Does suffering in a group make it easier? Dr. Steven M. Platek believes the camaraderie of CrossFit can get you through the nastiest WOD.
What does CrossFit have to do with pain?
Quite fascinatingly, our “feeling” of pain in the physical is tightly and neurologically linked to our feeling pain in the social realm (being excluded, ostracized, etc.). The kid who does not get picked for dodgeball experiences a sense of pain very similar… Continue Reading
Poor posture can create poor results and cause injuries. Dr. John Zimmer explains how to improve posture for best performance and safety.
“Your form sucks.”
This harsh statement is something I politely announce on a regular basis, along with telling the athlete he or she is pulling with the arms or has muted hip function, and it usually comes in response to myriad questions that are either injury- or performance-related.
“Why does my… Continue Reading
Dr. Lon Kilgore says paying attention to simple mechanics can help great coaches improve technique and get better results in the CrossFit box.
The human body is a complex system of levers that enables us to perform everything from very basic to extremely complex movements. Individually, levers are simple machines, and we can think of the body as a collection of machines.
During exercises, we want to use the levers… Continue Reading
Nothing is ordinary about a day in the life of Kelly Starrett. Whether he’s helping fine-tune one of the world’s fittest men or running an outdoor-only CrossFit gym in San Francisco, Starrett is one interesting guy with an incredible depth of knowledge about human movement.
Starrett’s doctorate in physical therapy lends him credibility, but it’s his deep background in training that keeps people returning to his gym and attending his Mobility and Recovery… Continue Reading
Athletes have a host of footwear choices for WODs. Richard Grimes surveys experts and top athletes to determine what their advice means in a GPP fitness program.
I remember the first time I thought about the importance of shoes in CrossFit.
I was in my garage looking for my shoes so that I could work out. I had been looking for 20 minutes already and I was itching to get started on my box jumps. When… Continue Reading
On March 12, 2010, Coach Greg Glassman and a small crew visited Dr. Scott Connelly in the Los Angeles offices of Progenex. The intent was to tap into Dr. Connelly’s vast knowledge of metabolism, particularly as it relates to long-term fitness and health.
The result was over 90 minutes of education about the relationships among glucose, insulin, ATP, protein, body weight and health. This is a dense, fast-moving presentation worthy of multiple viewings. Topics include:
* Why a… Continue Reading
Dr. Steven M. Platek presents a scientific argument in support of the idea that naturally designed movements produce naturally attractive physiques.
Evolution has favored certain movements in different animals because those behaviors have produced two essential outcomes for possessors of the requisite species-specific movements: survival and reproduction—more specifically, being selected as a mating partner.
For example, the kangaroo and the rabbit (or hare) hop. Big cats (lions… Continue Reading
Modern running shoes feature heels packed with cushioning technology—but Dr. Lon Kilgore wonders if they prevent the foot from functioning as it was designed.
The basic structure of the human foot has not changed significantly for some four to five million years. We have supporting arches that carry the weight of the entire body and virtually any load placed upon it. The many joints comprising the arches are quite well endowed with a… Continue Reading