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Plyo Boxes

By Lincoln Brigham

In Equipment

September 01, 2006

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Plyo boxes are very popular in CrossFit gyms. They're great for all kinds of workouts—or for just sitting on after a good workout with your head cradled in your hands waiting for the room to stop spinning. However, commercial plyo boxes can cost as much as $100 to $200 each, plus shipping. Homebuilt equipment—a favorite CrossFit brand—can be constructed with quality at least equal to that of the best commercial designs… Continue Reading

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In Equipment

June 01, 2006

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Hardly a week passes that I don’t hear someone say, “I hear you opened a gym. That must have cost a fortune.” My usual response is, “No, not really. You would be surprised at how small the start-up costs are relative to mainstream commercial fitness facilities.” Typically, their eyes glaze over at this point, their eyebrows wrinkle, and I suspect that they walk away thinking, “Yeah right, no… Continue Reading

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In Equipment

April 01, 2006

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Stall bars are an excellent tool for developing strength, conditioning, and flexibility. A set of stall bars looks like a wide ladder, typically about three feet wide and eight feet tall, with round steps, mounted to a wall. Good stall bars are heavy and robust, and they are made to handle any person or activity without failing. They are valuable to athletes, gymnasts, physical therapists, military and police personnel, martial… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, CrossFit, Equipment

July 01, 2005

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Three years after first exploring the topic, Coach Greg Glassman revisits the garage gym concept to report on the successes that have met hundreds of CrossFit start-up gyms. He also discusses the aspirations and motivations of the people behind the garage gyms.

The market dominance of the big-box model is an interesting phenomenon. If we accept the need for distinct exercises and dedicated machinery for each body part, we… Continue Reading

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Dumbbells

By Michael Rutherford

In Equipment, Exercises

October 01, 2004

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Twenty years ago I was awarded my first full-time job as the university's first fulltime strength and conditioning coach. Fresh out of graduate school and having served as an assistant conditioning coach in a Big 8 (now Big 12) athletic program I was ready to whip the world. There was only one problem. The school had a designated area for their new weight room but not enough equipment. The school was inadequately… Continue Reading

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In Equipment

September 01, 2003

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Coach Greg Glassman provides step-by-step instructions for making really cool homemade parallettes out of PVC pipe for around $20.

Parallettes training is fun and highly developmental. Without gymnastics training we opt out of the most potent neurological training (coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance) available to an athlete. Parallettes training is essential to your gymnastics development. We hope our fervor for parallettes training specifically… Continue Reading

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Two Training Aids

By Greg Glassman

In Equipment

May 01, 2003

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It has long been said that necessity is the mother of invention and this month we give support to that adage with two exceedingly simple inventions. Both devices address problems that have long plagued our training efforts.

The first problem in dire need of remedy was how do we bring the pull-up to people who've never done one? Our first and easiest solution was the use of an assisted pull-up device like our favorite… Continue Reading

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The Garage Gym

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, Classic, CrossFit, Equipment

September 01, 2002

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In this early article from the CrossFit Journal Coach Greg Glassman discussed how garages could be transformed into gyms. This classic article inspired many CrossFitters to do just that.

Your average neighborhood health club or gym is predicated on a low to minimum wage, skill-less staff supervising hapless members. The idea is to fill the space with machines, staff it with high school kids and let Muscle and Fitness… Continue Reading

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