View our Program Notes as well as various instructional articles and videos from our CrossFit 718 Head Coach and coaching staff.

September Program Notes

Hello everyone!  Are you enjoying this last five-week Open-style cycle? My hope was to give those of you who have been with 718 since before the 2018 Open an opportunity to identify where you have made gains and where you still need improvement. Make…

Program Notes: July 2018

from Coach Iz I'm personally very excited for the month of July, as we will be focusing on completing the current 8-week absolute strength cycle and transitioning into a 5-week Open-style cycle. The 5-week Open-style cycle is intended to…

June Programming Notes

By: Coach Israel Gonzalez Because we’ve received such positive feedback, we will continue to vary strength and energy system work from week to week. Saturday, which will incorporate a moderately long aerobic endurance workout, will be…
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Longevity in CrossFit – How to Play the Sport of Fitness Forever

By: Jenessa Connor Starting CrossFit is kind of like beginning a relationship. Everything is new and exciting. You’re always a little nervous (in a good way). The bad days are still pretty good. You celebrate every milestone. You can’t…
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"Tis the season for thoracic mobility!

By: Dr. Autumn Neuharth Thoracic spine = middle back. Needs to be nice and "open/extended" for a solid front squat and literally every overhead movement. Also thoracic spine extension is a beautiful antidote to our computer-oriented postures…
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“My low back hurts when I…”

By: Autumn Neuharth Are those words familiar? Low back pain is, statistically speaking, an issue most of us deal with in our lifetime1. But you don’t want back pain to slow you down - so what can you do when it happens? First, as the…
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Back to Basics

By: Jenessa Connor Whether it’s been two weeks or two years since you completed the Basics, it’s always a good idea to regularly revisit CrossFit’s fundamental concepts. That includes things like proper form and movement patterns, but…
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Working Out with Asthma: 718 Athletes Speak Up

By Jenessa Connor If you want an excuse not to exercise, it’s easy enough to find one. Work is busy, money is tight, you’re too tired… So it’s always impressive when an athlete with a legitimate medical condition still finds a way to…

Why You Should Follow (and Trust!) the Programming

By: Coach Iz The "Sport of Fitness,” like most other sports, has a year-long season. For most of us, the competitive season is during the Open, from March to April. Coaches have many different approaches as to how they prepare their athletes…
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Periodization: What is it, and why does it matter?

By Reuben Pearlman   Periodization is defined as the “long-term cyclic structuring of training and practice to maximize performance to coincide with important competitions.” Simply, it is the program design strategy that governs…
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You’ve Got Goals

 but Are They S.M.A.R.T.? By: Jenessa Connor You’ve probably been thinking about goals since the day you started CrossFit. Per your basics instructor’s suggestion, you might even have a page or two in your WOD journal dedicated to…
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Quality v. Quantity

By: Reuben Pearlman First things first, there are really two conversations to have regarding quality and quantity as it relates to your training program. One is the quality of the individual movement performed during a workout session (e.g.,…
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Training the Energy Systems

By: Jenessa Connor Ask most CrossFit athletes what they like about CrossFit, and you’re guaranteed to hear something about the variety an average WOD delivers – only when the clock strikes 8 p.m. and Wodify updates do you know if the…
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Programming Changes at CrossFit 718

By: Reuben Pearlman There has been a major change happening at CrossFit 718 – and you may be unaware of it. No, it doesn’t have to do with new equipment, or our new doors and awnings. This change is much sneakier, and it has a much deeper…
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Rate of Perceived Exertion

By: Reuben Pearlman Have you noticed a new acronym floating around the box lately? “RPE,” which stands for “rate of perceived exertion,” has been popping up in our programing somewhat regularly as of late. And no, this isn’t one…
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The Benefits of Jumping Rope

By: Reuben Pearlman If you were unable to attend our last double under workshop, you’re in luck! Crossfit 718 is hosting another workshop on June 26, 2016.   If you did attend our last one, then you know how valuable the time…
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5 Signs You Could Be Overtraining

By Jenessa Connor This article was originally published on TheBoxMag.com and appears with their permission.  Yesterday’s WOD felt more brutal than usual, and you’re still exhausted today. Are you overtraining? Probably not. “It’s…
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Running for CrossFit Athletes

By: Reuben Pearlman Athletes who have been with CrossFit 718 for some time know what’s coming as the weather turns warmer. For those of you that are new athletes, you may be in for a surprise. Warm weather means one thing around here: more…
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Got 10 Minutes? Get a Muscle-Up.

By: Jenessa Connor We all know that more complicated skills and gymnastic movements take a little extra work. In other words, if you only practice muscle-ups on the days they’re programmed, you probably won’t become very proficient…
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Mobilizing for the Open

By: Jenessa Connor  With the Open less than a month away, things are getting a little serious around the box. We’re all paying a bit more attention to movement standards and confronting our GOATs head-on. We’re taking the time to fine-tune…
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The Power Snatch

By: Reuben Pearlman There are few things that CrossFitters get as excited about as hitting a PR on their snatch. As strength legend Bill Starr explains, “The full snatch is one of the most complicated movements in all of sports. An athlete…