are athletes or are interested in our training and...

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Who are We to Judge?

I can remember being on summer vacation with my family during one of the Olympics in 1976.  We would watch our favorite events at night, and my parents would educate me and my brother about the...

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Dying to Know the Workout? What’s the Deal with Not Knowing?

Our ten-year-old daughter tried out for a competitive A Capella group a couple of weeks ago.  Tryouts were on Friday, and the casting email was sent the following Wednesday.  Our kid can sing, no...

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Post-Open Blues? Time for Some Good, Old-Fashioned Introspection.

The CrossFit Open 2013 is over.  Thousands of CrossFitters around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief, enjoy some rest and recovery, and find other things to do with their down time...

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How’s All That Thinking Working Out for You?

Ever had someone tell you to stop thinking so hard when you’re trying to execute a physical skill?  Ever had a feeling inside that if you could just let your mind go, your body would probably do what...

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Brief Thoughts on the Boston Marathon

I had the pleasure of running the Boston Marathon in April, 1996, the 100th Anniversary year of the event.  I was 25 years old and can remember being totally inspired by the support from the crowd...

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What’s YOUR Story?

One of my favorite parts of completing my Doctorate in Psychology was having the opportunity to do intakes of incoming clients in various settings.  Hearing people’s stories offered a fascinating...

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Have an Audience? How Do You Handle the Pressure?

I can remember back in high school, amidst the burgeoning of adolescent self-consciousness, being on the soccer field with my teammates while spectators cheered us on.  For the most part, this was a...

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Time for a Break?

Our eight-year-old came home from school yesterday with tears in her eyes.  She told me she was tired, had too many activities, and wanted to quit something.  She mentioned that I wouldn’t be happy...

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The Importance of Being More than Just a CrossFit Athlete or Climber or...

Pure Joy: 2008 visit from Grandma. Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful Mom, who taught me, among other things, how to write.  Since I’m posting this article on Mother’s Day, here’s the tie-in: 1.  As a...

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Coping with Injury: The Psychology of Being Sidelined

I love to run.  Running offers me an adrenaline rush second to no other form of workout, and it maintains my cardiovascular fitness in ways other workouts don’t.  Yes, I’m a CrossFit athlete, and...

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Enhance Yourself. Perform.

*This post about gutsy performances is dedicated to my friend, business partner, and former teammate, Marcus Filly, for his incredible performance at the CrossFit NorCal Regionals competition this...

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Success is Important, but Don’t You Go Cherry-picking!

A friend of mine recently gave me an idea for an article.  Her daughter, a sophomore in high school who has struggled with learning disabilities and resulting frustrations with school over the years,...

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Out-of-Comfort Zones, Exercise High, and Visualization: Powerful Ingredients...

About a year ago, somebody asked me to define what Effort means to me.  I was asked the question on camera during an interview about sport, with no time beforehand to ponder or plan a well-crafted,...

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Where has all the Playdough Gone? A Father’s Day Reminder to Stop and Smell...

Grandfather bliss. New York.  Winter, 2005.  Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful father, whose poignant insights appear at the end of today’s article. “Impromptu pep talk today: live it up, you...

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Athletes, Theory, and the Mental Game

Fair warning:  This is a long and dense article, but if you hang in till the end, you will gain some cool insights into the mindsets of elite athletes and how we all make use of knowledge for various...

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