November 2011

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Competition Day at Norco Running Gun

By Dave Re and Dave Castro

In HD Videos, Sports Applications

November 27, 2011

Video Article

Join Dave Re, grand master in the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA); fellow grand master Jake Di Vita and CrossFit Director of Training Dave Castro as they continue their competition-shooting excursion, traveling from Pala Range to Norco Running Gun in California.

Re says Stage 1 is like a Nationals stage with moves between challenging targets and “poppers.” The group continues through the stages, testing their… Continue Reading

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In Sports Applications, Videos

November 26, 2011

Video Article

In this video, CrossFitter and world-champion lumberjack competitor Erin LaVoie shows off her axe-throwing skills with Chance Hughs, her boyfriend and fellow co-owner of Predation CrossFit.

LaVoie explains the sport of axe throwing and how it’s judged. Although there’s quite a distance between competitions, winning brings money, prizes and bragging rights.

Her strategy is simple: “It’s just a straight line from behind my back, over my head, to the bull’s eye,” LaVoie says.

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Expecting the Unexpected

By Leah Polaski

In CrossFit Games, Videos

November 25, 2011

Video Article

“If you’d asked me right in the middle of it, I might have said, ‘I’m quitting CrossFit—this is not fun,’ but it was fun,” Leah Polaski says. “If I could go back, I’d do it over again.”

A 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games competitor, Leah Polaski finished 30th among the elite females. In this video, she shares her Games experience, how she found CrossFit and how she took her training to the competitive level.

A soccer star, long-distance runner and… Continue Reading

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Memorial Days

By Chris Pace

In LEO/Mil

November 25, 2011

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Chris Pace spends three tough days traveling from Arlington National Cemetery to Ground Zero to raise funds for the Disposable Heroes Project.

On the evening of Sept. 9, 2011, I began a journey that would test not only my physical limitations but also my mental limitations.

The Journey of Freedom was a 250-mile solo endeavor from Arlington National Cemetery to New York City and consisted of a 150-mile bike ride followed… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Kids, Videos

November 24, 2011

Video Article

At a CrossFit Kids Trainer Course, Todd Widman of HQ Seminar Staff discusses how teen weightlifting should be structured for safety and efficacy.

“This is a by-invitation-only class. I want you moving fast and hard with moderate loads long before the game is trying to move as much as possible,” Widman says. He looks for mental maturity in the teens and the ability to move well before he allows them to lift heavy.

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All in the Same Room

By Emily Beers

In The CrossFit Life

November 24, 2011

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Emily Beers reports on the mix of veteran and first-time CrossFit athletes at the 2011 Taranis Winter Challenge, held Nov. 4-6 in Victoria, B.C.

CrossFit Taranis owner Reed MacKenzie takes the microphone. A hush comes over the crowd as he announces the first workout to an eager audience. It involves 2 sets of max handstand push-up attempts, with some power snatches in between.

The 10th-fittest female in the world from the 2011… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 199

By Justin Judkins

Audio Article

On Episode 199 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit A.C.T. owner Bill Shockley and Pepperdine University professor Dr. Cooker Perkins. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.

The Workout of the Week (WOW) is from CrossFit L.A.’s website:

In 3 minutes, complete the following:
Run 200 meters
135-lb. thrusters, max reps
Rest 2 minutes
In 6 minutes, complete the following:
Run 400 meters
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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

November 23, 2011

Video Article

Dylan, a CrossFitter at CrossFit Flagstaff, has cerebral palsy, which makes the right side of his body weaker than his left. On the advice of his doctor, he began CrossFitting to help even out his strength.

Dylan shows the equipment he uses to compensate for his uneven grip strength. At first, Dylan says he used a kettlebell for deadlifting, but then he progressed to the barbell with the help of weightlifting straps. Then CrossFit Flagstaff co-owner… Continue Reading

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