Category: Articles

News from 2019 American Open Finals

USAW (United States Weightlifting) is largely alive and well because of CrossFit. USA weightlifting was very poor on the national stage until quite recently, and to be honest, we are still not really a threat to the best countries. Verdant Barbell club is an entity that I created about 4 years ago. At that point […]

Movement Redundancy

Friday’s workout at both gyms was a 15 min AMRAP 5 power cleans 115/85, 3 full cleans, 20 medball cleans 20/14, and 10 ea. dead KB squat clean 70/53. We used three different implements, a barbell, a medball, and a kettlebell, to perform a clean. The objective of the workout was to test our athletes’ […]

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 skills. […]

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 you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Verdant Teen Strength and Conditioning

Verdant Teen Strength and Conditioning We have recently started our first official Verdant Fitness Teen Strength and Conditioning Program. Whenever we start a new strength cycle or a new program, I usually dive head first into a bunch of reading and research. It’s always tough to synthesize all the different points of view and theories […]