May 23, 2012
Bill Starr explains why all lifters should do deadlifts. Then he explains how you should do them.
It seems that there are two distinct schools of thought when it comes to deadlifts. On one hand, there are those who believe that the lift is a necessary part of the process of getting stronger, while another group of coaches and athletes shun them altogether, stating that the slow movement does not carry over to… Continue Reading
What’s the difference between the damper setting and the drag factor on a rower?
Shane Farmer of CrossFit Invictus has the answer.
“As I use the term ‘damper setting,’ what I’m talking about is moving this wheel right here,” the rowing specialist explains. “When I’m talking drag factor, I’m calibrating what’s on the monitor using a function that we have on this computer here.”
Specifically, the damper setting lets more or less air into the flywheel.
“If… Continue Reading
May 22, 2012
Take your tuna and stuff it!
This recipe can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Simply make the tuna, prep the cucumbers and stuff them. Then watch as your kids stuff them in their hungry mouths.
At CrossFit Nittany, everyone knows Joelle Hirschfeld and Cydney Korek.
“They are definitely (a) very integral part of the community,” says Bryan St. Andrews, owner of the State College, Pa., affiliate.
“We rein them in when necessary,” he adds with a laugh.
The sorority sisters started CrossFit in August and have been making the 30-minute drive to the box ever since.
“We wanted to get involved in real sports; we just weren’t being challenged enough… Continue Reading
May 21, 2012
Coaching children requires different vocabulary and delivery. Jeff Martin explains.
People come to CrossFit from many backgrounds.
Often, everything about CrossFit is new and, if we are honest, learning the simplest things is often comical as we move toward mastery of the movements. Similarly, CrossFit trainers frequently have varied backgrounds and must learn skills on the job. Often, they don’t have a defined way of teaching and can go about… Continue Reading
When UFC fighter Jason MacDonald opened his training facility, it was half mixed-martial-arts gym, half CrossFit box.
Admittedly, it was for selfish reasons, he says, as he wanted a place to train for himself. But that led to some problems.
“My MMA career was not allowing me to be the best MMA instructor,” MacDonald explains. “And also my MMA training/MMA career was pulling me away from doing a great job at CrossFit. So instead… Continue Reading
Gary Roberts has reached the turning point familiar to so many CrossFitters: He’s completing the Level 1 Trainer Course.
In this episode of Killing the Fat Man—called “I found myself again”—our hero is in Oahu, Hawaii, for the seminar.
Before starting CrossFit three months ago, Roberts says he never would have thought he’d “be this interested in mastering my fitness and what my personal capabilities are.”
He adds: “I’ve never been this excited about… Continue Reading
It’s time for another mouth-watering recipe by CrossFit Invictus coach and kitchen guru Michele Vieux.
Today’s dish: smothered pork tenderloin.
First she cuts the pork into medallions, which she flattens with a rolling pin. Next, she browns the meat in a pan with bacon grease. Cooks who like to experiment can try similar methods with chicken or steak, she notes.
While the pork cooks, Vieux prepares a flour-free sauce of portabella… Continue Reading