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In Equipment, Exercises, Rowing, Videos

September 10, 2011

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Concept2 master trainer Angela Hart provides tips for improving your rowing efficiency. The force-curve display in the rower’s monitor is one way to evaluate the power and efficiency of your rowing stroke.

“You want it to be smooth,” Hart says. “But don’t be, you know, too hung up on the actual shape of your force curve.”

Hart analyzes common force-curve shapes. For example, a divot in the front half of the force curve shows a lack… Continue Reading

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DIY Med-Ball

By Aaron Kala

In Equipment

September 09, 2011

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Aaron Kala MacGyvers a wall-ball for about 20 bucks.

Wall-balls are gift and a curse. However, the end result of performing this movement is a massive increase squatting ability, stamina, cardiorespiratory capacity—you name it. The bottom line is that wall-balls are a great exercise.

Upon realizing this truth a few months ago, I decided to buy a medicine ball online.

“Yeah, I’m a broke college student, but this is my fitness… Continue Reading

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In Equipment, Rowing, Videos

September 03, 2011

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In this video, Concept2 master trainer Angela Hart discusses damper setting and cautions against calling it “the resistance.”

“Please don’t ever let it pass your lips that this is ‘the resistance’ because it is not,” she says.

According to Hart, resistance is completely different than drag, which is what the damper setting controls. The drag mimics the weight of the boat.

“You create the resistance by how hard you work,” she says. “So if I ask you to rower… Continue Reading

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In Equipment, Rowing, Videos

August 21, 2011

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Angela Hart, a Concept2 master trainer, gives the lowdown on maintaining your rowers for long and efficient use. She specifically tackles how you can refurbish a used rower yourself.

Hart instructs the trainers to store rowers with the handle at the chain guard, not at the hook, because tension on the bungee system reduces the chain recoil. Telltale signs of a lose bungee are that lack of natural recoil and a slackened chain at… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Equipment, Videos

July 29, 2011

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The winner of the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Open and Central East Regional, Dan Bailey splits his time training at his home gym and at CrossFit Legacy in Barberton, Ohio. Get a peek into CrossFit Legacy and its community.

Brian Yoak, owner of CrossFit Legacy, says the secret to his success has been getting new clients in the door.

“From the very beginning, I’ve offered free classes on Saturday,” Yoak says. “And that has been our… Continue Reading

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Retool your gymnastics skills with elite gymnast Carl Paoli, founder of Naka Athletics, coach at San Francisco CrossFit and creator of GymnasticsWOD.com. Through his Freestyle Connections Seminar, Paoli introduces athletes to advanced gymnastics skills using simple progressions and coaching points. Today’s movement is the handstand push-up.

In Part 1 of the series, Paoli shows how to progress from a floor push-up to a tripod position to a headstand. He… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit Games, Equipment, Videos

July 23, 2011

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“Basically, for the last about 10 years, every NFL, NHL and NBA jersey or shirt you would have seen anywhere came out of this building in some form or fashion—whether it was designed here, produced here or printed here,” says Chad Wittman, Reebok’s director of sports marketing fitness and training.

Now the 700,000-square-foot Reebok printing facility has been working overtime to produce the CrossFit Games gear for more than 500 athletes.

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Why Use a Training Log?

By Glen Harrison

In Coaching, Equipment

July 15, 2011

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Glen Harrison says the benefits of a log book aren’t just about seeing shorter WOD times but creating a record of information that provides answers.

Although it might not be as fun or sexy as a 500-lb. deadlift or a two-minute Fran, taking time to log workout details can go a long way in helping you become a better CrossFitter.

We all inherently understand the benefits of keeping a training log… Continue Reading

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