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Nicole Christensen

Box Development
January 28, 2020

Outsmarting the Aging Process: Change the Conversation

Ever heard your athletes state, "It's just not fair, it was so much easier when I was younger." Read up on how you might help them change the conversation.
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Box Development
January 2, 2020

Outsmarting the Aging Process: How Your Lifting Days Empower Your Metcons

Ever thought about what happens when you don’t give it your all on those lifting days and sets? Sure, we all have our best intentions, but as we’ve discussed earlier,…
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Box Development
December 12, 2019

Outsmarting the Aging Process: The Math Behind Your Lifting Days

Continuing with our discussion on how to maximize your time in the gym, we now look at how starting numbers affect our long term development and pounds moved across a…
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Box Development
November 19, 2019

Outsmarting the Aging Process: Don’t Skip the Strength Days

Last week, we kicked off our series on what you can do to support the aging process in the gym. It started with a talk by EC Synkowski. You can…
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Box Development
November 5, 2019

Outsmarting the Aging Process – What You Can Do In the Gym

It’s the end of a hard workout at the tail end of a challenging week, and athletes are putting away their barbells. An athlete comes up to you looking somewhat…
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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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Box Development
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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Box Development
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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Box Development
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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Box Development
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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Box Development
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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Box Development
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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Box Development
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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Box Development
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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