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CrossFit Endurance Swimming: 3/4 Swimming Parts 1-2

By Chris Michelmore and Brian Nabeta

In Coaching, CrossFit Endurance, Exercises, Videos

January 26, 2011

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Join CrossFit Endurance swimming coaches Brian Nabeta and Chris Michelmore at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif., as they apply their endurance specialty to swimming.

In Part 1, Michelmore and Nabeta teach the group “quadrant swimming” using drills and lecture. With one arm out in front on the stroke, the timing is crucial to maintain balance.

“I don’t want to lower this arm until my other arm gets three-quarters of the way… Continue Reading

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Mike G. Learns to Squat

By Michael Giardina

In Basics, Coaching, Exercises, Videos

January 17, 2011

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“Who knows that they’re not the prettiest mover on the face of the Earth?” Pat Sherwood asks. Amongst the trainers ready to refine their movement is Michael Giardina of CrossFit Atlanta, who’s ready to attack a weakness: the air squat.

The coaches improve Giardina’s movement using two different but complementary approaches.

Nicole Christensen of CrossFit Roots is the first up to bat. She identifies a loss of lumber curve and a bounce or “booty… Continue Reading

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In Exercises

January 14, 2011

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Want to build serious upper-body strength? Bill Starr says you should be dipping—regularly.

It wasn’t until my third year of training that I came across dip bars, in the weight room at the Wichita Falls, Texas, YMCA. From that day on, dips have been a part of all of my programs for Olympic lifting, powerlifting and strength training in general, and they’re even my current routine in… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Endurance Swimming: Hand Lead

By Chris Michelmore and Brian Nabeta

In Coaching, CrossFit Endurance, Exercises, Videos

January 12, 2011

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Join CrossFit Endurance swimming coaches Brian Nabeta and Chris Michelmore at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif., as they apply their endurance specialty to swimming.

In this video, Michelmore and Nabeta continue drilling the athletes on swimming technique. Their focus today is on the leading hand. The athletes are instructed to swim with one arm forward, palm down.

“You’re trying to keep your body in a line,” Nabeta says.

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In Exercises

December 23, 2010

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Daily life can create imbalances in your body. Peter A. Chamis suggests a few places you can start making corrections in your alignment.

In the design of almost any musculoskeletal fitness program, elements such as strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular activity are universal. CrossFit is no exception.

But when implementing any exercise program, it’s important to assure that the body has a correct structural foundation that’s balanced and aligned. If this… Continue Reading

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In Exercises

September 10, 2010

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Knees rolling in on squats and pulls? Bill Starr explains how you can fix the problem by working on your adductors, which will translate to more weight on the bar.

All strength improvement emanates from the center of the body—hips, glutes, upper leg—then radiates upward and downward. Those on a mission to get stronger recognize the importance of leg strength and know the back squat is the very best exercise for… Continue Reading

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Spanish Push Jerk

By Maggie Dabe

In Exercises, Videos

May 28, 2010

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Maggie Dabe from CrossFit Fairfax is one of CrossFit HQ’s traveling seminar trainers. Originally from Ecuador, she explains our standard cues and faults for the push jerk entirely in Spanish.

The push jerk is the third in a series of overhead pressing movements, and the jerk allows athletes to get the heaviest load possible overhead. Once the athlete is confident with the push press, he or she is ready to move on… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Exercises, Reference, Videos

March 27, 2010

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A host of things can produce a poor squat. Limited range of motion, shaky balance, lack of flexibility, low strength—all can result in a squat that will make a trainer cringe.

Some will attempt to work on deficiencies in order to get a client to squat better, but Greg Glassman believes the best solution is simply more squats:

“Regardless of what the problem is, the answer is to squat.”

The magic, of course, is in the… Continue Reading

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