Transitioning from Clean to Split Jerk

CLEAN AND JERK / verb: jumping a barbell from a stationary position on the floor and receiving it in a supported, active position, first in the front rack and secondarily the overhead position. If you can jump, you can clean and jerk! In the words of Coach Mike Burgener: “We need to learn to JUMP the barbell …

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If You Can Jump, You Can Snatch!

SNATCH /snaCH/ verb: jumping a barbell from a stationary position on the floor and receiving it in a supported, active position overhead. If you can jump, you can snatch! In the Snatch Skill Clinic, lead by Coach Tori, she focused primarily on good setup, keeping the bar close, and getting to the full open-hip position. This …

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Community at CrossFit

What to Expect at CrossFit Optimistic

We built CrossFit Optimistic to foster a healthy and fit community built on meaningful relationships, forged through CrossFit Optimistic. Our mission is to provide a value-based service that develops and empowers individuals and gives hope to everyone striving to meet their fitness goals. Are you interested in CrossFit and want to learn more about it? Or maybe …

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Remembering Lisa “LFR” Starr Rosenstein

Lisa “LFR” Starr Rosenstein was a vibrant member of the Optimistic community. On March 6, we are honoring Lisa’s memory and love of running with a 5k run. The most important things to Lisa were her family, friends and fitness. Any time she could combine her loves together, she was supremely happy. Lisa Starr Rosenstein …

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Plate of fruit and vegetables

Join the #800gChallenge

What is it? The #800gChallenge was designed by OptimizeMe Nutrition. Eat 800 grams (g) of fruits and/or vegetables, by weight, per day.  No foods are eliminated, but only fruits and veggies count toward the 800g. Eat the fruits and veggies of your choice. Raw, cooked, canned, frozen; doesn’t matter!  If you can weigh it as …

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Hand Maintenance

Hand Maintenance For CrossFit

When you got your first hand tear, did the gym break out in applause and slap your back in hearty Congratulations, raise you upon their shoulders chanting “ONE OF US! ONE OF US”? No? Was that just me? You probably had a similar experience though. The hand rip has long been held up as a …

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Hook Grip

“USE THE HOOK GRIP!” You’ve heard us say it over and over and over again. Look, Optimists — I get it. Many moons ago, I was like you: skeptical about my coaches demanding that I use a hook grip any time I pick up a bar off the floor. At first, it can be a bit uncomfortable. …

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