October 2009

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Lifting With a Fat Bar

By Kurtis Bowler

In Sports Applications, Videos

October 26, 2009

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The fat bar is a classic grip-training tool used by competitive strongmen. In this video, Kurtis Bowler (owner and founder of Rainier CrossFit) instructs a female athlete in the somewhat unusual techniques required to get a fat bar from the ground to overhead.

Breaking the movement down into pieces, Bowler demonstrates the difficulty of getting the bar into the rack position, noting that his fingers can’t even fully close around… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Videos

October 25, 2009

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You have one hour to teach the clean and jerk to six athletes of varying ability: how do you do it?

Tony Budding of CrossFit HQ threw the challenge at Olympic lifting expert Mike Burgener, who wasn’t phased at all.

“I’m sure we can get it done,” Coach B says. “It’s not going to be that hard.”

Coach Burgener starts with the basics. To establish a good rack position, he ensures proper grip width and has the athletes… Continue Reading

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Diluting the Brand?

By Alec Hanson

In Affiliation, CrossFit

October 24, 2009

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Passionate CrossFitters have questions about the growth of the movement. Alec Hanson believes existing affiliates need to spend less time worrying and more time pursuing excellence and virtuosity.

The following open letter was posted Oct. 7, 2009, on the CrossFit Discussion Board as part of a thread titled “Huge Decline in Quality.” It is reformatted and reprinted here with the author’s permission.

An Open Letter Regarding CrossFit

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The Kettlebell Clean

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells, Videos

October 23, 2009

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You can learn a lot about the kettlebell clean with a whiteboard eraser tucked in your armpit.

To demonstrate the correct position of the upper arm throughout a kettlebell clean, expert Jeff Martone of Tactical Athlete squeezes an eraser between his humerus and torso while performing the movement. The key is to keep your arm tight to your body as you pop your hips to drive the kettlebell upward. The elbow drops, the… Continue Reading

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Integrating CrossFit With SPEAR

By Tony Blauer and Freddy Camacho

In Combatives, Videos

October 22, 2009

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Tony Blauer’s SPEAR self-defense system has more in common with CrossFit than you might think. Together with Freddy Camacho of CrossFit One World, Blauer talks about how CrossFit and combatives can complement each other.

The SPEAR System—spontaneous protection enabling accelerated response—is based on the startle/flinch reflex that’s hard-wired into the body. As such, the SPEAR movements are “prehistoric,” instinctive and natural in the same way a squat or a deadlift has been part of… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio, Episode 90

By Justin Judkins

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Radio

October 22, 2009

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CrossFit Thrive owner Max Shippee is also the strength and conditioning coach for the L.A. Temptation. Shippee appeared on the show alongside Brittainie De Garbott, the Lingerie Football League’s leading receiver. Jeff Tucker, Gymnastic Cert instructor and owner of GSX CrossFit, also joined Justin on Episode 90 of CrossFit Radio, webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.

3:57 Affiliate owner Max Shippee and Brittainie De… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

October 21, 2009

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Trust Jeff Tucker of GSX Athletics to serve up a challenging gymnastics movement like it’s a shot of Irish whiskey.

At a Gymnastics Cert held Aug. 29-30, 2009, at Elite 400/CrossFit Northern Ireland, Tucker uses John Brown (CrossFit Agoge) and Michelle Benedict (CrossFit Fort Bragg) to demonstrate several ways to scale the iron cross while you build up the strength needed to complete the full movement.

By reaching through the straps and grabbing the rings from… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Videos

October 20, 2009

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A CrossFit Kids Cert is really about one thing: fun.

Yes, you will learn about exercise technique and how to help youngsters “bank” bone mass as they grow older, but if you don’t have fun, you’re probably missing the point.

According to Jeff Martin of CrossFit Kids, making things fun for kids is the most important part of the program. If children are enjoying themselves, it’s going to be far easier to get them hooked on a valuable program… Continue Reading

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