January 2013

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The Snatch Is a Bitch

By Donny Shankle

In Olympic Lifts, Rest Day/Theory

January 16, 2013

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Champion weightlifter Donny Shankle addresses the true character of the world’s fastest lift.

The snatch is one of two exercises in the sport of weightlifting. It involves lifting a barbell from the floor up and over your head in one motion. Many hours are spent in the gym practicing the snatch, trying to get as close to perfection as possible. Because the movement is so quick, there is little room for error. The… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos

January 15, 2013

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If it’s Sunday and it’s football season, expect to see a tailgate party at CrossFit Ocean Beach.

Festivities are complete with the game projected onto the gym wall, as well as grass-fed bison burgers and salads garnished with heirloom mushrooms cooked on the grill by member Peter Servold, owner of Pete’s Premade Paleo.

Anyone who wants to watch the game is invited, Coach Eric Gohl says.

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The Five-Point Squat Drill

By Dan Strametz

In Coaching, Kids

January 15, 2013

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The squat: the foundational movement. We can’t work on it enough, and because time is often so limited, the front squat and overhead squat are often trained independently of the air squat and become—in the minds of the kids—distinct movements of their own. And when kids don’t see the compatibility between these different kinds of squats, the possibility for movement inconsistencies arises.

Keeping all this in mind, I came up with the… Continue Reading

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Meet Kurtis Bowler

By Kurtis Bowler

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When CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman arrived in Washington in September 2003 for a one-day seminar that ended with Helen, Kurtis Bowler immediately knew he had not been doing CrossFit at all in the preceding months.

“Prior to that, I thought I was doing CrossFit,” Bowler says. “But it turned out all I was doing was not resting as much between weightlifting exercises.”

At 19:35, he finished “dead last” in Helen.

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Define Yourself

By John Doole

In Rest Day/Theory

January 14, 2013

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John Doole takes a philosophical look at the things that make us who we are.

Changing the timing of when I was pulling the bar in a clean was incredibly difficult.

Cleans, like golf swings, are difficult to perform consistently well. Lats engaged, butt up, load the hamstrings, move the bar past the knees, slight re-bend, explode with the hips, shrug and bend the arms to move your body under the bar, elbows… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Sports Applications

January 13, 2013

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As a 2012 Olympic silver-medalist rower, Krista Guloien has a thing or two to say about the erg.

“(It’s) a bit of a torture device,” she says with a smile, “something that we use as a tool and we almost have to learn to love, in a way. It’s not one of the most easy pieces of sporting equipment by any stretch.”

In this video, Guloien offers some tips on how to approach the rower, starting with having a seat.

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Training for the Pommel Horse

By Jeff Tucker, Sean Lind and Julie Maurer

In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

January 12, 2013

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What do you get when you suspend a big, orange bucket by a rope from the ceiling? Pommel-horse practice.

At this CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced Trainer Course, Sean Lind explains the bucket is what precedes the ever-tricky pommel horse.

“What we’ve done here is we’re creating a training tool we’ve used in gymnastics,” he says.

With their feet inside the bucket and their legs extended, athletes will simply move in circles with their hands hitting… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos

January 11, 2013

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CrossFit North Marin began with a group of buddies.

“We started out with some really good friends that came to our gym when we first opened, and then their really good friends came, and then their really good friends, so it was all kind of stemmed off our real close, tight-knit friendships,” explains Matt Barnes, one of four co-owners of the Novato, Calif., affiliate.

Barnes owns the box with his wife, Nicole, and… Continue Reading

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