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What do kegs, yokes and concrete balls have to do with CrossFit?

Join Rob Orlando of Hybrid Athletics at San Francisco CrossFit as he takes coaches and athletes through strongman movements and equipment.

In Part 1, Orlando teaches the proper technique for lifting atlas stones. In a sumo stance with a flat back and the hips below the knees, you are in an ideal starting position. Just like a deadlift, your arms remain long… Continue Reading

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Warming Up With Rory and Nick

By Rory McKernan and Nick Massie

In Coaching, Exercises, Videos

July 10, 2011

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HQ’s Rory McKernan and Aspen CrossFit’s Nick Massie show how to train an injured elite athlete safely.

CrossFitter T.J. Gulla is a world-class snowcross athlete who has been injured and needs some targeted mobility work and a thorough warm-up. Watch these coaches in action as they work with the injured athlete and provide new training tips anyone can use to spice up their warm-up and mobility routine.

In Part 1, McKernan takes Gulla and a small group through a series of… Continue Reading

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Forward Rolls With Jeff Tucker and Jeannie Bassi

By Jeff Tucker and Jeannie Bassi

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“If you’re going to start throwing forward rolls into your WODs or into just some of your skill-set training, there’s some things to know: gotta protect your cervical spine; make sure we don’t get that C7 sticking out of our left earlobe,” says Jeff Tucker.

Join CrossFit Gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker and fellow coach Jeannie Bassi as they teach the forward roll and apply it to CrossFit workouts.

“What’s real important about… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Exercises, Reference, Videos

June 05, 2011

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Join HQ trainer Adrian (Boz) Bozman for a peek into the Coaches Prep Course. In this video, Boz discusses programming heavy days and how to design a class around the WOD.

For a heavy day, Boz suggests a specific warm-up to prepare the athletes for the task.

“We want to make sure that we spend some time experiencing that position, experiencing the demands of that movement before the weight is the limiting factor,” he says.

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The Position: Part 5—The Pull-up

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

In Coaching, Exercises, Videos

June 02, 2011

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches use their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 5, the coaches examine the pull-up.

“It’s almost like a good pull-up reinforces his overhead position,” Starrett says as Paoli demonstrates the proper body position: active shoulders with elbow pits… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Exercises, Videos

May 02, 2011

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Join CrossFit Kettlebell trainer Jeff Martone as he adds more kettlebell movements to the CrossFit toolbox. In Part 2 of this series, Martone introduces thruster progressions starting with the push press. He describes the dip, drive and press overhead using a kettlebell in one arm.

The next step is the clean using two kettlebells.

“Even though it’s twice the weight … it’s easier than doing one kettlebell clean,” Martone says.

The movement looks like a… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 4—The Ring Push-up

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

In Coaching, ExPhysiology, Exercises, Videos

April 28, 2011

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 4, the push-up is taken to the rings, where the support or finish position externally rotates the shoulders. Getting organized with a tight belly and squeezed butt is essential to hold… Continue Reading

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In Exercises, Kettlebells, Videos

April 19, 2011

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Join CrossFit Kettlebell trainer Jeff Martone as he adds more kettlebell movements to the CrossFit toolbox.

Today’s addition is the arm-bar stretch. He calls the drill a “stretch” but says it’s a bit of a misnomer because the movement won’t exactly feel like a stretch. According to Martone, “It’s building strength and stability in that shoulder and flexibility at the same time.”

To perform the movement, press the kettlebell over your body from a… Continue Reading

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