December 2007

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Why a 10K WOD?

By Tony Leyland

In ExPhysiology, Reference

December 01, 2007

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I had planned to follow on from my November CrossFit Journal article on spine mechanics for lifters by discussing injury potential due to repetitive loading. In the November article I talked about the dangers of exceeding the shear strength of the spine with poor lifting form. However, injuries often occur in fitness programs due to low-force cyclic loading rather than peak loading. Then, in October, something… Continue Reading

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In MMA

December 01, 2007

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Last month's article covered the story of world-champion grappler Valerie Worthington. This month, Valerie demonstrates the first of three jiu-jitsu techniques we will be featuring. Valerie has trained extensively in both gi (wearing the traditional kimono) and nogi grappling techniques and has chosen a few of her favorites to share.

This month's move, the gi guard pass, begins with Valerie in Andy's guard… Continue Reading

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The Mental Marksman

By Tes Salb

In Sports Applications

December 01, 2007

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The power of the mind is immeasurable. When allowed, it is capable of driving the body past its perceived limitations and can help create desired physical outcomes. Through training, the mind can become an individual's foremost tool in sports.

To some extent, athletes, business professionals, military personnel, and law enforcement officials all rely on different, specialized strengths, both mentally and physically; however, the training… Continue Reading

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Supplemental Olympic Lifting for CrossFitters

By Mike Burgener with Tony Budding

In Olympic Lifts

December 01, 2007

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In our series of articles over the past year or so, we've introduced all the basic elements of the snatch and clean and jerk, as well as some of the important assistance and skill-transfer exercises. Starting this month, we'll address strategies for going beyond the basics. We'll make some assumptions about different types of CrossFitters and create programs for them. The goal is not to create competitive… Continue Reading

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In Running

December 01, 2007

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I have been a swimming coach for over twenty years, and in the swimming world most people understand the importance of technique for becoming a great swimmer. However, in the running world the main focus is on training harder, longer, or faster, and people seem to think you just "naturally" learn to run correctly by doing a lot of it.

Most of the running books I have checked out spend a lot more… Continue Reading

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In Running, Videos

December 01, 2007

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In a companion piece to the articles by Collins and MacKenzie in this issue, triathlete and multisports coach Michael Collins explains how to work with, rather than against, the natural forces at play in nonsprint running. Gravity, ground reaction, muscle elasticity, muscle contraction, torque, and momentum are the key factors. However, the technique of many, if not most, runners is such that they are always fighting these elements rather than harnessing… Continue Reading

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In Exercises

December 01, 2007

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To receive the maximum benefits from your jump rope training sessions, you'll want to follow the four steps of my jump rope system (preparation, intermediate, conditioning, and sports training phases) for safe progression. This will be especially important when we reach the high-intensity jump rope training programs for developing superior fitness and increasing competitive advantages in time and space that I will discuss in… Continue Reading

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Pre-SOF Training

By Robert Ord

In LEO/Mil

December 01, 2007

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The operational requirements of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) continue to demand an increasing number of highly motivated, skilled, educated, and trained military warriors to backfill and replace members of Special Operations Forces (SOF) on the front lines. SOCOM lays out its fundamental guiding principles for personnel in three "SOF Truths":
1) Humans are more important than hardware,
2) Special Operations Forces cannot be… Continue Reading

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