Hilary Achauer gets to know Regional champs Azadeh Boroumand and Jon Pera, who have more in common than talent, determination and heart.
Azadeh Boroumand was all Pat Sherwood and Rory McKernan could talk about in the CrossFit Games Update show at the end of the first weekend of Regionals. She was the biggest story out of the South Central Regional, and Sherwood and McKernan delighted in pronouncing her name and reviewing her… Continue Reading
When it comes to a successful punch, power is of the essence.
In this video, George Ryan of CrossFit Striking demonstrates some power-development exercises with pro MMA fighter Neal Abrams.
The first step, Ryan says, is to ensure the athlete is using the entire kinetic chain when striking. To check, he looks to see if the back foot is pushing off the floor, and then he confirms that the power is traveling… Continue Reading
June 26, 2012
You’ve seen your bags heaved into the plane at the airport. Now Mikki Lee Martin has your kids slugging luggage for fitness.
Some airport baggage handlers have the ability to heave suitcases filled with breakable items a very great distance indeed. That skill might not seem impressive when luggage filled with duty-free bottles is airborne, but being able to move loads quickly is a great skill when you’re looking at… Continue Reading
Throwing a baseball is a complex movement.
To simplify it, gymnastics and movement guru Carl Paoli explains it as squaring up the hips and then external shoulder rotation followed by internal shoulder rotation.
“When we’re unilaterally loaded our joint tends to cave into internal rotation,” Paoli explains. “So what we’re seeing is that in order to train more speed and rotation all I need to do is do some unilateral loading.”
In Part 2, Paoli… Continue Reading
E.M. Burton muses on the nature of the CrossFit box.
A CrossFit box can contain an infinite variety of occupations, of uses, if not unknown and unknowable at least unpredictable.
The archetype of a CrossFit box, the original from which all others are derived, is the garage gym, the formal and practical requirements of which were outlined by Greg Glassman in seminal CrossFit Journal articles The Garage Gym and Garage Gym… Continue Reading
It was about 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2007. Emily Foreman had just put her 13-month-old twins in the bathtub. She turned on the water and plugged the drain. Then she remembered she had pork chops on the stove that she needed to turn over.
“Figured I could leave to go into the kitchen to check on the dinner,” she says. “When I came back from going to the kitchen, I found Mallory, my little girl, floating face up.”
Emily started rescue… Continue Reading
Training and competing optimally is a big deal. Likewise, Shane Sweatt of Westside Barbell says it’s not OK to miss lifts.
“We teach people in the U.S., ‘As long as you try hard, it’s OK.’ It’s not OK to fail if you try hard. If I have people who are willing to try hard, I want them to succeed,” says Sweatt, who is accompanied by elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt.
In training, the lift should end before the form breaks… Continue Reading
Tony Edgerton spent 13 years as a personal trainer working at Globo Gyms. He started at 24 Hour Fitness, worked his way up to management and “hated it,” he says, so he went back to training, logging as many as 220 sessions a month.
Then Chris McDonald of CrossFit X Factor in Portland invited Edgerton over for a workout. That day, it was 300.
“I thought it was awesome because I got beat by a 56-year-old… Continue Reading