What, When, Why: Weightlifting Shoes


While a pair of Chuck Taylors used to be all you needed to start CrossFitting, the state of our lifestyle in 2017 brings with it a whole new world of gear options.  This new segment will explore the myriad wraps, straps, sleeves, shoes and other stuff used by CrossFitters to get an edge during workouts.  First, we will explain “what the heck are these thangs?” Then we will examine the “why” and “when” surrounding commonly used gear- why someone might potentially use it, and when it is appropriate for use, both in terms of how long you’ve been CrossFitting and in what scenarios/workouts the item would be more or less useful.

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Is there an Ideal BMI for Performance?

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Body Mass Index, or BMI, is an almost two hundred year old concept that roughly establishes a ratio between a person’s height and body weight.  Historically considered an important health marker, current research raises questions about the efficacy of BMI as a health marker- most famously when pro boxing superstar Evander Holyfield was found to be technically “obese” according to BMI metrics.  Most glaringly BMI focuses solely on scale weight, neglecting body composition- the amount of muscle vs. fat present in a body.
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Gear Up: Starting A CrossFit Gym Part 6


After being a coach at CrossFit South Brooklyn in NYC for 6 years I moved halfway across the country to open my own affiliate, CrossFit Lumos, in Austin, TX. This series will chronicle my experience opening the gym and what I am learning along the way. This article is Part 4 of the adventure. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.

After all these sober posts about the slow and painstaking process of opening CrossFit Lumos, I’m super excited to write this one.  It’s about one of my favorite subjects- GEAR!  Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a gear nut, with a special weakness for sneakers. Read More