August 2009

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Primal Fitness

By Greg Glassman

In Rest Day/Theory, Videos

August 25, 2009

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“Primal fitness” is about accomplishing tasks in life. If you can’t move your body in a functional way, you aren’t going to be very good at life—or CrossFit.

“All great things in every province, in every domain, come to those willing to suffer and endure and sacrifice and commit,” he said. “It’s blood, sweat, tears and other bodily fluids that make things happen.”

Tony Budding said CrossFit can be an “asshole barrier,” where the program creates a community that weeds out weak… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, CrossFit

August 24, 2009

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Steven Shrago, a British psychologist and CrossFit trainer, offers coaches advice on how to get better results by building better rapport with athletes.

Coaching is not just about stopwatches, whiteboards and learning progressions. It’s about relating in a meaningful way to a diverse group of people. At the core of the CrossFit model is the relationship between athlete and coach. This relationship may be on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group.

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

August 23, 2009

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“This is the about the simplest, most bastardized way I can teach you this movement,” Jeff Tucker says of his scaled version of the back lever. On a visit to CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, Jeff gives athletes a taste of the back lever when they hold on to the gymnastics rings in the tuck position. They don’t have a full load because they are not fully extended.

But it’s still important that everything be active and tight. Legs should be engaged and pointed… Continue Reading

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CrossFit After Cancer, Part 2

By Jimmy Baker and Joe Izzo

In Coaching, Special Populations, Videos

August 22, 2009

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“CrossFit is really the way to go for someone who comes back from cancer,” Joe Izzo says in the second and final part of our series. Joe’s trainer is Jimmy Baker of CrossFit Santa Cruz Central. The two men had worked together at a school for foster and homeless children. Joe was a teacher and Jimmy was the principal.

After a brush with death from transitional cell carcinoma that left him all skin and… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit Games, Radio

August 21, 2009

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Moe Kelsey, Todd Widman and Jason Khalipa appeared on Episode 81 of CrossFit Radio, webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009.

02:41 Moe Kelsey, who placed third at the 2009 CrossFit Games, talked about his how he prepared for the Games and the weaknesses he tried to address before his regional qualifier. Moe talked about his training and why he likes to do two WODs a day. He… Continue Reading

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In Nutrition, Reference, Videos

August 21, 2009

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The primary cause of most long term illnesses is inflammation, says Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the Zone Diet. New! Part 3 added.

In the final analysis, it’s all about your genes, especially how an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Zone Diet, can turn off inflammatory genes and simultaneously turn on anti-inflammatory genes that promote cellular rejuvenation, repair and healing. Your ability to control inflammation becomes the molecular definition of wellness… Continue Reading

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The Squat and the Hamstring

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting, Videos

August 20, 2009

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Assisted by a mini-skeleton he calls Mr. Thrifty who “has seen better days” Mark Rippetoe discusses the importance of the squat and the hamstring. This footage is taken from a Basic Barbell Certification Seminar held on February 14, 2009 at CrossFit Brand X in Ramona, CA.

Proper squats accomplish the exercise objective of moving more muscle over a greater range of motion, allowing athletes to lift more weight and… Continue Reading

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Teamwork Gets Athletes to the Games

By Rob Orlando, with Jason Khalipa, Eric O'Connor and Patrick Burke

In CrossFit Games

August 19, 2009

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Many people are involved in getting a single athlete to the CrossFit Games. Rob Orlando from CrossFit Strongman tells his behind-the-scenes story and discovers Jason Khalipa (CrossFit Santa Clara), Eric O’Connor (CrossFit Park City) and Patrick Burke (MBS CrossFit) shared his experience.

Weeks after competing in the 2009 CrossFit Games, many questions are still tumbling around in my head. Among them: is CrossFit… Continue Reading

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