February 2010

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Tough Sledding at Westside

By Louie Simmons

In Powerlifting, Videos

February 23, 2010

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Powerlifters may be specialists, but without a good level of conditioning, they aren’t going to be able to train hard enough to keep improving. To keep his lifters in shape, Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell uses sled dragging as a main part of his general physical preparedness training.

According to Simmons, sled dragging can be used on almost any training day because the nature of the exercise prevents the excessive soreness seen after… Continue Reading

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At the Chalkboard: Isolation

By Greg Glassman

In Reference, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

February 22, 2010

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“The total is more than the sum of its parts.”

In CrossFit, that old adage holds true and in fact forms the basis for much of what we do. While certain methods of training treat the body as a collection of parts, CrossFitters train the body as a whole through functional compound movements. You can certainly break a squat down into agonists, antagonists and synergists working to achieve core stability and hip and knee… Continue Reading

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Axels, Salchows and Thrusters

By Maurizio Guarrata

In Sports Applications

February 22, 2010

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With only eight weeks to train, Italian athletes use CrossFit to prepare for the World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy.

It is my great pleasure to write about the marvellous success obtained by my athletes who will soon compete at the next World Figure Skating Championship in Torino, Italy.

I found many applications for CrossFit as strength and conditioning coach of the Italian National Ice Skating Team. I’m very… Continue Reading

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Mary’s Story: Part 2

By Mary Hieb

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CrossFit can be an incredibly competitive sport where others drive your performance to new heights, but Mary Hieb focuses on the importance of competing with herself and improving every day. After overcoming a host of medical problems including breast cancer, Mary has different fitness goals that are no less important than a 2:45 Fran or a spot at the CrossFit Games. To Mary, finishing a workout is a truly great… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, CrossFit

February 20, 2010

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Original CrossFitters Greg and Mallee Amundson share lessons learned as athletes at the historic CrossFit Headquarters on how to establish and grow a world-class garage gym.

My wife Mallee and I were blessed with great opportunities in CrossFit while living in Santa Cruz, Calif. Although life was ideal in Santa Cruz, the nature of working for the federal government requires flexibility and an advance agreement to… Continue Reading

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Learning the Muscle-Up

By Jason Khalipa

In Exercises, Videos

February 19, 2010

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Most CrossFitters know Jason Khalipa as the 2008 CrossFit Games champ or the owner of CrossFit Santa Clara—but he’s also an HQ trainer.

In this video, Jason puts the barbell down and teaches the muscle-up to an athlete named Ranbir, who’s just new to CrossFit but has the raw skills needed for the difficult movement. After taking Ranbir through a series of progressions, Khalipa gets the athlete on the rings for an attempt at… Continue Reading

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In Rest Day/Theory

February 18, 2010

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Calculating the power output of a workout in foot-pounds per minute can be interesting, but does it really tell us anything about improving fitness?

Power is intensity, and intensity brings results.

In CrossFit, we maximize intensity by using a stopwatch. We apply this stopwatch to a wide variety of functional movements performed with full range of motion. More than any other single factor, this practice is responsible for the unprecedented… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Videos

February 18, 2010

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In the conclusion of this interview with HQ Trainer Todd Widman, he addresses some of the unique challenges facing the CrossFit community before moving on to discuss his own athletic endeavors, which will culminate in the 2010 CrossFit Games Washington Sectional later this month.

In Part 1 (which is really Part 4 of this interview), Todd addresses training the non-athlete and grades CrossFit’s ability to cater to special populations. While … Continue Reading

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