August 2011

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Friday at the Games

By Ben Hollingshaus

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

August 23, 2011

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Join Ben Hollingshaus as he interviews athletes on Day 1 of the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. Despite a day of tough competition, the athletes are having fun.

After the beach workout, winner Josh Bridges is triumphant.

“It was a rough workout, but I’m done with it now, so I’m glad it’s over with,” he says. Second-place finisher Chris Spealler describes the event in one word: “original.”

On the women’s side, Julie Foucher took first. Her strategy was… Continue Reading

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Tribal Ritual

By Jeff Martin

In Kids

August 23, 2011

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Jeff Martin describes team-building tribe jumps.

As Van Halen told us back in the day, sometimes you might as well jump (for warm-up)!

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Cycling Basics: Part 2

By Brian MacKenzie and Doug Katona

In Coaching, CrossFit Endurance, Videos

August 22, 2011

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In this new series, Brian MacKenzie and Doug Katona of CrossFit Endurance share tips for improving your cycling performance. Using a Wattbike, the two are able to collect data on cycling performance and improve technique. Today’s goal is improving posture while cycling.

While many cyclists adopt a flexed spine while biking, MacKenzie says they’re shortchanging their anatomy. Cyclists in that posture “don’t have the ability to utilize everything in this hip… Continue Reading

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Rookie Rally

By Hilary Achauer

In CrossFit Games

August 22, 2011

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Does experience count for anything at the CrossFit Games? Hilary Achauer explores how rookies Jenny LaBaw and Brick CrossFit came out of nowhere and stormed their way into the top 10.

This year’s CrossFit Games included some superhuman performances and unexpected workouts—from ocean swimming to a softball throw for distance—but the first-place finishers were not surprising. In many eyes, Rich Froning Jr., Annie Thorisdottir and CrossFit New England were the… Continue Reading

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In Equipment, Rowing, Videos

August 21, 2011

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Angela Hart, a Concept2 master trainer, gives the lowdown on maintaining your rowers for long and efficient use. She specifically tackles how you can refurbish a used rower yourself.

Hart instructs the trainers to store rowers with the handle at the chain guard, not at the hook, because tension on the bungee system reduces the chain recoil. Telltale signs of a lose bungee are that lack of natural recoil and a slackened chain at… Continue Reading

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A Look into Mental Performance Training: Part 1

By Dawn Fletcher and Miranda Oldroyd

In Athletes, CrossFit, Videos

August 20, 2011

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CrossFit is “largely more mental than it is physical,” says HQ Seminar Staff member Miranda Oldroyd. “Yeah, I’m doing stuff that I never would have imagined I could do physically, but I’m a different person mentally than I was three years ago.”

Sports psychologist Dawn Fletcher says she’s trying to combine aspects of physical fitness with the mental skills needed for success in CrossFit. She takes Oldroyd through a mental performance exercise.

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CrossFit for Athletic Performance: Part 2

By Chip Pugh and Rich Froning Jr.

In Coaching, Sports Applications, Videos

August 19, 2011

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For the past four years, Tennessee Tech University has been using CrossFit to train many of its athletes. Chip Pugh, director of athletic performance, and CrossFit Games champ Rich Froning Jr., assistant strength coach, turn CrossFit into a sports-specific training tool for their athletes. This series provides an overview of the workouts these coaches use in season and out of season to condition their athletes.

In Part 1, Pugh… Continue Reading

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The Fountain of Youth

By Hilary Achauer

In CrossFit Games

August 19, 2011

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Is there CrossFit after 60? Hilary Achauer investigates at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Some couples celebrate their anniversary by going on a cruise to Alaska. Some throw a party.

High-school sweethearts Greg (62) and Becky Walker (60) commemorated their 41 years of marriage by competing together in the 60-Plus Masters Division at the CrossFit Games.

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