Our Top 10 Posts from 2015
We've had some great responses to the content we've shared on the blog this year. For us, the blog is a place for us to give something back to our customers - with articles to entertain, inspire or improve your WOD performance.
In case you missed them, here are our 10 most popular posts from 2015:
1. Box Rules You Should Never Break
The rules in this post should be common sense, but we hear far too many stories that suggest otherwise. It doesn't matter how relaxed your box is, some rules should always be respected...
Don't be a whiteboard warrior. Never leave your blood, sweat or tears on the equipment. Always listen to your coaches.
Read the full post to find out what else made the list, and make sure you're not *that* guy.
Full Post: 10 Box Rules You Should Never Break.
2. Deadlifting Mistakes to Avoid
The deadlift is, in many ways, the most simple movement you'll encounter in the box. So why do so many people get it wrong?
In some ways, the simplicity of the lift lures people into a false sense of security. There's more to it than picking the barbell up off the floor with a strong back.
If you want to build a stronger deadlift, read the post to find out the most common mistakes you'll need to avoid, and how to fix them.
3. What Do All Box Newbies Need to Know?
I'm sure we all remember how we felt when we walked into the box for the first time. Excited? Nervous? Intimidated?
How about all three?
We all need to start somewhere, and those first few weeks can be daunting and frustrating. In this blog post, we wrote about 10 things we wished we knew when we first started WODing.
Full Post: 10 Lessons for Box Newbies
4. Stuff You Need to Stop Doing Inside the Box
Bad habits can destroy your performance in the box. They're so easy to pick up, hard to recognise, and difficult to let go of.
Do you find other people are progressing faster than you?
If you answered yes, it's time to take a look at what might be holding you back. Do you cherry-pick your workouts, train inconsistently, or hide behind your excuses?
Check out this article to uncover your worst habits, and find out how to change them.
5. Chocolate Orange Sweet Potato Brownies
The next post needs little explanation.
We all need the occasional treat - and it always feel so much better when they're healthy too!
These brownies are all natural. They're suitable for those following a Paleo or gluten-free diet, and taste just as good as the real thing.
Full Post: Chocolate Orange Sweet Potato Brownies
6. The Worst Fitness Excuses We Hear Regularly
We all fall off the wagon every now and again. We can let the occasional excuse go, but if you're making a habit of it - you need to stop!
You don't have time to train? Please. We don't have time to listen to your lame excuses!
How many of these have you heard in your box? Are you guilty of using any of them?
Full Post: 9 Fitness Excuses We're All Tired of Hearing
7. The Best Foods for Recovery
We all have different views about nutrition. Some people follow a strict Paleo diet. Some people don't. Some track their macros. Other's don't.
Nutrition isn't an exact science, but one thing is for certain: what you put into your body affects your recovery.
To get the most from your WODs, you need to make sure you're doing the right things outside the box too. This article suggests 10 foods you can introduce to recover faster.
Full Post: The 10 Best Foods for Recovery
8. How to Improve Your WOD Performance
We talk a lot about improving WOD performance on the blog. Tactics, nutrition and recovery all play their part, but there's something else that can make a huge difference.
If you spend some time to get into the right frame of mind for a workout, you'll get better results. In this article, we shared five questions to ask yourself before each WOD.
Full Post: 5 Questions to Improve Your WOD Performance
9. What Should You Eat Before Training?
Do you ever find yourself lacking energy before training?
If you've already dialled in your recovery, this could mean you're not fuelling yourself properly.
Eating too little before a workout, or the wrong type of fuel, will affect your ability to train hard.
Here are our top 5 recommendations for your pre-training meal or snack.
Full Post: 5 Foods to Eat Before You Train
10. The People You'll Always Find in the Box
Hands up, who loves their box?
We've met so many people from the community, and we've yet to find someone who doesn't.
It doesn't matter where you train though, you'll find the same types of people wherever you go!
The Stash Junkies. The Unwelcome Judges. The Golden Oldies.
How many do you recognise from your box? Which one can you identify with?
Full Post: 8 Types of People You'll Find in the Box