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CrossFit PT

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, CrossFit, LEO/Mil

December 01, 2004

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Evidence suggests CrossFit is more effective than traditional military and law enforcement physical training (PT), Coach Greg Glassman wrote in December 2004.

Over the past 60 years traditional PT has been flensed of nearly all skill elements that train for coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance. The costs here are enormous and extend to losses in speed and power as well producing an athlete generally less capable of dealing with variances and vagaries of… Continue Reading

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Why Fitness

By Greg Glassman

In Basics

July 01, 2004

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The CrossFit family mourns the recent passing of Dr. Roy Walford, the world’s preeminent longevity researcher. Dr. Walford published over 300 scientific articles on the biology of aging. From his laboratories at U.C.L.A., where he worked for nearly forty years, Dr. Walford’s work centered on extension of life span via caloric restriction.

Dr. Walford’s untimely death at 79 (he’d long and publicly planned for 120) from ALS does not… Continue Reading

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Metabolic Conditioning Glossary

By Pukie & Greg Glassman

In Basics, ExPhysiology

June 01, 2003

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V02 max: Maximum amount of oxygen that can be used continuously divided by body mass. Long the gold standard of aerobic fitness, the slight advantage that endurance athletes have over anaerobic athletes in V02 max can be attributable to the low body mass of endurance
athletes. I can use a similar definition of strength – by dividing lifts by weight - to show that little guys are stronger than big guys… Continue Reading

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Beginners' Workout

By Greg Glassman

In Basics

May 01, 2003

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We are routinely challenged to provide workouts for individuals with little workout experience and very limited resources. That’s not our first choice of circumstances, but the exercise seems worthy. The challenge then is to see how much fitness we could motivate around the following parameters:

• Require a minimal amount of equipment
• Doesn’t necessitate gym membership
• Requires minimal coaching
• Low technical requirements for movements
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A Better Warm-up

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, Reference

April 01, 2003

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In commercial gyms everywhere, warming up constitutes little more than spending fifteen or twenty minutes on a bike, treadmill, or stair climber. While better than nothing, this approach to warming up is largely a waste of time in that it will not improve flexibility, does not involve the whole body or major functional movements, misses an ideal opportunity for reinforcing and practicing some critical exercises, and poorly prepares an athlete for… Continue Reading

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Seniors and Kids

By Greg Glassman

In Basics

February 01, 2003

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We get email asking about the appropriateness of our program for your kids but even more concerning your parents and grandparents – our seniors. Let’s start with them.

The needs of the elderly and professional athletes vary by degree, not kind. Where one needs functional competency to maintain independence, the other needs functional mastery to maintain dominance. Improved hip capacity will help a pro ball player’s throw… Continue Reading

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Squat Clinic

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, Classic, Coaching, CrossFit, Exercises, Reference

December 01, 2002

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The Squat Clinic, by Coach Greg Glassman, is a comprehensive guide to our most foundational movement. Photographs outline 23 points of performance for a sound squat, common faults and cues to correct them.

Why squat? The squat is a vital, natural, and functional component of your being. In the bottom position, the squat is nature’s intended sitting posture. Only in the industrialized world do we find the need for chairs, couches, benches, and stools. This… Continue Reading

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What Is Fitness?

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, Classic, CrossFit, ExPhysiology, Reference

October 01, 2002

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What Is Fitness and Who Is Fit?

Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen "the fittest man on earth." Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman who also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and coordination?

Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t… Continue Reading

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