March 2012

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Upward, Onward

By Bill Starr

In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

March 28, 2012

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Bill Starr explains how to plan strength work for maximum gains.

If a program for beginners is fundamentally sound and they get in their workouts consistently and put lots of effort into them, they will make progress.

The very best program for beginners is one that gives equal attention to the three major muscle groups: shoulder girdle, back, and hips and legs. Gains come quickly and steadily, and if the athletes are… Continue Reading

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Combining the CrossFit training methodology with a diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar brings “a jet stream of adaptation,” says CrossFit founder Greg Glassman.

In the pyramid Glassman created, nutrition is the foundation, with met-cons, gymnastics, weightlifting and throwing, and sport following.

“Each level builds on the level below it,” explains Nicole Carroll, director of certification. “If your nutrition… Continue Reading

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Pull-Apart Potatoes

By Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet

In Kids

March 27, 2012

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What kid doesn’t like to eat things with his or her hands? Heck, what adult doesn’t like to either?

Dive into these sweet potatoes with nothing more than your fingers and plenty of napkins!

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Box Profile: P3 CrossFit

By Justin Martirano and John McPherson

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

March 26, 2012

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John McPherson started his affiliate in a multi-sport facility that included batting cages and soccer practice.

“I just couldn’t provide a service to my clients unless I got out,” he says of the space his business outgrew.

That’s when he found the “giant rectangle” that is now P3 CrossFit, which has been open for about three years in Houston. The box has 198 active members, 47 children in its CrossFit Kids program, three full-time trainers and four part-time trainers in… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Medical/Injuries

March 26, 2012

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Many overuse injuries are preventable. Janet Kowalchick explains how CrossFit Kids can help keep young athletes healthy and on the field.

If you were to take a straight pin and poke the pad of your finger lightly one or two times, it would have almost no effect. If you were to poke your finger lightly 10,000 times at a high frequency, the dermis would begin to break down, nerve endings would then be affected, and pain and bleeding… Continue Reading

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Accommodating Resistance

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In Powerlifting, Reference, Videos

March 25, 2012

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It’s impossible not to have bar deceleration if you don’t have “accommodating resistance,” says Shane Sweatt of Westside Barbell.

“If you have bar deceleration, you’re teaching yourself to slow down. … In sports, that is not optimal,” he says.

As you move a barbell, it’s natural to reduce your effort as you get to positions of mechanical advantage; e.g., the top of a bench-press rep. Enter accommodating resistance that incorporates the use of bands or chains on the… Continue Reading

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“Cancer Is My Bitch”

By Brian Watts

In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

March 24, 2012

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Brian Watts originally thought CrossFit was a piece of swimwear. That changed, of course, and now he’s the manager of CrossFit New Haven.

Watts is also a cancer survivor who jumps at any chance to fight the disease. Starting in 2002, Watts started feeling unwell, and after going through the medical process, he was told he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After getting through treatment and beating cancer in 2006, Watts found himself out… Continue Reading

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In Videos

March 23, 2012

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Despite hours watching professional hockey, few people know how to throw a proper punch. In this video, CrossFit Striking instructor George Ryan covers the basics of throwing a punch and explains how proper mechanics result in increased power and efficiency.

“Punching is a rudimentary and functional movement that involves the core… . We’re going to punch from the floor up. We want to use our entire body,” Ryan says.

Ryan covers the lead straight and rear… Continue Reading

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