February 2012

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Muscle-Up Virtuosity: Part 2

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 26, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi is a gymnast and CrossFit coach. In this instructional video, she breaks down that most challenging CrossFit movement: the muscle-up.

After dealing with body shaping and grip in Part 1, Galassi addresses the place where everything usually goes awry: the transition.

Working from a position lying under the rings, Galassi demonstrates the transition by pulling while keeping her legs out front as… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Mobility, Videos

February 25, 2012

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At Kelly Starrett’s box, San Francisco CrossFit, ring dips are an intermediate skill.

The key to the movement is external rotation of the arms for the best efficiency and mechanics, says the movement and mobility guru.

During this trainer course, Starrett has three male athletes hold the top of the ring-dip position. None are in the correct position. All three started and finished in internally rotated positions. The turned-out finish position of the arms… Continue Reading

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An Addiction for the Better

By Jennifer Norman

In CrossFit, Videos

February 24, 2012

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As a child and adolescent, Jennifer Norman spent many days in her family’s garage learning how to squat below parallel. That’s thanks to her father, who was an Olympic weightlifter.

“We had sleds that we pulled around in dirt parking lots. … We did that when we were young, and now we do it for fun when we’re older,” says Norman, a two-year member of CrossFit Relentless in West Hartford, Conn.

With four children—including a set of twins—Norman… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting, Reference

February 24, 2012

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Bill Starr on what bench pressing can do for athletes in any sport—even Olympic weightlifting.

The bench press has always been a part of the routines for bodybuilders and strength athletes. It’s an easy exercise to learn and do and takes a minimum of equipment.

When I first embarked on my guest for greater size and strength, I wanted to include bench presses in my routine. Later, I became interested in the… Continue Reading

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Box Tour: CrossFit Vitality

By Steve Pinkerton

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

February 23, 2012

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Inside a North Carolina corporate office building with mirrors on the walls, you will find an unlikely thing: a CrossFit box.

“We drove past this probably 40 times ... when we were looking for a space because we thought it was just an office space,” says CrossFit Vitality co-owner Steve Pinkerton.

Although the space—at more than 4,500 square feet—was larger than what they initially wanted, the wide-open warehouse-like space was perfectly… Continue Reading

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Crossroads of Ourselves

By Ryan Carbone

In The CrossFit Life

February 23, 2012

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Ryan Carbone looks at the origins of the words “cross” and “fit” and finds an unexpected deeper meaning.

Words are powerful. They can be employed in an incalculable number of ways to achieve any number of ends. They can motivate, inspire, make you laugh, make you cry, or cultivate your dreams or crush them.

The power of words, however, rests on our capacity to understand them. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that I… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 212

By Justin Judkins

In CrossFit Games, Radio

February 22, 2012

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On Episode 212 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit success story Diane McKinney, as well as Adam Stevenson, who is one of the owners of Outlier CrossFit in San Diego. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from CrossFit HQ: the first workout of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open.

Complete as many reps as possible in 7… Continue Reading

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According to CrossFit Football trainer Raphael Ruiz, the No. 1 goal of a good football strength-and-conditioning program is to increase speed. The No. 2 goal is getting athletes to replicate that.

“Replicate speed, replicate speed, replicate speed,” says Ruiz.

“It’s a very, very difficult pill for us to swallow as gym rats because, oftentimes, how many of us have ever been going through a workout or WOD where you know, ‘This… Continue Reading

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