December 2011

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Proper Bench Technique

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In CrossFit, Powerlifting, Reference, Videos

December 27, 2011

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Join Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt of Westside Barbell as they demonstrate bench-press set-up and technique. Phelps-Sweatt’s best bench is an incredible 530 lb.

The first cue Sweatt has Phelps-Sweatt demonstrate is to set her shoulders back in their sockets, pinching her shoulder blades behind her so her shoulders are well supported to reduce the risk of injury. She gets under the bar and lifts it to hold it over her chest, not her… Continue Reading

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Pumpkin Soup

By Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet

In Kids, Nutrition

December 27, 2011

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Do your kids love pumpkin pie? Then serve them a slice of this soup! Oops! We mean, of course, a bowl of this soup.

Chock full of pumpkin-pie spices, this dish will please your kids, who won’t even realize they’re sipping on a healthy soup instead of chowing down on sugary pie.

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Lifting Boundaries

By Kulsoom Abdullah

In Competition, CrossFit, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

December 26, 2011

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Kulsoom Abdullah is a CrossFitter and Olympic-weightlifting competitor who is breaking social constructions.

To enter the U.S.A. National and American Open, the required attire is a singlet. According to her religious beliefs, Abdullah wears a traditional outfit including headscarf, so she inadvertently found herself standing up for her religious rights. Her plight became a human-rights case that created a media frenzy over Olympic-weightlifting… Continue Reading

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CrossFit 365 and Ospreys Rugby

By Gary McLean, Mark Bennett and Kevin Morgan

In Sports Applications, Videos

December 25, 2011

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Gary McLean, owner of CrossFit 365 in South Wales, shares how he started his U.K. affiliate and how the Ospreys Rugby team has embraced CrossFit and shares its facility with the affiliate.

Mark Bennett, the head strength-and-conditioning coach for the Ospreys, and his assistant, Kevin Morgan, discuss how beneficial CrossFit has been for their athletes.

“It’s not just the physical ability,” Bennett says. “It gives us that mental edge, hopefully.”

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Happy Holidays!

By CrossFit Journal Staff

In Rest Day/Theory

December 25, 2011

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Happy holidays to everyone from the staff of the CrossFit Journal… Continue Reading

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Training With Champions: Parts 3 and 4

By Mikko Salo and Dan Bailey

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Videos

December 24, 2011

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Find out what it’s like to train with 2009 CrossFit Games champion Mikko Salo and Dan Bailey, first-place finisher in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, as filmmaker Sevan Matossian captures their training in preparation for the 2012 Games season.

In Part 3, the pair talk about their certifications and seminars, lifting gear and nutrition while they finish front squatting.

“After this year’s Games, I decided to get rid of the belt, doing every squat and… Continue Reading

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I Am Keen

By Emma Keen

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Videos

December 23, 2011

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Emma Keen is an international field-hockey player for Wales and also a CrossFitter out of CrossFit 365, which shares its facility with Ospreys Rugby. Keen discusses how she found CrossFit and how it has improved her performance.

Gary McLean, owner of CrossFit 365, talks about the progress she has made.

“She is like a cat—she moves very, very well, naturally gifted with the barbell, but quite inexperienced at the moment, so we can do a lot… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Mobility, Reference

December 22, 2011

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Join Kelly Starrett, owner of San Francisco CrossFit and creator of MobilityWOD, as he teaches coaches and their athletes how to diagnose dysfunction at CrossFit South Bay.

In Part 8, Starrett discusses the RICE protocol to treat acute injury: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Starrett adds the 24-Hour Rule for how to reintegrate after injury.

“Something is good to go pretty much when you can load it up and 24 hours later you still… Continue Reading

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