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Metabolic Conditioning Glossary

By Pukie & Greg Glassman

In Basics, ExPhysiology

June 01, 2003

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V02 max: Maximum amount of oxygen that can be used continuously divided by body mass. Long the gold standard of aerobic fitness, the slight advantage that endurance athletes have over anaerobic athletes in V02 max can be attributable to the low body mass of endurance
athletes. I can use a similar definition of strength – by dividing lifts by weight - to show that little guys are stronger than big guys… Continue Reading

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In ExPhysiology, Reference

January 01, 2003

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Muted hip function (or MHF) is a postural error and a costly biomechanical fault found to some degree in all but the most accomplished athletes, writes Coach Greg Glassman.

Hip dysfunction creates postures and mechanics that reduce power and stability and are generally unsound. The faulty mechanics arise from inadequate training and insufficient practice of critical hip movements. The most important effect is a marked… Continue Reading

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What Is Fitness?

By Greg Glassman

In Basics, Classic, CrossFit, ExPhysiology, Reference

October 01, 2002

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What Is Fitness and Who Is Fit?

Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen "the fittest man on earth." Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman who also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and coordination?

Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t… Continue Reading

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