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Top Tips for Tough Hands

Grip work (from barbells and dumbbells to hanging movements) can take its toll on our hands, forming calluses and rough skin on the palm of our hands, making them all the more delicate when we return to the bar for more.  Here's our guide to managing your hands and keeping them in tip top condition for any WoD, remember PREVENTION is better than having to cure...  1. File any rough skin down with a pumice stone, pedi-egg or a skin razor (be careful!) But don't go overboard - we need a good base of hard skin to grip properly - just without the bumps and ridges. HOW OFTEN: Once a week or as required. Best time to do this: after a...

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It's 30 sleeps until.......

.....the CrossFit Open 2019 kicks off.  Have you signed up? What are your goals? Are you prepared? Have you worked on your weaknesses from last year? Is this your first Open? Are you reading this asking "What is the Open?!"  Well, the CrossFit Open is a chance for everyone (yes, EVERYONE) to test their fitness, against themselves.  These words, from the CrossFit Games site, basically tell you all you need to know:  "The 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is the largest fitness competition on Earth and an exciting showcase of the CrossFit community. Here, athletes like you, from all around the world, show up and push themselves further than they ever thought possible over a five-week period. Challenges, PRs and the unknown await. Are you ready?" ...

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What The Open does for me, in and out of the gym ... by Joanne Thomas

A CFA stalwart, Jojo Thomas is one of our longest standing members, and probably owns the most CFA clothing in the world. (Thank you Jojo)  In her blog about the open, Jojo explains the mental rollercoaster experienced every year, and why she keeps coming back for more! We can't wait to see how you've progressed going into 2018, Jo!  "Nothing rivals the fear and excitement you get in equal measure about the 'unknown' WODs that will be released over the five weeks." 

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The CrossFit Games Open 2018 ... Why I take Part, by Ewan Johnstone

Prior to doing the CrossFit Games Open, something was missing from Ewan's CrossFit journey... until The Open 2017.  "Previous to 17.3 I had never snatched more than 45kg, so I went for the scaled WoD. By the end of the WOD I had snatched 50kg for 9 reps then managed to get 60kg for 1."  Read Ewan's story and why he thinks YOU should sign up! 

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