November 2007

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Part 2 of Coach Glassman's discussion of nutrition addresses the refined dietary needs of athletes and what's required to optimize your performance. If you want elite physical output, you must be precise about your intake. "Close enough" won't cut it--or as Coach Glassman more colorfully puts it, "If you want top-fuel- type performance, you need top fuel; you can't just piss into the gas tank."

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling

November 01, 2007

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The front lever is one of the basic strength holds on rings that is most attainable by a non-gymnast. It is an excellent exercise for developing a strong core and powerful pulling muscles. The front lever is also a good example of how gymnasts develop their impressive levels of strength without lifting weights (and it's very popular with rock climbers, as well). Instead of lifting… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit Endurance, Sports Applications

November 01, 2007

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The human psyche is a very powerful thing. This same psyche is responsible both for very limiting, self-defeating thoughts and also for strong, self-empowering thoughts that enable us to accomplish great things. For example, how many people believe they can run a marathon, 50 kilometers, or even 100px miles? How about squatting 500px pounds, or even 100px0 pounds? Can you do a 10K in less than 40… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Nutrition

November 01, 2007

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Is it strange that I know exactly how many grams of protein, carbohydrate, and fat I'm eating at every meal and snack?

It was at one time.

Now, even when I'm not actually weighing and measuring my intake, I know how much of each macronutrient I'm putting into my body. It's second nature now. It required only two weeks of strict measuring before I had the clear understanding of exactly what to… Continue Reading

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Dr. Tabata and the Dumbbell

By Michael Rutherford

In Exercises

November 01, 2007

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In 1996, Dr. Izumi Tabata published the results of a study demonstrating, with speed skaters, that the aerobic and anaerobic pathways could be trained simultaneously (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 28). This was a significant finding, as most authorities had regarded the two pathways--and training for them--as compartmentalized. Aerobic training was largely long slow distance (LSD) work, and anaerobic training was typically regarded as some… Continue Reading

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Spine Mechanics for Lifters

By Tony Leyland

In ExPhysiology, Reference

November 01, 2007

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Anyone who has watched CrossFit instructional videos and read CrossFit Journal articles focusing on lifting technique will know the importance of maintaining a straight torso with normal lumbar curvatures. This month I want to briefly discuss lumbar spinal anatomy and mechanics.

I believe that being able to express mechanical concepts (such as different postures during lifting) in numbers provides the strongest possible… Continue Reading

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In MMA

November 01, 2007

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Just a couple of months ago, in September 2007, Valerie Worthington stood on top of a podium in Turkey, accepting the gold medal for the Grappling World Championships. She was there representing the United States and joining her teammates in their sweep of the gold medals in all nine weight classes.

A little over one year earlier, in June of 2006, Valerie had stood in her empty condo in Chicago, finalizing its sale… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation

November 01, 2007

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It happens to every affiliate after a while: they run out of square footage. It's actually quite a good problem. It means your client base is growing. However, trying to find a suitable new box to call home does present its own set of challenges. I can speak from experience, having recently gone through this very process with CrossFit Virginia Beach (CFVB).

CrossFit Virginia Beach was started in… Continue Reading

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