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In Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

February 14, 2014

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When Daniel Rodriguez arrived at Chicago Bulls College Preparatory High School, he wasn’t a top student, he wasn’t the most athletic, and he was afraid of public speaking.

But he knew he “needed to improve in a lot of areas and was never afraid to do so,” says Jason Ronai, assistant principal at Chicago Bulls College Prep.

Now Rodriguez is headed to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and has taken the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course.

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In Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

February 07, 2014

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When it comes to the clean, it’s all about fully opening the hips.

In other words, “violently extend the hip,” says Jesse Ward, a member of CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar Staff and a coach at CrossFit Lynnwood in Washington state.

To drive home the point, he has athletes throw medicine balls backward. It’s a simple but creative drill the ebullient Ward uses to help athletes identify and focus on one critical part… Continue Reading

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Pose-Running Drills: Lean and Pull

By Eric Maciel and Tyson Oldroyd

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The human body is no different than a wheel and must function by the same laws of physics, says Brian MacKenzie of CrossFit Endurance.

To get the body trained in this manner, MacKenzie runs a group of athletes through a series of drills at CrossFit HQ in Scotts Valley, Calif. The first uses sets of hops and then “leaning hops” to help the athletes understand gravity’s role in running. Another drill involves leaning forward and focusing on… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Workouts

February 04, 2014

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That moment when your lip starts quivering, your face goes numb and you realize you probably went out too fast. Emily Beers investigates the pros and cons of “red lining” during a workout.

If you’ve spent any time at a CrossFit box, you’ve seen it happen. It might have even happened to you.

Usually, it’s painful to watch. Often, it’s unnecessary, avoidable. The Fly and Die, the Crash and Burn, the Red Line—all usually look something like… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching

February 01, 2014

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Three affiliate owners in destination cities share secrets to dealing with visiting athletes while ensuring members receive the attention they deserve.

Visiting other affiliates for a workout away from home is part of leading a fit lifestyle, building the global CrossFit community, experiencing new coaching styles, bulking up the T-shirt collection and getting acquainted with the locals.

But visiting athletes can also create management… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 314

By Justin Judkins

In Coaching, CrossFit Games, Radio

January 26, 2014

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On Episode 314 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Chickasaw owner and CrossFit Games competitor Michelle Kinney. This episode was webcast on Jan. 22, 2014.

1:08 Michelle Kinney missed qualifying for the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games by one spot. Over the course of the next year, she trained with a vengeance, and her dedication was rewarded with qualification and an eighth-place Games finish in 2013. The… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

January 20, 2014

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A bumper plate is a simple tool with which to get an athlete to feel the proper body position needed for a handstand, says CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.

With a bumper plate held overhead, the athlete will learn to squeeze his butt and bring down the rib cage with the abs, eliminating the excessive lower-back arch often seen in inverted athletes.

“I really like this drill just for that, just to… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 312

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Coaching, Radio

January 12, 2014

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On Episode 312 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Colin Clark, owner of Iron Oak CrossFit in Houston, Texas. This episode was webcast on Jan. 8, 2014.

2:57 Colin Clark’s Iron Oak CrossFit started when he and a few friends started working out together in his garage. As the results came, the word spread, and soon he had to affiliate and move into a larger facility. Clark described the systems he… Continue Reading

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