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The Chancey Plate Mover

By Chance Hughs

In Equipment, Videos

November 04, 2011

Video Article

Chance Hughs, co-owner of Predation CrossFit, shows an innovative way to move plates around the gym.

“To me, the less time I can spend building stuff and get focused on other things, the cheaper it is for me,” he says.

For his homemade plate movers, Hughs bought wheeled plastic trashcan movers from the local hardware store to serve as bases. While the bases aren’t rated for more than 300 lb., Hughs says they were cheap… Continue Reading

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In Equipment, Videos

October 19, 2011

Video Article

Rob Orlando, owner of Hybrid Athletics, coaches CrossFit Strongman Trainer Courses across the country. In this video, he demonstrates how to make atlas stones.

“From beginning to end, I mean the process is really pretty simple,” Orlando says. “You get the ingredients and then ... it takes a little practice to get the mix right.”

The ingredients you need include buckets, silicone lube, zip ties, cement, a trowel… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 192

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, Equipment, Radio

October 05, 2011

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On Episode 192 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games competitor Spencer Hendel and RX Jump Ropes owner and double-under expert David Newman. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from Pat Sherwood’s Facebook page.

4 rounds of:
30 double-unders
20 OHS (75/55 lb.)
15 wall-ball shots
10 burpees
(Rest 2-3… Continue Reading

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Handstand Virtuosity: Part 3

By Laurie Galassi

Video Article

CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and fifth-place finisher at the NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the handstand. In Part 3 of the series, Galassi teaches the handstand walk.

“A handstand walk is a weight transfer. It is a momentary handstand on one arm,” she says.

Her first progression is to shift weight from arm to arm in a push-up plank.

“With all of this, if you’re in control, you can advance. The second… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Verve Tour

By Matt Chan

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Equipment, HD Videos

September 13, 2011

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Join Matt Chan as he plays tour guide for his gym: CrossFit Verve in Denver, Colo. His affiliate opened in 2008 and moved into its current home in January of this year.

Chan shows off his front desk and cubby area.

“Pretty much everything that we have had to build or sub out in this space we’ve tried to use our members,” he says.

The equipment in his gym has been acquired over the years. The… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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In Equipment, Rowing, Videos

September 03, 2011

Video Article

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… Continue Reading

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