August 2012

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The Rowing Sprint Start

By Shane Farmer

In Coaching, HD Videos, Rowing

August 28, 2012

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A critical workout strategy, the rowing sprint start gets the flywheel spinning quickly so there is no fight to bring down the split time.

“You need to know how to come out of the gates nice and strong to get yourself set up for the remainder of the piece,” says CrossFit Rowing’s Shane Farmer, who is also a coach at CrossFit Invictus.

The sprint start is a five-stroke sequence, he explains:

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Cues Vs. Cute

By Mikki Lee Martin

In Coaching, Kids

August 28, 2012

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Kids cues should be fun, but they need to be precise and effective. Mikki Lee Martin explains.

In the CrossFit Kids program at CrossFit Brand X, we hear a lot of cheerleading for our kids. The kids work incredibly hard and have earned our support. But that kind of encouragement has to be balanced with actual coaching; ultimately, we are trainers and we should spend the vast majority of our time training… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

August 27, 2012

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At 17, Kyle Bryant was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia. The rare inherited disease causes nervous-system damage and movement problems. Bryant has symptoms of scoliosis and diabetes, and he experiences vision impairment, hearing loss and life-shortening heart complications. There is no cure for Friedreich’s ataxia.

Nonetheless, 30-year-old Bryant comes to CrossFit King of Prussia in Bridgeport, Pa., twice a week.

At first… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Kids, Special Populations

August 27, 2012

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Kate Foster fights cancer and wins. Now she wants your help. Emily Beers reports.

The goal of the CrossFit Games is to find the fittest man and woman on Earth. But when Kate Foster took the microphone and addressed the crowd at the Home Depot Center on July 14, it became clear that CrossFit is about something so much bigger than that.

The 13-year-old, who was diagnosed with leukemia last year, proudly… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Nutrition

August 27, 2012

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Even if you’re busy, Chef Nick Massie shows you how quick and easy it is to cook up a batch of protein.

The ingredients: 3.5 lb. of chicken thighs, fresh garlic, tamari, sesame oil, honey, sesame seeds, fresh ginger and fresh cilantro. Together, they get tossed in a big bowl, where Massie mixes it all by hand. He lets the thighs sit for about 30 minutes, and then he sears them in a pan.

“The chicken thigh is a little… Continue Reading

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A “Lucky” Olympian

By Andréa Maria Cecil

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After an accident left her without the use of her legs, Chile’s Francisca Mardones discovered wheelchair tennis. And the rest of the world discovered her. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

When Francisca Mardones was 5, she dreamed of being an Olympian. Her wish would be granted. But not in the vein of her childhood imagination. Fate, it seems, had slightly different plans.

A multi-sport athlete in high school, Mardones got a… Continue Reading

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Remembering Rick

By Various

In CrossFit, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

August 25, 2012

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Rick Crocker was a Marine and an officer with the Santa Monica Police Department. He served on its Crime Impact Team, led the Police Activities League and was on the SWAT team. He died seven years ago in Iraq.

To honor him, the police department began hosting a workout in 2011 to remember him by:

4 rounds of:
20 hand-release burpees
400-meter run
30 sit-ups
5 rope ascents

The event draws not only law-enforcement… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Combatives, HD Videos

August 24, 2012

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In this series, get a sneak peak at Tony Blauer’s Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar hosted by San Francisco CrossFit. Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, provides seminars to CrossFitters to teach the basics of self-defense and how to implement them through CrossFit.

In Part 6, Blauer talks about using your “crowbar.”

With partners and medicine balls, he has participants practice throwing forearms into their make-believe enemies.

“My spear—the actual violent… Continue Reading

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