18-08-2021 Cecily Ellis

What makes a good athlete?

There are many ways to answer this question. One could talk about the physiological side and evaluate an athlete’s genetics, resulting in a higher percentage of certain muscle fibres. Alternatively, one could dive into a specific stimulus and discuss in detail which training program works best. Or, we could speculate on the importance of a broad athletic background when young. All are valid answers, and you will therefore find endless blogs on these topics, many written by far smarter people than me. In this blog, I will try to answer the question from a coaches point of view, answering the question: what makes you a good athlete to coach? Let’s look at a few key points and discuss their importance. 

21-07-2021 Jeremy Regensburg

Getting A Stressed Mind Ready to Train

Imagine yourself arriving at the gym stressed out, having trouble focusing on the workout to come. Of course, you could half-ass your training or take your stress out on your coach or fellow athletes, but after reading this blog, you’ll know there are better ways to get calm, collected and focused. 

14-02-2020 Nirit Michaeli

Survival Guide to the Dutch: How to Feel Gezellig Far from Home

In my first year in the Netherlands, about 8 years ago, when I was having a hard time acclimatising to this foreign country, a friend from Bulgaria told me this story: A man dies, and at the gates of heaven St Peter asks him if he’d like to go to heaven or hell. The man says, let me try both and see. They go to hell, and see the place up in flames, terrible things, you know – hell. They go to heaven, and everyone’s happy, smiling and living the good after-life. The man asks St Peter to place him in heaven. When they re-enter heaven, the man sees it’s actually pretty bad: it’s going up in flames; people suffering and complaining, etc. The man asks St Peter what the hell happened, and St Peter replies: “you see, that’s the difference between being a tourist and being an immigrant”.

22-01-2020 Mirwais Mehrab

The first step of a thousand miles: CrossFit injury prevention in 2020

Athletes tend to train for all kinds of reasons, such as pleasure and relaxation, competition, to socialize, and for improvement of fitness and health. Besides improving quality of life enjoyment and satisfaction, participation in sports reduces the risk of premature mortality in general, and of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, obesity, and diabetes mellitus, etcetera.

23-09-2019 Cecily Ellis

HAND CARE - How to Prevent and Rehab Rips

Ripping your hands are unfortunately a common occurrence in any gym with a lot of barbell- and gymnastics-work being done. Everyone who's ever accidentally put shampoo on their fresh rips while washing their hair can attest to the fact that ripping your hands is no fun at all. Since rips can also seriously interfere with training I thought I'd give some tips on how to prevent rips and how to take care of them if you do get them.

30-08-2019 Leroy Naarden

Change is hard! Or is it?

Imagine you love weightlifting, which probably isn’t very difficult since you’re reading this blog. The feeling of the barbell in your dry chalked hands. The knurling rubbing against the thumb under your fingers. A calm focus in your mind when you set up for the lift. Slowly you tense your entire body. You feel the slack leaving the barbell - though it doesn’t leave the ground just yet. One second passes. Then two. On three you breathe in fiercely followed by a violent full body extension. In the blink of an eye, the bar has travelled from under your knees to over your head. You stand up straight and show control. You can’t suppress a slight smile. No one could at this moment. You just snatched your all-time best.

13-08-2019 Jeremy Regensburg

The Best Weightlifting Technique

My old coach once said that while he certainly doesn’t know everything, he had learned from many years of teaching that far too many people spend an exorbitant amount of time getting lost in details and looking for “that one trick”. 

15-07-2019 Cecily Ellis

Barbell Education and Etiquette

We've seen a lot of people confused about the different types of Eleiko barbells we have in UnScared and the rules of etiquette that surround them, so here's a post to remedy that! In this quick article, we'll discuss the different types of barbells for different lifts. If you're training at UnScared, just remember to be respectful of the equipment, use clips and ask your coach if you're unsure about anything!

11-06-2019 Jeremy Regensburg

The best exercises you're not doing

CrossFit is presented as a 'complete' sport, but whether this is true in practice depends on the programming of your box. What are things that are important for injury prevention, performance and physical resilience in daily life that are less prevalent in typical CrossFit workouts? 

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