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In Classic, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

November 01, 2007

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Retired engineer, scientist, and frequent CrossFit.com rest-day discussion participant Jeff Glassman talks with Tony Budding about argument, logic, science, and his reasons for engaging in the rest-day discussions.

One of the foundations of the scientific method (and other fields based in logic, such as mathematics and law) is precision in language. This is essential; ambiguity and unclear terms muddy the discussion and make rational process impossible. What motivates… Continue Reading

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Silly Bullshit

By Mark Rippetoe

In Classic, Rest Day/Theory

July 01, 2007

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There is a lot of advice, information, and well-understood knowledge regarding the field in which I practice--strength training and fitness--that is just silly bullshit, writes Mark Rippetoe, co-author of Starting Strength and owner Wichita Falls Athletic Club/CrossFit Wichita Falls.

Often times it’s physicians who are perpetuating this, well, BS. The medical community is famous for equating exercise with running, walking, and cycling, all undertakings that are measured… Continue Reading

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Understanding CrossFit

By Greg Glassman

In Classic, CrossFit, Reference

April 01, 2007

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The CrossFit program is wholly unique in its aims, prescriptions, methodologies, and implementation, writes Coach Greg Glassman in “Understanding CrossFit.”

We sought to build a program that would best prepare trainees for any physical contingency—prepare them not only for the unknown but for the unknowable as well.

The CrossFit prescription is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” No aspect of functional movements is more important than their capacity to move large loads over… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Sports Applications

February 01, 2007

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In the past six months or so I’ve noticed more conversations about how having a solid strength and power base really drives top performances on the CrossFit storms (the named benchmark workouts, also known as “the girls”) and some discussion on what is the best balance between strength workouts and circuit-type work, etc. I first came across CrossFit about three years ago and immediately began implementing ideas I learned from Coach… Continue Reading

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Getting off the Crack

By Nicole Carroll

In Classic, Nutrition

October 01, 2005

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Nicole Carroll writes of her struggles with implementing the Zone Diet in, “Getting Off The Crack.” At first Nicole thought she was starving and wouldn’t survive. But she went on to thrive on the Zone Diet after four tough weeks and came away with a new perspective.

Do the diet! Do the math to find your block prescription then weigh and measure your food for at least two weeks, she said. That said, at… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Exercises, Reference

October 01, 2005

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We have four glute-ham developers (GHDs) at CrossFit Santa Cruz. We use them for back extensions and sit-ups. This month we explore the glute-ham developer sit-up, once more commonly referred to as a "roman chair sit-up."

The GHD sit-up was once a gym staple. In the gym today only rarely will someone be found doing other than back extensions on the GHD. In no small measure the decline of the GHD or roman… Continue Reading

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CrossFit to Go

By Lindsay Yaw

In Classic, Sports Applications

June 01, 2005

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Since January, I've been on thirty-nine flights. The madness started with a writing assignment to cover cat skiing in southern British Columbia: ten days. Three weeks later, I was called to hop a few planes to a Canadian mountain range called the Monashees for a backcountry skiing photo shoot for Mountain Hardwear with a few other athletes: nine days. Two weeks later, I left on a month-long assignment for… Continue Reading

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Why Swimming is Different

By Terry Laughlin

In Classic, Sports Applications

March 01, 2005

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The world’s best swimmers move through the water with grace, economy, and flow, while novices are awkward, clumsy, and inefficient. But the rest of us can learn to swim well if we take the time to master swimming as an art before tackling it as a sport.

How many land-based athletes have concluded that swimming requires some exotic or elusive kind of fitness after an experience like this: Joe, who can breeze… Continue Reading

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