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In Basics, Reference

September 01, 2006

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Training groups has several challenges, not the least of which is the disparity in experience, skills, and capacities among clients. Skill-based warm-ups can help bridge that gap while setting standards for technique and range of motion and developing coordination. Relatively new clients can learn the movements and sequences well enough to complete a related workout, and experienced clients can refine their skills or at least get… Continue Reading

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The Lifting Shoulder

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, Reference

September 01, 2005

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What should the shoulder's contribution to overhead lifting be? Should the shoulder remain fixed or should it elevate, moving toward the ear, during an overhead lift? These questions were recently raised on the CrossFit message board and found their way over to other pop fitness sites where our answers and practices are contrary to local orthodoxy.

As interesting as the questions are-- and they are potentially vital in terms of both safety and… Continue Reading

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Digital Coaching

By Greg Glassman & Mike Burgener

In Basics

August 01, 2005

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The CrossFit community is thousands strong spread across a score of countries and populated with some of the most knowledgeable coaches and athletes in sport and strength and conditioning. Though strong, committed, and talented, the fact remains that our community is in large part connected by the Internet and diluted by geography. This, for many, means that opportunities for receiving inputs from our coaches are… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, Coaching, CrossFit, Reference

August 01, 2005

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In this 2005 open letter to CrossFit trainers, Coach Greg Glassman discusses the importance of virtuosity, defined in gymnastics as “performing the common uncommonly well.”

Unlike risk and originality, virtuosity is elusive, supremely elusive. It is, however, readily recognized by audience as well as coach and athlete. There is a compelling tendency among novices developing any skill or art, whether learning to play the violin, write… Continue Reading

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In Basics

June 01, 2005

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Scott Semple offers a cautionary tale, born of personal experience, about the importance of consistency before intensity.

Training to failure (all the time) is failing to train. Last winter, after throwing myself into CrossFit with my usual enthusiasm, I tanked. I wore myself out, and I was sick for six weeks. It was months before I fully recovered.

Focus on the volume of work prescribed, not on the loads. The Workout of the Day is… Continue Reading

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Killer Workouts

By Eugene Allen

In Basics

May 01, 2005

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There is a small, yet significant possibility of catastrophic trauma from intense training, Eugene Allen writes in “Killer Workouts.” Rhabdomyolysis (Rhabdo) is a potentially fatal condition, marked by high concentrations of potassium in the blood.

Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle cell contents, and their consequent release into the bloodstream. Muscle stress is exacerbated, and breakdown accelerates when Eccentric contractions occur simultaneously with… Continue Reading

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Breakfalling

By Tom Crubaugh

In Basics

March 01, 2005

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Falling is something we worry about as we get older. We often see our older friends slow down as they age, take shorter steps, need help getting up from a chair, and then need a walker. We watch this and are not surprised to hear that one of them has taken a fall. But even older folks who are active can suffer serious consequences from falling. As we age, our recovery times get longer… Continue Reading

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In Basics

January 01, 2005

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At a recent workshop, Doctor Lonnie Lowry noted that we need to learn to "Quantify" recovery. Simply, we need a daily reminder and a daily checklist to make sure we are balanced in our fitness goals. Since this workshop, I have been having my athletes use a simple ten point scale: Nutrition (4 points): 2 points for a good breakfast, 1 point for two snacks, 1 point for two… Continue Reading

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