July 2008

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In Part 1 of his lecture on programming (i.e., putting together effective CrossFit training and workouts) in last month's video article, Dave Castro explained the proper application of the principles of variety and intensity, two out of three of the foundational pillars of CrossFit programming. This month he covers the third, functional movement.

The key identifier of what we consider functional movements is that they move large loads over long distances quickly… Continue Reading

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In Media, Videos

July 01, 2008

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In this video, CrossFit's Media Director, Tony Budding, takes a consumer-grade point-and-shoot camera into a random class at CrossFit Santa Cruz. Nothing that happens here is pre-planned, and he talks through the process of capturing stills in a real-world CrossFit environment as the photo opportunities--and challenges--arise. The video shows several of the resulting photos from the session, so we can see what he actually came away with, and… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

July 01, 2008

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Being able to balance one's inverted body on the hands is a lost skill in mainstream fitness today, but its benefits make it more than worth taking the time to master. Obviously, training handstands improves balance and increases shoulder strength," but, says Greg Glassman, "ending the analysis there doesn't speak to the singularly unique advantages" of such training for increasing "proprioception and core strength that other protocols cannot… Continue Reading

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Escape from the Clinch

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

July 01, 2008

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As anyone who watched the mixed martial arts (MMA) fights between Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin witnessed, the Thai clinch when executed by a skilled fighter can quickly become a match-ending scenario. Learning different escapes from the clinch is vital-- especially when fighting an experienced Muay Thai fighter. Last month we worked with Tait Fletcher, a veteran of the television show The… Continue Reading

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In Competition

July 01, 2008

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I didn't want to sign up; I had to. When you work at something (CrossFitting) for close to two years with the diligence of an apprentice, it becomes more than a hobby. The only sensible way to determine your capabilities, then, is to test yourself against others. So, I clicked "Register" back in March, and then knew I was in for it, come what may.

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In ExPhysiology, Reference

July 01, 2008

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I have had many conversations with CrossFitters, and others, about the efficacy of CrossFit programming. As somebody who teaches about physical conditioning at the university level, I am interested in the unorthodox nature of CrossFit and the results it achieves.

While the majority of trainers and athletes easily understand many aspects of CrossFit programming, there is a certain mystique (the infamous "black box") regarding the metcon… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit

July 01, 2008

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The question of defining fitness has been a challenge for the fitness industry since its inception. All the established certifying agencies have so far failed to produce a clear working definition. CrossFit's 2002 manifesto "What is Fitness?" was a groundbreaking contribution in both specificity and scope. In it, founder Greg Glassman described four models of objective standards for defining fitness.

Glassman since has… Continue Reading

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The Measure of Man

By Lon Kilgore

In ExPhysiology, Reference

July 01, 2008

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Simple questions are sometimes the most profound. And answers to simple questions about exercise sometimes are the hardest to find. Rather, they are often intuitive to skilled coaches or contained in knowledge that is that is passed on in the lore of the gym rather than recorded in books or formal training programs. Expert coaches, teachers, clinicians, and professors sometimes take it for granted that what we think is basic, simple… Continue Reading

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