December 2012

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In Olympic Lifts

December 20, 2012

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Chad Vaughn breaks down the “simplest” of the three Olympic lifts.

In comparison to the snatch and clean, the jerk is theoretically the simplest of the three lifts.

For the jerk, as in the snatch and clean, certain parts of the body have to move out of the way of the bar so it can travel up straight. In other words, these parts have to move around the bar. In the jerk, of course, the head is the only… Continue Reading

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Holiday WODs, Pre-Apocalypse

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit, Workouts

December 19, 2012

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Few days are left before the world comes to an end. Andréa Maria Cecil advises gluttony followed by constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity. Be prepared to meet your maker.

It’s that time of year when I like to celebrate Jesus’ birthday by getting fat.

Oh, you eat 100 percent Paleo all year round? Good for you.

I like fried oyster po-boys on French bread and beignets with copious amounts of… Continue Reading

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One-Arm Swing Variations

By Jeff Martone

In HD Videos

December 19, 2012

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The one-arm kettlebell swing is really an assistance exercise for the snatch, says kettlebell guru Jeff Martone.

“One of the benefits of the one-arm swing is it works your back in a different way ... and it’s working your grip more because now you’ve got the same weight in one hand,” he explains at this CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Course.

Among the drills Martone recommends is the half-rotation switch, allowing a change of hands in mid-air. The hands come… Continue Reading

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A Massie Christmas Dinner

By Nick Massie

In HD Videos

December 18, 2012

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Nick Massie, a chef who runs PaleoNick.com cooks up Christmas dinner with his usual tongue-in-cheek zest.

In Part 1, he prepares a pork leg. He begins by brining the leg with water and kosher salt. Next, he brings in two friends to help whip up seasoning comprising apple juice, maple syrup, granulated garlic and chipotle sauce. The ham takes eight hours to cook at 250 F on a large grill.

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In Kids

December 18, 2012

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Lura Poggi describes a magic carpet ride for fit little CrossFit athletes.

This fun CrossFit Kids game will keep your speed demons occupied, though it might cost you a few old towels.

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In HD Videos

December 17, 2012

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When Hurricane Sandy made landfall Oct. 29 in New Jersey, it wreaked havoc. The Category 1 storm was 932 miles in diameter and packed winds of up to 100 miles per hour, making it the worst Northeast storm in 100 years.

In Part 2 of this series, Sean Pastuch, a partner of CrossFit King of the Beach in Long Island, says the box had almost 200 members coming in seven days a week before Sandy hit.

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The Pursuit of Excellence

By Ben Bergeron

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Ben Bergeron recommends affiliate owners focus on the things that really matter. The rest, he says, will take care of itself.

From my early days as an affiliate owner, I have been driven by the adage that the “blind and relentless pursuit of excellence ” is what determines success. This stunningly simple and profound recommendation that Coach Greg Glassman spread to the affiliate Community years ago was one of the original… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos

December 16, 2012

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At the CrossFit Endurance Trainer Course, Doug Katona talks about coaching tools for running. In this video, he highlights drills for torque and midline stability.

He explains by introducing five drills.

The first is the gun-run drill.

“If you’re chasing down a bad guy and your midline stability is off and you’re trying to shoot him, what happens? … You can’t shoot,” Katona explains.

By keeping the midline stable, he adds, “I should be able to stay on my… Continue Reading

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