Competition

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Loree Smith, who was on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field team for hammer throwing, was exposed to CrossFit via Fran.

She had to do banded pull-ups, the weight was scaled down and she ended up with blisters on both hands.

“I was hooked,” says the 29-year-old. “I’m a competitor. I hate losing more than I love winning, so that atmosphere of people giving 100 percent and driving, I really like that.”

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Competition for the Soul

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Competition, CrossFit Games

June 08, 2012

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Front Range CrossFit focuses on getting its athletes to compete. Head coach Skip Miller says it’s key to greatness. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

Skip Miller believes in competition.

At the South West Regional, held May 4-6 in Castle Rock, Colo., his affiliate dominated the individual women’s category. All three podium finishers—Colleen Maher, Jasmine Dever and Becky Conzelman—were from Front Range CrossFit, and one of two FRCF teams finished second in the affiliate… Continue Reading

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On the Bubble

By Hilary Achauer

In Competition, CrossFit Games

April 13, 2012

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For some, it came down to one rep or a second’s rest. Hilary Achauer reports on athletes who just barely made—or missed—the top 60 cut in the Reebok CrossFit Games Open.

At the end of the Reebok CrossFit Games Open, only the top 60 athletes in each region earned a spot in the regional competition. The final placement was calculated using all five Open workouts, but the difference between 60th and… Continue Reading

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Q&A With Ben Bergeron

By Ben Bergeron and Pat Sherwood

In Affiliation, Competition, HD Videos

April 08, 2012

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CrossFit New England is home of the fittest team on the planet, veteran CrossFit Games competitor Heather Bergeron and 2010 50-plus masters champion Brian Curley. Needless to say, it’s a special place.

CrossFit HQ’s Pat Sherwood sits down with CFNE co-owner and head coach Ben Bergeron to talk about the secret in the sauce.

“We kind of go with the way they teach at the Level 1: living your life in couplets and triplets, going… Continue Reading

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Game-Day Nutrition

By Matt Chan

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In this video filmed at a CrossFit Competitors Course at CrossFit Park City, Matt Chan explains that you have to have a plan for your grub during competition.

“You should be able to tell somebody (your plan), rather than showing up to the Home Depot Center (without) a clue and you’re going upstairs to buy food from the concession stand,” he says.

To illustrate his point, Chan creates a meal plan for a… Continue Reading

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Efficiency Tips: Ground to Overhead

By Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler

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In this video filmed at a CrossFit Competitors Course at CrossFit Park City, Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler show how to use the clean in workouts that test speed and conditioning rather than just max strength and power.

With a light load, a high-elbows rack position isn’t needed because you just have to get your elbows in front of the bar for the rep to count. Even though you aren’t employing the… Continue Reading

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Efficiency Tips: The Snatch

By Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler

In Competition, CrossFit, CrossFit Games, Videos

February 29, 2012

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In this video filmed at a CrossFit Competitors Course at CrossFit Park City, Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler show how to use the snatch in workouts that test speed and conditioning rather than just max strength and power.

The muscle-snatch technique is a great way to cycle reps quickly, and the bar path should still be very tight to the body. Loopy bar paths are inefficient and undesirable—just as they are in… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 210

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, Competition, Radio

February 08, 2012

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On Episode 210 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit HQ’s Justin Bergh, as well as Chip Pugh, who is Tennessee Tech’s strength-and-conditioning coach. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from Brickhouse CrossFit in Roanoke, Va.

5 rounds for time of:
135-lb. jerk, 8 reps
8 burpees with lateral jump over barbell
1.5-pood kettlebell… Continue Reading

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