January 2013

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Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

By Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet

In Kids, Nutrition

January 21, 2013

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With words like “spaghetti” and “cupcake” in its title, how can this recipe be nutritious?

It turns out there are always sneaky and smart ways to make fun foods healthier. There’s nothing cake-y about these cupcakes, but your kids will love calling them cupcakes.

And spaghetti? No way! But spaghetti squash? Yes way.

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The Kipping Dip

By Doug Chapman

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Doug Chapman asks a poignant question: “How many girls fear Elizabeth because of the freakin’ dips in it?”

Enter the kipping dip.

For Chapman, owner and coach of affiliate CrossFit Ann Arbor/HyperFit USA, the teaching progression begins on the parallel bars.

“The dip is the squat of the upper body. I want you to think about that,” he tells a group of athletes at his gym in Michigan. “From my perspective, (it’s) one of the key… Continue Reading

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Sprint Mechanics Part 1: Upper Body

By John Welbourn, Cali Hinzman, Ben Oliver, Luke Summers

In Coaching, CrossFit Football, HD Videos

January 19, 2013

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Ben Oliver of CrossFit Football breaks down sprint mechanics by focusing first on the upper body.

He begins with the seated arm swing, in which he has athletes start with the right hand at the front cheek and the left hand punching back behind the butt.

“We have to understand that posture. We can develop that posture in the weight room. We can also develop it by just doing this,” says Oliver, showing that the shoulder… Continue Reading

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Leaving a Legacy

By Various

In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos, Kids

January 18, 2013

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In the remote Kenyan village of Dzendereni, education, nutrition and clean water have been the community’s largest hurdles. Children with no access to clean water once went to school in a mud hut with dirt floors, using their own legs as desks and hoping the rain held off.

Today, those same children learn in rooms with solid walls and sit in desks. Enrollment has more than tripled from 114 students to 395 in a… Continue Reading

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The 50s Club

By Various

In HD Videos

January 17, 2013

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At CrossFit Generation, there’s a notable age gap in the membership: there are those in their 50s and those at least 20 years younger.

“To me, personally, the 50-plus community really doesn’t mean anything because age, to me, is nothing,” says Jocelyn Weidner, who co-owns the Pennsylvania affiliate with her husband, Barry. “Everyone is an athlete here.”

Joe Geiner is among them.

“I smoked for 30 years,” the 53-year-old says. “I quit about five years… Continue Reading

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Food for Thought

By Chip Johnston

In Nutrition, The CrossFit Life

January 17, 2013

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Nutrition is a key part of CrossFit, but many trainers shy away from discussing eating habits. Chip Johnston thinks that’s a huge mistake.

We often say in CrossFit, “Nutrition is the foundation.”

Everyone—even people who don’t do CrossFit—has experienced a situation where nutrition positively or negatively affected his or her physical or psychological performance.

We ask our athletes a host of questions when they enter our affiliates. Do you have any injuries? What is your… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 259

By Justin Judkins

In Radio

January 16, 2013

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On Episode 259 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed success story P.J. Cote and CrossFit BGI owner and head trainer Dana Lynch. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

The Words of Wisdom are from Mark’s Daily Apple and highlight a list of things you probably did as a kid but might not be doing now: 16 Things You Should Have Never Stopped Doing.

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In Coaching, CrossFit Endurance, HD Videos

January 16, 2013

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At the CrossFit Endurance Trainer Course, Doug Katona talks about coaching tools for running. In this video, he highlights the jump-rope and tandem-run drills.

“You can teach people how to run without telling them you’re teaching them how to run,” Katona says.

Common faults when jumping rope include high bouncing, extended arms and jumping from the toes.

“You guys ever see any video of Buddy Lee?” Katona asks. “You ever see how much… Continue Reading

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