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In Basics, Coaching, Special Populations, Videos

November 19, 2008

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This is the second part of a complete training session that Mary Conover, 77, had with Jim Baker at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, where he is a trainer and co-owner.

Mary talks about some of the challenges of working out as she gets older, as well as the amazing impact the training has had on all aspects of her life. You learn to never give up, she says.

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In Basics, Coaching, Special Populations, Videos

November 09, 2008

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This is the first part of a complete training session that Mary Conover, 77, had with Jim Baker at CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, where he is a trainer and co-owner.

Mary tells a little of her history, which is also covered in her 2004 article A CrossFit Grandma. Mary has been training CrossFit for almost nine years, having to deal with a lifetime of bad posture, decades of inactivity, and some more serious… Continue Reading

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In Basics, Coaching, Videos, Workouts

October 29, 2008

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In A Better Warm-up, Coach Glassman wrote, “We need a warm-up that will increase body temperature and heart rate, provide some stretching, stimulate the entire body and major biomechanical functions, provide practice for basic movements, and finally, prepare for rigorous athletic training.”

Adrian Bozman and Todd Widman are two of CrossFit’s top trainers. They spend a significant portion of their time traveling around the country working the… Continue Reading

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CrossFit SV Beginner’s Ladder

By Judd Xavier and Tom Rankin

In Basics, Coaching, CrossFit

October 21, 2008

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CrossFit beginners have special needs. They need to learn how to correctly perform exercises and also to build the general and specific fitness to endure intense WODs (Workouts of the Day). One tool that CrossFit Silicon Valley has found useful to help create a strong foundation is what they call the “SV Beginner’s Ladder,” a relatively simple routine that ramps newbies up toward prescribed CrossFit benchmarks.

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In Basics

November 01, 2007

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The purpose of exercise is to live the life we are genetically encoded to live. So be alive, be very alive. We have not spent the last 65 million or so years finely honing our physiology to watch Oprah. Like it or not, we are the product of a very long process of adaptation to a harsh physical existence. The past couple centuries of comparative ease and plenty are not enough time to change our genome.

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In Basics

May 01, 2007

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Public school physical education stinks. Along with that, we see record obesity, record low fitness, and record low activity levels among school-age kids in the United States. How many schools in the U.S. have a requirement for daily physical education? How many schools provide adequate staff, equipment, and time for physical education so it has a chance at being effective?

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Performance & Health

By Tony Leyland

In Basics

March 01, 2007

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Do your friends and family think you are a little crazy for doing CrossFit? At the very least I think that the majority of CrossFitters are viewed as a group highly devoted to elite fitness, conscious of their bodies and diets, and perhaps "taking it all a bit too far." My wife thinks my love of CrossFit is all part of my midlife crisis but harmless enough—despite the fact that I spent a couple… Continue Reading

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In Basics

October 01, 2006

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With medicine ball training, velocity or a combination of velocity and weight should always be the overload mechanism of choice. This is the mechanism of the Olympic lifts and their variations. Olympic weightlifting’s generation of horsepower through the bilateral summation of forces from ankle, knee, hip, posterior spine, shoulder, and elbow is unmatched, as all of the joints are working ballistically in the proper sequence at precisely the proper time… Continue Reading

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