January 2006

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The standards expressed in "Professional Training" in this issue--unyielding commitment to client and efficacy--have guided everything that Lauren and I have done. More than just the backbone of CrossFit's strength and successes, it has been, we believe, the primary reason for our success.

Using this template we built a practice that kept us both busy from roughly 5:00 to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. That schedule produced a low-six… Continue Reading

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Professional Training

By Greg Glassman

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I am a fitness trainer. My practice is more than just a job; it is my passion. My clients are my top priority and their successes are my life's work--I am a professional. On the surface, my job is to shepherd my athletes (I view all my clients as athletes regardless of their age or ability) toward physical prowess, but I recognize a purpose to my efforts and an impact on my athletes that transcends the physical. I view training… Continue Reading

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Validity of CrossFit Tested

By Greg Glassman

In CrossFit, LEO/Mil

January 01, 2006

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Last year the Royal Canadian Infantry School, CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada, tested the validity of the CrossFit concept against the extant Canadian Army fitness program (AFM).

U.S. and Coalition Forces personnel can contact Coach Greg Glassman (greg@crossfit.com) for more information about the trial or CrossFit implementation, or to contact the Canadian Infantry School CrossFit Cell.

We want to thank the officers of the Canadian Infantry School and Instructors from PSP… Continue Reading

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Stretching and Flexibility

By Roger Harrell

In Gymnastics/Tumbling

January 01, 2006

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Gaining flexibility is primarily about discipline. It requires neither great pain nor specialized knowledge of particular tricks. The primary key to gaining flexibility is simply to stretch often. If you do not stretch, or do so only sporadically, your gains in flexibility will be limited. To improve your flexibility, you should stretch at least once a day, and, if possible, multiple times per day. Short, repeated exposure to stretching is more… Continue Reading

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The Scoop & The Second Pull

By Greg Glassman

In Olympic Lifts, Reference

January 01, 2006

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Olympic weightlifters have been found to have higher vertical leaps and quicker 25-meter sprint times than any other athletes, including Olympic high-jumpers and sprinters.

The technical explanation for this is that the weightlifters have better "speed strength" than any other athletes. Speed-strength is defined as a combination of starting strength (ability to fire many muscle units instantaneously) and explosive strength (ability to keep these motor units firing once… Continue Reading

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