April 2013

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In Olympic Lifts

April 14, 2013

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Bob Takano recommends five drills perfect for anyone learning the snatch and the clean and jerk.

If we think of drills as exercises or activities performed to learn and refine technique, then it is appropriate to discuss those exercises, but it’s more important to know how and when to implement them into the technique training of a weightlifter.

It is perfectly natural and normal for many coaches to address their own… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 271

By Justin Judkins

In CrossFit, CrossFit Games, LEO/Mil, Radio

April 13, 2013

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On Episode 271 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed 2009 CrossFit Games champion Tanya Wagner and CrossFit HQ’s Pat Sherwood. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

3:30 Tanya Wagner is a member of CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar Staff, owner of CrossFit Apex and a commentator for CrossFit Media. She’s also a top athlete who earned a spot to compete in the Mid Atlantic Regional… Continue Reading

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In July 2012, Stockton, Calif., became the largest U.S. city to file for federal bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9. The same year, it ranked 10th on a list of most dangerous cities in the country, and it was ranked second in the state. This year, Stockton was named the third-most-illiterate city in America, with fewer than 17 percent of adults holding a college degree.

“A lot of our families are struggling financially, so the focus is on… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Rowing

April 11, 2013

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At 13, Ryan O’Rourke decided to try CrossFit as a way to improve at hockey.

“I wanted to play in college more than anything,” he says. “That’s what … I dreamt about.”

The plan changed when he rowed 2,000 meters in 7:17.

“To row those kind of times, you’ve gotta be willing to suffer,” explains Markus Riggleman, owner and head trainer at CrossFit Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. “And to see that he—even at 13—was willing to … go there was cool.”

Today, at 17… Continue Reading

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Dieter’s Room

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

April 10, 2013

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In B.C., Canada, 71-year-old Dieter Stamm invests in the sport of weightlifting and the young athletes he coaches.

It’s a Saturday morning at Semiahmoo High School in White Rock, B.C.

It looks like an ordinary day at a weightlifting club. A dozen or so athletes, aged 9 to 25, are cleaning and snatching in a very unspectacular, almost beat-up weight room. The white walls are nearly barren, the weights… Continue Reading

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Mikko Salo Does 13.5

By Mikko Salo

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

April 09, 2013

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Mikko Salo had taken three days off—“not a good thing”—and had consumed nothing more than two cups of coffee and a protein shake the morning he performed CrossFit Games Open Workout 13.5.

“I’m not saying I’m lucky if I’ll get to eight minutes, but it has to be a good day—almost a perfect day for me,” says the 2009 Games champion. “I’m nervous about the pain, but not about the workout.”

A challenge containing elements of Fran, 13.5… Continue Reading

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Remembering Glen

By Various

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Rest Day/Theory

April 08, 2013

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On Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, former U.S. Navy SEAL Glen Doherty died during an attack on the U.S. Consulate. The native of Winchester, Mass., was 42.

A CrossFit.com Hero workout honoring his memory was first posted Oct. 12, 2012, and it was a suitably challenging tribute involving 30 135-lb. clean and jerks, a 1-mile run, 10 15-foot rope climbs, a 1-mile run, and 100 burpees.

“He was just the most… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

April 07, 2013

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Alongside CrossFit Media’s Carey Peterson, two-time Olympian Chad Vaughn dissects his 285-lb. snatch via slow-motion footage.

As he settles into his start position for his heaviest snatch of the day, he’s thinking three things: build tension in the back, feel the shoulders in front of the bar, and be aggressive on the extension. As he takes a deep breath and locks in his back, he feels the tension he’s created, he says.

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