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The Marlins Go CrossFit

By Paul Fournier

In Reference, Sports Applications

March 01, 2010

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Florida Marlins strength and conditioning coach Paul Fournier brings CrossFit to Major League Baseball players.

CrossFit’s three fitness standards provide general physical preparedness for everyday athletes, but they also prepare professional baseball players for the demands of their sport.

We can all see how the 10 physical skills apply. In short, the list comprises everything athletic. In a highly skilled sport such as baseball, not all are athletes, but the… Continue Reading

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At the Chalkboard: Isolation

By Greg Glassman

In Reference, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

February 22, 2010

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“The total is more than the sum of its parts.”

In CrossFit, that old adage holds true and in fact forms the basis for much of what we do. While certain methods of training treat the body as a collection of parts, CrossFitters train the body as a whole through functional compound movements. You can certainly break a squat down into agonists, antagonists and synergists working to achieve core stability and hip and knee… Continue Reading

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In Reference, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

February 14, 2010

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Injuries are a reality in any sport, but for some reason they receive more attention in the weight room. Given that sports such as basketball, hockey and soccer have far higher injury rates, it really makes no sense to overemphasize the so-called dangers of weight training.

“There’s nothing done in a weight room anywhere that approximates the injuries in basketball. It just doesn’t happen,” Coach Glassman explains.

Nevertheless, injuries do… Continue Reading

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In Exercises, Reference, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

February 10, 2010

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In front of a chalkboard for a discussion on exercise theory, Coach Greg Glassman suggests midline stability isn’t just about safety. It’s also about performance.

Think of the midline as your “transmission”: a solid midline allows you to transfer force efficiently, while a weak midline results in lost force, decreased power and inefficient movement. Keeping your core tight is absolutely critical if you want to achieve elite performances in CrossFit WODs.

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In ExPhysiology, Reference, Rest Day/Theory, Videos

February 05, 2010

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In front of a chalkboard for a discussion on exercise theory, Coach Greg Glassman suggests it’s possible certain muscles of the body can lift loads that can do damage to other parts of the body by compromising midline stability. To save us from ourselves, the body might short-circuit and fail before those loads severely injure an athlete.

For example, many people can lift one leg in an L-sit, but both legs fall to the floor… Continue Reading

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In Basics, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

January 28, 2010

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The best teachers can simplify the most complex concepts, and Coach Greg Glassman always did so by including a session at the whiteboard before workouts at the original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz.

Back in front of the board, Coach Glassman and Tony Budding discuss the basic concepts that hold up CrossFit’s definition of core strength. A line—the midline—can be drawn through the integration of the pelvis and the spine, and this line is profoundly… Continue Reading

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Adaptation for Fitness

By Dr. Lon Kilgore

In ExPhysiology, Reference

January 19, 2010

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Intense CrossFit workouts improve your fitness—but how? Dr. Lon Kilgore explains how doing Grace can cause adaptive changes at the cellular level and result in improved performance.

Adaptation is not a new concept. We have known for hundreds of years that the human body, when presented with a sub-lethal physical, psychological or chemical stress, can adapt to the source of stress, allowing the body to tolerate incrementally larger similar stresses.

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In Olympic Lifts, Reference

January 13, 2010

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Bill Starr breaks down one of the most difficult athletic movements you’ll ever perform. Put the pieces together to master the world’s fastest lift.

The full snatch is one of the most complicated movements in all of sports. An athlete has to pull a weight upward with force and speed, then completely reverse his mental keys to explode downward under the still-moving bar. To be able to perform a snatch with a maximum… Continue Reading

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