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Pelvic Control

Pelvic Control

The pelvis is one of the most important parts of the body and yet it’s also one of the least controlled and connected areas on most people when first starting out. Serving as the junction where our legs meet our trunk it plays a key role in almost every movement we do...

I Like the Way You Move

I Like the Way You Move

Muscles create movement by contracting and relaxing. Muscles have attachment points, and when they contract they produce a force that attempts to pull those attachment points closer together. (It’s important to note that muscles don’t attach to bone in the same way...

No Sugar February Challenge

No Sugar February Challenge

Alright, by now you've heard something about this no sugar deal in February, so we wanted to give you the lowdown. Below you'll find the why, what, when and how. Join us for this 29 day sugar fast! Why It’s in everything and it has ZERO nutritional value. It’s been...

The Drug We’re All On

The Drug We’re All On

It’s found throughout the aisles of our grocery stores, in our kitchen pantries, and turns out, in the majority of our food. I’m talking about sugar of course. It’s cheap and only getting cheaper and food makers are finding ways to create new types of it as well as...

Check-the-Box Kind of Day

Check-the-Box Kind of Day

We’ve all had those days where our game is just off. Maybe we haven’t been getting great sleep, maybe our nutrition has strayed further than normal, maybe we’re dealing with a lot of stress, or maybe we don’t even have a good reason but we just feel "off". These days...

Commitment Issues

Commitment Issues

We’re big on commitment at Modern Monkey. Before every workout we want to know what are you committing to completing in that workout specifically. It can be a commitment to reps, weights, movement standards, etc. This catches people off-guard in the beginning,...

A Proper Warm-Up

A Proper Warm-Up

I often hear people joking in class that after the warm-up they're not sure they have anything left to do a workout. It was also the joke in the early CrossFit days that "our warm-up is your workout", so today I want to address what is involved in a good warm-up....

Benchmark WODs – The Girls

Benchmark WODs – The Girls

Have you done one of the “Girls”? You know, the workouts that have an associated female name like Grace, Fran or Annie. These have been benchmark workouts since the very beginnings of CrossFit. They’re perfect tests of the efficacy of our program, and they are setup...

Movement Order Matters

Movement Order Matters

We spend a lot of time working on getting into good setup positions and finishing positions but many times less attention is given to what moves when in those same movements. To achieve an intended stimulus we need to also focus on the timing of how joints move so we...

Hand Care

Hand Care

When you're first getting started at Modern Monkey it can be rough on the hands, so we made this video to help you out. There is no getting around that your hands are going to be a little beat up in the early days but proper care can set you up for long-term success....

The Magic Behind CrossFit

The Magic Behind CrossFit

What does high-intensity mean and what does it look like? This is important to understand because this is really where the magic of CrossFit can be found. Lucky for us, Coach Glassman defined intensity for us as power output. In this video we dive into what that means...