July 2010

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Fittest on Earth

By Mike Warkentin

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

July 28, 2010

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Graham Holmberg and Kristan Clever claim victory at the CrossFit Games.

With fans cheering in the California sunshine, an exhausted Graham Holmberg and Kristan Clever were crowned the champions of the 2010 CrossFit Games on July 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

For Clever, it was a dominant performance and an improvement on a fourth-place finish in 2009. Holmberg, who finished 19th in 2009, used a steady… Continue Reading

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The Calm After the Storm: Part 1

By Kristan Clever, Valerie MacKenzie Voboril and Rebecca Voigt

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Videos

July 27, 2010

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There’s no rest for the wicked, or so goes the saying.

Just one week after the 2010 CrossFit Games, competitors Kristan Clever (first), Valerie MacKenzie Voboril (third) and Rebecca Voigt (seventh) are back in the gym to decompress and look toward the future.

Clever came out of the event on top of the podium. With five first-place finishes throughout the weekend, Clever clearly did her homework and put in the time heading into… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Videos

July 27, 2010

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CrossFit Moxie’s early days look much like those of many boxes around the world: An interested guy/gal starts throwing around barbells in the garage and invites a few friends. A few friends turn into a gang, and eventually more space is needed. A business is born.

For CrossFit Moxie’s owner himself, the CrossFit journey has been a bit of a different story, though. A long string of injuries turned Chris Michelmore, a former soccer… Continue Reading

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Own the Stone

By Rob Orlando

In Sports Applications, Videos

July 26, 2010

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In lifting, positioning is everything. Positioning is even more important when you’re lifting heavy, odd objects.

In this video filmed at Hybrid Athletics, Rob Orlando explains that stone lifting requires brute strength, but it also requires technique. You can be an ox and still get owned by a stone if you lift it incorrectly. Conversely, you can focus your strength with efficient technique and moves weights you never dreamed of.

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

July 26, 2010

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Hall-of-fame Oly coach Bob Takano has nearly four decades of coaching experience. He offers some advice for CrossFitters who will be teaching the quick lifts to their athletes.

Having spent years in the sport of weightlifting, I’ve recently become involved in the Crossfit Oly experience by coaching Olympic lifting at Team CrossFit and by assisting with several Oly Certs with coaches Mike Burgener, Stephane Rochet and… Continue Reading

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Training With the Pit Master

By John Hackleman

In Sports Applications, Videos

July 25, 2010

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Legendary MMA trainer John Hackleman discovered CrossFit in its early days and hooked up with Greg Glassman at the original CrossFit box in Santa Cruz. Soon after, Hackleman started CrossPit, a sport-specific hybrid MMA and CrossFit training protocol that has churned out countless firebreathers. Hackleman’s current gym, The Pit, utilizes this training strategy with great success.

“Conditioning is as important as anything else in the martial arts,” the Pit Master… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Videos

July 24, 2010

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We’re back at Eleiko HQ with 1992 Olympics competitor Anders Lindsjö talking about the deadlift and snatch. Lindsjö starts the group off with an interesting concept: everyone practices very light deadlifts with poor positioning of both their feet and their back. Doing so reinforces where these athletes shouldn’t find themselves mid-lift.

“You have to feel it … ,” Lindsjö says.

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Additional reading: Your Form Sucks by Dr. John Zimmer, published May 22, 2010.

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Talking to Yourself

By Trevor Moawad

In Coaching, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

July 23, 2010

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Every athlete deals with self-talk, that little voice in the head telling him or her to quit, speed up, drop the bar or push harder. How we manage that inner voice has a lot to do with the success or failure of our efforts. Standing in front of a room of elite CrossFitters, Trevor Moawad, IMG’s director of performance, gives these athletes a pep talk on scripting a strong inner monologue.

“You can literally convince… Continue Reading

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