August 2016

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In CrossFit Games, Editorial, Olympic Lifts

August 10, 2016

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By Roy Masters’ reasoning, most weightlifters in the Olympics aren’t very strong.

Masters, clearly grinding a very large ax in the Aug. 8 Sydney Morning Herald article “World CrossFit Games Runner-Up Tia Toomey Finds Rio 2016 a Different Beast,” reminds that Tia-Clair Toomey’s Olympic results make her the “14th strongest” woman in the world—“and that’s only in the 58kg class.”

We suppose Deng Wei’s world record 262-kg total in the 63-kg class… Continue Reading

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How to Pass the CF-L3 Exam

By Steven Wingo, CF-L3

In Coaching, CrossFit

August 07, 2016

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Steve Wingo explains how to create a study plan that will help you earn the Certified CrossFit Trainer credential.

My experience is important because of who I am not.

I’m not a CrossFit Seminar Staff member or longtime coach from one of the original CrossFit affiliates. Other than the CrossFit courses I’ve taken, I have not been mentored on a daily basis at any of the well-known boxes teeming with master… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts

August 04, 2016

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Mike Burgener offers quick tips for turning push presses into jerks.

The jerk is a lot like Nobuyuki Kayahara’s “Spinning Dancer.”

Some see the silhouette spinning clockwise, while others see counter-clockwise movement. The effect of the optical illusion is so profound that the brain struggles to grasp how the reversed movement would even be possible. Look at the silhouette again and you might see that the movement has… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, HD Videos

August 03, 2016

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It takes more than just a Level 1 Certificate to run a successful CrossFit affiliate. In this series, learn about the various ways affiliate owners and trainers evolve and plan as they work to lead the fitness industry.

In Part 9, the conversation continues as CrossFit Inc.’s Tyson Oldroyd discusses the importance of caring for your employees with Pat Burke of MBS CrossFit, CrossFit Verve founders Matt and Cherie Chan, Nicole Christensen… Continue Reading

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Finding a Common Bond: Chriss Smith Jr.

By Mike Koslap and Jay Vera

In Affiliation, HD Videos

August 02, 2016

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Trident CrossFit founder Chriss Smith Jr.’s outgoing personality is a positive force at the affiliate in Alexandria, Virginia. He grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and traveled a lot since his father was in the military. He says it helped mold who he is today.

“Obviously, I’m a little bit shy so have trouble making friends—not.”

A retired U.S. Navy SEAL, Smith says words like “solidarity” come to mind when he reflects on his time in the service. When he left the… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts

August 01, 2016

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Mike Burgener offers quick tips to correct footwork in the jerk.

The jerk really comes down to a fraction of a second.

Time it perfectly and the bar seems to stall in the air while a lightning-fast athlete wedges himself between the steel and the ground with perfect balance. The lift looks easy and natural, full of agility and grace. It’s like watching a gymnast stick the landing.

Miss the correct moment by… Continue Reading

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