January 2013

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January 31, 2013

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The individual PDF articles published in January 2013 are collected here in a single download.

The video and audio posts are not contained in the PDF.

The articles included here are:

Caveman Vs. Zone - Burton
Make Your Life Better: Get Horizontal - Beers
Dark-Alley Defense - Achauer
A Day With Coach B. - Achauer
Lengel’s Legacy - Morran
Born of Lunacy - McLean
Define Yourself - Doole
The Five-Point Squat Drill - Strametz
The Snatch Is a Bitch - Shankle
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Tire Technique

By Rob Orlando

In Coaching, HD Videos, Strongman

January 31, 2013

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A tire flip is not a deadlift.

“You’ve got to think offensive lineman,” Rob Orlando of CrossFit Strongman says as he instructs Tom Rowland to drive into the tire.

Ideally, you need to set up a foot to 15 inches away from the tire with the feet outside the hips and the body pressed against the rubber. You drive with the legs to get the tire off the ground, take a half step, then give it a knee… Continue Reading

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Prodigal Son Returns

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit, Olympic Lifts

January 29, 2013

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Four years after CrossFit helped him lose 210 lb., Johnny Di Gregorio abandoned the training methodology to become a competitive weightlifter. After several injuries, he’s back to CrossFit, saying it’s the healthiest choice for him. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

At 23, Johnny Di Gregorio was 425 lb. Three years later, he lost nearly half of that weight by following CrossFit.com programming. But that’s not the most interesting part of Di… Continue Reading

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Headlock Talk 101

By Tony Blauer

In Coaching, CrossFit Defense, HD Videos

January 28, 2013

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In a fight, one of the worst positions you can be in is a headlock. With the assailant in control, the head and face are exposed for punches, palm strikes or gouging.

Tony Blauer of CrossFit Defense makes that clear as he demonstrates with CrossFit Games competitor Dan Bailey and two-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning Jr.

With Bailey putting Blauer in a headlock, the expert highlights “pre-contact cues” that telegraph the… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

January 27, 2013

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For Matt Giordano, head coach at CrossFit Newtown in Pennsylvania, CrossFit was just the beginning.

“(It’s) what led me to go on and pursue more education in Olympic weightlifting,” explains Giordano. “I truly believe that Olympic weightlifting is so important to athletics and so important to just everyday life—being able to move loads pretty quickly.”

An adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College, he teaches a course called Conditioning, Weight… Continue Reading

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Box Tour: District CrossFit Southwest

By Noah Gabriel-Landis

In HD Videos

January 26, 2013

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Securing more than 8,000 square feet in downtown Washington, D.C., is no small feat. But that’s just what District CrossFit Southwest has done.

“We’re really lucky to have this area because warehouses like this do not exist in metropolitan D.C.,” explains head coach Noah Gabriel-Landis. “We’re really fortunate to have this. And we’re right downtown.”

The gym is actually one block from Washington Nationals Park, to be specific, and it’s outfitted with a 100-foot rig for… Continue Reading

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Building the New School

By E.M. Burton

In Kids

January 26, 2013

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Mission Vista High School in California teaches CrossFit to 500 athletes a day. E.M. Burton reports.

“We built the old school. Now we’re building the new school.”

CrossFit Brand X produced that great slogan a while ago for its T-shirts and wall art.

Now there’s an actual manifestation of what can be called the “new school,” CrossFit-style, in a high school in Oceanside, Calif.

Mission Vista High School is the only school in its district to offer a unique… Continue Reading

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Making Life Easier

By Audrey Tannant

In HD Videos

January 25, 2013

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Audrey Tannant has been playing the trumpet since she was 9 years old. Now, as an adult, she drives four hours once a month to play principal trumpet in the Okanagan Symphony in British Columbia.

CrossFit, she says, has helped her improve her musical skill.

“It’s crossed over into my performing. It’s crossed over into my practice. It’s pretty much all of it. CrossFit is parallel to performing,” says Tannant, who lives in Vancouver and has been… Continue Reading

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