CrossFit History Lessons, Pt. 3

This blog series is not so much a series of lessons about the history of CrossFit, but more like a history of the lessons I learned from doing CrossFit. (Read pt.1 here and pt. 2 here). To be absolutely fair, I have to credit Greg Glassman’s ideas about fitness with inspiring me and exciting meContinue reading “CrossFit History Lessons, Pt. 3”

CrossFit History Lessons, Pt. 2

Yesterday, I began a series of articles responding to Greg Glassman’s original CrossFit Journal. It’s 18 years later and I think we should have learned a few things by now. CrossFit’s First Fitness Standard This is the model of the 10 general physical skills, which Greg picked up from Dynamax. There’s a lot of controversyContinue reading “CrossFit History Lessons, Pt. 2”

CrossFit History Lessons, Pt. 1

CrossFit hasn’t changed their core message in 18 years, but we who’ve been through it know better now. Here is the first in a series of blogs about it. This is a photo of a care package I sent to my brother in Iraq in the autumn of 2003. I had recently discovered this websiteContinue reading “CrossFit History Lessons, Pt. 1”

Assessing in Fitness

I’m putting myself through a 2-week cycle of assessments right now and reflecting on the history of this concept. We didn’t always know how to assess fitness. Here’s some history for you. One of the first people to attempt a holistic system of fitness assessments was Dave Werner. These photos are from his first systemContinue reading “Assessing in Fitness”

Why Do I Mess With Yoga?

Every day, I post up photos of my whiteboard on Instagram (@nicnakis). These are my workout logs, and sometimes they say something about Yoga. What do I get out of Yoga and why have I been practicing it for 25 years? Mental Practice I guess it starts with learning: learning strange names and words andContinue reading “Why Do I Mess With Yoga?”

Learn Something New Every Day

When we were kids, my brother and I created a lot of personal rules and orders. I’ve talked in this blog about our personal “health code” that we developed. There were many other vows, restrictions, and challenges we put on ourselves. For example, my brother vowed to make a new friend every day, and IContinue reading “Learn Something New Every Day”

Do I Need to Learn to Use Myofascial Release Tools?

If you’re doing it right, you won’t have to learn how to use this. Here’s a common question that I get: “Should I buy a foam roller?” And the answer, of course, is, “It depends.” For most of my clients, I would say no, they don’t need to buy a foam roller. If they’re sleepingContinue reading “Do I Need to Learn to Use Myofascial Release Tools?”

Time in the Trenches

Sometimes I meet people who have just gotten into CrossFit and they’re super gung-ho about it. (Or maybe they found CrossFit 5 years ago). They’ve watched a ton of stuff on YouTube and watched the CrossFit Games, maybe read a bunch of CrossFit Journal articles. They think know everything and they are unwilling to listenContinue reading “Time in the Trenches”

My Definition of Fitness

Here’s something that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and writing about: definitions of “fitness”. I named my business “Smart, Fit, and Clean”, which essentially summarizes my proposition for a definition of fitness. Wrote 3 weeks straight of blogs defining this in more detail. I hope it makes you think. What does ‚ÄúSmart,Continue reading “My Definition of Fitness”

7 Questions to Set Intentions

I spend a lot of time working to get better at my job. I’ve found that coaching is all about asking the right questions. This series of blogs laid out 7 questions that you can use as tools to refine your own intentions and create a plan of action. The 7 Most Important Questions (InContinue reading “7 Questions to Set Intentions”