Category: Articles

Your Training Age: What It Is and Why It Matters

  Written by Cassie Smith I know this might seem like a really obvious idea, but I’m going to talk about it anyway: Being good at anything takes time. Since we all have CrossFit in common, I’ll use that as the thing. CrossFit is unique in that it requires substantial ability in a variety of [...]

Parents and CrossFit

  The Workout Situation with Parents I opened Verdant CrossFit in 2014. Before that I competed every weekend from 7th grade through all four years of college. In that time, I can’t remember a single time that my parents went to the gym, lifted weights, or “worked out”. That being said, my father will tell [...]

Comparison vs Competition

  Comparison versus Competition Compete with Yourself Over the past few weeks I am pretty sure that I’ve referenced this idea more than twenty times and usually when something keeps popping up so much it’s worth talking about. I think this concept is relevant to anyone that has ever suffered an injury or felt the […]

Nutrition Programs at Verdant

  Over the past 6 months we have been debating how to bring a codified, realistic, and holistic nutrition system to Verdant. There are a lot of good programs out there and, understandably, they all have a slightly different take on nutrition. We actually have had Verdant members use all of the major and popular [...]

The One About Changing Behaviors

  The One About Changing Behaviors When I started CrossFit I jumped on the Paleo bandwagon. I’ll admit it and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I had just moved from Mississippi and I was definitely the largest version of myself that had ever existed. My weight wasn’t very substantial but I didn’t look like [...]

Diets Don’t Work

  What do we do with nutrition? If you go on Facebook or Instagram or even Snapchat there are going to be a ton of “experts” telling you what to do and offering advice on the next best nutrition plan. For a long time, CrossFit advocated, unofficially, the paleo “diet” which was then distilled to [...]

Let’s Talk Nutrition

The following is packet of easy-to-follow ideas that we think will dramatically help your overall health, fitness, and weight loss. We do nutritional planning that goes DRAMATICALLY deeper than this, but that does have an additional cost. We don’t do meal plans, why? No one sticks with meal plans for more than a month or [...]

What is CrossFit?

  What is CrossFit? “What is CrossFit?” is a really common question that we hear at Verdant. It’s actually written verbatim in a subject line or in an email almost every few days. CrossFit HQ defines “World Class Fitness” in 100 words: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. [...]

Dropping Into A Box And Etiquette

  Dropping Into A Box And Etiquette This is definitely a gym owner problem, but most CrossFitters have at least been in a class where a drop-in comes in and says something along the lines of “I have my own program, can I go in the corner and do it?” There are so many variables [...]

Positioning Over Depth – Verdant CrossFit

  Positioning Over Depth At Verdant I’ve tried to keep the messages repetitive and unwavering. My primary message, “Positioning over Depth,” has been a combination of my ideology as well as a product of circumstances. The denotation is quite literal: make sure the positioning of a squat is what is valued over the depth of [...]