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Analyzing the Handstand Position

By Zachary Long and Jennifer Iskat

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Identifying and correcting range-of-motion, stability and technique issues will pay dividends when athletes are upside down.

Many exercises commonly used in CrossFit are also frequently used by athletes participating in other sports. However, the handstand—fundamental to gymnastics—is a rarely employed training tool in other sports but an essential part of CrossFit.

The handstand requires considerable amounts of both joint mobility and stability if it is to be performed with optimal… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Mobility

August 21, 2012

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Rarely is physical therapy funny. But with movement and mobility guru Kelly Starrett at the helm, laughs are guaranteed.

During the CrossFit Experience at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, the doctor of physical therapy talks about good posture and how it translates to athleticism.

“I want you to take a huge breath in your belly—big breath. Hold it. Now get tight. How’s that workin’ for ya?” he asks the crowd. “It’s like putting a bounce house… Continue Reading

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The Doctor and The Deadlifter: Part 2

By Jesse Burdick and Kelly Starrett

In HD Videos, Mobility, Powerlifting

August 16, 2012

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The language of strength and conditioning is the language of human movement. So says movement and mobility guru Kelly Starrett, who also founded San Francisco CrossFit.

In this video, he and powerlifter Jesse Burdick demonstrate how they’re saying the same things but with different cues in teaching the sumo deadlift.

The first idea they tackle is “get tight.” For beginners, that can be an esoteric concept that’s difficult to grasp, Burdick says.

“If… Continue Reading

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The Doctor and the Deadlifter: Part 1

By Jesse Burdick and Kelly Starrett

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Mobility, Powerlifting

July 23, 2012

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The language of strength and conditioning is the language of human movement. So says movement and mobility guru Kelly Starrett, who also founded San Francisco CrossFit.

In this video, Starrett and powerlifter Jesse Burdick demonstrate how they’re saying the same things with different cues in the set-up for the sumo deadlift.

“The most effective positioning is the same language you’ve been using with all your friends,” Starrett says to… Continue Reading

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Joint Mobility

By Kelly Starrett

In CrossFit, Mobility, Videos

July 05, 2012

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Once you mobilize the muscle, you mobilize the joint. In this video, movement and mobility guru Kelly Starrett presents two ways of mobilization with band distraction and compression/approximation.

The band acts as a force multiplier, he says while stretching an attendee at the trainer course with a resistance band.

“His capsule is thick and powerful,” Starrett says. “If I don’t put some kind of vector or encourage a different motion or a hinge going on there, I’m… Continue Reading

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Lengthening Muscle With PNF

By Kelly Starrett

In CrossFit, Mobility, Videos

June 07, 2012

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In this video, movement and mobility expert Kelly Starrett talks about lengthening the muscle via proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, or PNF.

To illustrate, he has class participants get into the deadlift position, relax and re-tension.

“What are we doing here? Testing and retesting, showing that there’s actual change,” he says.

Next, it’s time to bring the hammer down on the posterior chain, Starrett says.

He asks everyone to lie on the floor and pull one… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Mobility, Videos

April 24, 2012

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Externally rotating the ankles not only creates the right tension, but it also stabilizes the back and forces the torso upright. Mobility guru Kelly Starrett says the movement is important for the set-up of the deadlift as well as the Olympic lifts.

“I contend that if you turn that foot out as an unconscious compromise, you’re immediately going to collapse through the ankle,” he says. “And that sets me up so my only plane of force is to rotate in—’cause… Continue Reading

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The Deadlift Set-Up

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

In CrossFit, Mobility, Videos

March 29, 2012

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The deadlift set-up is easy, says Kelly Starrett: get stiff, load the hips, send the knees forward, pull back, stand up. It’s a strategy athletes should use every time they approach the barbell, and it becomes increasingly important when they’re tired, he says.

“We want to do the same thing every time, particularly when it becomes a complex motor skill and all of a sudden there’s a lot of things going on—I’m breathing hard… Continue Reading

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