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Rhabdomyolysis Revisited

By Dr. Will Wright

In Medical/Injuries, Reference

June 08, 2011

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Dr. Will Wright explains “rhabdo” and what you can do to prevent it.

This review article was written to remind the CrossFit community that rhabdomyolysis is a real and dangerous medical condition which creates a need for introductory workouts that are appropriate and safe for new clients.

In recent months, there have been a few incidents of rhabdomyolysis in our affiliates, some of which could have clearly been avoided with more precaution and… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Exercises, Reference, Videos

June 05, 2011

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Join HQ trainer Adrian (Boz) Bozman for a peek into the Coaches Prep Course. In this video, Boz discusses programming heavy days and how to design a class around the WOD.

For a heavy day, Boz suggests a specific warm-up to prepare the athletes for the task.

“We want to make sure that we spend some time experiencing that position, experiencing the demands of that movement before the weight is the limiting factor,” he says.

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“This is really an advanced movement,” Jeff Tucker says of the ring handstand push-up. “Flexibility is going to be a big key here.”

Join the CrossFit Gymnastics coach as he takes elite athletes through ring handstand push-up progressions at the Again Faster Summit held at CrossFit New England. In Straddle Handstands, Tucker guided the athletes through wall-assisted, free-standing and ring work. In this video, Tucker explains the mechanics of the hand and head… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

May 22, 2011

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“We want to program for work capacity,” says HQ trainer Chris Spealler. “And that’s going to happen through this form of general physical preparedness.”

Spealler, who’s also an elite CrossFit athlete, shares his programming secrets with the group at a recent Coaches Prep Course.

“The more variance you have, the better off you are,” Spealler says.

But that doesn’t mean that we should follow the “hopper model” for programming. Random programming has its pitfalls.

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The Position: Part 3—The Push-Up

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 3, the pair refines the push-up to transfer better shoulder position to other movements, such as Olympic lifting. The proper, organized set-up allows for torque through… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 2—The Burpee

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 2, the burpee is refined as a skill-transfer exercise.

“Here is another classic CrossFit exercise that ends up being a fantastic conditioning tool,” Starrett says.

The straight jump of the burpee demonstrates “The… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 1—The Double-Under

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

“The goal is to take the very basic things that we do that are simple to see and understand and then translate them into the fun stuff,” Paoli says.

According to Starrett, the easiest way… Continue Reading

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IWCABTAMD

By Dr. Steven M. Platek, J. Ryan Porter and Tia Y. Walters

In Reference, Rest Day/Theory

March 28, 2011

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Dr. Steven Platek and co. offer up data analysis showing increased performance in Fran, Angie, Cindy and the CrossFit Total.

Constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity—this is CrossFit.

To create functionally fit individuals is a primary goal of CrossFit, and an efficacious way of measuring or operationally defining fitness is in an athlete’s ability to do more work faster and across variable domains over time—increased work… Continue Reading

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