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In CrossFit Games, Editorial, Olympic Lifts

August 10, 2016

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By Roy Masters’ reasoning, most weightlifters in the Olympics aren’t very strong.

Masters, clearly grinding a very large ax in the Aug. 8 Sydney Morning Herald article “World CrossFit Games Runner-Up Tia Toomey Finds Rio 2016 a Different Beast,” reminds that Tia-Clair Toomey’s Olympic results make her the “14th strongest” woman in the world—“and that’s only in the 58kg class.”

We suppose Deng Wei’s world record 262-kg total in the 63-kg class… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts

August 04, 2016

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Mike Burgener offers quick tips for turning push presses into jerks.

The jerk is a lot like Nobuyuki Kayahara’s “Spinning Dancer.”

Some see the silhouette spinning clockwise, while others see counter-clockwise movement. The effect of the optical illusion is so profound that the brain struggles to grasp how the reversed movement would even be possible. Look at the silhouette again and you might see that the movement has… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts

August 01, 2016

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Mike Burgener offers quick tips to correct footwork in the jerk.

The jerk really comes down to a fraction of a second.

Time it perfectly and the bar seems to stall in the air while a lightning-fast athlete wedges himself between the steel and the ground with perfect balance. The lift looks easy and natural, full of agility and grace. It’s like watching a gymnast stick the landing.

Miss the correct moment by… Continue Reading

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Weight a Second: Finish!

By Mike Warkentin

In Olympic Lifts

April 13, 2016

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Mike Burgener offers quick tips to correct errors in the snatch and clean and jerk.

Just as it’s possible to correct weightlifting errors, it’s possible to cause errors when cues go awry.

Take, for example, the oft-used cue “finish!” What the coach is looking for is a natural position created by perfect balance and unbridled aggression. In a snatch or clean, a profile shot of the finish will show a lifter at full… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

April 06, 2016

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Mike Burgener offers quick tips to correct errors in the snatch and clean and jerk.

Most of us have seen the guy who can do a kettlebell swing with a 300-lb. barbell. The lift is called a clean, but it lacks the grace and speed evident when skilled lifters pulls their bodies around and under a perfectly placed bar with lizard-like speed.

While ugly, the swinging clean is impressive because the lift… Continue Reading

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Unstoppable: Cassidy Duffield

By Mariah Moore and Jay Vera

In Athletes, Olympic Lifts

January 25, 2016

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“If you would’ve told me 10 months ago that I was going to compete in weightlifting in a national championship, I would’ve laughed and called you a liar because I just never thought that I could do something like that,” says Cassidy Duffield of Salt Lake City CrossFit.

A former gymnast, Duffield admits she was once self-conscious about having broad shoulders and a muscular figure. When her gymnastics career ended, she looked forward to being “skinny”… Continue Reading

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You Don’t Know Squat

By Hilary Achauer

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

August 05, 2015

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CrossFit athletes sometimes look to squat programs to increase strength—but are they effectively targeting weaknesses or merely feeding the ego and sacrificing general physical preparedness?

The first squat program Aaron Straker tried was the three-week Smolov Jr. cycle in March 2014. His goal was to build strength after an Achilles rupture. The cycle was so successful Straker decided to try the full 13-week Smolov cycle later that same year.

“It just buried me,” said… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

May 26, 2015

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Bill Starr describes additional drills to help you finish the pull and clean big weight.

Editor’s note: Bill Starr completed this article before he passed away April 7, 2015, in Maryland.

In September 2009, the CrossFit Journal published my article “More Pop at the Top,” which described how to do high pulls, shrugs, isometric contractions and throws to improve the numbers on any type of… Continue Reading

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