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Choice Speech Defuse

By Tony Blauer

In Coaching, CrossFit, CrossFit Defense, HD Videos

December 01, 2013

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Tony Blauer had him picked out: he was the guy with the tank top and lots of tattoos.

At the seminar in Australia, Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses, chose him as a volunteer to demonstrate how speech choices can defuse a potentially violent situation.

He told the guy, “I’m gonna stare at you, and when it gets uncomfortable, just say, ‘Hey, what are you lookin’ at?’” Blauer… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 305

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, Coaching, Radio

November 24, 2013

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On Episode 305 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Eric O’Connor, a man who wears many hats. This episode was webcast on Nov. 20, 2013.

1:15 Few have more experience than Eric O’Connor: he’s a coach at CrossFit Park City in Utah, he’s on CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar Staff, he’s an instructor for both the Coach’s Prep Course and the CrossFit Competitor’s Course, and he’s competed at the Games and Regional level for years… Continue Reading

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Losing More Than a Fight

By Tony Blauer

In Coaching, CrossFit, CrossFit Defense, HD Videos

November 05, 2013

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As a child, Tony Blauer was afraid of getting beat up. He was also inordinately attracted to fight scenes in movies.

So at the age of 12, he signed up for Taekwondo. He trained seven days a week, and he was “obsessive,” says Blauer, now 53. From the ages of 20 to 25, he did 30 to 40 private lessons a week. Eventually he opened his own school. But it wasn’t until one of his students lost a fight that Blauer realized he was incorrectly… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos, Kids

November 02, 2013

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At Chicago Bulls College Prep, school administrators have been using CrossFit as the physical-education program for two years. The facility is a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

A general problem in the U.S. is that physical-education teachers aren’t held to the same high standards as academic teachers, says Jason Ronai, assistant principal at the school and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer. At Noble, the P.E. teachers strive for… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 302

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, Radio

November 02, 2013

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On Episode 302 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Mads Jacobsen, who coached Team World to victory at the CrossFit Invitational in Berlin, Germany. This episode was webcast on Oct. 30, 2013.

2:55 Mads Jacobsen owns CrossFit Nordic in Stockholm, Sweden, and he was the coach for Team World, which defeated a stacked Team USA at the CrossFit Invitational on Oct. 26. Jacobsen talked about the… Continue Reading

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Blind Athlete: Might as Well Jump

By Bettina Dolinsek and Randy Landgrebe

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Bettina Dolinsek was born blind, but she never asked to be treated differently. That same attitude carries over into her CrossFit training, and she doesn’t shy away from movements—even box jumps.

“Growing up blind, you weren’t expected to do much,” she explains. “It honestly makes me angry. That’s not how I want to be treated. I want to be expected to do what everybody else is expected to do.”

So Dolinsek started CrossFit and recently… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

October 20, 2013

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Using wooden plyometrics boxes, bumper plates and dumbbells, Sean Lind of CrossFit Gymnastics shows a progression for developing an L-sit press to handstand.

At the CrossFit Experience at this year’s CrossFit Games, he takes a spectator to a pike handstand with feet supported on the box and then back down again. Then he takes her to makeshift parallettes, which are dumbbells atop two bumper plates.

“When you get stronger, we’re… Continue Reading

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Lifeline to Independence

By Anna Woods with Emily Beers

In Coaching, Special Populations

October 16, 2013

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Anna Woods describes workouts that showcase the creativity needed to provide functional movement skills to clients with challenges including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and paraplegia.

CrossFit for people with developmental disabilities involves adapting movements for mental and physical delays while nurturing and growing a culture that encourages improved function for day-to-day life. I usually have to adapt things such as the… Continue Reading

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