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No Limits

By Catherine Cochran

In Medical/Injuries, Reference

June 21, 2010

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Catherine Cochran isn’t allowing diabetes to prevent her from CrossFitting. With very careful management of blood glucose levels, she’s hitting WODs and getting fitter.

If there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s being told that I shouldn’t or can’t do something because I have diabetes. That said, controlling diabetes is extremely important, no matter what activities I choose to do. I knew… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Reference, Videos

June 15, 2010

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As a coach, you have to know when to speak up and when to remain silent to keep intensity high. You also have to know how to get your point across quickly to athletes who are focusing on working hard, not breaking down a complex set of instructions. Knowing how and when to drop one or two words into your client’s workout can make all of the difference in the world.

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Coaches Prep Course: The Overhead Position

By Austin Begiebing, Adrian Bozman and E.C. Synkowski

In Coaching, Reference, Videos

June 07, 2010

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A good overhead position is important to many of the CrossFit movements, and getting weight overhead the right way will ensure both optimal performance and safety.

At a Coaches Prep Seminar at CrossFit Santa Cruz, HQ trainers Austin Begiebing, Adrian (Boz) Bozman and E.C. Synkowski break down the overhead position, emphasizing scapular retraction and elevation. By putting the scapulae is this position, athletes create stability and lessen the chances… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Reference, Videos

May 30, 2010

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CrossFit’s compound movements get great results but require a great deal of work on the part of the athlete. A squat may be one of the most common movements in the world, but a good squat is rarer and requires technique, flexibility, strength and body control.

Trainers looking to teach the movement need to understand it inside and out, and they need to have a host of tools at their ready when less than… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Level 1 Training Guide

By Greg Glassman and Staff

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The CrossFit Training Guide is a collection of CrossFit Journal articles written over the last 10 years primarily by Coach Greg Glassman on the foundational movements and concepts that comprise the CrossFit methodology.

This guide is designed to be used in conjunction with our CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course to help you develop your training knowledge and skills, and to help you prepare for the Level 1 Trainer Test. This is an essential but not an… Continue Reading

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Heavy Days

By Chris Spealler

In Coaching, Reference, Videos

May 10, 2010

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CrossFit isn’t just about strength, but strength is certainly part of the program. In this video shot at a Coaches Prep Course in San Diego, Chris Spealler talks about how to program strength workouts.

Going over set and rep schemes, Spealler goes on to outline different ways to fit strength training into your programming. For instance, Spealler has a lot of endurance-oriented athletes at CrossFit Park City, so he has to find… Continue Reading

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Getting Some Leverage

By Dr. Lon Kilgore

In ExPhysiology, Reference

May 01, 2010

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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

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In Coaching, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

April 18, 2010

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CrossFit is about constantly varied training, but that doesn’t mean the training is random. While it’s true that we train for the unknown and the unknowable, programming is more than pulling random workouts out of a hopper—though you can certainly experiment with that model for short periods. In this clip, shot at a Coaches Prep Course in late January 2010, CrossFit Co-Director of Training Dave Castro talks… Continue Reading

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