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Nicole Christensen

Box Development
September 20, 2019

Are You Headed to Whistler?

Hey CrossFit Affiliates! Are you headed to Whistler for the CrossFit 10 Year Affiliate Gathering on September 20-22? If so, I’d love to say hi! My husband Eric and I…
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May 20, 2019

All the Ways to Partition Your Reps in Murph

Every year tens of thousands of athletes around the world gather at CrossFit affiliates, military bases, and local parks to do the workout Murph and honor those who died while…
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May 9, 2019

Next Level Scaling: Previous Movement Rep Totals

Providing scaling options is the first step toward making the workout come to life for every member at your gym. While those options provide an initial filter to point athletes…
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April 28, 2019

A Love Letter to YNAB

Dear YNAB, We love you. We think you’re the perfect compliment to any CrossFit affiliate or boutique fitness studio. Love, SugarWOD I usually blog about affiliate best practices that are…
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April 22, 2019

Next Level Scaling

Anyone who has been around CrossFit for some time knows that individualized scaling of the workout is an inherent part of the athlete’s progress, athletic development, and long term success.…
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April 18, 2019

3 Little Things That Protect Your Brand

I’ve traveled to many gyms in my time with CrossFit, over 100 by now. Each gym has its own vibe, style, and protocols and that’s part of what makes it…
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Box Development
February 21, 2019

Coaching the Pregnant Athlete

Let’s face it, there’s a big stigma around training pregnant women. Coaches often feel clueless as to how to train this population. What they miss in those sentiments is that…
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Box Development
February 20, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who is Injured

Athletes will suffer tweaks and injuries from time to time. Many athletes struggle with the give and take nature of recovering from an injury. The coach’s job is to provide…
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February 20, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who is New to CrossFit

The primary goal with a new athlete is to promote them to make good decisions and reinforce the tenets of the training and coaching style at your affiliate.   Here…
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February 18, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who Often Tries to Go Too Heavy

Next up in our six-part series, we’ll profile the athlete who goes too heavy and cover a dialogue to help coaches navigate this situation. The situation is all too familiar.…
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February 13, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who Always Tries to Go Rx

Next up in our six-part series on how to have difficult and effective conversations with athletes, we’ll discuss how to talk with an athlete who is always trying to go Rx.…
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Box Development
February 13, 2019

Coaching the Athlete Who is Nervous About a Workout

First up in our six-part series, we’ll look at an athlete who is nervous about doing a workout or a specific movement. As a starting point, it's important to understand…
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February 1, 2019

How to Have Difficult and Effective Conversations With Athletes

When I was six years old, my parents enrolled me in the neighborhood summer swim team. I wasn’t very good at swimming and was generally a nervous kid, but I…
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Box Development
September 25, 2018

Three Exercises to Screen Coaching Candidates For Good Potential

Want to assess if a candidate or intern for a coaching position has what it takes to become a contributing member of your staff and your gym? At Roots, we…
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September 12, 2018

Why Your Coaches Should Know Every Name

Remember the show Cheers? I only remember it vaguely as my parents used to watch it back in the 80s. The show’s theme song had a line in it, “You…
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Box Development
August 9, 2018

Why Your Coaching Staff Should Do Your Gym’s Programming

If you want your athletes to trust and do your gym's programming, your first step is to have your coaches do it too. The shared suffering we have come to…
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June 6, 2018

Why Your Coaches Should Post Their Scores

Just the other day we did a workout at CrossFit Roots that involved toes-to-bar and overhead squats. I coached the workout in the AM and then took group class later…
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