April 2008

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In LEO/Mil

April 01, 2008

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By the time trainees enter the fourth and inal phase of our pre-SOF training program, they have been subjected to a steadily increasing regimen designed to provide a sample of the physical and mental challenges they will encounter in military special operations training pipelines. Like a vaccine, this stimulus is strategically designed to elicit physical and neurological responses and adaptations that will aid them when… Continue Reading

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In Rowing

April 01, 2008

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In rowing, the "catch" is the transition between the recovery and the start of the drive. If you were rowing on the water, this is when you would place your blade in the water. Once the blade is in, you would feel the resistance of the water against the blade as you start to push with the legs. On an indoor rowing machine, there is no resistance from water but there is a similar resistance… Continue Reading

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In Athletes

April 01, 2008

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My experiences with athletics, academics, physical training, and military service have exposed me to many types of leaders, students, and trainees. There is a lot of discussion about what makes good leaders, teachers, and coaches, but less about the qualities required on the other side of that relationship--about what it takes to be a world-class trainee. In my exposure to training and teaching interactions across diverse fields, I have observed several consistent characteristics that… Continue Reading

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In Medical/Injuries

April 01, 2008

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Rips of the skin and calluses on the hands are an annoying and painful part of any physical exercise that uses the hands intensively. Anyone can get them, and there's no getting around that fact. You can get them from shoveling snow, playing baseball, throwing the javelin, climbing ropes, or swinging on bars. You can get them from doing just about anything involving the hands. Gymnasts have… Continue Reading

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In Sports Applications

April 01, 2008

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Andrew Astalos, an athlete at Motor City CrossFit, has recently astounded us with some of his performances in the world of speedskating. At 13 years of age, in the middle of Michigan's winter, he elected to skip his family's long- planned Caribbean vacation and instead travel to Lake Placid to compete in the U.S. National Long Track Speedskating Championships.

It's a good thing he did, because that… Continue Reading

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Sandbag Training Part 2

By Brian Jones

In Equipment

April 01, 2008

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In Part 1 of my series on sandbag training (CrossFit Journal 65, January 2008), I discussed the rationale behind sandbag training, talked about how to make a sandbag, and explained the fundamental lifts. This month, we'll take a look at more useful lifts and talk about integrating the sandbag into workouts and training programs.

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Pressing motions done with the sandbag offer a unique training stimulus. Unlike with… Continue Reading

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In MMA

April 01, 2008

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Navigating the landscape of martial arts training can sometimes be a daunting and mysterious task. Following up on last month's article on how to choose a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) academy, I asked a few more questions of a panel of experts in the art. This second article in a three-part series addresses how to survive in Brazilian jiu-jitsu once you've got started--meaning how to navigate everything from ringworm… Continue Reading

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In Wrestling

April 01, 2008

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In last month's article I talked about the very basics of wrestling--the stance, penetration step, and some fundamental movements and defense. Now that you are armed with some kind of knowledge on how to set out on the path to wrestling stardom, we ought to explore some options in offense.

This month we will talk about set-ups, double-leg and single-leg takedowns, and some finishes. Once we… Continue Reading

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