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Feet First

By Bill Starr

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

February 22, 2013

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Bill Starr explains why the feet are the key to almost any lift.

Oddly enough, few strength athletes think about their feet when performing an exercise—but they should.

Seldom do people even think about their feet unless something goes wrong with them. Stub a toe badly and you will suddenly understand how important that part of your foot is for locomotion and any other athletic movement.

The feet play a critical role… Continue Reading

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Prodigal Son Returns

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit, Olympic Lifts

January 29, 2013

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Four years after CrossFit helped him lose 210 lb., Johnny Di Gregorio abandoned the training methodology to become a competitive weightlifter. After several injuries, he’s back to CrossFit, saying it’s the healthiest choice for him. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

At 23, Johnny Di Gregorio was 425 lb. Three years later, he lost nearly half of that weight by following CrossFit.com programming. But that’s not the most interesting part of Di… Continue Reading

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Coach B and the Clean

By Mike Burgener

In Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

January 23, 2013

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At this CrossFit Invictus Training Camp, longtime Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener works with one athlete who is not reaching full hip extension and is therefore being pulled forward by the bar. Coach Burgener explains the height of the bar is often less important than the speed with which an athlete can pull under it.

If athletes “lose connection” between the time of hip explosion and getting under bar, Burgener… Continue Reading

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The Snatch Is a Bitch

By Donny Shankle

In Olympic Lifts, Rest Day/Theory

January 16, 2013

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Champion weightlifter Donny Shankle addresses the true character of the world’s fastest lift.

The snatch is one of two exercises in the sport of weightlifting. It involves lifting a barbell from the floor up and over your head in one motion. Many hours are spent in the gym practicing the snatch, trying to get as close to perfection as possible. Because the movement is so quick, there is little room for error. The… Continue Reading

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Snatching From the Blocks

By Doug Chapman

In Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

January 07, 2013

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Doug Chapman, coach to 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games second-place finisher Julie Foucher, doesn’t talk about a shrug or an elbow pull when he teaches the snatch.

“The reason is I have your mind going in too many flippin’ places,” explains the owner of HyperFit USA/CrossFit Ann Arbor.

His cues are simple: “I want you to dip and I want you to catch,” Chapman says.

Next, he starts a workout where athletes are snatching from… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts

December 20, 2012

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Chad Vaughn breaks down the “simplest” of the three Olympic lifts.

In comparison to the snatch and clean, the jerk is theoretically the simplest of the three lifts.

For the jerk, as in the snatch and clean, certain parts of the body have to move out of the way of the bar so it can travel up straight. In other words, these parts have to move around the bar. In the jerk, of course, the head is the only… Continue Reading

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Fixing the Jerk

By Mike Burgener

In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

December 04, 2012

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At this video filmed at CrossFit Invictus, Coach Mike Burgener explains why he has athletes jerk from behind the neck.

“Forces me to go straight up. My elbows are where automatically? They’re down. They’re already externally rotated. And I can just really drive the heck out of ’em,” he says. “But the reason that I give my athletes jerk behind the neck is because of confidence.”

Casey, one of Burgener’s sons, could clean and jerk… Continue Reading

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Olympic Weightlifting Renaissance

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Olympic Lifts

November 27, 2012

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USA Weightlifting has seen increases in its number of athletes and coaches over the past four years. Longtime USAW athletes and coaches say the reason is CrossFit. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

In four years, the number of USA Weightlifting athletes has grown 30 percent. Meanwhile, the number of USAW coaches has catapulted by 139 percent in the same time period.

“There’s a situation for weightlifting now that has never existed in the 20 years that I’ve been in the… Continue Reading

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