November 2009

There are 39 articles in this month.

View another month:

In Competition

November 26, 2009

PDF Article

Blair Morrison wins the Eleiko Scandinavian CrossFit Challenge but finds he isn’t the only victor. He believes it’s proof that CrossFit has created a new competitive standard.

It is late Monday night, and I have just returned from Halmstad, Sweden, the site of the 2009 Eleiko Scandinavian CrossFit Challenge. Even after five grueling WODs, countless hours in transit and a noticeably consistent lack of sleep, I’m still buzzing from the… Continue Reading

Download

Comment

What to Expect From a Level 2 Cert

By Tommy Hackenbruck

In Coaching, Videos

November 25, 2009

Video Article

Tommy Hackenbruck is an accomplished athlete who’s looking to make his mark as a trainer, too. Hackenbruck, a former linebacker at the University of Utah, finished second to Mikko Salo at the 2009 CrossFit Games, and now he’s tackling another test: the CrossFit Level 2 Certification.

His first time taking the Level 2, Hackenbruck didn’t have a lot of experience training and struggled with a few of the more complex movements. This time… Continue Reading

Download

Comment

In Nutrition, Videos

November 24, 2009

Video Article

Shortly after his live presentation to the CrossFit community, Dr. Barry Sears led Tony Budding on a tour of the Zone Labs. The cameras caught up them in the “Cone of Silence,” where the famous creator of the Zone Diet sifts through 300 - 500 articles a week seeking common themes related to inflammation. In this first of several parts, Dr. Sears explains how a major change in direction over 25 years ago brought him to the… Continue Reading

Download

Comment

Teaching the Log Press

By Kurtis Bowler

In Sports Applications, Videos

November 23, 2009

Video Article

You wouldn’t want to use a log-pressing technique at a Level 1 Cert when the push press rolls around.

Similarly, a vertical torso in the strongman event of log pressing won’t help you move the giant weight overhead, so you actually have to lean back when you dip in preparation for a powerful drive. It’s certainly not the most ideal way to get a barbell overhead, but it’s the best way to move an awkward log.

“A… Continue Reading

Download

Comment

Pose Method Hill Running

By Dr. Nicholas Romanov

In Running, Videos

November 22, 2009

Video Article

If you’re serious about CrossFit, you’re going to find yourself running up or down a hill at some point—perhaps at the CrossFit Games in Aromas, Calif. But how do you scale a hill quickly and efficiently?

According to Dr. Nicholas Romanov, inventor of the Pose Method, you only think about two things: falling and pulling. Stride length is completely irrelevant on a hill, and Dr. Romanov recommends athletes use his techniques to “fall forward… Continue Reading

Download

Comment

In Gymnastics/Tumbling

November 21, 2009

PDF Article

Many CrossFitters struggle with gymnastics movements, so Leo Soubbotine has developed a warm-up program designed to put you on the path to muscle-ups, handstand push-ups—and beyond.

The idea of a gymnastics warm-up has been stuck in my head for a long time. And because I’m a “born gymnast”—6’4” and over 200 lb.—and in love with all things gymnastics, the natural way was to figure out the details, test the program on myself and then apply it in… Continue Reading

Download

Comment

In Kids, Videos

November 20, 2009

Video Article

Too young to learn handstand push-ups? Nonsense.

According to Mikki Martin of CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Brand X, a typical CrossFit Kids class includes a warm-up, skill work, a workout and a game—all designed to keep things fun while helping young athletes stay fit and learn how to move their bodies.

In this video, Martin takes a group of kids through a handstand push-up progression—from plank position to “stink-bug position”—giving them a foundation for one of… Continue Reading

Download

Comment

In Affiliation, Coaching, Videos

November 19, 2009

Video Article

You train harder than anyone else but you still get beat. What gives?

Zach Even-Esh of Underground Strength Coach/CrossFit Underground had that exact experience, and after injuries and a lack of success, he discovered a kind of training that took him beyond the traditional bodybuilding movements so many people rely on to get “fit.” Even-Esh also had a lot of work to do mentally to pull himself out of depression and self-doubt.

After researching more… Continue Reading

Download

Comment