September 2009

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Forcing the Issue

By Dr. Lon Kilgore

In ExPhysiology, Reference

September 24, 2009

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If movement is the product of unbalanced forces across a joint, what does that mean for traditional agonist-antagonist strength ratios? Dr. Lon Kilgore believes training to conform to hypothetical ratios is impractical and will not result in greater functional fitness.

In most instances during exercise we want to create an unbalanced force across a joint or joints in order to create movement. But when we consider joint integrity… Continue Reading

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In Basics, Radio, Special Populations

September 24, 2009

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Josh Wagner, co-owner of CrossFit Apex and HQ Trainer Adrian Bozman both appeared on episode 86 of CrossFit Radio, webcast live at 6:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

2:40 Josh Wagner, who owns CrossFit Apex with his wife Tanya, is a high school P.E. teacher in Pennsylvania. Josh and Justin spoke about the epidemic of obesity that our nation's youth are up against. Josh talked about… Continue Reading

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Boz and Todd: Motivation

By Todd Widman

In Coaching, Videos

September 24, 2009

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“Everybody hits the wall. Everybody.”

Demanding CrossFit WODs challenge bodies, but they also challenge hearts and minds. You simply have to be motivated enough to pick up the bar one more time even though your muscles are burning. Some athletes have endless stores of motivation, while others benefit from outside influence.

A great trainer can help drive you when your own motivation is failing, and Todd Widman of The Boz and Todd Experience is more than… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Videos

September 23, 2009

Video Article

CrossFit South Brooklyn started in a park and ended up in a bathhouse.

In this video shot at a Level 1 Cert held Aug. 8-9, 2009, in New York, CrossFit South Brooklyn owner David Osorio explains how he started training in a park but was forced indoors when the weather turned a few months later. He eventually found space in The Brooklyn Lyceum, a century-old building that used to be a bathhouse.

Offering advice to affiliate owners or… Continue Reading

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Ready State and Injury

By Kelly Starrett

In ExPhysiology, Reference, Videos

September 22, 2009

Video Article

In CrossFit, performance is king.

Capacity in all 10 fitness domains will result in high performance and health, which Kelly Starrett refers to as an “ideal ready state.”

Speaking at a special seminar held at CrossFit Santa Cruz on March 14, 2009, Starrett maintains that any deviation from the ready state because of injuries and chronic conditions results in a decrease in performance. Therefore, dysfunction simply represents undeveloped capacity… Continue Reading

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In Nutrition, Videos

September 21, 2009

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Your athlete is a 26-year-old male, 195 lb. and 5’10”, with 8 percent body fat. He’s competing in the CrossFit Games.

You need to feed him—but what and when?

In this clip from a CrossFit Nutrition Cert with Robb Wolf, participants are asked to formulate a meal plan for an elite athlete, taking into consideration a host of different factors. The goal: fuelling the athlete for optimal performance.

When an athlete is in the middle of a… Continue Reading

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The Panther Recon Downrange Gym

By First Lieutenant Matthew Hoff, U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division

In Equipment, LEO/Mil

September 20, 2009

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Staying fit on the frontlines presents unique challenges to soldiers in Iraq. 1st Lt. Matthew Hoff explains how his Panther Recon squadron used ingenuity and the CrossFit Journal to create a special gym near Baghdad.

In the late 1970s, Saddam Hussein purchased a nuclear reactor from France and began to build a power station, which was eventually bombed by the Israeli Air Force. The ruined site sits near the town of Jisr Diyala… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

September 19, 2009

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The Irish are literally head over heels for Jeff Tucker of GSX Athletics.

Leaving the Lone Star State for the Emerald Isle, Tucker visited Elite 400/CrossFit Northern Island on Aug. 29-30, 2009, for a cert at the site of the Europe Regional Qualifier for the CrossFit Games.

During the cert, Tucker taught an athlete named Helzy how to do the back tuck by taking her through several progressions before spotting her as she performed the movement… Continue Reading

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