CrossFit Sweat Shop – Walnut Creek

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Back Squat vs. Front Squat

Over the years I’ve gotten these two questions quite a few times.  “what’s the difference between back squats and front squats?”…. and, “which is better?”  Someone recently asked me this question again, so when I saw a post from Breaking Muscle, I decided to post it here on our blog. […]

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Welcome Baby Lachlan!

Congrats to Jason and Stephanie who welcomed little baby boy into this world yesterday! Lachlan Charles Toovey was born at 9:01, July 13th, weighing in at a healthy 7lbs 13 oz and 21 inches tall! We can’t wait to meet and play with little Lachlan! He is lucky to have[…]

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Skiing in the Alps

Although our new ski erg won’t really get you ready to hit the slopes, it’s a great new modality of exercise that you can incorporate into your workouts at the Sweat Shop. First off, Chris Grames just posted a nice little piece on ski erg technique on the Sweat Shop Members[…]

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Fear Facing

I’ve learned a lot about celebrating little successes through watching my daughter Camille. She is naturally a cautious child, so I don’t worry much about her being reckless. I enjoy watching her from a safe distance while she figures out she can accomplish small feats. Today we are in Tahoe,[…]

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CrossFit Variety

Ski season is over, but that just means a shift in activities.  One of the main things that initially drew me to CrossFit was the variety.  Not only variety in exercises day-to-day, but also many exercises that I hadn’t previously done before.  Over the years however, it seems my training[…]

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Rope Climbs

Here are a couple reposts on practicing rope climb wrapping and legless. In the first video, Lulu demos the traditional Spanish wrap and two versions of the Russian wrap. While many of you can practice these while hanging on the rope, the second video shows Joel and Lisa practicing these[…]

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Make Your Effort Inspire Others

“I want my effort to inspire others.” A simple phrase that I came across a couple of days ago that really got me thinking, so I wanted to share some of my thoughts with all of you! Full effort, what does it really mean to give your best/full effort towards something?[…]

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Featured Athlete: Stephen G.

  If you come to the gym in the afternoons or Saturday mornings you’ve no doubt seen Stephen.  Otherwise there’s a good chance you’ve seen his log book being held for ransom by the coaches after he forgets to put it away… perhaps taped to the rig, the underside of[…]

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Contra Costa Throwdown Recap

Last weekend we had FIVE Sweat Shop squads compete at the Contra Costa Throwdown in Concord. This was my first year participating in the local throwdown and had a blast competing alongside familiar competitors like Marko, DJ, and Gomer, as well as seeing first time competitors Danielle, Cally, Chris, Britney,[…]

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Agility

“Agility – the ability to move and change direction and position of the body quickly an effectively while under control. It requires quick reflexes, coordination, balance, speed, and correct response to the changing situation.” “Ohhh no.” “Ugghhhh, I’m so bad at these.” “Whhyyyyyy???” A few of the many comments when we[…]

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