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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.

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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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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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