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Are you fit enough to start CrossFit?

“I’d love to do it, I’m just not fit enough”. The amount of times I have heard this, or a variation of it, when talking to someone who is interested in doing CrossFit but is convinced they are not ready for it. “I’m going to get fit in my <insert gym name here> and then […]

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Competitive Team Training

In CrossFit circles Spring heralds the start of competition season and specifically The Open. CFN has enjoyed significant success on the individual and team competition scene, with two trips to The CrossFit Games™ Regionals and multiple wins and podiums at UK and European competitions. We are renowned not only for our competitive strength but also […]

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So What, I am a Girl.

When I was a kid my sport of choice was Rugby, this didn’t always please my mum who sat through my dance rehearsals every Saturday morning. Sunday mornings were my favorite. We would drive to a field where I would run around for hours on end, throwing, chasing, tackling, getting covered in bruises & dirt. […]

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Chia Seeds – Tiny Little Nutrient Packed Things!

Chia seeds, they’re tiny little nutrient packed things aren’t they? The only time I’d seen and heard the word chia was when it was in front of latte, ‘Chia Latte’. It was a few years ago now, but oh my gosh, it tasted amazing. Nothing to do with the added sugars, froffy milk, and festive […]

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Undereating – The Truth

Eating too much is bad, or is it? If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. We know that, right? But what if that “weight” is actually muscle?  We are aware that to build muscle mass (and get stronger) you need to be in a slight calorie SURPLUS, however when you’re dieting […]

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The Strenuous Life

I was performing double unders recently when Laura Clarke commented to me that she was surprised I had listed them amongst my favourite CrossFit movements on my coaching bio. This assumption was presumably reached because she knew my double under journey. Let me momentarily take you back a few years to 2013. I had achieved […]

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Gender in the Fitness Industry – Part 1

At the start of 2018 my path crossed with a leading UK supplement company and it has become a catalyst for my evolving thoughts towards the Fitness Industry. Now the Fitness Industry is not small, and there are many different spheres that all fall under this umbrella; Globo gyms, boutique gyms, personal training, specialist training, […]

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Your Programme

History CrossFit Nottingham has applied several programmes and programmers over the last 6 years, some internal and some external. There is a recent change of programmers back to myself (Head Coach, Andy Ward), as of April 1st. For this reason I thought I would provide you with some information on the CFN programming going forward, […]

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Unfit for CrossFit…

Saying you’re too unfit to do CrossFit is like saying you’re to dirty to wash… Perhaps you’ve heard of CrossFit but always thought “I’m too old to do that,” or “I’m not fit enough to do that”. Today I want to challenge that idea. Perhaps you’ve never done any sport or exercise before, or maybe […]

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The Open: Gary’s 2017 Reflection

The Open is the biggest CrossFit competition in the world, it is comprised of five workouts over five weeks, and this year it starts with 18.1. Open workouts are identified by their year and the order in which they appear. While the purpose of the Open is to find the fittest athletes in each region, […]

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