Athlete Profile: Phil Quinn

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Name: Phil Quinn
Hometown: West Islip, NY (Long Island)
Age: 24
Occupation: Software Engineer
CrossFitting Since: On and off since 2010.

What makes CrossFit Virtuosity unique?
THE PEOPLE! That includes the members and the coaches. Everyone is super unique and varied and interesting and welcoming. No matter how far I move from CFV, I will keep coming back as long as I live in this city. I can’t imagine working out with a cooler group of people.

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Bite-Sized CrossFit Concepts: “Cardio”

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(or Why We Don’t Program “Murph” Every Day)

For today’s bite, let’s take on the elephant in the room: cardio.

The mainstream fitness prescription calls for spending hours and hours “burning calories” on the treadmill (or elliptical, or exercise bike, or whatever the cardio machine du jour happens to be.)

We do not like this. Here’s why.

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Bite-Sized CrossFit Concepts: The Hopper Model

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How do we know CrossFit improves fitness? There isn’t one definition of fitness, but we have some models that we use to define it and guide us in our quest to become more fit!

Let’s talk about The Hopper Model. Picture a hopper containing bingo balls, each of which has a different physical challenge written on it. This could be anything — a 5k run, a 1RM deadlift, shoveling a driveway, running with a 40lb suitcase through an airport to catch your flight — it’s unknown and unknowable what might come out.

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Bite-Sized CrossFit Concepts: General Physical Preparedness

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Have you been faced with a physical challenge outside the gym since you started CrossFit and been surprised at how well you handled it?

The aim of CrossFit is to prepare you for any physical challenge that might come up — whether that’s running a marathon, moving a couch into a walk-up apartment, or the zombie apocalypse! We like to be ready for the unknown and unknowable.

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Behind The Programming Curtain

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with Kurt, The Wizard of Tucson

For those of you who have been wondering if there’s a method behind the madness, here’s a little insight into Kurt’s programming approach! Our programming currently runs in 5-week cycles. Every 5 weeks, Kurt chooses a set of benchmarks to particularly hone in on, and measure improvement in.

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Athlete Profile: Jeb Stuart-Johnston

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Name: Jeb Stuart Johnston
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Age: 35
Occupation: Hairdresser
CrossFitting Since: On and off since 2007

How has CrossFit helped you prepare for your [Strongman] competitions?:
It’s such a mental game and that mental toughness really transfers over to my Strongman training. Honestly, though, it’s not the WODs that helped me most at my last competition, it was the CFV community. There were over a dozen CFV athletes who trekked up damn near the Bronx in arctic temperatures to come see Maillard and myself compete. In the max reps deadlift event, when I blacked out and went to one knee, it was voices from CFV that made me stand up and get that 28th rep @ 315lbs. It was one of those moments that made me realize just how much bigger CrossFit is than just us as athletes. It was really touching.

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