Road to Madison: Alison Scudds

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Alison will be attending the Brazil CrossFit Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 17th-19th. We catch up with Alison and talk training, nutrition, previous years and what she has been working on going into this season.

Handstand Walking Skill Progression

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As the sport of fitness progresses there are skills that inevitably must be gained, as we have seen lately, walking on your hands is one such skill. If you struggle with walking on your hands or even navigating a course on your hands you can see a big improvement with practicing the basics, give this portion of the Brute Games Prep Programming a try: 2 Rounds Accumulate 1:30 min   Free Handstand Hold Perpendicular to wall   One arm handstand …

Female Voices on the Brute Podcast

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We’re celebrating 2019’s International Women’s Day by highlighting some of the incredible women who have been on the Brute Strength Podcast. Brooke Ence Ep. 71  Ep.19 Mattie Rogers Ep. 38 Dana Linn Bailey Ep.51 Jessica Lucero Ep. 37  Ep.121 Lisa Bilyeu Ep.192 Hannah Eden Ep.178 Rachel Balkovec Ep.170 Dawn Fletcher Ep.157 Nicole Carroll Ep.151 Margaux Alvarez Ep.134 Christmas Abbott Ep.48 Ep.127 Emily Schromm Ep.126 Emily Duncan Ep.123 Girls Gone WOD Ep.110 Krissy Mae Cagney Ep.2  Ep.99 Rory Zambard Ep.14 Adee …

Brute Men’s Showdown

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A weightlifter, powerlifter, bodybuilder and CrossFit athlete walk into an arena together — who wins? 🤔 We’ve teamed up with Bodybuilding.com and Mark Bell Slingshot to explore that question, bringing you a competition like never seen before. In the following four episodes, Bodybuilder Lawrence Ballenger, Powerlifter Steve Gentilli, CrossFit Games Athlete Jacob Heppner, and Olympic Weightlifter Luis Javier Mosquera go head to head in ten (extremely) diverse competitions! Episode 1: Meet the Competitors In the first episode of our four-part …

Coming Back From a Spinal Fracture

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Spinal injuries are on a different scale than a sprain or muscle pain, so it’s important to treat them as such. Brute Strength’s Director of Injury Management, Dr. Sean Pastuch is breaking down the steps to take if one of your athletes approaches you with a spinal injury. To start, get them out of the gym for 2-6 weeks. The spine isn’t like a sprain, muscle pain or ligament tear. If they come back from rest and claim that a …

What You Need to Know About Your Posture

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One of the most frequent questions that our coaches at the Active Life get are in regard to posture and what exercises they would recommend in order to improve posture or body positions. The fact is your body will assume the posture that is the most advantageous for it at any given time. What you need to be thinking about are “what positions am I spending the most time in” and “what does the opposite of this look like?” Once …

How to Count Macros to Lose Weight

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Have you heard people raving about their “macro diet” and wondered what in the world they were talking about? Well we are here to fill you in on not just the “what” of flexible dieting, but the “how” and “why” of tracking macros for fat loss.   Flexible dieting is a great way to  still eat the foods you enjoy WHILE losing fat! Not eliminating entire food groups, like many other diets prescribe, makes this way of eating much more …

Don’t Get Benched by the Bench Press

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I’m sure you’ve heard—they’re testing the bench press now. Pause. Don’t lay down and get lifting. Going all-in on the bench press can ruin your performance. Going all-in on ANY movement can ruin your performance. If your bench press is weak, yeah, work on it. But don’t be absorbed by it. Keep your fitness well-rounded. And hit the books. Do your homework. Research past competitions. Evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses. Apply what you’ve learned. If you’re scared of it, …

Workout of the Week 9.18: Brute Body

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If you want to look like an athlete, you have to start training like one. That’s why we created Brute Body – so you can get your daily ass-kicking at the gym straight from your phone. Once you live a day in the life of a Brute Body athlete, you’ll want to join the squad. Try it before the next cycle of sign-ups ends for a taste of what to expect on your journey to your most shredded you. Upper …

Open Conversations: Should I wear lifters?

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The Open is here. You’re questioning everything. Belt or no belt, lifters or no lifters. The number one answer is do what you’re used to. During the Open is no time for big life changes or brand-new equipment. BUT if you want to figure out if lifters could help you perform better, consider yourself. What’s your biggest limiter? Is it weight-lifting? Is it toes-to-bars? Lifters are gonna add a little weight, so if you typically go ham on pull-ups and …