December 2006

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Improving Your Swing Part 2

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

December 01, 2006

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The mechanics of the deadlift and the importance of achieving and maintaining lumbar and thoracic back extension during the deadlift are also essential when performing Olympic lifts or kettlebell swings, cleans, and snatches. The same holds true for Coach Burgener’s definition of the Olympic lifts as "a vicious extension of the ankles, knees, and hips that creates momentum and elevation on the barbell." This same "vicious extension" also takes… Continue Reading

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What's Your Power IQ

By Angela Hart

In Rowing

December 01, 2006

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Rowing, obviously, is a speed sport. The rowers who complete 2000 meters in the fastest time take home gold medals. When you train on an indoor rowing machine, speed is critical, but power output is equally important. Assessing speed and power combined gives a more complete picture of the athlete than measuring speed alone.

In CrossFit workouts, we often have participants of varying sizes competing against each other for space on the… Continue Reading

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The CrossFit Total

By Mark Rippetoe

In Workouts

December 01, 2006

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The CrossFit Total reflects an athlete's functional strength capacity more accurately than any other test, writes Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength and owner of The Wichita Falls Athletic Club/CrossFit Wichita Falls.

The CrossFit Total is the sum of the best of three attempts at the squat, the press, and the deadlift. All three lifts are done while standing on the floor. They require minimal… Continue Reading

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