July 2012

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On Transformation

By E.M. Burton

In Kids

July 23, 2012

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Nick deadlifted 300 lb. at 13—and then he changed his entire life. E.M. Burton explains.

I’ve been interviewing CrossFit trainers in the course of my work lately, and it seems the No. 1 thing they like about their job is seeing people transform.

The transformation will be different for everyone undergoing it, but it has a common thread: you’re watching someone get better. At everything.

The reality is we are all transforming all the… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos

July 22, 2012

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In this special interview filmed July 5, CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman talks about the CrossFit affiliate model—a model that’s revolutionized the fitness world.

The CrossFit affiliate model completely changed the way young trainers operate and develop. As a CrossFit affiliate owner, trainers are in control of their own destiny and are not beholden to an owner who essentially charges them to use expensive bodybuilding equipment.

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Simple Nutrition: Part 4

By E.C. Synkowski

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CrossFit trainer E.C. Synkowski offers practical nutrition information to help with day-to-day choices.

In Part 4, she talks to a group at CrossFit Hingham about sugar, oils, alcohol and dairy.

“Typically, wherever we see diseases of modern civilization—obesity, heart disease, cancer—we also see a consumption of sugar,” she explains. “So that’s why we want it to be generally eliminated from your diet.”

In other words, don’t make it a staple.

Next up are oils, including… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Combatives, HD Videos, MMA

July 20, 2012

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To develop power, CrossFit Striking’s George Ryan favors two pieces of equipment: resistance bands and the D-Ball.

“The resistance band is not going to develop the power, but what it is going to do, it’s going to help promote proper biomechanics in striking,” he explains.

With the band wrapped around a pole or column at shoulder height and a loop held in the hand, trainees learn how to move their entire bodies and find the proper… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 233

By Justin Judkins

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On Episode 233 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Matt Chan and Julie Foucher, who both placed second at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from CrossFit Verve in Denver, Colo.

Start by taking 10 percent off your 1RM back squat, then add 10 lb.

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75 percent x 5 reps… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit

July 20, 2012

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CrossFit Equator in Jakarta raises over US$37,000 for sick kids. Emily Beers reports.

When Brian Pandji told Mary’s Cancer Kiddies that his gym was going to host a fundraiser to raise money for kids with cancer, they were polite but seemed skeptical.

“I don’t think they thought we would raise much money just by doing a 15-minute workout,” said Pandji, who owns CrossFit Equator in Jakarta, Indonesia.

But Pandji knew something the Mary’s… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

July 19, 2012

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CrossFit Games Masters athlete Jacinto Bonilla has shoulder pain, especially when he performs squat snatches. So Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener recommends he split snatch. The split snatch is often used by athletes who have flexibility issues and is more forgiving of technical errors.

“The pull’s exactly the same. You don’t pull a barbell up. You pull your body down into the split,” Burgener says while hosting several competitive… Continue Reading

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Strength From Struggle

By Bradley Berlin

In The CrossFit Life

July 19, 2012

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Just as weightlifting builds strength, difficult experiences build character. Bradley Berlin explores how stress is relative and attitude is everything.

I started CrossFit roughly a year and a half ago after watching the 2010 CrossFit Games. I was under the impression I could start training for a new sport and it would make me $25,000 within the next year or two. Great deal, huh? Yes, it would… Continue Reading

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