Playing With Intervals

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Kids

September 01, 2014

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Mikki Lee Martin explains how CrossFit Kids has made interval training both fun and effective for young athletes.

As a kid, I spent every afternoon playing with intervals—10 minutes of freeze tag, 10 minutes climbing a tree, five minutes of cartwheels—then maybe a game of kickball.

The activities, and the versions of activities I dabbled with, were endless and always fun. My fun.

The sad reality is that this type of physical fun rarely exists anymore for today’s generation of kids. Games and playtime have become more formal—often mechanical. I believe the organic, varied play I grew up with is necessary to ensure our children are consistently exposed to the different stimuli necessary for fundamental motor-skill development. CrossFit Kids has been working on this for a decade.

CrossFit Kids uses traditional and nontraditional forms of interval training. We do not follow a work-to-rest ratio at all times. We sometimes use a work-to-play ratio. Play may be restful at times, and not restful at others, such as when we chase balloons. And we do not always assume 20 minutes is best in terms of a time domain.

The key with kids is not just to find out what is developmentally appropriate and physically best for them but also to provide a template for a lifelong love of fitness. To engage and retain 95 percent of kids, fitness has to appeal to them. For younger kids, this means it simply has to be fun.

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CrossFit Radio Episode 344

By Justin Judkins

In Audio, Radio

August 30, 2014

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On Episode 344 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit 817 owner Rob Davis and Games veteran Jason Khalipa. This episode was webcast on Aug. 27, 2014.

2:42 Rob Davis, a longtime affiliate owner, shared his thoughts on programming and how he determines if it’s effective. Davis detailed the way he tracks results and the benefits of discussing those results with his athletes, and he explained how programming affects the… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos

August 29, 2014

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In 2014, CrossFit hosted its first Level 1 Seminar in Israel. Seminar Staff member Russell Berger took the opportunity to spend an extra week traveling the country, visiting its affiliates and experiencing the culture. In this six-part series, explore the Holy Land with Berger and the local community.

In Part 2, Berger is getting ready to see the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Western Wall—also called the Wailing Wall—is one of… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Exercises

August 28, 2014

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Want to get better at strict pull-ups? Bill Starr says the secret is simple programming and a lot of dedication.

In the CrossFit Journal article “The Arms Race and Olympic Lifting,” I stated I didn’t think Olympic lifters should do specific work on their biceps. I noted that these athletes get plenty of work for their biceps through all the heavy pulling they do regularly: power cleans, power snatches, full cleans and… Continue Reading

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Mud in Your Eye

By Chris Cooper

In CrossFit Endurance, Running

August 26, 2014

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Mud runs, obstacle-course races and novelty endurance events are growing in popularity, and some CrossFit gyms now cater to participants.

Obstacle-course racing gets under your skin. And in your mouth.

This year, hundreds of thousands of racers will shiver and shamble their way through icy mud, receive mild electric shocks and perhaps even risk infections borne by feces. Some will be swathed in capes, and others will wear Viking… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

August 25, 2014

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Imtiaz Desai is the owner of CrossFit Jozi in Johannesburg, South Africa, but his CrossFit roots started in New Zealand when he was there for graduate school. When he returned to Johannesburg, he decided to open CrossFit Jozi.

“We opened in a small facility,” Desai says. “Within a year and a few months, we completely outgrew the space, had to cap our membership and managed to find this space. Over the last, probably, two years, the growth has just been… Continue Reading

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