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The Senior Entertainer

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching, Special Populations

September 23, 2015

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After stumbling across an ad on craigslist, CrossFit Salem owner Andy Bolliger succeeded in developing a fitness program designed to help seniors improve quality of life.

Square dancing was their favorite. But as Bonnie Johnson aged, her balance became unreliable. She began using a walker. Square dancing with her husband, Norman, was no longer possible. In summer 2014, the couple moved in to Hidden Lakes, a senior-living community in Salem, Oregon. Both… Continue Reading

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Startling Ignorance

By Lon Kilgore

In Coaching, ExPhysiology

September 11, 2015

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Arguing about technique variations is pointless without clear definitions and data.

Good exercise technique versus bad exercise technique: Everyone seems to have an opinion about what makes a movement acceptable and what makes it unacceptable.

The mantra of every book, article and blog post on exercise injury or gym safety is “bad technique causes injury.” But in the fitness industry, no one agrees on the exact elements of good technique… Continue Reading

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Friction Burn

By Mike Warkentin

In Coaching, Equipment

September 07, 2015

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Relatively cheap and easily available, sleds are a versatile option for CrossFit gyms.

Pulling or pushing a sled is like getting smacked with a baseball bat through a phone book: It hurts like hell but doesn’t leave much of a mark.

Long preferred by powerlifters and others for their ability to ramp up workload without creating excessive soreness, sleds might have been considered premium items in the early days of CrossFit, when it was far… Continue Reading

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Outside Influence

By Emily Beers

In Coaching

August 09, 2015

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Researcher Gabriele Wulf and CrossFit trainers explain how external cues can help athletes move better.

He was tired of watching Jim round his back during a deadlift. He had tried every cue in the book to fix the problem.

But Pat Barber found his client was stubborn and always seemed to oppose his coach’s requests. This time, Barber—a long-time member of CrossFit Inc.’s Seminar Staff—tried a different approach: He facetiously told his… Continue Reading

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You Don’t Know Squat

By Hilary Achauer

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

August 05, 2015

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CrossFit athletes sometimes look to squat programs to increase strength—but are they effectively targeting weaknesses or merely feeding the ego and sacrificing general physical preparedness?

The first squat program Aaron Straker tried was the three-week Smolov Jr. cycle in March 2014. His goal was to build strength after an Achilles rupture. The cycle was so successful Straker decided to try the full 13-week Smolov cycle later that same year.

“It just buried me,” said… Continue Reading

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Analyzing the Handstand Position

By Zachary Long and Jennifer Iskat

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Identifying and correcting range-of-motion, stability and technique issues will pay dividends when athletes are upside down.

Many exercises commonly used in CrossFit are also frequently used by athletes participating in other sports. However, the handstand—fundamental to gymnastics—is a rarely employed training tool in other sports but an essential part of CrossFit.

The handstand requires considerable amounts of both joint mobility and stability if it is to be performed with optimal… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

June 11, 2015

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Exercise-science students and professors say learning how to become a coach happens in the gym—not in a lecture hall.

A dentist, an orthopedic surgeon and a personal trainer—you would expect formal education to teach them how to fill a molar, repair a ruptured tendon and teach a squat. But when it comes to personal trainers and coaches, college graduates with degrees in exercise science say the opposite is true.

Jack Langley is one of these graduates. During… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity 8: Satisfaction

By Ubaid Naseem

In Athletes, Coaching

June 05, 2015

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With the CrossFit Games season ramping up, the focus is on the competition to find the Fittest on Earth. While the numbers on the leaderboard or the whiteboard certainly drive us to improve, many CrossFit athletes have learned they’re ultimately in competition only with themselves.

Ubaid Naseem, a business coach, found bitter disappointment after failing to complete a workout, but his CrossFit trainer reminded him complete effort is all that’s… Continue Reading

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