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The Truth About Rhabdo

By Dr. Michael Ray

In Medical/Injuries, Reference

January 04, 2010

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Rhabdomyolysis is only occasionally seen in athletes. Dr. Michael Ray explains why, how the condition is treated and how trainers minimize the risk for their athletes.

Rhabdomyolysis is a medical condition that may arise when muscle tissue breaks down and the contents of muscle cells are released into the bloodstream. One molecule in particular, myoglobin, is toxic to the kidneys and can cause kidney failure and, in the most severe cases… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Medical/Injuries, Reference

November 29, 2009

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The benefits of exercise outweigh the risks, but planning ahead can ensure you’re protected when accidents do happen. Dr. Lon Kilgore suggests some ways to insulate yourself.

The mass consensus is that exercise is a healthy undertaking. The general population, including lawmakers and courts, has a preconceived notion that all exercise and sport is healthy, and that if injury occurs, someone has done something wrong. This, as a… Continue Reading

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What Is CrossFit?

By Greg Glassman

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Simple question: What is CrossFit?

Can you answer it?

Many people struggle to define CrossFit, and many others don’t know the rationale behind the program. They know there’s magic in the movements, and they know it works—but why?

Captured on tape at an internal seminar staff meeting, CrossFit CEO and founder Greg Glassman talks about the basis of his program. With directors of training Nicole Carroll and Dave Castro in attendance, plus “flowmasters” Chuck… Continue Reading

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In Nutrition, Reference, Videos

October 18, 2009

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Zone Diet creator Dr. Barry Sears has said people should treat food as a drug, and Dr. Michael Ray agrees.

Speaking at a recent Level 1 Cert at Elite 400/CrossFit Northern Ireland, Dr. Ray addresses macronutrients and their effects on the body. Simply put, your body needs carbohydrates, but different kinds of carbohydrates can produce very different changes in the body.

Low-glycemic carbs will slightly boost insulin and glucose levels… Continue Reading

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In Nutrition, Reference, Videos

September 25, 2009

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The Zone Diet was developed to treat heart disease and diabetes, but Dr. Barry Sears first tested his program on elite athletes and discovered it had profound effects on performance.

Traditional thinking suggests a simple relationship between calories in and calories out. Dr. Sears suggests a different way to look at things in this presentation held Aug. 8, 2009, in Orange County: in athletic performance, calories aren’t as important as their… Continue Reading

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Forcing the Issue

By Dr. Lon Kilgore

In ExPhysiology, Reference

September 24, 2009

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If movement is the product of unbalanced forces across a joint, what does that mean for traditional agonist-antagonist strength ratios? Dr. Lon Kilgore believes training to conform to hypothetical ratios is impractical and will not result in greater functional fitness.

In most instances during exercise we want to create an unbalanced force across a joint or joints in order to create movement. But when we consider joint integrity… Continue Reading

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Ready State and Injury

By Kelly Starrett

In ExPhysiology, Reference, Videos

September 22, 2009

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In CrossFit, performance is king.

Capacity in all 10 fitness domains will result in high performance and health, which Kelly Starrett refers to as an “ideal ready state.”

Speaking at a special seminar held at CrossFit Santa Cruz on March 14, 2009, Starrett maintains that any deviation from the ready state because of injuries and chronic conditions results in a decrease in performance. Therefore, dysfunction simply represents undeveloped capacity… Continue Reading

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In Nutrition, Reference, Videos

August 21, 2009

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The primary cause of most long term illnesses is inflammation, says Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the Zone Diet. New! Part 3 added.

In the final analysis, it’s all about your genes, especially how an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Zone Diet, can turn off inflammatory genes and simultaneously turn on anti-inflammatory genes that promote cellular rejuvenation, repair and healing. Your ability to control inflammation becomes the molecular definition of… Continue Reading

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