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Essential Architecture

By E.M. Burton

In Classic, CrossFit

June 25, 2012

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E.M. Burton muses on the nature of the CrossFit box.

A CrossFit box can contain an infinite variety of occupations, of uses, if not unknown and unknowable at least unpredictable.

The archetype of a CrossFit box, the original from which all others are derived, is the garage gym, the formal and practical requirements of which were outlined by Greg Glassman in seminal CrossFit Journal articles The Garage Gym and Garage Gym… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 2—The Burpee

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 2, the burpee is refined as a skill-transfer exercise.

“Here is another classic CrossFit exercise that ends up being a fantastic conditioning tool,” Starrett says.

The straight jump of the burpee demonstrates “The… Continue Reading

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In Classic, CrossFit

January 05, 2010

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In Part 1 of this series, original firebreather Greg Amundson recalls the very first days of a movement that’s now a global phenomenon.

In December 2001, I heard rumors of athletic monsters being created inside a small gym on the east side of Santa Cruz and was intrigued.

My good friend Sam Radetsky had found the number for “CrossFit” listed in the Santa Cruz County Yellow Pages and encouraged me… Continue Reading

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In Classic, CrossFit

August 01, 2008

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Of the many issues cooking on the Workout of the Day blog and CrossFit forums, few have generated as much heat as the butterfly kipping pull-up (BFK). The debates over this movement have been warming ever since a video of a 2:19 "Fran" performance by Brett Marshall (aka "AFT") was posted on CrossFit.com in the spring of 2007. More recently, I remember a comment at a CrossFit event that pejoratively classified AFT's… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Kids

July 01, 2008

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Hello, I'm Steve. I started Steve's Club in May of 2007 in a large apartment complex located on the north side of Camden, New Jersey. Traditionally ranked as one of "America's Most Dangerous Cities,"

Camden can be a very rough place for a kid to grow up. It's a place that boasts a murder rate more than seven times the national average, despite occupying a total land area of only… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Kids

July 01, 2008

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Working with kids has significantly influenced my beliefs about my role as a CrossFit coach. Designing and implementing appropriate programming for children and teens has really honed my general training skills. Unlike with my adult clients, who are responsible for making informed choices, it is not a child's or teenager's job to monitor my input and direction. There are special responsibilities inherent in working… Continue Reading

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The Hard Routine

By Jason Dougherty

In Classic, CrossFit

May 01, 2008

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In Andy McNab's bestseller Bravo Two Zero, a book about a famous British SAS mission in Iraq, the commandos use the term "hard routine" to describe their mindset, focus, and seriousness when at work. When they step into an actual mission, crossing the line of departure, they say that they go on the "hard routine." From that moment on, the rules are strict, the focus is singular, and all available resources are… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Olympic Lifts, Videos

April 01, 2008

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Mike Burgener continues coaching CrossFitter Pat Barber through an Olympic lifting session. Last month, they worked on the snatch, ending with a new personal- record lift for Pat. This month we see how Coach B gets him up to a PR in the clean and jerk as well.

Coach Burgener teaches the snatch, and the clean and jerk and supplemental lifts, at CrossFit's two-day Olympic lifting certification seminars, where you too… Continue Reading

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