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In ExPhysiology, Nutrition, Reference, Videos

April 04, 2010

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On March 12, 2010, Coach Greg Glassman and a small crew visited Dr. Scott Connelly in the Los Angeles offices of Progenex. The intent was to tap into Dr. Connelly’s vast knowledge of metabolism, particularly as it relates to long-term fitness and health.

The result was over 90 minutes of education about the relationships among glucose, insulin, ATP, protein, body weight and health. This is a dense, fast-moving presentation worthy of multiple viewings. Topics include:

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Components of a Great Class

By Adrian Bozman and E.C. Synkowski

In Coaching, Reference, Videos

March 30, 2010

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Watching a great trainer run a CrossFit class is a fantastic experience. As he or she works, you can pick up all sorts of things that will make you better in the box. The best coaches employ a wide variety of skills to give their athletes the best possible experience, and learning how to do that will improve your effect on your athletes.

In this video shot at a Coaches Prep Course at CrossFit Santa Cruz, Adrian (Boz) Bozman… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Exercises, Reference, Videos

March 27, 2010

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A host of things can produce a poor squat. Limited range of motion, shaky balance, lack of flexibility, low strength—all can result in a squat that will make a trainer cringe.

Some will attempt to work on deficiencies in order to get a client to squat better, but Greg Glassman believes the best solution is simply more squats:

“Regardless of what the problem is, the answer is to squat.”

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In Affiliation, Reference

March 20, 2010

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Monique Ames of CrossFit Evolution believes every affiliate should have a liability waiver—and a good one.

I don’t care who you are or where you train or who you train: you better have everyone—and I mean everyone—sign a waiver before you start training him or her or even letting the athlete swing on the pull-up bars.

When talking to new affiliates that are training family, friends and co-workers out of a garage, I often find out that they… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

March 18, 2010

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Good trainers aren’t just coaches. They’re also psychologists, counsellors, therapists, motivators, friends and more.

Anyone who’s worked with an athlete knows that to be truly successful, you have to go further than simply teaching a squat. That means getting to know your clients and being a part of their lives. Doing so will give you a lot of insight and will help you understand, motivate and encourage your athletes.

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The Triage Concept

By Pat Sherwood and Chris Spealler

In Coaching, Reference, Videos

March 14, 2010

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Each CrossFit movement has a host of points of performance. Therefore, athletes have a host of opportunities to make mistakes, and vigilant trainers have to work hard to create safe, efficient movement in each athlete.

Because CrossFit uses compound exercises, trainers are often faced with a number of flaws in a single movement. In the push press, for example, an athlete can take a very wide stance, hold the elbows… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

March 12, 2010

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Knowing the finer points of a movement is important to being a great trainer, but it might be equally important to be a passionate, energetic person who creates a great atmosphere and motivates clients.

You can know everything there is to know about squatting, but you’ll be lecturing to an empty gym if you don’t have the skills to use that knowledge to help clients who don’t care about physics, anatomy and biomechanics.

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In Reference, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

March 03, 2010

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Finding a balance between technique and intensity is one of the things that separates good trainers from great trainers, and it’s one of the keys to getting optimal results from the CrossFit program.

According to Greg Glassman, “control” is just another thing that can be stressed to produce favorable adaptations, just like your cardiorespiratory system must be stressed to produce greater endurance. The ability to maintain… Continue Reading

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