How to Look After Your Hands

Let's start by getting one thing straight: ripped hands aren't cool. They're often worn as a badge of honour at events, but rarely by athletes at the top of their game. This isn't a coincidence. If you want to perform in any sport, you need to take care of yourself.
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England's Strongest Woman 2015

It's been a while since we heard from our resident strongwoman. Today, Joanna's back on the blog - and she has some exciting news!
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How to Crush Your Fitness Goals

Setting effective fitness goals is one of the best ways to maintain your motivation for training, and ensure you're continually progressing. Here's our guide to ensuring you always reach your fitness goals:
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Outside The Box 2015: Mark's Story

After a two year break, Outside the Box (OTB) returned this year, with a trip to the peak district. For those of you who couldn't attend this year, or have yet to experience an OTB event, here's Mark O'Brien's thoughts on this year's trip...
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The Importance of Grip Strength (and How to Improve It)

Grip strength is possibly the most underrated aspect of performance when it comes to strength training. If you've hit a plateau, it's not just your mobility and movement patterns you should be focusing on. Your grip strength, or lack of it, plays an important role in pretty much everything you're likely to do in the box.
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5 Foods to Eat Before Training

The food you eat before you rock up to the gym can either make or break your session, but it's something many people get wrong, especially in clean eating circles. Here are 5 pre-training snack ideas to keep the energy pumping throughout your next WOD:
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10 Lessons for Box Newbies

If you've been training at your box for a while, you'll probably already know most of what I'm about to tell you. However, for those new to your box, there are some key lessons that can make WODs more beneficial and enjoyable! Here are our top 10:
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Five Reasons To Consider Competing

If you watched any of the CrossFit Games over the weekend, you're probably feeling inspired to push your training to the next level. If you've never competed before, that could be the next logical step - but is something holding you back? Entering your first competition can be daunting, particularly if you don't consider yourself an 'elite' athlete. One of the best things about the UK community is the range of competitions on offer, including some that are all-inclusive, and therefore suitable for all abilities and age ranges.
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The One Characteristic You Need to Get Through Any WOD

Training isn't just physical. Have you ever failed a lift, even though you knew you were physically capable? Have you ever backed out of a WOD, because your internal dialogue said you weren't fit or strong enough?
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Outside The Box: WOD of the Month

To make the most of the summer weather, we thought we'd share some Outside the Box WODs that you can do anywhere, with minimal equipment. Today's WOD comes from Stuart Trees, one of the owners of this month's Box of the Month, CrossFit West Yorkshire. All you need is a timer, two jumpers, a water bottle (it's going to get gassy!) and a big smile!
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10 Box Rules That Should Never Be Broken

Even in the most relaxed and friendly boxes, there are some rules that should never be broken. Here are 10 things you should ALWAYS do, no matter where you train:
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5 Ways to Improve Your Pull-Ups

The gymnastics component of a WOD can often be the most challenging part, for everyone from total newbies to seasoned athletes. Getting your first pull-up, or becoming more efficient at the movement, is always possible - but it takes time and dedication. If one of your goals is to improve your pull-ups, start by following this advice:
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