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The Position: Part 3—The Push-Up

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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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 3, the pair refines the push-up to transfer better shoulder position to other movements, such as Olympic lifting. The proper, organized set-up allows for torque through… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 2—The Burpee

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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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 2, the burpee is refined as a skill-transfer exercise.

“Here is another classic CrossFit exercise that ends up being a fantastic conditioning tool,” Starrett says.

The straight jump of the burpee demonstrates “The… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Exercises, Videos

April 07, 2011

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In our continuing saga spotlighting CrossFitters who train outside the box, this week we take another peek into the home of CrossFit HQ’s Director of Training. Dave Castro leads filmmaker Sevan Matossian on a tour of his indoor and outdoor workout areas.

In Part 2, Castro shows off his outdoor equipment in his backyard. He has a pull-up structure from Rogue complete with a fat bar, low bar and high bar for… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 1—The Double-Under

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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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.

“The goal is to take the very basic things that we do that are simple to see and understand and then translate them into the fun stuff,” Paoli says.

According to Starrett, the easiest way… Continue Reading

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Muscle-Up Progressions

By Carl Paoli

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Join Carl Paoli of San Francisco CrossFit and Naka Athletics as he coaches SFCF athlete Lucas Robinson through progressions for developing a powerful and efficient muscle-up.

The muscle-up is one of CrossFit’s more advanced gymnastics movements, but its roots start in basic body positioning and the kipping pull-up. With the kipping pull-up, Paoli seeks straight-legged global flexion and extension to generate the most power, which… Continue Reading

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What do kegs, yokes and Atlas stones have to do with CrossFit?

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

In this video, Orlando brings strongman movements to real life with keg lifting.

“We use the keg because it’s a dynamic load. It’s going to shift around on you. It’s going to take you outside your comfort zone,” he says. “It mimics real… Continue Reading

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In Exercises

March 09, 2011

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The right kind of stretching and warm-up can give you an edge. Gus Patel suggests both non-specific and specific movements for use prior to your workout.

Research and experience have established that flexibility and a proper warm-up are essential components of all sporting fitness.

Most programs—whether for a college, semi-pro or pro athlete—begin with a warm-up and stretching routine before progressing to the main training exercises. To stretch or not… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Exercises

March 01, 2011

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Do women require a different approach to strength training? Bill Starr doesn’t think so but offers a few tips for coaching female lifters.

I realize the origin of the idea that females are the weaker sex, but even at a young age, I knew it was false. I grew up in a farming community and observed that women did a great deal more work than the men and often helped with the milking, plowing… Continue Reading

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