June 2011

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In this series on improving running performance, Brian MacKenzie and Doug Katona demonstrate drills utilizing the Pose Method of running.

MacKenzie says many problems he sees coming out of his CrossFit Endurance seminars are related to calves, feet and ankles. One of the issues is not allowing the heel to “kiss” the ground.

To utilize proper ankle flexion and muscle elasticity from your knee to your foot, MacKenzie’s drill is… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting, Reference

June 22, 2011

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Legendary powerlifter Louie Simmons explains the methods that have brought success and records to Westside Barbell lifters.

I was always stronger a week or two after a meet or a week or two before the meet but very seldom on meet day. The Soviets had coaches, like Matveyev, who realized there was a much better method of planning. There has always been controversy over who came up with wave… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

June 21, 2011

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Join CrossFit gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker as he takes elite athletes through handstand push-up progressions at the Again Faster Summit held at CrossFit New England.

Tucker distinguishes between two types of handstand push-ups depending upon the hand position. Tucker says that the movement using the hands out in front to create a tripod with the head is called a “headstand push-up.” When you keep the hands in line with the head, the movement is called a… Continue Reading

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Lift-Off!

By Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet

In Kids

June 21, 2011

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Dessert doesn’t have to take your kiddies into a sugar-filled lift-off. Satisfy their sweet tooth with nature’s natural sugars—guaranteed to keep them happy and grounded.

This is also a great dish to serve after a protein-heavy meal, as the carbs and fat will balance out the protein from the main course.

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SEALFIT Part 10

By Various

In CrossFit, LEO/Mil, Videos

June 20, 2011

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Leave your tights, weightlifting shoes and iPods at the door. In this camp, your name doesn’t go on the whiteboard. It goes on your plain white T-shirt.

This is SEALFIT’s Kokoro Camp.

On the line to accept that challenge are CrossFitters including Mikko Salo, Kristan Clever, Rob Orlando, Tommy Hackenbruck, Caity Henniger, Jimi Letchford and Greg Amundson.

In Part 10, the challenge wraps up. The athletes return from the beach and take on… Continue Reading

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In Equipment

June 20, 2011

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Daniel Hersee says using equipment with an increased diameter can improve strength and reduce injuries.

Old-time strongmen knew all about thick-bar training and used it to great effect, but it’s been forgotten in modern times. Recently, there has been something of a rebirth of thick-bar training, with National Football League teams, Army Special Forces, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters and powerlifters using thick bars to help make… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

June 19, 2011

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In this video, HQ trainer Chris Spealler shares his programming insights at a Coaches Prep Course. His focus is explaining the difference between biasing CrossFit programming as opposed to targeting our programming.

Spealler says that CrossFit’s goal is general physical preparedness (GPP), so specialized goals of a three-minute mile or an 800-lb. back squat are not realistic.

“I want the best of both worlds,” he says.

Programming bias allows… Continue Reading

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Catching Up With the Avalanche Boys

By Travis Weaver and Myles Lewis

In Athletes, CrossFit, Videos

June 18, 2011

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At the Fittest of the Sierras Competition held during the Reebok CrossFit Games Open in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., the cameras caught up with CrossFit Avalanche to find out where the Tahoe Throwdown has taken them and their gym.

The Tahoe Throwdown held at CrossFit Avalanche last fall pitted superstars from Rogue Fitness against those from Again Faster. CrossFit Avalanche owners Travis Weaver and Myles Lewis say the event energized their gym and inspired… Continue Reading

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