February 2008

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In Sports Applications

February 01, 2008

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In 2006 I was referred to CrossFit.com to check out a workout called "Nasty Girls." At the time, I wasn't sure if I should open a video with that name in a public room. Well, what I found was probably more shocking than what I expected: a workout prescribing multiple rounds of fifty air squats backed up by "crazy" muscle-ups and power cleans, all done with strength, intensity, and perseverance by… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil

February 01, 2008

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Due to the increasing trend in global radical extremism, the military branches of the U.S. Armed Forces have made a long-term commitment to increasing the size of their Special Operations Forces (SOF). What this means to CrossFit affiliates is that there are an increasing number of individuals across the country who are awaiting the beginning of their training; who eat, sleep, and breathe SOF preparation; and who are hungry for… Continue Reading

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Rear Naked Choke

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

February 01, 2008

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One of the most popular moves in martial arts is the rear naked choke. The rear naked choke can be executed with or without the traditional gi (kimono), and variations are put to use in every venue, from professional wrestling to law enforcement. The choke is known by many names. Called the Lion Killer or "Mata Leão" in Brazil, its lineage reaches back to traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu and… Continue Reading

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In Rowing

February 01, 2008

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I am often asked, "What makes the indoor rower any better than other forms of equipment for metcon [metabolic conditioning] training?"

The typical measure of aerobic exercise is elevated heart rate, which increases blood flow, bringing oxygen to power the muscles, and of course, a lot of heavy breathing. All this elevated activity of the lungs and heart trains and conditions the cardiovascular system. Rowing, though… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Videos

February 01, 2008

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In Part 1 of "Coach Burgener Teaches the Snatch," last month, Coach B worked with Pat, of CrossFit Virginia Beach, on some basics of footwork and positioning for the snatch. In Part 2, here, they walk through a progression of preparatory skill-transfer exercises and then into the snatch from the high-hang position--all still with just PVC:

Overhead squat: The landing position for the snatch. Pressing snatch balance: A slow… Continue Reading

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In Rowing

February 01, 2008

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Compared to the complexities of rowing a boat on the water, indoor rowing presents few technical challenges. There are no balance issues to contend with on the erg. You don't have to feather or square your blade. There is no splashing water or risk of capsize; the coach can be standing directly next to the athlete; and everyone stays nice and warm rowing inside. All this… Continue Reading

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Row Corrections Part 2

By Greg Hammond

In Rowing, Videos

February 01, 2008

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Greg Hammond of Concept2 Rowing continues the rowing lesson he started in last month's video article. Here, he offers tips on efficiency and troubleshoots a full slate of common technique problems.

Being able to see the problems and corrections in video makes them easy to understand and correct. Some of the key takeaways that Hammond demonstrates:

  • The first couple inches of the drive, beginning at the catch… Continue Reading

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Technique Part 1

By Greg Glassman

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In his earlier video article "Better Movements" (Oct 2007 CrossFit Journal) Coach Glassman explained that high power functional movements such as the jerk and the kipping pull-up are better exercises--in several critical ways--than their simpler relatives, the press and the strict pull-up. In "Productive Application of Force" (Jan 2008) he explained why our definition of strength is not equivalent to just muscular contractile force. What really matters is… Continue Reading

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