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Double Unders - Part 5

Progression 5: Correct Common Faults


Once you are completing consecutive double-unders successfully, begin correct any common faults that may occur. It’s very possible for you to be making successful connection of double-unders but be kicking your feet forward or tuck jumping or any of the abo...

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Double Unders Part 4

Progression 4: Remove Single-Unders from in between Double-Under reps


Start to take one away at a time; that means single, single, double-under instead of single, single, single, double-under. If you are proficient at the double-under with two singles between, then take another single away until you...

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Double Unders - Part 3

Progression 3: Jump, Jump, Jump, Explode! (Double-Under Attempt) 


Single, Single, Single then Double attempt. Finding an even cadence with the singles and then attempting the double usually assists athletes in finding that pace with the double- under. Frequently, when trying to go for a double-...

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Double Unders - Part 2

Progression 2 

For the rope placement, make sure you can see your hands and that they are close to your body and slightly out front. If your hands are way out to the side, the rope will become higher to jump over and potentially impossible to make.

The jump should be the same as progression 1, relaxed and easy on the ...

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Double Unders - part 1

In February, we’ll bring you through all the progressions and details of how to attain your first double-unders as well as give you homework and cues to correct those pesky common faults that can make them much harder than they need to be.


Throughout the month, we’ll also talk about “issues” ...

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Time to test yourself

Let’s discuss why you should do the CrossFit Open in 2016. Most people are concerned with the unknown or not being able to do a certain weight or movement that might come up. Or perhaps you don’t want to be judged or have other people watch you doing the Open workouts or competing against others – we’ve all been there ...

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ANiMALs, CrossFitters and Hockey… Oh My!

    Two weeks ago CrossFitters from across New Jersey and New York ascended on Championship Plaza outside of the Prudential Center for the inaugural CrossFit Night at the Prudential Center presented by ANiMAL CrossFit and CrossFit West Essex. CrossFit Night included a friendly workout outside, free t-shirts, free hats, and a ho...

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Finish In Last

There is no shame in being the last one working.
There is no shame in scaling.
There is no shame in finishing last

Because to FIL means you started, and better yet, it means you finished.

For the past 3 years I have been the first face you see when entering ANiMAL CrossFit, and my responsibility is to make sure y...

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ANiMAL's Tricks of the Trade

Hello ANiMALS! June 2nd marked the beginning of ANiMAL CrossFit’s 4th year.  In celebration of that here are a few simple tips to make your’s and others experience that much better when taking your classes at Animal CrossFit.

It’s like being quite in a library.  You won’t get arreste...

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Those 10-15 minutes matter too!

We often see people arrive for a training session 10-15 minutes early. This is a substantial amount of time in one’s day that can be filled with all kinds of things to make you a better person (besides lifting heavy weights, which automatically makes you a better person). We see many members use this time to mingle, roll out, etc., whic...

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DRINK Up! (water that is)

ANiMALS it is officially the start of summer, and along with that comes summer heat. Please take the proper precaution when working out, and make sure you are hydrated properly.


What happens without water? If you do not drink enough water, you dehydrate. Dehydration can lead to a decr...

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It's About What You Want

It’s about what you want… 


If you know me, you have heard me say this before. Not sure where I really got it from, yet I’ve been saying it forever. I often tell myself the same thing… It’s about what you want. Sometimes, over and over… IT’S ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT, IT&rs...

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You vs You

All too often in this world, we look at others in comparison to ourselves. He or she is taller, skinnier, smarter than me. He or she has a better job, nicer car, better life.  We all get caught up in this on a day to day basis.

CrossFit provides the opportunity to compete against yourself everyday. With the CrossFit Games Open ...

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Begin New

Every day is a new day. An opportunity to break free from the past. A chance to start fresh. Having been in the fitness industry for over 10 years now I have seen my fair share of new years resolutions. “I am going to join the gym in January”. “Can you start training me next month”? “How much are classes, I think...

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No one has ever become poor by giving

We would like to thank all coaches, athletes, friends & family for supporting our 2013 Barbells For Boobs campaign.

Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organization that provides funding to pay for breast cancer detection services as a last resort
for thousands of people who don’t qualify for assistance elsewhere.


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 noun \ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən\

the act or process of trying to get or win something (such as a prize or a higher level of success) that someone else is also trying to get or win : the act or process of competing.

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An Animal Abroad

 After intense training and performing for more than four years as a professional dancer, I decided to change my career to physical therapy.  I noticed that my body began to change because my new study involved long hours of sitting. Even with a conditioning exercise routine, I was never able to reach the intensity I experienced dur...

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Change Requires Effort

Many of our members have undergone major transformations in the past year. So we asked Matt to walk us through his journey…


“That’s me – CrossFit plus one.

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Grace Under Fire

Things were really going great in the early fall. Our box was in full swing, and  a community was being forged. The 10/13 ANiMAL Night Out was a lot of fun. Blurry, yet fun! Then, Barbells For Boobs. For our first fundraising event, we raised $3,608.00. We had an amazing turnout and we all raised money and worked out for a great cause. E...

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