August 2008

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In Classic, CrossFit

August 01, 2008

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Of the many issues cooking on the Workout of the Day blog and CrossFit forums, few have generated as much heat as the butterfly kipping pull-up (BFK). The debates over this movement have been warming ever since a video of a 2:19 "Fran" performance by Brett Marshall (aka "AFT") was posted on CrossFit.com in the spring of 2007. More recently, I remember a comment at a CrossFit event that pejoratively classified AFT's… Continue Reading

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In Special Populations

August 01, 2008

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We all have those exercises that we hope won't pop out of the hopper. Mine include heavy thrusters and Tabata pull-ups. Why? Because they test my abilities and highlight my weaknesses-- they're hard! If you gathered your potential clients into a hopper, are there some you're hoping you won't have to deal with? Maybe you dread getting a call from that client with heart disease because you have less experience or the… Continue Reading

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In Kids

August 01, 2008

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How can we predict which of our kids will be successful? Those who are bold? Those who are confident? Those who are willing to take risks? There is no foolproof formula. But if you were at the CrossFit Games this year, you may be inclined to venture a guess. While I was there, I witnessed strength of character and a level of poise I had thought might be missing in this generation. I saw the best of our… Continue Reading

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Countering the Clinch Escape

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

August 01, 2008

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The Muay Thai clinch is a dangerous position. It presents a variety of offensive opportunities in the form of punches, knees, and elbows, and it can quickly lead to a knockout. The clinch, sometimes also called the "plum," consists of one fighter controlling the head of his opponent, using weight and gravity against him, while delivering strikes to his head and body.

In previous articles I discussed… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Videos

August 01, 2008

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Ever wonder what it would be like to train in the gym with of one of the world's best weightlifting coaches? Here's a glimpse. Nick Hawkes went to Mike's Gym thinking he'd never be able to snatch well. This video is the first set of highlights from his snatch session with Coach B.

Coach Burgener teaches the snatch and the clean and jerk, plus supplemental lifts and learning progressions, at CrossFit's… Continue Reading

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In Media, Videos

August 01, 2008

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CrossFit's Media Director brings us more useful information on taking good photos and video. In his sixth tip in the series, he talks about various traits of video cameras. The bottom line is that for most CrossFit uses, cheap and convenient is best. You do get what you pay for, so a three-CCD camera is better than one-CCD, and professional optics make a huge difference in quality. But rarely is… Continue Reading

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In parts 1 and 2 of his lecture on CrossFit programming (i.e., putting together effective training and workouts) in the last two month's video articles, Dave Castro explained the proper application of the principles of variety, intensity, and functional movements. This month, he goes into more detail about how to construct effective workouts using combinations of functional movements. Find out why seemingly simple couplets and triplets are the cornerstone… Continue Reading

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Mental Strength

By Mike Houghton

In Sports Applications

August 01, 2008

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I played professional football, which was no walk in the park, but, I tell you, CrossFit is hard. The mental demands of hitting the variety of workouts that CrossFit prescribes are as challenging as anything I've done. All through high school, I remember working out as hard as I could every day. It was a dreaded thing to have to work out with Coach Henson. Nobody wanted to… Continue Reading

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