August 2007

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Where Barbells Come From

By Marty Mitchell with Mark Rippetoe

In Equipment

August 01, 2007

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The bar is the heart and soul of barbell training. A good bar is the most important piece of gym equipment you will use in a correctly designed strength training program. If you are buying it for your home gym, it is the purchase that will have the greatest bearing on the quality of your training experience. A cheap bar is not a pleasure to train with, and it may make some of your more critical exercises… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil

August 01, 2007

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CFHQ
Santa Cruz, CA
USA
01 Aug 07
OPS 14
FRAGO 13 to OPOrd 01 -- OP GRINDER
Ref: A. OPORD 01 01 Jul 06
Task Organization: Annex A

1. SITUATION No change.

2. MISSION "SHORTY": Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes: 21 deadlifts, 15 overhead squats, and 9 thrusters.

3. EXECUTION
a. Concept of Operations
(1) Intent. Complete the exercises in order, as quickly as possible, in a safe manner. This is a… Continue Reading

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On Being a Trainer

By Greg Glassman

In CrossFit, Videos

August 01, 2007

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Coach Glassman addresses a group of trainers-in-training on what it means to be a good trainer and why it matters. How successful you are--how good you are--he argues, is entirely up to you. While competency in the mechanics is the sine qua non of training, one of the differences between good and great trainers is passion. Passion for movement, for people, for spreading knowledge. It is not… Continue Reading

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Reading Between the Lines

By Dave Castro

In Competition, CrossFit Games

August 01, 2007

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One week after the (2007) CrossFit Games I was sitting around CF Santa Cruz and the topic of the top three male competitors came up. Someone marveled that they all performed at such high levels. As the discussions gained some steam I wondered to myself what they all have in common in the performance arena. The first thing that came to mind was the benchmark workout known as "Fran" (three rounds, at 21, 15, and 9 reps… Continue Reading

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In Combatives, Videos

August 01, 2007

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Combatives and self-defense expert Tony Blauer talks about the "realistic, scenario-based self-defense" that he teaches as part of his patented S.P.E.A.R. (spontaneous protection enabling accelerated response) system. One of the main points of his work is that an effective combative/protective system must be based on human physiology and kinesiology--that is, to be most effective, it should work with, rather than against, the body's natural movement patterns and… Continue Reading

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An Explosive Combination

By Michael Rutherford

In Exercises

August 01, 2007

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Early last month I launched the third volume in my Dumbbell Moves DVD series. It was a momentous occasion for me, as it pulled together several concepts I had been working on since before I began Volume I. And it was especially rewarding because I had the assistance of one of the first prominent CrossFit athletes--two- time skiing Olympian Eva Twardokens--demonstrating the combination moves for the DVD. What a treat! The series is dedicated to… Continue Reading

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Genetic Potential

By Lon Kilgore

In ExPhysiology

August 01, 2007

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I have kids. One, a six year old, Thomas, loves all things martial arts. Since he was four years old, he's been studying with Harley Elmore, a heavily credentialed and amazing instructor in Jeet Kun Do, Sayoc Kali, Muay Thai, and Silat. Why, as a little four-year-old, did he make a decision to study martial arts? I bet you can guess. TV. I'm not sure but I'll wager that there has been a large upturn in the… Continue Reading

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In MMA

August 01, 2007

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Despite its place as a key element in Mixed Martial Arts, wrestling is frequently not prioritized by fighters learning the trade. Younger fighters often begin primarily as jiu- jitsu practitioners or kickboxers and later add wrestling in when they decide to transition to MMA. The fighters who come from wrestling backgrounds, however, have proven themselves dominant in the sport throughout its history so far--from Mark… Continue Reading

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