February 2013

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February 28, 2013

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

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

The articles included here are:

Systolic: 140. Diastolic: 104. Impending Stroke - Laraway
Aristotle in a Box - Drexler
Accessing Athleticism - Woods
The War Within - Achauer
When Water Comes to You - Cej
Less Training, More Living - Achauer
Feet First - Starr
On Elegance - Sherwood

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The Rope Climb

By Laurie Galassi

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When it comes to rope climbs, gymnast and CrossFit Santa Cruz coach Laurie Galassi teaches two ways to wrap the feet.

The first climbing method involves wrapping one leg all the way around the rope and then stepping the other foot on top of both rope and foot.

“The higher you have your foot and the further away from you, the better,” Galassi notes, encouraging hip and knee flexion as her athlete practices wrapping and… Continue Reading

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To Be a SEAL

By Mario Lanza and John Warnek

In CrossFit, HD Videos

February 27, 2013

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Mario Lanza had it figured out: he would go to college on a baseball scholarship and doors would continue to open. There was one problem: Lanza didn’t make his studies a priority.

“I thought I had everything because I was pretty good at baseball, so I had scholarships,” the 20-year-old explains. “And then all of a sudden (it) just kind of went away.”

Today, Lanza is focused on becoming a Navy SEAL. Likewise, he’s training at… Continue Reading

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Bring the Noise

By Jon Dette

In CrossFit, HD Videos

February 26, 2013

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Heavy-metal drummer Jon Dette is currently filling in for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo for both bands’ Australian shows. In an interesting twist, Dette played back-to-back headline sets with both legendary thrash groups on Feb. 25 in a true test of endurance.

Late last year, Dette posted to Facebook a picture of himself doing double-unders as a warm-up before hitting the skins, and it turns out the native of… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 264

By Justin Judkins

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On Episode 264 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit success story Irene Mejia and CrossFit Inferno owner Bill Grundler. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

5:40 Irene Mejia has been overweight her entire life and tried everything she could to lose weight. Once she was diagnosed with diabetes, she knew she had to shed pounds to be healthy. She lost about 35… Continue Reading

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On Elegance

By Pat Sherwood

In CrossFit, Rest Day/Theory

February 24, 2013

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Pat Sherwood addresses the concept of clever simplicity in fitness and life.

CrossFit places great importance on the concept of elegance.

In my pre-CrossFit life, I only associated the word elegant with “fancy.” I was half right. Fancy is shorthand for the first two definitions:

1. Tasteful in dress, style or design.

2. Dignified and graceful in appearance, behavior, etc.

Yet there’s another definition, with which I was unfamiliar:

3. Cleverly simple… Continue Reading

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Meet Nicole Gordon

By Nicole Gordon

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She was once known as the woman who hit her finger with a sledgehammer at the 2009 CrossFit Games in Aromas, Calif. Today, Nicole Gordon might be more well known for being a member of CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar Staff.

“I don’t know that everybody wakes up every day and has a job that they’re excited to go to,” Gordon says.

She’s also a coach at CrossFit Hampton Roads.

“My favorite parts are when somebody comes in and… Continue Reading

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Feet First

By Bill Starr

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

February 22, 2013

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Bill Starr explains why the feet are the key to almost any lift.

Oddly enough, few strength athletes think about their feet when performing an exercise—but they should.

Seldom do people even think about their feet unless something goes wrong with them. Stub a toe badly and you will suddenly understand how important that part of your foot is for locomotion and any other athletic movement.

The feet play a critical role… Continue Reading

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