May 2008

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In Media, Videos

May 01, 2008

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The third in Tony's series of media tips addresses the question of shooting video on a tripod versus filming freehand. Handheld, of course, has the major disadvantage of potentially nausea-inducing camera shake and sway, but it also lets you move around to follow the action and lets you get multiple perspectives on your subject. Shooting from a tripod offers total stability and slightly less concentration and body… Continue Reading

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Rowing Corrections Part 3

By Greg Hammond

In Rowing, Videos

May 01, 2008

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Greg Hammond of Concept2 Rowing continues the rowing lesson and troubleshooting he started in video articles in January's and February's Journal issues. In this installment, he works with an audience member on the finer points of an already-strong stroke, focusing on keeping a slow but powerful and consistent stroke rate and cadence, maintaining good head position, moving the handle and seat in sync, avoiding "diving" into the… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

May 01, 2008

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Gymnastics, as Coach Glassman says, "has no peer among training modalities" for developing the four neurological components of the ten physical skills that comprise real fitness--coordination, accuracy agility, and balance. These skills and the basic body control and complex movement patterns that gymnastics requires and develops are a critical part of full CrossFit programming, but they can seem intimidating or mysterious to those of us… Continue Reading

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In Coaching

May 01, 2008

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Coach Rut, owner of CrossFit Kansas City/Boot Camp Fitness and author of a number CFJ articles on dumbbell training and other topics, has been in the training business for a good long time now. In this question-and-answer forum, he addresses a bunch of our questions about his moving out of the big-gym employee environment to start up his own training business and finding both business success and sustainable work-life balance… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Reference

May 01, 2008

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Think. Learn. Apply. Every single coach and teacher I have ever met who was worth their salt does this and does it on a near daily basis. To coach and teach effectively we must learn as much as we can, interpret what is learned as best we can, then present it to our trainees and students in the most approachable and practical format possible so they might use what we know to achieve their particular goals.

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The Hard Routine

By Jason Dougherty

In Classic, CrossFit

May 01, 2008

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In Andy McNab's bestseller Bravo Two Zero, a book about a famous British SAS mission in Iraq, the commandos use the term "hard routine" to describe their mindset, focus, and seriousness when at work. When they step into an actual mission, crossing the line of departure, they say that they go on the "hard routine." From that moment on, the rules are strict, the focus is singular, and all available resources are… Continue Reading

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Low-Bar vs. High-Bar Squats

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting

May 01, 2008

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I learned to squat a long time ago. It was 1977, and I had just been in a little altercation that convinced me that I might need to be in a little better shape than I was. I was an Early Adopter of soccer in high school (Texas, 1973-74, nobody knew what the hell we were doing, we had to buy the balls through the mail, football coaches thought we were girls, our soccer… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling

May 01, 2008

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In my last article (CrossFit Journal 67, March 2008), I talked about ways to scale down CrossFit workouts for beginners by using rings. This month we will be scaling up the difficulty of workouts for advanced athletes. There is absolutely no limit to how hard things can get on the rings. (There are a few moves in the Olympic gymnastics repertoire that even the best ringmen in the world cannot do.) So there… Continue Reading

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