March 2008

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In Wrestling

March 01, 2008

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Wrestling has long been known as one of the oldest sports in history. Martial arts originated from the very simple sport of two individuals combating directly against one another, one on one. One of the things that attracted me to wrestling to begin with is the idea that it was "fair." As a kid I was always into sports but I was a total shrimp. My two or three strides on the soccer… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference

March 01, 2008

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Gymnastics is one of the most the most versatile and potent tools for developing strength and fitness. But its vastness and complexity have left its value almost entirely untapped by most of the fitness community. With CrossFit, however, we have a unique framework for exploiting its fitness potential for non-specialists. Rings are the apparatus that develops the most strength, with the least technical learning curve… Continue Reading

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Pat's Oly Workout: Snatch

By Mike Burgener

In Olympic Lifts, Videos

March 01, 2008

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After working on his own for a few months, Pat Barber, the subject of the last two months' video articles on the fundamentals of the snatch, visits Mike Burgener for a coaching session on weighted snatches and tries for a new PR. It's an informative fly-on-the-wall look into an experienced coach's real-life session with a relatively new lifter.

Pat progressively increases weight with each rep, up to a point. Then, when… Continue Reading

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In MMA

March 01, 2008

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One of the most frequent topics of conversation I seem to engage in with fellow CrossFitters is about getting started in Brazilian jiujitsu. People want to know what to expect, how to prepare, how to combine it with their strength and conditioning training, and how to get better. To help answer these questions, I interviewed a panel of successful jiu-jitsu players to find out their take on how to start, survive, and… Continue Reading

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Good Coach Bad Coach

By Mark Eaton

In CrossFit

March 01, 2008

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Much has been said and written about good coaching. This primer is therefore intended not as new information but rather as a collection of some elementary wisdom from that body of knowledge in a nutshell, to serve as a reminder and an opportunity for personal reflection on how we think about coaching and behave as coaches and trainers.

This document was originally designed as primer on behavior patterns for coaches of… Continue Reading

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In Nutrition

March 01, 2008

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This month I want to discuss the energy balance equation in relation to diet and CrossFit training. Part of my motivation for this comes from an interview with Gary Taubes in which he makes the rather shocking statement that there is little, if any, evidence that exercise is useful in weight control. In fact, though, a healthy body composition is the result of proper nutrition and exercise.

Body composition is the result of being fit; it… Continue Reading

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In Equipment

March 01, 2008

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One of the main challenges facing new CrossFit affiliates, once you find a box and get some equipment, is figuring out where everything should go. The layout of the platforms and pull-up bars, and where you put your medicine balls, kettlebells, rings, and other equipment will enhance or diminish the experience your clients will have. If your facility is disorganized, your classes will be too.

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In LEO/Mil

March 01, 2008

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In the first block of our pre-SOF (Special Operations Forces) training program, known as Selection, trainees were introduced to the rigors of CrossFit combined with SOF-style training. During the "Indoc" phase, the slow and gradual ramping up of intensity allowed for bodies and minds to safely become accustomed to physical work efforts with short bursts of extreme workloads. In the second phase, "Assessment," the intensity was ratcheted up… Continue Reading

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